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Game 124: Yankees vs. Astros

Michael PinedaYANKEES (63-60)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter DH
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew SS
Martin Prado 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF

RHP Michael Pineda (2-2, 1.82)
Pineda vs. Astros

ASTROS (53-73)
Robbie Grossman RF
Jose Altuve 2B
Chris Carter DH
Dexter Fowler CF
Jason Castro C
Jon Singleton 1B
Marwin Gonzalez SS
Matt Dominguez 3B
Jake Marisnick LF

RHP Scott Feldman (6-9, 4.45)
Feldman vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Not a cloud in the sky.

UMPIRES: HP Chris Conroy, 1B Jordan Baker, 2B Jerry Meals, 3B Paul Emmel

CATCHING UP: Brian McCann has 14 home runs this season. He?is the 13th catcher in Yankees franchise history (minimum 50 percent of games in a season at catcher) to hit as many home runs in a single season.?Yogi Berra is the all-time franchise leader with 13 such seasons.

GOING DEEP: The Yankees have hit 30 home runs since the All-Star break, third-most in the American League and sixth-most in the Majors in that span.

ON THIS DATE: On August 20, 1938, Lou Gehrig his his 23rd and final career grand slam off Buck Ross in the first inning of an 11-3 Yankees win in Philadelphia. Gehrig held the career grand slams record for nearly 74 years.

UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: Couple of singles and a double steal, but Mark Teixeira struck out and Brian McCann flied out to leave the runners stranded. Scoreless after one inning.

UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: Second inning in a row that the Yankees have had runners at second and third. It’s still a scoreless game.

UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Pineda was perfect through three. Now he’s allowed two hits in the second and suddenly the Yankees are down 1-0.

UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Botched hit-and-run on the Headley caught stealing? Came immediately before Stephen Drew’s first home run as a Yankee, a solo shot that has tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the fourth.

UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: Little fist pump from Pineda as Drew makes a nice play at short to end the fifth.

UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: The old two-out bunt single RBI trick. Well played, Jacoby. Yankees up 2-1 in the fifth.

UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: Leadoff walk in the seventh, and that’s it from Pineda. He threw 89 pitches after throwing just 67 last time out. Another strong start in just his second game off the disabled list.

UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: One-run game in the seventh, and so far Girardi has gone to David Huff — who got the lefty, but not the righty — and now Esmil Rogers. The bullpen looks a lot thinner when guys have been used a lot.

UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: The boos are pretty loud here at Yankee Stadium. Shawn Kelley, Dellin Betances and Dave Robertson have each pitched three out of four days.

UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Ellsbury strikes out to leave runners at second and third. He just missed a double down the line twice — both went just foul — before he struck out swinging.

 
 

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Pregame notes: “Hopefully it’s just a day or two”

Carlos Beltran

Here’s the way Joe Girardi explained the Carlos Beltran situation:

Apparently Beltran’s elbow bothers him from time to time when he swings. Nothing extreme, just enough to feel that there’s something not quite right — which everyone knows to be the case — and then it goes away. He’s felt it before and stayed in games without much concern. Last night it happened again, but this time Beltran was still feeling something the morning after.

“He said it grabbed a little bit last night on one of the swings,” Girardi said. “He went through the rest of the game, but today he woke up and he felt it. Obviously that’s a little worse than it’s been at any other point during when he’s been playing and playing pretty well. I’m not really sure what it means. Hopefully it’s just a day or two.”

Beltran was originally at designated hitter, Derek Jeter at shortstop, Stephen Drew at second base and Martin Prado in right field. When Beltran was scratched, the lineup shuffled to the one you’ve already seen.

Is there concern that Beltran playing the field is what caused this lingering discomfort?

“No, because he’s felt it on swings, not in the outfield,” Girardi said. “He didn’t really have a lot of action in the outfield, so he didn’t really have to make any throws or anything like that. It seems to be more from a swing than from throwing.”

Girardi said it’s too early to know what this means for the future of using Beltran in the outfield. It seems too early to say even what it means for the immediate future of using him in the lineup. Dr. Chris Ahmad will check the elbow tonight.

“He’ll see the doctor and we’ll find out what’s going on,” Girardi said. “I’m sure it’s much of the same of what he had going on before, but for whatever reason it was a little worse today in a sense that he still felt it whereas other times he didn’t.”

Masahiro Tanka• Masahiro Tanaka threw a 35-pitch bullpen today, and it included breaking balls. Using one-word English answers in the beginning of a group interview at his locker, Tanaka said that the bullpen was “good” and “better” than last time.

• This was the first time since the injury that Tanaka threw something other than fastballs off a mound. He threw his breaking balls, including five splitters. “I felt (the offspeed stuff) was a little bit rusty,” Tanaka said. “I’ll have to brush that up a little bit.”

• No official word on what’s next for Tanaka. The next step would be live batting practice, but Tanaka might throw another bullpen before he faces hitters. “I don’t really have a realistic timeframe because I don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves,” Girardi said. “But the next step would be throwing BP, then a simulated game, then obviously a rehab game. The fact that he felt good today was encouraging. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow; obviously that’s really important. But he was able to throw his curveball, his slider and his split; I watched it and he looked pretty good.”

• Tanaka said he was not worried about the elbow during the bullpen, and he feels pretty confident that the health problems are behind him. “Absolutely,” he said. “I feel that I’ve gotten the health; the elbow is fine now. I’m more looking towards playing in a game now. But that said, even that said, I think I do have to be cautious about the elbow.”

• Seems weird, but apparently there’s no plan to have Tanaka have another MRI. As long as he feels good, he will apparently keep pitching. “With this type of injury, it’s either going to work or it’s not going to work,” Girardi said. “It’s not something like you’re waiting for the inflammation to go away or something like that. It’s either going to work or it’s not going to work.”

• Still no exact plan for David Phelps. “No, we have not (made a decision),” Girardi said. “Cash, Stevie and myself are going to sit down with the doctor and figure out what is the best plan for him to get him back, or what needs to be done next.” Yankees are apparently still deciding whether it’s best to bring Phelps back as a starter (which will take more time) or as a reliever (which could happen quite a bit sooner).

• Any concern about Stephen Drew’s offensive numbers since the trade deadline? “He’s got, what, eight or nine RBIs since he’s been here in the games that he’s played?” Girardi said. “His average maybe is not (good), but he’s had some production for us.” Someone get this quote to Brian Kenny!

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Jeter back at DH; Beltran sore

Carlos Beltran has some soreness in his elbow, so he was scratched from the original lineup.

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter DH
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew SS
Martin Prado 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF

RHP Michael Pineda

 
 

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Ice Bucket Challenge makes its way to the Yankees clubhouse

The very idea of the Ice Bucket Challenge seems pretty goofy — surely there are better ways to raise money for a cause as serious and worthwhile as ALS research — but really seems to be working. People dumping ice water of their heads has become a real phenomenon, and it reports indicate that it’s been wildly successful in raising both awareness and funds for ALS research. A really remarkable thing in this internet age.

For the Yankees, I believe Shawn Kelley was the first to get involved. Kelley lost his grandfather to ALS, and he appropriately got Brett Gardner — the designated walk-off bucket dumper — to help out. Kelley challenged CC Sabathia, and yesterday Sabathia accepted and let Kelley handle the dumping.

But, it always gets serious when The Captain gets involved. Right in the middle of the Yankees clubhouse, Jeter accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge and gave a typically Jeter-like introduction in which he mentioned by Lou Gehrig and Pete Frates, who basically started this whole thing. Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka dumped the water on Jeter, and the reaction from both Jeter and his teammates was pretty priceless. Here’s the video.

 
 

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Warren: “Just trying to get back to good solid mechanics”

Mark Teixeira, Adam WarrenAdam Warren is well aware that he hasn’t been pitching very well lately. Even last night, when he wasn’t charged with a run, he didn’t make a particularly good pitch with a slider, and the resulting line-drive is the way the Astros took their first lead.

“It’s a fine line that they walk, location of pitches, being ahead in the count and being able to put hitters away,” Joe Girardi said. “It looked like he left a slider up, and it didn’t break much, and it got hit.”

Warren knows all of that. He also knows that he pitched really well for most of the year, and that a 9.00 ERA in his past 10 outings suggests something has gone out of whack recently. It happens to every pitcher at some point, and the key is getting it fixed.

Warren said it’s not a matter of fatigue, not a problem of workload. He believes he’s simply not staying back long enough in his delivery. It’s a small flaw that affects that fine line in a big way.

“My body feels fine,” Warren said. “I’ve had a week off between outings, so physically I feel fine. I think it’s just one of those funks where I just feel like I can’t quite get on top of the ball and feel like my stuff’s not quite as sharp. Just trying to get back to good solid mechanics. I feel like I’m getting there. I haven’t quite gotten there yet, but I feel like I’m getting closer.”

Go back one month to the All-Star break and there was some talk about whether the Yankees should get Warren stretched out to join the rotation. At the time, he was one of their most trusted arms, and even in his first few games after the break Warren was steady and reliable. But he gave up a home run on July 24, and since then the results have been inconsistent at best, really bad at worst.

Getting Warren back on track would go a long way toward making the Yankees bullpen as deep and dependable as it was earlier in the season. And if the offense is going to remain inconsistent, the Yankees are going to need their bullpen. Last night’s not going to be their last close game in the late innings.

“Mechanically I feel a little off, but I feel like I’m taking a step in the right direction and getting where I need to be,” Warren said. “… Just (working on) really just focusing on mechanics when you can and when you do throw in (bullpen) sessions. Some dry work on the mound, just really focusing on staying back a little bit longer.”

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Postgame notes: “Operating on a pretty thin line”

David Robertson

Dave Robertson had not allowed a home run his past 27 games. He hadn’t allowed a hit since August 2. He still has baseball’s longest active streak of consecutive saves converted.

But even the best relievers have bad nights, and right now the Yankees aren’t able to make up for those inevitable stumbles.

“Those bullpen guys have been operating on a pretty thin line,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Tonight, we weren’t able to get it done. But David’s been about as good as you could be.”

Tonight was not one of those nights. Robertson walked the first two batters he faced and at one point threw seven straight balls, four to walk Jose Altuve and three to fall behind 3-0 against Chris Carter. He found the strike zone with his next pitch. The distance on Carter’s home run was a pretty good indication of just how badly Robertson missed his spot.

“Trying to make a good pitch down and away,” Robertson said. “Instead I threw it right into his bat path and he put it 30 rows deep. It stinks when (the count is) 3-0 that happens, but if a make a good quality pitch, maybe I get a groundball double play. … When you’re not making quality pitches and you’re not throwing the ball where you want to, you’re not going to get outs. I struggled out there tonight, and I blew it for our team.”

He did, and in a vacuum this game might be all about a good reliever having a bad night. But the Yankees offense came down to two big hits tonight: Brian McCann’s two-run homer and Martin Prado’s two-run double. Ultimately, it was more of the same. Another night when the Yankees had a chance to take control of the game, but when their pitching staff slipped up, there was no offense to pick up the slack. The Yankees were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

“I thought we hit some balls pretty decent, but we didn’t get too many hits,” Girardi said. “Prado got the lone hit, I think, with runners in scoring position. I think to win you have to do a better job in those situations.”

Chris Capuano, Joe Girardi• A lot of really close pitches for Robertson in that ninth inning. The crowd here at Yankee Stadium seemed to groan with every ball believing so many of them could have been strikes. “That’s the game,” Robertson said. “Sometimes you get those (calls), sometimes you don’t. It changes from day to day with different umpires. I went and looked them. They’re close. I’m not going to say they’re dead giveaway strikes, though.”

• No surprise to anyone that Carter was swinging away on a 3-0 pitch. “You know that he’s swinging there,” Girardi said. “You can’t just groove one. I’m sure that if he had it back – he wasn’t trying to throw it there – (but) it’s just kind of the way the night went for him.”

• With one out and Jacoby Ellsbury at third base in the eighth, the Yankees had Ellsbury running on contact. When Carlos Beltran hit a ball sharply right to the shortstop, Ellsbury was out easily at the plate. “You’re looking at the speed you have at third, the lead he can get, and it’s got to be hit hard at one of the infielders (for him to be out),” Girardi said. “The chances are that (small). A step to his right, a step to his left, he scores. That’s the chance we’re going to take with one out.”

• Actually thought Chris Capuano was perfectly good again. Found up getting away from him in the sixth, but this was the first time since joining the Yankees that he failed to pitch through the sixth, and he gave the team a chance to win. He’s been a perfectly fine fifth starter. Tonight he matched a season-high with eight strikeouts. He has 28 strikeouts and only three walks over his last four starts.

• Capuano on his start: “My command wasn’t as sharp as I would have liked it to have been in those last two innings. I started leaving some balls over the middle. Still in the sixth inning there with one out and nobody out, 2-2 game. I had a good chance to get through that inning, and Dominguez pulled his hands in and did a good job on a 2-2 pitch. I wasn’t able to get the lefty behind him, so it really came down to those last two batters in the sixth for me.”

Chase Headley, Martin Prado• It’s getting to the point of having no new questions to ask these hitters. They all recognize what’s going on, and if they had answers, things would be different. “We’ve got to score more runs,” Mark Teixeira said. “We’ve had two-run leads, but to get a two-run lead in the (fourth) inning doesn’t mean much. You’ve got to keep adding on.”

• And here’s further recognition of an obvious problem: “We came together in spring training and expected to have a little more thunder,” Teixeira said. “We’re a little bit different team than we were to start the season, and we just haven’t really had that power.”

• I mentioned on Twitter before the game that there were a ton of guys on the field for early batting practice today — I’d say there’s usually two or three, today there were at least eight that I counted. “Our guys come to work every day,” Girardi said. “They work at their trade and they work really hard and they grind it out and they try to get better every day. That’s all you can really ask from them. Sometimes it works really well and sometimes it doesn’t and it’s been inconsistent this year. I think we had seven or eight guys hit early today.”

• Brian McCann has homered in three of his last four home games. He has hit 12 of his 14 home runs at Yankee Stadium this year.

Ichiro Suzuki• Although he was brutal on the road trip, Ellsbury returned home to have a three-hit game. He’s hitting .464 in his past eight home games. He’s hitting .328 at home this season.

• This was the second time this season that Robertson allowed more than two earned runs. Also only the third time this season that he allowed two or more walks. The only other time he did both was that June 1 letdown against Minnesota.

• If you’re scoring at home, the Yankees have now lost six of their past eight games. Could say they’ve won two out of three, but losing six of eight seems to paint a more accurate picture of what’s going on right now.

• Girardi said David Phelps saw Dr. Ahmad during the game, and Girardi wasn’t sure about the plan for Phelps going forward. Indications are, so far, that Phelps feels fine and expects to keep throwing. Might have a more definitive plan tomorrow.

• Final word to Teixeira: “Two days ago we were talking about a two game win streak and going on a run. We’re not going to let one game get us down too much. Pretty sure we’re still in the race, we just need to score more runs and win more games.”

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Big Astros ninth sinks Yankees

Jason Castro
Dave Robertson has converted 21 consecutive save opportunities, but this wasn’t one of them. Called into the ninth inning of a tied game, Robertson walked two batters, fell behind against a third, and ultimately served up a long, three-run home run for a deflating 7-4 loss to the lowly Astros at Yankee Stadium. Robertson was ahead in the count 0-2 before walking Jose Altuve on four straight balls, then he immediately fell behind in the count 3-0 against Chris Carter. His next pitch was in the zone, and Carter crushed it for the game winner. The Yankees led early when Brian McCann hit a two-out, two-run home run in the fourth inning. It was his 14th of the year, and his third in his past five games. When the Astros surged ahead with a three-run top of the sixth, the Yankees responded with a game-tying, two-run double by Martin Prado in the bottom of the inning. But the offense couldn’t do any more. They nearly regained the lead in the eighth, but Jacoby Ellsbury was thrown out at the plate after a ground ball to the shortstop. Starter Chris Capuano matched his season-high with eight strikeouts, but his strong outing came apart in a three-run sixth inning. Capuano let three of the first four Astros reach base that inning, and it was ultimately reliever Adam Warren who allowed the go-ahead, two-out single to put the Astros in front 4-2 before Prado’s tying double.

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Game 123: Yankees vs. Astros

Chris CapuanoYANKEES (63-59)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Martin Prado 2B
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF

LHP Chris Capuano (1-3, 4.13)
Capuano vs. Astros

ASTROS (52-73)
Robbie Grossman RF
Jose Altuve 2B
Chris Carter DH
Dexter Fowler CF
Jason Castro C
Matt Dominguez 3B
Jon Singleton 1B
Jake Marisnick LF
Gregorio Petit SS

LHP Brett Oberholtzer (4-8, 3.87)
Oberholtzer vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9

WEATHER: Really nice night at the ballpark. Wind blowing from right to left.

UMPIRES: HP Paul Emmel, 1B Chris Conroy, 2B Jordan Baker, 3B Jerry Meals

IN THE ZONE: Entering tonight’s game, Yankees pitchers own the third-highest strikeout-to-walk ratio in modern MLB history (since 1900), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They have recorded 1,024 strikeouts and 309 walks for a 3.31 ratio, trailing only the 2014 Nationals (3.48 entering today) and the 2012 Phillies (3.39).

IN THE PARK: In their past 12 games, Yankees starters are 4-4 with a 2.45 ERA and have allowed only three home runsin that span.

IN THE NINTH: Dave Robertson has converted 21 consecutive save opportunities, the longest active streak in the Majors. He has not allowed a hit in his past five appearances, the longest streak by a Yankees pitcher this season. He has not allowed a home run in his past 27 games, and has allow no runs in 24 of those 27 appearances for a 1.26 ERA of the span.

UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Bad read on a ball in the dirt, and Altuve is thrown out trying to take second. Nice job by McCann to take advantage of the situation.

UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.:  Two on with two outs, Beltran hit the ball pretty hard but settles for a long fly out to left-center. Runners stranded. Game still scoreless.

UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Chris Capuano through four scoreless. Six strikeouts. The lefty looks awfully good. Now — as always — if only the Yankees could score some runs!

UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Hey look, some runs! Brian McCann with a two-out, two-run homer to put the Yankees in front 2-0 in the fourth.

UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Capuano allowed one run in the fifth and now another in the sixth (leadoff triples are bad). Game is tied again, and the Yankees are again looking for some offense.

UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Marwin Gonzalez with a pinch-hit, two-run single off Adam Warren. Yankees now trailing 4-2 against the Astros. It is, as Girardi might say, not what you want.

UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Key hits in three straight games for Martin Pardo, who just doubled in two runs to tie it at 4.

UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: Ellsbury got himself to third base with one out, but he was out by several feet when Beltran hit a routine grounder to shortstop. Yankees couldn’t take advantage of the infield single, stolen base and throwing error that moved Ellsbury around the bases in the first place.

 
 

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Pregame notes: Phelps progressing with role uncertain

David Phelps

David Phelps played catch yesterday. He also got a precautionary MRI and will meet with team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad later tonight. Phelps said he’s been told he could be back in roughly three weeks, but that time table really depends on how the Yankees choose to use him down the stretch.

Is it worth waiting to get him back in the rotation, or is it better to move more quickly and put him in the bullpen?

“You hate to say anything because my fear is that it will change tomorrow,” Joe Girardi said. “Right now our starters are throwing well, and our relievers have really been pretty good too. I think what you look at is, let’s see what the doctors says today. And then if we feel that we need him as a starter, how long does that take in the doctor and Stevie (Donohue)’s eyes? And how long would it take to get him back as a reliever. Then you go from there.”

Phelps was pitching awfully well before that start in Boston that sent him to the disabled list. He had a 3.29 ERA in nine starts before the Boston game, and even that ERA would have been below 3.00 if not for one bad inning in Texas. A few bad games, and one rough stretch, have inflated Phelps’ season numbers, but he was emerging as one of the Yankees most reliable starters before he got hurt.

He’s missed just two weeks, which doesn’t seem like a huge problem — and the injury seems more focused at the bottom of his triceps, not necessarily in the usual elbow ligament — but the Yankees are a cautious bunch, and so it’s not likely Phelps will be rushed back under any circumstances.

“It’s been well over a week since I felt anything, which is good news,” Phelps said. “What we’re doing is working. We have to wait and see what (Dr. Ahmad) says, and then hopefully move forward. … They’ve talked three weeks potentially. It all depends. We want to make sure everything goes smooth just so we don’t have a setback at this point in the season. I think it might be a little bit more careful than trying to rush things. I don’t think it should take that long. It’s only been two weeks. Hopefully it will go faster than that.”

Seems like a guy who should be able to help in one role or another.

“How we use him probably depends on how long it takes him to get back,” Girardi said. “Obviously we feel it’s important he sees the doctor today and we go from there. He’s hasn’t been off that long to where if he’s a start obviously it will take longer. If he’s a bullpen guy it doesn’t take as long.”

Derek Jeter• Random note on Derek Jeter: The scoring has been changed on the hit that originally moved him into a tie with Honus Wagner on the all-time hits list. That hit is now an error, which means Jeter did not tie Wagner on August 8, he actually tied him on August 9 and passed him on August 11. The Yankees actually kept each ball (apparently just in case that August 8 hit was changed to an error) so Jeter has the new milestone baseballs, just in case you were worried. “If it was the last hit I ever got, then it would be a story,” Jeter said. “This one? We got the ball, so (it’s not a big deal).”

• Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to throw another bullpen tomorrow.

• Speaking of Jeter, he’s back at shortstop and Stephen Drew is on the bench. Drew hasn’t hit much since coming to the Yankees, and the team seems happy with Martin Prado’s ability to play second base, so tonight Prado and Ichiro Suzuki are in the lineup. Girardi said the lineup could change quite a bit from night to night. “It’s something that I’ll look at, and with Carlos (Beltran) able to play the outfield, I think it helps us,” Girardi said. “It’s also important, too, that we give Carlos his DH days as well. Prado gives us a lot of flexibility. He played a very good second base the other day and we’ll play him there today.”

• By the way, Girardi didn’t rule out the idea of DHing either Francisco Cervelli or Brian McCann from time to time. Cervelli has been a pretty productive hitter this season. “We’ve talked about that,” Girardi said. “We have. You run the risk that, if sometimes one gets nicked up during the game, then you’ve got to move him. It’s something that – is there a possibility you’ll see us do that? Yes.”

• Adam Warren has not looked sharp in his most recent outings — he has a 9.82 ERA and .621 opponents slugging percentage his past nine times out — but the Yankees haven’t used him in a week. Girardi said it just kind of happened that way, but there certainly seemed to be times when Shawn Kelley was coming into situations that Warren might have pitched if he weren’t struggling. “The situation just didn’t dictate (bringing him in),” Girardi said. “I don’t think the days off hurt him. And I think he should feel pretty strong and rested now, which is a good thing for us.”

• Tiger Woods is here today. So that’s something.

• Six games at home against teams with losing records. This should be an opportunity to pad the Yankees record. “You have to win series,” Girardi said. “You have to win games. It gets to the point where there’s not a lot of room for error. These are very important games.”

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Jeter at short; Prado back at second

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Martin Prado 2B
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF

LHP Chris Capuano

 
 

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