Quickly, if you will, take a guess at Alex Rodriguez‘s worst month this season. Got that? Great. Now, think of what you think his wRC+ and Iso were in that month. Done? Fantastic. Repeat that process for his best month. If you want me to do it for you, I will. A-Rod’s worst month this [...]
Empire State lost to Charlotte 9-3:
The Yankees took an early lead in the bottom of the first. Chris Dickerson drew a walk and scored on a double by Corban Joseph. Jack Cust took a free pass, as did Kosuke Fukudome, loading the bases. A walk by Francisco Cervelli scored Joseph and Garner walked, plating Cust for a 3-0 lead. Charlotte got their first run in the top of the second. The Yankees held their 3-1 lead through four, but Charlotte tied the game on a homer by Tyler Kuhn and a sac fly from Conor Jackson in the fifth. The Knights took their first lead of the day in the top of the seventh, as Jackson doubled in Drew Garcia in the seventh and Dallas McPherson followed with a two run homer, putting the Yankees back 6-3. Charlotte added three more runs in the eighth and took a 9-3 win over the Yankees.
Not a lot of offense from the Yankees – as far as hits go. They only managed four, with Doug Bernier goign 2-4 and Joseph and Russo each picking up one. Empire State drew nine walks, however, as Dickerson, Cust and Fukudome each took two base on balls. Nelson Figueroa went six innings and allowed three runs on ten hits, a walk and a strike out. Chase Whitley and Preston Claiborne each gave up three runs in their one inning of work. Whitley gave up five hits and struck out two, while Claiborne gave up three hits, two walks and and struck out one.
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The Yankees have recalled David Phelps from Double-A, optioning D.J. Mitchell to Triple-A in the corresponding move. I guess the plan is to have Phelps be the team’s long reliever, but that seems somewhat odd to me, given that Phelps was sent down to get some work and get stretched out. He’s been pitching really well since being sent down though, so maybe they figure there’s no reason to have him sitting in the minors. He was on schedule to start tomorrow, so I suppose it’s possible that he’ll be taking Freddy Garcia‘s place in the starting rotation.
The afternoon began and ended with rain, and in between the Yankees punished Ricky Romero and Hiroki Kuroda threw an abbreviated complete game as the Bombers completed a sweep of the Blue Jays with a 6-0 shutout that was finished after seven innings.
The Yankees jumped on Romero right away. Derek Jeter led off the first and lined a ball half way up the right-center field fence for a double. Nick Swisher hit the ball to the right field corner and Jeter scored. Swisher held up as Anthony Gose, making his first major league start in right, has a gun for an arm. Mark Teixeira would make Swisher’s decision moot as he hit a bomb to the back of the Blue Jays’ bullpen. After Alex Rodriguez grounded out for the first out, Robinson Cano hit a deep shot to left-center that Rajai Davis could not handle and it was ruled a double. Andruw Jones then did something rare for him: He hit a line drive to the opposite field and again settled for a single as Gose got to the ball quickly in the corner. Cano scored easily to make it, 4-0.
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In the beginning there was lightning, in the end there was more lightning coupled with lots of rain and in between there were nearly seven full innings of good baseball by the Yankees and they swept the Blue Jays behind a strong outing by Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda held the Blue Jays scoreless in those seven [...]
After taking both of the first two games of the series, the Yankees will take the field looking for a sweep of the Blue Jays in the first of many series against A.L. East opponents in the second half of the season. The Yankees enter play today with a whopping ten game lead in the division, so having that many games left against divisional opponents is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it gives everyone else a better chance to gain ground on them, but on the other hand it gives the Yankees more chances to limit their ability to do so. Really, if the Yankees can just split their remaining games against their division rivals they shouldn’t have any problem taking the division crown.
Taking the mound for the Yankees today will be Hiroki Kuroda, who will certainly be hoping for a better outcome than the last time he faced the Blue Jays. In what was arguably his worst start as a Yankee, Kuroda allowed seven runs and three home runs in Toronto as the Yankees were on their way to falling into the basement of the A.L. East in late May. Thankfully both the Yankees and Kuroda have turned it around since then, and even after a couple of outings that saw him scuffle a bit against the Red Sox and Angels, Kuroda has basically been exactly what he was expected to be since this year. Hopefully he can exorcise his Canadian demons today before the team heads out to Oakland again this weekend.
Here are the lineups:
Blue Jays (45-46):
Anthony Gose RF
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Adam Lind DH
J.P. Arencibia C
Kelly Johnson 2B
Rajai Davis LF
Omar Vizquel SS
Ricky Romero LHP
Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones LF
Jayson Nix SS
Russell Martin C
Dewayne Wise CF
Hiroki Kuroda RHP
First pitch is at 1:05, and the game can be seen on YES. Enjoy!
The Yanks head out to the West Coast (UGH) after today’s series finale against the Jays. Here are the lineups and pitching matchups: TORONTO: 1. Anthony Gose (L) RF 2. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B 3. Colby Rasmus (L) CF 4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B 5. Adam Lind (L) DH 6. J.P. Arencibia (R) C 7. [...]
On today’s 60 Seconds of Sound, which recaps the last 24 hours in New York sports, Pedro Beato and Bobby Parnell discuss Mets loss, Chris Canty sides with Eli Manning and Frank Isola talks about the Jeremy Lin situation.
During last night’s game telecast, Michael Kay mentioned that Mariano Rivera still thinks he will pitch this season. While that possibility still seems to be the remotest of possibilities, it did bring this listener the strangest thought: “Would that be a good thing for the Yankees?” The thought immediately brought feelings of guilt and thoughts of heresy. Who wouldn’t want one of the biggest icons in Yankees history to come back? But things are going so swimmingly right now…would Mo’s return be a good thing?
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