Found June 30, 2013 on Bronx Pinstripes:
The Yankees and Andy Pettitte (5-6, 4.22 ERA) hope July is more kind to them than June was. They head to Minnesota for a four game set against the Twins and Scott Diamond (5-7, 5.40 ERA). Since picking up career win number 250 on June 8th, Pettitte has lost his last three outings posting a 5.49 ERA over that stretch. Diamond looked good through four innings Wednesday against Miami, giving up just two hits before falling apart in the fifth. He gave up three runs on five hits, including a home run, as he left yet another game early. The Yankees went 11-16 in June and have looked utterly terrible, but Joe Girardi is still optimistic. ”I think their personalities have been really consistent throughout the winning end and the losing, so I don’t think it’s wearing them down.” Pettitte is 2-6 over his last 10 games and he’s pitched at least six innings in four straight. His strikeout and walk totals are almost identical to the numbers he had last year, 2.87 ERA over 75 1/3 innings. But opponents have been hitting a little better off Pettitte this year, batting .272, as opposed to the .232 average he held hitters to in 2012. “It’s the same old story right now for me after every time I pitch, just frustrating,” Pettitte said.   Notes on the game. The Yankees haven’t dropped a season series against the Twins in 11 years. Pettitte is undefeated in his last 7 starts against the Twins. Derek Jeter has progressed after working through simulated at bats in Tampa, and could begin his Minor League rehab assignment soon. He’ll likely need 20 days in the Minors before his return. After that embarrassing series against Baltimore, the Yankees are now more games closer to last place than first. They are seven games out of first and a game and a half out of last.   Game kicks off at 8:10 PM (EST) on Yes.

Pineda hits bump in the road

Michael Pineda had been moving along quite well over his first three rehab starts (not including a simulated game) compiling a 0.63 ERA and 11/4 K/BB ratio in 14 1/3 innings. However, he was roughed up in a start with Trenton against the Double- A Binghamton Mets this afternoon. Pineda lasted only three innings, giving up four runs on four hits while surrendering four walks. He...

Twins look to push Yankees' losing streak to six

The New York Yankees are looking to put an ugly June behind them in which they finished tied for the third-worst record in baseball. Having Andy Pettitte on the mound to face the Minnesota Twins could help them avoid their first six-game losing streak in six seasons. Pettitte has won his last 10 overall decisions against the Twins and will start Monday night for the visiting Yankees...

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Struggling with command, Michael Pineda may still become the Yankees’ hero in Gotham

Battling command issues over three innings on Sunday, New York Yankees flamethrower Michael Pineda surrendered four runs and four walks in a rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton. Throwing only 32 of 67 pitches for strikes, the 24-year-old Pineda clearly endured the most ineffective outing of his comeback. Nevertheless, consistently hitting 93 mph on the radar, the 6-foot-7, 260...

A-Rod: 'Can't wait to get back'

Alex Rodriguez says he feels great and his relationship with the New York Yankees is fine. Rodriguez didn't indicate when he will start a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment or rejoin the big league team, saying Saturday he "can't wait to get back." "So far, no issues," Rodriguez said. "I'm just working really hard. I'm having...

As the A-Rod straw stirs

What the F is up with Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees? And does anyone outside of the Bronx care? While Bob Kaplisch of the Record (Woodland Park, NJ) recently wrote that a Yankees insider called Rodriguez's recent behavior "bizarre," A-Rod told the Associated Press on Saturday that he "can't wait to get back." "So far, no issues,"...

Alex Rodriguez to Begin Minor League Rehabilitation Assignment Tuesday in Single-A

TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is set to play Tuesday night in his first minor league game on a rehabilitation assignment. Rodriguez said he felt fine and was eager to get going. “Awesome,” he said Monday at the Yankees’ spring training complex. “I’m really excited.” Rodriguez said he didn’t have a timetable for rejoining the Yankees....

A fake Alex Rodriguez Facebook page is calling for July 3 to be ‘National Pray for A-Rod Day’

Facebook can be entertaining, particularly when they’re either hacked or fake. In this particular occasion, there is a fake Facebook Alex Rodriguez page floating around looking to make July 3 “National Pray for A-Rod Day”. The fake Facebook page is calling for a day designated for everyone to send prayers up for A-Rod because his feelings are “hurt deeply” after being trashed...

Twins' Scott Diamond scales mental hurdle versus Yankees

MINNEAPOLIS -- Given the way his last several starts had gone, Twins left-hander Scott Diamond knew he needed a strong outing Monday. The final score might not have indicated it -- Minnesota fell 10-4 to the New York Yankees at Target Field -- but Diamond took a step in the right direction with Monday's start. For the first time since May 7 Diamond pitched into the seventh inning...

Yankees' skid reaches 5 with 4-2 loss to Orioles

The New York Yankees don't intend to lament their misdeeds during a miserable June. No, they figure the only way to get out the funk they're in is to look ahead to July. Hiroki Kuroda gave up three home runs, and the Yankees couldn't muster a significant clutch hit in a 4-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night. The defeat was New York's fifth straight and...

Twins rookie Kyle Gibson handles nerves nicely in debut

MINNEAPOLIS -- After all the hype, Kyle Gibson's big day finally came. For years, fans have been waiting for Gibson, the Twins' first-round pick in 2009, to make his major league debut. It was perhaps the most anticipated pitching debut in Minnesota since Matt Garza made it to the majors in 2006. Gibson did not disappoint Saturday, as he earned the victory in Minnesota...

Yankees' A-Rod cleared to play

Now it’s official: The beleaguered Alex Rodriguez is set to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment.

Gibson wins debut as Twins beat Royals 6-2

Kyle Gibson pitched six solid innings in his major league debut, and Trevor Plouffe homered to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Saturday. Gibson (1-0) allowed two runs and eight hits, and he struck out five to become the first first-round pick in Twins history to win a start in his major league debut. He had plenty of early help as Minnesota scored five...

Happy Kyle Gibson Day!

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Yanks ride late scoring surge to win

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