Game 56 Quick Recap: NYY 8 LAA 2

Don’t look now, but the hot and cold Yankees are smoking hot again.  They jumped all over Angels starter Garrett RIchards in the 1st inning last night and then coasted to the finish line behind another solid Adam Warren start, picking up their 5th straight win in the process.

The game was won and lost in the bottom of the 1st.  The Yankees sent 11 men to the plate and put 6 runs on the board, batting around and knocking Richards out before he could finish the inning.  They started the assault off with a walk-single-walk-sac fly-wild pitch combo that made it 2-0, extended it to 4-0 on a Brian McCann 2-run homer, and after a few more singles finished off the 6-run frame with a 2-run base knock by Brett Gardner.  That was all for Richards and it was all Warren would need.

Once again Warren was solid if unspectacular in his work, which is just fine for a 5th starter if he’s going to put up the lines Warren has in the last month.  …

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Game 56: Warren vs. Richards

Here is tonight’s game thread.

ANGELS
Aybar SS
Trout CF
Pujols 1B
Calhoun RF
Freese 3B
Joyce LF
Cron DH
Perez C
Giavotella 2B

Richards P

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Headley 3B
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Beltran RF
Gregorius SS
Drew 2B
Flores LF

Warren P

Enjoy the game!

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Weekend open thread: 6/6/15

Welcome to your open thread.

Tonight’s game isn’t until 7:15ish (Thanks Fox!) and it’s the weekend and people have things to do so use this thread to discuss whatever you’d like to discuss as long as you aren’t cursing, yelling at others or yelling in general. All caps comments are a big no-no around here. They will be deleted because no one wants to read them.

Thanks!

By the way, this happened nine years ago tonight:

Enjoy your day!

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Game 55 Recap: Yankees 8 Angels 7

Rogers vs ANA

And Esmil Rogers was never seen or heard from again… Courtesy of the AP

Well that was close.  The Yankees jumped out to another early lead last night, extended that lead to a comfortable level heading into the 9th inning, and almost gave it all away before getting the final 3 outs and pulling out a series-opening win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, California.

Jered Weaver was the Angels’ starter and he has an ugly history pitching in Yankee Stadium.  He doesn’t throw very hard anymore and he really wasn’t fooling anybody last night.  With 1 on and 2 out in the bottom of the 2nd, he threw a slow 2-strike curveball to Stephen Drew.  It’s the type of pitch Drew has been missing all season but he didn’t miss this one, driving the ball just over the wall for a Short Porch Special home run and a 2-0 Yankee lead.  The exact same situation was repeated the next inning, with Mark Teixeira hitting the home run this time, and the Yanks quickly went up 4-0.…

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Game 55: Eovaldi vs. Weaver

Here’s your game thread.

ANGELS
Aybar SS
Trout CF
Pujols 1B
Calhoun RF
Freese 3B
Joyce DH
Iannetta C
Nieuwenhuis LF
Giavotella 2B

Weaver P

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Headley 5
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Jones RF
Gregorius SS
Drew 2B
Flores LF

Eovaldi P

McCann is back! Seems he needed a new orthotic for his shoe. Whoops! And Ellsbury did some sprints while wearing a knee brace and everything went well.

Enjoy the game.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 6/5/15

Small-ish batch of regular links this week, and a real prospect-heavy batch of Yankee-centric links.  That’s partially just the luck of the draw from what stood out to me as I read and partially due to the fact that I didn’t have time to read as much as I normally do this week.  With that in mind, I’ll officially open this post up to suggestions and tips from any and all readers.  If you ever see something that you think should be in the Palooza, email it to me or tweet me @BradVietro and I’ll do my damndest to make sure it gets in.  Now onto the links!

– On Tuesday, Nicolas Stellini of Pinstripe Alley profiled Double-A lefty Eric Ruth, who has been quietly putting together a solid performance at that level and forcing himself into the fringes of the prospect scene.

– On Wednesday, Adam Lewis of ESPN.com had a small feature on Garrett Jones and how he’s adjusting to his reduced role this season.

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Report: The Yankees are awful at social media engagement

In news that won’t shock anyone who regularly uses Twitter, the Yankees’ account is really bad at engaging with their fans.

Sean Dolinar of Fangraphs wrote about how MLB teams interacted with their fans on Twitter in the off-season for his debut piece this winter and this time, he took a look at how the accounts performed in May.

While the Yankees were average at putting out content from their Twitter account (300-500 tweets is average and they came in at 359), they were terrible at interacting with their fans.

How terrible? The Yankees came in last with only three interactions.

The Chicago Cubs came in first with, get this, 2,789 interactions or engagements.

Courtesy of Fangraphs

Courtesy of Fangraphs

And yes, the Cubs’ number is really high – they’re ahead of second place Seattle by nearly 800 tweets – and the Yankees’ twitter account doesn’t need to interact with everyone that sends them a tweet or a reply but, my goodness, it’s called social media for a reason and it shouldn’t be so one-sided.…

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