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I have worn myself out over the years complaining about sluggers not taking advantage of these exaggerated defensive shifts by crossing them up with bunt hits. Jason Giambi and Mark Teixeira ignored me so often I almost quit the campaign. I am not talking about doing it in RBI situations but certainly when the bases are empty to get something started.
So naturally I was deliriously happy to see what Robinson Cano did in the first inning Friday night at Fenway Park. With two out, no one on base and the infield shifted all the way around to the right, Cano pushed a bunt that rolled past third base far enough from any fielder that he ended up with a double.
Beautiful. It did not result in a run as Alfonso Soriano struck out, but what Cano did by getting on base sure beat making an out by hitting into the shift. Too many hitters have a macho attitude about bunting, that it is some sissy-Mary sort of thing. What is wrong with taking what the defense give you? Particularly in situations like two outs-none on or leading off an inning. Makes sense to me.
The Yankees will help the Alzheimer’s Association launch Worldwide Alzheimer’s Awareness Month Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
Prior to their 1:05 p.m. game against the Orioles, the Yankees will conduct a pregame ceremony that will include former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt and her son, Tyler. The pair received the 2012 Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award from the Alzheimer’s Association for their courage and work with the Pat Summitt Foundation.
“My son, Tyler, and I want to thank the New York Yankees for stepping up in a big way to increase awareness and funding for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,“ said Summitt, who is the NCAA’s all-time winningest basketball coach for men’s or women’s programs. “We are honored to have been invited to stand with them and the Alzheimer’s Association to launch this month-long public awareness effort.”
Joining Pat and Tyler on the field for the ceremony will be Alzheimer Association representatives, including President and CEO Harry Johns, Chief Strategy Officer Angela Geiger, Medical and Scientific Advisory Council Member Dr. Mary Sano and National Board of Director Scott Russell. Nicole Sexton from the Rita Hayworth Foundation will also take part.
Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately five million Americans live with the disease and more than 15 million people provide care for those who have it.
Throughout the entire month of September at the Stadium, a public service announcement featuring Yankees manager Joe Girardi, first baseman Mark Teixeira and relief pitcher David Robertson will air during every home game to promote awareness.
Joining the Yankees in support of the cause are six other major league clubs — the Red Sox, Cubs, White Sox, Reds, Angels and Dodgers — who are also holding events at their home stadiums during September.
The Yankees’ 4-3, 10-inning victory Friday night was their fourth walk-off triumph of the season. The others were June 25 against the Orioles and July 28 against the Rays. The Yanks have won consecutive home games in walk-off fashion for the first time since Sept. 21 and 22 last year against the Athletics.
The walk-off hit for Brett Gardner, a single to left field, was the fourth of his career and his first since June 16, 2011 against the Rangers. In the fifth inning, Gardner got his 20th stolen base of the season to reach that plateau for the fourth time. He also had 26 steals in 2009, 47 in 2010 and 49 in 2011.
The Yankees’ victory ended Detroit’s 12-game winning streak. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last previous time the Yankees defeated an opponent on a winning streak of at least 12 games was in August 1995 against the Red Sox.
Yankees starter Ivan Nova, who was in position for the victory until Mariano Rivera blew the save in the ninth inning, gave up one run, eight hits, two walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch with seven strikeouts in seven innings. The righthander became the first Yankees pitcher to toss at least seven innings and allow no more than three earned runs in six straight starts since CC Sabathia did so in eight straight starts June 15-Aug. 1, 2011 and the first right-handed Yankees starter to do so since Mike Mussina in six consecutive starts April 9-May 7, 2003. Nova has held opponents scoreless in 19 of his past 21 innings.
Rivera sustained his second consecutive blown save after allowing a game-tying two-run home run to Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera with two outs in the ninth (also Wednesday night at Chicago). Mo has blown back-to-back save opportunities for the first time since April 19 and 24, 2011 and had a streak of 23 consecutive converted save opportunities against Detroit dating to July 8, 1999 ended.
Disabled first baseman Mark Teixeira will ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange Monday.
Derek Jeter officially became a part of the Yankees’ 2013 season Thursday. And following in the gingerly footsteps of Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis, Jeter took a big step back after making a step forward off the disabled list.
The Captain hasn’t been put back on the DL yet. The Yankees have decided to wait out the All-Star break to see if the Grade 1 strain of Jeter’s left quadriceps improves with rest. The goal now is to have DJ back in harness by July 19 when the Yanks start the post-break schedule against the first-place Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Jeter will sit out this weekend’s three-game series against the Twins after which he will have four more days during the All-Star break to allow his condition to heal. General manager Brian Cashman said before Friday night’s game that the DL remains an option that the Yankees hope they will not have to use as they were forced to with the re-injuries of Granderson, Teixeira and Youkilis. In addition, catcher Francisco Cervelli had a setback during his rehabilitation from a fractured right hand.
Jeter missed 91 games while recovering from surgery to repair a fractured left ankle and a broken bone in another part of the same ankle. He was activated Thursday and went 1-for-4 in the 8-4 victory over the Royals at Yankee Stadium but had to come out of the game because of the quad injury sustained as he tried to beat out an infield single.
There is no idle gear in Jeter’s game, so such an injury is not all that surprising for a player who just turned 39 and has not played a game of nine innings in 10 months. Before wondering if the Yankees made a mistake in bringing Jeter up too early, be mindful that the injury could just as well have occurred if he had played that day at Triple A Scranton. Again, Jeter knows no other way to play but full throttle. Now he is forced to back off once more.
“It’s frustrating,” Jeter said. “I don’t know what else you want me to say. I worked hard to get to the point of rejoining the team. It’s not how you draw it up, but hopefully I’ll be back out there soon and help this team win some games.”
The Yankees celebrated Birthday Wishes, a group that throws birthday parties for homeless children in an effort to lift their self-esteem and bring joy into their families’ lives, on the fourth day of HOPE Week 2013 (Helping Others Persevere & Excel).
Homeless families with children celebrating birthdays this month were the Yankees’ special guests Thursday at Yankee Stadium. The group arrived at the Gate 2 lobby before visiting the field, entering through the centerfield fence. They walked around the warning track to the Yankees dugout, where they met manager Joe Girardi.
The group then was brought to a where Yankees players Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, David Phelps and bullpen coach Mike Harkey were waiting to surprise them with a birthday party, including live music, games, food and cake.
For parents and children living in homeless shelters, nothing can be taken for granted. Luxuries are entirely out of reach, and the basics are usually the stuff of dreams. Sometimes, the only things they have are things to look forward to.
That’s where Birthday Wishes comes in. The group was founded in November 2002 by Lisa Vasiloff, Karen Yahara and Carol Zwanger, three friends and colleagues who wanted to help homeless children build self-esteem.
Having volunteered in several homeless shelters, the trio realized (as they attended one of their own children’s birthday parties) that the birthdays of children living at shelters often went unnoticed and uncelebrated.
Their subsequent research indicated that no organizations existed for the sole purpose of providing birthday parties to these children and that most homeless shelters do not have the personnel or resources to put together a party.
“In speaking to many of the homeless mothers when we started this project, we learned that many wouldn’t even let their younger ones know their birthday was coming up,” Vasiloff said. “Such was their shame in not being able to put together a party or afford a cake or a present.”
Parents are often unable to organize such an event. According to the National Center for Family Homelessness, “many experience anger, self-blame, sadness, fear and hopelessness.”
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s June 2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress says, “a typical homeless family consists of a mother and two children.” The report also notes that more than three out of four adults in homeless families at shelters are women.
The first Birthday Wishes parties were held at the Second Step shelter in Newton, Mass. Within a few months, eight more shelters were added, and within three years, growth had doubled. Birthday Wishes currently serves more than 175 shelters and transitional living facilities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Long Island.
“When Karen passed away in 2006, the organization was at a crossroads,” Vasiloff said. “But for me, the decision was obvious. I was in my mid-40s, and it became clear that staying with this mission was what I was meant to do with my life.”
The rapid and continued growth of Birthday Wishes is due in large part to community involvement and the spirit of volunteerism that it fosters. Everyone can relate to the importance of a birthday, and this has meant a great deal of grassroots support. Volunteers for the organization number in the thousands and include teens, adults and children participating with their families, scout troops, church groups, sports teams and school programs. Volunteers help to provide the party supplies needed for monthly parties and, most importantly, attend and assist in running the birthday parties. Most donations arrive from families who want to help with money or party supplies.
“I feel it’s important that no matter how big we get, we remain a grassroots organization,” Vasiloff said. “To this day, I still enjoy planning and taking part in the parties. To see the looks on the faces of the children and mothers is where you see the difference being made.”
Birthday Wishes believes that every child, regardless of their living situation, should have their birthday recognized and celebrated. The organization has found that something as simple and “normal” as a birthday party has the power to provide validation to these children that they are members of society like any “regular kid.” Often, these parties allow the children to feel special and give them a rare moment in the sun.
“Birthday Wishes provided [my daughter, Abigail] with a great party and a great toy,” said Gabrielle, a resident of the Mary-Eliza Mahoney House in Roxbury, Mass. “Without them, we wouldn’t have had anything.”
“Attending one of these parties is a transformative experience,” Vasiloff said. “For two hours, it is unmitigated joy. There are a lot of tears sometimes, but for all the right reasons.”
Yankees fans have to hope that Alex Rodriguez’s comeback from injury goes better than that of Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis. All three ended up back on the disabled list after briefly returning to action. Teixeira, who need surgery on his left wrist, will be gone for the rest of the season. The Yankees are hopeful that Granderson, who broke his hand, will return sometime later this month and Youkilis, who required spinal surgery, perhaps in September.
Rodriguez, who had off-season left hip surgery, was finally given clearance to begin an injury-rehabilitation assignment by the Yankees Monday and will play a minimum of three innings for Class A Charleston Tuesday night. The Yanks chose the South Carolina affiliate because there are weather issues for Triple A Scranton and Double A Trenton, although A-Rod eventually will make stops in both minor-league towns as he works his way back to the Yankees.
“I’m actually very excited,” Rodriguez told reporters in Tampa where he has been working out at the Yankees’ minor league complex. “It will be the first game I’ve played in maybe over eight months. It has been a long time. And it will be great to suit up again. Its gets me one step closer to helping my team win in New York.’’
The worst case scenario that had been feared back in the spring when Mark Teixeira sustained a torn tendon sheath of his right wrist while preparing for the World Baseball Classic came to pass Wednesday with the news that the Yankees first baseman will require surgery and be sidelined for the remainder of the 2013 season.
After a recent MRI with dye contrast was performed on Teixeira’s right wrist, Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, along with Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser and two other New York-based hand specialists (Dr. Michelle Carlson from the Hospital for Special Surgery and Dr. Keith Raskin from New York University), confirmed that the sheath has not adequately healed and recommended surgery to repair the tear on the tendon sheath of his wrist.
“It’s very tough, especially in a season where the team could probably use me,” Teixeira said. “We’ve had some really, really good teams the last few years, and this year, we have a great team, and I would love to be a part of this team. I really would’ve loved to be part of hopefully what’s a playoff run, but when you realize that it’s not going to happen, it’s really difficult.”
Teixeira said he was told what he has is not a degenerative condition. After the surgery, which he said he would have sometime next week, Teixeira will require four to five months of rest and rehabilitation and “I should be 100 percent in six months,” he added.
The news is just the latest blow in an injury-plagued season in which the Yankees have had 13 players do 16 stints on the disabled list, many of them regulars, including Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Kevin Youkilis, Eduardo Nunez and Francisco Cervelli. Teixeira was able to play in only 15 games this season and batted .151 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 53 at-bats. He aggravated his condition on the West Coast trip but he could not pinpoint when. One week after receiving a cortisone injection, Teixeira reported no progress.
“I have had about a dozen cortisone shots in my career and always responded well,” he said. “Hindsight is 20/20, obviously, but we had a great plan. We had a plan that the team suggested that we rehab it. I agreed, I wanted to rehab it, didn’t want to have the surgery. My first week back with the team was far better than I ever expected, three home runs and driving the ball, but at some point on the West Coast, I re-injured it. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but I have no regrets because up until the point when I re-injured it everything was going pretty well.”
Lyle Overbay, who has done a good job at first base in Teixeira’s absence, will continue in the position. General manager Brian Cashman said he was satisfied with Overbay’s performance but would continue to seek ways to make up for the loss of Teixeira.
“My job has always been to find ways to improve the team, regardless of position,” Cashman said.
If there is any consolation for Teixeira, it is the knowledge that Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista had the same injury in 2012 and came back this year to hit 16 home runs and drive in 43 runs in 271 at-bats.
“I have been very blessed my entire career to be relatively healthy,” Teixeira said. “I averaged 150 games the first 10 years of my career and I’ll play 15 this year, so that’s completely out of the norm for me and it’s very tough. I’ve worked so hard my entire career to try not to be injured and to be healthy, and up until this year I’ve had a lot of success. But this is one of those years. You learn from it. Hopefully, the surgery is a complete success and 2014 is going to be a great year.”
The all-Japanese pairing of the Yankees’ Hiroki Kuroda and the Rangers’ Yu Darvish turned into a standoff Tuesday night. The game was decided by another Japanese player in the bottom of the ninth inning as Ichiro Suzuki hit a walk-off home run for a 4-3 Yankees victory.
It was the second career walk-off homer for Suzuki, whose other was Sept. 18, 2009 with the Mariners off Mariano Rivera, who just happened to be the winning pitcher Tuesday night. Ichiro has three other walk-off hits. It was the Yankees’ first walk-off victory of the season.
For one game at least, the Bronx Bombers were back. Ichiro’s shot off a 1-2 fastball from Texas reliever Tanner Scheppers was the fourth solo homer of the game for the Yankees, who had not homered in the previous two games and four of the past five. In fact, they hit only four homers in their previous 15 games combined.
“That’s Yankees baseball,” catcher Chris Stewart said. “We haven’t seen much of it this year.”
Both starting pitchers left the game with the score 3-3.
Kuroda had a slight edge as he pitched two batters into the seventh inning, and one of the three runs he allowed was not earned due to a throwing error by third baseman David Adams. The other two runs were on solo homers by Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin. Kuroda walked one batter and struck out six.
Darvish lasted 5 1/3 innings. All three of his runs were on inning-leadoff home runs by Travis Hafner in the fourth, Brett Gardner in the fifth and Jayson Nix in the sixth. Darvish gave up seven hits overall with two walks and six strikeouts.
Gardner’s home run was his seventh of the season, which already matches his career high. He hit seven homers in 2011 in 510 at-bats. His seventh dinger this season came in his 289th at-bat.
Nix’s home run was his second of the season and ended a homerless stretch of 202 at-bats. It was also the first home run for the Yankees by a right-handed batter in 18 games covering 255 at-bats since June 4 when switch hitter Mark Teixeira connected from the right side off Indians lefthander Scott Kazmir.
Adams’ errant throw allowed Adrian Beltre to reach first base in the fourth inning (Beltre would later make two errors himself although neither resulted in a run). Singles by A.J. Pierzynski and Lance Berkman loaded the bases. Beltre scored as Mitch Moreland hit into a fielder’s choice.
Beltre’s first error put Zoilo Almonte on first base in the fourth. Almonte quickly got to second base by stealing it but he was stranded. Beltre failed to glove a smoking liner by Hafner with one out in the fifth, and Robinson Cano made it from first to third. Darvish averted danger by striking out Lyle Overbay and retiring Almonte on a force play.
After Stewart’s single in the sixth that ended Darvish’s night, the Yankees did not have a base runner until Stewart again walked on four pitches leading off the ninth. Gardner grounded into a force play and then made the second out attempting to steal second. That left matters up to Ichiro as he moved into center stage on a night that began with two of his countrymen on the mound.
What was considered good news about Mark Teixeira wasn’t entirely good. The first baseman does not have a tear in the sheath of his right wrist, just inflammation. That is why everybody thought that was good news. But after getting a cortisone injection, Teixeira had to go back on the 15-day disabled list, which is not good news.
“We knew that we would be without Tex for at least a week,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We did not want to be short-handed for that long. I am confident that Tex will be able to come back full strength when the 15 days are up.”
The news on Kevin Youkilis was not good at all. He remained in southern California at the end of the Yankees’ West Coast swing and was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins, the noted back specialist in Marina del Ray. Youkilis has a herniated disk that will require surgery. Dr. Watkins will perform the procedure Thursday. The recovery period will be 10 to 12 weeks.
So the player who was supposed to keep third base warm until Alex Rodriguez was able to return from hip surgery will now be lost for up to three months. Youkilis, who was batting .219 with two home runs and eight RBI in 105 at-bats, has been troubled by back issues in recent years. He had a strong spring training for the Yankees and got off to a hot start, but a lumbar sprain forced him onto the DL in late April for an entire month.
“We are going with what we have,” general manager Brian Cashman said about what the Yanks would do at third base with Youkilis out. Tuesday night’s lineup before the rainout had David Adams at the position. The Yankees will also use Jayson Nix, who has also been used quite a bit at shortstop because of the injuries to Derek Jeter and Eduardo Nunez.
To replace Youkilis on the 25-man roster, the Yankees called up outfielder Zoilo Almonte from Triple A Scranton. The switch hitter played all three outfield positions for Scranton where he hit .297 with 12 doubles, six home runs and 36 RBI in 68 games and 259 at-bats. The Yankees also recalled pitcher Adam Warren from Scranton and designated pitcher Chris Bootcheck for assignment.
The Yankees expected to get a big jolt this month with the return from the disabled list of Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis. Yet one day after Youkilis went back on the DL with a recurring lumbar ailment, Teixeira came out of Saturday’s game against the Angels in the fourth inning because of stiffness in his right wrist.
Teixeira flied out to right field and fouled out to third base in his two at-bats. David Adams took over at first base in the bottom of the fourth. Yanks manager Joe Girardi told Joe Buck and Tim McCarver on the FOX telecast that Teixeira could not get much snap from his wrist in his swing and will return to New York to be examined by Dr. Chris Ahmad, the Yankees’ team physician.
The fear is that Teixeira may have suffered the same sort of setback that Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista did last year when he sustained a torn sheath in his wrist and aggravated it later in a game against the Yankees and was lost for the rest of the season. Teixeira’s condition this year is much the same as Bautista’s was in 2012.
Teixeira barely got untracked for the Yankees. In 15 games, he was hitting .151 with one double, three home runs and 12 RBI in 53 at-bats. He was particularly ineffective batting left-handed, as he did Saturday, with only three hits in 35 at-bats (.082) with two home runs and eight RBI. If Teixeira needs to go back on the DL, he would be the third regular to do a second stint, following Youkilis and Curtis Granderson.
The Yanks’ June swoon continued with a 6-2 loss, their fifth straight defeat and the fourth game in a row in which they scored just two runs. The Yankees have scored in only three of their past 38 innings. They got all their runs in one inning again Saturday with two out in the third on a single by Chris Stewart, a triple by Brett Gardner and a single by Jayson Nix. The 3-4-5 hitters came up 0-for-11 to continue a disturbing trend of low production from the middle of the order. Five Angels pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.
The Angels banged out 12 hits against three Yankees pitchers, including three more hits plus a walk by Yankee killer Howie Kendrick, who raised his career average against them to .354 in 198 at-bats. David Phelps (4-4) gave up a home run to Eric Aybar, who later singled home a run in the sixth that unlocked a 2-2 score. Shawn Kelley had an unusual streak of wildness (three walks) in a two-run Angels seventh. Even slumping Josh Hamilton (.213) contributed an RBI double. Joba Chamberlain was victimized by a two-out single in the eighth by Albert Pujols for his second RBI of the game.
Ichiro Suzuki was the bright light for the Yankees Saturday with two hits, two stolen bases (and should have had a third if not for an umpire’s missed call) and two tumbling catches in right field. However, when Ichiro stole second and third in the seventh inning he was left stranded as Thomas Neal, Reid Brignac and Stewart all struck out. The Yankees are 7-for-39 (.179) with runners in scoring position and are averaging three runs per game during the losing streak.
The Yankees’ record in June fell to 6-8 as their offense continues to decline. They hit .261 as a team in April, .233 in May and are at .212 in June while slugging merely .327. The slide finds the Yankees only one game out of fourth place in the American League East. They will turn to CC Sabathia on Father’s Day to try and save face on the final day of the trip.