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Game-changing surgeon Jobe dead at 88 • 03.07.14
Remarkable impact on the game of baseball. Here’s the AP on the passing of Dr. Frank Jobe...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr. Frank Jobe, a pioneering orthopedic surgeon who was the first to perform an elbow procedure that became known as Tommy John surgery and saved the careers of countless major league pitchers, died Thursday. He was 88.
Jobe died in Santa Monica after being hospitalized recently with an undisclosed illness, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Jobe performed groundbreaking elbow surgery on John, a Dodgers pitcher who had a ruptured medial collateral ligament in his left elbow. The injury previously had no solution until Jobe removed a tendon from John’s forearm and repaired his elbow. John went on to pitch 14 years after the operation on Sept. 25, 1974, compiling 164 more victories without ever missing a start because of an elbow problem.
“Today I lost a GREAT friend,” John tweeted.
Last year, the initial surgery and the relationship between John and Jobe was the subject of an ESPN documentary.
“When he did come back, I thought maybe we could do it on somebody else,” Jobe told The Associated Press in 2010. “I waited two years to try it on somebody else, but we had no idea we could do it again.”
Jobe initially estimated John’s chances of returning to the majors at less than 5 percent. He later said 92 to 95 percent of patients return as good, if not better, than before the surgery.
The surgery has since become common practice for pitchers and players at every level of baseball, including New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, Washington star Stephen Strasburg, Milwaukee’s Tim Hudson and Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano.
Some pitchers have signed multiyear contracts just months after they have the surgery in expectation of a high-level return.
Typically, full rehabilitation takes about a year for pitchers and about six months for position players. The procedure initially required four hours; now it takes about an hour.
“I had no idea it would do this,” Jobe told the AP. “It startles me even today that it has done that. The doctors are recognizing the condition early enough to fix it and they are learning how to do the surgery so well. They rehab it so not just the arm, but the whole body gets better.”
Jobe believed the advancements would continue.
“You never want to say in medicine this is the end. You’re always coming up with something a little bit different,” he said. “Even with Tommy John, there’s people doing things slightly different. In their minds they’re getting better.”
Jobe had served the Dodgers’ organization for 50 years, most recently as special adviser to the chairman. The courtly Southerner attended the team’s games as recently as last season, with someone on either arm escorting him.
Sixteen years after saving John’s career, Jobe reconstructed the right shoulder of former Cy Young Award winner Orel Hershiser, another procedure that had never been successfully performed on a major league pitcher.
“He change my life!! Gave me back my career!!” tweeted Hershiser, a former Dodgers great. “I will miss him and I am eternally grateful!!!”
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig saluted Jobe for revolutionizing sports medicine.
“His wisdom elevated not only the Dodgers, the franchise he served proudly for a half-century, but all of our clubs,” Selig said in a statement. “Dr. Jobe’s expertise, as well as his enthusiasm to mentor his peers, made the national pastime stronger.”
Since 1974, Jobe had performed hundreds of Tommy John surgeries on pitchers. Jobe co-founded the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic along with the late Dr. Robert Kerlan in 1965. They supervised the medical treatment for the Dodgers and Angels, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Rams, the Los Angeles Kings, and Anaheim Ducks, as well as other pro and amateur athletes around the country.
“His dedication and professionalism in not only helping the Dodgers, but athletes around the world is unparalleled,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said. “He was a medical giant and pioneer and many athletes in the past and the future can always thank Frank for finding a way to continue their careers.”
Jobe had also been the orthopedic consultant for the PGA Tour for more than 25 years.
Last July, the Baseball Hall of Fame honored Jobe during its induction weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y., with John in attendance.
Born in Greensboro, N.C., in 1925, Jobe joined Army at 18 and served as a medical staff sergeant in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division during World War II.
After the war, Jobe completed his undergraduate degree at La Sierra University and went on to attend medical school at Loma Linda University. After serving a residency at Los Angeles County Hospital, Jobe teamed with Kerlan to specialize in the new field of sports medicine.
Jobe is survived by wife Beverly, sons Christopher, Meredith, Cameron and Blair, and eight grandchildren.
The family said plans for a memorial were pending.
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Thursday postgame notes: “Good first step” • 03.06.14
This was Mark Teixeira’s first game in almost nine months, and it was pretty clear he wasn’t looking for on-the-field results.
“Wrist felt good, body felt good, so I’m happy,” he said.
Teixeira went 0-for-3 with a ground ball to first base, a fly ball to center field and a popup to second. He made two plays in the field, including the first Phillies out of the game.
“I still haven’t swung and missed,” he said. “Maybe all season I won’t swing and miss. We have plenty of at-bats, so we’ll make sure all those boxes get checked off. I feel good right now.”
What boxes did he check today?
“A couple,” Teixeira said. “Just being in a live game, seeing what it felt like to run around out there, see live pitching, swing at good pitches, that was good. Make contact, get jammed, hit a ball off the end, do some of the things you’d do during the season. I did a lot of that today. … Good first step.”
· Alfonso Soriano’s first game of the spring — after battling the flu and some related fatigue issues — was one to forget. Getting three at-bats as the Yankees DH, Soriano struck out each time he came to the plate. “It was a little weird; I didn’t feel comfortable out there,” he said. “This is spring training and that’s my first game, so I’ll look to have more at-bats and get my timing quick. … That’s all the time in spring training, the first couple games are weird. Especially because I didn’t have live BP I need to time the pitchers. This is spring training, so I have to keep working and get my timing quick.”
· CC Sabathia went ahead with his scheduled simulated game today. I assume it happened inside. Girardi said it was “good.” That’s the closest I have to a pitching line.
· Carlos Beltran was scratched strictly because the outfield was wet. “All weather related,” Girardi said. “I was worried more about the outfield than the infield.” Turns out, Brett Gardner reported the outfield was actually pretty dry and stable by the time the game started.
· Girardi wouldn’t say how exactly he’ll stack up the middle of the order in the regular season, but he did indicate that Teixeira will not be the No. 3 hitter. Teixiera hit there today so that he could get three at-bats quickly. “I thought if moving him up to third saved him one inning in the field, it’s worth it in the beginning,” Girardi said. “Once we get going, it’s not such a big deal, but the one thing you don’t want to do is get him fatigued out there and get hurt. I’m trying to get him as many at-bats as possible. It even crossed my mind to lead him off, just to get him the at-bats, but it’s probably not something he would be comfortable with. So, I didn’t do it.”
· Good day for Derek Jeter who got his first and second hits of the spring. The third-inning single was a little ground ball through the left side of the infield, but the fifth-inning double was a hard-hit line drive to left-center. “Good at-bats today,” Girardi said. “For him, he hasn’t played a lot in the last year, but I think it’s a good sign.”
· Reporters were in the Yankees clubhouse in the eighth inning when the Phillies asked for a replay (apparently it was on a play at third base). Problem was, the power had just gone out. Yankees coaching assistant Brett Weber, who was monitoring the game on a clubhouse television to act as the Yankees go-to source on replay challenges, tried to tell Girardi on via walkie-talkie that he had no video, but just then, Girardi radioed with a question: “Safe or out?” Weber looked hopelessly at the nonfunctional television and said to no one in particular, “Is this really happening?” Pretty hilarious from an outsider’s perspective.
· Girardi also had a long conversation with home-plate umpire Mark Wegner after Scott Sizemore had to slide around catcher Lou Marson on a seventh-inning play at the plate. Marson seemed to be blocking the plate without the ball, and Girardi wanted clarification on what the call would have been had Sizemore not made a really nice slide to avoid the tag. “What constitutes giving them a lane to slide is what I want some clarification (about),” Girardi said. “I’d have to see where he was standing, but it looked like he was somewhat straddling home plate toward third base, not behind it, and is that enough?” Girardi said there will be further meetings with Joe Torre to get those sort of particulars worked out.
· As the Yankees bus made the 25-minute trip to Clearwater, the whole thing seemed pointless. The rain was overwhelming, and it seemed no one believed this game would happen. “No chance,” Teixeira said. “I didn’t think there was any chance. I’ve never sat around for a spring training game. Something new every day.”
· If the game had been rained out, the plan was for Tanaka to throw a light side and likely start Saturday’s game against the Astros. “Now it doesn’t get screwed up,” Girardi said. “I don’t mind waiting.”
· Game notes: Home run for Ramon Flores, who made a spot start after Beltran was scratched. He’s having a really nice spring for a guy hitting just .214 in actual Grapefruit League games. … Another hit for Scott Sizemore, who was playing just his second game back from his second torn ACL. Moved pretty well on the bases, too. … Kelly Johnson had two hits and stole a base. … Adonis Garcia had a hit, an RBI and threw a runner out at third. … Scoreless innings for Chris Leroux and Danny Burawa, scoreless inning and a third from lefty Fred Lewis, and Mark Montgomery closed the win with the final two outs, one of them a strikeout.
· Final word goes to Girardi: “It seems really funny, because I looked my lineup and I was like, man, I got a lot of guys in there on a road trip, and I know we had a long road trip yesterday. I wanted to start getting some guys some shorter back-to-backs. Gardy only went four and a half innings today, but it was a back-to-back. I was like, I haven’t seen this in a while.”
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Masahiro Tanaka’s first spring training start required an unexpected adjustment to an inevitable reality of American baseball.
“There aren’t that many (rain delays) in Japan,” he said. “There is actually not much at all in Japan. … Everybody was talking about that probably the game wasn’t going to be played. But I kept my emotions intact and I was game-ready.”
Truth be told, there aren’t that many rain delays in spring training either, but today was an exception to the rule. At times, the late-morning/early-afternoon downpour was overwhelming. The power went out momentarily at Bright House Field, and cell phones buzzed with news of a tornado warning in the area — Joe Girardi said the beep from his Bluetooth scared him, and that was even before he saw the actual message — but the Phillies saw a window, and the teams decided to wait an hour and a half.
“Today could have been (a bump in the road) with the rain delay,” Girardi said. “Because (Tanaka) has a routine, and with a lot of pitchers, your routine gets messed up with a rain delay.”
Tanaka seemed unaffected, continuing a pattern that has carried through all of his high-profile first three weeks in Yankees camp. None of the changes or attention seems to have bothered him.
A Japanese reporter explained that, in Tanaka’s former league, four of the six teams play under a dome. Also, when the weather gets bad in Japan, it’s customary to simply call off a game rather than wait through a delay. So, Tanaka was not used to waiting, but he still pitched a 1-2-3 first inning. Tanaka said he wasn’t as sharp as he would have liked, but the results were good. One run on a solo homer, but also no walks, seven ground ball outs — only one in the air — and a big strikeout against Chase Utley.
“I think (a rain delay) is a pretty normal thing once we get into the regular season,” Tanaka said. “That said, I think it was sort of good practice for me to experience what I experienced today. … I felt that I wasn’t at the top of my game going onto the mound today. Overall, including the results and everything, I feel that I did OK.”
The video above is a little bit of Girardi answering questions from the Japanese media about Tanaka’s outing. He laughed when someone asked whether Tanaka would have any “homework” after today’s start. Solid question, though, really.
Spring Game 9: Yankees at Phillies • 03.06.14
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 0.00)
Freddy Galvis SS
Kevin Frandsen 3B
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Marlon Byrd RF
Domonic Brown LF
Carlos Ruiz C
John Mayberry Jr. CF
Reid Brignac DH
RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 13.50)
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network (pushed back to 2:30 because of bad weather)
WEATHER: There was a tornado warning earlier today. Seriously.
UMPIRES: HP Mark Wegner, 1B Tom Halion, 2B Phil Cuzzi, 3B Vic Carapazza
WHAT TO WATCH: Spring debut for Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano, plus a lineup full of Yankees regulars, but most of the attention will be on Masahiro Tanaka’s first true start of the spring. He’ll face a lineup that includes Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown (who he faced and struck out last time).
OFF THE BENCH: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Corban Joseph, 2B Yangervis Solarte, SS Brendan Ryan, 3B Scott Sizemore, CF Antoan Richardson, RF Adonis Garcia
OUT OF THE BULLPEN: Bruce Billings, Chris Leroux, Mark Montgomery, Dan Burawa, Fred Lewis
UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: Teixeira rolled over a grounder to first base in his first at-bat. Now Tanaka is through his first two hitters in the bottom of the first. Grounder to first and a grounder to short. Here’s Chase Utley.
UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Looked like the split to strikeout Utley.
UPDATE, 2:56 p.m.: To start the second inning, Tanaka got Howard to roll softly to first base. He was then ahead in the count 1-2 against Marlon Byrd, who wound up lining a hard double to center field. Only hard-hit ball off Tanaka so far.
UPDATE, 3:01 p.m.: Little bit of fielding practice for Tanaka, who covered first base on a routine 3-1 put out. He finished a scoreless second inning with a fly ball to right field. The ball was well hit, one of only two balls hit in the air so far.
UPDATE, 3:06 p.m.: Solo homer by Ramon Flores has the Yankees in front 1-0 in the third. He got it just over the wall in right field.
UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: There’s Jeter’s first spring hit. Single through the hole between shortstop and third base.
UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Solo homer by Freddy Galvis on a 3-1 pitch from Tanaka. The ball was hit awfully hard, well over the wall in right-center. Tanaka followed with another ground ball to second base — all three outs in the third inning were 4-3 putouts — and his day might be finished with one run on two hits through three innings. It’s a 1-1 game.
UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Tanaka’s day is done and Bruce Billings is in to pitch. Tanaka went 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K. Seven outs were on the ground, only one in the air. He threw 41 pitches, 25 for strikes.
UPDATE, 4:01 p.m.: Solo homer by Carlos Ruiz off Bruce Billings. The Phillies are in front 2-1. Teixeira, McCann and Gardner are out of the game. Jeter and the other infielders are still in.
UPDATE, 4:03 p.m.: Larry Rothschild goes to the mound. Billings gives up another home run on the next pitch. Oops. Brown went deep for a 3-1 lead.
First pitch scheduled for 2:30 • 03.06.14
Apparently the tarp is coming off the field soon. They just announced a 2:30 first pitch.
Still waiting for some sort of official word here in Clearwater.
The rain has died down quite a bit, but the tarp is still on the field and the outfield is soaked. Apparently the dugouts are also flooded. It doesn’t look like there will be a game today — several others games in the area have already been cancelled — but the gates are open here and there has been no official word of a cancellation. If they do play, I think it’s worth wondering whether so many big league regulars will actually stay in the lineup. Not sure the Yankees want to risk someone slipping on wet grass or a slippery warning track.
But, again, we don’t know much at this point. The Yankees team bus came over here, so I guess there’s a chance. My expectation is that we’re all going to turn around and head back to Steinbrenner Field shortly for a bunch of indoor simulated innings.
Here’s what I know.
It’s currently raining in Tampa, and Clearwater is just a few miles away, so I assume it’s raining over there as well. The Yankees team bus was supposed to have left already, but it’s been pushed back to 11:15 a.m. while the team waits to find out whether the game is going to be rained out.
At this point, if I had to bet, I’d bet on a rain out.
CC Sabathia was supposed to throw a simulated game on the main field here in Tampa about 30 minutes ago, but that wasn’t possible. There’s still no tarp on the field, and it seems the Yankees have completely given up on getting any outdoor work done here at Steinbrenner Field.
Here’s what I don’t know.
There’s no word yet on how the Yankees will adjust if everything is rained out. In the past, they’ve had scheduled pitchers simply throw live batting practice or simulated games in the indoor batting cages, and I assume that’s what would happen today. But with the Yankees badly wanting Masahiro Tanaka to face opposing big league hitters, I suppose there’s a chance he gets pushed back a day. Again, that’s just a possibility. The Yankees haven’t said what he’ll do if the game is rained out.
Same for Sabathia. I assume he will simply throw his simulated game inside, but we’re still waiting on an official decision.
Would be kind of a shame to have this game rained out. The Yankees were actually using a lineup that looks a lot like their projected Opening Day lineup (except with Mason Williams in center field instead of Jacoby Ellsbury). That lineup, coupled with Tanaka’s first start, and the availability of instant replay — plus the fact it was scheduled for Clearwater, which has one of Florida’s best spring stadiums — made this is a pretty interesting game. We’ll have to wait to find out whether it’s going to happen.
· Manny Banuelos is scheduled to pitch one inning on Saturday. It will be his first time facing opposing hitters since having Tommy John surgery in 2012.
· Another step forward for Tyler Austin, who hit off a tee this morning. “Felt great,” he said. Austin has been easing back into baseball activities since experiencing right wrist soreness.
· Told Mason Williams that today’s lineup looks a lot like an Opening Day lineup. “I’m cool with that,” he said. Williams is today’s only starter who’s not a projected big league regular.
· Interesting to see Mark Teixeira batting third in what looks like a regular big league lineup. Not sure it means much, though. Could be that Joe Girardi wanted Teixeira to get three at-bats quickly, so he hit him third instead of lower in the order. Girardi hasn’t announced his projected middle-of-the-order. I don’t necessarily expect Teixeira to be the No. 3 hitter, but I guess it’s possible.
· Scott Sizemore is scheduled to play again. He’s coming off the bench to play third base this time. Made his spring debut two days ago.
· David Phelps had a side today. He threw to Roman Rodriguez. He and Sabathia were the only pitchers scheduled to do non-game work today.
· Today’s second string: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Corban Joseph, 2B Yangervis Solarte, SS Brendan Ryan, 3B Scott Sizemore, LF Ramon Flores, CF Antoan Richardson, RF Adonis Garcia
· Today’s scheduled relievers: Bruce Billings, Chris Leroux, Mark Montgomery, Dan Burawa, Fred Lewis (Preston Claiborne, Cesar Cabral, Brian Gordon and Chase Whitley listed as available just in case).
· Today’s batting practice groups in Tampa:
Group 1: Jacoby Ellsbury, Eduardo Nunez, Ichiro Suzuki
Group 2: Russ Canzler, Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine
Group 3: Zoilo Almonte, Dean Anna Zelous Wheeler
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Lineup full of regulars (plus Mason) • 03.06.14
This is assuming there actually is a game today. It’s raining and shows no signs of stopping.
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano DH
Kelly Johnson 3B
Brian Roberts 2B
Mason Williams CF
RHP Masahiro Tanaka
In an attempt to work out the kinks of baseball’s new instant replay system, a handful of spring training games have been designated as replay games. The Yankees play seven of them this spring, beginning with tomorrow’s game against the Phillies.
“We’ll practice it tomorrow,” Joe Girardi said. “We’ll have someone in the clubhouse watching on TV. He’s basically going to get one or two angles where at home (during the season) he would get 12. We’ll use walkie-talkies and try to do the best we can to practice. I don’t think you’ll really be able to practice, in a sense, until you get home.”
The full challenge system will be in place tomorrow, giving Girardi and his coaches their first chance to go through the process of deciding which plays are worth a review.
“We’ll have a couple of people (checking replays),” Girardi said. “Our coaches go down and look at stuff, whether it’s Larry during an inning when we’re hitting. He’ll be watching pitchers and looking at video down there. Kevin goes down there. We’ll have a number of people in there keeping a close eye on it.”
Would Girardi challenge any remotely close play just to see how the system works? Seems possible.
“I was thinking, if I didn’t get a call, would I do it one time just to do it, just so I know the feel of it?” Girardi said. “And I might. Why not? You’ve only got so many chances in spring training.”
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The 10th professional game Austin Romine ever caught, Dellin Betances was the starting pitcher. It was Low-A Charleston in 2008, and Betances was charged with seven earned runs without pitching through the fourth inning.
“When we were younger, in Low-A and High-A, he threw really hard,” Romine said. “He’s a big guy and it was hard to get in the same arm slot, the same motion every single time. There’s a lot of body movement.”
Romine and Betances have come up together, each with their ups and downs. They were together again in High-A. And in Double-A. And in Triple-A. And they were together again this afternoon in Port Charlotte, where Betances showed how far he’s come with 1.2 hitless innings. He walked one, struck out two and continued a terrific start to the most important spring training of his career.
“I think he’s more comfortable,” Romine said. “Last year was big. He got up, got some experience, and I think his comfort level is a lot better. He’s able to make adjustments pitch to pitch, hitter to hitter. Today was case in point: he went out, lost his feel for his slider, got it back the next at-bat. He makes good adjustments. Before he would just try to grip it and throw it harder. Now he’s settling down, hitting his spot. He’s a lot more productive. … There’s a lot more life on the ball. Pitches are good. Offspeed is in the zone. He’s got more fastball command. I really can’t say enough about him.”
At 25 years old, Betances has been a massive prospect and a disappointing bust, but a move into the bullpen last season seems to have given his career new life. He’s always had a big fastball, but he’s found new consistency with a slurvy slider — essentially replacing an unreliable curveball — and improved command. He had a 6.00 ERA as a Triple-A starter last season, but a 1.35 ERA after he moved to the pen. Strikeout rate went up and walk rate went down, as did his opponents’ batting average.
This spring, he’s made three appearances. His 5.1 innings are the most on the team. He’s allowed one hit and two walks. He’s struck out four.
“I think it’s just more time on the mound,” Betances said. “Instead of having to wait every five days, I get to pitch every two, three days; maybe every day (when it’s) back-to-back. I feel like the more time I have on the mound, I feel like the more consistent I’m able to be with my delivery and that’s, I think, the key for me.”
Joe Girardi said he’s seen Betances throw more consistent strikes than in the past, and his velocity picked up a little bit today (Girardi didn’t give an exact number, but said it was close to what he’d expect in the regular season). Betances was given an extra option this offseason, so he can go to Triple-A, but he’s clearly eying a spot in the wide open big league bullpen.
“This is the first year that, to myself, I feel like I have a chance to make the team,” Betances said. “Every other year, at the beginning, I didn’t have enough experience at the Double-A and Triple-A level. Last year, I came in having a bad year in 2012 so I knew I had no chance. I had a good 2013, felt my stuff came together out of the bullpen and had some (experience) at the big league level. I tried to learn as much as I can from that, work hard this offseason, and coming in I’m just trying to throw strikes early. I feel good.”
· Big day for Eduardo Nunez. He went 3-for-3 with a double and a bunt single. He also played a pretty good second base. “I think the same as the year before, prove I can play,” Nunez said. He’s hitting .364/.364/.727 through 11 at-bats. Very early.
· Nunez worked out with Robinson Cano again this offseason and said he spent time working at second base to get himself ready for that position. He also prepared at shortstop and third base, but this winter included more second base than usual. After Cano signed with Seattle, Nunez figured he would have to play the position at least little bit if he was going to be on the a big league roster. This spring he’s started one game at shortstop, one game at second and two games at third.
· Speaking of utility guys, Yangervis Solarte made his second start and third appearance at shortstop. He had yet another hit bringing his early spring total up to eight. No one else has more than five. Solarte is hitting .667. Again, very early.
· Girardi said he’s still planning to have Mark Teixeira in the lineup tomorrow in Clearwater. “I guess the BP went OK,” Girardi said. “I’ll talk to him tomorrow, but right now my plan is to play him tomorrow.”
· Adam Warren allowed a home run to the first batter he faced, but that was his only run through 2.1 innings. He walked none after walking two last time out. “I was a little ill about the walks last outing, so I kind of really focused on that,” Warren said. “I still want to get in better counts, get ahead of batters a little better. I’ll keep working on that. I still need to refine some things, but that’s what spring training is for. I’m trying to take the next step each outing, refine some things and get ready for the season.”
· Warren had a full count on each of the first two hitters. The first was Ben Zobrist who homered. The second was Desmond Jennings, who struck out. “I went with a (3-2) changeup to the second batter, which is one of my strengths,” Warren said. “First guy, I went with a fastball. A 3-2 fastball is pretty predictable and guys are going to put good swings on that. I tried to throw something a little different, tried to change it up. That’s kind of my strength; to throw all my pitches whenever. I feel like I made the adjustment there and learned from that mistake.”
· No new injuries, Girardi said.
· Other game notes: In a 5-4 loss to the Rays, Brett Gardner’s two-out, two-run single was the Yankees biggest hit of the game. The Yankees had the lead until Robert Coello allowed a three-run homer and a solo home run int he fifth inning. … Zelous Wheeler had a double. He and Nunez had the Yankees only extra-base hits. … Keep an eye on Yoshinori Tateyama. He’s not very big, but he has big league experience, pitched well in Triple-A last year, and he pitched another two hitless innings today. Of the Yankees with at least four innings, Tateyama’s 0.46 WHIP is the second lowest behind Chris Leroux’s 0.25. … Jim Miller also pitched a scoreless, hitless inning. He struck out two.
· Final word to Warren: “I actually enjoy (playing road games and) seeing more of the starters because I get more of a feel for how guys are reacting to my pitches. They’re not as aggressive as some of the guys that may come on the road when we’re at home. Those guys are more aggressive, trying to make an impression. These guys, you can work some counts. I like the challenge.”
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