Joe Girardi accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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The Yankees play a matinee game this afternoon and instead of Justin Verlander on the mound for the Tigers, they’re going to face LHP Kyle Lobstein, who is making his Major League Debut. However, before we get into today’s series finale, let’s start the day with another ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video.

Yankees skipper Joe Girardi took the Ice Bucket Challenge, and in the video he reveals he had an uncle pass away this year due to ALS. After Girardi took the Ice Bucket challenge, the New York Yankees donated $100,000 to the ALS Association. A classy move from a classy organization.

The video is on, so it wouldn’t embed into the blog post, so just click the link here to see the video.

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Eight-run third inning sends Yankees to 8-4 victory over Tigers


The Yankees had by far their best inning of the season where they scored eight runs in the third inning against David Price and the Detroit Tigers. Those eight runs were just enough to give the Yankees a 8-4 victory at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan

The Yankees scored all their runs in the third on a Derek Jeter double, a Martin Teixeira double, a Carlos Beltran single, a Brian McCann single, a Brett Gardner single, a Francisco Cervelli single, a Jacoby Ellsbury SAC Fly and finally a Jeter sacrifice fly.

Shane Greene had another great outing, going seven innings while giving up two runs on five hits and striking out eight. Adam Warren gave up a run in an inning of work and Dellin Betances gave up a run in an inning of work.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees play a matinee game where they’ll try to take the series against the Tigers. Hiroki Kuroda will pitch for the Yankees. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m. and the game will air on the YES more

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Brett Gardner’s back (but he’s hitting 8th in the order)


Let’s start with the good news and then we’ll go to the bad news.

Good News: Brett Gardner is back in the Yankees lineup.

Bad News: Brett Gardner is hitting eighth in the order.

Is Joe Girardi going to stick with Gardner lower in the order and Jacoby Ellsbury in the lead-off spot? The answer is…no. See, Girardi’s lineup is based off numbers against David Price and Gardner doesn’t hit well against the southpaw (he’s 2-for-20 if you read the pitching match-up post from yesterday). Since Ellsbury has good numbers, he stays in the lead-off spot for at least one more day.

Girardi said the Yankees are going to go back to the Gardner-Ellsbury-Derek Jeter lineup fairly soon but sometimes it’s interesting to give the lineup a slight shakeup.

“I think there are more options,” Girardi said. “But don’t think that you won’t see that. I’m not saying that you won’t see those three guys together again. It could be different too.”

Some Notes

Masahiro Tanaka is still on track to throw a simulated game tomorrow and he’s slated to go three innings or 45 pitches. During his segment with Tanaka, Girardi also talked about planning with confidence through Tanaka’s rehab process.

“I think you plan it out, and it’s either going to work or it’s not going to work. As long as you’re having steps in the right direction, it’s working. That doesn’t mean that it’s a guarantee. If you have a setback, it probably means surgery. It’s not like rehabbing a hamstring or something like that where you can have a setback and, OK, we’ve got to set him down. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.”

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Yankees Minor League Notes: Aceves, Garcia, Joseph, Young

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The New York Yankees have made some minor league moves within the last hour and it involves two releases, an activation from a disabled list and a new waiver claim signing. Here’s the minor league news: 

Alfredo Aceves: The Yankees have announced P Alfredo Aceves has been reinstated from his suspension. They also announced Aceves has been released from his  minor league contract.

Adonis Garcia: The Yankees have reinstated OF Adonis Garcia from the Triple-A disabled list.

Corban JosephThe Yankees have announced they have also released INF Corban Joseph from the minor league roster.

Chris Young: The Yankees have signed free agent OF Chris Young to a minor league contract and they have placed him on the Triple-A roster.

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Brett Gardner hopes to play tonight

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Brett Gardner has been out of the lineup since Sunday afternoon with a sore ankle, but he’s hoping tonight is the night where he’ll be penciled in to face David Price and the Detroit Tigers.

Gardner hit in the cage on Tuesday and he wanted to run for the first time since fouling a ball off his ankle on Saturday against the Chicago White Sox,  but the rains forced him to do his pregame work indoors.

“I don’t have any idea how it’s going to feel, but I know it feels a whole lot better than it did yesterday,” Gardner said before Tuesday’s 5-2 Yankees loss to the Detroit Tigers.

Gardner has missed three straight games prior to tonight, and the Yankees lineup could surely use him considering he’s been one of the most consistent bats in the lineup all season.

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Ellsbury homers in 5-2 loss vs. Tigers


The Yankees came into this series hoping to extend their win streak to six games. However, Brandon McCarthy had a rocky start and the Yankees fell to the Tigers 5-2 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

The Yankeees offense was a one man show: two home runs from the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury connected with his 12th home run in the fifth and with his 13th home run in the eighth.

Brandon McCarthy hit a bump in the road, going 6.1 innings while giving up five runs on nine and striking out five. Esmil Rogers came on to relieve McCarthy and pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees will come back tomorrow night where they will face David Price. Luckily, the Yankees have Shane Greene taking the mound as they attempt to even this series at one game apiece. First pitch is at 7:08 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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Shawn Kelley’s latest internet find a good luck charm for Yankees



Last week, Shawn Kelley was browsing the internet and had a tab opened to, trying to find his latest purchase. He happened to come across a horse mask, worth $19.32 and had a rating of 4.5 stars. He figured he would buy the mask, just to garner a few laughs in the Yankees clubhouse. Instead, the mask turned out to be a regular fixture in Kelley’s locker.

“When I see those things, randomly in a crowd, it makes me laugh,” he said. “So I figured I’ll do that, and it’ll make everyone laugh in the clubhouse.

“And then we went on a winning streak.”

Since Kelley bought the horse mask and brought it to work, the Yankees had a five-game winning streak, including a 8-1 victory against James Shields and the Kansas City Royals.

“Kelley’s undefeated with the horse,” Jacoby Ellsbury said. “I’m never going to go against that.”

For now, Kelley keeps the horse head in the clubhouse, but now that it’s brought joy to his teammates, he’s started his own ritual: He’ll run around with it during pregame and he’ll bring it to the dugout before the first pitch. The Yankees aren’t questioning the horse head’s winning ‘powers’, and they’re enjoying it’s presence.

“You can’t help but laugh at a guy in a horse head,” Brian McCann said. “He nails it. When he goes into character, there’s no getting him out of it. He’s a rock star. That’s what he is.”

So Kelley, what’s the name of the horse head? Every horse head needs a killer name.

“Seabiscuit,” Kelley said. “That’s what we’re calling him.”

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Yankees announce prospects going to Arizona Fall League

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This just in via Joel Sherman:

The following New York Yankees prospects have been assigned to the Arizona Fall League after the conclusion of the 2014 regular season:

RHP Caleb Cotham RHP Branden Pinder RHP Alex Smith 1B Greg Bird 3B Eric Jagielo OF Tyler Austin OF Aaron Judge


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