Kelly Johnson to DL, Leroux recalled

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.

GEICO SportsNite: Chase Headley and Joe Girardi

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.

Jeter tops Gehrig’s doubles record

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.”

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Recap: Yankees 2 – Rangers 1

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:


Links: Recap | Box Score | Gameview


What’s Next: The Yankees and Rangers play game three of their series on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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Yankees trade for Chase Headley

The Yankees acquired Chase Headley from the Padres (Curry, July 22). The team made the trade official with an announcement (Yankees, July 22).

The Yankees will trade Yangervis Solarte and Rafael De Paula to San Diego, who will send the Yankees $1 million to help pay Headley’s salary (Heyman, July 22).

The third baseman is batting .229 with a .296 OBP, 12 doubles and seven home runs this season. In July, Headley is hitting .323, but hasn’t walked in 65 plate appearances.

He is a career .266 hitter with a .346 OBP and .410 slugging percentage.

Headley can be a free agent next season.

Yankees targeting Phillies players

With the Yankees sitting four games out of first place in the AL East, rumors are swirling about players the club could acquire to make that leap in the division. Two prominent names that have been suggested are on the Phillies: Chase Utley and Cliff Lee.

Utley could provide power at second base, something Brian Roberts hasn’t shown all year (Kernan, July 22). Especially given Mark Texeira’s lingering injury, the Yankees would benefit from another strong bat in the lineup.

Utley is hitting .288 this year with 8 HR and 46 RBI.

Lee is a bit more complicated of a situation, but Yahoo’s Tim Brown suggested the Yankees go after the ace (July 22). Jon Morosi reported Monday that the Yankees were on Lee’s possible no-trade list, meaning he can choose whether or not he wants to go there, if a deal is created (July 21).

Lee pitched Monday for the first time since May 18, giving up 6 runs over 5 2/3 innings.

Gardner wins Yankees Heart & Hustle Award

Brett Gardner is the Yankees’ honoree for the MLBPAA Heart & Hustle Award, announced Tuesday (MLB.com, July 22).

The honor is given to a player thought to demonstrate the utmost passion and respect for the game, voted on by peers including former and current MLB players.

The outfielder is one of 30 winners, one for each Major League club. At the end of the season, one overall winner is chosen from the 30-player pool of each team’s representative.

Gardner was the Yankees’ winner last year as well.

The overall award went to Dustin Pedroia.

Jeter to be partner of health food company

Derek Jeter hasn’t been very open about his plans after retirement from the majors, but on Monday he spent some time in his new life-after-baseball job.

The Yankeese shortstop will be “partner, brand development officer” at Luvo, a health food company (NJ.com, July 22).

According to the company’s website, Jeter will be “involved in product development,” as well as “help to enhance Luvo’s brand awareness”.

Jeter stopped by on Monday to help open a Luvo food truck in New York City.

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Recap: Rangers 4 – Yankees 2

Result: The Yankees fell to the Rangers 4-2 on Monday night in the Bronx.


Need to Know: Shane Greene allowed four runs to score — two were charged to him when Matt Thornton let in his inherited runners. Greene allowed five hits, one walk and struck out five. The Yankees made five errors in the field, though no unearned runs scored.

The Yankees got on the board early, when Carlos Beltran hit a sacrifice fly after Derek Jeter walked, move to second on a balk and, later, to third on an infield single. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning for the Yanks other run.


Game Ball: Ellsbury, who went 2-4 with a run and an RBI.


Links: Game Recap | Box Score | Gameview


What’s Next: New York and Texas face off again on Tuesday night, a 7 p.m. game.