Staten Island shuts Brooklyn out in Game One

Twenty-fifth rounder Adam Smith was ranked as the eighth best prospect in the Texas Collegiate League by Baseball America (subs. req’d). There’s no real scouting report in the write-up, they just note that he was an infielder and a pitcher at Texas A&M, but the Yankees took¬† him (and paid him $157k) as a pitcher. Unsigned 33rd rounder Spencer O’Neil was ranked as the fifth best prospect in the West Coast League (subs. req’d), and the high school outfielder was said to have a “beautiful lefthanded swing” with “good feel for hitting and some power potential.” He’s off to Oregon.

Just a heads up if you plan on going to Friday’s Short Season Staten Island game (in Staten Island), it’s been moved up to 1:05pm ET to avoid the upcoming rainstorm. It was supposed to be a 7:05pm ET start.

Short Season Staten Island (2-0 win over Brooklyn) SI leads the first round series one game to none (best-of-three)
Mason Williams, CF: 1 for 4, 1 3B, 1 K – opened the game with leadoff triple and they couldn’t get him in, so at least we know RISPFAIL it preached throughout the minors [/sarcasm]
Cito Culver, SS: 1 for 4, 1 K
Ben Gamel, RF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB
Tyler Austin, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 SB – singled in Gamel for the second run in the eighth, though a throwing error helped get him into scoring position
Reymond Nunez, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Casey Stevenson, 2B:  1 for 4, 1 K
Zach Wilson, DH: 0 for 4, 2 K – finished the regular season on a 14-for-32 (.438) tear (two doubles, three homers)
Cody Grice, LF: 1 for 4, 2 K
Nick McCoy, C: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K - the number nine hitter opened the scoring with an RBI single to plate Nunez
Matt Tracy, LHP: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 8-4 GB/FB – retired a dozen batters in a row at one point … Bryan Mitchell had been lined up to start the first game, but that was two rain outs ago
Phil Wetherell, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 1-1 GB/FB
Branden Pinder, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 0-2 GB/FB – dominant, but I have to imagine Ben Paullus is tomorrow’s closer

Triple-A Scranton, Double-A Trenton, High-A Tampa, and Low-A Charleston all failed to qualify to the postseason. The Rookie GCL Yankees have already won their league title.

Open Thread: ‘We’re trying to win a ring around here’

Any of you folks watch Entourage? I don’t have HBO, haven’t for years, so I’ve never gotten in it. Same deal with The Wire, The Sopranos, all those HBO shows. I know, I know, I’m missing out. Trust me, I’ve heard it before. Anyway, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez (and Amar’e Stoudamire and Michael Strahan) made a cameo in last week’s Entourage, which you can watch above. Fair warning, the clips contains some foul language.

Once you’re done watching that, use this as your open thread. Light baseball schedule tonight, but the MLB Network will be carrying a game (teams depend on where you life). The NFL season also starts tonight, I’m sure of it this time, and you’ll be able to watch the Saints and Packers on NBC at 8:30pm ET. Use the thread to talk about whatever you want, go nuts.

Crasnick on Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson has been the Yankees best player since Day One of the season, and as the season winds down he’s getting mentioned in MVP races and all sorts of other neat stuff. Jerry Crasnick wrote a story about the Yankees’ center fielder over at ESPN today, and although it’s generally just a puff piece, Crasnick did write about Curtis’ role with the players’ union and as the Yankees’ team representative (he’s also the AL union rep).

“When things don’t necessarily go the way the 25 guys here think they should go, it’s my job to step up and represent us and talk about it,” said Grandy, referring to that little spat with the Orioles about not playing a doubleheader ahead of Hurricane Irene like every other east coast team in the league. “Why can’t we have a stance without getting flak for it?” It’s a fun and informative read, so make sure you check it out. Makes Curtis even easier to like.

Sherman: Betances will join Yankees in Anaheim

Via Joel Sherman, Dellin Betances will “definitely” join the Yankees in Anaheim as they begin their six-game west coast trip on Friday. It’s unclear if they’ll actually let him pitch at all during the remainder of the season, but they just want him to get a taste of the big league life. Betances is on the 40-man roster, so no other moves will be required. Manny Banuelos, Adam Warren, and David Phelps will join the team a little later in the month, but they won’t be added to the roster.

Game 142: The Game That Shouldn’t Be Played

The Yankees and Orioles weren’t supposed to be playing today. It was supposed to be an off day for both clubs, and the Yankees were supposed to use it to travel to the west coast for their six-game swing. Instead, here they are. Less than 24 hours after playing in the Bronx, and less than 48 hours after playing into the wee hours of the morning because of rain, the Yanks are making this one game stop in Baltimore because the Orioles were unwilling to play a doubleheader in advance of Hurricane Irene two weekends ago.

In case you’re wondering, Bartolo Colon has already been sent to Anaheim in advance of Friday’s start against the Angels. The rest of the team is in B’more though. Here’s the lineup…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, DH
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, 3B
Frankie Cervelli, C
Brett Gardner, LF

Ivan Nova, SP

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET, and although it’s been raining all morning and is supposed to rain all night in Baltimore, there’s a big enough window for them to get the game in on time. Hooray for that. YES will have the broadcast. Enjoy.