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Yankees offer free tickets after Mariano Rivera bobblehead issues

This press release just landed from the Yankees:

SEPTEMBER 25, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

YANKEES INVITE TICKET HOLDERS FROM MARIANO RIVERA BOBBLEHEAD NIGHT
TO REDEEM TICKETS FOR COMPLIMENTARY GAME DURING 2014 REGULAR SEASON

The New York Yankees today announced that fans holding tickets for Mariano Rivera Bobblehead Night on September 24, 2013, may redeem their tickets for complimentary tickets to any regular season game at Yankee Stadium during the 2014 season excluding Opening Day and Old-Timers’ Day (subject to availability).

Season ticket holders, group leaders and individual-game suite licensees who no longer possess their physical tickets from Tuesday’s game should contact their Yankees ticket representative for assistance. Fans who purchased their tickets for Tuesday’s game through the Yankees Ticket Office or yankees.com and who no longer possess their physical tickets should e-mail tickets@yankees.com.

Please note that the Yankees can only accept tickets with valid bar codes for the September 24, 2013, game.

Fans may redeem their tickets at Yankee Stadium Advance Ticket Windows beginning when 2014 individual-game tickets go on sale to the general public through May 31, 2014. Fans will be able to redeem their September 24, 2013, tickets for select Field Level, Main Level, Terrace Level and Grandstand Level seats.

“The strength of this organization comes from the lifelong relationships we have developed with our fans,” Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost said. “Although a perfect storm of circumstances beyond our control led to the delay in the distribution of last night’s promotional item, the fact remains that our fans were inconvenienced. It matters little why — only that they were. We take last night’s event seriously, and to apologize to our fans and express our loyalty to them, we are inviting all ticket holders from last night’s game back to Yankee Stadium for a complimentary game during the 2014 regular season.”

For complete information about the Yankees’ redemption policy with respect to the September 24, 2013, game, please visit http://www.yankees.com.

Fans who did not redeem their bobblehead vouchers before leaving Yankee Stadium on Tuesday may redeem them at either of the Yankees’ two remaining home games tonight and Thursday provided they have valid tickets for these games. Voucher redemption will take place inside Gate 2 through the end of each game. Fans who are not attending either of the Yankees’ two remaining home games should mail their vouchers and their mailing address to: Fan Services, Yankee Stadium, One E. 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451. Yankees Fan Services will mail them one bobblehead per original voucher received. Lost or misplaced vouchers as well as copies of original vouchers will not be honored.

A-Rod “optimistic” he’ll stay in Yankees’ lineup

BALTIMORE — Alex Rodriguez said that he felt his left hamstring tighten while running the bases in the eighth inning of the Yankees’ 7-5 win over the Orioles, but he is hopeful that he will not be forced to miss any time.

Rodriguez felt the lower part of his leg grab as he rounded third base while scoring on a Robinson Cano single. Rodriguez said that he was seen by a doctor at Camden Yards and felt better after receiving treatment.

“It’s OK. The doctor saw it, I got some ice on it, it feels pretty good,” Rodriguez said. “I’m optimistic about [Tuesday].”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Rodriguez is not scheduled to have any tests. Girardi hopes that Rodriguez, who has been batting second the last two games for New York, can at least serve as the designated hitter on Wednesday.

“We need to keep him in there, so we’ll figure something out,” Girardi said.

Rodriguez stroked two doubles in four at-bats with an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday’s win.

“I feel like I’m explosive,” Rodriguez said. “I feel like I have an opportunity to hit the ball and drive it to all fields. I thought the last at-bat was indicative of how I’m feeling, especially lately.”

Yankees acquire Brendan Ryan from Mariners

BALTIMORE — With the Yankees unsure if Derek Jeter can return this season, the club acquired shortstop Brendan Ryan from the Mariners late on Tuesday in exchange for a player to be named later.

Ryan, 31, is generally regarded as one of the top defensive shortstops in the game. In 87 games with Seattle, Ryan batted .192 (50-for-260) with three home runs and 21 RBIs.

(Incidentally, Grantland recently ran this lengthy comparison between Jeter and Ryan.)

In parts of seven Major League seasons with the Cardinals (2007-10) and Seattle (2011-13), Ryan has compiled a lifetime average of .238 with 18 home runs and 186 RBIs in 766 games.

He has appeared in games at shortstop, second base, third base, right field and left field. The Yankees said that a corresponding 40-man roster move will be announced on Wednesday.

Jeter has not played since re-injuring his left ankle on Saturday against the Red Sox, and the club has given no timetable for his return. Eduardo Nunez has been making regular starts at shortstop for New York.

Let the music play: Yankees rookies dress up

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Photo credit: @YankeesPR

It’s probably a good thing the Yankees won Sunday’s game, or this might have been a little bit awkward.

The Yankees had their rookies dress in a variety of wild costumes for the flight to Baltimore. The star of the show was Hiroki Kuroda’s interpreter, Jiwon Bang, who dressed in an iconic blue tuxedo like the one made famous by “Gangnam Style” performer Psy.

Brett Marshall donned a yellow suit like the one worn by Psy’s sidekick in last summer’s YouTube sensation, and the two of them actually gave a solid effort in replicating the dance moves across the clubhouse carpet. I wish I had a video to share. (Side note: the Psy official video has more than 16 million views. That’s amazing.)

The others, from left to right in the above photo: J.R. Murphy as Justin Bieber, Cesar Cabral as Rick James, David Adams as Vanilla Ice and Preston Claiborne as Billy Ray Cyrus (though Joba Chamberlain kept calling Claiborne “Joe Dirt”).

Strong effort, guys. I’m still partial to the 2007 ‘Wizard of Oz’ costume party as the Yanks’ best in recent memory.

Derek Jeter has precautionary CT scan on ankle

Derek JeterDerek Jeter was sent for a CT scan on his surgically repaired left ankle, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. The team announced that the results of that scan were negative. As a precaution, the results will be sent to Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., who performed Jeter’s left ankle surgery last October.

Jeter was removed for a pinch-runner after his sixth-inning RBI single in New York’s 13-9 loss to the Red Sox. Manager Joe Girardi said that he did not like the way Jeter was running and made the move to send in Mark Reynolds to run for him.

“Obviously he’s been through a lot this year,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said. “Joe didn’t like the way he was running around there, and D.J. is obviously never very forthcoming with anything on that type of stuff. We’re just going to take a look under the hood and make sure everything is OK. If it is, you’ll see him back here tomorrow.”

Girardi said that he did not know if the issue would keep Jeter out of Sunday’s lineup against Boston.

“It’s not what you want,” Girardi said. “It’s what we’ve had to deal with a lot this year. Hopefully he’s OK tomorrow and he can play or somehow contribute.”

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