Pineda solid as Yankees top Red Sox

The Yankees beat the Red Sox by the score of 3-1 on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

With the Yankees trailing 1-0 in the fifth, Stephen Drew delivered a two-run double to put New York up, 2-1. In the eighth, Brett Gardner‘s solo homer to right field increased the Yankees’ lead to 3-1.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, the Red Sox attempted a double-steal and Mookie Betts was called out at third base after apparently being forced off the bag by Chase Headley. The out-call was confirmed after replay review and Dellin Betances then struck out David Ortiz to end the threat.

Andrew Miller hit Rusney Castillo with one out in the ninth but worked around it to earn the save.

Boston took a 1-0 lead in the third on Pablo Sandoval’s run-scoring single.

Michael Pineda pitched well, allowing one run on four hits while walking none and striking out six in six innings pitched.

The Yankees fanned 13 times against Boston starter Rick Porcello, who set a career-high for strikeouts.

The Yankees wrap up their three-game series against the Red Sox on Wednesday at Fenway Park at 4:05 p.m. Masahiro Tanaka (10-6, 3.62 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees. He’ll be opposed by Henry Owens (2-1, 4.03 ERA) for Boston.

Mark Teixeira

Teixeira will be out at least two more weeks

Mark Teixeira will miss at least two more weeks, as the bone bruise in his leg has not been healing quickly, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said (Sept. 1).

“Right now, it’s two weeks,” Cashman said. “If it goes three, it’s only a week (and a half) left to play. He will be down an extended period of time. It just hasn’t been healing. It’s a timing mechanism. Nothing he can do about it. Nothing we can do about it.”

Teixeira had an MRI on Tuesday that revealed a bone bruise worse than what was diagnosed on August 18.

Teixeira suffered the injury on August 17 when he fouled a ball off his shin. He had been hitting .257 with a .357 OBP and .548 SLG to go along with 31 home runs and 79 RBI.

Greg Bird has been starting the majority of time at first base in Teixeira’s absence.

Christopher Carelli

This situation is extremely frustrating and could turn out to be very problematic for the Bombers’ postseason aspirations.

Teixeira should have been placed on the DL after a couple of days passed without him feeling any better, but that’s beside the point now with the rosters expanded. My frustration stems from the club, the medical staff, and Teixeira agreeing that he could participate in game action as a starter and then a pinch-hitter while still feeling the effects of the injury. In my opinion, it was flat-out negligence.

While Greg Bird is holding his own as Teixeira’s main replacement, he’s a rookie. And the pressure of a division race could prove to be too much for him. Now, the team is looking at right-handed options to mix with Bird from the left side – Chase Headley, Brendan Ryan, Dustin Ackley and Alex Rodriguez have all been mentioned as possibilities if needed.

If Teixeira’s injury lingers beyond the next two weeks, the Yankees will have to find the bulk of their offense from multiple players to make up for arguably their most productive bat. The Yankees and Teixeira will be kicking themselves if initially resting for 15 days could have moved the process of healing along at a quicker pace.’s Christopher Carelli is the founder of Yankees Unscripted, a site devoted to narrative-free commentary about the New York Yankees. Follow Christopher on Twitter, @Chris_Carelli, for up to the minute coverage of the team.


Game 131: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET

The Yankees continue their three-game series tonight against the Red Sox in Fenway Park at at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Michael Pineda (9-8, 4.19 ERA) will make the start for the Yankees against Rick Porcello (6-11, 5.47 ERA).

Yankees Red Sox
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF 1. Mookie Betts (R) CF
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF 2. Pablo Sandoval (L) 3B
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF 3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
4. Brian McCann (L) C 4. David Ortiz (L) DH
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH 5. Travis Shaw (L) 1B
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B 6. Rusney Castillo (R) RF
7. Greg Bird (L) 1B 7. Brock Holt (L) 2B
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS 8. Blake Swihart (S) C
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B 9. Jackey Bradley Jr. (L) LF

Pineda Notes: Pineda will make his second start since returning from the DL with a right forearm strain. In his first start back he allowed five runs over 4 1/3 innings pitched in a 6-2 loss to the Astros. Pineda has gone 3-1 with a 2.18 ERA in four starts against Boston while with the Yankees.

Porcello Notes: Porcello allowed five hits over seven scoreless innings in his last start against the White Sox. It was his first start in four weeks after spending time on the DL due to a triceps injury. He is 3-1 with a 2.72 ERA in his last six match ups against the Yankees

Red Sox Notes: The Red Sox have won 9 of their last 13 games. David Ortiz added his 495th home run in the series opener, but he’s only 2-for-9 in his career against Pineda. Mookie Betts hit a two-run home run on Monday and also hit one off Pineda in July.

Yankees Notes: The Yankees look to avoid losing back-to-back games at Fenway for the first time since Sept. 2013. They are 8-5 against the Red Sox this season. Jacoby Ellsbury is 11 for 17 with four home runs off of Porcello. Didi Gregorius had a career high-tying four hits Monday and is 13 for 21 with 11 RBIs in his last five games.





Yankees Ben Gamel named International League Rookie of the Year

Yankees Triple-A prospect Ben Gamel has been named the International League Rookie of the Year (YES, Sept. 1).

Gamel, 30, batted .304 and had 146 hits with 79 runs scored this season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He is the first Yankee prospect to be named Rookie of the Year since Austin Jackson in 2009.

He was also named to the International League Postseason All-Star team.


Yankee make September roster moves

The Yankees have made the following roster moves prior to tonight’s game:

  • Recalled RHP Caleb Cotham, INF Jose Pirela and INF Rob Refsnyder from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • Signed RHP Andrew Bailey, OF Rico Noel and LHP James Pazos to Major League contracts and selected them to the active roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • Selected C Austin Romine to the active roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • Returned from rehab and reinstated INF/OF Dustin Ackley from the 15-day disabled list.
  • Recalled RHP Domingo German and transferred him to the 60-day disabled list (UCL reconstruction surgery).
  • Designated OF Tyler Austin and INF Cole Figueroa for assignment.


What to expect from Yankees’ September call-ups

It’s that time of the year when teams can expand their roster from 25 men to 40, and whether teams agree with the rule or not, the players called up can make an impact over the final month-plus of the season.

The New York Yankees will certainly relish the increase to their roster size in an effort to find occasional rest for some of their veteran players and to finally keep their bullpen completely built out, putting the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre-to-New York shuttle to rest for the remainder of the 2015 season.

Let’s take a look at the players the club stated would be placed on the roster before today’s game in Boston.

Rob Refsnyder

MLB: Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees
Refsnyder is certainly the player fans are most interested in seeing back with the big club. The converted outfieder has been on the radar for the last two seasons because he projects to be a solid offensive second baseman and he’s improved some defensively after a slow learning process.

The question with Refsnyder is how much playing time will he receive this time around?

Refsnyder, 24, logged just 13 plate appearances in a four-game call-up earlier this season for the Yankees when it looked as though the Yankees had finally soured on Stephen Drew. Refsnyder recorded just two hits during his stay, but one was a big home run at Fenway Park. The Yankees elected to stick with Drew, mainly to keep their defense strong up the middle.

At Scranton, Refsnyder owns a .271 batting average with a .359 on-base percentage and a .402 slugging percentage in 525 plate appearances through Monday’s game. Refsnyder is not a power hitter, but does have 28 doubles and nine home runs on the season to go along with 56 RBIs.

The knock on Refsnyder continues to be his defense and while it’s improved, he is a downgrade in that department compared to Drew and current utility infielder Brendan Ryan.

The Yankees have stuck with Drew this entire season and since he has been better offensively of late, there is little chance that Refsnyder supplants the veteran. There is a possibility that Refsnyder gets some at-bats against a tough left-hander, but for the most part unless there is an injury, Refsnyder will not become the everyday second baseman this season.

Andrew Bailey

Bailey, 31, has finally made it all the way back from shoulder surgery after two seasons rehabbing with the Yankees. The club decided they will give Bailey a shot because of his history as a closer, and his experiences in big games of which there should be plenty in September.

Bailey has been throwing well at Scranton, putting together a 2.19 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings after tossing 14 1/3 innings at Double-A with a 0.63 ERA and 17 strikeouts. Bailey has not pitched in the majors since 2013, so there might be some concern there, but his experience could go a long way in resting the current setup relievers who have been worked hard this summer.

Austin Romine

Romine was not the Yankees first choice to take the traditional third catcher role in September, but with the injury to Gary Sanchez, it became necessitated. Romine, 26, is enjoying a decent season, hitting .260 with a .311 on-base percentage and a .379 slugging percentage in 366 trips to the plate. Romine has seven home runs and 49 RBIs.

In parts of three seasons with the Yankees, Romine owns a .529 OPS in 181 plate appearances. He is considered a fine defensive catcher, but was not on the 40-man roster before Tuesday. Romine will simply provide insurance behind starting catcher Brian McCann and backup John Ryan Murphy. If Romine sees any time, it’s because of injury.

Jose Pirela

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees
Pirela had a shot to stick with the big club on two occasions this season and simply was not as productive with the Yankees as he has been in the minors. In 70 plate appearances with New York, Pirela registered a .535 OPS. On the flip side, he was hitting .325 with a .390 on-base percentage and a .433 slugging percentage in 259 plate appearances.

Pirela, 25, is a very flexible player, having seen action at six positions on the field at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Pirela could spell any number of players as September rolls along, and could see time as a pinch-runner as well.

Dustin Ackley

Ackley was the lone player the Yankees traded for at the deadline this season. Just after he arrived in New York, Ackley went down with a back injury and landed on the disabled list. He’s been hitting well during his rehab assignment, going 8-for-17 with a double, two homers and four RBIs.

Ackley, 27, is a former top prospect from the Seattle Mariners organization that looked to be on his way to a fine career, but then things began to fall apart for him. Once the Mariners signed Robinson Cano to play second base, Seattle began to convert Ackley into an outfielder, which is where the Yankees expect to use the left-handed hitter most often.

Ackley, a left-handed hitter, drilled 12 home runs in 2012 and 14 in 2014, showing some pop that should play well at Yankee Stadium.

Caleb Cotham

MLB: Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees
The right-handed Cotham made his major league debut this season, but had just two total appearances for the Bombers, compiling a 9.82 ERA in just 3 2/3 innings pitched. At Scranton, Cotham, 27, has been impressive in 20 appearances (31 innings) with a 1.74 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP at Scranton. He has racked up 30 strikeouts while walking just five batters. Cotham will not be one of the first pitchers called on in a close game, but he’ll surely provide some mop up work when needed.

Rico Noel

Noel is being called up for one reason and that is to steal bases and score runs. Across three minor league teams in 2015 (134 PA), Noel has a .509 OPS. He has just one hit in 17 at-bats with Scranton. But, Noel has 23 stolen bases overall this season and swiped 32 bags in 2014 at Triple-A El Paso of the Pacific Coast League. It’s safe to say that you might see the 26-year-old outfielder, who needs to be added to the 40-man roster, when the Yankees need to move a runner into scoring position and other than that has little worth to the club.

James Pazos

MLB: New York Yankees-Workout
Pazos, a 24-year-old lefty, has been stellar with Scranton this season, and quite good through his short minor league career. In 33 Triple-A innings, Pazos has a stingy 1.09 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP. He has 37 strikeouts against 15 walks. Pazos, another player who will need to added to the 40-man roster, will likely take on some lower leverage lefty-on-lefty situations down the stretch adding to the already deep left-handed depth provided by Chasen Shreve, Justin Wilson and Andrew Miller.

It is also expected that the Yankees will bring back right-handed relievers Nick Goody and Nick Rumbelow when they are eligible to return after recently being optioned.

The Yankees will be happy to have the additional bodies in the dugout Tuesday night, but do not expect any of them to make a large impact the rest of the season, unless one of the regulars goes down with an injury. The Yankees are content with the team that got them this far, so right now, the young blood will mainly be used to fill in gaps on occasion.’s Christopher Carelli is the founder of Yankees Unscripted, a site devoted to narrative-free commentary about the New York Yankees. Follow Christopher on Twitter, @Chris_Carelli, for up to the minute coverage of the team.

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In case you missed it Monday

The New York Yankees stranded 14 runners on base in their 4-3 loss to the Red Sox on Monday.

Rob Refsnyder and Caleb Cotham are among the first group of September call-ups for the Yankees (Aug. 31).

The Yankees claimed RHP David Robertson off waivers from the White Sox, but Chicago rescinded its waiver on Monday (Aug. 31).

Mark Teixeira likely will not play in the Yankees’ three-game series against the Red Sox, and Alex Rodriguez could play first base to give Greg Bird an added day of rest (Aug. 31).

What’s on tap for Tuesday, Sept. 1

Michael Pineda (9-8, 4.19 ERA) will face Rick Porcello (6-11, 5.47 ERA) Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. when the Yankees and Red Sox play the second game of a three-game series.