Yan­kees hurler Be­tances up­set about be­ing taken out

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NEW YORK — Dellin Be­tances is still up­set with Joe Gi­rardi's un­ex­pected quick hook.

The Yan­kees had a pair of pout­ing pitch­ers dur­ing Wed­nes­day's win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Jaime Gar­cia had a two-run lead when the man­ager pulled his start­ing pitcher af­ter 4 2/3 in­nings, de­priv­ing Gar­cia of what would have been his first win in six starts with New York.

New York still led 3-1 when Be­tances al­lowed Evan Lon­go­ria's one-out sin­gle in the eighth and struck out Lo­gan Mor­ri­son. Gi­rardi de­cided he wanted Aroldis Chap­man to face Steven Souza Jr.

Be­tances left the club­house with­out speak­ing with re­porters. A day later, he said he fig­ured he would re­main in to face Souza, a right-handed hit­ter.

“I was shocked. I was sur­prised,” the 29-year-old right-han­der said. “I think a lot of peo­ple were sur­prised.”

Souza is 3 for 9 with a home run against Be­tances and Souza is 0 for 3 ver­sus the left-handed Chap­man.

Chap­man walked Souza, gave up an RBI sin­gle to Adeiny Hechavar­ria that put run­ners at the cor­ners, then struck out pinch-hit­ter Wil­son Ramos. Chap­man walked the lead­off hit­ter in the ninth, then struck out three in a row to save a 3-2 vic­tory.

“I just felt like I didn't re­ally put my­self in harms way,” Be­tances said. “A lot of times I do, but right there I just gave up one hit to Lon­go­ria. That's all I re­ally did.”

While Gi­rardi spoke with Gar­cia in the dugout fol­low­ing the fifth in­ning, he had not yet dis­cussed the mat­ter with Be­tances.

“I don't know if there's an ex­pla­na­tion that I'm go­ing to take,” Be­tances said.

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