Fan favorite and current YES Network broadcaster David Cone will be “pitching” in to help a good cause on Sat., May 18, when he slides behind the bar at Foley’s NY Restaurant and Pub for “A Perfect Evening With David Cone.”
Cone will be pouring beverages and signing autographs to benefit the YAI Network (www.yai.org - an inaugural Yankees HOPE Week honoree) and their Manhattan Day Hab facility from 7-9 p.m. ET. There is no cover charge.
All money raised from autograph, auction and raffle sales, plus half of the proceeds from the bar, will be donated to YAI’s efforts in “seeing beyond disability”: to ensure that men, women and children with developmental and learning disabilities have access to the support and services that they need to live productive, independent, and healthy lives.
Foley’s NY is located at 18 West 33rd Street in New York, opposite the Empire State Building.
Autographs will be available for a charitable donation of $20 each. There will also be a limited number of 8×10 photographs available for sale at a price of $5, representing Cone’s July 18, 1999 Yankees perfect game as well as his years across town with the Mets.
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In addition to Cone’s appearance, there is a terrific raffle and several exciting surprises on deck for the event. Raffle tickets will be sold for $10 each (with a special deal of three for $20), and we can now reveal some of the great prizes that people will be bringing home from Foley’s NY on Saturday night:
- Autographed Joe Girardi Major League Baseball (donated by the New York Yankees)
- Autographed Matt Harvey Major League Baseball (donated by the New York Mets)
- “The Ultimate Bleacher Creature Experience” – two tickets to a Yankees home game, two t-shirts and the chance to lead ‘Roll Call’ (donated by “Bald Vinny” Milano and the Bleacher Creatures)
- Two tickets for a Hornblower Manhattan cruise (donated by Hornblower Cruises & Events)
- Two tickets to a New York Mets home game (donated by MLB.com)
- Michael Kay “CenterStage” Package: Four tickets to an episode taping, officially licensed show mugs and a Michael Kay autograph (donated by the YES Network)
- One-year subscription to Yankees Magazine and a 2013 Yankees yearbook (donated by Yankees Publications)
- Waterford Crystal New York Yankees cap
- “It Ain’t Over” Gift Package - Includes family membership to the Yogi Berra Museum, free admission to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Brian Doyle and Don Mattingly autographed baseballs and more!
(donated by the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center)
Plus, two lucky patrons will have the opportunity to bring home these great big-ticket items:
- Legendary New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera autographed Louisville Slugger bat (How rare is this? Usually he’s seen breaking these)
- Four tickets to a New York Mets home game, including passes to watch batting practice on the field (generously donated by the New York Mets)
We’ll be able to reveal more great items later in the week, and I want to thank Shaun Clancy at Foley’s NY and all of the wonderful people who have helped make this event a reality over the last several months.
It has been a pleasure and an honor to assist in bringing Cone and the YAI group together with Foley’s for this great event, and I’m looking forward to having some fun for a great cause. I hope we’ll see you there on Saturday night!
NEW YORK – Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte was forced to leave his start against the Mariners on Thursday after 79 pitches with an apparent undisclosed injury.
Pettitte appeared to stiffen and wince after throwing his final pitch, a swinging strikeout of Kyle Seager for the second out of the fifth inning.
UPDATE: Pettitte has a tight left trapezius muscle in his upper back, according to the Yankees.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi dashed to the mound and held a fairly lengthy conversation with Pettitte, who shielded his mouth with his glove. Pettitte jogged off the field and was relieved by Shawn Kelley.
Pettitte allowed two runs and four hits in his outing against Seattle, with three walks and five strikeouts. He entered play on Thursday with a 4-2 record and 3.83 ERA in seven starts.
Dellin Betances was born in Washington Heights, grew up on the Lower East Side, pitched high school ball in Brooklyn and – on one glorious afternoon – clutched a seven-dollar ticket in the Yankee Stadium bleachers while David Wells pitched a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins.
Betances’ story brought him back to the Bronx on Thursday, as he was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to help provide some distance to the Yanks’ bullpen. Betances replaces Brett Marshall, who threw 5 2/3 innings of long relief on Wednesday after Phil Hughes was knocked out in the first inning of a 12-2 loss to the Mariners.
As he returned to Yankee Stadium, Betances did so as a full-time reliever. It has been just 11 days since Yankees Minor League pitching guru Gil Patterson told Betances he was moving to the bullpen, and Betances said that he is still adjusting to the role.
“I’ve only came out twice from the bullpen so far. It’s different,” Betances said. “You get an adrenaline rush.It’s fun, you know, coming out of the bullpen and trying to attack guys and throw first-pitch strikes. I enjoy the role. Whatever I’m needed to be, I’m here for.”
The timing of the Yanks’ decision seemed somewhat curious to Betances, who was once tphad just thrown five no-hit innings against the Braves’ top farm club in Gwinnett, but he won’t argue if it helps him stick around in The Show.
“I’m happy to be here and get the opportunity,” Betances said. “I feel confident, I feel like my last five or six appearances have been really good formyself. I feel confidence and I feel like I’m going in the right direction. For myself, I always think I can get back to where I need to be. I feel like I’m real close.”
David Adams will celebrate his 26th birthday by playing third base for the New York Yankees.
The Yankees purchased Adams’ contract from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, designating infielder Chris Nelson for assignment to make room on the active roster.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he hasn’t seen much of Adams in person, as injuries have kept him from doing much with the big league club in Spring Training, but his reports refer to Adams as “a baseball player” in the mold of Jayson Nix. Adams can play third base, second base and first base for the Yankees, though Adams deadpanned and said that his favorite position is hitting.
You may remember that Adams was, at one point, a piece that kept the Yankees from acquiring Cliff Lee near the Trade Deadline in 2010. The Mariners spotted a red flag in Adams’ medical report, initially thought to be a high ankle sprain and later confirmed to be a fracture, that prompted them to pull a pending deal off the table. Lee went to the Rangers instead when the Yankees balked at including Eduardo Nunez or Ivan Nova in a revised version of the deal.
David Phelps will pitch the first game of Monday’s doubleheader against the Indians at Progressive Field, with Vidal Nuno working the nightcap, Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced after Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Royals. It’ll be the first Major League start for Nuno, who made his big league debut with three scoreless innings against the Astros back on April 29.
The Yankees are also planning to have some assistance in town for what figures to be a long afternoon at the ballpark. Infielder Corban Joseph is expected to be added to the roster on Monday as the 26th man for the doubleheader and would return to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the game, while right-hander Brett Marshall is also believed to be heading to Cleveland as insurance just in case the Yankees need to add a pitcher to the roster between games.
New York’s bullpen could be a little short for both contests. Mariano Rivera and David Robertson have each pitched in four of the last five games, and Girardi said he couldn’t be sure if he’d have either available.
KANSAS CITY – Mariano Rivera and Joba Chamberlain said that all was forgiven on Sunday, one day after the Yankees pitchers had an intense exchange during batting practice in the visiting dugout at Kauffman Stadium.
Rivera was conducting an interview with reporters in the dugout and instructed Chamberlain, who was yelling to family members in the seating area, to be quiet. Chamberlain took exception to Rivera’s comment, barking, “Don’t ever shush me again.”
When Rivera chuckled dismissively, Chamberlain continued, “No, seriously. Don’t ever shush me again. I don’t get to see my family very often.”
Chamberlain said on Sunday that he did not feel the need to apologize for the incident, but Rivera said that Chamberlain did indeed offer an apology before Sunday’s game.
Rivera also said that he personally wanted to apologize because the exchange was in view of reporters and fans.
“Sometimes you have little things that we say that we don’t mean,” Rivera said. “It’s good. We’re a family here. That’s what it is all about. It’s something that we take care of in house. It’s something that is in house. Unfortunately it happened in front of you guys, but again, it shouldn’t happen. We apologize and we move on.”
Rivera had been discussing an emotional visit with local families and seemed to be distracted at times by Chamberlain’s loud running commentary. Chamberlain said that he spoke to Rivera outside the clubhouse on Saturday and actually asked for an autograph on behalf of a family member, which Rivera granted.
“We joked and laughed after the game,” Chamberlain said. “It’s one of those things. I’m around him more than I am my family. He’s a brother to me. I’m pretty sure everybody has ha an argument with their sibling at one time or another. It was good. I saw him, we laughed and joked this morning. It’s just another day.”
Chamberlain hinted that there may have been more on his mind than Rivera’s comment, saying, “There’s a lot of things. It was my fault, personally. My family is here and my son [Karter] wasn’t here, which kind of bothered me. But that’s another story for another day.”
Manager Joe Girardi said that his understanding is that everything is fine between Rivera and Chamberlain. Rivera added that he is not angry or insulted by the comments from Chamberlain, who has been his teammate with the Yankees since 2007.
“No, I’m better than that,” Rivera said. “When you’re in the team or you’re in the family for so long, you know the members of your family, you know what I mean? He’s a good kid, man. He’s a good kid.
“Sometimes we all say things that we don’t mean to say. It’s the way it is and I keep it like that. … There’s a lot of other things that I have to worry about. I’m better than that, guys.”
Photo credit: Kent Klooster, MLB.com
Mariano Rivera jogged out to the spot where his career nearly ended 12 months ago, looked down, and smiled.
A prankster from the Yankees’ clubhouse had painted a white chalk outline of Rivera’s body on the warning track, while a banner adorned with stop signs and yellow caution tape fluttered from the outfield wall reading: “No Mo Zone.”
Rivera posed in front of the wall for a photo, grabbing his right knee in mock pain. He said that he expected to hear some good-natured ribbing from his teammates as he returned to Kauffman Stadium, the Yanks’ first trip back since Rivera tore his right ACL before a May 3, 2012 game against the Royals.
“The only thing that will come back to me is just knowing that I got hurt there,” Rivera said. “But I mean, I will enjoy it definitely because that moment and seeing where I am right now, that’s what is gratifying. I’m thanking the Lord for me being here.”
Yankees bullpen coach Mike Harkey, who was one of the first on the scene when Rivera crumpled in pursuit of a Jayson Nix fly ball on that afternoon last May, is believed to have been one of the leading pranksters to dress up the left-center field area on Friday.
The adornments were removed by the time the Yankees’ batting practice session concluded, and manager Joe Girardi said that he didn’t expect his thoughts would drift to Rivera’s injury much during the course of Friday’s game.
“Not really,” Girardi said. “You see guys get injured all the time in different ballparks and I know Mo is not just your everyday guy, I understand that. I’m sure the guys will have a little fun with it today and then try to put it behind us.”
The Yankees are in Colorado for a three-game series against the Rockies, marking the first game of an eight-game road trip which includes a three-game weekend series at Kansas City and a traditional doubleheader at Cleveland on May 13 (the makeup games for those April 10 and 11 rainouts).
New York just completed a 10-game homestand, going 7-3 against Toronto (4-0), Houston (2-1) and Oakland (1-2). They are 17-8 since 4/7 (the second-best record in the Majors over the stretch behind St. Louis, 18-8) after starting the season 1-4, and have lost just two of their last eight series after dropping their first two series of the season.
Beginning with the Rockies series, the Yankees will play 26 of their next 40 games on the road.
With tonight’s game already underway, here are the pitching matchups for the Rockies series:
Tonight: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (4-1, 2.25) vs. LHP Jorge De La Rosa (2-3, 4.18)
Wednesday: RHP David Phelps (1-1, 5.56) vs. RHP Juan Nicasio (3-0, 4.91)
Thursday: LHP CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.31) vs. LHP Jeff Francis (1-2, 7.27)
The Yankees are 31-17 all-time in Interleague play against the NL West. They’ve lost just three of their 16 series (6/18-20/04 at Los Angeles-NL, 6/19-21/07 at Colorado and 6/22-24/07 at San Francisco).
The Yankees will play the second game of their three-game series against the Athletics today at Yankee Stadium, as Phil Hughes gets the ball for his sixth start of the season.
Hughes is still looking for his first win of the season, but after two rough starts to open April, he has steadily improved and pitched well enough to win in his last three outings – all no-decisions against the D-backs, Rays and Blue Jays.
“I just think his stuff in each start has gotten a little bit better,” Joe Girardi said. “The location of his fastball, his offspeed to me has gotten better. He’s pitched well enough to win his last couple of games, (but) we haven’t scored a lot of runs.”
Here’s the Yankees’ lineup they’ll be sending out against old friend Bartolo Colon:
Brett Gardner CF, Robinson Cano 2B, Vernon Wells LF, Travis Hafner DH, Ichiro Suzuki RF, Chris Nelson 3B, Lyle Overbay 1B, Eduardo Nunez SS, Chris Stewart C, Phil Hughes RHP.
The Yankees placed right-hander Joba Chamberlain on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a strained right oblique, making Chamberlain the 10th player currently on the DL and the 11th overall this season (Phil Hughes started the year on the shelf before being activated).
Brian Cashman said on a conference call that the Yankees were still discussing who to promote, but according to Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal, they’ve decided on right-hander Preston Claiborne, a power right-hander who had a 3.48 ERA and three saves in eight appearances at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Yanks haven’t officially announced the move, but hey, we’re living in a Twitter world. Here’s what Claiborne tweeted last night:
Thank you for all the love everybody. Words can’t describe it.
— preston claiborne (@olroy57) May 3, 2013
And fellow Yanks Minor Leaguer Rob Segedin tweeted this:
— Rob Segedin (@RobSegedin) May 3, 2013
The Yankees should have Claiborne in uniform tonight against the Athletics, and they’ll also be finding a locker for infielder Chris Nelson, who was acquired from the Rockies late on Wednesday and replaces Corban Joseph on the active roster. Cashman said that he expects Nelson to be a useful piece for manager Joe Girardi.
“Ultimately, we’ve been running Jayson Nix out there every day, [Robinson] Cano out there every day,” Cashman said. “So he’s going to give us a chance to make sure we take the pedal off the metal on Nixy a little bit and maybe Cano a little bit.”
There was a lot of ground covered on the conference call, and here is a quick rundown of some of the other news and notes to get you up to speed:
- David Robertson had an MRI on his left knee and has “a little bit of crankiness” in the hamstring area. He was seen by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad but Cashman said this is not considered a DL situation.
- Alex Rodriguez will report to Tampa on May 6 to begin baseball activities. The Yankees are still keeping his timeline for return vague: “We’re just going to stick to sometime after the All-Star break,” Cashman said. Mark Teixeira is also heading to Tampa at the end of this homestand, and Curtis Granderson had a second day of at-bats in Extended Spring Training games yesterday.
- Cashman said that the Yankees weren’t considering promoting left-hander Clay Rapada to replace Chamberlain because he is thought of as more of a left-on-left specialist. Other names mentioned by Cashman in consideration were Mark Montgomery and Sam Demel.
- Chien-Ming Wang has posted some nice numbers thus far at Triple-A, but the Yankees aren’t convinced that they would translate in the big leagues. Cashman was candid on that, saying that Wang isn’t the same power sinker guy who won 19 games in back-to-back seasons in 2006 and ’07.”He’s becoming a different type of pitcher now because he can’t come up here and just sink that sinker every pitch,” Cashman said. “He needs to incorporate some of his pitches in there and mix and match because he’s that reduced in velocity. His lines have been very nice and good, but he’s working on all his weapons because what he’s doing down there wouldn’t represent necessarily what we think he could do up here right now.”
- Michael Pineda had “a good physical day” down at the Yankees’ complex. Cashman said he was sitting 93 mph on the radar gun and touched 95 mph. That velocity has to be encouraging, considering the nature of labrum injuries.
- Derek Jeter is in a removable boot and has been able to use a stationary bicycle and swim. The Yankees are also using laser therapy, hydro therapy and a bone stimulator on Jeter, who will be in the boot for four to eight weeks until his fractured left ankle heals.