Pineda Tar Gate: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1

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.…

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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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Yankees finally hit a homer, beat Blue Jays, 6-4

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.…

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Pineda is great-a but the offense duds, Blue Jays win

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.…

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Does Colorado want Dexter Fowler back? Astros 3, Yankees 1

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.…

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A Tale Of Two Adjusting Pitchers

CC Sabathia, Jeff Kobernus

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.  …

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Tie Game! Rays and Yankees Finish 3-3 As Phelps Goes 5 Innings

The Yankees have been lucky enough to see some great pitching this spring. Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka, and CC Sabathia have given up just 1 run total, while Ivan Nova has had a couple of brilliant appearances. Michael Pineda came out to pitch two clean innings on Friday, Vidal Nuno and Adam Warren have equally impressed, but today was David Phelps‘ time to shine. After giving up a double to Matt Joyce with 1 out in the 1st inning, Phelps proceed to take care of the next 9 batters quickly. He pitched so efficiently that he went 5.0 innings today, giving up just 3 hits and earning a strike out against a handful of Rays regulars.

Phelps’ performance might not necessarily earn him a spot in the Yankees’ rotation, not with Pineda showing that he’s healthy, but it could help him beat out other starters if an injury happens. Likewise, Phelps could be playing for a rotation spot with another team, as we learned last week that at least the Mariners have been scouting the right-handed pitcher.…

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Banuelos Returns In 9-6 Win Over Astros

One day after Michael Pineda returned to the mound from shoulder surgery, Manny Banuelos made his return from Tommy John surgery. The results were mixed on the scoreboard, but the performance on the mound was encouraging to both the pitcher and some scouts.

The game started off with Ivan Nova getting hit hard by the Astros’ Dexter Fowler(line drive single), Jose Altuve(line drive single), Jason Castro(fly ball double), Chris Carter(lineout), and Marc Krauss(line drive single). Thanks to a strikeout and caught stealing, Nova ended the disastrous 1st inning, but the second inning wasn’t much better. Nova again gave up singles to L.J. Hoes and Cesar Izturis before getting into a rhythm. The right-handed pitcher lacked command, but redeemed himself with a handful of strikeouts and ground balls in his final two innings of work.

Meanwhile, the Yankees offense took advantage of fielding mistakes and errors all game long. Mason Williams had a nice game, reaching base on a walk, earning an RBI on a sacrifice fly, and hitting an RBI double in the 2nd inning, missing a home run by just a couple of feet.…

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A Rainy Day Of Firsts Yesterday

Tanaka vs PHI ST

For a while, it didn’t look like yesterday’s game was going to happen.  It was raining hard, the scheduled start had been pushed back, and the forecast wasn’t all that promising.  It was supposed to be Masahiro Tanaka‘s second ST appearance and first official start in a Yankee uniform, cause for as much excitement as any ST game should cause, and both Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano were also slated to make their first ST appearances.  As luck would have it, the weather cooperated long enough to get the game in and not deprive us of another chance to dissect Tanaka’s outing or the string of related “firsts” that happened yesterday.

The outing by Tanaka was another good one.  He worked 3 innings on 41 pitches, allowed only 2 hits with no walks and 1 strikeout.  One of the hits was a solo HR, giving Tanaka his first career run and homer allowed in MLB, but given the circumstances and the way he responded I don’t think that should be the major takeaway.  …

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