Triple-A Scranton‘s doubleheader was rained out. They’ve had no luck with the weather this year. They’re going to play doubleheaders on Monday and Tuesday to make these games up.
Double-A Trenton (9-5 loss to Portland)
- CF Ramon Flores: 0-2, 3 BB, 1 K — five walks in his last three games
- DH Tyler Austin: 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 13 walks in his last ten games
- C Kyle Higashioka: 2-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K — too bad he’ll never get a chance to play everyday in this organization
- LHP Francisco Rondon: 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 6/4 GB/FB – 54 of 98 pitches were strikes (55%)
- RHP Danny Burawa: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — half of his 26 pitches were strikes
Here is your open thread for this beautiful evening. The weather has been really awesome this weekend, probably the first true “baseball weather” weekend of the year. The ESPN Sunday night game is a good one, the Braves at the Tigers (Minor vs. Fister). There’s also some NBA playoff action going on as well. Talk about any of those games and more right here. Go nuts.
This isn’t surprising, but Kevin Youkilis will go for an MRI on his back tomorrow. He missed about a week with a stiff back before returning the lineup yesterday, but the problem popped up again and he was unable to play this afternoon. If he needs to go on the DL — they can’t backdate it to last weekend because he played yesterday — I would think David Adams or Corban Joseph are the call-up candidates. Joseph is on the 40-man and that could give him a leg up. Let’s see how the MRI goes before worrying about that. · (18) ·
The Yankees have won the first three games of this four-game series against this winter’s offseason darling, the currently last place Toronto Blue Jays. If it wasn’t for the lowly Astros, the Jays would have the worst record (9-16) and run differential (-34) in the AL. It’s early, but they’ve been a big disappointment.
Four-game sweeps are pretty rare, and if the Yankees are going to pull it off they’re going to have to beat the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner to do it. R.A. Dickey’s 4.66 ERA (4.24 FIP) is relatively mediocre at the moment, but it’s not all that surprising a feel pitcher is off to a slow start. He had a 4.45 ERA (5.24 FIP) last April before turning into the best pitcher in the world during the summer. Here’s the lineup…
- CF Ichiro Suzuki
- 2B Robinson Cano
- LF Vernon Wells
- DH Travis Hafner
- RF Brennan Boesch
- 3B Jayson Nix
- 1B Lyle Overbay
- SS Eduardo Nunez
- C Chris Stewart
And on the mound is the fourth longest tenured player on the active roster, Phil Hughes.
It’s a beautiful day for baseball in New York. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and TBS nationally. Enjoy.
Kevin Youkilis Update: Youkilis’ back is bothering him again, which is bad news. If he does need to go on the DL, the Yankees won’t be able to backdate it because he played yesterday. For shame.
Via Jeff Passan: The Yankees appear increasingly unlikely to follow through on their plan to get under the $189M luxury tax limit by 2014 and beyond. They’ve been telling other executives and agents the plan is “unlikely and impractical,” with one team official saying it “was a good idea to try, but deep down, we all pretty much knew it wasn’t going to happen.”
First things first, Passan’s article appears to be speculation and he said, she said based more than anything. Wally Matthews had a similar report back in February, so this isn’t the first time we’ve heard the 2014 payroll plan may be going by the wayside. That said, where there’s smoke there’s fire. Passan explains the expected savings are not as great as anticipated and that’s as good a reason to scrap the plan as any. I want to see how the team approaches next offseason before I fully believe these reports, however. · (38) ·
RHP Graham Stoneburner has been bumped back up to Triple-A Scranton in the wake of the LHP Vidal Nuno promotion, reports Mike Ashmore. LHP Josh Romanski was activated off the DL to fill the Double-A Trenton roster spot.
Triple-A Scranton was rained out. They’re going to play a doubleheader tomorrow.
Double-A Trenton (6-0 loss to Portland)
- LF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 2 K
- RF Tyler Austin: 0-4, 3 K
- C J.R. Murphy: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 HBP
- CF Slade Heathcott: 0-3, 3 K — that’s 20 strikeouts in 62 at-bats … he’s been pretty overmatched so far
- RHP Zach Nuding: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 8/3 GB/FB, 2 E (both throwing) — 62 of 94 pitches were strikes (66%)
- RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — only 13 of 29 pitches were strikes (45%) … seven strikeouts and six walks in his last three innings
For the seventh consecutive game, the other team scored first. The Yankees have made an unfortunate habit of falling behind relatively early over the last week, but they’ve also made a habit of battling back and winning those games as well. That’s exactly what happened on Saturday afternoon, as they overcome both a three-run and then a one-run deficit to win their third straight game against the Blue Jays. That’s pretty awesome. Let’s recap…
- A Battle For Sabathia: It was another laborious start for CC Sabathia, who averaged 91.0 mph and topped out at 93.2 mph with his fastball according to PitchFX. He got touched up for two solo homers (Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie) and two other runs (one earned) in his eight innings of work, and those eight innings are again a testament to his ability to battle. Sabathia threw 112 total pitches (80 strikes, 71%) and generated a healthy 13 swings and misses, but he also gave up nine hits to go with only four strikeouts. He did retire the final nine men he faced following Lawrie’s homer. It wasn’t pretty, but it did the job, especially with a short bullpen.
- The Man They Call Pronk: Travis Hafner started just three of the last ten games heading into Saturday because of all the lefties the Yankees have seen of late, but Joe Girardi penciled him into the lineup against southpaw J.A. Happ anyway. The reward? A game-tying three-run homer in the fourth and a go-ahead triple (!) in the seventh. Rajai Davis got turned around a bit in center and had the ball clank off his glove for the triple, in case you were wondering. Hafner drove in four of the team’s five runs and raised his early season line to .309/.433/.727. Girardi will have to make sure he’s rested given his injury history, but it really hard to take Hafner out of the lineup right now.
- Saved By Joba: Both Mariano Rivera and David Robertson were unavailable due to their recent workloads, so the ball went to Joba Chamberlain in the ninth inning with a one-run lead. He struck out the first man he faced despite falling behind in the count 3-0, but the next two reached base (solid single to left, infield single to third). The tying run was in scoring position, but Joba rebounded to get the second out on a pop-up and the third on a ground ball to third. It was nerve-wracking for sure, but it goes down as the righty’s first save since 2010.
- Leftovers: Chris Stewart was responsible for the unearned run after dropping Ichiro Suzuki‘s throw home on a sacrifice fly. The throw was right on line, well ahead of the runner and on a perfect one hop right to Stewart’s mitt, but he muffed it and the runner was safe. He’s a classic Nichols Law catcher … Jayson Nix may have saved a run in the ninth by snagging Emilio Bonifacio’s hard-hit ground ball. If the ball gets by him and heads into the corner, the Blue Jays would have tied the game at worst and put the tying run at third at best … Robinson Cano had two hits including a double, and Vernon Wells singled him one batter later to tie the game in the seventh. Kevin Youkilis was the only player in the lineup who failed to record a hit, but we’ll cut him some slack since he missed the last week with back trouble.
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score, and ESPN the updated standings. You can’t win or lose a division title in April, but the Yankees have a chance to really bury the Blue Jays on Sunday by completing a rare four-game series sweep. If they do finish that sweep, they’re going to earn it because reigning NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey will be on the bump for Toronto. New York will counter with Phil Hughes. Check out RAB Tickets if you want to catch the game.
Well that was a fun game this afternoon, wasn’t it? The Yankees have let the other team score first in each of their last seven games (!) now, but this team really battles and they notched yet another come-from-behind today. Stressful, but a win is a win.
Here is your open thread for the night. MLB Network will air a game later tonight and there are a bunch of NBA playoff games on as well, but otherwise talk about whatever’s on your mind here. Go nuts.
CC Sabathia might have the quietest 3.34 ERA in baseball right now. He hasn’t been particularly sharp in any of his five starts outside of his seven shutout innings in Detroit, and he’s been prone to the “one bad inning.” The Red Sox scored four runs against him in the second inning on Opening Day, the Diamondbacks scored two runs against him in the first inning two starts ago, and the Rays scored four runs against him in the first last time out. Six of the 14 runs he’s allowed this year have come in that first inning (42.9%), which is way more than the league average (21.7%). Today would be as good a time as any to reverse that annoying trend. Here is the starting lineup that will face left-hander J.A. Happ…
- CF Brett Gardner
- 3B Jayson Nix
- 2B Robinson Cano
- LF Vernon Wells
- 1B Kevin Youkilis — came through batting practice after missing a week with back trouble
- DH Travis Hafner
- RF Ichiro Suzuki
- SS Eduardo Nunez
- C Chris Stewart
And on the mound is the big man, CC Sabathia.
It’s a gorgeous day for baseball in New York. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 4pm ET and can be seen on YES. It’s not a FOX game despite the unusual start time, so hooray for that. Enjoy the game.
Roster Move(s): In case you missed it earlier, Ivan Nova was placed on the 15-day with right triceps inflammation. Vidal Nuno has been called up from Triple-A to take his spot. Austin Romine was also recalled to replace Frankie Cervelli, who was officially placed on the 15-day DL with a broken right hand.
The Yankees have placed Ivan Nova on the 15-day DL with right triceps inflammation according to Dan Barbarisi. That’s pretty much the best case scenario. He left last night’s start with what was originally called elbow pain, but after the game he and Joe Girardi confirmed it was stiffness in the triceps and not the elbow.
Vidal Nuno has been called up to fill Nova’s vacated roster spot, and. Derek Jeter was moved over to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot. David Phelps will replace Nova in the rotation and Nuno will work out of the bullpen. · (39) ·