Yankees tentatively scheduled to open 2013 at home against Red Sox

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Via Gordon Edes, a draft of the 2013 schedule given to the 30 clubs shows that the Yankees will open next season at home with a three-game series against the Red Sox (April 2-4). Since this is just a draft, minor changes are likely and the official schedule will not be finalized until at least September.

Based on Boston’s tentative schedule, it looks like the AL East will be playing the NL West in interleague next year. That means the Dodgers might actually come to Yankee Stadium next season, something that has never happened in interleague play. It’s the only interleague combination not to occur yet — every other team has visited every other ballpark at some point. Given the historic significance of Yankees-Dodgers, baseball really should be ashamed of itself. Hopefully it gets corrected next season.

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  • yooboo

    Speaking of next year, I tentatively set up 25 roster without free agent movement after picking Cano and Granderson. It is pretty bad.

    Alex Rodriguez
    Mark Teixeira
    Derek Jeter
    Robinson Cano
    Curtis Granderson
    Brett Gardner
    Jayson Nix
    Eduardo Nunez – out of option (OO)
    Chris Dickerson – OO
    Chris Stewart – OO
    Frankie Cervelli – OO

    CC Sabaithia
    Phil Hughes
    Ivan Nova
    Michael Pineda
    David Phelps
    Rafael Soriano
    Boone Logan
    Joba Chamberlain
    David Robertson
    Clay Rapada – OO
    Cesar Cabral – Rule 5 draftee.
    Cory Wade – OO

    • jjyank

      Why would you bother putting together a 25 man roster without accounting for any potential moves, be they big or small? You know that they won’t field that roster, so I don’t get the point.

      Trades will be made, free agents will be signed, prospects may come on strong to end this season or in spring training and make the team, etc.

      • yooboo

        I just started to play roster game for 2014-16.

        Out of that roster, Granderson, Gardner, Nunez, Nova, Phelps, Hughes and/or Cervelli are still a good trade bait.

        Free agency for 13 season is not that attractive.

        • yooboo

          Chamberlain too

        • jjyank

          I just don’t get the point. The Yankees could easily bring back Kuroda or Pettitte, sign/trade for a couple of bench upgrades (or bring back Andruw or Chavez), etc. So it won’t look nearly as bad with just a few simple moves. The Yankees won’t field that roster.

          • yooboo

            So are you suggesting that Dickerson will start at RF?

            I don’t see the way Yankees can stay under 189m for 2014 without being solid playoff contender. We need 2 surprising players for RF and C.

            • jjyank

              What? When did I say anything about 189 mil or Dickerson? You were talking about the 2013 roster, and I said it’s useless to construct a roster without assuming any signings, trades, or prospect progress.

              Yooboo land must be a fun place indeed.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Yoobooland is a great place because yooboo says it is.

            • G

              You should stop embarrassing yourself. Just stay in Yoobooland, we don’t need to hear about your beyond interesting ideas…

      • Ghost of Joe Dugan

        Makes about as much sense as a July article about a 1st draft 2013 schedule and yet, here we are.

    • Jose M. Vazquez

      You don’t think Mariano will return?

    • RetroRob

      As a core group to start with without trades and free agents that’s actually a good team.

  • tommydee2000

    Easy fix for MLB: both series take place with the Yankees in the road.

  • forensic

    Seems like the perfect time to raise #28 right in front of them…

    • jjyank


  • FIPster Doofus

    Hopefully Lester starts for Boston. #gascan

    • Greg

      My goodness Lester is getting a whipping

      2IP 6H 9R 3BB 2Ks 3 HRs

      • jjyank

        Not sure what’s up with him. I was looking at his fangraphs page and it doesn’t look that bad really. BB/9 is better than last year, though his K/9 is the worst since 2008. GB % is mostly in line with career numbers. his FIP is lower than last year at 3.68, and his xFIP is almost the same as last year at 3.63. His BABIP is almost 30 points higher than his career numbers though.

        Numbers only tell you so much, I don’t watch Sox games enough to make a real judgement. My guess is that his control is fine (hence the good BB/9 ratio) but his command is off, leading to harder hit balls and a higher BABIP. He’s got the highest LD % of his career this year, so perhaps that’s it.

        • Brian S.

          He has stopped using his cutter in favor of his sinker because his cutter doesn’t cut anymore.

          • jjyank

            If that’s the problem though, wouldn’t his GB% be higher? It’s not hugely out of line with his career numbers, but it is the lowest GB rate since 2009. I would think a sinker approach would lead to more GBs and less LDs, not the opposite.

            • Greg

              My guess is that he is wild in the strike zone. He is leaving a tone of balls up, hence the line drive percentage.

              • jjyank

                That’s my guess as well. Control is good, command is not. At least that’s what I get from the numbers, I haven’t really watched him personally.

            • Brian S.

              Dunno. But just look at the pitch values. His cutter has been destroyed this year and it was once the best pitch in his arsenal.

  • Kevin

    It stinks that we aren’t winning games to put further distance between us and everyone else but in the same breath,other than the O’s and Jays,no team has been winning more than one or two in a row.

    • Greg

      And the Jays are doing against a divisional opponent, the Red Sox, so that sort of cancels them out.

    • RetroRob

      True, but baseball seasons are made up of periods like this. They’ll pick it back up, hopefully starting today.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        YOU LIE!!!

  • Greg

    And then Lester gives up a two run homer to Travis Snider. 11-4 Toronto

    • jjyank

      Tampa Bay is losing 2-1 in the 7th as well. Let’s hope Seattle can hold on.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Never count on Seattle do anything.

        However, it would be nice for them to get the W today, and then be nice and weary in time for tomorrow night’s game back in Seattle. It is a bit criminal that the Mariners have to go 3000 miles back home in time for a game the next night, but as I detailed yesterday, the Yankees might be facing the same for Game 1 of the LDS, so shit happens.

  • Brian S.

    The Yankee Analysts thinks a package of Mason Williams, Eduardo Nunez, and David Phelps would get Justin Upton. LOL

    • jjyank

      No they don’t, I just read the article. That package was Joel Sherman’s idea, and TYA said that Sherman’s package was too light. They suggested it would take adding Hughes or Nova to that package for it to make more sense.

    • Knoxvillain

      It will take at least Banuelos, Sanchez, Williams, and Phelps to get him.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Will MLB let both teams carry 3 extra pitchers?

  • Ian

    Actually, there have been eight city-specific regular season Interleague matchups that have not taken place.

    1. Dodgers @ Yankees
    2. White Sox @ Mets
    3. Twins @ Braves
    4. Rangers @ Cardinals
    5. Cardinals @ Angels
    6. Cubs @ A’s
    7. Padres @ Blue Jays
    8. Braves @ Royals

    The Dodgers are the only current MLB franchise* to have never played a regular season game at the original Yankee Stadium.

    *The Nationals never played there, but the Expos did.

    • King George

      You forgot Yankees @ Padres. That hasn’t happened in Interleague play.

  • Pat2390

    Yanks indeed have been to SD, but pre-Petco. They visited The Murph.