Yankees postgame: Girardi frustrated • 07.27.14
Joe Girardi wasn’t thrilled over these last two games. The Yankees had beaten Toronto 17 straight times at Yankee Stadium, but they lost 6-4 Saturday and then 5-4 Sunday.
“It’s a team we’re fighting with obviously and it’s a frustrating loss,” Joe Girardi said after they fell a game back of the Blue Jays for the second wild card. “We fought back a number of times and we were never able to get a lead.
“Our miscues is what cost us in this series, really, when you look at. We’ve got to be better at that.”
David Robertson had a mental lapse in the ninth, leading to the go-ahead run. Jose Bautista was on first with two outs and stole second without a throw, leading to Dioner Navarro’s tiebreaking single.
“He can’t let a guy get a walking lead,” Girardi said.
“I just let him slip,” Robertson said. “I didn’t think he’d be going.”
Bautista said: “I know there was two outs and I figured it’s going to have to be a pretty long extra-base hit for me to score from first because I’m not the fastest guy on the team.”
This was the first game in which Robertson and Dellin Betances each surrendered at least one run. Betances had a big mess-up, too.
He walked Colby Rasmus on four pitches to open the eighth in a 3-3 game. Before Betances knew it, Rasmus was on third with no outs because of the wild pickoff throw to first.
“My cleat got stuck,” Betances said. “As soon as that happened, I had a feeling I was going to throw it away.”
Shane Greene departed after giving up an RBI double to Rasmus with one out in the sixth, making it 3-2 Jays.
“I’ve got to have a short memory, but that one hurt,” Greene said.
The Yankees have now failed to score more than four runs in 12 of the last 14 games.
There was a hitter in the ballpark who could help. Colorado All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who’s the subject of trade speculation, is on the DL with a hip flexor problem. He was back East to see a doctor in Philadelphia. Tulowitzki is a big Derek Jeter fan. He told The Denver Post he wanted to see Jeter play once last time.
Jeter said he wasn’t aware of it. The Post story said a Tulowitzki trade to the Yankees wasn’t imminent.
Jeter also said he had reached out Saturday to Joe Torre, who went into the Hall of Fame Sunday.
“I don’t think I’d be where I am now if it wasn’t for him,” Jeter said.
Here’s what I wrote for Lohud.com and The Journal News on the happenings at the Stadium Sunday and the big picture.
Photo by The Associated Press.
Joe Girardi said the Yankees will to make a decision tomorrow regarding Mark Teixiera. He’s either healthy enough to rejoin the lineup in a few days, or he’s hurt enough to go on the disabled list.
“It’s just seeing how he feels after three or four days (of rest),” Girardi said. “And then we’ll decide if we think it’s going to be in the near future that he would play, or if we’re going to need the 15 days. If it’s going to be 12, 13, 14 days, it probably make sense to get a player.”
This is Teixeira’s fourth day off after getting that injection for his strained lat. Without him, the Yankees really don’t have a first baseman. Kelly Johnson was the backup, but now he’s on the disabled list, and Brian McCann has become the first base regular, but at some point Francisco Cervelli’s going to need a day off behind the plate.
“I’ve got like 11 other guys I can run out there,” Girardi said, either joking or making a fair statement about the fact one inexperienced guy is just as good as another. “I talked to Chase (Headley) about it. Chase said he would feel comfortable going over there. I would not be afraid to put Brendan Ryan there. I would not be afraid to put (Zelous) Wheeler there.”
But if Teixeira is going to be out much longer, the Yankees might as well add someone who gives more flexibility at first base. That could be bringing up a first baseman — I assume either Kyle Roller or Jose Pirela — or bringing up a catcher so that McCann can play first base full time for the time being.
“We’ll get through today,” Girardi said. “And we’ll probably have something tomorrow and we’ll make a decision.”
• Michael Pineda’s scheduled simulated game was rained out, so he pitched inside and threw the equivalent of two innings. Not ideal, but the Yankees will move forward with his rehab schedule. In five days he’ll go three innings or 45-50 pitches. Girardi said he wasn’t sure whether that would be a sim game or an actual rehab assignment.
• Regular day off for Derek Jeter, and Girardi said it has nothing to do with ground ball pitcher Brandon McCarthy being on the mound. “It’s just kind of the way it goes,” Girardi said. “Day game (after a night game). If it was a night game, he probably would’ve played.”
• Would Girardi consider swapping roles by putting Cervelli at first base and using McCann behind the plate? “I could do that, (but) I’m not sure I would,” Girardi said. “Cervy’s next thing might be a day off. But right now he’s extremely energetic still and he has that in him.”
• Girardi wouldn’t go into detail about why he preferred Jacoby Ellsbury leading off and Brett Gardner batting second today, but he was also asked if he’s ever considered — given Ellsbury’s steals and Gardner’s surprising power — batting Ellsbury leadoff and Gardner third when the Yankees have a full lineup. “That I wouldn’t do,” Girardi said. “It’s just that Gardy’s really never hit in that spot. Jake is a guy that I feel I can move around because he has moved around, in a sense. I’ve toyed with different ideas. I won’t say the other day that I didn’t think about hitting Gardy (third). I thought that Jake might not be available to me that one day, maybe I do hit Gardy third, but I probably wouldn’t do it. But I said probably.”
• Just to be clear, the Yankees don’t expect Teixeira to play tomorrow, only that they’ll have a better idea about his health tomorrow. “I don’t think tomorrow’s the day,” Girardi said. “But obviously you want to feel that there’s progress and that he feels better and that he can start doing some stuff. We felt that we’d give him three days not doing much with treatment and we’d see where we’re at.”
• The Yankees are keeping their extra pitcher for today. Could lose a pitcher tomorrow to add a position player. Likely want to know what’s going on with Teixeira before making that decision.
• McCarthy has pitched well since coming to the Yankees, and he’s given some credit to the fact the Yankees are having him throw his cutter again. “I think guys want to feel like they have all their weapons,” Girardi said. “That was a big pitch for him. I know that when we faced him that was a huge pitch for him, and for him to get that back and feel comfortable with it would be really important.”
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Jeter staying in play • 07.03.14
Derek Jeter is due for a day off one of these days.
“He’s going to get one here soon,” Joe Girardi said.
The 40-year-old Captain has played in 73 of the 83 games — starting 69 at short — following the injured-ravaged 2013 season that limited him to 17 games with the Yankees. He’s pow batting .271 with two homers and 20 RBI in his final season.
In the homestand-closing 6-3 loss to the Rays Wednesday, he went 0 for 5. But he had been at .338 over his previous 19 games, going 26 for 77 with four doubles, a homer and eight RBI. His on-base percentage had been .381 in that stretch. He stands four hits from 3,400.
It’s doesn’t figure that he will get a break during the All-Star break. Jeter has been leading the AL shortstop voting.
“As long as his body feels good and I feel that he’s moving around, I’m going to keep playing him,” Girardi said. “He’s done a really good job. He had the one little issue early on with the tight quad, but he’s really held up well.”
Jeter is staying optimistic despite the team’s struggles. The Yankees will take a season-high five-game losing streak into their game at Minnesota tonight. They have fallen below .500 at 41-42.
“Can’t change it,” Jeter said. “It’s over with now. It’s done with. We have a lot of games left. Anything that’s happened up until this point, you can forget about it. We need to play better. Talent doesn’t win games. You have to go out there and perform on the field. It doesn’t make a difference what kind of talent we have. We have to find ways to win games.”
ESPN is reporting that Yangervis Solarte is being sent down to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room for Zelous Wheeler.
Photo by The Associated Press
Yankees postgame: In praise of Tanaka • 06.17.14
Yet Tanaka wasn’t pleased with what he brought to the mound. So it was a tribute to him that he did what he did against the heavy-hitting Blue Jays in this 3-1 victory.
“Overall I think my stuff wasn’t really there tonight,” Tanaka said. “All I was trying to do was trying to hang in there and try to keep the ball down as much as possible.”
He’s 11-1, now the major-league leader in wins. His ERA is an AL-best 1.99. The Yankees are 12-2 in his 14 starts, and all have been quality starts. It’s the longest active streak in the majors. He’s one of two pitchers in major-league history to have a streak like this to begin his career. Tanaka is also 5-0 with a 1.26 ERA in his last five starts.
“What he’s done has been remarkable,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s been a big part of our success.”
The Yankees cut Toronto’s lead to 3 1/2 games with the victory, Girardi’s 600th as Yankees manager. He’s just the sixth in franchise history to reach the milestone.
“It means I’ve been fortunate,” Girardi said. “I’ve been blessed. I’ve had a great opportunity with some really good teams.”
Brett Gardner, who hit a two-run homer, is batting .333 with four homers and 12 RBI in his last 15 games at Yankee Stadium
Derek Jeter, who went 2 for 4, is batting .444 over his last seven games.
Photo by The Associated Press.
1. Brett Gardner LF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
4. Mark Teixeira 1B
5. Brian McCann C
6. Carlos Beltran DH
7. Ichiro Suzuki RF
8. Brian Roberts 2B
9. Kelly Johnson 3B
Masahiro Tanaka RHP
Blue Jays lineup
1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Melky Cabrera LF
3. Jose Bautista RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion 1B
5. Brett Lawrie 3B
6. Dioner Navarro C
7. Juan Francisco DH
8. Munenori Kawasaki 2B
9. Anthony Gose CF
Marcus Stroman RHP
Umpires: Jordan Baker HP, Gabe Morales 1B, Jerry Meals 2B, Chris Conroy 3B
Weather: Clear, 85 degrees
TV/Radio in NY area: MY 9/WFAN 660 AM, 101.9 FM
Tanaka time: Masahiro Tanaka is tied for the major-league lead in wins with 10 and leads in ERA and is third in the majors at 2.02. All 13 of his starts have been quality starts, the longest streak right now in the majors.
Milestone waiting: The next win by the Yankees will be Joe Girardi’s 600th as their manager.
Who says I’m old? Nine days from his 40th birthday, Derek Jeter is batting .435 (10 for 23) and has a .462 on-base percentage over his last six games. He enters at .271 overall.
Update, 7:13: Reyes homers to right on Tanaka’s first pitch. Jays lead the majors in homers, now 93. Reyes’ 20th career leadoff homer.
Update, 7:33: Yankees go down 1-2-3 against Stroman in the first.
Update, 7:43: Tanaka has four Ks after his first two innings.
Update, 7:49: Yankees no hits in the first two innings, just a Beltran walk in the second.
Update, 8:03: Tanaka hasn’t been exceptionally sharp, six baserunners in three innings. But he has allowed just the one run. Got out of a first-and-second, one-out problem in the third. He has five strikeouts.
Update, 8:13: Gardner two-run HR, 2-1 Yankees in the third. No. 6 for Gardner. Career high was 8 last year.
Update, 8:33: Seven baserunners and seven Ks through four for Jays vs. Tanaka. He is impressive in general and especially with men on base.
Update, 8:40: Lefty Aaron Loup warming for the Jays after a leadoff walk to Beltran in the fourth.
Update, 8:47: First and second for the Yankees with two outs, and John Gibbons pulls Stroman for lefty Aaron Loup with Gardner due up. Still 2-1 Yankees.
Update, 8:51: Gardner grounds out.
Update, 9:01: Tanaka 10 Ks and he has only pitched five innings. Struck out the side in the fifth. Fifth double-digit strikeout game in 14 starts. High of 11 Ks (so far).
Update, 9:12: Teixeira RBI single, 3-1.
Update, 9:17: On to the sixth. Today is the anniversary of Ron Guidry’s club-record 18-strikeout game against the Angels.
Update, 9:26: Blue Jays don’t strike out in the sixth, first no-K inning for Tanaka. He’s at 104 pitches. Todd Redmond on to pitch for the Jays. Betances warming up.
Update, 9:37: Tanaka out, Betances on for the seventh. Tanaka allowed one run, five hits and two walks and he hit one. Plus he fanned 10. If the Yankees hang on, he will become the sole MLB wins leader with 11.
Update, 9:40: Betances has a 1-2-3 seventh.
Update, 9:57: Two hitless innings for Betances with three Ks. So the Blue Jays have struck out 13 times so far. Sergio Santos on to pitch the eighth for them.
Update, 10:19: Yankees win 3-1.
Yankees postgame: CC struggles again • 05.04.14
His ERA through seven starts stands at 5.75, which goes with a 3-4 record.
“I think last year I got down on myself and made myself miserable,” Sabathia said. “This year, I’m going to stay positive. … I know I can get these guys out.”
He had trouble with that in the 5-1 loss to the Rays Sunday, giving up the five runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3. He heard the boos coming off.
“I would’ve booed myself today, too,” Sabathia said. “I wouldn’t want to come to the ballpark and watch that.”
It was his shortest outing since 2009.
“I still think he’s evolving into a different type of pitcher,” Joe Girardi said, “but today he didn’t have his normal type of stuff.”
Hiroki Kuroda is 2-3 with a 5.14 ERA in six starts. Then there are the injuries to Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda.
“Is it a concern? Sure,” Larry Rothschild said. “But I think Kuroda and CC have a chance to get things going here.”
Alfredo Aceves pitched well in long relief, allowing no runs and three hits over the final 5 1/3.
“He did a heck of a job today,” Girardi said. “He saved our bullpen.”
Aceves had a problem in the fifth in the right thigh area.
“The doctor checked it out and said it was OK,” Aceves said.
Alfonso Soriano had a double and now needs just three hits to become the seventh with 1,000 hits in the AL and the NL.
Derek Jeter went 0 for 4 in the game and 4 for 30 on the homestand. His average fell to .240. But he said he feels good.
“When you’re an older player, any time you go through a slump, the age thing is going to be brought up,” Girardi said. “… We have to get him back on track.”
Photo by The Associated Press.
Jeter not dwelling on injuries • 09.03.13
Derek Jeter has injured himself three times this year, fracturing his left ankle again and straining his right quad and calf. But he has been back for seven games since his third DL stay and he says he isn’t thinking about hurting those 39-year-old legs again.
“I don’t really have a choice,” Jeter said after the Yankees’ 9-1 win over the White Sox Monday at Yankee Stadium. “We only have 20-something games left. Our job is to try and go out there and win as many games as possible. It’s kind of hard to play the game when you’re thinking about not being injured.”
Joe Girardi was encouraged to see how Jeter ran in this game. In the first inning, he had an RBI single, moved to second on an error and tagged up and sped to third on a fly to right.
“That made me feel pretty good,” Girardi said.
Jeter said he feels fine. The Captain hadn’t been fine at the plate, coming in with no hits in his previous 14 at-bats. But he went 2 for 4. This was just his 12th major-league game in a season he called “kind of unique.”
Associated Press photo.
Yankees pregame: Huff up, Betances down • 08.15.13
Lefty David Huff is back and righty Dellin Betances trades places with him, heading back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Huff said he felt bad for Betances, who was charged with four runs, five hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning in Tuesday night’s 14-7 win over the Angels, his lone outing.
“I was really looking forward to being in the bullpen with him,” Huff said. “We’ve been together for as long as I’ve been here. So it kind of sucks. But he’ll be back up here. I know he will. He’s got good stuff. But as far as me, everything I’ve been working on, we’ll see if it works. We’ll see if it pays off.”
The Yankees will need a starter for next Tuesday’s day/night doubleheader against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Huff, a 28-year-old former Indian, was 1-6 with a 3.84 ERA over 13 outings with the RailRiders, 12 of them starts.
“He’s a guy who can give us more distance, another lefty in the bullpen,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s a guy that’s been starting down there. Moving forward, we have a split doubleheader coming up. so there’s a lot of things (he can do). You’ve got a couple of lefties coming up, it’s a chance to use him, too.”
To make room on the 40-man roster, David Phelps (another forearm strain) was transferred to the 60-day DL.
“He’s not going to pick up a ball for a while again like he did before,” Phelps said. “I think the last day he pitched was July 4. September 4 is not probably realistic anyway for him to come back, so it was a pretty easy move. I think he can pitch in September.”
Phil Hughes is overdue for a decent start. He brings a 4-11 record and a 4.99 ERA into today’s series finale.
“Location,” Girardi said about the key. “It’s simple. Location. That’s what pitching is about, location and changing speeds.”
Derek Jeter worked out with the team today and is next bound for Tampa. He’s eligible to be activated from the DL Sunday in Boston. Will he?
“I wouldn’t think so,” Girardi said. “We’ll go day by day and see where he’s at. I’m not sure (about the following series). He really hasn’t run, running the bases. It’s just day by day and hopefully sooner than later.”
Jeter returning today • 07.11.13
The Captain went 1 for 9 with four walks in four rehab games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Last night, he went 0 for 3 and made a throwing error against Rochester.
So a Yankees-Royals series finale will have a little more buzz than usual.
Here’s a link to my story on the Yankees’ power show and pitching show in last night’s 8-1 win as Jeter prepped for his return. Also, here’s a link to my Yankees notebook with items on David Phelps’ arm feeling better, A-Rod’s rehab game results and Brett Gardner’s injury. And here’s a link to my feature story on Travis Hafner’s struggles and his freak injury in this latest game.
The photo is by The Associated Press.
UPDATE, 8:24 a.m.: Hey everyone, Chad here. Not that you needed my confirmation, but I’ve also heard this morning that Jeter is coming back this afternoon. Amazing that just a few weeks ago it seemed that Jeter was behind Alex Rodriguez in terms of recovery and has now beaten him to the big leagues. I’ll have more from Yankee Stadium.
Yankees postgame: Nova super again • 07.11.13
“I don’t remember the last time I feel the way I feel,” Nova said. “I’m throwing strikes with all my pitches.”
David Phelps feels good again after his slight forearm strain and should be ready to come off the DL after the All-Star break. Michael Pineda is waiting in Triple-A for his shot. The Yankees are reportedly shopping Phil Hughes. Something will have to give soon.
“Having extra starters is a good problem to have,” Joe Girardi said.
Nova made an impression on Ned Yost.
“Nova was excellent,” the Kansas City manager said. “He had an outstanding fastball that he kept down and his curveball was probably the best we’ve seen all year.”
Girardi said the start “should build his confidence. Getting him back on track was really important to us.”
Girardi wouldn’t confirm Derek Jeter will be back playing for the Yankees Friday night barring any setback as YES’ Jack Curry reported.
“We’ll see where he’s at,” Girardi said.
Jeter may be a little rusty. The word from Moosic was that he looked shaky in the field Wednesday night. He was charged with a throwing error, leaving him at 1 for 9 with four walks over his four rehab games.
The Yankees who were actually in the Bronx were happy to score so many runs after those three straight home losses, all with only one run scored.
“I’ve said all along that we have to win a lot of close games,” Girardi said. “We’ve been pretty good at it. But it’s nice to win a game 8-1.”
The scheduled starters for Thursday afternoon’s series finale are Andy Pettitte and Ervin Santana.