The home runs were the only hits allowed by starter Jake Odorizzi, who worked 6 2/3 innings and was tagged with the loss. Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the second inning, McCann hit a solo shot in the fourth and Bird hit a two-run shot in the seventh.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia's injured right knee has continued to progress to the Yankees' liking, which is why they are tentatively planning to have him rejoin the rotation Wednesday when the Orioles come to town.
Sabathia threw about 60 pitches in a simulated game on Friday at Yankee Stadium. Manager Joe Girardi said Sabathia won't be replacing anyone in the current rotation when he returns, but will instead slot in to give the staff an extra day's rest.
First baseman hopes crutches accelerate healing; reliever Rumbelow recalled
By Bryan Hoch
NEW YORK -- The Yankees placed first baseman Mark Teixeira on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a right shin bone bruise, but the club leader in home runs says there is a "100 percent" certainty that he will return to the lineup this season.
"There's no permanent damage," Teixeira said. "It's just a really bad bone bruise, worse than we first expected. It's unfortunate, but hopefully we have two months of the season left, so there's plenty of time for me to get healthy and come back."
Eovaldi trying to keep Yanks pointed toward October
By Grace Raynor
It's been a trying season for Matt Moore, but on Saturday the lefty will get another chance to prove himself at the big league level when the Rays take on the Yankees, who currently hold the top American League Wild Card spot and are nipping at the heels of the Blue Jays for first place in the AL East. Nathan Eovaldi will take the hill for New York at Yankee Stadium.
On July 2, Moore made his 2015 debut following Tommy John surgery. He's made six Major League starts this season, struggling mightily with a 1-3 record and an 8.78 ERA. After a start on Aug. 1 in which he gave up nine hits and six earned runs in three innings vs. the Red Sox, the Rays sent Moore to Triple-A Durham. Moore rediscovered his groove there, going 2-1 with a 3.30 ERA in five starts -- including a 16-strikeout effort over six innings on Aug. 22. Now he's looking to sustain that.
If Stephen Drew maintains his production, do you think the Yankees will try to retain him this offseason?
-- John C., Stony Brook, N.Y.
Drew has come a long way to get his average above the Mendoza Line -- he's up to a season-high .211, and the guy they call "Dirt" is riding a 15-for-41 (.366) hot streak since Aug. 19. Count me among those who didn't see that coming, but Brian McCann made a good point when he said that Drew has impacted games with his occasional power and solid defense, despite the low average.
BOSTON -- The hand-operated scoreboard in left field showed the Yankees holding a 10-run advantage in the fifth inning, and if Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller had been tempted to put their feet up out in the right-field bullpen and catch a mid-day snooze, hardly anyone would have blamed them.
The Yanks would have preferred to give their bullpen anchors a day off, but the duo ended up being needed to put out fires as the Red Sox rallied for five runs in the final three innings against six relievers, with Miller getting the last outs of a 13-8 Yankees victory.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Remembering Jim Abbott's magical no-hitter
By Chris Landers |
Jim Abbott's story is a remarkable one. Despite being born without a right hand, he was a star at the University of Michigan, pitched the U.S. to an unofficial gold medal in the Olympics (back when baseball was merely a show sport) and became a first-round Draft pick of the Angels in 1988.
But that perserverance shouldn't be the only thing we remember about him. Abbott wasn't just "that pitcher with one hand," he was a good pitcher with one hand -- he entered California's rotation as a rookie without making a single Minor League start, and in his second major-league season he finished third in Cy Young Award voting with a 2.89 ERA. And on September 4, 1993, as a member of the Yankees, he etched his name into baseball history by firing a no-hitter.
BOSTON -- Half of the Yankees' games on this trip featured a double-digit run total, wrapping up the journey with a 13-8 thumping of Henry Owens and the Red Sox on Wednesday at Fenway Park. Getting contributions from the bottom of the order has been an important key.
BOSTON -- Alex Rodriguez's season-long mantra has been that he will do whatever the Yankees ask of him, but after observing an awkward practice session at first base this week at Fenway Park, manager Joe Girardi said that they have decided to keep the slugger in his adopted comfort zone as a designated hitter.
Girardi had wanted to use Rodriguez at first base on Wednesday as the Yankees faced left-hander Henry Owens at Fenway Park, but Rodriguez has not played the field since May 23 and appeared uncomfortable handling the assignment. Greg Bird once again started in place of Mark Teixeira, who is out with a deep bone bruise in his right leg.
BOSTON -- Rob Refsnyder seemed to be caught off guard by how brief his first big league callup was this summer, but the Yankees prospect said he set his mind toward making the most of that extra development time, which he hopes will pay dividends at second base.
Refsnyder, rated as the Yankees' No. 6 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, said that he felt tentative on defense earlier in the season, but the 24-year-old worked extensively with defensive coach Justin Tordi and infield instructor Carlos Mendoza at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to improve his glovework.
BOSTON -- The Yankees were just beginning to dig into plates of red meat and lobster macaroni in Fenway Park's cramped visiting clubhouse, wolfing down a celebratory postgame spread, when the Blue Jays' victory over the Indians flickered across the flat-screen televisions.
Between bites, they watched Ryan Goins circle the bases in glee at Rogers Centre and responded with a collective shrug. The Yankees have been expecting this race for the American League East to be a fight to finish, and their 3-1 victory over the Red Sox simply crossed another date off the schedule.
BOSTON -- Stephen Drew drove in two runs, Brett Gardner added some insurance with a late homer and the Yankees spoiled Rick Porcello's 13-strikeout performance with a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday at Fenway Park.
Porcello scattered five hits and one earned run over eight innings, but he was ticketed for the loss by two big hits, Drew's two-run double in the fifth inning and Gardner's two-out solo shot in the eighth.
Betts slips off bag, claims he was pushed by Headley
By Alec Shirkey
BOSTON -- As Mookie Betts sat in the dirt, his feet resting on third base, the look of disbelief on the Red Sox center fielder's face conveyed everything video replay could not.
What began for the Red Sox as an aggressive endeavor on the bases ended with a tough call that largely shaped Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Yankees at Fenway Park. Betts, who found himself dashing toward third in the eighth inning on an attempted double steal, was called out by third-base umpire Vic Carapazza after his foot wobbled off the bag on a hard slide.
BOSTON -- The deep bone bruise that has hobbled Mark Teixeira for more than two weeks is not improving, and while the Yankees slugger has been placed on crutches in an attempt to speed his healing, he is not expected to return to the lineup for at least two weeks.
Teixeira was examined on Tuesday by team physician Christopher Ahmad in New York, where a new MRI revealed that the bone bruise was more significant than initially thought. General manager Brian Cashman said that the tests showed no stress fracture and that the Yankees do expect Teixeira to return this season.
BOSTON -- Andrew Bailey's long journey back from career-threatening labrum and capsule surgery delivered him to the doorstep of his most recent big league employer, as the former All-Star closer suited up in the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park on Tuesday.
Bailey, 31, has not appeared in the Majors since 2013 with the Red Sox. The right-hander fought long odds to earn a September callup with the Yankees, having posted a 1.80 ERA in 28 Minor League appearances this year.
BOSTON -- Catcher Gary Sanchez, who is rated the Yankees' No. 7 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, has been named as one of the organization's participants in the Arizona Fall League.
Joining the 22-year-old Sanchez as members of the Surprise Saguaros are left-handers Chaz Hebert and Ty Webb, infielders Eric Jagielo and Tyler Wade and outfielder Dustin Fowler, who will participate as a member of the taxi squad on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
BOSTON -- Play this game in any other ballpark, Didi Gregorius said, and the Yankees would be the ones celebrating. You didn't need a tape measure to figure out that his good wood, ninth-inning drive would have powered a grand slam back in the Bronx.
No lead seems safe at Fenway Park either, but the forgiving right-field dimensions helped the Red Sox this time. Gregorius' fly ball died on the warning track, allowing the erratic Jean Machi to close out a 4-3 victory on a night of missed opportunities for the Yankees.
BOSTON -- David Ortiz hit his 495th career home run, Jackie Bradley Jr. showed off his bat and his arm, and the Red Sox withstood a ninth-inning threat to celebrate a 4-3 victory over the Yankees on Monday at Fenway Park.
The Yankees remained 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays in the American League East chase despite piecing together a frantic rally against Red Sox closer Jean Machi, who allowed a leadoff single and walked three batters in the ninth to force home a run.
BOSTON -- The Yankees added eight players from the Minor Leagues for the stretch drive as part of Tuesday's roster expansion. One of them was infielder Rob Refsnyder, who is ranked as the organization's No. 6 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.
New York also activated infielder-outfielder Dustin Ackley from the disabled list and added right-hander Andrew Bailey, right-hander Caleb Cotham, outfielder Rico Noel, left-hander James Pazos, infielder Jose Pirela and catcher Austin Romine from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre prior to their contest against the Red Sox.
BOSTON -- The Yankees allowed David Robertson to walk as a free agent in the offseason, deciding that they preferred the package of Andrew Miller and the compensatory Draft pick they would obtain as a result of the closer's departure.
At the time, the Yankees spoke highly of Robertson. General manager Brian Cashman even admitted to feigning interest so as to drive up Robertson's asking price on the open market, helping him score a four-year, $48 million deal from the White Sox.
ATLANTA -- A three-game showdown against the Braves' inexperienced pitching staff seemed to get the Yankees' bats back on track. The contributions up and down the batting order were so widespread, even Stephen Drew's batting average bubbled above the Mendoza line.
Drew and Chase Headley combined to go 7-for-7 with two homers, six runs, eight RBIs and four walks on Sunday, while Jacoby Ellsbury slugged a three-run homer in a 20-6 rout at Turner Field that saw the Yankees plate nine runs in the seventh inning. New York outscored Atlanta, 38-11, in the series.
ATLANTA -- Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run homer, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew each added a two-run shot and the Yankees rolled to a 20-6 rout of the Braves on Sunday at Turner Field, completing a series sweep.
Drew stroked four hits and Headley had three, each driving in four runs for the Yankees, who put an eight-run pounding on Atlanta starter Julio Teheran. New York remained 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays in the American League East chase.
Jon Cooper is a contributor to MLB.com. Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Montgomery on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week
Astros prospect homers thrice, on list for record-tying fourth time in 2015
MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.
A.J. Reed is at it again. The Astros first-base prospect homered three more times and drove in seven more runs last week at Double-A Corpus Christi, earning Prospect Team of the Week honors for the fourth time in 2015. That ties Reed with Kyle Schwarber for the most recognition this year.
ATLANTA -- With Mark Teixeira out of the lineup for an indefinite period of time, the Yankees have asked Alex Rodriguez to resume working out at first base, providing manager Joe Girardi with another option behind rookie Greg Bird.
Rodriguez sparked a nine-run seventh inning with a two-run pinch-hit single in the Yankees' 20-6 win over the Braves on Sunday.
ATLANTA -- Luis Severino has only made five turns through the big league rotation, but the Yankees are already impressed by how well the rookie right-hander seems to fit into their clubhouse. To put it simply, they have become convinced that he belongs.
Severino hurled six scoreless innings to win his second consecutive start on Saturday night, limiting the Braves to four hits and three walks in the Yankees' 3-1 victory at Turner Field. The Yanks' top prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, Severino seems to possess maturity well beyond his 21 years.
ATLANTA -- Didi Gregorius' seventh-inning double ended Matt Wisler's night and provided sufficient support to Luis Severino, who helped the Yankees claim a 3-1 win over the Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field.
A first-inning wild pitch accounted for the only run Wisler had surrendered until Chase Headley and Gregorius began the seventh inning with consecutive doubles. Brian McCann's eighth-inning double off Edwin Jackson provided an insurance run for the Yankees, who remained 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Blue Jays in the American League East race.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.