Game 63: Yankees at Mariners
NEW YORK Yankees (31-31) at SEATTLE MARINERS (34-29)
LHP Vidal Nuno (1-2, 5.33) vs. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (4-2, 2.66)
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 • Safeco Field • 10:10 P.M. ET
Game #63 • Road Game #34 • TV: YES • Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM
Here are the quick hits from tonight’s Yankees notes —
- Derek Jeter shared this memory from his first Major League game — a May 29, 1995 contest against the Mariners at the Kingdome in Seattle.”I was 0-for-5, and after the game my dad was in town and we tried to get something to eat, and everything was closed,” Jeter recalled on Tuesday. “We ended up walking into a McDonald’s after the game. He’s here again today, both my parents, so maybe we’ll go to McDonald’s after the game.”
- The ice-cold Yankees bats, ranked 13th in the American League in runs scored, have not shaken Joe Girardi’s optimism that a fresh hit of firepower must be around the corner.”These guys have track records and they’re going to work at it, and I know they will,” Girardi said. “You look at it today, they’re working on it right now. So I believe it’s going to change.”
- One possible move to shake up the lineup is be dislodging Jeter, currently in a 3-for-16 skid, from the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Girardi said that is not a button that he wants to push at this time.”He’s always been a guy that has responded during the course of time,” Girardi said. “People have been ready to say that you should move him, and one year he ended up with 200-plus hits, and that sort of thing. You can look at Derek in the No. 2 spot, but we’ve had a lot of guys who have struggled. Maybe because of his name, he’s going to be the focus a little bit, sometimes maybe more than other guys, but we’ve had a lot of guys struggle.”
- Shawn Kelley is expected to rejoin the Yankees bullpen on Wednesday for the second game of a three-game series against the Mariners at Safeco Field. Kelley made his second rehab appearance on Monday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Toledo, facing four batters and pitching a scoreless inning around a hit.
- Jacoby Ellsbury carried a 13-game hitting streak into Tuesday’s game, the longest by a Yankee since Derek Jeter hit in 19 straight games from Sept. 4-25, 2012. Ellsbury’s streak is the second-longest active streak in the Majors, trailing Nick Markakis (14) of the Orioles.