MLB: New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels

Teixeira, Betances named to AL All-Star team; Gardner still in running

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira and reliever Dellin Betances were named to the American League team that will play in the All-Star Game next Tuesday in Cincinnati.

Outfielder Brett Gardner, until recently one of the hottest hitters in baseball, is among five players on the ballot for the AL’s final spot that will be selected by fans in an online vote (link here). He is competing against Xander Bogaerts, Yoenis Cespedes, Brian Dozier, and Mike Moustakas.

Teixeira, 35, made the game for the third time. He has 20 homers, his most at this stage since 2011, and his hitting .243 with 59 RBI.

Betances has a 1.50 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP and seven saves in 37 appearances for the Yankees. He moved into the closer role when Andrew Miller went on the disabled list.

It’s the second consecutive year Betances, 27, has made the All-Star team.

Gardner is hitting .297 with nine homers and 39 RBI.

Alex Rodriguez was not selected to the team or the final five ballot despite the numbers (.284, 16 HR, 47 RBI) he has posted this season after a one-year suspension for PED use. AL manager Ned Yost of the Royals told ESPN A-Rod was deserving, but the team had three other DH’s.

MLB: Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees

Ellsbury set to return Wednesday

Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, out since May with a strained knee, is set to return to the majors Wednesday against Oakland. (July 6).

The Yankees said Monday that Ellsbury would not play any more minor-league rehab games, and instead will play simulated games Monday and Tuesday

Ellsbury was hitting .324 with one home run and six RBI in 37 games before the injury.


Nova shaky with pitches, throw

Ivan Nova was shaky on the mound, then wild with a throw to third.

Nova (1-2) gave up four runs – three earned – and six hits in five innings, the shortest of his three starts since returning from Tommy John surgery. He has lost five consecutive decisions against Tampa Bay after winning six of his first seven.

“Obviously, not a good game,” Nova said. “The stuff was not there (like) the last two times and there’s not much to say. Just keep working and hopefully get a good one next time.”

The right-hander walked three and threw wildly past third base on a bunt, allowing a run to score on his error. Catcher Brian McCann took the blame for changing his call from first base to third.

“I thought he did a pretty good job for not having anything,” manager Joe Girardi said. “He just had a hard time throwing strikes.”

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In case you missed it last weekend

The Yankees won two of three games vs. the Rays last weekend and now hold a one game lead in the AL East.

Closer Andrew Miller will begin a rehab assignment on Monday (July 5).

Jacoby Ellsbury went 1 for 4 and played seven innings in center field in a rehab game (July 5).

The Yankees called up Gregorio Petit and Ramon Flores after placing Carlos Beltran on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain (July 3).

The Yankees and Alex Rodriguez resolved their conflict regarding Rodriguez’s milestone home runs (July 3).

What’s on tap for Monday, July 6

The Yankees are off Monday before they begin a three-game series with the Oakland A’s at Yankee Stadium.

Nathan Eovaldi (8-2, 4.52 ERA) will face Sonny Gray (9-3, 2.09 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday.

Jun 7, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Andrew Miller (48) pitches in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees defeated the Angels 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Miller to begin rehab assignment Monday

Closer Andrew Miller will begin a minor-league rehab assignment on Monday (July 5).

Miller, who has been on the disabled list with a left forearm strain since June 15, will have a 25-pitch limit when he pitches for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

“We don’t have to build him up,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We’ll just see how he feels. If he feels good, then we’ve got to make a decision.”

Miller, 30, recorded 17 saves with a 1.03 ERA in 26 1/3 innings this season prior to going on the DL.


Rays hammer Nova, Yankees

The Rays avoided a three-game sweep in the Bronx, defeating the Yankees 8-1 Sunday as Tampa Bay ended a seven-game losing streak.

Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez (7-3) won for the sixth time in seven starts, allowing one run and three hits in six innings. Alex Rodriguez ended the shutout with a solo homer in the sixth. The Rays bullpen didn’t allow a hit.

Yankees starter Ivan Nova (1-2) allowed four runs and six hits in five innings.

The Rays scored two in the first on James Loney’s two-RBI single. They added a run in the second after Kevin Kiermaier’s leadoff triple. Nova’s throwing error allowed Chris Casali to score in the fifth after Casali led off the inning with a a double.

The Yankees defense fell apart in the eighth as the Rays added four runs.

Didi Gregorius bobbled Evan Longoria’s weak grounder that was ruled a hit, then Jose Pirelaa committed a fielding and throwing error on the same play.

Tampa Bay’s Logan Forsythe followed with a bloop single that hit the line in short right field to score two runs off reliever Bryan Mitchell. Chris Capuano came in and gave up two walks and a sac fly to bring home two more Tampa Runs.

Before the eighth, the Yankees turned three double plays; the Rays had two.

The Yankees have an off day Monday, then begin a three-game home series against Oakland Tuesday (7:05 p.m.). Nathan Eovaldi (8-2, 4.52) faces Jesse Hahn (6-6, 3.35).