Yankees lose 2-1 to Orioles in extra innings

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The Yankees were one out away from taking Game 1 of the doubleheader, but Adam Warren couldn’t close the game, sending the Yankees to a 2-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Yankees lone run came in the top of the 11th inning on a solo-shot by Chris Young, just one day after he hit a three-run walk-off home run at Yankee Stadium.

Brandon McCarthy did everything the Yankees asked for, going seven innings while giving up no runs on four hits and striking out six. Dellin Betances pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, David Robertson pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and Adam Warren gave up two runs while only retiring two batters.

What’s Next?

— There’s no time for the Yankees to sulk because there’s another game in two hours. Bryan Mitchell was announced as the Yankees starter for Game 2 of the doubleheader. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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Yankees Notes: Gardner, Headley, Jeter

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With the doubleheader today, I didn’t have time to post a full length version of the pregame notes, but I do have some notes of interest here:

Brett Gardner

— Brett Gardner told the media he was going to try running before Game 1 of the doubleheader. He’s not in the lineup for Game 1, but Joe Girardi said Gardner is a possibility for Game 2 of the doubleheader. Gardner hasn’t ran since being diagnosed with an abdominal strain last week.

Chase Headley

— Chase Headley had tests done on his face last night and there’s good news: nothing is broken in Headley’s face. The doctors did have to give him stitches, but that was pretty much the worst of it. He’s going to see a neurologist today to check for concussions.

Derek Jeter

— Derek Jeter’s not in the lineup following being hit in the elbow during the eighth inning of last night’s game. Joe Girardi described Jeter’s injury as him being “sore” and it doesn’t seem likely for Jeter to be in the lineup for the second game.

In Other News

— This isn’t Yankees news but this does affect the Yankees (at least for the Yankees/Orioles games). Baltimore Orioles first basemen Chris Davis was suspended for 25-games after he tested positive for using amphetamines. In a statement, Davis said he used Adderall recently, and also explained in the past he had an exemption to use it but not for this season. Davis apologized and he will begin his suspension effective ..read more

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Yankees activate David Phelps

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This just in Yankees fans:

The Yankees have announced they have activated RHP David Phelps from the disabled list. Phelps will spend the rest of the season in the Yankees bullpen and he is available for today’s twin-bill against the Baltimore Orioles.

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Yankees vs. Orioles pitching matchups

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Friday, September 12 GAME 1 Yankees: Brandon McCarthy (6-4, 2.79 ERA) Orioles: Kevin Gausman (7-7, 3.83 ERA) Time: 1:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

GAME 2 Yankees: TBA Orioles: Bud Norris (12-8, 3.92 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Saturday, September 13 Yankees: Shane Greene (4-3, 3.57 ERA) Orioles: Miguel Gonzalez (9-7, 3.22 ERA) Time: 1:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Sunday, September 14 Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda (10-9, 3.91 ERA) Orioles: Chris Tillman (12-5, 3.36 ERA) Time: 8:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: ESPN/WFAN

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Yankees Injury Updates: Headley, Jeter

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Here are some injury updates following tonight’s 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. 

Chase HeadleyHeadley was hit by a pitch on the chin in the 9th inning. Following the game, Joe Girardi said Headley was going to have tests done on his chin and a facial x-ray. Girardi also said Headley will not be joining the Yankees on their trip to Baltimore.

Derek JeterJeter was hit by a pitch on the elbow in the 8th inning and although it didn’t look good, x-rays came back negative. Girardi said he’ll wait until tomorrow to determine whether Jeter is a player for him or not.

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Chris Young delivers September magic in 5-4 win over Rays

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For the first eight innings, the Yankees were being no-hit by Alex Cobb. But Chris Young was able to dig up some September magic, leading the charge to a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Chris Young broke up Cobb’s no-hitter with a one-out double. A few batters later, Martin Prado hit a pinch-hit two-run home run to cut the deficit to two runs. In the 9th with runners on second and third, Chris Young delivered the final blow, hitting a three-run shot, propelling the Yankees to a victory in walk-off fashion.

Michael Pineda didn’t have his best stuff this evening, going 7.1 innings while giving up four runs on 10 hits and striking out two. Rich Hill retired two batters, Chaz Roe failed to retire a batter, Josh Outman retired a batter and Shawn Kelley retired two batters, earning the win in the process.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees are going to Baltimore for a doubleheader, which means there will be two baseball games! Brandon McCarthy will lead things off for the Yankees, with the Yankees not announcing a Game 2 starter as of yet. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Yankees hand the ball to Michael Pineda in series finale

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Since Michael Pineda returned to the disabled list, he hasn’t allowed more than two runs in his last five starts, not to mention he has a 1.80 ERA in nine starts entering tonight’s match-up against the Tampa Bay Rays. In a game the Yankees need to win, they feel more than comfortable handing Pineda the ball.

“He’s just really consistent,” manager Joe Girardi said. “A lot of strikes, he’s ahead in the count most of the time, he’s used all of his pitches – his slider and changeup – and his changeup continues to be a good pitch for him. Obviously, his slider is very, very good. And he usually gets us deep in games, and we could use that tonight. He can be really dominant, because he’s got movement on his fastball.”

The low moment of Pineda’s season was obviously being caught using pine-tar in a game, resulting in a 10-game suspension followed by him missing time with an injury. The Yankees are encouraged to see Pineda had moved on from the situation and continues to pitch effectively.

“I think it’s really important that it hasn’t affected him and he’s moved on from it, and just understood that, ‘I made a mistake, I had an error in judgment,’ and you move on,” Girardi said. “It happens to all players. We have errors in judgment, and it happens to all people in their lives. You just have to move on and try to learn from it.”

Even Joe Girardi wasn’t sure what he’d get out of Pineda, and he’s been impressed with the results.

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Yankees have injuries to worry about in 2015

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When the Yankees came into Spring Training earlier this season, they had to deal with a fair amount of injuries, the main injury being Mark Teixeira and his wrist. As the season comes to a close, the Yankees have more injuries to worry about when they go into Spring Training in 2015.

Keeping the roster healthy next year is going to be a tough challenge for Joe Girardi, especially in their first year in the post-Derek Jeter Era.

“I guess keeping them healthy is the challenge,” Girardi said. “It is just managing them. Sometimes it is just injuries arise. It is not an every day thing. Sometimes guys can get chronic things and that is what you try to stay away from. But it is giving them days off when you are in long stretches and doing that.”

The Yankees have to keep an eye out on the following players in Spring Training next season, who will end the season nicked and bruised:

Masahiro Tanaka (UCL tear) — CC Sabathia (Knee injury) — Ivan Nova (Tommy John Surgery) — Brett Gardner (Abdominal injury) — Martin Prado (Hamstring injury) — Carlos Beltran (Elbow injury)

Some of the Yankees are vowing they’ll be ready for Spring Training; in fact, CC Sabathia is slated to play catch next week as he prepares to pitch in the 2015 season.

“My mind feels better,” Sabathia said. “My body feels better. It is definitely unfortunate I’m not out here, but I get to spend time with my family. It has all been helping. It ..read more

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