Game Three: A New Lineup… Again

KYODO/LANDOV

KYODO/LANDOV

The Yankees are still looking for their first win, and in an effort to get some more offense, Girardi has shuffled up the lineup again.

Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Francisco Cervelli C

Andy Pettitte will take the mound against Ryan Dempster, who’s making his first start for the Red Sox.

The game starts at 7:05 PM and you can catch it on YES or The MLB Network, depending on where you live. Go Yankees!

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Red Sox Add Insult To Injury In 7-4 Loss

Hiroki Kuroda was supposed to save us, but we got even more injury news tonight. He didn’t start today’s game particularly strong, but after taking a line drive to the throwing hand in the second inning, he completely lost his control. Kuroda gave up a walk and two hit by pitches almost immediately, and gave the Red Sox an early 2-0 lead before Joe Girardi gave him the hook. At the moment, he’s being diagnosed with a contusion to his middle finger, but X-Rays are being taken.

Cody Eppley came into relieve Kuroda, and immediately earned an inning ending double play to get out of the BB/HBP mess. Girardi left Eppley in for the third inning, but a number of well placed groundballs made it through the infield. Eppley gave up 4 earned runs in his 1.1 inning of work, but he didn’t look that terrible. The right-hander drew 5 ground balls, 1 strikeout, and 1 line drive, but the ground balls just couldn’t find fielders.…

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Opening Day Observations From A First-Time 2013 Yankee Viewer

CC Sabathia

For those of you who don’t know, I live and work out in Wisconsin, where a combination of geographic location, available regional TV selections, and lack of money/motivation to pay for an MLB.tv subscription leaves me without access to the YES Network and the bulk of the televised Yankee games.  For those of you who do know from reading AB4AR, you’re probably tired of hearing that excuse but whatever.  A nationally televised Yankee game is always like an early birthday present for me, and yesterday’s broadcast on ESPN gave me my first chance to actually SEE this year’s version of the Yankees play.  It’s one thing to analyze and comment on the goings on of the club based on secondhand information like scouting reports and FanGraphs stats; it’s another to actually watch players in action and evaluate their performance based on what you see.  I jotted more than a few notes down while watching yesterday’s home opener.  Here are some of my observations.…

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Yankees Lose First Home Opener Since 1982

AP Photo

AP Photo

When Joe Girardi‘s lineup card hit Twitter, I though it may have been an April Fool’s joke, but I was wrong.

Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Vernon Wells LF
Ben Francisco DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix 3B
Francisco Cervelli C

After months of asking what the Yankees were going to do to remedy their problems, the opening day roster was about as awe-inspiring as we all expected. Eduardo Nunez batted second, Vernon Wells fifth, Ben Francisco was your DH, and Jayson Nix was at third base instead of a glue factory. But with Brett Gardner, Robinson Cano, Ichiro Suzuki, and the rest of the gang on the field for CC Sabathia, the Yankees might not need much offense. There’s no doubt that this was Girardi’s plan, defense-first and start all your scrappy right-handed hitters against Jon Lester.

The Yankees may have lost a considerable amount of home runs since 2012, but at least they still have pitching and defense.…

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Spring Training Game 14: Yankees 4, Cardinals 0

The Yankees beat the Cardinals 4-0 today thanks to strong starting pitching by Hiroki Kuroda and a two-run home run by Kevin Youkilis – his first of Spring Training. Kuroda pitched four innings, gave up three hits, struck out six and did not walk a batter. Youkilis finished 1-2 with two RBI.

Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson, and Shawn Kelley all pitched scoreless innings and Dellin Betances pitched in – pun intended – with two scoreless innings.

Corban Joseph had two hits, Travis Hafner and Brett Gardner each had one and Derek Jeter played again, as DH, and was hitless in two at bats.

And in exciting news, the Yankees did not commit an error and as far as we know, everyone made it out pain free.

Tomorrow, they take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. Ivan Nova is scheduled to start against Alex Cobb.

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Spring Training Game Ten: Yankees 5, Red Sox 2

The rivalry was renewed and the Yankees won the first battle…

Okay, even I can’t pretend that this was anything more than a Spring Training game with scrubs – and Brett Gardner – making the trip to Fort Myers. I probably should also admit to not watching the game. Although I did catch a glimpse of Andrew Miller of the Red Sox sporting a mountain man beard. Hey Andrew, 2004 called, it wants Johnny Damon back.

The Red Sox struck first with a run in the second inning on a home run by Mike Napoli which came off of Adam Warren. Warren pitched three innings and only gave up that one run on that one hit. He struck out two and walked one batter.

The other Red Sox run came against Kelvin Perez in the bottom of the ninth when Perez threw a wild pitch which scored Mauro Gomez.

The Yankees scored their runs during a three-run sixth inning in which Eduardo Nunez hit an RBI single, Jayson Nix grounded into a force out with the bases loaded and that scored Austin Romine who was on third and Ronnier Mustelier who moved to third on that force out scored on a fielding error by Drew Sutton which also allowed the batter, Juan Rivera to reach first.…

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Spring Training Game Nine: Yankees 10, Tigers 3

The seven-game losing streak is over. Everyone can stop panicking about the New York Yankees.

Of course, I’m kidding, no one was really panicking at all. As I’ve been saying for the past few weeks, it’s only Spring Training.

The good stuff:

  • Ivan Nova‘s performance – 2 IP, one hit and one strike out. He was also hitting 94 m.p.h. (according to some tweets I saw)
  • Brett Gardner‘s two hits and two stolen bases
  • Tyler Austin and Corban Joseph each had two RBI – not that those even count but it was still nice to see.
  • Chris Stewart who is one of the candidates for the starting catcher job hit a home run.
  • The Yankees had finished with 10 runs on 13 hits.
  • They only made one error.

The ‘bad’ stuff:

Tomorrow, the Yankees will travel to Fort Myers to take on the Boston Red Sox in JetBlue Park for a 1:35 p.m.…

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Spring training games six and seven: Two losses

Home Game: Blue Jays 1, Yankees 0

A good thing about the game: the pitching. David Phelps started and looked strong. He lasted three innings, gave up two hits, one walk and he struck out one batter. Phelps will be a key piece to the Yankees’ pitching staff in 2013. Another key piece will be David Aardsma, especially if he can stay healthy. Aardsma pitched one inning and he didn’t allow a hit, he didn’t surrender a walk and he struck out one batter. The lone run of the game came off Chase Whitley, a solo shot by Andy LaRoche.

A bad thing about the game: Marty Foster. He threw Chris Stewart out of the game after a bad call at first. Really dude? It’s February 28, calm down.

Brett Gardner, Mark TeixeiraIchiro Suzuki, Ronnier Mustelier and Jose Pirela all had a hit apiece in the game. Juan Rivera finished with two.

Away Game: Houston 7, Yankees 6

Welp, the Yankees actually had a 5-1 lead in this game and gave it all up in the next half inning.…

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Spring Training Game Three: Orioles 5, Yankees 1

The Yankees fell to 1-2 in Grapefruit League play thanks to a 5-1 loss to the Orioles.

I don’t think anyone was expecting the Yankees to win this one. It was a road game early in Spring Training and the only regular to make the trip was Brett Gardner. Speaking of Gardner, he was 3-3 on the day. Jayson Nix was the only other Yankee with more than one hit – he finished 2-3. The team had eight hits on the day.

Their lone run was scored in the top of the ninth inning when shortstop Walter Ibarra hit a single that scored Corban Joseph. It was the Yankees’ first run since Saturday afternoon’s win against the Braves.

The Orioles played most of their regulars and a few of them contributed to the win. Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Nate McLouth all had RBI and Russ Canzler, who was designated for assignment by the Yankees earlier this winter drove in Baltimore’s last run in the bottom of the 6th inning.…

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