2014 is the ‘Year of Injuries’ for Mark Teixeira

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Back, groin, leg, lat, wrist and fingers. 

If you looked at the words above, you would think we’re taking a test on the different parts of the human body. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The list above is all the injuries Mark Teixeira has faced this season, and it continued last night when he missed the game with a stiff hamstring. Teixeira is having a good year power wise…but he’s not having a good year physically.

“Physically, this has been a very difficult year for me,” Teixeira said. “The only consolation I take is that when I am healthy and feeling good and can get a nice stretch of games, I’m still driving in runs and hitting home runs and that’s what I’m here for.

“Hopefully next year is going to be a lot healthier year, but this season with the injuries, every time you get on a roll something pops up. We have another month to go, so hopefully it’s a good month.”

Teixeira felt stiffness in his leg when he was running the bases, saying it was a thing he would normally play through. However, when he brought it to the attention of Joe Girardi, Girardi felt it would have been a good idea to rest Teixeira and get him healthy again.

“I’ve had to deal with these type of things before where you have to try to manage guys,” Girardi said. “It’s not what he wants and it’s not what we want, but it’s something you have to deal with.”

If there’s one thing no one is questioning, it’s his surgically repaired wrist. When healthy, Teixeira is a main power source in the Yankees lineup–he just has to find a way to ..read more

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Yankees clobber Shields in 8-1 victory over Royals

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Before the game tonight, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said every game is a play-off game for the Bronx Bombers, and they had a daunting task when they had to face James Shields. However, the Yankees struck in the 7th inning, and never looked back, clobbering the Kansas City Royals 8-1 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Yankees struck first in the third inning on a Derek Jeter RBI ground out, scoring Ichiro Suzuki. In the top of the fourth, Stephen Drew connected for his sixth home run of the year, giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead. The Yankees put up a four-spot in the seventh inning on a Martin Prado home run, a Jacoby Ellsbury RBI single, a Derek Jeter single and a SAC Fly for Brian McCann. Ellsbury delivered the final blow in the 9th inning, hitting his 11th home run of the season.

Michael Pineda has made three starts since coming off the 60-day DL and has looked fantastic, only giving up one run on five hits in 6.1 innings tonight. David Huff took the ball and finished the game, pitching 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees will now fly to Detroit where they will face the Detroit Tigers for a three game series. Brandon McCarthy, who pitched a shutout at Yankee Stadium in his last start, will take the ball for the Bronx Bombers as he opposes Rick Porcello. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on ..read more

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Yankees Injury Notes: Gardner, Teixeira

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Here’s a few minor injury notes as the Yankees prepare to play this one make-up game against the Kansas City Royals. If the Yankees want to win five in a row, it won’t be easy: They’re facing James Shields, who’s having a pretty good year.

Brett Gardner: Brett Gardner says his ankle is feeling much better but the Yankees are going to sit him out tonight. He did some minor work during BP but nothing too major. The plan is to have him back in the lineup tomorrow against the Detroit Tigers.

Mark Teixeira: Mark Teixeira is sitting because he felt tightness in his hamstring. As you know, the Yankees are rather cautious, so Teixeira isn’t going to play tonight. Joe Girardi did say that Teixeira will play tomorrow against the Tigers.

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Yankees vs. Royals pitching matchups

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Monday, August 25 Yankees: Michael Pineda (2-2, 2.05 ERA) Royals: James Shields (12-6, 3.28 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: My9 & ESPN/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Shields: Stephen Drew (6-for-11, .545 AVG), Martin Prado (2-for-5, .400 AVG), Brian McCann (3-for-8, .375 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Shields: Mark Teixeira (6-for-48, .125 AVG)

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Yankees suddenly in the middle of a playoff race

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The Yankees recent home stand had done wonders for them, hasn’t it?

Before this current home stand, the Yankees were on the outside looking in: They were eight games back in the American League East and they were five games out of the second Wild Card spot. Flash forward to a week later, and the Yankees are now back in the playoff race.

How? They’re currently six games back in first place (which isn’t an overwhelming deficit) and they’re only 3.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot, behind the Detroit Tigers and the Seattle Mariners. However, if the Yankees want to continue being in the Wild Card race, they’re going to have to continue their winning ways: they’re facing a game against the Kansas City Royals, three against the Detroit Tigers and three against the Toronto Blue Jays, three teams that are still in the Wild Card hunt.

The Yankees have put themselves on a nice streak going into their one game series against the Royals, but they’re also going to have to face four good pitchers in a row (James Shields, Rick Porcello, David Price and Justin Verlander). They’ve accepted and won the challenge of facing three former Cy Young Winners in a row and they’ll more than gladly accept this challenge. The Yankees are now in a tight Wild Card race, and their play this week will determine where they will ..read more

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McCann’s walk-off sends Yankees to 7-4 victory over White Sox

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Brian McCann wasn’t even in the starting lineup today, but when he pinch-hit in the 10th inning, he was able to give the Yankees a 7-4 win over Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees were able to score four runs off Sale in the sixth inning on a Mark Teixeira RBI double, a hit by pitch by Zelous Wheeler and a two-run single by Ichiro Suzuki. Brian McCann replaced Francisco Cervelli in the 10th, sending a pitch over the right field wall to secure the sweep for the Yankees.

Chris Capuano opposed Sale and he pitched six innings while giving up three runs on six hits and striking out five. Esmil Rogers retired two batters, Rich Hill retired a batter, Adam Warren pitched a scoreless eighth, David Robertson gave up a run on a hit in the ninth and David Huff pitched a scoreless 10th, earning his fourth win of the season.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees and the Kansas City Royals will play a one game series to make up the rained out game from earlier this season. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on ..read more

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Gardner and Ellsbury sit vs. Sale…with injuries

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The Yankees are facing the White Sox ace Chris Sale today in the final game of this three game set and if there’s one thing the Yankees lineup is lacking, it’s their main lefty hitters. Brian McCann, Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury all weren’t in the lineup, but in the case of Gardner and Ellsbury, it had more to do with soreness than it had to do with facing Sale.

“Gardy’s ankle is pretty sore from where he hit the ball off of his ankle yesterday,” Joe Girardi said. “We’re hoping it’s just today. Ells is pretty beat up, so we figured if we’re going to give him a day off, this would be the day against Sale.”

Ellsbury could be used later in the game, but Gardner, who’s celebrating his 31st birthday today, won’t see any game action. The Yankees hope to have Gardner back tomorrow night as the Yankees and Royals make up a rained out game in Kansas City.

“I’m not so sure about Gardy,” Girardi said.. “It’s sore, but hopefully a good day of treatment gets most of the soreness out.”

Some Notes

– After losing 2-of-3 to the Houston Astros, the Yankees are actually in good shape to leave with a winning home stand. If they win today, they’ll be 4-2, and their playoff chances will continue to increase.

“That would be a good homestand, and obviously a good way to go out on a road trip that means a lot,” Girardi said. “The teams that we’re playing – Kansas City, Detroit and Toronto – it would be important.”

– So what’s the plan for David Phelps?

“We’ll leave him home this week and he’ll play ..read more

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Joe Torre honored at Yankee Stadium, No. 6 retired

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2014 has been an overwhelming and joyous season for former Yankees skipper Joe Torre. After being honored in Cooperstown last month, Torre was honored at Yankee Stadium yesterday afternoon in a ceremony where he received a plaque in Monument Park and his No. 6 jersey retired.

“To have your number retired for any team is certainly special. But when you talk about the history and tradition of the New York Yankees, known worldwide, it’s a feeling I can’t describe,” Torre said. “There wouldn’t have been a Cooperstown without Yankee Stadium.”

Torre had won four World Series Championships and made six World Series appearances in his 12 year stint with the Bronx Bombers, and if you were wondering, Torre made sure to thank the man who gave him this joyous opportunity: Mr. George Steinbrenner.

“George gave me the greatest opportunity I’ve ever had in my professional life,” Torre said. “I played for 16 or 17 years, but it can never match the 12 years here in Yankee pinstripes. I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunity of entrusting me with this team.”

Many greats were in attendance for Joe Torre day including Jim Leyland, Tony LaRussa, Gene Monahan, Lee Mazilli, Jose Cardenal,  Ron Guidry, Willie Randolph, Reggie Jackson, David Cone, Hideki Matsui, Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Yogi Berra.

Torre ended his speech and ceremony by thanking the fans for their never ending support.

“The one thing that you never forget and you never lose the feeling for are you people,” Torre said. ..read more

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