Game 115: Mr. Rogers’ House

Esmil Rogers is today’s starter for the Yankees after David Phelps was placed on the DL earlier this week. Joe Girardi said the reason it took so long for the team to announce the decision was because Rogers was on the train when Joe made the decision and he had no reception. Girardi wanted Rogers to hear from him first that he was starting.

Rogers becomes the eleventh pitcher to start this year for the Yankees, according to the game notes, which is the most the team has used since 2008 (13). During the time in between, they never used more than nine starters in a season. Only the Rockies (14), Rangers (13), and Marlins (12) have used more starters this season.

Anyhoo, Mark Teixeira is out again today with a sore pinky that he cut in Wednesday night’s win. He said gripping the bat was painful for him, but he hit today off a tee and took some soft toss. Tanaka made 25 throws each from 60 and 90 feet and felt good. He’ll throw from 90 tomorrow then take a day off.

History-wise, Derek Jeter is one hit away from tying Honus Wagner for 6th on MLB’s all-time hit list. One more hit for Ichiro ties him for 48th on that list. Also, on this day 46 years ago, Yankee Stadium held a single-day record 123,707 people for a Jehovah’s Witness convention, according to the media notes. That’s a lot of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Lineups…

Cleveland Indians New York Yankees
Jason Kipnis, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
Mike Aviles, 3B Derek Jeter, SS
Michael Brantley, DH Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Carlos Santana, 1B Carlos Beltran, DH
David Murphy, LF Brian McCann, C
Nick Swisher, RF Chase Headley, 1B
Chris Dickerson, CF Stephen Drew, 2B
Jose Ramirez, SS Martin Prado, 3B
Roberto Perez, C Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Trevor Bauer, SP (4-6, 4.20) Esmil Rogers (1-0, 5.84)

Kenny covers the Yankees (and Knicks) for WFUV Sports & is a freelance radio reporter with the AP, MetroSource, WFAN & CBS Sports. Ridgefield, CT native. Long-time Jason Giambi and Alex Rodriguez defender. Quotes via WFUV Radio unless otherwise noted.

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