Game 67: Yankees at Athletics

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (4-4, 4.12) vs. LHP Scott Kazmir (7-2, 2.20)
Saturday, June 14, 2014 • 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 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.


Jersey joe: Do you think Lee will be the one we’ll get? Who will we have to give up? Is he still on the DL? His wife didn’t want to come to New York the last time he was available. Money change his wife’s mind? Anyway, we certainly need one experienced and effective starter until we CC and Pineda back, if they ever get back. No pitcher is going to win with 1 or 2 run support, certainly not very often. Gotta get the offense going today.


Given Cashman’s history, I would say he targets a veteran. That makes fools gold like Samardidza unlikely. The price on Lee is low because of the injury and the contract. I don’t know about the medicals, that’s something we will have to evaluate. His wife is irrelevant, this isn’t Anna Benson.


Phillies plan to let Lee rehab until the end of July. It doesn’t mean he can’t play, they are not willing to further deplete his trade return.


Of course, Muster will come here and denounce this without giving us a better answer. He raves about Kennedy who isn’t coming here and already proved his doesn’t have the makeup to succeed here. He also has offered up Bronson Arroyo like his old favorite Vazquez would be absolutely worthless.


Of course bpuke/jerseyjoe infects this board with his usual, unsubstantiated BS. shouldn’t be New York’s first option. No matter how cheap the price for Lee is, he is too much of a risk, due age, injury and contract act issues which would cost this team a huge chunk of change. Despite what Mr. mediocrity says Peditte is a mediocre option, and his new boyfriend Price isn’t coming to the Yankees. Don’t expect Clemens back either, we know that would make Mr. mediocrity as giddy as a school girl.

If KC is out of it down the road Yanks should look at getting Scott Shields.


Hate break the bad news Mr. mediocrity, but Granderson is no longer a Yankee.


Scott Shields? Meant James Shields.


Nuno is better suited in the bullpen, hopefully we get a relatively healthy Lee soon.


Bryan, please delete all the anti Mexican and irrelevant Yankmuster comments. Thanks!


We all know that your garbage will be his first choice to ban as it has always been for years, keeping your streak alive.


Stop being racist. Both Shields suck.


Japan plays Greece at 6pm tomorrow Asia, look out for the eliminator.


Japs and G-AyKei Honda scrap a point from Greece. Zero chance they beat Greece, Eliminated sorry Asia.


another loss with huroda not getting any run support. The guy can only give up a run in order to try to get a win. Huroda not great but again offense stunk albeit Kazmir a good pitcher. They can’t win them all but at this point with the Jays winning and the O’s the Yankees need to win more than they lose. Chance today to win the series but with Nuno pitching it’s a toss up. Which Nuno will show up? Hopefully Tex isn’t out of the lineup too long. He’s the only guy that can hit home runs on this team that used to only hit home runs. We’ve turned into a typical NL team.


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