Yankees pester Lester, win, 9-3

The New York Yankees did not take long to mess up Jon Lester‘s game plan. The team scored two runs off of the Red Sox hurler before anyone was out in the first inning. The Yankees scored two more in the third and put the game away in the fifth with four more...

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Game 20 Overflow thread: First against worst

Here’s your overflow thread, you commenting fools!

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The American League East standings look quite good right now, month be damned. Who cares if we’re less than an eighth of the way through the season, right? And, of course, it’s #TANAK day!

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Grady Sizemore, RF
Derek Jeter, SS Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH David Ortiz, DH
Alfonso Soriano, LF Mike Napoli, 1B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Jonny Gomes, LF
Brian McCann, C A.J. Pierzynski, C
Yangervis Solarte, 3B Xander Bogaerts, SS
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Brock Holt, 3B
Brian Roberts, 2B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Masahiro Tanaka, SP Jon Lester, SP
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Game 20: First Against Worst

The American League East standings look quite good right now, month be damned. Who cares if we’re less than an eighth of the way through the season, right? And, of course, it’s #TANAK day!

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Grady Sizemore, RF
Derek Jeter, SS Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH David Ortiz, DH
Alfonso Soriano, LF Mike Napoli, 1B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Jonny Gomes, LF
Brian McCann, C A.J. Pierzynski, C
Yangervis Solarte, 3B Xander Bogaerts, SS
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Brock Holt, 3B
Brian Roberts, 2B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Masahiro Tanaka, SP Jon Lester, SP
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Quick Hit: Vidal Nuno Will Start Saturday, Tonight’s Lineup, Surgery for Nova

For what it’s worth, Meredith Marakovits notes that Vidal Nuno is listed on the roster as a starting pitcher now. As I mentioned yesterday, Nuno is the only pitcher on the Yankees’ roster that’s stretched out enough to start for a reasonable number of innings. The plan is likely to start him against the Angels, and then switch him with David Phelps to gain the platoon advantage. As Phelps builds up his pitch count, the Yankees will probably make the real decision on who becomes the regular starter. I also expect to see Manny Banuelos bumped to Scranton or Trenton soon.

Anyway, here’s tonight’s lineup against the Red Sox.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran DH
Alfonso Soriano LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brian Roberts 2B

And Masahiro Tanaka will take the mound against left-hander Jon Lester, which is why Brett Gardner and Kelly Johnson get an extra day off.…

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Musing on a Scuffling Red Sox Team

Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Jim Rogash/Getty Images

The Red Sox are the reigning World Champions, and Jacoby Ellsbury will return to Fenway Park tonight in a Yankee uniform. There’s enough drama and narrative to play-up this next series, but the rivalry just doesn’t feel the same. Both teams are outfitted with almost entirely new lineups, and the bad blood hasn’t developed yet.

This series comes only one week after the Yankees nearly swept the Red Sox in the Bronx. After a year where the Yankees missed the playoffs and the Red Sox conquered them, the perspective of both clubs has changed fairly dramatically in just three weeks. While small sample size needs to be taken into account, the Red Sox just don’t look as good as they did in 2013.

Most believed that after such an easy run to their World Series victory, the team didn’t need to make many moves this offseason. Indeed, the strength of their farm system allowed them to replace key players with younger and cheaper ones while they said goodbye to Jacoby Ellsbury, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Stephen Drew, and Ryan Dempster.…

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Quick Hits: Robertson Activated, Cabral To Triple-A, Hensley Throws A Bullpen Session

The Yankees have officially activated David Robertson from the disabled list. He’ll be available to pitch tonight against the Red Sox, and after Nova blew up on Saturday and the long 12 inning game on Sunday, the Yankees needed the extra arm.

Cesar Cabral cleared waivers the last few days, and the Yankees have outrighted him to Triple-A. He no longer has a spot on the 40-man roster, and the Yankees get to keep the left-hander in their system, so good news there.

2012 first-round pick Ty Hensley announced on Twitter that he threw a bullpen today. Hensley hasn’t pitched since the year he was drafted due to a hip surgery in 2013, and then he suffered a hernia earlier this year. The Yankees will continue to take it slow with Hensley, but at some point they’ll have to push the 20-year-old right-hander into real games again.

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The Farm Report: 4/21/14

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Lehigh Valley 4-2:
The IronPigs only needed one inning to get the win on Monday evening. Clete Thomas singled with one out in the first and stole second. Maikel Franco drew a walk and Reid Brignac lined a RBI single to center for the first run of the day. Jim Murphy...

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The Potential Long-Term Effects Of Nova’s Injury

Nova vs TB

Ivan Nova‘s Saturday was already a bad one before the injury was announced.  He was up in the strike zone again, getting knocked around the park, and not giving his team much of a chance to win.  His early exit and subsequent UCL tear diagnosis was a stomach punch to him, a sobering blow to what had been a mostly positive start to the Yankee season, and a possible explanation for his early struggles on the mound.

With Nova now out of the picture for the near future and most likely the remainder of the season, the Yankees will have to find a way to cover for that loss.  They appear to have found a suitable replacement for the short-term in Vidal Nuno, but the baseball season is a long one and it’s barely over 10% old.  More injuries are all but certain and it’s the long-term ramifications of Nova’s injury that are now the concern.  The ripple effect of losing Nova could extend from this past weekend into the final month of the season in a variety of ways, all of which the Yankees will have to consider and be prepared to address moving forward.…

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Monday Afternoon Open Thread: 4/21/14

It’s an off day so here is an open thread for the afternoon.

Discuss anything you’d like: Other baseball games, basketball, hockey, the weather, etc.

Oh and just in case you forgot, this happened two years ago today:

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