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Phil Hughes (4-13, 5.07 ERA) has been restored to the Yankees rotation after missing one turn, but he’s still on a short leash. He was pulled at the first sign of trouble in a 50 pitch, three-plus innings start at Baltimore on Thursday. He is on the mound against J.A. Happ (4-6, 5.15 ERA) who allowed four runs on six hits and two walks during his last start against the Angels. He once again struggled with a high pitch count and was unable to make it out of the fifth inning for the third time in his past four outings. Happ has not been effective against the Yankees this season, going 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA over three starts.
If Hughes gets into trouble Joe Girardi could use the same tactic as his last start, putting David Huff in tandem with Hughes. That strategy earned the Yankees a victory on Thursday, as Hughes gave up one run over three innings and Huff gave up one more over three innings of his own in a 6-5 win over the Orioles. “After having not pitched a lot in the last couple of weeks, command was my biggest concern,” Hughes said on Thursday. “It was pretty good. I didn’t walk anybody and I was throwing a lot of strikes, so I was happy with that.”
The Yankees should continue to have Alex Rodriguez‘s bat in the lineup during their series with the Blue Jays and for the rest of the season, but they might not be able to play him at third base for a while. He injured his left hamstring in Baltimore last week and had to be removed from Sunday night’s game against the Red Sox after feeling tightness in his right calf. Girardi said Rodriguez would continue to see playing time as the designated hitter, but that he likely won’t play the field on the Rogers Centre turf.
Rodriguez went 0-4 with two strikeouts against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. For the season, he is batting .275 with six home runs and 14 RBIs. “I feel like if he can play, he can be productive,” Girardi said. “I don’t know how much we will get out of him in the field. But I still think that if he feels like he can swing the bat, he can be productive.”
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It’s hard to believe, but Mariano Rivera’s career could be a short 10 games from its conclusion. With a backdrop of a Wild Card chase that is finding the New York Yankees on the short end of a 2.5 game lead by the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers with two teams to climb over, it’s possible, but not probable that his last games in Yankee Stadium will wind up a week from today...
Isn’t it amazing what one win can do for a team?
On Wednesday morning, the Yankees were losers of four straight and hanging by a tattered thread in the AL Wild Card race. 24 hours later, after a rousing come-from-behind win on Wednesday night, they have one hand back on the shelf of the cliff and are ready to thrust the second one up there as well.
Alfonso Soriano delivered one...
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New York Yankees broadcaster John Sterling scripts his home run calls. Anyone who has listened to games that are broadcast on WFAN could tell you that. For that reason, his screw-ups have a tendency to become magnified. Sterling gave us a perfect example of that on Tuesday night when he mistakenly thought that Alex Rodriguez […]
It’s now or never for the Yankees, who find themselves 2.5 games behind the Rangers for the second wild card spot. With 12 games left, the Yankees have to almost win every single one of them to have a chance at a playoff berth. It starts tonight with Andy Pettitte on the hill against Toronto. Check out a full preview of the game here.
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Time is running out for the Yankees to make any sort of move towards October. After losing last night to R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays, they will try to rebound this evening with Phil Hughes on the mound. Check out a full preview of the game here.
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Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Vernon Wells RF...
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New York Yankees – Toronto Blue Jays
Andy Pettitte wishes he could have back one pitch in tonight’s 2-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Yankees had to deal with knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey in the series opener. After getting the first two outs, Robinson Cano hit a line drive for the first hit. Alfonso Soriano would hit a double down the...
The New York Yankees currently find themselves in a situation that has been pretty foreign to them over the past 20 years or so: fighting for a playoff spot.
Sitting 2.5 games out of the second AL Wild Card spot entering play on Thursday night, the Yanks can actually hold their heads high being in this position when one considers all that they've had to overcome this year...
It’s not often that players get to retire on their own terms, but after having his 2012 season cut short due to injury, Mariano Rivera is retiring at the end of his 2013 campaign. The very near future Hall of Famer is widely regarded as one of the best closers to ever play the position and unlike some other famous names like Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner, Rivera has had...
The New York Yankees were hoping to get catcher Austin Romine back from a concussion last night. While his name was penciled into the original lineup, Romine was scratched prior to the start of the game as he continues to deal with the effects of his concussion, according to Chris Toman of MLB.com.
It appears that this was a mix-up between manager Joe Girardi and the Yankees...
The Blue Jays gave Mariano Rivera something to remember Canada by in his final trip north of the border with the New York Yankees.
Rivera was presented with a carving by Inuit sculptor David Ruben Piqtoukun before Thursday's game between the Yankees and Blue Jays. The carving depicts Kiviuq, a popular hero figure in Inuit legends and stories.
Blue Jays players Jose Bautista...
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Last night, the Yankees rallied for 4 runs in the top of the 8th to beat the Blue Jays and secured a huge win. With the win, the Yankees moved to 2.5 games (3 in the loss column) back of the Rangers, who lost again to the Rays, for the final Wild Card spot. The Yankees remain 3.5 games behind the Rays for the first Wild Card...
After getting swept by the Red Sox over the weekend, the Yankees playoffs hopes are fading faster than the old rickety bodies that make up the roster. Andy Pettitte (10-9, 4.04 ERA) gets the ball first against the knuckle baller R.A. Dickey (12-12, 4.36 ERA.) Pettitte has been the Yanks most reliable starter as of late. In his past six starts, the oldest starter in baseball is 3...
The Yankees will come out swinging tonight.After three missed punches and a pulled ligament.Still standing but the room is pretty empty.Is there even a reason to keep punching?Better to enjoy a drink.
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As a fan of The New York Yankees, I am generally considered to be a member of the most knowledgeable and classiest fan bases in all of sports. We always treat our opponents with the utmost respect while packing our home stadium to the rafters with the world’s best fans. 2013 has been an interesting season for our beloved Yankees, though, as you all probably...