07/01/12 6:27 PM ET
Torre defends Clemens as 'great teammate'
By Bryan Hoch and Steven Miller / MLB.com
Manager Joe Girardi, who was Clemens' teammate for one of the pitcher's six seasons in New York, was non-committal on the subject, leaving it in the hands of the organization "on what is the best thing to do."
"We've had a lot of players that have come back, players who have [been] through difficult times and come back," Girardi said. "So I can't tell you exactly what's going to happen, but Roger was a great Yankee."
But former Yankees manager Joe Torre was much more vocal in his support of Clemens, who won two World Series titles and an American League Cy Young Award under Torre.
"I'm a little prejudiced on Clemens; he was like a son to me," Torre said. "Unfortunately, the question mark is always going to be there. It's something that's sad to me, because Roger Clemens and the way he went about his business -- I disliked him like everybody else until I got a chance to know him.
"He was a great teammate for these guys, and he was very devoted to the team he was playing with. I always respected that. There's a closeness that I've always had with him. I'm just happy he has a chance to exhale now."
Yanks acquire reliever Qualls from Phillies
NEW YORK -- The Yankees acquired right-hander Chad Qualls from the Phillies on Sunday in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.
Qualls, 33, was 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in 35 appearances for the Phillies, finishing six games. In 31 1/3 innings, he allowed 39 hits and nine walks, striking out 19.
He was designated for assignment by Philadelphia on June 28 and is expected to join the Yankees on Monday at Tropicana Field.
"He's another guy that can get up to 95 mph, somewhat of a power guy -- a sinker guy [who is] very tough on right-handers," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We mix and match a bit here, so we hope he's really effective for us."
Qualls has a 39-35 record with 51 saves and a 3.82 ERA over nine seasons with the Astros, D-backs, Rays, Padres and Phillies. He could be in line to take the roster spot of struggling right-hander Cory Wade, who owns a 5.79 ERA in 33 appearances and had a 13.97 ERA in 12 June appearances.
To make room for Qualls on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated infielder Matt Antonelli for assignment. The 27-year-old was batting .203 (29-for-143) with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 41 combined games for Triple-A Norfolk, an Orioles affiliate, and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.
Avoiding foul ball, Ibanez cuts lip, breaks tooth
NEW YORK -- Yankees outfielder Raul Ibanez suffered a lacerated lip and a broken tooth while attempting to evade a foul ball in the ninth inning of New York's 4-2 victory over the White Sox on Sunday.
Ibanez was in the dugout during the top of the ninth inning when he ducked away from a line drive, hitting his mouth on the Yankees' bench. He was immediately led away by head athletic trainer Steve Donohue.
The Yankees said that Ibanez was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital and will not make the charter flight with the team to Florida, although he is expected to join the club in time for Monday's 7:10 p.m. ET game against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Old-Timers' Day not in Mo's immediate future
NEW YORK -- Mariano Rivera spent his Sunday morning on the field at Yankee Stadium, mingling with former teammates and Yankees greats before the 66th Old-Timers' Day celebration, but the injured closer insisted he is not ready to participate in the annual celebration just yet.
"I'm not an old-timer yet -- not for another two or three years," Rivera said.
Rivera refused to get into specific details of his rehabilitation from June 12 surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, but he maintained that he'll return to the Yankees' bullpen next season, adding that he feels good.
The 42-year-old right-hander wore a soft brace on his knee and walked without any obvious limp.
Third baseman Alex Rodriguez was out of the starting lineup against the White Sox on Sunday, given a routine day off. Girardi said he wanted to rest Rodriguez before heading to St. Petersburg, where the Yankees will play three games with the Rays on Tropicana Field's artificial surface.
On this date in 1990, Andy Hawkins held a no-hitter with two outs in the bottom of the eighth against the White Sox before his defense made three errors that led to four unearned runs. The Yankees lost, 4-0, but Hawkins held Chicago hitless through eight. The game was originally ruled a no-hitter but reclassified a year later, when the term "no-hitter" required a pitcher to complete at least nine innings.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Steven Miller is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.