Game 49: Yankees at White Sox

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:

    YANKEES (25-23)

    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)

  • 6 Comments

    Atleast he is more useful than Sabastian. Tex can still give 4 days a week but he is declining fast.

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    Tex is done. He’s still playing but he’s done as a power hitter everyday player. He reminds me of a declining Giambi. He may have a decent homerun total but he’s the DH.

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    Tex has stiff wrist. Probably the one he had surgery on. Is this going to be a reoccurring problem all season? if so, we can’t depend on Johnson to fill in at 1st base. He’s a liability defensively and can’t hit. The Yankees are going to have to trade for a quality first baseman or bring someone up that can fill in, otherwise the team is going to be in serious trouble. We’ve got an aging and injury riddled team and you just wait for the next shoe to drop. This team can in no way compete with the Jays either defensively or offensively the way the team is presently structured. We’re lucky to be in as good a position as we’re in.

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    Where is Makoto (Yankmeister) or Nando his friend? They will fill you in on Single A Ford. Whitley goes again today.

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    Tex scratched bulky wrist. Johnson to start.

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    maybe Cashman needs to bring up Mike Ford from the minors. Just hit 4 home runs in a game. He’s a 1st baseman and only 21. He might be much better as back up to Tex than Johnson. He couldn’t do much worse. Johnson has made some glaring errors and is hopeless at the plate. It would be worth a try and see how it works out. Anything is better than what we have now when Tex needs a rest. Yankees are lucky to be second in the division only 2 games behind the Jays who have won 15 of the last 20 and are on a real roll. Their pitching is clicking on all cylinders and so is their hitting. They have a real potent offense. We need to really do something to our roster to compete, by way of trade or bringing up from the minors. Status quo is not going to be good enough for the long season if we hope to reach the post season.

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