Game 48: Yankees at White Sox
After last night’s stunning ninth-inning loss, the Yankees will try to shake it off and get back at it this afternoon against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. This place has been no fun for the Yanks, who have lost eight straight games at the Cell. A loss today would drop the Yankees back to .500. Here’s the quick hits from today’s notebook:
- Brian Roberts was not in the Yankees’ lineup on Saturday, one day after fouling a ball off his right kneecap, but manager Joe Girardi believes that the second baseman is available to come off the bench.
Roberts hurt his knee in the fourth inning of New York’s 6-5 loss to the White Sox, and stayed in the game until the ninth, when he was replaced by Brendan Ryan at second base. Ryan started at second base on Saturday, and Girardi said that Roberts “is a player today for me in case of emergency.”
“Anytime you hit something off your kneecap, you worry about it; you;re concerned you could have a crack or [it could] shatter,” Girardi said. “It’s a sensitive area, but for the most part, he feels pretty decent. He’s sore, but there’s really no swelling. Hopefully we won’t need him today and he’ll be a player tomorrow.”
- Matt Thornton received a heads-up from a White Sox staffer early on Friday that the team was planning to honor his time at U.S. Cellular Field with a brief video tribute. The Yankees reliever’s response, as he recalls, was: “Are you kidding?”
It was no joke. Thornton was pushed out of the visiting dugout between innings of Friday’s 6-5 Yankees loss to the White Sox, acknowledging the applause that accompanied a scoreboard message appreciating his 7 1/2 seasons with the Pale Hose from 2006-13.
“After playing there for so long, they know that I don’t like stuff like that, about me,” Thornton said. “I get very uncomfortable when things like that go on. They kind of ambushed me, and were like, ‘Hey, whether you like it or not.’ It was nice to see my teammates and the staff over there; [trainer] Herm Schneider, John Danks and Chris Sale having fun with it, clapping for me. It was nice.”
- Joe Girardi had no words of advice to offer to David Robertson, one day after the Yankees closer blew his first save in 10 chances this year. None were necessary, he said.
“Just go out and do your job. It’s going to happen,” Girardi said. “I said it was going to happen earlier when he took over the job. Guys blow saves, it’s just part of the game. They bounce back.
“He’s been a huge part of our bullpen for a number of years. There’s been a day or two when he’s had a tough eighth inning, and he’s put it behind him.”
- Left-hander Vidal Nuno and catcher John Ryan Murphy were paired together as Saturday’s battery, and manager Joe Girardi said that he has been pleased by how they have worked as a team.
“They’ve seemed to do a pretty good job together. That’s kind of worked out,” Girardi said. “There’s been a lot of lefties in those situations. I’ve said, if you’re going to give a guy a day off, a lot of times it’s easier if they’re catching the same guy all the time. I’ve tried to do that if I can.”
Here are the lineups:
|YANKEES (24-23)Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alfonso Soriano DH
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
John Ryan Murphy C
Brendan Ryan 2B
Vidal Nuno LHP (1-1, 5.82)
|WHITE SOX (25-25)Adam Eaton CF
Gordon Beckham 2B
Dayan Viciedo RF
Adam Dunn 1B
Alexei Ramirez SS
Paul Konerko DH
Marcus Semien 3B
Adrian Nieto C
Leury Garcia LF
John Danks LHP (3-4, 5.64)