Tanaka's 10 losses this season are the most of his four-year Major League Baseball career, but two of his eight wins in 2017 have come against the Blue Jays.
Sabathia left Tuesday's game, a loss of 4-2 to the Toronto Blue Jays, after only making 57 pitches, due to tweaking his right knee at some time during while pitching the third inning.
After allowing a single to Garrett Cooper and walk to Ronald Torreyes to start the inning, Estrada faced the top of the Yankees order.
NATIONALS 10, MARLINS 1: Ryan Zimmerman had four run-scoring hits, including two solo home runs, drove in five runs and became the franchise's all-time RBI leader as Washington won at home.
With Gray set to face Marco Estrada in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 8.5 runs.
"There may not be anything to it, but he was the hot topic of trade rumours for the longest time", manager John Gibbons said.
"I felt pretty good", Estrada said.
Masahiro Tanaka mustered just four innings and 88 pitches before Chad Green, Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Adam Warren combined to go the rest of the way. The 28-year-old right-hander, purchased from Minnesota on July 24, gave up five runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and one walk in a 81-pitch evening that included 54 strikes.
The frustrating Blue Jays seem intent on teasing their fanbase until the very end. The Jays haven't announced who will be their emergency starter in Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Rogers Centre, but it won't be Tepesch.
It is a little weight off your shoulders once you realize youre not going anywhere, Estrada acknowledged.
Ive said it a million times I want to play with these guys. I do know they all enjoy playing here, that's for sure.
Ichiro scored the Marlins' only run in the fourth on a single off Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez (10-5), who pitched seven strong innings for the win. Estrada pitched around three doubles spread across his seven innings of work, giving up just two more hits and walking three while striking out six overall.
Come for batting practice, stay for the game.
Estrada departed following the seventh and Toronto added an insurance run in the bottom of that frame when Jose Bautista launched a home run to left field. To account for the loss of Cole, Toronto has recalled right-handed pitcher Chris Smith from Triple-A Buffalo.
Some of our pitchers that were struggling a little bit earlier are figuring it out..
In his Yankees debut last week, his new teammates provided Gray with one run in addition to committing three errors in the first inning. To counter, the Jays centre fielder argues that big series coming up against divisional rivals Baltimore and Tampa could alter the doomsday thinking. Gray charged and flipped the ball home with his glove, but Carrera slid outside and touched the plate with his hand to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.