The New York Yankees did not take long to mess up Jon Lester‘s game plan. The team scored two runs off of the Red Sox hurler before anyone was out in the first inning. The Yankees scored two more in the third and put the game away in the fifth with four more...
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.
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.…
It was setting up to be a fantastic night for CC Sabathia, and it was all undone in a split second.
The Yankees dropped the second game of their four game set against the Red Sox by a 4-2 score after Sabathia had an implosion in the sixth inning, and the Yankee bats didn’t show up.
The pitchers dominated through the first five innings, as the only run came on a solo home run by Alfonso Soriano in the second inning. The Yankees only had three hits in the first five innings, and Boston only had one.
Sabathia was dominating and had all three pitches working. He was really working the inside of the plate very well, thus was able to get many strikeouts on his changeup away. Sabathia mixed his pitches and his speeds very well. Many Red Sox hitters were late on his 90 mph fastballs.
However, Sabathia completely fell apart in the sixth inning for the second consecutive start.…
Michael Pineda delivered the type of performance that fans have dreamed of since he was traded to New York in January of 2012, and he led the Yankees to a big 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Pineda held the Red Sox without a hit through the first four innings before Xander Bogaerts broke up the no-hitter leading off the fifth inning. He had command of all three of his pitches and was making the Boston hitters look silly.
Pineda was blowing his fastball by hitters and locating early in the count, as he threw first pitch strikes to the first nine hitters he faced. Pineda finished going six innings, allowed one run and struck out seven.
Pictures from the Internet and T.V. cameras showed a brown substance on Pineda’s hand that was gone by the fifth inning, but the Red Sox never questioned it.
Both teams were scoreless through the first three innings before the Yankees put two runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth.…
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.…
The New York Yankees scored six runs before the fourth inning was over, all off Blue Jays’ starter, Drew Hutchison. The last two runs were the result of a Brett Gardner line drive homer, the Yankees’ first of the season. Hutchison took the loss and is now 1-1. David Robertson put two base runners on in the ninth for a little tension, but got Colby Rasmus to pop out to third and Melky Cabrera on a line drive to right for his second save. CC Sabathia picked up the win to even his record to 1-1.
CC Sabathia’s outing was mostly encouraging. He gave up a home run to Melky Cabrera, the first batter he faced, but then shut down the Blue Jays for the next five innings. At one point, he had thrown first-pitch strikes to nineteen straight batters. He then got the first two outs in the sixth inning and ran into trouble.
Jose Bautista hit a pop up off the end of his bat that had all kinds of English on it.…
Michael Pineda made it worth the wait with a six-inning stellar performance that showed he can really help the Yankees’ rotation this year. Unfortunately, despite four really decent chances, the Yankees could not get the big hit they needed and laid an egg. In the eighth inning, David Phelps yielded a homer, a double and then another homer to put the game out of reach. R.A. Dickey got the win to even his record at 1-1 and Sergio Santos got a four out save.for his second of the year. Pineda got the hard luck loss and is 0-1.
Before we get to the bad stuff, let’s talk about Pineda. He has been away from the Majors as long as Grady Sizemore. Think about that for a second. After working hard all winter and spring, he earned the opportunity to head north with the Yankees as the fifth starter. And what a fifth starter he can be!
Michael Pineda pitched six innings against a tough lineup and gave up six hits and no walks He struck out five.…
Dexter single-handedly beat the New York Yankees on Wednesday night. He hit a lead off home run in the first inning, then, the speedy center fielder scored again in the third after hitting a triple. It may have seemed the Yankees starting pitcher was in trouble again, but Fowler was the only player to do any damage against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
The Yankees had a chance in the eighth when Carlos Beltran led off with a double. However, Houston reliever Matt Albers sent down the next three batters by striking them out. After 10 team strikeouts and leaving eight runners on base, Yankees didn’t seem to have the offensive energy to win this one.
The Good Stuff
– The Brians had nice nights: McCann went 2-for-4 and Roberts 3-for-4 (edited for correction).
– Kuroda had a solid first outing. He gave just three hits (two from Fowler) and two runs through six innings.
– Jacoby Ellsbury got on base with a walk and showed off his speed with a steal of second base.…
It was another tandem activity day for CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka yesterday, in what may or may not be a strategic move by Joe. Flip-flopping the plan from last Thursday, when Sabathia threw a sim game and Tanaka got the Grapefruit start, it was Tanaka who threw the sim in the morning and Sabathia who took the hill against real competition in the afternoon. Their results and the manner in which they achieved them could not have been more different and provide a perfect view of 2 divergent pitching career paths.
The final line on Tanaka’s sim outing was impressive: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER (on a Jake Cave solo HR) and 9 K. He threw 63 pitches, 49 for strikes (77.78 Str %), and according to reports threw 16 consecutive strikes at one point. He looked good, he said he felt good, and he continued to stretch himself out towards a full workload with 3 weeks remaining until his regular season debut. …