Yankees vs. Cubs postponed

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Well, it looks like the Yankees will get one more day to rest their players.

The Yankees vs. Cubs game has been postponed due to inclement weather, meaning the Yankees and Cubs will play a day/night doubleheader tomorrow. Masahiro Tanaka was slated to pitch tonight but with the recent rain out, it’s uncertain which game he will pitch. The other issue was the game was slated to be on My9 tonight, so another question is broadcasting.

The Yankees will move their ceremony for Jackie Robinson and Nelson Mandela to tomorrow during pre-game (not sure which game as of yet). Fans that had tickets to tonight’s game can either go to the 1:05 p.m. game tomorrow or go to the box office to exchange their tickets for a later date.

Since the Yankees DH is happening in less than 48 hours, both teams are not allowed to bring up a 26th player. However, the Yankees are slated to make a roster move regarding Francisco Cervelli, which will most likely be Russ Canzler and John Ryan Murphy.

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Yankees to honor Robinson, Mandela

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The Yankees will honor Jackie Robinson as they do every year on April 15; they’ll wear the number 42 which has been retired across baseball to honor a man who broke the color barrier with his bravery and talent. The Yankees also plan to honor the late Nelson Mandela with a plaque in monument park, celebrating his life and commemorating his June 21, 1990 visit to Yankee Stadium. Rachel and Sharron Robinson, Bud Selig, Harry Belafonte and Zondwa Mandela (Mandela’s grandson), will be in the Bronx tonight for the ceremony.

“Jackie Robinson is an American icon whose accomplishments and leadership continue to inspire us in Baseball and our society at large,” Selig said. “Major League Baseball proudly celebrates his enduring legacy, which is reflected by extraordinary on-field diversity of players from all backgrounds, enthusiastic participation in youth baseball and softball, and proven results in diverse business efforts.”

“I am quite proud that when Jack stepped onto the field on April 15, 1947, and broke the color barrier in baseball, he helped to further social change in America,” Rachel Robinson said. “On behalf of our family and the Jackie Robinson Foundation, we are thrilled that Major League Baseball continues to honor him and works to ensure that what he stood for will not be forgotten by future ..read more

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Francisco Cervelli to go on the DL

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When Francisco Cervelli came out of yesterday’s game with a hamstring issue, it didn’t look very good. The Yankees sent him to get an MRI and it looks like Cervelli will spend some time on the disabled list.

The Yankees announced Cervelli will go on the disabled list with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. They’ll make the corresponding move before tomorrow night’s game. The Yankees also announced they optioned Shane Greene to Triple AAA. The Yankees are expected to bring up a catcher and a position player.

For the catcher, it’s almost certain Austin Romine will be back. As for the position player, my bet is on Scott Sizemore. He has been hitting well in Triple AAA with a .344 average. If he hits like that in the majors, he could be a helpful addition to the ball club.

Some Notes

Brian McCann had precautionary X-Rays after yesterday’s game and they came back negative. McCann was hit in the hand during the eighth inning but stayed in the game following the injury to Cervelli. McCann considered it a non issue after the game, but the Yankees wanted to make sure.

Carlos Beltran was announced as the AL Player of the Week by Major League Baseball. In the span of a week, Beltran batted .423 (11-for-26) with four doubles, six RBI and seven runs scored. This is the tenth time Beltran had the honor oiverall, and the fourth time he was honored with the Player of the Week while in the American League. He last won it with the St. Louis Cardinals on May 14, ..read more

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Yankees look promising as they enter their first off day

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It’s hard to believe, but after the two embarrassing games in Houston, the Yankees are 7-4, entering their off day with a 7-6 record and in a three way tie for first place with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. The Yankees have had their fair share of injuries, but they’ve shown they’re able to battle through them and come out on top in games.

Take yesterday’s 3-2 win over the Red Sox for example: The Yankees lost Francisco Cervelli to a hamstring injury, Brian Roberts and Derek Jeter were on the bench with minor injuries and Yangervis Solarte along with Brian McCann were in pain for a few moments during the contest themselves. In the end, the Yankees persevered and answered the lingering questions in the game: they placed Carlos Beltran at first, put Ichiro Suzuki in right and came out on top with the victory.

The Yankees in their past 13 games have had some glimmering moments where they could possibly be one of the best teams in the AL East, and yet they’ve had their moments where they’ve looked like an average team. The pitching staff has been terrific and the new signings of Jacoby Ellsbury, Beltran and McCann have really helped the ball club. Unfortunately, their weakness is the infield. With Mark Teixeira on the DL and with the recent injuries of Jeter and Roberts, there’s a gigantic question mark in the middle of the diamond.

Still, 13 games is a small sample size, and it’s not enough to show where the ..read more

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Nova dominates, Beltran homers as Yankees beat Red Sox 3-2

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Ivan Nova needed a good outing to redeem his past two starts, and that’s exactly what he did as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 3-2 and took the series three games to one at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Nova went 8.1 innings giving up two runs on eight hits while striking out four before handing the ball to Matt Thornton. Thornton pitched to a batter, handing the ball to David Phelps who had an eventful outing. Phelps had a bases loaded situation with two outs and Mike Carp at the plate before pulling a David Robertson ‘Houdini’ act to strike Carp out to end the inning. Shawn Kelley came into the game and got the save for the Yankees, striking out two and getting the last batter to fly out to former Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury.

The Yankees relied on the home run ball to pull them ahead of the Red Sox in the third inning when Carlos Beltran hit a two-run shot into the left field seats. The Yankees scored their third and final run on a ground ball by Francisco Cervell, although Cervelli injured himself on the play. Cervelli was just one of the five injuries that occurred today, although two of the injuries weren’t serious.

Injury Update

Brian Roberts had an MRI on his back and is listed day to day by Joe Girardi.

Francisco Cervelli had an MRI on his hamstring and Girardi is almost certain Cervelli will go on the DL.

Brian McCann is okay ..read more

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Francisco Cervelli injures his hamstring

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Well, here goes another injury.

Francisco Cervelli left the game in the fourth inning of tonight’s Yankees/Red Sox game with a hamstring injury. The play was Cervelli had grounded to second where it appeared to be a double play. On the play, Cervelli grabbed at his hamstring and fell to the ground, unable to get up for a few moments. On that same play, Joe Girardi used his challenge to buy time, with the Yankees ultimately winning the challenge and Red Sox manager John Farrell getting tossed from the game.

Cervelli was able to get up and head to the clubhouse on his own but he was obviously limping. Girardi confirmed five minutes after the play Cervelli pulled his hamstring. Ichiro Suzuki pinch ran for Cervelli and later played right field, moving Carlos Beltran to first base for the first time in his career.

More information on Cervelli’s injury after the game.

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Brian Roberts has back injury

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If you had Brian Roberts being healthy for 12 games before ultimately being injured before Game 13, then congratulations. You’d be correct.

According to George A. King III of the New York Post, Roberts was scheduled to start against the Red Sox tonight but was scratched due to a back injury. Yangervis Solarte had the start instead. Brian Cashman won’t say the severity of the injury but he did say Robert’s back is what ultimately kept him out of the lineup.

Roberts hasn’t played a full season since 2009, being plagued with injuries since then.

I’ll put any new information on the situation in this post, so stay tuned for more news.


– Brian Roberts had an MRI and the results came back negative. He’ll be re-evaluated in a few days.


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Derek Jeter has tightness in his quad

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When I saw the lineup for the Yankees and didn’t spot Derek Jeter anywhere in the order, I knew something was wrong. Nothing was terribly wrong but Joe Girardi revealed Jeter had tightness in his quad, something Jeter has been battling with since Friday. With that, Girardi decided to give Jeter the day off even though there’s an off day tomorrow.

“Friday, early in the game, his quad got a little tight, but played the whole game,” Girardi said. “Saturday was a scheduled day off, no matter what. I had it scheduled for the whole week. I knew that he was going to be off. I’d say about the fifth, sixth, seventh inning (on Saturday), I started thinking it probably makes sense to give him one more day because it buys him two more days (with Monday being an off day).”

Jeter didn’t speak to the media earlier today, but it’s almost a given Jeter isn’t happy with the situation. Girardi expected it, since Jeter likes being out on the field and usually fights his way into the lineup.

“He fights me about every time that we’re going to give him a day off, but he’s been that way since day one,” Girardi said. “I remember he used to fight Joe (Torre) and say, ‘How am I going to break Cal (Ripken’s) record if you keep doing this to me?’ It’s never a real comfortable situation when you tell him that you’re going to give him a day, but I think he understands what I’m trying to do. It’s just his heart. He wants to be out there.”

So, with Jeter on the bench tonight, does that mean he’s unavailable?

“Is he available to me tonight? In an emergency I would use him,” he said. “Are ..read more

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