Rangers vs. Yankees pitching matchups

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Monday, July 21 Yankees: Shane Greene (2-0, 1.32 ERA) Rangers: Miles Mikolas (0-2, 10.05 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Note: Brian McCann is the only Yankee with an at-bat against Mikolas, resulting in a walk.

Tuesday, July 22 Yankees: Chase Whitley (4-5, 5.10 ERA) Rangers: Nick Martinez (1-6, 5.10 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: My9/WFAN

Note: No Yankee has faced Nick Martinez coming into tonight.

Wednesday, July 23 Yankees: David Phelps (4-4, 3.87 ERA) Rangers: Yu Darvish (9-5, 2.88 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Darvish: Derek Jeter (2-for-4, .500 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (7-for-17, 4.12 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Darvish: Kelly Johnson (1-for-6, .167 AVG), Brendan Ryan (1-for-8, .125 AVG)

Thursday, July 24 Yankees: Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 1.42 ERA) Rangers: Colby Lewis (6-7, 6.37 ERA) Time: 1:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Lewis: Derek Jeter (3-for-5, .600 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (18-for-51, .353 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Lewis: Carlos Beltran (1-for-5, .200 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury (1-for-8, .125 AVG), Brian Roberts (2-for-10, .200 ..read more

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Carlos Beltran’s bat is beginning to heat up

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Carlos Beltran had multiple set-backs during the first half of the season with injuries and a cold bat, but in the last few weeks, he has been getting into the swing of things and  I’m sure Yankees fans will admit, it’s a very good sight to see.

“I feel good, I’m seeing the ball good and just getting good results, man,” Beltran said to the New York Post. “Honestly, I believe in my work. I just got to come to the ballpark and do my work. Sometimes you’re gonna go out and have good results and sometimes you won’t have good results. It’s still a long season. So you have to stay focused and come to the ballpark with the mentality of trying to do something positive.”

Beltran was forced by injury to be the Yankees every day DH, and the transition may have something to do with his timing at the plate. However, Beltran hasn’t used that as an excuse.

“It is what it is. I have to come to the ballpark and focus on the things I can control,” he said. “Right now I’m not playing in the outfield. I cannot be thinking about that. I gotta be thinking about DHing, it’s my job, and just focus on that.”

Beltran’s not ready to say if he’s beginning to go on a tear, but he has gotten the desired results of late, and he hopes it’s the start of something big in the second half.

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McCann’s bloop single caps walk-off and sweep in 3-2 win over Reds

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The game originally started as a pitchers duel between Johnny Cueto and Hiroki Kuroda. The game ended in a battle of the bullpen fashion and Brian McCann outsmarting Aroldis Chapman along with the Cincinnati Reds outfield in a 3-2 win victory and series sweep at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees got on the board in the bottom of the 5th inning when Derek Jeter singled on a line drive, driving in Kelly Johnson. One batter later, Jacoby Ellsbury hit an RBI single, plating Brett Gardner for a 2-1 lead. Let’s fast forward to the 9th inning with the game tied at two. Jacoby Ellsbury singled to left field of  Aroldis Chapman, advanced to second on a steal and went to third on a wild pitch. After a Mark Teixeira strike out, Brian McCann popped a ball up into short right field, but the ball was lost in the sun, allowing it to drop and Ellsbury to score.

Hiroki Kuroda dominated the Reds, going 6.2 innings giving up one (unearned) run on three hits and striking out six. Dellin Betances followed, pitching 1.2 innings while giving up a run on three hits and striking out one and David Robertson pitched a scoreless ninth, earning the victory following the walk-off.

What’s Next?

– The Texas Rangers come to town to begin a four game set with the New York Yankees. The Yankees will send Shane Greene, who has been impressive so far this season. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the ..read more

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Yankees release statement on Derek Jeter Day ticket controversy

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There was an article in the New York Post newspaper this morning, claiming the Yankees were going to raise ticket prices for Derek Jeter‘s ceremony. In response to that, the Yankees released a statement discussing the issue.

The New York Yankees would like to clarify any misperceptions or inaccuracies contained in a story today (July 20, 2014) in the New York Post.  The New York Yankees have not, did not, and will not raise any ticket prices for the game to be played in Yankee Stadium on September 7, or for that matter, any other game to be played at Yankee Stadium this season. The statement that “[t]he team hiked the cheapest tickets on its Web site a stunning 1,250 percent – from $16 to $250 …” is absolutely and categorically untrue.

The story confuses the primary ticket market with the secondary ticket market. That is, tickets that are being sold by fans who already purchased the tickets. There are numerous resale markets including StubHub, Craigslist, Yankees Ticket Exchange, and VividSeats, where fans and brokers post tickets to be resold.

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Girardi sticks with the same lineup for three days straight

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If you had the lineup card for the last three days, you’ll notice the lineup hasn’t changed–at all. Joe Girardi ran the same lineup out there for the last three days with hopes of getting the ball rolling. It’s worked for the last two days and now Girardi is hoping that it will work again against the Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto.

“This next week I’ll get some of the other guys into games here to keep everyone going,” Girardi said. “But you like to try to run the same lineup out there as much as you can.”

One constant in the Yankees lineup has been Carlos Beltran at the designated hitter, but would it be possible to see Beltran on the field as the Yankees right fielder at some point in the season?

“We’ve talked about that,” Girardi said. “That could probably start happening pretty soon here.”

With Beltran on the shelf and Alfonso Soriano no longer on the team, Ichiro Suzuki has taken a bulk of the playing time, and he’s done well for the Yankees coming into the second half.

“He’s had a pretty decent year for us,” Girardi said. “He’s played a lot as of late. I know that I have to give him a day off every once in a while to keep him fresh. Even though he won’t say that, I think it’s important that that happens. But he’s been an everyday player for us.”

Some Notes

Michael Pineda recently threw live batting practice and Girardi believes he’ll do it again sometime soon.

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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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