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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Spring Training Game Two: Blue Jays 2, Yankees 0

The Yankees dropped their Grapefuit League game to the Blue Jays 2-0 this afternoon at Steinbrenner Field but the biggest loss happened five pitches into Curtis Granderson‘s first at-bat. Toronto starter J.A. Happ hit Granderson in the right forearm. He was immediately taken out of the game as a precaution and a few innings later, the Yankees announced that Granderson suffered a fractured forearm and that he will be out 10 weeks.

Kevin Youkilis, who was on deck when Granderson was hit said, “It didn’t sound good.” And now we know, it wasn’t good at all.

It’s not a season-ending injury by any means and if there’s good news to come out of it, at least it happened early in Spring Training. Because of that, if things go as planned and Granderson doesn’t suffer any setbacks, he’ll be back a month into the season.

The game itself was pretty uneventful. Youkilis made good contact in his at bat, driving the ball to the warning track a couple of times but had nothing to show for his effort.…

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Spring Training Game One: Yankees 8, Braves 3

The Yankees are undefeated in Grapefruit league play thanks to an 8-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves. I know, it’s only one game and it’s Spring Training but I’m just happy to be able to write about an actual game. The last set of games the Yankees played left a pretty bad taste in everyone’s mouth so a victory, even in exhibition play, is nice to recap.

Paul Maholm, who started for Atlanta, kept the Yankees off the scoreboard for two innings. Robinson Cano reached on an error in the first but was erased from the bases when Mark Teixeira grounded into a double play to end the inning. In the second, set the Yankees down in order.

Things changed in the third when Jordan Walden came into the game to replace Maholm. Melky Mesa reached base when third baseman Chris Johnson dropped a pop up in front of the plate. That play ignited the Yankees and they ended up scoring four runs in the inning.…

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Yankees swept. Tigers are American League Champions

When a series like this is covered on a site devoted to one of the teams contending in the series, it is easy to get wrapped up in the “failures” of the team that is covered. The flip side here is that the Tigers and their pitching in particular were spectacular in the series and did not make a single misstep the entire series. From Jim Leyland to each starting pitcher and the Tigers’ bullpen (outside of Valverde) to the offense, the Tigers dominated the series and outscored the Yankees, nineteen to six. Was it a total failure of the Yankees’ lineup or a total achievement of the Tigers’ pitching staff? Gosh, that depends on which side you are looking from. A metaphor of the entire series happened in the top of the third inning with the Yankees only down by a run at that point.

Eduardo Nunez came up with two outs and hit a spinning top to Prince Fielder.…

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Yankees a game from elimination after 2-1 loss

The good:

  • The starting pitching the Yankees have gotten so far has overshadowed it a bit, but the Yankees’ bullpen has been every bit as good in the postseason for the most part. Tonight they were pressed into duty early when Phil Hughes had to leave the game in the fourth with what’s been called a stiff back (though not before giving up a home run to Delmon Young!), but the relief corps managed to pitch five innings of one run ball, and that was without Rafael Soriano or David Robertson getting into the game. The one run came on a Miguel Cabrera double that probably should have been caught, but Curtis Granderson was playing shallow for some reason and the ball sailed over his head for an RBI double.
  • Ichiro Suzuki is still hot, going 2-4 on the night with a couple of singles.
  • Eduardo Nunez had himself a game. Inserted in the lineup somewhat surprisingly (but correctly), Nunez provided the team’s only run with a home run off of Verlander to lead of the ninth, had solid at bats all night, and even made a great defensive play at short to save a run, though he and Robinson Cano couldn’t complete the double play to end the inning.
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