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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.”

Pitching matchups for the White Sox series

Today: RHP Phil Hughes (4-13, 4.91) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66). 1:05pm, YES/MLB Network

Tuesday: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89) vs LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99). 7:05pm, YES

Wednesday: LHP CC Sabathia (12-11, 4 .91) vs LHP Hector Santiago (4-8, 3.43). 7:05pm, YES

Good news for Yankees: Cano’s X-rays negative

The Yankees have the results of Robinson Cano’s X-ray, and now they can breathe a sigh of relief. Cano’s left hand shows no fracture, and he’s considered day-to-day with a contusion (bruise).

You would imagine that Cano might sit out tomorrow’s game with an off-day coming up on Thursday, but considering what might have been, that’s very welcome news for the Yanks. We’ll have more from the clubhouse later tonight.

Alfonso Soriano joins the 400 home run club

TORONTO — Alfonso Soriano officially joined the 400 home run club on Tuesday, connecting for the milestone blast off Blue Jays’ left-hander J.A. Happ during the Yankees’ game at Rogers Centre.

Soriano homered in his first two plate appearances of the evening to become the seventh player to hit his 400th homer as a Yankee, belting a three-run blast to left field in the first inning off Happ before following up with a solo shot in the third inning.

The homers were Soriano’s 10th and 11th since joining the Yankees from the Cubs in a July 26 trade, marking his sixth multi-homer game of the season and the 36th of his Major League career. He has 28 overall for the year.

“His numbers have been pretty good,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Tuesday’s game. “What he’s done here in the month of August, I’m sure people are talking about it. There’s baseball left in this guy, and he can have a really good year.”

Soriano started his big league career with the Yankees in 1999 and hit 98 homers for New York before being traded to the Rangers in the Feb. 2004 deal that brought Alex Rodriguez to the Bronx.

He hit 64 home runs in his two seasons with Texas, then enjoyed a 46-homer campaign with the Nationals in 2006 before signing as a free agent with the Cubs, where Soriano slugged 181 of his career home runs.

Soriano can claim some select company in slugging his 400th homer in a Yankees uniform. The other six players to have done so are Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Gary Sheffield and A-Rod.

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