Yanks Win An Ugly One, CC Wins 12th Game Of The Season

I really don’t even know where to begin with this recap other than saying, “Phew!” This game had it all: good pitching, not so good pitching, good fielding, not so good fielding, dinky hits, long balls, lots of hits, lots of runs and thank goodness, the Yankees were able to come out on top. CC Sabathia was given the responsibility to stop the bleeding and stall the losing streak at two games. He did just that. The game itself wasn’t pretty and it became extremely scary for Yankee fans in the bottom half of the seventh inning. Austin Jackson singled Continue reading Yanks Win An Ugly One, CC Wins 12th Game Of The Season

The Farm Report: 8/8/12

Empire State beat Rochester 7-3:
Dickerson started the game with a solo homer to center, giving the Yankees a quick lead.  The Red Wings, however, wasted little time in taking the lead themselves.  Eduardo Escobar singled to left and Matt Carson homered, giving Rochester a 2-1 edge.  The game stayed at that score through much of the game, as both teams failed to string together hits.  Melky Mesa hit a solo homer in the seventh, tying the game 2-2. Clete Thomas started the bottom of the eighth with a solo shot to right center, giving Rochester the lead once again.  Austin Romine, whose back must be feeling a bit better, started the ninth with a double to right.  Kosuke Fukudome followed with a double to center and the game was tied once again.  After a pitching change, Mesa doubled to right, moving Fukudome to third.  Darnell McDonald was intentionally walked, loading the bases with no outs.  Ramiro Pena lined a single to left, plating Fukudome and Mesa for a 5-3 lead.  The Yankees did not stop there, however, as Eduardo Nunez hit a two-run, two-0ut single for a 7-3 lead, which they held for the victory.

Dickerson went 3-5 with a pair of runs scored, a stolen base and a homer.  Pena went 3-4 with a pair of RBis.  Mesa went 2-4 with a pair of runs scored, a double and a homer. Michael O’Connor went 6.1 innings and gave up two runs on three hits, no walks and seven Ks.

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Game 110: The stopper

The Yankees have had a rough go of things lately, losing 12 of their last 18 games, including the opening two games of the current series in Detroit, but tonight they’ll be sending their ace to the mound in C.C. Sabathia. Sabathia was fantastic in his last start, beating the Mariners in a complete game effort last Friday, and that sort of effort would certainly be quite welcome tonight. Get it done big man. Here are the lineups:

Yankees (63-46):

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Eric Chavez DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Casey McGehee 3B

C.C. Sabathia LHP

Tigers (60-50):

Austin Jackson CF
Omar Infante 2B
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Jeff Baker LF
Brennan Boesch RF
Gerald Laird C
Ramon Santiago SS

Anibal Sanchez RHP

That’s quite a lineup shakeup from Joe Girardi, no? Wonder how long that lasts. First pitch tonight is schedule for 7:05. Enjoy! Continue reading Game 110: The stopper

Game 110: Just Win … Maybe?

New York Yankees Detroit Tigers Derek Jeter, SS Austin Jackson, CF Nick Swisher, RF Omar Infante, 2B Robinson Cano, 2B Miguel Cabrera, 3B Mark Teixeira, 1B Prince Fielder, 1B Eric Chavez, DH Delmon Young, DH Curtis Granderson, CF Jeff Baker, LF Russell Martin, C Brennan Boesch, RF Ichiro Suzuki, LF Gerald Laird, C Casey McGehee, 3B Ramon Santiago, SS CC Sabathia, SP Anibal Sanchez, SP The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., on the YES Network. Let’s go Yankees!

Yankees Dealing with ARod’s Injury by Shuffling Lineup, but Is Girardi Playing Cards Correctly?

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23). Note: Since this post was originally published, Joe Girardi made out a lineup along the lines of the recommendations below. I will take all the credit if it works out, but defer all blame to him should it not. Since Alex Rodriguez went on the disabled list, the Yankees have gone 5-7, ceding three games off their division lead in the process. After last night’s game, Eric Chavez, who has mostly filled in at third, placed the blame for the Yankees’ slide squarely on Arod’s injury. Considering how often Rodriguez was Continue reading Yankees Dealing with ARod’s Injury by Shuffling Lineup, but Is Girardi Playing Cards Correctly?

Feliciano to begin rehab stint

Put this one in the “things I didn’t expect to happen” file: Pedro Feliciano (remember him?) will begin a minor league rehab stint this Friday in an appearance with the Gulf Coast League Yankees. Feliciano has yet to make a regular season appearance for the Yankees after having surgery on his shoulder last spring. The infamously overworked for Met signed a two year, $8 million contract with the Yankees during the 2010-11 offseason.

While this is certainly good news for everyone, it’s still hard to consider Feliciano much more than a lost cause at this point. While making an appearance this Friday would put him on track to return in early September barring a setback, it’s hardly guaranteed that Feliciano won’t have complications in his rehab, which would effectively end his chance of coming back this season. Additionally, it’s not as though pitchers coming back from shoulder surgery is a walk in the park, so even if Feliciano does make it back physically, there’s no guarantee he’ll still be an effective major league pitcher. The Yankees will be able to toss him into the bullpen mix with the expanded rosters in September, however, and if nothing else he’ll perhaps give them some more options for the bullpen in the last two months of the year, again, assuming he has no setbacks.
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Trenton beat writers interview Mark Newman

 Josh Norris posted a lengthy interview Mike Ashmore and he did with Mark Newman, the Yankees Senior VP of Baseball Operations.  It is well worth the read, touching briefly on a range of minor leaguers, some former minor leaguers turned coaches and some other interesting tidbits that add insight into how the Yankees approach player development and the farm system.  One big topic was the injury problems this season, which they discussed in broad terms and to some specifics (such as Manny Banuelos and Jose Campos‘ bone injuries).  Obviously, they focused primarily on Trenton, but they did talk about other prospects (though if you are hoping for more information on Ty Hensley f.  So if you want to read a bit about guys like Mark Montgomery, Dellin Betances, Vidal Nuno, Brett Marshall and others, make sure you check it out. Continue reading Trenton beat writers interview Mark Newman

About that lineup

It never fails: whenever a team is struggling, fans and the media find something or another to direct their frustrations at in a way that far outweighs the actual impact of whatever it is that has caught their ire. With the Yankees not playing very well over the last 18 games, Joe Girardi’s decision to bat Curtis Granderson in the leadoff spot in the lineup seems to be the think that has caught everyone’s attention, for better or worse.

There’s no question that Granderson does not fit the typical profile of a leadoff hitter, even on the Yankees. He is one of the best hitters in the lineup at working a walk, and he’s still got above average speed, even if he’s not trying to steal as many bases these days, but his batting average has been consistently below .265 since the 2008 season, and he also strikes out a ton. When Girardi first debuted the new lineup my first reaction was a double take, but after a brief “that’s different” moment, I more or less shrugged it off. After all, lineup construction doesn’t matter that much, and Granderson was only moving up one spot in the order.

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