Tanaka, Yankees get crushed in 10-4 loss to Red Sox

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In the penultimate game of the 2014 season, the Yankees were hoping to get a look at Masahiro Tanaka before the offseason. Well, they got a look at him all right–he went 1.2 innings giving up seven runs in a 10-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Yankees didn’t get on the board until the seventh inning when Brendan Ryan hit a SAC Fly, scoring Jose Pirela. The Yankees added three runs in the eighth on a Chris Young RBI single and a two-run double by Stephen Drew, scoring both Chase Headley and Austin Romine.

Tanaka gave up seven runs on five hits while striking out two in his 1.2 innings of work. Preston Claiborne gave up two runs while retiring a batter, Bryan Mitchell gave up one run in four innings of work and Chase Whitley pitched two scoreless innings.

What’s Next?

— It’s the 2014 season finale as the Yankees take the field one last time this year against the Boston Red Sox. Michael Pineda will get the start for the Yankees. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Girardi rips players before Derek Jeter’s last Yankee Stadium game

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The night ended great for the New York Yankees which included Derek Jeter‘s Hollywood ending walk-off hit, but the beginning of the day started with a speech from Joe Girardi–and it wasn’t pretty.

According to ESPN New York, Girardi held a team meeting where he expressed his disappointment and frustration with the team for not making it to the postseason for the second consecutive year. He was quoted as to have said the team wasn’t “hungry enough” or they were “overweight”. ESPN New York asked the players what the team meeting was about and Brett Gardner confirmed the meeting happened–but he shut out the media as they searched for answers.

“My take was that was a team meeting and I’m not going to talk to you about it,” Gardner said.

So how did Girardi describe the meeting?

“I felt we had chances to make it and we just didn’t execute,” he said. “I told them we had work to do to get better.”

Well, if we’re looking at positives, the Yankees haven’t had a losing season (season under .500) during Girardi’s tenure, so that’s a good ..read more

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Masahiro Tanaka gets one last start before offseason

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Masahiro Tanaka‘s first season as a New York Yankee has had it’s ups and it’s downs. His season reached an up when he returned from the UCL tear and dominated the Toronto Blue Jays. Now in his final start of 2014, Tanaka hopes to keep the trend going before beginning a hopefully normal winter.

“It should give me some confidence and just be able to go back home to Japan and work out the way I want to,” Tanaka said. “… I do really want to go out there again and check to see how my arm is. That’s kind of the main thing I’m looking for.”

It’s the second start he’s had since going through the injection-and-rehab process and Joe Girardi reiterated that it was the only way for the team to see if Tanaka would need Tommy John Surgery. But just what is Girardi looking for during this start? Is he expecting anything different from Tanaka?

“Just a continuation of what we saw the other day,” Girardi said. “The command, the sharpness of his stuff. Obviously I won’t push him too far. It doesn’t really make a lot of sense at this point. But just that same stuff.”

Would Tanaka be satisfied that he’s fully healthy in 2015 if all goes according to plan in this start?

“It’s what it is,” he said. “You can’t ask for another game, so I’m just going to go in there (today), see how it is and work based on that.”

Some Notes

— Joe Girardi confirmed last night Jacoby Ellsbury is done for the season along with Carlos Beltran.

— Something peculiar here, Brett Gardner is ..read more

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Cervelli and B-Squad beat Red Sox 3-2

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Judging by the title, you would think I was talking about a Yankees Spring Training game. Well, instead Joe Girardi rested all of the regulars and sent Francisco Cervelli and the September call-ups to the field. In the end, the B-squad defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-2 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Yankees got on the board in the third on a Francisco Cervelli RBI single. John Ryan Murphy reached on an error with the error scoring Cervelli. The Yankees scored their final run in the sixth on a SAC Fly by Zealous Wheeler.

Chris Capuano went 6.1 innings, giving up one run on four hits and striking out five. Shawn Kelley gave up a run while retiring a batter, Adam Warren pitched a scoreless inning and David Robertson notched his 39th save of the season.

What’s Next?

Masahiro Tanaka is slated to take the mound for the Yankees in the second-to-last game of the 2014 season. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on ..read more

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Derek Jeter decides to take day off

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After last night’s heroics and an emotional farewell to Yankee Stadium, Joe Girardi left what happened this weekend entirely up to Derek Jeter. He gets to decide where he hits, what position he wants to play and if he wants to manage. Jeter’s first request? He wanted the night off.

“I think he’s going to take a day off,” Girardi said. “I talked to him today and said, what do you want to do? He said, he’d like to have a day. It’s always difficult at this point because everyone wants to see him, and I understand that, but he’s been through a lot. The team’s been through a lot. We’ve played 18 games in the past 17 days. We got in here late last night, and I think he’s going to take a day.”

I was almost certain Derek Jeter wasn’t going to play tonight, but what was shocking was  the rest of his regular teammates (Gardner, McCann, Teixeira, Headley, Drew, etc.) weren’t in the lineup either. Sure, the games are meaningless and we get a chance to watch the young kids from the farm get their crack at the Boston Red Sox, but Girardi thought it was interesting that Jeter’s first request was a night off, something Jeter hadn’t done in a long time.

“Maybe in spring training (he’s done that),” Girardi said. “Certain road trips in spring training. I don’t ever remember him saying that. I’m sure he’s emotionally drained today. He’s probably physically drained. He played 10 or 11 days in a row. Our schedule was not easy, day games after night games, but it is the first time I remember.”

Some Notes

— The Yankees had something planned for Hiroki Kuroda during last night’s ..read more

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Derek Jeter’s final Yankee Stadium game most-watched game on YES

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Not only can Derek Jeter bring a Hollywood ending to his career but he can also bring in great television ratings to the New York Metropolitan area.

According to David Waldstein of the New York Times, last night’s game was the most-watched game ever on the YES Network. The ratings peaked at 1.99 million from 10:15 and 10:30 p.m, which was around the time Jeter had the walk-off hit, ending his fairy-tale career at Yankee Stadium.

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Yankees vs. Red Sox pitching matchups

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Friday, September 26 Yankees: Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.67 ERA) Red Sox: Steven Wright (0-0, 3.38 ERA) Time: 7:10 p.m. T.V./Radio: My9/WFAN

Saturday, September 27 Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (13-4, 2.47 ERA) Red Sox: Joe Kelly (3-2, 4.00 ERA) Time: 1:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: FOX/WFAN

Sunday, September 28 Yankees: Michael Pineda (4-5, 1.93 ERA) Red Sox: Clay Buchholz (8-10, 5.31 ERA) Time: 1:35 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

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Derek Jeter has Hollywood ending to Yankee Stadium career

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Derek Jeter‘s entire career has been like a Hollywood movie; just when you think Jeter can’t top himself, he does. Everyone was wondering how Derek Jeter’s final game in Yankees pinstripes would end. Would Derek Jeter cry on the field? Would he continue to have a stoic demeanor as he’s had for years past? Well, he did neither. Instead, he showed joy the more the night went on and eventually, he was the one that ended the game and his career at Yankee Stadium on a high note.

The Yankees fans were wondering if Derek Jeter would come out of the game, they were wondering if Joe Girardi had a plan like they did with Mariano Rivera last year. Instead, David Robertson blew the save and the Yankees had to bat in the bottom of the ninth. Jose Pirela, Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter were the next three batters in the order and what happened in that inning was absolutely magical.

Jose Pirela singled and was replaced by Antoan Richardson as a pinch runner. Brett Gardner made a perfect sacrifice bunt, almost as if it was his way of inviting Jeter to write the ending to this game. Jeter did not disappoint; he lined a double down the right field line, scoring Richardson and ending the ball game. The team came out of the dugout as if Jeter just won them the World Series. He took a tour around the field. The remaining members of the Core Four was standing at home plate, clapping and cheering for the Yankees Captain and their former teammate. Jeter ..read more

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