Banuelos solid in Trenton win

Alan Horne told Mike Ashmore that he’s scheduled to throw some long bullpen session over the next two weeks before getting back on the mound to face real live hitters. Horne didn’t pitch at all last year and has thrown just 100.2 IP since 2007 due to various shoulder issues. The now 28-year-old was once one of the Yankees’ best pitching prospects, but we know how that story usually goes. Jeremy Bleich, meanwhile, is throwing 35-pitch side sessions.

Triple-A Scranton (4-1 loss to Gwinnett) faced the best pitching prospect in baseball and an old buddy
Greg Golson, CF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB – threw a runner out at third
Kevin Russo, 2B: 2 for 4, 1 BB – eight for his last 24 (.333) with five walks
Jesus Montero, C: 2 for 5, 1 RBI – I believe that’s his first game behind the plate since the injury
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 0 for 4, 4 K – that’s 29 K in 23 games
Justin Maxwell, LF, Jordan Parraz, RF & Ramiro Pena, SS: all 1 for 4 – Parraz and Pena each whiffed once, but Maxwell did three times … Maxwell has now struck out 35 times in 22 games, which is horrible
Brandon Laird, 3B: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K
David Phelps, RHP: 7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 9-4 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – 63 of 96 pitches were strikes (65.6%) … hasn’t been great this year, hopefully that changes as the weather warms up
George Kontos, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB – seven of his eight pitches were strikes

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Open Thread: Slayer at the Stadium!

(KEYSTONE/Peter Schneider)

The Yankees announced last night that Yankee Stadium will host Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax in a September concert (the 14th to be exact), the second concert in the building’s history. Tickets go on sale May 6th, and my loser, metal-loving ass will be first in line (for the internet pre-sale, anyway). You have to figure the show will close with Enter Sandman. They really couldn’t do it any other way, right?

Anyways, here is your open thread for the night. There’s a few night games being played around the league (MLB Network will have one, though the game depends on where you live) and I’m sure there’s plenty of NBA and NHL playoff action on as well. It’s a gorgeous night though, go out and have fun.

Game 24: Just win

Give us a reason to smile today, Robbie. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

The Blue Jays didn’t win last night’s game as much as the Yankees lost it. Not only did they not hit with men on base, they didn’t even bother to put together good at-bats. A sixth inning error on a Little League caliber rundown resulted in the two runs that ended up being the margin of victory. But then there’s this little factoid: Toronto is 8-1 in the first game of a series this season (they blew a seven-run lead in the one loss), but they’re just 5-12 in all other games. Hopefully that trend continues today. Here’s the starting lineup…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, 3B
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C
Brett Gardner, LF

A.J. Burnett, SP

It’s just a routine day off for Alex Rodriguez, he’s available to pinch-hit if needed. It’s the rare non-FOX broadcast 4pm ET start on a Saturday today, as YES will carry the broadcast. Enjoy the game.

Checking in on Andy Phillips

Now that we’re out of that time warp, I offer you this Tyler Kepner article on former Yankee Andy Phillips. Phillips, 34, is currently coaching at the University of Alabama, and he grew up in the recently tornado-devastated Tuscaloosa. “There’s almost a mile-wide path the tornado went through,” said Phillips. “They said you could literally stand a mile and a half away from [the stadium], where there used to be homes and buildings in between, and now there‚Äôs nothing.” Phillips and his family are safe, but some of his players lost everything. David Robertson, another Tuscaloosa native, said his family and house are safe as well.

Yankees RISPFAIL their way to loss vs Jays

(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position, eleven men left on base. Yankees lose, thaaaaaaaaaaa Yankees lose. Bullets points is all I have the motivation for, so…

  • Four at-bats with the bases loaded, and all four guys swung at the first pitch. Three resulted in outs, the other a swing-and-miss. This game was over after the fifth inning, when the Yankees had the bases loaded with no one out only to have Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez make three outs on two pitches. Terrible job by them, and also by Derek Jeter (strikeout on a pitch at eye level) and Nick Swisher (first pitch groundout) for those hacky at-bats with the bases loaded in the eighth.
  • We got our first look at bad Freddy Garcia in this one. He had no command of his slop, giving up homers to Jose Bautista and J.P. Arencibia on a pair of 80-something mph nothingballs that hung out over the plate. Batting practice pitches. He walked five guys in five innings, and the only reason it wasn’t worst than it was (three runs in five innings) is because Juan Rivera hacked at pitches out of the zone to end two innings/threats.
  • David Robertson botched a run down that directly led to two extra runs scoring for Toronto in sixth, the eventual margin of victory. That was (at least) the second time this year a Yankees pitcher botched a run down that led to multiple runs for the other team. Also, walking the leadoff hitter (a fast guy at that) on four pitches is a major no-no.
  • Robinson Cano had two homers and two walks, raising his season totals to eight and three, respectively. His last two homer game came exactly one year ago Friday. Tex and Russell Martin each had a single and a walk, but the other six hitters in the lineup combined to go 3-for-24 with three walks (two by Brett Gardner) and ten strikeouts.
  • Here’s the box score and video, here’s the WPA Graph.

That’s pretty much all I care to write about this loss. These same two teams will play again tomorrow afternoon (4pm ET start, but apparently it’s on YES and not FOX), when A.J. Burnett faces Kyle Drabek. If you want to head up to the Stadium, RAB Tickets can get you there dirt cheap.

Heathcott’s big night goes for naught in loss

Myron Leslie was released today, allowing Dellin Betances to come off the disabled list. There just wasn’t enough room for the guy in the organization.

The Triple-A Scranton box score isn’t updating for whatever reason, so I have no idea what’s going on. I do know this much: Andrew Brackman allowed three hits and three runs in six innings. He struck out seven and walked (ugh) five. Andy Sisco and Eric Wordekemper also pitched.

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Game 23: Gotta get down with Freddy

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

With apologies to everyone who know has that song stuck in his or her head and with a tip of the cap to our own Hannah Ehrlich for the inspiration, it’s Freddy time. The Yanks play host to the Blue Jays this weekend for a three-game set in the Bronx, and Freddy Garcia, 1-0 with a minuscule 0.69 ERA, takes to the hill tonight for his third start of the year.

Opposing Garcia will be Ricky Romero and the change-up of doom. Romero is only 1-3 this year but with a 3.00 ERA. In 19.2 innings against the Bombers last year, Romero limited the Yanks to just a .200/.282/.386 triple slash line. In his lating outing, he went seven strong against the Rays, giving up just a pair of runs while striking out ten but took the loss anyway. If both pitchers are on tonight, we’ll see a lot of slow balls and a good duel on the mound.

First pitch is at 7:05 p.m., and the game airs on the YES Network.

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

Freddy Garcia P

Notes: The Yankees activated Francisco Cervelli from the DL this afternoon and sent Gustavo Molina down to AAA. Cervelli make his 2011 debut on Sunday when he catches Ivan Nova…RAB will be offline for about an hour beginning 1 a.m. on Saturday morning as we undergo a planned server move.