MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees

Ellsbury had MRI on hip, could return Friday

Jacoby Ellsbury went for an MRI on his hip on Wednesday which showed no major damage, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said (Aug. 27).

According to Cashman, the Yankees hope Ellsbury can return to the lineup on Friday in Atlanta.

Ellsbury missed Wednesday’s game after injuring the hip on Tuesday while diving for a ball.

Ellsbury is hitting .278 with a .339 OBP and .375 SLG to go along with six home runs and 27 RBI so far this season.

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In case you missed it Wednesday

Michael Pineda allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings in his first start off the disabled list, as the Yankees lost to the Astros, 6-2, Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

To make room for Pineda, the Yankees designated Chris Capuano for assignment for the fourth time in the past month. The Yankees also recalled Nick Goody and optioned Nick Rumbelow to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Aug. 26).

10 years of SNY: George Steinbrenner (Aug. 26).

Alex Rodriguez is being sued by a former in-law for $100 million (Aug. 26).

The Yankees are off Thursday and begin a three-game series with the Braves on Friday in Atlanta.

Masahiro Tanaka (9-6, 3.61 ERA) will face Williams Perez (4-4, 4.76 ERA) at 7:35 p.m.


MLB: New York Yankees at Texas Rangers

Gardner says Yankees were ‘flat’ on Wednesday

Brett Gardner said the Yankees were ‘flat’ on Wednesday (Aug. 26).

Shortly after the Yankees lost, 6-2, to the Astros, Gardner tried to assess what happened on Wednesday and during Tuesday’s 15-1 loss.

“The last couple of days I don’t think it was real good,” Gardner said. “We lose 15-1 or whatever (Tuesday) and (Wednesday) obviously it was just kind of flat.”

Gardner continued:

“I feel like we just haven’t been swinging the bats,” Gardner said. “You can say you run into good pitchers but I think the at-bats, overall, probably could get better.”

The Yankees have lost five of their last seven games to fall out of first place in the AL East, scoring just 18 runs over that span.

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Astros top Yanks, win series

The Astros beat the Yankees 6-2 on Wednesday afternoon, powered by two Evan Gattis home runs.

Gattis sliced an opposite-field shot to right in the second inning and launched a long drive into the left field seats in the eighth. His third homer in two days gave him 22 this year and boosted the Astros’ major league-leading total to 174.

Houston starter Colin McHugh shut out the Yankees until Didi Gregorius hit a two-run homer in the seventh.

The Yankees had just five hits on the afternoon, two from Gregorius.

New York starter Michael Pineda came off the disabled list after missing nearly a month because of a strained right forearm. Pineda was tagged for five runs on six hits and a walk in 4 1-3 innings.

Reliver Adam Warren gave up Gattis’ second home run, a two-run shot in the eighth.

The Yankees have Thursday off before resuming play in Atlanta for a 7:05 p.m. game against the Braves on Friday.

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The Yankees were outscored 21-4 in the series and their offensive woes continue to grow as the dog days of August wear on. This is a club that was second in the league in scoring when the trade deadline passed, but has been completely anemic this month.

The Yanks rank at or near the bottom of the entire league in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage this month. The downturn has affected virtually every player at some point in the skid. Only Carlos Beltran (1.078), Brian McCann (.776) and Chase Headley (.709) own OPS marks above .700 for the month. August has been especially rough for Mark Teixeira (.575 OPS) and Alex Rodriguez (.500 OPS) who surprised many by their incredible first four months of production.

The offensive skid was partially being offset by solid starting pitching, but even that has gone by the wayside besides Nathan Eovaldi’s gem Monday. The Yankees, 11-13 on the month, will need to get things together in a hurry or else they’ll be playing chase for the rest of the regular season and could see their postseason chances dashed.


Yankees reinstate Pineda, DFA Capuano

Prior to this afternoons game against Houston, the Yankees have announced the follow roster moves:

  • Reinstated RHP Michael Pineda from the 15-day DL
  • Recalled from RHP Nick Goody from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
  • Designated LHP Chris Capuano for assignment
  • Optioned RHP Nick Rumbelow to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre