Record Last Week: 4-3 (33 RS, 30 RA)
Season Record: 23-20 (188 RS, 196 RA, 21-22 pythag. record)
Opponents This Week: Mon. OFF, @ Cubs (two games, Tues. and Weds.), @ White Sox (four games, Thurs. o Sun.)
Top stories from last week:
- The week opened with the 2014 edition of the Subway Series. They Yankees blew two three-run leads in Monday’s loss before being blown out the next day. Masahiro Tanaka threw his first MLB shutout on Wednesday and the Yankees eked out a 1-0 win in the series finale.
- The Pirates came to the Bronx for a three-game weekend set, but Friday night’s opener was rained out. The Yankees homered their way to a win on Saturday, then they held on for a win in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. The Pirates took the second game.
- Injury Updates: CC Sabathia (knee) received cortisone and stem cell injections, but will see another doctor for a new treatment plan. Carlos Beltran (elbow) received two cortisone shots and is going to see Dr. Andrews this week. Michael Pineda (elbow) has thrown two bullpen sessions and could soon face hitters. Shawn Kelley (back) will start throwing this week. Ichiro Suzuki (back) has since returned to the lineup. Frankie Cervelli (hamstring) is continuing to rehab but is “not yet 100%.” Austin Romine (hand) has been placed on the Triple-A DL. Ty Hensley (hernia) has started facing hitters.
- The Yankees called up Chase Whitley to replace Sabathia in the rotation. Bruce Billings was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot and Beltran was placed on the 15-day DL to clear a 25-man roster spot. Zoilo Almonte was called up during the week as well.
- Hal Steinbrenner has indicated a willingness to take on salary at the trade deadline, and team is open to trading for pitching. They may reconsider Stephen Drew after the draft.
- The Yankees are one of five finalists for Cuban outfielder Daniel Carbonell. They are targeting several international amateurs for $1M+ bonuses for the July 2nd signing period.
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