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.

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Pregame Notes 5/13: New Injuries, Updates on Old Injuries

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As was noted a short time ago, Carlos Beltran and Shawn Kelley are the newest members of the Yankees’ growing injury list. Kelley’s been placed on the DL with what the Yankees are calling a strained lumbar spine, while Beltran is calling himself Day-to-Day after an MRI revealed an old bone spur in his right elbow. Zoilo Almonte has been called up in light of the Kelley move.

Beltran spoke to us before the game, and revealed he aggravated a bone spur his elbow taking a swing in between innings. He’s known for taking plenty of batting practice & warmup cuts, so you might say this was bound to happen at some point. He’s received a cortisone shot, which he says takes about 2-3 days to kick in. After that, if it still hurts, he says he’ll try to ask for second shot. If he’s still feeling pain, though, he says surgery is possible. He was asked if he’d ever taken a cortisone shot before, which he found funny.…

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“There’s Concern” : Mets 9, Yankees 7

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There was a ballgame played this evening, but it’s easy to forget with all of the injury news surrounding the 9 hours reporters spent at the Stadium.

The Yankees would be without Mark Teixeira for the start of this one, adding to an already long list of banged up players including Ichiro, who tweaked his back trying to make a sliding grab on Sunday, according to Joe Girardi. It was also learned before the game via Brian Cashman that CC Sabathia was headed to Dr. James Andrews for a 2nd Opinion on his knee. Girardi would confirm this postgame. He’d also speak of an injury of “concern” to Carlos Beltran – a hyperextention of his right elbow.

That aside, there was baseball to be played, and the Yankees scored many runs off of Bartolo Colon. The first of the night’s five home runs came off the bat of Brett Gardner, who knocked a Grand Slam to right to put the Yankees up 4-1 early.…

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Sheesh, C : Rays 5, Yankees 1

sabathiaNone of the hits, none of the CC, all of the Aceves. That pretty much sums up Sunday afternoon in the Bronx.

Sabathia started out in the 1st by surrendering an RBI double to Evan Longoria, then the Yankees picked him up in the next frame after Mark Teixeira led off with a single, and Yangervis Solarte brought him in with a fairly shallow Sac Fly. From there the Yankees would only pick up 5 more hits, and strand 6 runners. The top of the order (Ellsbury, Jeter, Beltran) went a combined 0/12.

Two particular innings were disappointing on offense – the fifth saw the Yankees pick up back-to-back singles from Gardner and Murphy, before the top of the order was retired 1-2-3, and the 7th started with back-to-back base hits from Solarte and Gardner, and ended with three straight outs after that. Outside those frames, the going was tough with the bats.

Back to Sabathia – he didn’t have trouble in the 2nd, but from there it was all downhill.…

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Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: Yankees 9, Rays 3

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The Yankees did not start the game well. Masahiro Tanaka gave up a run in the first, then one more in the second – he’s now allowed 6 of his 13 runs this year in that frame. He had 43 pitches after two.

#TANAK would not be denied. He was going to go 4-0. Even bad Tanaka was a CC Sabathia you would be proud of. 7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 5 K, 0 BB was enough to fend off the Rays.

The Yankees didn’t have a hit through three innings, and it kind of felt like one of those days the bats would be a bit slower, the runs would be hard to come by. It was a quick turnaround from the night before.

But Mark Teixeira said “Nah, I got this.” He went deep to right in the 4th to cut it to 3-2, then he brought in another run in the 7th with a scorcher to right, through the shift.…

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Examining Some Early Season Splits, Starting with the Road

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Yes, the Yankees are 6-6 on the road. Yes, there’s an even split of pine tar incidents at home and on the road. A deeper look, though, shows the Yankees – even #TANAK – have not been themselves on the road through just over an eighth of their games away from the Bronx.

Now, I’ll preface this examination with the obvious fact that it’s not uncommon to play differently on the road. Especially if you’re the Yankees, who play in such a hitter-friendly park. It’s worth looking at what’s been different.

Predictably, the Yankees have opened up with 13 of their 18 HRs in just 9 games at Yankee Stadium. They’re also hitting .284 at home, compared to .260 on the road. Carlos Beltran has been the biggest beneficiary of some home cooking, with a 1.412 OPS in the Bronx compared to just nine hits in 44 plate appearances in away games.

And, here’s the last home/away split that’s worth noting – the Yankees actually have a higher Fly Ball % (36.6%) when playing away games than when at home (35%).…

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What Value will Scott Sizemore Provide the Yankees?

It was a guarantee Brian Roberts would go down with an injury at some point this year, and it was a pretty safe assumption to think the same of Mark Teixeira. For these reasons, the Yankees signed 29 year-old Scott Sizemore to a minor-league deal as an insurance policy for their unstable infield.

Stephen Drew, for the second time in the last week, has been ruled out as a possibility (which is a whole separate thing). The Yankees are left with Scott Sizemore.

Sizemore hit .249 in 110 games three seasons ago with both the Athletics and Tigers, sporting a .741 OPS. After a couple of ACL tears, that’s really all we’re left with to make an assessment on Sizemore; that, and his .344/.436/.500 slash line in 10 AAA games this season.

A lot is made of his .221 BA against righties over his career, though his Line Drive% (19%) hovers right around league average against RHP. It’s just something to consider, that he’s still capable of hitting the ball hard off of those types.…

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