Archive for August, 2014
Jeter: “We only have so many series left” • 08.31.14
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 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.
New 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.
A GIFT FOR 2
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.
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Yankees make minor trade for RHP Chaz Roe • 08.31.14
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:
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.
Game 135: Yankees at Blue Jays • 08.31.14
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.
Jeter at DH for Toronto finale • 08.31.14
Girardi: “A lot of guys have to contribute” • 08.30.14
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.
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.
Sanchez 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.
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Bad time for bad news • 08.30.14
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.
Game 134: Yankees at Blue Jays • 08.30.14
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.
Bad timing for red-hot Ellsbury • 08.30.14
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.
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Ellsbury out of the lineup • 08.30.14
Here’s Ian Harrison, writing for the AP, with the details of last night’s Yankees win.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley homered to help Capuano to his first victory since April 16, and the New York Yankees beat the slumping Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Friday night.
Capuano (2-3) pitched 6 1-3 innings in his first win in seven starts since joining the Yankees. The veteran left-hander, who was acquired last month in a trade with Colorado, allowed three runs, two earned, and eight hits.
“I couldn’t be prouder to get a win as a Yankee,” Capuano said. “It feels really good.”
David Robertson got the final four outs for his 35th save in 38 chances.
Jose Bautista homered and Dioner Navarro had three hits, but the Blue Jays dropped to 7-17 in August.
“We’ve just got swing our way out of it,” manager John Gibbons said. “We’re better hitters than what we’re producing as a whole right now.”
Mark Buehrle (11-9) allowed four runs and seven hits in six-plus innings in another loss to New York.
Bautista put the Blue Jays in front with a second-deck homer in the fourth, his third in three games. It’s the first time Bautista has connected in three straight games since July 1-3, 2011.
New York answered with a five-run seventh, with the first four batters reaching against Buehrle. Brian McCann doubled, Carlos Beltran walked and Brett Gardner hit an RBI double, with Beltran scoring on an errant relay throw by second baseman Steve Tolleson.
Aaron Loup came on after Ichiro Suzuki’s infield single, and Gardner made it 3-1 when he scored on a wild pickoff throw by catcher Navarro. Two pitches later, Ellsbury lined a two-run homer to right. It was the first homer by a left-handed batter in Loup’s career, snapping a streak of 233 at-bats.
Buehrle dropped to 1-13 with a 6.14 ERA in 20 career starts against New York. The lefty is 0-11 in his last 16 outings against the Yankees.
“It’s not like we’re all running to the bat racks because Buehrle is pitching,” Derek Jeter said. “I think that’s just a fluke thing.”
Kevin Pillar chased Capuano with an RBI double in the seventh, and Melky Cabrera’s sacrifice fly made it 5-3, but Adam Warren got Edwin Encarnacion to fly out with runners at first and second.
Headley made it 6-3 with a first-pitch homer off Dustin McGowan in the ninth. Ellsbury followed with a triple but was out at the plate trying to score on Jeter’s grounder to third, injuring his left ankle as he slid into Navarro.
Ellsbury stayed in the game and X-rays were negative, but manager Joe Girardi said his status for Saturday was in doubt.
“It’s frustrating because he’s playing so well,” Girardi said.
Jeter got a standing ovation from the crowd of 43,318 before the first at bat of his final scheduled series in Toronto. He’ll be honored with a gift and ceremony before Sunday’s finale. Asked before the game for a defining memory of his career in Canada, Jeter referenced opening day in 2003 when he injured his shoulder in a collision with Blue Jays C Ken Huckaby. “The first thing I think about is dislocating my shoulder,” Jeter said. “I don’t know if that’s a good thing.”
Capuano said going up against Buehrle, one of the fastest-working pitchers in baseball, presented him with a unique problem. “I didn’t even have time to use the bathroom, if I needed to, between innings,” said Capuano, who finally found relief during New York’s five-run seventh.
Injured Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is being sent back to New York because of general soreness in his right arm. Tanaka will play light catch and work out every day at Yankee Stadium over the weekend, but Girardi said it would be “maybe a week” before Tanaka throws another bullpen.
Yankees RHP Michael Pineda (3-2) faces Blue Jays RHP Drew Hutchison (8-11) on Saturday. Pineda is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in three starts since returning from the disabled list after missing 87 games with a sore shoulder.
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