Yankees drop series finale in ninth with 3-2 loss to Tigers

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The Yankees had the perfect opportunity to vault over the Detroit Tigers for the second Wild Card spot. Instead, they dropped the final game of the three game set with a score of 3-2 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

The Yankees scored their two runs early in the game: in the third, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a RBI single, scoring Zelous Wheeler. In the fourth, Brian McCann had an RBI ground out, scoring Carlos Beltran.

Hiroki Kuroda gave the Yankees everything they asked for, going seven innings while giving up two runs on four hits and striking out four. Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless eighth while striking out two and Shawn Kelley gave up the winning run in the ninth, earning him the loss this afternoon.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees will fly to Toronto where they will face the Toronto Blue Jays in a three game set. Chris Capuano will take the mound for the Yankees and Mark Buehrle will take the mound for the Blue Jays. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Masahiro Tanaka throws a simulated game

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This morning, Masahiro Tanaka threw a simulated game for three innings and 49 pitches. While he admits his control wasn’t great, he says he felt no pain, which is the most important thing.

“I’m looking more at health than anything else and making sure he’s not staying away from things,” Joe Girardi said. “He did not, so I was pleased. … It’s one thing to do a game like this and (another thing) to get in a real game. I understand that’s going to be a little bit different, but I didn’t see him favoring anything, and that’s a good sign.”

Brendan Ryan was the only player who faced Tanaka and he batted left and right handed against him. It turns out Ryan has been experimenting being a switch hitter with Stephen Drew while the two of them take their swings during batting practice. Ryan had two hits against Tanaka, one of the which he described an “Ichiro knock”. Overall, Ryan was extremely impressed with Tanaka, even though Tanaka wasn’t 100%.

“It feels like the velocity is there,” Ryan said. “Some of them are a little bit up or whatever, but that speaks to just being off for a little while. I don’t expect him to be pinpoint or anything like that. Just nice to see him throwing without any pain, from what we understand. He threw some really good sliders. That I didn’t quite expect. … He could go out there and get outs right now just on stuff alone.”

Joe Girardi doesn’t know the plan for Tanaka, but he expects it to be another game, whether a sim game or an intrasquad game should Tanaka experience no setbacks. But here’s the main question: ..read more

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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 MLB.com, 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

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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 ..read more

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

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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

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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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