What’s on Tap for Thursday, August 28

The Yankees (69-62) wrap up their three-game series against the Tigers (71-60) on Thursday in Detroit at 1:08 p.m. ET.

Hiroki Kuroda (9-8, 3.94 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by Kyle Lobstein (0-0, 4.76 ERA) for the Tigers.


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The Yankees signed Chris Young to a minor league deal. Young hit .205 with a .283 OBP for the Mets before being designated for assignment on August 8.


Alfredo Aceves was released from his contract with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Game Recap: Yankees 8 – Tigers 4

Result: The Yankees trounced the Tigers, 8-4, on Wednesday night in Detroit.


MLB: New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers


Need to Know: The Yankees’ slumbering bats woke up in the third inning, tallying nine straight hits and scoring eight runs. Derek Jeter doubled and drove in two runs in the big inning. Jacoby Ellsbury, Martin Prado, Brian McCann and Chase Headley all had two-hit nights. Despite the offensive explosion, the Yankees recorded just two hits the rest of the way. Shane Greene had a solid outing, striking out eight and allowing two runs in seven innings.


Links: Recap |  Box score


What’s Next: Hiroki Kuroda (9-8, 3.94) toes the rubber Thursday opposite Detroit’s Kyle Lobstein  (0-0, 4.76). Game time is 1:08 p.m.

Yanks sign Chris Young to minor-league deal

The Yankees have signed Chris Young to a minor league deal, according to reporter Jon Heyman (CBS Sports, Aug. 27).

Young hit .205 with a .283 OBP this season after signing a one-year, $7.25 million deal with the Mets in the offseason.

He will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Mets designated him for assignment on August 8 and released him on August 15.

Aceves released from contract

Alfredo Aceves has been released from his contract with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team said.

Aceves had a 6.52 ERA over 10 games with the Yankees this season.

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Novelty horse head good luck for Yankees

The Yankees have revived their hopes of making the playoffs – possibly all thanks to reliever Shawn Kelley and his rubber horse head (Post, August 26).

While the Yankees season outlook was bleak, Kelley was just looking for a way to make his teammates laugh, but the addition of the novelty horse head set New York on a five-game winning streak.

“When I see those things, randomly in a crowd, it makes me laugh,” Kelley said in an interview with Yahoo. “So I figured I’ll do that, and it’ll make everyone laugh in the clubhouse.

“And then we went on a winning streak.”

Even though the Yankees lost 5-2 to the Tigers Tuesday night, they aren’t discounting “Seabiscuit’s” role in the clubhouse.

“Kelley’s undefeated with the horse,” Jacoby Ellsbury said. “I’m never going to go against that.”

What’s on Tap for Wednesday, August 27

The Yankees (68-62) continue their three-game series against the Tigers (71-59) on Wednesday in Detroit at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Shane Greene (3-1, 3.17 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by David Price (12-9, 3.00 ERA) for the Tigers.


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Mark Teixeira returned to the lineup, a day after sitting out due to a hamstring issue.

Game Recap: Tigers 5 – Yankees 2

Result: The Yankees lost to the Tigers, 5-2, Tuesday night in Detroit. The loss snapped the Yankees’ five-game winning streak.


MLB: New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers


Need to Know: The five runs allowed by Brandon McCarthy were the most the right-hander has allowed since getting traded to the Yankees. Jacoby Ellsbury homered twice to plate the Yanks’ only runs of the game. Carlos Beltran had a two-hit night and Derek Jeter collected a pair of singles in four at-bats.


Links: Recap |  Box score


What’s Next: Shane Greene (3-1, 3.17) is on the mound Wednesday evening against Detroit’s David Price (12-9, 3.00). First pitch is scheduled for 7:08 p.m.

MLB: Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees

Jeter draws standing-O at Kauffman

Derek Jeter was hardly expecting a standing ovation as he grounded out in the ninth at Kauffman Stadium against Kansas City on Monday night, but that’s exactly what he got (ESPN, August 26).

“To have them cheering for you is a pretty awesome feeling. I never expect anything like that,” Jeter said. “But it’s something I’ll remember. I’ve enjoyed coming here and playing during my career. For them to show appreciation was pretty special.”

Jeter has consistently expressed his surprise from the admiration of fans throughout the league.

“I don’t ever expect it. But the way fans have treated me pretty much everywhere we’ve gone this year has been pretty special,” Said Jeter, who was also gifted a $10,000 check from the Royals for his charity before the game. “I don’t expect them to do it. But those are the things that I’ll take away. Each city we’ve gone to for the last time the fans have been awesome.”

Even after the shortstop notched two RBIs in an 8-1 victory over the home team, fans still cheered.

“There are probably some fans who’ve enjoyed booing me over the years and maybe they’re happy to see me go,” said Jeter. “But they’ve shown respect for me, and that’s why you play. You try to have respect for the game and when you get it in return, it feels good.”

MLB: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

Ellsbury picks up 1,000th career hit

Jacoby Ellsbury recorded his career hit No. 1,000 — an RBI single in the seventh — in Monday night’s 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals (Daily News, August 26).

Ellsbury went 3-for-5 on the night with three RBI and wasted no time to reach 1,001 hits, reaching that mark by homering in his next at-bat (ESPN, August 26).

“It’s pretty special,” Ellsbury said, who hit a two-run homer in the ninth to begin his journey to 2,000 hits. “They got the ball for me and it will go in my collection. I guess it means you’ve played for a little while.”

What’s on Tap for Tuesday, August 26

The Yankees (68-61) open a three-game series against the Tigers (70-59) on Tuesday in Detroit at 7:08 p.m. ET.

Brandon McCarthy (8-12, 4.01 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by Rick Porcello (14-8, 3.10 ERA) for the Tigers.


In case you missed it…


The Yankees topped the Royals by the score of 8-1 during a make-up game on Monday >> Read more at NYYFans


Mark Teixeira sat out on Monday due to a left hamstring issue >> Read more at MLB.com