--RHP Rafael Soriano was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, though a second MRI exam on his elbow showed nothing more than inflammation. Soriano felt soreness in his elbow when he tried to throw in the bullpen Monday, so the Yankees opted to disable him rather than play short a man for another few days. The injury comes at a bad time, as Soriano hadn't allowed a run in his past five outings (4 2/3 innings). He had a 7.84 ERA in his first 11 appearances this season.
--OF Chris Dickerson was recalled from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take RHP Rafael Soriano's roster spot. Dickerson, who was acquired at the end of spring training from the Brewers for RHP Sergio Mitre, was hitting .248 with one home run and 11 RBI in 30 games for Scranton. He started for the Yankees on Tuesday and went 1-for-3 with an RBI while filling in for RF Nick Swisher, who was battling an illness.
--LHP Randy Flores, 35, signed a minor league contract, and the Yankees assigned him to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Flores made 19 appearances for the Padres' Class AAA affiliate this season, posting a 2.89 ERA, before being released last weekend. Flores is 11-5 with a 4.61 ERA over parts of eight big-league seasons with the Rangers, Rockies, Cardinals and Twins.
--DH Jorge Posada returned to the lineup Tuesday for the first time since he removed himself before Saturday's game. Unhappy at being slotted ninth in the lineup Saturday, Posada hit in the seventh slot Tuesday and went 2-for-3 with a double. He posted his sixth multi-hit game of the season. "It was one of those things where you're happy to be back in the lineup," Posada said. "It was a good feeling."
--RHP Ivan Nova allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings Tuesday, beating the Rays to stop the Yankees' six-game losing streak. Nova gave up four hits and two walks, though he was upset that he needed 100 pitches to get through his outing. "I know I can throw more strikes than what I did today," Nova said. "My command, I don't feel too good about that."
--2B Robinson Cano, who fouled a ball off his left leg Monday but stayed in the game, was back in the lineup Tuesday. He went 1-for-4 in the win at Tampa Bay.
BY THE NUMBERS
.397 -- LF Brett Gardner had three hits against the Rays on Tuesday, giving him a .397 average over his past 22 games.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It just felt like we needed to win this game. I don't want to say it was a must-win, but it was as close as you can get to a must-win in the month of May." -- Manager Joe Girardi, after the Yankees snapped their six-game losing streak Tuesday with a 6-2 win over the Rays.
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