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Yankees stick with same lineup for Atlanta finale

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Greg Bird 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B
Nathan Eovaldi P


Posted by:Chad Jenningson Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 10:41 am. InMisc with Comments Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Fan dies after fall from upper deck during Yankees’ win in Atlanta

Luis Severino

Making only his fifth start since his big league debut, Luis Severino struck out five and walked three through six scoreless innings in the Yankees’ 3-1 win against the Braves tonight. Severino has allowed no more than three runs while pitching five or six innings in each start. Andrew Miller pitched a perfect ninth for his 28th save. Didi Gregorius and Brian McCann each drove in a run. Gregorius, McCann, Chase Headley, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brendan Ryan each had a double for the Yankees.

But everything about this game was overshadowed by the unthinkable death of a fan who fell from the upper deck in the middle of the game. Horrible, horrible news. Here’s Charles Odum of The Associated Press with the details. Overwhelmingly sad.

Yankees Braves BaseballATLANTA (AP) — A fan died after falling from the upper deck into the lower-level stands at Turner Field on Saturday night during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees.

Lt. Charles Hampton of the Atlanta Police Department homicide unit confirmed death hours after the fall in the seventh inning.

Hampton said the man was in his early 60s and was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital. There was no immediate word on his identity pending notification of his next of kin.

Hampton said police don’t suspect foul play at this point. He said no fans were hurt in the lower level seats where the man fell.

The man fell from section 401 and landed close to a 200-level area where players’ wives and families sit. There was blood on the concrete surface around the seats.

Stadium medical personnel treated the man for about 10 minutes, applying CPR. As they worked in a circle around the man, security officers cleared the area. The fan was taken from the seating area on a backboard, and transported to the hospital.

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius was standing on second base, following his double, when he saw the man fell.

“I was thinking about it the whole time,” Gregorius said. “All I can say is my condolences to the family. It was right in front of the camera in the press box. He hit the wires.”

The fall immediately followed the introduction of Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning.

Major League Baseball said it had been in contract with the Braves and was monitoring the situation.

Turner Field Fan FallsMLB has said this season that it is studying the issue of fan safety in the wake of several people being hurt by foul balls and flying bats. Some players have called for more protective netting around the field.

A fan died at Turner Field on Aug. 12, 2013, after falling 85 feet from a walkway on the fourth level of the stadium. Investigators from the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office later ruled that the death of Ronald Lee Homer Jr., 30, was a suicide.

Two fans died at major league games in 2011.

In Texas, a man fell about 20 feet to the ground beyond the outfield fence trying to catch a baseball tossed his way by Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton. Shannon Stone, 39 and a firefighter in Brownwood, Texas, was attending the Rangers game with his young son.

Earlier that year, a 27-year-old man died after falling about 20 feet and striking his head on concrete during a Colorado Rockies home game. Witnesses told police the man was trying to slide down a staircase railing at Coors Field and lost his balance.

At Turner Field, a woman went to the Braves dugout and told catcher A.J. Pierzynski about what had occurred.

Some family members were escorted to a room near the Braves clubhouse. Many, including Atlanta outfielder Cameron Maybin’s son, were crying.

“None of our family guys got hurt other than there were some young children there that got to see stuff that’s not real nice,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

A security guard at the holding room for family members said witnesses saw the man trying to hang onto a wire that runs from the protective net behind the plate to under the press box. The man then fell the rest of the way into the seats.

The force of the man’s weight caused the wires and the mesh netting to shake for several seconds.

“That’s terrible,” Braves pitcher Matt Wisler said. “You never want to hear something like that. We’re all in the dugout paying more attention to that than we were the game when it first happened.”

Police blocked off about 10 rows of seats in section 201. There was security tape around the area following the game.

Associated Press photos


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Game 128: Yankees at Braves

Didi GregoriusYANKEES (70-57)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Greg Bird 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B
Luis Severino P

RHP Luis Severino (1-2, 2.74)
Severino has never faced the Braves

BRAVES (54-74)
Nick Markakis RF
Cameron Maybin CF
Freddie Freeman 1B
Nick Swisher LF
Adonis Garcia 3B
Jace Peterson 2B
Christian Bethancourt c
Andrelton Simmons SS
Matt Wisler P

RHP Matt Wisler (5-4, 5.43)
Wisler has never faced the Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., FS1

WEATHER: Pretty decent chance of thunderstorms tonight.

UMPIRES: HP Mike Estabrook, 1B Ed Hickox, 2B Paul Nauert, 3B Dana DeMuth

TEN AGAIN: Masahiro Tanaka on Friday became the eighth pitcher in Yankees history (and just the third since World War II) to win at least 10 games in both his first and second seasons in the Majors, joining Orlando Hernandez (1998-99), Andy Pettitte (1995-96), Monk Dubiel (1944-45), Hank Borowy (1942-43), Johnny Broaca (1934-35), Johnny Allen (1932-33) and Rip Collins (1920-21).

NOTORIOUS D.I.D.: Didi Gregorius had a career-high six RBI last night. He?recorded the first game with four hits and six RBI by a Yankees batter since Robinson Cano on October 3, 2012 against Boston. It was the first such game by a Yankees shortstop since at least 1914 and the first by a Major League shortstop since Washington’s Danny Espinosa in 2010 against the Mets.

DOUBLE DOWN: The Yankees’ 15-run night on Friday was their 11th game with double-digit runs this season (tied for third-most in the Majors) but their first since a 13-3 win on August 4 against Boston. In 21 games between 10-run outputs, the Yankees batted .209 as a team and averaged 3.05 runs per game.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: The Yankees are 15-6 in games started by opposing rookie pitchers this season and will face a rookie starter for the 22nd time tonight. In those previous 21 starts, rookie pitchers have posted a 5-9 record and 5.02 ERA.



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Pregame notes: After brutal April, Beltran now leading Yanks in batting average

• Seems pretty quiet pregame. Obviously Mark Teixeira’s still not in the lineup, but also not on the disabled list. Jacoby Ellsbury is playing again. Luis Severino is about to make his fifth start. Without big news coming out of Atlanta, up top is a Yankees On Demand video with bench coach Rob Thomson giving his take on the Yankees heading into September. Nothing groundbreaking, but it’s good. Thomson’s a thoughtful interview subject, just not in a role that lets people hear from him very often.

Beltran• I believe it was Jack Curry who pointed this out on Twitter last night: Amazingly enough, after his brutal month of April, Carlos Beltran now has the highest batting average on the team. He’s been terrific since May 1 and is now hitting .279. Next highest among Yankees with at least 150 at-bats: Jacoby Ellsbury (.278), Brett Gardner (.274), Chase Headley (.273) and Didi Gregorius (.260). In mid May, would anyone have predicted Beltran, Headley and Gregorius being top five at this point?

• After playing left field last night, Dustin Ackley is playing right field in tonight’s rehab appearance with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Through his first two rehab games, Ackley is 3-for-8 (.375) with a double, a stolen base and two strikeouts.

• For the second night in a row, the Yankees are facing a rookie starter in Matt Wisler. This will be his 13th start of the season, and lefties have hit .357/.434/.667 against him. The only right-handed hitter in the Yankees’ lineup is Luis Severino.

• Chris Capuano is scheduled to start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tomorrow.


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Still no Teixeira in Yankees’ lineup

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Greg Bird 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B
Luis Severino P


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Atlanta series a homecoming for Brian McCann

Briam McCann

Brian McCann is home this weekend.

Sure, he spends his summers in New York, but McCann grew up outside of Atlanta, started his baseball career with the Braves, and still has a home in Georgia. He has friends down there, his family is down there, and this weekend series is a homecoming in every way. Fans even gave him a standing ovation before his first at-bat last night.

“I was hoping to be able to go back there and play,” McCann said. “When the schedule came out and I saw it, I was really excited for that. I wanted to go back and play before they knocked down Turner Field.”

Now in his second year with the Yankees, McCann has become a key clubhouse presence in the Bronx. He clearly fits with this Yankees team. His offensive numbers have bounced back this year, the pitching staff raves about his game calling, and working with Gary Tuck seems to have improved his work behind the plate.

Brian McCannBut McCann’s foundation was set in Atlanta.

“I got to play with some people I looked up to and grew up watching,” McCann said. “They all took me under their wing. Chipper (Jones) taught me how to hit. He taught me how to hit at this level. (John Smoltz) taught me how to call a game. Those guys were a big part of my career.”

McCann still remembers the specifics of one of his earliest hitting lessons from Jones.

“He taught me how to sit on pitches,” McCann said. “I can tell you a story. When I was 21, I came up with the bases loaded, two outs. Guy (who was pitching), his best pitch was a split. He threw me three straight splits and I swung at all of them. Everyone was leaving and (Jones) met me in the tunnel, and he said, ‘What do you think he’s gonna throw you there?’

“He just slowed the game down for me, I guess. He’s like, ‘You’re getting that pitch every time,’ and he just taught me how to sit on counts. He’s one of the smarter hitters you’re ever going to come across, smartest baseball people you’ll ever come across. I don’t think I had the success early on in my career if it wasn’t for him.”

McCann wasn’t caught off guard by his move away from Atlanta. The writing was on the wall, and the Yankees — in search of a new everyday catcher last offseason — were a natural landing spot.

“(The Braves) had two good catchers coming up and you have a certain payroll that you had to stay under and I knew what was going on,” McCann said. “… The way (the Yankees) make you feel here, you feel welcome right away. So for me, it wasn’t a huge transition. I know on the field you can say it was, but I felt great here right away. … This is right where I want to be.”

Associated Press photos



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Bird on Severino: “It’s the same; it’s the same guy that I’ve seen”

Yankees Blue Jays Baseball

For most of us outside observers, Luis Severino’s first four Major League starts have been something new. They’ve been highly anticipated, and they’ve largely lived up to the hype, but they’ve also been our first extended look at the Yankees’ top pitching prospect.

Before he arrived, Severino was a name often heard but rarely seen. His minor league statistics spoke for themselves, but relatively few of us had actually seen Severino pitch very much until he was called up to the big leagues earlier this month. Scouting reports gave a sense of expectation, but seeing that fastball first-hand was a relatively new experience.

Luis SeverinoNew for a lot of people, but not for Greg Bird.

Bird homered in a game two years ago when Severino struck out nine and walked none in a start for Low-A Charleston. When Severino went six hitless innings in his second High-A start of 2014, Bird had three hits in the game. When Severino opened this season with one hit, no walks and eight strikeouts in Double-A, Bird went deep in the sixth inning. Bird also homered when Severino struck out 10 in his final Triple-A start before his promotion.

Called up on August 13, Bird has been on the big league roster for Severino’s past two starts. He had a hit when Severino got his first Major League win last Saturday, and he’ll be either in the lineup or on the bench when Severino makes his fifth start tonight in Atlanta.

“I think he’s just a competitor,” Bird said. “It’s the same. It’s the same guy that I’ve seen. Obviously he’s developed too, but I think just the type of competitor that he is (stands out).”

While many of the veteran Yankees have raved about Severino’s poise and confidence, Bird kind of shrugs when talking about it. It’s not that he doesn’t see it or that he’s not impressed by it, it’s just that Bird’s seen that demeanor for a few years now. He’s used to it, and he said it hasn’t changed at this level.

“I think that’s what makes him successful is he goes out every day and puts in the work, does the same things whether it’s here or at Triple-A, Double-A, High-A, down to Low-A,” Bird said. “You know what you’re going to get. He’s developed, but I think that mindset of, I just go out and do my job and kind of let the rest take care of itself, is what’s making him successful.”

It’s one thing to be confident as a fast-rising minor leaguer. It’s another thing to be confident as a 21-year-old first-time big leaguer (or a 22-year-old first-time big leaguer, in Bird’s case). Both Bird and Severino, though, have carried a sense of belonging into the Yankees’ clubhouse. They’ve looked comfortable and familiar, even as many of us are getting our first good looks at them.

“I think that’s something that’s always been harped on us (in the minors),” Bird said. “Keep doing what you’re doing, you know? It’s got you (this far). If you’re doing the right things, just keep doing what you’re doing. Trust it. Don’t change. That’s kind of what I always heard, and especially as I started getting closer. It’s like, if you get there, don’t change. Keep doing that you’re doing. That’s been my goal. And I think that’s (Severino’s) mentality too.”

Associated Press photos


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Girardi: “It just shows you everyone is capable of producing in this lineup”

Yankees Braves Baseball

From Charles Odum of The Associated Press:

ATLANTA (AP) — Didi Gregorius and Brian McCann combined to give the New York Yankees’ lineup a much-needed boost.

Gregorius drove in a career-high six runs, McCann hit a three-run homer in his return to Atlanta and the Yankees shook off a scoring slump to beat the Braves 15-4 on Friday night.

The Yankees scored a total of seven runs in losing three of their last four games to fall 1½ games behind first-place Toronto in the AL East. They scored nine runs in just the first two innings against the Braves.

“This was a big night for us,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It just shows you everyone is capable of producing in this lineup.”

Brian McCann, Brett GardnerGregorius had four hits, including a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run single in the second. McCann, the former longtime Braves catcher, added his three-run homer in the eighth.

“Tonight was huge,” McCann said. “You play so many games in a long season, everybody goes through slumps. Over the long haul, I really like this lineup.”

Gregorius set his previous career high when he drove in four runs at Texas on July 27.

Masahiro Tanaka (10-6) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings.

Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman drove in two runs with two hits, including a third-inning homer.

Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes, making his first career appearance as a pitcher, gave up two runs in the ninth, including a homer to Chris Young leading off the inning. Gomes raised his arm in celebration and raced to the dugout after striking out pitcher Bryan Mitchell to end the inning.

McCann, who played his first nine seasons with the Braves, received a warm ovation before his first at-bat in his return to Atlanta. He tipped his helmet to the fans. He had three walks and drove in four runs.

The Yankees led 9-2 after two innings despite having their first two batters retired in each inning.

Following Chase Headley’s two-run, ground-rule double that bounced over the wall in center field, Gregorius hit a three-run homer into the seats in right for a 5-0 lead in the first.

Freeman had a run-scoring single in Atlanta’s two-run first inning that would have been bigger if not for Jacoby Ellsbury’s inning-ending catch in deep center field. Running with his back to the infield, Ellsbury reached up to catch Christian Bethancourt’s two-out drive with two runners on base before sliding on the warning track.

“That saved me,” Tanaka said through a translator.

Ellsbury’s status for the game had been in doubt due to a hip injury.

Williams Perez (4-5) gave up eight runs in 1 2-3 innings. It is the fifth time in his last six starts he has allowed four or more runs. Perez and Detwiler combined to issue six walks in the first two innings.

Mitchell, reinstated from the seven-day concussion disabled list before the game, gave up a run-scoring single to Bethancourt in the ninth.


Attendance was 35,546, including a strong turnout by Yankees fans. Many sat behind the visitor’s dugout on the third-base line. That topped the three-game total of 29,621 for the Braves’ series against Colorado this week.


LHP Chris Capuano, who was designated for assignment on Wednesday, was sent outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


1B Mark Teixeira (bruised right shin) did not start as had been expected as he was still unable to run. Girardi said after the game the medical staff decided against more tests. “He’s just got to heal,” Girardi said.


Rookie RHP Luis Severino will make his fifth career start one week after earning his first win against Cleveland. He has lasted at least five innings and allowed no more than three runs in each of his first four starts.

Associated Press photos


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Game 127: Yankees at Braves

Rays Yankees BaseballYANKEES (69-57)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Greg Bird 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B
Masarhiro Tanaka P

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (9-6, 3.61)
Tanaka vs. Braves

BRAVES (54-73)
Nick Markakis RF
Cameron Maybin CF
Freddie Freeman 1B
Nick Swisher LF
Adonis Garcia 3B
Jace Peterson 2B
Christian Bethancourt c
Andrelton Simmons SS
Williams Perez P

RHP Williams Perez (4-4, 4.76)
Perez has never faced the Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:35 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Temperatures in the high 70s with only a very, very slight chance of rain.

UMPIRES: HP Dana DeMuth, 1B Mike Estabrook, 2B Ed Hickox, 3B Paul Nauert

FOR THE FIRST TIME: Only two players in the Braves’ lineup have ever faced Yankees’ starter Tanaka. Swisher is 1-for-3 with a home run against him, and Markakis is 1-for-7 with a walk. None of the Yankees has ever faced Braves’ starter Perez.

ON THIS DATE: It was on August 28, 1977 that Ron Guidry recorded his third shutout of the season in a 1-0 Yankees win against Texas. Guidry allowed two hits and faced just one batter over the minimum. Graig Nettles tripled and scored on a Reggie Jackson single for the game’s only run.



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Pregame notes: Teixeira going for additional tests on sore right leg

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira said earlier this week that doctors told him he would likely miss roughly seven days because of the severe bone bruised suffered when he fouled a ball off the top of his right shin. He missed exactly that, seven days, before returning to the lineup on Tuesday.

But he clearly wasn’t 100 percent healthy then, and he’s not 100 percent healthy now.

Out of the lineup again tonight, Teixeira told reporters in Atlanta that he expects to go for additional tests to make sure there’s not something more severe going on in his leg. The Yankees initially suspected he might have broken his leg, but initial tests found no fracture.

Because Greg Bird was on the roster to play first base, and because Teixeira was supposed to miss only a week, the Yankees did not put him on the 15-day disabled list. However, it’s now been 11 days, and Teixeira’s been able to start only once. I’m not sure carrying a short bench has significantly impacted the Yankees this past week — they’ve played short-handed, but I can’t say there was a moment when it significantly hurt them — that said, if they’d known it was going to take this long, I’m sure the Yankees would have preferred to just put Teixeira on the DL.

Now, a possible disabled list stint — if that’s deemed necessary — would force Teixeira to miss the next two weeks. The Yankees might instead prefer to stick with a short bench for the next three days, supplement when rosters expand on Tuesday, and hope Teixeira can return sooner than mid-September.

Yankees Blue Jays Baseball• Jacoby Ellsbury is in the Yankees’ lineup for the moment, but Joe Girardi said that could change before first pitch. Have to assume Ellsbury will go through the usual pregame routine, and if his sore right hip isn’t strong enough to play, he’ll have to go to the bench. Ellsbury said he expects to play, but acknowledged there is still some swelling.

• If Ellsbury can’t play, that leaves the Yankees’ with a three-man bench in a National Leagues series. That’s not ideal. They would presumably have to put Chris Young in the outfield, leaving Alex Rodriguez (who can’t play the field), John Ryan Murphy (who could probably play an infield corner in an absolute pinch), and Brendan Ryan (who can play basically anywhere).

• Girardi joked that he might have a pitcher pinch run. At least, I assume he was joking. Is Nathan Eovaldi or Ivan Nova really a better base running option than Rodriguez or Carlos Beltran or Brian McCann?

• Little surprise that Rodriguez isn’t in the lineup. He’s hardly played the field this season and there’s little reason to expect him to be anything but a pinch hitter this weekend. Days off in National League parks seem to have helped Rodriguez previously this season.

• Chris Capuano has officially cleared waivers and — yet again — been outrighted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Indications are the Yankees would like to have Capuano make a start or two, knock some rust off, and likely rejoin the team sometime in September.

• After sitting out both games of a doubleheader yesterday, Rob Refsnyder is back in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lineup tonight. He’s playing second base. Dustin Ackley is starting in left field with Jose Pirela getting a turn in right.

Associated Press photos


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