Yankees fall to Rays 6-1

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In a night that was full of disappointment, the Yankees found themselves once again on the losing side of a game in a 6-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida.

The lone Yankees run scored in the second inning on a RBI single by Ichiro Suzuki, plating Chris Young.

Michael Pineda took the ball for the Yankees, going 5.1 innings while giving up two runs on four hits with five strikeouts. Josh Outman retired two batters, Esmil Rogers gave up three runs on two hits while retiring only one batter, Rich Hill failed to retire a batter, giving up one run, David Phelps retired two batters before being ejected and David Huff pitched a scoreless inning.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees will attempt to salvage the final game of the series against the Rays. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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Yankees Injury Notes: Cervelli, Prado,Tanaka, Teixeira,

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Here are a few injury notes before tonight’s Yankees/Rays game. 

Francisco CervelliFrancisco Cervelli has returned to the Yankees lineup following an episode of terrible migraines. Cervelli is behind the plate tonight while Brian McCann is playing first base (we’ll get to that in a minute).

Martin PradoMartin Prado was placed on the 60-day DL following an emergency appendectomy. As a corresponding move, the Yankees have called up Jose Pirela to take Prado’s spot on the 40-man roster.

Masahiro TanakaMasahiro Tanaka will start for the New York Yankees on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Joe Girardi said Tanaka will throw a maximum of 75 pitches and this will be his first start since suffering a UCL tear before the All-Star Break.

Mark TeixeiraMark Teixeira is out of the starting lineup due to feeling pain in his surgically repaired wrist. Brian McCann will make the start at first.

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Martin Prado’s done for 2014 after undergoing emergency appendectomy

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The Yankees are going to have to finish the season without one of their hottest bats in Martin Prado, but it’s not because of his nagging hamstring.

According to Meredith Marakovits of YES Network, Prado was rushed to the hospital and underwent an emergency appendectomy, ending his 2014 season. Prado had been one of the more consistent bats in the lineup since being acquired in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks during the trade deadline.

Here’s to wishing a speedy recovery for Prado, and hope he’s healthy by the time Spring Training rolls around in 2015.

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Brett Gardner gives “end-of-the-season” address

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The Yankees were eliminated from the American League East division series last night, and technically it’s only a matter of time before they’re eliminated from the Wild Card. The media was expecting someone, anyone to give an ‘end-of-the-season’ address and frankly to no one’s surprise, Brett Gardner held court by his locker, discussing the Yankees frustrations on how the season has gone for them.

“I feel like things have been slipping away for a few weeks,” Gardner said. “To be honest, I haven’t looked at the standings the last couple of days because at this point they don’t really matter. We’ve got to win every day. Until we’re five, six, seven games out with five, six, seven games to go and eliminated, I’m still going to hold out hope, and I still believe in the group of guys we have here. I still come to work every day and play hard, but like I said, we’re not in a good spot right now, and it’s a shame because our pitchers have really stepped up the last couple of months and done a good job. As an offense, we haven’t.”

Gardner has a point about the offense; sure Shawn Kelley blew the lead in last night’s 1-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, but the problem was the offense was unable to get anything going. The bullpen had been trying to preserve tiny leads for six months, and it’s understandable that fatigue has begun to set in.

“As well as we’ve pitched, we didn’t need to be great (offensively),” Gardner said. “We just needed to be good. And we haven’t been.”

The Yankees were shut out for the 10th time this season, but they were also shutout for the fourth time in their ..read more

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Yankees fall to Rays 1-0

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Chris Capuano had pitched a great ball game, but the Yankees were unable to get the offense going, sending them to a 1-0 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida.

The Yankees failed to score a run yet they were able to get six hits. Pretty much the offense of the game was Chase Headley getting unfairly ejected after talking about a strike call with home plate umpire Marty Foster

Chris Capuano pitched six scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out four. Adam Warren pitched two scoreless innings and Shawn Kelley retired two batters, giving up a run while being charged with the loss.

What’s Next?

— Tomorrow, the Yankees will try to split the series against the Rays by sending Michael Pineda to the mound. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. and the game will air on My9.

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Tanaka feels rusty following simulated game

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Following Masahiro Tanaka‘s simulated game, he wasn’t confident that his next step would be a Major League game. He was hit hard, but no runs scored and while he felt he had a bad outing, Larry Rothschild and Joe Girardi thought different.

“I thought he was good,” Rothschild said. “I said all along if he comes out of it healthy, it’s good. You could see he really tested it to make sure that he could throw the ball the way he wants, and he threw the ball pretty well. … Not (focused on) the hits or anything, just the stuff. The arm action and things like that. It’s been a while since he’s been able to get out there and throw to that extent and with that much force. As the game went on you could see, the last inning he was dialed up and threw the ball the way that we’ve seen him throw it this year.”

“We’re going to have to get to a point where he’s in a real game and there’s normal preparation and there’s people in the stands and his adrenaline is flowing,” Joe Girardi said. “But I was pleased with the way the ball came out of his hand today and we’ll see what the next step is. It’s very possible he could be in a game for us, the next step. To be fair, I think you have to see how he feels tomorrow and then you make that decision.”

If the Yankees do use Tanaka in one or two starts, it wouldn’t be about trying to get into the postseason. It would be more about trying to see if Tanaka could be a player for them next ..read more

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Masahiro Tanaka throws a simulated game

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Masahiro Tanaka has just finished throwing a simulated game at the minor league complex in Tampa, Florida and to no one’s surprise, it went well. Here was Tanaka’s final line:

5 IP, 0R, 6H, 4K, 65 pitches.

This is also worth mentioning…Tanaka’s arm didn’t fall off and it’s still intact. Joe Girardi will meet with the media prior to first pitch to discuss the next step for Tanka.

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Yankees vs. Rays pitching matchup

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Monday, September 15 Yankees: Chris Capuano (2-3, 4.90 ERA) Rays: TBA Time: 7:10 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Tuesday, September 16 Yankees: Michael Pineda (3-4, 2.20 ERA) Rays: Jake Odorizzi (10-12, 4.08 ERA) Time: 7:10 p.m. T.V./Radio: My9/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Odorizzi: Carlos Beltran (2-for-3, .667 AVG), Brett Gardner (2-for-5, .400 AVG), Brian McCann (5-for-7, .714 AVG), Mark Teixeira (2-for-4, .500 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Odorizzi: Derek Jeter (0-for-6, .000 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (1-for-6, .167 AVG)

Wednesday, September 17 Yankees: Brandon McCarthy (6-4, 2.54 ERA) Rays: Alex Cobb (9-7, 2.75 ERA) Time: 7:10 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Cobb: Mark Teixeira (4-for-11, .364 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Cobb: Francisco Cervelli (1-for-6, .167 AVG), Stephen Drew (4-for-18, .222 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury (3-for-19, .158 AVG), Brett Gardner (2-for-13, .154 AVG), Chase Headley (1-for-9, .111 AVG), Derek Jeter (2-for-15, .133 AVG), Brian McCann (1-for-5, .200 AVG), Brendan Ryan (1-for-9, .111 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (3-for-20, .150 AVG), Chris Young (1-for-6, .167 ..read more

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