NEW YORK Yankees (31-31) at SEATTLE MARINERS (34-29)
LHP Vidal Nuno (1-2, 5.33) vs. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (4-2, 2.66)
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 • Safeco Field • 10:10 P.M. ET
Game #63 • Road Game #34 • TV: YES • Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM
Here are the quick hits from tonight’s Yankees notes —
- Derek Jeter shared this memory from his first Major League game — a May 29, 1995 contest against the Mariners at the Kingdome in Seattle.”I was 0-for-5, and after the game my dad was in town and we tried to get something to eat, and everything was closed,” Jeter recalled on Tuesday. “We ended up walking into a McDonald’s after the game. He’s here again today, both my parents, so maybe we’ll go to McDonald’s after the game.”
- The ice-cold Yankees bats, ranked 13th in the American League in runs scored, have not shaken Joe Girardi’s optimism that a fresh hit of firepower must be around the corner.”These guys have track records and they’re going to work at it, and I know they will,” Girardi said. “You look at it today, they’re working on it right now. So I believe it’s going to change.”
- One possible move to shake up the lineup is be dislodging Jeter, currently in a 3-for-16 skid, from the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Girardi said that is not a button that he wants to push at this time.”He’s always been a guy that has responded during the course of time,” Girardi said. “People have been ready to say that you should move him, and one year he ended up with 200-plus hits, and that sort of thing. You can look at Derek in the No. 2 spot, but we’ve had a lot of guys who have struggled. Maybe because of his name, he’s going to be the focus a little bit, sometimes maybe more than other guys, but we’ve had a lot of guys struggle.”
- Shawn Kelley is expected to rejoin the Yankees bullpen on Wednesday for the second game of a three-game series against the Mariners at Safeco Field. Kelley made his second rehab appearance on Monday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Toledo, facing four batters and pitching a scoreless inning around a hit.
- Jacoby Ellsbury carried a 13-game hitting streak into Tuesday’s game, the longest by a Yankee since Derek Jeter hit in 19 straight games from Sept. 4-25, 2012. Ellsbury’s streak is the second-longest active streak in the Majors, trailing Nick Markakis (14) of the Orioles.
NEW YORK YANKEES (31-30) at KANSAS CITY ROYALS (30-32)
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (4-3, 4.27) vs. RHP James Shields (6-3, 3.68)
Sunday, June 8, 2014 • Kauffman Stadium • 2:10 P.M. ET
Game #62 • Road Game #33 • TV: YES • Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM
CENTER OF ATTENTION: CF Jacoby Ellsbury has a Yankees-team-season-high 12G hitting streak, surpassing Derek Jeter’s 11G streak (4/6-22)…over the span is batting .396 (19-for-48) with 6R, 2 doubles, 1HR, 8RBI, 5BB, 7SB and a .453 OBP.
DAY OWLS: The Yankees are 15-6 (.714) in day games this season, marking the second-best such winning pct. in the Majors (S.F., 17-6, .739.
TRIPLE PLAY: On Saturday, the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and the Yankees announced a four-year extension of their player development contract (PDC) through the 2018 season…the four-year extension is the longest allowed per baseball rules.
ON THE MEND: On Saturday, RHP Shawn Kelley made his first rehab appearance, facing three batters with Double-A Trenton vs. Altoona (0.2IP, 1BB, 2K, 19 pit./11 str.)…C Francisco Cervelli has played two rehab games for Single-A Tampa (on Thursday and Friday), going 0-for-6 with 1BB (1GS at C, 1GS as DH).
NEW YORK YANKEES (31-29) at KANSAS CITY ROYALS (29-32)
RHP David Phelps (1-3, 4.11) vs. LHP Danny Duffy (3-5, 3.05)
Saturday, June 7, 2014 • Kauffman Stadium • 7:15 P.M. ET
Game #61 • Road Game #32 • TV: FOX • Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM
AT A GLANCE: Tonight the Yankees play the second game of a four-game series at Kansas City… are 1-0 thus far on their current 10-game road trip which also includes games at Seattle (6/10-12) and Oakland (6/13-15).
ROAD WARRIORS: The Yankees are 14-8 (.619) on the road since 4/20, marking the fourth-highest such winning percentage in the Majors in that span.
CENTER OF ATTENTION: CF Jacoby Ellsbury has an 11G hitting streak, matching Derek Jeter (4/6-22) for the team-season-high… over the span is batting .386 (17-for-44) with 6R, 2 doubles, 1HR, 8RBI, 5BB, 7SB and a .449 OBP… is second in the AL this season with 18SB (Houston’s Jose Altuve-21).
CLOSE CALLS: The Yankees are a Major League-best 17-10 (.615) in games decided by two-or-fewer runs this season.
Good evening from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees and Athletics will play the second game of their three-game series tonight. There is some rain in the forecast once again. Left-hander Vidal Nuno will make the start for the Yankees and right-hander Jesse Chavez is on the mound for the Athletics.
Nuno took the loss in his last start, serving up four runs – and three homers – to the Twins, but hung in to help out the bullpen by giving them 6 2/3 innings. Chavez has lost his last two outings; he logged a quality start last time out against the Tigers, allowing three runs and eight hits in six innings.
Here are the quick hits from tonight’s Yankees.com notebook:
- Carlos Beltran has experienced no further issues with his right elbow and could rejoin the Yankees’ lineup as a designated hitter on Thursday, manager Joe Girardi said. Beltran played his third Extended Spring Training game at the club’s Tampa, Fla. complex on Wednesday morning and traveled to New York, according to Girardi, who is hopeful that Beltran will be ready to be activated from the disabled list.
- Wade LeBlanc joined the Yankees’ bullpen on Wednesday and will serve as a long reliever, replacing Alfredo Aceves, who was designated for assignment. LeBlanc had been with Triple-A Salt Lake in the Halos’ system, where he was 5-1 with a 3.69 ERA in nine starts. The Yankees also recalled right-hander Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, optioning right-hander Preston Claiborne to Triple-A.
- Shawn Kelley threw about 25 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium and has been cleared for a Minor League rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Trenton, beginning on Saturday. It is possible that Kelley could be activated from the disabled list to re-join the Yankees’ bullpen on Monday in Kansas City. He said that he felt strong in the session, in which he threw to Kelly Johnson and Scott Sizemore.
- Mark Teixeira felt good after returning to the Yankees’ lineup with a home run, single and two RBIs on Tuesday, according to manager Joe Girardi. Teixeira told Girardi there was no soreness in his right wrist.
- CC Sabathia played catch on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, a positive step as he works back from an injection in his ailing right knee. Sabathia made 25 tosses on flat ground and 60 feet. The Yankees have said that Sabathia will not return before July.
Here are tonight’s lineups:
Craig Gentry CF
Jesse Chavez RHP (4-3, 2.78)
Brett Gardner LF
Vidal Nuno LHP (1-2, 5.48)
Hello from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees and Athletics will open a three-game series tonight. There is some rain in the forecast and the A’s batting practice was washed out by some threatening skies. Mark Teixeira did get a few cuts in and has proclaimed himself ready to be in the Yankees’ lineup, having rested for two full days after getting a cortisone shot in his right wrist.
“I think you’re going to watch it for a while to see how he does and make sure,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Hopefully it’s cleared up and it doesn’t come back. Obviously I’m going to pay close attention to it and see how he’s feeling. If it gets him, it will probably be more hitting left-handed than right-handed.”
Hiroki Kuroda will make his 12th start of the season tonight, looking to string together back-to-back wins. He held the Cardinals to three runs in 5 2/3 innings last time out on May 28, picking up the victory in a 7-4 Yankees triumph. The A’s have won five of seven and will counter with Scott Kazmir, who tossed his second career complete game in his last start, a six-hitter in the A’s 3-1 win over the Tigers in Oakland.
Some additional game notes, courtesy of the Yankees’ media relations department:
AT A GLANCE: Tonight the Yankees begin a three-game series vs. Oakland… is the fifth game of a seven-game homestand, which began with a 1-2 series vs. Minnesota last weekend and a loss to Seattle on Monday night in a makeup of a 4/30 rainout… went 5-4 on their most recent road trip (5/20-28) at St. Louis (2-1), the Cubs (1-1) and White Sox (2-2)… following this homestand, will embark on a 10-game road trip at Kansas City (6/6-9), Seattle (6/10-12) and Oakland (6/13-15).
>> Are 10-8 over their last 18G since 5/14 with a 3.25 ERA (166.0IP, 60ER, 158H, 39BB, 171K).
FOUR SCORE: The Yankees are 28-6 (.824) this season when holding their opponent to four-or-fewer runs, which is the third-best such record in the Majors (Toronto, 30-3, .909; and Texas, 27-5, .844).
STRIKEOUT MACHINE: RHP Dellin Betances is allowing just 6.61 baserunners/9.0IP (32.2IP, 15H, 9BB, 56K, 0HP), the second-best mark in the AL and fourth-best in the Majors… has recorded 56 of his 98 outs this season via strikeout, including 40 of his last 66 (since his last 3BF on 4/26)… is holding batters to a .135 (15-for-111) batting average this season… is second on the Yankees (including starters and relievers) in strikeouts (Tanaka-88).
Here are tonight’s lineups:
|ATHLETICS (35-22)Coco Crisp CF
John Jaso C
Josh Donaldson 3B
Brandon Moss DH
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Jed Lowrie SS
Alberto Callaspo 1B
Craig Gentry RF
Eric Sogard 2B
Scott Kazmir LHP (6-2, 2.36)
|YANKEES (29-27)Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter DH
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Yangervis Solarte 2B
Alfonso Soriano RF
Scott Sizemore 3B
John Ryan Murphy C
Brendan Ryan SS
Hiroki Kuroda RHP (4-3, 4.57)