Extra inning wins & rain outs

Nady to undergo MRI on elbow
A.J. delivers while offense powers Yanks to 7-2 win

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Triple-A Scranton (5-3 win over Buffalo in 11 innings) that is one hell of a bullpen
Kevin Russo: 4 for 6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB – .406-.441-.500 with 3 steals in the early going
Doug Bernier, Todd Linden, Shelley Duncan & Juan Miranda: all 1 for 5, 2 K – Bernier drew a walk … Linden doubled & actually K’ed three times … Duncan drove in a run
Austin Jackson: 1 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K – he played LF this game … the Yanks had Brett Gardner shuttle between CF & LF for about two weeks before calling him up last year … I wonder … no, they couldn’t be thinking about actually doing it, could they?
Angel Berroa: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 E (fielding)
Kevin Cash: 1 for 2, 1 RBI- came out in the fifth after hurting his shoulder on a play at the plate … this probably means that PJ Pilittere will get activated, as he should be
Chris Stewart: 1 for 3, 1 CS
Jason Johnson: 5 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 7-5 GB/FB – 50 of 87 pitches were strikes (57.5%)
Steven Jackson: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 4-2 GB/FB – 19 of 32 pitches were strikes (59.4%)
JB Cox: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 3-3 GB/FB, 18 of 32 pitches were strikes (56.3%) … I dunno, since TJ he hasn’t been the groundball machine he once was
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K – 2-0 GB/FB – 20 of 27 pitches were strikes (74.1%)

Double-A Trenton was rained out. No makeup date has been announced, but I’m guessing they’ll play two tomorrow.

High-A Tampa was also rained out. No word on a makeup date, but they could play a doubleheader at some point over the next two days.

Low-A Charleston (2-1 win over Augusta in 10 innings)
Carmen Angelini: 0 for 4, 2 K, 1 E (throwing) – 5 errors in 5 games
Melky Mesa & Mike Lyon: both 2 for 4, 1 K
David Adams, Abe Almonte & Walt Ibarra: all 1 for 4, 1 K – Adams doubled & scored a run … Ibarra drove a run in and committed both a fielding & throwing error
Brian Baisley & Dan Brewer: both 1 for 4, 3 K – Brewer scored a run
Mitch Abeita: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Brett Marshall: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 9-7 GB/FB – that’s a damn good line for a recently turned 19 yr old kid in his full season debut
Hector Noesi: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0-1 GB/FB – nails

Nady to undergo MRI on elbow
A.J. delivers while offense powers Yanks to 7-2 win
  • Joe

    Does Angelini really have to make an error in every game?

    • BklynJT

      He wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if he didnt make his daily quota.

    • anonymous

      I cant find the interest to worry about a SS making errors in our system. So long as he can hit we seem to develop SS defense pretty good.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

    So tell me something about Russo. He’s not in BA prospect handbook.

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

      Did you buy the Handbook directy from BA? You should have gotten a little supplement with each team’s 31st prospect, and he’s the Yanks’ #31.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

        No, picked it up in Borders since it was there at the time.

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

    I like it Brett.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Ajax needs a solid 3 months in AAA, his K-rate is pretty fugly right now. He needs to see some pitches and get used to the AAA pitching before he jumps to the majors.

    • Rich

      Yeah, I don’t think he’s coming up before the AS break.

  • pat

    Hey mike you get to rest the “Tim Battle K’ed” button for a while. He was put on the 60 day DL with a shoulder injury.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    I wonder … no, they couldn’t be thinking about actually doing it, could they?

    Please, god, no. Don’t do it.

    We’ll be fine, guys. We’ll be fine.

    We’re mashing the shit out of the ball and our 6-9 hitters have been crappy virtually every game so far, and we’re still not at 100% strength. I’d rather stick with Gardner and Melky combining to hit .200/.250/.300 than rush AJax. We’ll be fine.

    No need. Let him simmer in Scranton for as long as possible.

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

      couldnt agree more… ajaxs development is high priority

  • A.D.

    Interesting moving AJAX around, but they can’t be thinking of bringing him up, and if they were it would be CF

  • pat

    Nova, Heredia and De La Rosa are allhealthy and building up innings in EST to make up for lost time in Spring Training.

    • Accent Shallow

      Where’d you hear this?

      This is good to hear, obviously. Looking forward to all three of those guys this year.

      • pat

        I have my sources.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Pat, you’re sleeping with Nardi Contreras, aren’t you?

          • pat

            Always remember to mind the stepchildren.

        • Reggie C.


          Please find out as to why Eduardo Sosa and Kelvin DeLeon aren’t playing Low-A ball right now? Sosa is definitely ready for some real minor league games experience. What’s the hold up?

    • JohnC

      So is C. Garcia.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    I know you don’t really do prospect profiles midseason, but I’d love at least a mini-blurb about JB Cox when you get a second. I feel like I don’t know enough about how he’s been post-surgery.

    • El Generalissimo

      I know that since his surgery he hasnt fully regained his velocity and is now topping out at 88. He doesnt really walk anyone, but doesnt strike out anyone either, and with that velocity it doesnt seem like he would be that effective in the majors.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    If the Yanks think Melancon is the next Mo, why does he always throw 2 innings at a time? Last year it was a Pitch count thing, but this year it should be a good thing that he gets through one inning with minimal amount of pitches. And their long reliever is closing throwing an inning at a time. How the hell does that make sense?

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      It’s about getting them to their innings, right? The closer role won’t be used all the time so there is no reason to put him there, won’t get enough innings and will hault his development.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Eh, he only thew 27 pitches.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Didn’t RAB post a link to some article about how the Yankees have the minor league relievers scheduled to pitch multiple innings as part of their training program? That going multiples in the minors helps them be better pitchers in the bigs, whether it’s multiples or single innings?

      Build arm strength, get pitch diversity, see more game situations, all that jazz. It’s a org philosophy.

      • andrew

        Yup, I remember it. Just trying to build up some arm strength.

    • pat

      Re; Releivers-

      EJ over at theyankeeuniverse.com explains it very well. It’s a long article and I’m no good at paraphrasing-

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    The Red Sox are comical.

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

      dice k pulling his best cmw impression

      • Pel

        pulling a wang?

  • Accent Shallow

    Great to see Marshall start strong, although I’d have bet on more Ks. Absolutely not going to complain about a kid putting up that line, though.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

    Venditte keeps tempting me. At some point, I guess he’ll start to be a legit prospect.

    • Accent Shallow

      When would that be? If he can sustain his success through High A?

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

        Isn’t usually if they can make it at AA?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Not until he strikes out the side from both sides of the rubber and then goes into RF for an inning and hits a game winning HR.

        Swisher has raised the bar.

    • Bryan

      If he continues pitching like this he will be. I’m a big Venditte guy, I would love to see a real switch pitcher in the bigs.

    • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

      I was thinking the same thing. It would be sick to see him dominate in the majors. not jumping the gun, just saying it would be cool.

  • Jonathan

    Mark Melancon makes me want to be a better person

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime…Swisher for MVP

      And Nick Swisher doesn’t?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Nick Swisher makes me want to be bush league and disrespect the sanctity of the game.

        • Reggie C.

          Heh… Darryl Strawberry said the exact same thing today.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Nick Swisher makes me want to drink a case of RedBull and have sex with Danielle Gamba.

            • Tom Zig

              What? No Kim Jones?

              • BklynJT

                Jones doesnt hold a candle to swisher’s wife.

            • kunaldo


          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

            Wait. Seriously? Darryl Strawberry should never talk about disrespecting the sanctity of the game. He’s in no position of moral authority.

            • Reggie C.

              Strawberry called Swish’s mound antics “bush league” and said it wasn’t gonna be tolerated among the veterans of the Yankees. He was promoting a centerstage appearance on the michael kay show.

              • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

                This from a man who’s son goes by his initials as yo minimize any connection with him.

              • Tom Zig

                I don’t know why people are getting so upset about it. Who cares that he showed up Gabe Kapler? If Gabe Kapler is upset then too bad, he shouldn’t have struck out against a position player.

  • A.D.

    Russo of to a damn fine start, hopefully he stays healthy.

  • A.D.

    The fact that its throwing errors, is that better or worse? I feel like worse.

    • Reggie C.

      I don’t . I would hope Angellini’s defensive range is superb if his throws suck right now. The report on him was always centered around the strength of his throws. He’s just got to take alittle something off it. Of course … its never that simple.

      • A.D.

        I like this take better.

    • Stuckey

      Remember Jeter made like 35 errors his first full season in pro ball, and mostly on throws.

      Say what you want about range, but errors were/are not a problem for him, from day 1 in the bigs.

  • Rich

    Berroa is to fielding what Ransom is to hitting.

  • MattG

    Not joking, the A’s color guy just said about Giambi, “Forget about his hitting, this is a gold glove first baseman right now.”

    He has some serious gray in his beard…

    …and they’re tied.

  • Jeff

    I don’t see anything wrong with having Ajax play in left, center, or even right field. It’s good to have versatile outfielders, you never know when someone could get hurt or how the outfield could shake out in the future. I believe Gardner and Melky have both played all three OF positions for the Yankees. Also, with the Yankee stadium outfield it’s always seemed like you really need a CF to play LF with all the room out there.

    Next year I would love to see a Yankee OF of Gardner, AJax, and Melky, from left to right with Swisher as the 4th OF. I think that would be a really solid and athletic group. It’s always nice to have the home grown players as the core of the team, but they all need to perform this year for that to be a consideration.

    This is a good opening week for AJax so far, lets hope he continues to hit AAA pitching. It would be nice to see him get some doubles and homers. I wouldn’t be surprised to see AJax get called up if Gardner struggled for some reason. He hasn’t been great, but Gardner made a difference in today’s game, I happen to like him in the leadoff spot since his speed can create early runs Jeter can’t.

    • Tom Zig

      Next year I would love to see a Yankee OF of Gardner, AJax, and Melky Swisher, from left to right with Swisher Melky as the 4th OF.


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

        Next year I would love to see a Yankee OF of Gardner, AJax and Swisher from left to right with someone not named Melky as the 4th OF.

        Just finishing the job.

        • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

          melky is a good 4th. good defensively, and has that canon arm. The ground covered by A-Jax, Gritster and Melk would be amazing.

    • A.D.

      I agree that would be a very nice defensive OF, but chance are the offense would be suspect.

      • Jeff

        Gardner could be surprising with his offense once he hits his stride. His slugging percentage could be deceptive or skewed by his speed. He’s a guy who can turn some singles into doubles with his speed and doubles into triples. Though, I can’t see him ever hitting more than 10 HR in a season.

        AJax showed good numbers in AA last year, but its hard to tell what he could do in the majors until he put in more time at AAA.

        I like Melky, so hopefully he can contribute in his limited playing time. He does have the potential.

        Look at what Tampa did with their outfield last year. None of their numbers really blow you away except for Upton’s OBP. Maybe the Yankees can find a recipe for success with these three guys.

        • El Generalissimo

          The only problem is upton and crawford are two of the most physically gifted athletes on the planet. Upton is said to breakout this year as an allstar. And Crawford was already an allstar.

          Gardner most likely will never hit more then 3 HRs in a season and moneys on him behind the 4th outfielder, pinch runner, defensive replacement, spot starter next year. With Melky not being in the organization. Swisher in right/left and a FA in the other, maybe crawford, if TB opts not to pick up his option.

    • jon

      Sorry ill take an outfield of

      crawford, ajax, swisher

  • A.D.

    Never like seeing a player get hurt, but Cash could be a real silver lining injury, with PJ getting time.

  • Diony

    Our OF should be Ajax/Gardner, Swisher and a FA

    • Jeff

      Don’t wanna get off topic, but I wouldn’t mind seeing the Yankees explore FA options like Holliday or Bay, but they won’t be cheap.

      Conversely, If the Yankees were to go with their own home grown talent for the OF next year they would save around $32.5 million with Damon, Nady, and Matsui leaving. By producing players with your own farm system it saves the team money in two ways. It would give the Yankees a lower payroll and lead to them spending less money on the Luxury Tax.

  • http://statspeak.net dan

    Cox also decided that it’s no longer cool to strike people out. It’s been two full years since his TJ operation. It’s early, but his stuff isn’t coming back as well as we’d hoped so far.

  • Alan The Dominicanyorker

    The future closer will be this man.


    Too bad he will not keep the sideburns since the Yanks have rules on facial hair.

  • http://mulaz.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/manbearpig.jpg ManBearPig

    Or instead of signing someone, they could package together some of their surplus pitchers for a young/promising outfielder – or maybe they should save that package for a minor league SS

  • http://theenlighteneddespot.com NC Saint

    I had a dream that I was Pat Venditte last night. I wish I could say that I’m kidding, but I’m not.

    Mark Melancon makes me feel all tingly, like when we used to climb the ropes in gym class.

    • ColoYank

      Whoa!! NC, that is just WAY TMI!