Brett Gardner gives “end-of-the-season” address


The Yankees were eliminated from the American League East division series last night, and technically it’s only a matter of time before they’re eliminated from the Wild Card. The media was expecting someone, anyone to give an ‘end-of-the-season’ address and frankly to no one’s surprise, Brett Gardner held court by his locker, discussing the Yankees frustrations on how the season has gone for them.

“I feel like things have been slipping away for a few weeks,” Gardner said. “To be honest, I haven’t looked at the standings the last couple of days because at this point they don’t really matter. We’ve got to win every day. Until we’re five, six, seven games out with five, six, seven games to go and eliminated, I’m still going to hold out hope, and I still believe in the group of guys we have here. I still come to work every day and play hard, but like I said, we’re not in a good spot right now, and it’s a shame because our pitchers have really stepped up the last couple of months and done a good job. As an offense, we haven’t.”

Gardner has a point about the offense; sure Shawn Kelley blew the lead in last night’s 1-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, but the problem was the offense was unable to get anything going. The bullpen had been trying to preserve tiny leads for six months, and it’s understandable that fatigue has begun to set in.

“As well as we’ve pitched, we didn’t need to be great (offensively),” Gardner said. “We just needed to be good. And we haven’t been.”

The Yankees were shut out for the 10th time this season, but they were also shutout for the fourth time in their more

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Yankees fall to Rays 1-0


Chris Capuano had pitched a great ball game, but the Yankees were unable to get the offense going, sending them to a 1-0 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida.

The Yankees failed to score a run yet they were able to get six hits. Pretty much the offense of the game was Chase Headley getting unfairly ejected after talking about a strike call with home plate umpire Marty Foster

Chris Capuano pitched six scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out four. Adam Warren pitched two scoreless innings and Shawn Kelley retired two batters, giving up a run while being charged with the loss.

What’s Next?

— Tomorrow, the Yankees will try to split the series against the Rays by sending Michael Pineda to the mound. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. and the game will air on My9.

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Tanaka feels rusty following simulated game


Following Masahiro Tanaka‘s simulated game, he wasn’t confident that his next step would be a Major League game. He was hit hard, but no runs scored and while he felt he had a bad outing, Larry Rothschild and Joe Girardi thought different.

“I thought he was good,” Rothschild said. “I said all along if he comes out of it healthy, it’s good. You could see he really tested it to make sure that he could throw the ball the way he wants, and he threw the ball pretty well. … Not (focused on) the hits or anything, just the stuff. The arm action and things like that. It’s been a while since he’s been able to get out there and throw to that extent and with that much force. As the game went on you could see, the last inning he was dialed up and threw the ball the way that we’ve seen him throw it this year.”

“We’re going to have to get to a point where he’s in a real game and there’s normal preparation and there’s people in the stands and his adrenaline is flowing,” Joe Girardi said. “But I was pleased with the way the ball came out of his hand today and we’ll see what the next step is. It’s very possible he could be in a game for us, the next step. To be fair, I think you have to see how he feels tomorrow and then you make that decision.”

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Masahiro Tanaka throws a simulated game


Masahiro Tanaka has just finished throwing a simulated game at the minor league complex in Tampa, Florida and to no one’s surprise, it went well. Here was Tanaka’s final line:

5 IP, 0R, 6H, 4K, 65 pitches.

This is also worth mentioning…Tanaka’s arm didn’t fall off and it’s still intact. Joe Girardi will meet with the media prior to first pitch to discuss the next step for Tanka.

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Yankees vs. Rays pitching matchup


Monday, September 15 Yankees: Chris Capuano (2-3, 4.90 ERA) Rays: TBA Time: 7:10 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Tuesday, September 16 Yankees: Michael Pineda (3-4, 2.20 ERA) Rays: Jake Odorizzi (10-12, 4.08 ERA) Time: 7:10 p.m. T.V./Radio: My9/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Odorizzi: Carlos Beltran (2-for-3, .667 AVG), Brett Gardner (2-for-5, .400 AVG), Brian McCann (5-for-7, .714 AVG), Mark Teixeira (2-for-4, .500 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Odorizzi: Derek Jeter (0-for-6, .000 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (1-for-6, .167 AVG)

Wednesday, September 17 Yankees: Brandon McCarthy (6-4, 2.54 ERA) Rays: Alex Cobb (9-7, 2.75 ERA) Time: 7:10 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Cobb: Mark Teixeira (4-for-11, .364 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Cobb: Francisco Cervelli (1-for-6, .167 AVG), Stephen Drew (4-for-18, .222 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury (3-for-19, .158 AVG), Brett Gardner (2-for-13, .154 AVG), Chase Headley (1-for-9, .111 AVG), Derek Jeter (2-for-15, .133 AVG), Brian McCann (1-for-5, .200 AVG), Brendan Ryan (1-for-9, .111 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (3-for-20, .150 AVG), Chris Young (1-for-6, .167 more

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Some thoughts going into the Rays/Yankees series


Followed by a disastrous series against the Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees are packing their bags and heading to Tampa in order to face the Tampa Bay Rays in a three game set. Here’s a few thoughts as the Yankees continue to cling on to their dim Wild Card hopes.

— As we all know, David Robertson blew the save last night, but was it really Robertson’s fault or was there some mismanagement? Robertson had thrown 46 pitches in the last two games prior to last night, not to mention Robertson complained of arm soreness, hamstring soreness and soreness in general. Why would Joe Girardi put a sore, unhealthy Robertson in the game when you only could imagine the outcome would be bad? Couldn’t Dellin Betances go another inning? Why not go to Shawn Kelley who has been pretty good of late? Why risk Robertson’s health during the Yankees Wild Card chase? I like Joe Girardi, but if anyone was at fault last night, it wasn’t Robertson–it was Girardi mismanaging the Yankees closer.

Masahiro Tanaka is throwing a minor league game today at the minor league complex, and this could be the final step before he returns to the Yankees rotation. Tanaka is recovering from a torn ligament in his elbow and while the Yankees want him to have command, they also want him to come out of this healthy. There’s still possibly one or two more games Tanaka could get into before the Yankees season is over, but the main concern is how long will the Yankees have Tanaka next season. Very few have avoided Tommy John Surgery when they had more

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Yankees fall to Orioles 3-2


There’s nothing more to say than to describe this loss as heartbreaking and crushing. Just when it looked like the Yankees were going to leave with a split, a walk-off hit by former Yankee and now Oriole Kelly Johnson sent the Yankees to a 3-2 loss at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.

In the top of the second inning, Martin Prado hit a solo-home run to give the Yankees the lead. In the 9th, Brian McCann hit a solo-home run, breaking the 1-1 tie.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched a heck of a ball game, giving up one run on six hits in seven innings of work. Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless eighth but David Robertson was tagged with two runs in the 9th, earning the loss.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees will head to Tampa Bay where they will play a three game set against the Tampa Bay Rays. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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Jeter reflects on Cal Ripken Jr. in his final game at Camden Yards


Tonight marks Derek Jeter‘s final game at Camden Yards, and like he does at every stadium he visits for the final time, he had a press conference prior to the first pitch. To say he had a history with the Orioles is an understatement. There’s the Jeffery Maier game, the rivalry with the Orioles and of course the great Cal Ripken Jr . So, how much did Jeter look up to Ripken growing up as a kid?

“He’s someone I always looked up to, and I feel as though when I was younger I was allowed to continue playing the position because of guys like Cal. Taller shortstops. The bigger shortstops. A lot of guys today owe that to him. … I just remember when I was younger, not necessarily professionally, just growing up and playing shortstop and being tall, people would say well shortstops aren’t tall. The first line of defense is ‘Cal Ripken,’ and then everybody would shut up, you know what I’m saying? Yeah, he set the standard. There were other guys, but Cal was so big that he set the standard for big players playing in the middle of the field. So no, it’s never been brought up, not one time my entire career has switching positions been brought up.”

Some Notes

Chase Headley is doing drills today and Joe Girardi hopes Headley could be a player for him tomorrow.

“Maybe he’s a pinch hitter for me tonight and a player tomorrow,” Joe Girardi said.

Francisco Cervelli said his migraines are gone, but he has to be cleared by doctors before he can get in a game.

“The doctors didn’t say it was related to more

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