Brandon McCarthy gives the Yankees a chance to compete

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When Brandon McCarthy joined the Yankees rotation via trade, McCarthy’s job was simple; replace the Yankees best pitcher in the rotation, Masahiro Tanaka. McCarthy’s response? He went 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA in three starts. Now, McCarthy isn’t trying to replace Tanaka, because he knows there are some things that are just out of his control but he is doing a good job at holding down the fort. He has a certain mindset where he just goes on the mound, pitching for the Yankees every fifth day, taking the reigns and leading them to victory.

“I learned a while ago that it isn’t smart to try to control those things that are beyond your control,” McCarthy said. And of course, he’s right. He was able to control things against the Texas Rangers, the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians. Taking care of things that are in his control worked out for him so far.

McCarthy went from being on a team that had no chance making the postseason to a team that’s in contention for at least a wild card spot, and McCarthy admits he loves the pressure.

“It’s a nice feeling,” said McCarthy, who languished with a terrible Diamondbacks team for months and looks clearly revitalized. “It’s the opposite of what I felt earlier in the year, when I was a burden on a team and holding them up. I wanted more pressure. It’s the fight-or-flight thing.”

Bringing the cutter back into his repertoire has helped McCarthy gain confidence and he uses his cutter as part of his game plan. Every time McCarthy goes on the mound, he knows how he’s going to attack hitters and when he does take the mound it’s a joy to watch him putting ..read more

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Ichiro’s blast gives Yankees 6-4 win over Blue Jays

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Hiroki Kuroda didn’t have his sharpest stuff tonight, but Ichiro Suzuki was able to save him from getting a loss, leading the Yankees to a 6-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

While the Yankees were down 3-0 in the second inning, Brian Roberts hit an infield single scoring Brian McCann and in the same inning, Brett Gardner hit a SAC Fly, scoring Chase Headley. In the bottom of the third, the Yankees added four more runs on home runs by Carlos Beltran (a solo shot) and a three-run home run by Ichiro Suzuki for his first home run of the year.

Hiroki Kuroda didn’t have a quality start, but he did go 5.2 innings while giving up four runs on six hits and striking out three. David Huff pitched a scoreless inning, Shawn Kelley retired a batter, Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless inning and David Robertson closed the game, pitching a scoreless ninth and notching his 26th save of the season.

What’s Next?

Chris Capuano will make his Yankees debut tomorrow as he will attempt to tame the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays will send Drew Hutchison to the mound with hopes of cooling down the red-hot Yankees, who have won 7-of their last-8 games since the All-Star Break. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Capuano slated to start tomorrow

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When Chris Capuano was traded to the Yankees last night, many figured he was going to the bullpen in order to give the tired pen some length. Instead, he was thwarted into the Yankees starting rotation and is slated to pitch tomorrow. Shane Greene was pushed back to Sunday and Chase Whitley was moved to the Yankees pen.

“That’s why we went and got Cap, to be a starter for us,” Girardi said. “And we’re obviously hopeful that he’ll do good things.”

Capuano had a good beginning of the season, posting a 0.00 ERA in April. However, things went south for Capuano and he posted a 22.50 ERA with the Red Sox in June before he was cut from the team on July 1st. Capuano signed with the Rockies and pitched in their minor league system, pitching to a 2.79 ERA in four starts in Double-A.

So what is it that Joe Girardi and the Yankees like about Capuano?

 “Just the experience that he has, used to being a starter, used to logging a lot of innings, gives us a left-hander at our ballpark, which you like. It also allows to — Chase is really built up — put him in the bullpen to help us out there as a real long guy. It gives you more flexibility with (David) Huff. So it does a lot of things for us, actually.”

Some Notes

– To make room for Capuano on the roster, the Yankees have designated Chris Leroux for assignment.

Mark Teixeira will not go on the DL as of yet, but you have to wonder how long it will be before the Yankees make a decision. He’s been ..read more

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To stay in contention, Yankees need McCann and Beltran to produce

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The Bronx Bombers are currently in contention for a play-off spot, but if they want to have any chance of making it to the postseason, they’re going to need to bolster their offense. MLB Network analyst Mark DeRosa discussed the Yankees offensive woes, saying they can’t rely on their pitching to win games all the time.

“It will come down to whether or not Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran and those guys can offensively take the pressure off the pitching staff — unless Brian Cashman goes out and grabs Cliff Lee or someone like that,” said DeRosa

The Yankees lost 80% of the rotation due to injury; CC Sabathia is out for the rest of the season due to knee surgery, Ivan Nova could miss the next two seasons with Tommy John Surgery, Michael Pineda is rehabbing from a strain in his teres major muscle and Masahiro Tanaka is trying to rehab a UCL tear in his elbow. While Brandon McCarthy, Shane Greene, Chase Whitley and David Phelps have done a good job, DeRosa is skeptical the rotation can continue their phenomenal pitching.

“I don’t know if you can rely on that down the stretch,” he said. “You lose your 1-2 [in the rotation], it’s devastating.”

The Yankees have gotten production from Chase Headley, a player they acquired four days ago, but if they want to have any chance of making it, they’re going to need Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran to play to their ..read more

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Blue Jays vs. Yankees pitching matchups

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Friday, July 25 Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 3.88 ERA) Blue Jays: Mark Buehrle (10-6, 2.86 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: My9 & MLB Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Buehrle: Brett Gardner (11-for-24, .458 AVG), Brian McCann (7-for-19, .368 AVG), Brian Roberts (18-for-56, .321 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (24-for-57, .421 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Buehrle: Carlos Beltran (11-for-50, .220 AVG), Francisco Cervelli (1-for-5, .200 AVG), Chase Headley (1-for-7, .143 AVG),

Saturday, July 26 Yankees: Chris Capuano (0-0, .000 ERA) Blue Jays: Drew Hutchison (6-9, 4.54 ERA) Time: 1:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Hutchison: Carlos Beltran & Francisco Cervelli (1-for-3, .333 AVG), Brett Gardner (3-for-7, .429 AVG), Derek Jeter (5-for-11, .455 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Hutchison: Brian McCann (0-for-4, .000 AVG), Brian Roberts (0-for-5, .000 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (1-for-7, .143 AVG)

Sunday, July 27 Yankees: Shane Greene (2-1, 2.79 ERA) Blue Jays: J.A. Happ (8-5, 4.55 ERA) Time: 1:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network & TBS/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Happ: Carlos Beltran (7-for-20, .350 AVG), Derek Jeter (6-for-11, .545 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (4-for-7, .571 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Happ: Francisco Cervelli (0-for-2, .000 AVG), Chase Headley (1-for-10, .100 AVG), Brian McCann (3-for-17, .176 AVG), Brendan Ryan (2-for-11, .182 ..read more

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MLB releases statement on Yankees tarp issue

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After Wednesday’s night tarp malfunction and 2-1 victory against the Texas Rangers, Rangers manager Ron Washington filed a complaint with Major League Baseball, stating the game should have been suspended instead of it being an official game. Regarding Washington’s complaint, Major League Baseball released a statement.

“Last night’s [Wednesday night's] game was called because of the sudden onset of extreme rain, which affected the ability of the grounds crew to put the tarp in place,” the statement said. “Because no ‘malfunction of a mechanical field device,’ as prescribed in Official Baseball Rule 4.12(a)(3), contributed to the unfortunate circumstances, the game did not meet any criteria to be suspended.

“We trust the judgment of last night’s Umpires, who deemed the field unplayable despite the legitimate effort of the sufficiently-staffed grounds crew to cover it. Because of the condition of the field following the heavy storms, we believe the right decision was made from a player safety standpoint.”

Here is Rule 4.12(a)(3) from the official baseball rule book:

MLB cited official Baseball Rule 4.12(a)(3) on suspended games, which states:(a) A game shall become a suspended game that must be completed at a future date if the game is terminated for any of the following reasons:(3) Light failure or malfunction of a mechanical field device under the control of the home club. (Mechanical field device shall include automatic tarpaulin or water removal equipment.)

The Yankees grounds crew had difficulty placing the tarp on the field, and by the time they succeeded, the infield was drenched.

The Yankees complied with the rules, regarding rain out games while the home team is leading in their half of the fifth inning, so I don’t see how Major League Baseball could take Washington’s complaint into consideration. The game is over with, the Yankees won the series and ..read more

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Report: Yankees acquire Chris Capuano from Rockies

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The New York Yankees haven’t made that blockbuster deal yet…but they did acquire an arm.

According to Bryan Hoch of Yankees.com, the Yankees have acquired Chris Capuano from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for cash. Capuano has a 4.55 ERA in 31.2 innings in 2014 while with the Boston Red Sox.

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McCarthy dominates in 4-2 win over Rangers for series win

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Brandon McCarthy was coming off a win in his last start and this time he had to face the Texas Rangers. Despite pitch count issues, McCarthy was able to get through six innings and helped the Yankees achieve a 4-2 victory against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

After trailing 1-0 in the fourth inning, Chase Headley hit an RBI single, plating Brett Gardner to tie the game. In the bottom of the fifth, Francisco Cervelli hit an RBI double and Brett Gardner hit a SAC Fly. The Yankees added an insurance run in the eighth on a Brian McCann double, scoring Carlos Beltran.

McCarthy has made three starts for the Yankees and now has a 1.45 ERA in those three starts. His third start ended with him going six innings, giving up one run on four hits and five strikeouts. In the seventh, Adam Warren gave up a home run before retiring his two hitters and Matt Thornton recorded the final out of the inning. Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless eighth and David Robertson notched his 25th save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees will face the Toronto Blue Jays in a three game set and they’ll send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound with hopes of taking the first game of the series. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on ..read more

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