Teixeira leaves game with sore shoulder

Update (9:37pm): Tex woke up with a sore shoulder after diving for a ball last night, and it started to bother him after he dove for another ball tonight. He’s just sore, there are no tests scheduled. Phew.

Original Post (9:07pm): Eric Chavez pinch hit for Mark Teixeira in the bottom of the eighth inning tonight, though it’s unclear why the Yankees’ starting first baseman left the game. There was no obviously play where he might have injured himself, though he did get pulled off the bag by an errand throw in the previous half inning. That’s the only thing I can think of. We’ll update this post once we learn more.

Yanks’ season ticket holder account info leaked

Updated (8:41 p.m.): The Yankees’ ticket office accidentally leaked personal information from nearly 20,000 season ticket holder accounts, Deadspin and NYY Stadium Insider. The accidental leak, first reported by sjanowsky on the NYY Fans forum, is said to contact names, addresses, phone numbers and accounts numbers for non-premium season ticket holders.

Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky had more:

Precisely 21,466 season ticket plans are listed in the document, representing all of the “non-premium” seats that make up the vast majority of Yankee Stadium, excluding only the suites and the first few rows in the infield. So the high rollers and celebrities aren’t in here. Instead it’s regular folks like Mike Janos of Tarrytown, N.Y., who has seats 19 through 24 in row 18 of section 211, or small businesses like All American Laundry in the Bronx, which opted for the 15-game “Friday” plan.

The release of the spreadsheet can be traced to a simple mistake by a hapless Yankees season ticket rep, one wrong click revealing the team’s records to all of his contacts. Monday morning, an account executive sent an email to nearly 2,000 clients, a regular informational newsletter that they receive periodically. According to several fans who received the email, a file labeled “STL Homestand Newsletter (042511)” was attached that contained the information on all non-premium ticket holders — not just the rep’s own licensees.

Within minutes, he attempted to “recall” the message using a Microsoft Outlook command, but this only works if both parties use the same system. Thousands received the file.

We called multiple season ticket holders at random, based on their entries in the file. First we tried their work numbers, then their cell phones, and finally their email addresses. None had heard a single thing from the Yankees about their information being leaked. (The Yankees haven’t returned our call.)

Deadspin is currently “working on a way for fans to check if their information has been compromised,” but based upon reports on Twitter and NYY Fans, anyone with a non-premium ticket plan should just assume his or her account information was included on the spreadsheet. Petchesky notes that the security implications of this inadvertent leak are unclear. Because most people aren’t very creative with passwords, it’s probably likely that some accounts could be accessed, and season ticket holders should just their online account passwords to something more secure.

Outside of the security implications, the leak gives us a glimpse into the Yanks’ ticket sales volume. Ross at NYY Stadium Insider summarized:

  • The Yankees’ total non-premium ticket licensee ticket revenue for far in 2011 is approximately $131,978,910 (plus or minus 1% accuracy due to possible discounting)
  • There are 17,686 non-premium subscriber accounts
  • There are 26,904 full season equivalents
  • There are 21,468 ticket plans
  • There are 59,498 ticket plan seats
  • 2,179,237 total subscriber tickets sold

These numbers show a robust volume of sales but seem to fall short of claims by Yankee brass. Still, the club is obviously not hurting for ticket sales and fans. Whether those folks are showing up to the games is another question.

The team, meanwhile, issued a perfunctory statement. They confirmed that season ticket account ID numbers were released but said that the spreadsheet did not contain any birth dates, social security numbers, credit card numbers, or other financial info. “The Yankees deeply regret this incident and any inconvenience that it might cause,” the team said in the statement.

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A few minutes ago, the Yankees sent an email out to their season ticket holders notifying them of the security breach. The email, sent without a subject line and posted in its entirety after the jump, claims that “remedial measures were undertaken so as to assure that a similar incident could not happen again.” The club has not urged its season ticket holders to change their account passwords but did reiterate the fact that no financial data was included in the leak. We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops.

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Game 21: Just win

Not again. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

No heartbreak tonight, pls.

Derek Jeter, SS
Nick Swisher, RF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Andruw Jones, LF
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C
Curtis Granderson, CF

Bartolo Colon, SP

Apparently the Low-A Charleston squad in the house watching the game tonight, so hopefully some of that Slade Heathcott and J.R. Murphy magic rubs off on some of the big guys. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Just call him Jose Orte-gone-no

Via Matt Eddy, the Yankees have released left-hander Jose Ortegano. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, that’s because he not only never pitched for the Yankees at the big league level, but he also never pitched for them in the minors. He started the season on the disabled list after being claimed off waivers at the end of Spring Training, and was designated for assignment last week to make room on the roster for Buddy Carlyle. So long Jose, we hardly knew ye.

Still no update on Phil Hughes

Via Chad Jennings and Mark Feinsand, the Yankees still don’t have an update on the status of Phil Hughes, who underwent five more hours of medical examination today. They did some blood work and a dye-contrast MRI. The doctor(s) will be in the house later on tonight, and it’s possible they’ll know more then. Jon Heyman said Hughes used words like “tightness,” “soreness,” and “shooting” to describe what he’s feeling in arm. It’s not pain, but the soreness is “lingering.” I’m not a doctor, though I do play one on the internet, and that doesn’t sound good.

At Long Last: New RAB Merchandise

Can you believe it’s been three-and-a-half years since the Save The Big Three shirts? Good times, though I don’t even wear mine anymore. The vendor was used wasn’t great and those things shrunk like you wouldn’t believe. It was the thought that counted anyway.

Today I’m happy to (finally) announce that we’re getting back into the merchandise game, though it’s not just t-shirts anymore. Now you can get hoodies, coffee mugs, bumper stickers, all sorts of stuff at the River Ave. Blues Shop. And if you do just want a t-shirt, you can now customize the colors and what not, which is always cool. The prices are reasonable and in the interest of full disclosure, yes we do get a cut of the sales, though not all of it. I wish.

We have the one design above with the street sign logo and what not, plu this numbers design courtesy of Tyler Wilkinson. He also designed our podcast logo, and will be providing us with more in the future. We just launched the shop today, so the selection is limited for the time being.

Update: If you’re having trouble with your shopping cart (as in, it’s empty even though it shouldn’t be), just clear the cache and cookies within your browser and you’ll be good to go.

Righting the Soriano ship

Bad Soriano. Bad. (Kathy Willens/AP)

Rafael Soriano is not this bad. He has shown in his nearly 400 innings prior to signing with the Yankees that he is, indeed, an elite relief pitcher. At his best he can blow pitches by batters while avoiding dreaded walks and home runs. That’s the guy the Yankees inked to a multi-year deal last winter. The guy who has showed up has been a cheap facsimile, a carbon copy that has cost the Yanks games and caused the fans much agita. But this isn’t the real Rafael Soriano. Once the Yankees get him right, things will go much smoother.

Exactly what’s wrong right now is anyone’s guess. We know the symptoms: hanging sliders, fastballs that catch too much of the plate, a general inability to throw quality strikes — and sometimes the inability to throw strikes at all. He has faced 50 batters this season, but has retired just 31 of them, and of those only seven on the strikeout. The rest have reached base either via the hit, 12, or the walk, eight. That’s all fine and good, but we all see that. If the symptoms aren’t immediately apparent when watching him, they sure as hell are on the stat sheet. What we don’t know is the cause.

Of course, searching for the cause can lead us down false paths. The easy path is the old narrative that closers struggle when they’re not in save situations. With Soriano that’s pretty ridiculous, since he wasn’t a full-time closer until last season. In fact, in 2009 he split time between setting up and closing, and he produced a marvelous season. It was, in some ways, better than his year in the closer’s role with the Rays. Before that he was purely a setup man, recording single digit saves in every season of his career prior to 2009. Unless he completely forgot how to pitch in non-save situations during the course of a single year, the idea that he’s struggling because of his role is ridiculous.

It could be just a matter of time before Soriano comes around. After displaying some lower fastball speeds earlier in the year, he was dealing last night, averaging almost 95 mph with his four-seamer and 94 mph with his cutter. His slider speed also appears back up to par. It will only be a matter of time, then, before he returns to form and starts shutting down opponents. Unfortunately, that requires patience. At this point, patience is understandably thin among the fans. We’ll just have to suck up it for a bit longer. But sooner, not later, we will see the Soriano that dominated in 2009 and 2010.

Really, though, it doesn’t matter what we think. We’re just the spectators. The guys involved know that patience is the only cure to whatever ails Soriano. “I still believe he’s going to be very, very good for us and he’s going to play a huge role for us,” Joe Girardi said after the game. Translation: there are no plans to shy away from him in the eighth inning of close games. Maybe that’s a mistake; maybe backing off a bit and using him in lower leverage situations would be for the best. But it’s hard to right the ship if he’s not pitching at all. At least in the eighth he starts with a clean slate. That is, when there are tough situations, Soriano is not the guy. That helps mitigate matters, if only a little bit.

Chances are we will not see Soriano tonight. He sat out the weekend with a bad back and then pitched on consecutive nights. In fact, we might not see him until Sunday, if his words carry any weight. “I’ll come back next month and see what happens,” he told reporters after the game.

Soriano has a long way to go in redeeming himself with the fan base. Normally great performances make people forget about the past, but Soriano’s past now includes two squandered games. It’s hard to forget those, since they’re forever etched in the loss column. Have faith, though, that he’ll return to form soon enough. He’s just too good a pitcher when healthy to go through more than a short stretch in this manner.