Saturday, July 30, 2011

Weekend Bridge and Street Closures – July 30-31

The north inner roadway (Manhattan-bound) of the Williamsburg Bridge will be closed Saturday from 12:01 am to 2 pm for construction work. All trucks will be detoured to the Manhattan or Queensboro Bridges. The south inner (Brooklyn-bound) roadway will be reversed for inbound traffic Saturday from 5 am to 2 pm.

The Manhattan-bound roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge will be closed on Saturday from 12:01 am to 7 am for rehabilitation of the ramps and approaches. Manhattan-bound motorists will be detoured to the Manhattan Bridge or may choose other crossings. The Brooklyn Bridge/Frankfort Street exit from the northbound FDR Drive and the southbound ramp to the FDR Drive from eastbound Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place will be closed from 11 pm Friday to 6 am Monday. Motorists should use the prior South Street exit. The Brooklyn Queens Expressway eastbound exit to the Brooklyn Bridge will close at 11:30 pm on Friday. Motorists should proceed to the following Manhattan Bridge exit or use the prior Brooklyn Battery Tunnel (pay toll) exit for access to Manhattan.

59th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Manhattan will be closed from 7 am to 4 pm Saturday to facilitate utility and trunk water main work by the Department of Design and Construction. Motorists should use 2nd Avenue southbound or 58th Street eastbound to access the lower level of the Queensboro Bridge.

The northbound FDR Drive will be closed to traffic from East 61st to East 96th Streets and the southbound FDR Drive will be closed from East 116th to East 74th Streets on Sunday from 2 am to 7 am to facilitate the removal of the East 78th Street pedestrian bridge. Motorists are urged to use alternate routes as early as Saturday night as one- and two-lane closures in the area will begin at 11 pm.

The right lane in the Battery Park Underpass from West Street (9A) to the FDR Drive northbound will be closed from 11 pm Friday to 6 am Monday.

The 86th Street Central Park Transverse Roadway between 5th Avenue and Central Park West will be closed Saturday from 12:01 am to 6 am to facilitate NYCDOT bridge inspection.

The Grand Street Bridge over Newtown Creek will have one lane maintained for two-way traffic with flaggers Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm to facilitate bridge repair work.

Dover Street between South Street and Front Street in Manhattan will be closed from 8 pm Friday to 9 am Saturday, from 8 pm Saturday to 9 am Sunday, and from 8 pm Sunday to 6:30 am Monday as part of the Brooklyn Bridge construction project.

On Sunday, July 31, Fourth Avenue between Flatbush Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn will be converted from two-way to one-way southbound as related to the Atlantic Yards project.

The following streets will be closed on Saturday:

  • 6th Avenue between 42nd Street and 56th Street in Manhattan will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for the Avenue of the Americas Association Festival.
  • 8th Avenue between 14th Street and 23rd Street in Manhattan will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for the Chelsea Midtown Democrats Festival.
  • West Burnside Avenue between Jerome and Davidson Avenues in the Bronx will be closed from 11 am to 5 pm for the Burnside Summer Walk.
  • Van Duzer Street between Wright and Beach Streets on Staten Island will be closed from noon to 7 pm for Van Duzer Days.
  • Tompkins Avenue between Hancock Street and Putnam Avenue in Brooklyn will be closed from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm for TAMA (Tompkins Avenue Merchants Association) Summer Fest.
  •  46th Street between Greenpoint Avenue and Queens Boulevard in Queens will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for Sunnyside Summer Streets.

The following streets will be closed on Sunday:

  • Madison Avenue between 42nd Street and 57th Street in Manhattan will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for the Workmen's Circle Madison Avenue Summer Fair.
The following streets in Manhattan will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for the Pakistan Day Parade and Festival:

  • 29th and 30th Streets between 5th Avenue and Park Avenue
  • 36th, 37th and 38th Streets between 5th Avenue and Park Avenue
  • Madison Avenue between 38th Street and 23rd Street
  • 27th Street between Madison Avenue and Lexington Avenue
  • 24th, 25th and 26th Streets between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue.

  • Knickerbocker Avenue between Suydam and Starr Streets in Brooklyn will be closed from 11 am to 5 pm for the Sunday Scene on Knickerbocker.
  •  East 204th Street between Bainbridge and Perry Avenues in the Bronx will be closed from 11 am to 5 pm for Summer Street on 204th.
  • Riverside Drive between 120th Street and Tiemann Place in Manhattan will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for A Great Day in Harlem.
The times listed for closures for street fairs are for the actual times of the street fairs themselves. The streets may be closed longer to allow for set-up and breakdown. Street fair organizers are generally permitted to begin set-up at 8 am and breakdown must be completed by 7 pm.

Detailed information on weekend street closures will be available on the DOT web site at:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Jay Walder quits as MTA chief

MTA Chairman and CEO Jay Walder abruptly announced his resignation this afternoon after two years on the job, saying he was leaving the transit agency to take a private sector job in Hong Kong.

"I want to thank Governors Cuomo and former Governor Paterson for the honor of serving the people of New York State," Walder said.

"The MTA’s transportation system is the foundation of the metropolitan region and we are fortunate to have thousands of dedicated men and women who work so hard to provide these critically important transportation services to millions of people each and every day."

He is leaving the MTA to take a job as CEO of MTR, a publicly traded company that operates rail services in Asia and Europe.

He will step down from the MTA on Oct. 21.

"In challenging times, we brought stability and credibility to the MTA by making every dollar count, by delivering long overdue improvements and by refusing to settle for business as usual," Walder said.

During Walder’s tenure with the perpetually cash-strapped transit agency, he stressed the importance of reigning costs in and improving transparency with the public.

He also sought to haul the century-old subway system into the 21st century, introducing count-down clocks, security cameras, and a new user friendly website.

Just yesterday he announced the MTA planned on slashing a total of $4 billion from the capital plan budget, which is used to fund big ticket items like the Second Avenue Subway.

NFL Owners approve labor deal: report

Atlanta- NFL owners on Thursday voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), taking an important step toward ending the four-month-old lockout, the NFL Network reported.

NFL Players Association representatives are expected to vote on a settlement agreement and possibly approve the CBA Thursday night as the two sides get closer to ending the longstanding labor rift.

The settlement agreement encompasses the players' antitrust lawsuit against the league and a separate legal battle over television rights money.

A vote to approve a new CBA from the players could come after the players' union recertifies. The NFLPA decertified in March to allow players to file an antitrust suit against the league.

Wright to return from DL, start Friday

Citi Field- The long road back for David Wright is at an end. Wright has completed his Minor League rehab assignment and will rejoin the Mets in time for Friday's game in Miami.

"He said he feels great," said Mets manager Terry Collins, who spoke to Wright on the phone Wednesday evening. "He doesn't feel he needs another 10 at-bats. He said he's seeing the ball good, he's healthy, and he's just ready to go. This guy's been here. He's a five-time All-Star. Those guys know themselves."

Batting .226 with six home runs prior to landing on the disabled list May 16 with a stress fracture in his lower back, Wright played many of his first 39 games with back discomfort -- the direct result of a mid-April collision with Astros outfielder Carlos Lee. Weeks of rest and rehabilitation recently gave way to a Minor League assignment at Class A St. Lucie, where Wright hit .476 in six games.

Counting unofficial morning games at the team's Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Wright has amassed more than 30 at-bats over the last week.

Upon his return, the Mets do not intend to ease him back into the lineup, with Collins planning on slotting Wright into the cleanup spot for Friday's game and playing him every day thereafter.

"He's been out three months," Collins said, laughing. "He ought to be rested."

Wright's return will bring the Mets one step closer to fielding -- for the first time -- the starting lineup they envisioned in Spring Training. But first baseman Ike Davis remains on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his left ankle and is at least a month away from rejoining the team. Given that, and given the trade rumors swirling around right fielder Carlos Beltran, the Mets may never put their projected starting eight on the field this year.

"I'm somewhat disappointed that we may not ever see the lineup that we planned on having, because it was pretty good," Collins said. "But one of the things I'm most proud of is the durability and the flexibility that this club has had to adapt to not having that lineup out there. The guys have picked it up and given us some very good games."

Mets fall in Beltran's potential farewell to Citi

Citi Field- Because the seating bowl at Citi Field was not completely full, the ovation never advanced beyond polite recognition. But it was palpable nonetheless, a smattering of gratitude on an otherwise lazy summer afternoon.

By the time Carlos Beltran stepped onto the field for what may have been his final at-bat as a Met in New York, his team was already well on its way to a 6-2 loss to the Cardinals. Beltran's popup to shallow left field hardly seemed to matter, save for its implications.

The at-bat over and the applause faded, he walked back to the dugout and ripped off his batting gloves, placing his helmet on a shelf and his bat in a rack. Moments later, Beltran was standing in the clubhouse -- a room he may well never see again -- packing his suitcase for a trip to Miami.

"Let's hope I can come back," he said.

Thursday's defeat signified more than the end of a losing homestand for the Mets. It represented, in all probability, Beltran's final home game after six-and-a-half seasons in Flushing -- almost certainly the final New York snapshot for a player who has experienced the highest highs and lowest lows of his career in a pair of stadiums hugging LaGuardia Airport.

"The time that I've been here, I have given everything that I had for this team, for this organization," Beltran said. "I feel proud for everything I have done. I have no regrets."

Had things played out differently for Beltran's team over the first half of this season, the Mets may not have been in this situation. But they are, due in large part to days such as Thursday.

Among the afternoon's shortcomings were two throwing errors in the fifth inning, undermining an otherwise adequate effort from starting pitcher Jon Niese. After Daniel Descalso doubled with one out, Niese made his second-most-significant mistake of the day, walking pitcher Jake Westbrook. Though Nick Punto then grounded a potential double-play ball to first base, Lucas Duda threw the ball into Westbrook's shoulder, allowing a run to score.

The next batter, Jon Jay, hit an RBI single that glanced off the second-base bag and dribbled into shallow center field. Believing that Cardinals first-base coach Dave McKay was actually Duda, Angel Pagan fired the ball into the foul territory beyond first base, resulting in a second Mets error and a third St. Louis run.

Outside of a vicious Albert Pujols home run that caromed off the second deck in left field, Niese otherwise pitched well, striking out seven and walking one. But his offensive support came only in the form of a Jose Reyes triple, a Justin Turner RBI groundout and a Jason Pridie run-scoring single in the eighth.

"We could have won all three games here, and it didn't happen," Pujols said. "You need to give credit to the other side. They swung the bats pretty well, except today."

After a blistering start to the series, Beltran finished 0-for-3 with a walk, with scouts from multiple teams fixated upon him. Many have been here all week, confirming the power left in Beltran's bat and the spring left in his knees.

Given his successes so far this season -- a .290 batting average, 15 home runs and, perhaps most impressive, a .542 slugging percentage -- and given his team's recent stumbles, the questions surrounding Beltran have recently evolved from whether or not he will be traded to when and where. The division-rival Braves and Phillies have shown interest, as have the Red Sox, Giants and others. In most estimations, Beltran has become the most intriguing hitter available in advance of this month's non-waiver Trade Deadline, and by no small margin. His price has ballooned.

All the while, Beltran's teammates have clung to the increasingly far-fetched hope that he may still remain with the Mets. Many reference his quiet leadership -- consider Turner, for example, who recalled recently working one-on-one in the batting cage with Beltran.

"I feel very blessed to have been able to play with him," said Turner, who tweaked his swing under his teammate's tutelage. "Hopefully I get to do it for the rest of the year. I think he has a huge impact on this entire team."

For nearly seven years Beltran has impacted the Mets, for better and for worse. Many fans and critics point to Beltran's series-ending strikeout in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS as his enduring legacy with the team; others note that if not for Beltran, the Mets may never have made it that far.

At least publicly, Beltran is not yet considering his own legacy with the Mets, because his time with the ballclub is not complete. Following Thursday's game, Beltran boarded a southbound jet with the rest of his teammates, all of them donning Hawaiian shirts in a display of team unity. As usual, he insisted that he's "not thinking about" anything but his next game.

But given the overwhelming likelihood that Beltran will not return to New York on the night of July 31, his teammates have begun to consider the notion.

"That ovation that Carlos got kind of brought that a little more to fruition," outfielder Jason Bay said following Thursday's game. "I don't think anybody thought about it until that point, that it might be his last at-bat."

Until Beltran suits up for another team the possibility will always exist that he may remain with the Mets. Some teammates referenced that in the wake of the homestand. Beltran acknowledged it. Others clung to it.

"I deal in reality," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Right now, he's hitting third in Miami."

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bolstered Mets turn to Dickey against Cardinals

Citi Field- It could just be one game, or it could be the start of something big. The Mets got All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes back in the lineup Tuesday and pulled back to .500 with a victory over the Cardinals, and they'll try to push their way to a winning record with R.A. Dickey matched against Kyle McClellan on Wednesday.

New York is 2-3 since the All-Star break, but it's managed a 13-10 record in its last 23 games. Reyes, who returned from a two-week stint on the disabled list due to a strained left hamstring, moved right back into the leadoff slot Tuesday, and center fielder Angel Pagan became the team's No. 5 hitter.

Reyes scored in the victory -- and Pagan drove in two runs -- and the Mets could begin to visualize their lineup returning to form. Pagan batted .192 with a .246 on-base percentage in 12 games as the leadoff man without Reyes, but he'll move back to a run-producing slot with the shortstop back.

"I'm always trying to bring the same approach, trying to do the best I can for the team," said Pagan of his lineup slot. "Obviously in the past, I've had better success with men in scoring position, so that puts me in a situation where I'm probably going to have people in scoring position and probably get it done."

The Cardinals, meanwhile, find themselves right in the thick of a three-way race for the National League Central crown, and they'll welcome McClellan back from an extended absence on Wednesday. McClellan will be throwing on 12 days' rest, a tactic the Cardinals used to try to keep him healthy.

The right-hander missed time earlier in the season due to a sore left hip, but St. Louis arranged the rotation so he could get an extra long rest after the All-Star break. McClellan, who lasted started on July 7, has thrown two bullpen sessions recently and said he should be fine to take the ball Wednesday.

"I'm always going to try to find the positive. You can look at [the down time] in a negative way as well, but for me, it's a rest," he said. "It's almost like having another DL stint. I got 12 days."

The Mets have won four of Dickey's last five starts, and he's completed at least seven innings in seven of his last nine outings. The veteran knuckleballler has seen his ERA dip by almost a full run in his last 10 starts -- from 4.50 to 3.70 -- but he's gone 2-3 with five no-decisions in that span.

Cardinals: Berkman crushing ball
Lance Berkman homered for the second straight game on Tuesday, continuing a season that has seen him terrorize the league's pitching staffs. Eight of Berkman's last 12 hits have gone for home runs, and he currently ranks second in the Major Leagues -- after Toronto's Jose Bautista -- with 26 homers.

Mets: Another star returns to fold
Reyes wasn't the only returnee in the lineup Tuesday, as the Mets also welcomed Carlos Beltran back into the fold. New York is still hoping to get left fielder Jason Bay on track, and manager Terry Collins said that he liked seeing his players greet the veteran in the dugout after a sacrifice fly late in Monday's loss.

"It's baseball ritual when someone does something that produces a run, you pat him on the back," he said. "But this guy's such a big part of the clubhouse. Guys like him so much [and] they want him to succeed so much that they're trying to keep his spirits up and they want him to know that they're behind him. The only reason -- and I truly believe this -- why we have kept this ship afloat is because these guys care for each other. I don't care who it is. I don't care if it's the biggest star to the rawest rookie, these guys care about each other. He knows he's got the support there, and this is just another way for the guys to show, 'Hey we've got your back.'"

Worth noting
  • The Mets are 20-17 at home after starting the season with a 1-8 skid at Citi Field.
  • The Mets are 15-18 in the first game of a series, and they're 5-12 in series openers at home.
  • The Cardinals will visit Pittsburgh -- their first road series against the Pirates this season -- after wrapping up against the Mets.

Price won't back down against Yankees

Tropicana Field, Tampa- The Rays and Yankees like to keep things close in the standings and even closer on the scoreboard. New York and Tampa Bay have had four of their six meetings this season decided by one run, and they'll reconvene on Wednesday for a game that will pit David Price against veteran Freddy Garcia.

The Rays and Yankees have each taken a game -- both by the thinnest of margins -- in this series, and New York owns a one-game edge (4-3) in the season set. The Yankees are 5 1/2 games up on the Rays in the division, but they'll still play one another 12 more times and will conclude the season against each other in September.

Price, the top overall selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, dropped a one-run decision to the Yankees right before the All-Star break. He's managed a 3-1 career record with a 4.15 ERA in 10 appearances against New York, and the southpaw knows that the Rays need a solid effort on Wednesday.

"That's the role I want to live in," said Price of his position at the top of Tampa Bay's rotation. "That's the way we all feel right now. We have to have some people step up for us if we're going to make a push for this. I know everybody in here wants it pretty bad, and I'm sure we're going to have some guys stepping up."

Price has completed at least six innings in eight of his last 10 starts, and he's gone 20 outings in a row without registering more walks than strikeouts. The left-hander ranks among the AL leaders in strikeouts but knows he needs to tap into his dead-level best form against a division rival.

"They're fun to pitch against," Price said of the Yankees. "It's easy to get up for games like that."

New York got a strong pitching performance out of Bartolo Colon on Tuesday, and it hopes to see Garcia rebound from a shaky second-half debut on Wednesday. The rumor mill has the Yankees aggressively looking for starting pitching, but manager Joe Girardi doesn't think his starters will pitch tentatively.

"I wouldn't think they would be," said Girardi of seasoned veterans Colon and Garcia. "I would think that they've been here long enough to understand if they pitch the way they're capable of, they're going to be able to pitch. And you don't make too much of one start. ... You learn as you continue to grow and mature as a pitcher. I think that they're aware of that, and I don't think they'll put pressure on themselves. I don't."

Yankees: Garcia looking to bounce back
Garcia got lit up for five earned runs in his last start, but he had completed at least seven innings in seven of his previous eight outings. The 34-year-old right-hander has provided a consistent presence for the Yankees this season, and he's gone 8-2 with a 3.56 ERA in 15 career starts against Tampa Bay.

"I thought he was up a little bit," said Girardi of Garcia's last start. "He had had a pretty good layoff, and maybe that had something to do with it. I thought some of his offspeed got up in the zone."

Rays: Farm system providing depth
Catcher Robinson Chirinos, acquired from the Cubs as one of the pieces in last winter's Matt Garza trade, made his big league debut on Monday and followed up with another start on Tuesday. Chirinos, a 27-year-old native of Venezuela, had a hit in each of his first two games and batted .265 in 68 games for Triple-A Durham.

Worth noting
  • Chirinos doubled off A.J. Burnett on Monday and became just the sixth Rays player to notch an extra-base hit in his first big league plate appearance. Brandon Guyer also achieved that feat this season.
  • The Yankees own the second-best record in the AL -- behind division leader Boston -- and the third-best record in the Majors.
  •  New York has won seven straight series and has lost just two of its last 13 completed series.

Happy reunion results in victory for Mets

Citi Field- The final tally was three games without Carlos Beltran, a dozen minus Jose Reyes. An eternity, in other words, for the Mets and their manager.

The Mets missed the type of production that Beltran showcased in Monday's 4-2 victory over the Cardinals, doubling twice, reaching base five times and scoring a run. They certainly missed the fluorescence of Reyes, who recorded his 44th multihit game in his return from the disabled list.

Most of all, they missed winning ballgames.

"It's quite obvious what it means," manager Terry Collins said of the returns of his shortstop and right fielder. "That electricity just lifts the club."

Playing the past 12 games without Reyes due to a strained left hamstring, and the past three without Beltran due to illness, the Mets struggled to perform with any sort of consistency. They placed hitters in uncomfortable lineup spots, endured stunted rallies and dropped ever further out of playoff contention.

All the while, they looked forward to the day when their missing players might return.

That day arrived Tuesday with all the subtlety of a freight train. If there was any doubt as to how much Reyes means to the Mets, he proved it most dynamically with his glove in the eighth. After Bobby Parnell allowed the first two batters of the inning to reach base, Reyes made a diving stop of Jon Jay's infield single with one out, likely preventing a run from scoring. Four pitches later, Reyes turned a nifty inning-ending double play on Albert Pujols' ground ball up the middle, preserving a two-run lead.

"Without him back there, it could have been a different game," Parnell said.

"The two weeks that I was off, I was taking ground balls, too," said Reyes, who was activated two hours before the game. "You don't always win games hitting. You play good defense, too."

His good defense led to New York's first save situation since the Mets traded closer Francisco Rodriguez last week. Facing his former team, with whom he recorded 217 of his previous 293 career saves, Jason Isringhausen nailed down the final three outs for his first save with the Mets in more than 12 years.

"I knew it was going to happen this way," he said. "As soon as they came into town, I knew I was going to have to pitch probably all three games. That's just the way it goes -- baseball gods, that's the way they do it."

If the baseball gods have been watching over Citi Field the past three seasons, however, the Mets have hardly noticed. Poor play has led to decreased expectations around the team, prompting front-office personnel changes and the current spate of trade rumors. Continuing to insist that Reyes is going nowhere, the Mets have made no such guarantees for Beltran, Isringhausen and a host of others.

Every move Beltran makes, then, carries with it insinuations and consequences. Plenty of scouts were in attendance to watch Beltran double with two outs in the first and third innings, walk to extend run-scoring rallies in the fifth and sixth, and single to cap a perfect night in the eighth. His walks preceded two-run doubles by Angel Pagan and Daniel Murphy, respectively, which several Mets noted was no coincidence.

With Reyes and Beltran back in the fold, Collins was finally able to slide Pagan back down to the fifth spot in the batting order, moving Daniel Murphy to cleanup and giving his lineup an extra measure of length. That Reyes and Beltran finished a combined 5-for-8 with two walks and two runs scored was only a part of the equation; the rest of the team directly benefited from their presence.

"It all starts at the top," Murphy said, referring to Reyes.

"Everybody wants to play at the same level that he plays," Pagan said.

The result was an uplifting victory, in a game that seemed more lopsided than it was. Outside of a booming home run by Lance Berkman and an RBI single from pitcher Kyle Lohse, the Cardinals did little damage against Mets starter Dillon Gee, who won for the first time in more than three weeks. By far their best rally occurred in the eighth, but Parnell -- with a healthy assist from Reyes -- squelched that opportunity.

"Overall, they just got a lot more hits than we did," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "They just pitched better and played better, hit better. Actually the score was a little misleading."

What the Mets hope is Tuesday's victory can spark some sort of streak, some last-ditch effort to prove that this team is worth keeping intact. It may not work. In the coming weeks, in fact, the Mets may be forced to rediscover life without Beltran all over again.

That's business, they say. That's baseball. But given days such as Tuesday, the Mets now know all too well what they're in danger of losing.

Ball doesn't bounce Yanks' way in St. Pete

Tropicana Field, Tampa- It was the type of loss that's usually the toughest to take. The Yankees fell to the Rays, 3-2, on Tuesday night, in a game they led but let slip away because of two key defensive miscues.

But they got a big consolation: Bartolo Colon was good again.

After posting an 11.37 ERA in his last two starts, Colon looked a lot more like the pitcher who shined for most of the first half while giving up one run through his first six innings.

Sure, he wound up with a no-decision after blunders by Curtis Granderson and Boone Logan allowed his two inherited runners to score in the seventh. And, yeah, the Yankees wound up snapping their three-game winning streak with a defeat that could've easily been avoided -- in the process missing a chance to gain ground on the Red Sox, who lost to the Orioles.

But 12 days before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, and on a night when fallback rotation option Ivan Nova left his Triple-A start early with a right ankle injury, Colon provided the type of bounce-back start the Yankees were looking for.

"That's what we wanted to see," manager Joe Girardi said. "That's the good thing about it. We didn't score a lot of runs tonight, but he threw the ball really well."

Colon's nine strikeouts and 105 pitches through 6 1/3 innings were his highest totals since the 2007 season. He retired 14 of 17 batters leading into the seventh inning but gave up a couple of one-out singles before being taken out in favor of Logan with a 2-1 Yankees lead.

Then everything fell apart.

Granderson lost a fly ball to load the bases, Logan mishandled a comebacker off the bat of Elliot Johnson that allowed the Rays to tie it and Johnny Damon gave Tampa Bay the lead on a sacrifice fly to shallow center field -- one Granderson made a sliding catch on but threw wide of home.

Granderson simply couldn't pick up the ball amid the white roof at The Trop.

"I'm not sure if it was the roof or the catwalk, but it blended in real well," Granderson said. "It always is a little bit of an issue to pick it up and stay with it."

Then there was the chopper by Johnson, a one-hopper right at Logan that could've easily resulted in a home-to-first double play but wound up bouncing off his glove.

"I was so geared up to get him out and I was more focused on making my pitch, and when he hit it, it kind of caught me off guard," Logan explained.

"We kind of gave them a game," said Girardi, whose club remained 1 1/2 games back of Boston in the American League East. "You're going to have physical errors, and you're going to lose balls in the lights. I mean, it's going to happen sometimes in a dome. But that doesn't mean that I'm happy about it."

The Yankees can at least be happy about Colon.

After giving up five runs on a season-high 10 hits to these same Rays on July 7, then not even making it out of the first inning against the Blue Jays on Thursday, the veteran right-hander said he felt fine but was mentally worried about re-injuring his left hamstring, which hindered his effectiveness on the mound.

But heading into what seemed like a do-or-die start, Colon got over that fear quickly.

"I knew that if I kept thinking about it, I wouldn't pitch well," Colon said in Spanish after being charged with three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks. "I was scared. But it went away, thankfully."

The popular notion after Colon's last outing was that the best was already behind him and the Yankees needed another option in the back end of their bullpen.

Colon feels the language barrier helped him not read into that.

"Since my English isn't very good, I can't pay much attention to it anyway," Colon said with a laugh. "All I have to do is fight so I can keep doing my job, and that's what I'm doing right now."

Colon said he benefited from throwing more four-seamers, a pitch that was consistently between 91 and 93 mph. But what made the 38-year-old so successful earlier in the year was a cutter that moved well.

Catcher Russell Martin saw more life in Colon's pitches.

"His fastball had good movement on it, and he was looking like the Bartolo from earlier in the year," said Martin, who made the final out with a fly ball to the left-field warning track. "He mixed in his pitches a bit more today, and I think he had just a better feel for the changeup and the slider as well."

The Yanks were led offensively once again by the hot-hitting Brett Gardner, who finished 2-for-3, stole two bases -- his 14th and 15th in a row -- and now has a .640 on-base percentage in six second-half games.

New York took a 2-0 lead in the third against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson on a two-run homer by Robinson Cano, one that gave him 16 on the year and snapped the Yankees' four-game homerless drought.

But Hellickson, a strong candidate for the AL Rookie of the Year Award, didn't give up anything else while striking out seven and walking one in seven innings.

As usual, the 24-year-old's changeup was especially good.
"He got us to chase it a lot," Girardi said, "and he was real effective with it."

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Reyes to return as Pujols, Cards hit New York

Citi Field- After a little more than two weeks, the Mets will be welcoming back baseball's most exciting player of the first half to their lineup Tuesday.

Shortstop Jose Reyes, on the 15-day disabled list since July 3 with a Grade 1 strain in his left hamstring, will be activated prior to Tuesday's series opener against the Cardinals at Citi Field.

The Mets plan to be careful with Reyes, although he will probably still play almost every inning of every game. Mets manager Terry Collins said he and Reyes talked about how to handle the shortstop's return. Although Collins said Reyes told him he'd be OK, the manager said he'll probably be closely watching his shortstop this weekend when the Mets travel to Florida for a three-game series with the Marlins.

"I'm going to be very cautious with him in Florida, take a good, hard look at how he's doing, because obviously anytime you start to strain muscles, a lot of it's due to dehydration in the muscles," Collins said. "But he said he's going to be fine, he's ready, and we'll do a much better job of monitoring him here -- especially early to see if he's OK."

Reyes and his star power return at the perfect time, as St. Louis and Albert Pujols travel to New York. Pujols has been hitting his stride after a quiet April and May, and -- despite an 0-for-4 performance on Sunday against the Reds -- is 8-for-24 in his last six games with three home runs.

"It's a long season, man, a long season," Pujols said. "I've said it before: It doesn't matter how you start, whether it's good or bad. At the end of the year, hopefully, you get 600 at-bats, 700 plate appearances."

On Saturday night, his three-run shot in the fifth proved to be the game-winner. On Friday, he hit a two-run homer that put the Cardinals ahead, although they ultimately lost the game.

Pujols entered Sunday with a .412 on-base percentage and a .795 slugging percentage since June 3.

"He's himself," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "That's all you need to say."

Cardinals: Lohse takes the hill
Kyle Lohse gets the start for the Cardinals on Tuesday, after going 8-6 with a 3.32 ERA in the first half of the season. In eight career starts against the Mets, he is 2-3 with a 5.85 ERA but winless (0-3) in New York.

  • After going 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Sunday, outfielder Lance Berkman has recorded a hit or a run in each of his last three games.

Mets: Gee meets Cards for first time
Dillon Gee, who has never faced the Cardinals, takes the hill on Tuesday in the series opener. He was hit hard by the Dodgers in his final start of the first half, surrendering six runs (five earned) on five hits and a walk in 5 2/3 frames. He struck out just two. Gee has not won since June 26.

  • Carlos Beltran has missed three straight games because of a stomach virus, but Collins said he expects the outfielder to return Tuesday.

Worth noting
  • New York's Daniel Murphy has recorded at least one hit in 19 of his last 22 games.
  • Tuesday will be the first of six meetings between the two teams this season.
  • The Mets have hit a home run in three of their last five games, and a total of nine in their last 10 contests.

With concerns tossed aside, Colon faces Hellickson

Tropicana Field, Tampa- While Bartolo Colon's left hamstring hasn't given him any pain since coming off the disabled list, the Yankees right-hander has seemed worried about re-injuring it. In his last start Thursday against the Blue Jays, that was clear by the way he jumped off the mound to make plays and in the landings of his delivery. And because of that, Colon paid the price.

Allowing a season-high eight runs for the loss, Colon lasted only two-thirds of an inning, the shortest start of his career.

He'll get back on the mound Tuesday against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Watching him warm up and throw a side session since the outing, pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Colon hasn't favored the hamstring and his velocity hasn't diminished.

"As far as throwing the ball, I don't think it's affected him," Rothschild said. "I think it's more when he goes to cover first, in that. In between now, he's kind of tested it a little bit, and I think he's pretty confident in what he can do with it. Hopefully that's just a thing of the past."

Manager Joe Girardi also sees the start as a crucial step in getting Colon back on track after two straight losses.

"I think it's important for him, because his last two nights, the starts have not been his best, and as I said, the start in Toronto, we didn't help him," Girardi said. "We created a lot of that mess for him. Who knows what he would've done, but I still think it's important."

Colon faces a well-rested Jeremy Hellickson, who will make his first start in 16 days.

Hellickson (8-7, 3.21 ERA) was originally scheduled to pitch against the Yankees on July 8, but the game was rained out. This time around will mark the right-hander's first career start against New York.

"It has been a long time. I'm ready and excited to get back out there," Hellickson said. "It has kind of gone fast. But it has been a while."

His last time out against the Cardinals on July 3, Hellickson tossed 7 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits for the win.

"I felt good in the 'pen. The last few times I went this long [without pitching], the command was shaky to begin with," Hellickson said. "Once I got into a rhythm, it kind of came to me. I just got to get into a rhythm early."

Yankees: Pena lands on DL
Ramiro Pena woke up Monday morning -- his 26th birthday -- with severe stomach pains and was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with an appendicitis. Because doctors removed his appendix, Pena was forced to go on the disabled list Monday. To fill his spot on the active roster, the Yankees called up Brandon Laird from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

"It'll be a birthday I'm sure he'll never forget," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Pena.

  • After participating in baseball activities for a few weeks at the Yankees' Minor League complex, Eric Chavez was cleared to play his first rehab game on Tuesday for Class-A.

Rays: Torres recalled for bullpen help
With eight relievers seeing action in Sunday's 16-inning loss to the Red Sox, the Rays made a move to add bullpen depth. Making room for Monday's starter Alex Cobb, the club also recalled left-hander Alex Torres. To make space for the pair, the Rays placed Juan Cruz on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain and designated Adam Russell for assignment.

  • Rays pitcher Wade Davis, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm, threw another bullpen session of about 50 to 60 pitches before Monday's game. He hopes to return to the mound for Tampa Bay on Saturday against the Royals, but Joe Maddon said that was unlikely.

Worth noting
  • After a slew of moves to the bullpen Monday, the Rays have four left-handers in the bullpen for the first time since the end of the 2004 season with expanded rosters.
  • In Sunday's 1-0 loss to the Red Sox, the Rays went a combined 3-for-50, the first Major League team to record 50 or more at-bats and three or fewer hits in a game going back to 1919.
  • The Yankees are a Major League-best 28-5 (.848) in day games in 2011.

Mets sign outfielder Perez, lefty Chacin

Citi Field- The Mets on Monday announced the signings of outfielder Fernando Perez and left-handed pitcher Gustavo Chacin, assigning both players to Triple-A Buffalo.

Perez, 28, hit .238 with three home runs in 76 games earlier this season with Triple-A Iowa, a Cubs affiliate. He is a career .276 hitter with a .358 on-base percentage over parts of eight Minor League seasons, hitting .234 over 41 big league games with the Rays in 2008-09.

Chacin, 30, was 3-6 with a 5.13 ERA in 27 games earlier this season for Triple-A Oklahoma City, an Astros affiliate. Spending most of last season as a reliever with Houston, Chacin made his mark in the big leagues as a 25-year-old rookie in 2005, finishing 13-9 with a 3.72 ERA in 203 innings.

Mets look toward weekend for Wright's return

Citi Field- Though no date is set, injured Mets third baseman David Wright continues to inch toward a return. Wright played all nine innings in the field Monday evening for Class A St. Lucie, finishing 3-for-6 at the plate, and is scheduled to participate in three additional full games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

"We have nothing etched in stone," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Wright's return, "but we're looking toward the weekend."

Rehabbing from a stress fracture in his lower back, Wright is nearly certain to rejoin the Mets at some point in Miami, possibly as soon as Friday. He hit .226 with six home runs in 39 games prior to landing on the disabled list, playing many of those contests with discomfort in his back.

Through four rehab games in St. Lucie, Wright is batting .400 with two doubles and four singles in 15 at-bats.

"He's not as sore or stiff as he thought he was going to be," Collins said. "Each game, he's seeing the ball better. He's feeling more comfortable."

Hairston leaves early with bruised shin

Citi Field- A recent savior of sorts for the Mets, outfielder Scott Hairston has become the team's latest injury casualty, leaving Monday's 4-1 loss to the Marlins after two innings with a left shin contusion. X-rays were negative, and the club listed Hairston as day-to-day.

"He's got a real bad bruise on the top of his foot," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He didn't think he could run, so we got him out."

Fouling a ball off his shin during his first plate appearance Monday, Hairston completed the at-bat by grounding a ball to shortstop and limping to first base. He stayed in the game for another half-inning on defense, but did not return to the first with his Mets teammates for the top of the third.

Lucas Duda shifted from first base to right field to replace Hairston, with Nick Evans entering the game at first.

In the lineup due to regular right fielder Carlos Beltran's illness, Hairston is hitting .264 this season with five home runs in 91 at-bats. He was 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs in his lone start against the Phillies last weekend.

The Mets expect Beltran to return to the lineup on Tuesday.

Sick Beltran misses third consecutive game

Citi Field- Batting a stomach virus for the past three days, Carlos Beltran nonetheless stood in the dugout Monday evening, holding a bat while the Mets threatened against the Marlins.

The late rally wilted and his chance never came. But Beltran, despite battling a fever that he claims reached 105 degrees over the weekend, expects to return to the lineup on Tuesday.

"I came to the ballpark with a little more energy than the past couple days," he said Monday night. "I'm just hoping tomorrow to feel better than what I felt today and be in the lineup."

Since Saturday, Beltran noted, he has experienced difficulty simply getting out of bed.

"Every joint hurts," he said. "It's been terrible. Fever three nights in a row. [Monday] was the first day where I felt able to do things related to baseball."

So he did. Beltran took batting practice for the first time in three days, assuring manager Terry Collins that he could pinch-hit if necessary. He visited a doctor for precautionary testing earlier Monday, after receiving fluids over the weekend.

Barring a setback, Beltran -- who is batting .287 with 14 homers and 59 RBIs this season -- expects to be in the starting lineup on Tuesday.

In his absence Monday, Scott Hairston played right field and hit cleanup against the Marlins, with Daniel Murphy shifting up to the third spot in the lineup. But Hairston became the team's latest injury casualty in the game's opening moments, departing after two innings.

If nothing else, Beltran's medical episode may delay updates for those seeking a resolution on his future with the Mets. Given the outfielder's production and his team's double-digit deficit in the National League East, Beltran's name has come up increasingly often in recent trade rumors.

"The thing that makes it somewhat easy is the way this guy approaches it," Collins said. "He knows it's part of the game. He knows it may happen. He has said to me many times, 'I want to stay here. I want to help this team win as many games as I can. I came here to be a Met. I came here to help this team win, but I know I may get traded, so it's part of the business.' But he doesn't let it affect the way he goes about things.

After rehab game, Reyes set for Tuesday

MCU Park, Coney Island- Whenever Jose Reyes stepped to the on-deck circle on the first-base side Monday at MCU Park, fans would crowd the prime seats behind the netting near the Brooklyn Cyclones' dugout.

The contingent, mostly decked out in Reyes jerseys and other Mets apparel, got to see one of the game's most thrilling players make his last stop on the way back to the big leagues.

After the Mets' 4-1 loss to the Marlins on Monday, the team announced that the All-Star shortstop would be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday before the series opener against the Cardinals.

Reyes went 1-for-3 with a double in his Minor League rehab start with Class A Brooklyn, which lost to Lowell of the Red Sox organization, 11-5. Reyes cleanly fielded the only ground ball that came his way at shortstop.

Reyes was pulled from Monday's game while warming up on the field in the top of the seventh, right before he would have led off the bottom half of the inning in his fourth at-bat.

"I wanted to [keep playing]," Reyes said. "But the manager said, 'No, that's enough. You look ready.' So OK, it is what it is."

Reyes would have played no more than seven innings regardless, with temperatures in the mid-90s amid the backdrop of Coney Island Beach.

"Besides the hot weather," Reyes said, "everything was perfect. So I feel happy about it."

With general manager Sandy Alderson, vice president of player development and scouting Paul DePodesta, head trainer Ray Ramirez and Reyes' agent, Peter Greenberg, all on hand, Reyes led off the first inning by flying out to center. He successfully fielded a grounder from Lowell's Garin Cecchini to end the top of the third, then grounded out to second in the bottom half of the inning.

He led off the sixth by lacing a double off Luis Diaz that hit the wall in left-center field, trotting into second for a double. He came around with Cole Frenzel to score the Cyclones' first two runs on a two-out single by Charles Thurber.

Asked if he was thinking three bases the moment the ball left his bat, Reyes replied: "I'll take a double. I'll save the triple for tomorrow."

A walk and double added two more runs, and Reyes found himself back where he started the inning, in the on-deck circle, before Jonathan Clark struck out swinging to end the frame.

"That's good, I had a lot of fun here in New York," Reyes said. "This is Brooklyn. I still had fun here, so that's good to see people come out and still support me."

Reyes signed baseballs for many of his teammates and took pictures with players from both teams. He said he would buy the Cyclones dinner later in the day.

Reyes suffered a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring on a first-inning infield single during a July 2 game against the Yankees. He has been on the DL since July 3 and was eligible to return on Monday.

When he does return, Collins said, the Mets will be careful not to overextend their shortstop in game action.

"I'm going to be very cautious of him in Florida, and take a good hard look at how he's doing," Collins said, referring to the team's upcoming weekend series in Miami. "He said he's going to be fine, he's ready. And we'll do a much better job of monitoring him here."

The 28-year-old shortstop leads the Majors in triples (15) and batting average (.354). Reyes ranks second in hits (124) and steals (30). The Mets have gone 6-5 without Reyes entering Monday night's makeup game with the Marlins.

A Cyclones official said 8,126 fans were at the 7,500-seat ballpark Monday, with roughly 1,000 tickets being sold in the last 24 hours, when the Mets announced that Reyes would play here. A night contest would have no doubt increased that figure, though the day campers who made up a collage of different colored T-shirts seemed to enjoy every minute of the atmosphere, which included SpongeBob SquarePants videos on the scoreboard and a between-innings condiment race on the field.

Reyes said there was no hesitation to go full speed in the carnival-like atmosphere Monday.

"No, I mean, a game's a game," said Reyes, who had never played in Brooklyn before. "You have to run to first base, you have to run to second, you have to take a ground ball. It's the same game, the only problem is this is the Minor Leagues. I'm going to play tomorrow in the big leagues, so that's the only difference. But it's still baseball."

Short-handed Mets stifled by Marlins

Citi Field- In the immediate aftermath of Monday's 4-1 loss to the Marlins, Mets manager Terry Collins stole a quick moment to scratch out his lineup card for the next day's game. His primary offensive threat, Jose Reyes, is due back from the disabled list. His most consistent slugger, Carlos Beltran, hopes to return from illness. Collins was anxious to see the new shape of his lineup.

The absences of those two hitters, he knew, were rather conspicuous Monday, in a game that saw the Mets muster three hits -- only one of them against a starting pitcher who had not made a big league start in nearly three years.

Earlier in the day, Reyes showcased his newfound health in a Minor League rehab game. During the evening's waning moments, Beltran grabbed a bat, hoping he might be able to help. But the Mets were forced to proceed without contributions from either.

"I don't sit there on the bench and think about who isn't here," Collins said afterward, even if his actions hinted otherwise.

"Any team in this league that loses guys like that is going to have a tough time getting offense generated. But we've still got to plug away."

The Mets, for the most part, could not. Facing Clay Hensley, who has split his time this season between Florida's bullpen and the disabled list, the Mets first threatened when Willie Harris doubled with one out in the first inning, then did not record another hit until the seventh. In the interim, they yielded to the whims of Hensley, who fired five shutout innings.

Though Mets starter Chris Capuano actually outpitched Hensley in the early innings, not allowing a baserunner until issuing a walk with two outs in the third, a four-batter sequence stung him in the fourth. After Hanley Ramirez singled to record Florida's first hit with two outs, Capuano walked Gaby Sanchez to extend the rally. The next batter, Mike Stanton, doubled home both runners before Mike Cameron capped the rally with an RBI single.

"It can happen that quickly," Capuano said.

Though the left-hander settled back into his groove from there, retiring seven straight Marlins at one point in the middle innings, Logan Morrison touched him for another run-scoring single in the eighth.

Collins classified Capuano's outing as "fine." Marlins manager Jack McKeon was far more critical.

"This is the problem you have with guys today," McKeon said. "They give up four runs and think they did a [heck] of a job. You ask Bob Gibson or one of those guys, or ask Bob Feller or Tom Seaver and say, 'Oh boy, I gave up four runs in six innings, I did a [heck] of a job.' You can find out what they tell you."

A lack of offensive support served to magnify McKeon's point. Playing without Reyes, Beltran, David Wright and Ike Davis, the Mets suffered another blow when their de facto cleanup hitter, Scott Hairston, left the game after two innings with a bruised left shin. As a result, the team had little weaponry with which to attack Hensley -- who was on a strict pitch count -- and a quartet of Marlins relievers.

It was not until the ninth inning that the Mets truly threatened, loading the bases with one out. But with Beltran holding a bat in the dugout, Jason Bay flied out to deep center field against Marlins closer Leo Nunez, plating the team's first run while simultaneously stunting its best rally.

Had the next batter reached base, Beltran -- who said he suffered through a 105-degree fever over the weekend -- would have pinch-hit.

Instead, the ailing outfielder retreated quietly back to the clubhouse, while the Mets dropped yet another game behind the surging Braves in the National League Wild Card race.

"Today was a multiple choice of things that weren't in our favor," Bay said, before delving into the list.

Coming off a critical weekend series against the Phillies, Bay said, the Mets feared coming out flat in Monday's one-game set against the Marlins -- a makeup of the May 17 game that was postponed due to rain. The team also had to contend with the absences of Reyes, Beltran, Wright and Davis, arguably the team's four best hitters.

"It was just a combination of things catching up to us a little bit," Bay said.

With that said, he and the rest of the Mets proceeded to look toward Tuesday's game. Bay spoke of the scheduled return of Reyes, the expected return of Beltran, the continued progress of Wright. By this weekend, the Mets could have their projected Opening Day lineup nearly intact.

Collins, perhaps, will finally be able to scratch out his lineup card in ink.

"They're game-changers," Capuano said of Reyes and Wright in particular. "They can spark the offense, drive in runs. We'll be excited to get them back."

Walks come in handy as Yanks edge Rays

Tropicana Field, Tampa- For years, the Yankees have held a reputation as one of the best teams at making a pitcher work.

On Monday night, that approach helped them rattle Alex Torres during his Major League debut en route to notching a series-opening 5-4 win over the Rays.

Recalled for action because of the 16-inning Sunday night game the Rays lost to the Red Sox and optioned back to Triple-A after the game, Torres stepped into a critical juncture of the game against a team that was going to make him throw strikes to beat it.

Torres issued a two-out walk to Andruw Jones to load the bases, then walked Russell Martin to give the Yankees the lead and an eventual victory on a night they couldn't muster much against rookie starter Alex Cobb.

"They've been doing it for so long that when they do chase pitches, that's when you're kind of surprised," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "And they did a real good job of being patient."

A.J. Burnett was erratic and the offense only contributed eight singles, but the Yankees were resourceful, getting the effective Cobb's pitch count up to force Rays manager Joe Maddon to go to a shorthanded bullpen by the seventh.

That helped the Yankees tie the game at 4 with two runs in the eighth, and it led to a tension-filled top of the ninth that Torres was hardly able to handle.

With Curtis Granderson on third and two outs, Torres intentionally walked Nick Swisher to pitch to Jones, but then walked Jones to load the bases. Martin capped a seven-pitch at-bat with a walk of his own to give the Yankees their second lead and cap a late comeback.

"They do not expand their strike zones," said Maddon. "On that team right there, maybe just a couple of guys you might have a chance to get them to swing at something outside the strike zone. That group makes you throw the ball over the plate."

Torres' full-count pitch to Martin -- a slider that stayed up in the zone -- looked especially tough to take. The Yankees' catcher flinched his hands, but held his bat, took his base and set it up for Mariano Rivera to notch his 24th save in the bottom half.

"Obviously 3-2, you're ready to swing because he's trying to throw a strike and he's not trying to walk you," Martin said. "But I just recognized it early and didn't swing."

The ninth-inning rally wasn't possible without Brett Gardner, who has stolen a career-high 13 consecutive bases and is 11-for-19 with six runs scored in five second-half games.

Trailing by two with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth, Gardner made it a one-run game with an RBI single off Kyle Farnsworth, then allowed the Yankees to tie it by breaking up a potential inning-ending double play with a hard slide.

"[Eduardo Nunez] gets down the line pretty well, so I'm not sure if they would've turned the double play if I wouldn't have been there," Gardner said. "But you have to do what you can to try to get that run across."

Burnett couldn't get much across the plate early. And when he did, the Rays hit him hard.

Coming off the longest game in their history -- a five-hour, 44-minute marathon that resulted in a 1-0 loss to the Red Sox -- the Rays jumped on Burnett with four runs in the first two innings to build an early cushion.

Burnett was frustrated by his lacking of fastball command. He scattered eight hits and threw just 59 of his 110 pitches for strikes, and his six walks added to his Major League-leading 58 on the year.

But he limited the damage -- perhaps thanks to a little lightning.

With two outs in the top of the fifth, a lightning bolt struck a line from a nearby substation, causing a row of lights on the first-base side of Tropicana Field to shut off. Because it was a big spot in the game -- first and second, two outs with Robinson Cano out -- Girardi opted to wait out the 18-minute delay to make sure his team had full visibility.

During that time, Burnett flung about 20 balls against a net in the bowels of The Trop. He felt that allowed him to refocus and eventually keep the Yankees in the game.

"Maybe that should happen more often," he said. "... Maybe I needed a break, I needed some time."

Cobb, meanwhile, kept the Yankees in check with a nasty splitter. The 23-year-old right-hander gave up two runs, but the Yankees only had two hits against him in the first five frames and didn't really hit a ball hard until Nick Swisher's single in the sixth.

Cobb exited with 99 pitches through six innings. And because Maddon had to search deep into his bullpen for arms late in the game, the Yankees remained 1 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the American League East and moved to 6 1/2 up on the third-place Rays.

"It's a big win, especially when you come back late like that," Martin said. "They had our number the whole night and we were just able to rally late. Everyone played their part."

Dispatching FHVs via Smartphone Apps (for Bases and App Developers)

The TLC has received a number of inquiries regarding the status of smartphone application businesses that offer or appear to offer for-hire transportation services to the general public ("Smartphone Apps"). In particular, the Commission has received inquiries as to whether a Smartphone App is required to hold a license (a “Base License”) under Section 19-506 of the Administrative Code and Section 59B-11 of TLC Rules.

In response to these inquiries, the Commission wishes to clarify the circumstances in which a Smartphone App is required to hold a Base License, and also to remind licensees of Commission rules that may be pertinent to FHV bases which contract with Smartphone Apps. (Also, see Industry Notice #11-15, dated July 1, 2011, directed at vehicle owners/drivers using Smartphone Apps for dispatch.)

A Smartphone App that functions solely as a referral, reservation or advertising service for a licensed base will generally not require licensure.

However, for-hire vehicle bases must ensure that any Smartphone Apps they employ do not cause them to violate any TLC regulations or laws, including but not limited to the following:

  • Any base advertising, including via Smartphone App, requires a base to disclose its base name and license number (TLC Rule 59B-25 (c)(1)).
  • No base advertising can use the term “taxi”, “taxicab”, “cab”, “hack”, “coach”, “for-hire vehicle”, “livery” or “limousine” (TLC Rule 59B-25 (b) and NYC Administrative Code 19-506).
  • Bases must maintain on file with TLC their Smartphone App rates of fare if those rates of fare are different than their existing rates (TLC Rule 59B-21(a)).
  • Bases must maintain on file with the TLC their Smartphone App public contact information (TLC Rule 59B-21(c)).
  • Bases must ensure that they are in compliance with State workers’ compensation laws relating to all trips dispatched via Smartphone Apps (as they must for traditional dispatch trips). (TLC Rule 59B-12).
  • Bases must ensure that they are in compliance with any laws, rules or regulations relating to the collection of State taxes applicable to all trips dispatched via Smartphone Apps (as they must for traditional dispatch trips).
  • Bases must ensure that they are in compliance with TLC regulations governing the provision of wheelchair accessible service (TLC Rule 59B-17(c)).
  • Bases must ensure that the trip sheets of any trips that were dispatched via a Smartphone App are maintained and available for inspection for at least six (6) months after the trip (TLC Rule 59B-19(b)(2)).
  • Bases must be able to handle customer complaints, including via a Smartphone App (TLC Rule 59B-17(a)).
  • Bases providing their phone number through a Smartphone App must make sure it has 24-hour capability (TLC Rule 59B-20 (c)(2)).
  • Bases must ensure they are dispatching calls within the hours of operation filed with TLC (TLC Rule 59B-21(b)).
As entities regulated by the TLC, for-hire vehicle bases will be held accountable by the TLC if their use of such Smartphone Apps causes them to not be in compliance with any such laws, rules or regulations. For-hire vehicle bases should review all TLC regulations to ensure that they are in compliance with these and all other relevant requirements. (As a reminder, yellow medallion taxis are NOT permitted to use Smartphone Apps for dispatch.)

A Smartphone App that provides for-hire transportation services directly and not through agreement with one or more licensed FHV bases, and not meeting the criteria above, including a Smartphone App that provides for-hire transportation services through direct agreement with TLC-licensed drivers, is required to hold a Base License. To ensure compliance, the TLC will, when it becomes aware of a Smartphone App believed to provide such services, request that the Smartphone App developer provide the following:

  • A list of all FHV bases that the Smartphone App developer has contracted with and/or partnered with to provide Smartphone App dispatch service, along with the dates of commencement of any such partnership, and the effective dates of any agreements with such bases.
  • An attestation that this is a complete list of all FHV bases that the Smartphone App developer has contracted with and/or partnered with; and further that the Smartphone App developer is not dispatching to any vehicle not affiliated with these partner bases (and is not dispatching to any vehicles and/or drivers not licensed by the TLC to accept dispatches).
  • The form of any agreements between the Smartphone App developer and its partner bases or any vehicle owners or drivers using the Smartphone App.
  • An attestation that the Smartphone App developer does not use the words “taxi”, “taxicab”, “cab”, “hack” or “coach” in any advertising.
The TLC will presume that a Smartphone App that does not comply with this request is operating in violation of TLC Rule 59B-11 and will pursue enforcement actions accordingly.

In addition to ensuring that a Smartphone App does not violate TLC’s regulations, and its use does not cause any TLC licensees to violate TLC’s regulations, the TLC has a responsibility to ensure the safety and security of passengers and to investigate passenger complaints relating to FHV service (including as may be provided via Smartphone Apps). As a result, the TLC may request, from Smartphone App developers certain trip sheet data (including but not limited to date/time, pick-up/drop-off location, identifying information relating to driver, vehicle, vehicle owner and/or affiliated base, fare information, last four digits of credit/debit card (or other identifying payment account information)) relating to trips facilitated by Smartphone App developers. If the TLC shall conclude that such assistance is not sufficiently and voluntarily forthcoming from Smartphone App developers, the TLC may re-visit its position on the need to license Smartphone App developers.

If you are an FHV base and have further questions about whether your use of a Smartphone App conforms to TLC regulations; or, if you are a Smartphone App developer and have questions about whether your Smartphone App complies with the foregoing, or to proactively provide the TLC the items required hereby, please contact TLC at

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Yankees recall Dickerson, option Golson

Rogers Centre, Toronto- The Yankees recalled lefty-hitting outfielder Chris Dickerson on Sunday to take the place of right-handed-hitting outfielder Greg Golson.

Golson had originally been called up because the Yankees were facing two left-handed starters -- Jo-Jo Reyes and Ricky Romero -- in a three-game stretch against the Blue Jays.

Now, the trend has reversed.

"We're going to see a bunch of right-handers now, and over the last couple of days, we saw some lefties, so we made the change," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Golson made an appearance in the eighth inning of Saturday's 4-1 win but didn't record an at-bat and will now head back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Dickerson has hit .300 with a .364 on-base percentage while appearing in 31 games for the Yankees this year.

Girardi tweaked his lineup for the finale of the four-game series at Rogers Centre.

Derek Jeter had the day off, Eduardo Nunez started in his place at shortstop, Ramiro Pena was at third, Mark Teixeira started as the designated hitter and Jorge Posada got the nod at first base -- his fifth start of the season there.

Harris fills in while Beltran battles illness

Citi Field- For the second straight day, the Mets' lineup is without right fielder Carlos Beltran. Beltran contracted flu-like symptoms Friday night and did not play in Saturday's 11-2 victory over the Phillies.

Manager Terry Collins has opted for Willie Harris to take Beltran's place in right field and his spot as the third hitter in the Mets' lineup for Sunday's rubber game. Collins said he made the decision due to Harris' track record of success against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.

For his career, Harris is 5-for-16 against Kendrick, with a triple, two home runs, four RBIs, a walk and two strikeouts. On Saturday, the Mets started Scott Hairston in Beltran's place due to his past success against Cole Hamels, and Hairston responded by tallying a career-high five RBIs. He went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run.

Collins said he spoke with trainer Ray Ramirez on Saturday night, and that Ramirez had told him Beltran was beginning to feel better.

Reyes could rejoin Mets as early as Tuesday

Citi Field- Jose Reyes' return to the Mets could come as soon as Tuesday.

Manager Terry Collins said Reyes will play a Minor League rehab game Monday with Class A Brooklyn if he gets through all of Sunday's baseball activities without any setbacks.

Media members watched Reyes run the bases hours before Sunday's game against the Phillies. Collins, general manager Sandy Alderson, agent Peter Greenberg, trainer Ray Ramirez and physical therapist John Zajac were on hand as well.

"I feel very good," said Reyes, who is eligible to come off the disabled list Monday. "I'm happy that I don't feel anything in my leg, so I was able to test it out with no problems, so that's a good sign."

Reyes said he felt better than he did before straining his left hamstring, which has kept him on the DL since July 3.

Asked what he would do if he hit a ball into the gap upon his return, Reyes immediately said, "Triple."

The 28-year-old shortstop leads the Majors in triples (15) as well as hitting (.354). He is also second in hits and steals.

Pelfrey stumbles in finale against Phillies

Citi Field- With Carlos Beltran again absent from the Mets lineup with flu-like symptoms, the Mets needed an outstanding pitching effort or a surprise offensive performance in Sunday's rubber game against the Phillies at Citi Field.

They didn't get either, as Philadelphia's Michael Martinez hit his first career home run off Mike Pelfrey to drive in three runs in the fifth and secure a 8-5 win for the Phillies.

Pelfrey retired the first two batters he faced, but made the mistake of walking Chase Utley in the first inning. Pelfrey did not bother to hold Utley at first, allowing him to steal second, and the Phillies cashed in as Ryan Howard beat the shift and hit a hard single just beneath the glove of diving second baseman Justin Turner in shallow right field to put Philadelphia ahead, 1-0.

The Mets' offense was unable to capitalize on its early chances. Willie Harris, playing right field and batting third in Beltran's stead, singled in the first and doubled in the third, but did not come around to score. Though Lucas Duda led off the second with a double off Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, the next three Mets grounded out to leave him stranded.

Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston's single through the left side of the infield in the seventh would plate Ronny Paulino from second, but by then, the Phillies had built a cushion.

Pelfrey settled down after the first. He threw first-pitch strikes to 11 of the next 12 batters he faced after Howard, retiring the Phils in order in the third and fourth. It was during the fifth that he started getting behind hitters, and the Phillies made him pay.

He got behind Kendrick, 2-1, with one out before Kendrick singled for the second time in the game. After Jimmy Rollins singled, Pelfrey got behind Martinez, 2-0, before Martinez smashed his first career home run to deep right-center field just above the Modell's sign. Pelfrey was taken out for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the inning.

Pelfrey pitched five innings, giving up four runs on six hits. He walked one batter, who came around to score, and struck out two.

Rollins capped a three-hit effort with a two-run single in the eighth, effectively breaking it wide open for the Phillies. The cushion was necessary when the Mets threatened in the bottom of the frame.

Reliever Juan Perez walked the only three batters he faced before giving way to Ryan Madson. Madson seemed to be on his way to getting out of the jam when he got Lucas Duda to ground into a run-scoring double play, but he gave up a single to Paulino, hit Ruben Tejada and walked Nick Evans to load the bases for Angel Pagan.

Pagan then singled to right to score Paulino and cut the lead to 8-4 with the bases loaded. But the Phillies brought in Antonio Bastardo, who struck Justin Turner out swinging to end the inning.

Efficient Hughes looks strong in first win

Rogers Centre, Toronto- Perhaps Phil Hughes could've gone longer for the Yankees, but he gave them just enough to earn a series split against the Blue Jays.

Making his second start since landing on the disabled list with a "dead arm," Hughes gave up just two runs in six innings during the finale at Rogers Centre on Sunday. Thanks to that, and another three-hit game by Brett Gardner, the Yankees earned a 7-2 win to take the final two games of their four-game set against Toronto.

Sporting a new curveball grip and a better-aligned delivery, Hughes comfortably sat in the 92- to 93-mph range with his four-seam fastball -- one he threw often in the early stages of the game -- and offset that with an upper-80s cutter and a mid-70s curveball that seemed to break a little tighter.

The result was Hughes' first win and his first quality start in five starts this year, bringing his ERA from 10.57 to 8.44 after he gave up four hits and two walks while striking out five.

Hughes gave up a run in the second on an RBI single by Travis Snider, then another in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Hill. But Hughes retired eight of the last nine hitters he faced and -- 11 days removed from his last start -- finished with just 80 pitches (51 strikes) under his belt.

By the time Hughes exited, the Yankees held a three-run lead thanks in large part to Gardner, who scored three runs and finished 3-for-4 to notch his third three-hit game of this series.

Gardner led off the game against Blue Jays starter Carlos Villanueva with a single, then stole his 11th base in as many attempts and scored on an RBI single by Nick Swisher. The Yankees then pulled ahead with a four-run fourth on an RBI double by Russell Martin, a sacrifice fly by Ramiro Pena and a two-run double by Curtis Granderson.

The Yanks extended their lead to four on a seventh-inning sacrifice fly by Robinson Cano.

Cory Wade, David Robertson and Boone Logan finished the Blue Jays off in the final three frames.

With a four-game series against the American League East-rival Rays awaiting on Monday, the Yankees moved to 7-5 against the Blue Jays, 7-6 in July and a Major League-best 28-5 in day games.

In the top of the ninth, Gardner recorded his 26th stolen base of the season and 12th straight without being caught.

Weekday and Weeknight Service Advisories

Until August 2011

Bronx-bound 1 trains skip Dyckman St.

AM Rush Hours, Mon to Fri, until Jul 29

Some uptown 2 trains rerouted to the 148 St 3 Station, the last stop.

10:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Wed to Fri, Jul 20 – 22
241 St-bound 2 trains run express from 3 Av-149 St to East 180 St

This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip, please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information,  read station signs.

11 PM to 5 AM, Mon to Fri, Jul 18 – 22

Overnight uptown local 4 service starts early: Uptown trains run local from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St.

6 AM to 9 AM, Mon to Fri, until August 2011

Manhattan-bound AM Rush Hour 5 service operates at a reduced frequency between Nereid Av and East 180 St.

4 PM to 7:45 PM, Mon to Fri, until August 2011
Nereid Av-bound PM Rush Hour 5 service operates at a reduced frequency between East 180 St and Nereid Av. Dyre Av/Nereid Av-bound PM Rush Hour 5 express trains run local from 3 Av-149 St to East 180 St

11 PM to 12 midnight, Mon to Thu, Jul 18 – 21
Uptown 5 trains run local from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St.

10:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Wed to Fri, Jul 20 – 22
Dyre Av-bound 5 trains run express from 3 Av-149 St to East 180 St.

This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip, please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information, read station signs.

Until October 2011

6 trains skip Elder Av and St Lawrence Av.

11:30 PM Mon to 5 AM Tue, Jul 18 – 19

No 7 service between Times Sq-42 St and Queensboro Plaza.
Take E, N, S trains and free shuttle buses for alternate service.

This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip, please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information, read station signs.

10:30 AM to 3 PM, Mon to Fri, Jul 18 – 22 (except Thu, Jul 21)
Flushing-bound 7 trains run express from Queensboro Plaza to 74 St.

11 PM to 5 AM, Mon to Fri, Jul 18 – 22

Uptown A trains run express from 59 St to 125 St.

Until Fall 2011

Manhattan-bound B trains skip Avenue M and Avenue H stations.

12:01 AM to 5 AM, Tue to Fri, Jul 19 – 22

No E trains between Union Tpke and Jamaica Center.
Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip, please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information, read station signs.

Until Spring 2012

F trains skip Smith-9 Sts in both directions
Use bus service to/from 4 Av-9 St or Carroll St instead.

11 PM to 5 AM, Mon to Fri, Jul 18 – 22
Uptown F trains run express from West 4 St to 34 St-Herald Sq.

Until Spring 2012

G trains skip Smith-9 Sts in both directions.
Use bus service to/from 4 Av-9 St or Carroll St instead.

11 PM to 5 AM, Mon to Fri, Jul 18 – 22
No G trains between Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts and Church Av.
A and F trains provide alternate service via Jay St-MetroTech.

  • For service to/from Bergen St, Carroll St, 4 Av-9 St, 7 Av, 15 St, Fort Hamilton Pkwy and Church Av take the F, by way of Jay St-MetroTech.
  • Take the A for connecting service between Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts and Jay St-MetroTech.

11 PM to 5 AM, Mon to Fri, Jul 18 – 22
G service operates in two sections:

1. Between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs.
2. Between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts.

To continue your trip, transfer at Bedford-Nostrand Avs.

11 PM to 12 midnight, Mon to Thu, Jul 18 – 21

Uptown M trains run express from West 4 St to 34 St-Herald Sq.

10 AM to 3 PM, Wed to Fri, Jul 20 – 22

Manhattan-bound N trains run via the D from Stillwell Av to 36 St, Brooklyn.

10 AM to 3 PM, Tue to Thu, Jul 19 – 21
Manhattan-bound N trains run express from Astoria Blvd to Queensboro Plaza.

12:01 AM to 5 AM, Wed to Fri, Jul 20 – 22
No N trains running between Manhattan and Queens. Use 7 service, via Times Sq-42 St and Queensboro Plaza.

N service operates in two sections:

1. Between Queensboro Plaza and Ditmars Blvd.
2. Between 57 St-7 Av and Stillwell Av.

This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip, please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information,  read station signs.

Until Fall 2011

Manhattan-bound Q trains skip Avenue M and Avenue H stations.

10 AM to 3 PM, Tue to Thu, Jul 19 – 21
No Q trains running between Manhattan and Queens – Take the N instead.

This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip, please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information, read station signs.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Flu symptoms keep Beltran out on Saturday

Citi Field- Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran was not in the lineup Saturday afternoon against the Phillies due to flu-like symptoms.

Manager Terry Collins said Beltran became "pretty sick" Friday night and had a "very high" fever. Collins said Beltran was coming to Citi Field to see team doctors, but is not likely to stay for Saturday's game.

"He got pretty ill during the night," Collins said. "He's got a case of the flu, for sure."

Beltran is day-to-day, and a continued absence could further weaken a depleted Mets lineup. With Jose Reyes, David Wright and Ike Davis all on the disabled list, Beltran was easily the Mets' best healthy hitter. He blasted a 420-foot home run to straightaway center in the Mets' 7-2 loss to Philadelphia on Friday.

Saturday's lineup does not feature a hitter with an on-base percentage above .350 or an on-base plus slugging percentage above .800.

CC stifles Blue Jays for 14th win

Rodgers Centre, Toronto- CC Sabathia has pitched in far bigger games and has fared better in them. So when asked about the pressures he faced heading into Saturday's start, the cool-under-pressure left-hander gave a wry smile and the right response.

"It's still July," Sabathia said.

Oh, but it wasn't just that.

The American League East-rival Blue Jays had just won five straight and had scored a combined 23 runs while beating the Yankees in their first two games of the second half. New York manager Joe Girardi needed Sabathia to pitch deep into the game, cool off a hot-hitting lineup and get his club back on track.

In allowing one run over eight innings, Sabathia -- an ace in the truest sense of the word -- gave Girardi all of that.

"To not win for a week, that's what it felt like, because we didn't play for three days," Girardi said after the Yankees' 4-1 victory at Rogers Centre. "You need a win. CC went out and got it for us."

Considering the roll Sabathia has been on lately, you wouldn't expect anything less.

Sabathia has now won seven straight games -- not to mention six in a row against the Blue Jays -- to match the second-longest streak of his career. He leads the Majors in victories with 14. He's 11-1 since May 19. And over his last seven starts, the left-hander's ERA is 1.68.

Sabathia barely acquired the designation of "All-Star" this year, but his teammates see him as something even greater than that.

"The last three months," first baseman Mark Teixeira said, "there hasn't been a guy better in baseball."

With the afternoon sun shining down on an open-roof ballpark, it was Sabathia's slider that was working particularly well.

Early on, though, Sabathia admittedly had nothing.

The Blue Jays got on the board against him the in the first inning and in the process snapped Sabathia's scoreless-innings streak at 24 -- the longest by a Yankees pitcher since Tom Underwood notched 24 2/3 1980. But the burly lefty rolled from there, hurling seven straight shutout innings against a Jose Bautista-less lineup while surrendering just two hits and two walks in that span.

Sabathia retired 14 of the final 16 hitters he faced and finished scattering three hits and three walks while striking out eight.

As the game went on, Sabathia became tougher to hit.

"The fastball command got better," said Sabathia, who was coming off a shutout of the Rays. "I had runners on early because I didn't have it, but I threw everything off that. We stuck with it, and it ended up being a good start."

Yankees relievers had logged 10 1/3 shutout innings in the previous two games, so the club needed Sabathia to give the relief corps a break.

The Yanks had the right guy on the mound.

"That's why he gets paid big bucks," Blue Jays center fielder Rajai Davis said.

"It's a pleasure," Girardi added. "It's nice as a manager to pencil his name in every fifth day. He's been so good for us, and we've needed some big starts. You think about the starts that he's had for us, they've been huge."

The Yankees were sparked offensively by Brett Gardner, who notched two doubles, scored a run and finished 3-for-4 to record his second three-hit game of this series -- both against lefty starters.

Against Ricky Romero, who came in with a 2.59 ERA in his last 11 starts, the Yankees scored two in the second on a single by Andruw Jones -- his fifth RBI in two games this series -- and a run-scoring groundout by Eduardo Nunez.

The Yankees then increased their lead on an errant throw home by second baseman Aaron Hill in the third and an RBI infield single by Derek Jeter in the fourth.

That was plenty for Sabathia.

"It's like [Mariano Rivera] in the ninth," Teixeira said. "You just figure he's going to get it done, the way CC has been pitching lately. You give him a couple-run lead, you like your chances."

The Yankees moved to 6-6 in July, 6-5 against the Blue Jays and a Major League-best 27-5 in day games.

Sabathia finished the seventh inning with 94 pitches under his belt, but there was never any doubt that he'd be coming out for the eighth inning.

In that frame, the 30-year-old gave up a double to John McDonald but got Davis to bounce out to Jeter, then got the hot-hitting Eric Thames to line out to Gardner in center field.

Sabathia finished with 110 pitches -- 74 of them for strikes -- and said he wasn't really worried about the recent issues made of the Blue Jays allegedly stealing signs.

It was all about the task at hand.

"I don't think that's something you can really do anything about," Sabathia said. "We don't know what's going on; we don't know if they are or if they aren't. Just go out and try to pitch."

Over the last couple of months, few have done that better.

Weekend Bridge and Street Closures – July 16-17

The Manhattan-bound roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge will be closed on Saturday from 12:01 am to 7 am for rehabilitation of the ramps and approaches. Manhattan-bound motorists will be detoured to the Manhattan Bridge or may choose other crossings. The Brooklyn Bridge/Frankfort Street exit from the northbound FDR Drive will close at 11 pm on Friday. Motorists should use the prior South Street exit. The Brooklyn Queens Expressway eastbound exit to the Brooklyn Bridge will close at 11:30 pm on Friday. Motorists should proceed to the following Manhattan Bridge exit or use the prior Brooklyn Battery Tunnel (pay toll) exit for access to Manhattan.

One of three eastbound/outbound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge will be closed on Saturday from 7 am to 2 pm to facilitate bridge maintenance work.

The north inner roadway (Manhattan-bound) of the Williamsburg Bridge will be closed Saturday and Sunday from 12:01 am to 2 pm to facilitate roadway milling and resurfacing. All trucks will be detoured to the Manhattan or Queensboro Bridges. The south inner (Brooklyn-bound) roadway will be reversed to accommodate inbound traffic Saturday and Sunday from 5 am to 2 pm.

59th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Manhattan will be closed from 7 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday to facilitate utility and trunk water main work by the Department of Design and Construction. Motorists should use 2nd Avenue southbound or 58th Street eastbound to access the lower level of the Queensboro Bridge.

The Harlem River Drive northbound exit ramp to the Trans-Manhattan Expressway westbound to the George Washington Bridge will be closed from 12:01 am to 8:30 am Saturday and Sunday to facilitate Port Authority milling and paving operations. Motorists from the Harlem River Drive exit will be routed to the Amsterdam Avenue exit onto West 179th Street for access to the George Washington Bridge or to West 181st Street for access to the northbound Henry Hudson Parkway.

The entrance to the northbound Major Deegan Expressway from the Willis Avenue Bridge will be closed on Saturday from 1 am to 6 am to facilitate bridge work.

The right and center lanes eastbound on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway between Atlantic Avenue and Cadman Plaza will be closed from 1 am to 5 am for repair work. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times.

The following streets in Manhattan will be closed on Saturday:

  • Broadway between 47th Street and 57th Street will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for the Explorers Club Times Square Spring Block Party.
  • Lexington Avenue between 57th Street and 42nd Street will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for the East Side Rezoning Alliance Street Festival.
  • Charlton Street between Hudson and Greenwich Streets will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for the Hudson Square Children’s Art Studio.
  • South Street between Beekman Street and John Street will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for the Village Voice 4 Knots Music Festival.

The following streets will be closed on Sunday:

  • 5th Avenue between 50th Street and 72nd Street (sidewalk and east lane) in Manhattan will be closed from 9:30 am to 2 pm for the Captive Nations Parade.
  • Lexington Avenue between 34th Street and 23rd Street in Manhattan will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for the 13th Precinct Community Council Summer Fair.
  • Broadway between 47th Street and 57th Street in Manhattan will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for the Motion Picture Club Movie Day Festival.
  • Pitkin Avenue between Strauss and Amboy Streets in Brooklyn will be closed from noon to 5 pm for Pitkin Avenue Summer Plaza.
  • Knickerbocker Avenue between Suydam and Starr Streets in Brooklyn will be closed from 11 am to 5 pm for the Sunday Scene on Knickerbocker.
The times listed for closures for street fairs are for the actual times of the street fairs themselves. The streets may be closed longer to allow for set-up and breakdown. Street fair organizers are generally permitted to begin set-up at 8 am and breakdown must be completed by 7 pm.

Detailed information on weekend street closures will be available on the DOT web site at: