Tonight’s game vs. Cubs postponed


4:35pm: Tanaka will start the day game and Pineda will start the night game, the Yankees announced. Since they have an off-day next Monday, they can start Nuno on Sunday and lean on their bullpen heavily if need be.

11:37am: Tonight’s game against the Cubs has been postponed due to rain, the Yankees announced. They’ll play a split doubleheader tomorrow. The first game is scheduled for 1pm ET, the second for 7pm ET. Because the doubleheader was not scheduled 48 hours in advance, neither team will be able to add a 26th player to the roster tomorrow.

There’s no word on the Yankees’ pitching plans just yet. Masahiro Tanaka was scheduled to start tonight with Michael Pineda going tomorrow, and I assume both guys will pitch tomorrow. The team will need a spot starter for Sunday’s game against the Rays in that case. Vidal Nuno is still stretched out to 60+ pitches and could be the guy. Shane Greene was sent to Triple-A yesterday, but he could be recalled as Frankie Cervelli‘s injury replacement tomorrow to make a spot start during the doubleheader. He hasn’t pitched in a while though.

On the bright side, Derek Jeter (quad) and Brian Roberts (back) both get another day of rest. Jeter will have four straight days off after sitting out Saturday’s and Sunday’s games while Roberts will have three days off. The Yankees are expected to call up two players before their next game, one replacing Cervelli (hamstring) and the other Greene. John Ryan Murphy and Russ Canzler are the rumored names.

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  1. Mr. Roth says:

    Considering the day-to-day status of Roberts and Jeter, this probably couldn’t come at a better time.

    • ALZ says:

      Sounds good on the surface, but now it means we have a lesser starter pitching vs tampa, who is going to be division rival this year. I’d be fine vs Cubs with Tanaka on the mound and KJ/Anna/Solarte/Canzler much more than having Nuno as the starter vs tampa.

      • YankeeJosh says:

        That’s why I would use the spot starter tomorrow in one of the doubleheader games and keep the rotation lined up for the Tampa series. Also doesn’t hurt to give Pineda and Tanaka each an extra day of rest.

      • CS Yankee says:

        NYY looked better at 3 of the 4 starts in Tampa before this…sucks that Tanaka won’t be the Sunday starter now.

  2. Jon Scooters says:

    Great. Just great.

  3. Mike Stanley says:

    WOOOHOOO…have tomorrow off…worse ways to spend it than in the Bronx with Tanaka and Pineda!

  4. Yangeddard Solarte says:

    Good. Another day off for Jete. And now I’ll get to listen to the day game tomorrow at work. I always look forward to hearing Jon and Susan’s voices. THAT BALL IS HIGH! IT IS FAR! IT IS GONE! CAN BRIAN HIT 2 HOMERS IN ONE GAME? YES HE MCCANN! HOW ABOUT THAT, SUZYN?

  5. coolbreeez says:

    blessing in disguise for the dinged up infield.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I agree, If Jeter doesn’t play in at least one game tomorrow I’ll officially be concerned, but getting both him and Roberts an extra day is definitely a good thing in the long run.

      • ALZ says:

        I’d rather have them both just sitting, and throwing Tanaka vs the Cubs, and have him ready again for Tampa.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Well, it’s not like both/either are going to play both games tomorrow. I’m sure we’ll see Anna at SS and who ever the call up is in 1 or both of the games tomorrow.

  6. John C says:

    Rays hare in a spot as well with their pitching. Moore, Hellickson and Cobb all out. PLus, looks like we miss Price in this upcoming series.

  7. John S. says:

    This also means Murphy will probably be starting one of the games. I wonder which one?

    • pat says:

      I’m assuming he might have caught Pineda a little bit while in Scranton last year? Not sure if they overlapped, though.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      If I had to guess, It’s say the Pineda game? There’s a chance they worked together at some point, on top of that, I trust McCann to block Tanaka’s splitter more than I trust SCJRM. That being said, I’m sure it’ll be up to McCann, whether he wants to start the day game or the night game.

  8. notsosmart says:

    I guess I need to acquaint myself better with this Nuno guy… ;-)

  9. D$1184 says:

    Good article on the Soriano trade a few months later on ESPN. Corey Black went 4-0 for the Cubs single A team, Tampa equivalent, before the season ended last year and helped them win the Florida State league championship. He’s “opening some eyes” at AA this season and recently pitched 5 innings of no-hit ball. “94-96 mph with good movement” said Theo Epstein. Oh well. I’d still make that move again. He gave the Yankees a reason to believe they had a ghost of a chance at a Wild Card spot after he was acquired last season.

    • pat says:

      The only issue with Black is that he’s a little on the small side (5’10”-5’11”) for a guy that throws that hard. He could of course buck the trend, but typically guys that size who throw that hard succumb to arm injuries. I was sad to see him go though. He was a scouting gem.

    • TWTR says:

      I wouldn’t, and that is why GMs should not be overruled by owners.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I remember from the ESPN broadcast, Soriano leads the league in Homers and is 2nd in RBI I think it was since the trade. I know, arbitrary end points and SSS, but still I’d do that trade every single day.

      • jjyank says:

        Agreed. And Soriano has done it in the big leagues, Black has not. Until Black is being a productive starter in the majors, I still do that trade.

    • Preston says:

      I don’t regret the trade. But Corey Black was my favorite arm in the system last season.

    • Mikhel says:

      I’d make that trade again too.

      Soriano not only helped on the field, but off the field the team looked alive, most of the year they looked like fish in a barrel waiting to be picked up whenever the rest of the league wanted it. As soon as Soriano joined the team, the team began to bat again. Imagine if they had acquired him in July like it was proposed and not wait until august.

      This year, the team began weak, but I saw a change as soon as Soriano’s first HR came, he was yelling to their teammates in a joyous manner, the team woke up that day but the relievers put the game away (i think).

      Since that day he’s batting 0.304 AVG / 0.333 OBP / 1.116 OPS

      in spanish there is a “baseballistc” term for that type of player: a sparkplug, somebody that makes the engine of a team work with their character, not only their hits but… everything. I think Soriano is the sparkplug the Yankees needed in 2013, like what Jeter is for the team even whe is not playing and is merely sitting in the dugout.

      • Preston says:

        Well Soriano arrived only about a week before A-Rod. So it wasn’t just his addition that made the team better. The team went from having two above average hitters (Gardner and Cano) to four. And the guys they replaced were WAY below average hitters.

  10. Jorge Steinbrenner says:


    On the other hand, everyone will be nice and healed and spry for Wednesday, and there will boners everywhere for a Tanaka/Pineda twin bill.

  11. TWTR says:

    I wonder when they they are going to do the Mandela plaque ceremony.

  12. Dalek Jeter says:

    Tanaka/Pineda twin bill?!

    *drools everywhere*

  13. D$1184 says:

    If Jeter can’t play at all tomorrow, at least they can back date him to Saturday the 12th. That would keep him out of the 4 game series in Tampa and the 3 game series in Boston. He’d be eligible to return on Sunday, the 27th, against the Angels.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      If Jeter can’t play at all tomorrow, I think the earliest we’d see him back would be the first week of May. 1. The Yankees are super cautious, almost to a fault, with injuries. 2. Jeter’s coming off a myriad of leg injuries. 3. He’s 40…40 year old athletes don’t generally heal quickly.

  14. sandyg says:

    How about this trade…………Starlin Castro/ss
    Jeff Samardzija/P
    Ryan Sweeney/OF
    Brett Gardner/OF
    Ivan Nova/P
    David Phelps/P
    Rafael DePaula/P
    Tyler Austin/OF

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      So basically it’s Gardner, Nova, Phelps, Austin, and Depaula for Samardzija and 2 lottery tickets? . I’m not saying Castro isn’t ever going to hit again…but he was BRUTAL last year. As in sub .300 OBP bad. For comparison: Jayson Nix was a more valuable player last season.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        If Cashman offers Theo that trade, Theo should fax him over a quick little contract to sign immediately and laugh all the way to the bank, he’d get 2/5ths (possibly 3 with Depaula), a bonafide MLB leadoff hitter, and a potential middle of the order bat for a replacement level RF’er, a replacement level SS, and a stud pitcher.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

      Both teams say no quicker than I tell you that YTPS.

    • Steve (different one) says:

      Don’t you think we should throw in Sanchez too?

    • Poconos Adam says:

      I’m sure you and your 14 year old fantasy baseball pals could pull the trigger on that….but even with a rain out, that’s just a waste of time.

  15. jjyank says:

    Son of a bitch. I’ve watched like, one Yankee game in the last two weeks because of work craziness. I finally get two days off, and the Yankees have an off day and a rain out. Boo hiss.

  16. 28 this year says:

    I wish they could call up the 26th man regardless. Anyone know why the 48 hour rule is there?

    • ALZ says:

      probably so the team can plan for it. Like if they plan on having a nice young pitcher coming up, but player just pitched.

    • Preston says:

      It would be unfair to teams with affiliates far away from the park. No use in adding a player if you can’t get him to the stadium on time. The Yankees could call up somebody from Scranton with a couple of hours notice. It would be harder for the Cubs to get someone from Iowa.

      • ropeadope says:

        Too bad airplanes haven’t been invented yet. C’mon Wright Bros., get the ball rolling.

        • Preston says:

          Think about it. They’d have to pull him off the bus in the middle of nowhere, drive him to the nearest airport where he takes the red eye to NYC. Then he has to play in a game at 1 PM the next day. That’s a competitive disadvantage. The 48 notice makes sure that both teams are on equal footing.

          • ropeadope says:

            I do agree it’s a factor in the rationale of the 48 hour rule, but the specific timing seems to allow for all of the problems encountered in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and then some). Two full days may be a bit overdone, but I have no problem with the rule as it now stands. Shouldn’t make a whit of a difference in the long run*.

            *Of course, in the long run, we’re all dead. Dead, dead I tell ya. People, heed my warning! I … ah okay, I’m off to bed. It’s almost 6 AM, and I’m getting loopy.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

        It’s harder to get anything in Iowa.

    • dee dubs says:

      Don’t think it has anything to do with the logistics of calling people up:

      When a double-header is scheduled in advance, one (or both) of the teams will have to play 4 games in 3 days. (If they both had an off day before a series, for example, there’s no reason for the double-dip)

      If it’s in a situation like today, it means the team will have had a day off before so the 26th man is not as necessary.

  17. Mike Mussina's Laptop says:

    If they listened to me, they would have canceled this game weeks ago!

  18. D$1184 says:

    You know how some people were concerned baseball’s replay system would be the end of manager tirades and ejections? If Boston’s John Farrell and Texas’ Ron Washington are any indication, it seems a call just has to be challenged, over-turned and then the team that it goes against, that manager comes out and has a fit. It all works out.

    • pat says:

      Farrell had every right to be pissed off. The non reversal of Anna’s play from the day before was atrocious. MLKB claimed to not have any camer angle that showed his foot off the bag. YES had like three and NESN did too. Plus his team that’s been slumping was in the midst of losing 3 of 4 to a in division rival and was likely trying to get his team fired up. I didn’t see Washington’s ejection.

      • Yangeddard Solarte says:

        Farrell did not have a point. Yes, MLB later said the replay should have been overturned. No, the Yanks did not score in that inning. Score was already 7-4 and Boston lost 7-4. It had no bearing on the outcome. Those stupid replay umps should have all the angles, or they just could have turned on the tv but it had no bearing on the outcome of the ballgame.

        • jsbrendog says:

          your comment is useless and contributes nothing. he had every right to be pissed that a system meant to get the call wrong got it GLARINGLY incorrect in an important division game between two teams that need every win for a chance at the playoffs.

          • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

            But arguing the call the next day when replay got it right was inane.

          • Mikhel says:

            To be fair, we can not be sure if the infielder was pushing Anna off the bag and it was that, plus his momentum, that made him get his foot off the base.

            It can happen and it has happened before (remember the 1991 world series play at first base with Ron Gant and Hrbek).

            Jeter often pushes runners of the base after they’ve been granted time by the umpire, all part of joking with the rivals, but it has happened (not by Jeter).

  19. John. J says:

    Is it a single admission double header?

  20. Brandon says:

    Was supposed to go tonight. Shit.

  21. stuckey says:

    Its probably not going to happen, but I were the Yankees I’d try to string together a Nuno/Greene/bullpen spot start in tomorrow’s game 1 when you can add Greene as the 26th man (right?), and while the bullpen is completely rested coming off two off days, rather that at the END of 6 games in 5 days when who knows what the bullpen will be like and you don’t have the 26th man.

    • stuckey says:

      And team’s usually don’t play the weaker opponent/non-division thing in April, but there’s that too.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I’d rather the spot start be in game 2…that way they don’t have to worry about if Greene/Nuno/Phelps sucks and we burn the entire bullpen, not having anybody in game 2. I’m not opposed to the idea of using a spot starter tomorrow though.

      • stuckey says:

        Using the pen in the day afternoon does increase the odds to some measure of using someone again (if necessary) on Thursday night.

        Its just a few hours, but it’s something.

  22. MartinRanger says:

    According to Sweeney, the winners are Sizemore and Murphy. Makes sense, assuming Ryan’s 60 day DLed.

  23. The Other Matt says:

    Well that’s a bummer for me, I was looking forward to watching the game tonight, but now I’ll have to try and catch the back end of the first game tomorrow once I get home. On the bright side, it probably is a blessing in disguise for the Yankees, giving Jeter and Roberts another day of rest, and I’m sure it’s better that Jeter and Roberts don’t have to go out and play on a wet surface coming back from their injuries.

  24. Preston says:

    I’m not the biggest Sizemore guy. But I do hope he gets the call over Canzler.

  25. Rob S. says:

    Why would they need a spot starter? Tanaka was scheduled to pitch today and Pineda tomorrow. It’s an extra day of rest for Tanaka and Pineda would be pitching on normal rest with Sabathia still in line to pitch Thursday.

  26. Brandon says:

    Anyone want to buy my ticket for the 1:00PM game? Can’t go. It’s on StubHub

  27. Mikhel says:

    I wonder if WWOR will show the game tomorrow… in my TV satellite sub (SKY) games aired by WWOR are usually not broadcasted in their extrainning package (6 games daily + those on ESPN Deportes which are 1 or two daily except thursdays and saturdays, those days other four channel air varied games: TDN, FoxSports en español 1 and 2, ForoTV, TVMax and CDN).

    • vicki says:

      channel 9 will have the night game tomorrow night. you’ll have a better chance of getting those broadcasts mid-summer, after nba and nhl finals.

      • Mikhel says:

        Thanks! I’ll be monitoring the tv schedules tomorrow.

        At least now I can attend my local team’s first home stand today (Ensenada’s Mariners, in the Mexican Northern League, a development league, kind of like a minor league of a minor league), I had already bought the tickets but was planning not to go and instead watch the Yanks play the Cubs at the Stadium for the 1st time since 2005.


    • John C says:

      MY9 will show the nitecap. The first game will be on YES.

  28. Yankervis says:

    Cashman needs to find a 1B to stash at AAA

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