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Game 45: Yankees at Cubs

Hello again from Wrigley Field, where the Yankees and Cubs will play the second of two Interleague contests today at 2:05 p.m. ET. A little day baseball at Wrigley — it doesn’t get better than that. Here’s the quick hits of what you need to know:

  • Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-for-4 in New York’s 6-1 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday at Wrigley Field and has just one hit in his last 23 at-bats. Girardi does not believe the struggles are injury-related, as Ellsbury has told the Yankees that he is not having any issues with his wrist.

    “It seems like at times he’s kind of in-between,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Sometimes he’s early, sometimes he’s late. It’s a timing issue for me. It’s something everyone goes through. Obviously he’s important for our offense and we need him to come out of it.”

  • Yankees reliever Shawn Kelley, currently on the 15-day disabled list with a stiff lower back, sustained a setback after playing catch this week and has had his rehab put on hold. Kelley played catch on Monday at Yankee Stadium, according to manager Joe Girardi, and woke up feeling stiff on Tuesday.

    The Yankees were hoping to have Kelley pitch in a Minor League rehab game this weekend, but those plans have been scrapped. Girardi said that Kelley was sent for more tests, but they came back clean.

  • Mark Teixeira, a five-time Gold Glove award winner at first base, committed his fifth error of the season on Tuesday’s 6-1 loss to the Cubs; already tied for his third-highest error total in any big league campaign, and his highest total as a Yankee.

    Here are the lineups:

    YANKEES (23-21)

    Brett Gardner LF
    Derek Jeter SS
    Jacoby Ellsbury CF
    Mark Teixeira 1B
    Brian McCann C
    Yangervis Solarte 3B
    Ichiro Suzuki RF
    Brian Roberts 2B
    Chase Whitley RHP (0-0, 0.00)

    CUBS (16-27)

    Emilio Bonifacio CF
    Junior Lake LF
    Anthony Rizzo 1B
    Starlin Castro SS
    Luis Valbuena 2B
    Wellington Castillo C
    Nate Schierholtz RF
    Mike Olt 3B
    Jeff Samardzija RHP (0-4, 1.62)

Game 44: Yankees at Cubs

Greetings from Wrigley Field, where the Yankees and Cubs are scheduled to play the first of two Interleague contests tonight at 8:05 p.m. ET. Here’s the quick hits of what you need to know tonight:

  • Alfonso Soriano celebrated his first night back in town with dinner and some laughs at former teammate Starlin Castro’s apartment. There are things that Soriano misses about playing in Chicago, but he was ready for that chapter of his career to close last summer.

    After spending 6 1/2 years of his career with the Cubs, arriving at Wrigley Field as a legitimate 40-40 threat and dreaming of leading the club to the World Series, Soriano approved a trade last July that re-fitted him for Yankees pinstripes. He said that New York was his No. 1 choice for a change of scenery.

    “The Yankees and me, we’re on the same page. We want to win now,” Soriano said. “When I played here with the Cubs, they always think about the future; the Yankees are always thinking about the present. That’s why I picked this team first, to play here, because I’m getting older and I just want to go back, have one more chance to go to the playoffs and go to the World Series.”

  • Carlos Beltran was examined by Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday, confirming an initial diagnosis of a bone spur in his right elbow. Beltran is scheduled to attempt swinging a bat next Monday and is hoping to avoid surgery. If Beltran needs surgery to shave down the spur, he would miss approximately eight to 12 weeks of the season.

  • The Yankees know now that they will not have CC Sabathia in their big league rotation for at least six weeks, but manager Joe Girardi remains hopeful that the left-hander will be able to return this season.

    “I think there’s always that possibility that a player may not make it back, but I feel pretty good about what he’s had done so far and the steps that were taken,” Girardi said. “You just kind of keep your fingers crossed.”

  • The Cubs made strong, legitimate pushes to install Joe Girardi as their manager and Masahiro Tanaka as the ace of their pitching staff this past offseason. Neither plan worked out, as both chose the Yankees.

    Tanaka fielded a bid from the Cubs that would have been worth a reported six years and $120 million, but instead signed a seven-year, $155 million pact with the Yankees, who are believed to have been the highest bidder for his services.

    By that time, Girardi had re-upped with the Yankees for four years and $16 million. There was early speculation that Girardi might be tempted by the idea of coming back to Chicago and managing the Cubs, but Girardi said that it was never all that close.

    “When the offseason came, I talked to Brian [Cashman],” Girardi said. “We talked to the Yankees and we talked to the Yankees solely. It was a place that we wanted to be, a place we consider home, a place my kids consider home.

    “So for us, it was just making sure the Yankees wanted us back and it worked out. And it did. It’s not too often a manager gets to say, ‘I can spend 10 years in one city and raise my kids there.’ That’s really, really unusual. It gives stability to all of us – and I like stability.”

    Here are the lineups:

    YANKEES (23-20)

    Brett Gardner LF
    Derek Jeter SS
    Jacoby Ellsbury CF
    Mark Teixeira 1B
    Brian McCann C
    Alfonso Soriano RF
    Yangervis Solarte 3B
    Brian Roberts 2B
    Masahiro Tanaka RHP (6-0, 2.17)

    CUBS (15-27)

    Emilio Bonifacio CF
    Junior Lake LF
    Anthony Rizzo 1B
    Starlin Castro SS
    Luis Valbuena 2B
    Nate Schierholtz RF
    Mike Olt 3B
    John Baker C
    Jason Hammel RHP (4-2, 3.06)

  • Game 39: Yankees vs. Mets

    YANKEES (19-19)

    Brett Gardner LF
    Derek Jeter SS
    Jacoby Ellsbury CF
    Mark Teixeira 1B
    Brian McCann C
    Alfonso Soriano RF
    Yangervis Solarte 3B
    Brian Roberts 2B
    Masahiro Tanaka RHP (5-0, 2.57)

    METS (19-19)

    Eric Young Jr. LF
    Daniel Murphy 2B
    David Wright 3B
    Curtis Granderson RF
    Chris Young CF
    Lucas Duda 1B
    Anthony Recker C
    Ruben Tejada SS
    Rafael Montero RHP (MLB debut)

    Game 38: Yankees vs. Mets

    The Subway Series continues tonight as the Yankees look for their first win in six meetings with the Mets, getting underway tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET. The Bombers were swept in last year’s four-game Subway Series and then dropped last night’s contest, 9-7, after blowing a pair of three-run leads.

    Vidal Nuno will be tasked with turning it around tonight; he’s coming off a strong start against the Angels in Anaheim on May 7 in which he hurled a career-high 6 1/3 innings, holding the Halos to a run on four hits. The Mets are giving the ball to Zack Wheeler, who is facing the Yankees for the first time in his career. Wheeler had a no-decision his last time out, holding the Marlins to two hits over six scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss.

    Here’s the quick hits from the Yankees clubhouse, and there’s plenty of injury updates to go around. Full coverage is available on Yankees.com.

  • Shawn Kelley has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a lumbar strain. The Yanks just couldn’t wait any longer for Kelley’s back to improve, not with a shortage in both the bullpen and the outfield. Zoilo Almonte has been called up and is available off the bench.
  • Carlos Beltran has been diagnosed with a bone spur in his right elbow and has received a cortisone injection. Beltran will need two or three days to see if the injection calms his pain down; if not, surgery is on the table. The Yankees obviously hope it doesn’t come to that.
  • Ichiro Suzuki tried to loosen up his stiff lower back, but he’s still not ready yet and said that he thinks it’s a no-go tonight; maybe tomorrow. Ichiro was injured attempting to catch a sinking liner on Sunday in Milwaukee.
  • CC Sabathia is being seen today by Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his right knee. As of right now, it’s being called inflammation, and an MRI taken in Milwaukee showed no structural damage.

    This game is being televised on the YES Network and can be heard on WFAN.

    Here are today’s lineups:

    METS (18-19)

    Eric Young Jr. DH
    Daniel Murphy 2B
    David Wright 3B
    Chris Young LF
    Curtis Granderson RF
    Juan Lagares CF
    Lucas Duda 1B
    Travis d’Arnaud C
    Ruben Tejada SS

    Zack Wheeler RHP (1-3, 3.89)

    YANKEES (19-18)

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

    Vidal Nuno LHP (1-0, 5.47)

  • Game 37: Yankees vs. Mets

    We’ve gone from tokens to MetroCards and will probably move onto something more electronic soon, but the Subway Series is back in town. The Yankees and the Mets will face off in the first of four games tonight, with the Yankees returning home following a 3-3 road trip to play the Angels and Brewers.

    Hiroki Kuroda has the ball tonight for the Yanks, coming off a no-decision on May 6 in Anaheim, in which he allowed three runs (one earned) and five hits over a season-high 7 2/3 innings. Kuroda struck out eight in that start, also a season high. The Mets have a familiar face on the hill; Bartolo Colon goes against one of his former teams. Colon has lost his last two starts against the Rockies and Marlins.

    And can you believe this is Year 17 of the Subway Series? I remember that first game, the Dave Mlicki game, like it was yesterday — fun times.

    Derek Jeter, the lone active player still hanging around from that first Interleague matchup, was asked yesterday if he remembered the Mets pitcher who shut the Yanks down in the first Subway Series game. Jeter produced two good guesses: Bobby Jones and Rick Reed. Both late ’90s Mets, but not the right one.

    “I think the newness of it has worn off, but I think the excitement level is still very high,” Joe Girardi said. “When I walk into Citi Field, there’s obviously a great buzz, and when the Mets come over here, there’s a great buzz. I think there’s a buzz in the city. I just think the newness has work off, and in most things in life, the newness is where you see the highest level of excitement. Still, I think it’s an exciting time for the city and I think people really enjoy this.”

    This game is being televised on the YES Network and can be heard on WFAN.

    Here are today’s lineups:

    METS (17-19)

    Eric Young Jr. LF
    Daniel Murphy 2B
    David Wright 3B
    Curtis Granderson RF
    Bobby Abreu DH
    Lucas Duda 1B
    Chris Young CF
    Travis d’Arnaud C
    Ruben Tejada SS

    Bartolo Colon RHP (2-5, 5.36)

    YANKEES (19-17)

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

    Hiroki Kuroda RHP (2-3, 4.43)

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