Here are some news and notes from the New York Yankees Universe.
Derek Jeter's Birthday
The Captain will celebrate his birthday on June 26 when he turns 40. It seems like only yesterday Derek Jeter was a fresh-faced kid just making it to the big leagues and now he's at the end of his career with 2014 being his last season.
As expected, Jeter is taking it all in stride and treating his 40th birthday like any other, per Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger:
“It’s like turning any number,” Jeter emphasized Wednesday. “I don't pay much attention to numbers. It feels no different to me.”
What has been difficult to deal with is how Jeter has seen more regular days off, which he and manager Joe Girardi spoke about in Castillo's article:
“I don't like days off,” Jeter said. “I don't want days off. If he decides to do it, then you have to ask him that question.”
“From a physical standpoint, I think, as you get older, it’s the recovery,” Girardi said. “It’s ahrder on a daily basis and that’s what you have to worry about with guys.”
Jeter may not like it, but this is the new reality he faces as he gets one year older.
Happy birthday to The Captain.
Prospect Luis Severino Throws No-Hitter
Unfortunately for Severino, his bullpen mates weren't able to complete the combined no-hitter, although his squad still won the game 9-3. This was just his second start for Tampa after recently being promoted.
Severino is currently the Yanks' No. 9 prospect and the top right-handed pitcher in the system. He was posting a 3-3 record and a 2.99 combined ERA in 2014 with 78 strikeouts in 72.1 innings pitched.
Rotation Stays Same vs. Red Sox
Joe Girardi announced that his rotation will remain the same for the Boston Red Sox series, per Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News:
Girardi said the Yankees will stay in rotation for Red Sox series: Nuno, Tanaka and Whitley will start vs Boston.
— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) June 25, 2014
Both Vidal Nuno and David Phelps got roughed up in their last respective starts, but Phelps' wasn't as self-inflicted.
If you aren't a fan of what the Yanks are throwing out to the mound, that may be too bad for now. No trades will happen until the deadline looms closer, thus the Yanks don't have much within to replace either Nuno or Phelps if they wanted to.
Patience is a virtue.
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