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SEATTLE — Preston Claiborne has yet to issue a walk in his Major League career, a streak he kept alive in the eighth inning on Friday when he responded to a three-ball count by hitting the Mariners’ Kelly Shoppach with a pitch.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he was reminded of an old story about Stan Williams, a pitcher who admitted to hitting batters with three-ball counts because his contracts with the Dodgers in the late 1950s and early 1960s had walk-related incentives.
Claiborne, obviously, has no such clauses in his Yankees deal. The rookie laughed and said that there was no such trickery at play in keeping that 13-appearance, 18 1/3 inning string alive.
“A few people have asked me that,” Claiborne said, with a wide grin. “No, I was just trying to get a ground ball. I just threw a two-seamer and it sailed on me. I’m sticking to it.”
The hit batsman did little to dull the terrific start to Claiborne’s big league career. The 25-year-old is proving that he can handle the pressure situations of the late innings, compiling an 0.49 ERA with 14 strikeouts – and, of course, no walks – out of New York’s bullpen.
“As a bullpen guy, as a reliever, I’d always try to come out and blow it by guys,” Claiborne said. “Sometimes I’d get punished for it, leaving balls up or whatever. I realized, pitching at the knee – you always look at all the examples of guys over the years, Hall of Famers who actually pitch and don’t just try and blow gas. Those are the guys that have success.
“I think my coming along and pounding the strike zone as much as I have is just testament to my upbringing within the organization because guys who throw strikes, they get results and they move up. If you walk guys, you won’t have success.”
Since 1916, Claiborne is the only Yankees pitcher not to allow a walk over his first 13 career outings. Girardi said that he has been impressed by Claiborne’s consistency and courage in throwing 3-2 changeups and 3-2 sliders.
“I know people have talked about his walks, but he’s not worried about that little thing: ‘I haven’t walked anyone,’” Girardi said. “He’s trying to get hitters out. Back-to-back, he’s been good. He really hasn’t done anything wrong. He’s been really good.”
Girardi believes Wells will come out of slump
SEATTLE — The reality of Vernon Wells’ offensive production, as manager Joe Girardi sees it, is likely somewhere in the middle of his scorching April and his recent struggles at the plate.
Wells got off to a hot start with the Yankees but has gone ice-cold, owning just four hits in his last 53 at-bats (.075).
“I think his timing’s a little off,” Girardi said. “It seems when he does hit a ball hard, they catch it. He’s struggling right now. We believe he’s going to come out of it. There’s no doubt he’s going to come out of it, but I just think he’s out in front of balls a little bit and it’s causing some issues.”
Girardi said that he still considers Wells an everyday player in the Yankees’ lineup, though Lyle Overbay’s transition from first base to right field has given him more options with how to align his outfield.
“I still consider Vernon an everyday player,” Girardi said. “Might I spell him with a day off with Overbay? Yeah, but I still consider Vernon an everyday player.”
- Yankees left-hander Vidal Nuno was removed from his start on Friday at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre witha groin injury, according to manager Joe Girardi, who said that Nuno is expected to be placed on the Minor League disabled list.
- Kevin Youkilis entered play on Saturday having reached base safely in all 20 games that he has started in his career at Safeco Field. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that matches David Ortiz of the Red Sox for the longest streak of reaching base in consecutive starts at Safeco Field.
- Earlier this week, All-Star selections were made in the Class-A Florida State League and Class-A South Atlantic League. Catcher Gary Sanchez and right-hander Shane Greene were selected from Class-A Tampa, while Class-A Charleston is represented by four players: right-hander Rafael DePaula, right-hander Gabe Encinas, left-hander Dietrich Enns and catcher Peter O’Brien.
- On this date in 1969, Mickey Mantle Day was celebrated at Yankee Stadium as Mantle’s No. 7 jersey was retired and a plaque was unveiled in his honor. The Yanks then swept a doubleheader from the White Sox by scores of 3-1 and 11-2.
NEW YORK – The Yankees have placed infielder Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list with a lumbar spine sprain, replacing him on the active roster with infielder Corban Joseph.
Youkilis had missed eight of the Yankees’ last nine games with the persistent back issue. Manager Joe Girardi said that an MRI taken on Youkilis was negative, but Youkilis was scheduled to receive an epidural injection on Tuesday to relieve discomfort.
Telling the Yankees he felt ready to play, Youkilis returned to action against the Blue Jays on Saturday but felt more discomfort in his back after waking up on Sunday.
“It was just one of those things waking up, and I didn’t feel right,” Youkilis said before Monday’s game. “Sometimes, after your adrenaline’s gone, things occur to you. We’ve just got to find out what’s going on.”
The 34-year-old Youkilis signed a one-year, $12 million contract with the Yankees and was expected to hold down third base in the absence of Alex Rodriguez, who is not expected to return until after the All-Star break. Youkilis was batting .266 with two homers and seven RBIs in 17 games.
Joseph, 24, was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he was batting .273 with four home runs and nine RBIs in 22 games. A fourth-round selection by the Yankees in the 2008 Draft, Joseph has played mostly second base in the Minors and will be making his Major League debut.
A few quick updates to share from the Yankees clubhouse as they prepare for tonight’s game against the Rays at Tropicana Field:
- Kevin Youkilis is still having treatment on his sore back and is not expected to play until Thursday at Yankee Stadium. Joe Girardi said they won’t ask Youkilis to come to the bench during tonight’s game so he can keep receiving treatment, but Youkilis’ back is supposedly getting better. He did not appear in the clubhouse this afternoon. The Yankees are again playing Jayson Nix at third base and Lyle Overbay at first base against left-hander David Price.
- Mark Teixeira is still taking only dry swings, and said that his right wrist hasn’t loosened up enough to permit him to move on to batting practice. Teixeira said he feels like the wrist is healed, but acknowledges he won’t make it back for May 1st. Teixeira’s initial time frame of the injury was eight to 10 weeks, so May 1st would’ve been about the earliest possible date, but Teixeira still believes he is on track to play in the big leagues during the month of May.
- Ben Francisco has struggled in his role as the DH against left-handed pitching, but Girardi said that he will stick with him, saying that he believes “Francisco has hit some balls pretty decent.” That said, Girardi acknowledges how much the lineup misses guys like Derek Jeter and Teixeira against lefties.
- Brennan Boesch is likely to be in tomorrow’s lineup as Girardi plans to give Vernon Wells a day off.
- Jeter is expected to rejoin the Yankees on Thursday in New York and will talk to the media at Yankee Stadium. Girardi said that he believes Jeter has been fitted for a walking boot on his left ankle again.
Hello from inside the dome at Tropicana Field, where the Yankees and Rays will open a three-game series tonight. We’ll have updates from the clubhouse later this evening, including a check on if Kevin Youkilis will be in New York’s lineup after taking Sunday off on the turf up in Toronto due to back stiffness.
Update – yep, Youkilis is in:
Yankees lineup at Rays: Gardner 8 Francisco DH Cano 4 Youkilis 3 Wells 7 Cervelli 2 Boesch 9 Nunez 6 Nix 5 Sabathia LHP
Here is a selection of the information from the Yankees’ official game notes:
AT A GLANCE: Today the Yankees will play the first game of a three-game series at Tampa Bay… is the fourth game of a six-game road trip which also included a three game series at Toronto (went 2-1)… went 4-2 on their recent homestand from 4/12-18 against Baltimore (2-1) and Arizona (2-1)… following this road trip, will return home for a 10-game homestand vs. Toronto (4/25-28), Houston (4/29-5/1) and Oakland (5/3-5).
>Are 9-3 since 4/7 after starting the year with a 1-4 record… are tied for the fourth-best record in the AL.
RECENT RUN: The Yankees have gone 9-3 over their last 12 games dating to 4/7… over the stretch, Yankees batters are hitting .293 (128-for-437) with 26 doubles and 21HR (tied for MLB HR lead), outscoring their opposition 71-40… Yankees starters have posted a 2.85 ERA (79.0IP, 25ER) — fourth best in the Majors and second-best in the AL over the stretch — with 21BB, 63K and an 8-1 record.
GARDY PARTY: OF Brett Gardner has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games since 4/7… over his last 10 games since 4/9, is batting .341 (15-for-44) with 7R, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1HR, 8RBI and 4BB… has also hit safely in each of his last eight games and with a hit tonight at Tampa Bay, would tie Kevin Youkilis for the longest hitting streak by a Yankee this season (9G, 4/1-12).
COMFY CONFINES: OF Vernon Wells went 7-for-15 with 4R, 2HR and 3RBI over the three-game series at Toronto this weekend (4/19-21)… pplayed in 1,393G with Toronto from 1999-2010, batting .280 (1,529-for-5,470) with 789R, 223HR and 813RBI.
BECAUSE THE NIGHT: Yankees pitchers are 7-2 with a 2.68 ERA (84.0IP, 25ER) in nine night games this season… are 3-5 with a 5.58 ERA (71.0IP, 44ER) in eight day games in 2013.
Kevin Youkilis has been scratched from today’s Yankees lineup against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla. with what the team has called a sore left oblique.
Manager Joe Girardi said that he does not believe the injury is anything serious, and expects Youkilis to be re-evaluated in a couple of days. Youkilis said that he is not concerned and would be playing if it were the regular season; he called it more of a cramp above his left hip and not a strain.
“Basically, yesterday I had a little cramp,” Youkilis said. “That just turned into, we’re going to be precautionary. I’m fine. I could play today and I’m perfectly fine, but they were just like, ‘No, we’re going to sit you out.’”
Youkilis said that he was moving around fine this morning.
“It’s one of those things where, I think after I swung yesterday and running and all that, it was hot and I got a little dehydrated,” Youkilis said. “When I got water in me, I was fine. Being a month away from games and all that, they just wanted to take it precautionary. I wanted to play today and was perfectly fine to play, and didn’t feel like there was any risk.”