Quick hit: Cano leaves game after HBP (UPDATED)

Robinson Cano had to leave tonight’s game after being drilled by a J.A. Happ offering in the first inning. Yes, Happ is the same pitcher who broke Curtis Granderson‘s forearm five pitches into Spring Training early this season.

Hey, Happ, how about learning some control maybe?

Cano is getting x-rays right now while Yankee fandom holds its collective breath.

UPDATE 9:10 P.M. Cano’s x-rays were negative.

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Yanks Need To See What Romine Can Do Before The Offseason

As we enter the final month of the season, the Yankees have some how stayed competitive. A recent string of loses hasn’t made their playoff odds look any better, but at just 4.5 games behind the Athletics for a wild card position, making the playoffs is still doable. Most of ours minds are on the past and the present, how the Yankees got to this point in the season and what they now need to do at waiver trade deadline. But the organization also needs to remain mindful of the future.

Perhaps the weakest position for the Yankees is catching. We’ve seen Francisco Cervelli go on a tear, Chris Stewart frame pitches, and Austin Romine get on base. Unfortunately for Cervelli, injuries and a PED suspension have shortened his season, and these factors bring into question his ability to play full time in the future. What kind of production will the Yankees get out of a catcher who can’t stay on the field even with PED use?…

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Quick Hit: AZFL Hitters Announced

With the Minor League seasons winding down, the farm system focus will start shifting to the fall and winter leagues.  The Yankees announced today that they’ll be sending Mason Williams, Tyler Austin, and Peter O’Brien to the Arizona Fall League as their position player representatives.

Williams posted a .317 wOBA in 461 High-A plate appearances before being promoted to Double-A Trenton.  He hasn’t hit much there in a limited sample size and he could certainly use the extra ABs to start sharpening up his hitting approach.  Austin also had a disappointing year at the plate, hampered by a wrist injury and the negative effect of playing in Arm & Hammer Park.  He’s rehabbing from that injury and is reportedly close to playing in GCL games, so getting some more ABs to make up for the lost time makes sense.  O’Brien has hit 20 HR in under 500 PA spread across Low-A and High-A ball.  The team has been experimenting with him at third base since the promotion to Tampa and he would presumably use his time in Arizona to work on adjusting to the position.…

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About last night: Come on, it’s the Blue Jays!

Phil HughesMy apologies for not posting a recap immediately after the game last night. I was too annoyed to pen anything other than a really nasty diatribe about Phil Hughes and I figured I’d sleep on those feelings before I attempted to write about last night’s debacle.

And I know that 5-2 doesn’t seem like a debacle but the Blue Jays are pretty bad and they recently lost a series to the Houston Astros who are even worse. The Yankees really need to beat teams like Toronto if they want a chance to make the playoffs so last night was an unmitigated disaster in that sense.

I am not one of those people who believes the season is now over because of one loss or because the Yankees have slipped a bit in recent days but I do see the importance of these kinds of games and I feel like the players and coaches need to do so as well.

I also believe that their recent run of good games was not a fluke.…

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Yankees Running For Their Lives Lately

Soriano vs TB

I guess things were going to balance back out eventually, huh?  After breathing life into their dying season with a 2-week stretch that saw them go 11-3, the Yankees have lost 3 of their last 4 games and looked pretty bad doing it.  The rejuvenated offense that slugged its way to 8 or more runs in 5 of 7 games has now scored 3 or less in 4 straight, 5 or less in 7 straight, and times are starting to get desperate.  The Yankees are damn near must-win territory for the rest of their 31 remaining games and it’s starting to show in how Joe manages the offense during this offensively lean stretch of games.  Suddenly the Yankees have become one of the biggest base stealing teams in baseball.

They stole 2 bags last night, 1 each by Alfonso Soriano and Curtis Granderson, who have been among the most aggressive Yankees on the basepaths lately with 10 combined stolen bases in the last month.  …

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The Farm Report: 8/26/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Pawtucket 2-1:
Corey Patterson put the RailRiders up first, with a solo homer in Scranton’s first at bats of the day. Both teams struggled to get many runners on base, with both sides occasionally managing a walk, a single or even a hit by pitch, but rarely threatening. Cesar Cabral replaced Brett Marshall in the bottom of the eighth and sat down the side in order, but he struggled quickly in the ninth. Jeremy Hazelbaker worked a lead off walk and Jackie Bradley, Jr. lined a double to left. Brock Holt was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with no outs. Jim Miller replaced Cabral on the mound, but Ryan Lavarnway hit a sac fly to tie the game. Mark Hamilton followed by drilling a single to the outfield, scoring Bradley for a Red Sox walk off victory.

The RailRiders only managed three hits on the day. Corey Patterson went 2-4 with a homer and Addison Maruszak went 1-3.…

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Game 131: Deja Vu All Over Again

I feel like Derek Jeter just came back from his injury… again. Also, didn’t we just see the Blue Jays? Oh well, the Rays already lost today, and the Athletics are playing the pesky Tigers, so the Yankees will make up some ground if Phil Hughes can hold off the Blue Jays.

Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Curtis Granderson DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Austin Romine C

The game is on YES. Enjoy.

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The Case For Roy Halladay

AP Photo/Christopher Szagola

AP Photo/Christopher Szagola

Last Friday, I mused on the possible acquisition of Dan Haren. There are numerous reasons why Haren doesn’t make sense for the Yankees, but I did come to the conclusion that, at it’s core, the idea of acquiring another starting pitcher is sound. Most notably, adding another starting pitcher would move Phil Hughes from the rotation to the bullpen, improving the team in two ways, by upgrading a starting pitcher and adding a possible high upside reliever. And as I also mentioned on Friday, the Yankees need to make every upgrade they can for September, even if it’s minor on the surface.

But very rarely will an organization find a top of the rotation starting pitcher available during August. The waiver trade deadline on August 31st is usually reserved for salary dumps and lottery tickets. While Dan Haren is less of a gamble than most pitchers currently available, he has far from any upside in the AL East, even if you believe that his last month and a half of production outweighs his first three months.…

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