Yankees pummel O’s, win third straight

Boy did the Yankees need a game like this. The bullpen was taxed, the offense was pressing, and the fans were frustrated, but a plethora of early runs and eight easy innings from CC Sabathia led a stress-free blowout win. The Orioles’ are the best medicine apparently, and New York has now won three in a row.

Swish got in on the fun. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Offense Offense Offense

After scoring four runs in 15 innings the night before, the Yankees came out of the gate on Thursday and scored five runs in the first inning. The inning went double, triple (run scores), ground out (run scores), strikeout, hit by pitch, walk, wild pitch (runners move up), walk, double (three runs score), strikeout. Nick Swisher‘s three-run opposite field double just out of the reach of Felix Pie was the big blow, his first hit with two outs and runners in scoring position all season.

The Yankees didn’t get their first single of the night until Robinson Cano led off the fifth with a shot back up the middle, when the score was already nine-zip and the game was essentially over. Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter hit back-to-back triples, two of three three-baggers on the night. Even Eduardo Nunez chipped in a two-run homer, a sure sign that the rapture is coming this weekend.

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Cruise Control

Am I the only one that kinda wishes the Yankees didn’t “waste” a Sabathia start in a game in which they scored 13 runs? Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely appreciative of the big guy’s eight scoreless innings (seven hits, season-high nine strikeouts), but in a perfect world some scrubby pitcher would have started this game while CC went tomorrow, when the Yankees are unlikely to score so many runs. Ah well, I guess I shouldn’t look a gift (work)horse in the mouth.

Sabathia cruised right along all game long, retiring ten of eleven early on and only twice allowing the Orioles to have two men on base at the same time. One of those instances was the first, after he intentionally plunked Nick Markakis in retaliation for Cano getting hit in the knee in the top of the frame. One hundred and nine pitches (84 strikes!), 18 of 24 outs either on the ground or via strike three, and a bullpen spared. Vintage CC, exactly what they needed.

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Leftovers

Both benches were warned after Sabathia hit Markakis, but there was no further incident the rest of the game. Cano was seen with an icepack on his knee in the dugout pretty much all game long, but he looked fine at the plate and stayed in until garbage time. I figure the beanball matter is settled, hitting their best-ish player and kicking the crap out of them on the scoreboard works for me.

Amaury Sanit has to be on his way back to Triple-A Scranton, right? Don’t get me wrong, I’m very thankful for his bullpen saving effort against the Royals last week, but he’s pretty awful, has been for two years now. Get Ryan Pope up here for tomorrow, please.

Every starter had a hit except for Alex Rodriguez, who instead walked. Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin, Swisher, and Gardner all had multiple hits, and both Cano and Jorge Posada walked and picked up a hit. Mark Teixeira had just one hit, but it was a doozy, a two-run homer in the middle innings. Posada looked fine at first base defensively, but he wasn’t tested with any tough plays, so he gets an incomplete grade for tonight’s effort.

That’s pretty much all there is to say about this game. Funny how the more runs they score and the better Sabathia is, the less there is to write. Yankees gonna Yankee, I guess.

WPA Graph & Box Score

Heh, it’s funny Baltimore’s little ninth inning rally wasn’t even a blip on the radar. MLB.com has the box and video, FanGraphs the nerd.

Up Next

The Yankees head back home to Bronx to kick off the 2011 edition of the Subway Series on Friday night. The Mets come across town and will start R.A. Dickey against Freddy Garcia.

Trenton comes out on top after 16 innings

Update: The Low-A Charleston game is over and has been added to the post.

Triple-A Scranton was rained out. Apparently they made the announcement on Twitter and Facebook, but didn’t bother to tell the people in the stands or those waiting in line to get into the park until later. Brutal. Anyway, they’re going to make this up as part of a July 5th doubleheader.

Double-A Trenton (9-6 win over Erie in 16 freaking innings)
Austin Krum, LF: 3 for 7, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB - 26 K, 25 BB in 39 games
Corban Joseph, 2B & Ray Kruml, RF: 1 for 6, 1 R, 1 K – CoJo walked and swiped a bag … Kruml doubled and drove in a run
Austin Romine, C: 2 for 7, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K – 16 innings behind the plate is pretty rough
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 1 for 6, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K – still just three for his last 39 (.077)
Cody Johnson, DH: 1 for 7, 1 R, 1 2B, 4 K – 56 K in 29 games
Melky Mesa, CF: 2 for 7, 2 R, 1 RBI, 3 K, 1 SB – 15 for his last 37 (.405) with five doubles, a triple, and a homer
Jose Pirela, SS: 2 for 6, 1 2B, 3 K
Addison Maruszak, 1B: 1 for 7, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 K
Shaeffer Hall, LHP: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 5-5 GB/FB – picked a runner off first … he’d walked four batters in 42 IP all year coming into this game
Pat Venditte, SHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Tim Norton, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Cory Arbiso, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-2 GB/FB
The Ghost of Kei Igawa, LHP: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3-6 GB/FB – I think he was scheduled to start on Saturday, so we’ll have to see what happens now
Fernando Hernandez, RHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0-1 GB/FB

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2011 Draft: MLB.com’s Top 50 Prospects

MLB.com released their list of the top 50 draft prospects yesterday, and the list is free to see as always. You get detailed scouting reports for all players and video for most, which is why MLB.com’s list has always been my favorite. No offense to Baseball America or Keith Law or Perfect Game or whoever else, but free scouting reports and video won’t be topped at this time of year. Make sure you click on through, great way to lose an hour.

Game 42: Posada at 1B

Eye on the ball, Jorge. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

With Eric Chavez on the shelf and Mark Teixeira in need of some rest, Jorge Posada is starting at first base for the first time since 2008. He has 15 career starts at the position in his career, though eight of them came way back in 2000. Jorge worked out a bunch at first this spring, but it’s still going to be a big defensive step down for the Yankees. Such is life. Here’s the starting nine…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, DH
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Russell Martin, C – surprised he’s back in there, he didn’t really get yesterday off
Jorge Posada, 1B
Nick Swisher, RF
Brett Gardner, LF

CC Sabathia, SP – I sure hope he’s ready to eat some serious innings

You can watch tonight’s game on YES locally or MLB Network nationally when it begins shortly after 7pm ET. Enjoy.

Update: We are officially in a delay. No word on a start time yet, but use this as an open thread in the meantime.

Update Part Deux: The game is expected to begin at 7:50pm ET.

Dickerson day-to-day after CT scan comes back normal

Update (6:04pm): Feinsand says Dickerson is day-to-day and Joe Girardi is unlikely to use him tonight. Good news.

Original Post (4:00pm): Via Mark Feinsand, Chris Dickerson‘s CT scan came back normal, though the team has not yet confirmed what’s next for him. Dickerson left last night’s game after being hit by the head with a Mike Gonzalez pitch in the 15th inning. Hopefully he can avoid the new seven-day concussion disabled list, but they won’t screw around with a head injury. More details to come, at some point.