|HOUSTON ( FELDMAN )|
NY YANKEES ( PINEDA )
|911||HOUSTON||+170||Ov 8.5,+100||+180||Ov 8,-115|
|912||NY YANKEES||-180||Un 8.5,-120||-190||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-51||-3||45-40||4.0||0.242||0.303||4.9||0.270||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.1||5-2||6.0||0.292||0.361||4.9||0.284||0.336|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-42||-0.6||36-51||3.8||0.248||0.309||4.1||0.248||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.8||2-4||2.6||0.203||0.239||5.1||0.258||0.305|
|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)||7-4||W||155||8.5 un||O||13||10||1||9||6||1|
|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)|| |
|8/27/2014|| ||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||MCCARTHY(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|8/27/2014|| ||@ 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 had to use three key relievers for the third time in four days in a series-opening loss to the Houston Astros.
With Michael Pineda as New York's next starter, that bullpen could be stretched again.
Pineda makes his first home start since April 16 on Wednesday night when the Yankees and Astros continue this three-game set.
New York (63-60) is clearly in desperate mode to stay in playoff contention, and Tuesday's 7-4 loss did not help matters. David Robertson, the fourth of five relievers in the game after Chris Capuano lasted 5 1-3 innings, served up a tiebreaking three-run homer to red-hot slugger Chris Carter in the ninth inning.
Robertson joined Shawn Kelley and Dellin Betances as relievers to pitch for the third straight game in a four-day span - something their manager is well aware of.
"Physically they're in pretty decent shape," manager Joe Girardi said about his bullpen. "Now we've had some guys who have worked three out of four and we might have to protect them tomorrow so we'll see."
Girardi's team has batted .197 while losing six of eight and is four games behind the final AL wild-card spot.
"We're not going to let one game get us down too much," first baseman Mark Teixeira said. "I'm pretty sure we're still in the race. We've just got to score more runs and win more games."
Pineda (2-2, 1.82 ERA) returned last Wednesday when he gave up one run in five innings in a 5-3 defeat at Baltimore in which he was limited to 67 pitches. It marked his first start since April 23, with the right-hander on the disabled list since May 6 with a right shoulder muscle injury.
He is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in two home starts as he faces Houston (53-73) for the first time.
The only Astros hitter he has seen is Carter, who struck out and walked against him with Oakland in 2011.
Carter is a much bigger threat now. He has 11 homers since the All-Star break to tie Miami's Giancarlo Stanton for the major league lead and his 32 RBIs in that span lead baseball.
The slugger is batting .340 with eight homers and 19 RBIs in his past 13 games. He struck out all four times at the plate before his winning homer Tuesday.
Carter was hitting .184 with 13 homers and 30 RBIs at the end of June. He is batting .307 with major league highs of 17 homers and 42 RBIs since.
"I think you look at the success that he has had in the last six or seven weeks, I think that is the player he has the capability of being," manager Bo Porter said. "Now it's just a matter of him finishing the season strong."
Major league batting leader Jose Altuve went 1 for 3 and is hitting .421 in his last nine games. He's three hits shy of his career-high total of 177 set last year.
The Astros will turn to the pitcher who beat the Yankees on opening day in Scott Feldman (6-9, 4.45), who worked 6 2-3 scoreless innings in that 6-2 victory April 1.
The right-hander is 0-3 with a 4.70 ERA in his last three starts in the Bronx. Teixeira is 7 for 20 against him and Stephen Drew is 5 for 11.
Houston has lost his last six road starts, with Feldman going 0-4 with a 5.93 ERA.
The Astros have never captured a series in the Bronx, where they are 3-7.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 12:33:51 PM EST|