Saturday morning news and notes: 6/13/15

Good morning.

The Yankees lost, the game was awful to watch and now we have to wait until 7:15 for tonight’s game. Ugh.

Here are a couple of new items for you:

  • Esmil Rogers was cut from the team after last night’s game which means he can choose to go to Triple A or asked to be released so he can explore free agency. It’s about time. The Yankees will name his replacement before tonight’s game.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (remember him?) is alive and may be returning to the team before the All-Star break.

Mason Williams got his first major league home run which cut the deficit to 5-3 and it was probably the only good thing about last night’s game.

I had turned off the game before Chase Headley’s unfortunate incident happened in the third inning. In case you missed it, he was hit in a place that, well, I’m not familiar with having, but plenty of you are!…

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Friday Morning News And Notes: 6/12/15

No time for dilly-dallying.  Let’s get right to it.

– The Yankees filled the open spots on their active roster yesterday by calling Mason Williams and Chris Martin up from Triple-A SWB.  Williams is taking Jose Pirela‘s spot to give the team the outfield depth it needs, and Martin is replacing Andrew Miller, who was placed on the DL on Wednesday.

– On Miller, it sounds like he could be out for a month or so with his forearm strain, not unlike the amount of time Masahiro Tanaka missed with a similar injury.  Via Joel Sherman, Cash said Miller will not even pick up a baseball for 10-14 days.  Nothing wrong with that.  Better safe than sorry.

– If you missed it, the Yanks rid themselves of David Carpenter yesterday.  He was sent to Washington in exchange for Double-A infield prospect Tony Renda.

Ivan Nova is scheduled to make his next MiL rehab start for SWB on Saturday, and it sounds like there’s a small chance the Yankees call him up.  …

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Pregame Notes: June 9th

Good evening from Yankee Stadium where Max Scherzer and Bryce Harper are here to spoil the Yankees’ winning streak which is now out to 6 games. Here’s what we learned pregame:

  • Max Scherzer “tried to elevate and do some things” last time he faced the Yankees, according to Joe Girardi, so they anticipate some fastballs up in the zone. Scherzer comes in hot, having won his first ever Pitcher of the Month in the month of May – he gave up eight earned runs in 43 innings.
  • Ivan Nova threw 75 pitches in a rehab assignment and recorded 12 groundball outs, which impressed Girardi. He’ll throw more pitches in his next outing, which will come in AAA. Girardi said the team probably wants Nova to throw over 85 pitches before they bring him up to the Majors, but didn’t rule out Nova’s next rehab outing being his last.
  • Alex Rodriguez held a press conference for the spanish media and said he feels like he’s a rookie again.
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Tuesday morning news and notes: 6/9/15

Happy Tuesday and happy Day 2 of the MLB Draft!

Here’s some news and notes for you this morning:

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Monday Morning News And Notes (2015 Draft Edition): 6/8/15

It’s the second week of June.  The Yankees are 32-25 with a +30 run differential, they’re first in the AL East by 1.5 games over the Rays, and they’re in the middle of another all-or-nothing game streak as they come into today’s scheduled off-day.  Break their season down into streaks and it looks like like: 3-6, 18-6, 1-10, 10-3.  Like I said in last night’s game recap, I can’t explain it but I’m definitely enjoying it right now.  Here’s a quick round of catch-up on some of the smaller things we haven’t touched on lately.

– You may have noticed a glaring absence of Michael Pineda in yesterday’s game.  Nothing wrong with him, the Yankees just elected to skip this start as a way to manage his workload.  Pineda has thrown 70.1 innings in 11 starts so far, which puts him on pace for about 220 this season.  Considering he’d thrown less than 250 in his whole Major League career coming into this season and only 76.1 over the last 3 because of the shoulder injuries, I’d say this is a smart piece of preventative maintenance.…

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Thursday afternoon news and notes: 6/4/15

Courtesy: USA TODAY

Courtesy: USA TODAY

It’s another slow day so here are some links for you to look at.

And, of course, if any news breaks this afternoon or evening, we’ll have it for you.

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Thursday morning reflections after a sweep in Seattle

I said this other day after the Yankees were able to beat Felix Hernandez: This team is confounding.

They will sweep the best team in the league (in the AL and at the time the series began), lose three out of four to a terrible team in Oakland and then sweep the Mariners in Seattle while facing the aforementioned Hernandez.

And guess what? The Yankees are in first place and four games above .500! They’re 7-3 in their last 10 games, not that you’d know that with the way some people are reacting to how they’re playing.

Are they a great team? No, but in the AL Least – no, I did not spell that wrong – being just good enough will probably be more than adequate to win the division.

Were these three games against Seattle good? Yes and no.

Beating King Felix was fun but barely beating a rookie in Mike Montgomery – well, they actually didn’t beat him, they had to wait until Fernando Rodney entered the game to make some noise – and being nearly shut down by Taijuan Walker wasn’t that great.…

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Thursday Afternoon News and Notes: 5/28/15

Sabathia vs DET

Things are kind of slow around here so we’re doing a news and notes post to hold us over until the game thread later on tonight. Stupid west coast games.

  • Nice! I had suggested this on Twitter last week and I also think I did earlier in the season or possibly during Spring Training: Andy Pettitte is in contact with CC Sabathia and helping him with his confidence. Can Andy hang out with the team during the summer and talk CC’s ear off?
  • The AL East is putrid and Bill Madden thinks the Yankees have plenty of time to be the best of the worst which is funny because in July 2009, when the Yankees were only 2 or 3 games out of the division lead, he declared they didn’t have a chance to win the East.
  • Alex Rodriguez is amazing and he’s a leader. How hard was this to write? Poor Andrew Marchand. Kidding!
  • A-Rod and Mark Teixeira are leading the Yankees right now.
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Tuesday Afternoon News And Notes: 5/26/15

How’s everybody feeling after the long weekend?  Here’s a roundup of some of the smaller goings on that you might have missed.

Masahiro Tanaka threw a 31-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and once again it was all good.  Weather permitting, he’ll make his next Triple-A rehab start tomorrow.  I imagine his pitch count will be bumped up to 60.

– Still a lot of nothing on the Jacoby Ellsbury knee front.  Joe acknowledged that Ellsbury will miss more than the minimum 15-day DL stint, but there has been no timetable given and nothing official on the diagnosis.  Right now, we know it was a knee sprain that won’t require surgery and Ellsbury is wearing a knee brace.  That’s it.

– Keith Law released his updated top 25 prospects list earlier today.  The whole thing is Insider-only but the relevant information for Yankee fans is not.  After a strong start in Double-A, Aaron Judge came in at number 16 on the list.  …

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