A-Rod’s batting second tonight

Ellsbury CF
Rodriguez DH
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
Headley 3B
Young LF
Murphy C
Petit 2B
Gregorius SS

Sabathia P

(Oh and Murphy, Petit and Young are also in the lineup.)


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Let’s forget about a closer for a little while

Yankees manager Joe Girardi has yet to name a closer for this season.

Hopefully, it stays that way.

Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances are the two big arms for the back end of the Yankees bullpen and Wednesday was a glimpse in how they should be used this season. Girardi brought in Betances, a righty, to face the Toronto Blue Jays’ big right-handed bats in the heart of their order in the eighth inning: Russell Martin, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. Miller, a lefty, finished the ninth in order.

Betances didn’t pitch a clean inning, giving up two walks, but he was brought in when New York was down 2-1 in the eighth to keep the Yankees within striking distance. Even though an unearned was given up on Brian McCann’s throwing error, the Yankees still had life, and they took advantage of it the next inning by scoring three runs.

The key is that Betances and Miller knew their roles heading into the game based on the lineup.…

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Read ALL Future “Player X Disappoints Me” Columns, Right Here!

When real news is sparse — say, the week of opening day, when there’s no further news about roster construction, yet no valid signs yet of who’s performing above or below expectations — beat writers often fall back on a favorite genre piece: “Player X Disappoints Me and Hey Look How Much He’s Getting Paid Whaaa?!” I figure I’ll save us some reading time, and save beat writers their modest effort of writing “new” columns, by pre-writing all future pieces in this genre, just by pasting together text from past pieces in this genre. Following is a 500-word article I “wrote” just by cobbling together quotes from ten different articles about various Yankee free agent signings who made a beat writer really sad. That is, each below paragraph is an exact quote from the hyperlinked article. Each quote expresses disbelief, anger, and other stages of grief about one of the last half-dozen major free agent Yankee signings, all of whom at some point struck a beat writer as either disappointing from the start (McCann, Beltran, Ellsbury) or disappointing at the end of a long-term deal after providing several years of strong performance (A-Rod, Sabathia, Teixeira).…

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Quick hit: Vote for the Yankees’ “Franchise Four”

MLB has a new promotional campaign and they want you to be a part of it. It’s another vote fan but with a twist. This time around, each team’s fan base will cast votes on their Franchise Four. MLB wants the fans to, “Vote for the four most impactful players who best represent the history of the Yankees.”

With the Yankees’ rich history and tradition, we certainly have a lot of players to choose from and the eight they picked are all worthy candidates.


The vote is open until May 8 and the winners will be unveiled at this year’s All Star game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

And just so you know, there is also a write-in vote, in case there’s a player you think should be among the choices for Franchise Four, but who wasn’t part of the original selection.



The choice between the original eight is actually kind of tough. I can pick three right away but then that last one is a bit tough.…

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Quick Hit: Andrew Miller Says Hello

Miller vs TOR

“Huzzah!” Courtesy of the AP

It’s just one game, it’s a super small sample size, yeah yeah yeah.  I get all that.  But when Dellin Betances is scuffling and people are ready to hit the panic button on him, you couldn’t have had a better Yankee debut than Andrew Miller did last night.

10 pitches, 8 strikes, 2 groundouts, a swinging strikeout, 1-2-3, ballgame over, Yankees win.  He was firing some mean looking mid-90s fastballs, he snapped off a few nice sliders, and he looked very much like the pitcher he was last year.  If Joe really is planning to use both he and Betances as co-closers to start the year, Miller definitely made the better first impression in terms of handling the role.

Welcome to New York, Andrew.  Good to have you here.


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Game 2 Recap: NYY 4 TOR 3

Pineda vs TOR 2015

Courtesy of the AP

The 0-1 and all but doomed 2015 Yankees took back to the diamond last night to attempt to get their first win.  They had big right-hander Michael Pineda on the mound and he was looking to get off to the right start after a very strong Spring Training.  I wrote a little about some of those good signs he showed in ST and a few more good signs he could show last night, and while he didn’t show all those signs he was still plenty good enough to win on a cold early April night.

Pineda retired the first 6 he faced in order, then got in trouble in the top of the 3rd on a leadoff infield single and a line drive double by Justin Smoak.  Another GB single/bad throw by Didi Gregorius in the next at-bat gave Toronto their first run and the early lead.  They scored their second and last against Pineda in the 5th on a pair of GB singles and a sac fly by former Yankee Russell Martin.  …

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Game 2: Dickey vs. Pineda

Welcome to tonight’s game thread. Here are your lineups.

Toronto Blue Jays New York Yankees
Jose Reyes, SS Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Russell Martin, C Brett Gardner, LF
Jose Bautista, RF Carlos Beltran, RF
Edwin Encarnacion, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B
Josh Donaldson, 3B Brian McCann, C
Dalton Pompey, CF Chase Headley, 3B
Kevin Pillar, LF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Justin Smoak, 1B Stephen Drew, 2B
Devon Travis, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
R.A. Dickey, SP Michael Pineda, SP


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What To Look For From Pineda Tonight

Yankees Spring Training

Courtesy of Charles Wenzelberg/NY Post

Masahiro Tanaka‘s start wasn’t that great on Monday, and Yankeeland went into near meltdown mode as a result.  After the pesky off-day yesterday, we move from that injury concern storyline to a less serious one tonight in the form of Michael Pineda.  He’ll make his 2015 debut after a very strong spring campaign, one that, even in the context of watered-down ST competition, has built some of the excitement back up that he can be the upper-tier pitcher the team expected him to be when they acquired him.

With Pineda looking and pitching better this spring and with him being further removed from the shoulder surgery, I wanted to touch on a few things worth following in his start tonight.  While it’s equally silly to predict a monster year for him based on 1 start while fretting over Tanaka after 1 start, there are a few factors that could suggest good things to come for a guy who I still think didn’t get enough credit for how good he was last year.  …

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