Via Joe Capozzi, the Yankees will play an exhibition game against the Marlins in their new stadium at the end of Spring Training next year. The new park will officially open a few days later when the Fish taken on the Cardinals in a rare one-game series. As far as I know they haven’t sold the naming rights to the place yet, but you can see some renderings and construction photos here. As for the Yankees, I guess all you can say is “cool.” That should be fun to watch.
I don’t want to spoil the game recap too much, but all you need to know is that CC Sabathia was the man today. He struck out 13 Brewers, tying a career high and setting a new high as a Yankees. All 13 of those whiffs were swinging. Milwaukee had no chance, the big man was on his game this afternoon.
Anyways, here is tonight’s open thread. The MLB Network will carry a game (teams depend on where you live), plus you could always watch a replay of the Yanks’ game on YES. Talk about whatever you want here, go nuts.
Via Brian Costello, Derek Jeter ramped up his rehab work in Tampa today and is expected to begin a two game rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton this weekend. He would then rejoin the team on Monday in Cleveland. “I feel good now,” said the Cap’n. “I feel a lot better. I’m ready to get out of here.” Jeter has been running the bases and taking batting practice all week. Trenton is home this weekend, so if you want to head to either or both games, you can get tickets here.
Joe Girardi announced after this afternoon’s game that Bartolo Colon will indeed start Saturday afternoon’s game against the Mets. Apparently he came through whatever drills they put him through well enough to pitch. Brian Gordon will presumably shift into a long relief role, and hopefully this means Hector Noesi will go back to Triple-A to work as a starter. Hooray for having Bart back.
The Yankees are still playing the Brewers, but here are some links for those of you that can’t watch the game…
David Robertson, Life Saver (Not Literally)
The Yankees bullpen was supposed to be a strength coming into the season, and it has been for the most part. Just not the way we expected. Rafael Soriano and Joba Chamberlain went down long-term elbow injuries, forcing David Robertson to step up his game and bridge the gap between starter and Mariano Rivera. His performance (1.58 FIP and 1.4 fWAR, third highest among all relievers) earned him a spot on Jerry Crasnick’s list of life savers, which focuses on players who thrived after injuries forced them into more prominent roles. “He’s always had that great curveball,” said a scout that Crasnick spoke too. “And [Joe Girardi] really likes him and trusts him.” Well, duh.
Joba Documents Life After Tommy John Surgery
If you follow Joba on Twitter, then you’re already aware that he’s been posting near-daily updates of his status following his Tommy John surgery, and Marc Carig asked him why. “I’ll document good days and bad days when we really start getting after it,” said Joba yesterday. “It’s good. It obviously gives you a non-baseball outlet. A lot of people don’t know really what Tommy John is, and the process. They’re basically going through the process with me. I appreciate all the support that they have given me. I think it’s fun for them to see what’s happening.”
Joba posted some gnarly photos of his scars after the surgery, and continues to write about how he’s feeling and how the latest doctor appointment went. I’ve been following along and I think it’s a pretty cool way for him to not only keep everyone updated about how he’s doing, but also interact with readers. Rehab from TJS is no joke, but now we’ll get a closer look at it then every before.
All-Star Game Voting Ends Tonight
Fan voting for the 2011 All-Star Game ends at midnight, so make sure you head over and stuff the ballots while you still can. Five Yankees are in line to start the game at the moment: Russell Martin, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Curtis Granderson. Mark Teixeira is about a million voted behind Adrian Gonzalez at first base, and both Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner are about a million and a half votes out of an outfield spot. I haven’t voted yet myself, but if I do, here’s my ballot…
AL: Alex Avila, Adrian, Howie Kendrick, Asdrubal Cabrera, A-Rod, Granderson, Bautista, Carlos Quentin, David Ortiz
NL: Brian McCann, Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, Jose Reyes, Placido Polanco, Matt Kemp, Andrew McCutchen, Ryan Braun
The Yankees have yet to win five games in a row this season, which is pretty remarkable when you consider their overall record (AL best 47-31, +110 run differential). They’ve got several things going for them today after winning the last four, starting with CC Sabathia on the mound. The Yankees are also 22-4 (!!!) in day games, so that’s another thing they have going for them. There’s no Alex Rodriguez or Curtis Granderson in the lineup though, those two guys are just getting routine days off before playing three DH-less games in CitiField. Here’s the starting nine…
CC Sabathia, SP
Today’s game starts at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally or MLB Network nationally. If you’re stuck at work, you can listen on WCBS 880. Enjoy.
A few days after answering questions for NoMaas, Yankees VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman chatted with Double-A Trenton beat writing all-stars Josh Norris and Mike Ashmore. They talked about players coming back from injury (David Adams, Graham Stoneburner, Jeremy Bleich), Corban Joseph’s bat, disciplining Slade Heathcott for the brawl (spoiler: they didn’t), Andrew Brackman, developing pitchers, and lots more. Make sure you heck it out, it’s a must read.