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.
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was out of the lineup for a third straight day Wednesday because of soreness in his surgically repaired right wrist.
“I think it’s just something he’s going to go through for a while,” Girardi said. “He said there was some improvement but it’s not exactly what we want, so we’ll wait and see.”
The Chicago Cubs were an unlikely team to snap Masahiro Tanaka’s unbeaten streak with the worst record in the majors coming into the game. This time, the long shot prevailed.
There is just no way around it, the Yankees are going to need some help.
The Yankees manager has no idea why home plate umpire Jerry Layne was so quick with the hook in Tuesday’s loss to the Mets. “I’m shocked. I’m still shocked,” Girardi said.
After going 4-0 last year for their first season sweep of the Yankees, the Mets picked up right where they left off last May. “You know in this ballpark the game’s never over,” David Wright said.
The pine tar glistened on Michael Pineda’s neck, improving his grip and inviting trouble at Fenway Park. He got both.
Joe Girardi doesn’t expect to be fined for pushing a television camera to keep it from showing pitcher Michael Pineda walking in the tunnel from the team’s dugout to the clubhouse.
Nobody wins divisions in April. But a team can certainly dig itself a hole deep enough to lose one. The Yanks prevented that Sunday — against a team many pick as the cream of the AL East crop.
The real issues come with the fans who are just now showing up, and then heading home disappointed for missing their only chance to see Derek Jeter in person. The question for them is, “Where ya been?”
Yankees captain Derek Jeter is getting a day off to rest and Boston star Dustin Pedroia is getting a fresh start in the leadoff spot.
David Ortiz looked at a cell phone photograph of Michael Pineda’s right hand, one with a brown substance smeared across the palm. Pine tar or dirt? It may never be clear.
Blocking the plate used to be an “at your own risk” proposition for a catcher. MLB is trying to change that. Unfortunately, as we saw in Saturday’s 4-0 Yankees loss to the Blue Jays, it’s not going to be so easy.