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New York Yankees’ Carlos Beltran to Have Cortisone Shot in Elbow; Out at Least Until Friday

August 21st, 2014 at 12:48 AM
By Doug Rush

Carlos Beltran was originally supposed to be a part of the New York Yankees lineup on Wednesday night against his old team, the Houston Astros, but he was a late scratch due to feeling pain in his elbow late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.

Beltran received a cortisone shot in his elbow on Wednesday from Yankees team physician, Dr. Christopher Ahmad and manager Joe Girardi said before the team's 5-2 loss at Yankee Stadium to those same Astros that Beltran won't be back at least until Friday pending the shot works and his elbow is feeling better.

"He's day-to-day," Girardi said. "We'll go through the next couple of days and see what we've got. He won't be a player for me (Thursday). I don't expect that."

With the series finale on Thursday, it's now a given that Beltran won't be in the lineup for the team and will have to wait and see how the elbow is feeling on Friday before Girardi decides to put him back in the lineup against the Chicago White Sox.

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New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez Completes Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Awareness (Video)

August 20th, 2014 at 10:52 PM
By Doug Rush

While he is at the University of Miami getting himself ready for the 2015 season, New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez is putting his time to good use and for a good cause.

On Thursday, A-Rod accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge that was presented to him and before he completed the challenge, he nominated former Yankees teammate and closer Mariano Rivera, former Yankees teammate and current Seattle Mariners second basemen Robinson Cano, MLB Network and former Mariners player Harold Reynolds among a few other people. Rivera was previously challenged by former Yankee catcher Jorge Posada and Cano was also challenged by Rivera too.

The challenge was completed in the University of Miami baseball team's dugout, which is again where A-Rod has been training during the season while serving a season-long suspension in 2014. The field at the University of Miami is named after A-Rod, who was originally going to attend the college after graduating high school, but was drafted by the Seattle Mariners.

Rodriguez has also been pursuing his MBA degree while down in his hometown along with getting ready for a comeback with the Yankees in 2015. Along with A-Rod, Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia and Shawn Kelley have all completed the ice bucket challenge as well; Jeter's was completed in front of the entire team on Wednesday.

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Former New York Yankees’ Mariano Rivera Takes Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Awareness (Video)

August 20th, 2014 at 8:19 PM
By Doug Rush

You can now say the Core Four of the New York Yankees have all taken part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and donations for ALS.

Jorge Posada was the first one who started the challenges to some of his former teammates, as he got Andy Pettitte to take part in it. Derek Jeter also took part in it after being challenged by Jennifer Steinbrenner-Swindal and Roger Clemens and completed his at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. On Wednesday night, it was Mariano Rivera's turn.

Rivera was challenged by his longtime and former catcher Posada to take the challenge, which he completed with help of his children; Posada's wife Laura posted the video on her Instagram account which can be seen here.

In Rivera's challenge, he nominated former Yankees bullpen coach and current Arizona Diamondbacks pitching coach Mike Harkey along with former Yankees and current Seattle Mariners second basemen Robinson Cano.

As of Wednesday night, the ALS foundation has made over $31.5 million in donations from the Ice Bucket Challenge, whereas last year, they were at only $1.9 million, so clearly, the challenge is working because not only are people doing the challenge, but they are donating as well.

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Former New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre Takes Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Awareness (Video)

August 20th, 2014 at 7:01 PM
By Doug Rush

Yesterday, it was Jennifer Steinbrenner-Swindal, Derek Jeter, and CC Sabathia all accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness. On Wednesday, it was another former member of the Yankees family who was up.

While outside the Major League Baseball headquarters in New York, former Yankees and recent elected Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre, along with next year's Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred who took the challenge.

For Torre, he was nominated by his wife Allison along with current New York Daily News reporter Mike Lupica and before he accepted the challenge and had the bucket of water dumped on his head, he nominated all of his fellow Hall of Fame class-mates; Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas.

Other former Yankees to take part in the challenge were Andy Pettitte, Tino Martinez and Jorge Posada.

Since the challenge has gone viral, ALS has received over $16.5 million in donations from the Ice Bucket Challenge; whereas last year, they had only received $1.8 million.

For those who want to help to the cause to find a cure for ALS, you can follow the link to the website.

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Rusney Castillo Contract Could Be Worth $50-60 Million; Yankees Seen as Finalists

August 20th, 2014 at 5:26 PM
By Michael Moraitis

As was expected, the Rusney Castillo sweepstakes has become a mess of rumors and speculation that hasn't come to an end just yet.

Yesterday, it looked like Castillo was going to the Chicago Cubs, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

Now comes word that the Cubs aren't even seen as finalists to land the Cuban defector, as ESPN's Jayson Stark reports the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers are favorites to come away with Castillo:

As the pursuit of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo reaches its final days, several clubs told ESPN.com on Wednesday that they believe the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants have emerged as the likely finalists in a rapidly escalating bidding war.

Also noted by Stark's report is that a bidding war is going on and that is driving up the price for Castillo.

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