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Prado hitting cleanup in Baltimore

Jacoby Ellsbury DH
Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner CF
Martin Prado 2B
Brian McCann C
Mark Teixeira 1B
Chris Young LF
Antoan Richardson RF
Zelous Wheeler 3B

RHP Shane Greene


Posted by:Chad Jenningson Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 11:02 am. InMisc with Comments Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Headley: “I’m really fortunate the way it came out”

Steve Donohue, Chase Headley

Chances are, Chase Headley won’t play this afternoon. But he’ll show up at Camden Yards with his jaw intact, his teeth in place, and his head showing no signs of a concussion in the first 24 hours after he was hit in the face by a fastball on Thursday night.

“My first thought when I was on the ground, I was reaching up with my hand, making sure everything was in place and my teeth were still there,” Headley said. “You never really know the moment something like that happens. You knew that it hurt, but you don’t really know how bad it hurt. You’re kind of taking inventory, I guess. You just hope for the best at that point. It’s scary; not fun to go through and not fun to see anybody else go through. I’m really fortunate the way it came out.”

Two stitches beneath his lower lip provide the only obvious evidence of what happened. Headley said he’s still sore, but he speaks just fine and could be playing again in a few days. It’s worth noting that his hit by pitch came just minutes after Giancarlo Stanton was hit in the face and suffered far more serious injuries.

“Talking to the doctors, to be hit direct with that hard of a fastball, there’s really no reason that I should be as good as I am,” Headley said. “I’m fortunate, blessed. I’m sore, but it could have been much worse.”

Headley has watched the video. So has his wife. His son, he said, has not.

“Sometimes it puts things in perspective, to really appreciate what you have,” Headley said. “Make sure that you really enjoy everything that you’re doing with your family when you’re playing because it can go in an instant. That’s just a reminder of it. Your heart goes out to anybody that gets hit in the face. Obviously with Stanton, he got it much worse than I did. It’s unfortunate, but it’s part of the game. Those things happen. I don’t think there was any intent by any means, but it’s scary when it does (happen).”

Associated Press photo


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Postgame notes: “Hard to win when you only score one run”

Derek Jeter

Twenty innings. One run. Let’s add today to the long list of potential low points for the Yankees offense this season. Riding a wave of momentum after back-to-back emotional wins at home, the Yankees lineup flat-lined again today. They nearly squeezed a win out of this mess, which is fairly remarkable, but they ultimately earned their doubleheader sweep. They earned it the same way they’ve earned so many losses this season: by simply not hitting.

“It’s hard to win when you only score one run in (20) innings,” Joe Girardi said. “I thought we had a pretty decent shot to win the first game when we scored the one run, but tonight we didn’t do anything off Norris. He’s got good stuff, and he’s been tough on us before, but you’ve got to score runs.”

The end of that quote is the new state of the Yankees. On nights they can’t score, teams never want to dismiss the performance of the opposing pitcher, but it seems the Yankees are sick of tipping their caps. There are plenty of good pitchers out there, but night after night, the one constant is this group of Yankees hitters. And they just keep having nights like this one.

“We have to go on a run,” Jacoby Ellsbury said. “That’s the only way to put it. We want to make it interesting. We still have a chance. All we can do is go out there and give everything we have, play good baseball. Obviously we have to get hot and we have to play very good baseball, but there’s still a chance. That’s what we have to hold out for.”

Hold out all you want, but the Yankees are now five games out with 16 to play. There are four teams ahead of them in that race for the second wild card. It might not be a death sentence, but it’s awfully close. Mathematically, they’re still in it. Realistically? After what they showed these past 20 innings? That seems to be a different story.

“I don’t care when you lose two games in a row, it’s frustrating,” Girardi said. “Especially after the last two wins that we had. Yeah, we’re beat up, but that’s no excuse. You’ve got to find a way.”

Brett Gardner• Chase Headley was in the Yankees clubhouse postgame. He has two stitches and actually looks alright considering what happened last night. Tests have come back clean so far, but he’s going to do some more tests tomorrow just to be certain. He said he doesn’t expect to play tomorrow, but it seems like the Yankees could get him back sooner than later.

• Carlos Beltran said he took about 20 light swings in the cage, just some soft toss. His elbow feels a little bit better, he said, but this wasn’t much of a workout. His situation is still uncertain to say the least.

• Francisco Cervelli is with the team in Baltimore. He said his headaches have gone away. He feels good and feels like he could play at this point.

• Martin Prado didn’t start the second game, but it seems likely he’ll play tomorrow. “You can see he’s not 100 percent, and you hate to try to have a guy wind it back up again (after playing in the afternoon game),” Girardi said. “There’s concern about him hurting it worse and it being a long-term problem and having some real issues with it. He’s a gamer, and I put him out there to pinch hit, and he hit the ball well. He did it as well last night. So my plan is to play him again tomorrow.”

• Although his command was obviously bad, David Phelps said he felt physically fine in his first appearance in more than a month. “It doesn’t have anything to do with being rusty,” he said. “Regardless of how long you take off, throwing strikes shouldn’t be a problem. … Was pulling sliders off the plate all night, finally throw one and the guy hits it hard. It’s just frustrating.”

Bryan Mitchell• Better night on the mound for rookie Bryan Mitchell who gave up two runs through five innings in his first big league start. “My main goal tonight was to put us in a chance to win,” Mitchell said. “Obviously the two runs hurt, but it’s just one of those days I would have liked to have been better. … Yeah, it obviously is (good enough to have a chance to win), but without those two runs obviously we have a better chance.”

• Girardi on Mitchell: “He did OK. He hasn’t started a game in a while. He threw a bunch of pitches the other day on Sunday, and he got in some tough counts, but held the damage to a minimum. Obviously he gave us a chance to win. … It was good to see him pitch in a start. I’ve only seen him pitch really out of relief. He has the ability to have people swing and miss, and he has the ability to get out of innings. He did some little things. He held runners. He’s a work in progress, but it was good for him to get a start.”

• The Yankees intentionally paired Mitchell with Austin Romine, who’d caught him in Triple-A. “That definitely helped,” Mitchell said. “Made me a lot more comfortable because we have a similar plan to what we’ve been doing during the season (in Triple-A), so I liked that going into it.”

• After missing the past six games with a lower abdominal strain, Brett Gardner returned to the lineup, reached base twice and stole a bag. He’s hitting .348 with five extra-base hits in his past six games.

• Chris Young had another hit in the nightcap. He’s hitting .429 with five runs, three doubles, three home runs and eight RBI since joining the Yankees on September 2.

• The Orioles swept a doubleheader against the Yankes for the first time since September 24, 1984 in Baltimore.

• Final word to Girardi: “It’s no fun, but other teams are having problems in front of us that we’re trying to catch. We’re probably three or four hits from winning eight out of our last 10. If you get those hits and three or four pitches as well, it’s different. It makes a big difference. We need to win a lot, and I’ve said that a lot. We’re capable of doing it.”

Associated Press photos



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Swept: Evening shutout follows afternoon letdown

Bryan Mitchell

The Yankees described a quiet clubhouse after this afternoon’s letdown. “Anything we’ve got going positive, it cuts it out from under us,” Brandon McCarthy said. Perhaps it’s little surprise, then, that the Yankees played such an uninspiring game in the nightcap. A 5-0 loss tonight left the Yankees swept in today’s doubleheader at Camden Yards, and any momentum gained from those previous two emotional wins at Yankee Stadium has surely been wiped away. Rookie Bryan Mitchell gave the Yankees a solid five innings of two-run ball in his first ever big league start, but the Yankees managed just four hits and put just two runners into scoring position. David Phelps was wild in his first big league game in more than a month, and Chaz Roe allowed a late RBI triple, but those rough innings of relief only pushed the game to a more lopsided score. The real problem, as it’s often been, was the offense. Just another night when the lineup couldn’t do nearly enough to win.

Associated Press photo


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Game 146: Yankees at Orioles

Bryan MitchellYANKEES (75-70)
Jacoby Ellsbury DH
Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner CF
Brian McCann 1B
Chris Young LF
Stephen Drew 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Zelous Wheeler 3B
Austin Romine C

RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-0, 0.00)
Mitchell has never faced the Orioles

ORIOLES (87-59)
Alejandro De Aza LF
Steve Pearce 1B
Jimmy Paredes 3B
Nelson Cruz RF
Delmon Young DH
David Lough CF
Caleb Joseph C
Ryan Flaherty SS
Jonathan Schoop 2B

RHP Bud Norris (12-8, 3.92)
Norris vs. Yankees

7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: Beautiful day turning into a beautiful night here in Baltimore.

UMPIRES: HP Clint Fagan, 1B Tim Welke, 2B Ed Hickox, 3B Toby Basner

ANOTHER ROOKIE: Bryan Mitchell is making his first big league start. It’s the 56th time the Yankees have used a rookie starter this season, the highest total in Major League Baseball and the most in franchise history since rookie rules were made in 1958. They are 22-7 in games started by rookies on the road.

UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Headley has joined the Yankees here in Baltimore. According to a team spokesman, all tests came back negative and Headley has been cleared to play as long as he responds favorably to physical activity.

UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Mitchell got in and out of some trouble in the third inning. He’s through three scoreless on 55 pitches. Might only have one more inning in him. If he gets through five, I think the Yankees would have to be happy with that.

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: In his return to the lineup, Gardner has been on base twice and stolen a bag. Also made a nice play in center. Must be feeling better if he’s running.

UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: RBI double for Flaherty has the Orioles in front 1-0 in the fourth. Looked like Gardner might have thrown out Flaherty at second had Drew held onto the ball. It was going to be awfully close at least.

UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Two-out RBI triple has pushed the lead to 2-0, but Mitchell is through the fourth without further damage. Guys are starting to stretch in the Yankees bullpen, but there’s no one throwing at the moment. Mitchell is at 76 pitches.

UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Five innings of two-run ball from Mitchell, and now a scoreless inning from Outman. The lineup, once again, just hasn’t done enough.

UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Here’s David Phelps getting in his first game in more than a month.

UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: Phelps got a couple of quick outs, but he then walked three in a row before a two-run single to push the Orioles lead to 4-0.


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Gardner and Jeter return; Prado and Teixeira sit

GardnerJeterGame 2 lineup via Meredith Marakovits

Jacoby Ellsbury DH
Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner CF
Brian McCann 1B
Chris Young LF
Stephen Drew 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Zelous Wheeler 3B
Austin Romine C

RHP Bryan Mitchell



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Between-game notes: “It’s a quiet clubhouse right now”

Brandon McCarthy, Joe Girardi

Reporters aren’t allowed in the Yankees clubhouse between games of a doubleheader, but it’s pretty easy to imagine what the mood is like in there right now.

“It’s a quiet clubhouse right now,” Brandon McCarthy said. “You’re looking for any kind of lifeline that you can hang on to at this point, and right there Chris gives us one. We’ve got a chance to carry that through, and to fall a little bit short of that, just kind of anything we’ve got going positive, it cuts it out from under us. We still have another game here in a couple of hours and everything can shift from game to game.”

Adam Warren had actually been excellent for about three weeks now. He had that rough stretch in late July and early August, but since August 19 Warren’s past nine appearances spanned 11.2 innings with four hits (.108 opponents batting average), one walk, nine strikeouts and a 0.77 ERA. He was looking more and more like the guy who earned key innings early in the season, and so Joe Girardi went to him with a one-run lead this afternoon.

He was intentionally careful against Nelson Cruz, then he hit a batter, walked another, and gave up the two-out, two-run walk-off that ended it. This was almost another inspiring win for the Yankees — another late-inning rally, another huge hit at just the right time — but the end result was deflating.

“Extremely frustrating,” Girardi said. “Especially when you’ve got some momentum from the way you won the last two games, but we weren’t able to old on today. We have another game today, and we have to go win it.”

Rookie Bryan Mitchell gets the ball for Game 2.

“It’s pretty quiet as you would expect (in the clubhouse),” Young said. “We’ve got to pick ourselves up really fast. We’ve got about an hour and a half until the next game, so we really can’t dwell on this too much.”

Chris Young• Girardi said he wasn’t sure whether Derek Jeter or Brett Gardner would play in Game 2. For whatever it’s worth, Jeter hit and then told our friend Wally Matthews that he fully expects to be in the lineup. Didn’t see Gardner at all between games.

• One injury update: Girardi said Carlos Beltran was able to swing this morning. “He just took some light swings,” Girardi said. “He felt better, too.”

• After throwing more than 20 pitches apiece, neither Dave Robertson nor Dellin Betances will be available for tonight’s game.

• Why Warren instead of Shawn Kelley in the 11th? “(Kelley) threw last night,” Girardi said. “I figured Adam was more rested and would do the job.”

• Sounds like Warren fell back into the same problem he was having during that rough stretch a month ago. “I think maybe I wasn’t staying back long enough,” he said. “The ball was riding on me, which usually means I’m flying open. Means you’ve got to stay through pitches a little better, and obviously got to throw strikes. … I feel like I’ve been in those situations before. I don’t feel like the situation got to me. I was a little amped up. Instead of staying back like I normally do, I was a little bit flying open.”

• Much better pitching performance from McCarthy: “I was kind of able to throw everything for strikes today,” he said. “I did a better job of throwing the cutter. It kind of took some of the pressure off the sinker and everything else. Murph got me in a good groove early, he saw exactly what we needed to do and what we wanted to do to keep guys off balance. I just kind of followed him through it.”

• Young now has a home run in three straight games, tying his career-high. He’s been pretty great since stepping into the lineup. Any major changes since coming to the Yankees? “Nothing huge,” he said. “I’ve been about to get some great one-on-one time with him and get some quality work in. I had that little extra time off to really work on my swing.”

• Why stick with Robertson for the 10th inning without a lead? “You have to,” Girardi said. “Because you have to get to that point (where the team can take a lead). Because of the situation we were in, I felt I had to shut it down there.”

Associated Pr


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Young delivers before Warren gives it away

Brandon McCarthy

Chris Young did it again, then Adam Warren blew it. A half inning after Young’s go-ahead home run in the top of the 11th, Warren loaded the bases and allowed a two-out, two-run, walk-off single to former Yankees prospect Jimmy Paredes. The Yankees had stranded the bases loaded in two of the previous three innings, but they couldn’t pull it off a third time. Young had two hits and hit what could have been the game-winner on a 2-2 pitch with two-outs in the 11th inning. It was his third home run since joining the Yankees as a September call-up.  Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy was terrific, which has come to be expected. He struck out six, walked none and didn’t allow a runner into scoring position until a leadoff double over Antoan Richardson’s head in the eighth inning. It was McCarthy’s final batter. A walk and a bad throw on a bunt almost let that inning get out of hand, but Stephen Drew made a terrific play for the second out and Dellin Betances struck out Adam Jones with a nasty breaking ball to end the inning with the bases loaded. Dave Robertson got a strikeout to strand the bases loaded in the ninth, then pitched a scoreless 10th before the Yankees went to Warren to try to get the save in the 11th. Warren walked two and hit a batter before the walk-off hit. Despite two hits from Richardson in his first ever big league start, the Yankees offense never got much going. They loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth — Young and Martin Prado each had hits in the inning — but John Ryan Murphy flied out to leave the runners stranded. It was the only time the Yankees got a runner past second base until the top of the 10th when Richardson walked and made it to third before an inning-ending fly out.

Associated Press photo


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Game 145: Yankees at Orioles

Chris YoungYANKEES (75-69)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Martin Prado 3B
Brian McCann DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Chris Young LF
Stephen Drew 2B
John Ryan Murphy C
Brendan Ryan SS
Antoan Richardson RF

RHP Brandon McCarthy (6-4, 2.79)
McCarthy vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (86-59)
Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Steve Pearce 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Kelly Johnson 3B
Nick Hundley C
Jonathan Schoop 2B

RHP Kevin Gausman (7-7, 3.83)
Gausman vs. Yankees

1:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: Just a beautiful afternoon here in Baltimore.

UMPIRES: HP Todd Tichenor, 1B Toby Basner, 2B Tim Welke, 3B Ed Hickox

DOUBLE DIPPING: The Yankees will play their third doubleheader of the season today. They split a single-admission doubleheader on May 18 against Pittsburgh and swept the Cubs in a split-admission doubleheader on April 16 at Yankee Stadium?marking the first time an MLB team recorded shutout wins in both games of a doubleheader since Minnesota won, 11-0 and 5-0 in 1988 at Oakland. The Yankees?went 1-0-2 in doubleheaders last year.

BETTER ON THIS SIDE OF TOWN: According to Elias, last night Chris Young became the first Yankee to break up a no-hitter in the eighth inning or later and then produce a game-ending RBI since Horace Clarke on June 4, 1970 against Kansas City (Clarke led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, marking the Yankees’ first hit off of the Royals’ Jim Rooker, then had a game-winning sacrifice fly in the 12th).

Here’s the official statement from Davis about his suspension: “I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans. I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) this year. I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately.”

UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: Martin Prado — of course — had a first-inning single, but that’s the extent of the Yankees offense heading into the bottom of the second.

UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Teixeira bangs into a double play and a mild offensive opportunity goes nowhere in the third inning.

UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: McCarthy just struck out the side. Really making a strong case for a return next season.

UPDATE, 2:23 p.m.: Ellsbury hit the ball pretty hard, but it’s an inning-ending line out to right. Leaves a couple of singles stranded, including an infield single that was Antoan Richardson’s first as a Yankee.

UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.: Another hit for Prado, and now a double for Young. These two are somehow the best Yankees on the roster right now. Up to Drew to bring in a run with two on and two out in the sixth.

UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: Drew walked and it was instead Murphy who left the runners stranded on a fly ball to left field.

UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Awfully good play by Drew and Prado to get the second out of the eighth inning, but a walk has now setup a huge matchup between Betances and Jones with the bases loaded.

UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: So Betances brings a 99 mph fastball and follows it with that breaking ball. Yowza, the kid is good. Strikeout ends the inning with the bases left loaded.

UPDATE, 4:42 p.m.: Well this is just getting silly. Young just homered again, this one a go-ahead solo shot with two outs in the 11th. Amazing. The Yankees have already burned through Robertson, so we’ll see someone else come in to try to save this thing.



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Pregame notes: “I’m not sure we have enough guys”

Steve Donohue, Chase Headley

Joe Girardi’s pregame media session was basically just a medical report. It’s September, rosters are expanded, and the Yankees will actually have a pretty limited bench today because of the recent string of injuries.

“We called up eight people, and I’m not so sure we have enough guys to run out there,” Girardi said. “It’s unfortunate we’ve kind of been hit with some injuries, multiple guys, bang, bang, bang. But, as I said, you still put players out there, you still play the game, and you see things that happen like they did last night. Guys have to step up.”

Here are the basic updates:

Chase Headley
Pitch to the face
After last night’s hit by pitch, Headley stayed behind in New York so that he can be tested for a concussion.

“The tests came out good last night,” Girardi said. “No fractures. He had to get a couple of stitches. He’ll see the neurologist today and then determine what’s next. Hopefully he can join us fairly quickly.”

Girardi said it’s possible Headley will join the team this weekend in Baltimore, but he might not necessarily play this weekend.

Derek Jeter, Martin PradoDerek Jeter
Pitch to the elbow
Also hit by a pitch last night, Jeter is out of the Game 1 lineup and might be not be available for Game 2.

“He’s sore,” Girardi said. “He was pretty sore last night, so I’m not sure what we’ll have.”

Brett Gardner
Stained abdominal
Although he hasn’t done much in the past week, Gardner said he’s going to try to run and hit today. If that goes well, Girardi said he’s hoping to have Gardner in the lineup for Game 2.

“I’ll go through some of the things they want me to go through and see how it feels,” Gardner said.

Most of the discomfort comes when Gardner runs, he said. He’s not too worried about swinging, but obviously a lot of his game is based on running.

Carlos Beltran
Elbow bone spur
Still no clarity on whether Beltran will be able to play again this season.

“I think he was going to try to do something today if he can and it felt OK,” Girardi said. “(He’s going to) try to take some swings.”

Martin Prado
Strained hamstring
After last night’s pinch hit home run, Prado is in the starting lineup for the first time since Sunday. But Girardi cautioned that Prado’s not out of the woods yet. Last night wasn’t taken as proof that he’s over it.

“I think we have to watch him,” Girardi said. “There’s some concern still with that hamstring. We’re going to have to watch him.”

David Phelps
Elbow/triceps soreness
Activated off the disabled list this morning, Phelps will be available out of the bullpen for the doubleheader.

“I think 25-30 pitches is safe to say,” Girardi said. “You’d have to see if he threw an inning how he did before you sent him back out there. Give him a chance to build up a little bit. My inkling would be you use him an inning, maybe try to build him up that way, but sometimes you’re not afforded that luxury.”

MitchellA few other quick notes:

• Brian Mitchell will start Game 2. The Yankees had him throw a 50-pitch sim game a few days ago to stay sharp for this start. “He’s used to starting, so I don’t think 80 to 90 pitches is out of the realm for him,” Girardi said.

• Girardi said he would prefer not to use any pitchers in both games, but he left open the possibility of using a lefty and possibly Dave Robertson in both ends of the doubleheader. “I’ll have to see,” he said.

• Orioles 1B/3B Chris Davis has been suspended 25 games after testing positive for an amphetamine. Davis released a statement in which he admitted using Adderall, something he apparently had permission to use in the past but not this year. The suspension will keep him out of the lineup through eight playoff games, assuming the Orioles go that far. “It’s disappointing any time a guy is suspended,” Girardi said. “I don’t know the details of it. You hate to see it in our game.”

• The Yankees flew to Baltimore after last night’s game. They got in late and had a late report time for today’s doubleheader. A lot of guys still hadn’t arrived when the clubhouse closed to media at 11:30. I don’t believe either team took batting practice today. Not all that unusual for a doubleheader, and certainly not in the Yankees situation.

Associated Press photo


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