Game 120: Yankees at Royals

August 16, 2011 – Kauffman Stadium – 8:10 p.m. ET (MY9, WCBS 880 AM)

YANKEES (73-46)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Brett Gardner LF

Pitching: Ivan Nova RHP (11-4, 3.85)

ROYALS (50-72)
Alex Gordon LF
Melky Cabrera CF
Billy Butler DH
Eric Hosmer 1B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Johnny Giavotella 2B
Salvador Perez C
Mike Moustakas 3B
Alcides Escobar SS

Pitching: Danny Duffy LHP (3-6, 4.97)

HE’S EL CAPITAN AGAIN: The numbers say that Derek Jeter has been a much-improved hitter since returning from the disabled list in early July, and the Yankees captain has a pretty good idea why that might be.

While taking a time-out from the season to rehab his strained right calf, Jeter linked with instructor Gary Denbo at the team’s training complex in Tampa, Fla., working on staying back on the ball a touch longer.

“It sounds funny, but when you’re hitting, you have to let the ball come to you,” Jeter said. “If your head moves, you have a lot less time.”

Since being activated on July 4, Jeter is batting .326 (45-for-138) entering play on Tuesday, with eight doubles, two triples, two homers and 24 RBIs in 34 games.

A-ROD LAUDS THOME: Alex Rodriguez was the most recent entrant into the 600-homer club before Jim Thome joined with two homers last night, doing it on Aug. 4, 2010 against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

Rodriguez is with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment and released a statement on Tuesday through the club.

“Jim is one of the easiest players of our generation to root for,” Rodriguez said. “It’s hard to overshadow 600 home runs, because it is a tremendous accomplishment and an exclamation point on a career bound for the Hall of Fame.

“But to me, the way he has treated the game — and the people in and around it — will always be the first thing that I think of when I think of Jim Thome.  In so many ways, he is a legend of our game.”

THIS AND THAT: RHP Freddy Garcia (cut right index finger) threw a bullpen on Tuesday, but did not throw his split-fingered fastball, tossing only fastballs and sliders instead. The Yankees are considering having him throw a full bullpen on Thursday in Minneapolis, which would line him up to possibly pitch Saturday or Sunday against the Twins. … Derek Jeter said he was bunting on his own in the first inning on Monday, sacrificing Brett Gardner to second base. Gardner was stranded there, but manager Joe Girardi had no problem with the bunt. … Girardi said that he might have A-Rod serve as the DH on Thursday. Rodriguez is slated to play third base both on Tuesday and Wednesday at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 8/17/2011
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Durham (Rays) @ SCRANTON/WB 7:05 PM
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TRENTON @ Erie (Tigers) 7:05 PM
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TAMPA @ Lakeland (Tigers) 7:00 PM
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Hickory (Rangers) @ CHARLESTON 7:05 PM
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STATEN ISLAND @ Connecticut (Tigers) 5:05 PM
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STATEN ISLAND @ Connecticut (Tigers) GAME 2
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GCL YANKEES @ GCL Braves 12:00 PM

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 8/16/2011
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Durham (Rays) 2 @ SCRANTON/WB 0
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TRENTON 0 @ Erie (Tigers) 6 (7)
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TRENTON 2 @ Erie (Tigers) 8 (7)
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Lakeland (Tigers) 12 @ TAMPA 5
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Hickory (Rangers) 5 @ CHARLESTON 4
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GCL YANKEES 5 @ GCL Pirates 6
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Well Yankee fans it’s in the hands of Mo. First place on the line, I do like the Yankees chances. Come on Sandman.

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robert G., Nova had a bad night tonight. He’s a young pitcher and he will have nights like tonight. He did, however, hang in there and at least left with a lead. Criticism of AJ is warranted. It’s NOT just one game with this guy, it is the over and over failure of Burnett’s pitching. When you are staked to a 13-1 lead and get taken out after
4 1/3 innings you deserve criticism. Nova, on the other hand, has had more good outings than bad ones.

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I guess if this was Aj tonight we’d be all over him, giving up 7 runs, but with what he’s being paid and being overrated he’s subject to a higher standard and greater expectation. Nova is a rookie and so needs a lot of patience to develop. Whether he can get it done consistently down the stretch and in the playoffs is the question.

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too late Girardi, you idiot. Anyone could see Nova was getting hit again and needed to come out. But no he had to do his usual stupid thing and leave a starter in too long. Now instead of a comfortable 3 run lead to pass over to the pen we only have a 1 run lead and that can disappear in a hurry. With the Sox losing tonight we have a chance of taking over 1st place. Does that matter to Joe or does it matter more to be loyal to his starter Or let him pitch his way out of trouble. He did that back in the 4th. How any times i a game do you let him do that before you pull him out? Obviously one too many!

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girardi didn’t listen and left Nova in one hitter too long when he was obviously struggling and now they’ve narrowed the lead. Man, why is it Joe always has to push the starters too long.

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Nova in trouble again. Almost 90 pitches. Time to take him out and give it over to the pen. We have a good lead and we don’t want to throw the game away at this point.

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RHP now in. Get Jones out and bring in Chavez. Jones can’t hit lefties very often which he is supposed to hit and is hopeless against righties.

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Man, did Robbie hang in at that at-bat. What, 10 or 11 foul balls? Then got his pitch and hit it out. Way to go Robbie! Some breathing space. All I can get here in Toronto is the Sox channel and the only interest I have is to check once in a while and hope the Rays are winning. Have to follow this game on GAmeday.

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Need to knock this pitcher out and really blow this game open with no outs.

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Hard to believe we gave up on Melky Cabrera. His average and RBI is excellent and he’s not shabby in the outfield either. He’s come back to rub our noses in it.

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In fact he’s going to be lucky to get out of the 3rd inning. This is a bad perfomance tonight by Nova and we really needed this game and this series.

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Unless Nova settles down and gets his act together here he won’t be in long. Maybe he isn’t really shoe in for a starter. He’s got a good record but obviously is hittable and this isn’t a very good team.

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Nova’s not really dominant tonight. He’s very hittable.

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They got two but were in a position to get more. Need to get RISP home. Yankees leave too many on the bases. Nova has to shut them down the rest of the way and the Yankees need to get a few more runs for the pen.

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Guess what? ones strikes out with the bases loaded. I really don’t like this guy. Never have. He can’t hit in clutch situations. He strikes out too often. He was not a good pick up I don’t think and he doesn’t provide the bat the Yankees need off the bench. It’s a hole that the Yankees have had the whole year and they have not filled it. it will haunt them down the stretch and in the playoffs if they don’t do something. You got the bases loaded ande one out you’ve got to take advantage, you’ve got to get a couple of runs. Missed opportunities like that might not come the rest of the game.

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Not a great start for Nova.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 8/16/2011
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Durham (Rays) @ SCRANTON/WB 7:05 PM
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TRENTON 0 @ Erie (Tigers) 6 (7)
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TRENTON @ Erie (Tigers) GAME 2
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Lakeland (Tigers) @ TAMPA 7:00 PM
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Hickory (Rangers) @ CHARLESTON 7:05 PM
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GCL YANKEES 5 @ GCL Pirates 6

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Sox won the first game and the Yankees are again 1/2 game behind. Need for the Yankees to win tonight and the Sox to lose to the Rays. Like the lineup but not having Jones in it but the only other alternative is Chavez and he didn’t do much in the last game, so maybe Jones will step it up tonight. Need for Nova to pitch well and into the 7t inning.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 8/15/2011
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SCRANTON/WB @ Syracuse (Nationals) CANCELLED
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SCRANTON/WB @ Syracuse (Nationals) CANCELLED
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Hickory (Rangers) 4 @ CHARLESTON 1
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GCL Pirates 4 @ GCL YANKEES 3
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