Yankees to stick to the schedule

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The New York Yankees have announced they will stick with then rotation they have, meaning Michael Pineda will still make his start tomorrow night. The Yankees have an off day on Thursday and they will use Brandon McCarthy on Friday, Shane Greene with extra rest on Saturday and Chris Capuano on Sunday.

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Yankees vs. Orioles game postponed

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The New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles game has been postponed, according to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News. The Yankees will play a day-night doubleheader on September 12 when the Yankees return to Camden Yards. Shane Greene was slated to pitch tonight with Wei-Yin Chen opposing him.

No word on if Girardi will move Greene back a day or will stick with the original plan and have Michael Pineda pitch tomorrow.

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Where is the Yankees offense?

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After watching the Yankees for the past week and a half, you’d probably expect to see this on a milk carton in a desperate attempt to find the offense:

Missing: New York Yankees Offense Reward: $10,000 If found, please return to 1 East 161st Street, River Avenue

But all jokes aside, the Yankees offense has pretty much been missing or non-existent, you take your pick on the wording. During the Detroit Tigers series, it seemed normal the Yankees weren’t scoring runs, considering they were facing three former AL Cy Young winners. However, the series against the Cleveland Indians and the Baltimore Orioles tells a different story. There’s only so much credit you could give the opposing team’s pitching, and now it’s hard to give the opposing team credit when the Yankees can only muster out 1-3 runs a night.

The media spoke to Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long on August 2nd and he said the following statement, something which raised eyebrows considering he is the hitting coach of the organization.

“We’re not scoring six, seven runs a game. Are there days where that’s going to happen? Yeah. But for the most part it’s been two, three, four or five. That’s the reality of it right now. I don’t know if we’re capable of getting to five or six runs.”

If the Yankees hitting coach has no faith in the team scoring 5-6 runs, then it becomes an issue. The Yankees problem isn’t their starting pitching–in fact for the most part, the starting pitching has been fantastic. The problem is the the Yankees being unable to score multiple runs on a consistent basis. If the Yankees want to have any chance of making the postseason as at least a potential ..read more

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Yankees go 0-for-8 with RISP in 11-3 loss to Orioles

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The Yankees had their chances in the beginning of the game, especially since they were up 3-1 against the Orioles. However, the Orioles answered back with 10 unanswered runs, giving the Yankees a 11-3 loss at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Yankees scored their first run on a lead-off triple by Brett Gardner and a RBI ground out by Derek Jeter. In the second inning, Carlos Beltran and Chase Headley pulled off a double steal, Beltran stealing home and Headley stealing second base. Headley scored on the same play due to a throwing error by Manny Machado and an error by Bud Norris.

Chris Capuano had a decent outing for the Yankees, giving up four runs on six hits while striking out seven in six innings of work. However, the Yankees bullpen gave the Yankees offense no chance of coming back in the game. Adam Warren gave up three runs on three hits in his inning of work, Chase Whitley gave up four runs on five hits while only recording two outs and Rich Hill was the only pitcher to not give up a run, retiring the only batter he faced.

What’s Next?

– It’s easy being Greene…Shane Greene, that is. Greene will take the ball with hopes of repeating his last outing, where he pitched eight scoreless innings. Wei-Yin Chen will take the mound for the Orioles. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on ..read more

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Michael Pineda to start Wednesday

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In my pitching matchup post, I had both Esmil Rogers and Michael Pineda listed as starters for Wednesday’s game. That was simply because Joe Girardi hadn’t announced who was starting prior to the post. Girardi had made his decision and he said Michael Pineda will come off the disabled list on Wednesday and will start the series finale against the Baltimore Orioles.

The original plan was for Pineda to pitch in one more rehab start, but after the injury to David Phelps, the Yankees decided to let Pineda make his next start in Baltimore. With Pineda making the start, Esmil Rogers will go to the Yankees bullpen.

Oh, and for those interested, Pineda was asked if he was going to use pine tar in his start on Wednesday and he said no. Funny I should mention that because the pine tar game where Pineda was ejected was the last time we saw him. Oh how time flies.

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Yankees vs. Orioles pitching matchups

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Monday, August 11 Yankees: Chris Capuano (1-2, 3.91 ERA) Orioles: Bud Norris (9-7, 3.68 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Norris: Carlos Beltran (8-for-26, .308 AVG), Stephen Drew (6-for-13, .462 AVG), Chase Headley (4-for-12, .333 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Norris: Jacoby Ellsbury (1-for-7, .143 AVG), Martin Prado (1-for-5, .200 AVG), Brendan Ryan (0-for-7, .000 AVG)

Tuesday, August 12 Yankees: Shane Greene (3-1, 2.89 ERA) Orioles: Wei-Yin Chen (12-4, 3.90 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: My9/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Chen: Jacoby Ellsbury (6-for-13, .462 AVG), Brett Gardner (5-for-12, .417 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Chen: Derek Jeter (4-for-17, .235 AVG), Brendan Ryan (0-for-9, .000 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (0-for-5, .000 AVG), Mark Teixeira (1-for-6, .167 AVG)

Wednesday, August 13 Yankees: Esmil Rogers (2-0, 5.16 ERA) OR Michael Pineda (2-2, 1.83 ERA) Orioles: Chris Tillman (9-5, 3.73 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Tillman: Francisco Cervelli (3-for-8, .375 AVG), Stephen Drew (3-for-9, .333 AVG), Derek Jeter (8-for-20, .400 AVG), Mark Teixeira (5-for-15, .333 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Tillman: Ichiro Suzuki (4-for-24, .167 ..read more

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Yankees enter three game series against first place Orioles

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The New York Yankees missed out on a opportunity to capitalize on gaining ground in the American League East race and now it looks as if it’s going to take a showdown series in Baltimore to decide where the Yankees future lies.

The Yankees are six games out of first coming into tonight and they are debating back and forth whether to go for the Wild Card or to go for the division. Joe Girardi obviously still has his sights on the division but if the Yankees really want their eyes set on first place, they need to take advantage of this series.

The best case scenario for the Yankees is if they sweep the series, putting them only three games out of first place. The worst case scenario has the Orioles sweeping the Yankees and the Yankees being nine games in back of first place. The Yankees control their destiny in this series, and they’re going to have to get a lethargic offense going. Aside from the Yankees 10-6 win over the Indians on Friday night, the offense has been inconsistent .And If not for Jacoby Ellsbury‘s home run in yesterday’s game, the Yankees would have been shut out in back-to-back games.

There’s no secret the Yankees need to help the stating pitching, and there’s no secret the Yankees could use Michael Pineda, who could possibly return to the rotation on Wednesday at the earliest, but these three games might have a playoff feel. For the next three days, these three games are the playoffs for the Yankees. It will determine whether they’re a serious contender…or if they’re more of a ..read more

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Yankees fall in 4-1 loss to Indians

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The Yankees came into today’s game with hopes of taking two-out of-three against the Cleveland Indians. Unfortunately, the Bronx Bombers fell flat on back-to-back days, earning a 4-1 loss at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees lone run came in the bottom of the ninth with two outs on a solo home run by Jacoby Ellsbury, snapping the Yankees scoreless streak to 19 innings.

Hiroki Kuroda didn’t have a brilliant start, going 4.2 innings while giving up three runs on five hits and striking out three. David Huff gave up a run in his 1.2 inning of work, Shawn Kelley retired his two batters and Bryan Mitchell pitched two scoreless innings.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees head to Baltimore for a three game set against the Orioles and Chris Capuano will take the mound for the Yankees. Bud Norris will take the mound for the Orioles. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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