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Postgame notes: “No matter how you win, what matters is that you win”

Jose Pirela, Curt Casali

Neither win these last two nights were very pretty, but they were exciting. Appearances aside, wins by any fashion are still wins to the New York Yankees, and wins are all that matter.

In a virtual role reversal of last night’s dramatic 12-inning win, the Yankees jumped out ahead of Tampa Bay on Saturday and held the lead into the ninth before Steven Souza tied it up with a two-run homer off Dellin Betances.

Fortunately for the Yankees (44-37), the squandered lead was not followed by a loss, much like they way they did it to Tampa Bay less than 24 hours ago.

Rays Yankees BaseballThe team escaped with the win thanks to a botched scoop attempt by the Rays, which allowed Jose Pirela — pinch-running for Mark Teixeira — to score from second and give the team its second walk-off win in as many games.

The Yankees did not have a single walk-off win this season entering the weekend.

With sole possession of first place going into the game, adding another win to the column was all the Yankees could ask for against a division team.

“No matter how you win, what matters is that you win,” Brett Gardner said. “Especially against the Rays. It’s good to win a series.”

Starter Michael Pineda was spectacular on the hill, tossing seven-plus shutout innings. He was pulled after giving up a leadoff double in the eighth, but expressed after the game that he would’ve liked to at least finish that inning.

“I was feeling good,” he said. “This is the game. I want to (finish the inning), but I don’t have control (over) the situation.”

Much like Rays starter Chris Archer experienced last night, a brilliant pitching performance was wasted, at least on the stat sheet. At least in Pineda’s case, his outing laid the foundation for a win, while Archer’s no decision still resulted in a Tampa Bay loss.

• The decision to pinch-run Pirela was made based on the bunt, not a potential hit, according to Girardi. “We wanted to make sure that if we decided to bunt (Pirela) over, it would be easy for him to get there,” he said. “A base hit is probably going to score anyone no matter what.”

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• Gardner may not be a catcher, but he spends a lot of time in center field watching his pitchers deal. He knows when a pitcher’s stuff looks good, and he thought Pineda was on top of his game Saturday.

“That’s the best stuff I’ve seen him have all year, probably,” Gardner said, confirming his assessment even when asked about Pineda’s 16-strikeout game earlier this season. “He obviously had great stuff when he struck out 16, but from center field, his fastball is up to 93-94 (miles-per-hour) and some of them are cutting and it looks like Mariano (Rivera).”

• Pineda has threw back-to-back quality starts for the first time in over a month, and both were extremely solid outings — combining for 18 strikeouts, two earned runs and one walk over 15 innings. After getting tuned up by the anemic Phillies lineup for eight earned runs in less than four innings, these two starts have been big confidence boosts for Big Mike.

“It’s very important for me because I want to pitch a good game and help my team get a win,” he said. “The division, everything is close, so I want to help my team and want to pitch a good game, so I’m happy with that.”

Dellin Betances• Consider it nothing more than irony that hours after Andrew Miller throws a bullpen session, Betances blows a save and gives up his first home run in almost a year. The right-hander said he felt good; Souza just got the best of him that at-bat.

“(Souza) sat on it and put a good swing on it,” he said. “I’ll throw that pitch every time.”

• Final word goes to Betances, who showed his mental maturity after one of the worst outings of his career: “This is what makes you strong — times like these. You’re not always going to be perfect, as much as you want to (be). Times like this will help you and (make you) be a better pitcher.”

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Enjoy the holiday (if you’re celebrating) with whomever you’re celebrating with. I’ll see you all for the series finale tomorrow!

 
 

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Yankees walk-off again, 3-2

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All Ramon Flores was looking to do was drop down a sacrifice bunt. That would’ve been just fine.

Instead, the call-up delivered what ended up being the game-winning run after Tampa Bay failed to scoop the throw to first on his bunt attempt and Jose Pirela came home to score for a walk-off 3-2 win.

Mark Teixeria’s ninth-inning leadoff double set the stage for the Yankees’ second walk-off win in as many days, with Pirela pinch-running to score the winning run.

Entering the weekend, the Yanks hadn’t won a walk-off all season.

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Game 81: Yankees vs. Rays

Michael PinedaYANKEES (43-37)
Brett Gardner CF
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Garrett Jones RF
Ramon Flores LF
John Ryan Murphy C
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B

RHP Michael Pineda (8-5, 4.08)
Pineda vs. Rays

RAYS (42-40)
Grady Sizemore DH
Joey Butler LF
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Steven Souza RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Logan Forsythe 2B
Jake Elmore 2B
Curt Casali C

RHP Nathan Karns (4-4, 3.26)
Karns vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., FOX Sports 1

WEATHER: Starting to drizzle. Hopefully the weather stays away to get this game in with no delay.

UMPIRES: HP Gabe Morales, 1B CB Bucknor, 2B Dan Iassogna, 3B Lance Barrett

SHOW YOUR COLORS: In honor on Independence Day, the Yankees will be wearing customized uniforms with stars in the logo of the jersey and a flag imprinted on the cap.

DOUBLE-DUTCH: After his abysmal offensive start to the season, shortstop Didi Gregorius is now hitting .345 (10-for-29) over his last eight games, including five multi-hit performances. Gregorius’ average has surged from .206 in April to .258 in June.

ON THIS DATE: In what as one of the most iconic pieces of Yankee and MLB history as a whole, Lou Gehrig gave his “Luckiest Man” speech on July 4, 1939. Gehrig, baseball’s original “iron man,” played in a streak of 2,130 consecutive games, a mark only surpassed by fellow Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., who finished with 2,632 consecutive games played.

R.I.P. TO THE BOSS: Today would’ve been the 85th birthday of late Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner, who passed away five years ago.

I’ll have updates below, but make sure you’re also following along at @LoHudYankees.

UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: The Yankees get more runs (2) and hits (3) in the first inning than they did in the first seven innings of last night’s game. A-Rod’s RBI single and Teixeira’s sac fly plate the runs.

UPDATE, 2:18 p.m.: Souza snaps an 0-for-26 streak with a leadoff single in the top of the fourth. Pineda is at 63 pitches (six strikeouts), which is vital considering that the Yankees used six relievers last night. New York still leads 2-0.

UPDATE, 2:51 p.m.: Pineda now at 85 pitches through six innings with seven strikeouts. Big Mike has allowed just four hits, as the Yankees are holding onto a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: Casali’s double ends Pineda’s streak of 12 consecutive batters retired, as well as his day. Girardi comes out and signals for left-hander Justin Wilson. Pineda had 10 strikeouts and five hits allowed in seven-plus innings. He’ll be responsible for Casali on second when Wilson enters.

UPDATE, 3:23 p.m.: Wilson out, Betances in. Four-out save opportunity.

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Pregame notes: Miller throws bullpen session, hopes for rehab assignment

Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Saturday, a sign that he could be nearing his return to the Bronx. Miller, who has been on the 15-day disabled list (forearm), has not pitched for the Yankees since June 9.

Miller said he felt good after the session, in which he threw both pitches in his arsenal to pitching coach Larry Rothschild, adding “I felt happy with today, for sure.”

Neither Miller nor manager Joe Girardi could offer a definitive answer as to what is next for the left-handed reliever, although Miller said that if he had a choice, he would like to have a rehab assignment.

“Probably a lot of people have to talk and sort through that, and I’m probably not going to be too involved in the decision,” Miller said. “My hope is to get out there and pitch in some games — get back as soon as possible — but I’m sure they’ll have a plan in place.”

Miller joked that the only batter he’s faced is Rothschild, adding that live game experience will be essential to a speedy return.

“I think that’s important — for me, at least,” he said of a rehab assignment. “Get out there and get something as close to game speed as possible. It’s been a while for me.

Andrew Miller, Brian McCann“I don’t want to come into a game unprepared — whether that’s from a physical or just the emotions of pitching in a big-league game again. I need to be sharp. I can’t come into a game and not be sharp. Can’t afford that.”

So if and when Miller returns to the bullpen, what does this mean for the Yankees? Will Miller jump right back into the closer role, or will Girardi let Dellin Betances continue the incredible job he’s done filling in for Miller?

“(Miller) did an outstanding job,” Girardi said. “I anticipate we’ll just put him back (in the closer role) and go from there.”

Betances and Miller were a lethal one-two punch in the eighth and ninth innings, so it’s understandable why Girardi doesn’t necessarily want to rock the boat.

Ramon Flores• The obvious lineup move is Ramon Flores getting the start over Chris Young today, although it really wasn’t all that unexpected. Girardi said the big reason he started Young, a poor hitter against right-handed pitching, against Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer was because he didn’t want Flores traveling straight to the stadium and jumping right into a starting slot.

Young, who was cooling off (2-for-18) from a torrid offensive tear (17-for-37), went 0-for-5 last night. Between that, and playing a day game after a night game, it seemed predictable that Flores would start today.

• Girardi said he wanted to see how Jacoby Ellsbury feels today before deciding on whether or not the outfielder would make another rehab start with Tampa for tonight’s 6 p.m. game.

Ellsbury has missed three games in the last five days with fatigue, but Girardi said he did not consider it a red flag in his rehabilitation.

“It just means his legs are, from a physical standpoint — and I’m not saying leg, I’m saying legs — aren’t just where they need to be for him to play on a consistent basis,” Girardi said. “That was our concern, because they’re so important to him.”

• Although he’s getting a day off after last night’s heroics, catcher Brian McCann has been living up to the billing of his nickname “McCannon” on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

The biggest weakness surrounding him when he arrived in New York last year was his inability to throw runners out, with his caught stealing rate often below the MLB average. However, McCann threw out 37 percent of runners last year and 45 percent of runners this year, both double-digits above the MLB average.

McCann’s career rate, including those years, is 26 percent.

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“Mechanically, he’s made a lot of good changes in his throwing,” Girardi said. “He went through an arm surgery, and sometimes it takes a little time for your arm strength to come back, and I think it’s come back for him.”

Girardi, a former catcher, said McCann’s footwork has also dramatically improved.

“As a catcher, you talk about letting the ball get to you so you’re transfer is short, instead of reaching and going to get it,” Girardi said. “I think he’s doing those things very well.”

• McCann is fourth in All-Star voting among American League catchers, and about 10 million votes behind Kansas City’s Salvador Perez, but Girardi thinks his catcher should be on the roster.

“This is a guy, to me, who should be an all-star,” he said. “There’s no doubt in my mind he should be an all-star by the way he’s played this year, and hopefully it works out for him.”

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Young benched, Flores starts

Mike Zacchio back at the stadium, about eight hours after I left last night’s four-and-a-half-hour 12-inning marathon. Once again, I’ll be tweeting from the @LoHudYankees account. Some of the lineup changes were to be expected, regardless of it being a day game after a night game (a 12-inning one, no less):

Brett Gardner CF

Chase Headley 3B

Alex Rodriguez DH

Mark Teixeira 1B

Garrett Jones RF

Ramon Flores LF

John Ryan Murphy C

Didi Gregorius SS

Stephen Drew 2B

RHP Michael Pineda

 
 

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Postgame notes: “That’s the biggest win of the year for us, by far”

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Over the course of the four-and-a-half-hour game against Tampa Bay, there wasn’t much shown by the Yankees that they would, or even could, actually win Friday’s series opener against their division foes.

Rays Yankees BaseballMark Teixeria provided the first glimmer of hope — a game-tying three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth — and Brian McCann delivered the final blow — a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 12th to give the Yankees a 7-5 win, their first walk-off of the season.

“Hitting a walk-off, it’s one of the best feelings that you can possibly have,” said McCann, who was doused with water by Brett Gardner when he crossed home plate. “A big spot like that against a team in our division? It’s a great feeling.”

With the exception of the eighth- and 12th-inning offensive explosions, the Yankees mustered just three hits over the other 10 innings. Didi Gregorius accounted for two of them.

“I think it puts a real premium on division games, is what it does,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s a good way to start a homestand, and we’ve got a six-game homestand. We’re starting to see some division teams again, so I think it was important.”

The Yankees caught a massive break in the 11thh, winning a play challenge that Rays’ Evan Longoria’s leg came off the bag following a one-out double.

Longoria was clearly in safely on the slide, but lifted his foot off the bag while standing up. Second baseman Jose Pirela, who entered while pinch-hitting for Stephen Drew in the seventh, had the presence of mind to keep the tag on Longoria.

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“That’s an incredible job by our review Brett Weber and what he did tonight,” Girardi said. “None of us obviously saw it, and for him to pick that up — absolutely incredible.”

While technically it wasn’t the fourth of July just yet, Bronx residents had begun setting off fireworks after 11 p.m., just as the Yankees were mounting their comeback. To be more specific, the first fireworks went off during Teixeira’s at-bat.

Gardner said he saw the fireworks from third base. He got a better view of McCann’s fireworks from the bench.

“That’s the biggest of the year for us, by far,” he said. “The game that wasn’t looking like we were going to win — I mean, we always believe in ourselves, obviously, we never give up and keep fighting until the end — but Archer was on top of his game.

“He’s one of the best in the league, and he showed it tonight.”

Rays Yankees Baseball• Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka didn’t look great out of the gate, surrendering two runs in the first, but he seemed to settle in from there. Tanaka retired nine in a row after the two runs and was eventually pulled after six innings.

The right-hander, who has made six starts since coming off rehab assignments, has still yet to throw 100 pitches, leaving many to wonder if that is Girardi’s plan or if the skip is cautious to let his ace test his arm out.

“It’s going to be probably close to around that,” Girardi said. “I would definitely let him go over it, I think, if it’s easy innings and he’s sailing along, but I felt like he had to work pretty hard in the first and I just thought it was time to make a change.”

• Tanaka called the outing “a step forward,” after getting roughed up in his last two outings.

“When you’re facing a guy like (Rays starter Chris) Archer, you can’t give up two runs, so next time out, I’ve got to be careful and try to get it going from the get-go,” Tanaka said through a translator.

• Gregorius tallied his third multi-hit game in his last four tries, including his fifth in his last eight. After taking a ton of flak for his offense, or lack thereof, in the beginning of the season, the shortstop seems to continuously be finding his stroke as the season wears on.

“He’s really turned his season around,” Girardi said of Gregorius, while also throwing a sentiment to his other middle infielder Stephen Drew, who has been struggling to climb his average. “My heart goes out to Stephen Drew because he keeps hitting balls on the button and keeps making outs.”

Drew crushed a ball early in the game that would’ve gone for extra bases and scored Gregorius, but center fielder Kevin Kiermaier took it away with a beautiful leaping grab.

“That’s one of the best catches that I’ve seen this year,” Girardi said. “(Drew) got robbed a bunch of times in Anaheim, so hopefully it starts to turn for him, because that’s when frustration sets in.”

• Chasen Shreve allowed two runs (one earned), snapping a 16 2/3 scoreless innings streak. The left-handed reliever wound up picking up the win, his sixth of the season, which breaks a tie with former starter Adam Warren for third-highest on the team.

Right-handed starters Michael Pineda and Nathan Eovaldi lead the team with eight wins each. Pineda is scheduled to throw Saturday.

• Final word goes to Gardner, who elaborated on why he called Friday the “biggest win of the year” up until this point: “Any time you’ve got a three-game series, especially at home, you really need to win those, and if you lose the first it’s hard to win two out of three. Like I said, if you lose that (kind of) game, it’s hard to go to sleep tonight and then you’ve got to get up early tomorrow and get after it again.

“It’ll be a little bit easier to fall asleep tonight, for sure.”

See you all tomorrow morning.

 
 

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McCann’s fireworks walk it off in the 12th, 7-5

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Brian McCann hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Yankees a 7-5 win over Tampa Bay in the opener of a three-game series. It’s the Yankees’ first walkoff win of the season and first since Derek Jeter’s final home game.

Brett Gardner walked and advanced to third on an Alex Rodriguez single before Mark Teixeira singled him home. Teixeira’s three-run homer in the eighth tied the game and eventually forced extra innings.

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Posted by:Mike Zacchioon Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at 11:42 pm. InMisc with Comments Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Game 80: Yankees vs. Rays

Masahiro TanakaYANKEES (42-37)
Brett Gardner CF
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Garrett Jones RF
Chris Young LF
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (4-3, 3.88)
Tanaka vs. Rays

RAYS (42-39)
Grady Sizemore DH
Joey Butler RF
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Logan Forsythe 2B
David DeJesus LF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Rene Rivera C

RHP Chris Archer (9-5, 2.31)
Archer vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES and MLB Networks

WEATHER: It’s starting to get a little breezy, but you really can’t argue with this kind of weather. It may not be what Chad had in SoCal, but it’s not so bad for the Bronx.

UMPIRES: HP Ted Barrett, 1B Gabe Morales, 2B CB Bucknor, 3B Dan Iassogna

SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE: Archer hasn’t lost against the Yankees and Tanaka hasn’t lost against the Rays. Theoretically, both can earn a no-decision tonight and keep it that way. Currently Rays hitters are only hitting .178 career off Tanaka, while current Yankees are batting .283 career off Archer.

BRETT ‘THE HITMAN’: Brett Gardner enters tonight’s game with a nine-game hit streak and has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games. During that stretch, the left-handed hitter is batting .466 (27-for-28) with 15 runs and 11 RBI among his statistical highlights.

ON THIS DATE: This series will have serious implications for the Yankees, who are currently tied for the lead in the AL East. Tampa Bay, tied with Toronto, sit one game back of the Bombers and Baltimore. With the All-Star break right around the corner, this weekend can be a great chance the Yankees to add more distance between that lead.

I’ll have updates below, but make sure you’re also following along at @LoHudYankees.

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Tampa Bay scores two in the top of the first and A-Rod grounds into an inning-ending double play in the bottom half. Not the optimal start the Yanks were hoping for.

UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: Tanaka has now retired nine in a row. Gregorius opens the bottom of the third with a double to right-center field.

UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Rene Rivera follows up a Kiermaier leadoff triple with a sac fly to right field. Rays now lead 3-0 in the top of the fifth. Yankees have two hits off Archer so far.

UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: Drew strikes out on Archer’s 85th pitch of the game. Tanaka is at 86 entering the sixth inning. Capuano was warming up in the fifth, but is no longer. Yankees still trail 3-0.

UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Tanaka is done, Archer likely is, too. Capuano is now in to pitch the top of the seventh.

UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: Teixeira’s three-run homer in the eighth ties it up. Dellin Betances comes in to pitch the eighth and Ramon Flores replaces Jones in right field.

UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: Headley grounds into an inning-ending 5-5-3 double play with the winning run in scoring position. Left-handed reliever Justin Wilson now into pitch for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: Adam Warren gets Steven Souza Jr. to strike out to retire the side. Yankees looking for their first walk-off win of the season. Last walk-off win was Jeter’s final home game.

UPDATE, 11:16 p.m.: Left-hander Chasen Shreve enters in the 12th for the Yankees, the team’s seventh pitcher tonight (14th overall between the two teams). He has a 16 1/3 scoreless innings streak entering tonight, the fourth-longest active streak in the league.

UPDATE, 11:29 p.m.: Rays get two runs in the 12th. Fans already started leaving.

 
 

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Pregame notes: “Relationships that get strained in life are really meant to get fixed again”

Alex Rodriguez

Whether he personally had a hand in it or not, two of the biggest questions surrounding Alex Rodriguez were put to bed Friday when the Yankees came to agreements with the slugger on his home run milestone bonus and Zack Hample, the ballhawk who snagged A-Rod’s 3,000th hit ball two weeks ago.

The Hample agreement was announced first, with the Yankees agreeing to donate $150,000 to Pitch In For Baseball, a charity Hample has supported over the past few years, which donates equipment to kids looking to get into the sport.

Yankees Rodriguez  BaseballA-Rod and Hample (right) will have a press conference at 5:30 p.m., when Hample will present Rodriguez with the ball.

“I think it’s a wonderful gesture on the Yankees’ part to really go to work and get the 3,000th hit for Alex,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Before the game, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced that the Yankees and Rodriguez had come to agreement on the home run milestone bonus money Rodriguez was due to receive when he hit career No. 660 earlier this season.

Rodriguez stood to make $6 million for tying Willie Mays on the all-time home runs list, but the Yankees said the money was contingent on the marketability of the milestone. Due to A-Rod’s noted past with performance-enhancing drugs, the team did not deem the milestone marketable and held out on paying Rodriguez.

The team will pay a total $3.5 million spread out to various charities. Pitch In For Baseball, the Wounded Warrior Foundation, and the Boys & Girls Club of Tampa will share $1 million of the donations. The MLB Urban Youth Foundation will receive the other $2.5 million, which will be used to “further programs and initiatives aimed at increasing youth participation in baseball, particularly in urban areas,” according to the release.

Girardi shared his sentiments on the team’s settlement with Rodriguez as he did with the Hample settlement, calling it a “wonderful gesture” on both parts. Girardi alluded that these two agreements being a way of putting the water under the bridge between the team and Rodriguez.

“Relationships that get strained in life are really meant to get fixed again,” he said. “A lot of times when you get to the other side in those struggles that you have, the relationship can be stronger than ever.”

Carlos Beltran• Carlos Beltran was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique. “It just puts you in somewhat of a difficult position,” Girardi said. “If we were to test it and make it worse; if we were to just have him hit left-handed, everyone would possibly bring in a reliever when it was his turn and then you gotta make a switch.

“We had concerns about him trying to throw, so we thought it was best to give him this time off, especially with the off days we have and the All-Star break, we’re trying to take advantage of it.

• With Beltran heading to the DL, the Yankees now have outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury, Slade Heathcott and Mason Williams out of commission, with Ellsbury’s return highly aniticipated. Girardi wouldn’t give a definitive answer when asked what Ellsbury timetable is, saying repeatedly, “He’ll be ready when he’s ready.”

Girardi joked that he didn’t want to give an exact date because, if Ellsbury is not ready, it will be speculated as a “conspiracy theory.”

• CC Sabathia has been scratched from Sunday’s start and will now start Wednesday, Girardi said. Ivan Nova will make the start Sunday. Sabathia said he physically felt fine, but appeared to be displeased with the decision.

“It’s up to them,” he said. “Whatever they think is best is the schedule that I’m following. … It is what it is.”

Sabathia said he’s going to take the opportunity to “take a step back and look at some things,” during the time off. “It’s good to get a break for body though, for sure,” he said.

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• Speaking of Nova, Girardi said that he plans on giving the right-hander an extra day off following Sunday’s start.

“It’s not going to be a factor until maybe we get into a long stretch, and that’s when you’ll have to evaluate it,” Girardi said, referring to Nova’s return from Tommy John surgery. “We’ve chosen to give all our (starting pitchers) that extra day in there.”

• With the scratched start Sunday and an extra day off anticipated for all starters, Sabathia will make only one more start before the break, meaning he could start just once over a 15-day period.

• Chris Young gets the start in left field against Chris Archer, a right-hander, instead of Ramon Flores, who was recalled from Triple-A to take Beltran’s spot on the team. Girardi cited Young’s hot bat and Flores’ travel to the stadium as a reason for the arrangement.

Girardi said he hopes to work in Flores on Friday. Young went on an offensive tear, but is since 1 for his last 9. If he performs poorly at the plate Friday, it’s reasonable to assume Flores could start Saturday with another right-hander (Nathan Karns) expected to start for Tampa Bay.

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New location, same lineup

Hey everyone, Mike Zacchio checking in here for Chad. I’ll be here all weekend for the series with Tampa Bay, but I’ll be tweeting from the @LoHudYankees account. The lineup for tonight’s series opener is the same as last game:

Brett Gardner CF
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Garrett Jones RF
Chris Young LF
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B

RHP Masahiro Tanaka

 
 

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