Joe Girardi’s endorsement of a rule change was supported by Royals manager Ned Yost before the teams played at Yankee Stadium.
CC Sabathia is stuck in the longest losing streak of his career, and his offense isn’t doing a whole lot to help him snap out of it.
“You talk about wanting to keep your starters on the field. Physically, it makes it really hard,” Joe Girardi said Monday. “It’s just really difficult sometimes with the schedule.”
Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner had an MRI on Thursday that confirmed he has a bone bruise in his right wrist.
The skipper isn’t happy about New York’s 3-6 record or place at the bottom of the AL East. But he’s not about to hit the panic button — especially not after nine games.
A-Rod homered, but the bullpen blew it against the O’s Wednesday and last-place New York lost its third straight series to start the season, all within the AL East.
Girardi needed something to give his team a boost, and he got it with the Betances-to-Miller progression. Now he should go back to the book. The one that will tell him to let Betances do his job in the ninth.
Coming off right knee surgery in July and making his first start since last May, the big lefty threw his fastball 88-90 mph but had good downward tilt on his slider.
Joe Torre’s presence at Yankee Stadium on Monday was both comforting and haunting. A corporeal bridge to the good times and great teams, Torre also reminds us how far the Yankees have fallen.
“I’m not going to make excuses,” Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. “He’s capable of pitching better than today, and he will.”
The bullpen is the Yankees’ biggest strength. It’s also the team’s biggest question mark — at least it is for me.
Derek Jeter is history, Alex Rodriguez is back and a new era started for the Yankees on Monday with Masahiro Tanaka’s first pitch against the Blue Jays.
If spring training was a time for hope, Opening Day is a time for belief. So go ahead. Believe.
“I’ve talked to both guys,” Girardi said. “They’re concerned about winning more than titles, in a sense of ‘I’m this guy, I’m this guy.’ That’s the sense that I’ve got from them.”
Nostalgia is in the air!