Thoughts from the Yankees' first 2011 game action

Sorry, this just looks weird (Photo: AP)

The Yankees kicked their 2011 Grapefruit League schedule off this afternoon against the 2011 World Series Champion (too soon?) Phillies, losing 5-4. Rather than author my regular comprehensive and authoritative game recap,...

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Bud Selig: Lord of the Realm

Baseball has a standard line of credit teams can access to cover short term cash flow issues. But as the article points out, the Mets exhausted the limits of that, and Bud Selig apparently authorized additional funds for them without telling anyone. Does that strike anyone else as really crazy? After we just found out that Selig has basically signed Frank McCourt’s ownership death warrant (rightly, for what that’s worth) we’re also finding out that the commissioner is taking extraordinary steps to preserve his friend’s ownership of one of baseball’s most valuable franchises after they were embroiled in one of the most famous cases of criminal fraud in American history?

I suppose at the end of the day I don’t really care about this. The fortunes and travails of Frank McCourt and Fred Wilpon really aren’t important to me in any meaningful way, except in so much as I watch them as a baseball story and occasionally write about the developments.…

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Lineups, First Pitch, Baseball!

Phillies:

1. Pete Orr 2B

2. Ross Gload DH

3. Raul Ibanez LF

4. Ryan Howard 1B

5. Ben Francisco CF

6. Domonic Brown RF

7. Jeff Larish 3B

8. Brian Schneider C

9. Wilson Valdez SS

Cole Hamels SP

Yankees:

1. Derek Jeter SS

2. Nick Swisher RF

3. Mark Teixeira 1B

4. Alex Rodriguez 3B

5. Robinson Cano 2B

6. Jorge Posada DH

7. Curtis Granderson CF

8. Francisco Cervelli C

9. Brett Gardner LF

Bartolo Colon SP

Also schedule to pitch; Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson, Hector Noesi, David Phelps, and Eric Wordekemper

Cervelli is getting the start with the regular lineup because Russell Martin‘s knee isn’t 100% yet.

There’s been some speculation that the fact that Colon is getting the start in the opener shows the Yankees have the most faith in him of all of the candidates for the last two rotation spots. For my part, I think that’s probably exactly wrong, and the fact that Freddy Garcia will be the last guy to pitch in the spring rotation is a good sign that the Yankees are pretty sure he’ll be the 4th starter, while Colon and Ivan Nova battle for the 5th spot.…

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The scouting scale explained

In light of the recent release of EJ’s excellent Top 30 list (and new grading methods) and Baseball America’s Top 100, I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to delve a little deeper into the traditional scouting scale.  Often, when reading a scouting report of a prospect, you’ll see something...

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Trying to Turn Brett Gardner into Another Babe Ruth?

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

As Moshe Mandel covered in detail yesterday afternoon, Brett Gardner has made improving his bunting skills a priority during spring training. Hopefully, that means more drag bunts for base hits and not maddening...

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2011 American League Preview: Detroit Tigers

Offseason analysis: The Tigers set the market for what turned to be a crazy market for relievers by giving Benoit a three year deal to leave the Rays, and then pried Martinez out of Boston with a 4 year, $52 million contract. V-Mart should add some pop to the middle of the lineup alongside Cabrera, but Detroit may wind up regretting that deal if he can’t perform adequately behind the plate in a couple of years.

Projected lineup: (2010 wOBA)

Victor Martinez C (.364)

Miguel Cabrera (.429)

Carlos Guillen 2B (.323 in 275 PA’s)

Jhonny Peralta SS (.309)

Brandon Inge 3B (.314)

Ryan Raburn LF (.354)

Austin Jackson CF (.333)

Brennan Boesch RF (.323)

Magglio Ordonez DH (.375 in 365 PA’s)

Projected rotation: (2010 FIP)

Justin Verlander (2.97)

Max Scherzer (3.71)

Rick Porcello (4.31)

Brad Penny (3.40 in 55.2 IP)

Phil Coke (1 game started)

2011 outlook: The Tigers added some back of the bullpen depth and another bat in the middle of the lineup, and depending on how the Miguel Cabrera mess turns out, stand to improve in 2011.…

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