When Masahiro Tanaka pitches, the Yankees can usually count on a win. The All-Star rookie, however, is facing his first real struggles of the season.
The Yankees are no longer expecting CC Sabathia to return to their rotation this year, given the persistence of inflammation in his injured right knee.
The bad news just keeps getting worse for the Yankees. They have lost five games in a row, are below .500 for the first time since April 11, and seemingly can’t hit to save their lives. Now, their horse left-hander has again come up lame.
“I still believe in this team,” Girardi said. “We just need to play better. It’s a lot of different phases. You can look at almost every phase and say we need to play better and we have to find a way to get it done.”
Until a week ago, rookie Chase Whitley was doing a wonderful job filling in for the New York Yankees. Two starts later, he’s beginning to look overmatched.
New York manager Joe Girardi wasn’t promising any money back, but acknowledged that his team’s defense was a problem again Tuesday in Toronto.
Matched up against the Blue Jays for the second time in a week, Chase Whitley had the worst start of his short career.
Steve Pearce insists there was nothing wrong with his slide into Yankees third baseman Kelly Johnson. New York manager Joe Girardi would disagree.
“We went out into the field and we’re like, ’1-0 on Tanaka, here we go,’” Jose Reyes said. “But then he just shut us down.”
It was that kind of day for the Yankees, who take a two-game losing streak into a key series with division-leading Toronto this week.
The Bombers will take their slingshot offense to Seattle to continue what has already been a disappointing trip. And fans around the globe might be let down about Tuesday’s pitching matchup.
Manager Joe Girardi said he was simply being “proactive” in resting Teixeira, who missed games in late May and last week because of the wrist. Teixeira is hitting just .180 in his last 15 games.
For 66 years, Zimmer was a most popular presence at ballparks all over, a huge chaw often filling his cheek. Everyone in the game seemed to know him, and love him.
The Yankees are a mess and manager Joe Girardi, who was a guest on WFAN with Mike Francesa on Wednesday evening, is having a hard time making sense of it all.
Derek Jeter jogged down the left field line with the ball in his glove, thinking the play was over and making a rare mental oops in a resume full of memorable moments.