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Postgame notes: “They have their legs and they can drive the baseball”

Mark Teixeira

Late Tuesday night, in the Texas heat, Joe Girardi pulled Mark Teixeira in the sixth inning of a blowout. The next night, Girardi didn’t put Teixiera in the lineup at all.

In two games since, Teixeira has four home runs, a double, a single, three walks and eight RBI.

“That’s the whole reason (to rest players), so they stay fresh and they have their legs and they can drive the baseball,” Girardi said. “You try to pick your spots. As valuable as he’s been to us, you don’t want to sit him too much. But you try to pick your spots.”

Last year, Teixeira was actually pretty productive early in the season, but he faded badly. He became less productive and battled a series of nagging injuries. He appreciates the value of a day off now and then, and he’s reaping the rewards with 28 home runs and 78 RBI this season.

“The two days off since the break really helped,” Teixiera said. “Just seeing the ball really well right now. The bat’s feeling quick and getting some good pitches to hit.”

Tonight was the 14th time Teixeira homered from each side of the plate in a single game. That’s a Major League record (Teixeira was tied with Nick Swisher). One of tonight’s homers was Teixeira’s 10th career grand slam and second grand slam of the season.

“I’ve said it since spring training,” Teixeira said. “I feel really good, I feel strong, the wrist is healthy and that’s all I can really ask for.”

Nathan Eovaldi• In his 100th career start, Nathan Eovaldi got his 11th win of the season. He’s 5-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his past five road starts, and he’s allowed three runs or less in each of his past eight starts. “Evo had a lot of long innings he had to sit through tonight,” Girardi said. “He gave us a lot of pitches tonight and he did a good job.”

• Bryan Mitchell will start for the Yankees tomorrow. Girardi said he left Eovaldi stay in the game for 117 pitches because he’s using a piece of the bullpen to start tomorrow. Of course, it remains to be seen how the Yankees use Mitchell going forward. Diego Moreno will be available as a long man tomorrow.

• Despite throwing all those pitches, Eovaldi still lasted just 5.2 innings. He still has trouble working deep in games quite often. “That’s been one of my big things,” Eovaldi said. “I’ve been trying to work on it, slowly and steadily attack the third time through. You don’t want to get into a battle with one batter that is seven or eight pitches. You want to throw four or five pitches and get out of the inning. It just takes one pitch.”

• Does Girardi had a problem with Eovaldi’s difficulty working deeper into games? “He’s winning games and he’s pitching well,” Girardi said. “It is what it is. However we need to win games, we’ll win games. I think he’s grown up a lot this year. I don’t know if that’s his 10th or 11th win for us, but he’s pitched pretty well. I’m not going to complain. I’m happy with what he’s doing.”

• Brendan Ryan had a three-hit game, but he was mostly laughing postgame about his absurd strikeout against Adam LaRoche in the ninth inning. LaRoche is a first baseman, and he was throwing super slow curveballs mixed with a mid-80s fastball. “It’s comical,” Ryan said, who laughed during and after the at-bat. “It’s not fun, but you have to have fun with it. He’s throwing 50-mph curveballs. I’m taking four steps before I get there. I didn’t know what the heck he was going to do that last pitch, and obviously I found out he could throw it right past me. Good times. Whatever. We won the game, that’s all that matters.”

Mark Teixeira, Didi Gregorius, Stephen Drew• Ryan said catcher Geovany Soto actually joked with him that the stadium would erupt if he struck out. Ryan said, as you can imagine, that it was a horribly uncomfortable at-bat just because it was so different from anything else. That final fastball? “I had no chance on that one,” he said. “I tried to get to it, but after the 50-mph whatever it was, it looked like 110. Oh well. It kind of fits with the mustache, right? That’s the kind of at-bat I think I should have. I don’t know. Ridiculous.”

• Funny that the strikeout actually came in such a good game for Ryan. He’s hitting .314 this season. “He’s made a little bit of an adjustment with the hitting coaches and he’s swinging the bat good,” Girardi said. “He’s fresh. He’s happy to be playing; he went through a frustrating time getting hurt in spring training and then getting hurt again, so I just think he’s enjoying the moments.”

• CC Sabathia is back with the team after spending last night in a Texas hospital because of dehydration. “Once I came out of the game I was exhausted,” he said. “I was done. It was really hard for me to get my uniform off. I got back to the training room and I felt nauseous, my head was hurting. They decided to hook me up to some IVs.” When the IVs didn’t do the trick, that’s when Sabathia was sent to the hospital. He said his whole body was cramping.

• The Yankees have said they’ll wait until the end of the weekend to decide how Sabathia should proceed, whether he needs to skip a turn. “I think I’m good,” he said. “I usually hydrate really good before games, in between games and in between innings, nights before. This was just a tough one.”

• Final word goes to Ryan: “The chemistry (of the team) has been outstanding. It’s genuine. Everyone is pulling for each other. It’s a great clubhouse to be a part of. I haven’t really been a part of an environment like this. Everyone’s looking forward to coming to the field and it’s a fun thing to be a part of, I’ll tell ya.”

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Teixeira homers twice (again) as Yankees score in double digits (again)

Mark Teixeira, Alexei Ramirez

As the trade deadline came and went, the Yankees did nothing. Nothing to upgrade their depleted rotation. Nothing to add right-handed power to the lineup. Nothing to counter the Blue Jays’ aggressive maneuvering. “I like the team we have,” general manager Brian Cashman said. Within hours, the Yankees rewarded that confidence with a 13-6 blowout win against the White Sox. Mark Teixeira had his second consecutive two-homer game, Nathan Eovaldi picked up his 11th win, and Alex Rodriguez scored four times. It was the second time in four days that the Yankees scored in double digits, and it was their 11th win in their past 15 games. Teixeira has put himself into the early MVP conversation with his 28 home runs and 73 RBI. He hit a grand slam during a five-run second inning, then hit a two-run homer during a five-run fourth. It was the 14th time Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate in a single game, setting a Major League record. Teixeira, Carlos Beltran and Brendan Ryan each had three hits in the game. Rodriguez reached base five times. Eovaldi lasted just 5.2 innings and allowed 10 base runners, but he moved into a tie for the fifth-most wins in baseball; fourth-most in the American League.

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Game 102: Yankees at White Sox

Orioles Yankees BaseballYANKEES (57-44)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Chris Young LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
John Ryan Murphy C
Brendan Ryan 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (10-2, 4.27)
Eovaldi vs. White Sox

WHITE SOX (49-51)
Adam Eaton CF
Tyler Saladino 3B
Jose Abreu 1B
Melky Cabrera LF
Avisail Garcia RF
Adam LaRoche DH
Alexi Ramirez SS
Geovany Soto C
Carlos Sanchez 2B

LHP Carlos Rodon (4-3, 4.09)
Rodon has never faced any of the Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:10 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: It’s a nice night. Happy to have an open press box this evening.

UMPIRES: HP Larry Vanover, 1B Ron Kulpa, 2B Adam Hamari, 3B Brian Knight

THE NEW GUYS: Now that Nick Goody has finally gotten into a game, one day after Caleb Cotham pitched, the Yankees have already used 29 pitchers this season, the second-most pitchers used in a season in team history, four shy of their record 33 pitchers used in 2014. The Yankees lead the Majors with 13 players making their Major League debuts this season.

#WINNING: Nathan Eovaldi will make his 100th career start tonight. At 10-2, he leads the Majors with a .833 winning percentage this season (min. 10 decisions). The last Yankees pitcher to post a winning percentage that high for a season (min. 12 dec.) was Roger Clemens who went 20-3 in 2001.

UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Little two-out rally in the first inning. Rodriguez double, Teixiera walk and a Beltran RBI double. That’s enough for a quick 1-0 lead.

UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Grand slam for Teixeira pushes the Yankees lead to 6-0 in the second inning. Second time in four days that the Yankees have batted around in the second inning.

UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Another multi-homer game for Teixeira, who now has 28 home runs for the year. The guy is just crushing the ball this season. Yankees are up 9-2 in the fourth. Rodriguez, Teixeira and Beltran are a combined 7-for-7 with two walks, two homers, five runs, and eight RBI.

UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: Now it’s 11-2 in the fourth. As long as Eovaldi is mildly effective for the next five outs, he’s going to get his 11th win of the year.

UPDATE, 10:48 p.m.: Another run in the fifth, and another in the sixth. This game is slow and plodding, but the Yankees are up 13-3. The offense is so good, Brendan Ryan has three hits.

 
 

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Pregame notes: Severino, Mitchell, Sabathia, Ackley, Pineda

Everything is a little later than usual today, so I’m going to try to make these really quick just to fill you in on the basics. The upcoming Luis Severino call-up is easily the biggest Yankees news of the day, but there are a few other things going on. A few things to know:

Bryan MitchellOn Severino/Mitchell

• Still no set date for Severino’s debut, but Joe Girardi confirmed it will be during next week’s Red Sox series.

• Sounds like Bryan Mitchell will probably start tomorrow’s game as long as the Yankees don’t need him in long relief tonight. Girardi said he could also use Adam Warren for multiple innings, and he also would consider Diego Moreno available for 60-70 pitches tomorrow. Girardi had previously ruled out Moreno for Saturday, but he said today that Moreno should be available if necessary.

• Who did Brian Cashman consider truly untouchable in trade talks? “Severino, Judge, Bird, and obviously in most cases, Mateo,” Cashman said. That seemed to be his way of confirming, without really confirming, that Jorge Mateo was on the table in talks about Craig Kimbrel.

On CC Sabathia

• CC Sabathia has been discharged from the hospital following yesterday’s dehydration issue. “We’re just going to have to see how he feels the next couple of days,” Girardi said. “You would think that you give him the weekend and try to get completely healthy in a sense.”

• For whatever it’s worth, Brian Cashman said there’s been no discussion of taking Sabathia out of the rotation. I find it hard to believe the topic hasn’t come up at some point, but it doesn’t sound like it’s a move the Yankees are seriously considering at the moment. “I haven’t had any conversations about CC (coming out of the rotation),” Cashman said. “The intention (with Severino) is, obviously, we have Pineda down and we have to fill that spot.”

On Dustin Ackley

• Ackley likely won’t play tomorrow against another lefty, but Girardi said Ackley could be in the lineup Sunday. Ackley is considered an outfielder who can play first base and maybe some second base. He’s the primary backup at first and will take some ground balls at second just to stay somewhat sharp at the position. Probably won’t play there much, though.

• On Jones: “Garrett is a clubhouse favorite,” Girardi said. “He’s been a guy that has tried to adjust to the role of not playing every day. He seemed to struggle the first month and helped us win some games after that. He just helped us win a game in Minnesota. It’s tough because obviously he has relationships with the guys in the room and with me. It’s never an easy thing to do.

On Michael Pineda

• Cashman said he has no defined timetable for Pineda’s return from the disabled list, but the Yankees have been through similar injuries recently, so we should have a rough idea that it will take a month or a little more. “We went through this with Miller and with others so it’s not like we haven’t been here before,” Cashman said. “I think David Phelps had this when he was with us, it might have been last year, so we’re unfortunately used to it.”

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Cashman: “(Severino)’s earned it, and we need it”

Luis SeverinoHow close did the Yankees come to making a significant trade at the deadline?

“Not close,” general manager Brian Cashman said.

And it seems the Yankees are fine with that.

“I’d rather try relying on the Mitchells and Severinos than bring in somebody that’s got more experience but maybe less ability with more money attached to it,” Cashman said. “Although (money)’s not necessarily an issue for us, in the assessments, it’s like, you know what, I’d rather go this route with these kids than go do that (in a trade for a veteran).”

In the end, a quiet trade deadline was a loud-and-clear commitment to the Yankees’ farm system, both in the long term and the short term. Bryan Mitchell is already on the big league roster and seems likely to start tomorrow. Luis Severino will be called up in the coming days to make his next start in the big leagues.

The exact date of Severino’s big league debut remains undecided — Cashman said that’s up to Joe Girardi and Larry Rothschild — but Severino last pitched on Wednesday, so Tuesday at Yankee Stadium might be the best bet.

Cashman said there is no innings limitation on Severino. The Yankees managed his workload early in the season so that they could — if necessary — turn him loose in the second half.

“Only if we needed it, and only if he earned it,” Cashman said. “Well, he’s earned it, and we need it. So we’ll see what the next step for this youngster is. He moved really fast through the system and obviously had a lot of success. We’ll see what the next level is going to be like for him and hopefully he can contribute and add into the cast of characters. He’s somebody we’re excited about. We’re excited about what Diego Moreno just did. We’re excited about what Mitchell has done so far. We’re excited obviously about what Shreve has been doing all year, and etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. There’s a lot of guys who have been coming up here and helping in many ways.

Severino is the system’s 21-year-old pitching gem recently ranked by Baseball America as the 17th-best prospect in all of baseball (one spot ahead of the key player the Blue Jays used to trade for David Price). Severino has a 1.91 ERA in Triple-A and struck out 10 batters his last time out. When Chris Capuano failed to get out of the first inning on Tuesday, Cashman very nearly elected to bring Severino up the next day — he was scheduled to start in Triple-A the next day and could have provided a lot of innings — but Moreno pitching so well eased the situation and Cashman was able to promote a less-stretched-out reliever in Caleb Cotham.

“If Diego Moreno didn’t do what he did, then you would have seen potentially Severino already,” Cashman said.

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Luis Severino’s next start to come in big leagues

Brian Cashman just announced that Luis Severino’s next start will come in the big leagues. An exact date has not been determined. Cashman said that’s up to Joe Girardi and Larry Rothschild. More to come, obviously.

 
 

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No Ackley, no Gardner in Yankees’ lineup 

Dustin Ackley is here and on the active roster.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Chris Young LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
John Ryan Murphy C
Brendan Ryan 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Nathan Eovaldi

 
 

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Trade deadline passes without Yankees making a splash

Brian Cashman, Joe GirardiAt the trade deadline, the Yankees made a flurry of moves, but not one of them was a trade.

They activated one player (Dustin Ackley), designated another (Garrett Jones), outrighted another (Chris Capuano), optioned another (Slade Heathcott) and released another (Esmil Rogers, so he can play in Korea). But the 4 p.m. deadline came and went without the Yankees making another move.

Ackley, it seems, is their big acquisition. And that move seems to have as much to do with next year as this year.

Ultimately, this was a trade market with a lot of high-end prospects changing teams, and Brian Cashman stuck to his guns in holding onto the Yankees’ top young talent. He traded away a couple of redundant mid-level prospects in Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez, but did not part with Luis Severino or Aaron Judge — either of whom would have put the Yankees in the mix for any player traded in the past week.

By holding onto their prospects, the Yankees opened the obvious possibility of trying to supplement their roster from within. Bryan Mitchell and Nick Goody have already been called up, and Luis Severino might not be far behind (Joe Girardi said just yesterday that Severino would have be considered for a call up). Slade Heathcott is healthy again, Gary Sanchez has raked since coming up to Triple-A, and even veteran Andrew Bailey has moved up to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Yankees currently have as much on-the-verge minor league talent as they’ve had at any other time in recent memory. With their team in contention, their rotation full of questions, and the trade market rich with movement, the Yankees chose to keep that young talent rather than deal for an immediate impact player.

One way or another, the decision could be a defining one for the second half of this season and beyond.

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Yankees DFA Garrett Jones to make room for Dustin Ackley

Garrett Jones

The Yankees have found a roster spot for Dustin Ackley, and it came at the expense of Garrett Jones.

Ackley was officially activated today — this time listed as an OF/INF, not simply as an OF — and Jones was designated for assignment to open a roster spot. It seems the Yankees prefer Ackley’s versatility (and perhaps a little bit of upside) in favor of Jones’ first base experience (and perhaps more pinch-hit power off the bench). Ackley has some first base experience, and yesterday Joe Girardi stressed his ability to play five positions, so I would think Ackley becomes the backup first baseman going forward.

With Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran staying healthy for the most part, Jones never played nearly as much as expected when the Yankees got him from Miami as a secondary piece of the Nathan Eovaldi trade. Jones has hit .215/.257/.361 in 144 at-bats. When he played a little more often in the month of June, he put up better numbers, but his at-bats were mostly few and far between. His season slash line is actually remarkably similar to Ackley’s (.215/.270/.366). It’s worth noting that Jones is very popular in the Yankees’ clubhouse, and for whatever it’s worth, players have talked a lot about the great chemistry in the clubhouse.

In two other moves, the Yankees have activated Slade Heathcott from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Also, Chris Capuano has been outrighted to Triple-A.

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Rosenthal: Yankees’ talks for Craig Kimbrel have fizzled

KimbrelIn a nutshell, here’s the excitement and frustration of the trade deadline.

In back-to-back tweets, coming 12 minutes apart, Ken Rosenthal first reported that the Yankees are the team “in hottest pursuit” of Padres closer Craig Kimbrel, then reported the Yankees’ conversations about Kimbrel broke down yesterday and “have not revived today.” At basically the same time, Buster Olney also reported that Kimbrel talks had fizzled.

Rosenthal and Olney are as good as it gets on a day like this, so what gives? Mostly there’s a lot of information coming from a lot of directions with a lot of agendas being played out. I have no idea who Rosenthal and Olney’s sources are, but it would benefit the Padres to overstate the Yankees’ interest, while the Yankees would likely want to shut down such chatter.

One thing to keep in mind: I flew to Chicago this morning on a flight with Mark Feinsand and Bryan Hoch, two guys who have been on this beat longer than I have. One topic of conversation was the fact Brian Cashman’s moves seem to come out of nowhere. We all ask our questions and often have a general sense of what types of moves the Yankees are looking into, but a surprise name shouldn’t be much of a surprise at all.

If that makes any sense.

 
 

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