Gardner homers in rain shorted 2-1 victory over Rangers

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The last time the Yankees were in a rain shortened game, they walked away with the loss. This time, the Yankees had another rain shortened game but they were able to come away with a 2-1 victory against Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees scored their two runs in the third inning on a balk by Francisco Cervelli and a home run by Brett Gardner. Gardner now has 10 home runs on the season, which is the first time he’s hit double digits in the home run category in his career.

David Phelps pitched five great innings, giving up one run on seven hits and striking out three before the rains came in.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees will send Brandon McCarthy to the mound for the series finale against the Texas Rangers. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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Yankees have limited options at first base

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With Mark Teixeira sidelined and Kelly Johnson on the disabled list, the Yankees don’t have many options at first base. For now, the Yankees have Brian McCann as the first basemen, a plan they didn’t anticipate on having when the season began.

“He’s probably going to have to play there a good portion of the time,” Joe Girardi said.

The Yankees have considered Chase Headley, Francisco Cervelli and even Brendan Ryan but for now, the Yankees are without a true first basemen. Brian McCann is comfortable playing at first base but Teixeira’s injury causes uncertainty. Teixeira was supposed to be out of the lineup for three-to-four days and it’s already the third day.

“I think you see how he feels tomorrow, then you make a decision about what would be a target date,” Girardi said. “… I said we would examine him after three or four days to see where the pain is, then if the pain has subsided, maybe you take some next steps. You take some light swings in the cage, and you see. But if the pain hasn’t subsided, then you can’t get to Step Two.”

While the Yankees don’t know about Teixeira’s condition, they do know this: the roster spot currently taken by Chris Leroux is temporary and it’s just until the Yankees bullpen has recovered from their 14 inning marathon. So who will the Yankees call up?

“Could be an outfielder,” Girardi said. “Could be a first baseman.”

The person they call up could solely be based on Mark Teixeira’s condition going forward.

Some Notes

– After last night’s game, which pitchers are unavailable?

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Brett Gardner wins third Yankees Heart and Hustle Award

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The Heart and Hustle Award was created by the Major League Baseball Players Association in 2005 which is an award presented to a player from each team who demonstrates passion for the game of baseball and embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game. The MLBPAA selects 30 winners, one player from each team and towards the end of the season the MLBPAA will select one winner from the 30 nominees.

The MLBPAA selected the winner of the Yankees 2014 Heart and Hustle Award and the winner is Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner. This is the third time Gardner won the award representing the Yankees; along with this year, Gardner won the award in 2013 and 2010. Gardner will be recognized for winning the award in an upcoming Yankees home game and he is officially a nominee for the 2014 MLB Heart and Hustle Award. Dustin Pedroia won the MLB award last year and Mike Trout won in 2012.

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Yankees put Kelly Johnson on the DL

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The New York Yankees have placed Kelly Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain. As a corresponding move, the Yankees have called up LHP Chris Leroux from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. To make a move for Leroux on the 40-man roster, the Yankees have designated RHP Bruce Billings for assignment.

Johnson was pulled from yesterday’s game after feeling tightness in his groin. He was ultimately replaced by Ichiro Suzuki. In 77 games with the Yankees this season, Johnson is hitting .219 with 6 home runs and 22 RBI’s.

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Although having a down year, Chase Headley is still a big upgrade

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Chase Headley has been hitting .229 in 2014–but he’s been on a hot streak in July before getting dealt to the Yankees, hitting .339 from July 4th to July 21st.

Replacing Alex Rodriguez has been a difficult task; Headley hasn’t lived up to his 2012 season. In fact, in order to not put pressure on Headley, Brian Cashman called Headley’s bat ‘average’.

“We feel like we’re at least getting an average everyday major leaguer at that position and maybe more,” Cashman said. “We’ll see. You want to support your pitching staff, especially pitchers like Brandon McCarthy, with real quality defense. Your infield has to be strong the day that a guy like that pitches. You don’t worry about it as much when you have a fly ball guy out there, but a fly ball guy is not conducive to Yankee Stadium, either. I think he’s an average third baseman. I think there’s some confusion on the metrics about what he really is. Our scouts have him as an average third baseman.”

Although Cashman labeled Headley as an ‘average’ third basemen, ‘average is actually an upgrade.

For the first two months of the season, the Yankees thought they found their answer with Kelly Johnson as the every day third basemen and Yangervis Solarte as the back up. Johnson’s offense had been a disappointment and his fielding has been inconsistent. Yangervis Solarte had a great first two months of the season, but after struggling in June, he was sent to Triple-A and later couldn’t find playing time, resulting in a trade.

Yankees fans had wanted Chase Headley for a while and although he’s just a rental for the next two months, he’s better than ..read more

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Walk-off single in 14th by Headley seals 2-1 Yankees win over Rangers

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When Chase Headley arrived in the Yankees dugout during the second inning, shaking the hands of his new teammates, he never thought he would be the one to end the Yankees ball game with a walk-off single. It was the ultimate see-saw battle, a battle which ultimately ended with a 2-1 Yankees victory in 14 innings at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees had many opportunities in extra innings to score, but they ultimately broke through in the 13th inning on a Jacoby Ellsbury single, scoring Brett Gardner, who started the inning with a double. In the 14th inning, Brian Roberts hit a double, Francisco Cervelli hit a single and Chase Headley hit the game winning single, propelling the Yankees to victory.

Until the 13th inning, the Yankees pitching dominated: Chase Whitley pitched six innings, Matt Thornton retired a batter, Adam Warren retired two batters, Dellin Betances pitched an inning, David Robertson pitched two innings and Shawn Kelley pitched an inning. David Huff gave up a home run in two innings and Jeff Francis, who hadn’t pitched in about two weeks, pitched a scoreless 14th and earned himself the win.

What’s Next

– The Yankees will send out David Phelps with hopes of taking a series lead but the task will be rather daunting considering the Rangers will counter with Yu Darvish. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Brian Cashman views Chase Headley as a valuable rental

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Brian Cashman had been on the phone with the San Diego Padres for the last three weeks, discussing a potential deal for the free agent-to-be Chase Headley. After three weeks of trying to iron out a deal, the Yankees and Padres pulled the trigger, and just like that Chase Headley became a New York Yankee and Yangervis Solarte became a San Diego Padre.

The Headley deal is an upgrade and this trade is the offensive version of the Brandon McCarthy trade, but while Headley could be a fix at third base, the Yankees believe Headley is strictly a rental and could help the Yankees get into a playoff race.

“I’ve been trying to push through on this for three weeks it feels like,” Cashman said. “We’ve had a lot of conversations and a lot of players we’ve sifted through to find some common ground. The McCarthy deal I think felt like a month and a half to two months to pull down. I’m OK (with making moves). It depends on the circumstance. We’ve got high-end stuff, without a doubt, players that other teams like. And those players would be available, or will be available, in the right circumstances. These are the deals that I can present to you that we were able to conclude, but we’re talking much larger type deals, (and) clearly much smaller, incremental upgrades.”

Although the Chase Headley trade could be one of the only things anyone talks about towards the end of the season, Brian Cashman didn’t forget to mention how much Yangervis Solarte meant to this team. The Yankees signed Solarte in the winter, they got two great months out of him and were able to use those two months to cash in ..read more

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Report: Yankees trade Yangervis Solarte to Padres for Chase Headley

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Chase Headley? Welcome to the New York Yankees.

The New York Yankees have acquired Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres for Yankees third basemen Yangervis Solarte and Class A Pitcher, Rafael DePaula. The Padres will pay $1 Million off Headley’s contract.

In 77 games with the San Diego Padres this season, Headley is hitting .229 with 7 home runs and 32 RBI’s.

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