5/21/2013 7:45 P.M. ET
Empathetic Robertson donates to tornado victims
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- Yankees reliever David Robertson is offering his support to the victims of the Oklahoma tornado tragedies, pledging to donate $100 for every strikeout he records this season.
Robertson founded a charity, High Socks for Hope, after his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was ravaged by tornadoes in April 2011. Watching television coverage of the devastation centered in Moore, Okla., brought Robertson right back to that time period.
"It's the exact same thing that happened to Tuscaloosa. It looks like they got hit worse," Robertson said. "It looked like the tornado was even bigger and it happened to hit residential areas. The same thing as in Tuscaloosa -- it just split the town in half. It really hurts to see it."
Robertson said that he and his wife, Erin, are preparing care packages of essential items that can be sent to Oklahoma and will hopefully be able to help with the ongoing efforts following a disaster that took the lives of at least 24 people this week.
"We're doing everything within our means," Robertson said. "We're not a large charity; it's just me, Erin and a couple of people on the ground in Alabama. We're small, but we're doing what we can."
Robertson said that his charity continues to aid the recovery efforts in Tuscaloosa and benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Robertson said that the charity's budget has grown thin, but he and his wife also have a few good ideas for future events that should help to raise funds.
"We're doing as good as we can," Robertson said. "We're trying. We're very small. The more money we get, the more we can grow and help people, the more families we can reach out to. Now, I guess it's time for me to start making some more money."
Randolph among Yankees' reps for Draft
BALTIMORE -- Willie Randolph and Andy Cannizaro will serve as the Yankees' representatives for the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, which begins on June 6.
Randolph spent the majority of his 18-year big league playing career with the Yankees, appearing in pinstripes for 13 seasons as a sure-handed second baseman from 1976-88.
A six-time World Series champion as a player and also as a Yankees coach under manager Joe Torre, Randolph moved into the manager's chair across town with the Mets from 2005-08.
Cannizaro was a seventh-round Draft selection of the Yankees in 2001. The infielder played for seven seasons in New York's farm system, receiving a callup to "The Show" in 2006 and appearing in 13 games.
The 2013 First-Year Player Draft will take place from June 6-8, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the top 73 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. Rounds 3-10 will be streamed live on MLB.com on June 7, beginning with a preview show at 12:30 p.m., and rounds 11-40 will be streamed live on MLB.com on June 8, starting at 1 p.m.
MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of Draft-eligible players. You can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
First home run ball finds its way to Adams
BALTIMORE -- When David Adams connected on a high, arcing drive toward the left-field foul pole on Monday, his biggest concern was that the ball would stay fair.
Once it landed in fair territory for his first Major League home run, Adams said he didn't expect to see the ball again. But two members of the Yankees' security team were able to retrieve the souvenir for Adams, who said he will either give it to his wife or his mom.
"I didn't think much of it," Adams said. "When they told me at first, I was like, 'There's no chance you're getting that ball back, especially here in Baltimore.'"
The ball was caught by a family from Virginia, and Adams met with them after the game. Adams became just the third Yankee in the last 98 years to homer within his first five career games as a third baseman, joining Mike Pagliarulo (1984) and Andy Phillips (2004).
"I'm just trying to work as hard as I can and just put my head down and keep working," Adams said. "I think the wins are huge. If I'm jumping in there and we're losing, I don't think it's a good thing. I think having the wins behind us is helping out a lot."
• Mark Teixeira, on the disabled list with a partially torn right wrist tendon, had four at-bats in a simulated game on Tuesday at the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Fla., while Kevin Youkilis (lumbar spine sprain) had three at-bats. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Teixeira saw 40-45 pitches in his plate appearances and is doing well.
• Joba Chamberlain (right oblique strain) is scheduled to make a second Minor League rehab appearance on Wednesday for Class A Advanced Tampa and could rejoin the Yankees' bullpen after their series against the Rays, Girardi said.
• Yankees catcher Chris Stewart (left groin) hit off a tee again on Tuesday and is expected to be ready to resume starting sometime during the upcoming series against the Rays. Stewart is available if needed behind rookie Austin Romine, while Jayson Nix is the Yanks' emergency third catcher.
• Infielder Alberto Gonzalez cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
• On this date in 1922, Colonel Jacob Ruppert bought out Colonel Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston for $1.5 million, taking sole control of the Yankees franchise until his death in 1939.