Yarbrough (2-1) picked up the win after tossing two scoreless innings and striking out one Friday against the Blue Jays. Yarbrough was efficient on the mound, needing just 16 total pitches (12 strikes) to get through six batters. The 27-year-old left-hander was coming off a disastrous outing Saturday against the Giants (four runs allowed in three innings) but managed to get back on track in an 11-7 victory.
Yarbrough (1-1) allowed four runs on four hits in three innings against the Giants on Saturday. He struck out two and took the loss. Yarbrough started the fifth frame after Ryne Stanek and Jalen Beeks held the Giants to two runs over the first four innings. His offense spotted him a 3-2 lead, but he was tagged for four runs on four hits in his first inning of work, highlighted by a Brandon Belt homer.
Yarbrough (1-0) allowed one run on three hits in 4.1 innings during Monday's 7-1 victory over Colorado. He struck out three and earned the win. Yarbrough started the second frame after Ryne Stanek tossed a scoreless first. His offense spotted him a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning before he allowed his lone run on a Nolan Arenado double in the sixth. Like in 2018, the 6-foot-5 lefty will likely be the primary pitcher after an opener starts for most of the season. Yarbrough should next face San Francisco on Sunday.
Yarbrough will serve as the Rays' primary pitcher out of the bullpen in Monday's game against the Rockies, Rodney Page of the Tampa Bay Times reports. As he often did throughout the 2018 campaign, Yarbrough will enter the game after Ryne Stanek, who is expected to cover an inning or two as the opener before departing. Yarbrough covered four innings in his final exhibition appearance, so that probably represents the lower end of what kind of workload he'll receive in his 2019 regular-season debut.
Yarbrough was credited with a victory while allowing an earned run on five hits across four innings in an exhibition win over the Tigers on Tuesday. He struck out five. Yarbrough turned in a strong effort to close out spring, as he prepares to once again serve as a "bulk reliever" during the Rays' bullpen days this coming season. The 27-year-old logged 147.1 innings last season across 38 appearances, including six as an opener. He compiled an impressive 16-6 record overall and projects for a similar workload in 2019.