Laird, Parraz have big days as SWB plays two

Sorry folks, but eight games on a Saturday night are just way too many for a detailed recap…

  • Triple-A Scranton Game One (win). Greg Golson, Terry Tiffee, and Brandon Laird each had two hits, and one of Laird’s was a double. Jordan Parraz had three hits including a double. D.J. Mitchell went the distance with seven scoreless innings, striking out five and walking just two. Still no Jesus Montero, he’s eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday.
  • Triple-A Scranton Game Two (win). Jorge Vazquez doubled and Laird homered. Parraz had two more hits as well, dude’s on an absolute tear. Greg Smith put eleven men on base in four innings and allowed four runs.
  • Double-A Trenton (loss). Melky Mesa was a triple shy of the cycle, and Jose Pirela also had two hits. Rob Lyerly doubled. Shaeffer Hall gave up three runs on seven hits in five innings, and Chase Whitely took the loss after surrendering two runs in as many innings. Alan Horne retired the two batters he faced. Austin Romine is away from the team temporary for the Futures Game.
  • High-A Tampa Game One (win). Abe Almonte had two hits including a solo homer. Luke Murton and J.R. Murphy both had a pair of hits, and both of Murphy’s were two-baggers. Brett Marshall walked one and struck out six in five innings, giving up one run on just two hits. Dan Burawa and Ryan Flannery each cheaped in scoreless innings.
  • Short Season Staten Island (won). Mason Williams and Cito Culver each went hitless, But Angelo Gumbs, Reymond Nunez, and Bobby Rinard each had two knocks. One of Gumbs’ was a triple. Bryan Mitchell struck out four in as many innings, allowing just one run. Brett Garritse and Ben Paullus each threw two scoreless, and Branden Pinder closed it out for save number six.
  • Rookie GCL Yankees Game One (loss). Claudio Custodio had two hits including a double, Ravel Santana tripled, Tyler Austin had two singles, and Dante Bichette Jr. had a single and a walk. Evan Rutckyj allowed three runs in two innings yesterday, before the game was suspended. Graham Stoneburner threw 5.1 innings today, allowing six runs (four earned) with no walks, one strikeout, and a 10-3 GB/FB.
  • Rookie GCL Yankees Game Two (loss). Custodio had a single and Austin had two. Bichette and Justin James both went hitless. Zach Varce pitched two scoreless as he works his way back from injury. Reynaldo Polanco followed him by allowing three runs (all unearned) in four innings.

Game two of High-A Tampa‘s doubleheader is tied at five and in extra innings. Here’s the box score. Low-A Charleston was rained out and will play two tomorrow.

Open Thread: 3,000

Is this real life? Did that really just happen? This was a movie script, not a baseball game. Derek Jeter wasn’t supposed to turn back the clock and pull a ball into the left field bleachers for his 3,000th career hit. He wasn’t supposed to go 5-for-5 with the game-winning hit. This was vintage Derek Jeter, the guy that dominated the game for a decade and is a certain first-ballot Hall of Famer. The best game of the season? That’s not even a question, this was the best game in the history of the New Yankee Stadium. Congrats to Derek, the greatest Yankee of my generation.

If you haven’t seen it, here’s video of the milestone hit. Un. Be. Leviable. This is why I love being a Yankees fan.

A-Rod has slight meniscus tear in right knee

Update (6:31pm): Via Joel Sherman, the Yankees have recommended surgery and Alex is leaning that way, though the second opinion is still to come.

Update (4:57pm): Via Marc Carig, A-Rod will go for a second opinion tomorrow before deciding on surgery.

Original Post (1019am): Via Danny Knobler and Joel Sherman, Alex Rodriguez has a slight meniscus tear in his right knee. There are two courses of action: play through it and have surgery at the end of the year, or have surgery now. Joe Girardi said that no decision has been made yet, but it’s up to A-Rod. CC Sabathia pitched through the same injury last year and had offseason surgery, but he only played once every five days. In-season surgery would keep Alex on the shelf for a month or so.

No one asked me, but if I’m A-Rod, I’d have the surgery now and get healthy for the stretch run and playoffs. I think two-plus months of him at 100% is better than three months of him at what, 50%? 75%? Who knows, but less than 100%.

The Biggest Ball

I just wanted to use this.

Congratulations! You’ve just caught Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit! It was a home run into the left field stands and despite your slightly drunken coordination and hysteria, you got your hands around it. You fought off that ugly chick next to you and the nerdy-looking guy typing on his smuggled iPad (he muttered something about a war…) to keep it. It’s got a shiny hologram and looks slightly used and everything. There’s no question that, for a Yankees fan, there are fewer greater souvenirs. And given Jeter’s reputation, that ball is worth quite a bit of money.
You’ve got Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit. What do you do with it?

I guess you can break it down into two categories. You can either keep it, which I’ll get to in a bit, or give it back to the Yankees. Personally, I would give it back to the Yankees. It would be cool to have, but something like that – well, wouldn’t you want someone to give you back your 3000th hit? I’d be pretty annoyed if some jerk kept it in his bookcase. So, you’ve decided to give it back to the Yankees. What do you ask for? Are you as noble as Christian Lopez, the guy who actually caught the ball, and ask for nothing? Tickets? Signed memorabilia? Dinner with the captain himself? Tickets? Legends seats all year, or two or three years, would be pretty good. I don’t think asking for straight cash is a good idea. If you were looking for only money, you could probably get way more cash on eBay.

Maybe you don’t want to give it to the Yankees, or you have an entirely unreasonable demand. You demand that in order to give the ball back, the Yankees have to fire Girardi, release A.J. Burnett, and trade for Barry Zito. You refuse to give the ball to anyone else until you see Barry Zito out there on the mound in the Bronx in pinstripes. I’m pretty sure, at that point, they’ll just let you keep it. Do you keep the ball on your mantle forever? What do you do with it with you die? Donate it to Cooperstown? Your kid(s)? To Derek? Would it just mysteriously remain in your estate?

Do you sell it? Admittedly, I think if you sell Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit than you’re not the best fan you could be. An item like that baseball is worth more than money. That baseball is worth yours (or my) childhood. All those moments you that you watched TV under the covers and yelled at Brett Gardner for running like an idiot and threw your remote at the wall and put your foot through the TV – that’s what that baseball means. I suppose you could sell the ball (rumored to be worth approximately $140,000) and then use the money for tickets or a jersey or two or something, but I still think that’s a stretch. Do you sell it on eBay? Craigslist? Really?

Obviously, I don’t fall into most usual girl stereotypes, but I’m pretty sure this decision would basically tear me apart. And you have to make it during the game! While the game was going on! With Hal Steinbrenner on the phone near you! Maybe if you’ve been a Yankees fan for the past 50 years, this is a smaller moment and the baseball means less, but my first year of Yankee-dom was 1995, so Derek Jeter is pretty closely wound into my childhood. I think what would happen is that I would probably keep it for the game, but feel bad and call Yankee Stadium back and try to figure out what to get for it. Legends tickets and a whole bunch of memorabilia sounds cool.

Anyway. Go Derek Jeter. Yay.

Game 87: Flirting with 3,000

(Photo Credit: Flickr user Mr. Mystery via Creative Commons license)

Two hits away, that’s it. I was supposed to be in the stands last night but Mother Nature really screwed me over on that one. For shame. Here’s the lineup…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Russell Martin, C
Jorge Posada, DH
Andruw Jones, RF
Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Brett Gardner, LF

A.J. Burnett, SP

First pitch is scheduled for a little after 1pm ET, and you’ll be able to watch on YES. Enjoy.

Two losses and a lot of rain

D.J. Mitchell makes an appearance in the In The Team Photo section of this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. They say he “doesn’t get as much attention as some of his teammates, but his feel for pitching and changeup mean he’ll probably be a useful middle reliever someday.”

Double-A Trenton (6-1 loss to Reading)
Ray Kruml, LF 3 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B – threw a runner out at second … 16 for his last 40 (.400)
Corban Joseph, 2B: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K – 11 for his last 36 (.306) with three doubles and a homer
Austin Romine, C, Cody Johnson, DH & Rob Lyerly, 1B: all 1 for 4 – Romine and Johnson struck out once, Lyerly twice … Romine also allowed a passed ball
Bradley Suttle, 3B, Jose Pirela, SS & Melky Mesa, CF: all 0 for 4 – Pirela struck out once, Suttle twice … Suttle committed a fielding error, Pirela a throwing error
Damon Sublett, LF: 0 for 3, 1 K
Manny Banuelos, LHP: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2 HB, 5-3 GB/FB – control Manny! control! work on that control!
Cory Arbiso, RHP: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Josh Romanski, LHP: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-3 GB/FB
Brad Halsey, LHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 3-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (6-5 loss to Delmarva)
Jose Toussen, CF: 3 for 5, 1 R – four walks and just three strikeouts in his last nine games
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – just over the Mendoza line at .201
Kevin Mahoney, 3B: 0 for 5, 3 K
Gary Sanchez, C: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 PB – second straight day with a homer and his third in ten games
Ramon Flores, LF: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – 16 for his last 43 (.372) with three doubles and the homer
Kelvin DeLeon, DH: 0 for 5
Jeff Farnham, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 R
Mike Ferraro, RF: 3 for 4, 1 2B – threw a runner out at first
Jose Mojica, SS: 0 for 4
Jose Ramirez, RHP: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 4-4 GB/FB, 1 E (missed catch) – disappointing
Nathan Forer, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Tommy Kahnle, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K – 68 strikeouts and 34 walks in 52 IP
Yobanny Reyes, LHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 3-2 GB/FB

Triple-A Scranton, High-A Tampa, and Short Season Staten Island were all rained out. The Rookie GCL Yankees had their game suspended due to rain in the third inning. Here’s that box score. All of these games will be made up a later date, some tomorrow, some at another point in the future.

Jeter, Grandy rake in All-Star Game bonuses

The All-Star Game is just a glorified exhibition for us fans, but to the players it’s quite a bit more. For some, it can be a cash cow. Take Derek Jeter for example. Despite having more money that he’ll ever be able to spend, the Cap’n received a $500,000 bonus from the Yankees for being named to the Midsummer Classic. He was the biggest breadwinner this year, but Curtis Granderson could end up making the most from his All-Star nomination. Grandy not only gets a $25,000 bonus, but his 2013 option increases from $13M to $13.5M as well. A total of 15 players received bonuses for their All-Star nods, and Maury Brown has the full list right here.