Rivalry weekend continues as Yankees host Sox

We’ve got a quick turnaround here at Yankee Stadium following last night’s ninth-inning theatrics, as the Yankees and Red Sox prepare to face off for the second game of this three-game weekend series. Nathan Eovaldi and David Price comprise the pitching matchup, linking back up after they faced off in the Sunday night showdown at Fenway Park.

Eovaldi was knocked around for six runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings that night, but the Yankees put up six runs on Price, who battled to stay in the game for seven innings and got the win in Boston’s 8-7 victory. Clearly the Yankees will be looking for a better performance today from Eovaldi, who is one start removed from taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning at Texas.

“NOW BATTING FOR THE YANKEES”

CLUBHOUSE REPORT

There are no plans to place Jacoby Ellsbury (right hip tightness) on the disabled list, but Joe Girardi said that he expects it to be a couple of days before Ellsbury will play again. It sounds like you can rule him out for the Red Sox series and maybe for Monday vs. Kansas City, also known as Aroldis Chapman Day.

Who’s the Yankees’ closer this afternoon? Great question. They don’t have Dellin Betances, who has appeared in three straight games, and Andrew Miller has to be gassed after his four-out save last night. I suggest the Wheel O’ Closers. Just tryin’ to help.

Speaking of Chapman, he will meet the media tomorrow at 4 p.m. here at Yankee Stadium. He has been pitching in chain-link baseball down in Tampa and I’m sure he can’t wait to face some big league hitters. Girardi reiterated today that Chapman will be the Yankees’ closer.

CC Sabathia spoke and said that his groin strain doesn’t feel quite as severe as his last one, which cost him three weeks. Sabathia is still hopeful that he will only miss the minimum 15 days. Ivan Nova is taking his spot in the rotation in the meantime.

QUOTE TO NOTE

“[Girardi] wouldn’t let me go back out. I just figured I would say something after the game. I wasn’t going to say anything after the game either, but then I came in and it was sore, so I felt like I needed to get some treatment.” – Sabathia, on why he didn’t tell the Yankees immediately about his groin injury. 

STAT SO?

MLB Statcast has some good stuff on Aaron Hicks’ home run last night. The distance was recorded at 446 feet and its exit velocity was 107 mph. It was the longest homer hit by a Yankee this season.

Chase Headley is still looking for his first extra-base hit of 2016, entering play on Saturday with 84 plate appearances. The next-most plate appearances without an extra-base hit this year: the Angels’ Rafael Ortega (56), who was optioned to the Minors on Friday.

ON THIS DATE

1999: Two Japanese-born starting pitchers faced each other for the first time in Major League history, as the Yankees’ Hideki Irabu went up against the Mariners’ Mac Suzuki. Both pitchers worked scorelessly into the fifth inning before the Yankees scored three runs en route to a 10-1 victory.

3 Comments

What a nice surprise! I opened this thinking it was The Bronx View and wondering why Tom wrote it. Glad to see you back Bryan!

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I’m really disappointed in Ellsbury! It seems his bat is coming around, but he can’t reach second base from center field, With an arm like that there is no future for him in baseball, except maybe first base?

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Everybody knows we paid all of that money for the legs and glove. The arm was just a throw-in, why harp on it?

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