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Aug
09

Game 116: Paul O’Neill Day

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The Yankees are looking for their fourth straight win and seventh in their last eight games this afternoon, but, before they play the Indians, they will unveil a plaque in Monument Park for Paul O’Neill. The team is not retiring his No. 21 and I wonder if that means it will be put back into circulation now that O’Neill is being honored. It would be weird to keep it off limits without retiring it.

Anyway, the two Paul O’Neill moments that stand out to me are the Paul O’Neill chant in Game Five of the 2001 World Series and his catch to end Game Five of the 1996 World Series. The chant in 2001 doesn’t really need an explanation. I still get goosebumps when I watch the video (above!). The catch in 1996 saved at least the tying run from scoring and likely the go-ahead run as well. O’Neill’s legs were banged up all series and it was painful just watching him move, but he was able to run down Luis Polonia’s line drive for the 27th out. Here’s the video.

There are plenty of other great Paul O’Neill moments, of course, and we’ll get to re-live some of them this afternoon. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12:30pm ET and you can watch all of it live on YES. The Yankees and Indians will then play their game at 1:05pm ET and you can watch that exclusively on Fox Sports 1. Here’s the channel finder, here’s the Indians lineup, and here’s the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. DH Carlos Beltran
  5. 1B Chase Headley
  6. 2B Stephen Drew
  7. 3B Martin Prado
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. C Frankie Cervelli
    RHP Brandon McCarthy

The weather in New York is absolutely perfect right now. Couldn’t ask for a better day to spend at the ballpark. Enjoy the ceremony and the game.

Injury Updates: Mark Teixeira (finger) tried to swing a bat today but it was “very painful.” The joint bothers him more than the cut. He remains day-to-day … Brian McCann (concussion) will see a specialist today and may be placed on the 7-day DL. Austin Romine is said to be the likely call-up candidate … Michael Pineda (shoulder) feels fine following yesterday’s rehab start and says he’s ready to return to the rotation. It’s not his call, however.

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Aug
08

Game 115: Call Me Esmil

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Some years ago- never mind how long precisely- having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. (Presswire)

Some years ago — never mind how long precisely — having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would make a spot start for the Yankees and pitch important innings in August. (Presswire)

With tonight’s spot start, Esmil Rogers will become the 12th different pitcher to start a game for the Yankees this season. They last used that many starting pitchers back in 2008, when they used 13 different starters because of injuries and also because they used September to see what they had in Ian Kennedy and Alfredo Aceves once they were out of the race. The Yankees used either eight or nine different starters every year from 2009-13. Here’s the list, if you’re  interested.

Anyway, the Indians are in town to help wrap-up this homestand. They’ve kinda been hanging around the wildcard race these last few weeks — the Yankees are a half-game back of the Royals for the second wildcard spot and the Indians are 3.5 games back of the Yankees — so this series is pretty important for both teams. Unlike last year, when it felt like the Yankees had no business playing meaningful games in the second half, this team is definitely good enough to get to the postseason. They still have a lot of work to do though. Don’t let up after that big series win over the Tigers. Here is the Indians lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. DH Carlos Beltran
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 1B Chase Headley
  7. 2B Stephen Drew
  8. 3B Martin Prado
  9. RF Ichiro Suzuki
    RHP Esmil Rogers

The weather in New York is pretty much perfect. Nice and sunny but not overwhelmingly hot or humid. Just a fantastic night for baseball. The game is scheduled to begin just after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Mark Teixeira (finger) is still sore and can’t grip a bat. He did not take batting practice today and Joe Girardi labeled him as day-to-day … Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) felt good after playing catch from 60-90 feet today. He’ll stretch it out to 120 feet tomorrow then rest on Sunday.

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Aug
06

Game 113: Bounce Back

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(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

The Yankees suffered a tough loss last night, though they’ve played well of late and have a chance to bounce back tonight. The bullpen is a little short though — Joe Girardi said Dellin Betances is unlikely to be available due to his recent workload — so Chris Capuano is probably going to throw 100+ pitches whether he likes it or not. This would be a good night for the offense to give the pitching staff some breathing room, for once. Here is the Tigers lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. C Brian McCann
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. 2B Stephen Drew
  9. RF Martin Prado
    LHP Chris Capuano

It’s warm and cloudy in New York, but there is no rain in the forecast. Tonight’s game is scheduled to start just after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Roster Note: Jeff Francis has officially been released. The Yankees designated him for assignment last week to clear a roster spot when they called up Zoilo Almonte.

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Aug
04

Game 111: Good News, Bad News

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(Presswire)

(Presswire)

The Yankees received some good news and some bad news today. First, Masahiro Tanaka played catch for the first time since landing on the disabled list, and, by all accounts, everything went well. Well enough that he’ll do it again tomorrow. Then, unfortunately, David Phelps was placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis. He won’t even pick up a ball for two weeks, so his stay on the shelf will be longer than the minimum 15 days. That bites.

What can you do? The Yankees have been dealing with pitching injuries all year so what’s another starter on the shelf? Oh, and the first place Tigers are in town to start a four-game series tonight. I guess that’s another piece of bad news. Detroit is starting the reigning Cy Young winner tonight. The Cy Young winner from two years ago goes tomorrow. The Cy Young winner from the year before that goes on Wednesday. No one ever said getting back to the postseason would be easy. Here’s the Tigers lineup and here’s the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. C Brian McCann
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. 2B Stephen Drew
  9. RF Martin Prado
    RHP Brandon McCarthy

It’s hot, humid, and cloudy in New York with no threat of rain. Not the most comfortable night in the world but good enough for baseball. Tonight’s game will start a bit after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: In addition to the news on Tanaka and Phelps, Michael Pineda (shoulder) said he feels fine following yesterday’s rehab outing. He is scheduled to throw 75-80 pitches in his next rehab outing on Friday. Pineda’s spot conveniently lines up with Phelps’ spot.

Late Update: Mark Teixeira has been scratched due to light-headness. Headley is playing first, Prado is playing third, and Ichiro Suzuki is in right field. Same lineup, but with everyone moving up a spot and Ichiro batting ninth.

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Aug
03

Game 110: Win the Series

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(Darren McCollester/Getty)

(Darren McCollester/Getty)

The Yankees rallied to win yesterday afternoon’s game, and tonight they have a chance to end the six-game road trip with a series win over the last place Red Sox. After dropping two of three to the last place Rangers, taking two of three from Boston would be much appreciated. Here is the Red Sox lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. C Brian McCann
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. 2B Stephen Drew
  9. RF Martin Prado
    RHP David Phelps

It’s cloudy and really humid in Boston, but there is no rain in the forecast. Tonight’s game will begin just after 8pm ET and you can watch on ESPN. Enjoy.

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Aug
02

Game 109: Final Third

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(Jim Rogash/Getty)

(Jim Rogash/Getty)

The season is officially two-thirds of the way complete following last night’s game and the Yankees have to start winning if they want to climb back into the postseason race. It’s not early anymore. The offense isn’t in a little slump. None of those excuses apply anymore. The Yankees are playing poorly, particularly the offense, and they’re headed for their second straight postseason-less season in more than two decades if they don’t improve. It’s pretty simple. Here is the Red Sox lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. 2B Stephen Drew
  8. RF Martin Prado
  9. C Frankie Cervelli
    RHP Shane Greene

It’s cloudy and humid as hell in Boston, plus there is rain in the forecast later this evening. Nothing that should impact the game unless they go to extra innings or something. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start just after 4pm ET, and you can watch live on YES locally and Fox Sports 1 nationally. Here is the FOX Sports channel finder. Enjoy the game. Appreciate the runs.

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Aug
01

Game 108: New Faces

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Beard's gotta go. (Presswire)

Beard’s gotta go. (Presswire)

The trade deadline has passed and tonight marks the two-thirds point of the season for the Yankees. The old saying is that the first third of the season is for evaluation, the middle third is for making changes, and the final third is for riding those changes out. The changes have been made and all that’s left in front of the Yankees is a big chunk of schedule and the opportunity to climb back into the race.

Both Martin Prado and Yoenis Cespedes are getting to Boston late in the afternoon, so they are not in the starting lineups for tonight’s series opener against the Red Sox. Stephen Drew is playing because all he had to do was change dugouts. Allen Craig managed to get to town in time for the game and is in the starting lineup for the Red Sox. This rivalry will have a lot of new faces this weekend, that’s for sure. Here is the Red Sox lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. C Brian McCann
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. 2B Stephen Drew
  9. RF Ichiro Suzuki
    LHP Chris Capuano

It’s cloudy and humid in Boston and there is some rain in the forecast that is expected to hit right around game time. This one might start in a delay or with players dodging rain drops. The good news is that there isn’t much rain coming at all, so if there is a delay, it’ll only be a short one. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.

Roster Update: In case you missed it earlier, Zelous Wheeler and Zoilo Almonte were sent to Triple-A to clear roster spots for Drew and Prado … for those wondering, Drew is wearing No. 33, Prado is wearing No. 14, and Esmil Rogers is wearing No. 53.

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Jul
30

Game 107: Win, Then Rest

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Girardi status: unamused. (Presswire)

Girardi status: unamused. (Presswire)

After that game last night, I’m ready for this series to be over. That was a win that felt like a loss. Let’s squeeze out another win tonight and enjoy the off-day tomorrow. Sound like a plan? Let’s hope the Yankees can make it nice and easy for once. Here is the Rangers lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. C Frankie Cervelli
  8. RF Zoilo Almonte
  9. 2B Brendan Ryan
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It’s really hot and humid in the Dallas area. Yucky weather. There is rain in the forecast but not until much later tonight, so they won’t have any trouble getting the game in. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

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Jul
29

Game 106: Tex Returns

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(Ronald Martinez/Getty)

(Ronald Martinez/Getty)

For the first time in eight days, Mark Teixeira is in the starting lineup. He had to sit with a mild lower lat strain that robbed the team of its best power hitter and, just as importantly, a real live first baseman. Brian McCann gave it a helluva try over there these last few days, but geez. The man isn’t a first baseman. He only played one on television.

Anyway, the Yankees have lost three straight games and that’s pretty annoying. They came out of the gate so well in the second half and it really would have been nice to see that success last for more than, I dunno, a week. This team seems incapable of getting any kind of roll that lasts more than like, two series. Here is the Rangers lineup and here is the Yankees lineup, which actually looks dangerous for the first time in about two years:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. C Brian McCann
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. RF Zoilo Almonte
  9. 2B Brendan Ryan
    RHP Brandon McCarthy

It’s nice and hot down deep in the heart of Texas. It rained for much of the day but there is none in the forecast tonight. Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 8pm ET and you can watch only on FOX Sports 1. Not YES, not My9, not ESPN or MLB Network. It’s only FOX Sports 1. Here is the channel locator. Enjoy the game.

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Jul
28

Game 105: You Again

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(Rich Schultz/Getty)

(Rich Schultz/Getty)

In recent years, playing the Rangers seven times in a ten-day span would have really, really sucked. They were varying degrees of dangerous from 2010-13, and playing them that many times in that short a period would have meant a worn out bullpen and a few losses.

Things are different now. The Rangers are terrible, like worst team in baseball terrible, so seeing them on the schedule seven times in a ten-day span was a welcome sight. That doesn’t guarantee wins, of course. Any team can beat any team on any given night, but I’m sure glad the Yankees are playing the 2014 Rangers and not the 2010-13 Rangers so many times in these ten days. Here is the Rangers lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. 1B Brian McCann
  4. DH Carlos Beltran
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. C Frankie Cervelli
  7. 2B Brian Roberts
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. LF Zoilo Almonte
    RHP David Phelps

It is oppressively hot in the Dallas area and there are some thunderstorms in the forecast for later tonight. Nothing heavy like last week. There would be a delay, if anything. Not a postponement or shortened game. First pitch is scheduled for 8pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Roster Move: Prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees called up Zoilo Almonte and designated Jeff Francis for assignment, the team announced. They are back down to a normal seven-man bullpen and a four-man bench.

Injury Updates: Mark Teixeira (lat) feels fine and he will take regular batting practice on the field today. If that goes well, he will return to the lineup tomorrow …  Jacoby Ellsbury is fine. Just a routine day off. He’ll be back in the lineup tomorrow.

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