Monday Evening News And Notes: 5/18/15

You know the drill.  Here’s the latest:

Masahiro Tanaka threw his latest bullpen session this morning at Nationals Park.  29 pitches, no reported issues, and it sounds like he’s ready to start his official MiL rehab.  The team has yet to announce any formal plans, but both Double-A Trenton and Triple-A SWB are at home later in the week.  Assuming Tanaka feels fine tomorrow, I bet he’ll be lined up to pitch for one of those teams on Thursday or Friday.

– Sounds like everything is OK with Mark Teixeira‘s toe.  X-rays were negative and both he and Joe sounded optimistic that he would be able to play on Tuesday.  Here’s hoping.  The offense really can’t afford to have him start breaking down right now.

Chase Whitley had his follow-up right elbow exam today with the team doctor and the decision was made to have him undergo TJS to repair the tear in his UCL.  The surgery is scheduled for tomorrow and will be performed by Dr.…

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Sunday Afternoon Open Thread

The wait between a Saturday afternoon game and a Sunday night game feels long and arduous. So to remedy that, we’re putting up an open thread for you.

To get the discussion going, I’m going to link some articles but as always, feel free to talk about whatever is on your mind.

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Open thread: Looking back at April 18, 2005

The 2005 Yankees - Courtesy of the NYT

The 2005 Yankees – Courtesy of the NYT

As some of you know, I like to look for games from previous years to write about. Sometimes they’re significant like playoff games and sometimes they’re just your average, run of the mill, regular season games. But when I looked up April 18 and went back to 2005, I was actually giddy at what I saw because the Yankees completed a feat so amazing in that particular game that when it was happening live, I kept saying to myself, “Is this actually happening?” And even more amazing is that they would actually repeat that same exact feat just over two months later against the same team.

Okay, enough with the suspense.

Going into the game on the evening of April 18, 2005, the New York Yankees found themselves in fourth place with a 5-8 record. Right behind them were their opponents for the night, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who were 4-9.…

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Off Day Open Thread: 4/16/15

Welcome to tonight’s open thread!

In case you hadn’t heard the news, an MRI on Yankees Brett Gardner‘s right wrist revealed a bone bruise Thursday which is the same as what an X-ray showed on Monday after the initial injury occurred in Baltimore after a pitch off the wrist.

The Yankees have said all along that they had hoped Gardner could be back in the lineup tomorrow night in Tampa. He was available off the bench last night but didn’t come into the game.

Right now, he’s listed as day-to-day. Aren’t we all?

Anyway, talk among yourselves, be respectful to your fellow IIATMS readers and enjoy your evening!

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Open thread: Happy Easter Sunday (if you celebrate)!

Easter-Bunny

Here’s your Easter Sunday open thread.

We’re in the home stretch! Baseball finally begins tonight with the Cubs facing off against the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s a Sunday Night ESPN game which gives you plenty of time to eat your Easter dinner and gorge on some chocolate bunnies and jellybeans (if you celebrate).

So feel free to discuss anything you’d like: baseball, baseball, baseball and more baseball! Basketball! More baseball!

Enjoy.

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Open thread: Yanks win in D.C., Next up… The Bronx!

Yankee Stadium

The Yankees won their last Spring game at Nationals Park in D.C. 4-3 over the Nats.

Chris Young provided the big hit with a two run shot that put the Yankees ahead for good in the eighth inning.

Well, okay, Stephen Drew also had a big hit – a two-run shot of his own off starter Doug Fister in the fifth inning.

Nathan Eovaldi started for the Yankees and while he wasn’t great, he wasn’t terrible either. Sure he gave up three runs in five innings but he did strike out six batters. He also walked three. I think he’ll be fine. He’s still working on some stuff.

Alex Rodriguez struck out three times and was booed. Can you believe it? He was booed on the road! What’s next? Being booed at home? Oh wait…

Dellin Betances made things interesting in the ninth but got the save.

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10 years ago tonight: Randy Johnson vs. David Wells

ysIIatnight

This is going to be our open thread for the night but I thought it would be fun to look back at 10 years ago tonight because we have finally arrived at a date on the calendar when we can do that and have there be a regular season game we can talk about!

April 3, 2005 was Opening Night of the 2005 season, it was scheduled to be an 8 p.m. ESPN game (of course) and the Yankees were welcoming the defending world champion Boston Red Sox into Yankee Stadium for the first time since that awful October night that none of us like remembering.

As I was looking at the boxscore and play by play on Baseball Reference I couldn’t believe how much of the game I didn’t remember. It’s funny how your memory plays tricks on you because I was at this particular game and I didn’t even remember that David Wells was the starter for Boston. At least I remembered that Randy Johnson started for the Yankees.…

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Open thread – Spring Training Game 17

The Yankees are in Lake Buena Vista to play the Braves tonight but the game is not being shown live on YES. Boo! It will be on MLB Network but tape delayed and at 11 p.m. Or if you’re one of those lucky people with mlb.tv, you can watch it live on your computer!

All is not lost.

Anyway, #TANAK is pitching and it’s his second outing of the season. Let’s hope it goes as well as start number one.

Here’s your lineup:
Brett Gardner CF
Chase Headley 3B
Brian McCann C
Mark Teixeira DH
Garrett Jones 1B
Stephen Drew 2B
Chris Young RF
Didi Gregorius SS
Jose Pirela LF

Enjoy!

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Open Thread – Spring Training Game 15

Today’s game against the Phillies is not on TV. I checked YES’s schedule, MLBN’s schedule and mlb.tv’s schedule and it’s not available on any of them. I also had someone else double check to make sure and I was right so we’re making this an open thread/game thread.

You can talk about the game if you’re able to keep track of it on Twitter or if you’re near a radio and listening to John and Suzyn on WFAN. If you are listening to the radio, provide us with play by play. (Kidding.)

Here’s the lineup you won’t be able to see:

Ellsbury 8
Gardner 7
Teixeira 3
McCann 2
Headley 5
ARod DH
Jones 9
Drew 4
Gregorius 6

Eovaldi 1

Or you can talk about whatever you want in this thread if you can’t keep track of the game. Just remember to be nice to your fellow IIATMS readers.

Enjoy the afternoon!

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