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Game 19: Yankees at Rays

It’s been a busy morning and afternoon here at Tropicana Field. Ivan Nova has been placed on the disabled list with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and could require Tommy John surgery, and the Yankees have Mark Teixeira back in the lineup for the first time since April 4. Preston Claiborne and Bryan Mitchell are here to help out a pitching staff that allowed 27 runs to the Rays in the last two nights; Scott Sizemore has been optioned to Triple-A and Matt Daley was designated for assignment.

We’re underway, with Vidal Nuno making his first start of the year for New York. Cesar Ramos has the ball for the Rays. The game is on YES, MLB Network and WFAN.

Here are today’s lineups:

YANKEES (10-8)

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Brett Gardner LF
Brian Roberts 2B
John Ryan Murphy C

Vidal Nuno LHP (0-0, 14.54)

RAYS (9-9)

Sean Rodriguez LF
Ben Zobrist DH
Logan Forsythe 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
Wil Myers RF
James Loney 1B
Brandon Guyer CF
Yunel Escobar SS
Ryan Hanigan C

Cesar Ramos LHP (0-1, 7.50)

Ivan Nova has partially torn ulnar collateral ligament

The MRI on RHP Ivan Nova last night has revealed a partial tear of ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow.

He will be placed on the disabled list today and will be further examined tomorrow in New York by Yankees team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad.

“Tommy John” surgery is a possibility, though the Yankees will look at the chance that the injury can be rehabbed first.

“It’s really unfortunate,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s a guy that obviously we were counting on pretty heavily this year. He’ll be re-evaluated by Dr. Ahmad tomorrow and I guess you go from there to see what the next step is.”

Today’s roster moves:

Reinstated 1B Mark Teixeira from the 15-day disabled list; recalled RHP Preston Claiborne from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and RHP Bryan Mitchell from Double-A Trenton; placed RHP Ivan Nova on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow ulnar collateral ligament injury; optioned INF Scott Sizemore to Triple-A Scranton/WB; designated RHP Matt Daley for assignment.

Game 18: Yankees at Rays

The Yankees will try to bounce back from yesterday’s bullpen debacle tonight here at Tropicana Field, playing the third game of a four-game series with the Rays. Ivan Nova and hard-throwing Chris Archer comprise the pitching matchup, with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET. The game is on YES and WFAN.

Here’s what you need to know…

  • Matt Daley is here and available in the bullpen. The right-hander is replacing Cesar Cabral, who hit three batters in a terrible outing last night and was then designated for assignment by the Yankees.

    “I think that everyone knows that when you come here, winning is the only thing, really,” Daley said. “I know that they like him a lot, they kept him around for a couple of years and he’s a great guy. That’s the way baseball goes sometimes.”

    Daley was 1-1 with a save and a 5.40 ERA in four Triple-A appearances this year, and his strikeout numbers have jumped. He had 13 batters in five innings, with one walk.

  • Mark Teixeira went 2-for-4 with a walk and a double in a Minor League game today, playing seven innings in the field, and expects to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday – the first day that he is eligible.

  • Also in Tampa, David Robertson threw 16 pitches in one inning of work. He is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, when the Yankees open a three-game series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

  • Girardi said that he is not sure who the Yankees will trim from their roster to make room for Teixeira. Infielders Scott Sizemore and Dean Anna both have Minor League options and are possibilities.

  • Carlos Beltran said that his sore left shoulder and right wrist are improving after Friday’s tumble over a short wall in right field at Tropicana Field, and the slugger returned to the Yankees’ lineup as the designated hitter. He’s hoping to play the outfield tomorrow.

  • Derek Jeter was not in the Yankees’ lineup on Saturday. Girardi said that he did not want to play Jeter four straight games on artificial turf, and chose to rest him against Archer with left-hander Cesar Ramos throwing for the Rays on Sunday. Anna made the start at shortstop in Jeter’s place.

  • David Phelps is sporting a bruise on his stomach after being hit by Ryan Hanigan’s line drive in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 11-5 loss to the Rays, but Phelps is available to pitch.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

YANKEES (10-7)

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano RF
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Kelly Johnson 1B
Brian Roberts 2B
Dean Anna SS

Ivan Nova RHP (2-1, 5.94)

RAYS (8-9)

David DeJesus CF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Matt Joyce DH
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Wil Myers RF
Sean Rodriguez LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Ryan Hanigan C

Chris Archer RHP (1-1, 4.50)

Game 17: Yankees at Rays

The Yankees will go for their sixth straight victory tonight here at Tropicana Field, playing the second game of a four-game series with the Rays. Hiroki Kuroda and Erik Bedard comprise the pitching matchup, with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET. The game is on YES and MLB Network, and also WFAN.

Some quick hits from Joe Girardi’s pregame session…

  • Carlos Beltran had an MRI on his left shoulder and right wrist after last night’s tumble over a short wall in right field. The tests were clean, but today is going to just be a treatment day for Beltran and he’s unavailable to play. Beltran is hopeful that he’ll be in tomorrow night’s lineup.
  • Brian Roberts is out of the lineup, but Girardi said that was because Roberts wasn’t going to play four games on the turf. He ran a lot last night, so Girardi thought tonight would be a good night to give him off. Roberts also said everything was fine.
  • Mark Teixeira had five Minor League at-bats today over in Tampa. He’s scheduled to play seven innings tomorrow and is on track to be in Sunday’s lineup against left-hander Cesar Ramos.
  • Sunday’s Yankees starter is still TBA, though Girardi is leaning toward Vidal Nuno. The Red Sox will see Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia next week at Fenway Park.
  • David Robertson had fielding practice today at the Trop. He’ll pitch tomorrow in a Minor League game and believes he will be ready for activation Tuesday.
  • Dellin Betances is unavailable tonight after throwing two innings last night.
  • Here are tonight’s lineups:

    YANKEES (10-6)

    Brett Gardner LF
    Derek Jeter SS
    Jacoby Ellsbury CF
    Alfonso Soriano DH
    Brian McCann C
    Yangervis Solarte 2B
    Kelly Johnson 1B
    Scott Sizemore 3B
    Ichiro Suzuki RF

    Hiroki Kuroda RHP (2-1, 3.86)

    RAYS (7-9)

    David DeJesus CF
    Ben Zobrist 2B
    Matt Joyce LF
    Evan Longoria 3B
    James Loney 1B
    Wil Myers RF
    Logan Forsythe DH
    Yunel Escobar SS
    Ryan Hanigan C

    Erik Bedard LHP (0-0, 0.00)

Yankees turn triple play vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — The Yankees went around the horn to complete a triple play, their second in the last two seasons, in the second inning on Thursday against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

With runners at first and second, third baseman Yangervis Solarte fielded a hard chopper off the bat of Tampa Bay’s Sean Rodriguez, then raced to third base to force out Evan Longoria.

Solarte threw to second baseman Brian Roberts, who straddled the second base bag and forced out Wil Myers. Roberts quickly fed a throw to first baseman Scott Sizemore, who scooped the ball in time to retire Rodriguez.

It was the third time that the Rays have hit into a triple play in their franchise history, and Rodriguez also hit into the most recent one, on Aug. 16, 2011 against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

CC Sabathia was the beneficiary of Thursday’s triple play, raising his arms in celebration, and Sabathia has been on the mound for all three of the Yankees’ most recent triple plays.

The left-hander was also on the hill for a triple play on April 22, 2010 against the Athletics in Oakland — also a 5-4-3, Alex Rodriguez to Robinson Cano to Nick Johnson on a ground ball hit by Kurt Suzuki.

Sabathia was again on the mound for an April 12, 2013 triple play against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium, the first 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play in history, involving second baseman Cano, shortstop Jayson Nix, third baseman Kevin Youkilis and first baseman Lyle Overbay on a ball hit by Manny Machado.

Before the most recent run of triple plays, the Yankees’ last triple play was completed on June 3, 1968 against the Twins at Yankee Stadium — pitcher Dooley Womack to third baseman Bobby Cox to first baseman Mickey Mantle, on a ball hit by Minnesota’s John Roseboro.

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