|HOUSTON ( OBERHOLTZER )|
NY YANKEES ( CAPUANO )
|961||HOUSTON||+145||Ov 8.5,-115||+155||Ov 8.5,+100|
|962||NY YANKEES||-155||Un 8.5,-105||-165||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-22||-1.3||16-21||4.0||0.241||0.308||4.4||0.262||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.5||4-3||5.3||0.282||0.348||4.9||0.291||0.350|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-17||-0.9||14-18||4.2||0.250||0.303||4.5||0.266||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.1||1-5||2.0||0.188||0.225||4.6||0.243||0.278|
|8/5/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||1-2||L||-110||7.5 ov||U||6||8||1||9||12||0|
|8/6/2014||PEACOCK(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BUCHANAN(R)||3-10||L||130||8.5 un||O||10||7||0||12||4||1|
|8/7/2014||MCHUGH(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||O'SULLIVAN(R)||5-6||L||-110||8 un||O||8||2||0||10||2||0|
|8/14/2014||FELDMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)||4-9||L||150||9 un||O||8||6||0||14||7||1|
|8/15/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||5-3||W||140||8.5 un||U||12||10||0||6||5||1|
|8/16/2014||PEACOCK(R)||@ BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)||7-10||L||160||9 ov||O||12||10||1||13||7||0|
|8/17/2014||MCHUGH(R)||@ BOSTON||KELLY(R)||8-1||W||115||8.5 ov||O||11||7||0||8||9||0|
|8/19/2014||OBERHOLTZER(L)||@ NY YANKEES||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|8/20/2014||FELDMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PINEDA(R)|| |
|8/21/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|8/22/2014||PEACOCK(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|8/23/2014||MCHUGH(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)|| |
|8/24/2014||OBERHOLTZER(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|8/26/2014|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|8/11/2014||CAPUANO(L)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)||3-11||L||105||8.5 un||O||5||7||0||14||6||3|
|8/13/2014||PINEDA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||3-5||L||100||8 un||P||6||4||0||6||2||0|
|8/15/2014||MCCARTHY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||0-5||L||120||7 un||U||7||7||2||8||5||0|
|8/16/2014||GREENE(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SMYLY(L)||3-2||W||130||7 un||U||7||3||0||7||7||1|
|8/17/2014||KURODA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||4-2||W||-105||7 ev||U||8||8||0||5||4||2|
|8/22/2014||GREENE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|8/23/2014||KURODA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)|| |
|8/24/2014||CAPUANO(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|8/25/2014||PINEDA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|8/26/2014|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|HOUSTON: HOUSTON (AP) - Coming off three straight 100-loss seasons, the Houston Astros are confident they'll be better this year.|
How much? They aren't putting a number on that. But after setting a franchise record with a whopping 111 defeats, they have a simple target.
''It's our goal to be the most improved team in major league baseball (and) I believe ... we have the group together and we can actually accomplish that,'' second-year manager Bo Porter said.
There are several reasons why the Astros are certain they can improve. They brought in several established players this offseason to pair with the many young players who got their first significant playing time last season. They also could get some reinforcements soon from top prospects who are inching closer to being major league ready.
General manager Jeff Luhnow's rebuilding plan has already boosted Houston's minor league system from the worst in baseball to one of the best. He expects that work to start paying dividends this season in the majors.
''We have a young team. We're still going to make some mistakes,'' he said. ''Our young players have improved but still need some development. We brought in some veterans to help stabilize the team this year. We're going to see a big improvement as a result of those two dynamics.''
|NY YANKEES: NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Jeter is saying goodbye. Masahiro Tanaka is saying hello.|
Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran are new to the Bronx; David Robertson is new to the closer's role. And Alex Rodriguez is nowhere to be seen.
Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte have retired, and Robinson Cano has moved to Seattle.
After missing the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years, the New York Yankees will look a whole lot different. And for the first time since 1998, they don't have baseball's highest payroll.
''I think it is probably the biggest transition I've been through,'' manager Joe Girardi says.
For only the second time in team history and the first time since 1947, every position on opening day other than the mound will be manned by a different Yankees player on opening day than in New York's previous opener.
New York's forgettable 2013 season began with an 8-2 loss to Boston, with Kevin Youkilis at first, Cano at second, Eduardo Nunez at shortstop, Jayson Nix at third, Francisco Cervelli behind the plate, Vernon Wells in left, Brett Gardner in center and Ichiro Suzuki in right.
The only holdover for Tuesday's opener at Houston figures to be Gardner, who has shifted to left. The rest of the starting lineup figures to have McCann behind the plate, Mark Teixeira at first, Brian Roberts at second, Jeter at shortstop, Kelly Johnson at third, Ellsbury in center and Beltran in right.
CC Sabathia will be the constant on the mound. He's coming off the poorest of his 13 major league seasons at 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA.
''Nobody wants to go through that again,'' he says. ''It sticks with me a lot. Just being disappointed in not being able to help this team win. I feel like if I could have been a little better we might have made the playoffs. I blamed myself for a long time in the offseason and now I'm over it and ready to go this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Astros-Yankees Preview* ========================
Houston (52-73) at New York (63-59), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The New York Yankees finished a poor trip in strong fashion as they return home to face two fourth-place teams.
The Houston Astros, however, may not be pushovers thanks to the production of major league batting leader Jose Altuve and slugger Chris Carter.
Chris Capuano is still searching for his first win with the Yankees as he gets the ball Tuesday night in this three-game series opener.
New York (63-59) ended a season-high five-game slide by winning 3-2 on Saturday at Tampa Bay before taking Sunday's finale 4-2 to cap a 2-3 trip that began with two defeats to AL East-leading Baltimore.
"Well it's not what we wanted but it's better than it looked as of Friday night as of 10:30, that's for sure at 0-3," manager Joe Girardi said. "Hopefully this carries over and we get on another good roll when we get back home."
The Yankees are trying to hang in a wild-card race in which three teams ahead of them are all at least 10 games above .500. This homestand represents a good chance to pile up victories against Houston and the Chicago White Sox although Jacoby Ellsbury is in a 1-for-20 slump and Carlos Beltran a 1-for-25 slide.
New York hasn't scored more than four runs in any of its last seven games and that may not be good enough against Houston.
The Astros (52-73) are averaging an AL-best 4.6 runs since the All-Star break with the Yankees well behind them at 3.8.
Houston has been led by Altuve, who is hitting .339 and is four hits shy of his career-high total of 177 set last year. The second baseman is 15 for 35 in his last eight games, posting his major league-best 53rd multihit effort with four hits including his first career grand slam in Sunday's 8-1 rout at Boston.
"I'll tell you, he's been doing it all year," manager Bo Porter said. "There's no surprise to us, you grow accustomed to feeling like if he (doesn't) get two hits, something's wrong."
Carter leads the majors with 29 RBIs since the All-Star break to go with an AL-best 10 homers in that span. He's batting .341 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs in his last 11 games.
Capuano (1-3, 4.13 ERA) has made 12 career starts against the Astros, but doesn't have much experience against hitters on this youthful club with a notable exception in Dexter Fowler, who is 5 for 17 versus him and has posted three straight two-hit efforts.
Altuve 1 for 3 against Capuano, who has never faced Carter.
The left-hander is 0-2 with a 4.13 ERA in four starts with New York, allowing four runs in six innings last Monday in an 11-3 defeat to the Orioles.
The Astros will also start a southpaw in Brett Oberholtzer (4-8, 3.87), who is 0-2 with a 4.09 ERA in two career starts against the Yankees heading into his first in the Bronx.
Oberholtzer is 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in his last six outings, with the Astros winning five straight before he surrendered one run in seven innings of Wednesday's 3-1 defeat to Minnesota.
Houston won two of three over New York to open the season after losing 13 of 15 previous meetings.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 3:02:57 AM EST|