Yankee woes: Pettitte breaks ankle; Sabathia (groin) to DL

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Yankee woes: Pettitte breaks ankle; Sabathia (groin) to DL

NEW YORK -- The Yankees pitching staff suffered a double blow Wednesday, as Andy Pettitte suffered a fracture to his left ankle after he was drilled by a line drive in the lower leg on the same day they placed CC Sabathia on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained groin.

According to an MLB Tweet, Pettitte's anticipated healing time is six weeks. He will wear a boot and use crutches.

Casey Kotchman's low line drive hit Pettitte near his left ankle, the one he pushes off with, in the fifth inning of the left-hander's start against the Indians at Yankee Stadium. Pettitte took a step after the ball near the third base line before gently dropping to the infield grass.

He threw several warm-up pitches and remained in the game but came up limping after throwing his first live pitch. Manager Joe Girardi quickly popped out of the dugout and signaled for a pitching change.

Right-hander Cody Eppley came on with Kotchman on first and no one out.

As for Sabathia, the Yankees are hopeful he will only miss two starts and return to action after the All-Star break.

First impressions: Wright again the victim of poor run support

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First impressions: Wright again the victim of poor run support

CHICAGO -- First impressions of the Red Sox' 4-1 loss to the White Sox.

 

Steven Wright has a 1.67 ERA, and somehow, has three losses.

Wright was again the victim of poor run support. He pitched six innings, allowed just two runs and yet was saddled with the loss, dropping him to 2-3.

In his three losses to date, here are the scores of the games when he left: 2-0, 2-1, 2-1.

Some poor command in the third cost Wright a bit. He walked the first two hitters of the inning, and after a groundout moved the runners over, issued an intentional walk to load the bases. A groundout then scored a run for the White Sox, who never threatened again.

In fact, after the intentional walk, Wright retired 11 of the next 12 hitters he faced.

 

Carson Smith pitched as expected.

Making his Red Sox debut after missing the first month with a forearm strain, Smith retired the White Sox in order and needed just nine pitches to get the three outs.

Smith's M.O. is that he has a heavy sinker and can make hitters swing-and-miss. He got two groundouts, then overpowered Austin Jackson with a mix of sinkers and sliders for an inning-ending strikeout.

 

The Red Sox fell to 0-3 against lefty starters.

Obviously, it's an extremely small sample size. And maybe it's because the Sox haven't had a lot of looks at lefties, having faced just two in their first 25 games before Tuesday night.

Then again, Chicago starter Jose Quintana has always been tough on the Red Sox. Even before limiting them to a single run over seven innings, Quintana was 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA in six previous starts.

Boston hit the ball hard three times. Once, Hanley Ramirez homered to right. Twice, White Sox outfielders took extra bases away from David Ortiz (Austin Jackson in the first) and Jackie Bradley Jr. (Adam Eaton in the third).

 

Junichi Tazawa has been excellent, but not Tuesday night.

Tazawa came into a 2-1 game in the eighth. The first four hitters to face him went: bunt single, walk, (wild pitch), two-run double, walk.

Granted, one of the hits was a bunt. But you can't afford to issue two walks and throw a wild pitch in a one-run game.

That outing came after nine straight scoreless outings, and had been scored upon in just one of his first 11 outings.

But Tazawa couldn't locate Tuesday and it cost him.

 

Gasper: Sandoval will still help Red Sox at some point

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Gasper: Sandoval will still help Red Sox at some point

Chris Gasper does not think that Pablo Sandoval is a complete lost cause for the Boston Red Sox, because he will have ot play for the team again to rebuild his value.