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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Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran make progress

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Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran have both battled injuries recently, but there’s good news for the both of them coming into the series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Mark Teixeira: Mark Teixera went into the batting cage and took 50 swings–25 from each side–with hitting coach Kevin Long this morning. Once Teixeira finished his swings, he told reporters that he felt no pain in his back.

“He took swings today; he felt good,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s taking ground balls. He felt good. So we’ll reevaluate where he is tomorrow and how he feels after today. Hopefully he’s a player here pretty soon.”

So is Teixeira playing in tomorrow’s game against the Texas Rangers a possibility?

 “I don’t know. I’m going to take it day by day and just see how he feels.”

“The one thing he hasn’t taken is live BP, (just) tee and toss,” Girardi said. “The one thing you always have to measure is when you’re working, you can guard against a lot of things. When you’re in the course of a game, sometimes you can’t do that. … Hopefully he wakes up and feels great tomorrow and he’s able to take BP and we’ll go from there.”

Carlos Beltran: For the last month or so, Carlos Beltran has been the primary DH due to an injury in his arm, but after a throwing program, Joe Girardi believes Beltran could go back to right field within the next few weeks, freeing up the DH spot for the other players.

“He’s continuing to throw,” Girardi said. “He has progressed and he has thrown more and more distance as we’ve went on, and he’s done some outfield drills early. I don’t think it’s too ..read more

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Fans name Derek Jeter most powerful person in New York sports

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Let’s start of this Sunday with some light Derek Jeter news as the Yankees prepare for their series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays. 

The New York Daily News released their ‘New York’s 50 Most Powerful People In Sports’ column and afterward they asked the fans who they believed was the most powerful person in the sports world. It wasn’t hard to figure the fans answered with Derek Jeter.

WFAN sports radio host Mike Francesa was second in the poll, New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning and New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist were tied for third, former New York Yankee and current Cleveland Indian Jason Giambi was fourth and rounding out the top five was hip-hop mogul Jay-Z.

However, not just the big names received nods towards being New York’s most powerful people. Fans elected, well, “the fans” as powerful people in New York Sports, mostly because they buy the tickets to see the games at Yankee Stadium, MetLife Stadium, Citi Field, Madison Square Garden and The Barclay Center.

In the end, someone does have to support the athletes and that is where the fans come in. But, it is nice that Derek Jeter is listed the most powerful person in sports. After all he’s done for the fans, it’s another honor he ..read more

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Yankees rally falls short in 6-4 loss to Blue Jays

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The good news? Chris Capuano had a good debut for the Yankees and gave them a chance to win. The bad news? The bullpen gave up four runs which led to a 6-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees were able to take a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on a two-run home run by Brian McCann. The Yankees later attempted a comeback in the ninth inning when Carlos Beltran hit a two-run home run.

Chris Capuano had a good start for the Yankees, giving up two runs in six innings of work. However, the Yankees bullpen fell apart in the seventh inning when Shawn Kelley loaded the bases and Matt Thornton gave up an inherited run (the run was charged to Kelley). In the 9th inning, Jeff Francis gave up a three-run home run (two runs were charged to Chase Whitley), handing the Blue Jays their first win at Yankee Stadium since 2012.

What’s Next?

Shane Greene will take the mound for the Yankees as they attempt to take the series against Toronto. First pitch will be at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Yankees get back on track at Yankee Stadium

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Before this 10 game home stand, the Yankees were under .500 while playing at Yankee Stadium this season. Coming into today’s game, the Yankees are 7-1 this home stand and now have a 25-24 record at Yankee Stadium, pushing them above .500 for the first time since June 20 when they were 17-16.

“We’ve played good baseball,” Joe Girardi said. “We’ve had some timely hitting. We’ve pitched extremely well. You look at a lot of the scores, they’ve been fairly low-scoring games. Our bullpen has continued to do a good job. Our starters have done a good job. You look at (Hiroki Kuroda’s) night last night, he gives up three in the first and then he pretty much shut them down the rest of the game and gave us a chance to come back. I think that’s the important thing. We’ve been able to come back in some of the games.

“But it’s just I think our pitching has been really good. You look at this homestand and that’s one of the reasons we’ve won a lot of games.”

The Yankees bring a 4-game winning streak into today’s game, with their last five wins all being come backs in extra innings or late in games. The Yankees are finally playing like the Yankees, and it will be extremely pleasant to see if they could keep up this play for the duration of the season.

Some Notes:

Mark Teixeira is scheduled to do some tee and toss tomorrow after sitting out the entire week with an issue in his back. If Teixeira can’t tee and toss tomorrow, then it could re-surface the idea of him going on the disabled list.

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Brandon McCarthy gives the Yankees a chance to compete

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When Brandon McCarthy joined the Yankees rotation via trade, McCarthy’s job was simple; replace the Yankees best pitcher in the rotation, Masahiro Tanaka. McCarthy’s response? He went 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA in three starts. Now, McCarthy isn’t trying to replace Tanaka, because he knows there are some things that are just out of his control but he is doing a good job at holding down the fort. He has a certain mindset where he just goes on the mound, pitching for the Yankees every fifth day, taking the reigns and leading them to victory.

“I learned a while ago that it isn’t smart to try to control those things that are beyond your control,” McCarthy said. And of course, he’s right. He was able to control things against the Texas Rangers, the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians. Taking care of things that are in his control worked out for him so far.

McCarthy went from being on a team that had no chance making the postseason to a team that’s in contention for at least a wild card spot, and McCarthy admits he loves the pressure.

“It’s a nice feeling,” said McCarthy, who languished with a terrible Diamondbacks team for months and looks clearly revitalized. “It’s the opposite of what I felt earlier in the year, when I was a burden on a team and holding them up. I wanted more pressure. It’s the fight-or-flight thing.”

Bringing the cutter back into his repertoire has helped McCarthy gain confidence and he uses his cutter as part of his game plan. Every time McCarthy goes on the mound, he knows how he’s going to attack hitters and when he does take the mound it’s a joy to watch him putting ..read more

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