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Yankees pregame: Teixeira watch08.10.14

Tom Woodring, Mark Teixeira

Joe Girardi is really hopeful he can stick with the lineup he put together today for the series finale against the Indians, the one with Mark Teixeira batting cleanup and playing first after missing three games.

Teixeira is testing his left pinkie in batting practice.

“It’s important to us,” Girardi said. “It means we can move some other people around and do some things that would help us, and you get him in the middle of the order where he’s been productive. It would be nice.”

Girardi still had no decision to announce on Wednesday night’s starter in Baltimore, Michael Pineda or Esmil Rogers. It will be the finale of a three-game series. The Yankees are in second, trailing the Orioles by six games at the moment.

“They’re important games because we’re chasing them,” Girardi said. “They have a lead in our division and that’s where we want to be, on top of the division. I think we have 10 more games with them. But the important thing is that we continue to take series, like we have an opportunity to today. And you need to do that if you want to play in October.”

Hiroki Kuroda goes today. The 39-year-old hasn’t shown signs of wearing down like he did last year, at least not yet.

“I’ve been really pleased,” Girardi said. “We’ve been somewhat conscious of his workload. I know the one day in Texas we had to push him (to 115 pitches), but we knew he had an extra day. I think the last start he threw 90 pitches (actually 91). It was seven innings, though. We’ll continue to watch him.”

Girardi seems in no hurry to get Carlos Beltran back in right.

“He’s been throwing,” Girardi said. “He definitely feels better. But … with the flexibility we got with (Martin) Prado, we feel less of a rush, not a rush, but we’re OK. It’s subject to change, but we’ll see what happens.”

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Jeter hits another milestone08.10.14

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The ball ironically was a roller toward short. The Indians’ Jose Ramirez had no play. An infield hit for Derek Jeter. But not just any hit.

This sixth-inning hit in Saturday’s 3-0 loss by the Yankees gave the retiring 40-year-old Captain 3,431 for his career. It gave him sole possession of sixth on the all-time list, passing Honus Wagner.

“You have more hits than anyone who’s played the position at all,” Jeter said. “It’s something I’m extremely proud of. Obviously I would’ve liked to have won the game, but it’s something I’ll be able to tell my kids one day about.”

Tris Speaker sits in fifth place at 3,514, so he’s ahead by 83 with 46 games left in the regular season. Sixth isn’t too bad a way to go out. Passing an immortal name like Wagner’s isn’t too bad, either.

“The people he has passed, it’s unbelievable,” Joe Girardi said. “This guy has been consistent for us all year long. There were a lot of questions of where he would be at, but he’s played pretty well.”

Jeter has played in 103 games and is batting .276 with 12 doubles, a triple, three homers and 30 RBI.

Here’s my story on Jeter’s latest feat, Brandon McCarthy’s problems with comebackers and the Yankees’ latest loss. Also, here’s my Yankees’ notebook on Paul O’Neill Day, Michael Pineda, the roster moves and Ichiro Suzuki’s somewhat-lesser milestone hit. I’ll be back with the Yankees’ lineup later this morning.

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Yankees postgame: From 10 runs to no runs08.09.14

Corey Kluber

After winning 10-6 in the series opener Friday night, the Yankees didn’t get much done again with bats their hands. They managed five hits and struck out 15 times against four pitchers in this 3-0 win by Cleveland, snapping their three-game winning streak.

Who was to blame?

Joe Girardi mostley blamed Corey Kluber. The right-hander gave up four of the hits and struck out 10 in six innings to improve to 13-6, including 7-1 in his last nine starts. This stretch comes with a 1.19 ERA. Girardi ranks him in the top five in the league.

“He’s got really good stuff,” Girardi said. “He’s got an outstanding slider that he uses against righties and lefties.”

“He’s nasty, man,” Derek Jeter said.

“Every time he toes the rubber, it’s a win,” Cody Allen said after picking up his 15th save.

The timely hitting sure wasn’t there. The Yankees finished 0 for 9 with six strikeouts with runners in scoring position. This was the fourth time they were shut out this season.

But they were also missing Brian McCann for the first of at least six games since he’s now on the 7-day concussion DL.

“It’s not what you want, but what we felt was necessary to do to protect him,” Girardi said.

They were also missing Mark Teixeira for the third straight game.

“He felt better,” Girardi said. “It’s possible tomorrow he’s a player for us. We’ll see.”

In the end, they wasted yet another outstanding start by Brandon McCarthy. He had to shake off the pain and numbness from a third-inning liner by Michael Brantley that got his right foot.

“It was Paul O’Neill Day,” McCarthy said. “It wasn’t Leave the Game Early Day.”

McCarthy allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3. He struck eight and walked none. This was his first loss in six starts since coming over from Arizona. He’s 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA. X-rays were negative on his foot.

Jeter had a memorable day, picking up hit No. 3,431, passing Honus Wagner for sole possession of sixth on the all-time list. The Captain did it with an infield hit in the sixth and called it a “wow” moment.

Ichiro Suzuki picked up hit No. 2,811, passing George Sisler for sole possession of 48th on the all-time list.

Here’s my Lohud.com story on McCarthy’s bad history with comebackers and what happened today. And here’s my Yankees notebook on Paul O’Neill getting his plaque, Michael Pineda’s positive feelings and some other items.

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Game 116: Yankees (61-54) vs. Cleveland Indians (57-59)08.09.14

Yankees lineup

1. Brett Gardner LF

2. Derek Jeter SS

3. Jacoby Ellsbury CF

4. Carlos Beltran DH

5. Chase Headley 1B

6. Stephen Drew 2B

7. Martin Prado 3B

8. Ichiro Suzuki RF

9. Francisco Cervelli C

Brandon McCarthy RHP

 

Indians lineup

1. Jason Kipnis 2B

2. David Murphy LF

3. Michael Brantley DH

4. Carlos Santana 1B

5. Yan Gomes C

6. Nick Swisher RF

7. Lonnie Chisenhall 3B

8. Jose Ramirez 1B

9. Chris Dickerson CF

Corey Kluber RHP

 

Umpires: Jeff Kellogg HP, Brian O’Nora 1B, D.J. Reyburn 2B, Dan Bellino 3B

TV/Radio: Fox Sports 1/WFAN 660, 101.9

Weather: partly cloudy

 

Beltran hot: Carlos Beltran is batting .359 with five homers and 17 RBI in his last 20 games.

McCarthy excelling: Brandon McCarthy is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in five starts since coming over from the Diamondbacks. He was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA for Arizona.

 

Update, 1:25: Missed the first inning, downstairs at Paul O’Neill press conference. There’s no score after one.

Update, 1:32: Ramirez hits his first major-league homer, two-run drive to right for the Indians. 2-0 after 1 1/2.

Update, 1:41: Six up, six down for the Yankees.

Update, 1:50: McCarthy hit by a Brantley liner, possibly right foot or lower leg, stays in after a few warmups. Infield hit.

Update, 1:52: McCarthy gets a foul out to end the inning.

Update, 2:04: Cervelli got drilled by a 94 mph fastball in the left side, stayed down for a bit, but he stayed in the game. Gardner struck out for the third out.

Update, 2:11: McCarthy has a 1-2-3 fourth.

Update, 2:26: Drew strikes out with two on and two outs. At least the Yankees managed to get their first hit off Kluber, an Ellsbury double.

Update, 2:38: McCarthy strikes out David Murphy to strand Jose Ramirez at third, still 2-0 Indians after 4 1/2.

Update, 2:52: The Yankees have two hits through five.

Update, 2:57: McCarthy is throwing another great game, 1-2-3 sixth. Mike Aviles now replaces Murphy in left for the Indians.

Update, 3:01: Jeter passes Honus Wagner, now sole possession of sixth all time in hits, 3,431. Infield hit in the sixth, gets a standing ovation.

Update, 3:09: Ellsbury followed with a single, then Kluber fanned Beltran, Headley and Drew.

Update, 3:18: McCarthy leaves with runners at first and second and one out in the seventh. Rich Hill comes on.

Update, 3:28: Chase Whitley gets out of bases-loaded jam, striking out Aviles.

Update, 3:35: The Yankees go quietly in the seventh against Scott Atchison.

Update, 3:39: Brantley hits one high off the foul pole down the right-field line, against Whitley, 3-0 Indians in the eighth.

Update, 3:56: Another wasted opportunity. The Yankees are 0 for 9 with 6 Ks when they’ve had a runner in scoring position. Beltran and Headley just went down swinging with two on.

Update, 4:03: 3-0 heading for the last of the ninth. Cody Allen will try to close it out.

Update, 4:09: The Yankees go 1-2-3, finish with five hits. Indians win 3-0.

 

 

 

 

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Yankees pregame: Teixeira improving/McCann to DL/Pineda says he’s ready08.09.14

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira took some swings off a tee yesterday, testing the left pinkie that took a three-stitch cut on Wednesday. It didn’t go well.

“It’s not the cut,” Teixeira said this morning. “The joint is really, really sore.”

Then Teixeira tested it again after he spoke.

“He took swings and he felt better,” Joe Girardi said. “Hopefully it’s not much longer with him.”

The Yankees just announced that Brian McCann is going on the 7-day concussion DL. He suffered a mild concussion on a foul tip to the face mask in last night’s game. Austin Romine was recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and Brian Roberts was unconditionally released.

Michael Pineda went 4 1/3 for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Friday night, allowing one run and six hits while striking out seven. He threw 72 pitches.

“Everything is there,” Pineda said, back at his locker this morning. “The velocity is there. I’m feeling good. I’m happy with that.”

That was his second rehab start in his latest comeback from the upper back muscle strain near that right shoulder. Asked if he’s ready to pitch for the Yankees again, Pineda said, “I’m ready for pitching, yeah.”

Esmil Rogers turned in a strong five-inning start last night, filling in for the injured David Phelps. Both Rogers and Pineda are set to throw a bullpen session tomorrow, so both are on line for Wednesday.

But will Pineda make his return that night against the first-place Orioles in Baltimore?

“That’s something we’ll have to talk about,” Girardi said. “Ideally you’d like to get someone to 90 pitches. … We’ll sit down, Brian (Cashman) and the people who saw it, and decide what’s next for him.”

Paul O’Neill is receiving his Monument Park plaque honor before the game.

“The intensity he brought, I used to love to watch,” Girardi said.

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Joba rules for the Tigers08.05.14

Joba Chamberlain

Joba Chamberlain had to go the clean-shaven route in seven years with the Yankees. But he’s a Tiger now and he has let his face go furry. Very furry. Like what a big beard.

“I guess when you’re just told to shave every day for so long, you just say ‘forget it’ after a while,” Chamberlain said.

His new look and his act has gone over well with his new team. Chamberlain has been an effective eighth-inning setup man for Detroit. The 28-year-old righty arrived at Yankee Stadium Monday for his first game back as the owner of an AL-high 22 holds. The Tigers, who signed him on a one-year deal, didn’t use him in the 2-1 loss. So his ERA sits at 3.02, and he has a 1-4 record and two saves in 49 appearances.

“It’s played itself out pretty well,” Chamberlain said of his bridge-to-the-ninth-inning work.

Chamberlain said he didn’t know where the visiting clubhouse was here.

“It’s definitely weird being on the other side,” he said.

Before the game, he came over behind the batting cage to say hi to some of those on the other side, including Derek Jeter, a player he loved being around and respected so much.

“It’s no disrespect to anybody on my own team,” Chamberlain said, “but no one ever beats Derek Jeter.”

There were those initial phenom days of 2007 and a lot of down days and injury-plagued days here as well. There were those famous Joba Rules. But Chamberlain doesn’t seem to have any regrets.

“New York will always be special in my heart,” he said. “… They gave me an opportunity to play this game. They’ve seen me grow up and they’ve seen my son grow up.”

Here’s my story on the latest Yankees happenings with Masahiro Tanaka and David Phelps and on the series-opening victory.

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Yankees postgame: McCarthy outpitches Scherzer08.04.14

Brandon McCarthy

Brandon McCarthy has started five times since coming over from Arizona and he’s now 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA after this 2-1 win over the Central-leading Tigers.

This is the first time in his career that he has won four straight starts.

“He’s been huge for our rotation,” Joe Girardi said. “… He’s meant a lot. He’s come over here and pitched as well as he could.”

McCarthy allowed an unearned run and five hits and two walks while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings. He threw 116 pitches, and 50 of them came in keeping Detroit scoreless over the first two innings.

“I know this is a big series and I know what they’re throwing at us this series,” McCarthy said. “I took that as a challenge.”

Detroit is throwing the last three AL Cy Young winners at the Yankees in the first three games of this four-game series, the first time three consecutive Cy Young winners will have faced a team in three straight games. Max Scherzer, the 2013 winner, gave up two runs in the third and nine hits overall in his seven-inning start.

“We know how talented their starting rotation is, but they’re not always going to have their perfect stuff,” Girardi said.

Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 22 on the trip, then went 2 for 3 with a sac fly in this one. The sac fly, with the bases loaded and nobody out, came on an outrageous grab in left-center by Ezequiel Carrera, who went sprinting back and then dove. The ball stuck in the heel of his glove as he landed on the warning track.

I asked Ellsbury about it and he said, “It was a spectacular catch. I don’t know if I’ve seen a better catch this year. It saved most likely three runs.”

Mark Teixeira was scratched with lightheadedness that resulted in IV treatment. Girardi hopes he will be able to play Tuesday night when David Price is the Detroit starter. Chase Headley ended up making his first career start and third appearance at first.

“I hope it’s just a weird one-day thing,” Teixeira said. “It could’ve been a bug. It could’ve been food poisoning. It could’ve been a lot of things. It knocked me on my tail at little bit.”

David Robertson pitched for the third straight day for the first time this season, throwing a perfect ninth with two Ks to nail down his 30th save in 32 chances. He has converted 18 straight.

It enabled the Yankees to move to 9-6 in their last 15 games, all decided by two runs or less. The 15-game streak extended the franchise record. It’s the longest two-runs-or-less streak in the majors since the the 1975 Orioles had 16 straight games decided that way.

“As long as we win them, it’s OK,” Girardi said.

The Yankees are now one game back of the Blue Jays for the second wild card.

Here’s my Lohud.com/Journal News story on the game and the latest with Masahiro Tanaka and David Phelps.

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Game 111: Yankees (57-53) vs. Detroit Tigers (61-47)08.04.14

Yankees lineup

1. Brett Gardner LF

2. Derek Jeter SS

3. Jacoby Ellsbury CF

4. Carlos Beltran DH

5. Brian McCann C

6. Chase Headley 1B

7. Stephen Drew 2B

8. Martin Prado 3B

9. Ichiro Suzuki RF

Brandon McCarthy RHP

 

Tigers lineup

1. Ian Kinsler 2B

2. Ezequiel Carrera CF

3. Miguel Cabrera 1B

4. Victor Martinez DH

5. Torii Hunter RF

6. J.D. Martinez LF

7. Don Kelly 3B

8. Alex Avila C

9. Eugenio Suarez SS

Max Scherzer RHP

 

Umpires: Mike Winters HP, Mike Muchlinski 1B, Tom Woodring 2B, Mark Wegner 3B

TV/Radio: YES/WFAN 660, 101.9

Weather: Partly cloudy, 80 degrees

 

Milestone watch: Joe Girardi needs one more win to reach 700 as a manager.

Beltran watch: Carlos Beltran has hit .383 since coming off the 7-day concussion DL on July 18. He owns a season-high 10-game hitting streak, batting .447 with three homers and nine RBI in this stretch.

 

Update, 7:12: Just announced, Mark Teixeira has been scratched due to lightheadedness. Ichiro now playing RF. Prado moves from RF to 3B. Headley moves from 3B to 1B.

Update, 7:18: McCarthy gets the Tigers 1-2-3. The updated Yankees batting order is now listed at the top.

Update, 7:30: A hit and a walk with two outs, but McCann leaves the runners on base.

Update, 7:54: McCarthy leaves the bases loaded with back-to-back Ks, but he has thrown 50 pitches in two innings.

Update, 8:00: A leadoff walk to Headley and then nothing. Prado ends the inning with a double-play ball, now 1 for 9 since joining the cause.

Update, 8:13: A two-out walk to Cabrera and that’s it for the Tigers in the third. McCarthy is at 69 pitches.

Update, 8:24: Great diving catch in center by Carrera, goes as sac fly for Ellsbury, 1-0.

Update, 8:28: McCann singles, 2-0. McCann’s 47th RBI.

Update, 8:37: 14-pitch, 1-2-3 fourth for McCarthy.

Update, 8:50: Strange ending to the Yankees fourth. Gardner singled to right with two outs. Prado was held at third, but Gardner kept going and got tagged out in a rundown. Prado never broke for home, either.

Update, 8:58: Suarez leaving the game with some sort of leg injury after sliding into second for a successful steal with one out in the fifth. Romine pinch runs.

Update, 9:01: Kinsler RBI single cuts it to 2-1. The run is unearned thanks to Prado’s throwing error.

Update, 9:10: Ellsbury was 2 for 22 on the road trip, but he’s 2 for 2 after his one-out double, plus the sac fly that could have been much more.

Update, 9:16: First and third, one out and McCann hits into a double play, 2-1 after five. Suarez has a left knee sprain.

Update, 9:27: Two outs, man on first, 115 pitches, Girardi leaves McCarthy in after a trip to the mound. Kelly singles on the next pitch. Now McCarthy is done. Thornton will come on.

Update, 9:34: Thornton gets a bouncer to the right side, 2-1 Yankees heading for the last of the sixth.

Update, 9:46: Leadoff single for Headley and he remains at first. Warren will come on for the seventh.

Update, 9:54: Warren gives up a two-out double to Carrera, but then gets Cabrera.

Update, 10:03: Scherzer retires the side in order in what may have been his last inning. Kelley comes on for the eighth.

Update, 10:10: Kelley has a 1-2-3 inning. Phil Coke replaces Scherzer, who allowed the two runs and nine hits.

Update, 10:21: Coke has a 1-2-3 inning as well. David Robertson will try to close it out.

Update, 10:30: The Yankees win, 2-1.

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Yankees pregame: Tanaka still in play08.04.14

Masahiro Tanaka tested his right elbow for the first time since his platelet-rich plasma injection three weeks ago. He threw 25 times at 60 feet in the outfield. And the elbow passed its first test.

So how does he feel?

“Good,” Tanaka said in English.

“I thought it went all well,” he added in Japanese.

Tanaka said he felt “relieved.” The hope is he can be a starter again for the Yankees for the final month.

But Joe Girardi wasn’t ecstatic because this was only the first step, just a light catch. Tanaka is scheduled to play catch again tomorrow.

“It’s a positive day, but there’s still a long way to go,” Girardi said.

Obviously mound throwing will be the real test of whether the ulnar collateral ligament will hold up.

Girardi needs a starter for Friday night against the Indians now that David Phelps has gone on the DL with elbow tendinitis. Michael Pineda threw 58 pitches for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Sunday, plus another five in the bullpen. Pineda said he was feeling good and in a normal routine now. Could Pineda be a possibility for Friday?

While Girardi didn’t rule it out, he made it sound unlikely. He would like Pineda built up to at least 90 pitches, which would take another two rehab starts. Girardi did say that he thought the start would likely be taken by someone on the staff now.

Brett Gardner was named the AL player of the week after batting .478 with five homers and seven RBI in six games.

“It’s been fun, and if he wants to do it this week, that’ll be great, too,” Girardi said.

 

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Opening up the DH spot07.28.14

Carlos Beltran

Joe Girardi is looking forward to Carlos Beltran being able to play some in right again because it’s going to give the manager more flexibility without having one guy locked into the DH role.

“I’m sure Gardy could probably use a DH day,” Girardi said. “Ells could use a DH day. These guys are run out there on a regular, regular basis. It probably wouldn’t hurt them. By having (Beltran) and Ichiro, who’s an outstanding outfielder as well, I could probably do some things.”

Girardi indicated Beltran could be back out there as soon as next week, barring any setback with the bone spur in his right elbow that caused him to miss 21 games while on the DL in May and early June.

“He’s continuing to throw,” Girardi said. “He has progressed and he has thrown more and more distance as we’ve went on, and he’s done some outfield drills early.”

Beltran wants to get back out there, but it’s a process for him. After yesterday’s 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays, he said he had only been throwing for five days.

“Right now, throwing 90 feet isn’t going to do it,” said Beltran, who has picked it up offensively of late, batting .314 on the 10-game homestand to lift his average to .228. “So when I get to I guess 140, something like that, where I can make a throw from the outfield to home plate on a do-or-die play, let it go, then I will be close to playing games. Right now, I’m not.”

The Yankees, of course, could also acquire another outfield bat before Thursday’s nonwaiver deal deadline, which could impact how Beltran would be used.

Then there’s the question of who will mainly be used to back up the now oft-injured Mark Teixeira.

After missing the last seven games with a strained lat, Girardi didn’t rule out Teixeira returning as soon as tonight in Texas, depending on how felt today when he woke up after taking 50 swings yesterday and how he feels following live batting practice later, if he’s good to swing more.

With Kelly Johnson going on the DL Wednesday due to a strained groin, Brian McCann became the regular fill-in at first instead of squatting behind the plate. If Teixeira needs a day off, it figures to be Johnson’s job to fill in once he returns, according to Girardi. Johnson is eligible to return Aug. 7.

“We don’t anticipate Kelly Johnson’s injury is going to be long,” Girardi said. “So probably when I give Mac a day off (from catching), I’ll give him a day off.”

Here’s my latest story on what went on yesterday and Girardi’s frustration over the loss and really the mistakes of the last two days.

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