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Yankees on a roll after third straight win in Detroit

Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury

Another strong start by Masahiro Tanaka, and another big win for the suddenly surging Yankees. On another cold day in Detroit, the Yankees got a 2-1 win in this series finale and have now won six of their past seven games. Three days ago, the Tigers had baseball’s best record with only two losses in 13 games. The Yankees, though, took three in a row to win this series and build some momentum heading into the Subway Series against a surprisingly good Mets team. Tanaka delivered his second excellent start in a row. He allowed a double to the first batter he faced, and he allowed a run in the first inning. After that, though, Tanaka allowed just one base runner from the start of the second inning through a one-out double in the seventh. Dellin Betances got the Yankees out of a jam in the seventh and Andrew Miller picked up his sixth save in as many chances. After an offensive outburst yesterday, the Yankees had just three hits today, but Jacoby Ellsbury reached base three times and set the stage for each of the Yankees runs. He walked, stole second and ultimately scored on a balk in the sixth inning. Then he doubled and scored on a ground ball in the eighth.

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Game 16: Yankees at Tigers

Masahiro TanakaYANKEES (8-7)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Chris Young RF
Garrett Jones 1B
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (2-1, 3.94)
Tanaka vs. Tigers

TIGERS (11-4)
Anthony Gose CF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
J.D. Martinez RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Alex Avila C
Nick Castellanos 3B
Hernan Perez SS

RHP Anibal Sanchez
Sanchez vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:08 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: Cold. It’s just cold.

UMPIRES: HP Phil Cuzzi, 1B Tony Randazzo, 2B Will Little, 3B Gerry Davis

YOUNG GUN: Among players with 40 or more plate appearances this season, Chris Young leads the American League in slugging (.816) and OPS (1.258) and is third in the Majors in OPS behind Adrian Gonzalez and Joey Votto. He?leads the Yankees in batting average, total bases, on-base percentage, slugging and OPS.

FIRST TIMERS: Only two Tigers have ever faced Masahiro Tanaka. Yoenis Cespedes is 3-for-5 and Anthony Gose is 0-for-3.

BAT OFF THE BENCH: Mark Teixeira has recorded an RBI in five straight games, 10 of his last 12, and 10 of his 14 games played this season. He is the only Major Leaguer with an RBI in at least 10 games this season. Since 1993, the only other Yankees hitter with at least one RBI in 10 or more of the club’s first 15 games was Alex Rodriguez (13 games) in 2007.

ON THIS DATE: On April 23, 1903, the New York Highlanders got the first win in franchise history with a 7-2 victory at Washington. Harry Howell was the winning pitcher.

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Sac fly gives the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the first.

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Best-case scenario, Gardner thought there was a chance of a bad throw to first and was trying to avoid a possible tag at the bag. Worst case scenario, he still believes sliding head-first is the quickest way to reach first base. Either way, the Yankees left two stranded in the third and it’s still a 1-0 Tigers lead.

UPDATE, 2:13 p.m.: Yankee scored too many runs last night. Didn’t save any for today.

UPDATE, 2:54 p.m.: Well, the Yankees are on the board with a two-out balk in the sixth inning. It was strange even by balk standards, but the Yankees capitalize to tie the game at 1.

UPDATE, 3:17 p.m.: I assume Girardi’s thinking the Tigers would walk either Teixeira or Rodriguez if one of them pinch hit against Gorzelanny.

UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: Yankees catch a break with Drew drawing a walk. They get to hit Teixeira for Gregorius with two on and two outs here in the seventh.

UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Teixeira flies to deep right field to leave the two runners stranded. Yankees still have just one hit (a Chris Young single). Tigers have just two hits.

UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.: Another really good start for Tanaka. He had retired 18 of 19 before allowing a one-out double here in the seventh. Now a walk has chased him from the game and Justin Wilson is coming in from the bullpen. Still tied at 1.

UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: Wilson and Betances got the Yankees out of the seventh, now Ellsbury has started the eighth with a double and the yankees are in business.

UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Yankees cash in with a sac bunt and an RBI grounder to first. Tigers might have been able to turn two on the ground ball, but it was hit hard and Cabrera couldn’t make the initial play. It’s a 2-1 game with Betances heading back to the mound.

 
 

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Pregame notes: Tanaka tested with cold weather and normal rest

Masahiro Tanaka

This afternoon, Masahiro Tanaka will start on normal rest for the first time this season. But in terms of evaluation, that’s not the only factor in play.

“I think you’re going to look at command today,” Joe Girardi said. “I don’t know if you’re going to know if it’s because of the cold or if it’s because it’s on the fifth day. I think that’s going to be hard to predict. We saw command issues yesterday in two guys that really have good command. That’s what I’ll look for.”

Girardi said he’s heard a projected game-time temperature of 43 degrees. I doubt it will be snowing like it was in last night’s first inning, when both David Price and Adam Warren had a hard time. Girardi said there’s no heightened concern about Tanaka’s health in these conditions. The concern is more about simply holding and releasing the baseball.

“I don’t worry so much about his elbow as I worry about his grip on the baseball when it’s this cold,” Girardi said. “I think it can be very slippery on days like today, and I think around game time it’s going to be 43 (degrees), so we’ll just have to see how it goes. … You just try to keep your hands warm and rub up the baseball as much as you can to try to get some heat in the ball. That’s the best idea I have.”

It’s not just the breaking pitches. Girardi said a fastball can also be harder to control in these conditions. It’s just not a great day for baseball, but it’s late April, so there’s a game to be played.

“I have been in games that have been colded out, but it’s been below 30 degrees,” Girardi said. “You’re going to have to go through a few a year. It’s tough conditions, and sometimes you can avoid them some years, and sometimes you can’t. You have to play the games. The only way to avoid it would be not to start the season until May, and we know that’s not going to happen.”

Kyle Davies, Brian McCann• Little bit strange to see a catcher handle a day game after a night game, but Girardi said he planned coming into this series to have Brian McCann behind the plate this afternoon. “He’s playing extremely well,” Girardi said. “We talked about it, how we were going to do this week, and he feels good so I’m going to run him back out there.”

• No injury concerns with Alex Rodriguez or Mark Teixeira, just giving them a day off in this long stretch. He wasn’t planning to play either one 13 days in a row. “I just felt this was probably the best day to do it,” Girardi said.

• By sitting Rodriguez today, Girardi said he thinks he can play all six games of the upcoming home stand before getting a rest on the next scheduled off day.

• Bench coach Rob Thomson will coach third base again today. Joe Espada’s wife had a baby girl yesterday, so he’s away from the team.

• Brutal news for a nice guy: Joe Nathan needs Tommy John surgery. “He’s been really good, on really good teams,” Girardi said. “The thing you can say about Joe Nathan is that he was really tested, because he was on a ton of playoff teams and had a ton of success. It’s unfortunate what he’s going through and I don’t think any player really wants to go out that way. I’m not sure what he’ll do, being 40 years old, I’m sure there’s a lot of thought that maybe it’s his last pitch. Maybe he’ll try to come back, and god bless him if he does. But Joe Nathan’s a winner, and he’s used to winning, and it’s got to be extremely frustrating.”

• If the Yankees win today, they’ll wrap up a tremendous week on the road against Tampa Bay and Detroit. If they hadn’t blown a game in Baltimore, it would be an awfully success trip regardless of today’s result. “It would be a tremendous road trip to go 7-3 in these three cities that we went to,” Girardi said. “Good baseball teams, so obviously it would be a tremendous road trip.”

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A-Rod and Tex sit for series finale

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Brett Gardner LF

Carlos Beltran DH

Brian McCann C

Chase Headley 3B

Chris Young RF

Garrett Jones 1B

Stephen Drew 2B

Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Masahiro Tanaka

 
 

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Postgame notes: “We’ve turned it around on this road trip”

Chase Headley

David Price actually very good career numbers at Comerica Park, and through most of his career he’s pitched well against the Yankees. The past two times he faced the Yankees in this ballpark, though, his starts have been a mess. Last August, in only his second home start with the Tigers, the Yankees pounced on Price for eight runs and nine straight hits in the third inning. Tonight, it was six runs on five hits, two walks and a hit batter in the first inning, then two more runs in the second inning.

Price’s start got so out of hand that at one point he intentionally walked Gregorio Petit with two outs and a runner at third.

“Being able to do what we did, it gives us a lot of confidence,” Carlos Beltran said. “When the offense is good and everything is working well, we’re capable of doing that.”

Yankees Tigers BaseballAsked why the Yankees have so overwhelmingly handled one of the best left-handed pitchers in baseball, Jacoby Ellsbury first said he didn’t want to share the secret. Then he laughed.

“I guess it’s just one of those things,” he said. “For whatever reason we’ve put together good at-bats, strung together consistent at-bats throughout the lineup to get multiple hits. … Each time you’ve got to prepare for him, knowing he watched the game film, knowing he’ll probably attack hitters differently. Then try to put quality at-bats together, grind out at-bats, and do as much as you can to put quality at-bats together. That’s all you can really do against someone like that.”

This was a brutal night, especially in that first inning with the snow falling and hands far colder than anyone would like when they’re throwing a baseball. This wasn’t the best version of Price, but the Yankees took advantage of it. And while Adam Warren got his night turned around, the Yankees kept attacking Price with a two-out rally in the second inning, then a couple of hits in the third.

The Yankees aren’t simply getting better results in the past week, they’re legitimately playing better.

“I said all along, I think this group’s talented,” Girardi said. “Sometimes guys get off to slow starts and you don’t make too much of it. You’ve just got to ride things out. We played really bad the first week at home. Really bad. We’ve turned it around on this road trip and are playing better. Our defense is getting better. Base running’s better. Continuing to swing the bats. It’s a group that really wants to win, and they’ve got a lot of fight in them.”

Tonight that fight was directed at Price, and the Yankees once again knocked him out in the third round.

Adam Warren• Adam Warren said he did enough stretching and throwing during that 31-minute top of the first inning that he felt loose and ready to pitch, but when he got to the mound, he walked four of the first five batters he faced. After that, he was terrific, but that first inning was brutal. “I think you just kind of have to learn how to pitch out there and find a way to get some feeling in your hands and on the ball,” Warren said. “… You want to go out there and just attack hitters, especially in those kind of conditions. So that was tough for me just because I hate walking people in general. It was tough to deal with, but I tried to bounce back and get back to my strengths: pounding the zone.”

• When Larry Rothschild went to the mound, the message was largely about regrouping. Warren said Rothschild reminded him to stay back as long as possible and try to keep the ball down, but he was also telling him to get some more feeling in his fingers. Girardi said going to the mound was as much about giving Warren a break as anything. “Sometimes you just need to step back for a second and regroup,” Girardi said. “I didn’t ask (Rothschild) what he said, but whatever he said worked.”

• After that first inning, Warren and the Yankees relievers — Justin Wilson, David Carpenter, Chasen Shreve — not only kept the Tigers scoreless, but they kept the Tigers from even getting into scoring position. “I’m proud of the way I bounced back and gave the team some depth,” Warren said. “Got into the sixth, so I’m pleased with that.”

• Esmil Rogers started tossing in the bullpen in the first inning, and Girardi said he was about one hitter away from getting him hot and ready to enter the game. Warren getting through that inning and then pitching into the sixth basically saved the bullpen from having to burn out anyone heading into tomorrow’s finale and another seven games in a row without an off day.

Jacoby Ellsbury• Ellsbury on being hit by a pitch to the chest to start the game: “It felt like a frozen snowball or something, going at 93. Hit me right in the heart. It never feels too good in that temperature.”

• Gregorio Petit came into this game with a .261 OPS. Not batting average. Not on-base percentage. On-base-plus-slugging of .261, yet he’s the one who delivered the big blow with a three-run double in the first inning. Then he was intentionally walked in the second. His OPS climbed by nearly .200 points in one night. “I know I can hit,” Petit said. “I trust myself a lot. Things haven’t gone the way I wanted, but that’s baseball. You’re going to have good days and bad days. You have to just keep working. That’s what I’ve been doing and today it came out at the right time.”

• Petit has five major league walks in his career. Tonight’s was certainly the first time he was walked intentionally in the big leagues. “I was smiling in my head, I can’t lie,” he said. “I was kind of surprised, but it’s part of the game.”

• Price walked Petit to face Didi Gregorius, who made an out that at-bat, but later doubled in two runs for his first extra-base hit of the year. Gregorius also had a walk in the game, but he also made another error and made two questionable decisions in the first inning. “I’ve said all along that this is a place where it takes some guys some time to get comfortable here,” Girardi said. “New York’s not the easiest place to come and play and be really good right from the beginning. We’ve seen a lot of really good players take time to adjust, and I think he’s adjusting as it goes on. I do.”

Didi Gregorius• Should Gregorius have thrown to third base instead of second base on that first ground ball in the first inning? “I thought he could have, but his instinct took him to second,” Girardi said.

• Should Gregorius have thrown the ball normally instead of flipping underhand on that potential double play ball in the first? “I don’t think we’re getting it either way,” Girardi said. “I think he was making sure that he got one out.”

• Later in the first inning, Ellsbury actually got his first RBI of the year. Leadoff guy got his first RBI with a first-inning hit that wasn’t a home run. Funny. “I knew it was a matter of time,” Ellsbury said. “I had been putting together quality at-bats with runners in scoring position, and quality at-bats without runners in scoring position. I knew it was a matter of time before it happened.”

• Back-to-back triples by Beltran and Chase Headley. That means four Yankees have tripled in the past week, and those three are Beltran, Headley, Garrett Jones and Brian McCann. None of those four are speed guys by any stretch of the imagination. “I was once,” Beltran said, with a laugh.

• Might not happen often, so let’s give the final word to Petit: “Everybody thought we were going to have a tough game because of the weather. To get that hit against him, we got to him early and took the lead. It was awesome. It was a great feeling for me and for the team. I was super-happy.”

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Yankees climb above .500 by beating up on David Price

Chase Headley

One week ago, the Yankees left Baltimore looking like a bumbling bunch of overpaid and overhyped has-beens who couldn’t field, couldn’t hit, and couldn’t build any sort of momentum coming out of spring training.

Tonight they pummeled what had been the best team in baseball and did it by beating up on one of the game’s best starting pitchers. With eight runs off David Price, the Yankees slugged their way to a winning record with a 13-4 win in Detroit. The Yankees lost six of their first nine games, but have now won five of their past six. Back-to-back wins have pushed their record above .500 for the first time this season. The Tigers entered this series with baseball’s best record, but the Yankees have a chance to win three of four if they can take the series finale on Thursday.

With snow falling, the first inning lasted 51 minutes. There were 87 pitches thrown, 20 batters took a turn at the plate, and 10 runs scored. Price threw 51 of those pitches, allowing six runs on five hits, two walks and a hit batter. It was an inning reminiscent of his eight-run, nine-hit third inning against the Yankees last season at Comerica Park. Up next was Yankees No. 5 starter Adam Warren, who waited 31 minutes to finally get on the mound, then walked four of the first five batters he faced. Two singles and two questionable defensive decisions by shortstop Didi Gregorius left the Tigers with four runs in their half of the inning.

From there, Warren settled in and Price did not. Warren pitched into the sixth inning without allowing another run. He actually got his first win of the year. Price allowed two more runs in the second — an inning that included back-to-back triples by Carlos Beltran and Chase Headley, plus an intentional walk to Gregorio Petit — before being pulled in the third. Didi Gregorius added a two-run double off the Tigers bullpen (his first extra-base hit of the year) and Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer in the seventh (his fifth of the year).

 
 

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Game 15: Yankees at Tigers

Adam WarrenYANKEES (7-7)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Chris Young LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Gregorio Petit 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Adam Warren (0-1, 4.82)
Warren vs. Tigers

TIGERS (11-3)
Anthony Gose CF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
J.D. Martinez RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Nick Castellanos 3B
Alex Avila C
Jose Iglesias SS

LHP David Price (1-0, 0.40)
Price vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:08 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: It’s legitimately cold here in Detroit. A few flurries during the day. Not great.

UMPIRES: HP Gerry Davis, 1B Phil Cuzzi, 2B Tony Randazzo, 3B Will Little

GLOVE STORY: The Yankees have not made an error in their past six games since April 15 at Baltimore. They’ve gone 4-2 in those games. In their first eight games of the season, the Yankees made 11 errors and went 3-5.

ONE SUCCESS STORY: As you might expect, the Yankees do not collectively have good numbers against David Price. One significant exception, though, is Jacoby Ellsbury who’s a career .327 .353 .551 hitter in 49 at-bats against the Tigers’ ace. Brian McCann has also hit Price in his career. He has just 14 at-bats against him, but he has seven hits including three homers.

GOING DEEP: The Yankees entered today leading the Majors with 20 home runs this season. They have averaged five runs per game, fifth in the A.L. and tied for sixth in the Majors. They are third in the Majors with a .182 ISO (measuring the average number of extra bases a player gets per at bat), trailing only the Dodgers and Blue Jays.

UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: Bases loaded in the first, McCann just floated an RBI single that landed barely in fair territory along the right-field line. It was enough to score a run — guy weren’t running because it looked like it would be caught — and so the Yankees are up 1-0 still with just one out against Price.

UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: Price has already thrown over 40 pitches, Gregorio Petit — yes, Gregorio Petit — has just doubled in three runs, and it’s a 5-0 Yankees lead in the first inning.

UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Another run off Price. By the way, Rob Thomson is coaching third base today. Espada is at home because his wife just had a baby.

UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: Top of the first lasted 31 minutes, 51 pitches and six Yankees runs.

UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Kind of odd to see Warren have no feel for the strike zone, but he’s walked three of four to start this game. Have to assume the cold has something to do with it (and the fact he had to sit so long after his pregame warmup). Bases loaded with one out for the Tigers.

UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Oof. Warren makes it four of the first five to walk in a run. Brutal.

UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: Nice diving stop by Gregorius, but he seemed to have an easier out at third than second. He went to second, runner safe and that’s another run.

UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: Another grounder to short, this time Gregorius throws to second underhand for some reason. The play develops too slow for a double play and another run scores. It’s now 6-3.

UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Esmil Rogers getting loose in the Yankees bullpen. The Tigers also had a guy getting loose in their half of the first inning.

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: Beltran given a triple on that ball to left. So he joins McCann and Jones as the only Yankees to have tripled this season. It’s now 7-4.

UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: And now Headley has tripled. And now Petit is being intentionally walked. It’s been a weird night.

UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Price is finished with one out in the third. He allowed two more hits this inning. It’s an 8-4 game.

UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Ball might have taken a little bit of a bad hop, but that’s still a pretty ugly error for Gregorius who botched a relatively routine grounder in the third.

UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Didi! Two-run double in the fourth pushes the lead to 10-4.

UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Warren is through the fourth inning without allowing another run. He’s at 83 pitches, so he might actually stay in this thing long enough to get a win.

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: What a weirdly good start for Warren. That first inning was a total disaster, but he wound up pitching 5.2 innings without allowing another run and without even allowing another runner into scoring position. Looked like the Yankees were going to have to go to their bullpen after one inning, and instead they get to use their pen basically just as they intended coming into this game.

UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: Long home run by Teixeira, a three-run shot to make it 13-4 in the seventh. Yes, it’s only the seventh.

 
 

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Pregame notes: “It’s hard to keep him out of the lineup”

Chris Young, Alex Rodriguez

Hey look, it’s a picture of the Yankees two best hitters!

One was suspended last season. The other was released last season. While there’s been plenty of attention on Alex Rodriguez, Chris Young has quietly led the Yankees in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage while seeming to earn himself more and more playing time.

“If you’re finding a way to help the team, normally you’ll find a way into the lineup,” Young said. “I said that in spring training. Wherever I’m at, if I’m bouncing around the outfield, it doesn’t really matter to me. It’s about trying to be productive and trying to get to the playoffs.”

YoungThe Yankees have seen quite a few lefties this season, which has opened some natural playing time for Young, but because Carlos Beltran was sick for a few days, and because Brett Gardner had that bruised wrist, Young has played a lot for a fourth outfielder. He’s made the most of it by crushing lefties (.500/.625/1.250 vLHP) and hitting for power against righties (.250/.286/.600 vRHP). He played ahead of Beltran against a lefty last night, and tonight he’s in there ahead of Gardner.

“Swinging so well, it’s hard to keep him out of the lineup,” Girardi said. “He’s going to play (against lefties). We need to find ways to get him in the lineup, and that’s what I’ve been doing. … I don’t know how much we’ll (play him against righties), but if a guy needs a day off, I’m not going to hesitate to put him in.”

Young’s primary responsibility is to hit lefties. That’s the job he was hired to do. But he also provides some outfield insurance as a guy who’s been a legitimate everyday guy in the past. At 31 years old, he’s not exactly an old player with no chance of being productive again. So far he’s thrived with inconsistent playing time this season.

“If I’m not playing, (I) make sure I go in the cage and try to keep my eye right, just try to stay ready,” Young said. “Even the games I don’t start, there’s a good chance I’m going to come into that game. That helps, as well. I think you always stay on your toes, never get too relaxed because you know that even if you’re off that day, you still have a good chance of going in.”

Released by the Mets last season, Young had a sudden resurgence with a terrific month of September with the Yankees. He hit .282/.354/.521 that month, and when opportunity for more playing time presented itself, Young took advantage and became a regular down the stretch.

A little more than two weeks into this season, it seems he’s trying to do the same thing all over again. Hard to keep his bat out of the lineup at this point, no matter who’s on the mound.

“It’s important to have positive people around you,” Young said. “For the fan base to take you in and give you a fair shot. They’ve shown me nothing but love. My teammates have shown me nothing but love. When you’re in a positive environment, positive results aren’t automatic, but they’re definitely a lot more reachable, I believe.”

Adam Warren• Temperature is supposed to get into the mid-to-low 30s tonight. It’s legitimately cold here in Detroit, and there have been snow flurries off and on throughout the day, including during Girardi’s pregame media session in the dugout. “I think you worry probably most about the grip on the baseball,” Girardi said. “The ball’s going to be slick tonight just because of the weather. It’s going to be difficult.”

• A slick ball isn’t great news for a starting pitcher like Adam Warren who leans on a four-pitch mix and really counts on his offspeed stuff, but that’s the way it goes. “(Nathan Eovaldi) seemed to find it last night so hopefully Adam can, too,” Girardi said. “You just have to be able to locate tonight. It might take you a few innings to find all your stuff, but keep searching.”

• Still planning to have Masahiro Tanaka pitch tomorrow on normal rest. It will be the first time this season he’s pitched with four days rest. “I thought he put it all together his last outing,” Girardi said. “He had all his pitches, so I feel good when he takes the mound.”

• For the third day in a row, the Yankees have not been able to take batting practice on the field because of the tarp. The Tigers have been in the same boat, but if you’re wondering why lineups have been posted to Twitter a little later than usual, it’s because the clubhouse has opened later without batting practice. The tarp is still on the field as I type this, but the game is expected to start on time.

• There’s a chance Alex Rodriguez will get the day off tomorrow. The Yankees are facing a right-handed starter and it’s a day game after a night game. Girardi said the decision will depend on how Rodriguez is feeling after tonight’s game. It sounded as if Girardi were leaning toward giving Rodriguez a day, but that’s just a hunch. Wouldn’t be especially surprised either way.

• As you’re probably well aware, Rodriguez is two home runs away from tying Willie Mays on the all-time list. Would be interesting to see him get one these next two days and go into the home stand one away. “This is a pretty big ballpark,” Girardi said. “He’s hit some balls pretty good here, but this ballpark plays big, so it’s hard to judge. … You’ve just got to relax and just go and be himself and not worry about it. Hopefully he’ll be able to do that. It’s easy to say it.”

• Girardi on Bernie Williams, who will (finally) officially retire on Friday: “Switch hitter in the middle of your lineup that had power from both sides, played excellent defense, ran the bases. He was a big part of our lineup. It was a time that you could put him in between O’Neill and Martinez and really broke it up. If you wanted to bring in the lefty, there was a good chance you were going to pay if you brought him in to face O’Neill. And Bernie just found ways to get big hits, found ways to get the job done. He was a great teammate. Everyone loved him. He sat in the corner a lot and played his music, and we all enjoyed listening to it. Just a great teammate.”

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Gardner sits; Young batting second

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Chris Young LF

Alex Rodriguez DH

Mark Teixeira 1B

Brian McCann C

Carlos Beltran RF

Chase Headley 3B 

Gregorio Petit 2B

Didi Gregorius SS 

RHP Adam Warren 

 
 

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Yankees claim LHP Matt Tracy; send him back to Scranton/WB

TracyThe Yankees have claimed left-handed pitcher Matt Tracy off waivers from the Marlins and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

That’s the same Matt Tracy who was called up to the Yankees earlier this season, pitched one game, got designated for assignment, hung in limbo for a while, wound up claimed by the Marlins, was very quickly DFA again, and is now back where he started except with a 40-man spot.

So, yeah, it’s been a weird week and a half for Matt Tracy.

By the way, that one big league game is still the only game he’s actually pitched in this season.

 
 

Posted by:Chad Jenningson Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 at 2:34 pm. InMisc with Comments Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post


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