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Rogers Impressive But Jays Shut Out Yankees



Steve Tolleson drew a two-out walk, stole second and then scored on a single by Caleb Gindl off left-hander Tyler Webb in the sixth inning as Toronto edged a New York split squad on Saturday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, FL.

Left-hander Aaron Loup (1-0) pitched a perfect sixth inning to notch the victory. Chris Jenkins pitched the ninth to earn the save.

Webb (0-1) was tagged with the loss.

The Yankees’ spring record drops to 8-5.


  • Right-hander Esmil Rogers started for the Yankees and he pitched three scoreless innings. Though Rogers struck out three, he did give up four hits and Brett Gardner actually saved him a run by throwing out Russell Martin at home plate on a Josh Donaldson lined single to left in the first inning. With left-hander Chris Capuano out for at least a month, Rogers remains a viable candidate to replace him as the team’s No.5 starter.
  • Gardner’s defense  – particularly his throwing arm  –  came up big in this game. Martin led off with a double and Donaldson followed two batters later with his hard-hit single. Gardner fielded the ball and then made a perfect throw to catcher Eddy Rodriguez to get Martin by about 10 feet.
  • The Yankees managed just five hits but one of them was a hard-hit single off the right-field wall in the fourth by Alex Rodriguez, who played third base and batted fourth in his first road game of the spring. Rodriguez is now 6-for-16 (.375) with a homer and two RBIs this spring.


  • Rodriguez’s surgically repaired hips and his rust after more a season of inactivity cost the Yankees dearly in this game. First, Rodriguez was unable to get to second on his hit off the wall in the fourth. Later that inning he failed to score from third on a lined shot to right-field off the bat of Jose Pirela. Rodriguez froze off the base instead of going back to tag up.
  • The Yankees had a number of chances to score and blew every one of them. They 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They even had the potential tying run thrown out at home plate that ended the contest.
  • All six Yankee pitchers either gave up a hit or walk and none of them had a 1-2-3 inning. Webb induced a double play in the sixth but then walked Tolleson. The Blue Jays turned it into a run on steal by Tolleson and two-out single by Gindl.


Manager Joe Girardi told reporters on Saturday that he is no hurry to name a closer.  “I won’t make that decision until really late, because to me, that’s not one of my pressing decisions,” Girardi said. Right-hander Dellin Betances and left-hander Andrew Miller each pitched an inning on Saturday.  . . .  Left-hander CC Sabathia threw a 35-pitch bullpen session and his next assignment will be his first start of the spring on Tuesday against the Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field.  . . .  Backup infielder Brendan Ryan, 31, who has been sidelined since sustaining a back injury lifting weights before the exhibition season started, is making progress in getting healthy. The Yankees hope that he is able to play sometime later next week.


The Yankees will play host to a Philadelphia Phillies split squad on Sunday in Tampa, FL.

Newly acquired right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (0-1, 1.80 ERA) will get the nod for the Yankees. The 25-year-old former Marlin will be making his third appearance of the spring.

The Phillies will counter with non-roster right-hander Sean O’Sullivan (0-1, 9.82 ERA) will also be making his third appearance of the spring.

Game-time will be 1:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be available via WFAN in New York through MLB Radio.

A-Rod’s 3-Homer, 5-RBI Exhibition Royally Flushes K.C.

GAME 116

Recently Hall of Fame outfielder told YES Network broadcaster Ken Singleton that once Alex Rodriguez hit his 600th home run the pressure on him would end and he would begin to hit home runs in bunches.
Unfortunately for the Royals, Willie Mays prophecy came true.
Rodriguez put on a power display at Kauffman Stadium like no other and the end result was three home runs, five RBIs and a victory for the New York Yankees over Kansas City.
Rdoriguez began his power display while leading off the sixth inning of a 1-1 game with a solo home run into the left field bleachers off Royals starter and losing pitcher Sean O’Sullivan (1-4). In fact, Jorge Posada and Curtis Granderson followed Rodriguez one-out later with back-to-back solo home runs of their own to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead.
After the Royals touched Phil Hughes with two runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning, on the first pitch Rodriguez blasted a mammoth shot into the batter’s eye in center-field off reliever Kanekoa Texeira with one out in the seventh inning with Mark Teixeira on first after a single.
In the ninth inning, Teixeira again led off the inning with a single off reliever Greg Holland. After falling behind 2-0, Holland uncorked a fastball up and over the middle of the plate and Rodriguez deposited this one into a fountain in left-field to put the game out of reach at 8-3.
It was the 56th multiple home run game and the fourth three-homer game of his career. The three home runs also gave him 604 for his career and he now has 21 home runs and 97 RBIs for the season. 
With the five RBis, Rodriguez passed the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera and now leads the major leagues in runs batted in.
Hughes (14-5) pitched a solid six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and one walk. He entered Saturday’s game with 7.68 runs per game, the best in the major leagues.
The Royals managed to put pressure on Hughes with some well-timed but not exactly well-stroked hits. They also benefitted from a lost ball in the lights. 
Wilson Betemit scored Billy Butler, who had doubled, with a seeing-eye single up the middle in the first inning to give the Royals a 1-0 lead.
The Yankees tied it in the fifth inning when Brett Gardner scored from third when Derek Jeter hit into a double play.
Betemit, who is 4-for-11 in the series, struck again leading off the sixth inning with his fifth home run of the season. The Royals added a run off Hughes with an infield hit from rookie Kila Ka’aihue, a bloop opposite field single by Alex Gordon and Yuniesky Betancourt ended up loading the bases with none out when Gardner lost Betancourt’s easy fly ball in the lights.
Ka’aihue scored one out later on a slow infield groundout to Teixeira at first base. Hughes wriggled out of further trouble by retiring Gregor Blanco and he left the game having thrown 98 pitches on a hot, humid Missouri evening.
Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, David Robertson and Sergio Mitre shutout the Royals the rest of the way, giving up only one hit in three innings.
With the victory, the Yankees improved their season record to 72-44 and they maintained their two-game lead on the second-place Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East. The Red Sox remain six games back in third place.
The Royals, meanwhile, fell to 48-69.
  • Rodriguez told reporters after the game that he owed hitting coach Kevin Long for correcting a flaw in his swing so that he could clear his hips more consistently. The first two home runs Rodriguez hit on Saturday were on pitches at the knees and on the inside corner.
  • Teixiera has just three hits and one RBI in the series but he is putting a fielding clinic in Kansas City. On Friday night he made a spectacular running, leaping over the shoulder catch of a foul pop in the sixth inning. On Saturday, he made four highlight reel-worthy plays. Two diving stops of hot grounders, one leaping grab of a high-hopper and a deft scoop of one-hop throw from Ramiro Pena, who played third base in place Rodriguez so Rodriguez could be the DH.
  • Posada’s home run was his 13th of the season but it was his first home run since July 24 at Yankee Stadium against Kyle Davies and the Royals.
  • Granderson’s home run was his 11th of the season and three of them have come off of O’Sullivan. On July 25 at Yankee Stadium, Granderson hit two home runs off O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan has faced the Yankees three times within 26 days and is 1-2. 

  • Before the three solo home runs in the sixth and Rodriguez added his pair of two-run shots, the Yankees struggled with runners in scoring position. In the first two games of the series they were 4-for-24 (.167) and they were 1-for-8 in this game. That means in three games they are hitting .156 with RISP.
  • In the second inning with Rodriguez and Posada having just pulled off a double steal, Granderson and Gardner struck out. In the third inning, Jeter had stolen second base and Nick Swsiher walked with one out but Teixeira was retired on an infield pop and Rodriguez struck out. Jeter then hit into a rally-killing double play but Gardner did manage to score the game-tying run.
  • Gardner did lose the ball in the lights in the sixth inning, however, Granderson did not hustle in from center to help his teammate and the ball dropped 20 feet in front of Gardner for a single.

Andy Pettitte threw all 50 pitches he was expected to throw in his bullpen session in Tampa, FL, but he said he did not feel completely comfortable pushing off the mound. This means he will have to wait for an evaluation from trainer Gene Monahan before he can take his next step in his attempt to come back from a left groin strain. The setback means Pettitte will not make a rehab start next week and the team will determine when Pettitte will resume throwing.  . . .  Reliever Alfredo Aceves, who is on the disabled list with lower back stiffness, threw 26 pitches in a rehab stint at Double-A Trenton. He is expected to pitch again on Tuesday and go three innings or 40 pitches. Aceves likely will be activated after that. The Yankees have missed the versatile Aceves in the bullpen this season and they will be pleased when he returns.

The Yankees have now clinched at least a split of the four-game series with the Royals and they will go for the series victory on Sunday.
Right-hander A.J. Burnett (9-9, 4.87 ERA) will get the nod for the Yankees. Burnett shook off back spasms which delayed his start until last Tuesday and pitched well against the Rangers. He gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings but ended up with a no-decision. He is 3-2 with a 2.96 ERA in his career against the Royals.
Burnett’s opponent will be rookie right-hander Brian Bullington (0-2, 4.85 ERA), who will only be making his second major-league start. Bullington gave up three runs on five hits and a walk over six innings against the Angels on Tuesday. The Yankees have generally not fared too well against pitchers they are seeing for the first time.
Game-time will be 2:10 p.m. EDT and the game will be broadcast by the YES Network.

While A-Rod Waits Yanks Dump Royals In ‘Grand’ Style



You never quite know what you are going to see at Yankee Stadium.
Hoping to see Alex Rodriguez’s historic 600th home run on Sunday, 47,890 fans instead saw a home run derby between Scott Podsednik and Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano’s 1,000th major-league hit and the Yankees score five runs in the eighth inning to finally put away the Kansas City Royals.
Rodriguez’s quest for No. 600 during the Yankees’ homestand was not to be, although he did go 2-for-4 with two RBIs before getting his third RBI the hard way in his last at-bat in the eighth. Reliever Blake Wood hit Rodriguez on his left forearm and hand and Rodriguez was removed from the game.
Meanwhile, Granderson seemingly awoke from his season-long slump to contribute a pair of solo home runs in the third and fourth innings.  Not to be outdone, Scott Podsednik, who entered the game with three home runs, clubbed two home runs for the Royals and drove in four of their six runs.
Phil Hughes (12-3) got credit for the victory. He gave up three runs in six hits and no walks and fanned three batters in five innings. His outing was cut short by a two hour and 32 minute rain delay. 
Sean O’Sullivan (1-1), who was bidding to beat the Yankees twice within six days with two different teams, took the loss. The right-hander, making his first start with the Royals after being traded from the Los Angeles Angels last week, was tagged five runs on seven hits in five innings.
With the victory the Yankees won the four-game weekend series with the Royals three games to one. They also improved their season record to 62-35 and they maintained their three-game lead over the second-place Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East. The Boston Red Sox have now stumbled to eight games back in third place and are fading fast.
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  • It now appears that Granderson is finally showing the batting form the Yankees expected when they traded for him this winter. He has now hit in five straight games and he is hitting .327 in his last 13 games, The two-homer afternoon was the fifth in his career. 
  • Derek Jeter is also coming out of his month-long slump at the plate. He was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base. He is 12-for-29 (.414) in his last seven games with nine runs scored. In that time he has raised his batting average from .269 to .278.
  • Nick Swisher, back in the starting lineup after missing two games a sore left Achilles tendon, contributed a bases-loaded two-run single in the eighth inning. 
  • Cano’s 1,000 hit came in the eighth inning with a ground-rule two-run double off reliever Victor Marte. Cano is the third quickest Yankee to reach the mark behind Derek Jeter and Don Mattingly.


  • Whatever scouting report the Yankees compiled on Podsednik, they need to burn it and start over. The 34-year-old journeyman outfielder was 9-for-19 (.474) in the series with two home runs, six RBIs, three runs scored and four stolen bases.
  • Joba Chamberlain is quickly losing favor with manager Joe Girardi. Called upon in the eighth inning to protect a 7-3 lead, Chamberlain promptly walked No. 9 hitter Chris Getz and then he was taken deep by Podsednik for his second home run of the game, bringing the Royals to within two runs. Girardi had David Robertson warming up as Chamberlain got the next three batters.  There is a good chance Robertson will take over the setup duties for the Yankees.
  • On a day when the Yankees pounded out 12 runs on 14 hits and three walks, Jorge Posada did not get a chance to join the party. He was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. He also was called for an odd error in the ninth inning. With a runner at third and two out, Posada threw his mask as he tried to stop a Chan Ho Park pitch in the dirt. The mask struck the ball and the umpires ruled it interference and allowed Rick Ankiel to score. Posada was charged with an error even though the rule seems to state that the use of the mask to stop or retrieve a ball has to be deliberate. 

Along with Swisher, the Yankees also welcomed back Brett Gardner to the starting lineup. Gardner missed Saturday’s game because of an acid reflux condition he has had for some years. Though Gardner returned from the hospital on Saturday and was cleared to play, Girardi said he decided to hold him out of the game because the tests run at the hospital required Gardner go under anesthesia. Gardner was 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in Sunday’s game.  . . .   Despite the fact that Sergio Mitre struggled miserably on Saturday, Girardi said he remains the starter for now for Thursday’s game at Cleveland. Mitre was pounded for seven runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings against the Royals on Saturday. Girardi cited it was his first action since June 4 because he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.  However, after Dustin Moseley followed Mitre with 4 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, Girardi said a final decision on Thursday’s starter will be made on Monday.  . . .  Rodriguez and Girardi said that the third baseman was fine after being hit on the left hand and forearm in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game.  Rodriguez is expected to resume his quest for his 600th home run on Monday in Cleveland.

After a 6-3 homestand, the Yankees take to the road for seven games beginning in Cleveland. The Yankees will call upon right-hander Javier Vazquez to open the four-game series.
Vazquez (8-7, 4.68 ERA) won his last start against the Angels despite giving up five runs in five innings. In his previous two starts he had only given up one run in 14 innings.  Vazquez is 7-5 with a 4.40 ERA in his career against the Indians.
Vazquez will be opposed by veteran right-hander Jake Westbrook (6-6, 4.74 ERA), who gave up four runs in six innings in a loss to the Twins on July 21. He is 2-4 with a 5.29 ERA in his career against the Yankees.
Game-time will be 7:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be broadcast by the YES Network.