The Yankees turned in their room keys and packed their bags this morning. This rare six-game, two-stadium, one-hotel segment of the road trip is coming to an end, as the Yankees and White Sox wrap up their four-game series this afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. Masahiro Tanaka and Andre Rienzo comprise the pitching matchup, with first pitch set for 2:10 p.m. ET.
Here’s the quick hits from today’s notebook:
The White Sox honored Derek Jeter in a pregame ceremony that included a video tribute. Paul Konerko, also retiring after the season, presented Jeter with gifts on behalf of the White Sox: a unique bats and bases bench made by former big leaguer Ron Kittle, a plaque and a $5,000 donation to Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.
Masahiro Tanaka broke out laughing, even before his interpreter could parse his response from Japanese into English. The Yankees pitcher had been asked if he would fix a problem from his last start, working up in the strike zone too much.
”Just watch me in the game,” Tanaka said.
As Tanaka takes the mound on Sunday for his 10th big league start, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he has come to expect a confident attitude from the 25-year-old right-hander, for whom no challenge seems to be too great.
“The adjustments he’s made in games, the adjustments he’s made to the five man rotation, the culture — everything that he’s done so far to this point would make you believe that he doesn’t make too much of one game,” Girardi said. “There’s been a lot of games that he hasn’t been happy with at one point in the game and he’s pitched pretty well. He has high expectations.”
Michael Pineda is making progress as he aims to rejoin the Yankees’ starting rotation in June. The right-hander had no issues a day after tossing 28 pitches of live batting practice and has been scheduled to throw two innings in an Extended Spring Training game on Tuesday at the club’s complex in Tampa, Fla.
Carlos Beltran (bone spur in right elbow) continues to be scheduled to take dry bat swings on Monday in New York. The results of that session, which will be watched by assistant athletic trainer Mark Littlefield, could determine if Beltran can play through his injury. If he requires surgery, Beltran would miss 8-12 weeks.
Shawn Kelley (lower back strain) is scheduled to play catch on Monday and could rejoin the team in June. … Francisco Cervelli (strained right hamstring) has been running bases and is on track to be activated from the 60-day disabled list when eligible in June.
Here are the lineups:
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Alfonso Soriano RF
Ichiro Suzuki DH
Brian Roberts 2B
Masahiro Tanaka RHP (6-1, 2.39)
|WHITE SOX (25-26)
Adam Eaton CF
Gordon Beckham 2B
Conor Gillaspie 3B
Dayan Viciedo RF
Adam Dunn 1B
Alexei Ramirez SS
Paul Konerko DH
Alejandro De Aza LF
Tyler Flowers C
Andre Rienzo RHP (4-0, 4.00)