Game 25: Yankees at Royals

May 3, 2012, 8:05 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
TV / Radio: YES/MLB Network, WCBS 880 AM

The course of the day — and perhaps the Yankees’ season — took an unexpected turn around 7 p.m. ET tonight as we looked up to see Mariano Rivera crumpled against the warning track in pain. The initial diagnosis is a twisted right knee, suffered as he slipped attempting a catch during batting practice, but he’s being sent for an MRI. Suffice it to say the Yankees are coming into the game with their fingers crossed for a good outcome.

They’d also like David Phelps’ first Major League start to be a solid one. Phelps is expected to give the Yankees more than 75 pitches tonight and, Joe Girardi hopes, that could get them into the fifth or sixth inning. After facing the likes of Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera already in his big league career, Girardi hopes Phelps won’t have too many jitters out there.

“For me, there would be more if he hadn’t pitched here yet,” Girardi said. “But because he’s pitched here, I think some of that would be gone. There could be some just because he’s had five days to think about it, but hopefully he got all that out of him when he pitched in relief.”

Left-hander Danny Duffy gets the nod for the Royals, which is why Girardi has moved his lineup around a little bit here tonight.

“This kid’s been tough on lefties, Duffy, and they have some good left-handed relievers,” Girardi said. ” So just to break it up a little bit.”

Here are tonight’s lineups:

YANKEES (13-11)
Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Russell Martin C
Jayson Nix LF

David Phelps RHP (0-0, 3.57 ERA)

ROYALS (7-16)
Jarrod Dyson CF
Alex Gordon LF
Billy Butler DH
Eric Hosmer 1B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Mike Moustakas 3B
Humberto Quintero C
Chris Getz 2B
Alcides Escobar SS

Danny Duffy LHP (1-2, 3.63 ERA)


Torn ACL the Yankees are done for 2012. It’s Wait until next year.


Jeter is having to carry this team on this back offensively up to this point. Swish AND Grandy have done well but the rest have been very mediocre. That will win you some games in the short term but it’s going to catch up with them and probably has already. We leave too many men on base.


Why oh why is Mo in the outfield shagging fly balls and worrying about catching them to the point that he runs into the wall. Come on. He’s too valuable to the Yankees to be taking that kind of risk. Dumb thing to do. The Yankees are disintegrating before our eyes. Nix in the lineup? Who next? We’ll soon have our B team playing every night. And with our starting pitching in shambles we are in tough shape. if we can’t beat the Royals we might as well pack our bags and go fishing. What’s up with CAno? Can’t Giraridi and Long fix what’s wrong? It’s like night and day to what he was last year. Striking out with men on base. Grounding out. Something is drastically wrong either with his mechanics or his head.


Figure Robertson goes to closer while Soriano goes to 8th inning role or visa versa. The Yankees need to give Mo a great amount of time to recover. Let’s hope for the best.


Down one in KC and Mariano is hurt. Replay of injury does not look good. He appeared to injure knee before hitting fence. Life without Mo—– one week, one month, or longer is never a pleasant thought.


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