CC dominates, Yanks win 5-3

CC Sabathia turned in his best start of the year tonight, striking out 10 Tampa Bay Rays (including striking out the side in the 6th), walking just one, and allowing 7 hits and 2 runs, though neither run was earned.

The first inning was definitely eventful. After Ben Zobrist grounded out to short, Sabathia hit the ever feared Sean Rodriguez. He followed it up by striking out B.J. Upton and surrendering an infield single to Jeff Keppinger. Then, Eduardo Nunez happened. Brandon Guyer hit the ball to Nunez, who booted it and kept the inning going. Carlos Pena dropped a bloop single into first and a run scored. A quick throw from Nick Swisher and a good tag by Chris Stewart prevented a second run from scoring. The Yankees then put two runners on base in the bottom of the inning–singles by Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez–but were unable to get a run home.

In the second, Nunez committed a second error of the game.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 5/10/12 Everybody’s A Winner!

Trenton blanked Portland 7-0:
Corban Joseph got the Thunder started with a single to center.  Luke Murton singled to right and Cody Johnson drew a walk to load the bases.  Melky Mesa singled in Joseph and Murton.  Dan Brewer plated Johnson with a single, giving Trenton a 3-0 lead.  Addison Maruszak singled and Abraham Almonte drew a walk to start the second.  Almonte was out on a force out from Murton, and Johnson followed with a two-run triple.  Kevin Mahoney doubled in the fifth and scored on a Brewer single.  Jose Gil hit into a force out, but scored on a double from Maruszak, giving Trenton a 7-0 lead they would hold onto through the remainder of the game.

Murton was 2-5 with two runs scored and a double.  Maruszak was 3-4 with a run scored, a double and a RBI.  Brewer went 2-4 with two RBIs.  Brett Marshall had a very strong start for Trenton, going six innings and allowing just two hits and a walk. … Click here to read the rest

Game 31: Progress for Some, Setbacks for Others

Contrary to my expectations, there did not seem to be an uproar with respect to David Robertson’s “closer mentality,” which is a veritable breath of fresh air in a season that has been full of stiflingly bothersome news and events. It seems as if many recognize that one game is far from demonstrative of a player’s abilities – shocking, I know – and are willing to give Robertson et al the benefit of the doubt in the wake of Mariano Rivera’s season-ending injury. This, I think, qualifies as progress for the more aggressive and pessimistic portion of the Yankees fanbase (read: the majority).

Sadly, there is a bit of disconcerting news to share, as Brett Gardner has suffered yet another setback. While the elbow did not bother Gardner during the course of last night’s rehab game, there was quite a bit of inflammation and soreness shortly thereafter, and the Yankees’ left fielder is scheduled for another MRI today. It seems as if this may be either a new injury, however, or a more severe injury than previously suspected as “[t]he problem is in the muscle and doesn’t seem connected to his bone bruise, and the Yankees believed the previous muscular injury had completely healed.” I suppose we will just have to wait and see.… Click here to read the rest

Updates from Michael Pineda

Sweeny Murti of CBS recently spoke to Michael Pineda to get some more information on the events leading up to his shoulder injury, and how he sees things going forward.  It’s a good read, and I recommend taking a look at the entire thing, but here are some highlights:

Pineda debunked the notion that he was damaged goods prior to the trade, and described the circumstances surrounding his injury:

I think the first time (I felt something was) my last start in spring training. I tried to throw hard and I felt pain in my shoulder. I rested for a couple days and then when I started to play catch again I was feeling really good. But when I threw hard again I could feel pain again.

Pineda also insisted that despite his reduced velocity in spring training, his arm was feeling good, and he was happy with the state of his slider and changeup.

I was fine in spring training.

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Curtis Granderson’s Continuing Power Surge

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

A while back, I wrote a piece that examined Curtis Granderson’s statistical profile for the 2011 season and attempted to predict the likelihood of him maintaining that MVP-caliber level of production moving forward.  My expectation was that he would likely see a regression in his career-high HR numbers, but could still produce at a high level in 2012 with a more selective approach at the plate and a spike in his LD rate to supplement the dip in power.  We’re a little over a month into the 2012 season and C-Grand’s numbers so far are better across the board than they were last year.  He’s currently hitting .274/.370/.581, with a .396 wOBA, 152 wRC+, and ISO and BABIP numbers both north of their 2011 values.  Of his 32 hits thus far, 15 of them have been for extra bases, including 10 home runs.  Granderson started to heat up towards the end of ST and hasn’t cooled down since. … Click here to read the rest