Teixeira may not play tonight

After yesterday’s loss to Texas, Mark Teixeira was spotted with a wrap on his left wrist, the same one he injured and was forced to miss multiple games with recently. General manager Brian Cashman confirmed that the injury was bothering Tex, and that the first baseman may miss tonight’s game against Boston. “He might get a rest, but no tests are scheduled,” the GM said. “It’s definitely not as bad as before, but it’s still bothering him. … He’s icing it for maintenance purposes.”

Thanks to a six game lead in the A.L. East and a 12.5 games lead over the Red Sox, giving Teixeira a rest for a game or two shouldn’t have much of an impact on the Yankees at all right now, but given the rash of injuries the Yankees have had this year, and coming right on the heels of Robinson Cano being out of the starting lineup for two consecutive games with a stiff neck, these little tweaks are certainly causing outsized consternation for Yankee fans these days. Continue reading Teixeira may not play tonight

The Farm Report: 8/16/12

It was a successful day for the Yankees’ upper level teams. Empire State’s victory over Pawtucket keeps them in first place, with a two game lead over the Red Sox. Trenton and Reading played anything but a pitcher’s duel, as Zoilo Almonte led the way for the Thunder with a pair of dingers and six RBIs. Overall, it was a good day for the Yankees’ affiliates.

Empire State beat Pawtucket 5-4:
The Red Sox took the lead with a run in the second, but the Yankees struck back with a solo shot from Melky Mesa. The Red Sox took the lead again, with another run in the third and two in the fifth for the 4-1 lead. The Yankees started their comeback in the sixth. Brandon Laird started the inning with a double and scored on a single by Austin Romine. The Yankees rallied in the seventh. Chris Dickerson drew a walk and Corban Joseph reached on an error. Dickerson was caught stealing and Eduardo Nunez popped out for the second out. Laird was hit by a pitch and Kevin Russo replaced him on the bases. Darnell McDonald reached on a fielding error, scoring Joseph.  A single by Mesa plated Russo and Romine, giving the Yankees a 5-4 lead they held for the win.

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Bullpen falters, Yankees lose, 10-6

The New York Yankees overcame a lackluster start from Ivan Nova and scored five runs off of Derek Holland of the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead. But the Rangers roared right back in the following half inning and slapped around four Yankee relievers for six runs over the final three innings to put the game away. The Rangers salvaged the final game of the four game series. The Yankees lost a rare chance to sweep a top team they might face again in the post season.

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The Plan For David Adams

David Adams is hitting again. He looked to be on the fast track for the majors until a severe ankle injury ended his 2010 season after just 39 games. A standout hitter and second baseman at UVA, Adams had done nothing but hit since becoming an adult. He was hitting .309/.393/.507 for Double-A Trenton at the time, and had come off a similar batting line between Charleston and Tampa in 2009. The injury knocked him out for more than a full year, and it wasn’t until early this year that he finally returned back to normal. 65 games into his Continue reading The Plan For David Adams

Game 118: Sweep?

The Red Sox are bringing their dysfunctional family circus to Yankee Stadium over the weekend, but first things first: the Yankees have to finish their current series with the Texas Rangers this afternoon. A win would mean a sweep of the four game series that began with the Rangers a half game ahead of the Yankees in the race for the best record in the American League, which would just be awesome. Doubly so because I can’t stand Texas. Here are the lineups for this afternoon’s finale:

Rangers (67-49):

Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 2B
Josh Hamilton DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
David Murphy LF
Geovany Soto C
Mitch Moreland 1B
Craig Gentry CF
Mike Olt RF

Derek Holland LHP

Yankees (70-47):

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Andruw Jones LF
Casey McGehee 3B
Russell Martin DH
Jayson Nix 2B
Ichiro Suzuki CF
Chris Stewart C

Ivan Nova RHP

That’s quite the day game after a late night game lineup for the Yankees, huh? First pitch is at 1:05, and the game can be seen on YES or MLB Network. Enjoy!
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David Phelps’ Big Chance

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) I’ve written about David Phelps a pretty fair amount this season.  I can’t help it, I think he’s an underrated pitcher and I’m fascinated by the way his season has gone down.  Phelps’ 2012 campaign has been a continued series of fortunate opportunities created by unexpected circumstances affecting the rest of the pitching staff.  He got a 25-man roster spot out of Spring Training because of Michael Pineda‘s shoulder injury; he got a lot of early chances to show what he could do thanks to some horrific early outings by Continue reading David Phelps’ Big Chance

Jeter’s bunt

Several comments from our loyal readers the past few days have mentioned the great job Joe Girardi is doing managing the Yankees this year. And there is no dispute of those comments here. How can you argue any other way with a six-game lead in the division despite all the injuries the Yankees have faced this season? And last night’s game against the Rangers was no exception. Girardi adroitly handled how long Freddy Garcia pitched, when Boone Logan should come in and then perfect (if no-brained) usage of Robertson and Soriano in the eighth and ninth. The decisions all added up to the Yankees third straight win against the tough Texas Rangers.  But there is one solid bone to pick from the game last night. Why have Jeter bunt in the bottom of the eighth with two runners on base and no outs?

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What should MLBPA do about drug violators?

In case you missed it, former Yankee outfielder and current Giant superstar Melky Cabrera failed a drug test for testosterone and will serve a 50 game suspension that will end his season. Melky was enjoying a true breakout season with the Giants, exploding onto the national radar with his eye popping batting average, and was even named the MVP of the All-Star game, so you should expect the national writers to come crawling out of the woodwork to play the gotcha game on “PE”Ds, especially after the last prominent case has stopped providing grist for the mill given that Ryan Braun isn’t struggling to hit his weight or anything this year.

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