Red Sox vs. Yankees pitching matchups

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Tuesday, September 2 Yankees: Shane Greene (4-1, 3.09 ERA) Red Sox: Joe Kelly (0-1, 3.86 ERA w/Red Sox) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network & MLB Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Kelly: Stephen Drew (1-for-3, .333 AVG), Brian McCann (2-for-6, .333 AVG), Martin Prado (2-for-4, .500 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Kelly: N/A

Wednesday, September 3 Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda (9-8, 3.88 ERA) Red Sox: TBA Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network & ESPN/WFAN

Note: The Red Sox have not announced a starter for Thursday or Friday. 

Thursday, September 4 Yankees: Chris Capuano Red Sox: TBA Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

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Yankees prepare for their series against the Red Sox

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Tonight begins a crucial series for the Yankees as they face the Boston Red Sox in a three game set at Yankee Stadium, but before we get into the Red Sox series, let’s talk about the ground the Yankees gained while they were idle on Labor Day (which I still found rather odd, considering the Yankees always play on a holiday).

– The Yankees gained a half game on the Baltimore Orioles, and they are now 8.5 games out of first place. (I don’t think the division is the Yankees main focus right now).

– The Yankees are now four games behind the Detroit Tigers for the second Wild Card spot…but they gained ground because the Tigers were playing the Cleveland Indians who are above the Yankees in the Wild Card race.

With that being said, let’s get into this Red Sox series. If the Yankees want any chance for the Wild Card, they’re going to need to start winning series on a consistent basis.

– The Yankees have Shane Greene pitching for the Yankees this evening, and he has been a fantastic addition to the rotation. but tonight, the rookie is going to have to square off against the veteran. Greene is going to oppose Joe Kelly, who the Red Sox acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals. This should be an interesting match-up considering this is the first time Kelly will face the Yankees as a member of the Red Sox.

– Many of the New York Yankees had terrible August’s, in fact the only player with a good August was Jacoby Ellsbury. For the most part, Ellsbury and Brett Gardner have been carrying the Yankees offense this season, so it’d be great if the ..read more

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Yankees Injury Notes: Ellsbury

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It’s been a relatively quiet off-day for the Yankees, so here’s a quick injury update on one of the Yankees hottest bats before he was benched with an ankle injury.

Jacoby Ellsbury: Ellsbury told the media last night he was going to have an MRI on his ankle when he got to Yankee Stadium. However, the Yankees haven’t announced the results of the MRI. I would imagine the MRI isn’t bad considering he had a fluoroscope on his ankle the day he injured it and the results came back negative. Ellsbury did batting practice yesterday before the game but he was unable to convince Joe Girardi to put him in the lineup. Fingers crossed Ellsbury is in the lineup tomorrow.

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Derek Jeter ends up on the cover of ‘The New Yorker’

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Throughout the years, Derek Jeter has been on the cover of multiple magazines, from GQ to Sports Illustrated. However, Jeter made it on the cover of The New Yorker and the fan-art was done by a Red Sox Fan!

Mark Ulriksen painted a portrait of Jeter tipping his cap to the crowd in Babe Ruth fashion, but he admitted that it wasn’t easy painting the portrait, considering he’s not a fan of the New York Yankees.

“Derek Jeter presents a conundrum for a Red Sox fan like me,” Ulriksen said on the New Yorker website. “I loathe the Yankees, but I appreciate and respect Jeter.

“He’s a classic — humble, consistently spectacular, both at bat and in the field,” Ulriksen added. “When he arrived 20 years ago, he helped to make the Yankees the best team in baseball (again!) for too many seasons. Commemorating his career with a farewell cover is something that I’m sure even the Red Sox Nation can forgive me for.”

Jeter is slated to retire following the 2014 season after a Hall-Of-Fame 20-year career, which includes Jeter joining the 3,000 hits club.

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With September here, Derek Jeter’s final game crawls closer

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September 1st is usually a bittersweet moment during a Major League Baseball season, especially for a team that faces uncertainty on whether they’ll enter the postseason or not. However, this year, September 1st will be more of a reality than a bittersweet moment.

But why is September 1st such a bittersweet moment?

Just like last year when Mariano Rivera retired, September 1st marks the beginning of the end of Derek Jeter‘s career. If the Yankees make the postseason, then there will be just a few more games in his career. If the Yankees don’t make the postseason, then Derek Jeter’s final game will be on September 29th at Fenway Park where the Yankees will face the Boston Red Sox in the final regular season series of 2014.

Like many Yankees fans, I was aware of Derek Jeter’s final season, but it didn’t hit me that Jeter’s final game was drawing near until the Yankees played their final game at the Rogers Centre in Toronto yesterday. I know Jeter has visited many stadiums for the last time, but this time it’s different. The Toronto Blue Jays are an American League East team, a team the Yankees spend majority of the season facing due to them being in the same division. When the Yankees face an American League East team and the Yankees visit them in their cities for a final time, it dawns on you that the season is drawing to a close.

There are only 27 games left in the 2014 season, but whether the Yankees make the postseason or not, the inevitable is going to happen: The fans are going to have to say goodbye to Derek ..read more

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Yankees acquire RHP Chaz Roe

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The New York Yankees have announced they have acquired RHP Chaz Roe from the Miami Marlins in exchange for cash considerations. Roe appears likely to join the ball club when rosters expand on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old spent the entire season with Triple-A New Orleans where he posted a 3.66 ERA in 64 relief appearances. His sole Major League experience was in 2013 when he pitched 22.1 innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Gardner homers in 4-3 loss to Blue Jays

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The Yankees were cruising into the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead and it appeared they were going to take the series from the Toronto Blue Jays. However, The Blue Jays scored four unanswered runs, giving the Yankees a 4-3 loss at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Yankees scored their first run on a lead-off home run by Brett Gardner, who was a single shy of hitting for the cycle once the game was completed. In the fourth inning, Francisco Cervelli hit a RBI single and in the fifth, Gardner tripled and scored on the same play due to the ball being thrown into the seats.

Brandon McCarthy was looking for a bounce back start, but instead gave the Yankees six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three home runs. Dellin Betances pitched two scoreless innings but he gave up an inherited runner in the seventh inning.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees are off tomorrow (Happy Labor Day!) but they’ll be back in the Bronx on Tuesday, facing the Boston Red Sox as they continue their trek for a second Wild Card Spot. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Jacoby Ellsbury takes BP

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Just yesterday it seemed Ellsbury’s ankle would keep him out of the lineup for a while. However, when he showed up to batting practice this morning, he wasn’t limping and he was trying every angle to get himself into the starting lineup for the series finale against the Blue Jays and that started with him taking batting practice.

Ellsbury took batting practice (by the way, he hit two batting practice home runs) and he did light jogging in the outfield before he deemed himself ready to play.

Before the game, Girardi wasn’t convinced Ellsbury would play today and for that reason he kept Ellsbury out of the lineup. He also wasn’t sure if Ellsbury was available to pinch hit. Right after batting practice, Ellsbury went to make a push by going to Girardi in order to talk his way into the lineup. Zelous Wheeler also had a surprising batting practice, so Girardi might not be in a hurry to change the lineup right before first pitch.

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