Rays Vs. Yankees: Dellin Betances Survives Shaky First

In his major league debut last Thursday, Dellin Betances recorded two outs. He also walked four guys, hit another, and threw just seven of 27 pitches for strikes. Rookies are entitled to have ugly debuts, what with nerves and all, but one had to wonder how Betances would look today, starting against the Rays in a big game (albeit not a big game for him).

Well, we're one inning in, and Betances has successfully recorded more outs than he did the first time. Granted, it wasn't easy. He walked B.J. Upton. He walked Evan Longoria. He fell behind all five batters he faced. But after there were two on and one out, he struck out both Matt Joyce and Johnny Damon looking with breaking balls to keep the Rays off the board.

There was action in the Yankee bullpen, and Betances threw 24 pitches. He probably isn't long for this game. But the Yankees didn't expect him to last long. For Betances, it's all about learning experiences, and I'm guessing that he's learning.

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