Matt Harvey disappointed with no-decision
Given how well
"It was one of those days. I didn't execute, he told ESPN.com. "I didn't do a good job. I've got to be a lot better than that. Nine hits is unacceptable for me. Obviously I wasn't happy giving up any runs. Today we needed a big win, and I wasn't able to do that."
Harvey's first mistake was falling behind to Reds' slugger Joey Votto in the third inning. Votto homered on a 3-0 pitch to give the Reds their first lead. Despite the mistake, Harvey did not apologize for challenging the National League's leader in batting average and OPS.
"I'm not going to give in to anybody, regardless," Harvey said. "That's not really who I am. I'm not afraid to throw to anybody. I just didn't make my pitch. I need to be better."
Harvey struck out six batters and walked three in the outing, while his ERA rose to 1.93, dropping him to fifth in the National League.
Mark Teixeira 'getting closer'
"I can't tell you," manager Joe Girardi said. "I think you have to give him a few days in a row before you evaluate to make sure that his back is healed and it doesn’t come back. The last two days have been pretty good, so he’s getting closer."
Joba Chamberlain throws in ext. spring training
"Felt good," manager Joe Girardi said. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow."
Chamberlain will make at least two rehab outings and won't come off the DL until at least next week.
Andy Pettitte has rehab mapped out
"We have it mapped or semi-mapped out," Girardi said. "I don’t know if it will be the first day, but it will be shortly after that."
Pettitte will complete some long toss following playing catch. That will be followed by a bullpen and then hopefully a simulated game. Pettitte will do his work with the Yankees and not at the minor league complex.
Yankees being patient with Ivan Nova
"We’re able to be patient because we want to make sure he’s healthy when he comes back," Girardi said. "Then you get in the problem of, he pitches a game and then you’ve got to put him back on the DL. We don’t want to do that."
David Freese remains sidelined
Freese, who is day-to-day, was spiked in Sunday's game.
Sean Marshall unavailable with shoulder inflammation
"A little bit," he told the Cincinnati Enquirer . "I'm getting a little better understanding of when it feels good and when it needs a little more rest. Today, when I was warming up as normally do to get my shoulder loose, I felt little bit of crankiness. I threw some balls and felt a little bit of crankiness."
Marshall does not seem to think this will also require a trip to the DL, but they are being extra careful with him.
"We're erring on the side of caution," Marshall said. "I told them I was little sore. We have some very capable arms come out of the bullpen a time or two season so far. I needed this extra day of rest. I'll be back to the way I’ve been feeling."
Nick Punto stays hot with two hits
Ryan Braun hits ninth home run
Alex Avila sitting amid struggles at plate
That said, Tigers skipper Jim Leyland backed the slumping Avila as the team's everyday catcher. They are not yet ready to annoint Brayan Pena into that role.
"I don't want to indicate that Alex isn't our catcher," said Leyland. "He is our catcher."
Avila hasn't hit higher than .227 all season and his average hasn't been above .200 since April 11 except for one day. He's hitting just .155 since April 11 with two homers and eight RBI over 84 at-bats. Avila is hitting .053 against lefties but just .198 against righties.
"I did this with Pudge (Rodriguez) toward the end," said Leyland. "I played him, then sat him out, played him, then sat him out. He didn't particularly like it, but it actually worked pretty good. I'm not saying I'm trying that with Alex, but I have to do something. We'll get through it together, but right now you have to go with your gut. There's no magic formula. I've talked to him, but if one nice conversation could solve all the problems, it would have been solved a while back. But I don't have the answer. The kid is struggling — and as the manager, you feel sorry for him. Trust me."