Quick Hits: Sabathia To The DL, Pineda Needs More Time

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After last night’s start, CC Sabathia complained about pain in his knee and an MRI revealed that he had fluid that needed to be drained. The Yankees placed the left-hander on the 15-day DL, and Joe Girardi believes he’ll only need the minimum 15 days to recover. In his place, the Yankees will put right-hander Alfredo Aceves into the rotation and recall Matt Daley to the MLB bullpen.

In other news, Joe Girardi believes that Michael Pineda will need more time than the original four week timetable to recover from his teres major strain. This means the Yankees will have David Phelps, Vidal Nuno, and Alfredo Aceves in the rotation for the foreseeable future. The Yankees previously lost Ivan Nova for the season only a few weeks ago, and the rotation has gone from a strength to a weakness rather quickly.

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So So Sabathia: Brewers 5, Yankees 4

This is a game the Yankees probably could have and should have won but CC Sabathia and the Yankees’ defense had other ideas in mind.

Home runs were a problem for Sabathia once again. This time he gave up three: a solo shot to Carlos Gomez in the first inning, a two-run shot to Jonathan Lucroy in the third and a solo shot to Aramis Ramirez in the third.

The Yankees took the lead in the top of the third when Brett Gardner hit a triple that scored Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran hit a single to score Gardner.

After the Brewers took the lead in the bottom of the third, the Yankees chipped away in the sixth when Mark Teixeira hit his sixth home run of the season and they tied the game in the seventh after a pinch hit RBI single by Alfonso Soriano scored Kelly Johnson.

The lead and game were lost in the bottom of the seventh when Alfredo Aceves gave up an RBI single to Rickie Weeks.…

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Game 35: CC Back In Milwaukee

Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Here are your lineups:

BREWERS
Gomez CF
Segura SS
Lucroy C
Ramirez 3B
Weeks 2B
Reynolds 1B
Davis LF
Gindl RF
Lohse P

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Solarte 3B
Roberts 2B
Ryan SS
Sabathia P

Enjoy the game and as always, behave yourselves.

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Swift Recap: Yankees 5, Brewers 3

Let’s have some fun with numbers tonight, shall we?

  • The Yankees scored four runs in the fourth, thanks to a three-run home run by Yangervis Solarte. It was second of the year.
  • Masahiro Tanaka won his fifth game of the season and is now 5-0.
  • David Robertson now has six saves in six tries.
  • Tanaka has not lost in 41 regular season starts dating back to August 2012.
  • Robertson gave up a solo shot to former teammate Mark Reynolds but also struck out three to pick up the save.
  • Carlos Beltran and Brian Roberts each hit a double.
  • Ichiro Suzuki, who came in to pinch run for Beltran in the eighth after the double, stole third and later scored on a Mark Teixeira groundout.
  • Tanaka batted three times and struck out three times.
  • Solarte leads the team with 18 RBI.
  • The Yankees are now riding a three-game winning streak since dropping their first game in Anaheim on Monday night.

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Game 34: Happy #TANAK Day!

Welcome to this evening’s game thread. The Yankees are in Milwaukee for three games against the Brewers.

Tonight’s pitching matchup is Masahiro Tanaka vs Yovani Gallardo.

Here are your lineups:
BREWERS
Gomez CF
Gennett 2B
Lucroy C
Ramirez 3B
Reynolds 1B
Davis LF
Segura SS
Schafer RF
Gallardo P

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Jeter SS
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Solarte 3B
Gardner LF
Roberts 2B
Tanaka P

Enjoy the game!

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Explaining Ichiro’s Hot Start

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After a season where Ichiro Suzuki put up a 71 wRC+, expectations surrounding the outfielder weren’t very high for Yankee fans. It’s somewhat surprising that Ichiro has even remained in pinstripes thus far, as there was a decent amount of trade speculation the past offseason. The Yankees stuck with Ichiro, and so far he’s played in 27 of 33 games, but earned just 53 plate appearances. During that time, he’s hit a surprising .373/.396/.451 with a .463 BABIP.

When it comes to BABIP, most people assume it’s the stat of luck, but there are a lot more stats that build this number. Ichiro’s batting average on hits is surprisingly close to his career numbers, he’s hitting .333 on ground balls, .000 on fly balls, and .750 on line drives. Perhaps the line drive and ground ball averages are slightly lucky, but the lack of a fly ball average counteracts the slightly above average numbers on his other batted balls.…

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Designated hitter again a problem for the Yankees

A writer often comes up with random ideas and then says, “Yeah, let’s go with that one.” For me, today’s idea was about the Yankees and the designated hitter position. The silly part was realizing that the Yankees are in Milwaukee for a weekend series against the Brewers and will not have a designated hitter in the National League park. Oops. Well, hold on to these thoughts for later, okay? The bottom line here is that the Yankees are not getting much from the DH position thus far this season.

The good news, at least, is the DH has been better than last year. Last year was awful as the Yankees had an OPS of just .583 out of the DH position compared to the average OPS in Major League Baseball (all positions) of .706. In theory, if you designate a player to hit for you as a bonus in the lineup, you would like that player to actually hit.

With that little bit of good news out of the way, the 2014 Yankees are still below average from the designated hitter position.…

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