Today’s game: Blue Jays at Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

The Yankees end their 10-game homestand today and three-game series with the Blue Jays. The Yankees (55-49) send Shane Greene (2-1, 2.79 ERA) to the mound against J.A. Happ (8-5, 4.55 ERA).

The game is 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees Blue Jays
1. Brett Gardner – LF 1. Jose Reyes – SS
2. Derek Jeter- SS 2. Melky Cabrera – RF
3. Jacoby Ellsbury- CF 3. Jose Bautista- 1B
4. Carlos Beltran – DH 4. Dioner Navarro- C
5. Brian McCann – 1B 5. Dan Johnson- DH
6. Chase Headley – 3B 6. Colby Rasmus- CF
7. Francisco Cervelli – C 7. Munenori Kawasaki – 2B
8. Zelous Wheeler- RF 8. Juan Francisco – 3B
9. Brendan Ryan- 2B 9. Anthony Gose- LF
MLB: New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels

Teixeira eyeing Monday return

Mark Texieira has missed an entire week of games with back spasms and a left lat muscle pull.

The plan is to have Teixeira hit off a tee today and see if the muscle has healed (King, July 26th).

The Yankees are short-handed with no Teixeira and the continue inability of Carlos Beltran to play the field due to a balky elbow. That leaves manager Joe Girardi with few options off the bench with only Brendan Ryan and Zelous Wheeler capable of playing the infield.

Yankees check out Cuban defector

The Yankees sent four representatives to Alex Rodriguez Field in Miami on Saturday to check out Rusney Castillo, a 27-year-old outfielder who defected from Cuba (NY Post, July 26th). 

The Red Sox are also hot on the trail of the center fielder, who can also play shortstop, and there is talk that he could receive a deal similar to the $42 million Yasiel Puig got from the Dodgers.

Castillo is 5-foot-9, 205-pounds, and showcased power to all fields for scouts in a two hour session.

What’s on Tap: Sunday, July 27th

The Yankees and Blue Jays will complete their series on Sunday at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m. The Yankees will send Shane Greene to the mound against the Blue Jays’ J.A. Happ.

AL East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Baltimore 57 46 .553 - 26 – 23 31 – 23 26 – 18 9 – 14 16 – 10 6 – 4 L 1
NY Yankees 54 49 .524 3 25 – 25 29 – 24 19 – 21 9 – 9 13 – 12 7 – 3 L 1
Toronto 55 50 .524 3 30 – 23 25 – 27 22 – 19 13 – 13 11 – 12 6 – 4 W 1
Tampa Bay 51 53 .490 6.5 24 – 28 27 – 25 22 – 21 11 – 12 12 – 12 9 – 1 W 9
Boston 47 57 .452 10.5 26 – 26 21 – 31 17 – 27 14 – 15 10 – 9 5 – 5 L 5

In case you missed it…

The Yankees’ make-shift infield with Brian McCann at first finally burned them on Saturday. >>> Read more at ESPN New York.


Joe Torre will go into the Hall of Fame on Sunday. Here’s a Q&A with Steve Serby of the NY Post. >> Read more in the NY Post. 


Chris Capuano pitched well on Saturday in a no-decision. That’s another good pickup for Brian Cashman. >>> Read more in the NY Daily News. 

Yankees miscues doom streak

Brian McCann isn’t a first baseman by trade, and after a week where the Yankees didn’t miss Mark Teixeira, it came back to bite them on Saturday in a 6-4 loss to the Jays.

McCann froze one one play in the seventh and veered too far out of the baseline on another as those two mental mistakes opened up a big inning for the Blue Jays.

The first mental miscue for McCann came when fielded a ground ball with runners on second and third and no outs at first base and froze the runner at third base by running towards jays’ Melkey Cabrera. That’s what catchers do.


McCann veered too far out of the baseline and Jays’ Dioner Navarro ran by McCann to reach on a fielders choice (NY Post, July 26th). 

“It was the first time I’ve seen it from that angle,” McCann told the NY Post. “I wish I could have slowed the game down a little bit.”

McCann then froze on a one out bases loaded pop-up to second. Brian Roberts came in to field a pop up and collided with McCann. McCann should have covered first base and a run scored.

Neither were errors, but they were mistakes for the fill-in for Teixeira.

The Yankees watched their 17-game win streak over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium end. Texieria is out with back spasms and hasn’t played in a week. McCann has stepped in adequately. On Saturday, it burned them.

Game recap: Blue Jays 6, Yankees 4

Result: The Blue Jays avenged Friday night’s loss to the Yankees, tying the series with a 6-4 win.


MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees


Need to Know: Chris Capuano‘s Yankees’ debut went as well as he could have hoped, as the 35-year-old left-hander threw six innings and allowed just two earned runs. He struck out four and walked four, but was able to escape several situations with runners in scoring position. Brian McCann provided early offense for the Yankees with his 11th home run, a two-run shot that put his team ahead in the fourth inning. Carlos Beltran hit a two-run shot of his own in the ninth inning, but it wasn’t enough to bring the Yankees back. Shawn KelleyChase Whitley and Jeff Francis combined to allow four runs out of the bullpen, including a back-breaking three-run home run against Francis in the top of the ninth.


Game Ball: Capuano, who kept the Yankees in the game before succumbing to the bullpen.


LinksAP recap | Box score


What’s Next: The Yankees and Blue Jays will play Sunday’s rubber match at 1:05 p.m. Shane Greene (2-1, 2.79) will toe the rubber for the Yanks looking to break a second-place tie in the AL East, while the visitors will send J.A. Happ (8-5, 4.55) to the hill.

Today’s game: Blue Jays at Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

The Yankees continue their series with the Blue Jays today at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m.

Chris Capuano (1-1, 4.55 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, his first start since being trade for earlier this week.  Drew Hutchinson  (6-9, 4.54 ERA(goes for the Blue Jays.


 

Yankees Blue Jays
1. Brett Gardner – LF 1. Jose Reyes – SS
2. Derek Jeter- SS 2. Melky Cabrera – RF
3. Jacoby Ellsbury- CF 3. Jose Bautista- 1B
4. Carlos Beltran – DH 4. Dioner Navarro- C
5. Brian McCann – 1B 5. Steve Tolleson – 3B
6. Chase Headley – 3B 6. Dan Johnson- DH
7. Ichiro Suzuki – RF 7. Colby Rasmus – CF
8. Brian Roberts – 2B 8. Ryan Goins – 2B
9. Francisco Cervelli- C 9. Anthony Gose- LF

 

What’s on tap: Saturday, July 26th

The Yankees continue their series with the Blue Jays on Saturday at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m.. The Yankees are coming off a 6-4 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night.  Chris Capuano makes his debut for the Yankees against Drew Hutchinson.


 

 

AL East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Baltimore 57 45 .559 - 26 – 23 31 – 22 26 – 18 9 – 14 16 – 9 6 – 4 W 2
NY Yankees 54 48 .529 3 25 – 24 29 – 24 19 – 20 9 – 9 13 – 12 8 – 2 W 4
Toronto 54 50 .519 4 30 – 23 24 – 27 21 – 19 13 – 13 11 – 12 5 – 5 L 1
Tampa Bay 50 53 .485 7.5 23 – 28 27 – 25 21 – 21 11 – 12 12 – 12 8 – 2 W 8
Boston 47 56 .456 10.5 26 – 26 21 – 30 17 – 26 14 – 15 10 – 9 5 – 5 L 4

AL Wild Card Standings
Team W L Pct GB Home Road Last 10 Streak
LA Angels 61 41 .598 -7.0 36-19 25-22 6-4 W 1
NY Yankees 54 48 .529 - 25-24 29-24 8-2 W 4

Toronto 54 50 .519 1.0 30-23 24-27 5-5 L 1
Seattle 53 50 .515 1.5 25-30 28-20 3-7 L 4
Kansas City 52 50 .510 2.0 24-25 28-25 5-5 W 4
Cleveland 51 52 .495 3.5 29-19 22-33 5-5 L 3
Tampa Bay 50 53 .485 4.5 23-28 27-25 8-2 W 8
Chi White Sox 50 54 .481 5.0 27-24 23-30 6-4 W 2
Boston 47 56 .456 7.5 26-26 21-30 5-5 L 4
Minnesota 46 56 .451 8.0 23-28 23-28 4-6 L 2
Houston 42 61 .408 12.5 21-29 21-32 3-7 L 3
Texas 41 62 .398 13.5 19-30 22-32 3-7 W 1

In case you missed it…

Chris Capuano debuts in the Yankees rotation on Saturday with Chase Whitley headed to the bullpen.


Ichiro Suzuki finally hit a home run, his first in 11 months and 294 at bats, which got a rise out of Derek Jeter. >>> Read more at ESPN New York. 


Chase Headley is thriving in his new role with the Yankees after a trade with the Padres. >>> Read more in the NY Post.  


The Yankees (54-48) overtook the Blue Jays in the Wild Card standings with Saturday’s win.


 

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)