MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - INSIDE PITCH

NEW YORK -- After the New York Yankees spent three long nights at Yankee Stadium, it might be natural to think they might have little energy.

Perhaps the biggest exception would be backup catcher Francisco Cervelli. Cervelli started all four games when Brian McCann moved to first base in placed of the injured Mark Teixeira.

"No, not at all," manager Joe Girardi said after Thursday's 4-2 win over Texas. "Not with Cervy. He's probably as energetic as any player I got and he loves to play. So I'm not surprised."

In the four games, he was 5-for-14 with his biggest hits coming the last two games. Cervelli doubled twice in Wednesday's rain-shortened game then scored the first run on a balk. On Thursday, he had an RBI double in the fifth inning that put the Yankees ahead.

Cervelli missed 55 games from April 14-June 15 with a Grade Two right hamstring strain, but since returning, he is batting .333 (14-for-42), raising his average from .188 to .293.

Besides having a key hit, Cervelli also successfully caught right-hander Brandon McCarthy's third start. McCarthy did not have his best stuff as the outing went on but did not notice a difference between Cevelli and McCann behind the plate.

"It was a pretty comfortable transition," McCarthy said. "It looks like a different target the only thing is different gear but in game-calling they're very similar."


MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 53-48

STREAK: Won three

NEXT: Blue Jays (LHP Mark Buehrle, 10-6, 2.86 ERA) vs. Yankees (RHP Hiroki Kuroda 6-6, 3.88)


--LHP Chris Capuano was acquired by the New York Yankees from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations. The 35-year-old Capuano signed as a free agent with the Rockies on July 4 and started four combined games with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs. He had a 1-0 record with a 2.79 ERA.

--RHP Hiroki Kuroda will make his 21st start Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays and it will be his 200th career start. In his last 14 starts since May 6, Kuroda is 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA. Kuroda did not get a decision Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds after allowing an unearned run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings. He is 5-3 with a 3.86 ERA in nine career starts against the Blue Jays and 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his three home starts against Toronto.

--RHP Brandon McCarthy has thrown 69.7 percent of his pitches in his first three outings for the Yankees. He allowed one earned run and four hits in six innings for his fourth straight win going back to when June 27 with Arizona.

--3B Chase Headley made his second start as a Yankee and besides fielding one ground ball and having one putout, he had an RBI single. Over his last 16 games since July 4, he is hitting .333 (22-for-66) with 10 RBIs.

--RHP Michael Pineda had his simulated game in Tampa rained out but threw in the batting cages without hitters. He did not have any issues and is scheduled to throw again Tuesday though the Yankees do not know if it will be a simulated game or a minor league rehab start. Pineda has been on the DL since May 6 with a right shoulder injury and has not pitched since April 23 when the Boston Red Sox caught him with pine tar on his neck for a second time and that led to a 10-game suspension.