Game 58: Back in primetime

For the second consecutive Saturday, the Yankees will be featured on Fox’s new Baseball Night in America showcase. I voiced my dislike for the whole thing last week, and I haven’t really changed my opinion about how awful the Fox related blackout rules are, but I have to admit, last week’s game in Detroit was pretty awesome. Yeah, that the game turned out to be a very good one and that there was a hot crowd at Comerica Park for Star Wars night had a lot to do with that, but the national television presentation helped to and, though I know I’ll be in the minority in saying this, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver do bring a certain gravitas to a broadcast. So I’m pretty excited for this. I’ll bet Phil Hughes is too, given that he’s coming off of his first nine-inning complete game last Sunday. Hopefully he can turn in another good game tonight and give us a reason to believe his bad outing in Orange County was an aberration. Here are the lineups:

Mets (32-27):

Kirk Nieuwenhuis RF
Andres Torres CF
David Wright 3B
Lucas Duda DH
Daniel Murphy 2B
Ike Davis 1B
Jason Bay LF
Josh Thole C
Omar Quintanilla SS

Dillon Gee RHP

Yankees (32-25):

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C

Phil Hughes RHP

First pitch is at 7:15, and the game can be seen on FOX as long as you aren’t stuck with some other game in your area. Enjoy! Continue reading Game 58: Back in primetime

Gardner to see Dr. Andrews on Monday

Via Ken Rosenthal, Brett Gardner has suffered another setback in his attempt to come back from an elbow injury, as after playing in a rehab game with Single-A Charleston last night, Gardner woke up this morning with soreness in the afflicted elbow. He’ll be examined by a doctor on Monday, which had previously been the day we’d all been hoping to see him return to the Yankees. Now he probably won’t be back until Friday at the earliest, even if this is nothing serious.

Update: Via Marc Carig, the “doctor” is question is none other than James Andrews. Gardner will also be seeing Dr. Tim Kremchek at his agent’s request. That’s not a good sign at all. Continue reading Gardner to see Dr. Andrews on Monday

From no-no to 3 in a row

Johan Santana was going for his 2nd straight no-hitter to tie Johnny VanDerMeer’s record, but that wouldn’t last for long. In the 2nd inning he gave up a leadoff walk to Alex Rodriguez, and then Robinson Cano quickly ended the hitless streak when he launched the first of his two 2-Run HRs on the night, both coming on the first pitch he saw. Cano’s second blast in the bottom of the 3rd would start a rare back to back to back HR spree joined by Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones, all of which came on different pitches by the Mets Continue reading From no-no to 3 in a row

X-rays negative on Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda left last night’s game against the Mets after taking a line drive off his his foot. The ball hit him so hard that it ricocheted into the air such that Alex Rodriguez was able to catch to retire Daniel Murphy on the play. X-Rays on Kuroda were negative, but the right-hander was in pain after the game and left the clubhouse on crutches. It’s not clear at the moment whether or not he’ll be able to make his next start. Continue reading X-rays negative on Kuroda

Yankees jump Santana – crush Mets, 9-1

Johan Santana of the New York Mets extended his hitless streak through the first inning in his game against crosstown rival, New York Yankees, but Robinson Cano ended that streak with a two out, two-run homer in the second inning that left the park in just over three seconds. Santana then gave up two more hits in that inning, but got the struggling Derek Jeter to end the inning. Those extra at bats allowed Cano to again come up with a man on in the third and hit a hanging change-up into the second deck to make the score, 4-0. Nick Swisher followed in the very next at bat with a homer to left. Andruw Jones then made it a three-peat with a booming homer down the line to push the score to 6-0 after just three innings. The Yankees would cruise from there as Hiroki Kuroda made his own no-hit bid into the sixth inning before allowing a double to Omar Quintanilla. Kuroda pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed only the one hit. He improved his record to 5-6 and lowered his ERA to 3.45.

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The Farm Report: 6/8/2012

Empire State beat Durham 3-1:

It was Adam Warren‘s night as the young hurler finished seven strong innings for the Yankees, holding Durham scoreless and striking out four Bulls while allowing just three hits and two walks. The outing lowered Warren’s ERA for the season to 3.89, which is a much nicer looking number than the 4.00+ he’s been carrying around most of the season. His offense backed him up with two runs in the second on an RBI groundout by Ronnier Mustelier and a bases loaded walk by Colin Curtis then tacked on another run in the third on a lead off home run by Russell Branyan. Chris Dickerson followed the homer with a double, but the Yankees were unable to bring the additional run in to score. Thankfully it didn’t matter, as the Empire State pitchers had all the margin they needed on this night.

Trenton lost to Binghamton 9-7:

Jose Pirela went 3-4 to continue his hot hitting ways and Zoilo Almonte, Luke Murton, and Addison Maruszak each drove in two runs (Almonte and Maruszak each homered in the game) as the Trenton’s offense did their job, but it wasn’t enough as Binghamton out-slugged them on this night. Adam Miller was the starter for Trenton tonight, and he allowed seven runs in 6.1 innings, six of them earned on 10 hits and four walks. Hard for anyone to win with that kind of pitching performance.

Tampa had a doubleheader rained out

Charleston beat Savannah 5-1:

Savannah drew first blood with a run in the fourth, but the Riverdogs responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the sixth while limiting Savannah to just that one run to pick up the win. Cito Culver and Casey Stevenson both hit their second home runs to account for all of the Riverdogs’ runs.Those home runs were also the only extra base hits Charleston got in the game. Continue reading The Farm Report: 6/8/2012

Gardner picks up a hit in rehab game

The full minor league report will be along shortly after all of the games finish up, but the big story of the night in the minor leagues tonight is Brett Gardner‘s rehab start with the Charleston Riverdogs. Gardner led off and played left field for Charleston, going 1-3 at the plate with a strikeout and a stolen base before being replaced in the field by Ali Castillo in the top of the sixth inning. He also reached on an error in his second at bat, after which he sole second base. Continue reading Gardner picks up a hit in rehab game

Game 57: Crosstown rivalry

Like I said in Know Your Enemy, not living in New York these days, and not having lived there for very long when I did, the Subway Series means pretty much nothing to me as a “natural rivalry.” I don’t have a Mets fan for a neighbor or any family/friends/co-workers who are Mets fans, and the geographical thing just isn’t that important to me from all the way down here in Maryland. Heck, I’m more interested in seeing the Yankees play the Nationals next week than I am in this series. That said, I do think the rivalry does matter to a lot of New Yorkers, even as the media has been saying that the luster is off of the matchup for a while now. In any case, with both teams above .500 and Johan Santana making his first start since throwing the first no-hitter in Mets’ franchise history last week, this should be a fun game with or without the rivalry. Here are the lineups:

Mets (32-26):

Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF
Josh Thole C
David Wright 3B
Lucas Duda DH
Daniel Murphy 2B
Scott Hairston RF
Ike Davis 1B
Jason Bay LF
Omar Quintanilla SS

Johan Santana LHP

Yankees (31-25):

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Ibanez is starting against a lefty tonight because he has good career numbers against Santana, but I’m not really sure why he’s playing left with Jones DH’ing. Oh well, first pitch is at 7:05, and the game can be seen on SNY or My 9 locally, or MLB Network nationally. Enjoy! Continue reading Game 57: Crosstown rivalry