Player Notes - Tampa Bay and NY Yankees
Tampa Bay
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
HotJames Loney1BRays first baseman James Loney has batted .500 for his career against Baltimore right-hander Bud Norris.Loney doesn't peovide much power, but he's always hit for a decent average and can pick it around the first base bag. He's batting .299 in 24 August games.8/28/2014 10:22:00 AM
HotDrew SmylySPRays starter Drew Smyly held the Orioles to one run on two hits over seven innings Wednesday night.Smyly has gone 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA, a 0.69 WHIP and 29 Ks in 36 innings since the Tigers traded him to the Rays for David Price on July 31.8/27/2014 9:57:00 PM
Evan Longoria3BTampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria has started as the DH the past two games due to a sore forearm, according to mlb.com.Longoria says he played through the injury for five days and hopes to be back at third base Wednesday. He said it doesn't bother him when he hits.8/26/2014 10:09:00 PM
Jake OdorizziSPTampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi served up four dingers Monday at Baltimore.He allowed eight runs on 11 hits in four innings. The right-hander had given up one homer in his previous 22 2/3 innings and 13 homers in 136 1/3 innings this season prior to Monday. Odorizzi has given up 13 home runs and posted a 5.61 ERA on the road this season, compared to a 3.18 ERA and four home runs at home.8/25/2014 10:06:00 PM
Yunel EscobarSSRays shortstop Yunel Escobar won't be traded to the Athletics, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.The A's claimed Escobar off revocable waivers, but the Rays have pulled him back. Escobar's offense has been in decline for years and he also has a negative UZR at shortstop for the first time in his career. As a result, he's been worse than replacement level this season (-0.1 WAR).8/25/2014 6:01:00 PM
ColdDesmond JenningsCFTampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is just a .100 hitter (2-for-20) against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman.Jennings was supposed to be the next "Carl Crawford" but he's not even at that level. He's a 12 HR, 20 SB guy ... at best, while Crawford was a 13 HR, 50 SB guy for multiple seasons.8/25/2014 9:50:00 AM
Evan Longoria3BTampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria is a career .433 hitter with five home runs against Baltimore starter Chris Tillman.That's the most home runs by any hitter off Tillman. Longoria continues to produce below expectations and its time to admit he's not going to reach last year's totals and will probably never reach the levels we expected when he exploded onto the scene as a rookie in 2008.8/25/2014 9:44:00 AM
HotChris ArcherSPRays starter Chris Archer has recorded a 1.99 ERA and 39 strikeouts over 31 2/3 innings this month.Archer walks a lot of batters (3.43 BB/9), but he has given up just six homers all year and struck out 147 batters in 157 1/3 innings. The right-hander held the Blue Jays to one run on six hits and struck out six over seven innings Sunday.8/24/2014 5:33:00 PM
HotJeremy HellicksonSPRays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson has recorded a 2.61, a 1.08 WHIP and a 33/9 K/BB over 38 innings since he returned from elbow surgery.Hellickson missed the first three months of the season and he didn't make it out of the fifth inning in his first three starts, but he's looked sharp in his last four. In that span, he's gone 1-1 with a 2.22 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP. He struck out a season-high eight batters and allowed two runs on three hits over 6 1/3 innings Saturday at Toronto.8/23/2014 4:47:00 PM
Logan Forsythe2BTampa Bay 2B Logan Forsythe is in the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays.He's hitting .245 with a .658 OPS, five homers and 20 RBI in 241 at-bats this season, but he has a .773 OPS against lefties and is 5-for-7 (.714) with two doubles and a walk against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle. Ben Zobrist, the usual starting second baseman, is in right field, Brandon Guyer is in left and Sean Rodriguez is at first base while Matt Joyce, Kevin Kiermaier and James Loney are out of the lineup.8/23/2014 12:53:00 PM


NY Yankees
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
HotShane GreeneRPYankees starter Shane Greene struck out eight and limited the Tigers to two runs on five hits over seven innings in Wednesday's win.Greene had a 4.61 ERA in Triple-A this season, but he's gone 4-1 with a 3.09 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings with the big club. The Yankees have gone 7-2 in Greene's starts.8/27/2014 10:44:00 PM
Carlos BeltranRFYankees right fielder Carlos Beltran is a lifetime .154 hitter (2-for-13) with four strikeouts against Tigers pitcher David Price.Beltran went 2-for-4 on Tuesday against Detroit but owners should be wary of his lack of success against the former AL CY Young winner. 8/27/2014 1:18:00 PM
ColdMark Teixeira1BYankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is a lifetime .204 hitter (11-for-54) against Tigers pitcher David Price. He does, however, hit for some power against Price, as Teixeira has three home runs and seven RBI.Teixeira returned to the lineup on Tuesday and went 0-for-4. He has 20 home runs in 347 at-bats, but is hitting .233.8/27/2014 12:41:00 PM
Brian McCannCYankees catcher Brian McCann is a career .417 hitter (5-for-12) with three home runs and five RBI against Tigers starter David Price.McCann has a five-game hitting streak, in which he is hitting .313 with a home run and four RBI. The catcher had a pinch-hit walkoff home run on Sunday. McCann never really recovered from his terrible start this season. It looked like he was making strides as he hit .287 in July, but he has followed that up with a .229 batting average in August.8/27/2014 11:27:00 AM
Brett GardnerLFYankees left fielder Brett Gardner (ankle) believe he will be back in the Yankees' lineup on Wednesday according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.Gardner has not played since fouling a ball off his ankle on Saturday. The left fielder is hitting .269 with 15 home runs, 52 RBI, 77 runs and 19 steals this year.8/27/2014 10:02:00 AM
HotJacoby EllsburyCFYankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-4 with two solo homers Tuesday at Detroit.Ellsbury came into the game 8-for-13 (.615) with a pair of homers against Tigers starter Rick Porcello. The center fielder has gone 15-for-31 with three homers, seven RBI and six runs in his last eight games.8/26/2014 11:01:00 PM
ColdMark Teixeira1BYankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.Teixeira sat out Monday due to hamstring tightness. He has 20 home runs in 343 at-bats this season but has just nine doubles and is batting .233.8/26/2014 5:29:00 PM
ColdBrett GardnerLFYankees left fielder Brett Gardner (ankle) is not in the lineup Tuesday.He said his ankle is feeling much better and had hoped to be ready for Tuesday's game. Gardner hit .294 with 11 homers, 26 RBI and 33 runs from June 15 to Aug. 4, but he's gone 15 straight games without getting multiple hits and batted .172 in that span.8/26/2014 4:30:00 PM
HotJacoby EllsburyCFYankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Monday at Kansas City and has a favorable matchup Tuesday against Tigers starter Rick Porcello.Ellsbury is 8-for-13 (.615) with a pair of homers against Porcello. He's hit .280 with 25 doubles, two triples, 11 dingers, 58 RBI and 35 steals in 126 games. Beware, the weather forecast calls for a 70-80 percent chance of rain.8/26/2014 10:56:00 AM
ColdBrett GardnerLFYankees left fielder Brett Gardner (ankle) was not in the lineup Monday, but hopes to be back Tuesday after missing the past two games.He said his ankle is feeling much better. Gardner hit .294 with 11 homers, 26 RBI and 33 runs from June 15 to Aug. 4, but he's gone 15 straight games without getting multiple hits and batted .172 in that span.8/26/2014 9:54:00 AM