A night of many happy returns: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1

We all know that Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira made their long awaited returns to the Yankee lineup. But did you also know that another player reappeared in the Bronx tonight? That’s right, the real CC Sabathia returned to the mound tonight.

applausegifAfter struggling for the better part of two months with both his velocity and his control, Sabathia stepped up and pitched a heck of a game. He lasted 7.1 innings, gave up only one run on six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out 10. Not only were his control and velocity better but his secondary pitches were working tonight as well. His slider made a much needed comeback to his arsenal and he used it to his advantage in those 10 strike outs – in the at bats he finished with a slider, the Red Sox were 1-10 with six strikeouts*.

Offensively, Ichiro Suzuki had a big night, finishing 2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Youkilis was 1-4 with an RBI single in his return while Teixeira was 0-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Jon Lester pitched 6.1 innings and gave up four runs on six hits, walked four and struck out five. The Red Sox lone run came in the seventh inning after a Mike Napoli RBI double which scored Dustin Pedroia.

David Robertson and Mariano Rivera came in and closed the door on the Red Sox. Robertson picked up his 11th hold and Mo converted his 19th save out of 20 tries.

So just like that, the Yankees are back on track and now a game behind the Red Sox for first place in the American League East.

*Thanks to Jack Curry for that stat.
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Game 54: Welcome back

So, some moves were made today which have allowed Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira to be activated and placed onto the active roster. Vidal Nuno and Ivan Nova were both optioned to Triple A.

Youkilis is the DH tonight, batting second and Teixeira is playing first and batting third.

And how are they being welcomed back into the Yankee lineup? By facing Jon Lester of the Red Sox while the team is in the midst of a five-game losing streak. It should be interesting to see how much better the lineup performs with them back.

Hopefully, the Yankees get something going. The offense has been stagnant this week and a big key will be drawing some walks. The Yankees haven’t done that since Monday. Think about that. They didn’t draw a walk in three whole games. They also made a couple of not-so-great starters – Jeremy Hefner and Dillon Gee – look like Cy Young winners.

Again, they’re facing Lester tonight, who so far this season is 6-1 with a 3.34 ERA.

For the Yankees, CC Sabathia will be on the hill facing a Red Sox lineup that will be without Jacoby Ellsbury who was scratched with a groin injury. Will the Red Sox miss the guy who stole five bases in a win against Philadelphia last night? We shall see. Jackie Bradley Jr. was called up and will be starting in Ellbury’s place.

For Sabathia, this season has been frustrating and while he hasn’t quite been himself and has yet to put everything together for a solid start, he hasn’t been awful. He’s currently 4-4 with a 3.95 ERA (Not very Sabathia-like but not as atrocious as someone else could be with velocity and control issues)

Last time out though his velocity seemed to come back a bit. He was hitting 94. The key for tonight him will be location. He hasn’t had an easy time when facing Boston during his tenure in pinstripes.

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UPDATED: Tonight’s Yankees lineup: 5/31/13 & Roster moves

Gardner 8
Youkilis DH
Cano 4
Tex 3
Wells 7
Nix 6
Adams 5
Ichiro 9
Stewart 2

I’m so excited to see Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis back in the lineup. Hopefully they survive the night.

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Flashback Friday: Taking a look at some Yankee blowouts

Since the Yankees haven’t been able to score much this week, I thought it could be fun to look at some games when they had no trouble scoring.

Last night, a writing colleague of mine, Ashley Varela, who appears with me on a site called High Heat Stats, reached out to her Twitter followers last night for writing prompts. It seems she was suffering through a little bit of writer’s block and couldn’t come up with anything baseball related to write about. I had done something similar in the past. I had asked my Twitter followers for random words to see if I could write a short story post based on the word and it actually worked well for me a couple of times. Anyway, Ashley got a few good suggestions and she wrote about them last night.

Her post was on the Seattle Mariners scoring 20+ runs and can be read here. In that post, she highlighted other teams’ records in 20+ run games and there was a Yankees’ mention:

The New York Yankees have cataloged the most 20+ run games, with 25 victories from 1920 to 2011.

I had a feeling the Yankees would be up there in that category but didn’t realize it would be that many. So thanks to Ashley having writer’s block and her Twitter followers helping her out, I got the idea to look up and to write about some of those 20+ run games by the Yankees.

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Gardner Getting It Done Lately

Gardner vs TB

(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod.  Stats are as of Wednesday afternoon.  Gardner’s gone 2-9 w/ 1 R in the 2 games since)

Amidst the scores of struggling bats, one man has been flying under the radar and quietly putting together a really nice month.  That man, if you were unaware, is Brett Gardner.  I almost didn’t realize it myself until a day or two ago, so I’m sure hopeful there are a few more of you out there who didn’t realize it either.  After a slow start to the year and some slightly disturbing swing trends, Gardner has really come around and been both a spark at the top of the order and a stud in the field in May.  Were it not for his contributions this month, the Yankees would likely be out a few more Ws.

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The Farm Report: 5/30/13 – wins for everyone!

Need to go with the bullet point version today – it was a busy night yesterday and I expect a hectic day at the office today, so here goes…

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Norfolk 5-1:

  • Norfolk took an early lead with a run in the bottom of the third. Dan Johnson tied the game with a solo homer in the fourth for the RailRiders.
  • Addison Maruszak doubled to start the fifth and scored on a sac fly by Alberto Gonzalez.
  • The Yankees got some insurance runs in the top of the eighth, when Ronnier Mustelier hit a three run homer for the 5-1 win.
  • No one in the RailRiders’ lineup had more than one hit. Mustelier and Johnson both went 1-4 with homers. Maruszak went 1-3 with a double and a walk. Melky Mesa went 1-5 with a run scored, three stolen bases and three Ks.
  • Caleb Cotham made the start, giving up one unearned run on six hits. He did not walk anyone and he struck out five.
  • Clay Rapada gave up one hit and struck out one in 0.2 innings and Sam Demel finished the game with a hit, a walk and two Ks in 1.1.

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Swept away: Mets 3, Yankees 1

I honestly can’t think of anything to say other than, “Welp!”

Seriously, what can you do? The Yankees decided to have a bad week during the same week as the Subway Series. Stuff happens. And it’s not as tragic as people are making it out to be. Everyone needs to calm down. This isn’t the Yankees’ A team. If the Mets had completed a four-game sweep with a healthy Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis in the lineup, I’d probably be despondent. But I can’t even be that upset right now.

And if you had told me on Opening Day that the Yankees would be 30-23 and only two games out at this point in the season, I’d’ve been ecstatic.

So they lost to the Mets. Big deal! And it was a sweep. So what? At least it wasn’t a six-game sweep which is what the Yankees did to the Mets 10 years ago.

There were some positives tonight. Like Robinson Cano hitting a home run – which accounted for the only run of the game. And there was, um, well, there was … Oh! Vidal Nuno was okay. He didn’t get bombed like Phelps did last night and he made it out of the first inning without giving up a run.

See? Positivity!

And more good stuff came out after the game: Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis are on their way back to the team and will be playing tomorrow. They both finished 1-3 in their game in Trenton.

Andy Pettitte is also set to return on Monday so the Yankees are going to start to look like the Yankees again not a team of impostors that people can’t tell apart.

So everyone take a deep breath, relax and put this series behind you. I mean, it’s not like the Yankees are facing the Red Sox next–

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