Game 67: Yankees at Athletics
NEW YORK YANKEES (35-31) at OAKLAND ATHLETICS (40-27)
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (4-4, 4.12) vs. LHP Scott Kazmir (7-2, 2.20)
Saturday, June 14, 2014 • O.co Coliseum • 10:05 P.M. ET
Game #67 • Road Game #38 • TV: YES • Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM
Good evening from Oakland, where the Yankees and Athletics will play the second game of this three game series. The Yankees have won four straight games for the first time this season. It has been another beautiful day in California, and we’re looking at temperatures in the mid-60s for tonight’s game.
Here are some of the quick hits from tonight’s notebook:
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was scratched from Saturday’s lineup against the Athletics with left ribcage tightness.
The lineup change was announced 25 minutes prior to the scheduled first pitch at o.Co Coliseum. Brian McCann moved to first base, with John Ryan Murphy inserted as the starting catcher.
Carlos Beltran has been searching for his timing since being activated from the disabled list, with just four hits in 31 at-bats (.129), and he was held out of the Yankees lineup on Saturday.
“I don’t feel good right now, man,” Beltran said. “It feels like some days I feel better, then the next day, back to not feeling good. It has to come. I just need to stick with the plan and continue to go to the cage and work on the things I have always worked. It’s got to come.”
Beltran went hitless in five at-bats on Friday. He missed 21 games with a bone spur in his right elbow, returning to action on June 5. Beltran said that he still has to work on occasional tightness in his elbow, but there is no pain, and the brace that he is wearing has not bothered him.
The Yankees announced on Saturday that they have signed left-hander Jacob Lindgren, their first selection in the First-Year Player Draft.
A hard-throwing junior at Mississippi State, Lindgren was selected in the second round, 55th overall. He was ranked by MLB.com to be the No. 41 prospect entering the Draft and has been touted as one of the nastiest relievers in college ball.
Lindgren signed for $1.1 million, according to the New York Post, slightly above the recommended slot bonus of $1,018,700. Lindgren is expected to begin his professional career with either Class-A Charleston or Class-A Staten Island.
The Yankees also announced the signings of: right-hander Austin DeCarr (third round), right-hander Jordan Foley (fifth round), right-hander Jonathan Holder (sixth round), left-hander Derek Callahan (16th round), right-hander Corey Holmes (20th round) and right-hander Lee Casas (28th round).
New York also signed post-Draft free agent right-hander Michael Noteware from Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho.
The Yankees will try to give Brian Roberts the rest of the weekend off after the infielder fouled a ball off his right knee in Friday’s 7-0 victory over the Athletics.
Roberts said that he could have been in the lineup on Saturday, but manager Joe Girardi decided to hold him out. Roberts has hit his knee twice in recent games and said that the knee is bruised but not swollen.
“I told him I could play,” Roberts said. “[Am I] sore? Yeah. But do you ever have a day you’re not sore?”
With Roberts on the bench, Yangervis Solarte moved to second base and Kelly Johnson got his second straight start at third base. Solarte got the day off on Friday after going 0-for-11 in the series against the Mariners in Seattle.
The Yankees had some laughs at Brendan Ryan’s expense after the infielder crumpled to the ground after being hit in the elbow by a breaking ball in the ninth inning of Friday’s 7-0 win over the A’s. Ryan stayed in the game and X-rays were negative.
“I know I’m going to be subject to a lot of flak from the guys, I’m sure. Deservedly so,” Ryan said. “It hit the funny bone. My fingers curled up. I couldn’t move my fingers, and the whole thing was like on fire.
”It’s just embarrassing it was on a curveball, you know? I don’t think I’ve ever reacted like that to a breaking ball.”
Saturday marks right-hander Chase Whitley’s 25th birthday.