Yankees take two in Minnesota on strength of Pettitte, Swisher and Jeter

Not so fast, Tom Verducci. The Yankees picked up two victories yesterday against the Minnesota Twins, which also represented their second and third first two one-run wins of the season (h/t to Bex).

David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera combined to pitch four scoreless innings while Derek Jeter provided the lone run scored in the game, a solo bomb to left-center, and as it was hit in the 6th inning A.J. Burnett was able to notch the win, a nice reward for his five shutout innings of work on Tuesday night.

The Andy Pettitte World Domination Tour™ continued in the second game, with Pettitte firing 8 economical innings (using only 94 pitches!) of two-run ball en route to a 3-2 Yankee win. Of course, things got interesting in the 8th, as the score was still knotted at two. With runners on the corners, one out and Joe Mauer at the plate, it seemed all but certain that Mauer would be plating the go-ahead run.… Click here to read the rest

Game 45: Yankees 1, Twins 0

Bronx Cheers:

The Weather: It’s a bummer when you have a nice pitcher’s duel going and it gets shortened prematurely by rain (or snow, etc).

RISP: The Yankees were 0-5 with runners in scoring position.  They looked like they were going to make something happen in the fourth when Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner both got on base to start the inning, but then Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano each failed to capitalize on the opportunity.

Curtain Calls:

Derek Jeter: His solo homer in the sixth was the game-winning run, even giving Burnett the win.

AJ Burnett: He went five innings, giving up just three hits and two walks while striking out five.

Bullpen: Robertson, Joba and Mo combined to give the Yankees four scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and three walks.… Click here to read the rest

Keeping up with the ex-Yanks May 27th edition

It’s been 2 weeks since my last update, so it’s time for another edition. In recent news, Brian Bruney has been released by the Nats. Mike Scioscia has dropped Hideki Matsui from the clean up spot and is considering platooning the Japanese slugger, who’s done little after his hot start. Austin Jackson and Tyler Clippard are coming back down to Earth after their extremely hot starts. Ian Kennedy has continued to pitch well for Arizona and Mike Dunn is earning himself an MLB call up from the Braves.

Here’s the full list:

Melky Cabrera

G-43 PA-142 H-27 BB-15 HR-1 SO-17 BA-.220  OBP-.304 SLG-.276 OPS-.581

Hideki Matsui

G-45 PA-176 H-36 BB-17 HR-5 SO-34 BA-.231  OBP-.307 SLG-.372 OPS-.679

Johnny Damon

G-44 PA-187 H-45 BB-26 HR-3 SO-27 BA-.283  OBP-.385 SLG-.428 OPS-.813

Ian Kennedy

W-L 3-3 G-10 ERA-3.41 IP-63.1 H-53 ER-24 BB-20 SO-51 WHIP-1.153

Austin Jackson

G-43 PA-196 H-60 BB-15 HR-1 SO-52 BA-.333  OBP-.388 SLG-.450 OPS-.838

Arodys Vizcaino (A)

W-L 6-3 G-9 ERA-3.16 IP-51.1 H-50 ER-18 BB-9 SO-49 WHIP-1.154

Xavier Nady

G-33 PA-76 H-15 BB-5 HR-1 SO-14 BA-.227  OBP-.316 SLG-.318 OPS-.634

Brian Bruney

W-L 1-2 G-19 ERA-7.64 IP-17.2 H-21 ER-15 BB-20 SO-16 WHIP-2.321

Phil Coke

W-L 3-3 G-15 ERA-1.80 IP-15.0 H-15 ER-3 BB-8 SO-412 WHIP-1.533

Mike Dunn (AAA)

W-L 1-0 G-15 ERA-0.83 IP-21.2 H-15 ER-2 BB-9 SO-27 WHIP-1.132

Jose Tabata (AAA)

G-42 PA-178 H-58 BB-16 HR-2 SO-27 BA-.326  OBP-.382 SLG-.433 OPS-.814

Tyler Clippard

W-L 7-3 G-23 ERA-2.12 IP-29.2 H-18 ER-7 BB-16 SO-33 WHIP-1.146… Click here to read the rest

Pitching, timely hitting, gives Yankees sweep of 1.5-header

Despite only scoring four runs in thirteen innings of play on Wednesday, the Yankees managed to walk away with two wins.  Game 1 began in the top of the 6th inning of the suspended game from Tuesday.  After a strikeout by Kevin Russo, Derek Jeter put the game’s first run on the board with a solo homer to center.  That would be all the scoring that the Yankees would need, as the bullpen combined for four scoreless innings.

David Robertson “started” the game in the 6th inning, and was greeted by a stinging line drive off the bat of Joe Mauer.  Mauer’s liner nailed Robertson in the back and somewhat improbably, bounced into the air, and was snagged on the fly by Alex Rodriguez for a painful first out.  While D-Rob will likely have a nice baseball-sized bruise on his lower back, he was able to continue on and toss 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  He gave way to Joba Chamberlain with 2 outs in the 7th, who got Orlando Hudson to ground out with a runner on first. … Click here to read the rest

Remember when Gardner and Cervelli were AAAA players?

Gardner wasn’t even expecting to play that night, but after Damon was tossed in the third for arguing balls and strikes (not a regular occurrence by any stretch of the imagination) Gardner had his shot. What happened next is the stuff of Hollywood—light swinging Gardner hit the first inside-the-park-home run in New Yankee Stadium history, and later played a significant role in the Yankees 9th inning comeback, hitting a leadoff triple off of bigtime closer Joe Nathan. And later that night, the script continued—Alyssa’s number came up, her wait for a new heart was over.

Superstitious or no, the story is pretty amazing, and whatever karma Brett took from that bracelet, it’s still going strong (.299/.379/.377, along with 17 steals in 19 attempts thus far this season). And earlier this week, Alyssa made her way out to Yankee Stadium to catch a game, her first since having heart replacement surgery more than a year ago. Here she is on the field, after the game.… Click here to read the rest

Yanks bring back Chad Gaudin

How inevitable was this move? The Yankees have re-signed right-hander Chad Gaudin, who was recently released by the A’s, adding him to their bullpen as a long reliever. This is likely a reaction to the loss of Alfredo Aceves, as the reliever reaggravated a back injury yesterday that could ultimately lead to surgery. Presumably, Sergio Mitre will take over Aceves’ role in the bullpen with Gaudin supplanting Mitre. To be honest, while many are worried about the loss of Aceves, I don’t see the concern, at least not to the degree in which it is being discussed. While I get that he was a valuable piece to the bullpen last season, I suspect that Mitre could be as good in the same role. Then, Gaudin simply fills in as the long man/sixth starter. This, in my opinion, is not a huge problem, really.… Click here to read the rest

Slump Watch: Team Edition

Just when I thought the Yankees’ recent performance couldn’t get any weirder, it does. I wasn’t in a position to watch yesterday’s game. Around 10pm I asked a friend of mine for a score update. You can imagine my surprise upon learning it was 0-0 in the 6th. I didn’t realize until I got home what had happened.

Despite their poor play, the Yankees still have a playoff position in the standings. But their once insurmountable Wild Card lead now seems entirely surmountable. Toronto and Detroit are breathing down the team’s neck, and, don’t look now, but Boston is 7-3 over its last 10 games and has won 4 in a row. Remember when the Yankees used to do things like go 7-3 and win 4 in a row? Yeah, me neither.
It’s easy to blame the pitching for the poor performance, but that isn’t a fair assessment. With the exception of Javier Vazquez, who seems to be getting it together, every Yankee starter has an ERA under 4.00.
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