Yarbrough (16-6) tossed three innings and earned the win Sunday, allowing a run on two hits and a walk while striking out two in the victory over Toronto.
After the Ryne Stanek fired two scoreless frames to start the game, Yarbrough held Toronto to just one run while the Rays' offense heated up and gave him plenty of run support in the 9-4 win. The 26-year-old rookie enjoyed a very unique season, racking up 147.1 innings despite only starting six games. Yarbrough ends the 2018 campaign with a 3.91 ERA and a 128:50 K:BB.
Yarbrough is expected to be available in relief for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Yarbrough's last appearance came Sept. 24, so the five days of rest between outings should keep him available as the Rays' primary pitcher is manager Kevin Cash elects to go that route. However, with the season wrapping up Sunday, it's possible Cash deviates from that plan and instead opts to go with a "bullpen game" behind opener Ryne Stanek. Though Yarbrough would still pitch in that scenario, his workload could be more limited than it has been in his most recent outings.
Yarbrough (15-6) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks across five innings Monday to take the loss against the Yankees. He struck out three.
Yarbrough entered in the fourth inning and got into trouble in the fifth, allowing two runs on two hits, a walk and a passed ball. He settled down after that, though an RBI double from Aaron Judge widened the gap in the seventh and the Yanks' bullpen closed it out from there. Yarbrough has fallen on hard times of late, allowing 10 earned runs across 14.2 innings over his last four appearances. He could see one more extended outing before the end of the regular season.
Yarbrough is slated to serve as the long man Wednesday in Texas, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Diego Castillo will serve as the opener, but Yarbrough is expected to log the bulk of the innings. Yarbrough typically gets a chance to qualify for the win when he comes in after the Rays' opener, but after logging five-plus innings in three straight appearances from Aug. 20 to Sept. 2, Yarbrough has logged 3.2 innings and two innings in his last two appearances, respectively.
Yarbrough (14-5) picked up the win Saturday against the Orioles, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks across 3.2 innings. He struck out three.
Yarbrough took over for opener Diego Castillo and handled the majority of Saturday's game for the Rays. The 26-year-old allowed a run-scoring single to Jonathan Villar in the third inning and a two-run homer to Renato Nunez in the fourth, but a healthy amount of run support from Tampa Bay's offense propelled the southpaw to his 14th win of the season, which is second on the team to Blake Snell. Yarbrough now owns a 3.78 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 115:44 K:BB across 133.1 innings (34 appearances, six starts) this season.
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