Tanaka throws another sim. game

Masahiro Tanaka threw a 65-pitch simulated game on Monday afternoon.

Tanaka threw five simulated innings, allowing six hits and struck out four. He said his maximum velocity was 92 mph (Marakovits, Sept. 15).

The team will determine his future based on how he feels on Tuesday.

What’s on Tap for Monday, Sept. 15…

The Yankees (76-72) open a three-game series against the Rays on Monday in Tampa Bay at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Chris Capuano (2-3, 4.90 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by Jake Odorizzi (10-12, 4.08 ERA) for the Rays.

Weekend Review…

The Yankees lost 3 of 4 to the Orioles, which included David Robertson blowing the save during a 3-2 loss on Sunday.

Chase Headley, who was hit in the face with a pitch on Thursday, hopes to return to action on Monday.

David Phelps was activated from the disabled list on Friday.

Game Recap: Orioles 3 – Yankees 2

Result: The Yankees suffered a disappointing 3-2 loss to the Orioles in Baltimore on Sunday night.

MLB: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

Need to Know: Hiroki Kurda was sensational in a must-win game for the Yankees on Sunday night. The right-hander scattered five hits and gave up one run over seven innings but garnered the no-decision. Orioles starter Chris Tillman went toe-to-toe with Kuroda, hurling 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball. While offense was scarce, Martin Prado put a dent in the scoreboard in the second inning, narrowly clearing the right-field fence for a solo shot to give the Yankees an early lead. The Orioles responded in the fifth, courtesy of an Adam Jones RBI double. Brian McCann delivered a big blow in the ninth, belting his 20th home run of the season to reclaim the Yankees’ one-run lead. However, David Robertson couldn’t hang on to the Bombers’ advantage in the bottom half of the inning. Steve Pearce doubled home Nelson Cruz to even the score, then former Yankee Kelly Johnson connected on a walk-off double to claim the victory for the Orioles.

Links: AP recap | Box score

What’s Next: The Yankees head to Tampa for a three-game set with the Rays, sending Chris Capuano  (2-3, 4.90)  to the hill. Alex Colome  (1-0, 2.79)  toes the rubber for Joe Maddon’s squad.

Headley to wear mask at the plate

Third baseman Chase Headley will wear a helmet with a protective mask attached to protect his jaw when he returns to the Yankees lineup (NJ.com, Sept. 13).

Headley told reporter Brendan Kuty the mask will resemble the one worn by Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, which covers about half his face.

“It doesn’t feel any different” than a normal helmet, said Headley, who was hit by a 96-mph fastball Thursday. “You can see it a little bit out of the corner of your eyes. I’m sure that will be an adjustment.

“At the same token, if I were to get hit there again right now, I don’t know how well I could handle that. It’s just sore to touch. I’ll deal with the uncomfortableness for a short period of time.”

Headley hopes to return Monday. He said he felt fine after riding a stationary bike 20 minutes as test to see if the exercise would trigger concussion symptoms.

Game Recap: Yankees 3 – Orioles 2

Result: The Yankees defeated the Orioles, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore.

MLB: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

Need to Know: Shane Greene earned his fifth victory of the season, allowing two runs and striking out nine in 5 1/3 innings. Brian McCann hit a solo home run to kick-start a three-run second inning for the Yankees. Later in the inning, Chris Young doubled and stole home. Antoan Richardson added an RBI single. Martin Prado singled in the eighth inning for the Yankees’ only other hit on the day. David Robertson picked up his 36th save of the season.

Links:  Box score

What’s Next: The Yankees and Orioles square off again on Sunday night at 8 p.m. Hiroki Kuroda (10-9, 3.91 ERA) gets the start opposite Baltimore’s Chris Tillman (12-5, 3.36 ERA).

Joe Torre’s brother, Frank, has passed away

Frank Torre (left) and Joe Torre (right) were teammates in Milwaukee

Frank Torre (left) and Joe Torre (right) were teammates in Milwaukee

Frank Torre, the brother of former Yankees manager Joe Torre, died on Saturday morning. He was 82-years-old.

Frank, played in the major leagues for 9-years. While playing with the Milwaukee Braves, he was teammates with his younger brother, Joe. He would finish his career with the Philadelphia Phillies, where he was apart of the 1957 World Championship team.

Joe Torre, said that his brother told him he was crazy for accepting the Yankee job under owner George Steinbrenner, considering his historically short leash when it came to firing managers.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig released the following statement regarding Franks’ passing:

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Frank Torre, a close friend for nearly 60 years and a man who marked the start of a great baseball family,” Selig said. “Before my career in baseball began, Frank and I formed a friendship that endured for decades, and I was touched to speak with him yesterday. Some of the fondest memories of my life involve Frank’s Milwaukee Braves teams from 1956-1960, and his great play in the 1957 Fall Classic was one of the keys to brining the World Series Championship to my hometown. Frank’s longtime support of the Baseball Assistance Team, which helps the members of the baseball family who are in need, was an illustration of how much he cared about our game and the people who are a part of it.”

“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Frank’s children and grandchildren, to Joe and Ali Torre, to Frank’s sisters and to his many friends and admirers throughout our game.”

Game recap: Orioles 5 – Yankees 0

Recap: The Yankees couldn’t muster much offense against the Orioles on Friday night, dropping the back-end of the doubleheader, 5-0.

MLB: Game Two-New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

Need to Know: Making his first Major League start, Bryan Mitchell put forth a strong outing for the Yankees, posting five innings of two-run ball. But the Yankees’ offense wasn’t able to garner much against Orioles starter Bud Norris. The right-hander picked up his 13th victory this season after giving up three hits and striking out 10 over seven scoreless frames. Ryan Flaherty and Alejandro de Aza each plated runs in the fourth to give Baltimore the early lead they would never relinquish.

Overall, the Yankees recorded only four hits against three different Orioles pitchers and just one run in the two games of the doubleheader on Friday.

Game ball: Norris, who was nearly flawless for the Orioles over seven innings of work.

Links: Recap | Box score

What’s next: The Yankees send Shane Greene (4-3, 3.57) to the mound on Saturday in hopes of avoiding the sweep in Camden. Miguel Gonzalez (9-7, 3.22)  gets the nod for Baltimore.