Teixeira looks to keep RBI streak going

Mark Teixeira, Chris YoungIt’s Jackie Robinson Day around Major League Baseball, and the Yankees are on the field to wrap up their three-game series with the Orioles tonight here at Camden Yards. Nathan Eovaldi is making his second start for New York. Right-hander Bud Norris, who beat the Yanks in all four starts against them last year, has the ball for Baltimore.

Here are the quick hits from the Yankees’ clubhouse:

  • Mark Teixeira has at least one hit and one RBI in each of his last five games. That’s his longest such streak since 2011 (six games, May 24-30).
  • That final bullpen spot rotated once more, as the Yankees recalled right-hander Branden Pinder from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Right-hander Joel De La Cruz was in Baltimore for two days and didn’t get into a game, though at least he got a suit out of the deal.
  • Brett Gardner said that his right wrist feels better, and though he may have a precautionary MRI tomorrow in Tampa, Gardner expects to be in the lineup on Friday when the Yanks open a three-game series with the Rays. Gardner could pinch-run or play defense tonight.
  • Minor League right-hander Wilking Rodriguez was hit with an 80-game suspension for violation of the drug policy. Rodriguez was in Spring Training with the big club.
  • Ivan Nova threw 20 pitches of live batting practice yesterday in Tampa and is scheduled to do so again on Friday. Chris Capuano is scheduled to throw live batting practice tomorrow. It is possible that the Yankees could have both pitchers back in early June; Girardi said that Capuano would be “slightly ahead” of Nova.
  • Brendan Ryan will accompany the team to Tampa and can start some baseball activities there.

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES (3-5)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Chase Headley 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alex Rodriguez DH
Stephen Drew 2B
Chris Young LF
Didi Gregorius SS

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (0-0, 5.06)

ORIOLES (4-4)

Alejandro De Aza RF
Everth Cabrera SS
Adam Jones CF
Travis Snider DH
Chris Davis 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Caleb Joseph C
David Lough LF
Jonathan Schoop 2B

RHP Bud Norris (0-1, 24.00)

3 Comments

Oh! How I miss George S. He would not tolerate such a crappy ball club. He’d grab Girardi by the scruff of the neck and tell him to fix it or fire him.

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DiDi defense stinks, and he cannot hit. He has an outfielders glove and fields like a little leaguer. Time to look for alternatives. Maybe the Yanks should look for someone who can hit their way out of a paper bag. They will never win with just pitching, which isn’t that good either. All we hear about is yet another pitcher being brought up. How about someone who can hit a baseball. Well back to watching Carpenter blow it!!!

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Yanks stink. Can Cashman Now !!

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