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Game 54: Yankees vs. Twins

The Yankees play the second of three games today against the Minnesota Twins, and it’s Masahiro Tanaka’s turn to take the ball. Minnesota is starting right-hander Kevin Correia. Joe Girardi was asked this morning what he has learned recently about Tanaka, who comes into this start 7-1 with a 2.29 ERA.

“I’ve talked about, he really knows how to make adjustments,” Girardi said. “He’s highly competitive and loves to be in this situation. I guess if you’d say anything we’ve learned, he can hit a little bit. He had some pretty decent swings over at Citi Field after the first swings we saw weren’t so good. He’s consistent, is what he is. And he gives you a chance to win every time he goes out there.”

Here are some quick hits from the Yankees’ media relations department:

AT A GLANCE: Today the Yankees play the second game of a three-game series vs. Minnesota at Yankee Stadium…are 9-6 over their last 15G since 5/14 with the Majors’ second-best team ERA over the stretch (2.78 ERA, 139.0IP, 43ER, 132H, 31BB, 139K).

DAY OWLS: The Yankees are 13-5 (.722) in day games this season, marking the second-best such winning pct. in the Majors (San Francisco, 15-5, .750)…are just 15-20 in night games in 2014…over the last four seasons, are a Major League- best 122-61 (.667) in day games.

TAKING IT FROM THE TOP: With starter Vidal Nuno allowing 4ER in Friday’s loss vs. Minnesota, Yankees starters had their streak of allowing 3ER or fewer in 14 straight games snappedposted a 2.82 ERA (83.0IP, 26ER) over the stretch from 5/14-28, marking the fourth-lowest starters ERA in the Majors over that span…was the longest such streak by a Yankees starting staff since a 15-game streak from 6/14-7/1/09.

Here are today’s lineups:

TWINS (25-27)

Brian Dozier 2B
Eduardo Escobar SS
Joe Mauer DH
Josh Willingham LF
Oswaldo Arcia RF
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Chris Parmelee 1B
Josmil Pinto C
Aaron Hicks CF

Kevin Correia RHP (2-6, 6.34)

YANKEES (28-25)

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter DH
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano RF
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Kelly Johnson 3B
Brendan Ryan SS

Masahiro Tanaka RHP (7-1, 2.29)

Game 49: Yankees at White Sox

The Yankees turned in their room keys and packed their bags this morning. This rare six-game, two-stadium, one-hotel segment of the road trip is coming to an end, as the Yankees and White Sox wrap up their four-game series this afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. Masahiro Tanaka and Andre Rienzo comprise the pitching matchup, with first pitch set for 2:10 p.m. ET.

Here’s the quick hits from today’s notebook:

  • The White Sox honored Derek Jeter in a pregame ceremony that included a video tribute. Paul Konerko, also retiring after the season, presented Jeter with gifts on behalf of the White Sox: a unique bats and bases bench made by former big leaguer Ron Kittle, a plaque and a $5,000 donation to Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.

  • Masahiro Tanaka broke out laughing, even before his interpreter could parse his response from Japanese into English. The Yankees pitcher had been asked if he would fix a problem from his last start, working up in the strike zone too much.

    
”Just watch me in the game,” Tanaka said.

    As Tanaka takes the mound on Sunday for his 10th big league start, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he has come to expect a confident attitude from the 25-year-old right-hander, for whom no challenge seems to be too great.

    “The adjustments he’s made in games, the adjustments he’s made to the five man rotation, the culture — everything that he’s done so far to this point would make you believe that he doesn’t make too much of one game,” Girardi said. “There’s been a lot of games that he hasn’t been happy with at one point in the game and he’s pitched pretty well. He has high expectations.”

  • Michael Pineda is making progress as he aims to rejoin the Yankees’ starting rotation in June. The right-hander had no issues a day after tossing 28 pitches of live batting practice and has been scheduled to throw two innings in an Extended Spring Training game on Tuesday at the club’s complex in Tampa, Fla.

  • Carlos Beltran (bone spur in right elbow) continues to be scheduled to take dry bat swings on Monday in New York. The results of that session, which will be watched by assistant athletic trainer Mark Littlefield, could determine if Beltran can play through his injury. If he requires surgery, Beltran would miss 8-12 weeks.

  • Shawn Kelley (lower back strain) is scheduled to play catch on Monday and could rejoin the team in June. … Francisco Cervelli (strained right hamstring) has been running bases and is on track to be activated from the 60-day disabled list when eligible in June.

    Here are the lineups:

    YANKEES (25-23)

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

    Masahiro Tanaka RHP (6-1, 2.39)

    WHITE SOX (25-26)

    Adam Eaton CF
    Gordon Beckham 2B
    Conor Gillaspie 3B
    Dayan Viciedo RF
    Adam Dunn 1B
    Alexei Ramirez SS
    Paul Konerko DH
    Alejandro De Aza LF
    Tyler Flowers C

    Andre Rienzo RHP (4-0, 4.00)

  • Game 48: Yankees at White Sox

    After last night’s stunning ninth-inning loss, the Yankees will try to shake it off and get back at it this afternoon against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. This place has been no fun for the Yanks, who have lost eight straight games at the Cell. A loss today would drop the Yankees back to .500. Here’s the quick hits from today’s notebook:

     

    • Brian Roberts was not in the Yankees’ lineup on Saturday, one day after fouling a ball off his right kneecap, but manager Joe Girardi believes that the second baseman is available to come off the bench.

     

    Roberts hurt his knee in the fourth inning of New York’s 6-5 loss to the White Sox, and stayed in the game until the ninth, when he was replaced by Brendan Ryan at second base. Ryan started at second base on Saturday, and Girardi said that Roberts “is a player today for me in case of emergency.”

    “Anytime you hit something off your kneecap, you worry about it; you;re concerned you could have a crack or [it could] shatter,” Girardi said. “It’s a sensitive area, but for the most part, he feels pretty decent. He’s sore, but there’s really no swelling. Hopefully we won’t need him today and he’ll be a player tomorrow.”

     

    • Matt Thornton received a heads-up from a White Sox staffer early on Friday that the team was planning to honor his time at U.S. Cellular Field with a brief video tribute. The Yankees reliever’s response, as he recalls, was: “Are you kidding?”

     

    It was no joke. Thornton was pushed out of the visiting dugout between innings of Friday’s 6-5 Yankees loss to the White Sox, acknowledging the applause that accompanied a scoreboard message appreciating his 7 1/2 seasons with the Pale Hose from 2006-13.

    “After playing there for so long, they know that I don’t like stuff like that, about me,” Thornton said. “I get very uncomfortable when things like that go on. They kind of ambushed me, and were like, ‘Hey, whether you like it or not.’ It was nice to see my teammates and the staff over there; [trainer] Herm Schneider, John Danks and Chris Sale having fun with it, clapping for me. It was nice.”

     

    • Joe Girardi had no words of advice to offer to David Robertson, one day after the Yankees closer blew his first save in 10 chances this year. None were necessary, he said.

     

    “Just go out and do your job. It’s going to happen,” Girardi said. “I said it was going to happen earlier when he took over the job. Guys blow saves, it’s just part of the game. They bounce back.

    “He’s been a huge part of our bullpen for a number of years. There’s been a day or two when he’s had a tough eighth inning, and he’s put it behind him.”

     

    • Left-hander Vidal Nuno and catcher John Ryan Murphy were paired together as Saturday’s battery, and manager Joe Girardi said that he has been pleased by how they have worked as a team.

     

    “They’ve seemed to do a pretty good job together. That’s kind of worked out,” Girardi said. “There’s been a lot of lefties in those situations. I’ve said, if you’re going to give a guy a day off, a lot of times it’s easier if they’re catching the same guy all the time. I’ve tried to do that if I can.”

    Here are the lineups:

    YANKEES (24-23)Brett Gardner LF
    Derek Jeter SS
    Jacoby Ellsbury CF
    Mark Teixeira 1B
    Alfonso Soriano DH
    Yangervis Solarte 3B
    Ichiro Suzuki RF
    John Ryan Murphy C
    Brendan Ryan 2B

    Vidal Nuno LHP (1-1, 5.82)

    WHITE SOX (25-25)Adam Eaton CF
    Gordon Beckham 2B
    Dayan Viciedo RF
    Adam Dunn 1B
    Alexei Ramirez SS
    Paul Konerko DH
    Marcus Semien 3B
    Adrian Nieto C
    Leury Garcia LF

    John Danks LHP (3-4, 5.64)

    Game 47: Yankees at White Sox

    It’s time for the second of four games here at U.S. Cellular Field, as Hiroki Kuroda heads to the mound opposite former Yankee Hector Noesi, whom the White Sox snapped up off the scrap heap after he was cut loose by the Mariners. Here’s the quick hits from today’s notebook:

    • Remember when we were talking about Kelly Johnson being the everyday third baseman, except for when he’d be the backup first baseman? Yeah, Yangervis Solarte had other ideas. Eduardo Nunez was the immediate casualty of Solarte’s hot spring, but Johnson’s playing time has been reduced because Solarte has kept it up through the first seven weeks of the regular season.”There’s some factors you can’t predict when you start talking about that stuff,” said Johnson, who is starting tonight at first base while Mark Teixeira serves as the DH. “It all works out how it’s supposed to work out. Obviously, No. 1, Solarte has been phenomenal. Great kid and you can’t be happier for him. No. 2, I haven’t done as well as I was hoping, in terms of right now.”
    • Ichiro Suzuki came into the season as a fifth outfielder on the Yankees’ depth chart, but with Carlos Beltran on the disabled list and his return date unknown, the 40-year-old veteran is expected to see an increase in playing time. Ichiro is in the lineup tonight, playing right field.”He’s been really, really good,” manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s also been a really good pinch-hitter for us. He got on base again [Thursday] night, he handles that role really well. As we’ve talked about with Carlos not being here, he’s going to play a lot more against right-handers.”
    • Derek Jeter is set to log a notable career milestone on Friday when he appeared in his 2,583rd career game at shortstop, tying Hall of Famer and former White Sox standout Luis Aparicio for second place on baseball’s all-time list. Aparicio and Jeter trail only Omar Vizquel (2,709) on the all-time list.”It’s amazing what he’s done in his career,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “The consistency, still being able to play shortstop; it’s pretty amazing.”

      Jeter also now has 1,888 career runs scored, tying Lou Gehrig for second place on the Yankees’ all-time list (Babe Ruth is first with 1,958). Jeter also ranks 10th on Major League Baseball’s all-time list (Alex Rodriguez is ninth with 1,919).

    Here are the lineups:

    YANKEES (24-22)

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

    Hiroki Kuroda RHP (3-3, 4.61)

    WHITE SOX (24-25)

    Adam Eaton CF
    Gordon Beckham 2B
    Conor Gillaspie 3B
    Dayan Viciedo RF
    Adam Dunn 1B
    Alexei Ramirez SS
    Paul Konerko DH
    Alejandro De Aza LF
    Tyler Flowers C

    Hector Noesi RHP (0-4, 7.31)

    Game 46: Yankees at White Sox

    We’ve changed locales to the South Side of town, as the Yankees and White Sox open a four-game series here at U.S. Cellular Field tonight. Here’s the quick hits of what you need to know:

    • Derek Jeter played against and with Robin Ventura, and he believes that Ventura’s temperament was perfect to handle the responsibilities that go with a move from the lineup to the manager’s office. It’s still not a career path that Jeter has any interest in pursuing.


      “I’m not going to manage,” Jeter said. “My temperament would be all right to be a manager, but I’m not. No. Write that down. No.”


      Jeter has made similar comments numerous times in the past, good-naturedly reiterating the point Thursday to a group of local reporters at U.S. Cellular Field. Jeter has often said that he’d like to call the shots as a team owner.


    • Yangervis Solarte was something of a mystery to most of the Yankees’ coaching staff earlier this year, but the versatile switch-hitter made an impression on infield coach Mick Kelleher, who saw great potential in those early days of spring.


      “He’s hungry. He’s a worker. He’s a quick learner and a heads-up player,” Kelleher said. “None of us knew him, really. He’s got a lot of great qualities to have that you look for in a player.”


    • Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda is rehabbing in Tampa, Fla. and has been scheduled to pitch to live hitters on Saturday, according to manager Joe Girardi. Pineda has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 6 with a right shoulder muscle injury, and has thrown bullpens of 20 to 30 pitches to this point.


      “He’s progressing like we want,” Girardi said. “Everything is going according to plan so let’s keep going forward.”


    • This marks the Yankees’ first trip to U.S. Cellular Field since last August, a visit which was marked by Alex Rodriguez’s 2013 season debut, immediately following an appeal of what was then a 211-game suspension.


      The suspension was later reduced to 162 games, spanning the complete 2014 campaign. Manager Joe Girardi said that he had not given any thought to Rodriguez’s situation. Asked if he had contacted Rodriguez recently, Girardi replied: “I’m not going to say.”


    • Girardi has been pleased with the work of 23-year-old catcher John Ryan Murphy, who started behind the plate on Thursday to give Brian McCann a break against White Sox left-hander Chris Sale.


      “He’s improved, there’s no doubt about it, but I was pretty impressed with him when he came up last year,” Girardi said.

    Here are the lineups:

    YANKEES (24-21)

    Jacoby Ellsbury CF
    Derek Jeter DH
    Mark Teixeira 1B
    Alfonso Soriano RF
    Yangervis Solarte 3B
    Brian Roberts 2B
    John Ryan Murphy C
    Brendan Ryan SS
    Zoilo Almonte LF

    David Phelps RHP (1-0, 3.33)

    WHITE SOX (23-25)

    Adam Eaton CF
    Gordon Beckham 2B
    Conor Gillaspie 3B
    Dayan Viciedo RF
    Adam Dunn 1B
    Alexei Ramirez SS
    Paul Konerko DH
    Alejandro De Aza LF
    Tyler Flowers C

    Chris Sale LHP (3-0, 2.30)

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