Long raves after A-Rod’s BP

Alex Rodriguez took batting practice for the second time yesterday, and Yankees’ hitting coach Kevin Long liked what he saw from his third baseman:

“For where we are in the process he looks great,” Long said of Rodriguez took BP for the second straight day.

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“I am not sure,” Rodriguez said when asked how many more BP sessions he would need before playing in some sort of game — either minor league or major league. “We are going to talk about it.”

Long was impressed with everything.

“He is driving balls all over the place, the ball is coming off the bat great, the bat speed is good and he looks very comfortable right now,” Long said.

“Where we are in the process” is a pretty big qualifier, given that A-Rod is just starting to take regular batting practice and has yet to get any game action, but any news is good news at this point. Wrist/hand injuries are notoriously difficult for hitters to fully work their way back from and the effects can linger in their performance for some time even once they’re healthy enough to play, but right now getting A-Rod back in the lineup would be a pretty big boost for a team that’s relying on a lot of bench/platoon players to step up due to injuries. Continue reading Long raves after A-Rod’s BP

The Farm Report: 8/29/12

Empire State lost to Lehigh Valley 5-2:
The IronPigs drew first blood with a solo homer by Pete Orr in the top of the second. The Yankees responded  in the bottom of the inning, as Francisco Cervelli started things with a single to center. Cole Garner doubled him in and scored on a single by Ramiro Pena for the 2-1 edge. The Yankees held the lead through five, but Lehigh Valley  used a two-run homer by Cody Overbeck to retake he lead. They added some insurance in the seventh as Michael Spidale started the inning with a single. He stole second and scored on a single by Andres Blanco. Cesar Hernandez grounded a single to right, putting runners on the corners and a single by Nate Schierholtz plated Blanco, as the Yankees fell 5-2.

Garner went 3-4 with a run scored, a double and a RBI. Cervelli, Pena and Ronnier Mustelier each went 1-4. Michael O’Connor went 5.2 innings and gave up two runs on four hits, a walk and two Ks. Kelvin Perez gave up three runs on four hits in one inning of work. He struck out three.

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Yanks Drop Finale To The Jays 8-5, Lose Series

Today’s game was ugly. And if you think it was bad watching it on TV or listening to it on the radio, try being there at the Stadium and experiencing it in person like I did. It was just miserable. Plus, being seated in front of a child that did nothing but kick the back of my chair nearly the whole time, wasn’t very fun either. That added to the misery. The Yankees needed CC Sabathia to step up and win the rubber of the series. That didn’t exactly go according to plan. And the thing is, he wasn’t terrible. Continue reading Yanks Drop Finale To The Jays 8-5, Lose Series

Well, that was ugly. Yanks lose, 8-5

The New York Yankees lost the game and the series to the Toronto Blue Jays despite having their ace on the mound and having the lead twice in the game. C.C. Sabathia got the start and at times looked overpowering and at other times, simply could not stop the bleeding as the Blue Jays nibbled away and then finally hit the smack down to win the game. The Yankees made three uncharacteristic errors in the game that led to four unearned runs or half of the Blue Jays’ total. The Yankees’ makeshift offense had early chances to score more runs and run Toronto starter, J.A. Happ out of the game early and could not get the big hit they needed. In the words of the immortal Shirelles, “Momma said there’d be days like this.”

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Game 130: Win The Series

Series against AL East teams down the stretch have become way more important than they should be. Even with Andruw Jones batting cleanup, whenever we have Sabathia on the mound against Happ, I like the odds. Derek Jeter SS Nick Swisher 1B Robinson Cano 2B Andruw Jones RF Curtis Granderson CF Steve Pearce DH Jayson Nix 3B Ichiro Suzuki LF Chris Stewart C Go Yankees!

Game 130 – The series tiebreaker

The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays complete their three game series this afternoon in the Bronx. Each team has won a game in the series and this will be the tiebreaker. The advantage seems to be with the Yankees as C.C. Sabathia gets the start and has not lost to the Blue Jays in the last five years. He is also coming off a dominant start in his last time out. The Blue Jays counter with J.A. Happ, making this the battle of first initials. Both starters are lefties, so the lineups will feature as many right-handed bats as possible. For example, Colby Rasmus will ride the bench for the Blue Jays today.

The Lineups:

Toronto Blue Jays:

  1. Rajai Davis – LF
  2. Mike McCoy – CF
  3. Edwin Encarnacion – DH
  4. Adam Lind – 1B
  5. Yunel Escobar – SS
  6. Kelly Johnson – 2B
  7. Moises Sierra – RF
  8. Jeff Mathis – C
  9. Adeiny Hechavarria – 3B

J.A. Happ – SP

New York Yankees:

  1. Derek Jeter – SS
  2. Nick Swisher – 1B
  3. Robinson Cano – 2B
  4. Andruw Jones – RF
  5. Curtis Granderson – CF
  6. Steve Pearce – DH
  7. Jayson Nix – 3B
  8. Ichiro Suzuki – LF
  9. Chris Stewart – C

C.C. Sabathia – SP

Not an awe-inspiring lineup, eh?

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Screw It, Call Up Mark Montgomery

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) These are perilous times in Yankeeland, friends.  Injuries have the lineup disintegrating into one giant platoon (or more accurately, TWO giant platoons), the rotation is still operating at just 60% of its ideal capacity, the bullpen is essentially Rafael Soriano, David Robertson, and pray for 7 strong from the starter and no extra innings, and there’s still over a month of regular season baseball to play.  The division lead that felt safe and sound 2 months ago (opening myself up to some ridicule there) has shrunk to a competitive level Continue reading Screw It, Call Up Mark Montgomery

Feliciano could be close to returning

Pedro Feliciano made another rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton last night, the first time during his rehab assignment that he’s appeared in back to back games. That’s generally the biggest hurdle for a reliever to clear, so unless we hear that Feliciano has suffered some sort of setback today, you have to consider Feliciano just about ready to return to the big leagues. He’s supposed to make one more appearance in the minors, but after that he should be ready to return to the 40 man roster, and with the September roster expansion period beginning Saturday getting him to the big leagues won’t be an issue. I don’t really expect much at all in the way of production from him, he hasn’t pitched in nearly two years and I think that most of us had come to assume that he’d likely not even make an appearance in pinstripes after signing that two year, $8 million contract, so anything the Yankees get out of him at this point is just gravy. He’ll give Joe Girardi another option to mix and match in the bullpen over the last month of the season, if nothing else, and given how much the team’s middle relievers have struggled, that could actually be a fairly big boost to the team if he can still get lefties out. Continue reading Feliciano could be close to returning

Hughes incorporates new pitch against Jays

Phil Hughes had already remade his approach on the mound once this year, a change that included removing the cutter from his arsenal and throwing even more fastballs than he had been previously. The shift helped lead to a turnaround in performance for him after the season’s first month, but the flip side of that is that Hughes had struggled with right handed hitters as a result. Al Leiter mentioned this on the broadcast last night: right handed batters who hit curveballs well, like Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion, essentially reduced Hughes to being a fastball only pitcher, and big league hitters will adjust to most pitchers if all they’re seeing is fastballs.

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