Miranda, Henry & Cervelli all return to action

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Short Season Staten Island kicks off their season tomorrow, and you can see their roster here. Shot in the dark, I’ll say Nick Chigges gets the ball on Opening Day. You have no idea how much I’m looking forward to seeing what Pat Venditte can do. The Rookie GCL Yanks start their season this Thursday, but their roster hasn’t been posted yet.

Triple-A Scranton (10-0 beatdown at the hands of Norfolk)
Brett Gardner & Eric Duncan: both 1 for 4, 1 K – Duncan doubled
Justin Christian & Nick Green: both 2 for 4 – Christian stole a base … Green doubled & K’ed
Cody Ransom & JD Closser: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Ransom was caught stealing
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K
Juan Miranda: 0 for 4, 2 K- out since May 18th with a shoulder injury
Matt Carson: 0 for 4, 1 K
Jeff Karstens: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 5-5 GB/FB – 55 of 85 pitches were strikes (64.7%) … could he be a candidate to fill Wang’s spot? Man I sure hope not…
Heath Phillips: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1 K
Steven White: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2 HB, 1E (pickoff) – 21 of 49 pitches were strikes (42.9%) … he’s allowed 71 baserunners & 35 earned runs in his last 30.1 IP … he’s been beyond terrible, not even worthy of the NOFX reference anymore
Scott Patterson: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – allowed all 3 inherited runners to score
Scott Strickland: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Double-A Trenton had a scheduled off day, like the rest of the Eastern League.

High-A Tampa (3-2 win over Clearwater in 11 innings)
Eduardo Nunez: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K
Mitch Hilligoss & Andres Perez: both 1 for 5 – Hilligoss committed a fielding error … Perez K’ed
James Cooper: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP
CJ Henry: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 1 K – first game of the year after injuring his neck in a collision with another outfielder during Spring Training … oh yeah, he’s an outfielder now
Seth Fortenberry: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – hit the go-ahead solo homer in the 11th
Frankie Cervelli: 0 for 4, 1 K, 1 PB – first game of the year after, well, you know
Ivan Nova: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 10-3 GB/FB – first time since May 25th that he didn’t allow 6 earned runs in a start
Josh Schmidt: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-2 GB/FB
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston is off until Friday for the All-Star break. The River Dogs boast six All-Stars: Jesus Montero, Justin Snyder, Jason Stephens, Jon Ortiz, Lance Pendleton (recently named to the team as a replacement) & manager Torre Tyson. Jesus Montero will participate in the Home Run Derby tomorrow afternoon, then presumably start behind the plate (or maybe at DH) for the Southern squad in the game tomorrow night.

Draftees in the College World Series
Jack Rye (Florida State, 13th round): 1 for 5, 1 BB – left a total of 12 men on base during FSU’s two games … the ‘Noles lost to Miami 7-5 in the loser’s bracket and are going home … Rye should be batting cleanup for the SI Yanks within a week or so

Stanford lost to Georgia 4-3 tonight; Jeremy Bleich did not pitch. M’s first rounder Josh Fields was throwing cheddar in the 9th. Stanford will now face Miami in an elimination game on Wednesday. The winner of that game will take on Georgia on Friday, needing to beat the Bulldogs two straight games to make the CWS Finals. Bleich may start Wednesday on three days rest, but more than likely senior Erik Davis will get the ball, with Bleich on call in the bullpen.

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  • Manimal

    im glad for Cervelli, does he move up the org. charts now?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Not yet, I’m still fairly certain that Chris Stewart and JD Closser would get the call before he did.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Well, maybe not Closser.

        • A.D.

          With Pillitare having a real solid season, do the Yanks just consider jumping Cervelli to AAA after getting some games under his belt, since Closser & Stewart are essentially filler, and not mess with Pillitare’s playing time?

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Cervelli hit .279-.387-.397 in High-A last year, and he’s coming off a serious wrist injury that’ll probably effect his hitting for a while. I say keep in Tampa for a while to get his feet wet, then jump him to Trenton and ship Pilittere to AAA. Cervelli in AAA has ugly potential, like Sarah Jessica Parker ugly.

            • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos


  • A.D.

    Nice for Cervelli & C.J. Henry making their debuts this year today, hopefully they can get back into it quickly.

    Now if only C.J. Henry can pull his best Josh Hamilton impression of not playing ball for awhile and then raking

  • kyle

    you’d figure White’d be better out of the bullpen…

    • Rich

      Maybe he needs to add a pitch?

  • A.D.

    The demise of Steven White is absolutly redic, how this guy is pitching this poorly after such a great start, is mind boggling, he’s give up 2+ runs in 7 straight bullpen outings. This makes me thing he’s either hurt, has amnesia to pitching, or really, really, really isn’t cut out for the bullpen.

    He had an era in the 3’s last year at AAA, so he’s not this bad

    • whozat

      Well…he’s never been good with the walks, and he’s never K’d that many. So, he’s not super promising as a reliever. His HR rate has shot up this season. That could have something to do with it. Lots of walks and homers are a recipe for disaster.

  • claybeez

    Was there a market for White? You always hear that having minor league depth is about a team’s future as well as accumulating trade chips. Considering the pitching depth I would have thought White might be the type of guy that should be moved while having success.

    • whozat

      I don’t think he was having enough success that anyone’d make a deal for him. He’s an add-in. Like…two guys kinda like White got us Chacon back in 05 when he was pitching decent for the Rockies.

      Besides…with middling young pitching, there’s strength in numbers. You keep White AND Marquez AND Karstens AND Rasner and figure maybe two of them will be useful.

  • Joey

    Mike, how long until you think Rye signs? I’m guessing sooner rather than later?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Sooner I suppose. My experience with these things is that they sign within a week, and get into a game within two weeks.

  • dan

    For the record, you said Nick Chigges would start last season’s SI opening day also.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      That I did. Gabe Medina threw a wrench into those plans.

      • dan

        And btw… there is absolutely no reason for me to remember that, and I have no idea why I did.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Same here, I just knew that Gabe Medina started that game, for no reason in particular. Know who started Opening Day for Tampa in 2006? Brett Smith. Don’t ask me how I remember that.

          • dan

            And Brien Taylor started… oh wait… no… he didn’t.

  • http://www.overheardinnewyork.com NC Saint

    Wow, you’ve just made me feel very old. Not that I was even alive when it came out, but I always thought you were referring to the Sly & the Family Stone song. It seemed like a stretch since White’s name is not pronounced ‘whitey’, but there you have it…

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Dude! I’ve linked to the NOFX video before! Heh.

  • My Pet Goat

    I hate the idea of Montero in a home run derby. That’s a recipe for a slump.

  • Sean O’Kane

    any word on which game venditte will start? would love to see that kid in action

  • TurnTwo

    any chance on Justin Christian getting the call perhaps instead of Gardner or Shelley whenever the Yankees finally drop the 3rd catcher from the roster?

    i know Cashman said he wants to continue to see Gardner get regular ABs at Scranton, but Christian’s numbers are fairly equivalent. He’d add some speed and OF defense to the bench, no?

  • JohnC

    Thursday’s game between SI and Brooklyn will be on SNY. HOpe Vendite gets to pitch in that game. Am anxious to see hm as well.

  • Steve A

    Glad to see that CJ Henry is back on the field, was just wondering about him. Let’s hope that those contact lenses help him realize some of his potential.

  • Bronx Cheer

    Last night’s Scranton game was televised on DirecTV on one of the FSN affiliates. Duncan looked pretty good, although his numbers, as usual, say otherwise. He hit an absolute rope in his first AB that should have been way out of the park had it not been for gale force winds blowing in from right. He also had some other tough ABs. His K came against a side-arming loogy who got ahead on him 0-2 on two borderline at best called strike fastballs, and then was put away with a slider away. He showed good plate discipline in all of his other ABs.

    Gardener looked look a kid playing with grownups. His swing is pure slap hitter. Can’t see him ever developing any kind of power. His ground ball single in the first barely had enough steam to make the outfield grass, but the SS was playing so far in that it got by him up the middle.

    Nobody else was at all notable other than White being atrocious.

    • Bronx Cheer

      By Duncan, I mean Eric.

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