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Sorting through the September call-up candidates

Because today is an off day, the Yankees have little reason to make their September call-ups right away. They’ll more likely wait for the Double-A and Triple-A seasons to finish up this afternoon, then make their moves to supplement the big league roster. Here’s an unnecessarily long look at some of the guys who should be on the radar for September call-ups, as well as some of the guys who might seem like September candidates but are far more likely to go unpromoted because of 40-man roster constraints.

Teams always want to add pitching depth in September, and the Yankees have plenty of readily available options to do just that. Not all of these guys will be healthy enough to get a call-up, but it seems safe to assume that at least two or three will join (or rejoin) the team for the final month of the season.

LHP Manny Banuelos
In his first year back from Tommy John surgery, it’s been an up-and-down season for Banuelos. He was bumped up to Triple-A three weeks ago and has pitched four times at that level. His first last five strong innings. His second lasted just three innings with six walks. His third was another three-inning start, this time with five hits. Last time out he went four innings, six hits, three runs, one walk, four strikeouts.  Might be worth getting his feet wet, but might be a bit much to expect much impact.

RHP Jose Campos
Lost for the year after having Tommy John surgery in April. Not a call-up candidate.

RHP Preston Claiborne
Activated from the Triple-A disabled list a little more than a week ago. Seems like a good bet for a call-up if only because he’s a familiar face who’s had some big league success — granted, with some inconsistency — in the past. Only reason not to bring him up would be if the Yankees are going to give his 40-man spot to someone else.

RHP Matt Daley
The Yankees have carried Daley in their bullpen a decent amount this season. He’s a lot like Claiborne in that the only reason not to bring him up would be to immediately give his 40-man spot to someone else. Might depend on whether the Yankees think some of their younger relievers can legitimately help in the short term. If they’re not convinced, they could use Daley in September and still give his spot to someone else over the winter. (Completely forgot Daley’s on the disabled list, which would seem to make him far more of a DFA candidate than a call-up candidate)

RHP Bryan Mitchell
For a long time, Mitchell was far more potential than actual results. But since a mid-season bump to Triple-A, Mitchell’s numbers have been pretty good (with two pretty ugly starts mixed in). Seems telling that on Saturday the Yankees had both Mitchell and Chase Whitley pitch two innings of relief. Seems like the kind of thing they’d do to keep each guy on track for a Tuesday call-up.

RHP Jose Ramirez
Injured and not a call-up candidate. Question is whether the Yankees would be willing to basically give Ramirez a month of big league pay and service time so that they can transfer him to the 60-day disabled list and open his 40-man spot for someone else. Could happen, but it’s a rarity.

RHP Chase Whitley
Probably the biggest call-up lock of the bunch. Whitley was sent down when the Yankees finally needed a full four-man bench, and he’ll almost certainly return to give them another long man in the bullpen. Although the Yankees left Whitley exposed to the Rule 5 last winter, he’s likely done enough this season to keep his 40-man spot through the offseason to enter spring training as a long relief (and possibly rotation) candidate.

Now that Zelous Wheeler is back in the big leagues, the Yankees have six minor league position players on the 40-man roster, and not one of them is an infielder. The question is how many extra catchers and outfielders the Yankees really want/need for the final month of the season. 

OF Zoilo Almonte
Another strong bet for a call-up. Although Almonte is a switch hitter, his potential impact comes as a left-handed power bat who can play the outfield corners and possibly provide some pop. That said, when Almonte’s been up previously this season, Joe Girardi has been hesitant to use him. As a September call-up, he’d probably be a fifth outfielder at best behind fourth outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. Good be to be called up, just not a good bet to see much playing time unless the Yankees fall completely out of the race.

OF Ramon Flores
Two ways to look at this one. On the one hand, Flores had a nice year in Triple-A and has some tools that could come in handy. On the other hand, he missed much of the year with an ankle injury, and aside from one huge game, he really hasn’t hit much since coming off the disabled list. Do the Yankees really have any kind of role for another left-handed outfielder? Especially if Almonte comes up, how is Flores going to get any sort of playing time?

OF Slade Heathcott
Out with yet another injury and not a call-up candidate. Upside is still significant enough that I have to believe the Yankees would strongly prefer not to put him on the 60-day disabled list and start any sort of big league clock, but it’s also becoming hard to ignore the fact that his star has faded considerably. Just hasn’t stayed healthy enough to have any real idea what to expect from him going foward.

C John Ryan Murphy / C Austin Romine
Two different guys, but it’s pretty hard to separate them at this point. Neither put up particularly good numbers in Triple-A this season, but each one has enough big league experience to serve as a dependable third catcher for the final month. On his own, either one would be a lock for September. With both on the roster, the question is whether the Yankees will call up both or simply chose one.

C Gary Sanchez
Still might be the Yankees top hitting prospect this side of Aaron Judge, but his Double-A numbers aren’t overwhelming and the Yankees already have more catchers than they need with Murphy and Romine in the September mix. Maybe the Yankees have seen something from Sanchez and want to reward him, but it seems more likely that they’ll go with one or two of the more experienced young catchers and let Sanchez begin making his big league case next season in Triple-A.

Two players are still taking up spots on the 40-man roster without being healthy enough to join the active roster. Activating either one of these two would essentially count as another September call-up. 

RHP David Phelps
I don’t think Phelps will be ready to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, but I also don’t think he’s so far away that it would be worth putting him on the 60-day. Last pitched on August 3, so going on the 60-day would mean losing Phelps for the season. Little reason to do that unless he has a setback.

RHP Masahiro Tanaka
So far, the Yankees have kept Tanaka on the 15-day disabled list. With rosters expanding, though, and his return pushed back because of his sore arm, Tanaka might as well go on the 60-day at this point. It’s been almost 60-days already. If the Yankees want to add a guy who’s not currently on the 40-man, moving Tanaka to the 60-day would at least temporarily open a spot.

These players are not on the 40-man roster, and they likely have no long-term future with the Yankees. The question is whether the Yankees believe they can play some sort of short-term role to provide a minor boost during the month of September before being almost certainly taken off the roster this winter.

RHP Andrew Bailey
Has been vaguely on the radar since signing a minor league deal with the Yankees in spring training. The former big league closer, though, is recovering from shoulder surgery and does not seem far enough along to be a legitimate call-up candidate. Mark Newman said recently that Bailey is not far enough along to even offer a guess as to when he might be ready to pitch in a game.

RHP Chris Leroux
Been up and down several times and got into two games for the Yankees this season, but he’s no longer on the 40-man roster, and the Yankees can more easily add a guy like Mitchell or Whitley to provide an true long man for the final month. He’s spent some time in the big leagues this season, but September seems unlikely.

RHP Chaz Roe
Got into 21 games with the Diamondbacks last season, but Roe spent all of this season in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League where he had a 1.16 WHIP, 14 saves, and 72 strikeouts in 64 innings. The Yankees made a minor trade for him yesterday, and considering the minor league season ends today, it’s worth wondering why they acquired him at all if not for a September call-up that might serve as an audition for next season. He’s 27 years old and was a first-round pick back in 2005.

OF Antoan Richardson
In some other circumstances, Richardson might be a nice September candidate as a versatile outfielder who can switch hit and provide some speed off the bench. He’s had a nice year with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, living up to his reputation as a guy who has a knack for getting on base. The Yankees, though, already have Ichiro Suzuki providing outfield depth and speed off the bench.

INF Scott Sizemore
Once again healthy and active in Triple-A, Sizemore has done exactly what he’s supposed to do — he’s hit pretty well against lefties — and he’s gotten some big league time with the Yankees, but the Yankees are no longer desperate for help at second and third, which might rule out the possibility of bringing Sizemore back. Seems kind of pointless to have both him and Wheeler.

OF Chris Young
The Yankees signed the veteran to essentially a five-game minor league tryout. He homered in his third game in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but he’s also struck out a lot. He’s basically an experienced right-handed outfield option. At his best he has some speed and some pop and can play center field, but is a guy who was released by the Mets really going to help the Yankees?

These players have to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason or else face the possibility of being taken in the Rule 5 draft. Being Rule 5 eligible gives added incentive to go ahead and add these players to the 40-man right away if the Yankees believe they can play a big league role immediately (it happens occasionally, but not very often). It’s worth noting that several other players will be Rule 5 eligible this offseason — Mason Williams, Cito Culver, Matt Tracy, Zach Nuding — but I’m not listing them here just because they seem to be extreme long shots for September.

OF Tyler Austin
To his credit, Austin really turned things on in the second half. He’s hit .336/.397/.557 in 122 at-bats since the All-Star break, some much-needed good news for a guy whose prospect star was fading. He’s also back to playing right field most of the time. Probably not enough to win him a September call-up, but might be enough to get him onto the 40-man this winter.

RHP Dan Burawa
Was actually Rule 5 eligible last winter as well, but he went unprotected and the Yankees were able to keep him and his big fastball. Burawa’s minor league season, though, has been wildly up and down. He was terrific early in the season in Triple-A, then faded and wound up demoted to Double-A where he pitched well again and just earned a promotion back to Triple-A. Big arm, but seems like a call-up long shot.

RHP Mark Montgomery
When he positively dominated the lower levels, Montgomery emerged as the Yankees top bullpen prospect, earning comparisons to Dave Robertson. In the upper-levels, though, he’s dealt with injuries and underwhelming results. This season, he’s gone from Triple-A to Double-A, where he’s basically spent the past month cutting down on the walks and consistently putting up zeroes again. That said, if he were a call-up candidate, surely he would have been bumped back up to Triple-A by now.

RHP Branden Pinder
Having basically jumped ahead of guys like Burawa and Montgomery, Pinder was making a decent case for a call-up before he landed on the disabled list a little more than a week ago. Might not have been a strong September candidate anyway. Going to be more interesting to see whether he’s protected this winter.

UT Jose Pirela
Pretty sure Pirela isn’t simply Rule 5 eligible, he should be eligible for free agency after spending the past seven seasons playing pro ball in the United States. A terrific year in Triple-A has put Pirela back on the prospect map as a guy capable of playing basically any position except pitcher and catcher. Question is whether the Yankees believe he’s worth a 40-man spot. In the short-term, could basically do exactly what Zelous Wheeler is doing? In the long term, is it worth a roster spot for a guy who’s upside might be no higher than big league bench player?

1B Kyle Roller
Easily overlooked throughout his career, Roller has stayed relevant because he’s kept hitting. This year the Yankees bumped him up to Triple-A and he has the most home runs of any minor leaguer currently in the organization (Pete O’Brien had more). He’s a left-handed hitter, but defensively he’s limited to first base, which makes him neither a strong bench player nor a great Rule 5 candidate.

LHP Nik Turley
The starting pitcher for today’s Triple-A finale, Turley was on the 40-man roster until a spring arm problem forced him to miss time and ultimately cost him a roster spot. Since coming off the disabled list, he’s been good at times and not so good at other times. Not so long ago, the Yankees liked him enough to give him a roster spot. How much has that situation changed? A lot of walks this year, which isn’t a great sign.

SHP Pat Venditte
Almost didn’t list him because it’s still hard to know what to make of the famous switch pitcher. His Triple-A numbers are pretty good this year — better against lefties than against righties — and he’s been better in the second half of the season. But do the Yankees take him seriously as a big league option? If they liked him as a possible left-on-left specialist, why didn’t he get that Rich Hill call-up earlier this month?

Here are a few young player who have already made it into the upper levels of the system, and to at least some degree have played well enough to deserve call-up consideration. In each case, though, giving one of these players a September call-up would fill a 40-man roster spot earlier than necessary, potentially forcing the Yankees to leave another prospect exposed to the Rule 5 or forcing them to DFA a player they could otherwise keep. The question in each case is whether the one-month impact of each player would be worth creating an unnecessary 40-man logjam.

OF Taylor Dugas
Yes, he’s undersized, but at some point that won’t matter if he keeps hitting. In a year when so many upper-level outfielders either struggled or got hurt, Dugas hit his way onto the radar. He was an eighth-round pick, so it’s not like he entered the system as a completely nobody.

OF Adonis Garcia
Checked with a Yankees official just to make sure, and Garcia is still not Rule 5 eligible. He’s been a nice offensive player in Triple-A, showing both power and speed. He’s also been able to play all three outfield positions, plus some third base. But is it really worth putting him on the 40-man just to give him a few big league at-bats in September?

LHP James Pazos
Maybe a reach to suggest he deserves serious consideration, but Pazos is a lefty who went to the Arizona Fall League last offseason and has pitched well in Double-A this year (lefties have hit just .178 against him). Before getting Josh Outman, the Yankees might have been more desperate for a left-handed reliever, and Pazos might have been a stronger candidate if he were already Rule 5 eligible.

2B Rob Refsnyder
Surely the most popular September call-up candidate, but also a guy who’s almost certainly not going to get one. Could win a big league job next year, and will likely compete for a job in spring training, but it’s hard to imagine the Yankees clogging their 40-man just to let Refsnyder get his feet wet.

RHP Nick Rumbelow
I’m mentioning him largely because he’s in Triple-A and has pitched well aside from one four-hit, four-run outing last weekend. This is just his first full season of pro ball, though. Makes more sense to have him on the 2015 radar rather than the September radar.

LHP Jacob Lindgren
Let’s call him the second-most popular September candidate after Refsnyder. But again, he doesn’t have to be protected, and now that Outman is in the mix, there’s less sense of desperation in looking for a left-handed reliever. Could be interesting next spring to see how many non-40-man guys are seriously competing for big league roster spots.

LHP Tyler Webb
Three rounds after the Yankees took Rumbelow out of LSU, the Yankees took Webb out of the University of South Carolina. The Yankees pushed Webb to Triple-A in July, and he instantly jumped onto the big league roster as a potential left-handed reliever. But Triple-A lefties have hit .320 against him, and he just like with Lindgren, it’s hard to see the Yankees creating 40-man issues now that they have Outman in the mix.

Associated Press photos (except the Refsnyder shot, which is from my friends at the Scranton Times-Tribune)


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Playoff hopes slipping as Yankees enter September

Derek Jeter

While the Yankees were busy scoring just three runs and once again losing to the Blue Jays on Sunday, the Orioles were scoring 12 runs and winning for the sixth time in seven days.

And so we enter the season’s final month with the Yankees a full nine games out of first place in the American League East. Even if the Yankees sweep their remaining eight games against Baltimore, they’ll still need help to win the division. I suppose a division title is not impossible, but focusing on the division standings seems a waste of time at the moment. So let’s forget about the Orioles for now. The second wild card is the only thing worth any attention right now, which means focusing on these teams:

Kansas City Royals
Leading the AL Central
Games remaining vs. Yankees: 3
September schedule: 3 vs. Rangers, 3 at Yankees, 3 at Tigers, 4 vs. Red Sox, 3 vs. White Sox, 3 vs. Tigers, 3 at Indians, 4 at White Sox

Right now, the Royals have played themselves beyond the wild card standings and into the mix for a division title. They’re just a half game ahead of the Tigers, though, and there’s a solid chance the Royals will be back in the wild card fray by the time they get to Yankee Stadium this weekend. They get an off day before the start of that series. They also finish the season with a week on the road. The Royals also still have to finish last night’s game against the Indians, which was postponed with the Indians winning in the 10th inning.

Detroit Tigers
Leading the second wild card
Games remaining vs. Yankees: 0
September schedule: 4 at Indians, 3 vs. Giants, 3 vs. Royals, 3 vs. Indians, 3 at Twins, 3 at Royals, 3 vs. White Sox, 4 vs. Twins

The Tigers have two convenient off days sprinkled into the middle of the month, one on the 11th and another on the 18th. They also get to finish the season with a seven-game home stand against the White Sox and Twins, two of the worst teams in the Central. Could make a case that the Yankees would prefer to have the Tigers take control of the Central so that those three games at home against Kansas City might mean something in the wild card standings.

Seattle Mariners
Half game out of the wild card
Games remaining vs. Yankees: 0
September schedule: 3 at Athletics, 4 at Rangers, 3 vs. Astros, 3 vs. Athletics, 4 at Angels, 3 at Astros, 4 at Blue Jays, 3 vs. Angels

Real mix of good and bad for the Mariners down the stretch. They’re actually going to have a real say in whether the A’s or Angels end up winning the American League West (the Mariners have 13 games remaining against those two teams). Only nine home games remaining for the Mariners. They’re on the road for 18 games with only one off day.

Cleveland Indians
Three games out of the wild card
Games remaining vs. Yankees: 0September schedule: 4 vs. Tigers, 3 vs. White Sox, 1 vs. Angels, 3 vs. Twins, 3 at Tigers, 4 at Astros, 3 at Twins, 3 vs. Royals, 3 vs. Rays

The Indians have just one day off this month and it’s not until the 25th. Half of their games in the next two weeks are against the Tigers, but they also get to play a bunch of games against the Astros, Twins and White Sox. The Yankees also still have to finish last night’s game, which was postponed by rain with the Indians winning in the 10th inning. The makeup date is September 22.

New York Yankees
Three-and-a-half games out of the wild card
Games remaining vs. Yankees: NA
September schedule: 3 vs. Red Sox, 3 vs. Royals, 3 vs. Rays, 4 at Orioles, 3 at Rays, 4 vs. Blue Jays, 4 vs. Orioles, 3 at Red Sox

Included here just to give a sense of where the Yankees currently fall in the standings. They’re ahead of only one team that still has a winning record, and that one team just won two of three in a head-to-head weekend series.

Toronto Blue Jays
Five games out of the wild card
Games remaining vs. Yankees: 4
September schedule: 3 at Rays, 3 at Red Sox, 3 vs. Cubs, 3 vs. Rays, 3 at Orioles, 4 at Yankees, 4 vs. Mariners, 3 vs. Orioles

Just like the Yankees, the Blue Jays are off today. But when their September schedule gets started tomorrow, it starts with four straight series against sub-.500 teams, including one interleague series at home. Granted, their next six games are on the road — and the Blue Jays do have six games left against the Orioles — but the September schedule opens fairly soft, which might let the Blue Jays get back in the mix.

Associated Press photo


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Jeter: “We only have so many series left”

Steve Tolleson, Francisco Cervelli

Here’s Ian Harrison for The Associated Press…

TORONTO (AP) — The Blue Jays finished off a forgettable August with their biggest power display of the month.

Jose Bautista homered for the fifth straight game and Toronto erased a three-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees 4-3 on Sunday.

Edwin Encarnacion and Melky Cabrera also connected for the Blue Jays, who had their most home runs since hitting four in Houston on July 31.

“They win. It’s guaranteed runs,” manager John Gibbons said of the power surge. “We’ve kind of been missing that.”

Derek JeterDerek Jeter had a chance to tie it for the Yankees in the ninth inning. With the sellout crowd of 45,678 on its feet, Jeter popped up against closer Casey Janssen with a runner on third for the final out in his last regular-season at-bat in Toronto.

“I don’t think I have had much success against (Janssen),” Jeter said. “He was better than me this time.”

J.A. Happ won for the first time in seven starts as Toronto closed August with a 9-17 record. Munenori Kawasaki singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh to help the Blue Jays take two of three in a series between AL East teams trying to stay close in the playoff chase.

New York’s loss was its fourth in six games.

“It’s tough. We only have so many series left,” Jeter said.

Brett Gardner finished a single shy of the cycle, but couldn’t deliver on a big opportunity in the ninth, grounding out with a runner on second to bring up Jeter.

Gardner gave the Yankees a quick lead when he connected on Happ’s second pitch for his sixth career leadoff homer and fifth this year.

Francisco Cervelli hit an RBI single in the fourth and the Yankees made it 3-0 in the fifth when Gardner tripled and scored on an errant relay throw by shortstop Jose Reyes.

Brandon McCarthyNew York right-hander Brandon McCarthy allowed just two singles and a walk through the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth. Cabrera ended a streak of nine straight outs with a homer to right and, four pitches later, Bautista went deep.

“Everything happened so fast,” Cervelli said.

Jose Cruz Jr. holds the Blue Jays record for consecutive games with a home run, connecting in six straight from Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, 2001.

Encarnacion tied it at 3 with a leadoff drive in the seventh, and McCarthy left after walking Dioner Navarro. Dellin Betances got two outs before pinch-runner Steve Tolleson stole second and scored on Kawasaki’s single, sliding in under Cervelli’s tag at home plate.

Happ (9-8) allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings to win for the first time since July 22 against Boston.

“His breaking ball today was as good as we’ve seen it,” Gibbons said.

Brett Cecil worked the eighth and Janssen finished for his 20th save in 24 chances.

McCarthy (5-4) allowed four runs and five hits in six innings, losing for the fourth time in five starts.

Starting as the designated hitter, Jeter went 1 for 5 with a single in the first.


Before the game, the Blue Jays honored Jeter with a video tribute and a $10,000 donation to his Turn 2 charity. Bautista and Mark Buehrle joined Jeter on the field to present him with a gift, a three-night luxury trip to Banff, Alberta, complete with a helicopter tour of the Rocky Mountains as well as Jeter’s choice of golf or ski lessons. “I will definitely use that one,” Jeter said.


Pressed again on Masahiro Tanaka’s return to New York for further treatment on his sore right arm, Yankees manager Joe Girardi cited the superiority of the facilities at Yankee Stadium compared to those at 25-year-old Rogers Centre. “Has anyone seen the weight room?” Girardi asked a crowd of media in the visitor’s dugout before the game. “It’s about as big as this area we’re in right now, this little room.”


Jacoby Ellsbury (sore left ankle) was held out of the starting lineup but delivered a pinch-hit double in the ninth. He was replaced by pinch-runner Ichiro Suzuki. Ellsbury was scheduled to have an MRI on Sunday night when the team returned home to New York.

Associated Press photos



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Yankees make minor trade for RHP Chaz Roe

Maybe the Yankees like this guy for a September call-up? Don’t know anything about him, only that the Yankees just sent this announcement:

RoeThe New York Yankees today acquired minor-league RHP Chaz Roe from the Miami Marlins in exchange for cash considerations.

Roe has spent the 2014 season with Triple-A New Orleans, going 3-3 with a 3.66 ERA and 14 saves in 47 relief appearances (64.0IP, 53H, 26ER, 21BB, 72K, 5HR).

Roe’s Major-League experience came in 2013 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, going 1-0 with a 4.03 ERA in 21 relief appearances (22.1IP, 18H, 13BB, 24K, 3HR).

Roe was originally selected by the Colorado Rockies in the first round (32nd pick) of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.


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Game 135: Yankees at Blue Jays

Yankees Blue Jays BaseballYANKEES (70-64)
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter DH
Martin Prado 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
Stephen Drew SS
Zelous Wheeler LF

RHP Brandon McCarthy (5-3, 2.47)
McCarthy vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (68-67)
Jose Reyes SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Adam Lind DH
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Dioner Navarro C
Colby Rasmus CF
Danny Valencia 3B
Munenori Kawasaki 2B

LHP J.A. Happ (8-8, 4.40)
Happ vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:07 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Back in the dome for one more game.

UMPIRES: HP Chad Fairchild, 1B Ben May, 2B Mike Everitt, 3B Bill Miller

ELLSBURY OFF AND RUNNING: Pretty positive news about Jacoby Ellsbury came out of batting practice today. Ellsbury hit on the field and ran around the bases. Sounds like he might be available in some capacity today.

ZEROES TO HEROES: The Yankees have been shut out six times in 2014. They are 3-2 this season and 12-5 since the start of 2013 in games immediately following a shutout loss. The Yankees?have gone 38-14 (.731) in such games since 2008 when Joe Girardi took over as manager.

MORE THAN THREE OUTS: Dave Robertson has four saves of more than one inning, tying St. Louis’ Trevor Rosenthal for the most such saves in the Majors this season according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Elias also notes that Robertson has saved games this season for 16 different pitchers, setting a franchise record.


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Jeter at DH for Toronto finale

JeterAs expected, Jacoby Ellsbury is once again out of the lineup with that ankle injury.

Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter DH
Martin Prado 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
Stephen Drew SS
Zelous Wheeler LF

RHP Brandon McCarthy



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Girardi: “A lot of guys have to contribute”

Martin Prado

TORONTO (AP) — With their hottest hitter hobbled by a bad ankle, the New York Yankees turned in an ice cold offensive performance Saturday.

Even worse for the Yankees, it could be a while before Jacoby Ellsbury is ready to return.

Drew Hutchison pitched seven sparkling innings, combining with Aaron Sanchez on a one-hitter, and Jose Bautista homered for the fourth straight game to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Yankees 2-0 on Saturday.

“We’ve scored some runs on this trip, we just weren’t able to today,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Jose Reyes, Derek JeterEllsbury sat out with a sore left ankle, suffered when he slid into Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro in the ninth inning Friday. X-rays following the game were negative.

The star center fielder had hit .500 (11 for 22) with four homers and nine RBIs in the first five games of New York’s road trip.

“It’s obviously sore but I got a lot of treatment today, pretty much all game,” Ellsbury said of his ankle. “I’m still holding out for tomorrow.”

Girardi didn’t share Ellsbury’s optimism.

“I’d be really shocked if he played tomorrow,” Girardi said, adding that he’s worried about a lengthy absence. With rosters set to expand on Sept. 1, the Yankees won’t have to worry about putting Ellsbury on the disabled list.

Girardi refused to use Ellsbury’s injury as an excuse for the lack of offense.

“You can’t just rely on one guy,” Girardi said. “A lot of guys have to contribute.”

Mark Teixeira’s fourth-inning double was the only hit allowed by Hutchison (9-11), who walked two and struck out nine.

“It’s tough to get better than he was today,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Hutchison.

In four previous starts against New York this season, Hutchison had posted a 7.08 ERA, allowing 24 hits, including three homers, in 20 1-3 innings.

Yankees catcher Brian McCann said Hutchison’s location Saturday was vastly better than in those previous meetings.

“He put the ball wherever he wanted,” McCann said.

Michael Pineda, Mark TeixeiraSanchez retired all six batters he faced for his first major league save as the Blue Jays improved to 8-17 in August and, at 68-67, avoided falling below .500 for the first time since May 14, when they were 20-21.

Bautista hit a two-out, two-run homer off Michael Pineda (3-3) in the first. It’s the second time in his career Bautista has connected in four consecutive games. He also did it from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2009.

Hutchison retired the first 11 batters before hitting Carlos Beltran with a pitch in the fourth. Teixeira doubled before McCann was also hit by a pitch to load the bases for Martin Prado, who flied out.

“Good swing by Prado,” Girardi said. “He just missed it.”

Pineda allowed two runs and a season-high seven hits in six innings to lose for the first time since April 23 at Boston. He walked none and struck out three.


Masahiro Tanaka returned to New York Saturday and was scheduled to work out and play catch at Yankee Stadium. “He’ll play catch for the next five or six days,” Girardi said. “Our hope is to get him on a mound Thursday.”


Yankees RHP Brandon McCarthy (5-3) faces Blue Jays LH J.A. Happ (8-8) in Sunday’s series finale. McCarthy has a 1.88 ERA in seven daytime starts this season, compared to a 5.03 ERA in 20 night starts. Happ is 0-3 with a 4.04 ERA in his past six starts.

Associated Press photos


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Bad time for bad news

EllsburyIt’s always hard to judge injuries from the outside.

Just watching Friday’s play at the plate, I didn’t think Jacoby Ellsbury was badly injured. Hearing that he was hobbling through the clubhouse this morning made me think he’d probably get two games off — three days because of the Monday off day — just to be safe. But now comes word that if September call-ups weren’t right around the corner, Ellsbury would be a disabled list candidate.

That’s what Joe Girardi said this afternoon in Toronto. He said he’d be “shocked” if Ellsbury played tomorrow. Given the Yankees tendency to downplay injuries rather than overstate them, Girardi’s words seem like a pretty damning bit of analysis.

At this point, the Yankees can’t afford many losses, which means they can’t afford many setbacks. And they’ve now had two in two days. First to their best hope for a down-the-stretch ace, and now to their best hitter of the past month. It’s a bad time for bad news, and the Yankees just got bad news on top of another bad loss.


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Game 134: Yankees at Blue Jays

Brett GardnerYANKEES (70-63)
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Martin Prado LF
Stephen Drew 2B
Chase Headley 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF

RHP Michael Pineda (3-2, 1.95)
Pineda vs. Blue Jays

BLUE JAYS (67-67)
Jose Reyes SS
Munenori Kawasaki 2B
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Adam Lind 1B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Dioner Navarro C
Danny Valencia 3B
Kevin Pillar CF

RHP Drew Hutchison (8-11, 4.68)
Hutchison vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:07 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: Dome sweet dome

UMPIRES: HP Bill Miller, 1B Chad Fairchild, 2B Ben May, 3B Mike Everitt

SAVINGS PLAN: Dave Robertson recorded his 43rd career save last night and is now one save shy of tying Rafael Soriano for eighth place on the Yankees’ all-time saves list. Seventh-place Lindy McDaniel (48) is the only other Yankee that Robertson is in range of this season. Robertson has 35 saves this season, making him the sixth player in franchise history to record at least 35 saves in a single season (also Rivera-12x, Righetti-2x, Soriano-1x, Wetteland-1x and Lyle-1x).

ROLL CALL: With Josh Outman’s appearance last night, the Yankees have now used 53 players this season, the second-highest total in franchise history (they used 56 in 2013). Of those 53 players,?28 made their debut with the team, and eight of those made their MLB debuts (Anna, Greene, Mitchell, Ramirez, Solarte, Tanaka, Wheeler and Whitley).

BIG CITY LIVING: Michael Pineda has allowed two-or-fewer earned runs and five-or-fewer hits in seven consecutive starts, tied for the longest streak by a Yankees pitcher since at least 1914. Ron Guidry also produced seven such starts consecutively in 1981.



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Bad timing for red-hot Ellsbury

Yankees Blue Jays Baseball

Jacoby Ellsbury hurt his left ankle sliding into home plate late last night. No doubt that’s why Joe Girardi waited so long before posting a lineup for this afternoon: had to find out whether Ellsbury could play. Could make a case that giving Ellsbury a day off at this point in the season isn’t the worst thing in the world — he’s played a lot and could probably use a day — but the timing is not ideal. Consider…

1. In his last 11 games since August 19, Ellsbury is batting .455 (20-for-44) with eight runs, one double, one triple, four home runs, 11 RBI and six stolen bases.

2. Ellsbury has been successful in each of his last 13 stolen base attempts since July 18 and has 37 stolen bases this season, which is second in the A.L. and fifth in the Major.

3. After struggling on the road much of the season, Ellsbury’s been tremendous this road trip. In these past five games Ellsbury’s hit .500/.478/1.136 with four home runs. For the year he’s hit just .253/.303/.413 on the road.

4. In 11 career at-bats against Toronto starter Drew Hutchison, Ellsbury has hit .455/.417/.455 with five hits and no strikeouts.

Associated Press photo


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