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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Spring Training Game 25: Yanks at Rays

The Yankees are in Port Charlotte today to take on the Tampa Bay Rays. The game isn’t on YES and it isn’t on MLB Network but it’s on the MLB.tv schedule so I’m assuming it will be shown online. It starts at 1:05 p.m.

Here’s your Yankees lineup:
Didi Gregorius SS
Brendan Ryan 2B
Garrett Jones 1B
Chris Young CF
John Ryan Murphy C
Rob Refsnyder DH
Slade Heathcott LF
Ramon Flores RF
Cole Figueroa 3B

Adam Warren RHP

Enjoy the game (if you can watch it)!

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Quick Hit: Ellsbury Swings A Bat

Well there’s some good news!  I said earlier in the week it would be nice to know something about Ellsbury’s condition and when he was going to return to baseball activities, and lo and behold we’ve gotten a lot of information in that department over the last few days.

A return to game action next week would be more good news and provide further reassurance that Ellsbury will actually be ready for Opening Day.  We’ll see how things progress for the rest of this week, but it seems like the worry meter can be turned down on Jake.

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Thursday Morning Velo News And Notes: 3/26/15

- Dellin Betances’ velo!!!!! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“But Betances’ heater hasn’t warmed up this spring. And that’s led to results not exactly befitting of a man who appeared on the fast track to become Mariano Rivera‘s longterm replacement as Yankees closer…

His fastball only reached 94 mph, according to the notoriously generous YES Network radar gun.”

- Masahiro Tanaka’s velo!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“What was worrisome was the admission by Tanaka that he did not have full confidence in his fastball, and the nagging suspicion that the real reason why Tanaka has not cut loose is fear. The fear that to really let fly with a fastball will cause pain in his torn UCL, which the Yankees chose to rehabilitate without surgery last year — or pain, which Tanaka, manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild all insist is not there.”

Also from those articles:

– Betances had pitched almost twice as many innings at this time last year (10.1) as he has this year (5.1), and he was pitching low-mid 90s then just like he is now.…

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Wednesday Night Open Thread: 3/25/15

This is your open thread. Feel free to discuss today’s game result, Spring Training performances so far, etc.

And remember, just because you think

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It’s really not. Not yet. I think it’s still too early to panic. Of course if you want to panic, do so in the comments but be nice to your fellow IIATMS readers, okay?

Enjoy your evening!

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Spring Training Game 24: Yankees vs. Mets

In the first installment of “the Mets and Yankees play a meaningless Spring Training game that’s blown out of proportion by Mets fans,” the Mets won the game handily. The game was also in Port St. Lucie, the Yankees didn’t have all of their regulars make the longish bus trip east and the Mets had Matt Harvey pitching. Today’s game is in Tampa, Masahiro Tanaka is pitching and guess what? It still doesn’t count, so calm down.

Here are your lineups:

METS
Lagares CF
Tejada SS
Duda 1B
Mayberry LF
Nieuwenhuis RF
d’Arnaud C
Monell DH
Reynolds 2B

Montero P

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Headley 3B
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez DH
Jones LF
Drew 2B
Gregorius SS
Murphy C

#TANAK P

It looks like Tanaka will be your Opening Day starter (if you care about that sort of thing) and Adam Warren may have locked up the fifth starter job according to GM Brian Cashman.

We’re getting closer to real baseball, you guys!…

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IIATMS Yankee Moment #6: Jeter’s Game-Winning Hit in Final Yankee Stadium Game

I don’t think that I was the only Yankee fan who was growing a little tired of the Derek Jeter retirement tour last September. Jeter was a shadow of his former self, and barely limping to the end of his career. It felt a little sad to watch a once=great player be so humbled by father time. And then, he gave us all a little bit more drama at the very end.

Jeter started the game out with an RBI double. I would have been happy for that to the final hit to remember his career by. He struck out in his next at bat, then reached on an error in the 7th inning. With the Yankees in the lead and David Robertson loaded up in the bullpen, everyone was expecting Joe Girardi to ceremoniously pull Derek Jeter in the 9th inning in order to send him off with a standing ovation. Girardi did no such thing, and David Robertson proceeded to blow the save.…

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