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The Yankees and Cubs were rained out tonight, so they’ll play a day/night doubleheader tomorrow. Doubleheaders are fun as long as they don’t wreck the pitching staff. Anyway, here are two stray links for the weather-related off-night:
- Dan Barbarisi wrote a great, really fun article about Joe Girardi‘s various nicknames for his players. Most get the “-ie” treatment (Jayson Nix became Nixie, for example) but others aren’t so lucky. Best part of the article was finding out Michael Pineda‘s actual nickname is Big Mike. Love it.
- Speaking about Pineda, former Mariners stats guy Tony Blengino wrote about his comeback from shoulder surgery. History is short on pitchers who lost two full seasons after being so good at such a young age, so Pineda’s return is potentially unprecedented. One player who went through a similar situation: Hall of Famer Jim Palmer.
This is your open thread for the night. MLB Network will air a regional game and the Mets will play a little later tonight. They’re out on the West Coast. The Knicks and Nets are playing (each other!) as well. Talk about whatever you like right here.
The Yankees do not have a game today; it’s their first scheduled off-day of the 2014 season. It came at a good time too. Last night’s game was pretty intense and I have no trouble sitting around thinking about that win for an extra 24 hours. The Yankees are back at it tomorrow night, when the Cubs visit the Bronx for the first time since 2005.
Here is your nightly open thread. Braves-Phillies will air on ESPN and the Mets are playing the Diamondbacks later tonight. Neither of the NBA locals are in action and we’re stuck in the middle of those days between the end of the NHL regular season and the playoffs. Talk about anything you like here. Have at it.
What a wonderful afternoon. The weather in New York is gorgeous and the Yankees hit five homeruns en route to beating the Red Sox. Lazy Saturdays don’t get much better in my book. The Yankees wrap-up this four-game series against Boston tomorrow night, then they’ll enjoy their first scheduled off-day of the 2014 season on Monday. Off-days are always more enjoyable following a win, that’s for sure.
Here is your open thread for the night. This afternoon’s game will be replayed on YES at 7pm ET, though if you want to watch some live baseball, the Mets are playing later tonight (they’re on the West Coast) and MLB Network will air a game. Who you see depends on where you live. The (hockey) Rangers are playing their final game of the regular season tonight as well. It’s meaningless; they’re already locked into their postseason spot. Talk about those games, this afternoon’s win, or anything else right here.
The Yankees had one of those rough blowout losses this afternoon, the kind of game that happens to every team a few times each season. They’re inevitable and I think they’re actually pretty easy to put in the rear-view mirror. Close losses always sting a little more than blowouts. What are you going to do? The Yankees will shake it off and come back looking for the series win tomorrow.
Here is your open thread for the night. This afternoon’s game will be replayed on YES at 7pm ET, if you want to live through that nightmare again. The Mets are playing the Braves, and later tonight MLB Network will air the Angels and Mariners. The Nets, Islanders, and (hockey) Rangers are all playing as well. Talk about those games, this afternoon’s loss, or anything else right here. Have at it.
Losing David Robertson to a Grade I groin strain really stinks, but otherwise the home opener went splendidly this afternoon. Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera were on hand for the ceremonial first pitch — I’m going to have to start a petition to get Bernie Williams some well-deserved respect — plus beating Buck Showalter and the Orioles is always fun. The first pitch video is above, if you missed it.
This is your open thread for the night. This afternoon’s game will be replayed on YES at 7pm ET, though I don’t know if they’ll show any of the pre-game ceremonies again. The Devils and Nets are playing, plus the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game is on as well. Talk about those games, this afternoon’s game, or anything else right here.
Minor League Update: There will be no Down on the Farm post tonight because none of the affiliates are playing. High-A Tampa had a scheduled off-day and Triple-A Scranton, Double-A Trenton, and Low-A Charleston were all rained out. Here’s the scoreboard if you don’t believe me. DotF returns tomorrow, assuming someone actually plays.
The season-opening six-game road trip did not go great, but it wasn’t a disaster either. I would have loved to see the Yankees come home with four or five wins in the bank, but three will do. Considering how Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda looked, it’s tough to complain about the results. I’m exciting to see what this club can do whenever Carlos Beltran and Alfonso Soriano start hitting.
Here is your open thread for the night. Dodgers-Giants is the ESPN Sunday Night Game (Greinke vs. Cain), plus the Islanders are playing. Talk about those games, this afternoon’s win, or anything else right here.
Yes, it is only two games, but man these last two games were a lot of fun. The Yankees got their first looks at Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda, two 25-year-old right-handers who are expected to anchor their rotation for the next few years. Both pitched well, especially after rocky second innings. Their combined pitching line: 13 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 13 K against a good Blue Jays lineup. The outcomes of the two games are almost secondary. Tanaka and Pineda look like legit rotation building blocks.
Anyway, here is your open thread for the night. MLB Network will air a game, though who you see depends on where you live. The Final Four is on plus the Nets, Devils, and (hockey) Rangers are all playing tonight as well. Talk about those games, this afternoon’s loss, Tanaka, Pineda, or anything else right here. Have at it.
(Video of Pineda’s start is not embeddable for whatever reason. Here’s the link.)
The 2014 regular season started today … except for the Yankees. Along with the Astros, they are the last team to play their first game this year. One more day. One more day and we’ll have live, meaningful Yankees baseball to enjoy.
The team did workout in Houston this afternoon and there’s only two pieces of non-news to come from that. Joe Girardi confirmed that they lineup they planned to use in Saturday’s game will indeed be the Opening Day lineup, meaning Brett Gardner will bat seventh. Also, Dean Anna and Vidal Nuno will switch to numbers 45 and 57, respectively. Yangervis Solarte is apparently sticking with 89. Your Spring Training jersey is still good!
Here is your open thread for the night. Rockies-Marlins (De La Rosa vs. Fernandez) and Mariners-Angels (Hernandez vs. Weaver) will both be on ESPN2 tonight. As a reminder, the Extra Innings package is in a free preview this week, so you can watch any game. The Devils and Knicks are both playing tonight as well. Talk about anything here.
Spoiler: There won’t be an April Fool’s post this year. It totally slipped my mind and I don’t have time to put one together tonight. I think the novelty has worn off anyway. Besides, nothing will ever top this. It is our Mona Lisa.
Spring Training is technically over, but Michael Pineda did not join the rest of the Yankees on their trip to Houston last night, instead staying behind in Tampa so he could throw in a minor league game this morning. According to Erik Boland, Pineda struck out eight and allowed one run on three hits and three walks in six innings. It was his final tune-up before his first start of the regular season next Saturday, his first MLB start in more than two years.
Here is your open thread for the night. The regular season (re)starts tonight with the Dodgers and Padres on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball at 8pm ET. Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy is your pitching matchup. The (hockey) Rangers, Knicks, and Nets are also playing. Talk about anything you like right here. Enjoy.
Spring Training is over. The Yankees’ final Grapefruit League game was rained out this afternoon, and the team is leaving for Houston this evening. Well, some of the team. A bunch of guys are staying behind for the night and will fly out on their own tomorrow. Veterans have it good like that.
The Yankees finished the spring 17-12-2 with 128 runs scored and 106 runs allowed. They hit .250/.314/.359 with 20 homers as a team, the seventh fewest in baseball. Oh well. Those stats are all washed away when the regular season begins against the Astros on Tuesday. The Yankees will have a workout at Minute Maid Park on Monday. Here is 2014′s last round of camp notes:
- In case you missed it, Yangervis Solarte beat out Eduardo Nunez for the final bench spot. Dean Anna was given the other bench spot yesterday.
- Because of the rainout, everyone who was scheduled to pitch this afternoon instead threw simulated games inside. That includes starter Ivan Nova, David Robertson, Shawn Kelley, and Matt Thornton. Michael Pineda will remain in Tampa and pitch in a minor league game tomorrow. [Chad Jennings]
- The Yankees announced their final round of roster cuts: Nunez, Cesar Cabral, and Shane Greene were optioned to Triple-A Scranton while Zelous Wheeler, Antoan Richardson, Adonis Garcia, Matt Daley, and Jose Gil were reassigned to minor league camp. The roster is down to … wait for it … 25 players.
- Masahiro Tanaka was named the 2014 James P. Dawson award winner as the best rookie in camp, the team announced. Previous winners include Vidal Nuno, David Phelps, Manny Banuelos, Jon Weber, and Brett Gardner.
- Brendan Ryan (back) will begin swinging a bat underwater on Monday. Brian Cashman already confirmed he will not be ready when his 15-day DL stint is up and there’s a chance will be out until early-May. [Mark Didtler]
- Joe Girardi said today’s lineup will likely be the Opening Day lineup, meaning Gardner will bat seventh and Kelly Johnson will bat ninth. [Joel Sherman]
Here is your open thread for the evening. MLB Network is showing a few live Spring Training games throughout the night, plus both the Devils and Islanders are playing. There’s also college basketball on somewhere. Talk about whatever you like here.