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Apr
19

Game 18: Start A New Streak

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The five-game winning streak came to an end last night thanks to a rather spectacular bullpen meltdown. Oh well. That’s going to happen from time to time. The Yankees have lost consecutive games just twice this season — first two games to the Astros then two games to the Orioles — and to avoid their third set tonight they will have to overcome what feels like a pitching disadvantage.

Ivan Nova has been New York’s worst starter this season — it feels like he has not had a single easy inning yet — but his last start was his best, so hopefully he’s heading the right direction. Rays righty Chris Archer has been good this year but his last start was his worst, a seven-run beatdown. He crushed the Yankees in three starts last season, though that was completely different lineup. I’m not sure his history against the Bombers means much of anything. Here is the Rays lineup and here is Joe Girardi‘s lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. DH Carlos Beltran
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. RF Alfonso Soriano
  6. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  7. 1B Kelly Johnson
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. SS Dean Anna
    RHP Ivan Nova

It is warm, humid and raining in St. Petersburg. The Tropicana Field roof will take care of all that though. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Mark Teixeira Update: Teixeira (hamstring) played seven innings in an Extended Spring Training game this morning, his third straight day of game action. He is eligible to be activated off the 15-day DL tomorrow and he insists he is ready.

David Robertson Update: Robertson (groin) threw 16 pitches and faced five batters in an ExST game. He is eligible to come off the 15-day DL on Tuesday and the expectation is that he will indeed be activated.

Rotation Update: As expected, Joe Girardi confirmed Vidal Nuno will start tomorrow’s game. There’s a pretty good chance he will then be shipped to Triple-A Scranton before the team’s next game to clear a rotation spot for Robertson.

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Apr
18

Game 17: Go For Six

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The Yankees have won five games in a row (six of their last seven!) and they’ve done it with offense, with pitching, and with defense. One phase of the game is not carrying them, it’s all three. Unlike last April, when the team played well but it felt like we were waiting for the other shoe to drop for certain players (Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner, specifically), this year’s success feels far more sustainable. I can’t be the only who feels like that, right?

Anyway, Carlos Beltran is not in tonight’s lineup after tumbling over the right field wall in foul territory last night. According to the various beat writers on the scene, Beltran had an MRI on both his wrist and shoulder and everything came back clean. He is sore though, and he will skip batting practice today and instead receive treatment. Beltran hopes to play tomorrow but Joe Girardi is fond of giving players that one extra day when they’re banged up. We’ll see. Here is the Rays lineup and here’s the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. DH Alfonso Soriano
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 2B Yangervis Solarte
  7. 1B Kelly Johnson
  8. 3B Scott Sizemore
  9. RF Ichiro Suzuki
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It is hot, humid, and pouring in St. Pete tonight, but none of that matters because of Tropicana Field. It’ll be a climate-controlled 72 degrees (or thereabouts) for tonight’s game whether you like it or not. First pitch is scheduled for just after 7pm ET and you can watch live on YES and, depending on where you live, MLB Network. Enjoy the game.

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Apr
16

Game 15: Two of Two

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BIG MIKE IS HERE

The Yankees shut out the Cubs in the first game of today’s doubleheader earlier this afternoon, and now they will try to finish off the quick two-game sweep before hitting the road for a seven-game, eight-day road trip through Tampa and Boston. The Yankees have played seven doubleheaders at the new Yankee Stadium and they’ve swept five, splitting the other two.

Derek Jeter and his sore quad return to the lineup tonight, and Michael Pineda returns to the mound for the first time since his whole pine tar incident. It’s a no-win situation. If he pitches well, it’s because he’s hiding the pine tar somewhere else. If he pitches poorly, it’s because he wasn’t able to use the pine tar. The columns and blog posts practically write themselves. Once again, here is the Cubs lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. DH Carlos Beltran
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. 2B Yangervis Solarte
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. 3B Scott Sizemore
  8. 1B Kelly Johnson
  9. C John Ryan Murphy
    RHP Michael Pineda

It was sunny but cold for this afternoon’s game and it’ll be even colder tonight. Clear skies, otherwise. Both the Yankees and Cubs will wear #42 jerseys in honor of Jackie Robinson tonight since yesterday’s game (when everyone else wore #42) was rained out. There will be a little pregame ceremony honoring Robinson and Nelson Mandela as well. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and you can watch on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. First My9 game of 2014. It’s officially baseball season. Enjoy the game.

Roster Move: The Yankees have recalled right-hander Shane Greene as the 26th man for today’s doubleheader, the team announced. I didn’t think they were allowed to call anyone up because the doubleheader was not scheduled 48 hours in advance. Whatever. By rule, Greene has to go back to Triple-A following the game.

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Apr
16

Game 14: One of Two

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The Yankees and Cubs were rained out last night, so they will play both games of their two-game series today. There’s something about these little two-game interleague series getting rained out, it seems. Remember last season when the first game against the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium was rained out and they played a doubleheader the next day? Weird. The Yankees will be visiting Wrigley Field later this summer, if you’re wondering.

Derek Jeter is not in this afternoon’s lineup, but don’t worry. He and his sore quad are fine. Joe Girardi confirmed the Cap’n will play the second game of the doubleheader against left-hander Travis Wood. They weren’t going to play Jeter in both games today, so playing him against the southpaw makes sense. Both Girardi and Jeter said the quad is a non-issue at this point. I guess four straight days off really helped. Here is the Cubs lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. RF Carlos Beltran
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. DH Alfonso Soriano
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 2B Yangervis Solarte
  7. 1B Kelly Johnson
  8. SS Dean Anna
  9. 3B Scott Sizemore
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

With Tanaka starting today and Michael Pineda starting tonight, I’m not sure we’re going to see a more exciting pitching day all season. It’s like baseball Christmas morning.

It rained all day yesterday and I even saw some snow flurries last night, but it is sunny out today. Just really cold. There is no threat of rain or anything, so they’ll get both games in without a problem. The first game of the doubleheader is scheduled to start at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

David Robertson Update: Robertson (groin) is scheduled to throw off a mound on Thursday, his first time doing so since getting hurt. He still plans on being activated when eligible next Tuesday. [Sweeny Murti]

Mark Teixeira Update: Teixeira (hamstring) has left the team and is rehabbing in Tampa. Girardi said he isn’t sure when he will get into minor league rehab games, however. [Anthony McCarron]

Brian Roberts Update: Roberts has a lower back strain and is on medication. He feels better and could play today if needed, but Girardi said he will try to stay away from him. [Bryan Hoch]

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Apr
13

Game 13: Win, Then Rest

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The Yankees have assured themselves of at least a split of this four-game series with the Red Sox. Tonight they have a chance to win three of four and feel really, really good about themselves during tomorrow’s off-day. Picking up seven wins while starting the year with 13 games in 13 days would be pretty good, especially since Mark Teixeira, David Robertson, and now Derek Jeter are all hurt. Doesn’t sound like Jeter’s injury is serious, however.

Though the first two turns of the rotation, Ivan Nova has been the team’s worst starter. He was able to battle through his first start despite big time control problems, but he had no such luck last time out, surrendering seven runs on ten hits in 3.2 innings. This game is as good as any to turn things around. The only reason the Yankees don’t have one of the best rotations in baseball right now is Nova’s rough start and CC Sabathia‘s one bad inning syndrome.

Adam Warren has pitched each of the last two days, three times in the last four days, and five times in the last seven days, so I’m pretty sure he won’t be available tonight. David Phelps and Vidal Nuno, who had extended outings in recent days, should be good to go by now. So yeah, would be nice if Nova pitches deep into the game and the offense puts up a crooked number or two. Here is the Red Sox lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. RF Carlos Beltran
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. DH Alfonso Soriano
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 2B Yangervis Solarte
  7. 3B Kelly Johnson
  8. 1B Frankie Cervelli
  9. SS Dean Anna
    RHP Ivan Nova

It is cloudy and cool in New York tonight, so a lovely night for baseball. No potential rain or anything like that. First pitch is scheduled for 8pm ET and you’ll be able to watch this one on ESPN. Enjoy.

Teixeira Update: Teixeira (hamstring) hit on the field for the first time today. Joe Girardi said he is unsure when his first baseman will begin a minor league rehab assignment, however. [Meredith Marakovits]

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Apr
12

Game 12: Turn The Page

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The Yankees lost a disappointing game to the Red Sox last night, but the quick turn-around means they can turn the page right away and focus on today’s game. I suspect these guys don’t have any problems turning the page anyway. Veteran team, been there, done that, yadda yadda yadda. There’s no time to dwell on anything in this sport.

The one thing I enjoy about this current Yankees team is that just about every day, they’re sending a quality starting pitcher to the mound. That hasn’t always been the case the last few years and really the last ten or twelve years. Hiroki Kuroda gets the nod this afternoon and, despite being the team’s best pitcher the last two seasons, he might only be their third best starter right now. That’s kinda cool. Kuroda has been excellent at Yankee Stadium and I sure would like that to continue this afternoon. Here is the Red Sox lineup he’ll face and the Yankees lineup that will back him up:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Brian Roberts
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. DH Carlos Beltran
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. RF Alfonso Soriano
  7. 1B Kelly Johnson
  8. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  9. SS Dean Anna
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It rained a little bit this morning but not much, and the forecast for this afternoon is gorgeous. Sunny with blue skies and not a cloud in sight. Temperatures approaching 70 too. That’s awesome. This afternoon’s game will air on YES (not FOX) and begin shortly after 1pm ET. Enjoy.

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Apr
11

Game 11: Before the Rain

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The Yankees started this long, four-game weekend series against the Red Sox well with last night’s win, and tonight they have a chance to guarantee at least a split. Once you do that, you can start to get greedy. CC Sabathia is on the mound and the Red Sox have not been kind to him over the years, especially last season, when their MLB-best offense contributed to his career-worst season with 56 base-runners and 23 runs in 28.2 innings. Yikes.

The weather in New York has been pretty nice all day, but some clouds started to roll in this afternoon and the forecast calls for rain later this evening. It might be an issue in the later innings. This could be one of those “get the lead early and hope you have it when the rain shows up” games, because once it does show up, it isn’t supposed to stop until tomorrow morning. Here is the Red Sox lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. SS Derek Jeter
  2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. DH Alfonso Soriano
  5. C Frankie Cervelli
  6. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  7. LF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. 1B Kelly Johnson
    LHP CC Sabathia

Like I said, there is some rain in the forecast later tonight. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and you can watch the game live on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Depending on where you live, of course.

Injury Updates: The Yankees expect to have Mark Teixeira (hamstring) back sometime before May 1st. It is doubtful Brendan Ryan will make it back that soon, however. [Bryan Hoch]

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Apr
10

Game 10: Big Mike vs. Boston

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BIG MIKE IS HERE

The Yankees got their second look at Masahiro Tanaka last night, so now it’s Michael Pineda‘s turn. The big right-hander — Big Mike, if I may — held the hard-hitting Blue Jays to one run in six innings, striking out five and walking zero. More importantly, his fastball averaged 93.8 mph and topped out at 95.6 mph according to PitchFX. That’s a great sign following major shoulder surgery. Velocity is important for a guy like Pineda, who needs to speed up bats to keep hitters off his slider.

Because he is coming back from surgery, the Yankees lifted Pineda after those six innings last week even though he had only thrown 83 pitches. He’s too important to the present and future of the organization to push him hard this early in the season. I’m guessing Pineda will be allowed to throw 90-95 pitches tonight, though that probably depends on the intensity of those pitches. If he’s cruising, maybe it’ll be 100 pitches. If this start is a grind, they might cap him at 85. We’ll see.

The Yankees have lost their last two games, one a blowout and the other a close, late-inning defeat. Far too much will be made of this series against the Red Sox, that’s always the case, but that doesn’t mean these games aren’t important. I think the AL East will be crazy tight all year, so these head-to-head matchups are imperative, even looking at simple tie-breaker scenarios come the end of the season. Plus, you know, beating the Red Sox is always fun. Here is the Boston lineup and here is Joe Girardi‘s lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. RF Carlos Beltran
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. DH Alfonso Soriano
  7. 1B Kelly Johnson
  8. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  9. 2B Dean Anna
    RHP Michael Pineda

It is just a lovely day in New York. Wish I had spent more of it outside instead of in the dentist’s chair. Blue sky, temperatures in the high-50s/low-60s, no clouds, no threat of rain … just a wonderful night for baseball. They should all be like this. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and you can watch the game on YES locally and, depending on where you live, MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

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Finally. After an offseason of rumors and a Spring Training of hype and a win in an encouraging first regular season start, Masahiro Tanaka has finally arrived in the Bronx. He will make his second start of the season and his Yankee Stadium debut tonight, as the Yankees look to win this three-game series over the Orioles. The team kept him hidden from AL East rivals in camp to win games just like this.

Tanaka’s first start was a bit uneven, with a two rough innings to start the game and five dominant innings to end the outing. He admitted he was nervous beforehand and I’m sure he feels the same way again leading up to his home debut. How could he not? I’m anxious and all I have to do is watch. Just about everything is a first for Tanaka these days — this is his first start on a five-day schedule, remember — and his first Yankee Stadium start is among the biggest. Here is the Orioles lineup he will be facing and here is the Yankees lineup that will have his back:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. DH Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. RF Carlos Beltran
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. LF Alfonso Soriano
  7. 1B Kelly Johnson
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. 3B Yangervis Solarte
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

The weather in New York has been really nice all day. A few clouds but not too much, no threat of rain of anything. Pretty good night for baseball. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

David Robertson Update: Robertson threw off flat ground today and felt fine. He is not eligible to come off the DL until April 22nd, so they have plenty of time to ease him back into things. [Sweeny Murti]

Mark Teixeira Update: Teixeira was cleared to begin a light exercise program two days ago. He is eligible to be activated off the DL on April 20th. [Bryan Hoch]

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Apr
08

Game Eight: Beat the Birds

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The Yankees have won four of their last five games, including the first game of this three-game series against the Orioles. The pitching has been very good for the most part, and the offense has done just enough these last few days. I’m really disliking this “no homers” thing though. I’m ready for some dingers.

With left-baller Wei-Yin Chen on the mound for the Baltimore, Kelly Johnson is getting the day off. That means today’s first baseman is … Francisco Cervelli. It is his first professional game at the position, though he did say he played there a bit back when he was 15 or 16 years old. What could go wrong? Oh, and by the way, interim closer Shawn Kelley isn’t available today because of his recent workload. Here is the Orioles lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. RF Carlos Beltran
  5. DH Alfonso Soriano
  6. C Brian McCann
  7. 1B Frankie Cervelli
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. 3B Yangervis Solarte
    RHP Ivan Nova

It was raining all night and for a good chunk of the morning, but it stopped a while ago and there shouldn’t be any trouble starting the game on time. The forecast for the rest of the afternoon says it’ll be cloudy but dry. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 1pm ET, and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.

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