Game 65: Yankees at Mariners
NEW YORK YANKEES (33-31) at SEATTLE MARINERS (34-31)
RHP Chase Whitley (1-0, 2.42) vs. LHP Roenis Elias (5-4, 3.64)
Thursday, June 12, 2014 • Safeco Field • 10:10 P.M. ET
Game #65 • Road Game #36 • TV: YES • Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM
Hello one last time from Safeco Field in Seattle, where the Yankees and Mariners will play the final game of this three-game series. The team will fly south after the game, with a three-game weekend set against the AL West-leading Athletics on deck. Here are the quick hits from tonight’s Yankees notes –
- Francisco Cervelli will be eligible to come off the disabled list on Friday, and it appears that the Yankees plan to activate the catcher in the near future, with John Ryan Murphy ticketed to return to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Manager Joe Girardi said that the decision to send Murphy — who started on Thursday against Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias — to the Minors was not finalized, and suggested that Cervelli might not re-join the Yankees until next week in New York.
The 23-year-old Murphy entered play on Thursday batting .296 (16-for-54) with a home run and eight RBIs in 21 games, while also showing good defensive ability. Girardi said that it could be beneficial for Murphy to play every day in the Minors.
“I don’t think it ever hurts anyone to play every day, to develop,” Girardi said. “You get in a rhythm more and I think you can learn more about yourself physically sometimes if you’re playing and your career is to be an everyday catcher. I think that’s important to do, to learn how to handle fatigue and all those different types of things.”
- CC Sabathia is continuing to play catch back in New York and the left-hander could test his right knee off a mound next week when the team returns to Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees have been hopeful that Sabathia could rejoin their rotation sometime in July. There is less progress to report with right-hander Michael Pineda, who has not resumed throwing after a setback with the muscle strain behind his pitching shoulder.
- Carlos Beltran played catch again on Thursday, throwing to coach Rob Thomson from a distance of 90 feet on the outfield grass as he continues to test his right elbow. Beltran, who is being used only as a DH at this point, plans to take Friday off from throwing and then would play catch on Saturday and Sunday.
- Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he placed a call to Joe Torre, Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations, regarding a play in the ninth inning of New York’s 4-2 victory over the Mariners.
Jacoby Ellsbury ripped a ball down the first-base line that was ruled foul by umpire Mark Wegner. Girardi believed the ball had crossed the first-base bag in fair territory and asked Wegner if the play could have been reviewable, but was told that it was not.
- On this date in 2009, the Yankees were trailing the Mets by a run with two outs in the ninth inning when Alex Rodriguez lifted what appeared to be a game-ending pop-up. Mets second baseman Luis Castillo dropped the ball and two runs scored, giving the Yankees a stunning 9-8 victory at Yankee Stadium.
Here are the lineups:
Brett Gardner LF
Chase Whitley RHP
Endy Chavez RF
Roenis Elias LHP