What a difference a day makes. A day after the New York Yankees allowed the Chicago White Sox fourteen runs, Hiroki Kuroda and a trio of relievers totally throttled the White Sox offense. Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Dewayne Wise all hit solo homers to account for three of the four runs off of Jake Peavy. The other was also driven in by Wise, who had a three for three day with a double, a single and a home run. Kuroda pitched seven full innings and allowed only three hits and walked one and struck out eleven batters. All three hits were singles. David Robertson pitched a perfect eighth and struck out two. Boone Logan walked a batter in his third of an inning in the ninth and Rafael Soriano nailed it down in a non-save situation. Kuroda improved his record to 8-7 and lowered his ERA to 3.17. Jake Peavy threw an eight-inning complete game for his fifth loss in eleven decisions.
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Via Brian Heyman, the Yankees sent Adam Warren back to Triple-A after a less than stellar major league debut. The kid had trouble locating his fastball and appeared to have let nerves get the best of him, lasting only 2.1 innings and allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks. D.J. Mitchell will head back to the Bronx in his place.
It does not appear to be set in stone, but it is likely David Phelps will take the start next time around. He had been in Tampa getting stretched out to start again, and last night’s outing seemed to help that transition move along.
It started out well enough for Adam Warren last night. He struck out the first MLB batter he faced in DeAza, and then got Kevin Youlikis to pop out in foul territory. But it all went downhill from there. He walked the next two batters he faced, then escaped further trouble with a Alex Rios [...]
Michael Kay: No.
O’Neill: [long pause] Well, here comes Eric Chavez for the Yankees.
So ended (arguably) the second most entertaining moment of a pretty brutal night for the New York Yankees. Adam Warren, of “OMG PHIL HUGHES JUST GAVE UP A HOME RUN WHERE IS ADAM WARREN FIRE CASHMANGIRARDI!!1!!!!!” fame, didn’t manage to get out of the third inning, giving up six runs in two and one-third innings on eight hits with one strikeout. Few of the Yankee pitchers mustered anything better than Warren, however, as David Phelps, Cory Wade, and Clay Rapada combined to give up eight runs on eleven hits in six innings. In the most entertaining moment of the game (for Yankee fans), outfielder Dewayne Wise entered the game with one out in the top of the ninth to get two quick outs using his devastating combination of a 79 MPH fastball (to be fair, it touched 82 once) and a 64 MPH breaking ball that he threw once (what type? Does it matter?). Wise, the most effective Yankee pitcher on the night, kept the ball after the game–a grin-inducing souvenir of an otherwise unremarkable night.
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First, Nick Goody has been promoted from Staten Island to Charleston. Goody was a closer for LSU this past season and had played just three games in the NY-Penn League prior to getting sent to Charleston. He was a sixth round draft pick at the start of the month.
Empire State beat Gwinnett 11-4:
The Yankees took a quick lead, as Chris Dickerson started the first with a single. Joseph grounded a RBI single to right and Russell Branyan homered for a 3-0 edge. Gwinnett got two runs back in the second, but Empire State put some space between them in the third and fourth. Dickerson walked and Cust drew a free pass with two outs. Branyan singled in Dickerson and Brandon Laird doubled in Cust. Cole Garner drew a walk and Gustavo Molina’s single plated Branyan and Laird for a 7-2 lead. Cust knocked a three run homer in the fourth and the Yankees took an 11-4 win in the end.
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Let’s be honest: last night’s loss sucked more than most. Blowing a two run lead in the ninth is always bad, but doing it with arguable your best reliever on the mound after your offense hit a home run to tack on an insurance run is just deflating. The unorthodox bullpen management of Joe Girardi didn’t exactly help anything either, except, apparently, to give everyone an outlet for their frustration. Not that I’m shy to criticize Girardi, of course, but I don’t really get why he’s getting so much criticism for not bringing in David Robertson to start the ninth, in retrospect. First and foremost, as far as the pitching side of things go, Clay Rapada did the job quite nicely. It’s true that he made a critical fielding blunder, but that’s not usually what you base in-game pitching moves on. Secondly, I have to confess that I don’t really see the logic behind theorizing that the guy who served up the go ahead run via the home run would have been better suited to pitching the whole inning.
But whatever, today is a new day, and there’s a new face on the mound, literally, as Adam Warren makes his first career major league start tonight. I’m not really expecting too much from the kid, to be honest, and if he gives the team five quality innings it’ll be a feather in his cap as far as I’m concerned. Hopefully the Yankees’ offense decides to make it easy on him by scoring a bucket full of runs. Here are the lineups:
White Sox (41-35):
Alejandro De Aza CF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Adam Dunn DH
Paul Konerko 1B
Alex Rios LF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Dayan Viciedo LF
Alexi Ramirez SS
Gordon Beckham 2B
Jose Quintana LHP
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Jayson Nix LF
Chris Stewart C
Adam Warren RHP
First pitch is at 7:05. Enjoy!
Chicago White Sox New York Yankees Alejandro De Aza, CF Derek Jeter, SS Kevin Youkilis, 3B Curtis Granderson, CF Adam Dunn, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B Paul Konerko, 1B Alex Rodriguez, 3B Alex Rios, RF Robinson Cano, 2B A.J. Pierzynski, C Nick Swisher, RF Dayan Viciedo, LF Andruw Jones, DH Alexei Ramirez, SS Jayson Nix, LF [...]
With CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte on the DL and David Phelps still getting stretched out in the minors, 24 year-old righty Adam Warren will be making his major league debut tonight against the White Sox. Drafted in the 4th round as a senior from baseball powerhouse UNC, Warren has steadily progressed through the Yankee [...]