Game 45: Yankees at Cubs

Hello again from Wrigley Field, where the Yankees and Cubs will play the second of two Interleague contests today at 2:05 p.m. ET. A little day baseball at Wrigley — it doesn’t get better than that. Here’s the quick hits of what you need to know:

  • Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-for-4 in New York’s 6-1 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday at Wrigley Field and has just one hit in his last 23 at-bats. Girardi does not believe the struggles are injury-related, as Ellsbury has told the Yankees that he is not having any issues with his wrist.

    “It seems like at times he’s kind of in-between,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Sometimes he’s early, sometimes he’s late. It’s a timing issue for me. It’s something everyone goes through. Obviously he’s important for our offense and we need him to come out of it.”

  • Yankees reliever Shawn Kelley, currently on the 15-day disabled list with a stiff lower back, sustained a setback after playing catch this week and has had his rehab put on hold. Kelley played catch on Monday at Yankee Stadium, according to manager Joe Girardi, and woke up feeling stiff on Tuesday.

    The Yankees were hoping to have Kelley pitch in a Minor League rehab game this weekend, but those plans have been scrapped. Girardi said that Kelley was sent for more tests, but they came back clean.

  • Mark Teixeira, a five-time Gold Glove award winner at first base, committed his fifth error of the season on Tuesday’s 6-1 loss to the Cubs; already tied for his third-highest error total in any big league campaign, and his highest total as a Yankee.

    Here are the lineups:

    YANKEES (23-21)

    Brett Gardner LF
    Derek Jeter SS
    Jacoby Ellsbury CF
    Mark Teixeira 1B
    Brian McCann C
    Yangervis Solarte 3B
    Ichiro Suzuki RF
    Brian Roberts 2B
    Chase Whitley RHP (0-0, 0.00)

    CUBS (16-27)

    Emilio Bonifacio CF
    Junior Lake LF
    Anthony Rizzo 1B
    Starlin Castro SS
    Luis Valbuena 2B
    Wellington Castillo C
    Nate Schierholtz RF
    Mike Olt 3B
    Jeff Samardzija RHP (0-4, 1.62)


Yanks are a product of the hapless Cashman who likes to spend heavily on older, injury prone players. Solarte, was not genius but luck. Any coincidence with Texeira’s poor fieldling and his physical condition.? He should be DH. The Whitley arrangement appears to work and doable. If Claiborne can bunt and most of the team doesn’t hit, then everyone should learn how to bunt.Little ball works especially when there is no big ball available


hopefully the Yankee offense will wake up in the White Sox series. really absent in the lowly Cubs series. Worst team in baseball and Yankees only get 5 runs and a couple of them unearned.


we finally pulled it out in the 13th and Robertson gets the save. But it was a nail biter and the Yankees were lucky to split the series. They’ve got to go up against the White Sox with more confidence and swagger than what they showed in this series. Pitching and offense are really weak at this point. If we’re lucky the Jays and the O’s will lose tonight.


damn, the worst possible guy to have at the plate in a clutch situation. Johnson is totally friggin useless. Why is he being played at all? A terrible pick up in the off season. The Yankees had to do better than that. Now they’re stuck with him. He is another Chris Stewart. I’d sit him on the friggin bench if I was Girardi. Unfortunately we’ve got no one else on the team to back up Tex at first. What a glaring weakness. Our infield is a disaster waiting to happen. Where’s the power in this series? Cubs can hit triples and doubles and the Yankees can hardly get the ball out of the infield. McCann, Ellsbury, Soriano are not getting it done. Someone has to light a fire under them soon before we self destruct.


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