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Yankees/Orioles-themed “Charm City Cakes” event scheduled for July 13

Big league baseball and the crew from TV’s “Ace of Cakes” will collide this summer in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, as fans of both the Yankees and Orioles will come together to support their teams, flex their cake-decorating prowess and have a crack at some terrific prizes.

The event is being held to benefit the YAI Network, a not-for-profit group which helps people with developmental disabilities in New York and in many other cities.

I was able to help out last season with a David Cone charity event at Foley’s NY, and it was a great time for everyone involved. I hope you’ll be able to swing by and spread the word to help make this summer’s event just as great of a success! Here’s what you need to know:

Sunday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET
(Prior to the Yankees-Orioles 8:05 p.m. ET game at Camden Yards)Charm City Cakes

Who: Mary Smith from TV’s “Ace of Cakes” (plus a surprise guest judge!)

What: A cake decorating course designed for diehard baseball fans

Where: Charm City Cakes (2936 Remington Ave., Baltimore, MD)

When: Sunday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m. (class lasts approx. 2 1/2 hours)

Why: To raise money for YAI Network, an award-winning, nationally acclaimed network of not-for-profit health and human services agencies dedicated to building brighter futures for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages and their families.

Check out for more information.

**Our special guest judge will award a pair of tickets to the 8:05 p.m. game at Camden Yards (with field passes for batting practice) to the decorators of their favorite Orioles and Yankees-themed cakes**

For more info, e-mail: … There are only 40 spots on the roster, so sign up today!

YAI A portion of the proceeds to benefit YAI Network’s Manhattan Day Hab, a Yankees HOPE Week honoree

Cervelli to DL, McCann X-rays negative

A few updates to pass along this afternoon from the Yankees:

· Precautionary x-rays taken last night on C Brian McCann’s right hand were negative.

· An MRI given last night to C Francisco Cervelli revealed a Grade 2 right hamstring strain. He will be placed on the disabled list prior to Tuesday’s game with the Cubs (retroactive to today).

· Following Sunday’s game, RHP Shane Greene was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Game 13: Yankees vs. Red Sox

It’s Sunday night baseball here in the Bronx, as the Yankees and Red Sox wrap up this four-game series at Yankee Stadium. New York has won two of the first three contests and they’ll go for a series win tonight with Ivan Nova on the hill. Felix Doubront gets the ball for the Sox, with first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET. You can watch on ESPN and listen on WFAN.

Some quick hits from the clubhouse and interview room:

  • It turns out that there was more of a reason for Derek Jeter’s off-day yesterday than just scheduled rest. Joe Girardi revealed today that Jeter spoke about tightness in his right quad during Friday’s game. Sitting Jeter tonight will give him three full days to knock the stiffness out, with tomorrow’s Yankees off-day. Remember, this is the same quad that Jeter strained in his first game off the DL last year, putting him right back on the shelf.
  • The Yankees have been carrying a 13-man pitching staff since April 9, when Shane Greene was called up. They might stay at that number until Mark Teixeira (strained right hamstring) is ready to be activated, which could happen on April 20 at the earliest. The Yanks also plan to have David Robertson (strained left groin) back in the closer role on April 22.
  • A stat to note: coming into tonight, Carlos Beltran is just 1-for-11 with a double against left-handed pitchers this season, compared to 10-for-30 (.333) with two homers and four RBIs against right-handers. He said that he hopes to find something in his swing against Doubront, who was smoked for five runs in 2 2/3 innings last time out by the Rangers at Fenway Park.

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (5-7)

Grady Sizemore LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Ryan Roberts 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Jonathan Herrera 2B

Felix Doubront LHP (1-1, 9.00)


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

Ivan Nova RHP (1-1, 8.68)

Jeter sitting with tight right qud

Derek Jeter is out of the Yankees’ lineup today with a tight right quadriceps. Joe Girardi said that Jeter’s quad got tight during Friday’s game.

He took yesterday off and will also sit tonight, though Girardi said that Jeter is available to come off the bench. Girardi said that Jeter was “not real happy” with the decision, and no tests are scheduled.

Here’s Girardi’s explanation:

“Friday, early in the game, his quad got a little tight but he played the whole game. Saturday was a scheduled day off no matter what; I had had it scheduled for the whole week, I knew that he was going to be off. I’d say about the fifth, sixth, seventh inning, I started thinking. I said y’know, it probably would make sense to give him one more day because it buys him two more days. Is he available to me tonight? In an emergency, I would use him. Are there any tests scheduled? No. He went through some tightness in Spring Training that he had gotten through. He had it in his calf at one point and he got through. I figured, you know what, it probably makes more sense to give him today. I could have put him in there. Originally my plan was to put him in there, but I changed my mind during the game yesterday.”

Girardi said that he feels “really good” about the chances of having Jeter in Tuesday’s lineup against the Cubs.

Game 12: Yankees vs. Red Sox

Hello from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees and Red Sox are back in action after last night’s quick turnaround. The Yankees dropped last night’s contest, 4-2, evening the series at one game apiece. Hiroki Kuroda looks to continue his strong start to the season, while Boston gives the ball to John Lackey. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET and it is a beautiful spring afternoon in New York.

Some quick hits from the clubhouse and interview room:

  • The part of Derek Jeter will be played by Dean Anna in today’s performance. Joe Girardi said that was because of the quick turnaround following last night’s game. It’s Jeter’s second day off of the season and his first at home. Girardi understands that crowds want to see Jeter play in his final season, but said this: “I have to manage him with the focus of winning games and keeping him healthy, not it being a farewell tour. I wasn’t hired to put on a farewell tour.”
  • Mark Teixeira said that he expects to be activated from the disabled list on April 20 against the Rays at Tropicana Field, the first day that he is eligible.
  • Interesting note — Yankees pitchers had struck out at least 12 batters in each of their last three games entering play on Saturday (12, 12 and 13, respectively). That marks just the second time in franchise history they have done so, also doing it from May 17-19, 2002.

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (5-6)Dustin Pedroia 2B
Daniel Nava RF
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Mike Carp LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
A.J. Pierzynski C
Jonathan Herrera 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

John Lackey RHP

YANKEES (5-6)Brett Gardner LF
Brian Roberts 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano RF
Kelly Johnson 1B
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Dean Anna SS

Hiroki Kuroda RHP


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