What’s on Tap for Wednesday, Sept. 17

The Yankees (76-74) wrap up their three-game series against the Rays (74-78) on Wednesday in Tampa Bay at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Brandon McCarthy (9-14, 3.98 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by Alex Cobb (9-7, 2.75 ERA) for the Rays.

In case you missed it…

The Yankees lost to the Rays by the score of 6-1 on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field >> Read more at NYYFans

Masahiro Tanaka, who made it through a simulated game on Monday, is scheduled to come off the disabled list and start on Sunday against the Blue Jays.  Tanaka was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in early July and has been rehabbing since.

Martin Prado had an emergency appendectomy and is out for the year.

Mark Teixeira was out of the lineup on Tuesday due to recurring pain in his wrist.

Game recap: Rays 6 — Yankees 1

Result: The Yankees dropped their second straight game to Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field, 6-1.

Need to Know: The Yankees struck first in the second inning, as Ichiro Suzuki singled to right field, scoring white-hot former Mets outfielder Chris Young. After being staked an early lead, Michael Pineda kept the Rays off the scoreboard for the first four innings before his own error allowed the first run to score and tie the game in the fifth. Pineda lost control in the sixth, allowing his first walk in 119 batters before uncorking a wild pitch and letting up a bunt single that scored Tampa Bay’s second run. Pineda was pulled afterward, lasting just 5 1/3 innings and allowing two runs, one earned, while striking out five. For the second straight game, the Yankees’ bats struggled, managing just seven hits on the night. Francisco Cervelli had two of those, both singles.

Game Ball: Pineda, who pitched well enough to win but couldn’t get any support from a lifeless Yankees offense.

Links: AP recap | Box score

What’s Next: The Yankees will try to avoid the sweep Wednesday with Brandon McCarthy (6-4, 2.54 ERA) on the mound. Alex Cobb will toe the rubber for the Rays just six days after taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning against New York.

Teixeira sits; Girardi letting him determine return date

Joe Girardi said it will be up to Mark Teixeira to determine if the first baseman will return to the Yankees lineup this season after he missed Tuesday’s game because of pain in his surgically-repaired right wrist. (Hoch, Sept. 16)

“I told him, ‘Come see me when you’re ready to go again,'” Girardi said.

Teixeira was 2-for-14 on the Yankees road trip and is hitting .179 with four homers and 10 RBI in 42 games since the All-Star break.

For the season, he is hitting .218 with 21 homers and 57 RBI. Last year, he played only 15 games before having surgery on the wrist.




MLB: New York Yankees at Chicago Cubs

Tanaka scheduled to pitch Sunday

Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to take the mound on Sunday for the Yankees.

Tanaka was placed on the disabled list in early July after complaining of discomfort in his elbow, and was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow (Hoch, July 10).

After starting bullpen sessions and being shut down again, he’s thrown multiple side sessions and simulated games. The Yankees feel his arm is strong enough that he can pitch again in a game.

He is signed for seven years and $155 million. He can opt out after the fourth year.

Prado done for year after emergency appendectomy

Martin Prado had an emergency appendectomy and was placed on the 60-day disabled list, which means his season over (Marakovits, Sept. 16).

The Yankees traded for Prado at the end of July.

Over 37 games with the Yankees, he’s hit .316 with a .336 OBP and .541 SLG in 137 plate appearances. He’s hit seven home runs and driven in 16.

The Yankees called up infielder Jose Pirela to replace Prado.

What’s on Tap for Tuesday, Sept. 16

The Yankees (76-73) continue their three-game series against the Rays (73-78) on Tuesday in Tampa Bay at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Michael Pineda (3-4, 2.20 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by Jake Odorizzi (10-12, 4.08 ERA) for the Rays.

In case you missed it…

The Yankees lost to the Rays in walkoff fashion by the score of 1-0 on Monday night at Tropicana Field >> Read more at NYYFans

Masahiro Tanaka, rehabbing from a partially torn UCL, threw five innings during a simulated game on Monday. Tanaka’s fastball topped out at 92 MPH.

Game recap: Rays 1 – Yankees 0

Recap: The Rays walked off with a 1-0 win over the Yankees on Monday night in St. Petersburg, Fla. who allowed just two hits in six innings.

MLB: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays

Need to Know: The Yankees were bitten by an inconsistent offense yet again Monday, registering six hits but failing to come through with one in the clutch. The Yanks wasted a solid start from starter Chris Capuano, who allowed just two hits in six innings.

Tampa Bay starter Alex Colome scattered six hits in 6 2/3 innings, walking only one in that stretch. The Rays bullpen combined for 2 1/3 hitless innings.

In the ninth inning, the Rays loaded the bases off reliever Shawn Kelley, and Ben Zobrist struck a two-out single that scored Logan Forsythe with the game’s only run.

Game ball: Zobrist was the only Rays’ player with two hits and drove in the only run.

Links: AP recapBox

What’s next: The Yankees will hand the ball to Michael Pineda (3-4, 2.20) for the middle game of the three-game set. Jake Odorizzi (10-12, 4.08) will start for the Rays. First pitch will be 7:05 p.m.