Tanaka stifles Red Sox as Yanks win 9-3

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Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t supposed to face the Boston Red Sox yet–in fact, the Yankees wanted to keep Tanaka a secret from their rival for as long as possible. However, the rain delay and the doubleheader changed plans, and Tanaka ended up facing the Red Sox for the first time in his career. In a night where rain fell throughout the night, Tanaka was able to stifle the Red Sox, leading the Yankees to a 9-3 win at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up two home runs in 7.1 innings, but he also notched seven strikeouts and fooled the Red Sox hitters with his deceptive pitches. The Red Sox earned their 12th loss of the season as they sit in the cellar of the American League East standings.

Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t the only one facing the Red Sox for the first time at Fenway; Jacoby Ellsbury was making his first start at Fenway as a member of the New York Yankees. He began the game with a fan-interference triple and later scored on an RBI by Derek Jeter. Ellsbury would later have three hits in the game, being a home run shy of the cycle.

Jeter had two-hits in the game as the Yankees pounded Red Sox pitcher Jon Lackey in 4.2 innings for 11 hits. Lackey was charged with eight runs while only three were earned. Carlos Beltran provided insurance, hitting a towering home run in the eighth. Every Yankee had a hit in the game except for Yangervis Solarte.

What’s Next?

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Surgery recommended for Ivan Nova after second opinion

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Ivan Nova went to visit Yankees team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad on Monday afternoon for a second opinion, following a diagnosis of Nova partially tearing his ulnar collateral ligament. The results came in and unfortunately we won’t see Nova in the next 12-18 months.

Following the re-evaluation, Dr. Ahmad recommended Tommy John Surgery to the 27-year old right hander, meaning now it’s about when he’ll go under the knife. Nova partially tore his UCL in the fifth inning of Saturday’s 16-1 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays. More information will be added to this post as I’m sure Joe Girardi will be asked about the situation.

Update:

Manager Joe Girardi spoke to the media just after 5 p.m. about the diagnosis of Nova’s partial UCL tear and the recommendation for Tommy John Surgery, and he admits he had a hunch the situation was heading that way.

“Obviously we had an inkling that was going to be the recommendation,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s unfortunate and obviously he has to make a decision now. It’s what you don’t want to hear.”

It wasn’t the most convenient time for Nova to need Tommy John Surgery; he becomes a free agent in 2016 and he’ll spend most of his arbitration years on the disabled list, rehabbing to make a comeback.

“We had high hopes for him because of what he did at the end of last year,” Girardi said. “His spring training was very, very good. We had big expectations for him. This is a blow to our rotation, but no one is going to feel sorry for you. As a ballclub, we have to figure it out.”

Some Notes

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Yankees @ Red Sox pitching matchups

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Tuesday, April 22 Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (2-0, 2.05 ERA) Red Sox: Jon Lester (2-2, 2.17 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: My9/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Lester: Derek Jeter (22-for-66, .333 AVG), Alfonso Soriano (5-for-16, .313 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (17-for-51, .333 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Lester: Mark Teixeira (10-for-45, .222 AVG), Brian Roberts (10-for-48, .208 AVG), Kelly Johnson (1-for-15, .067 AVG), Brett Gardner (2-for-11, .182 AVG)

Wednesday, April 23 Yankees: Michael Pineda (2-1, 1.00 ERA) Red Sox: John Lackey (2-2, 5.25 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network and ESPN/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Lackey: Brett Gardner (11-for-34, .324 AVG), Derek Jeter (20-for-68, .294 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (33-for-113, .292 AVG), Mark Teixeira (21-for-67, .313 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury (4-for-13, .318 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Lackey: Kelly Johnson (4-for-18, .222 AVG), Carlos Beltran (2-for-12, .167 AVG), Alfonso Soriano (8-for-41, .195 AVG)

Thursday, April 24 Yankees: CC Sabathia (2-2, 5.19 ERA) Red Sox: Felix Doubront (1-2, 5.48 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m T.V./Radio: YES Network and MLB Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Doubront: Alfonso Soriano (3-for-8, .375 AVG), Carlos Beltran (3-for-4, .750 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Doubront: Ichiro Suzuki (2-for-14, .143 AVG), Derek Jeter (2-for-14, ..read more

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Yankees activate Robertson from disabled list

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The Yankees made another roster move, but this time it involves getting their closer back.

The Yankees officially announced closer David Robertson has been activated from the disabled list. He’s been on the DL with a Grade 1 groin strain which he suffered on the last pitch of his second save on April 6th, the final game of a three game set against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Minor Roster Move:  Cesar Cabral has cleared waivers and has been sent to Triple-A Scranton. He was designated for assignment after Friday’s game, especially after hitting three Tampa Bay Rays hitters and subsequently getting ejected.

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Yankees make more roster moves

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Today’s roster moves aren’t as drastic as yesterday, but they were made. Here are a few of the moves the Yankees made on this off-day:

– The Yankees optioned RHP Bryan Mitchell to Double-A Trenton Thunder. I imagine this move is being done today since Yankees closer David Robertson is slated to come off the disabled list tomorrow.

– Good news, Matt Daley cleared waivers! He was optioned to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre since he took an assignment with the minor league team. He was DFA’d due to some wacky clause in his contract–not because the Yankees didn’t want him.

Finally, Ivan Nova had an appointment scheduled with the Yankees team physician seeking a second opinion on his elbow and to do further diagnostic testing. I’ll post the results when it becomes available but that could be either today or tomorrow. Regardless, stay tuned.

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Jacoby Ellsbury prepares for first trip to Fenway as a Yankee

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The last time Jacoby Ellsbury and the Yankees played against the Boston Red Sox, it was on home turf at Yankee Stadium for a four game set, ultimately ending with the Yankees winning three of them. Tomorrow, the Yankees will head to Boston and play the Red Sox (it’s Patriots Day in Boston so the Yankees are spending the off day in New York) and Jacoby Ellsbury will be in enemy territory for the first time since signing a seven-year, $153 Million contract with the Bronx Bombers.

“Every situation is different,” Ellsbury said. “I can’t compare it with other guys’ situations, but I’m definitely aware of it. I’ve seen it. I’ve seen how passionate they are. I think they’re all wondering what’s going to happen.

“I’m not going to think about it too much, because it’s out of my hands. I gave [that] organization everything I had every time I stepped on the field.”

Ellsbury has joined the club of Red Sox who have traded in their red and white uniforms for pinstripes in recent years, along with Johnny Damon, Roger Clemens and Wade Boggs. Despite being unsure of the reception he’ll receive, Ellsbury said he hasn’t given it much thought to be back in Boston as a member of the Yankees.

“You can’t think about what they’re going to do,” Ellsbury said. “In this game, you can really only focus on what you can do, not worry about all that other stuff that you can’t control.

“We’ll see what happens. I gave the organization everything I had for a third of my life. Nine years in an organization — drafted by them, came up and won two World Series. I left it all on the field.”

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12th inning rally helps Yankees win 5-1 over Rays

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The Yankees aimed to gain some momentum in the pitching department after the pitching staff gave up 27 runs in two games against the Tampa Bay Rays. Today, Vidal Nuno and the Yankees bullpen were able to keep the Rays in check, with the Yankees rallying to win 5-1 in the 12th inning at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida.

Nuno threw five shut out innings in a spot start after the Yankees rotation had shifted due to the rain out on Monday and the doubleheader on Tuesday. David Phelps followed him for a scoreless outing. Matt Thornton left two runners on base for Adam Warren, but unfortunately Matt Joyce hit a SAC Fly, tying the ball game at one. The Yankees interim closer Shawn Kelley entered the game in the ninth inning, going two innings while striking out four batters in a row. New Yankees call-up Preston Claiborne went two scoreless innings, striking out two and earning the win.

The Yankees scored their first run in the fourth inning on a play that was rather odd. With Alfonso Soriano on base, Brett Gardner hit a long fly ball to right field, clanking off the wall and going into Wil Meyers’s glove. Meyers attempted to fool the umpires into making them believe he made the catch, but the Yankees used their challenge with the ultimate ruling overturned. Soriano was allowed to score–but the umpires quizzically placed Gardner at second. The Yankees would remain scoreless until the 12th inning when the bases were loaded with two outs for Dean Anna. Anna was able to ..read more

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Yankees make multiple roster moves

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All right, you’re going to need a pen, a sheet of paper and possibly some white out for this one because there were multiple roster changes going into today’s game.

Let’s start with the obvious ones: Ivan Nova goes on the 15-day disabled list with a partial tear in his UCL. He won’t be back when the 15 days are up due to the severity of his injury.  Mark Teixeira has been activated from the disabled list and is playing first base this afternoon in the series finale vs. the Rays.

Now, here are a few more roster moves:

Bryan Mitchell and Preston Claiborne were called up from Double-A Trenton and Scranton Wilkes-Barre respectively. Claiborne and Mitchell are here temporarily to help add arms into the bullpen, especially with one of the bullpen arms Vidal Nuno starting today. It’s worth noting Mitchell has experience as a starter, but Joe Girardi won’t think of him as an option for Nova’s spot. Mitchell’s a mop up man and Claiborne’s here to prove he belongs in the Major Leagues after a good start last season, which was followed by an awful Spring Training.

Scott Sizemore has been optioned to Triple-A, Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Yesterday, I predicted Dean Anna would be the one sent down, but instead Girardi went with Sizemore.

“We consider Dean Anna a shortstop more than the other two (Sizemore or Yangervis Solarte) and that’s why we stayed with the rotation that we have,” Girardi said. “… (Sizemore) did everything right. Obviously he has put himself back on the map.”

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