Offense bails out Capuano in 8-5 victory over Rays

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Chris Capuano didn’t last very long in the game, but the Yankees offense and the bullpen were able to pick Capuano up, scoring eight unanswered runs in an 8-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees got on the board in the bottom of the first on a solo shot by Brian McCann. In the bottom of the third, McCann hit a two-run double, scoring Chris Young and Jacoby Ellsbury. Young added to the offense in the bottom of the fourth on a solo-home run of his own. In the fifth Mark Teixeira tripled and Chase Headley hit a line drive and in the ninth Ichiro Suzuki hit a RBI double followed by a Chris Young RBI single.

Capuano was only able to retire one batter, giving up four runs on four hits with one strikeout. Chase Whitley pitched 2.2 innings, Preston Claiborne pitched two innings (recording the win in the process), Adam Warren pitched 1.2 innings, Dellin Betances pitched 1.1 innings and Esmil Rogers pitched an inning, giving up a solo-home run to Evan Longoria.

What’s Next?

— Tomorrow, the Yankees come back to the stadium where they will attempt to take the final game and the series from the Rays. Michael Pineda will make the start for the Yankees and Alex Cobb will make the ..read more

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Martin Prado’s hamstring injury a lingering issue

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Over the weekend, Martin Prado returned to the lineup and although he wasn’t moving well, his bat was on fire, which led the Yankees to believe they were on their way of having Prado in the lineup on a regular basis. It has been three days since Prado played, and he wasn’t optimistic about playing with a bad hamstring, stating he could have a more dangerous injury on his hands if he continued to do so.

“To be honest with you, the way I see it, I tried to play when the team needs me to play,” Prado said. “But at the same time, I don’t want to miss four or five weeks or six weeks, a month, after this season if we clinch or not. I don’t want to spend that time waiting for my legs to heal because I can use that time to get ready for next season. The way I see it, I tried to play like that, and it didn’t work out well. That being said, I have to worry about my health and not push back and make that worse.”

He said his hamstring wasn’t 100% during the two games he played and the Yankees seem to agree with Prado, not to risk an injury that could potentially be a season ending thing.

“I don’t want him to do too much running, as I told him,” Joe Girardi said. “I said, ‘Go through BP, take some BP, see how you feel and we’ll go from there.’ As I said yesterday, there’s a concern there. I don’t think he’s ready to go, but we’re going to let him take some BP.”

Some Notes

Brett Gardner is still out of the lineup with ..read more

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Carlos Beltran scratched from lineup

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I’ll have more of this in the pregame notes but Carlos Beltran was just scratched from the lineup with right elbow soreness. The Yankees are already facing the injury bug with Brett Gardner and Martin Prado out of the lineup, so to have Beltran out puts a damper in the middle of the order. In correlation to the lineup scratch, the Yankees have put Derek Jeter at DH and Brendan Ryan at shortstop.

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Yankees Wild Card hopes are beginning to fade

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So this dose of reality is going to be tough to swallow: the Yankees are 5.5 games out of the second wild card spot and according to the Wild Card standings they are in the same position as the New York Mets.

Being 5.5 games out of the Wild Card with roughly 19 games to play is going to be extremely tough for the Yankees to win games–but the tough spot the Yankees are in hasn’t changed Joe Girardi‘s approach in these games.

“It leaves us in a pretty big hole,” Joe Girardi said. “Basically we have to win every day. That’s the bottom line: we have to win every day. We can’t worry about the other teams if you don’t win, and we have to win every day.”

Winning every day is going to be highly impossible; the Yankees haven’t been 10 games over .500 all season. They’re still in the race mathematically, but there’s not much hope floating around in the fan-base, considering the way the Yankees have been playing all year long. Is Joe Girardi a little disappointed the Yankees haven’t been able to take advantage and win games?

“No, because I see effort,” Girardi said. “I see guys working. It’s frustrating for us. I’m not disappointed, (but) I’m frustrated for all of us because I see what they go through. You’ve got guys at early BP. You’ve got guys hitting in simulated games trying to get at-bats to stay ready. We’ve got guys trying to get better every ..read more

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Yankees fall to Rays 4-3

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In a night where the Yankees needed to win, they did just the opposite, falling to the Rays 4-3 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees got on the board in the fourth inning on a Jacoby Ellsbury solo-home run. In the fifth inning, Chris Young hit a two-run single, scoring Chase Headley and Ichiro Suzuki.

Hiroki Kuroda started the game and found himself out of the game after 3.1 innings, giving up four runs on nine hits with five strikeouts. David Huff recorded 1.2 scoreless innings, Chase Whitley pitched 1.1 innings, Rich Hill retired a batter, Esmil Rogers retired two batters, Josh Outman retired a batter, Shawn Kelley retired a batter and David Robertson pitched a scoreless inning.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees will come back and try again tomorrow, sending Chris Capuano to the mound to oppose Jake Odorizzi. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Masahiro Tanaka inching closer to a rotation return

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Believe it or not, Masahiro Tanaka is one simulated game away from rejoining the Yankees rotation.

Tanaka threw three innings and 45-pitches and he proclaimed his arm was stronger than it was two weeks ago when the Yankees were in Detroit. He’ll throw an in-between start bullpen before pitching simulated game or a instructional league game on Sunday when the Yankees are in Tampa. Afterwards, it could be possible to see Tanaka in a regular season game.

“I think that’s possible to look at, yeah,” Joe Girardi said.

The last time Tanaka threw a simulate game, he complained of arm soreness. Today, Tanaka was more confident than doubtful about his arm.

“Definitely I was throwing stronger, harder than in Detroit,” Tanaka said. “Not overly worried (that it will be sore tomorrow). A bit concerned just because of what happened in Detroit, but when I was throwing, it was completely sort of different. A different feel than what I was feeling in Detroit versus today, so I think I’ll be OK tomorrow.”

Tanaka faced Chris Young, Antoan Richardson, Zelous Wheeler and Austin Romine, and Young was rather impressed with Tanaka’s stuff.

“Really good,” Young said. “I’m not really sure how the (velocity) is supposed to look or anything like that, but I know his split-finger was just as good as ever and his breaking ball was just as good as I’ve ever seen it. I had the opportunity to face him earlier this year (with the Mets) so I knew what I was getting myself into standing in the box. He looked amazing. He didn’t give up a hit, and we’re all out there ..read more

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Masahiro Tanaka throwing simulated game

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Masahiro Tanaka is currently on the road to recovery, and his latest stop involved him throwing a simulated game.

Tanaka just finished throwing a simulated game at Yankee Stadium involving players such as John Ryan Murphy, Austin Romine and Antoan Richardson. Tanaka is going to speak to the press and those quotes (and more) will be in this evening’s pregame notes.

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BBDP Yankees top seven second basemen

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With the emergence of Robert Refsnyder, the second base crop had a major boost this season, but that was just the beginning. Jose Pirela had a career year and Ty McFarland emerged as a great second baseman at 10th round value. Junior Valera came over from the DSL and performed well, and Bryan Cuevas hit his stride this season. Even the non-drafted free agents the Yankees got this year raked. There’s a ton of potential on the farm right now at second base, in addition to some sure things at the higher levels.

1. Robert Refsnyder – 2B, 6-foot-1, 205-pounds, RHB, 23 – This year Refsnyder broke out in a major way. He had a season that was good enough to put him in a great position to be the starting second baseman for the Yankees next season. He hits to all fields, is extremely athletic, and is becoming an average second baseman with the potential to be even better than that. He is a tireless worker and it would shock me if he wasn’t a plus defender in the coming years. He has an excellent arm and I’ve seen him make some fantastic plays. His power really came around this year, hitting 14 homeruns. This is excellent for a second baseman, and is exactly what the Yankees pictured when they drafted him. I am hoping they give him a legitimate shot to start next year, and I don’t think the Yanks will be disappointed if they do. He hit .318/.387/.497/.884 with 38 doubles, three triples and 14 homeruns this year in Double-A and Triple-A.

2. Gosuke Katoh – 2B, 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, LHB, 19 – Katoh’s stats took a step back this year, but that was in part because he went straight from the GCL to Charleston, as a ..read more

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