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 losshave 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:

TWINS (24-27)

Danny Santana CF
Brian Dozier 2B
Joe Mauer 1B
Josh Willingham LF
Oswaldo Arcia RF
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Kurt Suzuki C
Eduardo Nunez DH
Eduardo Escobar SS

Ricky Nolasco (2-5, 6.12)

YANKEES (28-24)

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann DH
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Yangervis Solarte 3B
John Ryan Murphy C

Vidal Nuno LHP (1-1, 5.49)

34 Comments

damn yankee team. So inconsistent. Pitching not getting it done. I’ve never liked this guy Claiborne. Had a lousy spring training and has pitched better since he’s been called up but you never know what you’re getting. But you can’t win games only scoring 1 run. What the hell is it with the Yankees and their offense. Certainly no where near the power teams of the past. Bronx Bombers misnomer. Playing a very mediocre team below 500 and a pitcher who had an over 6 ERA coming into this game and the Yankees can only get 1 run off him. Had a chance to pick up a game on the Jays tonight and threw it away. This is going to be a very frustrating team all season I think. Win one lose one. Win 2 lose 2. That’s going to be it all year. Will be lucky to end up with 85 wins.

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Is Nuno the reincarnation of Phil Hughes? Giving up the long ball? What’s with this guy? Obviously not a bona fide starter and only confirms the fact that the Yankees have to trade for an experienced starter. Nuno needs to go back to the bull pen. You can’t get through this season with Nuno Whitley and Phelps starting. You’ll beat up the pen because they can’t go past 5 innings. Looks like CC is a long way away and Pineda isn’t due back till the middle of June. Who knows how Pineda will pitch once he gets back. Personally I think the Yankees are lucky to be where they are considering this aging injury prone team that Cashman has cobbled together at great expense.

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One thing is sure, they need alot of runs to win these games and the offense has been inconsistent.

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Betances also leads all relief pitchers in strikeouts this yeas, and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first rookie reliefe pitcher in history to have at least 50 strikeouts in his team’s first 50 games of the season.

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The same bureau says Will Hill is the 2nd best safety in NFL, real reliable source. Sabastian is about done, send him West.

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Jerseys/bpuke, these are irrefutable statistical facts, try doing some research for once in your life before making yourself look like a fool. So what I stated about Betances is correct. I wouldn’t expect you to know this considering you have a hard time counting to ten on your fingers Einstein.

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Will Hill is not the 2nd best safety in the NFL, Betances, a first year major leaguer is not the best reliever in MLB. These companies use stats to prove a point, use your brain Koto Sakk.

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Tell Fernando to come to the computer, he will explain it to you. Betances is still a prospect pitching well. Same as Joba was.

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Dang!!!! Don’t know whether to LMFAO@bpuke/jersey, pity him, or just vomit. Elias just ranks Hill as the 2nd best safety in the NFL based on the stats that he put up last season, they aren’t saying he is the 2nd best safety. Obviously you are incapable of comprehending obvious facts. No one said that Betances was the best reliever in baseball. Learn to HABLA ANGLAIS little girl!!!!

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Elias’s stats are to prove a point, there not applicable. DoorMatt…Betances is still a prospect.

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These companies use stats to prove a point? WRONG AS USUAL bpuke/jerseyj. You’re completely delusional, these companies don’t use stats to make a point, pffffftt!! They use stats to keep fans informed and educated about players.

I’ll try to have Fernando translate that fact into Spanish for you Mr. Mediocrity.

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Didn’t you marry Fernando? He can explain it to you.

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Try to see the facts through that drug induced haze you live in, this isn’t about whether Betances is a prospect or not. It’s about what he has done on the field already., the fact is he has done something that no rookie reliever has done. You make no sense Mr. Mediocrity.

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Its not a full sample DoorMatt. Its 2 months. He’s very tradeable.

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Doesn’t matter, this team isn’t going to weaken its bullpen for a 35 year old coming off the DL, I can see him being traded if he starts to struggle badly.

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Still not worried about Toronto their pitching is at best mediocre, especially their bullpen, plus their starters have a hard time getting deep into games.

They may hit a lot of HR’s, but as we all know hitting HR’s doesn’t equate to success in baseball. The Jays prove that year after year. They are a one-trick pony.

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10 and 1 Mark Buehrle according to Sakki is mediocre. Your a riot Koto.

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Sounds like someone has been using your head for batting practice again. I was referring to the entire Jays pitching staff as a whole. All you can do respond with one name from the entire staff, looks like you have another girlfriend to add to your list. Don’t get ahead of yourself Buerhle has 9 wins ,not 10. Dang!!!! Hate to see what you do to him if he wins 20+ games this year.You are a JOKE!!!!!

Again, facts seem to be your worst enemy. AS a whole, the Jays staff is ranked 25th in the majors in ERA and they have the the 2nd worst bullpen in all of baseball. The Jays have given up the 5th most runs in the majors.Other than Buehrle, only Dickey has 5+ wins on the staff and he has been inconsistent. McGowan has been demoted.They’ve already blown 8 saves and they’ve already made quite a few changes to their bullpen.

Only someone as delusional as yourself would think the Jays staff wasn’t mediocre.

I guess I’ll have to ask Fernando where you get your drugs.

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Buehrle has 9, 10 wins who cares…freaking doormatts and his wife fernando. The Yankees play here not in Cali, you heard?

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Don’t get sooooo upset every time I humiliate you, it’s just a blog!!!! I’ll send Lee or Buehrle over to cheer you up.

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Toronto’s pitching isn’t terrible? Sopunds like someone needs to brush up on his baseball

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Jays aren’t going anywhere anyhow Matt. Orioles are the only team to be concerned about right now although that could change. Sorry to disagree with you. Ask Fernando, he will explain it to you.

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The race for this division is still wide open, you should be worried about every team in the division, not just Baltimore .common sense obviously isn’t your strength.

Please explain why that is Fernando.

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Yes Matt, I am sure Boston gets back in but no need to worry about Toronto.

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Yeah and I’m sure Toronto will be competing for the WS title as they have been for the past 10 years. SHEEEEEEESH!!!!!

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Toronto will completing with the Devil Rays for last place.

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We already know jersey loves the Red Sox

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Morales makes the most sense for the Yankees., they don’t have any other options, as to whether he will join them remains to be seen, they’ll definitely have to overpay him considering there are other teams like Texas and Seattle interested in his services.

No chance Yankees include Betances in a trade for Cliff Lee. Lee is an older pitcher who is on the DL and will be on the DL longer than anyone expected. Keeping Betances would be the smart move, as he has been their most dominant reliever this year, and could be the type of setup guy the Yanks need in the pen as he shortens games, besides the chances of him ever being a dominant starter have been long gone since his days in the minors, he’s just to fragile to be a starter, plus he doesn’t have the pitch selection to be a full time starter and he would have to back to the minors to stretch him out. Warren would be the better choice to convert into a starter.

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There is every chance he is included in a deal for someone. I don’t care for Samardiza, I think he’s fools gold but him and Lee seem to be the most prominent available starters. We need an ace to go with Tanak, not sure either is that. The Cubs almost released Samard 2 years ago, people have short term memory. Lee has never had arm trouble, that I think that ended your boy Clemens career first time he got it.

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Once again you are completely ignorant to the facts, he is on the DL with a bad wing. For once get your facts right, the earliest anyone expects your girlfriend Lee back is mid-June. I know you have a mancrush on Lee but get over your delusions about your girlfriend, a 35 year old pitcher coming off the DL isn’t worth the risk and nor the price of giving up one of the hottest relievers in baseball which would just weaken an already weak bullpen.

But don’t worry there is the unsubstantiated garbage you keep posting about your #1 girlfriend Pettitte you can lean on.

If he is out there maybe Fernando, can explain your mancrushes on your girlfriends Lee and Pettitte.

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We know Lee is hurt, I already said that. That’s why the price is lower that and he is signed beyond this year. Think DoorMatt think.

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Never know about rumors. Usually they don’t happen. I’m sure Cashman has been talking but whether it will happen or not. Yankees will have to spend probably 10 million a year to get Morales and will have to sign him to a multi year contract unless they can sign him for only a year at 14 plus. Don’t know if they’ll want to do that for another veteran but they don’t have many options. Johnson is not a quality 1st baseman. McCann doesn’t want to play 1st and he needs to be the #1 catcher. I assume Soriano can’t play 1st or doesn’t want to. Unfortunate the Yankees didn’t sign a back up 1st baseman in the off season with all the money they spent. They must have known Tex was an injury risk after last year. They need a starting pitcher too. Nuno, Phelps and Whitley are not going to do it long term and by moving them to the starting rotation they’ve weakened their bull pen. Finally the Jays lost a game and their winning string was broken but they’ve been hot. Hope they cool off for a while.

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If you believe rumors, Yankees will try to sign Morales to play 1B, Tex will be the DH if he can play. Betances/Warren will traded in package for a starter like Lee, Samadijza. All rumors.

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Interesting that Tex starts at first tonight. He seems to be falling apart. Better to use him as DH. This guy is not old but worn down at a relatively young age.Next season AROD could return and play first base. Hopefully, Cashman does not have any deals up his sleeve. He is as bad as it gets.

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