Yankees first baseman Teixeira gets RBI in rehab appearance as RailRiders win


Teixeira drives home a run in first rehab game with RailRiders

By Paul Sokoloski - [email protected]



Railriders No. 9 hitter Jonathan Diaz steals second base while Toledo second baseman Argenis Diaz can’t handle the throw at PNC Field on Tuesday.


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Railriders pitcher Luis Cessa throws a fastball against the Toledo Mud Hens.


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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira began his injury rehabilitation stint with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Tuesday night at PNC Field.


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Railriders outfielder Aaron Judge hits a single during his 4 for 5 night against the Toledo Mud Hens on Tuesday at PNC Field.


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Yankees rehabbing first baseman Mark Teixeira bats for the RailRiders against the Toledo Mud Hens on Tuesday at PNC Field.


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Railriders third baseman Donovan Solano throws to first base against the Toledo Mud Hens at PNC Field on Tuesday.


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    T.L. Express

    The buzz at PNC Field was about the start of a three-game rehab stint for Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira with the RailRiders, but big Aaron Judge created some noise of his own. The powerful right fielder lined a two-run homer to left field in the first inning, then lined a solo shot over the right field wall in the third for the first three RailRiders runs of a 9-2 victory over Toledo. Judge finished up with two singles and scored the game’s final run on a 4 for 5 night. Teixeira finished 0 for 3 with a sacrifice fly before departing after the sixth inning. He also cleanly fielded two grounders at first base and made seven putouts.

    Next Up: Mark Teixeira makes his second rehab start for the RailRiders in Wednesday’s 7:05 p.m. televised game against Toledo at PNC Field.

    Probable Pitchers: RailRiders RHP Chad Green (4-6, 1.83) vs. Toledo’s TBA.

    Fun for Fans: It’s Belly Buster Wednesday presented by Bold Gold, where tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids and include all you can eat from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Kost Pavilion. It’s also Pay It Forward Wednesday, and a portion of tickets will be donated to the Greater Pittston Community Night charity.

    On Deck: The RailRiders close their three-game set with Toledo, and the homestand, with a 7:05 p.m. game Thursday at PNC Field in what is expected to be Teixeira’s final Triple-A rehab game before he returns to the Yankees on Saturday.

    Riding the Rails: Parent Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira began a three-day rehab assignment with the RailRiders and went 0-for-1. Catcher Francisco Diaz was transferred from Single-A Tampa to the RailRiders a day after RailRiders catcher Eddy Rodriguez was placed on the seven-day disabled list, retroactive to June 16.

    On TV: Next televised game: Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. vs. Toledo, WQMY (MyTV)

    On Radio: All RailRiders games can be heard live on The Game Radio Network (100.7-FM, 106.7-FM, 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 1440-AM) with John Sadak and Darren Headrick.

    HOW THEY SCORED

    RAILRIDERS FIRST: Ben Gamel led off by bouncing a ground-rule double over the left field fence, then Aaron Judge lined a homer to left. RAILRIDERS 2-0

    RAILRIDERS THIRD: Judge went the opposite way by lining a two-out solo homer over the right field wall. RAILRIDERS 3-0

    RAILRIDERS FOURTH:Nick Swisher and Jake Cave drew one-out walks. Donovan Solano drove a deep single to center field to bring Swisher home and send Cave to third base. Pete Kozma chopped a single over third base to score Cave, then Jonathan Diaz drilled a double to left field to drive home Solano and Kozma. RAILRIDERS 7-0

    TOLEDO FIFTH: Anthony Gose bounced a one-out double over the center field fence, and one out later, he scored on Dixon Machado’s single to center. RAILRIDERS 7-1

    RAILRIDERS SIXTH: Jonathan Diaz singled, then stole second base. He moved to third on a single by Aaron Judge and scored on Mark Teixeir’s sacrifice fly to left field. RAILRIDERS 8-1

    TOLEDO SEVENTH: Anthony Gose drilled a leadoff home run. RAILRIDERS 8-2

    RAILRIDERS EIGHTH: Aaron Judge dropped a one-out single into right field, then Tyler Austin drove him home with a long double to center field. RAILRIDERS 9-2

    MOOSIC — It wasn’t exactly a career night.

    Still, Mark Teixeira will take it.

    Because the start of his injury rehabilitation stint with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Tuesday night wasn’t just a first step toward making it back to the lineup of the parent New York Yankees, it was pain-free.

    “Felt pretty good,” Teixeira said. “The knee held up good. Felt good moving around at first base, made some plays, felt good moving around first base.

    “So far, so good.”

    Teixeira finally put a good swing on a ball on an 0 for 3 night, lofting a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning of the RailRiders’ 9-2 victory over Toledo before 7,366 paid fans at PNC Field.

    He grounded one-hoppers to first base twice around a swinging strikeout during his first three at-bats for the RailRiders and played six innings at first base before departing for the night.

    “I was out front my first few at-bats,” Teixeira said. “I haven’t seen live pitching in 2 1/2 weeks. Two-and-a-half weeks in baseball is like an eternity. Just getting out there, getting in the rhythm of a game, taking your swings, that’s what it’s all about.”

    In his final at-bat, Teixeira made his best contact of the night, driving a long sacrifice fly the opposite way to left field that scored Jonathan Diaz for a 7-1 lead for the RailRiders.

    “Made a little adjustment there,” Teixeira said, “hit the ball very well.”

    The RailRiders hit it well all night, rapping 14 hits while scoring nine runs.

    Hot-hitting outfielder Aaron Judge lined two home runs in a 4 for 5 night, drilling a two-run shot over the left field wall in the first inning and lacing a solo shot over the right field fence for a 3-0 RailRiders lead in the third inning for his first multi-homer game as a pro.

    “Usually, I’m one-and-done,” grinned Judge, who now leads the RailRiders with 14 homers this season. “I just try to go up there and get a good pitch to hit and do some damage.”

    He did enough to impress major league veteran Teixeira with the power display.

    “I love Aaron Judge,” Teixeira said. “Physically, you don’t see guys like that. He has a lot of potential. Hopefully, he can have a nice long career in the Bronx.”

    Teixeira plans to return there to resume his by this weekend.

    The three-time American League All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner was placed on the Yankees disabled list June 4 with what he termed floating cartilage in his knee that locks his leg and keeps the knee from bending.

    “It is what it is,” Teixeira said. “It’s floating cartilage. Maybe one day I’ll have surgery to get it out. Hopefully it doesn’t lock up. There’s not a lot of treatment you can do for torn cartilage. With what I have, you just ice it after the game. When it starting getting bad, it was locking up just walking. It’s not like certain movements make it worse.

    “Right now, it feels good.”

    Teixeira had plenty of opportunities to test his problem knee in his first day playing for the RailRiders.

    He made a nifty stab to start a neat 3-6-1 double play in the fifth inning, then dove to the ground trying to field an errant relay throw by RailRiders shortstop Pete Kozma in the top of the sixth.

    “I wasn’t holding anything back,” Teixeira said.

    He finished with seven putouts at first and cleanly fielded both grounders that came his way, including a two-hopper to end the first inning.

    “When you’re here, you want to get some ground balls, get some action,” Teixeira said. “I need to be able to play nine innings.”

    The progression to that point will come rapidly over the next two days.

    RailRiders manager Al Pedrique said Teixeira will serve as a designated hitter for nine innings during Wednesday’s 7:05 p.m. game with Toledo at PNC Field, then play nine innings at first base and in the batting order Thursday.

    If all goes well, Teixeira believes he could be back in the Yankees lineup by Saturday.

    “I thought he looked fine,” Pedrique said. “He had that one ground ball, made a nice double play. You could see he needs to see more pitches.”

    Teixeira is sure to see plenty over the next two games at PNC Field.

    “I’m sure he’ll be fine,” Pedrique said. “A guy like him, (it’ll take) probably two, three games to get his rhythm back. I think he’s going to be fine with two more games.”

    RailRiders 9, Toledo 2

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    Machado ss`4`0`2`1

    Colline lf`4`0`1`0

    Jones cf`4`0`0`0

    Green dh`4`0`0`0

    Hicks c`3`0`0`0

    Valdespin 1b`3`0`1`0

    Diaz 2b`4`0`1`0

    Gose rf`4`2`2`1

    Bortnick 3b`4`0`0`0

    Totals`34`2`7`2

    RailRiders`AB`R`H`BI

    Gamel cf`5`1`2`0

    Judge rf`5`3`4`3

    Teixeira 1b`3`0`0`1

    Austin 1b`1`0`1`1

    Sanchez c`5`0`1`0

    Swisher dh`3`1`0`0

    Cave lf`3`1`0`0`

    Solano 3b`4`1`3`1

    Kozma ss`4`1`1`1

    Diaz 2b`4`1`2`2

    Totals`37`9`14`9

    Toledo`000`010`100`—`2

    RailRiders`201`401`01x`—`9

    2B — Machado (11), Gose (4); Gamel (12), Diaz (4), Austin (8). HR — Gose (1); Judge 2 (14)

    Toledo`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

    Farmer, L (0-3)`4`8`7`7`2`2

    Nesbitt`2`4`1`1`0`3

    Hardy`1`0`0`0`0`1

    Parnell`1`2`1`1`0`1

    RailRiders`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

    Cessa, W (2-1)`5.1`5`1`1`2`5

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    Barbato`1`0`0`0`0`2

    Montgomery`1`1`0`0`0`2

    Railriders No. 9 hitter Jonathan Diaz steals second base while Toledo second baseman Argenis Diaz can’t handle the throw at PNC Field on Tuesday.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_TTL062216Railriders1.jpgRailriders No. 9 hitter Jonathan Diaz steals second base while Toledo second baseman Argenis Diaz can’t handle the throw at PNC Field on Tuesday. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch

    Railriders pitcher Luis Cessa throws a fastball against the Toledo Mud Hens.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_TTL062216Railriders2.jpgRailriders pitcher Luis Cessa throws a fastball against the Toledo Mud Hens. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch

    New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira began his injury rehabilitation stint with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Tuesday night at PNC Field.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_TTL062216Railriders3.jpgNew York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira began his injury rehabilitation stint with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Tuesday night at PNC Field. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch

    Railriders outfielder Aaron Judge hits a single during his 4 for 5 night against the Toledo Mud Hens on Tuesday at PNC Field.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_TTL062216Railriders4.jpgRailriders outfielder Aaron Judge hits a single during his 4 for 5 night against the Toledo Mud Hens on Tuesday at PNC Field. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch

    Yankees rehabbing first baseman Mark Teixeira bats for the RailRiders against the Toledo Mud Hens on Tuesday at PNC Field.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_TTL062216Railriders5.jpgYankees rehabbing first baseman Mark Teixeira bats for the RailRiders against the Toledo Mud Hens on Tuesday at PNC Field. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch

    Railriders third baseman Donovan Solano throws to first base against the Toledo Mud Hens at PNC Field on Tuesday.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_TTL062216Railriders6.jpgRailriders third baseman Donovan Solano throws to first base against the Toledo Mud Hens at PNC Field on Tuesday. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch
    Teixeira drives home a run in first rehab game with RailRiders

    By Paul Sokoloski

    [email protected]

    T.L. Express

    The buzz at PNC Field was about the start of a three-game rehab stint for Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira with the RailRiders, but big Aaron Judge created some noise of his own. The powerful right fielder lined a two-run homer to left field in the first inning, then lined a solo shot over the right field wall in the third for the first three RailRiders runs of a 9-2 victory over Toledo. Judge finished up with two singles and scored the game’s final run on a 4 for 5 night. Teixeira finished 0 for 3 with a sacrifice fly before departing after the sixth inning. He also cleanly fielded two grounders at first base and made seven putouts.

    Next Up: Mark Teixeira makes his second rehab start for the RailRiders in Wednesday’s 7:05 p.m. televised game against Toledo at PNC Field.

    Probable Pitchers: RailRiders RHP Chad Green (4-6, 1.83) vs. Toledo’s TBA.

    Fun for Fans: It’s Belly Buster Wednesday presented by Bold Gold, where tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids and include all you can eat from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Kost Pavilion. It’s also Pay It Forward Wednesday, and a portion of tickets will be donated to the Greater Pittston Community Night charity.

    On Deck: The RailRiders close their three-game set with Toledo, and the homestand, with a 7:05 p.m. game Thursday at PNC Field in what is expected to be Teixeira’s final Triple-A rehab game before he returns to the Yankees on Saturday.

    Riding the Rails: Parent Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira began a three-day rehab assignment with the RailRiders and went 0-for-1. Catcher Francisco Diaz was transferred from Single-A Tampa to the RailRiders a day after RailRiders catcher Eddy Rodriguez was placed on the seven-day disabled list, retroactive to June 16.

    On TV: Next televised game: Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. vs. Toledo, WQMY (MyTV)

    On Radio: All RailRiders games can be heard live on The Game Radio Network (100.7-FM, 106.7-FM, 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 1440-AM) with John Sadak and Darren Headrick.

    HOW THEY SCORED

    RAILRIDERS FIRST: Ben Gamel led off by bouncing a ground-rule double over the left field fence, then Aaron Judge lined a homer to left. RAILRIDERS 2-0

    RAILRIDERS THIRD: Judge went the opposite way by lining a two-out solo homer over the right field wall. RAILRIDERS 3-0

    RAILRIDERS FOURTH:Nick Swisher and Jake Cave drew one-out walks. Donovan Solano drove a deep single to center field to bring Swisher home and send Cave to third base. Pete Kozma chopped a single over third base to score Cave, then Jonathan Diaz drilled a double to left field to drive home Solano and Kozma. RAILRIDERS 7-0

    TOLEDO FIFTH: Anthony Gose bounced a one-out double over the center field fence, and one out later, he scored on Dixon Machado’s single to center. RAILRIDERS 7-1

    RAILRIDERS SIXTH: Jonathan Diaz singled, then stole second base. He moved to third on a single by Aaron Judge and scored on Mark Teixeir’s sacrifice fly to left field. RAILRIDERS 8-1

    TOLEDO SEVENTH: Anthony Gose drilled a leadoff home run. RAILRIDERS 8-2

    RAILRIDERS EIGHTH: Aaron Judge dropped a one-out single into right field, then Tyler Austin drove him home with a long double to center field. RAILRIDERS 9-2

    Reach Paul Sokoloski at 570-991-6392 or on Twitter @TLPaulSokoloski

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