McCann homers in 4-1 win over Rays

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The Yankees were able to stop the red-hot Detroit Tigers and New York Mets, and their latest target was the Tampa Bay Rays. Tonight, the Yankees took the first game of the series, defeating the Rays 4-1 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees scored their first run in the bottom of the fifth when Brett Gardner walked with the bases loaded. The Yankees added two more runs in the sixth when Brian McCann homered and Stephen Drew doubled. They tacked on one more run in the eighth when Jacoby Ellsbury was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Adam Warren started the game for the Yankees, giving up one run on five hits while striking out six. Justin Wilson pitched a scoreless inning, David Carpenter retired a batter, Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless inning and Andrew Miller recorded his eighth save of the season.

What’s Next?

Chase Whitley will take the mound for the Yankees in the second game of this three game set. Jake Odorizzi will start for the Rays. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Mark Teixeira wins AL Player of the Week

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Just a quick note:

Major League Baseball has announced Yankees first basemen Mark Teixeira has won the American League Player of the Week Award.

Teixeira hit .333 with five home runs and 10 RBI’s in his last seven games. This is the first time Teixeira has won AL Player of the Week since 2010.

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Yankees vs. Rays pitching matchups

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Monday, April 27 Yankees: Adam Warren (1-1, 5.40 ERA) Rays: Nate Karns (1-1, 5.32 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Karns: Stephen Drew (1-for-1, 1.000 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Karns: Carlos Beltran & Didi Gregorious (0-for-2, .000 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley (0-for-3, .000 AVG), Brian McCann (0-for-4, .000 AVG)

Tuesday, April 28 Yankees: Chase Whitley (2-0, 2.12 ERA in Triple-A Scranton) Rays: Jake Odorizzi (2-1, 1.65 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Odorizzi: Brett Gardner (3-for-10, .300 AVG), Brian McCann (8-for-13, .615 AVG), Chris Young (3-for-8, .375 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Odorizzi: Stephen Drew (1-for-6, .167 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury (3-for-14, .214 AVG), Chase Headley (1-for-7, .143 AVG), Alex Rodriguez (0-for-4, .000 AVG)

Wednesday, April 29 Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (2-1, 3.22 ERA) Rays: Drew Smyly (0-0, 3.86 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Smyly: Alex Rodriguez (1-for-3, .333 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Smyly: Carlos Beltran (0-for-3, .000 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury (1-for-6, .167 AVG), Brett Gardner (0-for-5, .000 AVG), Chase Headley (0-for-2, .000 AVG), Mark Teixeira (1-for-5, .200 ..read more

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Should the Yankees honor Alex Rodriguez’s milestone bonus?

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When Alex Rodriguez hit his 659th career home run off Jon Niese during yesterday’s 6-4 win over the Mets, it caused all eyes to land on Rodriguez; not because Rodriguez did anything wrong or because he helped the Yankees win the game, but because Rodriguez is now one home run away from tying Willie Mays on the all-time home runs list. Not only that, but if Rodriguez hits the 660th home run of his career, he’s slated to get a $6 Million milestone bonus.

However, the Yankees have been vocal in their attempt to void the $6 Million milestone bonus and have purposely left Rodriguez’s home run feat off their milestone list. There is no doubt Rodriguez is going to hit his 660th home run in the coming days, and when he does there will be some controversy. No one knows whether the Yankees will celebrate Rodriguez’s milestone, no one knows how bad the battle to void Rodriguez’s milestone bonus will be and no one knows how the relationship with Rodriguez and the Yankees will further deteriorate. While everyone else is worried about it, Rodriguez is focusing on something much more important:

“I don’t have a marketing degree,” Rodriguez said. “I’m just focused on playing baseball.”

Now comes the question on whether the Yankees should give Rodriguez the $6 Million bonus. Here’s my take:

— Both parties agreed to the milestone bonus when Rodriguez first signed the contract.

— If the Yankees attempt to void the bonus once Rodriguez hits #660, then they would be the ones attracting the media circus, not Rodriguez. Besides, do they really want to focus all of their energy on an off-the-field battle when they’re supposed to be focusing on getting into ..read more

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Rodriguez homers in 6-4 win over Mets

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On a night where the Yankees and Mets battled in the finale of the first round of the Subway Series, the Yankees came out on top, defeating the Mets 6-4 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees scored in the bottom of the first when Alex Rodriguez hit a solo-shot, the 659th home run of Rodriguez’s career. The Bronx Bombers put up a four-spot in the second inning on a Gregorio Petit double, a Brett Gardner double, a Chris Young single and a Rodriguez double. The Yankees added an insurance run in the fifth inning when Rodriguez reached on a throwing error by Wilmer Flores.

Nathan Eovaldi started the game for the Yankees, going 4.1 innings while giving up four runs on seven hits and striking out six. Chasen Shreve retired two batters (and for bookkeeping got the win), Chris Martin pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, Justin Wilson retired a batter, Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless inning and Andrew Miller recorded his seventh save of the season.

What’s Next?

Adam Warren will take the mound as the Yankees prepare for 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 ..read more

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CC Sabathia’s struggles continue

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For the first time in his career to begin a season, CC Sabathia has gone 0-4 and has fallen into a hole that will be hard to climb out. Sabathia had by far his worst start of the season against the New York Mets yesterday afternoon, giving up seven runs on nine hits and three home runs. While his teammates and coach believe he pitched a well enough game, Sabathia refused to believe the same.

“It was what it was. I was getting ahead, but just not with quality pitches, I don’t think,” Sabathia said following yesterday’s 8-2 loss against the Mets. “I just didn’t feel a rhythm and didn’t feel the ball was coming out good.”

Sabathia’s best start came in his last outing, when he pitched a complete game loss against the Detroit Tigers. But after he pitched terribly during yesterday’s game, he was booed as he made his way towards the dugout. While he was unfazed by the boos, no one took Sabathia’s struggles harder than Sabathia, who’s struggles date back to 2013.

“It sucks,” he said. “I just want to try and help the team win. I haven’t been able to do that my three or four times out. This one stings a little more because I didn’t give us a chance at all.”

However, the offense isn’t letting Sabathia take all of the blame from last night’s outing. The offense has only scored nine runs in Sabathia’s four starts and they only scored two runs, not providing run support for the titled Yankees ace.

“Record is irrelevant,” Brian McCann said. “We haven’t swung the bats well when he’s started. I think out of the four starts, he’s been really ..read more

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Mark Teixeira gets off to a hot start–in April

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It’s no secret Mark Teixeira tends to have trouble adjusting during the month of April. So when Teixeira came out swinging to begin the season, it took some by surprise, especially when Teixeira hit seven home runs in April for the first time in his career.

“I’m very thankful for the health, and it is what I envisioned, hitting more home runs and driving the ball,” Teixeira said following last nights 6-1 victory over the New York Mets. “Taking that ‘A’ swing that you guys have heard me talk about before – being able to feel strong and healthy, and take my normal swing. And I knew that walks would be the byproduct of that. When you’re driving the ball and hitting home runs, pitchers are more careful.”

Teixeira continued to take that A-Swing when he hit two home runs against Jacob deGrom and the Mets last night, and has been a force to be reckoned with. While Teixeira’s .218 batting average isn’t where he’d want it to be, the Yankees will take the power portion of his game; Teixeira leads the team with 17 RBI’s and a .673 slugging percentage.

“I want the run production,” manager Joe Girardi said. “The bottom line is how many runs you score. I don’t know how many RBI he has now – 15, 16, 17. You drive in 17 a month, and we still have time and we started late, you’re going to have a pretty good year.”

Following an abysmal 2014 season, Teixeira took a different approach to his offseason workout, and so far, the changes Teixeira made certainly paid off.

“I went on an anti-inflammatory diet, which anyone that knows nutrition knows that there’s a lot of foods ..read more

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Teixeira homers in 6-1 win over Mets

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Coming into tonight’s Subway Series, The Yankees were riding a hot streak by winning six of their last seven, but the Mets were hotter, winning 11 of their last 12. Once Game 1 got underway, the Yankees were able to stall the Mets, defeating their crosstown rivals 6-1 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees scored two of their runs in the first inning when Mark Teixeira hit a two-run shot off Jacob deGrom. The Yankees tacked on four more run in the third inning when Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first home-run of the year, Teixeira hit his second home-run of the night and Stephen Drew hit a sacrifice fly.

Michael Pineda got the start for the Yankees, going 7.2 innings while giving up one run on five hits and striking out seven. Chasen Shreve relieved Pineda, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings.

What’s Next?

CC Sabathia will take the hill for the Yankees as he attempts to give the Yankees a series win. The Mets will counter with their ace Matt Harvey. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. and the game will air on both WPIX and FOX Sports ..read more

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