Unlike the majority of Yankee fans I talk to, my appreciation for individual Yankee players came somewhat later in my fandom. When the conversation inevitably turns to favorite Yankee players, 90 percent of the time Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera are the answer. While I do vaguely remember Jeter’s rookie season, I was far too young to appreciate just how good he was. It wasn’t until Robinson Cano made his rookie debut that I could see young homegrown talent on an All Star scale.
For those that were either too young or didn’t follow the team in 2005, when Cano came up, he was never expected to be the player that he is today. Though he had success in the minor leagues in previous seasons, he never made any prospect lists, and his success in Triple-A could have easily been written off as small sample size. His early-season performance in 2005 was very much like what we’re seeing from Yangervis Solarte today, in that even months into Cano’s rookie season I remember telling myself that this just can’t continue.…
With Alex Rodriguez probably sipping champagne poolside for the time being, Mark Teixeira has taken over his role as the most vilified player by Yankees fans. It is something that I haven’t really understood much.
Teixeira has always been a classy and solid citizen off the field, so it is hard to see why people have turned on him so quickly. He is not out there breaking the law or getting into trouble and has done wonderful things with his Harlem RBI program.
His pessimistic comments about his wrist to the media turned some the wrong way, but at least he was honest about it. Teixeira has always been a more open and honest interview than most Yankees, which you think fans would appreciate. We do not get many open and honest interviews anymore.
The reason for the criticism is that people think that he hasn’t lived up to his eight year, $180 million deal that he signed. They’re correct to an extent.…
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Durham 6-5:
The RailRiders started the game with a solo homer from Antoan Richardson for a 1-0 lead. Durham had their first of two big innings in the bottom of the second. Vince Belnome lined a single to center and Mike Fontenot did the same with one out. A force out...
Between not finding suitable everyday options for second and third base and finding even fewer for a backup at first base, the general consensus was that Kelly Johnson was going to be an important part of the infield this year. At the end of Spring Training, he was the starter at third, the backup and perfect world best man for the job at second, and the backup for Teix at first as declared by Joe. As a guy who’d spent the better part of the last 4 seasons either at second or in left field, that was a lot to handle, and if we’re being fair, I think Johnson has done a nice job handling what was asked of him in the first month of the season. He’s played a pretty good third, a decent first, and he’s provided the left-handed pop the Yanks were hoping for when they signed him (4 2B, 3 HR in 69 PA). …
CC Sabathia lasted only five innings, gave up four earned runs on nine hits and struck out six. He hadn’t had a meltdown inning in a couple of starts but he had one tonight. That inning was the fifth. The Yankees went from being up 2-0 to being down 4-2 before it was over. It was Sabathia’s first loss to the Mariners since 2009.
The Mariners had 13 hits. The Yankees had four.
The Yankees didn’t commit any errors but they still had some defensive lapses and it cost them.
Mark Teixeira hit his third home run of the season.
(I won’t boo that.)
Yankee fans chanted “You sold out!” to Cano in the bottom of the first when he took the field.…
Greetings and welcome to tonight’s game thread.
The Yankees are saying, “Hello again!” to old friend Robinson Cano and his Mariners for a three-game set at the Stadium.
Here are your lineups:
Cano 2B 0
Hart DH 0
Pitching matchup is CC Sabathia vs. Chris Young.
Here is tonight’s lineup against the Mariners:
You will notice Jacoby Ellsbury isn’t in the lineup. This is because he’s been battling a sore left hand for the past few days. The Yankees say he is day-to-day and that there is no structural damage to the hand.