Game 65: Yankees at Mariners

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
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alfonso Soriano RF
Carlos Beltran DH
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Brian Roberts 2B
John Ryan Murphy C

Chase Whitley RHP


Endy Chavez RF
James Jones CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kyle Seager 3B
Stefen Romero DH
Dustin Ackley LF
Logan Morrison 1B
Mike Zunino C
Brad Miller SS

Roenis Elias LHP


no change of name jersey joe. Always been Rob but I go by Bob. Just a change in the handle maybe. Your handle has got to be after Jersey Joe Walcott? Man that was a while ago when he fought. Remember him though. Nice to get a sweep against the A’s but not likely. If we can get 2 out of 3 it would be good. Unfortunately we don’t have Tanaka pitching in this series.


Its after me actually. West Coast trips used to be nightmares for us. Yes your handle seems to have changed.


This Pineda trade is turning out to be a disaster. He didn’t pitch all last year because of injury and now missing half the season it looks like with injury. The guy can’t stay healthy. And while he sits he eats up good money that could have been spent on a more healthy and reliable starter. And it looks like CC will not be back soon and who knows, he may not be back again this year. With Pineda out long term and CC and Nova out for the year it certainly nullified what looked like a strong rotation at the end of spring training. We may get by with Whitley and even possibly Nuno over the stretch but Phelps is better out of the pen and isn’t a reliable starter. We need to bring in at least one experienced and effective starter by the trade deadline.


Disaster on both side. Rob, why did you change your name?
Whitley has done deep into the last 2 games, both wins. Cliff Lee price is down, lets bring him and Headley aboard.


Yeah, that Pineda thing has really worked out for the piñata girl, Mr. Mediocrity. Once again Mr. mediocrity shows off his man love for HEAD-Lee. No gem is going after a mediocre hitter like your mancrush HEAD-ley who is struggling to hit .200. That idea is laughably ludicrous, makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, but then again it is bpuke/jersey hoe. Also,no team would be interested in a banged up 35 year old pitcher. That’s asking for trouble.


Asia, your a racist. Headley is a definitive upgrade at 3B over Arod, he will be a free agent and the Padres will get nothing for him. Lee is available cheap and worth the gander.


LMFAO@jerseyjoe!!!!!!! Those drugs from Mexico have really FRIED your brains. Even at his worst there is no way Headley is an upgrade over A-Rod. Only you would want a player who can’t hit .200 and has very average power and isn’t worth 40 pds. of manure. Only you would want a pitcher in his mid-30’s coming from a bad injury on this roster. Nice try TROLL now back to the Red Sox board with you!!!

As usual you make no sense!!!!!!

YES!!!! Mr. Mediocrity STRIKES again!!!!


AND NO!!!!! The Yankees are not thinking about bringing back your bed buddy Peditte.


Asia, I am not Mexican. Lol @ your assertion that Arod at 40 is better than Headley, you are meth’d up lol


You should be banned again from this site to even think that your girlfriend HEAD-ley is better than A-Rod. A player who sucks as bad A-Rod will always be better than HEAD-ley.

Better go back you your Mexican cousins and get your your money back for this defective drugs. That’s if they don’t try chopping your head off first. Being Mexican ain’t going to protect you from the butcher’s block.

LMFAO@ jerseyjoe/bpuke!!!!!!


Screw Lee, the Yanks and anyone else would be jerseyjoe/bpuke delusional to risk signing a mid-30’s pitcher like Lee and taking on the remainder of his contract which would be $77.5 million.

Yanks have made that mistake before many, many times before.


And they will again, Asia.


Program note Asia: Japan losses to Ivory Coast 9 ET


Wouldn’t surprise me if they make a bad mistake agin on a mediocre player, piñata boy.


If you say so piñata boy, if you say so!!!!! wink!!!!! Wink!!!


Ask Nando, he’ll explain it to you Asia.


can someone please tell me why Kelley Johnson is still with this team and why they are still trotting him out to play the infield and hit in the lineup? The guy is only average defensively but he’s useless at the plate. Why are they giving Solarte the night off? Looks like after Soriano started to warm up in the last game at the plate they are now pulling him out of the lineup. This does not look like a strong lineup to me tonight playing a team like the A’s and with Phelps pitching. A win tonight would be a miracle hitting against Gray at 6-2.


Scratching my head, I thought they got it right with Sizemore but then they designated him about a day later. Johnson is not a major league player and in Tampa he was a part time player.


it would be nice to get a sweep. The Yankees have had very few if any this season so far. But it might be much to expect. Oakland is coming up which will be a real challenge. Maybe we’d be better without CC getting healthy. Whitley should be given a chance based on his performance to date and Nuno hasn’t done badly either. Hopefully we can get Pineda back at some point. Offensively we are still not scoring many runs. 4 runs a game is usually not enough to win unless you have a great starting pitcher. A lot more was expected of this team offensively with the money spent in the off season.


Yanks offense is a great disappointment but not a surprise. Cashman is someone who needs to be replaced.The writers continue to cover his butt unless they really don’t get it.


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