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The New York Yankees got Alex Rodriguez back from the disabled list while losing Robinson Cano to injury in their opener with the Tampa Bay Rays. In the process they lost, further tightening the AL East.
The first-place Yankees, who could have company atop division for the first time in nearly three months with another setback, expect to get the injured Curtis Granderson back in the starting lineup Tuesday night. His return might not be a huge advantage, tough, considering his struggles with the Rays.
With Monday's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay (74-61), coupled with Baltimore's win in Toronto, New York's lead over the second-place Orioles shrunk to a game. The Rays, who beat the Yankees (76-58) for the 10th time in 11 games at Tropicana Field, also pulled within 2 12 of first place.
"We still have the lead," said CC Sabathia, who went seven innings Monday.
That lead, however, could vanish with another loss. The Yankees, who led the East by 10 games on July 18, haven't been tied atop the division since June 11, when Tampa Bay also had a share of the top spot.
"This is the start of September, and this is where you want to be," said James Shields, Monday's winning pitcher. "In spring training, we always want to be in the playoff hunt, and now here we are again."
An unlikely player lifted the Rays to their third straight win Monday. Catcher Chris Gimenez, who was recalled from the minors on Saturday and entered the opener batting .203 with four RBIs, drove in two runs. He snapped a 3-all tie in the eighth with a two-out grounder that was just out of Cano's reach.
Cano said he felt a twinge in his left hip on the play. The All-Star second baseman, who is hitting .303 with 28 homers and 71 RBIs, isn't sure if he'll play Tuesday.
Rodriguez went 1 for 4 Monday in his first game after being sidelined six weeks with a broken left hand. Fernando Rodney struck him out to start the ninth inning and ended the game by fanning Granderson in a pinch-hitting role to earn his 41st save and send New York to its fourth loss in five games.
"Who's panicking? I'm not," said Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who is 0 for 9 with three walks in three September games. "You're going to have highs and lows, but you're still going to have confidence."
Granderson had been out since leaving Saturday's game with tendinitis in his right hamstring, and is expected to return Tuesday. He leads the Yankees with 34 homers, but is batting .122 with 18 strikeouts in 13 games against the Rays this season. He is also 1 for 5 lifetime against scheduled starter Alex Cobb (8-8, 4.39 ERA).
Cobb struggled Wednesday in Texas, yielding four runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings, but Tampa Bay still won 8-4. That's been common lately, with the Rays winning Cobb's last six starts and the right-hander posting a 3.38 ERA while earning four of those decisions.
He lost his lone start of the season against the Yankees on June 6, permitting four runs in seven innings of a 4-1 final.
New York counters with Freddy Garcia (7-5, 4.90), who had his start pushed back from Saturday after going less than five innings in each of his last two outings. Against Cleveland on Aug. 26, the veteran righty gave up two runs in 4 2-3 innings in New York's 4-2 win.
He is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in his last three starts versus the Rays, and Evan Longoria is 2 for 5 in career matchups.
Longoria is 7 for 14 in four games against the Yankees this season - all wins - and Jeff Keppinger is batting .545 (12 for 22) in his last six games overall.
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Robinson Cano either has a sore left hip, terrible judgement, or a bad case of laziness. In that fateful 8th inning of yesterday's game against the Rays, it was crucial for Cano to keep Chris Gimenez's ground ball in the infield. The ball went past him and the game went past the Yankees, by a final score of 4-3. Going into today's action, the Yankee division lead was...
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Sunday there is a good chance Alex Rodriguez will rejoin the Yankees on Monday for the game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Rodriguez has been out since fracturing his left hand on July 24. He has been on a rehab assignment the past two days with Class A Tampa, going 0-for-7 with a walk. Rodriguez worked on the side on Sunday, rather...
The New York Yankees activated third baseman Alex Rodriguez from the 15-day disabled list on Monday. Rodriquez suffered a broken left hand on July 24 and the Yankees have missed his production. They were 18-8 with the slugger out of the lineup. At the time of the injury, Rodriquez was hitting .276 with 15 home runs and 44 RBI. He made two rehab appearances for Class A Tampa during...
According to a report from the New York Daily News, The New York Yankees expect their All-Star third baseman, Alex Rodriguez to return to the lineup today against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Rodriguez fractured a bone in his right hand back on July 24th in a game against the Seattle Mariners.
The report indicated that Rodriguez had good workouts for Class-A Tampa over the weekend and all...
A-Rod is back in the New York Yankees lineup after missing six weeks due to a hand injury.
Alex Rodriguez was listed as the DH and batting fourth in the manager Joe Girardi's lineup for Monday's game against Tampa Bay.
Rodriguez has been out since breaking his left hand July 24. He went 0 for 7 in two rehabilitation appearances for Class A Tampa. While he is having a down...
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano hit a foul ball into the Yankees radio broadcast booth that knocked over the microphone of Yankees play-by-play man John Sterling as he was calling Monday's game at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays.
It happened in the top of the fifth inning as Cano hit a 3-1 pitch foul behind home plate, and WCBS radio listeners could...
Alex Rodriguez has returned to the Yankees' starting lineup for their AL championship series opener against Detroit on Saturday night but has been dropped to sixth in the batting order.
According to STATS LLC, the 37-year-old third baseman has not hit that low in the order since Joe Torre batted him eighth in the fourth and final game of the 2006 AL division series against the...
Robinson Cano homered in his first at-bat Tuesday, showing no signs of the hip injury that grabbed at him in the eighth inning of Monday's game against the Rays. The Yankees played it safe with Cano, as manager Joe Girardi started him as the designated hitter Tuesday, keeping him off the artificial turf at Tropicana Field. Cano finished the night 1-for-4, the two-run homer...
Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson are back in the New York Yankees' starting lineup.
Cano, who experienced tightness in his left hip during the eighth inning of Monday's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay, was listed as the designated hitter. Granderson, who didn't start the previous two games due to right hamstring tightness, was the center fielder for Tuesday night's game...
As a September to remember begins to unfold before us in Major League Baseball, the Yankees find themselves in an interesting position. After holding on to sole possession of the AL East for 84 days, they were tied with Baltimore for first place for one day. After a Baltimore loss and a Yanks win tonight, they now have a one-game lead, and hope to start a new streak atop the division...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The “master plan,” said Alex Rodriguez, is back “in order." A pre-game team meeting, a hard-fought win and an aggressive style of offense apparently did wonders for the New York Yankees on Wednesday, as they salvaged the final game of a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-4 at Tropicana Field and retook sole possession of first place...
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There is not much more to say about the New York Yankees.
Feels more nauseating.
I wish but that was last week.
My finger is officially on the button.
So, know the question is, are the Yankees in this pennant race or not?
What do you think?(...)Read the...
After the New York Yankees gave up ground to their closest pursuer in the AL East over the weekend, they'll try to avoid doing the same to the Tampa Bay Rays this week.
Alex Rodriguez may be able to help.
The third baseman is expected to return from a broken left hand Monday when the banged-up Yankees open a crucial 10-game road trip with CC Sabathia on the mound.
The Yankees look to salvage a win tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays as they send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound in the series finale. In his last outing against the Orioles, Kuroda tossed 8 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out four and was tagged with the loss.
Cano DHing again tonight.
Left-hander Matt Moore (10-8, 3.58 ERA) is on the mound for Tampa Bay...