Derek Jeter not concerned about the Hall Of Fame

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If the Yankees don’t make the playoffs, there would only be approximately two months of Derek Jeter‘s season, of Derek Jeter’s career. There’s no doubt Derek Jeter is going to be in the Hall of Fame when he’s eligible to be inducted, but Jeter’s not thinking that far ahead just yet.

“I try not to,” Jeter said. “I really don’t. That’s something I’ll think about when my career is over. My career’s not over. I’m not even thinking about next month, let alone five years down the road.”

Jeter was unaware Tom Seaver said The Captain should receive the first unanimous vote in Hall of Fame history, but while Jeter appreciates the compliment, he’s still taking it one day at a time.

“Anytime you find out something like that from someone you respect, it’s good to hear,” Jeter said. “But I’ve always been pretty good at focusing on one day at a time, so for right now, I’m just happy that Mr. T. is getting his day.”

And if you were interested, and I know you were…Jeter hasn’t been to Cooperstown, New York since he was a little boy.

“I don’t remember much from it,” Jeter said. “I was a kid from Kalamazoo, Michigan. My dream was to play in the major leagues. That was the only thing I was thinking ..read more

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Gardner homers twice in 4-2 loss to Rangers

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The Yankees came into Texas hoping to get their six game road trip off on the right foot. However, the Yankees offense (minus one player) struggled, causing them to fall to the Texas Rangers 4-2 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

The Yankees two runs came via Brett Gardner, who homered in the 3rd and the 5th inning. Gardner’s multi-home run game was the first of his career, and his 12 home runs on the season is a career high. While Derek Jeter didn’t hit with runners in scoring position, he did gain sole possession of seventh place on the all-time hits list.

David Phelps went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, striking out three. Shawn Kelley pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and Matt Thornton retired the lone batter he faced.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees will send Brandon McCarthy to the mound with hopes he can snap their three game losing streak. The Rangers will counter with Nick Martinez. First pitch is at 8:05 p.m. and the game will air on FOX Sports ..read more

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Yankees Injury Notes: Tanaka, Beltran, Teixeira, Ellsbury, Pineda

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Here is some Yankees injury news as the Yankees begin their three-game set against the Texas Rangers at 8 p.m.

Masahiro Tanaka: Masahiro Tanaka had the PRP injectiona few weeks ago and manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka feels better. Tanaka is currently in New York still receiving treatment and now the Yankees are playing the famous waiting game.

“We’re still waiting for that three-week mark,” Girardi said. “Nothing’s really going to change until the three week mark. He’s staying back and doing treatment every day. He feels better and better. You just kind of wait to see where you are after three weeks.”

Carlos Beltran: Carlos Beltran continues to throw and it could be possible to see him in the outfield by the Yankees next home stand. Beltran threw from 100-120 feet today and is making progress after an arm injury forced him to be the Yankees primary DH.

Mark Teixeira: Mark Teixeira is feeling well enough to rejoin the Yankees lineup but there’s one last test he has to go through before he’s slotted in at first base; live batting practice. Teixeira is going to take batting practice before tomorrow’s game and if he gets through that okay then he’ll be the Yankees first basemen tomorrow.

“If I wake up tomorrow and have back spasms (then it won’t happen),” Teixeira said. “But I don’t expect that to happen. I feel very good right now. I expect to have a very good BP today and be in there tomorrow. … The back spasms are gone, which I’ve been dealing with for a long time, so that’s really good. Good to see that the treatments worked, and the time off helped, so hopefully they won’t come back.”

Jacoby Ellsbury: Now there’s nothing wrong ..read more

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Yankees recall Zoilo Almonte, DFA Jeff Francis

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The New York Yankees have recalled OF Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. As a corresponding move, the Yankees have designated Jeff Francis for assignment.

Well, it’s the end of the Francis era…which didn’t last long to begin with.

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Joe Torre feels ‘terrible’ for not including The Boss in his HOF speech

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Joe Torre was one of the six people inducted in the Baseball Hall Of Fame yesterday afternoon in Cooperstown, but while he made his 28 minute speech thanking everyone, there was one person he forgot to thank: the late George Steinbrenner.

He was heartbroken he didn’t get a chance to talk about how much The Boss meant to him,  giving him the greatest opportunity of being the Yankees manager during ‘The Dynasty Era’. He was visibly shaken during a press conference, still in shock he forgot to talk about one of his oldest friends.

“I missed thanking the most obvious guy in the world when you’re talking about the Yankees,” Torre said. “I mentioned George, but my plan was to thank him and the fact that we had a great relationship. It was so obvious that I was going to do it that I went past it, the whole Steinbrenner family.

“It was the proudest time in my whole career and I just feel terrible I omitted that.”

Brian Cashman was later asked about Torre’s speech and it left the media wondering whether there would be hard feelings with the Yankees. It’s very safe to say that won’t be the case.

“He did mention George and he did say, ‘Let’s cut to the chase, I’m here because of the New York Yankees,’ ” Cashman said. “The Yankees are George. Everyone knows how much George appreciated Joe and how much Joe appreciated George. I don’t think there’s any issue. It was a beautiful day, a wonderful day. This day was about celebrating Joe and his career. No worries. There are no issues. I wouldn’t predict there would be. I feel bad that he feels bad.”

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Yankees vs. Rangers pitching matchups

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Monday, July 28 Yankees: David Phelps (5-4, 3.77 ERA) Rangers: Yu Darvish (9-6, 2.92 ERA) Time: 8:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Darvish: Ichiro Suzuki (7-for-19, .368 AVG), Derek Jeter (2-for-6, .333 AVG), Francisco Cervelli (2-for-2, 1.000 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Darvish: Jacoby Ellsbury (2-for-9, .222 AVG), Chase Headley (1-for-5, .200 AVG), Brendan Ryan (1-for-10, .100 AVG)

Tuesday, July 29 Yankees: Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 1.45 ERA) Rangers: Nick Martinez (1-6, 4.73 ERA) Time: 8:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: FOX Sports 1/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Martinez: Brian Roberts, Brett Gardner & Jacoby Ellsbury (1-for-2, .500 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Martinez: Zelous Wheeler, Brian McCann, Derek Jeter, Francisco Cervelli & Carlos Beltran (0-for-2, .000 AVG)

Wednesday, July 30 Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda (7-6, 3.99 ERA) Rangers: Colby Lewis (6-8, 6.23 ERA) Time: 8:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Lewis: Ichiro Suzuki (19-for-53, .368 AVG), Derek Jeter  (3-for-5, .600 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Lewis: Brian Roberts (2-for-13, .154 AVG), Brian McCann (1-for-5, .200 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury (1-for-10, .100 AVG), Carlos Beltran (1-for-7, .143 ..read more

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Yankees notes and tidbits on the trade market

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With the trade deadline a mere three days away, here are the latest trade rumors, notes and tidbits surrounding the Yankees.

– The Yankees are still interested in John Danks and he continues to be a top possibility for the ball club, reports Jon Heyman. The Yankees were discussing a potential deal with the White Sox last week but the trade talks haven’t increased since then.

– As of yesterday, the Yankees aren’t talking to the Padres about a possible deal for Ian Kennedy, although it would seem Kennedy could be the perfect fit.

– The Yankees also aren’t interested in talks to acquire Cliff Lee, considering he just came off the disabled list. If the Yankees do want a chance to acquire Lee, they could do it through waivers in August.

– The Yankees aren’t interested in A.J. Burnett.

– If the Yankees are interested in Jon Lester, they are more likely to sign him in the offseason rather than trade for him as a rental.

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Yankees lose see-saw battle in 5-4 loss to Blue Jays

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The Yankees and Blue Jays met up for one final match-up this month before the Yankees head off to Texas to begin a three game series with the Rangers. However, the Yankees were unable to end the home stand on a winning note, falling to the Toronto Blue Jays in a see-saw battle 5-3 loss at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees were able to get on the board in the fourth inning on a Chase Headley home run, his first home run as a New York Yankee. Francisco Cervelli abruptly followed with a home run of his own, tying the game at two. While the Yankees were down 3-2 in the sixth, Brian McCann hit an infield RBI single, scoring Jacoby Ellsbury. While the Yankees were down 4-3 in the eighth, Carlos Beltran hit an RBI single, plating Brett Gardner.

Shane Greene started the game for the Yankees, going 5.1 innings and giving up three runs on eight hits, striking out two. David Huff was able to retire the final two batters of the sixth inning, Dellin Betances gave up a run in his 1.2 innings of work and David Robertson gave up a run in his inning of work, earning him the loss.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees will travel to Texas where they will take on the Texas Rangers in a three game set. David Phelps will take the mound for the Yankees and they’ll oppose Yu Darvish for the second time in less than a week. ..read more

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