McCann believes McCarthy could be a top-of-the-rotation starter

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Brandon McCarthy‘s numbers while with the Arizona Diamondbacks aren’t pretty, and some Yankees fans seemed hesitant about the McCarthy trade just because of his 3-10 record and ERA over 5. Since becoming a Yankee, he’s pitched approximately 12 innings and gave up two earned runs, helping the Yankees plug in the hole that was recently occupied by Masahiro Tanaka. After yesterday’s start, McCarthy’s teammates were impressed with his pitches and Brian McCann believes McCarthy could be a top-of-the-rotation starter.

“He’s got top-of-the-rotation stuff,” McCann said. “We’re really glad to have him.

McCarthy credits his Yankees success to his cutter, a pitch the Arizona Diamondbacks were against him throwing. But McCann convinced McCarthy to bring back the cutter after their first meeting with the pitching coaches, allowing him to utilize the strike zone. He threw the sinker and four-seamer with both the Yankees and Diamondbacks, but the cutter was able to help him set-up at-bats to retire the hitters.

“The sinker was there and it could work, but it has to be kept alive,” McCarthy said. “The cutter today I thought set that up well.”

McCann has faith McCarthy could pitch well for the Yankees, especially after 80% of their rotation is on the disabled list. And who knows, maybe McCarthy’s work could earn him a contract with the Yankees next season. He’s done a great job so ..read more

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McCarthy shines as Yanks beat Reds 7-1

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In his first start at Yankee Stadium, Brandon McCarthy shined. Of course it helped the Yankees were able to get the offense going, and with the pitching and hitting on the right track, the Yankees were able to defeat the Reds 7-1 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees were able to get on the board in the second inning on a Carlos Beltran home run. Brett Gardner followed in the third inning with a base-hit and later two SAC flies in the game, driving in three of the seven Yankees runs. Derek Jeter had an RBI single in the fifth inning and Kelly Johnson had an RBI single in the sixth, scoring both Beltran and Brian McCann.

Brandon McCarthy impressed the 47,606 fans that showed up to watch the game, going six innings while giving up one run on six hits and striking out nine. Adam Warren pitched a scoreless seventh, Shawn Kelley pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and Matt Thornton got the final two outs of the game.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees may have won the series, but they want the series sweep! However their task will be tough with Johnny Cueto taking the mound for the Reds. To help in their quest for a sweep, the Yankees will counter with Hiroki Kuroda who is looking for his seventh win of the season. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Sabathia relieved to avoid micro-fracture surgery

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When CC Sabathia woke up this morning, he told his wife that for the first time in a long time, he was able to sleep well. Today, he spoke to the media and although he was disappointed that he was going to miss the rest of the 2014 season, he was glad he was able to avoid micro-fracture surgery.

“I was very concerned,” he said. “I told my wife last night, my season’s over, but it was the first time I was able to get some real sleep just kind of knowing I didn’t have to have the micro-fracture and that I can return next year.”

Sabathia will have the procedure done on July 23rd and Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the surgery, but Dr. Chris Ahmad and Dr. Keith Meister both agreed to the form of treatment. Sabathia anticipates returning to doing baseball activities in 6-to-8 weeks.

It was the same procedure performed on OKC star Russell Westbrook, who eventually returned to form without any complications from the surgery. Sabathia wants to pitch for another 5-6 years, but he admitted the possibility of undergoing future knee scopes.

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Cashman has no plans to call up Rob Refsnyder

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It’s safe to say Rob Refsnyder had made a name for himself in the minor leagues, and he’s even earned some interest from Yankees fans, but as far as Brian Cashman is concerned, the Yankees have no plans of bringing up Refsnyder at this point in the season.

“My preference would be to let him play the year in Triple-A,” Cashman said. “… We’re looking toward him more for 2015, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get here in 2014. But I wouldn’t bet on it.”

Refsnyder is in his second year as a second basemen, and he has limited upper level at-bats, but Cashman added Refsnyder doesn’t have to be Rule 5 protected, which could ultimately help the roster fill a spot. While Refsnyder isn’t in the plans right now, Cashman did say the plans for the organization could change.

“He’s certainly put himself on the radar,” Cashman said. “Right now I don’t have any plans to call him up. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen.”

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Ellsbury’s home run leads Yankees to 4-3 win over Reds

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In their first game back from the All-Star Break, the Yankees immediately got back to work with their offense and defense,  subsequently beating the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees were able to score in the bottom of the first inning on a Brian McCann RBI double, plating Brett Gardner. In the third inning, Carlos Beltran hit an RBI single scoring Derek Jeter and in the fifth inning, Jacoby Ellsbury connected for this seventh home run of the year, a two-run shot going over the right field wall.

David Phelps has been extremely good lately and he continued that trend going 6.1 innings while giving up three runs on six hits and striking out seven. Dellin Betances came on to retire five batters, striking out three while David Robertson came in and got his 24th save, pitching a 1, 2, 3 9th inning.

What’s Next?

Brandon McCarthy will make his Yankee Stadium debut as he attempts to give the Yankees a series win while Alfredo Simon will oppose him and take the mound for the Reds. First pitch will be at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Yankees elaborate on Sabathia, Tanaka and Pineda injuries

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Well, the injury bug just keeps biting for the Yankees, the latest blow being CC Sabathia needing knee surgery and missing the rest of the 2014 season. With that being said, here’s an elaborate update on three of the four Yankees pitches currently on the disabled list.

CC Sabathia: After gaining three opinions, the Yankees decided that it would be best if CC Sabathia had surgery to clean his knee. The procedure will be done by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the Los Angeles Dodgers team physician.

The Yankees had already tried cleaning his knee, but the surgery had failed and with this surgery, the Yankees are beginning to run out of options–and hope.

“We just went through that and it didn’t work,” Cashman said. “So it’s like, do you want to try again on something that just failed or do you just want to go to the next step and try to get it taken care and hopefully have a better storyline next year. But there’s no guarantee.”

Masahiro Tanaka: Masahiro Tanaka had a PRP injection and is now waiting for his symptoms to subside. He clarified to the media, saying that he was experiencing pain in his elbow but he said he feels better.

“It was not soreness, it was pain,” Tanaka said. “That’s why I said something to the trainers. It wasn’t something that was normal, that’s why I had to talk to the trainers and let them know it was something that was not normal. … I still feel it, so it’s gradually getting better but I do still feel it.”

Brian Cashman was told the injection plus the rest and rehab could either make the tear go away completely or just make Tanaka symptom free. Regardless of the situation, the Yankees are still hoping ..read more

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CC Sabathia’s season to end due to knee surgery

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Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees have announced CC Sabathia will have surgery on his knee, abruptly ending his 2014 season.

Cashman added Sabathia’s surgery is a clean-up of the knee and is not a micro-fracture surgery which gives a greater chance of recovery. The surgery is slated for July 23rd.

In Other News: The Yankees announced they will have a retirement ceremony for Derek Jeter on September 7th against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium so make sure to buy your tickets!

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Reds vs. Yankees pitching matchups

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Friday, July 18 Yankees: David Phelps (3-4, 3.94 ERA) Reds: Mike Leake (7-7, 3.54 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Leake: Brett Gardner (1-for-3, .333 AVG), Kelly Johnson (2-for-5, .400 AVG), Brian McCann (2-for-8, .250 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Leake: Francisco Cervelli (0-for-3, .000 AVG), Brendan Ryan (0-for-4, .000 AVG)

Saturday, July 19 Yankees: Brandon McCarthy (3-10, 4.80 ERA) Reds: Alfredo Simon (12-3, 2.70 ERA) Time: 1:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Simon: Mark Teixeira (6-for-11, .545 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury (4-for-6, .667 AVG), Brett Gardner (2-for-7, .286 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Simon: Francisco Cervelli (0-for-3, .000 AVG)

Sunday, July 20 Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 4.10 ERA) Reds: Johnny Cueto (10-6, 2.13 ERA) Time: 1:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Cueto: Brian McCann (3-for-7, .429 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Cueto: Brett Gardne (0-for-3, .000 AVG), Derek Jeter (0-for-6, .000 AVG), Kelly Johnson (0-for-3, .000 AVG), Mark Teixeira (1-for-6, .167 AVG), Brendan Ryan (3-for-14, .214 AVG)

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