Record Last Week: 2-4 (18 RS, 24 RA)
Season Record: 74-53 (615 RS, 516 RA, 75-52 pythag. record), 4.0 games up in AL East
Opponents This Week: vs. Blue Jays (three games, Mon. to Weds.), Thurs. OFF, vs. Orioles (three games, Fri. to Sun.)
Top stories from last week:
- The week opened the week with a miserable series in Chicago. Freddy Garcia and the bullpen got pounded in the opener on Monday, then Ivan Nova had another poor start the next day. Phil Hughes took the tough luck loss on Wednesday to complete the sweep.
- Following Thursday’s off-day, the Yankees headed to Cleveland and took the opener behind a healthy CC Sabathia. The bats didn’t give Hiroki Kuroda any support in Saturday’s loss, but the bullpen picked up the slack in yesterday’s win.
- Injury News: Nova (rotator cuff inflammation) was placed on the DL after Tuesday’s poor start. Mark Teixeira (wrist) is fine and has since returned to the lineup. Dellin Betances (shoulder tendinitis) was placed on the minor league DL and is likely to miss the rest of the season. Pedro Feliciano (shoulder) made two more minor league rehab appearances. David Aardsma (elbow) threw 35 pitches in a live batting practice session. Austin Romine (back) was activated off the DL and optioned to Triple-A.
- The Yankees were considering a demotion to Triple-A for Joba Chamberlain prior to Nova’s injury. Sabathia instead took Nova’s spot when he was activated for Friday’s start and Joba remains in the bullpen.
- Andy Pettitte hinted about a possible return in 2013 and Nick Swisher is reportedly seeking Jayson Werth money on the free agent market after the season. The Yankees didn’t have anyone watch Roger Clemens’ recent independent league outing.
- The Red Sox and Dodgers completed a nine-player blockbuster that shed the Red Sox of $260M in future payroll obligations while sending Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, and Carl Crawford to Los Angeles.
- Michael Pineda was arrested for DUI in Tampa.
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