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Postgame notes: “I’m just good enough to lose right now”

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Russell Martin said CC Sabathia actually looked alright tonight. Mark Teixeira said the Yankees need to start scoring some more runs for him. Joe Girardi said he’s pitched better than his record suggests.

But it seems Sabathia himself doesn’t buy any of it.

“No, I don’t,” he said. “This is what it is. I’m out there trying to help the team. I’m just good enough to lose right now.”

Just good enough to lose. That about sums it up. Losing his first five decisions this season matches the longest single-season losing streak of his career. He has the highest ERA on the Yankees’ staff, he hasn’t won a game in more than a year, and he’s never been this deep into the month of May without a win.

Yes, the Yankees have scored just 13 runs in his six starts, and that’s pretty brutal. But Sabathia’s allowed four runs or more in four of those starts. Tonight he made a home run mistake to Martin, but it was the costly balk and the two-run single to a left-handed No. 9 hitter that had him really kicking himself.

“I feel healthy. I feel good,” he said. “… I feel like I should be a little better. Just a couple of pitches here and there in games that have killed me. The triple in the Baltimore game. The single today. Just those little things I need to tighten up.”

Of those nine hits tonight, seven were singles. Sabathia might have allowed just three runs if not for a balk that pushed a runner into scoring position in the fourth. He pitched deep in the game, and his velocity seemed to be up a little bit. But still, it was just another loss when his 5.45 ERA stayed basically the same.

“CC didn’t really pitch that bad,” Martin said. “I don’t think he’s had much run support. His last start against Boston, I thought he threw the ball really well. He doesn’t have the same velocity he had a few years ago, but he’s still pitching, he still has a lot of weapons for you, it’s not an easy at-bat. We got to him a little bit but not a whole lot.”

The Yankees have been able to find those silver linings in all but one Sabathia start this season, yet here he sits, at 0-5, acknowledging that he needs to be better.

“Today was just one of those days where they were making good contact and putting some swings on some pretty good pitches,” he said. “That’s just kind of me now. I have to navigate out of those situations.”

CORRECTION Yankees Blue Jays• Brett Gardner said he was ready and available to play tonight. He hopes to be in the lineup tomorrow. “I was ready to go in the game later and play or run if they needed me to or whatever,” he said. “Hopefully feel better tomorrow and I’ll be in the lineup.”

• Welcome back to the big leagues Jose Pirela. The second baseman went 2-for-4 with a hustle double in his first at-bat. he’s now recorded multiple hits in four of his eight big league games.

• That third-inning double was immediately followed by a base-running blunder when Pirela made a bad read on a ball to the left side and was out between second and third. “Just a bad read on his part,” Girardi said. “Then he’s got to stay in the run down, try to at least get (Jacoby Ellsbury) to second.”

• This was only Mark Buehrle’s second career win in 22 starts against the Yankees. “Probably a statistical anomaly,” Mark Teixeira said. “Weird things happen in baseball and you can find them all over the place. That’s a really good pitcher and he’s been a really good pitcher his entire career. Those kinds of things just happen.”

• Buehrle on getting his first win against the Yankees since 2004: “It’s not like every time I’ve gone out there I’ve gotten my butt handed to me. There’s been some games I’ve pitched good against them and it just didn’t’ work out. I came into today just like a normal start. Whether I threw a nine inning complete game last game or got my butt handed to me like I did, I come in, treat it the exact same way and try to go out and get guys out. Same thing with next start. Just because I beat them don’t mean I’m going to do anything different in between this start. I’m gonna go get ready for my next one and see what happens.”

CORRECTION Yankees Blue Jays• The Yankees went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position today. “We just didn’t get it done,” Girardi said. “There are going to be nights when it happens. Really, that’s the difference in the ballgame. We didn’t get the hits when the runners were on, and they did.”

• Biggest RISP at-bat was Mark Teixeira’s base-loaded ground ball to end the fifth inning. That was Buehrle’s last hitter, and I really thought that would be when he lost the game. “You have to be aggressive there,” Teixeira said. “You want to try to get something up in the zone, which I did. But he keeps you off-balance, so I was just out in front of it.”

• Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to nine games after a little bloop single in the fifth.

• Recent Blue Jays call up Chris Colabello had four hits tonight. He had multiple hits last night too. “He’s hot, and it’s the reason they brought him up,” Girardi said. “He was swinging the bat well in Triple-A, and they brought him up, and he’s continued to do it here. We made some mistakes on him, we haven’t got the ball exactly where we want. Sometimes that happens too. He’s been up before, and he’s put up good months before, and we just didn’t get him out.”

• Weird moment in the eighth inning when a large group of fans — a dozen or more, it seemed — began shining bright lights toward home plate from left-center field. It was in the middle of a Brian McCann at-bat, and Girardi came out of the dugout. Play stopped for only a moment, but apparently McCann said it wasn’t bothering him. “I didn’t know if it was bothering Mac, and I was at least going to ask him to find out,” Girardi said. “It’s dangerous too. In a situation like that, if Mac doesn’t pick up a ball that’s inside and he gets hit, I’m going to be fairly upset. But the lights weren’t bothering him, so we just kept it going. But it should be something that’s handled. That shouldn’t happen.”

• Final word goes to Girardi: “CC’s a professional and he knows you have to go out and just take care of that start and only that start. Is it frustrating? I’m sure it is. But like I said, he’s been through tough times before, and there have been times when he’s had tough loses. He seems to bounce back.”

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Buehrle finally wins while Sabathia just keeps losing

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Mark Buehrle just beat the Yankees for the first time in more than a decade. CC Sabathia, on the other hand, just lost for the fifth time in six starts. Tonight’s 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays gave the Yankees their first series loss since the second week of the season. Sabathia pitched into the seventh inning, but he allowed four runs on nine hits and still hasn’t won a game since April of last year. The Yankees keep looking for silver linings each time he starts, but Sabathia’s 5.45 ERA remains the worst on the team. This time he allowed a two-run single to the No. 9 hitter, committed a costly balk, and surrendered former teammate Russell Martin’s seventh home run of the season. Buehrle, meanwhile, allowed one run in the first inning but nothing more through five. He came into this game with a 6.21 career ERA against the Yankees — by far his worst against any team — and he hadn’t won a game against them since April of 2004 when Bernie Williams was still in center field and Alex Rodriguez was in his seventh game with the team.

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Game 28: Yankees at Blue Jays

Brian McCann, CC SabathiaYANKEES (17-10)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Chris Young LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew SS
Jose Pirela 2B

LHP CC Sabathia (0-4, 5.40)
Sabathia vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (13-15)
Devon Travis 2B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Jose Bautista DH
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Russell Martin C
Kevin Pillar CF
Chris Colabello LF
Ryan Goins SS
Ezequiel Carrera RF

LHP Mark Buehrle (3-2, 6.75)
Buehrle vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Such a nice day that the dome is open.

UMPIRES: HP Toby Basner, 1B Dana DeMuth, 2B Mike Estabrook, 3B Ed Hickox

TEX MESSAGES: With last night’s home run, Mark Teixeira reached 10 homers for the season in the team’s 27th game, becoming the second-fastest Yankee to hit 10 home runs since 1975 (Alex Rodriguez had 10 in the Yankees’ first 14 games back in 2007). Teixeira reached 10 in his 25th game of the season, his fewest games into a season needed to reach the plateau, surpassing his previous best from 2009 which was 35 games.

STILL HOT AS ELL: Jacoby Ellsbury has an eight-game hitting streak during which he’s 18-for-35 with seven runs and seven stolen bases. He has raised his season batting average from .282 to .358 over the stretch. He has 12 multi-hit games this season, and the Yankees at 10-2 in those games.

ON THIS DATE: On May 6, 1930 the Yankees acquired RHP Red Ruffing from Boston for OF Cedric Durst and $50,000. Ruffing was 39-96 with Boston but went 231-124 with the Yankees posting seasons of 20, 20, 21 and 21 wins on World Championship clubs from 1936-39.

UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: Another hit for Young, another double for Rodriguez and another RBI for Teixeira. It’s a 1-0 lead in the first for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Bunt single set the stage, double put the runners in scoring position, and a two-run single by the No. 9 hitter has pushed the Blue Jays into the lead, 2-1, in the second.

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Pirela with a hustle double in his first at-bat of the day.

UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: Sabathia with a 1-2-3 third to keep the Yankees within a run.

UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Costly balk for Sabathia in the fourth inning. Moved the runner into scoring position, and the next pitch was an RBI single. It’s 3-1 Toronto.

UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Yankees loaded the bases in the fifth, but Teixeira grounded to short to let Buehrle off the hook.

UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: Wow, Blue Jays pull Buehrle after five innings. He’s in line for his first win against the Yankees in more than a decade.

UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Russell Martin now has a home run in the past four games he’s started. Solo shot off Sabathia makes it 4-1 in the sixth.

UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Here’s Esmil Rogers with one out in the seventh. Sabathia lasted 6.1 innings, but he allowed four runs on nine hits and leaves in line for his fifth loss. His ERA is up slightly to 5.45.



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Pregame notes: Gardner sitting out with sore neck

Brett Gardner

Brett Gardner has reached base at least twice in his of his past five games. He had three RBI in back-to-back games this weekend, had a double last night, and he’s 6-for-20 this road trip. He’s also a career .375/.382/.625 hitter against Mark Buehrle. This was not a day Joe Girardi wanted to keep Gardner out of the lineup, but Gardner showed up today with a stiff neck and so he’s getting a day.

“It happened on the headfirst slide, I think, in the first inning (last night) and then got worse and worse,” Girardi said. “My plans were to play him today, but then he came in and couldn’t turn his head. He’s got a little kink in it.”

That makes three days in a row that Girardi has given someone a day off because of a relatively minor injury. Mark Teixeira sat with a lat issue on Monday and returned on Tuesday (when he hit a home run). Yesterday Chase Headley sat out with a sore back, but he’s at third base again tonight.

“I think what you don’t want is something little to become something big,” Girardi said. “Sometimes when you can just give them a day, it really helps them out physically, and if you do a lot of treatment you can clear some things up. … My job as a manager is to pick when it’s a little thing that you’re not really worried about, or it’s a little thing where a day off would really hurt, or it’s a little thing that you are really worried about you and don’t want it to become a big thing. Each one of these are things that I’m not too concerned about, but sometimes they need a day.”

So far this season, the Yankees have avoided most serious injury problems. Gregorio Petit went on the disabled list today, but that’s with a bruised hand that was diagnosed after X-rays came back negative. Masahiro Tanaka’s forearm strain is easily the most pressing injury facing the Yankees at the moment. Otherwise, they have a few injury issues lingering from spring training — Chris Capuano and Brendan Ryan — and they have Ivan Nova still rehabbing from last year’s Tommy John surgery, but for the most part they’ve stayed healthy.

Is that because guys have gotten a day here and there? Maybe not, but it probably hasn’t hurt.

“You have to understand when you play 33 games in 34 days, you’re going to have to pick your spots,” Girardi said. “You want to run them out there every day — this was not a day that I planned on giving Gardy off, he’s had a ton of success off Buerhle — but just sometimes, things just happen.”

Yankees Blue Jays Baseball• As expected, Jose Pirela is active and playing second base today. Sounds like Pirela will take basically the exact role Petit had earlier in the season, and it’s to be determined whether Pirela could hit his way into more regular playing time. “He’s going to play against lefties, and we’ll see how it goes,” Girardi said. “I didn’t make any promises to anyone, we’ll just see how it goes, and how he’s doing.”

• Although the Yankees typically have some speed on the bench with Chris Young, Girardi said he sees Pirela as a bigger base-running threat. “Yeah. He’s pretty quick,” Giradri said. “He’s not Ellsbury or Gardner, but he’s pretty quick. He’s a guy that’s going to score on balls in the gap from first base.”

• Pirela, of course, said today that he’s prepared to grow a mustache. He has some big shoes to fill. Petit’s is world-class.

• Speaking of Petit, as I understand it, when a player is hurt in the big leagues, he can’t be sent to the minors and then placed on the minor league DL. Basically, if the Yankees decided Petit had an injury worth a DL stint, it had to be the 15-day. “We just made the decision, with his hand really sore and swollen, that we’re going to DL him,” Girardi said.

• Seems safe to assume Petit was going to be the move for Pirela one way or the other. With a DL stint instead of a demotion to Triple-A, Petit’s bruised hand is probably worth several thousand dollars for him. That’s rock solid financial timing for a hit by pitch.

• Could Gardner play in some capacity tonight? “I told him to get treatment all night and see where he’s at as we get later in the game,” Girardi said.

• Chris Capuano is starting for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tomorrow. He’s scheduled for five innings or 75 pitches. The Yankees would like to get him up to 90 pitches before activating him from the disabled list.

• Girardi said the plan is to stay on rotation for the upcoming series against Tampa Bay.

• Ivan Nova is pitching two innings tomorrow. Sounds like it’s in extended spring training.

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Pirela returns to start at second base

Gregorio Petit is on the disabled list with a right hand contusion. That’s the move to activate Jose Pirela.
Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Chris Young LF 

Alex Rodriguez DH 

Mark Teixeira 1B 

Brian McCann C

Carlos Beltran RF

Chase Headley 3B 

Stephen Drew SS

Jose Pirela 2B

LHP CC Sabathia


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Now for something important: Ranking the Yankees’ mustaches

Joe Girardi

It’s been a few weeks since the Yankees started growing mustaches as a kind of team bonding exercise, but the whole thing seems to be getting more attention these days because the facial hair has filled in enough to be really visible on television. Almost every player on the team has tried it — and first-base coach Tony Pena pretty much always has one anyway — and it’s become a fun topic of discussion in the clubhouse, with the players recognizing the absurdity of the whole thing.

Here, then, is my totally subjective attempt to rank the mustaches on the current 25-man roster.

1. Gregorio Petit
An excellent mustache from an unexpected source. Petit might be a smallish utility guy, but his mustache is an everyday player. This really should be his permanent look.

2. Garrett Jones
Little surprise here. The dark hair really helps the mustache stand out. I’ve been to my share of rural, Midwestern bars — and truck stops — and Jones would fit right in with the stache.

3. Esmil Rogers
One fellow writer thought I was crazy when I said Rogers had a top-three mustache. Then he got a better look at it and completely agreed. If anything, Rogers is too low on this list.

4. John Ryan Murphy
When the season started, Murphy was the guy I wanted to date my sister. Now he looks like a guy I wouldn’t allow near her. That’s a powerful mustache.

Blake Swihart, Brett Gardner5. Brett Gardner
Moves up a few spots because he started this whole thing. Also gets bonus points for growing such a strong mustache beneath a perfectly bald head.

6. Chris Young
The same fellow writer who doubt me on the Rogers mustache suggested I take a better look at Young’s. He was right. Young’s bat isn’t the only thing that really come into its own this season.

7. Chase Headley
Wore a full beard in San Diego, so it’s little surprise his mustache game is strong. Wasn’t an early standout, but Headley’s a solid Top 10 pick at this point.

8. Mark Teixeira
My opinion on the Tex stache changes every time I see it, but Adam Warren convinced me to put him top 10. Warren’s logic is solid: Teixeira’s normally such a clean-cut guy, that seeing him with a mustache — and not a bad stache at that — is hilariously awkward.

9. Chase Whitley
Many, many bonus points for growing so quickly. Still not as good as it could be, but the early signs of life are promising. By his third start, I expect something even greater.

10. Andrew Miller
So bad it’s good. Miller went full facial hair last season with the Red Sox and Orioles, and he might be an all-or-nothing kind of guy. He’s definitely able to grow a mustache, but that doesn’t mean he should.

11. Brian McCann
You could make a case for McCann having a top-10 mustache. His isn’t bad, but I think I’m taking away points because I expected so much more. I really thought McCann’s might be an all-timer.

12. Stephen Drew
In the past week or so, Drew’s surely won the team award for most-improved mustache.

13. Nathan Eovaldi
Perfectly middle of the pack. Not good. Not bad. Just kind of a guy with an awkward mustache.

14. Jacoby Ellsbury
It’s not that Ellsbury can’t grow a mustache, it’s that a mustache is clearly not his go-to look. It’s not a great look, but it’s not so bad that it’s in the so-bad-it’s-good category.

15. CC Sabathia
A perfectly fine mustache, but Sabathia always grows so much facial hair in the offseason that seeing him with a stache just doesn’t do much. Almost don’t even notice it.

16. Chasen Shreve
Could be a sleeper pick for a strong mustache in a week or two. Seems to be improving, but the blond hair doesn’t help. Not particularly noticeable right now.

Chris Martin17. Chris Martin
Seems to have more potential than he’s showing. Right now the mustache just looks like a bit of 5 o’clock shadow with not real goal or purpose. I have higher expectations for a guy who used to stock shelves at Lowes.

18. David Carpenter
Thought he might be more like Headley. Instead he’s more like Shreve, but without the stache upside.

19. Justin Wilson
Too thin and creepy. Wilson’s been good this year, and I doubt the Yankees miss their previous go-to lefty relievers, but I’m betting both Boone Logan and Matt Thornton would have thrived in this new mustache culture.

20. Adam Warren
“Take it easy on me,” Warren said, when told I was planning to rank the mustaches. As far as team-bonding activities go, this one really didn’t play to Warren’s strengths.

21. Alex Rodriguez
So far, no real attempt from A-Rod to join the mustache movement. He’s one of two guys on the team who seems capable of growing a mustache but just not that into the idea. Wouldn’t be shocked to see Rodriguez jump on board at some point, though.

22.Michael Pineda
Word is that Pineda tried to do the mustache thing, but his came in so awkward — giant gap in the middle — that he bailed on the whole thing. I suppose there’s something to be said for knowing your weaknesses.

23. Carlos Beltran
Just like A-Rod, Beltran doesn’t seem to be trying to grow a mustache. He ranks lower than A-Rod because Beltran seems to have significant mustache potential if he’d go for it.

24. Didi Gregorius
“I just don’t have the genes to grow a mustache,” Gregorius said.The only redeeming factor is that Gregorius is so bad at it, it’s hard to tell he’s even attempting one.

25. Dellin Betances
There are worse things than having no mustache at all. Poor Dellin. The problem isn’t that he can’t grow a mustache, it’s that he can grow one, and it’s perfectly noticeable, and it’s horrible. He has the same thin-and-creepy problem that Wilson is dealing with, but it’s somehow worse on Betances.

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Postgame notes: “He’s been as good as anyone we’ve got”

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On the day Masahiro Tanaka went on the disabled list, Joe Girardi said he didn’t want any of his starting pitchers to try to fill those shoes. Girardi simply wanted his pitchers to be the best versions of themselves.

Fact is, on any given night, the best version of Pineda just might be the best Yankees starting pitcher even when Tanaka’s healthy. If the title of ace is up for grabs, Pineda made a strong case with tonight’s performance.

“He’s doing the job, and that’s the bottom line,” Girardi said. “It’s what we saw last year from him. He’s been as good as anyone we’ve got.”

Honestly, Pineda could have been better. Not because he didn’t pitch a complete game, but because he didn’t have his complete arsenal in the early innings. It took Pineda a while to find his slider, which accounts for some of those early base runners and hard-hit balls out of the gate. It was only after he found the slider and finished off his three-pitch mix that Pineda was truly dominant in the later innings.

“He’s a big-time pitcher,” Jacoby Ellsbury said. “If you don’t have one of your pitches, it’s a game of adjustments, not only from the offense’s side, but from a pitcher’s side. If you can go in there knowing one pitch isn’t working for you and find a way to get outs, that’s very impressive.”

With the slider, Pineda breezed through his final 10 batters. He didn’t seem to be slowing down. Instead, he seemed to be finding his stride. Girardi said he didn’t want to push Pineda past 101 pitches — he still remembers those shoulder problems of the past three seasons — but Girardi recalled the old saying that hitters have to get to a starting pitcher early or they won’t get to him at all. Once Pineda had his slider working, the Blue Jays had no chance.

“He pounds the zone with three pitches, and he knows exactly where they’re going,” Brian McCann said. “So you can throw the 3-1 slider. You can do a lot more to pound the zone. It’s impressive to have the command he has, with the stuff he has. … You can go wherever you want. You can attack hitters’ weaknesses. It’s not, because he can’t find the zone you have to call a fastball. You don’t have to. You see how the game goes, but it’s a lot easier to call a game when a guy knows where it’s going.”

Pineda said he’s not worried about the label of staff ace, but his ERA is down to 2.97 and he’s been the winning pitcher in four of his six starts. He’s pitched into the eighth inning twice and through the eighth inning once. Tonight he shutdown the highest-scoring offense in baseball.

“He’s a top of the rotation starter,” McCann said. “We’re not big on saying this guy’s an ace, that guy’s an ace. We’ve got five guys who compete every single night, and we’re glad he’s at the top of our rotation.”

Yankees Blue Jays Baseball• Chase Headley didn’t come in for ninth-inning defense because his back was bothering him after last night’s diving play at third base. Headley said it’s no big deal and isn’t the same as the back issue that lingered with him in San Diego. Girardi said he expects Headley to play tomorrow. “Just sore,” Headley said.

• Gregorio Petit had a fluoroscope done on his hand after tonight’s game. That early test came back negative — it’s sort of like an X-ray — and Girardi said the team might do more tests tomorrow. Petit was hit by a pitch in the ninth inning and had to leave the game. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” Girardi said. “If we have to X-ray it, we’ll X-ray it.”

• Worth noting that Petit’s injury could make the move simple for activating Jose Pirela tomorrow. “We’ll wait and see what we’ve got tomorrow (before announcing a move),” Girardi said.

• Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits tonight and now has 18 hits in his past 35 at-bats. “It’s hard to imagine you could be hotter than he is,” Girardi said. “He’s been unbelievable at the top of the order.”

• Ellsbury on his absurd hot streak: “You just go out there each and every day, try to put quality at-bats together and get on base for guys to drive me in. It obviously gives you a lot of confidence going each at-bat, each game. Just trying to keep it going as long as possible.”

• After missing yesterday with a sore lat, Mark Teixeira returned tonight to make some nice plays in the field and hit his team-leading 10th home run of the season. “You deal with bumps and bruises all year,” Teixeira said. “Yesterday, Joe thought it was a good day for me to take off and let it rest. It feels a little better today.”

Yankees Blue Jays Baseball• Tonight’s home run moved Teixeira into a tie with Carlos Beltran for the fourth-most home runs by a switch hitter. Both have 373. “It’s great to be able to play with a guy like Carlos,” Teixeira said. “I’ve played with Carlos, Chipper Jones and Lance Berkman, three of the best switch-hitters of our generation. It’s been a lot of fun playing with those guys. Hopefully we’ll be battling on that list for the next couple years.”

• This game seemed well in hand with a 6-0 lead in the ninth, but David Carpenter’s brutal night forced the Yankees to bring Andrew Miller in for a one-out save. Miller needed just nine pitches for his 11th save of the season. “It’s not what you want to do, but we had to,” Girardi said. “And we won the game, and that’s the most important thing.”

• Carpenter hasn’t been used very much this season, and he certainly hasn’t been used in many high-leverage situations. Tonight he was hit hard and hit often allowing three runs while getting just two outs. He gave up one home run and just missed two others. “Just missed location,” Girardi said. “That’s the bottom line. He’s a guy that relies on location even though he throws hard. You still have to locate, and he missed location.”

• Girardi had the bullpen up at the end of the seventh, but he said that was precautionary. “Just in case (Pineda) got into a long inning and some long at-bats,” Girardi said. “You don’t want to put him out there too long. We’ve talked about Michael, you know. Michael came off a serious shoulder injury and has not thrown 200 innings, so we’re going to watch him a little bit.”

• We’ll give the final word to McCann about Pineda: “I felt like he was tough from the first pitch. He creates such tough angles for hitters, that it’s hard to square him up. And it’s hard to do it consecutive at-bats. That’s why he doesn’t give up big innings. That’s why he pitches deep into ballgames. He’s just got really good stuff and knows what he’s doing.”

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Pineda looks positively ace-like in Yankees win vs. Blue Jays

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For the second night in a row, a Yankees starting pitcher silenced the highest-scoring offense in baseball. Tonight it was Michael Pineda, and he was even better than Chase Whitley was last night. Pineda pitched eight scoreless innings with six strikeouts and one walk in a 6-3 Yankees win against the Blue Jays. It’s now been exactly a week since Masahiro Tanaka went on the disabled list, and in that week the rest of the Yankees’ rotation has pitched 39 innings and allowed just 10 runs for an ace-like 2.31 ERA. Unlike last night, when Whitley took a no-decision because he got just one run of support, tonight the Yankees cashed in with runs in four different innings, getting contributions up and down the lineup. Jacoby Ellsbury stayed red hot with three hits including an RBI single, Mark Teixeira hit his 10th home run of the year, Alex Rodriguez had a two-run double — only the second time he’s driven in a run in his past seven games — and Didi Gregorius had his first RBI since April 22. David Carpenter allowed three runs in the ninth, leading the Yankees to use Andrew Miller to get the final out for his 11th save of the season.

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Game 27: Yankees at Blue Jays

Brian McCannYANKEES (16-10)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Gregorio Petit 3B

RHP Michael Pineda (3-0, 3.73)
Pineda vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (13-14)
Devon Travis 2B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Russell Martin C
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Kevin Pillar CF
Chris Colabello LF
Ryan Goins SS
Ezequiel Carrera RF

RHP Marco Estrada (1-0, 0.84)
Estrada vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:07 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Pretty nice day out, but they’re going to be playing under a dome.

UMPIRES: HP Ed Hickox, 1B Toby Basner, 2B Dana DeMuth, 3B Mike Estabrook

GOING DEEP: The Yankees have hit 33 home runs, third-most in the American League and fifth in the Majors (the Astros, Dodgers, Reds and Mariners have more). Mark Teixeira (9), Alex Rodriguez (6) and Chris Young (6) are the only set of three teammates with six or more home runs.

STILL HOT AS ELL: Jacoby Ellsbury has a seven-game hitting streak during which he’s 5-for-30 with five stolen bases and a 1.092 OPS. He has raised his season batting average from .282 to .347 over the stretch.

ON THIS DATE: It was on May 5, 1922 that the construction contract for Yankee Stadium was awarded to New York’s White Construction Company with the edict that the job be completed “at a definite price” of $2.5 million by Opening Day 1923. Just 284 working days later, the stadium hosted its inaugural game on April 18, 1923 when the Yankees defeated the Red Sox, 4-1 in front of an estimated crowd of 74,200.

UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: I was watching on the press dining room TV when Gardner doubled in the first inning, but I was pretty stunned to see he got to second on that ball. Maybe it looked different in person, but on TV I thought it was nothing more than a single. Anyway, Gardner’s double and a two-run double by A-Rod have the Yankees in front 2-0 after a half inning.

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Throwing error, then a botched attempt to catch a shallow fly ball. Couple of Blue Jays mistakes kept the inning going and set the stage for a two-out RBI single by Ellsbury. It’s now 3-0 heading into the bottom of the second.

UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Really nice play by Didi.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Gardner’s range really saved the Yankees in the third. He got to a double in the corner quickly enough to keep a run from scoring, then he tracked down a fly ball in the corner to end the inning (barely keeping the ball in his glove in the process). Pineda is through three scoreless.

UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: Long three-run home run by Teixeira for a 5-0 Yankees lead in the fifth.



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Pregame notes: Pirela joins the team without being activated

Jose Pirela

Weird to see a player show up without being added to the active roster, but that’s exactly what’s happened with Jose Pirela. He’s still technically on the disabled list — so he can be with the team — but his rehab assignment has ended, and the Yankees plan to activate him tomorrow.

“It’s kind of strange,” Joe Girardi said. “But we felt that we’ll fly him in today, have him hit, get him on the turf and feel what it’s like.”

Makes perfect sense that the Yankees want Pirela active for tomorrow’s game against a lefty, but it does seem a bit odd that he’s not playing tonight considering the Yankees are having Gregorio Petit start at third base. Pirela’s played that position, and in theory could have played there tonight. Maybe the Yankees want to keep Pirela at second base? Maybe someone other than Petit is coming off the roster tomorrow? Maybe the team wants to make sure certain players get through today healthy before making a decision.

“Let us get through today and then we’ll go from there,” Girardi said. “I know you guys are trying to figure out what the move is, but we’ll make it tomorrow. Something could change it today. That’s why you don’t do it.”

Pirela’s been terrific in his past few games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but Girardi indicated that he still expects Stephen Drew to get regular playing time despite his .149 batting average.

“I still think he’s hit the ball better than the numbers indicate,” Girardi said. “He hasn’t had a lot of luck, and he’s had some really big hits for us. I know he’s a better hitter than what the average shows. I know that.”

So is there a chance for Pirela to become more than just a right-handed platoon player?

“I’ll go day-by-day,” Girardi said. “Until he’s reinstated, until we start seeing what we have, I don’t think it does us a lot of good to speculate.”

Mark Teixeira• Last night’s lineup and late-inning defense make a little more sense now. Turns out, Mark Teixeira has been dealing with a lat issue that made him available only in an extreme situation last night. “We talked about possibly giving him Sunday off (as well),” Girardi said. “I said, ‘If you need more than one day you’ve got to let me know.’ He came in today and said he was fine.”

• Girardi said he was going to let Teixeira pinch hit last night if it were a one-run game, or presumably if Teixeira could have come to the plate as the tying run, but the team didn’t put anyone on base in the ninth. “He’s been able to manage it,” Girardi said. “You try to get him a day off to see if you can get it to calm down and get it healed. He’s been getting treatment for the last few days, and hopefully it’s gone, it’s behind us, but we’ll see.”

• Healthy day off for Chase Headley, Girardi said. “He’s almost played every game,” Girardi said. “We felt he needed a day today.”

• Why not let Alex Rodriguez play third? “I really didn’t want to do it just because of the turf and I’d like to keep him at DH as much as possible,” Girardi said.

• Dellin Betances is not available today. He’s pitched three of the past four, and Girardi doesn’t want guys to pitch four of five. He didn’t completely rule it out, but it’s pretty clear using Betances would be a kind of last resort at best.

• Girardi said he’s pretty sure Chris Capuano is making a rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton on Thursday. Capuano will pitch somewhere that day. Girardi thinks it will be Trenton.

• Jared Burton is off the disabled list. He was assigned to High-A Tampa today. Seems likely to end up with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre eventually.

• Chris Young will play tomorrow against the lefty, Girardi said. The Yankees have been encouraged by Carlos Beltran’s at-bats lately.

Associated Press photos


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