The Yankees acquired Chris Capuano from the Rockies for cash considerations, the team announced.
Capuano, 35, was signed as a free agent by the Rockies on July 4, and made four combined starts with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs, posting a 1-0 record with a 2.79 ERA (19.1IP, 16H, 6ER, 5BB, 21K, 2HR).
Earlier this year, he went 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA (31.2IP, 34H, 16ER, 15BB, 29K, 3HR) in 28 relief appearances with Boston before being released on July 1.
Result: The Yankees beat the Rangers, 4-2, to take three out of four games from the Rangers at the Stadium.
Need to Know: Brandon McCarthy tossed his third straight quality start since joining the Yankees, picking up his second win for the team in the process. His record for the season now stands at 5-10 and he’s struck out 17 batters in 18 2/3 American League innings, issuing just three walks. Brian McCann and Francisco Cervelli contributed RBI doubles and fellow trade acquisition Chase Headley extended his Yankees’ hitting streak to three games with a game-tying RBI single in the fourth inning.
Game Ball: McCarthy, who pitched at least six innings and allowed just one earned run for the third time in three starts with the Yankees.
Links: AP Recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Yankees host Toronto on Friday to start the final series of their 10-game homestand. Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 3.88) will face off against the Blue Jays’ Mark Buehrle (10-6, 2.86) as the Yankees attempt to pull out of a second-place tie with the Jays in the AL East.
This weekend, Cooperstown will enshrine six legendary major leaguers within its walls. The three players all gained election on the first ballot, two pitchers and longtime teammates, both National League lifers, and one American League slugger. Joining them are three of the best managers of the last three decades.
Tony La Russa managed for 33 years, winning three World Series titles, one with the A’s and two with the Cardinals. Bobby Cox’s 29 years managing the Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves yielded one WS title, with the Braves.
And the manager who guided his team to four World Series titles, more than his peers in that time, and the sixth-most in baseball history? Joseph Paul Torre.
His managing career got off to an inauspicious start. In his five years at the helm of the Mets, Torre never led his team to more than 67 wins. Granted, in his first year, 1977, he took over midway through the season as a player-manager, so more than 67 wins wouldn’t have been reachable. Furthermore, his final managerial year with the Mets — 1981 — was interrupted by a strike and therefore a shortened season. Nonetheless, his .405 win percentage with the club, and no finish above fourth place in the division, did not portend an eventual HoF induction.
But he figured something out, whether it was with the Mets or afterward, and went on to post a .498 — or better — overall winning percentage with each franchise he managed.
In fact, Torre has the unique experience of having managed the two teams his peers made their names with — Cox’s Braves and La Russa’s Cardinals.
While he won his World Series titles with the Yankees, he oversaw winning clubs in Atlanta and St. Louis. He led the Braves to a division title in 1982. He never won a division with the Cardinals, but posted three 80+ win seasons there.
These were certainly successes compared to his seasons in Flushing, but they still didn’t reflect a manager who would manage a dynasty.
He wasn’t a manager who exuded success at the time he was hired. He seemed like another average, maybe even bad, manager, and not one fit to manage the Yankees. The day after his introductory press conference, the New York Daily News ran the headline “Clueless Joe” with the subhead “Torre Has No Idea What He’s Getting Into” (11/3/95).
But that columnist, and any others who thought he couldn’t handle the job, were proven quite wrong indeed.
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Joe Girardi, Brett Gardner, and David Phelps discuss the weather and more after their 2-1 rain-shortened win over the Rangers on Wednesday.
Result: The Yankees beat the Rangers, 2-1, in a game called due to rain in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Need to Know: Brett Gardner hit a solo home run in the third inning, which proved to be the difference in Wednesday’s rain-shortened victory. The Yankees tied the game earlier in the third when Francisco Cervelli scored on a balk by Yu Darvish. Cervelli had two hits on the night. David Phelps started for the Yanks, allowing one run in five innings.
Game Ball: Gardner, for his game-winning homer.
Links: Box Score
What’s Next: The Yankees and Rangers meet again Thursday afternoon in the series finale. Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 1.42 ERA) starts for New York opposite Texas’ Colby Lewis (6-7, 6.37).
CC Sabathia had season-ending surgery on his knee on Wednesday.
Afterward, he posted this photo to Instagram, with the caption “Thanks for all the support and well wishes! #RoadtoRecovery”:
The Yankees placed Kelly Johnson on the disabled list with a strained left groin. He was removed from Tuesday night’s game after injuring himself.
The team recalled RHP Chris Leroux from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Johnson’s place on the roster.
New York also designated RHP Bruce Billings for assignment.
Chase Headley reflects on his first day as a Yankee including his game-winning hit, and Joe Girardi talks about the game, as well as the up-and-down season so far.
Derek Jeter is the New York Yankees all-time doubles leader after topping Lou Gehrig’s record Tuesday in the ninth inning of the Yankees 2-1 victory over Texas (CBS New York, July 23).
Gehrig had held the franchise’s doubles record since 1936, but a one-out shot down the left-field line gave Jeter his 535th career double to boost him past “The Iron Horse.”
Jeter previously passed Gehrig as the Yankees’ all-time hits leader in September 2009.
“I can’t think of anything else that stands out more so, and I say that because of the person that I was able to pass,” Jeter said after notching hit No. 2,722. “Lou Gehrig, being a former captain and what he stood for, you mention his name to any baseball fan around the country, it means a lot.”
Recap: The Yankees came from behind to win, 2-1, in 14 innings.
Need to Know: Chase Whitley scattered seven hits over six innings and did not allow a run. He struck out six and walked none, while throwing only 75 pitches. The Yankees bullpen followed that with six scoreless innings.
The Rangers scored their only run on a J.P. Arencibia solo home run off David Huff in the 13th.
Brett Gardner doubled to lead off the 13th inning, then moved to third on a sac-bunt from Jeter. Jacoby Ellsbury later drove him in with an RBI single. After a Carlos Beltran single, and runners on the corners, Brian McCann grounded into an inning ending double play.
With one out in the 14th inning, Brian Roberts hit a one-out ground-rule double. Francisco Cervilli followed with a single, and the newest Yankees, Chase Headley, drove in the winning run with an RBI single.
Derek Jeter notched another milestone, passing Lou Gehrig for the franchise lead in doubles with his two-base knock in the bottom of the 9th inning.
Game Ball: Headley, of course.
Links: Recap | Box Score | Gameview
What’s Next: The Yankees and Rangers play game three of their series on Wednesday at 7 p.m.