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Game 68: Yankees at Athletics

NEW YORK YANKEES (35-32) at OAKLAND ATHLETICS (41-27)
LHP Vidal Nuno (1-2, 4.97) vs. RHP Jesse Chavez (5-4, 3.04)
Sunday, June 15, 2014 • O.co Coliseum • 4:05 P.M. ET
Game #68 • Road Game #39 • TV: YES • Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM

And a pleasant good afternoon from Oakland, where the Yankees will complete this 10-game road trip today with the rubber game of a three-game set against the A’s. The Yanks dropped two of three in Kansas City and swept the Mariners in Seattle, so they could finish the trip 6-3 with a victory here today. It’s a gorgeous day, temperatures in the low 60s and mostly clear.

Happy Father’s Day, everyone. It has been almost 24 years since I was surprised with tickets to a June 23, 1990 game between the Mets and Phillies at Shea Stadium. I wore my Little League jersey and bought a scorecard. Dwight Gooden pitched a shutout, Darryl Strawberry hit a three-run homer and I’ve been going to the ballpark ever since. Thank you, Dad.

Here are some of the quick hits from today’s Yankees notebook:


As promised, there was no mention of the ‘flip play’ as the Athletics paid tribute to Derek Jeter’s career at the o.Co Coliseum. Instead, the team suggested a relaxing wine country sendoff for the retiring Yankees captain.

Athletics manager Bob Melvin and hitting coach Chili Davis, both former teammates of Jeter’s, represented the organization in a brief ceremony held at home plate before Sunday’s series finale – Jeter’s 76th and last regular season game at the Coliseum.

“With that kind of a resume? It’s pretty spectacular,” said Melvin, who played with Jeter at Triple-A Columbus in 1995. “He’s not really into the individual number thing, he’s always been about the team numbers. It’s pretty impressive. And we’ve gotten to do it a couple years in a row, with [Mariano] Rivera last year too. They’re two guys that have meant so much to the game.”

The A’s presented Jeter with a customized three litre bottle of Abreu Madrona Ranch Cabernet – 2009, a very good year, in Jeter’s opinion – and a private tour with the wine maker at the Abreu Vineyard, plus a stay the Meadowood resort in Napa Valley.

In addition, the A’s made a donation in the amount of $10,002 to Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.


The Yankees allowed themselves a sigh of relief on Sunday morning when Mark Teixeira arrived at the o.Co Coliseum and announced that he was ready to play, one day after a sore left ribcage knocked him out of the lineup.

“I’m sure I’ll be all right,” said Teixeira, who went through a full batting practice and reported no issues.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi was relieved to learn that Teixeira’s issue was not related to the oblique, which could have necessitated a stint on the disabled list. Teixeira leads the Yankees in homers (11) and RBIs (31).

“He’s a big home run threat. He’s an RBI guy,” Girardi said. “He’s huge in the middle of the order between some lefties; a switch hitter that really does damage against left-handers if they want to bring in a lefty to face some of our guys.”


The Yankees are not ready to push the panic button on rookie Yangervis Solarte, who entered Sunday’s game hitless in his last 16 at-bats.

“I think he’ll get going. I think it’s just kind of what you go through as a hitter,” Girardi said. “The West Coast hasn’t been real kind to him, so he’s probably glad we’re going home after today. You kind of go through it. He’ll be fine.”


Solarte got the nod at second base for the second consecutive day on Sunday, as the Yankees try to give Brian Roberts (sore right knee) extra rest leading into Monday’s off-day.

Girardi said that he prefers to play Solarte at second base over Kelly Johnson, who started at third base, because most of Johnson’s defensive attention has been focused at the infield corners.

“Kelly really hasn’t done a lot of work at second this year,” Girardi said. “Solo has done a little bit more, and that’s kind of why we stuck with it.”

Game 67: Yankees at Athletics

NEW YORK YANKEES (35-31) at OAKLAND ATHLETICS (40-27)
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (4-4, 4.12) vs. LHP Scott Kazmir (7-2, 2.20)
Saturday, June 14, 2014 • O.co Coliseum • 10:05 P.M. ET
Game #67 • Road Game #38 • TV: YES • Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM

Good evening from Oakland, where the Yankees and Athletics will play the second game of this three game series. The Yankees have won four straight games for the first time this season. It has been another beautiful day in California, and we’re looking at temperatures in the mid-60s for tonight’s game.

Here are some of the quick hits from tonight’s notebook:


Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was scratched from Saturday’s lineup against the Athletics with left ribcage tightness.

The lineup change was announced 25 minutes prior to the scheduled first pitch at o.Co Coliseum. Brian McCann moved to first base, with John Ryan Murphy inserted as the starting catcher.


Carlos Beltran has been searching for his timing since being activated from the disabled list, with just four hits in 31 at-bats (.129), and he was held out of the Yankees lineup on Saturday.

“I don’t feel good right now, man,” Beltran said. “It feels like some days I feel better, then the next day, back to not feeling good. It has to come. I just need to stick with the plan and continue to go to the cage and work on the things I have always worked. It’s got to come.”

Beltran went hitless in five at-bats on Friday. He missed 21 games with a bone spur in his right elbow, returning to action on June 5. Beltran said that he still has to work on occasional tightness in his elbow, but there is no pain, and the brace that he is wearing has not bothered him.


The Yankees announced on Saturday that they have signed left-hander Jacob Lindgren, their first selection in the First-Year Player Draft.

A hard-throwing junior at Mississippi State, Lindgren was selected in the second round, 55th overall. He was ranked by MLB.com to be the No. 41 prospect entering the Draft and has been touted as one of the nastiest relievers in college ball.

Lindgren signed for $1.1 million, according to the New York Post, slightly above the recommended slot bonus of $1,018,700. Lindgren is expected to begin his professional career with either Class-A Charleston or Class-A Staten Island.

The Yankees also announced the signings of: right-hander Austin DeCarr (third round), right-hander Jordan Foley (fifth round), right-hander Jonathan Holder (sixth round), left-hander Derek Callahan (16th round), right-hander Corey Holmes (20th round) and right-hander Lee Casas (28th round).

New York also signed post-Draft free agent right-hander Michael Noteware from Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho.


The Yankees will try to give Brian Roberts the rest of the weekend off after the infielder fouled a ball off his right knee in Friday’s 7-0 victory over the Athletics.

Roberts said that he could have been in the lineup on Saturday, but manager Joe Girardi decided to hold him out. Roberts has hit his knee twice in recent games and said that the knee is bruised but not swollen.

“I told him I could play,” Roberts said. “[Am I] sore? Yeah. But do you ever have a day you’re not sore?”

With Roberts on the bench, Yangervis Solarte moved to second base and Kelly Johnson got his second straight start at third base. Solarte got the day off on Friday after going 0-for-11 in the series against the Mariners in Seattle.


The Yankees had some laughs at Brendan Ryan’s expense after the infielder crumpled to the ground after being hit in the elbow by a breaking ball in the ninth inning of Friday’s 7-0 win over the A’s. Ryan stayed in the game and X-rays were negative.

“I know I’m going to be subject to a lot of flak from the guys, I’m sure. Deservedly so,” Ryan said. “It hit the funny bone. My fingers curled up. I couldn’t move my fingers, and the whole thing was like on fire.


”It’s just embarrassing it was on a curveball, you know? I don’t think I’ve ever reacted like that to a breaking ball.”


Saturday marks right-hander Chase Whitley’s 25th birthday.

Game 66: Yankees at Athletics

NEW YORK YANKEES (34-31) at OAKLAND ATHLETICS (40-26)
RHP David Phelps (1-4, 4.88) vs. RHP Sonny Gray (6-2, 2.83)
Friday, June 13, 2014 • O.co Coliseum • 10:05 P.M. ET
Game #66 • Road Game #37 • TV: YES • Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM

Hello from the o.Co Coliseum in Oakland, forever home of the Flip Play. We’ll have a long feature appearing on Yankees.com tonight about Derek Jeter and that iconic moment in 2001, and that was fun to write, so stay tuned for that.

Here in 2014, these are the quick hits from tonight’s Yankees notes as the team tries to keep rolling after a three-game sweep of the Mariners up in Seattle.


Francisco Cervelli is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on Friday, but the Yankees have decided to keep him on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Trenton until the team returns to New York.

“He won’t join us this weekend, and then we’ll make a determination after this weekend,” manager Joe Girardi said. “He’ll play the next few days with Trenton, and then we’ll probably see him next week.”


The Yankees have signed right-hander Heath Bell to a Minor League contract and plan to audition the veteran reliever at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Bell, 36, was 1-1 with a 7.27 ERA in 13 appearances for the Rays this season. He moved to the Orioles organization and opted out of his Minor League deal after posting a 4.22 ERA in 10 2/3 innings with Triple-A Norfolk.


Michael Pineda has not resumed throwing and will not rejoin the Yankees rotation before August, manager Joe Girardi confirmed on Friday.

Pineda was scratched from a June 1 intrasquad outing when he felt soreness behind his right shoulder, and is essentially starting from zero because this is his second setback.

“It really is [disappointing]. I don’t think we’re going to have to limit his innings,” Girardi said.


The Yankees have signed right-hander Austin DeCarr, their third round selection in the First-Year Player Draft, MLB.com has confirmed.

DeCarr, the 91st overall selection in the Draft, received a $1 million signing bonus. The recommended slot value for the pick was $585,100. The 19-year-old is expected to begin his professional career with the Gulf Coast Yankees.


Jacoby Ellsbury was in the Yankees’ lineup as expected on Friday, one day after he was removed from New York’s 6-3 win at Seattle with right hip tightness. Manager Joe Girardi said that Ellsbury “came in and said he feels good.” He extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an RBI single in the first inning.


Yangervis Solarte “just looks like he could use a day off,” according to Girardi, so the rookie third baseman was out of Friday’s lineup. Solarte is hitless in his last 12 at-bats; Kelly Johnson made the start at third base instead.


The A’s are expecting three consecutive sellouts this weekend at o.Co Coliseum, including one for Sunday’s pregame Derek Jeter tribute.

“Maybe that’s why people are calling me asking for tickets, because you can’t buy them,” Girardi said.

Game 65: Yankees at Mariners

NEW YORK YANKEES (33-31) at SEATTLE MARINERS (34-31)
RHP Chase Whitley (1-0, 2.42) vs. LHP Roenis Elias (5-4, 3.64)
Thursday, June 12, 2014 • Safeco Field • 10:10 P.M. ET
Game #65 • Road Game #36 • TV: YES • Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM

Hello one last time from Safeco Field in Seattle, where the Yankees and Mariners will play the final game of this three-game series. The team will fly south after the game, with a three-game weekend set against the AL West-leading Athletics on deck. Here are the quick hits from tonight’s Yankees notes –

  • Francisco Cervelli will be eligible to come off the disabled list on Friday, and it appears that the Yankees plan to activate the catcher in the near future, with John Ryan Murphy ticketed to return to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Manager Joe Girardi said that the decision to send Murphy — who started on Thursday against Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias — to the Minors was not finalized, and suggested that Cervelli might not re-join the Yankees until next week in New York.

    The 23-year-old Murphy entered play on Thursday batting .296 (16-for-54) with a home run and eight RBIs in 21 games, while also showing good defensive ability. Girardi said that it could be beneficial for Murphy to play every day in the Minors.


    “I don’t think it ever hurts anyone to play every day, to develop,” Girardi said. “You get in a rhythm more and I think you can learn more about yourself physically sometimes if you’re playing and your career is to be an everyday catcher. I think that’s important to do, to learn how to handle fatigue and all those different types of things.”

  • CC Sabathia is continuing to play catch back in New York and the left-hander could test his right knee off a mound next week when the team returns to Yankee Stadium.

    The Yankees have been hopeful that Sabathia could rejoin their rotation sometime in July. There is less progress to report with right-hander Michael Pineda, who has not resumed throwing after a setback with the muscle strain behind his pitching shoulder.

  • Carlos Beltran played catch again on Thursday, throwing to coach Rob Thomson from a distance of 90 feet on the outfield grass as he continues to test his right elbow. Beltran, who is being used only as a DH at this point, plans to take Friday off from throwing and then would play catch on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he placed a call to Joe Torre, Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations, regarding a play in the ninth inning of New York’s 4-2 victory over the Mariners.

    Jacoby Ellsbury ripped a ball down the first-base line that was ruled foul by umpire Mark Wegner. Girardi believed the ball had crossed the first-base bag in fair territory and asked Wegner if the play could have been reviewable, but was told that it was not.

  • On this date in 2009, the Yankees were trailing the Mets by a run with two outs in the ninth inning when Alex Rodriguez lifted what appeared to be a game-ending pop-up. Mets second baseman Luis Castillo dropped the ball and two runs scored, giving the Yankees a stunning 9-8 victory at Yankee Stadium.

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES

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

Chase Whitley RHP

MARINERS

Endy Chavez RF
James Jones CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kyle Seager 3B
Stefen Romero DH
Dustin Ackley LF
Logan Morrison 1B
Mike Zunino C
Brad Miller SS

Roenis Elias LHP

Game 64: Yankees at Mariners

NEW YORK YANKEES (32-31) at SEATTLE MARINERS (34-30)
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (9-1, 2.02) vs. RHP Chris Young (5-3, 3.42)
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Safeco Field • 10:10 P.M. ET
Game #64 • Road Game #35 • TV: YES • Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM

Good evening from Safeco Field in Seattle, where the Yankees and Mariners will play the second game of this three-game series. Here are the quick hits from tonight’s Yankees notes –

  • The Yankees’ bullpen received reinforcements on Wednesday as right-hander Shawn Kelley was activated from the disabled list and left-hander David Huff was acquired from the Giants.

    Kelley has not pitched in a big league game since May 6 due to a lumbar spine strain, but had no further issues in a pair of Minor League rehab assignments. Huff, who was with the Yankees last season, was obtained in exchange for cash considerations.

    To create room for Kelley on the active roster, right-hander Matt Daley was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Manager Joe Girardi said that they chose to keep right-hander Jose Ramirez instead of Daley because Ramirez offers more distance.

    Left-hander Wade LeBlanc was designated for assignment to clear space for Huff, who was 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA in 16 appearances for San Francisco this year and will be used as a multi-inning reliever who can offer about 45 pitches.

  • Carlos Beltran seemed to be amused by the attention being paid to his brief throwing session on Wednesday at Safeco Field, the first time he has aired out his right arm since being sidelined with a bone spur last month.

    “I think everything went well; just 25 throws at 90 feet — I think you can do that too,” Beltran told a group of reporters crowded around his locker in the visiting clubhouse.

  • Yankees manager Joe Girardi noted that he has seen flashes of growing maturity from Dellin Betances, who coughed up a lead last night but recovered to keep the game tied.

    “I think what you’ve seen is, if he does happen to give up a run, he’s able to stop it there and it doesn’t snowball,” Girardi said. “If he’s struggling a little bit with his command, he finds it quicker than maybe he used to.”

  • Jacoby Ellsbury has a 14-game hitting streak since May 26, marking the longest active streak in the Majors and tied for the fourth longest in the American League this season.

    Here are the lineups:



    YANKEES

    Brett Gardner LF
    Derek Jeter SS
    Jacoby Ellsbury CF
    Mark Teixeira 1B
    Carlos Beltran DH
    Brian McCann C
    Yangervis Solarte 3B
    Ichiro Suzuki RF
    Brian Roberts 2B

    Masahiro Tanaka RHP

    MARINERS

    Endy Chavez RF
    James Jones CF
    Robinson Cano 2B
    Kyle Seager 3B
    Logan Morrison 1B
    Dustin Ackley LF
    Mike Zunino C
    Brad Miller SS
    Cole Gillespie DH

    Chris Young RHP

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