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NEW YORK — Slade Heathcott spotted his name in a Major League lineup for the first time on Friday, drawing the start in center field as the Yankees opened a three-game series with the Rangers.
Heathcott made his big league debut on Wednesday as a pinch-runner, having been summoned from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace the injured Jacoby Ellsbury on the active roster.
“We’re looking for quality at-bats and to play defense, is what we’re looking for from him,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s getting an opportunity to start tonight and I’m kind of excited for him.”
The Yankees’ first-round selection (29th overall) in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, the 24-year-old Heathcott was batting .285 (43-for-151) with 16 runs, four doubles, two triples, a homer and 17 RBIs in 37 games for the RailRiders, appearing at all three outfield positions.
“I started off kind of decent, got going pretty well,” Heathcott said. “Lately I kind of cooled off a little bit, but [it was] more of just realizing I need to get back to the basics. Keep it to that and not try to do too much, don’t try to force things and try to make things happen. Just let the game come to me.”
As Heathcott said earlier this week, his road to the big leagues has been anything but uneventful. His progress was stalled by two surgeries on his right knee, two procedures on his left shoulder as well as a stint in rehab for alcohol abuse.
Despite being removed from the 40-man roster this past winter, Heathcott impressed the Yanks this spring, hitting .333 (11-for-33) as a non-roster invitee, and Girardi said that he sensed increased maturity in Heathcott’s game.
“This spring, he was healthy,” Girardi said. “I had a talk with him about how the most important thing was to stay healthy and to get at-bats. Over the period we’ve had him, he has been hurt about half the time and has not been able to show what kind of talent he has on a consistent basis. The important thing is, he has been healthy and he has played well.”
When the schedule first was released last season, I will admit to circling this weekend’s Yankees-Mets tilt and thinking, ‘Really? April is much too early for the Subway Series.’ Shows what I know: it turns out, this is actually the perfect time for the Yankees and the Mets to meet head to head. Good job, schedule-makers!
If a few of these past Subway showdowns are any indication, we could be in for some wild fun this weekend:
The Yankees are hot, coming back off a long road trip having won six of their last seven games, including taking three of four from a very strong Tigers club in Detroit. The Mets are even hotter, having tied a franchise record with 11 consecutive victories — something they haven’t done 1990, the days of Straw & Doc.
You’re going to hear a lot this weekend about the Yankees trying to maintain their hold on the city, the Mets trying to rip it away. There might be some truth to that. You can make the case that, with their own expectations now sky-high, the Mets have more to lose this weekend than the Yankees do. Anthony DiComo has more on MLB.com.
Power arms, anyone? Michael Pineda and Jacob DeGrom will be on the mound tonight, CC Sabathia and Matt Harvey go at it on Saturday afternoon and the Sunday night matchup pits Nathan Eovaldi against Jonathan Niese. See you at the ballpark.
Coming off last night’s two-homer, four-RBI performance, Alex Rodriguez has been promoted to the No. 3 spot in the Yankees lineup as they play the middle game of a three-game set tonight at Tropicana Field.
Masahiro Tanaka (1-1, 7.00 ERA) is on the mound for New York, with right-hander Jake Odorizzi (2-0, 0.61 ERA) getting the call for Tampa Bay. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1 and can be heard on WFAN.
Here are the quick hits you need to know:
- Here’s a great stat that showcases just how good A-Rod’s first 10 games have been: He is batting .344 (11-for-32 AB) with four homers and 11 RBIs. The rest of the Yankees are hitting a combined .209 (67-for-320).
- Rodriguez’s response: “Let’s see if you can do this for six months. Anyone can do it for 10 games. Let’s just see what happens.”
- Brett Gardner (right wrist) returns to the lineup to make his first start since Monday. Joe Girardi said that he’ll watch Gardner closely on check-swings and swings and misses, but Gardner would have batted last night if his spot had come up.
- Carlos Beltran is out of the lineup with chest congestion, and Joe Girardi isn’t sure if Beltran will be available Sunday either. Apparently there has been a bad cold going around the clubhouse; first-base coach Tony Pena has gotten hit worse than anyone. I’m buying some Emergen-C on my way back to the hotel tonight.
- Reverse split alert: Because Odorizzi is a rare right-hander who is tougher on left-handed hitters, Didi Gregorius is getting the night off. Gregorio Petit is making the start at second base, with Stephen Drew handling the duties at shortstop. Chris Young takes over in right field.
- Brian McCann is batting .500 (5-for-10) with two homers lifetime vs. Odorizzi.
- Chris Capuano was in the clubhouse this afternoon and will throw a 45-pitch bullpen session tomorrow. His target date is probably late May, with Ivan Nova right behind him. Girardi confirmed that the Yankees plan to stretch Capuano and Nova out as starters.
- The Yankees came into today tied with the Orioles for the most homers in the Majors this season, with 16.
- A-Rod thought it was hilarious that people on social media keep talking about the white gunk on top of his helmet. It’s just rosin, he says.
- We hardly knew you, Matt Tracy. He was claimed off waivers by the Miami Marlins this afternoon. In addition, Joel De La Cruz was outrighted off the Major League roster and onto the roster of Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Here are the lineups… first pitch at 7:10 p.m. ET:
Jacoby Ellsbury cf
Brett Gardner lf
Alex Rodriguez dh
Mark Teixeira 1b
Brian McCann c
Chris Young rf
Chase Headley 3b
Stephen Drew ss
Gregorio Petit 2b
Masahiro Tanaka rhp
David DeJesus dh
Stephen Souza Jr. rf
Asdrubal Cabrera ss
Evan Longoria 3b
Desmond Jennings cf
Allan Dykstra 1b
Logan Forsythe 2b
Brandon Guyer lf
Rene Rivera c
Jake Odorizzi rhp
It’s Jackie Robinson Day around Major League Baseball, and the Yankees are on the field to wrap up their three-game series with the Orioles tonight here at Camden Yards. Nathan Eovaldi is making his second start for New York. Right-hander Bud Norris, who beat the Yanks in all four starts against them last year, has the ball for Baltimore.
Here are the quick hits from the Yankees’ clubhouse:
- Mark Teixeira has at least one hit and one RBI in each of his last five games. That’s his longest such streak since 2011 (six games, May 24-30).
- That final bullpen spot rotated once more, as the Yankees recalled right-hander Branden Pinder from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Right-hander Joel De La Cruz was in Baltimore for two days and didn’t get into a game, though at least he got a suit out of the deal.
- Brett Gardner said that his right wrist feels better, and though he may have a precautionary MRI tomorrow in Tampa, Gardner expects to be in the lineup on Friday when the Yanks open a three-game series with the Rays. Gardner could pinch-run or play defense tonight.
- Minor League right-hander Wilking Rodriguez was hit with an 80-game suspension for violation of the drug policy. Rodriguez was in Spring Training with the big club.
- Ivan Nova threw 20 pitches of live batting practice yesterday in Tampa and is scheduled to do so again on Friday. Chris Capuano is scheduled to throw live batting practice tomorrow. It is possible that the Yankees could have both pitchers back in early June; Girardi said that Capuano would be “slightly ahead” of Nova.
- Brendan Ryan will accompany the team to Tampa and can start some baseball activities there.
Here are the lineups:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Chase Headley 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alex Rodriguez DH
Stephen Drew 2B
Chris Young LF
Didi Gregorius SS
RHP Nathan Eovaldi (0-0, 5.06)
Alejandro De Aza RF
Everth Cabrera SS
Adam Jones CF
Travis Snider DH
Chris Davis 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Caleb Joseph C
David Lough LF
Jonathan Schoop 2B
RHP Bud Norris (0-1, 24.00)
Good evening from Camden Yards in Baltimore, where the Yankees will go for their third straight victory as they play the middle game of three with the Orioles. Left-hander CC Sabathia (0-1, 6.35) makes his second start of the year for the Yankees, with right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 1.59) on the hill for the O’s. The weather is overcast, cool and wet, but we should play.
This has been a tough office to work in for Sabathia, who pitched better than his line indicated on April 9. Since the start of 2012, Sabathia is 2-4 with a 5.13 ERA (52.2 IP, 30 ER) in eight starts against the Orioles, and he is winless at Camden Yards over that span.
Here’s what you need to know from the Yankees clubhouse:
- Brett Gardner is unlikely to be in the lineup until Friday, as he is resting his sore right wrist. The Yankees may be able to use him as a pinch-runner or to play defense, but Gardner said that he probably can’t swing a bat.
- Alex Rodriguez gets his first night off of the season, having played the field last night. Surely there is temptation to keep A-Rod going, as he has exceeded expectations in the season’s first week, but there’s a long road ahead and the Yanks are trying to be mindful of that.
- Andrew Miller has two saves and Dellin Betances has none, but the Yankees still say they are operating without a set closer. In fact, with Miller having recorded five outs last night, it’s possible the call would go to Betances tonight in a save situation.
- No roster move today! Joel De La Cruz didn’t pitch and thus gets to hang around for a second day, which is more than you could say for Matt Tracy and Kyle Davies. Those two names could be a real problem on an end-of-season Sporcle quiz.
- Girardi on Mark Teixeira: “His at-bats have been good, He’s productive, he’s stayed in the strike zone, he’s hit some home runs, when we need a run driven in he’s provided it. That’s why he’s there.”
- Girardi on Carlos Beltran: “It’s been somewhat of a struggle so far. It’s not a lot of at-bats. There’s a lot of hitters that are in the position that he’s in going into the second week of the season. You don’t make too much of it. Obviously we know he’s a much better hitter than he’s shown.”
- Today marks the 60th anniversary of Elston Howard becoming the Yankees’ first African-America player.
Here are the lineups:
Jacoby Ellsbury cf
Chase Headley 3b
Carlos Beltran rf
Mark Teixeira 1b
Brian McCann c
Garrett Jones dh
Chris Young lf
Stephen Drew 2b
Didi Gregorius ss
CC Sabathia lhp
Everth Cabrera ss
Manny Machado 3b
Adam Jones cf
Steve Pearce 1b
Delmon Young rf
Chris Davis dh
Jonathan Schoop 2b
Caleb Joseph c
Alejandro De Aza lf
Miguel Gonzalez rhp