Yankees 4, Diamondbacks 3: The comeback kids

You know it’s a good game when CC Sabathia gives up two runs while tossing over 30 pitches in the first inning and he not only picks up the win but lasts until the eighth inning and hands the ball off to Mariano Rivera for the save.

But before we get to that, let’s review what happened.

Paul Goldschmidt put the Diamondbacks up 2-0 with a line drive home run to the short porch in right field in the first. They scored again in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by A.J. Pollock while the Yankees couldn’t get anything going against Wade Miley.

In the seventh, the Yankees scored three runs to tie the game and snatch a win from Miley’s grasp. The first run was scored on a bases loaded walk by Jayson Nix that scored Ben Francisco. Miley was replaced by Tony Sipp who was immediately greeted by a two-out, two-run single by Brett Gardner to tie the game.…

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Quick recap: Yankees 4, Diamondbacks 2

It’s only fitting that the Yankees won tonight’s game by a score of 4-2 while every player was wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, the man Robinson Cano, who hit the go ahead home run was named after. Oh, and of course, future Hall of Famer and the man who will be the last player to ever wear #42, Mariano Rivera, was the one who came in to get the 611th save of his career.

Ivan Nova managed to pitch five innings. He wasn’t great, he wasn’t terrible but he was serviceable and he earned his first win of 2013. Like I said in the game thread, instead of hoping for Super Nova, I wanted him to be “Good Enough To Win Nova,” and he was. He pitched five innings, gave up two runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out six.

Cano, who hit what would be the game winning home run in the fourth off Diamondbacks’ starter Brandon McCarthy, has been on fire in his last six games.…

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Kuroda and Gardner lead the way to Yankee victory over the Orioles

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The New York Yankees, behind a complete game shutout by Hiroki Kuroda, and a three-run fifth inning by the Yankees’ makeshift lineup, took the series from the Baltimore Orioles, two games to one. Jayson Nix drove in the first run in the fifth inning off of Orioles’ starter Wei-Yin Chen with a sacrifice fly and then Brett Gardner hit a booming two-run homer to round out the scoring.

Kuroda was magnificent. He had all of his pitches working and induced 21 ground balls on 25 batted balls by the Orioles, allowing only five hits and no walks. Kuroda struck out five and even worked around two errors by the left side of his infield. The Yankees’ starter threw 70% of his 113 pitches for strikes and it was not until the ninth inning when a runner got to second on defensive indifference, did the Orioles get a runner into scoring position.

Wei-Yin Chen matched Kuroda for the first four innings though he was not as sharp as Kuroda.…

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Orioles 5, Yankees 3: Booooooooooughes

Well, that wasn’t fun.

Phil Hughes couldn’t find the plate and the Orioles took advantage early. Hughes only lasted three innings, gave up five runs on nine hits, walked two and gave up three home runs.

But hey, a good thing was that the bullpen, David Phelps, Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson, combined to toss six scoreless innings giving up only two hits, striking out seven and not allowing a free pass.

Some good things:

Tomorrow’s the rubber game with Hiroki Kuroda facing off against Wei-Yin Chen. And don’t forget, it’s an 8:05 p.m. ESPN Sunday Night game so prepare yourselves well in advance.

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Yankees 14, Indians 1: Bombs away!!

Okay, so that was fun, funny and there were some fireworks. (We’ll get to those later.)

First up, the offense which was fun to watch. Over the past two games, the Yankees have scored a combined 25 runs against Cleveland pitching. Brett Gardner finished 4-5 with two RBI to raise his average nearly 100 points to .257 (don’t you love April?). Robinson Cano‘s bat continued where it left off yesterday with Cano going 4 for 6 with a home run, two doubles and 5 RBI.

The other two guys with multi-hit games are part of the funny portion of this recap: Francisco Cervelli and Lyle Overbay. In all fairness, I shouldn’t laugh at Cervelli because he’s been great so far in this young season and is batting .353 at the moment. Will he sustain that? Probably not but it’s fun to watch right now. Cervelli finished 2-4 with an RBI. As for Overbay, he was also part of the home run derby portion of the game and finished 3-5 with an RBI.…

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First Winning Streak Of The Year! Yankees Crush Indians 11-6

The Yankees played in their third home opener of the year this afternoon, a duel between Hiroki Kuroda and Ubaldo Jimenez. Both pitchers came into the game with their own concerns. Last week, Kuroda took a linedrive to his middle finger and was pronounced day-to-day. Meanwhile, Jimenez was coming off a strong outing in Toronto after an awful 2012 season.

The pitching worries were a big part of the first half of today’s game. Jimenez opened up the first inning with an 84 mph fastball, after averaging 96 mph just a few years ago in Colorado. After walking Robinson Cano and allowing a single to Kevin Youkilis, hometown hero Travis Hafner launched a 3-run home run to dead center.

Kuroda lacked control in the first inning, and immediately walked Michael Bourn. What followed was a series of unfortunate events for the right-handed pitcher. There were three ground balls that could have easily been double play balls, but they just happened to bounce off bags and gloves for infield singles.…

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Tigers 8, Yankees 4: Well, that wasn’t fun

YANKEES-blog480I was going to do a good news/bad news feature for this recap but there wasn’t a lot of good news today. I guess the fact that the Yankees scored one more run than they did yesterday was a good thing, right? Unfortunately for the Yanks, who scored four whole runs, Detroit scored eight runs on 17 hits against Yankee pitchers.

The only guys who seem to be hitting in the Yankees’ lineup are the new guys. Vernon Wells hit another home run today while Travis Hafner and Lyle Overbay each had RBI singles. Robinson Cano walked and scored but was hitless with two strikeouts in his other at bats.

Actually, if there was a hitting star of the day for the Yankees, it would be Overbay who finished 2-4 for two RBI.

Phil Hughes had three good innings – good as in the Tigers didn’t score – sandwiched between two not so great innings. In the bottom of the first, he gave up a run on a Prince Fielder sacrifice fly.…

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Tigers 8, Yankees 3: So much for the reprieve

Before you even think it, no it’s not just like last October. The team is different. The lineup is different. The year is different. Okay?

Today’s game was not fun to watch. There was once instance when it was fun, Kevin Youkilis hit a home run to pull the Yankees ahead in the top of the fifth but then it all fell apart quickly.

The Tigers scored three in the bottom of that fifth inning, one in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the bottom of the seventh. And how did they do it? Home runs. Two by Prince Fielder and one by Alex Avila. Fielder had five runs batted in this afternoon.

Ivan Nova didn’t look good. He’s has been on a bit of a slide since the 2012 All-Star break and at one point in today’s game, six straight batters were able to work a 3-2 count against him. Unfortunately for Nova, the bullpen didn’t help his cause.…

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Recap: The old man and the W, Pettitte helps lead Yanks to victory

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Hooray!

Is anyone else as excited as I am right now? The excitement I’m feeling is not just because the Yankees won. It’s also not just because they beat Boston – I mean, who doesn’t love that? And it’s not just because we, meaning the people who live in the New York metro area, won’t have to hear about more doom and gloom tomorrow. The excitement I’m feeling is because two of the guys people like to make fun of the most, the ones fans of other teams like to say ” are as old as dirt,” Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, were a big part of tonight’s victory.

Pettitte was the stopper the Yankees desperately needed. Well, fine, desperately is a little exaggerated and over the top but to save everyone’s sanity, at least in terms of what I mentioned above, the doom and gloom, this start was definitely needed.

The oldest man in the starting rotation came out and threw eight innings of one run ball.…

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