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CC Sabathia trying to get the Yankees back on track

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium in New York, Thursday, June 18, 2015.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Hello once again on what promises to be a stormy evening here at Yankee Stadium. We should have a thunder and lightning show at some point tonight, but so far everything is on schedule. CC Sabathia and Sean O’Sullivan comprise the pitching matchup as the Yankees try to bounce back from a couple of rough ones against the Tigers and Phillies.

Here are the quick hits you need to know:

Manager Joe Girardi spoke a bit during his press conference about Sabathia’s ongoing adjustments:

“I think he’s adjusted better than he did maybe at the beginning of last year. I still think that every day going out there, it’s a learning process for him in learning how to pitch different. He’s incorporated his two-seamer to right-handers, something he did this year and something he never had to do. It’s picking the right times go use it. I still think he’s adjusting, but I think he understands who he is better than he did a year ago.”

Sabathia is unbeaten in his last four starts, going 1-0 with a 4.37 ERA (22.2 IP, 11 ER).  He has 23 strikeouts and only three walks in that stretch.

Mitchell gives the Yankees an extra long reliever in case they need one, since Ivan Nova is starting tomorrow and Chris Capuano had to be summoned in relief yesterday due to Michael Pineda’s clunker.

Mark Teixeira (stiff neck) is “not quite ready” to play, according to Girardi, though the Yankees hope to have him back in the lineup tomorrow. Girardi said that he is not sure if Teixeira could be used as a pinch-hitter tonight. Teixeira said that he senses some improvement after yesterday’s cortisone injection:

“It’s been an issue for two weeks now. That’s too long, That’s why we got an MRI. Usually if you have a stiff neck, some spasms, they go away after a couple days. After two weeks, you want to get an MRI. It showed some irritation in the joint, so we got it fixed.”

Andrew Miller (left forearm flexor muscle strain) is scheduled to play catch tomorrow.

Brett Gardner is batting .565 (13-23 AB) with three homers over his last five games.

Brian McCann has homered in back-to-back games and is batting .360 (18-50 AB) with 12 RBIs over his last 13 games.

Girardi’s thoughts on Cole Hamels, who starts Wednesday for the Phillies:

“Obviously the challenge is great in facing Cole Hamels. He’s an outstanding pitcher and he’s been an outstanding pitcher for a long time. There’s been a lot of talk about him since the offseason; ‘How many more starts does he have in a Philadelphia uniform?’ Nobody knows. I don’t really get too caught up in it. Could he end up in our division? I guess. There are six divisions he could end up in, so I guess the chances are he could end up in ours. But I’m curious to see him pitch tomorrow.”

“Let’s just keep our fingers crossed and hope it’s not much.”

Masahiro TanakaThere was disappointment in Masahiro Tanaka‘s eyes on Wednesday morning, according to manager Joe Girardi, one day after the right-hander learned that he will miss at least a month with a strained right forearm and tendinitis in his right wrist.

For the moment, the Yankees believe that Tanaka’s current injury does not represent a precursor to Tommy John surgery, but they recognize that possibility. Tanaka will refrain from throwing for seven to 10 days and is not expected to travel with the team.

“Any time you have to shut a pitcher down, there’s concern,” Girardi said. “With what happened last year, I can’t tell you if they’re related or not, but you’re going to think about it. You’re going to think about a lot of different scenarios. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed and hope it’s not much, but we’ll deal with it either way.”

The Yankees plan to keep right-hander Chase Whitley in rotation, coming off a season debut in which he held the Rays to a run over five innings and picked up the win in a 4-2 victory. To replace Tanaka on the active roster, infielder Gregorio Petit was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

“It’s going to be tough,” Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia said. “It’s going to be up to us to pick up the slack. Hopefully he comes back healthy and ready to pitch.”

There could be additional help on the horizon. New York also has left-hander Chris Capuano and right-hander Ivan Nova rehabbing and aiming to rejoin the club in late May and early June, respectively. By that time, Tanaka could be back on the big league mound, but perhaps not.

“The one thing I’ve tried to stress to our starters is, don’t try to make up for someone else’s absence,” Girardi said. “Just do what you can do.”


Tanaka’s injury has prompted commentary that the Yankees should have dispatched the hurler to have Tommy John surgery after sustaining a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament last July 8 in Cleveland.

Following that injury, Tanaka was examined by Yankees team physician Christopher Ahmad, Los Angeles Dodgers team doctor Neal elAttrache and Mets team physician David Altchek. His results were also sent to noted specialist James Andrews for consultation, and all four doctors recommended the Yankees should rehabilitate Tanaka’s injury using platelet-rich plasma injections rather than rush into surgery.

“I am a manager. I am not a doctor, so I don’t understand the mechanics of all that,” Girardi said. “As I said yesterday, there’s going to be speculation. Are they related? I can’t tell you that. I don’t know; could be, it may not be. It could just be something came up from his bullpen. Who knows? The thing is, we’ve got to deal with it, and we will.”


Petit walked back into the Yankees’ clubhouse Wednesday morning, his equipment bag slung over his shoulder, and said that he never quite made it to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Petit said he spent most of Tuesday on his couch and would have packed up to meet the RailRiders on Wednesday before Tanaka’s injury put him back on the roster.


Brett Gardner and Brian McCann got the day off Wednesday against left-hander Drew Smyly. Girardi said the only pitcher in his bullpen that he’d probably stay away from is Esmil Rogers, who pitched 2 2/3 innings last night.


Girardi said that he wouldn’t mind if Alex Rodriguez hit homer No. 660 this afternoon rather than bringing some extra drama to the weekend series at Fenway Park.

“It just might crowd our clubhouse a little bit more if he doesn’t, but it doesn’t matter either way,” Girardi said. “I’d prefer that he does it with two or three guys on today and gets it over with.”

CC takes on Harvey as Subway rolls on

Hello from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees have won seven of their last eight games going into this afternoon’s 4:05 p.m. ET showdown with the Mets. The Yankees took last night’s Subway Series opener by a 6-1 score and send left-hander CC Sabathia (0-3, 4.35) to the mound today against Mets right-hander Matt Harvey (3-0, 3.50).

The Sabathia-Harvey showdown is one with plenty of sizzle, but at his Stadium locker yesterday, Sabathia essentially offered a yawn. He knows Harvey a little bit from running into him at NBA games, but he’s focusing on the Mets’ hitters, not the man on the mound.

“The people that know me here know I don’t get excited about facing another pitcher,” Sabathia said. “It’s really just the lineup.”

The weather is nice and warm out in the bleachers, and a little cooler behind the plate in the shade. There should be another good crowd on hand. Joe Girardi said that he thought the Subway Series atmosphere seemed strong last night.

“I’m sure it will be the same way today,” he said. “There’s a lot of anticipation for this game and what Matt has meant to the Mets, and the start that he is off to. I imagine it will be pretty loud today.”

Here are the lineups:

METS (13-4)
Curtis Granderson RF
John Mayberry Jr. LF
Lucas Duda 1B
Michael Cuddyer DH
Daniel Murphy 2B
Eric Campbell 3B
Juan Lagares CF
Wilmer Flores SS
Kevin Plawecki C

Matt Harvey RHP

YANKEES (10-7)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Chris Young RF
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

CC Sabathia LHP

Game 8: Yankees at Orioles

CC SabathiaGood 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:

YANKEES (3-4)
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

ORIOLES (3-4)
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

Game 3: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

Larry Rothschild, CC SabathiaHello from Yankee Stadium, where coats and hats are a must to see the Yankees wrap up this three-game series with the Blue Jays. The Yankees won last night, 4-3, thanks to a fluky eighth-inning rally that started with Chris Young’s pinch-hit, wind-blown double and featured two hit-by-pitches and a Chase Headley grounder that ricocheted off a Toronto glove to push home the go-ahead run.

Tonight will be meaningful for CC Sabathia, who will make his first start since May 10. Sabathia is opposed by left-hander Daniel Norris – he of the ‘I live in a van down by the river‘ fame. With Brett Gardner getting the night off against the southpaw, Alex Rodriguez has been promoted to the No. 2 spot in the Yanks’ batting order.

Someone told Rodriguez of the move as he was making his way to the batting cage, and Rodriguez’s reaction appeared to be one of legitimate surprise: “You’re kidding me!” he exclaimed, rushing to the lineup posted on a clubhouse door to check it out.

“I’ve never been one to care, whether that was Seattle, Texas or even my early days here with Skip (Joe) Torre,” Rodriguez said. “I want to be in the lineup, want to be able to help the team win. I remember Lou (Piniella) led me off one day at the Kingdome and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s the first time I think I ever led off.’ I just love to play baseball. As long as I’m in the lineup, that’s cool.”

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  • Stephen Drew got the day off as Gregorio Petit drew the start at second base. Didi Gregorius is expected to rest tomorrow vs. Boston, with the Red Sox starting Wade Miley. Brian McCann got tonight off but is expected to play tomorrow.
  • Girardi mentioned that the Yankees have liked what right-hander Chris Martin has been able to do, particularly with the improvement of his slider.
  • The throw down to first base that McCann made in the eighth inning of last night’s game was a “good play,” according to Girardi. It just wasn’t a good throw. The ball scooted into right field and allowed Jose Bautista to trot home with the third Toronto run. “You expect him to throw it 90 feet and hit the guy somewhere in the chest or the knees. I’ve been there. Sometimes it doesn’t happen that way,” Girardi said.
  • As of now, there are no plans to link John Ryan Murphy as Sabathia’s personal catcher.

Here are the lineups:

BLUE JAYS (1-1)
Jose Reyes ss
Russell Martin c
Jose Bautista rf
Edwin Encarnacion dh
Josh Donaldson 3b
Danny Valencia 1b
Kevin Pillar cf
Steve Tolleson lf
Devon Travis 2b

Daniel Norris lhp

YANKEES (1-1)
Jacoby Ellsbury cf
Alex Rodriguez dh
Carlos Beltran rf
Mark Teixeira 1b
Chase Headley 3b
Chris Young lf
John Ryan Murphy c
Gregorio Petit 2b
Didi Gregorius ss

CC Sabathia lhp

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