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Game 26: Yankees vs. Astros04.30.13

Yankees lineup

1. Brett Gardner CF

2. Ichiro Suzuki LF

3. Robinson Cano 2B

4. Travis Hafner DH

5. Brennan Boesch RF

6. Jayson Nix 3B

7. Lyle Overbay 1B

8. Eduardo Nunez SS

9. Chris Stewart C

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Houston lineup

1. Robbie Grossman CF

2. Jose Altuve 2B

3. Jason Castro C

4. Carlos Pena 1B

5. Chris Carter DH

6. Rick Ankiel RF

7. Matt Dominguez 3B

8. Brandon Barnes LF

9. Marwin Gonzalez SS

Philip Humber RHP


Umpires: Jim Wolf HP, Cory Blaser 1B, Jim Joyce 2B, Ed Hickox 3B

TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880

Weather: clear, cool


No power outage: Yankees come in No. 1 in the AL in homers with 35 despite all the injuries. They are tied for second in the majors with the Rockies, one behind the Braves.

Look out for No. 24, Humber: Robinson Cano leads the AL with a .397 average vs. righties.

Update, 7:20: Kuroda pitches out of a first-and-third, one-out problem. We’ll see if the Yankees can hit Humber like everyone else does. Amazing he pitched a perfect game a year ago this month.

Update, 7:32: Yankees strike first, and it’s Hafner with the RBI single. Brandon Barnes made a nice diving try, but it was trapped. 1-0 after one.

Update, 7:49: Astros had bases loaded on two walks and a double with two outs. Kuroda hasn’t been that sharp. But he pitches out of trouble again, getting Altuve 6-4.

Update, 8:02: No clutch hitting in the second by Gardner. Pops out after two-out hits by Nunez and Stewart, who reached on a bunt single.

Update, 8:09: Kuroda running up the pitch count. First and second, no one out in third, at 58 pitches, 33 strikes, 25 balls.

Update, 8:14: Looked like blown call at first on potential double-play ball. First and third, two outs.

Update, 8:16: Kuroda gets out of it, bouncer to second. But he’s at 67 pitches in three innings.

Update, 8:29: Hafner has been a great pickup so far, another RBI single, 2-0 after three.

Update, 8:35: Six-pitch fourth for Kuroda, very timely.

Update, 8:39: Humber gets the Yankees 1-2-3.

Update, 8:52: Stewart throws out Altuve trying to steal, ending another scoreless inning.

Update, 9:00: Boesch beats out a possible double-play ball, 3-0.

Update, 9:04: Infield hit for Nix, 4-0.

Update, 9:10: 1-2-3 sixth for Kuroda. I believe he’s at 96 pitches.

Update, 9:21: Yankees runner on third, no outs, can’t score. Not an offensive juggernaut. But they have enough to win with this staff.

Update, 9:28: Kuroda makes it through 108 pitches and seven innings, no runs, four hits.

Update, 9:30: Wesley Wright comes on for Houston.

Update, 9:44: Robertson on for the eighth.

Update, 9:52: Chris Carter breaks up the shutout, two-run homer.

Update, 9:58: Overbay HR No. 4, 5-2.

Update, 9:59: Nunez now three hits, maybe a good sign. He started the night at .169.

Update, 10:02: Stewart RBI single, 6-2.

Update, 10:13: Third RBI single for Hafner, 7-2.

Update, 10:31: Yankees win 7-4. Rivera 10 for 10 in saves.

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Yankees pregame: Cashman says ‘mistake’ made with Youkilis situation04.30.13

Brian Cashman came right out and said it. If the Yankees had it to do over, they would not have played Kevin Youkilis Saturday against the Blue Jays.

“Playing him Saturday was a mistake by everybody involved,” Cashman said.

The GM indicated that Youkilis tweaked his back when he slid into first defensively in that game after sitting out the previous six games. The Yankees lost a chance to backdate him on the DL to April 21. Now that they finally put him on the DL, they could only backdate him to Sunday. Not that they can be sure that he’ll be ready to go when he’s eligible.

Asked if this is only a 15-day thing, Cashman said, “I’m hoping for that. He was down for 23 days last April with the same issue.”

Youkilis was told not to bother coming to the Stadium today after receiving an epidural injection for his lumbar spine sprain.

The Yankees still have no regular backup on the left side of the infield. The starting shortstop, Eduardo Nunez, is the main backup for Jayson Nix at third and vice versa. Corban Joseph may get some time over at third in a pinch. Joe Girardi said he could back up at first, second and third, but Cashman spoke about how bad Joseph looked at third in spring training. Joseph primarily played second at Triple-A with a couple of games at first.

Cashman said Joseph was called up because he was on the 40-man roster. The Yankees couldn’t call up David Adams because they released him at the end of spring training, so he’s ineligible to play for them until May 15. Asked about the backup infield situation, Cashman said, “I’ve got no choice.”

Cashman also said Ivan Nova’s triceps inflammation is “mild.” Girardi said Curtis Granderson is getting closer to playing in rehab games, and he’s hoping to have both Granderson and Youkilis back for the stretch of division games May 17. But he didn’t think Mark Teixeira would be ready by then, saying that he’s still only taking dry swings.

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Yankees lineup04.30.13

1. Gardner CF
2. Suzuki LF
3. Cano 2B
4. Hafner DH
5. Boesch RF
6. Nix 3B
7. Overbay 1B
8. Nunez SS
9. Stewart C
Kuroda P

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Youkilis DL’d — finally04.30.13

The Yankees have put Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day DL with a lumbar spine sprain. They have called up infielder Corban Joseph from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he was batting .273 with four homers and nine RBI in 22 games.

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Romine aiming to prove himself with Yankees04.30.13

Austin Romine’s season debut with the Yankees didn’t go so well Monday night in the 9-1 loss to the Astros. The rookie catcher went 0 for 3 and got hit by a pitch. And he and Andy Pettitte struggled to get on the same page with Pettitte not able to locate his signature cutter. But Romine will get other chances with Francisco Cervelli down for at least six weeks. He wants to make a statement when he does.

“Any time you can get a chance to show them what you can do, it’s huge,” Romine said before the game. “So I’m going to take however long I’m here and do the best I can to show them I can handle it up here and I can do it.”

This is the player Baseball America named as the organization’s best defensive catcher following each of the last three seasons. The publication rated him No. 3 in arm strength among high school catchers in the 2007 draft, when the Yankees took him in the second round. But he has to prove he can contribute both ways up here.

“I think he can play at this level,” Joe Girardi said.

Romine only had a .158 average to show for the last time he was up, September of 2011. But that nine-game experience made him more comfortable for this sequel.

“Being here before, knowing what to expect, having caught a lot of these pitchers, it’s going to make that transition that much smoother and easier,” Romine said. “I have relationships with these pitchers. There are only a couple of guys I haven’t caught. So I’m looking forward to reconnecting with them and getting on the same page with what they’re doing this year.”

Here’s the link to my full feature story today on Romine, plus a link to my story on Pettitte’s difficult night and one to my Yankees notebook with items on Kevin Youkilis’ continued back problem, Cervelli and reaction to Jason Collins coming out.

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Yankees postgame: Pettitte finds outing tough to digest04.29.13

Andy Pettitte turned in his worst start of the season, charged with seven runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3. It was 5-0 after four and the Yankees were on their way to a 9-1 loss to the AL’s worst team, the Astros.

“It’s frustrating,” Pettitte said. “We’ve been playing well. And to come out here and give up those five runs that early in the game and feel like we don’t have a chance to get back in it and not give us a chance to win, it makes me sick to my stomach.”

Pettitte and rookie catcher Austin Romine had trouble getting on the same page, especially since the 40-year-old lefty’s signature cutter had abandoned him.

“I’ve got to get into his head and figure out what he wants to do,” Romine said. (I’ll have more on Romine in my morning post.)

Joe Girardi couldn’t remember ever seeing Pettitte without that cutter working.

“He had a tough start,” Girardi said. “It happens.”

On the other hand, the Yankees had trouble with righty sinkerballer Lucas Harrell. They managed eight hits off in 6 1/3, but just the one run in the sixth. They grounded into four double plays overall, three against Harrell.

“He was able to continue to pound the sinker down in the zone,” Girardi said, “and we kept hitting it into the ground.”

The news that came out of his postgame press conference was that Kevin Youkilis’ MRI came back negative. He’s supposed to have an epidural injection Tuesday. The Yankees were supposed to make a decision late Monday night about whether to put him on the DL. So we’ll know Tuesday.

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Game 25: Yankees vs. Astros04.29.13

Yankees lineup

1. Brett Gardner CF

2. Robinson Cano 2B

3. Vernon Wells LF

4. Travis Hafner DH

5. Brennan Boesch RF

6. Jayson Nix 3B

7. Lyle Overbay 1B

8. Eduardo Nunez SS

9. Austin Romine C

Andy Pettitte LHP

Astros lineup

1. Jose Altuve 2B

2. Brandon Barnes RF

3. Brandon Laird 1B

4. Chris Carter LF

5. Carlos Pena DH

6. Ronny Cedeno SS

7. Carlos Corporan C

8. Matt Dominguez 3B

9. Robbie Grossman CF

Lucas Harrell RHP


Umpires: Ed Hickox HP, Jim Wolf 1B, Cory Blaser 2B, Jim Joyce 3B

TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880

Weather: Cloudy/cool


Houston, we have a problem: The Yankees are 8-1 all time vs. the Astros, winning the last seven.

Command performances: The Yankees have walked two or less in each of their last seven games.

K Korner: The Yankees have struck out at least 13 batters five times this season, including in three of the last five games.

Update, 7:18: Wondered if the Astros would get a hit tonight with this dreadful lineup. But they’ve got four hits and a 3-0 lead.

Update, 7:27: Cano singles, but Wells erases him, 6-4-3.

Update, 7:33: Hit batter, but Pettitte gets a double-play ball.

Update, 7:40: Another double play, this time Boesch hits into it. 3-0 after two.

Update, 7:50: Pettitte strands Carlos Pena at third after a two-out triple.

Update, 7:56: Lucas Harrell turns in 1-2-3 inning, has faced the minimum through three, although the Yankees have a hit and a hit batter.

Update, 8:10: Pettitte not fooling anybody, 5-0 after the two-run double by Brandon Barnes in the fourth.

Update, 8:20: Two Yankees hits, but they were sandwiched around a Cano double-play ball. End of four.

Update, 8:23: Pettitte gives up a leadoff single, then fans Pena. Adam Warren is warming up.

Update, 8:28: Double by Cedeno knocks out Pettitte. His worst start of the young year, five runs, 10 hits, 4 1/3. And it could get worse. Two are in scoring position. Warren gets the ball.

Update, 8:31: Wild pitch, 6-0.

Update, 8:34: Two-run HR for Corporan, 8-0. Yankees’ last five wins have been come from behind. This would take a lot, though.

Update, 8:39: Barnes RBI single, 9-0. Warren looking Triple-A-like.

Update, 8:48: Yankees get their fourth single and that’s it in the fifth. Pettitte, by the way, was charged with seven runs.

Update, 8:56: Warren has a good inning, 1-2-3.

Update, 9:06: Finally, a Yankees run. Wells RBI bloop single in the sixth.

Update, 9:16: Vidal Nuno making big-league debut, comes on for seventh.

Update, 9:30: Nuno gave up two hits and no runs after Corporan got tagged out to end the inning after appearing to pull a hamstring on the way to third. Harrell is finally out after giving up a single and drilling Romine in the stomach with one out in the seventh.

Update, 9:35: Another double play ends the inning. Yankees have hit into four double plays.

Update, 9:53: Attendance announced at 34,262. Looked like less. Not a lot of people left here now.

Update, 10:08: Yankees lose 9-1.


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Yankees pregame: Youkilis waits; Cervi talks; Collins comes out04.29.13

Kevin Youkilis played Saturday after six games off, woke up Sunday not feeling so hot and sat out, and indicated Monday his lower back was feeling the same as before he returned, which meant stiff. So he’s sitting out again. The Yankees missed out on a chance to backdate him to April 21 if the DL is in his future. Youkilis said he was waiting on the results of his MRI today.

Joe Girardi wasn’t second-guessing himself over playing Youkilis Saturday.

“The player told us he was ready to go and we put him in,” Girardi said. “I can’t tell you how he reinjured it.” …

Francisco Cervelli stood in front of his locker, bandage on his surgically repaired broken right hand, arm in a sling. Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser operated Saturday after Cervelli took a foul tip off the back of the hand Friday night.

“I don’t know if they put another finger there,” Cervelli joked. “But the doctor said it was really good. I think a little plate there is going to help to heal quicker. But I trust Dr. Rosenwasser because he did my surgery in 2008. I got two screws there. Now I got another plate there. It’s a good hand. I’m a robot now.”

Cervelli is hoping to be back in less than six weeks.

“Today is five weeks and five days,” Cervelli said. “I’m counting. Tomorrow is four days. I’ve got to stay positive. … The last two days, there was a lot of pain. But today I feel a little better.”

Jason Collins made history today, becoming the first active athlete in the four major North American professional sports to come out as gay.

“It’s good for him,” CC Sabathia said. “He can be honest and not have to live a lie, I guess.”

That’s the NBA. Is MLB ready if one of its players wants to do the same?

“Sure,” Sabathia said. “Why not? … I don’t know what it would be like. It would be tough, but you’d have to deal with it, I guess.”

Joe Girardi said: “No matter what it is in our world, any time it happens for the first time, it’s a little bit of a shock. But I believe baseball would handle it well.”

If it happened in the Yankees’ clubhouse, that player would find a comforting presence in Girardi.

“As far as myself personally, and everyone is not going to believe with my religious beliefs, I believe as men and women, we’re called to love others, depending on their race, their religion, their thought process, whatever they do,” Girardi said. “We’re not called to judge people. I think part of judging people is probably what gets us into a lot of trouble in the world.

“So as far as me personally, he’s a player; he’s a man. My job is to be his friend and love him. And if I was his manager, it’s to get the most out of him. I always felt as a player, it was to be the best teammate that I could be. And that’s the bottom line.”

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Yankees lineup04.29.13

1. Gardner CF
2. Cano 2B
3. Wells LF
4. Hafner DH
5. Boesch RF
6. Nix 3B
7. Overbay 1B
8. Nunez SS
9. Romine C
Pettitte P

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Pitching matchups vs. Astros04.29.13

LHP Andy Pettitte (3-1, 2.22)
RHP Lucas Harrell (2-2, 4.08)
7:05 p.m., YES Network

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (3-1, 2.79)
RHP Philip Humber (0-5, 7.99)
7:05 p.m., YES Network

RHP David Phelps (1-1, 529)
LHP Erik Bedard (0-2, 7.98)
7:05 p.m., YES Network

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