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Postgame notes: “Obviously you’re really concerned”

Ivan Nova

Ivan Nova shook his right arm, and the Yankees said that was their first indication that something was physically wrong. It was Tony Pena who pointed it out from the bench — “I said, ‘Joe, check him out,’” Pena said. “I saw him right away. Just one pitch.” — and when Girardi went to the mound, Nova said his elbow hurt, but he wanted to stay in the game. There was no chance of that.

“Obviously you’re really concerned,” Girardi said. “Whenever a guy leaves a game because he feels something, you’re always concerned.”

Nova had his first really good start of the year last time out. Tonight start ended with Nova heading for an MRI machine, and the Yankees seemed to be bracing themselves for the worst. Nova’s had arm trouble in the past, including forearm and triceps issues that very easily could have been connected to the elbow. Girardi, though, said he was never worried about an injury until he saw Nova shake his arm on that final pitch.

“I just saw it on that last pitch,” Brian McCann said. “I saw him wince. That’s the only time I saw it.”

Said Girardi: “I think it was the one pitch.”

Girardi said Nova had not complained about anything physical this year, and the Yankees felt that tonight’s velocity was an indication that Nova was simply bad, not hurt.

“He had never complained; he had made every one of his starts,” Girardi said. “There was nothing that was telling me (he was hurt). You didn’t see like he was throwing 85, his fastball 85. His fastball was pretty consistent the whole night, the same speed, so it wasn’t really anything that told me. Tony saw it, and we ran out.”

Now the Yankees could be faced with the very real possibility of having to replace a starter less than three weeks into the season.

“Any time you lose a starter, it’s a big blow,” Girardi said. “Starters aren’t easy to replace. Obviously there’s concern, and we’ll know a lot more by tomorrow morning I’m sure. It’s tough to replace starters.”

Dean Anna· Girardi said the Yankees will make “more than one” move tomorrow. Activating Mark Teixeira will be one move. The other moves will surely involve the pitching staff. Josh Norris has reported that Double-A starter Bryan Mitchell will be one of the call-ups. Dan Barbarisi hears that Triple-A reliever Preston Claiborne will be another.

· Mitchell and Claiborne are on the 40-man roster, which might be the best way to explain those two as the call-up choices. Mitchell last pitched on Monday, so I assume he was simply the best suited for a potential long relief need. Claiborne has allowed a ton of baserunners in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but this really does seem to be primarily a short-term fix while the Yankees figure out what exactly they need and what exactly they have going forward.

· Either Matt Daley or Dellin Betances — Daley would be my guess — could be sent to Triple-A tomorrow after both were used for 41 pitches tonight. After the rest of the bullpen was used last night, those two were really the only fresh arms in the pen, and so the Yankees tried to get long relief work out of both of them. With two pitchers expected to be called up, it’s entirely possible one of those two will pay for tonight’s effort by giving up his roster spot.

· Dean Anna said he hadn’t pitched in a game since he was 11. “I talked to him and I said, look, I don’t want to come out and yell at you if you’re throwing too hard,” Girardi said. “I want you to lob it in there. That’s all I want you to do. Just do not hurt your arm. Just play catch. And he did a really good job of doing that.”

· Anna was actually one hit away from a scoreless eighth, but he instead has an 18.00 ERA after a two-out, two-run single. “When I do a lot of lessons back home, that’s actually how I throw,” Anna said. “Just a nice little flick in there. That kind of reminded me, when I was pitching, that’s exactly how I do it back home. It was pretty easy throwing strikes and stuff like that, but it’s not fun when I’m out there.”

· McCann said he never thought there was something physically wrong with Nova until that one pitch in the fifth inning. Obviously Nova was being knocked around, but McCann thought it was a matter of command, not a matter of diminished stuff. “It’s location,” McCann said. “He was up in the zone. His pitches were up.”

Kelly Johnson· The Yankees felt no need to wait until Nova got back to New York to do their tests. “Since we’re here so much, we have so many doctors here too,” Girardi said.

· This was the first time since September 6, 2012 against Baltimore that the Yankees allowed as many as five home runs in a game (they allowed six home runs in that Orioles game). Last time they allowed five home runs against the Rays was August 12, 2011 at Yankee Stadium. Since the start of 2011, the Rays have outhomered the Yankees head-to-head 77-48.

· Four home runs allowed was a career-high for Nova. He’d allowed three home runs in a game three times, most recently against the Angels in 2012. This snapped a streak of 26 consecutive starts in which he’d allowed no more than one home run, which was the second-longest such active streak in the American League because Anibal Sanchez’s 36 straight.

· After beating David Price on Thursday, there was actually some hope that the Yankees might get through this weekend on a good note. Now they need a win tomorrow, with a spot starter, just to salvage a series split. “You’d love to, especially going into a day off,” Girardi said. “And then you’re going into Boston for another series. You’re playing within your division. You’d love to right the ship. The good thing is tonight’s game only counts as one. Even though it was pretty lopsided and it was ugly, but it only counts as one.”

· Final word might as well go to Anna: “I wasn’t surprised (about being picked to pitch). He was like, ‘Just don’t throw too hard. Try to get it down the plate.’ So I went in there and let them hit it. It’s kind of tough. When you see me in there, it’s not a good day. We’ve got to regroup tomorrow and get back at it.”

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Nova hurt as pitching staff lets another one get out of hand

Ivan Nova, Joe Girardi

Has Ivan Nova simply been bad this season, or has he been hurt? Tonight’s most recent disappointment ended with an elbow injury and the promise of further tests for Nova, who had another complete letdown in a 16-1 loss to the Rays. Nova allowed a career-high four home runs and left before getting a single out in the fifth inning. He was hit hard and hit often, ultimately charged with eight runs in four-plus innings. It was the second time this season that he allowed at least seven runs in a start. After back-to-back hits to start the fifth inning, Nova seemed to shake his pitching hand and pitching arm, and manager Joe Girardi pulled him despite having no one loose in the bullpen. The Yankees later announced that Nova was experiencing elbow soreness. Three batters after the pitching change, Wil Myers hit the Rays fifth home run of the night, which tied a Rays franchise record for the most home runs ever hit in a game at Tropicana Field. Both Myers and Ryan Hanigan went deep twice; Evan Longoria homered once. The Yankees wound up burning through both Matt Daley and Dellin Betances in long relief — just one day before the team plans to have Vidal Nuno make a spot start out of the bullpen — and finished the game with backup shortstop Dean Anna on the mound.

Associated Press photo


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Game 18: Yankees at Rays

Ivan NovaYANKEES (10-7)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano RF
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Kelly Johnson 1B
Brian Roberts 2B
Dean Anna 2B

RHP Ivan Nova (2-1, 5.94)
Nova vs. Rays

RAYS (8-9)
David DeJesus CF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Matt Joyce DH
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Wil Myers RF
Sean Rodriguez LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Ryan Hanigan C

RHP Chris Archer (1-1, 4.50)
Archer vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, YES Network

WEATHER: Been raining off and on, but there’s a roof.

UMPIRES: HP Marty Foster, 1B Clint Fagan, 2B Rob Drake, 3B Joe West

FAMILIAR FEELING: The Yankees have now started three straight seasons with a 10-7 record after 17 games.

SECURE AFTER SIX (MOSTLY): Last night was the first time this season that the Yankees lost a game when leading after six innings. They’re 10-1 in such games. They’re 0-6 when tied or trailing after six innings.

OFF AND RUNNING: Jacoby Ellsbury has eight stolen bases, tied with Elvis Andrus for the most in the American League entering today. Ellsbury and Andrus trailed Dee Gordon (10) and Eric Young (9) for the major-league lead in stolen bases.

BETTER AT HOME: In his career, Ivan Nova is 4-3 with a 2.13 ERA in eight career starts against the Rays at Yankee Stadium. Facing the Rays at Tropicana Field, though, Nova is 2-1 with a 4.56 ERA in five appearances (four starts).

UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Pretty uneventful through the first inning and a half, so I can only assume the rest of this game will be absurd. Ellsbury’s single and caught stealing is the most action of the game so far.

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Solo homer for Wil Myers, this first of the year. It came on a 1-1 curveball.

UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: The Rays second homer of the game is a solo shot by Ryan Hanigan, and it’s now a 2-0 game.

UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: The Rays third homer of the game is a long one and a big one, a two-run shot by Longoria to make it 4-0 in the third inning. Not a good way to start when the Yankees need to avoid using Vidal Nuno.

UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Archer has faced the minimum through four innings.

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: And there’s another Rays homer. This is Hanigan’s second of the game, another two-run shot, and it’s now 6-0 in the fourth. Ugly.

UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: The Yankees have their first hit since Ellsbury started the game with a single (nevermind that this second hit didn’t even leave the infield).

UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Yankees are on the board with Kelly Johnson’s two-out RBI double here in the fifth inning. Still a 6-1 game.

UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: Seems to be something wrong with Nova. Just reading lips on the television, Girardi said something about “feeling” something. He either asked Nova where he’s feeling it or what he’s feeling, but it definitely looked like Nova said something about feeling something and the Yankees pulled him. Matt Daley is in now. Nova looked pretty bad (obviously).

UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Now Myers has his second home run of the night. It’s a three-run shot of Daley for a 10-1 Rays lead. Wonder if Daley might wear it for a while tonight and pay the price with a demotion tomorrow.

UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Daley just threw 41 pitches and got four outs. Here’s Betances in a game that’s well out of hand at 12-1 in the sixth.

UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: Error by Solarte opened the door, and now Betances has walked in a run. The Yankees still have two more innings to fill, and after David Phelps and Adam Warren each pitched last night, my guess is that Betances is the last guy who can give multiple innings tonight. Daley was going to have to be the mopup man, but his 41 pitches were good for only four outs.



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Pregame notes: “There’s really nothing else for me to do”

Mark Teixeira

Joe Girardi said he wants to talk to Mark Teixeira face-to-face before making any sort of official move, but it seems clear that the Yankees plan to have their first baseman back in the lineup tomorrow. Teixeira went 2-for-4 in this morning’s extended spring training game, and that should be his final step back from a strained hamstring.

“I’ve had a lot of good work in New York and here, so there’s really nothing else for me to do,” Teixeira said.

Teixeira said he would be at Tropicana Field for tonight’s game, if only so he could talk to Girardi get an official plan for tomorrow. As far as he knows, he should be activated, and Girardi has basically said as much.

“Obviously we feel that he’s ready to go,” Girardi said. “We’ll talk about it tonight. I want to talk to him when he gets here, see how he’s feeling and then we’ll go from there.”

Teixeira hurt himself in just the fourth game of the season, but if he’s back tomorrow, he will have missed the minimum 15 days while on the disabled list. Dave Robertson is also on track to miss just 15 days. And Carlos Beltran is back in the lineup just two days after a nasty spill over the short wall here in foul territory. Could be better, obviously, but could be much worse.

“I think it’s been good for the wrist, I do,” Teixeira said. “Spring training was long and grueling and I definitely didn’t want to take 15 days off, but I take a positive in everything that happens. And that’s the positive that I’ll take from this is that my wrist got stronger.”

Matt Daley· Matt Daley got here around 2 p.m. and will be available tonight. He last pitched on Thursday, but had four days off before that. He said he actually was pushing the Triple-A team to let him go back-to-back games, which would have meant pitching last night and possibly not getting today’s call-up. “He competes really well,” Girardi said. “He has good command. He throws strikes. He attacks hitters. He threw well for us last September. He had a pretty good spring training for us, so that’s why we went and got him.”

· On the decision to DFA Cesar Cabral: “We knew we needed a pitcher today,” Girardi said. “And we’re going to need some pitching help tomorrow as well. We decided to make the move. It’s tough. You feel for the kid. He’s given you everything he’s got, and he had some command issues last night. We just got put in kind of a tough situation, so we made a move.”

· Vidal Nuno is still scheduled to start tomorrow’s game.

· Girardi said the only reliever he doesn’t expect to have available tonight is Adam Warren because of last night’s workload. Everyone else should be available, including David Phelps, who only has a bruise after last night’s comebacker.

· Brendan Ryan did not play in today’s extended spring training game because of some mild tightness in his hamstring. He instead took six simulated at-bats so that he wouldn’t have to run. Girardi said he considers it a very, very minor setback. “His hamstring was a little tight I think, but that’s probably normal,” Girardi said. “I think all guys probably go through it in spring training. We thought we’d be cautious and say, just take your at-bats and don’t run.”

· Regular day off for Derek Jeter. He wasn’t going to play tomorrow’s day game after a night game, so the Yankees decided to give him tonight off because they’re facing a right-handed starter. It’s easier to use Dean Anna in this game and save Jeter for tomorrow against a lefty.

· Relevant leading into tomorrow’s roster decision when Teixeira is activated: Scott Sizemore confirmed that he has an option remaining, meaning he could be sent down to Triple-A. Anna also has an option.

Associated Press photos


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Jeter sits vs. RHP

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano RF
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Kelly Johnson 1B
Brian Roberts 2B
Dean Anna SS

RHP Ivan Nova


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Video: Robertson makes rehab appearance in extended spring training

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Dave Robertson faced five batters in today’s extended spring training game. He allowed one hit, struck out one and got three groundball outs. Afterward, he declared his left groin healthy and said he fully expects to be ready on Tuesday.

Mark Teixeira went 2-for-4 with a double, a single, a walk, a strikeout and a groundball to first. As scheduled, he played seven innings in the field and also said he feels fine. His hamstring is now a non-issue and he hopes to be in the big league lineup tomorrow.

According to Joe Girardi, Brendan Ryan was also supposed to play today, but he was nowhere to be found.

The video above is Robertson talking about his outing and his expectation going forward.



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Roster decisions looming as Teixeira, Robertson and Ryan get closer

Mark Teixeira is scheduled for seven innings and seven at-bats in extended spring training today, Dave Robertson is scheduled to pitch on inning, and Brendan Ryan is scheduled for his first game action. Tomorrow, the Yankees are expected to finally activate Teixeira and make their first of three upcoming roster decisions as players begin to come off the disabled list. Here are the decisions that lie ahead.

Mark TeixeiraSUNDAY
Mark Teixeira activated from the disabled list
The question: Do the Yankees prefer a right-handed third baseman or a left-handed shortstop?

It has to be either Dean Anna or Scott Sizemore who’s cut loose, correct? It won’t be Derek Jeter or Kelly Johnson, Brian Roberts is healthy again, and Yangervis Solarte has been too good. So which is more valuable to the Yankees right now? Do they prefer Anna, a left-handed shortstop who’s been a nice fit as an occasional spot starter when Derek Jeter rests against a right-handed starter? Or do they prefer Sizemore, who gives the Yankees some right-handed balance and could fit as a platoon second baseman or third baseman against lefties?

The right-handed bat would be welcome on this left-leaning roster, but Sizemore would also give the Yankees yet another 2B/3B, positions that are already covered by Johnson, Roberts and Solarte vying for regular playing time (plus Anna if necessary). Anna is yet another left-handed hitter, but the Yankees seem to believe he’s a better shortstop than Solarte (who actually played only 30 games at short during his eight-year minor league career). Joe Girardi said yesterday that he would be OK using Solarte at shortstop “in a pinch,” which didn’t sound like a ringing endorsement of Solarte as the go-to backup to Jeter.

David Robertson TUESDAY
Dave Robertson activated from the disabled list
The question: How long before Vidal Nuno is ready again?

Opening a bullpen spot for Robertson might be a matter of availability above all else. With Vidal Nuno likely to start tomorrow’s series finale at Tropicana Field, the Yankees will likely be without Nuno for a few days no matter what. Even if he could be available again after three days of rest, is it worth being a man down for the first two games of next week’s series at Fenway, or does Nuno need to be optioned simply to give the Yankees a full set of arms?

If not Nuno, then who? The other obvious move was Cesar Cabral who, even on his best days, was still pretty limited to strictly left-on-left opportunities. If the Yankees don’t want to move Nuno, would they demote Matt Daley after just a two-game call-up? Hard to imagine the Yankees getting rid of any of their other right-handed relievers if only because Shawn Kelley, Adam Warren, David Phelps and Dellin Betances each seem to be pretty clearly ahead of Daley on the bullpen pecking order.

Brendan Ryan activated from the disabled list
The question: Will anyone go down between now and then?

After simulated at-bats yesterday, Ryan is supposed to join Teixeira and Robertson — who’s pitching an inning — in today’s extended spring training game. It will be Ryan’s first real game experience since hurting his back in spring training, and the Yankees have said they’d like Ryan to get 40 to 50 at-bats before being activated. That sounds like a lot, but he can pretty easily get four or five at-bats a day, maybe more, with the loose rules of extended spring training. Ryan said yesterday that he hopes to be activated in 10 days to two weeks.

Who goes when Ryan comes back could be a matter of who’s active. If everyone stays healthy, it seems logical that Ryan will take the place of either Sizemore or Anna (whichever survives Sunday’s move to activate Teixeira). Ryan will almost surely takeover as the backup shortstop, and he could become a late-inning defensive upgrade at basically any infield position except first base. It would seem to take a pretty unexpected and dramatic slide for Solarte’s spot to become insecure, and Roberts also seems relatively safe as long as he stays healthy.

Associated Press photos


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Postgame notes: Cabral DFA; Daley promoted

Cesar Cabral

After their first true bullpen meltdown of the year, the Yankees have wasted little time making a change.

Cesar Cabral was designated for assignment following tonight’s game, and Matt Daley will be added from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Daley pitched well after a late-season call-up last season. He had a strong spring, and he had 13 strikeouts with one walk through five innings in Triple-A this year. He should be here tomorrow. Yankees probably could have used him tonight.

For the first time this season, the Yankees blew a save tonight. The worst of it hung on Adam Warren’s shoulders after he consistently go ahead of hitters, but couldn’t put them away. When he didn’t bury a 1-2 slider, Desmond Jennings hit an RBI single to pull the Rays within in a run. When Evan Longoria worked the count back full, Warren issued a walk that loaded the bases. When Warren didn’t get a 1-2 fastball inside enough, James Loney delivered the go-ahead, two-run single.

“The whole time you’re thinking, you’re just one pitch away from getting out of it,” Warren said. “I was getting ahead of guys. Felt good about how I was throwing. Just one pitch away. Couldn’t quite make that pitch.”

Warren had pitched well this season. In fact, the entire bullpen had not allowed a run in seven straight games before coughing up eight runs tonight. David Phelps stranded two runners for Hiroki Kuroda in the sixth, then Phelps, Matt Thornton, Warren and Cabral were each charged with at least one run in the next inning and a third.

“We all know what we’re capable of,” Phelps said. “It stinks there are times you’re going to have a night like that. Nobody’s perfect, but we try as hard as we can to be. Things didn’t go our way tonight. You saw some of the swings those guys put on some of those two-strike pitches. It seemed like they were trying to fight balls off and they were just finding ways to drop in. I’m sure we’ll be out there tomorrow and start a new streak. I have faith in our guys and we have faith in ourselves. It’s just a matter of going out and making pitches. That’s what we’ve been saying the whole time.”

Jacoby Ellsbury· Joe Girardi was not pleased with home plate umpire Joe West, who ejected Cabral in the eighth inning after Cabral’s third hit batter of the inning. Cabral clearly had no command tonight, but he also didn’t seem to be trying to hit anyone. By ejecting Cabral, West forced the Yankees to use Shawn Kelley for the final out. Kelley threw just five pitches. “It’s unfortunate that we had to do it,” Girardi said. “But fortunately he came in and got a quick out and didn’t have to throw many pitches.”

· Cabral’s had a strange time on the Yankees roster. He was taken in the Rule 5 in 2011, missed all of 2012 because of elbow surgery, was outrighted last year, added back to the roster, sent to Triple-A to start this season, then he got a call-up when Dave Robertson was hurt. I believe that because this would be his second outright assignment, that Cabral would be able to refuse the assignment and become a free agent if he clears waivers, but I’m not entire sure that’s correct. For now, he’s off the roster and floating in DFA limbo.

· Daley should be with the Yankees in time for tomorrow’s game.

· Cabral on hitting three batters: “Today’s not a good day. I don’t try to hit anybody. I want to throw strikes, and that happens sometimes. … They know I don’t want to hit anybody. I was surprised (by the ejection) because they don’t tell me nothing.”

· Phelps said he’s fine after being hit by a comebacker “straight in the fat” just above his hip. “It’s not bad,” he said. “There’s one spot that’s a little tender to the touch. If I was going to get hit, either there or in the backside is probably the most ideal spot.”

· Yangervis Solarte also said he’s fine after fouling a ball off his shin. Solarte had his shin wrapped in ice after the game, but there’s no indication that he won’t be able to play tomorrow.

Jacoby Ellsbury, Yangervis Solarte· Hiroki Kuroda seemed to be rolling a long early in tonight’s game, then his night became a real grind in the fourth inning. “All of my breaking balls were not working so I had to depend on my fastball,” he said.

· Kuroda wanted to stay in for the final out of the sixth inning, but Girardi went to Phelps to get out of that jam. Kuroda said he felt that not being able to finish that inning himself hurt the bullpen and put them in a worse spot, but that seems a little hard to buy. Maybe letting Phelps come out of the pen for a clean seventh would have made a difference, but it’s hard to say that. The bullpen just wasn’t very good.

· The Yankees had allowed 12 runs in their previous six games. They allowed 11 runs tonight. This was their first blown lead of at least four runs since September 6, 2013.

· Since inning records are available beginning in 1984, the Yankees had only hit three batters in an inning once, which was on September 23, 2010 against the Rays at Yankee Stadium when five different pitchers combined to allow eight runs on nine hits, one walk and three hit batters in 2.1 innings.

· Scott Sizemore had a three-run double in the second inning, making this his eighth career big league game with three RBI and his first since September 27, 2011. His career high is four RBI.

· Final word goes to Girardi: “We had two strikes a number of times and we couldn’t put them away. If you look at Escobar’s first hit, they had about three or four more two-strike hits after that. We just weren’t able to put them away. They put on tough at-bats and it happens and you move on.”

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Yankees bullpen crumbles in late-inning letdown

Larry Rothschild, Brian McCann, Hiroki Kuroda

In this first year of Mariano Rivera’s retirement, the Yankees bullpen had actually been pretty good this year. But bullpens always falter at some point, and the Yankees pen finally blew one tonight. Three different relievers had a hand in the letdown — and a fourth let it get completely out of hand — but it was Adam Warren who ultimately gave up the big hit, blew the two-run lead and took the loss in a 11-5 disappointment against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Warren was one strike away from retiring all four batters he faced in the seventh inning, but Desmond Jennings lined a pinch-hit single that pulled the Rays within a run, Evan Longoria worked a walk that loaded the bases, and James Loney had the big two-run single that put the Rays in front. Warren went on to allow a cushion-building two-run homer as part of an ugly five-run eighth. Leading into tonight, the Yankees bullpen had not allowed a run in seven straight games. Tonight’s Yankees starter, Hiroki Kuroda, cruised through the game’s early innings before his night became a grind around the fourth inning. He failed to pitch through the sixth for the first time this year and left with a 4-3 lead that the Yankees expanded to 5-3 on Alfonso Soriano’s RBI single in the seventh. Scott Sizemore delivered the big early blow with a three-run double in the second inning.

Associated Press photo



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Game 17: Yankees at Rays

Hiroki KurodaYANKEES (10-6)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Brian McCann C
Yangervis Solarte 2B
Kelly Johnson 1B
Scott Sizemore 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 3.86)
Kudorda vs. Rays

RAYS (7-9)
David DeJesus CF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Matt Joyce LF
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Wil Myers RF
Logan Forsythe DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Ryan Hanigan C

LHP Erik Bedard (0-0, 0.00)
Bedard vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: Been raining a lot today. Thankful for the roof.

UMPIRES: HP Joe West, 1B Marty Foster, 2B Clint Fagan, 3B Rob Drake

DO IT AGAIN: On this date in 2005, the Yankees scored 13 innings in the second inning of a 19-8 win against the Devil Rays. At that point, it was only the third time in franchise history that they’d scored 13 in an inning and the first time they’d done it at home.

ALSO ON THIS DATE: A more iconic moment from this date in history came on April 18, 1929 when the Yankees wore numbered uniforms for the first time. Two days later, the Indians permanently adopted them as well. Numbers became standard for all teams in 1932.

AND ALSO THIS: One more thing from April 18 in Yankees history… It was on this date in 1923 that the Yankees hosted the inaugural game at the original Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees beat Boston 4-1. Starter Bob Shawkey got the win and Babe Ruth hit the stadium’s first home run, a three-run shot in the third inning.

UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Couple of singles to start the inning, then a bad throw by Loney trying to get the lead runner after a nice play at first, and now the Yankees have the bases loaded with no outs in the second. Here’s Sizemore.

UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: There’s a three-run double by Sizemore. With no outs, Thomson was looking to hold Johnson at third, but Johnson sprinted through the sign to score on a bad throw to the plate.

UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Overturned call at first base. Ichiro is on with a bunt single. That was a 47-second replay delay. Runners at the corners, still no outs, top of the order up.

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Rays turn to the bullpen with two on and two out herein the fourth. Jeter coming to the plate. Still a 4-0 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Jeter down swinging.

UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: Really nice play by Ellsbury for the second out here in the fourth inning, but back-to-back singles and a two-run double by James Loney have put the Rays on the board and cut the Yankees lead in half, 4-2.

UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Kuroda was cruising early in this game, but it turned into a real grind after that leaping catch by Ellsbury back in the fourth inning. He’s now out with the lead cut to 4-3 and the go-ahead run on base. Phelps is in to face Forsythe with two on and two outs in the sixth.

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Solarte is going to stay in, but he fouled a ball pretty hard off his shin.

UPDATE, 10:14 p.m.: Warren was ahead in the count, 1-2, against all three hitters he’s faced this inning. Jennings singled in a run, Longoria worked a walk to load the bases, and Loney just singled to put the Rays in front 6-5.


Posted by:Chad Jenningson Friday, April 18th, 2014 at 7:05 pm. InMisc with498 Comments → Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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