Good evening from Yankee Stadium where Max Scherzer and Bryce Harper are here to spoil the Yankees' winning streak which is now out to 6 games. Here's what we learned pregame:
- Max Scherzer "tried to elevate and do some things" last time he faced the Yankees, according to Joe Girardi, so they anticipate some fastballs up in the zone. Scherzer comes in hot, having won his first ever Pitcher of the Month in the month of May - he gave up eight earned runs in 43 innings.
- Ivan Nova threw 75 pitches in a rehab assignment and recorded 12 groundball outs, which impressed Girardi. He'll throw more pitches in his next outing, which will come in AAA. Girardi said the team probably wants Nova to throw over 85 pitches before they bring him up to the Majors, but didn't rule out Nova's next rehab outing being his last.
- Alex Rodriguez held a press conference for the spanish media and said he feels like he's a rookie again. Girardi said he's handled it well, and that he's "enjoying the game, enjoying his teammates, and his teammates enjoy him being around."
- Brendan Ryan does not have a plan yet.
- On The Draftees, Joe Girardi said he watched their scouting videos on MLB Network, and that's about it. He noted the first two picks are college kids, and that the organization hopes they're with the team quickly. Conference call coming soon.
- Jacoby Ellsbury is still hurt and there's no timetable for a rehab assignment. "Every day it's increasing slowly," Girardi said.
Masahiro Tanaka is no longer part of the injury report, and looks for his fourth win of the year. The Yankees have swept two straight series for the first time since June of 2012, when they swept three straight against the Mets, Braves, and Nationals. Another nugget - Yankee hitters have homered in six straight games.
Game thread coming shortly.