Game 42: Yankees vs. Royals

May 21, 2012, 7:05 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
TV / Radio: YES, WCBS 880 AM

Mark Teixeira is back in the Yankees’ lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Kansas City Royals, and he’s hitting in a rather unfamiliar spot — the No. 7 hole. Yankees manager Joe Girardi recognizes that Teixeira still isn’t at 100 percent physically and also hopes that moving Teixeira down in the order will get him going offensively.

“It’s been somewhat of a struggle, not just for him but for a lot of our guys,” Girardi said. “He hasn’t played in a few days and he hasn’t really had a lot of at-bats, so I just thought I’d move him down. I said, ‘My goal is to get you back where you belong.’ Just maybe get him going a little bit.”

Teixeira hasn’t started a game batting seventh since 2003, his rookie season with the Texas Rangers, when he did it 32 times.

“Maybe people will stop asking him so many questions all the time,” Girardi said. “He’s been the focus of our lineup and if the other guys were hitting he probably wouldn’t be the focus. There’s a lot of other guys struggling in those situations, some worse than he is.”

Here are tonight’s lineups:

ROYALS (16-24)
Jarrod Dyson CF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Billy Butler DH
Mike Moustakas 3B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Alex Gordon LF
Alcides Escobar SS
Chris Getz 2B
Humberto Quintero C

RHP Felipe Paulino (1-1, 1.93)

YANKEES (21-20)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (3-5, 4.50)

15 Comments

I am hoping this is the low point of the year. I guess it can get worse. Never forget what the Mick said in 65 when the 50’s and 60’s dynasty went south——–“We all got old at the same time.” Certainly, it makes one wonder if playing with older sluggers with long contracts in the non-steroid era is wise.

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Garcia ought to released after this game, he’s DONE. The only thing he has is an HR pitch and wild pitches, ENOUGH. And Girardi needs to throw an old fashion Italian temper tantrum. THIS TEAM SUCKS

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After this game with Sox winning we will be tied for last place in the AL East. And who’s in first? The Orioles? You’ve got to be kidding. We stayed pat in the off season with the team we had last year basically and it ain’t working. Too wealthy, too slow, and too old. Some bad decisions like keeping Freddy over Bartolo. Like trading Montero and Noesi for Pineda who won’t pitch for us all year. And the guys who we were depending on to hit aren’t hitting, including Cano. And management hasn’t done their job. Players aren’t playing for Joe. Noone is really calling them out because they’ve got too much money and too long a contract and a reputation that is based on past results and not present. Something has got to happen after this game. Some heads have to roll.

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Is there any speed and hitting in the minors?????

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I said it before Garcia ought to be RELEASED, he’s finished. Cashman took the wrong guy in the off season.

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Those of you watching on Yes, are the fans BOOING them off the field? Kuroda is another in a LONG line of NL busts that the Yankees have seen fit to bring in over the past 30 years. Like I said Girardi NEEDS to make the paint peel tonight. And for God Sakes when does Gardner get back? Or has he decided to take the damn year off with a stubbed toe??

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Bring Freddy in? You’ve got to be kidding. Does the outcome of this game matter? Obviously not. Gives us HR and now down 5-0. This is going down the toilet fast.

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Yankees now 6 for 65 with risp. This team is headed for the basement and I think they’re going to stay there. They don’t have the team, pitching or hitting, to match the other teams in the AL Division. What a horrendous display of baseball.

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4 damn hits thru 5 innings, are you kidding me?????

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And this could be the SLOWEST TEAM on Earth. When is the last time you can remember that a guy went from first to third on a single? WAY too slow on the basepaths. IF this squad doesn’t hit multiple HR’s they lose. Time for an overhaul.

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This is getting bad. No answers, just questions. Sometimes, I think the Yankees as a team take too many pitches. Maybe when it starts to go this bad, it is time to be more aggressive at the plate. Certainly, Tex, AROD, and to a degree Cano are really bad right now.

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This is about as bad as it gets. Bases loaded, no outs and Yankees don’t get one run in. It’s happened over and over the past several games. 6 for 50 something with RISP? That’s atrocious. This team is becoming a real joke and an embarrassment to Yankee fans.

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Bases loaded no one out and Cano and Arod K???? If I am Girardi there is a team meeting after this loss and all HELL breaks loose. Time to start telling these overpaid @ssholes to start playing the game or hit the damn road. This is CRAP!!! Put the damn ball in play or didn’t you guys learn that in Little League??????

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Being paid what he’s being paid and a long term contract and hitting as poorly as he’s hitting, why shouldn’t fans and the media be asking questions as to “why. What’s going on” Why such little production?” Really a cough and bad throat saps your power and hitting ability so you can’t hit the ball? He doesn’t seem to have any problem fielding the ball in a tough position at 1st. All excuses to cover the fact that he’s had it as a hitter, a has been or in a real slump. Every team is shifting on him and he’s hitting on the ground right into the shift. He’s never learned to hit the other way. It’s all pull hitting to the right side.

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The curse of the right field porch is at work. These guys don’t have a good approach at the plate. They just continue to swing for the fences no matter the count or the situation. Chicks may love the long ball, but nobody likes DPs, unproductive outs, and failures to hit wit RISP.

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