Game 53: Yankees vs. Twins
The Yankees return home to the Bronx tonight, hosting the Minnesota Twins. Vidal Nuno has the ball for New York, and Ricky Nolasco will pitch for the Twins. Here’s a brief rundown of tonight’s game information, courtesy of the Yankees’ media relations department:
AT A GLANCE: Tonight the Yankees play the first game of a three-game series vs. Minnesota at Yankee Stadium… is also the first game of a seven-game homestand, which also includes games vs. Seattle (6/2–makeup for 4/30 rainout) and Oakland (6/3-5)… went 5-4 on their recently-completed nine-game road trip at St. Louis (2-1), the Cubs (1-1) and White Sox (2-2).
>> Are 9-5 over their last 14G since 5/14 with the best team ERA over the stretch (2.56 ERA, 130.0IP, 37ER, 122H, 29BB, 129K).
YOUNG GUNS: The Yankees are 15-5 in games started by rookie pitchers (Tanaka, 8-2; Nuno, 4-3; Whitley, 3-0), including 11-1 on the road (Tanaka, 5-1; Nuno, 3-0; Whitley, 3-0)…are 4-0 in their last four games started by a rookie.
FROM ZEROES TO HEROES: With Wednesday’s win at St. Louis, the Yankees are now 2-0 this season and 11-3 since the start of 2013 in games immediately following a shutout loss… have gone 37-12 (.755) in such games since 2008 when Joe Girardi took over as manager.
CENTER OF ATTENTION: CF Jacoby Ellsbury stole three bases in the Yankees’ recent series at St. Louis, becoming the first player to have at least 3SB off Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in a single series since Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez had 3SB over a two-game span (5/2-3/13) in a four-game series last season.
Quick notes & quotes from the clubhouse:
- Mark Teixeira took BP today on the field and declared himself ready to play. That was all Joe Girardi needed to hear, writing his name in the lineup to hit cleanup and play first base. Teixeira said that he’ll have to watch his surgically repaired wrist closely the rest of the season, guarding against these little inflammation flare-ups, but he feels ready to go.
- Carlos Beltran was encouraged by a BP session on the field, feeling no discomfort in his right elbow. Beltran had been told that it’s 50-50 that he’ll avoid surgery to shave down a bone spur. Girardi said that Beltran isn’t quite out of the woods yet; he’ll still have to go on a Minor League rehab and any swing-and-miss could hyperextend the elbow again, but for now, it’s good news.
- Shawn Kelley threw 20 fastballs and five sliders off a bullpen mound. He’s progressing and will throw another bullpen on Sunday, then it’s off for a possible Minor League rehab assignment.
- CC Sabathia will see team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad to determine the next step in his rehab. Pool therapy has been going well. Sabathia isn’t expected to return before July at the earliest.
Here are tonight’s lineups:
Danny Santana CF
Ricky Nolasco (2-5, 6.12)
Brett Gardner LF
Vidal Nuno LHP (1-1, 5.49)