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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White Sox vs. Yankees pitching matchups


Friday, August 22 Yankees: Shane Greene (3-1, 2.91 ERA) White Sox: John Danks (9-8, 4.94 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: My9/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Danks: Jacoby Ellsbury (6-for-14, .429 AVG), Derek Jeter (6-for-20, .300 AVG), Mark Teixeira (8-for-15, .533 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Danks: Stephen Drew (1-for-5, .200 AVG), Brett Gardner (1-for-10, .100 AVG), Brian McCann (1-for-6, .167 AVG)

Saturday, August 23 Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda (8-8, 3.97 ERA) White Sox: Scott Carroll (5-7, 4.99 ERA) Time: 1:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Carroll: N/A

Who’s Not vs. Carroll: Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, Brian McCann and Ichiro Suzuki (0-for-1, .000 AVG), Stephen Drew and Chase Headley (0-for-2, .000 AVG)

Sunday, August 24 Yankees: Chris Capuano (1-3, 4.35 ERA) White Sox: Chris Sale (10-3, 2.12 ERA) Time: 1:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Sale: Derek Jeter (3-for-8, .375 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Sale: Brett Gardner (0-for-7, .000 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (2-for-11, .182 AVG), Mark Teixeira (1-for-6, .167 AVG)

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Yankees held a meeting where they “cleared the air”


The hitters knew that they were struggling, their energy was low and their chances of October were waning. With that hanging over their heads, some of the Yankees hitters called a meeting before yesterday’s 3-0 win where they “cleared the air”. So Brett Gardner, what did the Yankees talk about during their meeting?

“I just told Derek [Jeter] how much I didn’t like him.”

Okay, so Gardner was making a joke about his good friend and teammate, but the real reason they “cleared the air” was to all get on the same page offensively. The two Yankees most vocal during the meeting were Gardner and Chase Headley (who revealed there was a meeting to the media in the first place), but they both wouldn’t disclose who called the meeting. They did say there were coaches present and they all seemed to have the same objectives.

“Just some of the position players got together and said enough is enough, and let’s go,” Headley said. “… It was just, let’s get on the same page and let’s go. I know everybody wants to win, everybody’s working, everybody’s doing the right things. You need that little extra sometimes and I think sometimes those little discussions – I don’t know if you’d really call it a meeting – but getting those guys together and getting guys on the same page can go a long ways.”

The meeting did seem to help the Yankees score more than two runs (they scored three or as Suzyn Waldman put it, ‘a present for Christmas’), but did Gardner think the meeting was necessary?

“I don’t think it ever hurts,” Gardner said. “At this point, we’re trying to mix things up a little bit. … A lot of guys talked. It was good. Hopefully a game ..read more

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McCarthy goes the distance in 3-0 victory over Astros


The Yankees needed a win and Brandon McCarthy was determined to give them one. The Yankees just needed McCarthy to pitch at the most seven innings, but McCarthy did one better when he pitched a complete game shutout resulting in a 3-0 victory over the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees scored their three runs in the second inning on a Chase Headley two-run double and a Ichiro Suzuki SAC Fly.

Brandon McCarthy pitched a shutout but just how good was he? He only gave up four hits and struck out eight.

What’s Next?

The Yankees begin a three game series against the Chicago White Sox in the Bronx and they will send Shane Greene to the mound to oppose John Danks. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on My9.

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Yankees Notes: Beltran, Phelps, Wheeler, Whitley


Here’s some Yankees notes before this afternoon’s matinee against the Houston Astros. By the way, this is a game the Yankees need to win; they’ve lost four of their last five games against the Astros this season and they’re five games behind the Detroit Tigers for the second American League Wild Card spot.

Carlos Beltran: Carlos Beltran went to see the Yankees doctor yesterday evening and he received his third cortisone shot of the season. The Yankees say he is day-to-day, but Beltran is aiming to play on Friday, should his elbow cooperate. One thing is certain: Beltran will have surgery in the offseason to get rid of the bone spurs in his elbow. The spurs have caused an issue for Beltran and the Yankees, and you’d have to wonder once he has the surgery if he’ll be ready for Spring Training.

David Phelps: Joe Girardi said yesterday David Phelps had played catch and felt nothing in his elbow. He also said when Phelps returns, he won’t be in the rotation; instead he’ll be in the Yankees bullpen. The move is understandable, considering the pen has been overworked of late and having Phelps in the pen will provide the Yankees some sort of insurance.

Zelous Wheeler: The Yankees have called up Zealous Wheeler following last night’s game. As a corresponding move, the Yankees have sent down Chase Whitley to Triple-A Scranton ..read more

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Yankees offense just not getting it done


The Yankees have been an incredibly inconsistent bunch all year long and it’s getting to the point where it’s coming down to the wire on whether they will make the postseason or not. There are 38 games left to play, the Yankees offense has had it’s woes and the bullpen is suddenly shaky. Girardi wouldn’t put blame on his bullpen, but he’s acknowledged that the offense has to get it going.

“We’ve got to find a way to score more than two runs,” Girardi said. “It’s hard to win when you only score two runs. Our pitching has been pretty good, but that’s a tall task. … If we don’t play better, we can’t get there.”

The Yankees are 9.5 games out of first place and they’re a full 5 games back in the second AL Wild Card spot. They’ve lost seven of their last nine and if they don’t play better, the only thing they’ll be doing in September is saying goodbye to Derek Jeter.

“We’re not where we want to be at, but we’ve still got 38 games,” Brett Gardner said. “You can make up five games in a week, and we still got five weeks left, five and a half weeks left. We’ve got time to make it up, we’ve just got to play better. That’s it.”

There was talk last night of Joe Girardi possibly shuffling the lineup, since the Yankees haven’t been able to score runs. However, the problem is you don’t want to move Gardner, Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury from the top three slots, considering they have been the most consistent bats all year.

“Gardner’s been pretty good in the 1-slot,” Girardi said. “Ellsbury’s done a pretty good ..read more

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Yankees let another game get away in 5-2 loss to Astros


The Yankees once again had the lead going into the seventh inning, but a shaky bullpen and a lack of offense sent the Yankees to a 5-2 loss against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees scored their first run in the fourth inning on a Stephen Drew home run, his first in Yankees pinstripes. The Yankees later scored in the fifth on a Jacoby Ellsbury bunt single.

Michael Pineda started the game for the Yankees and he pitched a beauty, going six innings while giving up two runs on four hits and striking out three. David Huff gave up a run while only retiring a batter, Esmil Rogers gave up two runs in 1.2 innings and Chase Whitley came on to pitch a scoreless ninth.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees play a matinee tomorrow as they attempt to salvage the final game of this three game set. Brandon McCarthy 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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Beltran scratched from lineup with sore elbow


I won’t be around for the Yankees game tonight (I’m still going to do the Yankees recap) so I guess you could consider this a very condensed Yankees pregame post. Nothing much is happening, except for injury news on Carlos Beltran and Masahiro Tanaka.

–Carlos Beltran was scratched from the Yankees lineup due to feeling soreness in his elbow. Beltran explained the soreness isn’t from him being in the outfield, but he feels it when he’s swinging the baseball bat. In the meantime, Beltran will see the Yankees doctor and Joe Girardi hopes he’ll have his right fielder back within the next day or two.

–There’s even more good news for Masahiro Tanaka: he threw a 35-pitch second bullpen today and he said all was good. Joe Girardi thinks Tanaka’s next step could be live batting practice but it’s also possible that he does one more bullpen session before he moves onto batting practice.

– If you’re going to the Yankees game tonight, it’s Joe Girardi Bobblehead night. I’m not going to lie: I kind of wanted one.

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