Sanchez goes deep on Opening Day

Ryan Pope, Josh Schmidt, Luis Nunez, R.J. Baker, P.J. Pilittere, Jose Ortegano, Mike Gipson, Jeremy Bleich, Alan Horne, David Adams, Grant Duff, and Warner Madrigal are all starting the season on the disabled list according to Mike Ashmore and Josh Norris. First of all, yes Pilittere is back. He signed with the Diamondbacks as a minor league free agent over the winter, but was released in Spring Training and re-signed with the Yankees a few days ago. Secondly, I assume Pope is actually hurt. The organization’s closest to the majors relief prospect (a guy on the 40-man roster, no less) isn’t someone you stick on the phantom DL. Ortegano’s probably hurt too; you don’t claim a guy off waivers and keep him on the 40-man just to stick him on the minor league DL as a place holder.

Anyway, on to the games. As per tradition, here’s the full lineups on Opening Day…

Triple-A Scranton (7-2 loss to Lehigh Valley)
Kevin Russo, 2B: 0 for 5, 3 K, 1 E (fielding) – brutal
Chris Dickerson, CF: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 4, 2 K – first hit of the season was a line drive to the opposite field
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 0 for 4, 2 K
Justin Maxwell, LF: 0 for 4, 3 K
Brandon Laird, 3B: 1 for 4, 2 K
Greg Golson, RF: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – solid night amidst a lot of crap
Jordan Parraz, DH: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Ramiro Pena, SS: 1 for 4, 2 K – poor guy is a ninth place hitter even in the minors
David Phelps, RHP: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 10-0 GB/FB – 58 of 89 pitches were strikes (65.2%) … not his best night, but at least he got all those grounders
George Kontos: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 16 of 20 pitches were strikes (80%) … allowed an inherited runner to score
Andy Sisco: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – 11 of his 20 pitches were strikes (55%)
Amaury Sanit: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2-0 GB/FB – 12 of 20 pitches were strikes (60%) … kinda surprised he’s still around

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Breaking: YES, DirecTV come to terms

As the Thursday negotiation deadline neared an end, the Yankees and DirecTV have averted a blackout. The two sides have renewed their deals. Terms have yet to be disclosed, and we’ll update this post as we hear more. Yankee fans with DirecTV will not miss Friday afternoon’s contest against the winless Red Sox.

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Once you’ve done that, use this as your open thread for the night. The free preview of the Extra Inning package is still in effect, so there’s baseball on somewhere. The (New York) Rangers are also playing what is essentially their biggest game of the season as well, so that should be fun. Talk about whatever, go bananas.

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After five games, Jeter goes back to old mechanics

Quite a stir was made a few days ago when Derek Jeter told Ian O’Connor that he wasn’t thinking about his new stride after working on it all spring. “I just said the heck with it,” said the Cap’n. “I wasn’t going to think about it. Before you’re trying to think about where your foot is and you’re trying not to move it, and it’s just too much to think about. So today I tried not to.” Rob Neyer picked it up and presented it as if Jeter abandoned the new stride and went back to his old ways, which wasn’t entirely true. He just said he wasn’t going to think about it, not that he was giving up on it all together.

Fast forward to this morning. Buster Olney reported before this afternoon’s game that there were “indications” that Jeter has in fact given up on his new stride and gone back to his old mechanics. It wasn’t clear if Olney was reporting this as new information or if he was just piggy-backing on O’Connor’s report, but then Jeter came to the plate in the first inning against Francisco Liriano with the leg kick and stride he used for most of his career. It worked today – he went 2-for-3 (legit double into the left field corner and an infield single) with a walk – and Jeter never really seemed to be get comfortable with the changes Kevin Long tried to make, so whatever works I guess.

Game Six: After the rain

That kid is up to no good I tells ya. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

In a lot of ways, the Yankees lucked out with last night’s postponement. They can skip not only one Freddy Garcia start but two, and the core bullpen pieces get some much needed rest. The regular position players also get a day of rest without missing an actual game, which is always a good thing. The less Gustavo Molina, the better.

New York will wrap up its first home stand of the season this afternoon, then they’ll head up to Boston for a quick three-game weekend series before returning home for another six game homestand. It sucks that 14.8% of the home schedule will be played in the first 9.3% of the season, but that’s the card they drew. Hopefully they can squeeze out a W and win their second straight series under some overcast skies today and leave town on a high note.

Here’s the lineup that’ll face lefty Francisco Liriano…

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

A.J. Burnett, SP

It’s a 1:05pm ET start today, and the game can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

The RAB Radio Show: April 7, 2011

The Yankees had their first postponement of the 2011 season, though it didn’t seem like severe enough conditions to warrant it. That causes plenty of schedule changes. Mike and I walk through the team’s options and figure out what’s what.

Would you rather face Francisco Liriano or Carl Pavano today? We also talk about this issue.

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Doctors push Feliciano’s time table back

Via Brian Costello, doctors have told Pedro Feliciano to take it easy as he comes back from a strained rotator cuff, pushing his schedule back just slightly. The lefty had hoped to begin throwing this week, but he’ll instead have to wait until next week to start playing catch. We heard Feliciano would be shut down completely for ten days right before the season started, which would have put him on target to being throwing this weekend. It’s not the end of the world, but when left-handed batters have a 1.000 OBP against Boone Logan like they do now, yeah, it sucks. Get well soon Pedro.