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HOPE Week: Career Gear

Hiroki Kuroda, Alfonso Soriano, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian Roberts and Derek Jeter pose with Career Gear participant Leon Clarke Jr. after fitting him with a suit from DKNY.

The Yankees held the second day of HOPE Week 2014 (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) Tuesday by celebrating Career Gear, an organization that helps promote the economic independence of low-income men by providing financial literacy training, professional attire and career development tools.

Derek Jeter, Jacoby Ellsbury, Hiroki Kuroda, Brian Roberts and Alfonso Soriano visited Career Gear’s office in lower Manhattan, where they helped measure and outfit men with suits provided by DKNY.

Career Gear participants then shared their respective success stories. These men and their families, along with administrators from Career Gear, were guests of the Yankees for Tuesday night’s game against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

With the help of more than 80 referral agencies in the New York City area, Career Gear has helped more than 35,000 men transition from poverty to employment and financial self-sufficiency. Providing these men with a business suit is just the first step. Through weekly peer workshops, one-on-one mentoring and a supportive environment, clients make the connections and build the confidence to find employment and continue down the path of personal development.

“Our philosophy is that everyone deserves a second, third or fourth chance,” Career Gear executive director Gary Field said. “Sometimes just a first chance is what they need. We help men redefine themselves by providing them with the tools to get where they want to go.”

All participants are invited to take part in job and life-readiness programs. The curriculum resembles a typical school semester. Classes take place from August through December and January through June, covering topics critical to professional and personal success. Diverse offerings include résumé writing, financial investment, social skills and family health.

Frequently, the same men that have reaped the benefits of Career Gear’s programs return to serve as mentors to first-time participants.

“What I want to do is make a difference in people’s lives,” Field said. “I would like to help pass the skills that I have learned to the next generation of people that are dedicated to helping our world move forward.”

Clarke, Soriano and Jeter

Yankees glad to get back home

The Yankees’ West Coast swing that looked so promising there for a while ended with a thud. After an uplifting, 7-0 victory in Oakland Friday night that followed their three-sweep of the Mariners in Seattle, the Yankees dropped the last two games to the Athletics, who’s best record in the American League is clearly no fluke.

The Yanks managed only three hits off Scott Kazmir through six innings and two relievers retired them in order over the final three innings in a 5-1 setback Saturday. Vidal Nuno was stung for a pair of three-run homers by Derek Norris and Coco Crisp in the first two innings Sunday as Oakland went on to build a 10-0 lead and coast to a 10-5 victory.

Nuno, who was charged with eight earned runs in three-plus innings, has a bloated 5.90 ERA to go with a 1-3 record, but manager Joe Girardi gave no indication of any change in the rotation upcoming. The skipper has stated he plans to go with the current five starters – three of whom are rookies – until the All-Star break, which is still a month away.

There was some sloppiness involved in the two losses at Oakland. Backup catcher John Ryan Murphy was guilty of three passed balls in two games. Brendan Ryan, inserted in Sunday’s game for defense, made an error. Carlos Beltran forgot the number of outs in the eighth inning while on the bases and wandered himself into a double play. Beltran did hit a home run, which was a sign that he may be ready to break out offensively after his disabled list stint when he received a cortisone shot in his elbow. On the plus side, Derek Jeter batted .435 on the West Coast portion of the recently-completed trip.

The Yankees will stay in their own division for a while, beginning with a three-game series against the AL East-leading Blue Jays that opens the homestand starting Tuesday night. The Orioles come to Yankee Stadium for a three-game set beginning Friday night. The Yankees will then travel to Toronto for a three-game series next week and come home to play three games each against the Red Sox and the Rays before embarking on their final trip leading into the All-Star break.

Yanks hope to stay hot on West Coast

The Yankees couldn’t beat the Mariners at Yankee Stadium but couldn’t lose to them at Safeco Field. Seattle with its new second baseman, Robinson Cano, was victorious over the Yankees April 29 and May 1 at the Stadium as well as the June 2 rainout makeup game. The past three nights at Safeco was a whole different story, however, and there was nothing Cano could do about it.

The three-game sweep by the Yankees was impressive considering that the Mariners were hot entering the series while the Yanks were struggling with a fizzling offense. Their 6-3 victory Thursday night marked the first time in 13 games that the Yankees scored more than four runs. Derek Jeter heated up during the series with seven hits, including a double, and two RBI in 12 at-bats, a .583 clip that raised his average 17 points to .271.

The turnaround in fortunes home and away matched that of the Subway Series this year with the Mets winning the two games at Yankee Stadium May 12 and 13 and the Yankees taking the two games at Citi Field May 14 and 15. This marks the only two instances in franchise history that the Yankees lost all of its home games and won all its road games against the same opponent in a single season.

A drawback from Thursday night’s victory was Jacoby Ellsbury coming out of the game in the late innings because of a strained right hip. Ellsbury has broken out of an early-season slump to go on a 16-game hitting streak dating to May 26, which is the longest for the Yankees since a 19-gamer by Jeter in 2012 from Sept. 4-25. Ellsbury’s streak is the longest active streak in the majors, the third-longest in the American League this season, and tied for sixth-longest in the majors. The Elias Sports Bureau reports that it is longest hitting streak by a Yankees center fielder since Melky Cabrera hit in 18 straight games in 2007.

During the streak, Ellsbury is batting .381 with nine runs, three doubles, two home runs, 12 RBI, seven walks, seven stolen bases and a .443 on-base percentage in 63 at-bats. It is his longest hitting streak since a 19-gamer with the Red Sox last year from May 19 through July 11. His career best is a 22-game streak in 2009 from May 2-27. Ellsbury is tied for second in the AL with 18 stolen bases with the Tigers’ Rajai Davis, six behind league leader Jose Altuve of the Astros. Ellsbury had the game-winning RBI in the Yankees’ past three games. Elias notes that he is the first Yankees player with the game-winning RBI in three straight team games since Nick Swisher in 2012 from Aug. 13-15.

All three of the Yankees’ victories in Seattle came in games in which their starting pitcher was a rookie. The Yankees are 21-8 in games started by rookie pitchers (Masahiro Tanaka, 11-2; Vidal Nuno, 5-5; Chase Whitley, 5-1), including 15-1 on the road (Tanaka, 6-1; Nuno, 4-0; Whitley, 5-0). Yankees rookie starters have a 2.73 combined ERA in 181 innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of their past eight outings (1.87 ERA in 53 innings). According to Elias, the Yankees have started rookies in 29 of their first 65 games, their highest such total since 1910 when the Highlanders had 30 of their first 65 starts by Russ Ford, Hippo Vaughn and John Frill.

The Yankees finish the trip with a three-game weekend set at Oakland against an Athletics team that has the best record (40-26) in the AL. Mark Teixeira has hit more home runs against the A’s (36) than any other opponent. His total against Oakland ranks second among all active players (Alex Rodriguez has 43HR). Tex has hit more home runs at Coliseum (20) than any other ballpark as a visiting player. That, too, ranks second only to A-Rod, who has 21.

Monument Park plaque for Goose on Old-Timers’ Day

Rich “Goose” Gossage will be honored with a Monument Park plaque dedication at the 68th annual Old-Timers’ Day celebration Sunday, June 22, at Yankee Stadium that will feature 50 former Yankees players and family members.

Ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. with the traditional Old-Timers’ game to follow, which will be aired exclusively on the YES Network. The Yankees will then play the Orioles at 2:05 p.m., also airing on YES. Gates will open to ticket-holding guests at 10 a.m. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 11:15 a.m. for the festivities.

As part of the pre-game ceremonies, the Yankees will unveil a Monument Park plaque for Gossage, who was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. He pitched in parts of seven seasons with the Yankees (1978-83, ’89) and won a World Series with them in 1978.

In addition to Gossage, the Old-Timers are headlined by Hall-of-Famers Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Rickey Henderson and Reggie Jackson, as well as Joe Torre, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in July. Former Yankees and current YES Network broadcasters David Cone, John Flaherty and Paul O’Neill will also participate.

Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui, teammates on the Yankees’ World Series title team in 2009, will make their Old-Timers’ Day debuts along with pitcher John Montefusco, who helped the club produce three seasons of at least 90 victories from 1983-86.

Joining the Hall-of-Famers and former Yankees on the baselines will be the widows of six legendary Yankees – Maggie (Jerry) Coleman, Arlene (Elston) Howard, Helen (Jim “Catfish”) Hunter, Jill (Billy) Martin, Diana (Thurman) Munson and Kay (Bobby) Murcer.

List of those Scheduled to Attend

Jesse Barfield, Yogi Berra, Brian Boehringer, Scott Bradley, Dr. Bobby Brown, Maggie Coleman, David Cone, Johnny Damon, Bucky Dent, Al Downing, Brian Doyle, John Flaherty, Whitey Ford, Jake Gibbs, Joe Girardi, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Ron Guidry, Charlie Hayes, Rickey Henderson, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, Arlene Howard, Helen Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Scott Kamieniecki, Pat Kelly, Don Larsen, Graeme Lloyd, Hector Lopez, Jill Martin, Tino Martinez, Hideki Matsui, Lee Mazzilli, Stump Merrill, Gene Michael, Gene Monahan, John Montefusco, Diana Munson, Kay Murcer, Jeff Nelson, Paul O’Neill, Joe Pepitone, Andy Phillips, Willie Randolph, Bobby Richardson, Mickey Rivers, Joe Torre, David Wells, Roy White.

Yankees to celebrate HOPE Week next week

HOPE Week 2014 (Helping Others Persevere & Excel), a week-long community program that brings to light remarkable stories intended to inspire individuals into action in their communities, will be celebrated next week. Initiated in 2009 and now in its sixth year, HOPE Week is rooted in the fundamental belief that acts of goodwill provide hope and encouragement to more than just the recipient of the gesture.

Each day during HOPE Week, from Monday through Friday, June 16-20, the Yankees will reach out to an individual, family or organization worthy of recognition and support. When possible, the Yankees will connect with individuals personally in the settings of their greatest successes or at locations that honor the spirit of their noble endeavors. All outreach in the community ultimately culminates with recognition at Yankee Stadium during a Yankees game.

This year marks the third consecutive year in which all of the Yankees’ six U.S.-based affiliates will hold their own HOPE Week, truly making this initiative one that the entire organization stands behind in words and in action.

HOPE Week is about people helping people. The one thing everybody has – no matter their background or financial situation – is time. By involving every one of the players and coaches, along with manager Joe Girardi, general manager Brian Cashman, minor league affiliates and front office staff, the Yankees will send the message that everyone can give of themselves to make their community a better place. Equally significant during HOPE Week is gaining publicity for the highlighted causes and organizations. The greatest challenge facing many not-for-profits is generating interest, awareness and funding for their missions.

Earlier this year, the Yankees recognized the return of HOPE Week with a pregame ceremony March 28 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

At the conclusion of the last four Yankees HOPE Weeks from 2010-13, the Yankees (2010), the Steinbrenner family (2011), the Yankees’ minor league affiliates (2012) and the New York Yankees Foundation (2013) have each been honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, given “in recognition and appreciation of commitment to strengthening the nation and for making a difference through volunteer service.” The awards were bestowed by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which implements the President’s Call to Service.

In recognition of the HOPE Week initiative, the Yankees were honored with the Inspiration Glammy Award from the GlamourGals Foundation in 2013 and twice honored in 2011, receiving the DMF Champion of HOPE Award from Daniel’s Music Foundation and the “Just Cause” Award at the PromaxBDA Sports Media Marketing Summit.

Standings coming into play

My rule of thumb is not to pay attention to the standings until June. Well, here June is, so the standings start to come into focus for the Yankees, whose 10-2 loss to Seattle Monday night placed them four games behind the first-place Blue Jays in the American League East.

There is no need to panic at such a time of the season, but it is beyond the point where “it’s still early” can be referenced. The Yankees are one-third of the way through the schedule, and they need to make sure that to paraphrase Yogi Berra it does not get late early out there. They have lost three of their past four games against the underwhelming Twins and Mariners and have not looked particularly sharp on defense nor have they had much bite on offense.

More disturbing is their struggling at Yankee Stadium. They are 4-10 at home since April 29. The Mariners have won their past five games at the Stadium dating to May 15, 2013, their longest such streak since a six-game stretch from Aug. 18, 2001 through April 29, 2003. During the streak, Seattle starting pitchers are 5-0 with a 2.03 ERA in 31 innings.

The Yankees allowed at least 10 runs in a game for the seventh time this season, matching their total from all of 2013.

David Phelps has not allowed a home run in his past nine home starts (spanning 48 1/3 innings), the most for a Yankees starting pitcher since 1984 by Shane Rawley (13 starts) and Ray Fontenot (12). Phelps has allowed only one homer at home since Sept. 16, 2012, a span of 19 appearances. That was by the Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion April 26, 2013.

It was not the home run that hurt Phelps Monday night in the rain-makeup game against the Mariners but rather the three-base hit. Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager tripled twice and scored each time, on a single by Mike Zunino in the second inning and on a fielder’s choice in the fourth.

The Yankees got Phelps back into the game in the bottom of the fourth against Felix Hernandez on a single by Brian McCann, a double by Yangervis Solarte and a two-out infield single by Ichiro Suzuki. Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson also singled, but Ichiro was thrown out at the plate as the Yankees failed to take the lead.

The undoing for the Yankees was an unkempt seventh inning that resulted in four runs for the Mariners. With runners on first and second and none out, Phelps tried to get the lead runner at third on a sacrifice bunt by Endy Chavez, but his throw was a hair late and Seattle had the bags full. A two-run single by Brad Miller broke the tie.

Matt Thornton replaced Phelps at that point. James Jones pushed the runners into scoring position with a sacrifice, and both scored on Brad Miller’s single under the glove of Johnson at first base playing for the injured Mark Teixeira.

The home run was more of a problem for Alfredo Aceves, who gave up two of them in the ninth inning as the Mariners pulled away for good. Michael Saunders homered with the bases empty, and Seager went deep with two aboard. It was quite a night for Seager — two triples, a double and a homer. Aceves has allowed eight home runs in 18 1/3 innings this year.

Ticket specials available during homestand

After a 5-4 trip to Chicago, both the North and South Sides, and St. Louis, the Yankees returned home Friday night for the first of seven games at Yankee Stadium over the next week. The stretch features a three-game series against the Twins Friday night and Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the makeup of the previously postponed April 30 game against the Mariners Monday night and a three-game set against the Athletics Tuesday and Wednesday nights and Thursday afternoon.

Ticket specials will run Saturday (Youth Game), Monday (MasterCard $5/Military Personnel/Senior Citizen/Student Game), Tuesday (MasterCard $5/Military Personnel Game), Wednesday (MasterCard Half-Price/Military Personnel/Student Game and Thursday (Military Personnel/Senior Citizen Game).

For a complete list of ticket specials, including game dates, seating locations, and terms and conditions, please visit All ticket specials are subject to availability.

Saturday, the Yankees will introduce the “Hands on History” program in the New York Yankees Museum presented by Bank of America at the Stadium. The program offers the opportunity for guests to touch historic Yankees artifacts including game-used bats, jerseys, baseballs, World Series rings and more from Yankees legends. Sessions are scheduled to begin approximately 90 minutes before gates open to the public on select home dates. For more information, please visit Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission to the game is not included.

The homestand will also feature the following promotional items and dates:

Friday, May 30 – Yankees vs. Twins, 7:05 p.m.

Yankees Reusable Tote Night, presented by MLB Network, to all guests.

Saturday, May 31 – Yankees vs. Twins, 1:05 p.m.

Yankees Ice Cream Bowls Day, presented by Turkey Hill, to first 18,000 guests, 14 and younger.

Sunday, June 1 – Yankees vs. Twins, 1:05 p.m.

Yankees Bat Day, presented by Bank of America, to first 10,000 guests, 14 and younger.

Tuesday, June 3 – Yankees vs. Athletics, 7:05 p.m.

Yankees Collectible Cup Night, presented by Premio Foods, to first 25,000 guests.

Thursday, June 5 – Yankees vs. Athletics, 1:05 p.m.

Yankees Travel Mug Day, presented by WFAN, to first 18,000 guests.

Tickets may be purchased online at,, at the Yankee Stadium Ticket Office, via Ticketmaster phone at 877-469-9849, Ticketmaster TTY at 800-943-4327 and at all Ticket Offices located within Yankees Clubhouse Shops. Tickets may also be purchased on Yankees Ticket Exchange at, the only official online resale marketplace for Yankees fans to purchase and resell tickets to Yankees games. Fans with questions should call 212-926-5337 or email

Bobblehead promotions at Stadium

The Yankees and AT&T will feature four bobblehead promotions this season at Yankee Stadium.

The promotional lineup has Mark Teixeira Thursday, June 19, against the Blue Jays; Lou Gehrig Wednesday, July 2, against the Rays; Paul O’Neill Sunday, July 27, against the Blue Jays and manager Joe Girardi Wednesday, Aug. 20, against the Astros.

In addition, the Yankees will distribute bobbleheads of Hello Kitty Sunday, Aug. 24, against the White Sox and Lucy from Peanuts (presented by MetLife) Tuesday, Sept. 9, against the Rays.

All bobblehead promotions are for the first 18,000 guests, with the exception of Hello Kitty, which will be for the first 18,000 Guests 14 and younger.

Sunday twin bill has become a rarity

There was a time when Sunday doubleheaders were just about a weekly occurrence for major league teams. That has not bee the case for quite some time. Take this Sunday, for example.

Friday night’s rainout of the scheduled game between the Yankees and the Pirates at Yankee Stadium, Saturday’s game being locked into the FoxSports television schedule and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball forced the Yankees to re-schedule the postponed game to a single-admission twin bill Sunday.

How rare is that? According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it will be the first single-admission doubleheader at the current Stadium, which is in its sixth season, and the first in the Bronx since Sept. 29, 2004 against the Twins, a 5-3, 5-4 Yankees sweep. It will be the first single-admission doubleheader anywhere for the Yanks since May 13, 2013 at Cleveland (a 0-1, 7-0 split) and the first on a Sunday at the Stadium since April 13, 1997 against the Athletics (a 3-2, 4-7 split).

In the years when Sunday doubleheaders were regular parts of teams’ schedules, the players often had two open dates during the week, which eased travel concerns. But as television increasingly became a major source of revenue through prime-time advertising rates, the single-admission doubleheader went the way of getaway day games and pitchers hitting in the National League.

The Pirates are visiting the current Stadium for the first time and the Bronx for the first time since 2007. Pittsburgh is the 26th different opponent to play at the current Stadium. The Yankees are 20-5 in an opponent’s debut at the current Stadium.

The Yanks and Bucs opposed each other twice famously in World Series play. The Yankees’ “Murderers Row” team of 1927 featuring Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig swept Pittsburgh. The Pirates got revenge in 1960 with an upset victory in seven games in which they were outscored, 55-27, but still survived with Bill Mazeroski nailing the Series with a leadoff home run off Ralph Terry in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 at Forbes Field, one of the most exciting postseason games in history. The final score was 10-9. It remains the only World Series game in history in which no player struck out.

Jacoby Ellsbury was a late scratch from Saturday’s lineup because of the flu. The revamped lineup had Brett Gardner shifting from left field to center and opening up a start in left for Zoilo Almonte.

The Yankees’ Class A Tampa affiliate won an 18-inning marathon, 7-6, over the Palm Beach Cardinals Friday night at Steinbrenner Field. The winning pitcher was Wes Wilson, who in his first professional pitching appearance supplied four shutout innings in which he allowed one hit and no walks with three strikeouts. What made that so unusual is that Wilson played the first 14 innings behind the plate in his regular role as the team’s catcher and was 1-for-6.

Pinstripe Bowl golf outing Tuesday at Forsgate CC

The New York Yankees Foundation will hold the fourth annual New York Yankees/New Era Pinstripe Bowl Charity Golf Tournament by Herrick Feinstein, LLP Tuesday at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, N.J.

Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Pediatric Cancer Center, the Boomer Esiason Foundation Fighting Cystic Fibrosis and Tic Toc Stop. More than 500 individuals have participated in the tournament the past three years that has raised in excess of $200,000 for charity.

Registration and lunch will begin at 11 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start for the scramble-format tournament. A cocktail reception, dinner and an awards presentation will take place at 5:30 p.m. For more information, fans can call (646) 977-8902.

This year’s tournament includes various well-known guests, including Yankees alumni Mickey Rivers, Cecil Fielder and Mike Torrez plus Yanks chief operating officer Lonn Trost and general manager Brian Cashman as well as former and current players from local New York-area pro sports teams. Among the players will be former Giants players Ottis Anderson, Stephen Baker, Mark Bavaro, David Diehl, Jeff Feagles and Brian Kelley; Notre Dame football announcer Don Criqui; Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood; Princeton basketball coach Mitch Henderson; Matt Martin of the Islanders; former Syracuse player Don McPherson and WFAN Radio “Boomer & Carton Show” co-hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton. The “Benigno and Roberts Show” on WFAN-AM 660/-FM 101.9 will also be broadcast live from the event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The New Era Pinstripe Bowl will take place this year Saturday, Dec. 27, at Yankee Stadium between teams from Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten Conference.


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