It's About The Money Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:12:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Sticky Situation: Red Sox 5, Yankees 1 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:00:21 +0000 So, heard any good jokes lately?

This game was a disaster from the start. Michael Pineda was struggling to get through the first inning and was lucky to escape down only two runs. Then the brazen young pitcher decided to go out to the mound with some pine tar on his neck of all places, the Red Sox bench noticed, notified the umps and he was thrown out of the game.


And according to MLB rule 8.02(a)(4) (there are a lot of parts to the rule), a pitcher may not use a “foreign substance” on the baseball and violation of that rule is a mandatory 10-game suspension.

Oh good, this is just what the Yankees’ rotation needs, another missing starter. It’s bad enough the Yankees have to figure how they’re going deal with the loss of Ivan Nova for the season but now they have to worry about Pineda missing two starts on top of that?

After Pineda was ejected, an unmanned camera for the ESPN broadcast was positioned to film the tunnel from the Yankees dugout to the clubhouse.…

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Game 21: Big Mike vs. Lackey Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:25:17 +0000 Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Here are your lineups:

Ellsbury, CF
Jeter, SS
Beltran, DH
McCann, C
Soriano, LF
Teixeira, 1B
Gardner, RF
Roberts, 2B
Johnson, 3B

Sizemore, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Napoli, 1B
Carp, LF
Pierzynski, C
Bogaerts, SS
Holt, 3B
Bradley Jr., CF

Pitching matchup: Pineda (2-1, 1.00 ERA) vs. Lackey (2-2, 5.25 ERA)

As always, behave, be respectful of your fellow IIATMS readers and have fun!

Go Yankees. …

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Tonight’s Lineup Yankees at Red Sox: 4/23/14 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:25:04 +0000 Ellsbury 8
Jeter 6
Beltran 0
McCann 2
Soriano 7
Teixeira 3
Gardner 9
Roberts 4
Johnson 5

Big Mike 1…

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Predictably, Jeter Continues to Defy Age Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:00:25 +0000 AP Photo/Elise Amendola

AP Photo/Elise Amendola

It’s hard to imagine that a 39-year-old shortstop entering the season with tremendous leg issues and a poor history of defense could be anything more than a liability on the Yankees. As Derek Jeter plays the last season of his career, not many expected more from him than to draw in fans hoping to see him play one last time. Projection systems like ZiPS had Jeter hitting just .263/.329/.356 on the season, which would be his worst full-season of his career. Considering his age, extent of injuries, and missed playing time, that wasn’t entirely out of the question.

Thus far, Jeter is batting .298/.385/.351 with eleven strikeouts and seven walks. It’s early in the season, but Jeter’s offense looks to be in line with his career numbers. While his .370 BABIP remains high, his career BABIP is .353, which is due to a high number of line drives and ground balls. Jeter also hits to all fields, which helps him avoid shifts and place the ball.…

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The Farm Report: 4/22/14 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:00:50 +0000 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Buffalo 6-5:
In the bottom of the third, Carmen Angelini singled to left and Ramon Flores followed with a double. A single by Scott Sizemore plated Angelini. A sac fly by Russ Canzler scored Flores and Adonis Garcia knocked a double to second to score Sizemore for the 3-0 lead. Dan Johnson started the fourth with a single to short that deflected off Brian Gordon on the mound. With two outs, Kevin Nolan drew a walk and an error by Canzler allowed Munenori Kawasaki to reach and Johnson scored. A wild pitch plated Nolan and the RailRiders’ lead was cut to one. They got one run back in the bottom of the inning, as Flores singled in Angelini, putting Scranton ahead 4-2. Steve Tolleson drew a walk to start the fifth and stole second, moving to third when Scranton catcher Francisco Arcia made a throwing error. Tolleson scored on a sac fly by Johnson, pulling within a run again.…

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