Luis Severino seeking a Yankees sweep
Happy Mother’s Day! The Yankees have a chance to celebrate their first sweep of the season tonight on national television, sending right-hander Luis Severino to the mound against the Red Sox at 8:05 p.m. ET. Boston will counter with knuckleballing right-hander Steven Wright, which will be a challenge for the Yanks hitters.
“It’s hard,” Joe Girardi said. “You’ll see switch hitters hit the opposite because they don’t want to feel like they’re going to messed up. It’s hard. The thing that you try to do is you look for the ball up and try to square one up.”
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Aroldis Chapman met the media this afternoon and said that he is “super excited” to be installed as the closer, beginning tomorrow against the Royals, now that his 30-game suspension for violating baseball’s domestic violence policy is set to expire. Chapman’s arrival will bump Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller into setup roles.
“I learned a lot from [the suspension],” Chapman said through an interpreter. “Like any human being, we learn every day. It’s just part of life. You keep on learning. The good thing is it’s something that’s behind me now. I want to focus on baseball, being here with my teammates and having the opportunity to contribute and hopefully win.”
There is still no timetable for Jacoby Ellsbury (right hip tightness) to return to the field, but it won’t be on Monday. Girardi said that if Ellsbury isn’t improving in five or six days, the Yankees would consider the disabled list, but Ellsbury is hopeful that he can avoid that.
“I was able to get on the light bike today,” Ellsbury said. “Basically, a bunch of treatment throughout the day. Same as yesterday. It’s made some progress since yesterday, so that’s obviously good news. We’ll see how it feels later on today but we’ll pretty much do as much treatment as we can.”
There’s lots and lots of pink in the Yankees clubhouse. The interlocking ‘NY’ and the numbers on the back of tonight’s pinstriped uniforms are pink, and many players will be wearing pink undershirts and cleats in addition to using the pink bats.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“What do you want me to do? You want me to throw a fit? The goal here is to win. I think if you go around and ask, there’s 25 lockers in here and I think everyone is going to say that. We haven’t gotten off to the start that we want to. I think we’ve played well in the last couple of days, and the goal is to keep that going. Wins are what’s fun at the end of the day. It doesn’t matter if you’re saving games for a last-place team.” — Miller, on yielding the ninth inning to Chapman
Yankees pitchers have a 2.75 ERA (52.1 IP, 16 ER) in six games this month, third-lowest in the Majors. Only Toronto (1.97) and San Diego (2.32) have been better. Bombers hurlers logged a 4.62 ERA in April.
ON THIS DATE
2010: Mark Teixeira became the second player in franchise history to hit three home runs in a single game against the Red Sox, joining Lou Gehrig. Teixeira homered in the fifth, seventh and ninth innings of a 14-3 win at Fenway Park.