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No Teixeira, no Ellsbury

Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Brian McCann 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Chase Headley 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Zoilo Almonte LF

RHP David Phelps


Posted by:Chad Jenningson Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 4:42 pm. InMisc withComments Off Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Zoilo recalled; Francis designated

AlmonteLet’s see if the Yankees will use him this time…

Outfielder Zoilo Almonte has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. To open a roster spot, left-handed reliever Jeff Francis has been designated for assignment.

Almonte is a switch hitter, but it’s perhaps easiest to think of him as a left-handed power bat. He’s shown a pretty consistent ability to hit right-handed pitching in the upper level of the minor leagues. In Triple-A this season he’s hitting .307/.350/.558 against righties (but lefties are crushing him to the tune of .200/.268/.293).

Despite that success against right handers — and despite the Yankees need for some additional pop in the lineup — Almonte’s had trouble getting much playing time during his previous call-ups this season. His big league numbers last season were underwhelming, and Joe Girardi seems to prefer keeping Ichiro Suzuki in the lineup rather than taking a shot on Almonte.


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Pitching matchups in Texas

David Phelps

RHP David Phelps (5-4, 3.77)
RHP Yu Darvish (9-6, 2.92)
8:05 p.m., YES Network

RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 1.45)
RHP Nick Martinez (1-6, 4.73)
8:05 p.m., FS1

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (7-6, 3.99)
RHP Colby Lewis (6-8, 6.23)
8:05 p.m., YES Network

Associated Press photo



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Torre: “I went right past it”

TorreFrom Chris Iseman, writing for The Associated Press…

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Before he answered a question at the press conference following the Baseball Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony on Sunday, Joe Torre wanted to address someone he regrettably omitted from his speech.

The former Yankee manager briefly mentioned late owner George Steinbrenner, but forgot to thank him the way he planned.

“I missed mentioning and thanking the most obvious guy in the world when you talk about the Yankees,” Torre said. “It was so obvious that I was going to do it, I went right past it.”

Torre, who won four world championships at the helm of the Yankees from 1996 to 2007, said he felt “terrible” that he left Steinbrenner out of his speech. After being fired as manager from the Mets, Braves and Cardinals, Torre’s path to the Hall of Fame began with the Yankees.

Steinbrenner tabbed the then 55-year-old in November 1995, and Torre’s appreciation for the entire Steinbrenner family is ongoing despite his rocky departure from the team after the 2007 season.

Torre, who compiled a 1,173-767 record as Yankee manager, said neither side knew how to say good bye.

Returning to Yankee Stadium for a memorial honoring Steinbrenner in September 2010 helped mend the relationship between Torre and the team. On Sunday, Torre wanted to make sure his appreciation for the Steinbrenner family was clear.

“They made my whole professional life,” Torre said. “I had a good playing career and all that, but managing the Yankees – what you set out in baseball to do is get to the World Series. To have the opportunity to do that with George so many times was an incredible feeling.”

Associated Press photo


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Opening up the DH spot

Carlos Beltran

Joe Girardi is looking forward to Carlos Beltran being able to play some in right again because it’s going to give the manager more flexibility without having one guy locked into the DH role.

“I’m sure Gardy could probably use a DH day,” Girardi said. “Ells could use a DH day. These guys are run out there on a regular, regular basis. It probably wouldn’t hurt them. By having (Beltran) and Ichiro, who’s an outstanding outfielder as well, I could probably do some things.”

Girardi indicated Beltran could be back out there as soon as next week, barring any setback with the bone spur in his right elbow that caused him to miss 21 games while on the DL in May and early June.

“He’s continuing to throw,” Girardi said. “He has progressed and he has thrown more and more distance as we’ve went on, and he’s done some outfield drills early.”

Beltran wants to get back out there, but it’s a process for him. After yesterday’s 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays, he said he had only been throwing for five days.

“Right now, throwing 90 feet isn’t going to do it,” said Beltran, who has picked it up offensively of late, batting .314 on the 10-game homestand to lift his average to .228. “So when I get to I guess 140, something like that, where I can make a throw from the outfield to home plate on a do-or-die play, let it go, then I will be close to playing games. Right now, I’m not.”

The Yankees, of course, could also acquire another outfield bat before Thursday’s nonwaiver deal deadline, which could impact how Beltran would be used.

Then there’s the question of who will mainly be used to back up the now oft-injured Mark Teixeira.

After missing the last seven games with a strained lat, Girardi didn’t rule out Teixeira returning as soon as tonight in Texas, depending on how felt today when he woke up after taking 50 swings yesterday and how he feels following live batting practice later, if he’s good to swing more.

With Kelly Johnson going on the DL Wednesday due to a strained groin, Brian McCann became the regular fill-in at first instead of squatting behind the plate. If Teixeira needs a day off, it figures to be Johnson’s job to fill in once he returns, according to Girardi. Johnson is eligible to return Aug. 7.

“We don’t anticipate Kelly Johnson’s injury is going to be long,” Girardi said. “So probably when I give Mac a day off (from catching), I’ll give him a day off.”

Here’s my latest story on what went on yesterday and Girardi’s frustration over the loss and really the mistakes of the last two days.

Photo by The Associated Press


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Yankees postgame: Girardi frustrated

Dave Robertson

Joe Girardi wasn’t thrilled over these last two games. The Yankees had beaten Toronto 17 straight times at Yankee Stadium, but they lost 6-4 Saturday and then 5-4 Sunday.

“It’s a team we’re fighting with obviously and it’s a frustrating loss,” Joe Girardi said after they fell a game back of the Blue Jays for the second wild card. “We fought back a number of times and we were never able to get a lead.

“Our miscues is what cost us in this series, really, when you look at. We’ve got to be better at that.”

David Robertson had a mental lapse in the ninth, leading to the go-ahead run. Jose Bautista was on first with two outs and stole second without a throw, leading to Dioner Navarro’s tiebreaking single.

“He can’t let a guy get a walking lead,” Girardi said.

“I just let him slip,” Robertson said. “I didn’t think he’d be going.”

Bautista said: “I know there was two outs and I figured it’s going to have to be a pretty long extra-base hit for me to score from first because I’m not the fastest guy on the team.”

This was the first game in which Robertson and Dellin Betances each surrendered at least one run. Betances had a big mess-up, too.

He walked Colby Rasmus on four pitches to open the eighth in a 3-3 game. Before Betances knew it, Rasmus was on third with no outs because of the wild pickoff throw to first.

“My cleat got stuck,” Betances said. “As soon as that happened, I had a feeling I was going to throw it away.”

Shane Greene departed after giving up an RBI double to Rasmus with one out in the sixth, making it 3-2 Jays.

“I’ve got to have a short memory, but that one hurt,” Greene said.

The Yankees have now failed to score more than four runs in 12 of the last 14 games.

There was a hitter in the ballpark who could help. Colorado All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who’s the subject of trade speculation, is on the DL with a hip flexor problem. He was back East to see a doctor in Philadelphia. Tulowitzki is a big Derek Jeter fan. He told The Denver Post he wanted to see Jeter play once last time.

Jeter said he wasn’t aware of it. The Post story said a Tulowitzki trade to the Yankees wasn’t imminent.

Jeter also said he had reached out Saturday to Joe Torre, who went into the Hall of Fame Sunday.

“I don’t think I’d be where I am now if it wasn’t for him,” Jeter said.

Here’s what I wrote for and The Journal News on the happenings at the Stadium Sunday and the big picture.

Photo by The Associated Press.



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Game 104: Yankees (54-49) vs. Blue Jays (55-50)

Yankees lineup

1. Brett Gardner LF

2. Derek Jeter SS

3. Jacoby Ellsbury CF

4. Carlos Beltran DH

5. Brian McCann 1B

6. Chase Headley 3B

7. Francisco Cervelli C

8. Zelous Wheeler RF

9. Brendan Ryan 2B

Shane Greene RHP


Blue Jays lineup

1. Jose Reyes SS

2. Melky Cabrera RF

3. Jose Bautista 1B

4. Dioner Navarro C

5. Dan Johnson DH

6. Colby Rasmus CF

7. Munenori Kawasaki 2B

8. Juan Francisco 3B

9. Anthony Gose LF

J.A. Haap LHP


Umpires: Joe West HP, Marty Foster 1B, Rob Drake 2B, Alan Porter 3B

Weather: mostly cloudy

TV/Radio: YES/WFAN 660 AM, 101.9 FM


Hot: Carlos Beltran is 6 for his last 14 and 10 for 32 with three homers and six RBI in the first nine games of the homestand.

Not: Brett Gardner is 0 for his last 9, 4 for his last 17 and 5 for 27 in the last nine games.

Rumor mill: Jon Heyman (no relation) has a story out now on saying the Yankees, in a bid for offensive help, are thinking about Josh Willingham as a two-month rental, and he mentions Marlon Byrd and Alex Rios as well.  Any preference? The nonwaiver trade deadline is Thursday.


Update, 1:15: Jays up 1-0. With runners at second and third and no outs, McCann got the sure out at first on Jose Bautista’s bouncer. No replay of yesterday’s seventh inning.

Update, 1:26: Happ gets three straight outfield outs.

Update, 1:35: The Jays aren’t getting the ball in the air so far, outside of Melky’s line double to right in the first. Greene gave up an infield hit in the second, but got a double-play ball out of Juan Francisco to end the inning.

Update, 1:47: Beltran drew a leadoff walk, but then three straight outs. The Yankees will look for their first hit in the third.

Update, 1:54: 1-2-3 third for Greene, two balls on the ground sandwiched around a swinging strikeout of Reyes.

Update, 1:59: The Yankees get their first hit. Wheeler lines a single into right to start the third.

Update, 2:01: Kawasaki makes a nice catch going back into shallow right with his back to the plate, and he doubles Wheeler off first.

Update, 2:18: Kawasaki singles to right after two two-out walks, but Wheeler nails Johnson at the plate to end the inning.

Update, 2:25: Another dull half inning for the Yankees with a bat in their hands. Jeter, Ellsbury, Beltran go down in order. The Yankees have one hit and trail 1-0 after four.

Update, 2:29: Francisco hits one to the second deck in right, 2-0 Jays.

Update, 2:39: Headley hits his first Yankees homer, drive to left. Then Cervelli follows with his first of the season, 2-2.

Update, 2:50: One out, runner on first in the top of the sixth. Huff is warming. Greene is at 84 pitches.

Update, 2:53: Rasmus RBI double, 3-2 Jays. Greene is done after 5 1/3. Huff comes on.

Update, 3:13: Cecil comes on for Happ with runners at first and second and one out in the sixth.

Update, 3:18: RBI single for McCann when Kawasaki’s bounced throw can’t be handled at first. 3-3, heading for the seventh.

Update, 3:25: Betances will try to clean up Huff’s mess, first and second, no outs after two singles.

Update, 3:30: Bases loaded, one out for Navarro after Bautista gets intentional walk.

Update, 3:33: McCann comes home with the ball and he gets the force.

Update, 3:37: Betances fell behind 3-1 on Johnson, then got him on a full count to fly to left and keep it tied. Aaron Sanchez on to pitch for the Jays.

Update, 3:47: Yankees go down 1-2-3, have just five hits through seven.

Update, 3:51: Rasmus leadoff walk, then Betances wild pickoff throw moves him to third with no outs.

Update, 3:53: Kawasaki sac fly to left, 4-3 Toronto.

Update, 3:55: Warren replaces Betances with two outs and nobody on.

Update, 4:03: Leadoff single by Gardner snapped an 0-for-12 skid. Jeter bunts him over.

Update, 4:07: Beltran clutch two-out RBI single to left, 4-4.

Update, 4:09: Robertson on for the ninth.

Update, 4:21: Robertson gives up an RBI single to Navarro, Jays take the yet lead.

Update, 4:22: Janssen on to try to close it out.

Update, 4:31: The Yankees go down 1-2-3, lose 5-4.


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Yankees pregame: Progress by Teixeira, Beltran

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira took 50 swings this morning, 25 from each side of the plate. He told a couple of reporters that he felt no pain.

“He took swings today; he felt good,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s taking ground balls. He felt good. So we’ll reevaluate where he is tomorrow and how he feels after today. Hopefully he’s a player here pretty soon.”

Asked if tomorrow night’s game is a possibility, Girardi said, “I don’t know. I’m going to take it day by day and just see how he feels.”

He has missed six straight games heading into today.

“The one thing he hasn’t taken is live BP, (just) tee and toss,” Girardi said. “The one thing you always have to measure is when you’re working, you can guard against a lot of things. When you’re in the course of a game, sometimes you can’t do that. … Hopefully he wakes up and feels great tomorrow and he’s able to take BP and we’ll go from there.”

Carlos Beltran could be back in right within the next few weeks, freeing up the DH spot.

“He’s continuing to throw,” Girardi said. “He has progressed and he has thrown more and more distance as we’ve went on, and he’s done some outfield drills early. I don’t think it’s too far off. I don’t know if it will happen next week, but after that, I think it’s a possibility.”

Zelous Wheeler is making his second start in right today.

“This is a guy that’s been used to being moving around in his career, and I’m OK,” Girardi said.

Brian McCann, after yesterday’s seventh-inning debacle, is again at first.

“He’s going to give me everything he’s got,” Girardi said. “This guy is a professional.”

Brian Roberts, not excelling offensively or defensively, isn’t in the lineup. Girardi indicated it’s just a normal day of rest for the second baseman.

Photo by The Associated Press.



Posted by:Brian Heymanon Sunday, July 27th, 2014 at 11:35 am. InMisc withComments Off Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees lineup

Gardner LF

Jeter SS

Ellsbury CF

Beltran DH

McCann 1B

Headley 3B

Cervelli C

Wheeler RF

Ryan 2B

(Greene P)



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Greene’s turn again

Shane Greene

The Yankees had to take one 25-year-old rookie righty out of the rotation with the acquisition Thursday of Chris Capuano, and they chose Shane Greene over Chase Whitley to keep starting.

Greene will take the ball today against in the Blue Jays in the finale of the 10-game homestand. He’s 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA through four appearances, three of them starts. He won his first two, throwing 4 2/3 no-hit innings in each, before losing Monday night to the Rangers, although he left with two outs in the sixth with the score tied at 2-2. He did make three errors in that game, though.

“He’s done really good things,” Joe Girardi said. “We feel good about where he’s at and the way he’s throwing the baseball.”

Whitley is at 87 1/3 innings between his Triple-A and Yankees work. His career high during his four previous minor-league seasons was 91 because he was primarily a reliever. And that’s his role again. Whitley is 4-3 with a 4.87 ERA through 14 appearances with the Yankees, 12 of them starts. He was charged with two runs in a third of an inning after opening the ninth in Saturday’s 6-4 loss.

“Chase has done a really good job for us, but it’s a guy that’s (almost) never logged this many innings,” Girardi said. “There were some concerns around the All-Star break, so we pushed him as far as back as we could. I told him, ‘Just take it easy, rest and we’ll get you going again.’ And he came out and threw the ball really well.

“But a Greenie’s a guy that I think has thrown 175 innings in the minor leagues (actually 154 1/3 was his high last year), is used to being a starter and has thrown the ball really well, and that’s why we’re staying with him.”

Here’s my story on the end of the Yankees’ 17-game home winning streak against Toronto and problems that led to it. And here’s my Yankees notebook with items on Red Sox turned Yankee Chris Capuano and his debut start, Brian Roberts’ shaky defense and Mark Teixeira’s status.

Photo by The Associated Press.


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