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Yankees postgame: Sabathia frustrated04.12.14

CC SabathiaCC Sabathia had a lot of reasons to be frustrated. He pitched a good game overall, seven innings — four runs, six hits, nine Ks, two walks — but he pitched a bad sixth inning, giving up all four of the runs and four of the hits. He felt he let his emotions get the best of him in this 4-2 loss to the Red Sox, frustrating him the most. You can see his reaction above as he walked off the mound following the third out in the sixth.

The Yankees had a 1-0 lead going into the sixth and Sabathia had a one-hit shutout. Then he gave up a leadoff homer to Jonny Gomes. OK, it happens.

One out later, he gave up a checked-swing infield hit to Big Papi Ortiz. OK, that doesn’t usually happen. It made Sabathia angry. He lost his focus and he lost the game.

“Usually I’m able to stay even keel and not let that get to me, not let that frustrate me,” Sabathia said. “Next thing I know, it’s 3-0 on Napoli before I even calmed down. That’s something that I did when I was in my 20s and younger. I have to get better.”

Mike Napoli singled, and Grady Sizemore, Sabathia’s old friend from Cleveland, launched a slider for a three-run homer to right for the 4-1 lead.

“I was just frustrated,” Sabathia said. “I kind of rushed through and left the pitch hanging.”

So Sabathia is 1-2 with a 6.63 ERA after three starts.

Joe Girardi said: “He hasn’t thrown that poorly.”

Girardi also said: “I think it’s fair to say any time a guy has less velocity, there’s less margin for error.”

Sabathia said he just hasn’t put a full game together.

“I’m light years ahead of where I was last year,” Sabathia said. “I still have some work to do.”

Ichiro Suzuki went 2 for 4, so he has hit safely in all four of his starts, going 8 for 17. That’s .471.

Game 3 of this four-game series is scheduled for 1:05 Saturday. The matchup is Hiroki Kuroda vs. John Lackey.

Photo by The Associated Press.

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Game 11: Yankees (5-5) vs. Red Sox (4-6)04.11.14

Yankees lineup

1. Derek Jeter SS

2. Jacoby Ellsbury CF

3. Carlos Beltran RF

4. Alfonso Soriano DH

5. Francisco Cervelli C

6. Yangervis Solarte 3B

7. Ichiro Suzuki LF

8. Brian Roberts 2B

9. Kelly Johnson 1B

CC Sabathia LHP

 

Red Sox lineup

1. Jonny Gomes RF

2. Dustin Pedroia 2B

3. David Ortiz DH

4. Mike Napoli 1B

5. Grady Sizemore LF

6. Xander Bogaerts SS

7. Ryan Roberts 3B

8. David Ross C

9. Jackie Bradley, Jr. CF

Jon Lester LHP

 

Umpires: James Hoye HP, John Tumpane 1B, Brian O’Nora 2B, Bob Davidson 3B

TV/Radio: YES/WFAN 660 & 101.9

Weather: Cloudy, chance of rain

 

Staff stats: Yankees pitchers are averaging 8.5 strikeouts and 2.2 walks.

Did you buy a card? Happy birthday Mark Teixeira, you’re 34 years old.

 

Update, 7:17: Effective first inning for Sabathia, two Ks and one walk, Ortiz.

Update, 7:22: Easy 1-2-3 first for Lester.

Update, 7:29: Even better second for Sabathia, two more Ks, 1-2-3 inning. You would think he’d been able to still pitch well despite diminished velocity, but we’ll see, not just today, although an encouraging start.

Update, 7:32: Soriano HR No. 2, solo shot to deep left, down the line.

Update, 7:43: Nice job by Sabathia to strand a runner at third with one out.

Update, 7:54: Beltran strands runners at first and second with two outs, grounds to third. 1-0 heading for the fourth.

Update, 7:59: 1-2-3 for Sabathia.

Update, 8:08: Lester is tough tonight as well, 1-2-3 fourth with two Ks.

Update, 8:22: Sabathia strands another in scoring position with 2 Ks in the fifth, now 6 Ks in the game and 1,014 Ks as a Yankee, ties Roger Clemens for 11th on their all-time list.

Update, 8:26: Leadoff infield hit for Ichiro, but Roberts erases him with a double-play grounder. Heading for the sixth.

Update, 8:30: Sabathia grooves a pitch to Gomes, HR to left-field seats, 1-1.

Update, 8:32: Sabathia sole possession of 11th on all-time Yankee list, strikes out Pedroia, 1,015. Then he gives up an infield hit to Ortiz.

Update, 8:37: Girardi said Sabathia needed to stay away from his couple bad innings. He couldn’t. Three-run HR Sizemore, 4-1 Boston in the sixth. Betances warming.

Update, 8:44: It’s magnetic schedule night, just got one. My fridge door thanks the Yankees.

Update, 8:51: Soriano leaves Ellsbury at second with two outs in the sixth, grounds back to Lester.

Update, 9:02: Sabathia through seven at 111 pitches if the counters are correct, four runs, six hits. All the runs and four of the hits came in the sixth.

Update, 9:19: RBI single for Kelly Johnson, 4-2. Lester is done. Tazawa is on.

Update, 9:23: Jeter strands two with a fly to right, 4-2 Boston after seven. 44,121 for the announced tickets sold.

Update, 9:27: Cabral comes in to face Ortiz, lefty to lefty, and he walks him. Warren comes on.

Update, 9:38: Warren leaves two on, 4-2 last of the eighth.

Update, 9:50: McCann, pinch hitting as the potential tying run, swings through a splitter for the third out. Betances on to pitch.

Update, 9:57: Wow, Betances looks good, strikes out the side, including two looking at 96 mph and 95 mph. He hasn’t allowed a run in four outings so far, only one hit given up in four innings. Edward Mujica will try to close it out for Boston.

Update, 10:08: Yankees lose 4-2.

 

 

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Yankees pregame: Pineda not getting suspended (Updated)04.11.14

Michael PinedaMichael Pineda is still sticking to his dirt story to explain that shiny spot on the palm of his hand during Thursday night’s brilliant start against the Red Sox. The picture above is from the first inning. Joe Torre plans on speaking to the Yankees about it, though, since the speculation was that it was pine tar to improve his grip on the ball, a foreign substance that’s supposed to be a no-no.

Pineda said he put dirt on his hand because it was sweaty. But even if it were pine tar, Pineda doesn’t have to worry about some sort of suspension coming down.

Here’s MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Joe Torre’s statement to the AP:

“The umpires did not observe an application of a foreign substance during the game and the issue was not raised by the Red Sox.  Given those circumstances, there are no plans to issue a suspension, but we intend to talk to the Yankees regarding what occurred.”

(Torre did talk to Brian Cashman and Cashman said it’s now “a resolved issue.”)

Joe Girardi said he’s focusing on managing tonight’s game. “As far as the other thing, I have not heard from Joe Torre, and I’m not worried about it,” he said.

Girardi said he did speak to Pineda, but not about this situation.

“I don’t talk to pitchers about that, like, ‘Do you use or don’t you use?’ ” Girardi said. “I mean, this is not a recreational drug. So I don’t talk to people about that.

“I’m aware. I’ve been on teams where I’ve seen it. I’m 99 percent sure that I know of guys on other teams that use it, and I just haven’t said anything. So will we talk to Michael? If we did, I wouldn’t tell you anyway.”

But if using pine tar just helps the grip but doesn’t have an impact on pitch movement, and some believe it doesn’t, should the rule be changed?

“The way we’re addressing rules now, I think we could address that and get some clarity on it,” Girardi said. “It would probably be helpful.”

Red Sox manager John Farrell said the substance was gone from Pineda’s hand for the fifth inning.

“I’m sure every pitcher does it for purposes of getting a better grip or whatever, but last night was flat-out blatant,” Shane Victorino said.

On another topic, Girardi said he expects Mark Teixeira back by May 1, but Cashman wouldn’t commit to that timetable. Cashman said Brendan Ryan wouldn’t be back this month. Ryan has been doing some light baseball activities on the way back from his back problem.

“It’s improving,” Girardi said, “but he’s still a ways away from games.”

Photo by The Associated Press.

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Ellsbury steps into Yankees-Red Sox from the other side04.10.14

Jacoby EllsburyJacoby Ellsbury will get a whole new view of Yankees-Red Sox Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, the view that comes with playing in The Rivalry while wearing pinstriped clothing.

The Yankees center fielder will face his former team for the first time in the opener of a four-game series after being given 153 million reasons to switch sides in the offseason.

“You can think about it,” Ellsbury said before Wednesday night’s 5-4 loss to the Orioles, “but until it happens, you don’t know how it’s going to feel.”

Boston made Ellsbury a first-round pick in 2005 and brought him up two years later, and he won two rings with that team, including one last October. He went 0 for 4 in this last game, but he’s off to a nice start overall with his new team, batting .364 with four steals in five tries.

“I’m looking forward to it, but it’s just really another game,” Ellsbury said. “But I’m definitely looking forward to it. I try not to get into an emotional roller coaster. That’s just each and every game.”

Yet he added: “A good amount of time, a good portion of my life I spent with that organization. I gave them everything I had. I left it all on the field.”

Joe Girardi said: “I think it’ll be interesting for him. My thought process is, it’ll be a little bit more interesting when we go there.”

The Yankees gave Masahiro Tanaka 155 million reasons to sign here. He has been impressive with 18 Ks and one walk in 14 innings over his two starts so far. Here’s a link to my story about his start and the Yankees’ loss in the Baltimore series finale. And here’s my feature story on the rise of Yangervis Solarte and it’s complete with how he got his name.

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Yankees postgame: Phelps impresses but Lester rules08.18.12

David Phelps continued to make a positive impression despite taking this 4-1 loss to the Red Sox. The rookie went a career-high 6 2/3 and gave up just three runs and seven hits. He struck out seven and walked none in what will likely be his final start before CC Sabathia comes off the DL. Joe Girardi said he hopes that will be Friday night in Cleveland.

But Phelps can still be an asset in the bullpen. He’s 3-4 with a 2.69 ERA in 24 outings overall. In his five starts, including two since Sabathia went down with his elbow problem, Phelps is 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA. Someone will have to go to make room for Sabathia, but Phelps is pitching better than Joba Chamberlain and Cody Eppley right now.

“We like what he does,” Girardi said about Phelps. “He’s a guy that’s somewhat of a swing guy for us. If we need him to start, he can start. If we need him to give us an inning in the bullpen, a couple of innings in the bullpen, he can do that. If we need him to give long relief, he can do that.

“He’s a valuable guy on your team because he can do so many different things, and he’s had success in all areas.”

Phelps was done in by an opposite-field, two-run homer in the first by Adrian Gonzalez.

“It was right where we wanted it,” Phelps said. “The ball was down and off the plate. … It’s incredibly frustrating.”

Jon Lester’s inconsistency has been problematic for Boston, but the Yankees managed just five hits off the lefty. He’s still only 7-10 with a 5.03 after back-to-back starts with one run allowed.

“When you look up at the numbers, you kind of step back because you know that’s not the type of pitcher he really is,” said Nick Swisher, who had two of his three hits off Lester. “Tonight you got the best Jon Lester that we’ve seen in a while.”

The Yankees finished 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

“It’s hard to win a game when you do that,” Girardi said.

Curtis Granderson seems to be breaking out of his slump, coming through with a homer and two hits for the second consecutive game. Both homers were off left-handers. He has hit 11 of his 32 off lefties.

Derek Jeter lost his 13-game hitting streak. He batted .367 over that stretch.

Robinson Cano is struggling right now. He went hitless for the fourth consecutive game with an at-bat, his worst stretch since a four-game hitless run in 2008. His career high is five straight. That was in 2005.

The Yankees need to come up with an answer for Pedro Ciriaco. He had a four-hit game against them at Fenway last month and he went 4 for 4 in this game. He’s batting .517 against them in seven games, going 15 for 29. He’s batting .276 in 28 games against other teams.

“He’s on fire against us,” Phelps said. “It’s one of those things.”

Sunday night baseball on ESPN with feature a pitching matchup between Hiroki Kuroda, who has been very good, and Josh Beckett, who has not.

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Game 120: Yankees vs. Red Sox08.18.12

Yankees lineup

1. Derek Jeter DH

2. Nick Swisher 1B

3. Robinson Cano 2B

4. Andruw Jones RF

5. Casey McGehee 3B

6. Curtis Granderson CF

7. Russell Martin C

8. Jayson Nix SS

9. Ichiro Suzuki LF

David Phelps RHP

Red Sox lineup

1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF

2. Carl Crawford LF

3. Dustin Pedroia 2B

4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B

5. Cody Ross DH

6. Ryan Lavarnway C

7. Scott Podsednik RF

8. Pedro Ciriaco SS

9. Nick Punto 3B

Jon Lester LHP

 

TV/Radio: FOX/WCBS 880

Umpires: Scott Barry HP, Jerry Meals 1B, Gary Darling 2B, Paul Emmel 3B

Weather: 78 degrees, partly cloudy

 

Who’s on third? Casey McGehee, Eric Chavez and Jayson Nix have teamed to bat .385 (30 for 78) with seven homers in place of A-Rod since he went on the DL July 25.

Left-handed compliment: The Yankees have the best winning percentage in the league against lefty starters at .619, based on a 26-16 record.

Pummeling Red Sox pitching: The Yankees have outscored Boston 73-50 in winning seven of 10 so far. They have hit 28 homers against the Sox.

Update, 4:15: Phelps has another sluggish first, two-run homer for Gonzalez.

Update, 4:33: First and second, no one out, and the Yankees don’t score. McGehee goes down swinging with both runners in scoring position. Lester has been one of the reasons the Red Sox have flopped, coming in at 6-10 with a 5.20 ERA, although Bobby Valentine made it seem yesterday like he has mostly been unlucky.

Update, 4:40: Phelps strands Ciriaco at second with two outs thanks to a nice fastball at the knees to Nick Punto.

Update, 4:47: Martin double-play ball kills the second after a leadoff walk by Granderson.

Update, 4:54: Strong inning for Phelps, 1-2-3 in the lineup and 1-2-3 they’re out. Good fastball tailing back in to get Crawford looking for the second out.

Update, 5:00: Swisher is just locked in at the moment, two singles in two at-bats, 9 for 22 on the homestand.

Update, 5:03: Wild pitch, but Cano pops a curve to center and leaves Swisher at second.

Update, 5:10: 1-2-3 fourth for Phelps, settling in again after a somewhat slow start.

Update, 5:18: Granderson coming back to life after 1-for-22 slide, second homer and third hit in two days, lands this one on the netting in center. 2-1 Boston after four.

Update, 5:27: RBI double for Punto in the fifth.

Update, 5:40: Swisher not locked in on that last at-bat, strikes out to leave Ichiro at second. 3-1 after five.

Update, 5:49: Three runs, six hits allowed through six for Phelps. Really can’t complain about that. This figures to be Phelps’ second and last start before Sabathia returns. But Phelps will be useful again in the bullpen, looks like he can have a future here in some role.

Update, 5:55: Lester in command of the Yankees’ bats, at least through six, one run, four hits allowed. Phelps is out for the seventh, but it looks like Eppley is warming. Logan is up, too.

Update, 6:06: Ciriaco on second and two outs, Phelps’ day is done. Logan on to face Ellsbury. Nice hand for Phelps.

Update, 6:11: Logan fans Ellsbury, so a quality start for Phelps, three runs, seven hits, 6 2/3.

Update, 6:25: Granderson leadoff double and then moves to third with one out, but he’s left there by Nix and Suzuki.

Update, 6:30: Pedroia doubles with one out in the eighth off Logan, extends hitting streak to 13 games. Jeter’s 13-game streak will be on the line in the bottom of the eighth.

Update, 6:32: Eppley comes on after a walk to Gonzalez.

Update, 6:39: Eppley does his job. Andrew Bailey will take over for Lester.

Update, 6:45: Jeter goes down swinging. Streak might be over.

Update, 6:49: Swisher singles to center for his third hit. Lefty Craig Breslow will come on face Cano. Cano is due. He’s 0 for the homestand, 0 for 13.

Update, 6:52: Cano is now way overdue, 0 for 14 after 3-6-3 double play to end the inning.

Update, 6:58: Four hits for Ciriaco, double makes it second and third, no outs in the ninth.

Update, 7:00: Wild pitch, 4-1.

Update, 7:01: Walk, first and third. So Rapada will come on to face Ellsbury.

Update, 7:07: Second and third, two outs. Derek Lowe will come on to face his old team for the first time on the other side of the rivalry.

Update, 7:11: Lowe keeps it at 4-1. Alfredo Aceves will try to close it out.

Update, 7:30: Yankees finish with seven hits, lose 4-1.

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Yankees pregame: Concern about Teixeira; Valentine gives himself a bad grade08.18.12

Brian Heyman here for Chad again today. Mark Teixeira is out of the starting lineup for the second straight game due to his left wrist inflammation.

“He’s a little bit better today,” Girardi said. “He’s not a player for me today. I wouldn’t imagine so. We’ll see in the next couple of days if we can get him back.”

Girardi is wondering, though.

“Yeah, I’m a little bit concerned if it’s going to get to 100 percent,” Girardi said. “He was better after the few days off a couple of weeks ago. And it seemed to come back a little bit. That raises a little bit of a red flag. You do what you can. Tex is good at playing beat up. He’s used to it in his career. We’ll try to get him back as soon as we can.”

The DL doesn’t appear off the table if the improvement doesn’t continue.

“Everyone plays a little beat up,” Girardi said. “It’s to the point where you’re too beat up to be productive. That’s what we weigh. If we feel that after two or three days, maybe he needs a whole week, we might try to make it like that. Or if he needs two weeks, we’ll do that. We’re going to do what it takes to try to get him healthy.”

Nick Swisher is again at first for Teixeira. Girardi said the Yankees originally had thought about playing Swisher at first before they acquired Teixeira. “I think he’s a very good first baseman,” Girardi said of Swisher, who’s batting .350 with a double, four homers and 11 RBI in the first five games of the homestand.

Girardi said: “What I’ve seen from Swish is he’s been patient, gotten his pitch and he hasn’t missed it. … He’s just in one of those grooves.”

Derek Jeter is the DH for the second straight game. Girardi had planned to DH him Thursday and today (both day games after night games), but Thursday’s plan went bad because Robinson Cano couldn’t start at second due to a stiff neck.

“Sixteen days in a row is the reason why I’ve done it,” Girardi said. “It’s really hard to give him a day off with the way that he’s swinging the bat. He’s our leadoff guy — and especially against left-handers.”

CC Sabathia threw about 20 pitches in the bullpen and pronounced himself ready to pitch Friday in Cleveland.

The Red Sox begin this game at 58-62, 13 1/2 back of the Yankees and 6 1/2 back of the Orioles and the Tigers in the race for the second wild card.

Bobby Valentine gave this summation on how he has done so far as manager: “As far as my job is concerned here and whether I’m doing a good job, I’m not doing a good job. I didn’t get paid to do anything other than to get to the playoffs, win a lot of games, be in the thick of things right down to the end, even be in first place. The team I’m managing is not there. Simple. So my job has not been a good job if I had to assess, but that’s not what I do. That’s not my job.”

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Yankees postgame: Home runs galore; Hughes makes a change08.18.12

The Yankees hit five homers in this 6-4 win over the Red Sox, all solo shots. The homer total tied a season high, and not coincidently the previous time also came against Boston pitching.

“Yeah, the home runs, that’s the way they live and they had a whole bunch of them tonight,” Bobby Valentine said after the Sox fell 13 1/2 games behind the Yankees.

This time, they did it with Mark Teixeira sitting out with his inflamed left wrist.

“I feel like we’re playing pretty well with a lot of our big bombers not in the lineup,” Nick Swisher said. “I think it’s a testament to this team’s resiliency.”

Swisher hit one from each side of the plate, the 12th time that has happened for him in a game. Only Teixeira is ahead of him on the all-time list, with 13. Swisher now has four homers in his last five games, giving him 18 for the season. He also has at least one RBI and one run scored in his last six games, which is a career high.

“It just so happens I’m hot right now,” Swisher said. “I felt I picked something up a week ago. … It’s rare you feel good from both sides of the plate at the same time.”

Derek Jeter hit No. 10 on the season/career No. 250, so the Yankees now have 10 players with at least 10 homers, a major-league high. And it ties the franchise record established in 1998.

Phil Hughes threw away a potential double-play ball in the third thanks to a bad grip or he would’ve had seven shutout innings. The four runs in that inning were unearned. But Hughes only gave up four hits in all and is now tied with CC Sabathia for the team lead in wins with 12.

Hughes used his changeup a lot more, especially to righties.

“It was more just being stubborn before,” Hughes said.

“It’s something we’re probably going to use from here on out,” Russell Martin said.

Rafael Soriano’s great season continues. He picked up save No. 30 in 32 tries, so he’s the seventh Yankee to post 30 saves dating to 1969 when the modern save rule came into existence.

The Yankees have won eight of 10. Saturday’s pitching matchup will feature David Phelps and Jon Lester.

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Game 119: Yankees vs. Red Sox08.17.12

Yankees lineup

1. Derek Jeter DH

2. Nick Swisher 1B

3. Robinson Cano 2B

4. Andruw Jones RF

5. Casey McGehee 3B

6. Curtis Granderson CF

7. Russell Martin C

8. Jayson Nix SS

9. Ichiro Suzuki LF

Phil Hughes RHP

Red Sox lineup

1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF

2. Carl Crawford LF

3. Dustin Pedroia 2B

4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B

5. Cody Ross DH

6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

7. Mike Aviles SS

8. Scott Podsednik RF

9. Pedro Ciriaco 3B

Franklin Morales LHP

TV/Radio: MY9/WCBS 880

Umpires: Paul Emmel HP, Scott Barry 1B, Jerry Meals 2B, Gary Darling 3B

Weather: mostly cloudy, chance of rain

 

Ichiro hot: Suzuki has batted .462 (12 for 26) over his last seven starts and has hit safely in 19 of his 20 starts since coming over from the Mariners.

Hughes not: Hughes has allowed 11 earned runs over his last two starts, covering 8 1/3 innings. He’s also 3-6 with a 6.17 ERA in 18 career games vs. the Red Sox, including 10 starts. He’s 2-5 with a 6.66 ERA in those starts.

Update, 7:14: Hughes got through about 10 pitches before the rain came. But no delay yet. Hughes had a good start to this game — 1-2-3 first.

Update, 7:20: Homer No. 17 for Swisher, 1-0.

Update, 7:24: Top second, one out. The sky doesn’t look happy. Rain continues. Play on.

Update, 7:29: Another good inning for Hughes, 1-2-3 with a swinging K on a fastball. Maybe he’s corrected the mechanical failure from last time in releasing the ball.

Update, 7:34: Yankees enjoying playing in the rain more at this point. Granderson, who was down to .235, hits No. 31. Then Martin hits one to near the same spot, right-field seats, back-to-back homers, and it’s 3-0 in the second.

Update, 7:47: Hughes throws a double-play ball into center field, first and third, no outs in the third.

Update, 7:51: Yankees can’t turn two on Ciriaco, 3-1.

Update, 7:59: Hughes grooves a fastball, three-run HR for Pedroia, 4-3 Boston in the third.

Update, 8:02: All four runs unearned.

Update, 8:18: One single and that’s it off Hughes in the fourth. The weather has improved thankfully, at least for now.

Update, 8:26: Morales has settled down, 1-2-3 fourth thanks to a diving stop by Mike Aviles on a Martin grounder.

Update, 8:31: Hughes works a one-single fifth. Outside of that third inning, he’s been fine. And he would’ve been fine in that inning if he hadn’t made that error.

Update, 8:38: HR 10 for Jeter, No. 250 of his career, tying for ninth on the Yankees’ all-time list. 4-4.

Update, 8:49: Four runs, four hits allowed by Hughes through six.

Update, 8:59: First and third, one out in the home sixth. Righty Clayton Mortensen will replace Morales.

Update, 9:09: Clutch hitting by Nix, 0-2 pitch, two outs, line drive single to right, 5-4.

Update, 9:19: Eight in a row now for Hughes, four runs, four hits through seven.

Update, 9:25: Swisher hits another, 19th career multihomer game. And he has homered from both sides of the plate for the 12th time. Andrew Miller on to pitch. It’s 6-4.

Update, 9:51: Soriano on for the ninth.

Update, 9:58: Yankees win, 6-4.

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Yankees pregame: Teixeira injured again; eye of Boston storm speaks08.17.12

Brian Heyman here for Chad today. Mark Teixeira isn’t in the starting lineup. He missed two games after injuring his left wrist July 29 when Boston was here last time and then aggravated it with a dive the next game against the Orioles. It was sore and inflamed then, and it’s sore and inflamed again.

“It’s something he’s been battling since he hurt it the first time,” Girardi said. “It got to the point where we’re going to have to give him some time off again. I don’t think that it’s a long-term problem, but we’ve just got to get through this. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s more than a day.

“I’ve been managing it. There’s a lot of things that go on in there that people don’t always know.”

Teixeira didn’t rule out another cortisone shot down the road if it doesn’t improve. He had one the first time.

“The wrist is a little sore, same thing I had two weeks ago,”  he said. “We’ve played 14 days straight. So it’s gotten sore the last few days. We just want to give it a day or two to calm down a little bit.”

The object of the alleged mutiny the last time the Red Sox were in town met the media. Manager Bobby Valentine didn’t delve into specifics about the Yahoo! Sports report earlier this week that many of his players had a meeting with management to complain about him and that some didn’t want to play for him anymore.

“It’s been a real challenging year, a lot of things going on,” Valentine said. “I don’t know if it’s been more than I expected, but it’s been challenging.

“Just the way we like it,” he added with a smile.

Valentine took some blame upon himself for 58-61 record, saying he was very disappointed with the bottom line. And he took an indirect swing at the starting pitching, which has mostly underperformed.

“I don’t think any one thing explains the record or where we are, other than I haven’t managed some situations as well as they should’ve been managed,” Valentine said. “When you talk about the pitching, the only thing the pitching has kind of stressed us on is that we’ve played an abnormal amount of games where we’ve been behind early. That might not statistically be true. It seems it. I think it stressed the offense. Our offense has been challenged at times, and when it’s challenged and stressed, it’s been less fun that normally.”

David Phelps fills in again for CC Sabathia tomorrow in Game 2 of the series. Girardi thinks he can go 90-95 pitches after going 78 in the last start.

 

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