New York Yankees: Nick Johnson

Game 118: Tigers @ Yankees

August, 16, 2010
8/16/10
7:01
PM ET
10:56: Now it's 2-2 as Jeter takes one, fouls one

10:55: Valverde couldn;t find the plate if you rubbed his nose in it, goes 2-0 on Jeter

10:53: Gardner walks to force in Yankees first run in 17-1/3 innings, now Jeter up with a chance to tie it, win it --or lose it with a DP

10:51: Valverde in full meltdown mode, throws one to the backstop but it comes back too quick for runners to advance; now, Detroit trainer out to see him

10:48: Valverde's not even close with 3-1 pitch to Cervelli, unless you;re talking about his Gonzo head. Walk loads the bases for Gardner with one out

10:44: Granderson;s third hit of the night brings tying run to the plate and it's . . . it's . . .it's . . . the Cisco Kid!

10:42: Cano pulls a 4-pitch walk to start the inning

10:40: Cano, Posada, Granderson trying to make up 3-run deficit vs. valverde in the ninth

10:33: Cabrera smacks Joba's 1-2 slider over the RF fence and it's 3-0 Tigers in the ninth

10:27: Cervelli going out to 3B, Posada behind the plate, Yankees lose their DH, Joba Chamberlain now pitching and -- wait for it -- batting cleanup!

wait for it10:26: Thames grounds to SS and that's it for the eighth

10:23; Girardi sends up Marcus Thames to hit for Pena

10:23: Teixeira walks and it's all up to the third-baseman. Who happens to be Ramiro Pena right now

10:15: Kearns lines a hard single to left with two out in the eighth, Teixeira coming up in a clutch spot here and Tigers go to closer Jose Valverde

10:08: Wood catches Damon looking at a fastball to end the eighth

10:04: Wood gets two quick outs, then walks Avila and Jackson, sets Johnny Mohawk up for some heroics here

9:52: You've been Cerved!. Cervelli bounces out to short to end the Yankees only threat of the night

9:49: And Phil Coke's work here is done, leaves two on, two out for RHP Ryan Perry. And Girardi has only Marcus Thames on his bench

9:47: Granderson doubles into RF corner, Posada to third, and a timely hit by Cervelli would tie the game

9:47: Injury update: A-Rod, tight left calf, Swisher tight right forearm. No tests planned

9:46: Posada's infield single with two out in the seventh is Yanks third of the night

9:44: Scherzer's line: 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6Ks. Mitre: 2-2/3IP, 1H, 1BB, 1K

9:40: Ex-Yank Phil Coke, part of the infamous Granderson-for-Austin Jackson deal, now pitching for Detroit

9:38: YES Network's Jack Curry reporting Swisher left with injured right biceps

9:36: After Mitre gets two out in the seventh, Girardi gets Wood -- Kerry Wood -- out of the pen to pitch to Raburn

9:28: Teixeira strikes out to end the inning and the boo-birds are roosting again

9:26: Kearns dribbles out to the pitcher, but real question is, what's up with Swisher now?

9:24: Jeter picks up the Yankees second hit of the game with a line single to center; Austin Kearns batting for Swisher

9:17: Mitre works out of trouble by popping up Damon, getting Boesch to tap to Cervelli. 2 runs for Tigers, 1 hit for Yanks

9:14; Swisher can't come up with Jackson's bllop to right, base hit, then Jax steals second wth one out in the sixth

9:08: Granderson gets caught stealing second to end the inning. Yankees have three hits in their last 14 innings

9:06: Scherzer walks Granderson with one out in the fifth and now his pitch count is 92 and climbing

9:00: Jeter makes his first error in 52 games, dating back to June 12, when his throw pulls Teixeira off the bag on Cabrera's grounder leading off the fifth, but Mitre works out of trouble to keep the Tigers off the board

8:50: Good news: Mitre now pitching for the Yankees. Bad news: Ramiro Pena now playing third. where's A-Rod?

8:48: Cano grounds out, inning is over. Tigers still up, 2-0, and Yankees still only have one hit

8:44: Scherzer goes 3-0 on A-Rod, battles back to full count, then gets him to pop to short right for the second out

8:40: Tigers botch Tex's infield pop up. Give E to SS Peralta, runner on first, one out, a-rod up

8:33: Boesch taps out and Javy has thrown 106 p to get through four innings

8:29: Javy's 100th pitch of the game is ball four to Damon with two out in the fourth

8:25: Javy Ks Avila on a slider for the first out

8:24: Javy starts the fourth with 84 pitches in the account already

8:21: Jeter bounces into inning-ending DP and 3B Inge flips it sidearm to first to beat Jeter

8:19: Gardner walks and Yanks have two on for Jeter

8:16: Yanks get Granderson to second on Cervelli's ground out

8:12: Yanks get first hit of the night on Granderson's liner to left, and the rain is falling again

8:09: Tichenor punches out Peralta on a FB that looked high, but Yanks and Javy are glad to have it

8:05: Inge grounds into a forceout, first and third, two out, but Cano botches the flip to Jeter so no chance for much-needed DP

8:02: Raburn lines out hard to center, then Inge just misses a home run on first pitch, lands 10 feet foul in left

8:01: Guillen singles past Jeter, Cabrera goes to second, Tigers two on, none out in the third

7:59: Never a good idea to walk the leadoff hitter but Javy does it anyway in the third

7:56: Posada strikes out and this looks like KC all over again

7:51: A-Rod swings through 92 MPH heater and Scherzer has now K'd three of first four Yankees

7:46: Javy doesn;t get the call on 2-2 fastball by HP ump Todd Tichenor, comes right back to K Boesch on curveball

7:43: Fans running for the exits but it has nothing to do with Javy--it's raining again in th eBronx

7:40: Javy walks Damon to load the bases for Boesch

7:39: as Javy laobors against Johnny Mohawk, Sergio Mitre gets up in the Yankee pan

7:38: Javy bringin the gas, hits the big 9-0 for the first time against Jackson, who flies out to deep center

7:37: Birds are in the house -- boo-birds, that is -- as Javy walks No. 9 hitter Avila on four pitches

7:34: Javy sneaks a 94 MPH Fb past Inge, but Peralta singles, Tigers have man on first, one out in the second

7:32: Ryan Rabun has left the building via the Javy Helicopter, a curveball that did nothing but spin. 2-0 Tigers

7:30: Carlos Guillen smacks Javy's first offering of the second inning into the RF corner for a leadoff double

7:26: swisher goes down looking at 96 MPH heat, two down

7:24: Jeter flings away the bat on a 3-2 pitch, but it's not ball 4, its strike 3

7:20: Javy K's Miguel Cabrera with a FB clocked at 89

7:17: Javy has gotten ahead of every hitter so far, but gives up two-out single to Boesch on 0-2 changeup

7:16: Damon breaks his bat on soft liner back to Vazquez, two out

7:12: Johnny Damon gets a great hand from the crowd, tips his helmet before stepping in

7:11: Javy throws a FB (88) past Jackson for the first out

7:09: Javier Vazquez' first pitch is an 84-MPH fastball to Austin Jackson

Pre-Game Clubhouse Chatter: Standard-issue Yankee lineup vs. right-hander, minus Lance Berkman, whose sprained rigfht ankle is too sore and swollen for him to play tonight. Berkman's status is day-to-day . . . Andy Pettitte and Alfredo Aceves are both oin schedule to throw Tuesday, Pettitte playing catch and if all goes well, throwing off a mound in Tamps and Aceves working "three or 40''--three innings or 40 pitches, whatever comes first, for AA Trenton . . . Surprising news from Joe Girardi; "I think Nick Johnson's wrist hurts again. He's been doing some work and it's sore. I'm not sure exactly what it means, but kind of a setback for him. It doesn't look too good.'' In other words, see you in 2011 . . . After being shut down on sunday in Kansas City by Bryan Bullington, a right-hander they had never seen before, the Yankees find themselves in a similar situation tonight with Max Scherzer, who is making his first start against them. Only two players in the starting lineup, Curtis Granderson (1-3) and Mark Teixeira (0-1) have ever faced Scherzer. . . Johnny Damon exchanged greetings and hugs behind the batting cage with Girardi, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Teixeira. Interestingly, Damon and Granderson, one of the players the Yankees acquired in the off-season to replace Damon, crossed paths on the field but did not speak.

Here are tonight's lineups. First pitch at 7:05 p.m.:

Tigers

Jackson CF
Damon DH
Boesch RF
Cabrera 1B
Guillen 2B
Raburn LF
Inge 3B
Peralta SS
Avila C
Scherzer RHP

Yankees

Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada DH
Granderson CF
Cervelli C
Gardner LF
Vazquez RHP

Pregame notes: Mitre making progress

July, 3, 2010
7/03/10
1:26
PM ET
Right-hander Sergio Mitre threw in the bullpen on Friday in Tampa and is scheduled to throw two "innings" in the bullpen on Monday. Mitre was placed on the 15-day DL on June 15 with a strained left oblique. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it would be "reasonable" to expect Mitre back soon after the All-Star break.

Girardi said Mitre is further along in his rehabilitation than righty reliever Alfredo Aceves. Aceves is slated to throw 40-45 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday, using his full repertoire of pitches. He went on the disabled list on May 12 with a strained lower back.

STILL NICK'ED UP: DH/OF Nick Johnson will take swings with a fungo bat today and hit 20 balls off of a tee. If Johnson doesn't suffer any setbacks, he will head to Tampa to continue rehabilitation from right wrist surgery. There is no timetable for Johnson's return.

Johnson had surgery on May 18 to repair the injured wrist.

"I just want to keep moving in the right direction," said Johnson, who has been on the disabled list nine time in a 10-year career.

ALL-STAR ALMOST ALL DONE: Girardi said he has done his due diligence regarding All-Star selections and is nearly through with the process. Girardi will manage the American League team in the All-Star Game in Anaheim on July 13 in Anaheim.

The starters for the game are selected by a fan vote. The remaining reserves and pitchers are selected by a player vote and Girardi. The team will be announced on Sunday at noon.

"I've made my decisions for the most part," Girardi said.

If Girardi were managing the National League, it sounded as if he'd bypass Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg (2-2, 2.27 ERA) has 48 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings.

"The kid is a great talent, but there are a lot of guys who have logged in 100 innings already," Girardi said.
Leading up to Thursday night's game with Tampa Bay, the Yankees placed Jorge Posada (foot) on the 15-day disabled list and sent reliever Mark Melancon to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Bombers promoted catcher Chad Moeller and infielder Kevin Russo; Nick Johnson was moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Moeller on the 40-man roster.

Russo has been getting some playing time in the outfield as well at Scranton, and manager Joe Girardi said he could play in the outfield as well up here, considering all the recent injuries. "Russo can do a lot of different things," Girardi said.
It is beautiful here at the Stadium and no one may be happier for today than Mark Teixeira, because April is over.

How bad was Teixeira's April? His .136 batting average was the worst by a Yankee in March\April since Jesse Barfield hit .125 in 1992, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

Along with Nick Johnson's .138 average, it is the first time the Yankees have two players with average below .140 through April since Joel Skinner (.104) and Dan Pasqua (.130) in 1987.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146