Game Thread: Yanks vs. Blue Jays 3/23/14

We get another televised look at Michael Pineda today, who’s been devastating opposing hitters all March. So far he’s accumulated 14 strikeouts and given up just 1 walk and 8 hits in 9.0 innings of work.

The Yankees lineup:

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano DH
Brian Roberts 2B
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Ichiro Suzuki CF

On the mound: Michael Pineda

In his last outing, Pineda went 4.1 innings with 60 pitches. Assuming everything goes right, I assume the team will push him to somewhere around 75-80 pitches today. Keep an eye on his velocity and command as Pineda continues to gain strength and up his effort.

Some other guys to watch today are Nunez, Scott Sizemore, and Yangervis Solarte who are each competing for a 25-man roster spot. Preston Claiborne, Cesar Cabral, and Dellin Betances should also get a shot out of the bullpen, and they’re in a similar situation.…

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Game Thread: Yanks at Twins 3/22/14

The Yankees are taking a trip down to Fort Myers to taken on the Minnesota Twins. Masahiro Tanaka chose to make the trip rather than stay behind with the other regulars. He wanted to face MLB hitters and with Spring Training winding down and with the Twins being the home team, Tanaka will more than likely face their everyday lineup so this will game be a nice test for him. His pitch count will also be increased to 90 pitches so it will feel more like a regular season outing than previous games.

The Yankees lineup:

Gardner DH
Nunez SS
Johnson 1B
Cervelli C
Sizemore 3B
Anna 2B
Almonte RF
Wheeler LF
Richardson CF

Tanaka P

And here’s the Twins lineup. (It’s a picture, we’re all being lazy today.)

Some notes from camp:

  • Jacoby Ellsbury will be working out again today and will be doing the same things he did yesterday: hitting, fielding and some running. He’s not dead. Hooray!

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Finding Cervelli More At Bats

Francisco Cervelli has always been a decent hitter, and for a catcher, decent hitters can go a long way. His injury history hasn’t been as kind to him as his offensive stats, and collisions at the plate have been a culprit in his inconsistency since he was a prospect in the minor leagues. When the catcher performed well in 2013, many thought it was a fluke after hitting .269/.377/.500 in 61 plate appearances. Yet another injury shortened his season, and then even more suspicion surrounded his stats when he was caught up in the Biogenesis investigation.

Cervelli’s little breakout performance was regarded as a product of whatever drugs Anthony Bosch provided to him, but now he’s given us a reason to rethink that. While I’m not a fan of assuming great power performances are necessarily a product of some sort of PED, I can understand the suspicion with Cervelli, as he’s just half a year removed from a drug violation. But after a 50 game suspension and nearly a year off from baseball, it would be hard to imagine that Cervelli is willing to risk a second suspension by staying on banned drugs.…

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Mariano Rivera in Panama

From MLB productions: The “Legend Series” marked the return of Major League Baseball to Panama for the first time since 1947 and honored the legacy of newly retired Yankees great Mariano Rivera, the game’s all-time saves leader.

Making appearances in the video are Rivera’s former teammates David Robertson and Derek Jeter, and Ricardo Martinelli, the current President of Panama.

Enjoy!

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A voice crying in the infield wilderness

Shoot me if I disagree with just about everyone in the universe, but I like this infield. All due respect to my colleagues who I respect highly and most of our regular comment folks and most experts everywhere, I think the Yankees’ infield will be okay. I don’t want Didi Gregorius or Stephen Drew or Darwin Barney. I am fine taking this infield into the season. Wow…it’s lonely out here.

I have watched a lot of the spring games and I like what I see. I am a little worried about Derek

AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

AP Photo/Chris O’Meara

Jeter at the plate. Brian Roberts is moving around real well and looks like the Brian Roberts of five years ago. Mark Teixeira looks healthy and focused. And Kelly Johnson will be better than advertised. After all, he played for the Rays last year. Mick Kelleher likes what he sees.

The Yankees are in a very competitive division. As last year showed, a poor showing hit the attendance and television ratings hard, so there is a lot at stake this year.…

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Game Thread: Yanks versus Red Sox 3/20/2014

The Yankees are not showing the Red Sox their “A-game” as they travel to that cute little Fenway knockoff in Fort Myers. David Phelps gets the start for the Yankees and pitches in front of a lineup that only includes Mark Teixeira among the regulars.

The Lineups:

New York Yankees:

  1. Ichiro Suzuki CF
  2. Brendan Ryan Dean Anna SS
  3. Eduardo Nunez 3B
  4. Mark Teixeira 1B
  5. Francisco Cervelli C
  6. Scott Sizemore 2B
  7. Yangervis Solarte LF
  8. Zoilo Almonte RF
  9. Zelous Wheeler DH

SP – David Phelps

Boston Red Sox:

  1. Grady Sizemore CF
  2. Shane Victorino RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia 2B
  4. David Ortiz DH
  5. Mike Napoli 1B
  6. Daniel Nava LF
  7. Xander Bogaerts SS
  8. David Ross C
  9. Jonathan Herrera 3B

SP – Clay Buchholz

The game starts at 7:00 and will be telecast on the YES Network and apparently on ESPN. For those of you north of here, NESN has it too. Other than seeing Grady Sizemore, I would love to be more zealous for watching this game, but I will have to settle for Zelous.…

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Where Did All The Injuries Go?

CARLOS OSORIO/AP

CARLOS OSORIO/AP

The Yankees have gotten back Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Michael Pineda, Manny Banuelos, Francisco Cervelli, CC Sabathia, Brett Gardner, Vidal Nuno, and a handful of minor league players back from injuries after a devastating 2013 season. Last Spring Training was a disaster, where Jeter, Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson each suffered significant injury issues. This March has been much different thus far, and after a year of setbacks and awaiting disappointment, the Yankees have remained incredibly healthy.

While we’ve seen a number of pitchers on other teams head to the DL needing Tommy John surgery, and even third baseman Miguel Sano needing the same surgery, the Yankees haven’t had such bad luck this year. The most significant injuries have happened to utility man Brendan Ryan and outfield prospect Tyler Austin, who have each made progress to return to their respective roles. Scott Sizemore is now dealing with a sore quad after suffering his second ACL injury last season, but even he could be back to full practice as soon as today.…

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Keep Talking To Me, Ivan

Nova vs ATL ST

Coming off back-to-back shaky outings in which he was touched up for 17 hits in 9.0 innings pitched, Ivan Nova got back on track yesterday with a brilliant start against the Atlanta Braves.  He worked 6.1 scoreless, effortless innings, giving up only 2 hits, striking out 5, and not walking a batter for the 4th straight outing.  It was a start right out of Nova’s 2013 2nd half catalog.  Fastballs located down in the zone, a lot more GB outs than balls in the air, and a big swing-and-miss curveball.  Brian McCann, who said he wanted to play in yesterday’s game specifically for the purpose of catching Nova again, was gushing after the game, and any uneasiness people may have been feeling after watching Nova’s previous 2 starts was quelled.

Once again though, it was what Nova said after the game that stood out to me more than what he did on the field.  I’ve watched enough Nova starts to know when he’s got it and when he doesn’t.  …

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