It didn’t matter that David Robertson had already pitched two days in a row. The Yankees desperately needed to preserve a ninth-inning lead, and their closer insisted he was capable.
Even the Bombers acknowledge they are running out of time. With just 20 games remaining, they have a 5½-game deficit to overcome for the AL’s second wild card.
But the reality is that this team may not be capable of any such feat. It’s actually a near miracle that their proximity to the last wild card will make for a meaningful September.
Maybe Yankees manager Joe Girardi got lucky with his 26th career ejection: He didn’t have to watch from the dugout as New York blew a late lead in a painful defeat.
Derek Jeter would hate to slip into retirement without one last foray into the postseason, yet with every defeat comes the realization that his final season could end before October.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka made 50 throws from 60 feet before Tuesday night’s game against Detroit. That’s twice as many tosses as Tanaka took Monday in his first action since being shut down in early July.
The job he’s doing in his seventh year is perhaps the best of his career. Joe Girardi has managed to keep this undermanned team on the edge of contention, with an assist from his GM.
Once the rain arrived, Ron Washington’s team never got another chance to come back: “This game shouldn’t come to us losing it. It should have been suspended.”
Teixeira will be sidelined for at least three games because of a strained muscle in his back, the latest injury to slow the Yankees’ leading run producer.
Shane Greene had little trouble finding the plate. Throwing to first was his problem. The rookie right-hander wasn’t the only player in pinstripes to struggle Monday night.
After hearing a particular sound bite of Yankees manager Joe Girardi following Sunday’s 3-2 Bombers win over the Reds, Boomer and Craig were magically wisped away…
Joe Girardi had just sat through a rain delay that lasted longer than the game itself. It was enough to make a manager want to throw the rule book in the trash.
Good fortune certainly smiles if the kid works out. If he doesn’t, then the position goes down the tubes. If enough spots follow, then the season goes out the window.
New York’s 9-3 loss to the Indians was overshadowed by the news that rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.
The 25-year-old right-hander will attempt nonsurgical rehab on his injured ulnar collateral ligament. Cashman did not rule out season-ending, reconstructive “Tommy John” surgery.