Gardner joins Taylor Hooton Foundation; Teixeira expands Dream Team 25

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Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira aren’t just setting an example for the Yankees on the field, but they’re also setting an example off the field. Here’s what the two of them are up to with their respective foundations:

Brett Gardner: The Taylor Hooton Foundation announced today New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner has joined their “Advisory Board” which is made up of active players around Major League Baseball. The Taylor Hooton Foundation is acknowledged as a leader in advocacy against appearance and performance enhancing drugs use by the youth in today’s society

Gardner joins 11 other players who are involved with the Hooton Foundation including Jay Bruce (Cincinnati Reds), John Danks (Chicago White Sox), David DeJesus (Tampa Bay Rays), Brian Dozier (Minnesota Twins), Dillion Gee (New York Mets), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Jason Kipnis (Cleveland Indians), Mark Melancon (Pittsburgh Pirates), Max Scherzer (Detroit Tigers), C.J Wilson (Los Angeles Angels) and Brad Ziegler (Arizona Diamondbacks). More players will be added to the “Advisory Board” throughout the 2014 season.

As members of the “Advisory” Board, the selected players will participate in the Taylor Hooton Foundation’s educational activities, record public-service announcements for radio and provide input by educating players on the dangers of using steroids and performance enhancing drugs.

Mark Teixeira: Teixeira launched the Dream Team 25 for the third year in a row, which alerts fans to help support his cause for Harlem RBI and the Dream Team Charter school. In exchange for support, “All-Stars” could make the trip to New York City and have lunch with Teixeira at Yankee Stadium.

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Michael Pineda set to take the mound vs. Red Sox

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The last time Michael Pineda took the mound against the Red Sox, it was at Yankee Stadium–and it was a rather controversial start. Pineda appeared to have pine tar on his wrist for half the game before wiping it off before the fifth inning while propelling the Yankees to a victory.The controversy was an odd one; it started in the Boston Red Sox NESN booth, went to Twitter, traveled through the media, and then went to Pineda who claimed he had dirt on his hand.

This series is much different than the last Yankees/Red Sox series: for one thing, it’s not at Yankee Stadium; it’s at Fenway Park. Pineda will have to prove he can pitch in a huge spotlight away from home, something Masahiro Tanaka proved yesterday when he beat the Red Sox 9-3 to earn his third win of the season.

Pineda enters tonight’s contest with a 1.00 ERA (yes, that’s his actual ERA), stifling hitters with his fastball and fooling hitters with his devastating slider. He’s matched Tanaka pitch for pitch since the season started…but this is a new test for Pineda. Red Sox fans will heckle him for the pine tar incident–it will be interesting to see if he can block out the noise, and shut down the Red Sox ..read more

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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 Lester 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.”

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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)

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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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