Britton (3-1) allowed one run on two hits across one inning but earned the victory in an 8-7 win against the Blue Jays on Wednesday. He was also charged with a blown save.
The Blue Jays scratched out a run against Britton with a passed ball sandwiched between two singles. That blew the lead, but Britton managed to keep the game tied, and the Yankees won with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. Britton is 3-1 with a 2.62 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 34.1 innings this season, and he's now 16-for-19 in save opportunities.
Britton walked three batters in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to record his third save of the season in a 7-5 win over the Astros.
With Aroldis Chapman having pitched two straight days and three of the last four, the Yankees turned to their other high-priced bullpen lefty to seal the win and Britton nearly blew it -- he threw only 13 of 25 pitches for strikes but finally got Tyler White to line out with the bases loaded. He now sports a 2.51 ERA and 25:18 K:BB through 32.1 innings on the year, with two wins and 15 holds to go with his saves.
Britton allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to record his second save of the season Thursday against the Orioles.
Britton got a rare save chance after Aroldis Chapman appeared in two of the first three games in the series and threw a combined 44 pitches. He had little trouble closing the game, quickly erasing a one-out single with a game-ending double play. While he isn't likely to pick up many save opportunities without an injury to Chapman, Britton has managed a 2.42 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 22 strikeouts across 22.1 innings for the season.
Britton worked a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to record his first save of the season in a 7-5 win over the Angels.
Aroldis Chapman had pitched the last two days, blowing the save Monday, so manager Aaron Boone turned to Britton in this one and the former O's closer got the job done. The veteran lefty's 2.61 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 10:4 K:BB through 10.1 innings so far are solid, and while he won't supplant Chapman on a regular basis, Britton's got a win and three holds in 11 appearances to go along with Tuesday's save.
Britton has yet to yield a run in his five Grapefruit League appearances this spring, striking out three and walking one over 5.2 innings.
It's a small sample size as to be expected with a reliever, but Britton certainly has looked the part of the dominant lefty the Yankees hope he will be coming out of the bullpen this season. He posted a 2.88 ERA over 25 innings after arriving to the club via trade from Baltimore last season, so the 31-year-old is a good bet to provide solid ratios, although he might find save opportunities hard to come by with the presence of Aroldis Chapman along with a handful of other talented relievers in the team's bullpen.
Britton announced on Twitter that he will now go by "Zack," which is his legal first name.
The longtime Oriole -- now Yankee -- went for years by "Zach." It's "Zack" on his birth certificate, but apparently he was never bothered enough by the misspelling to correct people. Britton's mixed-league appeal is minimal heading into 2019, as he will almost certainly enter the year in a setup role in front of Aroldis Chapman. AL-only players should note this change just to avoid any confusion on draft day.
Britton signed a three-year, $39 million deal to return to the Yankees on Saturday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The lefty threw 25 innings with a 2.88 ERA after a midseason move to New York last season. He'll fill a setup role in front of Aroldis Chapman this season and will have less competition for fill-in saves should Chapman get injured with David Robertson now in Philadelphia. Britton still has the elite groundball rates he had prior to a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an Achilles injury, generating a 73.0 percent groundball rate last season, but his strikeout rate slipped to 20.1 percent while his walk rate climbed to 12.4 percent. He'll need those numbers to trend back in a positive direction if he's to continue to be a shutdown reliever.
Britton struck out the side in a scoreless inning of work to earn his seventh save of the season Monday against the Rays.
In what amounted to a bullpen game for the Yanks, the likes of David Robertson, Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Bentances were each used ahead of Britton, putting him in position to close it out with a three-run lead in the ninth. It was his third save since joining the club roughly two months ago. There is not much clarity as to who will be used in save chances for the Yankees over the final six days of the season.
Britton was charged with one unearned run during the ninth inning against the Red Sox on Tuesday but escaped with the save. He struck out one and walked one.
Thankfully the Yankees entered the ninth inning with a two-run cushion, so the error by Gleyber Torres didn't result in a blown save. The save was Britton's second since joining the Yankees at the July trade deadline, and the 30-year-old is likely to continue pitching primarily in a setup role with closer Aroldis Chapman (knee) set to return later this week.
Britton allowed one run on two hits in the 10th inning as he notched the save Friday against the Orioles.
Britton was deployed with a three-run lead, and after surrendering a solo home run to Chris Davis, Britton managed to slam the door. He was called upon to pick up the save after Chad Green and Dellin Betances were used earlier in the game. Britton, Green and Betances will continue to be in the mix for save opportunities until Aroldis Chapman (knee) returns from the disabled list.
Britton, David Robertson (shoulder) and Dellin Betances are expected to share closing duties while Aroldis Chapman remains sidelined with a knee injury, Jack Curry of YES Network reports.
It's unclear how long the committee system will last, as the duration of Chapman's absence won't become clear until after an MRI. The Yankees are likely to play the matchups with their trio of high-leverage relievers, which would give Britton the clear advantage in certain situations as the only lefty among the set. The southpaw has been mediocre at best since joining the Yankees, however, posting a 5.23 ERA and a 9:6 K:BB in 10.1 innings, so there's a chance manager Aaron Boone will trust the righties more regardless of the matchup.
Britton will join the Yankees back in New York prior to Thursday's series opener against the Royals, Erik Boland of Newsday Sports reports.
Britton will not be available for Wednesday's game in Tampa Bay after being acquired by the Yankees on Tuesday night. The left-hander has logged a 3.45 ERA and 1.34 WHIP across 15.2 innings of work in 2018. Britton is set to take on a new role in the Bronx, as Aroldis Chapman will continue to serve as the closer. Manager Aaron Boone stated he intends to utilize Britton in "a variety of different roles" out of the bullpen, per Boland.
The Yankees officially acquired Britton from the Orioles in exchange for minor-league pitchers Dillon Tate, Josh Rogers and Cody Carroll.
Britton will head to the Yankees and join a stacked bullpen with the likes of Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson and Dellin Betances. Britton should slot into a setup role in front of Chapman with his new club. The 30-year-old has a 3.45 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over 15.2 innings since coming off the disabled list in mid-June, but he has allowed only three hits and zero runs over his last eight appearances.
The Yankees have reached an agreement to acquire Britton from the Orioles for three minor-league pitchers, pending medical examinations, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
The included minor-leaguers are reportedly right-hander Dillon Tate, left-hander Josh Rogers and right-hander Cody Carroll, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Trade talks have elevated drastically between the two sides over the last day as the Yankees push to add the top reliever on the market to their already strong bullpen. Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports the deal is likely to be finalized Wednesday.
The Yankees are the "clear front-runner" to acquire Britton in a trade with the Orioles, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The Yankees have scratched right-hander Dillon Tate from his scheduled start Tuesday for Double-A Trenton, as he appears to be the key piece of the potential deal. The trade seems likely to be completed in the near future, with Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reporting a multi-prospect trade is being finalized. Aroldis Chapman would remain the closer for the Yankees, and Britton would further strengthen a strong back-end of the bullpen if the deal is reached.
Britton slammed the door for the save Sunday against the Rangers as he allowed no runs on one hit and one walk across one inning.
Britton hasn't allowed a run in seven straight outings, dating back to June 27 against the Mariners. After picking up his fourth save of the season, Britton sits with a 3.68 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with one hold and 13 strikeouts over 14.2 innings heading into the second half of the season.
Britton walked one and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to pick up his third save of the season in a 1-0 win over the Rangers.
It may only be a matter of time before the lefty is traded to a contender, but Britton is starting to find his pre-injury form again as the O's closer, reeling off six straight scoreless appearances with a 6:2 K:BB to lower his ERA on the year to 3.95.
Britton (1-0) earned his first win of the season by allowing one hit and striking out two during the ninth inning against the Yankees on Tuesday.
Britton entered the game in a 5-5 tie, and the Orioles were able to produce the walkoff victory in the bottom of the frame. The 30-year-old appears to be rounding into form after returning from the disabled list in mid-June, as he's allowed only two hits and a walk over his last five appearances (five innings).
Britton allowed no runs on one hit and struck out one across one inning as he slammed the door for save No. 2 during Game 1 of Monday's twin bill against the Yankees.
Britton managed to close out the game after getting two groundballs and a strikeout. Following Monday's outing, he's put together four scoreless outings, bringing his ERA down to 4.63 with nine strikeouts across 11.2 innings this season. Britton appears to be returning to form after missing significant time with an Achilles injury.
Britton served up a two-run home run to Kyle Seager in the ninth inning Wednesday to blow his first save of the season in an eventual 8-7 extra-innings loss to the Mariners.
It was the first homer Britton's allowed in eight appearances since coming off the disabled list. He did strike out a batter in the frame, but his 7:6 K:BB through 7.2 innings is just as discouraging as his 7.04 ERA. The left-hander is far from his peak form, but at least he's been handed Baltimore's last two save opportunities.
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