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)


just squeaked this one out thanks to Ellsbury who hasn’t been hitting well over the past 10 games. Lately every game has been a nail biter win or loss. This team is supposed to hit for power but not getting much of it. Key is getting clutch hits with men on base and getting them home. may need to play more small ball, more bunts, more stealing bases, more singles. Hopefully Tanaka can help the Yankees split this series. But they need to win series, not split especially against middle of the pack teams like the White Sox. Glad to get a win thought with the Os losing and the Jays winning again.


joe is putting on a brave front and rationalizing everything but there’s got to be some concern if not panic in management about where the Yankees are right now and where they’re going to be 2 weeks from now until Pineda gets back and you can’t expect it to turn around with one starter getting healthy. There are a lot of things wrong with this team and it’s frustrating when the manager and Cashman treat it all casually as if things are going to turn around tomorrow or next week. it’s not going to turn around given the age of many of our players and the lineup we have and losing Nova for the season and possibly CC for half the season. The sky is falling and to say it isn’t is to be a polyanna and sticking your head in the sand. This is a bad slump and I wish I could predict that the Yankees will come out of it. We’re in a situation where if do make a trade for a key starter we’re going to have to give up the best of our young talent, such as it is.


sorry Yankee fans. this is as good as it’s going to get with the injuries and holes we have in the lineup and the age of our players. Blue Jays have won 15 out of 20 games and are really on a roll with everything working for them. They are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Os and 3 ahead of the Yankees and that gap will continue to widen if the Yankees don’t get their act together soon or the Jays have some serious injuries. This is beginning to feel a lot like last year in spite of all the money we’ve paid out in salaries. Every pitcher we come up against we make them look like Cy Young candidates. We can’t hit any pitcher no matter who it is. Can’t even hit Noesi who every other team has knocked around. We are just in a sad state of affairs right now and it doesn’t look like it’s going to end any too soon. Pitching in tatters. Hitting hopeless. Where are we on the last of major league teams for home runs? Certainly not near the top. They’re having fun in Toronto these days, the team, the media, the fans really enjoying topping the rest of the American League East division. It really bothers me to hear it because Yankee fans are not having fun right now.


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