Friday, Sep 7, 2012, 6:10 PM CDT
Great American Ball Park
Chipper's final game, and of course he's not in the lineup.
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BALTIMORE (AP) — The New York Yankees fear first baseman Mark Teixeira aggravated a leg injury in an ill-fated sprint to first base, and the severity of his strained left calf will determine if he returns to play this season.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Cleveland Indians activated infielder Lonnie Chisenhall from the 60-day disabled list before Sunday’s game at Minnesota.
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From Bryan Hoch:
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is scheduled to have a MRI on his ailing left calf Monday in New York and probably won?t be available to play in this week?s series against the Red Sox, manager Joe Girardi said.At this point I'm really starting to believe that all these injuries will just be too much for this team to overcome. I hope I'm wrong, but nothing that has happened since the All-Star break gives me much confidence.
Teixeira reaggravated his calf strain on the ninth-inning dive into first base on Saturday against the Orioles. The Yankees are hopeful that Teixeira isn?t back to the original level of injury and that a few days of rest might get him back into the lineup, but they?ll know more after the MRI.
Girardi admitted that there is concern that Teixeira could be out for the rest of the season.
?There?s part of me that wonders that,? Girardi said. ?There?s basically three and a half weeks, and if it does go back to square one, then I really wonder.?
AA Tulsa: W 4-1 (tied 2-2 in best-of-five series)
The Drillers got a sound outing from Brandon Hynick and the bullpen, allowing them to even up their playoff series against the Springfield Cardinals. Hynick allowed one run on six hits and two walks while striking out five. Zach Simons and Coty Woods combined for three scoreless frames to shut the door on the Cards.
Chris Pettit and Tim Torres both hit homers for Tulsa, while Torres, Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado had two hits apiece. Troy Tulowitzki went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, dropping his Double-A batting average to .200.
The fifth and deciding game will be played this afternoon in Springfield. The gritty, gutty Dan Houston will be on the mound for the Drillers.
A+ Modesto: L 5-4 (down 0-1 in best-of-five series)
The Nuts made a couple of miscues on defense, and that appears to be the difference between getting out of Bakersfield with a win and what actually happened. Rafael Ortega had two more hits -- including a triple -- which raised his playoff batting average to .571. Jayson Langfels homered and Jared Clark doubled, as well
Kennil Gomez allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out four. Nick Schnaitmann struck out the side in the bottom of the eighth inning
Game 2 will take place this afternoon in Bakersfield.
More recaps after the jump.
A Asheville: W 4-3 (won best-of-three series, 2-1)
The Tourists advanced to the South Atlantic League championship round after dispatching of Rome on Saturday behind a big two-run homer from Jordan Ribera in the seventh inning, which broke a 2-2 tie. Taylor Featherston had a couple of hits to help the cause, while Samuel Mende singled and walked twice.
Chris Jensen was very good, allowing two runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk.
The Tourists' best-of-five championship series against Greensboro will start on Monday night in Asheville.
RK Grand Junction: W 8-7 (tied 1-1 in best-of-three series)
The GJ Rockies stayed alive in their best-of-three series against Ogden, thanks to a go-ahead RBI single from Wilfredo Rodriguez in the top of the 11th inning. Rodriguez, along with Julian Yan, led the team with three hits on the night. David Dahl and Matt Wessinger had two apiece, while Ben Waldrip hit a key three-run homer as part of a five-run eighth inning for the Rockies.
Jayson Aquino had what was probably the worst outing of his stateside career thus far, as he allowed five runs on four hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. However, he did strike out eight.
The series finale will go down late this afternoon in Ogden.
Sunday, Sep 9, 2012, 11:05 AM MDT
Citizens Bank Park
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Sunny. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.
Doubleheaders are awesome, even when both teams are, more or less, out of playoff contention. Game 1 features a pretty lopsided pitching matchup, but Chatwood has shown the ability to hang in there, although he has regressed in his last few starts. We'll see if he can keep the Phillies, who struck out a ton against Jeff Francis of all people, off balance.
I'll post a separate game thread for Game 2, although the wraps may come at the same time, unless Game 1 is a short one.
Lineups after the jump...
1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF2. Josh Rutledge (R) SS3. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF4. Wilin Rosario (R) C5. Andrew Brown (R) RF6. Chris Nelson (R) 3B7. Matt McBride (R) 1B8. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B9. Tyler Chatwood (R) P
1. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS2. Nate Schierholtz (L) RF3. Chase Utley (L) 2B4. Ryan Howard (L) 1B5. John Mayberry (R) CF6. Domonic Brown (L) LF7. Erik Kratz (R) C8. Michael Martinez (S) 3B9. Cole Hamels (L) P
NEW YORK (AP) — Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is out of the starting lineup for his last game in New York against the Mets, a bittersweet finish against the team he’s tormented throughout his 19 seasons in the major leagues.
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Sunday, Sep 9, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT
Sunny. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.
Yesterday night, the Miami Marlins had to sit through some terrible weather while fearing the inevitable insertion of Heath Bell into the ninth inning to save a game. He did not save a game, and Chad Gaudin failed to hold a tie as the Marlins lost in extras to the Washington Nationals 7-6. This afternoon, the Marlins will look to turn disappointment into at least a feeling of calm as they send Ricky Nolasco to the mound for the series finale versus the Washington Nationals.Pitching Matchup
Ricky Nolasco dominated Washington Nationals hitters in his last outing against them, throwing a complete game shutout with six strikeouts. In fact, his last two starts have looked like the player better known as "Good Ricky," the elusive former top starter with tantalizing stuff that had bouts of problems with runners on base (the infamous "Bad Ricky" side). The Fish are hoping for three Good Ricky starts in a row today.
Edwin Jackson is exactly who we thought he was and exactly who he has been for four straight seasons. Man, wouldn't it be nice to have him on the team?
- The prophecy of this week continues, as I stuck around for yesterday's game and, despite the early lead, we ended up losing. I may hedge my bets and check out early today in an attempt to rally the team, but I will be around for at least a little while.
Bold Prediction: Nationals def. Marlins 5-2