Gardner homers (again) as Yankees out-slug Rangers 12-11

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For the past few days, Brett Gardner has been the lone offensive spark for the Yankees. The Yankees needed a win. Gardner needed some help. In the end, Gardner was able to lead the Yankees lineup in a slug-fest battle against the Texas Rangers, ending in  a 12-11 Yankees victory at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

The Yankees quickly got on the board on a home run by Gardner, his 13th of the season. While the Yankees were down 4-1 in the sixth inning, Carlos Beltran hit a two-run single, scoring Gardner (who started the inning with a double) and Derek Jeter. Brian McCann promptly tied the game with a SAC Fly. Zoilo Almonte gave the Yankees the lead with an RBI single, Brendan Ryan hit a two-run double scoring Almonte and Chase Headley and Brett Gardner reached on a three base error, scoring Brendan Ryan. In the seventh inning, Headley hit a RBI single scoring Jacoby Ellsbury and Zoilo Almonte grounded into a force, scoring Mark Teixeira.  Teixeira tacked on two insurance runs for the Yankees in the eighth, scoring himself and Gardner.

It seems like eons ago, but Brandon McCarthy was the one who started the game and he went six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits while striking out three. Adam Warren only retired one batter in the seventh inning to be lifted for Dellin Betances. Betances had to work out of a jam…but he didn’t. He gave up a grand slam to ..read more

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Michael Pineda to begin rehab assignment Sunday

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Michael Pineda…you are officially on the rehab clock.

Pineda threw a 45-pitch simulated game today in Tampa and Joe Girardi heard Pineda was “very good”. The next game Pineda will throw will be a rehab game, and that will start Pineda’s 30 day clock before he can return to the Yankees.

“He will make a start somewhere,” Giradri said. “Four innings and 60-65 pitches will be his next move. Not exactly sure where it’s going to be — they were talking about that today — but it will be a regular game.

“It’s hard to tell where we’ll be when it’s his turn to come off,” Girardi said. “Where we’ll physically be. Some of these guys physically, they might feel good, but as we’ve seen, you can never have too many starters.”

If Pineda does return from his rehab stint, he would be the first Yankees starting pitcher to return to the team. CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova are both done for the season and uncertainty looms over Masahiro Tanaka.

The Yankees expect to have Pineda throwing at least 90 pitches before he comes off his rehab stint.

Some Notes

Brendan Ryan is playing second base today and Joe Girardi indicated it’s because Brian Roberts is physically beaten up. Girardi stated Roberts will be out for a few days as he battles fatigue and soreness.

He’s been beat up pretty good this year physically,” Girardi said. “He’s answered the bell every day that we’ve called upon him and he’s played hard for us. I’m not so sure that there could be a little bit (of fatigue) there, but there’s a little bit in everybody that’s running out ..read more

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Mark Teixeira to play tonight

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Mark Teixeira took a live round of batting practice and is officially in tonight’s lineup. Apparently, the final test for Teixeira was pinch-hitting in last night’s 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers. All was good and even though it took Teixeira a little more than a week to return, he’s ready to play and take his rightful place at first base.

“A week’s not bad,” he said. “If you go two weeks, have a DL stint and go two weeks-plus, that’s when you lose your timing a little bit. Hopefully it won’t be too much of an adjustment.”

Teixeira’s at-bat last night was extremely encouraging. He was able to hit a single before being lifted for Brendan Ryan on the basepaths.

“I took one swing and it felt good,” he said. “Very reassuring. I wasn’t expecting anything negative, but at the same time you want to get out there and get it done.”

The Yankees need Teixeira in their lineup. Having Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter isn’t enough to keep the Yankees afloat and the Yankees could surely use Teixeira’s power bat in the middle of the ..read more

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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.”

Well, the Yankees are going ..read more

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