6/25 Game Thread: Indians at Yanks

Fresh off a series win against the Mets, the Yanks resume intraleague play against the Indians. Lineups: Cleveland: 1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF 2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS 3. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B 4. Carlos Santana (S) C 5. Michael Brantley (L) CF 6. Johnny Damon (L) LF 7. Casey Kotchman (L) 1B 8. Jack Hannahan (L) 3B 9. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) DH New York: 1. Derek Jeter (R) SS 2. Curtis Granderson (L) DH 3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B 4. Robinson Cano (L) 2B 5. Nick Swisher (S) RF 6. Raul Ibanez (L) LF 7. Eric Chavez (L) 3B Continue reading 6/25 Game Thread: Indians at Yanks

Game 72: Cleveland Rocks…Ahahahaha

The Yankees are finally done terrorizing National League teams, and now it’s on to the two American League teams they have yet to see in 2012. First up is the Cleveland Indians at the Stadium. Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound for the Yankees, and he’ll be opposed by Josh Tomlin, who’s sporting a very ugly 5.12 ERA this season. I suppose that’s why Joe Girardi opted to give multiple starters the day off today. Here are the lineups:

Indians (37-34):

Shin Soo Choo RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Jason Kipnis 2B
Carlos Santana C
Michael Brantley RF
Johnny Damon LF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Jack Hannahan 3B
Lonnie Chisenhall DH

Josh Tomlin RHP

Yankees (43-28):

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Chris Stewart C
Dewayne Wise CF

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

No, that is not a misprint, that is in fact Dewayne Wise getting the start in centerfield with Curtis Granderson finally getting something of a rest by being penciled in to the DH slot. Chris Stewart is getting his second straight start as well, as Martin is still being held out following his “back stiffness” episode from Saturday night’s game. Alex Rodriguez is just getting a day off.

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No Nation for Old Stars; Youkilis Is Latest to Bid An Early Fenway Farewell

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23). Branch Rickey once stated that he would rather trade a player one year too early than keep him one year too late. Rightly or wrongly, that philosophy has been the Boston Red Sox modus operandi for the last 30-plus years, and, yesterday, Kevin Youkilis became the most recent example. It wasn’t too long ago that Youkilis was considered part of the heart and soul of the Boston Red Sox. However, the combination of reoccurring injuries, a new management regime, and the emergence of rookie standout Will Middlebrooks conspired to make him Continue reading No Nation for Old Stars; Youkilis Is Latest to Bid An Early Fenway Farewell

Yankees announce Old Timers’ Day lineup

The annual Old Timers’ Day will be held this Sunday, July 1st, at Yankee Stadium before the Bombers’ game with the Chicago White Sox. Via CBS, the Yankees have announced the official rosters for the game. The regulars are all there, of course, and the big names like Joe Torre and Bernie Williams are returning as well. The first timers list is a little sparse, however, the most familiar of those names are probably Stump Merrill and long time trainer Gene Monahan. Roger Clemens won’t be making an appearance despite his recent acquittal in federal court, apparently, but I don’t think anyone is surprised by that. If Clemens is invited in 2013, however, it might raise some eyebrows. Continue reading Yankees announce Old Timers’ Day lineup

Surprises

Although R.A. Dickey didn’t display the stuff that has made him the front-runner for the NL Cy Young in last night’s 6-5 loss to the Yankees, his out of nowhere dominant season got me thinking about some of the biggest surprises in the Majors this year. So I did what people like myself tend to do often and compiled a list:

Jason Hammel:

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The Yankees are not George Foreman

In most cities, winning baseball is accompanied by a reflection on things that the team in question is doing well. New York, and especially a select cadre of writers who cover the Yankees, however, is a very special circumstance. This breed is so special, they manage to find a “sky is falling” narrative more or less anytime they want, no matter how well the Yankees might be doing at the moment.

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A closer look at CC Sabathia’s season

CC Sabathia is the only player the Yankees signed as part of their 2009 massive shopping spree who has continued to earn his gaudy paycheck in the seasons that followed the Championship year. In fact, CC has been a better pitcher with the Yankees than he has been on average over the course of his career (due mostly to a couple league average seasons that he had when he first came up with Cleveland). In his 3+ seasons with the Yankees CC has pitched to a 136 ERA+ and a 1.19 WHIP, versus 125 and 1.23 for his career. The Continue reading A closer look at CC Sabathia’s season