I really enjoyed an article on ESPN’s SweetSpot Network by Diane Firstman on uniform numbers. I have written about uniform numbers quite a bit over the years and have enjoyed those written by others–especially those numbers that are retired around the league. Firstman’s article made me think about Yankee uniform numbers and the...
One day after Michael Pineda returned to the mound from shoulder surgery, Manny Banuelos made his return from Tommy John surgery. The results were mixed on the scoreboard, but the performance on the mound was encouraging to both the pitcher and some scouts.
The game started off with Ivan Nova getting hit hard by the Astros’ Dexter Fowler(line drive single), Jose Altuve(line drive single), Jason Castro(fly ball double), Chris Carter(lineout), and Marc Krauss(line drive single). Thanks to a strikeout and caught stealing, Nova ended the disastrous 1st inning, but the second inning wasn’t much better. Nova again gave up singles to L.J. Hoes and Cesar Izturis before getting into a rhythm. The right-handed pitcher lacked command, but redeemed himself with a handful of strikeouts and ground balls in his final two innings of work.
Meanwhile, the Yankees offense took advantage of fielding mistakes and errors all game long. Mason Williams had a nice game, reaching base on a walk, earning an RBI on a sacrifice fly, and hitting an RBI double in the 2nd inning, missing a home run by just a couple of feet.…
Some of the Yankees are traveling to Kissimmee to play the Astros and you can watch the game because it’s on MLB Network at 1:05 p.m.
Here’s the Yankee lineup:
And while I know Spring games don’t mean a whole lot, I’m hoping Tex can make some contact and make it out of Kissimmee alive.
The game can also be heard on WFAN and replay challenges are available today.
It’s a shame tonight’s game wasn’t televised.
Yankee pitching struck out 11 Tigers with nine of the 11 coming from Hiroki Kuroda (5) and Michael Pineda (4). And speaking of Pineda, he had a strong debut. According to tweets I was seeing from people who were at the game, he was hitting 91-93 on the gun and his slider was around 80-82. He even struck out Miguel Cabrera on four pitches in his second inning of work.
Kuroda also pitched a strong two and 2/3 innings – he only gave up one hit to go along with those five strikeouts. He was removed from the game because he reached his pitch count.
Former Yankee Joba Chamberlain pitched an eventful, yet scoreless seventh inning for the Tigers.
And the Yankees won the game after Zelous Wheeler, who has my second favorite name behind Zoilo Almonte (ain’t nothing but a Z thing, baby), hit a one-out single, which was followed by Francisco Cervelli single in the next at-bat – Wheeler moved to third and then he scored when reliever Tiger’s Luis Marte balked with Jose Gil at the plate.…
Here are tonight’s lineups:
Joba Chamberlain is scheduled to pitch tonight for the Tigers.
Tonight marks Michael Pineda’s spring debut (he’ll be coming out of the bullpen) and we won’t see it or hear it because the game isn’t on TV or radio. What a bummer.
I’m going to try and keep track of the action on Twitter.
We have some sad news to pass along. Carmen Berra, Yogi Berra‘s wife of 65 years, passed away last night from complications of a stroke she had suffered recently.
The Berras had celebrated their 65th anniversary in January.
The Yankees released a statement:
“On behalf of the entire New York Yankees organization, we offer our deepest condolences to the Berra family,” said Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. “Having known Yogi and Carmen for so long, it is almost impossible to imagine two people who complemented each other better than they did. We will always remember Carmen’s smile and sense of humor, and her kindness and generosity will be dearly missed.”
Mrs. Berra is survived by Yogi; their sons Larry, Tim, his wife Betsy, Dale, his wife Jane; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The funeral service will be provide and in lieu of flowers, fans can make a donation to the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center at 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, N.J.…
The Yankees’ new $52 million man didn’t even know if he’d be a Yankee in 2014. After the team signed Jacoby Ellsbury in the beginning of the offseason, trade rumors indicated that the Yankees may have been willing to part with the speedy outfielder for a starting pitcher or infielder. By the end of February, Gardner’s name popped up in the news again, but this time it was for a 4 year $52 million extension with an option, giving the Yankees team control over him until 2019, his age 35 season.
With Ellsbury in center field, Gardner projects to be the Yankees’ left fielder for the next five to six seasons. Though he was a highly effective center fielder, his defense in left field looks much more valuable according to most of the advanced defensive metrics. UZR/150 gives him a 36.5 in left field, while DRS holds him at 50 runs saved across what’s essentially two full seasons.…
For a while, it didn’t look like yesterday’s game was going to happen. It was raining hard, the scheduled start had been pushed back, and the forecast wasn’t all that promising. It was supposed to be Masahiro Tanaka‘s second ST appearance and first official start in a Yankee uniform, cause for as much excitement as any ST game should cause, and both Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano were also slated to make their first ST appearances. As luck would have it, the weather cooperated long enough to get the game in and not deprive us of another chance to dissect Tanaka’s outing or the string of related “firsts” that happened yesterday.
The outing by Tanaka was another good one. He worked 3 innings on 41 pitches, allowed only 2 hits with no walks and 1 strikeout. One of the hits was a solo HR, giving Tanaka his first career run and homer allowed in MLB, but given the circumstances and the way he responded I don’t think that should be the major takeaway. …
Looks like the game is going to happen. They’re looking at a 2:30 PM start time.
Beltran Flores RF
Mayberry Jr. CF
UPDATE 1:58 PM – Carlos Beltran is a late scratch and according to Mark Feinsand, they weren’t given an explanation. (Yet).