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Cano Hears Boos But Mariners, Rain Pelt Yankees



The weather at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday was windy, raw , wet and cold and it matched exactly the reception Robin$son Cano got from the paid crowd of 37,484.

The former Yankee second baseman was booed lustily as he struck out and grounded out twice and did not manage to get a ball out of the infield. Yet he did have an infield single, stole a base, drove in a run and scored a run as Seattle got to CC Sabathia to down New York.

Cano originally told reporters before the game that he believed he would receive a standing ovation from the fans. But after he was serenaded by grandstand chants of “You sold out,” Cano changed his story to say that it was EXACTLY what he expected and that it did not bother him. Of course, he said it didn’t bother him three times which kind of evokes the sentiment that “He doth protest too much.”

Journeyman right-hander Chris Young (1-0) somehow held the Yankees to two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks while fanning three for his first victory with the Mariners.

Meanwhile, Sabathia (3-3) unraveled during a disastrous four-run fifth inning in which eight batters came to the plate to turn a 2-0 Yankee lead into a 4-2 deficit.

An infield single by Mike Zunino and a bloop opposite-field single by Willie Bloomquist started the inning. But Brian Roberts made it worse when Sabathia fielded a sacrifice bunt by Abraham Almonte and Roberts failed to cover first base, loading the bases with no outs.

Sabathia struck out Stefen Romero and got Cano to roll out weakly to Mark Teixeira at first to score Zunino but Sabathia still had two outs and a 2-1 lead.

However, Corey Hart laced a double to right-center to score Bloomquist and Almonte and the Yankees never recovered from that two-out blow.

The Yankees scored single runs in the second and third innings off Young to take their early lead.

Teixeira blasted his second home run in as many games off the deck of facade of the second deck in right with two out in the second inning.

The Yankees scored in the third when Roberts reached on a leadoff walk and Brett Gardner followed with a sharp single to right to advance Roberts to third.

Gardner attempted a steal of second but Zunino’s throw to get him rolled into centerfield for an error that scored Roberts easily.

The Yankees season record fell to 15-11. The weak-hitting Mariners are now 11-14.


  • Jacoby Ellsbury was held out the game with a sore left hand but Ichiro Suzuki replaced him in the lineup and was 2-for-3 with a walk and scored a run. Despite the fact that Suzuki, 40, has seen limited playing time this season, he is batting .357 and he remains an excellent defensive outfielder.
  • Gardner, who replaced Ellsbury in center and as the leadoff hitter, was 2-for-5 with an RBI single. After a slow start, Gardner has had three straight multiple-hit games. He is 6-for-12 (.500) in that stretch. Gardner is also being more aggressive on the bases. In his past four starts he has stolen fives bases and he has at least one stolen base in each of those games.
  • Despite the fact he gave up two runs, Dellin Betances came in relief of Sabathia and was dominant against the Mariners. Betances entered the game with two on and no out in the sixth and he struck out Bloomquist and Almonte before retiring Romero on a groundout. Betances is 1-0 with a 2.03 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings.


  • Sabathia held the Mariners to no runs on three hits in the first four innings and then he just fell apart as he has in his previous two losses. In the Mariners case, they changed their approach by taking Sabathia’s pitches off the plate to the opposite field. The 33-year-old left-hander is going to have to pitch more inside to keep teams from doing that.
  • The No. 3 through No. 5 hitters, Carlos Beltran, Alfonso Soriano and Brian McCann combined to go 0-for-12 with five strikeouts and they managed to get only two balls out the infield against some weak pitching. Collectively they stranded nine base-runners. It is hard to win a game when the heart of the order has no pulse.


Tests conducted on Ellsbury’s left hand on Monday showed no structural damage but the 30-year-old outfielder was held out of the lineup and is listed as day-to-day. Manager Joe Girardi said he is not sure how Ellsbury injured the hand and Ellsbury was unavailable to speak to reporters.  . . .  Suspended right-hander Michael Pineda will miss three to four weeks with what was diagnosed with an upper-back strain he sustained pitching a simulated game on Tuesday. Dr. Christopher Ahmad, the team physician, said Pineda has a Grade 1 strain of the trees major muscle in his upper back. Pineda can’t be placed on the disabled list until Monday because he is serving a 10-game suspension for using pine tar. Pineda is 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA. David Phelps will remain in the rotation in place of Pineda.  . . .  Right-hander Ivan Nova, 27, underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in Birmingham, AL, to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery and the Yankees released a statement saying the surgery went as expected. The recovery time for the surgery is from 12 to 18 months.


The Yankees were scheduled to resume their three-game series with the Mariners on Wednesday. However, the inclement weather that has blanketed the city has forced postponement of tonight’s game.

The game will be made on June 2.

The series is scheduled to resume Thursday.

The Yankees will start right-hander Hiroki Kuroda (2-2, 5.28 ERA), who is coming off an outing on Saturday in which he lasted only 4 2/3 innings, yielding eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits to the Los Angeles Angels.

He will be opposed by left-hander Roenis Elias (1-2, 3.54 ERA). Elias is 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA in his past two starts. He has given up seven runs on 13 hits and eight walks in his last 11 1/3 innings. Elias has never faced the Yankees.

Game-time will be 7:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be broadcast nationally by the MLB Network and locally by the YES Network.



CC Overcomes Heat, Pesky Royals To Notch 15th Victory

GAME 114
CC Sabathia had two enemies on Thursday night: The sweltering heat of Kauffman Stadium and the scrappy band of Royals who play there.
Fortunately for Sabathia, he came close to succumbing to both but he held it together long enough to record his 15th victory of the season to lead the Yankees over the Royals.
Sabathia (15-5) pitched one-run ball for eight innings before the heat and the Royals put enough pressure on him with two outs in the ninth inning. However, after David Robertson surrendered a two-run double to Willie Bloomquist to bring the Royals to within a run, Robertson struck out Jason Kendall with Bloomquist on third to earn his first save of the season and only the second of his career.
Robertson was summoned only because Mariano Rivera was given the night off because he had pitched in the Yankees’ two previous contests.
The outfield trio of Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson and Austin Kearns along with Derek Jeter spearheaded a balanced 10-hit attack that handed Sabathia a 4-1 lead by the seventh inning. The foursome combined for nine of the 10 hits, scored three runs and drove in two.
Kearns blasted his ninth home run of the season and his first as a Yankee off Royals starter and losing pitcher Bruce Chen (7-6) with one out in the fourth inning to make the score 3-1. Alex Rodriguez drove in the final Yankee tally in the seventh inning after Jeter reached on an error and Swisher singled and Mark Teixeira advanced Jeter to third with a fly out to deep center.
Rodriguez’s grounder to third, with Swisher running to stay out of the double play, scored Jeter with what ultimately became the winning run. It was Rodriguez’s 91st RBI of the season, which is second in the major leagues.
The victory gives the Yankees a major-league best record of 71-43 and it also extended their lead in the American League East to a full two games over the idle Tampa Bay Rays. The Boston Red Sox, who lost 7-6 to the Toronto Blue Jays due to a ninth-inning meltdown by closer Jonathan Papelbon, dropped six games back in third place.
The Royals season record fell to 47-68.
  • Coming off a 0-for-5 night in which he struck out four times, Swisher was 3-for-4 with a walk. His most impressive at-bat was his fifth-inning walk off Chen. Failing behind 0-2, Swisher battled Chen for 13 pitches to earn the free pass. It was a big reason why Chen was pulled the next inning after throwing 92 pitches.
  • Jeter is showing signs of life with the bat again with two hits and two runs scored. After hitting .243 in June and .245 in July, Jeter is hitting .348 in August. Jeter leads the major leagues in runs scored with 84. Teixeira is second with 83.
  • Granderson’s extra work with hitting coach Kevin Long paid some immediate dividends. Granderson was 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the second inning that opened the Yankees’ scoring. Both hits came off the left-hander Chen. Granderson entered the game hitting a woeful .206 against left-handers.
  • Sabathia ended up giving up 10 hits and two walks in 8 2/3 innings but still pitched in control to limit the Royals to three runs. He is tied with the Rays’ David Price for the American League lead in victories. This is the quickest Sabathia has reached 15 victories in his career.
  • Though Teixeira and Rodriguez each contributed an RBI, the both of the them along with Robinson Cano combined to go 0-for-12 in the game and left eight men on base. 
  • Francisco Cervelli is finally crashing back to Earth. He was 0-for-4 in the game and his season average, which was .400 on May 17, has dropped to .250. After hitting .180 in June and .214 in July, Cervelli is batting .154 in August.
  • Swisher committed an embarrassing error on the bases after he singled in the first inning. With a 3-2 count on Teixeira, Swisher took off for second base too soon and was caught by Chen.
  • Robertson likely will not be used as a closer too often after he allowed a two-run double to Bloomquist, an infield single by Wilson Betermit that Robertson bobbled coming off the mound and he needed eight pitches to strike out Kendall with Bloomquist on third and pinch-runner Chris Getz on second.
As expected, Teixiera rejoined the team in time to start Thursday’s game after missing the previous two games tending to the birth of his son in New York.  . . .  Swisher was removed from the game in the eighth inning because manager Joe Girardi said he looked “exhausted.” The heat took out Royals starting center-fielder Gregor Blanco in the fifth inning. He was removed and required IV treatments in the Royals’ clubhouse.  . . .  Left-hander Andy Pettitte had his simulated game scheduled for Thursday in Tampa, FL, postponed due to a sore left hip flexor tendon. He will try again on Friday. Pettitte has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 20 with a strained left groin. 
The Yankees will attempt to clinch at least a tie in their four-game weekend series with the Royals on Friday.
Right-hander Dustin Moseley (2-1, 3.86 ERA) will make his third start for the Yankees. He is coming off a sterling victory over the Red Sox on Sunday in which he allowed only two runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Moseley is 0-0 with a 1.86 ERA against the Royals in his career.
The Royals will counter with right-hander Kyle Davies (5-7, 5.21 ERA). Davies has only one victory in his last 12 starts — with four losses and seven no-decisions. In his last outing against the Mariners he gave up two runs in the sixth inning after shutting out Seattle in the first five frames and lost. He is 2-0 with a 6.00 ERA in his career against the Yankees.
Game-time will be 8:10 p.m. EDT and the game will be broadcast by the YES Network.