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McCarthy: “Can’t do anything more than what you can do”

Brandon McCarthy

The day Masahiro Tanaka went for an MRI on his elbow, Brandon McCarthy made his first start with the Yankees. He pitched into the seventh inning, allowed one earned run and the Yankees got a win. Since then, Tanaka’s been shutdown with a torn elbow ligament, and McCarthy has continued to pitch well.

Which means, there’s no problem at all! McCarthy will just fill Tanaka’s shoes, and the Yankees rotation will be fine.

“I hope (that)’s not a thought,” McCarthy said. “It’s not a thought for me because I’ve done things like that in the past where you realize it’s the wrong mindset. You’re trying to control something that’s out of your control. I don’t care who it is, for any of us, you just want to throw as well as you can and give the team a chance. If that replaces a really good pitcher or makes up for a bunch of injuries, then great. You can’t do anything more than what you can do, and trying to control that is a quick way to go backwards, I think.”

Maybe Brian Cashman will pull off some sort of massive trade in the next week before the trade deadline, but asking prices seem awfully high, and the Yankees might have to keep going the route of incremental upgrades. David Huff is better than Alfredo Aceves. McCarthy is better than Vidal Nuno. Chase Headley is better than Yangervis Solarte. Chris Capuano is better than whoever the next long reliever/spot starter might have been. That’s the basic idea of the Yankees moves so far.

And so far, the moves seem to have helped. McCarthy and Headley — the headliners of the new additions — have been particularly helpful in their first three games with the Yankees.

“Most important are the three wins,” Headley said. “I feel pretty comfortable. It’s a little bit of a learning experience not knowing any of the pitchers really. But, for the most part, swings have felt good. I just missed a couple balls and squared some up too. I’m pretty happy with where I’m at.”

And the Yankees have to be happy with that as well. There’s no true Tanaka replacement on the market — guys like that just aren’t available, especially if you assume the Rays aren’t trading David Price within the division — so the Yankees are going to need good swings from Headley and chances to win from McCarthy. That’s all they could ask for, and they’ve gotten both so far.

“It’s a nice feeling,” McCarthy said. “It’s the opposite of how I felt earlier this year, where I was a burden on my team. … To come here and feel good about myself again, to contribute to a playoff race, it’s a good feeling.”

Associated Press photo


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Postgame notes: “Ramped up all the way”

David Robertson

I realize this is the sort of predictable, unavoidable comment that always comes from a player who’s just been traded from a losing team to a second-place team, but for whatever reason, Chase Headley’s cliche words seemed to provide a little bit of outsider perspective this afternoon.

“From the beginning of spring training, it’s about giving yourself a chance in the postseason,” he said. “We’re right in the thick of it, and I couldn’t be happier to go from the situation I was in to being right in the middle of it.”

The lesson: If you’ve only been with the Yankees for three days, and each of those days has ended with a narrow win full of good pitching and timely hits, you’d have no problem realizing the Yankees are “right in the middle of it.” In fact, today’s win put the Yankees into a tie for the second wild card spot. Later tonight, when the Orioles and Mariners finish playing a West Coast game, the Yankees will be either still in line for the second wild card or only two games out of the division lead.

And speaking of perspective, here’s Joe Girardi on whether he’ll watch that Orioles-Mariners game to find of where his team stands.

“I’m sure I’ll put it on, and it will help me go to sleep,” he said. “… Look, it’s baseball, we’re baseball people, we know where we’re at. But we know there’s a long ways to go.”

The Yankees still have plenty of questions about their health and their offense and the long-term viability of their rotation, but winning six of seven games in the first week after the All-Star break has provided at least a few answers. Or at least it’s suggested that the Yankees might have found some answers. Their new third baseman had key hits in two of those wins, and their new starting pitcher looks like a potential difference maker.

Brandon McCarthy has a 1.45 ERA with the Yankees. He had a 5.01 ERA with Arizona.

“I was at a point where I really felt like I wanted more pressure, more something,” McCarthy said. “Kind of the fight or flight thing. I’ve always responded well to it. To get into a situation now where that’s the case – especially doing it for a team like the Yankees – it’s ramped up all the way.”

If you’ve watched the Yankees all year, then one week of good but not great baseball is probably not enough to wipe out all of those lingering, well-earned concerns. But in this first week after the All-Star break, the Yankees have played well, taken advantage of a long home stand, and given themselves a boost in the standings.  Long way to go, it’s true. But it’s also true that the Yankees are right in the middle of it.

“We’ve pitched extremely well, and we’ve had some timely hitting is the big thing,” Girardi said. “You put those two together, and you’re going to win games.”

Brandon McCarthy• The Yankees have won all three of McCarthy’s starts. He’s gone at least six innings each time, and he’s allowed just one earned run each time. The biggest difference after leaving Arizona? “Mostly not giving up runs, which is the opposite of what I had done earlier this year,” McCarthy said. “Sequence-wise, some of the things that we’ve talked about here, some of the things me and Mac talked about and now with Cervelli, sequences that are a little bit different and things we can do to keep some hitters off my pitches. I feel like I’ve executed pretty well and hit most of my spots. I’m throwing with a lot of conviction. It’s one of those runs where things kind of go in your favor.”

• Early in the game, the Rangers did a pretty good job of fouling off pitches. McCarthy had four strikeouts in the first two innings, but his pitch count got up pretty quickly, which held him to six innings on 109 pitches. “You could look at the first at-bat Rios put on him,” Girardi said. “It was probably a 10-pitch at-bat, and they fouled off a lot of pitches, but he just kept at it. He kept throwing strikes with his sinker and his cutter and his breaking ball, and he just found a way to get through it.”

• McCarthy has spoken highly of pitching to McCann, so was it different pitching to Cervelli? “Not different at all,” he said. “I’ve heard good things about Cervy. I know Cervy and Mac talked before, and we’re all kind of the same page now. It was a pretty comfortable transition. It looks like a little bit different target, that’s the only thing. They wear different gear. Other than that, in terms of game-calling, they’re very similar. They put in their preparation ad they know what we’re going to do going in.”

• The Yankees have won each of McCarthy’s first three starts. The Diamondbacks won just one of his first 16 starts earlier this season.

• Not only has McCarthy allowed just one earned run in each of his three starts, the Yankees pitching staff has now allowed four runs or less in each of their past 10 games dating back to July 11 in Baltimore. Yankees starters have a 2.12 ERA in the past 12 games.

Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley• Francisco Cervelli had the go-ahead double, which was his third double in two days — basically a game and a half. He’s hit safely in eight of his past nine starts. “I appreciate every moment because of all the things I’ve been through,” he said. “At the same time, I’ve got to be ready for every opportunity. I just want to win. That’s what I like to do. I’ve been here for 12 years, and that’s been the philosophy on the Yankees. Win win win win. That’s all I know.”

• Hasn’t Cervelli felt at least a little drained by playing an extra-inning game and then a day game after a night game. “I’m good,” he said. “My season started the other day, so I’m fresh.”

• Girardi on whether he’s worried about Cervelli’s recent workload: “No. Not at all. Not with Cervy. Probably as energetic as any player I got. He loves to play, so I’m not surprised. I’ll probably have to pick a day somewhere here to spell him a day, but he’s done a really, really good job.”

• Headley was 1-for-4 and has a hit in 14 of his past 16 games (including all three with the Yankees). “Most important are the three wins,” he said. “I feel pretty comfortable. It’s a little bit of a learning experience not knowing any of the pitchers really. But, for the most part, swings have felt good. I just missed a couple balls and squared some up too. I’m pretty happy with where I’m at.”

• Dave Robertson got his 25th save. Adam Warren allowed a solo homer, but that was the only hit allowed in three innings by the Yankees bullpen.

• The Yankees have come from behind in each of their past four wins, and they improved to a Major-League-best 32-20 in games decided by two runs of less.

• Final word goes to Girardi, talking about this weird but ultimately successful series: “Like you said, the days were strange. This series started out really strange with five errors in one game. Then to be able to win the next two and beat Yu Darvish 2-1 — I know it was rain-shortened, but we beat Yu Darvish 2-1 — and then to come out today, we were behind and came back and won the game. It was nice.”

Associated Press photos


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Yankees acquire Chris Capuano

I would guess this is bad news for Jeff Francis, but who knows? Here’s the announcement from the Yankees.

CapuanoThe New York Yankees today announced they have acquired LHP Chris Capuano from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for cash considerations.

Capuano, 35, was signed as a free agent by the Rockies on July 4, and made four combined starts with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs, posting a 1-0 record with a 2.79 ERA (19.1IP, 16H, 6ER, 5BB, 21K, 2HR). Earlier this year, he went 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA (31.2IP, 34H, 16ER, 15BB, 29K, 3HR) in 28 relief appearances with Boston before being released on July 1.

The 6-foot, 3-inch, Springfield, Mass., native is 74-84 with a 4.28 ERA (1,299.1IP, 1,339H, 618ER, 407BB, 1,079K) in 266 games (209 starts) over 10 Major League seasons with Arizona (2003), Milwaukee (2004-07, ‘10), New York-NL (2011), Los Angeles-NL (2012-13) and Boston (2014). Originally drafted by the Diamondbacks in the eighth round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft, he went 18-12 with a 3.99 ERA (219.0IP, 212H, 97ER, 91BB, 176K) in 35 starts in 2005, setting career highs in wins, starts and strikeouts. In 2006, he was named to the National League All-Star team but did not appear in the game.



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Yankees win another one with help from the new guys

Brandon McCarthy
Another strong start by Brandon McCarthy. Another key RBI from Chase Headley. Another second-half win for the Yankees. Sure, the offense is still not scoring a ton of run, and one good week doesn’t undo a first half’s worth of damage, but today’s 4-2 win against the Rangers did give the Yankees another series victory and a strong first week after the All-Star break. Rotation upgrade McCarthy allowed one run on three third-inning singles, but otherwise delivered six good innings for his second straight win. Down 1-0 in the fourth, it was infield upgrade Headley who delivered the game-tying RBI single, his third hit in as many games with the Yankees. Francisco Cervelli had the go-ahead double and scored a run in the fifth before Brian McCann — staying hot after a late surge before the break — doubled in an insurance run in the ninth. The go-to relievers kept the Rangers off the board, and the Yankees had their sixth win in the past seven days. Still far from a perfect team, but it’s been a good week — if sometimes a bizarre week — back at Yankee Stadium.

Associated Press photo


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Game 101: Yankees vs. Rangers

Brandon McCarthy, Joe GirardiYANKEES (52-48)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brendan Ryan SS

RHP Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 1.42)
McCarthy vs. Rangers

RANGERS (40-61)
Shin-Soo Choo LF
Elvis Andrus SS
Alex Rios RF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jim Adduci 1B
J.P. Arencibia DH
Leonys Martin CF
Robinson Chirinos C
Rougned Odor 2B

RHP Colby Lewis (6-7, 6.37)
Lewis vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: Temperatures in the 80s with a very slight chance of rain.

UMPIRES: HP Dan Iassogna, 1B CB Bucknor, 2B Quinn Wolcott, 3B Dale Scott

THIRD TIME OUT: This is McCarthy’s third start since coming to the Yankees from the Diamondbacks just before the All-Star break. Last time out, he struck out nine and walked none in a win against the Reds. He was the first Yankees pitchers to have no walks with nine strikeouts since CC Sabathia on May 31 of last year against Boston. This is McCarthy’s 21st start of the season, which is already the fourth-highest single-season total of his career.

SINCE THE BREAK: The Yankees are 5-1 since the All-Star break, tied for the second-best such record in the majors. This is an opportunity to win back-to-back series coming out of the break. The home stand lasts through the weekend.

ON THIS DATE: On July 24, 1983 the Yankees and Royals played the famous “Pine Tar Game) at the original Yankee Stadium. The Yankees initially won 4-3, but the game ended in protest and the Royals won 5-4 when the game was completed in August.

UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Quick first inning for each side.

UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: Four strikeouts in two innings for McCarthy.

UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: Double play erased the leadoff walk, but now McCarthy has allowed back-to-back singles.

UPDATE, 1:47 p.m.: Make that three straight singles after Brian Roberts couldn’t make the over-the-shoulder catch on a bloop into shallow center field. Roberts then kicked the ball, letting the lead runner advance to third. So it’s a hit, an error and a run. It’s also a 1-0 Rangers lead. (scratch that, official scorer just took away the error on that play)

UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: Fly ball to right ends the inning with runners left stranded at the corners. One Rangers run on three hits and a walk in the third inning.

UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Farthest Ichiro has hit a ball in quite a while. Martin tracked it down, though.

UPDATE, 2:08 p.m.: Chase Headley. Greatest Yankee ever. Two-out RBI single to tie the game at 1.

UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: No more strikeouts for a few innings, but McCarthy gets another one when he needed it. Strikes out Andrus to leave runners at first and second in the fifth inning.

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: With McCann at first, Cervelli has been a pretty good regular catcher. Doubled twice yesterday. Now he has an RBI double to put the Yankees in front today. It’s 2-1 Yankees with Cervelli at second and still no outs in the fifth.

UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: Yankees challenging the call at first. Looks to me like Odor’s foot hit the bag while he had the ball.

UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: Six innings of one-run ball is all the Yankees are going to get from McCarthy today. Another strong start from the new guy. Warren came in to start the seventh and immediately allowed a solo homer to cut the Yankees lead to 3-2.

UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: Thornton gets his man this time. Yankees through the seventh with a 3-2 lead.

UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.:  Here comes Betances to handle the eighth. Still 3-2 Yankees.


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Pregame notes: Yankees expect Teixiera decision tomorrow

Mark Teixeira

Joe Girardi said the Yankees will to make a decision tomorrow regarding Mark Teixiera. He’s either healthy enough to rejoin the lineup in a few days, or he’s hurt enough to go on the disabled list.

“It’s just seeing how he feels after three or four days (of rest),” Girardi said. “And then we’ll decide if we think it’s going to be in the near future that he would play, or if we’re going to need the 15 days. If it’s going to be 12, 13, 14 days, it probably make sense to get a player.”

This is Teixeira’s fourth day off after getting that injection for his strained lat. Without him, the Yankees really don’t have a first baseman. Kelly Johnson was the backup, but now he’s on the disabled list, and Brian McCann has become the first base regular, but at some point Francisco Cervelli’s going to need a day off behind the plate.

“I’ve got like 11 other guys I can run out there,” Girardi said, either joking or making a fair statement about the fact one inexperienced guy is just as good as another. “I talked to Chase (Headley) about it. Chase said he would feel comfortable going over there. I would not be afraid to put Brendan Ryan there. I would not be afraid to put (Zelous) Wheeler there.”

But if Teixeira is going to be out much longer, the Yankees might as well add someone who gives more flexibility at first base. That could be bringing up a first baseman — I assume either Kyle Roller or Jose Pirela — or bringing up a catcher so that McCann can play first base full time for the time being.

“We’ll get through today,” Girardi said. “And we’ll probably have something tomorrow and we’ll make a decision.”

Derek Jeter• Michael Pineda’s scheduled simulated game was rained out, so he pitched inside and threw the equivalent of two innings. Not ideal, but the Yankees will move forward with his rehab schedule. In five days he’ll go three innings or 45-50 pitches. Girardi said he wasn’t sure whether that would be a sim game or an actual rehab assignment.

• Regular day off for Derek Jeter, and Girardi said it has nothing to do with ground ball pitcher Brandon McCarthy being on the mound. “It’s just kind of the way it goes,” Girardi said. “Day game (after a night game). If it was a night game, he probably would’ve played.”

• Would Girardi consider swapping roles by putting Cervelli at first base and using McCann behind the plate? “I could do that, (but) I’m not sure I would,” Girardi said. “Cervy’s next thing might be a day off. But right now he’s extremely energetic still and he has that in him.”

• Girardi wouldn’t go into detail about why he preferred Jacoby Ellsbury leading off and Brett Gardner batting second today, but he was also asked if he’s ever considered — given Ellsbury’s steals and Gardner’s surprising power — batting Ellsbury leadoff and Gardner third when the Yankees have a full lineup. “That I wouldn’t do,” Girardi said. “It’s just that Gardy’s really never hit in that spot. Jake is a guy that I feel I can move around because he has moved around, in a sense. I’ve toyed with different ideas. I won’t say the other day that I didn’t think about hitting Gardy (third). I thought that Jake might not be available to me that one day, maybe I do hit Gardy third, but I probably wouldn’t do it. But I said probably.”

• Just to be clear, the Yankees don’t expect Teixeira to play tomorrow, only that they’ll have a better idea about his health tomorrow. “I don’t think tomorrow’s the day,” Girardi said. “But obviously you want to feel that there’s progress and that he feels better and that he can start doing some stuff. We felt that we’d give him three days not doing much with treatment and we’d see where we’re at.”

• The Yankees are keeping their extra pitcher for today. Could lose a pitcher tomorrow to add a position player. Likely want to know what’s going on with Teixeira before making that decision.

• McCarthy has pitched well since coming to the Yankees, and he’s given some credit to the fact the Yankees are having him throw his cutter again. “I think guys want to feel like they have all their weapons,” Girardi said. “That was a big pitch for him. I know that when we faced him that was a huge pitch for him, and for him to get that back and feel comfortable with it would be really important.”

Associated Press photos



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Jeter gets a day off

No roster move. Chris Leroux is still here; Yankees still have a three-man bench (but really a two-man because of the Teixeira injury).

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brendan Ryan SS

RHP Brandon McCarthy


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Video of last night’s downpour

Taboola Home/Section Front Player

While we’re waiting for today’s lineup to be posted, how about some video of last night’s downpour? The footage is chronological, so you’ll be able to see that the grounds crew very nearly had the tarp on the field, but when they had to go back and start over, it became a mess. There’s video of the crew trying to get the field back into playing shape, and the last thing you’ll see is a shot of the field just as Joe Girardi and Ron Washington gathered with the umpires at first base to talk about whether to resume playing.


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Postgame notes: “It was just squishy”

Yu Darvish

Getting the tarp on the field tonight was a near total failure. The rain came suddenly, it was a downpour within seconds, the wind was blowing, and the grounds crew literally couldn’t get the tarp out of left field. I wasn’t even paying much attention to them at first, so I’m not entirely sure what started the whole mess, but it was very quickly obvious that the tarp was covered with too much rain to drag onto the infield. It took a full 14 minutes — with various other stadium workers helping — to finally get the infield covered.

And it was all over at that point.

The rain stopped and there was a lengthy, rather impressive effort to get the field playable again. Just looking at it, the infield seemed perfectly fine. But that water didn’t disappear beneath all of that fresh dirt.

“Even if there was no rain, it’s not going to just magically going to dry up,” crew chief Dale Scott said. “It wasn’t the surface, it was underneath. From what you saw, not getting that tarp on, to what it looked like once they fixed it up, it looked beautiful. But frankly, the surface looked great, underneath though it was just squishy. And it was too soft for turns and baselines.”

Although the Yankees clearly had the most to gain from a called game, Scott said that both managers agreed that the surface was far too dangerous. Joe Girardi said that Ron Washington called the infield, “a hamstring just waiting to be pulled.”

And these two teams know a thing or two about pulled hamstrings this year.

“We made a joke that you could put the two teams together with their DL and you could form a pretty good team,” Girardi said. “Neither one of us can really afford anyone else to go on the DL because of conditions that players shouldn’t be on.”

So the Yankees got a win against one of the best pitchers in baseball. Call it karma for what happened just before the break.

“We kind of were owed this one after what happened in Baltimore, I think,” Brett Gardner said. “It’s good. We’ll take a win any way we get can get it.”

David Phelps• Look back at the last out of the fifth inning, when David Phelps came off the mound screaming and pumping his fist. That strikeout stranded the tying run at third base. Turns out to be the biggest out of the night. “I knew I had a base open,” Phelps said. “Cervy kind of told me, ‘Let’s make him swing at some stuff.’ I was able to make a couple of pitches, and he swung at a ball out of the zone. It’s a big moment. We were up 2-1 against Darvish, who doesn’t give up two runs very often. It was just one of those times when you really want to keep the lead for them.”

• Phelps is credited with a complete game for going five innings with one run on five hits, no walks and three strikeouts. That’s the first complete game of his career. Kind of a cheap way to get it, but he went head-to-head with Darvish and got a win. That’s something. Phelps is now unbeaten in his past eight starts going 4-0 with a 2.96 ERA. He has a 2.51 ERA in his past eight starts at Yankee Stadium.

• What’s made Phelps so consistent? Basically, he said being consistent starts with consistency. “It’s nice being on every five days,” he said. “I’ve been able to get on a routine and just getting comfortable with going out there every fifth day. It’s what I’ve done my whole career being a starter, and it’s nice being able to get back into that role.”

• Did Phelps pitch that fifth inning as if it were the ninth, knowing the rain was on its way? “I had no idea there was weather coming in,” he said. “When I got done, I heard one of our bat boys tell one of our coaches that they said they were calling for rain in five or 10 minutes. I looked at the forecast before the game, it said 40 to 50 percent, so I didn’t think we were seeing anything like that.”

• Phelps was not going back to the mound, by the way. Darvish was going, despite the delay of one hour and 49 minutes. Crazy. If Darvish hadn’t actually gone to the mound to throw some warm-up pitches, I wouldn’t have believed he was actually planning to stay in the game.

Bret Gardner• Gardner’s game-winning home run was his 100th hit of the season. His 10 homers this season are a career-high, and the Yankees are now 26-7 in games when Gardner goes deep in his career. “Just being a little more aggressive,” Gardner said. “Trying to continue to work on my swing with K-Long, being more aggressive at the plate, and take my A swing.”

• Two doubles for Francisco Cervelli. He’s hit safely in seven of his last eight starts, batting .379 in those games. “I just try to see the ball and hit it,” Cervelli said. “That’s it. I’m not worried about results because, like you said, I don’t have that many games. I cannot think too much. I just go there and try to hit the ball.”

• Another Yankees hit for Chase Headley who’s actually hit safely in 13 of his past 15 games.

• No hit for Brian McCann, who went 0-for-2 and snapped his streak of reaching base safely in 17 games.

• Derek Jeter played in his 1,600th Yankees victory. According to Elias, Jeter has the highest personal winning percentage (.595) among active players who have played at least 1,000 games.

• No doubt that this rain out really helped the Yankees depleted bullpen. One night after using every single reliever, the Yankees didn’t have to use a single one tonight. Even so, I wonder if they’ll keep Chris Leroux another day before bringing up another position player.

• Apparently Ron Washington said he did not believe the grounds crew’s tarp trouble was intentional. But, when asked if the idea crossed his mind, Washington said, “no comment.” Have to imagine the idea of an intentional tarp mistake at least crossed the mind of everyone watching this one, but I just can’t imagine it being the case. “The grounds crew did everything they could,” Girardi said. “They physically did everything they could and Mother Nature took over.”

• CC Sabathia’s surgery went as expected today. “I guess his surgery went well,” Girardi said. “I don’t know if we’ll see him. Obviously he’s not allowed to travel for a few days, so we’ll probably see him when we get back from the road trip.”

• Final word goes to Gardner about sneaking a win against a guy like Darvish: “He’s a guy who’s tough to get things going on, but we were able to get just enough of the game in before it started raining. The field was in pretty bad shape, so I’m glad we didn’t go back out there.”

Associated Press photos



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Yankees get a rain-shortened win

Francisco Cervelli

On the last day before the All-Star break, the Yankees took a five-inning loss with no chance to rally because of rain in Baltimore. Mother Nature owed them one, and she paid her debt tonight. A rain delay in the bottom of the fifth inning left Yankee Stadium soaked and ultimately handed the Yankees a rain-shortened 2-1 win against Yu Darvish and the Rangers. Same thing happened to the Yankees on July 13, when they were forced to accept a 3-1 loss after five innings at Camden Yards. When the rain started, it was an instant downpour, and it took the grounds crew 14 minutes to cover the field. The infield was drenched, and although the game nearly resumed at 10:05, more rain fell and the game was called at 10:35. Yankees starter David Phelps was credited with a complete game, having allowing one run through five innings. He’d pumped his fist and shouted as he came off the mound at the end of the fifth inning, having struck out Rougned Odor to strand the tying run at third base. As it turned out, that pitch made all the difference. The Yankees had scored their two runs in the third inning, first on a Darvish balk and then on Brett Gardner’s 10th home run of the year. Darvish has just a 2.92 ERA this season, and in a five-inning game, getting two runs against him was enough for the Yankees.

Associated Press photo


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