Susan Lulgjuraj has been a sports reporter for more than 10 years, covering the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Phillies, Little league and everything in between. Susan also grew up a New York Yankees fan and sat with the Bleacher Creatures for many years.

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Who is Chase Whitley?

Chase WhitleyWhen Joe Girardi made the official announcement that Chase Whitley would start, there was a collective response from Yankees fans …

Who?

With all the injuries to the pitching staff, New York needed to fill CC Sabathia’s Thursday start. So, Girardi dug into the minors and yanked...

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Everybody walks! Angels 4, Yankees 1

MeryGoRound

The Yankees were fired up on Monday night, but it didn’t turn into runs as New York lost to the Angels 4-1.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi had one of his most heated moments in his tenure with New York. With the bases loaded and no outs in...

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New transfer rule interpretation goes against how players are taught

Has anything been more annoying in baseball this season than the new interpretation of the transfer rule?

We’ve had pine tar issues, catchers can’t block the plate, and replays galore.

However, the most universally hated “new rule” has been the interpretation of the transfer rule. Essentially, after a player catches a ball – whether it be turning...

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Triples for everyone: Yankees 10, Tampa Bay 2

The New York Yankees might have expected a tough pitching duel on Thursday night. One person held up that end of the deal, surprisingly CC Sabathia.

Tampa Bay’s David Price was batted around by the Yankees and was chased after five innings after giving up six runs on 10 hits. Yankees beat up the Rays 10-2.

New York gave Sabathia a 4-0 lead by the second inning, thankfully, because Sabathia has struggled in his previous three outings. It may have seemed Sabathia about to hit those bumps again as he allowed a double to Evan Longoria and a walk to Wil Myers in the second inning.

Yet, Sabathia was bailed out when Sean Rodriguez hit a ground ball to third baseman Yangervis Solarte.

Solarte fielded the ball, touched third, threw to second and the ball went around the horn to complete a triple play. The play marked the second straight year Sabathia has been the beneficiary of a triple play.…

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Why players don’t care about Michael Pineda’s “dirt”

Bk6idBvIAAEsBRAMichael Pineda threw with the type of gusto through Thursday he had three years ago when the Yankees traded for him from Seattle.

His slider made batters look foolish. His fastball set up off-speed pitches. And he mixed in a cutter and changeup to keep the Boston Red Sox off-balance.

However, on Friday morning, no one seemed to be talking about Pineda’s pitching performance. Instead, it was about the substance on Pineda’s pitching hand. Television stills showed a brown substance on the base of the palm of his hand.

Pineda called it dirt. Others called it pine tar.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he didn’t know anything about it.

The Red Sox players said it didn’t matter.

There are reasons that it doesn’t matter to Boston – or most players asked around the league.

1. No one wants to be the team to point it out. If a manager does, he will set up his own team for the same kind of scrutiny.…

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Happy Home Opener: Yankees 4, Baltimore 2

The Yankees home opener was special day for fans. The Core Four reunited for Derek Jeter’s last home opener, having Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera throw out the ceremonial first pitches to Jeter and Jorge Posada, respectively. However, there was still a game to be played.

Hiroki Kuroda mixed up his pitches, throwing sliders, splitters and curve balls. He threw six good innings, but had a shaky seventh before the bullpen came in to finish the game. Kuroda gave up eight hits, two runs, struck out four and walked none.

Yangervis Solarte broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth on a single, continuing his hot start. Yankees managed to put together a couple of runs in the fifth on a single by Jacoby Ellsbury and a bases loaded walk to Kelly Johnson to make it 4-1.

Shawn Kelley earned his first save of the season in a 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

The Good Stuff

- Solarte continues to get on base.…

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