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Infielder Eduardo Nunez, one of six players called up by the Yankees from the minor leagues as major-league rosters expanded beyond the 25-man limit Saturday, was thrust right into the lineup against the Orioles. Nunez was the designated hitter and in 8-hole hitter in the batting order.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi had contemplated starting Nunez at shortstop and giving Derek Jeter a DH day but changed his mind. Nunez joined the Yankees from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with right-handed pitchers Cory Wade and Adam Warren, left-handed pitcher Justin Thomas , catcher Francisco Cervelli and outfielder Curtis Dickerson, who was signed to a major-league contract and selected from SWB.
Jeter finished August with a major-league-leading 43 hits, the most for him in any month since August 2009 when he had 46. It was the 15th time in his career that Jeter had at least 40 hits in a month, the most for any Yankees player since Joe DiMaggio did it in 17 months.
Jeter’s six home runs in August matched his third-highest career total or any month in his career, behind the nine he had in June 2004 and the eight in August 2001. The Captain also had six homers in August 2009, September 2004 and July 199. Jeet has homered four times in his past 10 games and six time in his past 18.
DJ homered in a career-high four consecutive road games, the first Yankee to accomplish the feat since former teammate Tino Martinez homered in five straight road games from Sept. 23 to Oct. 4, 1999. With 14 homers in 2012, Jeter has reached double figures for the 16th time in his 17 seasons. He and Willie Mays are the only players in history with at least 3,000 hits, 250 homers, 300 stolen bases and 1,200 runs batted in.
In his injury-rehabilitation assignment Friday night for Class A Tampa at Lakeland, Alex Rodriguez as the DH had 0-for-3 with a walk and a run. A-Rod was to play third base for Tampa Saturday. Righthander David Aardsma also appeared in Friday night’s game and pitched one inning of scoreless relief. Lefthander Pedro Feliciano pitched one inning of relief for Class A Staten Island at Brooklyn and allowed one earned run, on a home run, with one strikeout. It was the first run Feliciano yielded in 7 1/3 innings in injury-rehab assignments.
Alex Rodriguez will get his first taste of live pitching in five weeks Friday night when he serves as the designated hitter for Class A Tampa at Lakeland in a Florida State League game while on an injury-rehabilitation assignment. Rodriguez has been on the disabled list since July 25 due to a broken bone in his left hand.
The Yankees will travel to Tampa following Sunday’s series finale against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium and are hopeful that A-Rod may be activated for the three-game series against the Rays.
Andy Pettitte, disabled since June 28 because of a fractured left fibula, is expected to throw a bullpen session sometime over the weekend in his rehabilitation toward a possible return to the mound in September.
Pedro Feliciano, who is recovering from left rotator cuff surgery, was scheduled to have his rehab assignment transferred to Class A Staten Island Friday night. The lefthander has pitched 6 1/3 combined innings in seven outings – four with the Gulf Coast League Yankees, one with Class A Tampa and two with Double A Trenton. He has allowed two earned runs, six hits and three walks with eight strikeouts for an ERA of 2.84.
With little more than a week to play in the minor-league season, the Yankees’ top two affiliates have secured postseason berths. Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre clinched the North Division of the International League Thursday night. Double A Trenton has clinched a playoff berth and has a magic number of two to clinch the Eastern Division title of the Eastern League. Class A Tampa is one game out of first place in the North Division of the Florida State League with three games to play.
Trenton’s Tony Franklin was named 2012 Eastern League Manager of the Year for the first time in his career. His victory came a few days after SWB’s Dave Miley was named 2012 Manager of the Year in the International League.
The Yankees will be in first place in the American League East Saturday when the calendar turns to September. They have made postseason in each of the past 15 times they were first at the start of play Sept. 1 since divisional play began in 1969. According to Stats LLC, the Yanks finished first in 39 of the 43 seasons when they led the division Labor Day.
The Yankees’ five minor-league affiliates will present their own community events throughout the season as an extension of the franchise’s HOPE Week in 2012. HOPE (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) Week is in its fourth season and will take place on the major-league level June 25-29.
In following the model established in 2009, the Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, the Double A Trenton Thunder and the Class A Tampa Yankees, Charleston RiverDogs and Staten Island Yankees will reach out to individuals, families and organizations worthy of recognition and support, recognizing honorees with a day celebrating their accomplishments. With outreach often taking place away from the ballpark, Yankees minor league players, coaches and staff will be able to connect personally with participants.
“As an organization, we have seen firsthand the positive impact HOPE Week has made in our community,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “We have found that giving back is contagious. One of the goals of the initiative has been to inspire others to follow in our footsteps, and I’m proud that our affiliates are expanding this tradition by joining our efforts.”
The Tampa Yankees will be the first club to host HOPE Week in 2012, as they will highlight their five stories from June 4-8. Events are scheduled for Trenton June 19-22 and June 25 and for Charleston June 25-29. Dates for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Staten Island are to be determined.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was all we wet Thursday. So were pitchers David Robertson and Boone Logan and outfielder Andruw Jones.
They all volunteered to take time in a dunk tank set up on a Staten Island lawn as part of Thursday’s HOPE Week celebration of Megan Ajello, 17, who despite the handicap of cerebral palsy and scoliosis that has resulted in six surgeries, including a spinal fusion, is a committed community activist.
Cashman, along with Yankee Stadium carpenters, surprised Megan at her home with a custom-built lemonade stand for her sixth annual street-side sale that raises money to support the Special Olympics. Megan was further surprised by the appearance of Scooter, the mascot of the Yankees’ Class A Staten Island affiliate.
“She’s familiar with Scooter,” Daniel Ajello, Megan’s father, said. “We go to a lot of Staten Island Yankees games.”
But these were big-league Yankees who showed up at the neighborhood block party. Second baseman Robinson Cano, infielder Eduardo Nunez, pitcher A.J. Burnett, baseline coaches Mick Kelleher and Rob Thompson and advance scout-video coordinator Charlie Wonsowicz were also on hand.
For Charlie Wonz, who now lives in New Jersey, the trip was a homecoming because he grew up in the same Princess Bay neighborhood. Charlie’s mother, Arlene, was also on site. Later, Charlie planned to treat Kelleher and Thompson to dinner at W’s, a popular dining spot in Tottenville owned and operated by his parents.
Since 2006, Megan has hosted a charity lemonade stand outside her home, which has grown from a gathering of neighbors raising a few hundred dollars to a must-attend event for people from as far away as upstate New York, which raised $4,000 last summer. Thursday’s event took in a record $11,000 with the Yankees Foundation adding another $5,000 to the fund for the Special Olympics and $5,000 more to Megan’s school, the Seton Foundation.
Megan has also been active in fighting for handicapped accessibility for a nearby playground and by donating her Sweet 16 Party gifts to the Marine Toys for Tots program.
Cashman was the first to sit in the tank and was a real sport in getting dunked about a dozen times as youngsters in the block party lined up to take their shots. Fortunately, the GM did not have his cell phone in his pocket. With the trade deadline coming up July 31, Cash has to man the phones on an hourly basis.
“It’s so easy to get caught up in the monotony and the urgency that we feel, but in reality, what’s more important than this?” Cashman said. “People have real needs that are daily challenges, not necessarily whether we get a trade done or whether we get our next hit or how we match up against an opposing team. This is real-life stuff.”
Megan was also presented with a special cake with a figure of her in a wheelchair at her lemonade stand by TV’s “Cake Boss,” Buddy Valastro, as well as three Sports Illustrated swimsuit models and the New Jersey Nets dancers. The Ajello family will be the Yankees’ guests at Saturday’s day portion of the split-admission doubleheader at Yankee Stadium with Megan driving the ceremonial first pitch to the plate.
Said Linda Ayello, Megan’s mom, “It’s a tragedy that Megan, who has done so much for so many, has to experience so much physical pain. When she fights for something, she goes after it no matter the obstacle, and there’s very little we can do to stop her. But then again, why would we want to? All she ever does is to bring out the best in people.”
Phil Hughes had a so-so second start on injury rehabilitation at Double A Trenton Friday night at New Britain, Conn. Hughes, who turned 25 Friday, threw 72 pitches over 3 1/3 innings and gave up one run, three hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
The righthander, who has been disabled since April 15 due to right elbow inflammation, topped out at 93 miles per hour on his fastball and was regularly in the 90-92 range.
“It wasn’t as good as my first start, but it was a step in the right direction,” Hughes said before Saturday’s game at Yankee Stadium. He was referring to his first rehab start for Class A Staten Island last Sunday in Brooklyn when he threw 61 pitches in 4 1/3 innings and was clocked in the mid-90s. “My velocity from what I gathered was pretty good, certainly a lot better than it was here, that’s for sure.”
Hughes could barely get into the 90s with his heater in his three starts and 10 1//3 innings with the Yankees two months ago, a dead-arm condition that landed him on the 60-day disabled list with a record of 0-1 and a 13.94 ERA.
The plan is for Hughes to remain with the Yankees during the homestand and throw regular bullpen sessions in preparation for his next start, likely Wednesday at Trenton. Said Hughes, “As long as my pitch count is up and where it needs to be and I’m throwing strikes and the velocity’s good, that’s all I can ask for.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that Hughes would be pushed to 90 pitches in his next start but did not give a timetable for his return to the big club. “It’s in his best interest to probably get two more starts,” Cashman said.
It turned out that the suspicions of Yankees manager Joe Girardi were well founded regarding the right calf injury to Derek Jeter. Remember how DJ tried to talk Yankees officials out of not placing him on the disabled list last week? His argument was that the injury was no big deal and that he would back after a few days.
It was Girardi’s opinion that Jeter was fortified by wishful thinking. Girardi’s concern was based on Alex Rodriguez’s going through a similar situation last year when he rested for a couple of days, then came back and aggravated the injury and lost another two weeks. Girardi’s position was for Jeter to take the 15-day DL period to get the calf healthy and be at full strength when he was able to return.
As it turns out, Jeter’s date of return is now in question. The Captain is eligible to come off the DL June 30, which is Wednesday, but Girardi said prior to Friday night’s inter-league game against the Rockies, “We are getting to the point where Wednesday is in jeopardy.”
More than a week after going on the DL, Jeter has still done next to no baseball activities. He is undergoing treatment while on rehabilitation in Tampa, Fla., but has yet to swing a bat, run the bases or take ground balls, you know, the stuff he does to make a living. Even after he is able to work out, Jeter almost certainly will go on an injury-rehab assignment to a minor-league affiliate before getting the green light to return to the Yankees and resume his quest for 3,000 career hits.
It is beginning to look as if the six-game stretch at Yankee Stadium against National League opponents Colorado and Milwaukee will not be when Jeter reaches his milestone. After this homestand, the Yankees take to the road for a three-game Subway Series against the Mets at Citi Field and a three-game set at Cleveland before returning home for a four-game series against the Rays July 7 prior to the All-Star break.
One thing Girardi has made clear is that when DJ gets back to the Yankees he will return to the leadoff spot in the batting order despite the combined success of Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher in the Captain’s absence. In the nine games since Jeter went on the DL, Gardner and Swisher have teamed up to bat .367 with a .474 on-base average and a .633 slugging percentage in 30 at-bats. The pair has combined for three doubles, one triple, one home run, two RBI, eight runs and seven walks. The Yankees are 7-2 in those games. As tempting as it might be to make a change, Girardi isn’t prepared to move Jeter down the order just yet.
For the time being, though, Jeter will spend his 37th birthday, which is Sunday, in Tampa hoping to be back on the field doing baseball stuff by then.
Another Yankees birthday boy on the DL is pitcher Phil Hughes, who turned 25 Friday. He was to make his second injury-rehab start for Double A Trenton at New Britain. Hughes made his first rehab start Sunday for Class A Staten Island at Brooklyn and allowed one earned run, three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings and 61 pitches.
Bartolo Colon, disabled since June 12 with a strained left hamstring, is scheduled to throw a 50-pitch, simulated game Monday. Girardi said the Yankees’ staff will watch closely to make sure that the righthander, 38, can stop and start and cover first base without difficulty.
The Yankees got their man in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Dante Bichette Jr. came to contract terms with the Yankees Saturday and reported to Class A Tampa, which will open its Gulf Coast League season Monday.
“We were excited to be able to draft Dante and are even more excited to get him signed,” said Damon Oppenheimer, the Yankees’ Vice President of Amateur Scouting. “Coming to an agreement this quickly will allow Dante to get a full season under his belt in 2011, and gets him ahead of the curve in many ways.”
Bichette, the Yankees’ first choice and the 51st pick overall in Compensation Round A, is a 6-foot-1, 215-pound third baseman who had a monster senior year at Orangewood Christian High School in Maitland, Fla., which lost in the finals of the Florida Class 2-A state tournament.
He batted .640 with 58 runs, 14 doubles, 10 home runs and 40 RBI in 30 games and 86 at-bats. Bichette was named the All-Central Florida Baseball Player of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel each of the past two seasons. Following his junior year, Bichette was selected an Under Armour All-America and named his team’s most valuable player.
He is the son of former major league outfielder Dante Bichette, who played in 1,704 games in 14 years with the Angels, Brewers, Rockies, Reds and Red Sox and hit .299 with 274 home runs. The senior Bichette, a teammate in Colorado of Yankees manager Joe Girardi, was a four-time All-Star who was second to Reds shortstop Barry Larkin in the National League Most Valuable Player Award voting in 1995 when he led the NL in hits, homers, RBI, total bases and slugging.
The junior Bichette, a right-handed batter, was ranked by Baseball America as the 15th-best overall player out of the state of Florida in this year’s draft. In 2005, Bichette participated in the Little League World Series with his Maitland, Fla. team.