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Key contributions from keystone duo

It may be a very long time before the Yankees see a keystone combination with the combined offensive productivity of Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano of the not so long ago. Two games into the 2016 season, however, there has been much to enjoy about the combined efforts of this year’s shortstop-second base combo of Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro.

The pair have done more damage at the bottom of the lineup than those at the top for the Yankees. Castro, who had a two-run double in Tuesday’s Opening Day loss, probably had the most important hit Wednesday night as the Yankees came off the canvas for a 16-6 romp of the Astros. After Michael Pineda nearly gave up all of a 6-1 lead as Houston closed to 6-5 in the top of the second, Castro crushed a three-run home run in the bottom of the inning to put the Yankees back in command.

It was a four-hit, five-RBI night for Castro, who was acquired from the Cubs in an offseason trade for pitcher Adam Warren. After watching Stephen Drew struggle to hit .200 last year, it has been a treat so far to see a Yankees second baseman handle the bat so well. In addition to his three-run bomb, Castro knocked in two more runs with singles in the six-run first inning and the three-run seventh. In only his second season at second base after being moved there from shortstop last year,  Castro has looked comfortable in the field as well.

Gregorius, who settled in nicely as Jeter’s successor in 2015 after a shaky start, has broken out of the gate much better this year. He hit an impressive home run Tuesday and followed that with three singles Wednesday night. From the 8-9 holes, Castro and Gregorius are batting a combined .563 with two doubles, two home runs and eight RBI in 16 at-bats. Contrast that with the 1-2-3 hitters for the Yankees, who have combined for one hit in 22 at-bats (.045). 

With Castro’s double and Gregorius’ home run Tuesday, it  marked the first time since at least 1913 that the Yankees’ starting middle infield pairing both had extra-base hits and RBIs on Opening Day. The YES Network reported that Castro and Gregorius, both 26, are the Yankees’ youngest regular starting middle infield pairing since 1977 with second baseman Willie Randolph, 22, and shortstop Bucky Dent, 25, who played together for three-plus seasons.

Gregorius became the third Yankees shortstop to homer on Opening Day. Jeter did it three times, all of which came on the road — April 2, 1996 at Cleveland, April 5, 1999 at Oakland and April 1, 2002 at Baltimore. Dent went deep April 9, 1981 at Yankee Stadium against Texas.

It would be too much to ask Castro and Gregorius to duplicate some of the seasons Jeter and Cano had together, but so far so good.


Yanks’ opener postponed to Tuesday

The Yankees will try again Tuesday to open the 2016 season. Monday’s scheduled opener against the Astros at Yankee Stadium was postponed due to forecasts of inclement weather. Tuesday’s forecast calls for brisk weather, but at least it is not supposed to rain. For the 1:05 p.m. start, the temperature may not get above 40 degrees, so dress appropriately.

Tuesday’s rescheduled Opening Day game will be broadcast on the YES Network, except in areas serviced by Comcast. Gates will open to fans with valid tickets at 11 a.m., and pregame events and ceremonies scheduled for Monday will take place prior to the rescheduled game Tuesday.

As a reminder, as part of Major League Baseball’s initiative to standardize security procedures at all 30 parks, all ticket holders are required to be screened via metal detectors before entering the Stadium. The Yankees strongly encourage all visitors to budget extra time for arrival and entry to Yankee Stadium for all home games.

Fans holding paid tickets for Monday’s game may use them for the rescheduled game or exchange their paid tickets for any regular season game at the Stadium through the end of the 2016 season, subject to availability.

Fans holding complimentary (COMP) tickets for Monday’s game must use them for the rescheduled game. COMP tickets or equivalent tickets bear no cash value and do not have any additional benefits that may be offered to tickets with a dollar value.

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Randolph to be honored at 69th Old Timers’ Day

Seven Hall of Famers will be among the roster of former Yankees players, managers and coaches who will be on hand for the 69th annual Old-Timers’ Day Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Fans are asked to be in their seats by 4 p.m. for the ceremonies with the traditional Old-Timers’ game to follow. Pregame festivities will be aired exclusively on the YES Network. The Yankees will then play the Tigers at 7:15 p.m., also on YES. Gates will open to ticket-holders at 3 p.m.

As part of pregame ceremonies, the Yankees will honor former co-captain Willie Randolph with a Monument Park plaque. Randolph spent 13 seasons playing for the Yankees from 1976-88 and ranks third on the organization’s career list of stolen bases (251). The five-time American League All-Star (1976-77, ’80-81 and ’87) played in 37 postseason games with the Yankees from 1976-81 and won two World Series with the team (1977-78). He also spent 11 seasons coaching for the organization, serving as the club’s third base coach from 1994-2003 and bench coach in 2004, earning four additional World Series rings (1996, ‘98-2000).

The Old-Timers are headlined by Hall of Famers Yogi Berra, Wade Boggs, Whitey Ford, Goose Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson and Joe Torre. Former Yankees players and current YES Network broadcasters David Cone, John Flaherty and Paul O’Neill will also participate in the festivities.

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

Scheduled to attend (Hall of Famers in BOLD face):

Jesse Barfield, Yogi Berra, Ron Blomberg, Brian Boehringer, Wade Boggs, Scott Bradley, Scott Brosius, Dr. Bobby Brown, Homer Bush.

Chris Chambliss, Jim Coates, David Cone.

Johnny Damon, Bucky Dent, Al Downing, Brian Doyle.

Cecil Fielder, John Flaherty, Whitey Ford.

Oscar Gamble, Joe Girardi, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Ken Griffey Sr., Ron Guidry.

Charlie Hayes, Rickey Henderson, Arlene Howard (Widow), Helen Hunter (Widow).

Reggie Jackson.

Scott Kamieniecki, Pat Kelly.

Don Larsen, Jim Leyritz, Graeme Lloyd, Hector Lopez.

Jill Martin (Widow), Lee Mazzilli, Stump Merrill, Gene Michael, Gene Monahan (Trainer), Diana Munson (Widow), Kay Murcer (Widow).

Jeff Nelson.

Paul O’Neill.

Dan Pasqua, Joe Pepitone, Andy Phillips, Lou Piniella.

Willie Randolph, Bobby Richardson, Mickey Rivers.

Mel Stottlemyre, Tanyon Sturtze.

Joe Torre.

Roy White, Bernie Williams.

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.

Yanks-Bucs rained out, will play 2 Sunday

With severe rain and wind in the weather forecast Friday night, the Yankees’ scheduled inter-league game against the Pirates was postponed and rescheduled as the second game of a single-admission doubleheader Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Only tickets dated Sunday, May 18, will be valid for the twin bill that day.

The first game of the doubleheader will begin at 1:05 p.m. as originally scheduled. The second game will start approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game. Gates will open to fans with valid tickets at 11 a.m. The YES Network will broadcast both games of the doubleheader.

Fans holding paid tickets for Friday night’s game may exchange their paid tickets for any regular season game at the Stadium within 12 months of the postponed game, including this Sunday’s doubleheader, subject to availability. Complimentary (COMP) tickets for Friday night’s game are not valid for any future games. COMP tickets or equivalent tickets bear no cash value and do not have any additional benefits that may be offered to ticket(s) with a dollar value.

For complete information about the Yankees’ rainout policy, please visit For tickets purchased through Yankees Ticket Exchange, please visit or call 1-800-355-2396 for complete information about its rainout policy.

Yankees pitch in to assemble USO Big Apple Packs

Yankee Stadium’s Great Hall will be the site starting at 10:30 p.m. Thursday where some 150 volunteers will help assemble approximately 5,000 USO Big Apple Packs for active servicemen and servicewomen.

Yankees front office employees, service members and veterans will be present to help prepare care packages for those serving in our Armed Forces. Additionally, volunteers from PepsiCo, FedEx, ESPN and Disney will also participate.

On hand to lend support to the cause will be Yankees manager Joe Girardi and former Yankees pitcher and current YES Network analyst David Cone. They will help assemble packs with various items, including Yankees memorabilia. The USO will distribute the packs to troops serving in remote units in Afghanistan during this holiday season.

The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. It provides a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases stateside and abroad, quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. It also provides critical support to forward-deployed troops, military families, Wounded Warriors and their families and families of the fallen. For more information about the USO of Metropolitan New York, visit

Women empowering women at Stadium

The women of Yankee Stadium joined forces with Same Sky to honor the HIV-positive women artisans who have hand-crafted bracelets through its trade-not-aid initiative to affect change in Rwanda.

Founded in 2008, Same Sky is a fair-trade company whose mission is to inspire a movement of women empowering women as part of the global effort of lifting women out of poverty by giving them tools to become entrepreneurs and lead self-sustaining lives. The bracelets are made of hand-blown glass beads and crocheted by women artisans. Each bracelet carries the signature of the woman who made it.

Thanks to the women of Yankee Stadium, Same Sky expanded its facilities in Rwanda and now embraces the women of the Abataka Collective in Lusaka, Zambia. The new lighter, thinner Prosperity bracelets are intricately crocheted and made of delicate seed beads on a stretchy cord.

Friday night’s event in the H&R Block Suite Club was hosted by Safe Sky founder Francine LeFrak, Yankees assistant general manager Jean Afterman and Mindy Franklin Levine of Women of the New York Yankees organization, Legends Hospitality, the YES Network and Securitas to bring awareness to this cause.

“The Yankees’ brand is a global brand,” Ackerman said. “We can bring attention to this effort. We don’t think of it as a traditional fund-raiser. The goal is for this program to be self-sustaining. It’s great to see [team president] Randy Levine and [general manager] Brian Cashman wearing the colored bracelets.”

Funds collected from the sale of the bracelets are used to pay the salaries of the women who make them, which rose in one year from 34 to 75. More information about the movement is available at

No Jeter in Subway Series

Derek Jeter in the Subway Series?

Forget about it.

The Captain is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday, but he won’t be returning to the Yankees on schedule. Jeter is making progress while on injury rehabilitation in Tampa, Fla., but the Yankees want him to play in minor league games – at least two, probably – before he returns to the club, so he will not play in the three-game series against the Mets at Citi Field that starts Friday night.

Jeter has been taking batting and fielding practice and running the bases in the Tampa workouts while recovering from a strained right calf that landed him on the DL June 14. If all continues to go well, Jeter could be back with the Yankees by July 4, which is Monday when they begin a three-game series at Cleveland, or the club may decide to wait until they return from the road and play a four-game set at Yankee Stadium against the Rays leading up to the All-Star break.

But the Subway Series is out, which is tough news for Jeter because he has always seemed to be at his competing against the Mets.

A .323 career hitter in inter-league play with a record total of 326 hits, Jeter is off the charts vs. the Mets with a .381 batting average, a .435 on-base percentage and a .575 slugging percentage in 320 at-bats. DJ has totaled 19 doubles, 2 triples, 13 home runs and 43 RBI and is 18-for-19 in stolen bases against his Queens neighbors.

And that is just in the regular season. Remember, in the 2000 World Series, the only postseason matchup of the New York teams, Jeter batted .409 with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 2 RBI and was selected the Most Valuable Player, becoming the first player to win MVP honors in the same season in both the World Series and the All-Star Game, which he won at Turner Field in Atlanta.

In the first Subway Series this year at the Stadium May 20-22 when the Yankees won two of three games, Jeter hit .417 with 3 runs, 2 RBI, 1 stolen base and one walk in 12 at-bats. He has found success crossing over the Triboro Bridge over the years as well. DJ was 5-for-16 (.313) with 2 doubles and 2 RBI the past two seasons at Citi Field. In 34 games over 12 seasons at old Shea Stadium, Jeter batted .321 with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs and 18 RBI in 137 at-bats. In the 2000 World Series, Jeet had 5-for-13 (.385) with 1 double, 2 homers and 2 RBI at Shea.

It would have been somewhat ironic if Jeter had gotten to 3,000 hits in the home of the Mets. It definitely won’t happen there now.

Another Yankees player currently on the DL who may get back in harness this weekend will be Bartolo Colon, who just may start Saturday’s 4:10 p.m. game. Colon threw a 60-pitch simulated game Monday in Tampa and showed no signs of problems with his strained left hamstring. Phil Hughes, disabled for two months with right elbow inflammation, had a strong outing for Double A Trenton (6 1/3 innings, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts) averaging 92-94 mph on his fastball and may make a start for Triple A Scranton Monday.

You can mark your calendars for a couple of starting times that had been marked TBD (to be determined) on original schedules. ESPN has selected the Yankees-Red Sox game Aug. 7 at Fenway Park for a Sunday Night Baseball cablecast that will start at 8:10 p.m. The Aug. 14 game between the Yankees and Rays at the Stadium will begin at 1:05p.m. on the YES Network.

YU members enjoy special event

More than 400 Yankees Universe members of the Champion and MVP levels attended a special event in the Great Hall at Yankee Stadium Tuesday and got a chance to meet general manager Brian Cashman and other Yankees celebrities.

Cashman was joined by former Yankees stars Jeff Nelson and Charlie Hayes, assistant general manager Jean Afterman, YES Network analyst John Flaherty and WCBS radio announcer Suzyn Waldman for the 90-minute autograph and photo session.

It was the first of four events scheduled for this season. The others will be Aug. 23, Aug. 24 and Sept. 6. Events are open to Yankees Universe members on the MVP and Champion levels.

Gates for Sunday’s Old Timers’ Day open at 10 a.m.

Fans planning to attend Sunday’s 65th annual Old Timers’ Day are encouraged to get to Yankee Stadium early. Gates will open at 10 a.m. with the Old Timers’ Day ceremonies to start at 11:30 a.m., followed by the traditional, two-inning Old Timers’ Day game. The regularly scheduled inter-league game between the Yankees and the Rockies will have a first pitch of 2:20 p.m. The entire day’s activities will be cablecast on the YES Network.

Bernie Williams and former managers Lou Piniella and Joe Torre will be making their Old Timers’ Day debuts. “Sweet Lou” will be putting on a Yankees uniform for the first time since 1988. Torre, whose Yankees teams defeated Piniella’s Seattle Mariners in the 2000 and 2001 post-seasons, is still active in the game as Major League Baseball’s vice president for baseball operations.

They will be among 50 former Yankees on hand for the ceremonies. Other headliners among returning Old Timers will be Hall of Famers Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Reggie Jackson and Goose Gossage, plus the perfect game trio of Don Larsen, David Wells and David Cone. The Yankees will also hold a special tribute honoring long-time team trainer Gene Monahan, who will retire at season’s end after 49 years of service to the organization.

In addition, players and coaches from Yankees championship teams of the past will include Dr. Bobby Brown, Jerry Coleman, Moose Skowron, Luis Arroyo, Homer Bush, Brian Doyle, Cecil Fielder, Joe Girardi, Dwight Gooden, Ron Guidry, Charlie Hayes, Graeme Lloyd, Hector Lopez, Tino Martinez, Lee Mazzilli, Ramiro Mendoza, Gene Michael, Jeff Nelson, Graig Nettles, Joe Pepitone, Mickey Rivers, Charlie Silvera, Darryl Strawberry, Mel Stottlemyre and Roy White.

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


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