Game 100: Out of their misery

The Yankees take on the Red Sox this afternoon (4:05 PM EST) in the 100th game of the season with a chance to cement themselves atop the American League East (not that they haven’t already…but still). The Sawx are currently floundering in the fetid pool of mediocrity, unable to turn themselves around, and stuck with the impossible decision of whether to give up on the season and rebuild–probably the better option–or to go for broke with some sort of all-out attempt to remain in contention (this option seems a lot less likely with Zack Greinke in Anaheim…er, sorry LA…of Anaheim).

Of course, there’s a third option: wallow pitifully in their mediocrity, not blow things up and start anew, but not make any moves that will improve the team in the short term. And somehow, I’d bet that the Sawx front office feels that this third road is the easiest to take.

Anyways, we have Lester and Sabathia, in a battle of…well, “ace” is too strong a word for Lester, I guess.

(And for those of you asking whether I could possibly fit more jinx into one short article…well, no, I don’t think I can. Reverse jinx: hey, the Red Sox are probably due to win and go on a long streak. They’re still good, right? Right?)

Red Sox (49-51)
1. J. Ellsbury, CF
2. P. Ciriaco, DH
3. D. Pedroia, 2B
4. A. Gonzalez, 1B
5. C. Ross, RF
6. W. Middlebrooks, 3B
7. K. Shoppach, C
8. M. Aviles, SS
9. D. Nava, LF

P: Jon Lester
Yankees (60-39)

D. Jeter, SS
C. Granderson, CF
M. Teixeira, 1B
R. Cano, 2B
A. Jones, LF
J. Nix, 3B
R. Martin, DH
I. Suzuki, RF
C. Stewart, C

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Take the money and run with Hughes this offseason

Last night illustrates why I think the Yanks would be well served to consider trading Phil Hughes this off season, should the right deal present itself. I’m not talking about dumping him, but if I have a choice between building a deal around Phil or Ivan Nova, I’m doing the Hughes package even if it means giving up more elsewhere in the deal. Upton? Where do I sign? A solution at Catcher straight up? Sold. Phil is the pitching version of the Yanks 2012 offense. He seems to allow most of his runs via the long ball, while giving up Continue reading Take the money and run with Hughes this offseason

The Farm Report: 7/27/12

It was a tough night for the Yankees farm system.  Empire State and the GCL Yankees took away victories, but the rest of the system suffered some tough losses.

Empire State beat Charlotte 6-4:
The Yankees jumped out to a quick lead.  Darnell McDonald singled to left and stole second, moving to third on an error.  Another error allowed Cole Garner to reach with two outs, plating McDonald.  Brandon Laird followed with a two-run homer.  Francisco Cervelli grounded a single to center and stole second.  He scored on a single from Kevin Russo and the Yankees took a 4-0 lead.  The Knights scored two runs in the second, cuttingthe Yankee lead in half.  Garner drew a walk in the third and scored on a double by Gustavo Molina.  Charlotte plated another run in the fourth on a solo homer from Dan Johnson.  Laird hit his second round-tripper of the day in the fifth, putting Empire State ahead 6-3.  Charlote scored one more run in the seventh, but the Yankees held on for the 6-4 win.

Laird was the only Yankee with multiple hits, going 2-4 with two homers and three RBIs.  The Yankees swiped four bases against Charlotte, as McDonald, Cervelli, Dickerson and Garner each had a stolen base.  Adam Warren went six innings and gave up three runs on six hits, a walk and six Ks.

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Yankees pound Red Sox in series opening win

Phil Hughes gave up three home runs in the game’s first four innings, but the Yankees matched the Red Sox and then some every step of the way before a grand slam by Curtis Granderson put the game well out of reach in the ninth, as the Yankees took the opener of the first Yankees-Red Sox series in New York 10-3. Here are some notes and high points from the game:

  • How about Phil Hughes? After giving up three solo home runs in the first four innings, he settled down to pitch three scoreless frames, ending with a line of 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. That’s all the more impressive when you consider that it looked like it was going to be a grind for Hughes to work into the fifth inning after a first inning in which he allowed a two out home run to Dustin Pedroia after getting ahead 0-2, then gave up an Adrian Gonzalez single after getting ahead 0-2 again. Yeoman’s work to be sure, and Hughes has become quite adept at limiting those home runs to the one run variety, it would appear.
  • The Yankees offense definitely helped Hughes by staying ahead of the Red Sox after pretty much every run. After Pedroia got Boston ahead early the Yankees tied the game when Mark Teixeira beat out the back end of a double play, then took the lead on a two out home run by Raul Ibanez. The Yankees also scored following Red Sox’ runs in the third and fourth innings, the latter on a Russell Martin home run to push the lead to 6-3.
  • The big blow for the Yankees came in the eighth inning, when Curtis Granderson took former Yankee reliever Mark Melancon deep for a grand slam, extending their lead to a commanding 10-3 and all but ending the game. Cody Eppley would pitch the ninth for the Bombers, giving up a couple of hits but also striking out two to end the game without allowing a run. Granderson finished the night 3-5 and also added a double. Robinson Cano (2-5) was the only other Yankee to get multiple hits in the game.
  • Eric Chavez was hit by a pitch in that eighth inning, and “stiffened up” as a result. He was removed from the game and is doubtful for tomorrow’s late afternoon affair.
  • Somehow the Yankees and Red Sox scored 13 runs between them and yet completed the game in less than three hours. 2 hours and 41 minutes, to be exact. That’s a minor miracle, to be sure.

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Yankees Slam The Red Sox, Win Series Opener 10-3

I’m not sure what’s more amazing: Russell Martin hitting a home run or the Yankees and Red Sox playing a game that only lasted two hours and 41 minutes. Well, both of those things happened tonight and what resulted was a 10-3 Yankees victory. Actually, I thought of something more amazing. It’s July 27 and tonight was the first game the Boston Red Sox played in Yankee Stadium in 2012. And it started off well for Boston as Dustin Pedroia hit a home run in the top of the first inning but the Yankees – as they seem to always Continue reading Yankees Slam The Red Sox, Win Series Opener 10-3

Game 99: Rivalry South

The Yankees will welcome the Boston Red Sox into Yankee Stadium for the first time in 2012 this season tonight. Hard to believe that we’re almost 100 games into the season and the Red Sox haven’t played in New York once yet. The Yankees will have 12 games against the Red Sox from here on out, and 9 of them will be played in Yankee Stadium. Um, yay? Oh yeah, Ichiro will be making his Yankee Stadium debut in pinstripes as well, so there’s plenty of storylines in tonight’s game. Here are the lineups:

Red Sox (49-50):

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carl Crawford LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Cody Ross RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Daniel Nava DH
Mike Aviles SS

Aaron Cook RHP

Yankees (59-39):

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Andruw Jones DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Russell Martin C

Phil Hughes RHP

First pitch is at 7:05, and the game can be seen on YES locally or MLB Network nationally. Enjoy! Continue reading Game 99: Rivalry South

Game Thread: Ichiro’s debut!

Ichiro makes his Yankee Stadium debut tonight against the Red Sox. Phil Hughes is on the bump for the Yanks and Aaron Cook (along with his 0.75 K/9 and 2.1 K%) takes the hill for the Sox. Lineups: NEW YORK: 1. Derek Jeter (R) SS 2. Curtis Granderson (L) CF 3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B 4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B 5. Raul Ibanez (L) LF 6. Andruw Jones (R) DH 7. Eric Chavez (L) 3B 8. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF 9. Russell Martin (R) C BOSTON: 1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF 2. Carl Crawford (L) LF 3. Dustin Pedroia (R) Continue reading Game Thread: Ichiro’s debut!