McCann’s walk-off sends Yankees to 7-4 victory over White Sox

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Brian McCann wasn’t even in the starting lineup today, but when he pinch-hit in the 10th inning, he was able to give the Yankees a 7-4 win over Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees were able to score four runs off Sale in the sixth inning on a Mark Teixeira RBI double, a hit by pitch by Zelous Wheeler and a two-run single by Ichiro Suzuki. Brian McCann replaced Francisco Cervelli in the 10th, sending a pitch over the right field wall to secure the sweep for the Yankees.

Chris Capuano opposed Sale and he pitched six innings while giving up three runs on six hits and striking out five. Esmil Rogers retired two batters, Rich Hill retired a batter, Adam Warren pitched a scoreless eighth, David Robertson gave up a run on a hit in the ninth and David Huff pitched a scoreless 10th, earning his fourth win of the season.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees and the Kansas City Royals will play a one game series to make up the rained out game from earlier this season. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on ..read more

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Gardner and Ellsbury sit vs. Sale…with injuries

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The Yankees are facing the White Sox ace Chris Sale today in the final game of this three game set and if there’s one thing the Yankees lineup is lacking, it’s their main lefty hitters. Brian McCann, Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury all weren’t in the lineup, but in the case of Gardner and Ellsbury, it had more to do with soreness than it had to do with facing Sale.

“Gardy’s ankle is pretty sore from where he hit the ball off of his ankle yesterday,” Joe Girardi said. “We’re hoping it’s just today. Ells is pretty beat up, so we figured if we’re going to give him a day off, this would be the day against Sale.”

Ellsbury could be used later in the game, but Gardner, who’s celebrating his 31st birthday today, won’t see any game action. The Yankees hope to have Gardner back tomorrow night as the Yankees and Royals make up a rained out game in Kansas City.

“I’m not so sure about Gardy,” Girardi said.. “It’s sore, but hopefully a good day of treatment gets most of the soreness out.”

Some Notes

– After losing 2-of-3 to the Houston Astros, the Yankees are actually in good shape to leave with a winning home stand. If they win today, they’ll be 4-2, and their playoff chances will continue to increase.

“That would be a good homestand, and obviously a good way to go out on a road trip that means a lot,” Girardi said. “The teams that we’re playing – Kansas City, Detroit and Toronto – it would be important.”

– So what’s the plan for David Phelps?

“We’ll leave him home this week and he’ll play ..read more

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Joe Torre honored at Yankee Stadium, No. 6 retired

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2014 has been an overwhelming and joyous season for former Yankees skipper Joe Torre. After being honored in Cooperstown last month, Torre was honored at Yankee Stadium yesterday afternoon in a ceremony where he received a plaque in Monument Park and his No. 6 jersey retired.

“To have your number retired for any team is certainly special. But when you talk about the history and tradition of the New York Yankees, known worldwide, it’s a feeling I can’t describe,” Torre said. “There wouldn’t have been a Cooperstown without Yankee Stadium.”

Torre had won four World Series Championships and made six World Series appearances in his 12 year stint with the Bronx Bombers, and if you were wondering, Torre made sure to thank the man who gave him this joyous opportunity: Mr. George Steinbrenner.

“George gave me the greatest opportunity I’ve ever had in my professional life,” Torre said. “I played for 16 or 17 years, but it can never match the 12 years here in Yankee pinstripes. I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunity of entrusting me with this team.”

Many greats were in attendance for Joe Torre day including Jim Leyland, Tony LaRussa, Gene Monahan, Lee Mazilli, Jose Cardenal,  Ron Guidry, Willie Randolph, Reggie Jackson, David Cone, Hideki Matsui, Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Yogi Berra.

Torre ended his speech and ceremony by thanking the fans for their never ending support.

“The one thing that you never forget and you never lose the feeling for are you people,” Torre said. ..read more

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Masahiro Tanaka continues to make progress

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This was supposed to be the pregame notes before the game but I was having an issue trying to post it (my WordPress app was not cooperating with me). So instead, I scrapped the other notes only applying to before the game and just left the main story: Masahiro Tanaka taking the next step in his return to the Yankees rotation.

Masahiro Tanaka has been defying the odds, leaping through every hurdle the Yankees have put in his way in order to make his return to the Yankees rotation. Today, he threw a live batting practice session to Brendan Ryan and Zelous Wheeler, almost in simulated game fashion. He threw 20 pitches, sat down as if to simulate the other half of an inning and then got back up to throw 15 more pitches. For the first time, Tanaka threw the splitter and Wheeler compared Tanaka’s stuff today to his stuff during Spring Training.

“I thought it was a good progression,” pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. “As long as he’s healthy, his stuff’s in the right direction, being able to throw 35 pitches and do full warmups and everything. We’ll see how he comes in tomorrow, but he feels good afterwards so that’s a good sign.”

The elbow is almost a non-issue with Tanaka, as he’d rather talk about his pitches and location rather than the injury that sidelined him in the first place. While Tanaka’s off-speed pitches were rusty and he admitted he didn’t hit his spots, he did say he was ready to get into a game, and he’s ready to join the rotation as soon as possible.

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Yankees score more than four runs in 5-3 victory over White Sox

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For the first time since August 8th, the Yankees were able to scratch out more than four runs, those five runs sending them to a 5-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees scored in the bottom of the second, down by 1-0 on a double play ball hit by Chase Headley; Mark Teixeira scored on the play. In the bottom of the fourth, Martin Prado, who was last night’s walk-off hero, put the Yankees ahead on a two-run double, scoring both Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran. The Yankees later put two more runs on the board in the sixth on a Carlos Beltan home run and a SAC fly by Stephen Drew.

Hiroki Kuroda started the game for the Yankees, going six innings while giving up two runs on five hits while striking out six. Shawn Kelley gave up a run while retiring two batters, Dellin Betances retired a batter, Adam Warren pitched a scoreless eighth and David Robertson notched his 34th save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees will try to sweep the White Sox in the series finale of this three game set and they’ll send Chris Capuano to the hill to oppose White Sox ace Chris Sale. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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As September draws near, Jeter still content with retirement decision

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With September coming up, the 2014 season (and Derek Jeter‘s final season) is slowly coming to an end, and a Yankees team without Jeter is beginning to become a reality. You may be wondering by any chance if Jeter is questioning his decision to retire–he isn’t.

“I think you just realize it. I don’t know if there’s necessarily a magic formula that tells you it’s time to retire,” Jeter said. “I just felt like this was the right time for me. I’ve done it long enough, I look forward to doing other things, so I decided this was going to be my last year.”

While Derek Jeter’s final season has fans in a frenzy, he appreciates the fans in different ballparks giving him a standing ovation as he goes to the plate. It’s a touching way for the visiting fans to say their final goodbyes to the Yankees Captain.

“That’s been awesome. It’s been overwhelming for me,” Jeter said. “It’s not something that I expected. The way the fans have treated me everywhere I’ve gone has been above and beyond my wildest dreams.

“Especially when we’ve gone to some of these stadiums where I’m used to being booed, to have them cheering for you — that’s definitely the memories that I’ll take from this last season.”

While September is here and Jeter’s season is drawing to a close, he still has his eye on the main prize: the opportunity to gain a spot in the postseason via the second Wild Card with a possible chance of fighting their way to the World Series.

“I want to win. That’s it. It doesn’t get any more complicated from that,” he said. “When you’re playing, you want to win. That’s the mindset I’ve always had, ..read more

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Prado’s walk-off single secures 4-3 Yankees victory over White Sox

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Yesterday morning, Brett Gardner and Chase Headley made it clear that the team needed to start scoring runs, even going as far as holding a meeting prior to yesterday’s 3-0 victory against the Houston Astros. It seemed the rest of the offense took something valuable away from the meeting as they fought back with four unanswered runs to beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

After being down 3-0, the Yankees scored two runs in the third inning on a Martin Prado two-run shot. They later scored in the fifth on a game tying RBI double by Jacoby Ellsbury and the final blow was delivered by Martin Prado in the ninth inning on a RBI single, scoring Ichiro Suzuki from first and earning himself his first walk-off Gatorade shower in pinstripes.

Shane Greene had a rough first inning, giving up three runs before he recorded an out. However, he was able to get himself together and kept the White Sox off the scoreboard in his last four innings of work. Shawn Kelley had a scoreless 1.1 innings of work, Dellin Betances had a scoreless 1.2 innings of work and David Robertson pitched a scoreless ninth, notching his 500th career strikeout and the win.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees will come back tomorrow and will play a matinee game against the White Sox. Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound for the Yankees. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Yankees Notes: Beltran, Jeter, Phelps, Torre

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Here’s a few loose notes and tidbits before tonight’s Yankees/White Sox game. A reminder to everyone, tonight’s game is on My9 but the Yankees post game will be on YES Network. 

Carlos Beltran: Beltran had planned to be ready to play tonight, but Joe Girardi thought against it and went with Brian McCann as the DH. Instead, Beltran will swing a bat and if that goes well, we could see him in the lineup tomorrow.

“We hope it works and then we get him in a game,” Girardi said. “It wouldn’t happen today, but he’s going to take some swings today.”

Derek Jeter: Earlier this season, Derek Jeter held a press conference solely for the Japanese reporters. Today, he did the same thing with the Latin media.

“I think you’re pretty aware of the impact that he has in the game of baseball,” Girardi said. “We see that as we travel around and you’re going to visiting parks. Obviously Derek has meant a lot to fans all over the world, and it’s because of the way he has handled himself on and off the field, and the way he plays the game. He plays it hard, and he plays to win. Never shows anybody up and does things the right way. That’s why he’s had such a big impact.”

David Phelps: David Phelps played catch today but he’s not ready to throw a bullpen session just yet. The Yankees might wait until after the upcoming road trip before they have him throw in the pen.

Joe Torre: Tomorrow is a special day for Joe Torre and the New York Yankees; there will be a ceremony at Yankee Stadium where he will have a plaque ..read more

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