Quick Hit: Nova Touched Up In Latest Rehab Start

It was a big night for Adam Warren last night, but it was also another important night for Ivan Nova.  He made his third MiL rehab start, second for Triple-A SWB, and this one wasn’t nearly as good as the first 2.

Nova completed 5 innings and gave up 5 earned runs on 7 hits.  He walked 2, struck out 4, and threw 49 of his 84 pitches for strikes.  I thought he was scheduled for 90 or so, so he didn’t reach that level.  His command was not as sharp as it was in his first Triple-A start, which is not all that unexpected after TJS, but as with the first 2 outings there were no physical issues and Nova came out of the start saying he felt good.

The question once again becomes what do the Yankees do next with Nova?  There was talk of him rejoining the rotation after only 2 rehab outings, but after this step back in terms of command and performance, perhaps the Yankees will rethink whatever current rotation options they have in the works.  …

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Game 67 Quick Recap: NYY 7 DET 2

A-Rod 3000th Hit

Courtesy of the AP

If you tuned in even a little bit late to this game, you missed the biggest fireworks.  Alex Rodriguez made like his buddy and teammate Derek Jeter and got his 3,000th career hit in style, smacking an oppo field home run on the first pitch of his first at-bat of the game against Justin Verlander.  Verlander tried to throw him an outer half fastball for a gimme strike and A-Rod was looking fastball and ready to swing.  Another smart home run from an incredibly smart hitter.  The crowd went wild, his teammates mobbed and hugged him, and for the 194th time this season the Yankees had an early lead.

From that point on it was the Adam Warren & Brett Gardner show.  Warren had a tough top of the 2nd, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and a hit batsman, but he quickly recovered, found his command again, and ended up working a career-high 8 innings without any more runs crossing the plate.  …

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Game 67: Verlander vs Warren

A-Rod

Will history happen tonight?

Here’s your game thread.

TIGERS
Gose CF
Kinsler 2B
Miggy 1B
V-Mart DH
Cespedes LF
J. Martinez RF
Castellanos 3B
Holaday C
Iglesias SS

Verlander P

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Headley 3B
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
Beltran RF
Gregorius SS
Drew 2B
Murphy C
Williams CF

Warren P

Enjoy the game!

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 6/19/15

Little bit of an abbreviated edition of the Palooza this week.  Didn’t have as much time as usual to put it together this afternoon.  Let’s get right to it.

– On Monday, Nicolas Stellini of Pinstripe Alley analyzed Chasen Shreve’s uncommonly successful debut season as a Yankee.  He’s been the jewel of that trade so far.

– On Tuesday, el duque of It Is High… proposed some very intriguing trade offers the Yankees could pursue with the Red Sox whenever they decide to become sellers.

– Mike Axisa of RAB mused on the success of all the young outfield prospect call ups this season, and what the Yankees could do with them later this summer.

– On Wednesday, Christopher Carelli of Yankees Unscripted weighed the team’s options for what to do with Nathan Eovaldi.

– Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes touched on what A-Rod could do to make this whole home run bonus situation less ugly and painful for everybody.

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A-Rod’s Redemption Season Continues

A-Rod 661 vs BAL

Believe it or not, there was a time when Alex Rodriguez wasn’t very popular around these parts. It wasn’t just because of his past usage of steroids either. He just never seemed to fit into the Yankees. Fans could sense that he was never comfortable in his own skin, and even though he put up great numbers some could never fully embrace him.

A-Rod was crucified for his postseason struggles and his perceived narcissism. Yankee fans could not get over the fact that he wasn’t as team oriented or the leader Derek Jeter was, even though he agreed to move over to third without raising an eyebrow upon his arrival to the Yankees when he was a better shortstop than Jeter. He always seemed to stumble in his interviews and have things come out of his mouth that were not the way he intended.

Common sense would dictate that a year long performance-enhancing drug suspension would not help A-Rod’s cause among his detractors.…

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Catching up with the Thunder

thunderWhen I wrote about the RailRiders earlier this week, it wasn’t intended to start a series of similar posts, rather I was just excited by what is happening in Scranton. However, much like Scranton, Trenton is putting together a nice season, after a rather disappointing 2014. While some of the names are the same, the reasons for Trenton’s success are less clear.

Last year, the Thunder went 67-75, landing in fourth place in the EL Eastern Division. Today, they are sitting at 37-29, just half a game behind the New Britain Rock Cats. If the season ended today, Trenton would be back in the playoffs, a feat they have managed to pull of a little over half the time that Trenton has been in the Yankees’ system.

As I mentioned on Monday, offense has been the driving force behind Scranton’s strong season thusfar. Trenton’s strength seems to lie more with their pitching. As a team, Trenton has a 3.58 ERA and is tied for the most shut outs with seven.…

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About Last Night: A walk to remember

It was the walk heard around the world.

In the eighth inning of last night’s game, Marlins reliever Sam Dyson really did not want to be a part of baseball history. In fact, he seemed to do whatever he could to try and avoid it.

The right hander had just walked Chase Headley after a seven-pitch at bat and Alex Rodriguez was about to step into the batter’s box for a second shot at his 3000th hit. Rodriguez had hit a ball on the screws in his previous at bat but it floated in the air and landed in the glove of right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. And at that point, almost everyone figured we’d have to wait until Friday for the big hit to happen. Then the Yankee batters made the seventh inning last a little longer after Carlos Beltran’s two-run shot put them up 5-3 which set up the dramatic moment in the eighth. Rodriguez would come to the plate, once again, sitting on hit #2,999.…

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Game 66 Recap: Yankees 9 Marlins 4

A-Rod vs MIA

The at-bat before THE at-bat. Courtesy of Getty Images

DH makes all the difference.  After slogging through 2 losses in Miami earlier this week, the Yankees returned home and snagged 2 straight wins with their most important bat back in the lineup.  The Alex Rodriguez march to 3,000 was at the forefront of the game again last night, and highlighted a collection of good performances from pitchers and hitters alike that helped create a 5-run win.

The Yankees are the best 1st inning team in baseball.  That can’t be debated.  They scored in the 1st again last night, on 3 straight singles to open the game, and have now scored 62 1st-inning runs this season.  The next closest team (Orioles) have 47.  A-Rod was the third and run-scoring hit in the bottom of the 1st, giving him 2,998 and setting the stage for a potential record-setting night later.

CC Sabathia made the 1 run stand up the first turn through the Miami lineup.  …

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