The Farm Report: 7/31/11 – At least Staten Island won…

Tampa came up empty against Charlotte, losing 7-0:
Charlotte used four singles in the first to take a 2-0 lead and didn’t let up, adding two more runs in the second.  Tampa had a chance in the top of the second, when Kyle Roller led off with a double to right, but the Yankees couldn’t capitalize on the chance.  The Stone Crabs ended up with a 7-0 victory at the end of the day, as the Yankees could never put together a rally.  Abraham Almonte went 2-4 with a pair of doubles.  Brett Marshall struggled on the mound, going just 5.2 innings and giving up seven runs (six earned) and twelve hits.

Charleston dropped a 5-3 game to Greenville:
The Drive drew first blood, as a couple leadoff walks turned into a couple runs.  The RiverDogs got on the board when Shane Brown singled and scored on a double by Taylor Grote.  Greenville added three runs in the fifth, putting Charleston down 5-1.  … Click here to read the rest

Yanks top O's 4-2; take three of four to complete 7-3 homestand | Also, some trade deadline thoughts

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The Yankees took care of business Sunday afternoon, topping the Orioles 4-2 to win this weekend’s four-game set, and also go a season-high 22 games over .500. Freddy Garcia turned in yet another strong performance, throwing 6 innings of six-strikeout, two-run ball.

O’s starter Jake Arrieta managed to wiggle out of two bases-loaded situation in the first three innings, but wouldn’t be so fortunate after loading the bases for a third time in the fourth, this time with no outs. Brett Gardner came through with a huge bases-clearing triple, and was knocked in on an RBI groundout by Curtis Granderson two batters later. That was all the offense the Yankees would end up needing, and considering Arrieta walked six men in five innings, the Orioles are lucky they didn’t yield even more runs.

Hector Noesi threw 2/3 of a scoreless inning, David Robertson an inning and a third — including striking out the side in the 8th — and Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth.… Click here to read the rest

Game 106-This one might actually be close

Yesterday’s doubleheader bore a resemblance to a varsity squad playing a group of little leaguers, which in MLB terms isn’t a totally unfair comparison. The Yanks are looking to improve upon their 8-1 record against the O’s this year, and have outscored them 78-28 this season. That’s a +50 run differential over just 9 games, which accounts for 1/3 of the Yankee +148 run differential on the season. Amazing. Here’s your Yankee lineup, courtesy of LoHud:

1. Gardner LF
2. Jeter SS
3. Granderson CF
4. Teixeira 1B
5. Cano DH
6. Swisher RF
7. Chavez 3B
8. Martin C
9. Nunez 2B

Freddy Garcia on the mound, facing the talented Jake Arrietta for the Birds.… Click here to read the rest

The day after Ubaldo: strange reports abound

Well color me skeptical about the latter reports. For one thing, it just makes no sense. A team refusing to make a deal contingent on a physical might as well just stab their player’s right arm with a giant red flag, and wouldn’t even seem to serve a purpose from a negotiating standpoint, since it hardly seems that you could get more value out of a trade by consenting to allowing a physical first. But even more strange than that is the fact that the deal Colorado ultimately made with Cleveland is contingent on a physical! So even if the Rockies were refusing the request days ago, they ultimately relented on it. At the least, if the Yankees really bowed out completely over the matter, it seems like a clear failure of due diligence on the part of Brian Cashman.

And then there’s the conflicting reports about the talks themselves. Jon Heyman is now reporting that the Rockies asked for Jesus Montero, Dellin Betances, Ivan Nova, and Phil Hughes (though he doesn’t say when this request was made, so there’s no telling how serious it was).Click here to read the rest

New York Yankees-The ‘Win Later’ organization

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you know by now that Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez has been traded to the Cleveland Indians for a package of 4 players. They traded two of their best pitching prospects, one of whom is in AA and has ace potential and the other a MLB ready talent with a lower ceiling. According to Joel Sherman an equivalent Yankee package would have been Dellin Betances and Ivan Nova, which is a far cry from the “Herschel Walker type deal” the Rockies initially had asked for. When the Cleveland Indians GM is more bold than the New York Yankee GM, something is wrong with that picture. Maybe its a rookie mistake by 1st year GM Chris Antonetti, where the health concerns are very real and he will regret this trade in the coming years. Maybe the Indians are more motivated to get where the Yankees live on the win curve, since they’ve been down for so long.… Click here to read the rest

New York Yankees-The 'Win Later' organization

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you know by now that Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez has been traded to the Cleveland Indians for a package of 4 players. They traded two of their best pitching prospects, one of whom is in AA and has ace potential and the other a MLB ready talent with a lower ceiling. According to Joel Sherman an equivalent Yankee package would have been Dellin Betances and Ivan Nova, which is a far cry from the “Herschel Walker type deal” the Rockies initially had asked for. When the Cleveland Indians GM is more bold than the New York Yankee GM, something is wrong with that picture. Maybe its a rookie mistake by 1st year GM Chris Antonetti, where the health concerns are very real and he will regret this trade in the coming years. Maybe the Indians are more motivated to get where the Yankees live on the win curve, since they’ve been down for so long.… Click here to read the rest

Yanks tie season-high with 17 runs — 12 coming in a new franchise-record first inning — on season-high 24 hits in utter shellacking of Orioles

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It would appear the Yankee offense took Friday’s unexpected two-run outing to heart, as they dropped seventeen runs on a season-high 24 hits on the Orioles in Game 2 of yesterday’s doubleheader, 12 of which came in the first inning — a new franchise record for runs scored in that frame — in a 17-3 victory. All told the Yankees scored twenty-five runs against the Orioles across both games on Saturday.

I adore a good old-fashioned blowout, although  you have to feel for O’s starter Zach Britton. I figured the Yanks were in for a world of pain against Britton, who’d owned them back in May, but Britton wound up following his seven-earned run (eight total), 0.2-inning performance against Boston a few weeks ago with arguably an even less effective performance, lasting a mere third of an inning and giving up six earned runs (nine total). Granted, Britton’s defense betrayed him in both outings, but it can’t be good for a young hurler’s confidence to not even be able to get out of the first inning in consecutive starts against the league’s two best offenses.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 7/30/11

Tampa ended up on the wrong side of extra innings, losing to Charlott 5-3 in the eleventh:
Tampa drew first blood, after Kelvin Castro scored on a ground out in the bottom of the fifth.  The inning ended with Cody Johnson getting called out on strikes and then being ejected by the home plate umpire.  The Stone Crabs scored two runs in the top of the sixth, giving them their first lead of the day.  Hector Rabago reached on an error in the bottom of the inning and Abraham Almonte was hit by a pitch.  Castro followed with a double, scoring both of them.  Charlotte scored a run in the top of the ninth to tie the game and send the teams in to extra baseball for the second day in a row.  Joaquin Hinojosa walked Michael Sheridan to start the eleventh and gave up a single to Matthew Hall.  Mark Thomas was intentionally walked and Omar Luna singled him in, giving Charlotte a 4-3 lead.  … Click here to read the rest