Spring Training Game 28 Recap: NYY 7 HOU 0

With the regular season a little more than a week away, it’s fair to start talking about games as if they matter a little more.  This afternoon’s game was a wire-to-wire victory for the Yankees in which a lot of good things happened on both sides of the scorecard.  The team hit, they fielded, and they got great pitching.  It was a solid all-around team win.

The biggest individual story to come from the game was another strong start by Nathan Eovaldi.  He continued to show improvements in his ability to finish off hitters, successfully navigate lefties, and work his way out of trouble when he did put runners on base.  He finished with 4.2 scoreless, walkless innings, only 3 hits against, and 5 strikeouts.  He threw 89 pitches and 60 strikes.

Offensively, it was Chase Headley‘s turn to carry the torch again.  His solo home run in the top of the 3rd, his third of the spring, got the scoring started for the Yanks and he finished with 3 hits and 3 RBI on the day.  …

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Spring Training Game 28: Yankees-Astros

It’s already been a busy day in Yankeeland and the game doesn’t start for another half hour.  The Yanks made some roster moves this morning, sending Kyle Davies and Bryan Mitchell to Triple-A and releasing Scott Baker, and they received another injury scare when Mark Teixeira took a pitch off the knee in his MiL game a little while ago.  It doesn’t sound serious, but reporters are all over it right now and Joe said he’d get back with the media when he knew more.

As for the game, it will feature Alex Rodriguez at first base for the first time this spring, as Joe continues to experiment with his $64 million man and see how much he can get out of him.  The rest of the starting lineup playing alongside A-Rod is as follows:

1) Brendan Ryan- SS
2) Chase Headley- 3B
3) John Ryan Murphy- C
4) A-Rod- 1B
5) Stephen Drew- 2B
6) Rob Refsnyder- DH
7) Ramon Flores- RF
8) Slade Heathcott- CF
9) Jonathan Galvez- LF

SP) Nathan Eovaldi

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM local time.  …

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Didi Gregorius hurts wrist

Didi Gregorius dove for a ball in the infield today during the Yankees’ Spring Training game against the Orioles and hurt his wrist. The Yankees’ Twitter account is calling it a sprain and precautionary x-rays will be taken. If any further information is available, we will post it here.

**UPDATE** X-Rays were negative (exhale) and Gregorius will rest until at least Tuesday.

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Spring Training Game 27 – Orioles at Yankees

The Baltimore Orioles (9-15) come to George M. Steinbrenner Field today to play the Yankees as Spring Training enters its final stages. Scott Baker will get the start for the Yankees and Tyler Wilson goes for the Orioles.

Despite his 4.32 ERA in a very short sample size this spring, Baker has thrown well. He hasn’t given up a homer nor has he walked anyone. To be honest, I like him better than Chris Capuano. He is still someone in the mix for the fifth starter that everyone expects Adam Warren to win. Baker is not a bad option.

It will be fun to see Tyler Wilson. He is one of the best Orioles’ prospects and has had a great spring.

The Lineups:

The Baltimore Orioles:

  1. Alejandro De Aza – LF
  2. Manny Machado – 3B
  3. Jimmy Paredes – DH
  4. Chris Davis – 1B
  5. Travis Snider – RF
  6. Everth Cabrera – CF (?)
  7. Steve Clevenger – C
  8. Ryan Flaherty – SS
  9. Jonathan Schoop – 2B

The New York Yankees

  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Chase Headley – 3B
  3. Carlos Beltran – RF
  4. Mark Teixeira – 1B
  5. Alex Rodriguez – DH
  6. Chris Young – CF
  7. Stephen Drew – 2B
  8. Mariekson Gregorius – SS
  9. Austin Romine – C

The game starts at 1:05 ET and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB Network and MLB.TV  Enjoy and feel free to chat here during the game.…

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Saturday Morning Linkapalooza: 3/28/15

Anybody got anything fun planned for this weekend?  The Whole Foods in downtown Milwaukee is hosting a big beer tasting event today with 40-some odd breweries showing up to give out samples of some new stuff and free brats on hand.  It’s like all of the foundation blocks of Milwaukee culture coming together at the same time.  It’s like somebody read my thoughts while I was sleeping and then put an event together that satisfies many of my basic needs and desires.  A 4-hour event that basically encourages my gluttony.  Should be a helluva time.  Now onto the links!

– On Monday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits searched around for some potential trade partners if the Yankees are trying to move Austin Romine.  San Diego seems like the most obvious match.

– On Tuesday, Mike Axisa of RAB previewed the different potential paths for Adam Warren and Esmil Rogers this season.

– On Wednesday, Chad Jennings of LoHud had the whole story on Masahiro Tanaka’s plan to mix in more 2-seamers this season.

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Spring Training Game 26 – Yanks at Phillies

The Yankees are heading to Clearwater (again) to play the Phillies (again). The game isn’t on TV until later (MLB Network tape delay) but you can catch it on MLB.tv and tweet about it here!

Here’s the Yankees lineup:
Brett Gardner LF
Chase Headley 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alex Rodriguez DH
Stephen Drew 2B
Chris Young CF
Brendan Ryan SS

Michael Pineda RHP

Here’s the Phillies lineup:

Enjoy!

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Quick hit: A-Rod to play first base this weekend and your Opening Day starter is…

This news doesn’t come as a surprise at all. Joe Girardi just finally made the news official. Hooray #TANAK!

The rest of the rotation is as follows: Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia, Nathan Eovaldi, and the mystery fifth starter. Adam Warren appears to be the front runner.

Alex Rodriguez will be playing some first base on Sunday in Kissimmee against the Houston Astros.

There had been talk since camp broke – and even before the team reported for Spring Training – that there was a possibility of Rodriguez playing some first base to give Mark Teixeira some relief. He was even given a first baseman’s glove but up until last week, it seemed to be all talk and no action.

Then there were reports that Tex was working with A-Rod and showing him the ropes at first.…

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IIATMS Top Moment #4: “Back, at the track, at the wall, we are tied!”

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Date: October 23, 1996
Place: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Event: Game 4 of the World Series

Up to this point: The defending champion Atlanta Braves had beaten the Yankees handily in the first two games of the World Series in Yankee Stadium. The Yankees recovered nicely and picked up a Game Three victory In Atlanta thanks to the pitching heroics of starter David Cone and the hitting heroics of Bernie Williams. So going into Game Four down 2-1 in the series, the Yankees looked to starter Kenny Rogers to bring them back into the series.

That didn’t exactly happen.

In fact, the Yankees found themselves down 5-0 after the end of the third inning and down 6-0 after the end of the fifth inning.

The top of the sixth started with a Derek Jeter single off starter Denny Neagle. The play came with some controversy which was routine for Jeter at this point. Earlier in the at bat Jeter lifted a ball, a pop foul near first base, that right fielder Jermaine Dye had the best chance of getting but umpire Tim Welke had his back to Dye, didn’t move out of the way until the last second and caused Dye to miss the pop up.…

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IIATMS Top Moment #5: Game 5 of the 2001 World Series

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The Yankees and their fans were on a bit of a high on the evening on November 1, 2001 because the night before, the team made a pretty miraculous comeback to beat the Diamondbacks and tie the World Series at two games apiece. So going into Game 5, it looked like the Yankees could take a 3-2 lead in the series.

The game started off quietly with both starting pitchers – Mike Mussina for the Yankees and Miguel Batista for the Diamondbacks – keeping the contest scoreless until the top of the fourth.

Mussina ran into some trouble when Steve Finley hit a 1-2 offering into the stands to put the Diamondbacks up 1-0. Two outs later, Mussina gave up another 1-2 home run, this time to Rod Barajas and the Diamondbacks were up 2-0.

That score would remain 2-0 until the bottom of the ninth which followed a very familiar script. Diamondback manager Bob Brenly went to his closer Byung-Hyun Kim and Jorge Posada stepped into the batter’s box.…

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