Game Four: Ivan the Terrible/Great?

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Three games, three losses. With CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, and Phil Hughes winless, the baton is passed to Ivan Nova. Nova had the worst spring training of any starter in...

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“No Defense” for Girardi’s Plan to Rest Yankees’ Veterans

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

If the first weekend is any indication, Joe Girardi is going to be extremely pro-active when it comes to doling out rest to his aging veterans. Over the years, the Yankees’ manager has become fond of using the...

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Yankees Vs. Orioles: A Preview In Three Parts

Part 1: Tranquility.

“Calm down. Haven’t you ever heard of sample size? Sheeeesh.” That’s the phrase that came instantly to mind after Phil Hughes struggled to get through 4 and 2/3 innings. There are 159 games left in the season. The last time the Yankees started 0-3, they went on to win 114 games with a team that has been widely acclaimed as one of the greatest of all time (1998). If not for a blown save (MARIANO IS OLD OH GOD…amiright, Ian O’Connor?) this team would (only) be 1-2, and this wouldn’t be an issue. CC Sabbathia always starts slow, so there’s nothing to worry about. The offense has been great (well, except yesterday).

All of that is true. And let’s add this: the Yankees have managed a 13-5 record against the O’s in every season since 2009. Plus, tonight’s starter, Brian Matusz, was absolutely thrashed in his two starts against the Yankees last season, allowing 11 runs in 6 and 2/3 innings–but that was pretty much par for the course last year, as Matusz finished the season at 1-9 with a 10.69 ERA.…

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Sometime Soon, It May Be Time To Get Excited About Bryan Mitchell

On a Charleston Riverdogs team with Dante Bichette, Cito Culver, Mason Williams, Jose Campos, Angelo Gumbs, Tyler Austin, and Gary Sanchez, its easy for a solid prospect to get lost below the headlines. But the title of best opening weekend goes to none of them. Instead, Bryan Mitchell gave Yankee fans something to get very...

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