Yankees won’t put Teixeira on DL just yet

Mark Teixeira said to reporters on Friday that his back is feeling better, but he has yet to take swings and doesn’t know if he will return over the weekend (ESPN July, 25th).

Even with that news, the Yankees are not quite ready to put Teixeira on the DL just yet.  Joe Girardi said the team will wait the next couple of days before it decides to put Teixeira on the DL.  Teixeira last played on Sunday before back spasms shelved him. The Yankees have played a man down instead of putting Teixeira on the DL. Brian McCann has played first base and Francisco Cervelli is catching in the meantime.


 

Game Recap: Yankees 6 – Blue Jays 4

Result: The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays, 6-4, on Friday in the series opener.


MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees


Need to Know: Home runs ruled the day at the Stadium as both teams combined for a total of four homers. Carlos Beltran hit a solo shot in the third and Ichiro connected on a three-run blast later in the inning to put the Yanks in front for good. Hiroki Kuroda got the start for the Yankees and allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings. All four runs scored off Kuroda came via a pair of home runs by Toronto’s Jose Bautista. Chase Headley had three hits on the night and scored twice.


Game Ball: Ichiro’s three-run homer was the difference in the win.


Links: RecapBox score


What’s Next: The Yanks and Jays meet again on Saturday afternoon in the Bronx at 1:05 p.m. Lefty Chris Capuano (1-1, 4.55 ERA) will make his first start for New York opposite Toronto’s Drew Hutchison (6-9, 4.54)

Ichiro hits first home run

Ichiro Suzuki hit his first home run of the season off Blue Jays’ Mark Buehrle on Friday night. It was Ichiro’s first home run in 11 months, 294 at bats, dating back to Aug. 30 2013.

Suzuki hit a 3-run blast as the Yankees took a 6-4 lead over the White Sox after three innings.  Carlos Beltran also homered for the Yankees, who have struggled hitting of late. Suzuki is 24 of 58, .414 average, in his career off Buerhle.

It was also Suzuki’s first extra-base hit since July 11th.


 

 

Capuano to start Saturday, Whitley to pen

Recently-acquired Chris Capuano will start for the Yankees on Saturday, Joe Girardi announced.

Chase Whitley will move to the bullpen, while Shane Greene moves to Sunday’s start.

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.

Yankees DFA Leroux

The Yankees designated Chris Leroux for assignment, the team announced.

Leroux clears space for Chris Capuano, whom the Yankees acquired on Thursday for cash consideration.

Capuano has been added to the 25-man roster.

Some guys can’t handle the pressure…

Some significant work with numbers reveals that there may be some truth to the refrain of certain offensive players being unable to handle a big market.

Brian McCann’s season thus far has at once supported this analysis, and then, as his hitting picked up this month, inserted the variable of chance into the mix.

Read more, including the actual numbers and theories used, at FiveThirtyEight.

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Yankees looking to trade for Ian Kennedy

The Yankees are monitoring what the Padres are planning to do with Ian Kennedy in an effort to re-acquire the starting pitcher.

Kennedy, a first-round pick of the Yankees in 2006, pitched for New York from 2007 to 2009 before going to the Diamondbacks in a three-team deal that brought in Curtis Granderson from Tigers (Post, July 24).

Yankees scout Joe Caro was at Wrigley on Wednesday night as Kennedy beat the Cubs 8-3 – the righty is 3-0 in his last five starts for the Padres.

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio, the Yankees and Padres are discussing a deal that would send prospects Eric Jagielo and Ian Clarkin to San Diego in exchange for Kennedy. Though CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman said that while the Yankees are interested in Kennedy, both Jagielo and Clarkin are a steep price to pay (NBC Sports, July 24).

Kennedy has posted a 3.66 ERA and a 143/42 K/BB ratio over 135 1/3 innings this season. He has one year of arbitration remaining in his $6.1 million season before he becomes a free agent in 2015.

Yankees acquire Capuano

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.

Game Recap: Yankees 4, Rangers 2

Result: The Yankees beat the Rangers, 4-2, to take three out of four games from the Rangers at the Stadium.


Brandon McCarthy


Need to KnowBrandon 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.


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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.