Eovaldi, Yankees hunting a series win
The Yankees will try to take three of four games from the defending World Series champions tonight, as Nathan Eovaldi heads to the hill against former Yankee Ian Kennedy. New York won the first two games of this series before dropping a 7-3 decision last night.
“[Tonight] we have an important game,” Carlos Beltran said. “It would be great to win the series against the world champions. I think if we’re capable of doing that, it’s going to be positive for us.”
Eovaldi and Austin Romine appear to be a regular battery. Joe Girardi said that he didn’t really plan for Romine to be Eovaldi’s personal catcher, but he figured that Brian McCann could use a turn at designated hitter. The fact that Eovaldi has pitched well with Romine doesn’t hurt.
“It’s not something that I’ve really set out to do, but it’s kind of worked that way, and that’s easier for Austin and the pitcher,” Girardi said. “If you’re on a good page together and you’re familiar with each other, I think it’s helpful.”
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You’ll notice that Mark Teixeira is back in the lineup after missing two games with a stiff neck. The Yankees made a roster move prior to this game, recalling left-hander Tyler Olson from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre while optioning outfielder Ben Gamel to the Minors.
“We’re getting Tex back today. We’re kind of in the same situation we were the last few days,” Joe Girardi said. “We just felt we could use an extra arm being that (Phil) Coke is not available and if we needed some distance out of our bullpen, the other guys are really not built for that.”
There could be more in store this weekend: the White Sox are set to throw left-handers Chris Sale and Jose Quintana on Friday and Saturday, and so Joe Girardi said that it’s possible they’ll need to call up a right-handed bat. That could be Rob Refsnyder, who has been hitting consistently at Triple-A.
Alex Rodriguez and Jacoby Ellsbury both did some running on the field this afternoon. There is optimism that Ellsbury will be able to play in the White Sox series, while Rodriguez believes he can come back from the disabled list when he’s eligible during this upcoming West Coast road trip.
“I’ll have a much better answer over the next 48 hours to see how I recover from these two days, but so far, so good,” Rodriguez said.
The Yankees are batting just .210 (53-for-252) with runners in scoring position, 29th best in the Majors(trailing just the Mets).
THEY SAID IT
“I don’t think there’s anybody that covers our game, that’s in our game, that thinks this club is what we showed in April, at all.” – GM Brian Cashman
ON THIS DATE
1925: Lawrence Peter Berra is born in St. Louis. A three-time MVP and 10-time World Series champion, “Yogi” was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972.