The Farm Report: June

Well, I don’t know about you all, but June flew by for me. I can’t believe we are already in July, but here we are. Let’s take a look at how the Yankees’ farm teams did last month and what the rest of their season may hold.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
The RailRiders currently hold a half game lead over Rochester for the top spot in the North Division of the International League. They went 18-11 in June, including five-game and seven-game win streaks. They ended June on a sour note, however, taking five straight losses. They lost their first game of July as well, but managed to turn around and stomp Pawtucket last night to stop the skid.

The RailRiders continue to find success primarily through their batting. While they have some strong pitches both in the rotation and in the bullpen, Scranton’s overall pitching numbers has them generally in the middle of the pack. Batting is another story entirely. As a team, Scranton is hitting .271/.342/.384, for the highest average and on base percentage in the IL.…

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Quick hit: A-Rod gets his ball back

The Yankees will be donating $150K to Pitch In For Baseball in exchange for Alex Rodriguez’s 3000th hit ball.

From NJ.com: The fan who caught A-Rod’s 3,000th hit, [name removed because his 15 minutes of fame were up nearly two weeks ago], will return it to the slugger at a press conference at Yankee Stadium at 5:30 p.m. Friday, according to the team.

I have so many comments to make but I will be nice and say that I am glad the money is going to a charity. Especially one that donates baseball equipment to people in need.

Flashback: July 3, 2010

So with the off day yesterday and not much to write about, I figured I’d do a flashback post. I know, nice cop out.

I decided on the game from five years ago today because I looked back further and the Yankees lost in the other years and I wanted to write about a win. Truth be told, I looked at this boxscore and was slightly disturbed because I do not recall the game at all. And if I can’t remember things from five years ago but can remember things from 20 years ago, does it mean I am becoming like an old person? Oh dear.

Anyway, the Yankees were playing Toronto at home on July 3, 2010 with Andy Pettitte matched up against Jays’ starter Ricky Romero.

In the first inning, the Blue Jays jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead thanks to a Jose Bautista two-run shot. Shocking. Doesn’t he always hit home runs?

After a scoreless bottom of the first, second inning and top of the third, the Yankees came up and this happened:

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Off Night Open Thread

Good evening.

There is no game tonight because the Yankees are getting a much needed day off before starting a series against the Tampa Bay Rays this holiday weekend.

Feel free to discuss the upcoming series, the last few series, other teams, other sports, non-sports related news but nothing too serious or have nice, respectful conversations with each other in the comments!

Here’s a video about Andy Hawkins’ no hitter which happened 25 years ago yesterday, with a tip of the hat to Professor Longnose:

Enjoy your night!

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The “Should Be” All-Stars

The All-Star Game. The Midsummer Classic. The inane deciding factor in home-field advantage for the World Series. A rose by any other name would smell as … well, you get the point. There is little reason to describe the All-Star Game – everyone that watches baseball (or most any other sport) is fully familiar with the pomp and circumstance it entails. It’s a tradition, and fandom and tradition go hand-in-hand. And, for some, it’s one of the best traditions around; a means to see players that you would otherwise have trouble seeing. For me (and many fans like me, I suspect), that is certainly rewarding in its own way. Seeing so many great players on the same field is a feeling that I will never quite get used to.

All that being said, I find the tradition of second-guessing the All-Star teams to be far more rewarding.

With that in mind, I present to you my All-Star ballot. But first, two notes for your consideration:

  1. This is based solely on this season, as a means for me to be as objective as possible.
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Confessions, baseball thoughts, and memories on a well-deserved off day

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I have a confession to make. I barely watched the last seven games. I know, what a terrible baseball blogger I am, but sometimes you get to a point when watching baseball isn’t fun anymore and I have been feeling that way for a while. I was able to watch most of last night’s game because I was out at a restaurant for a friend’s birthday and we had our own giant TV next to the table. Okay, so I was forced to pay attention to it but they won so I didn’t mind.

Oh, and I also watched some of the 9-6 game in Houston on Saturday. I happened to be at a graduation party, it was raining most of the day, and the game was on inside the house. I saw the score when it was 6-0, was happy about that, then went inside again later on, saw that it was 6-6 and wasn’t very happy. Plus my cousin’s fiancé is a Mets fan but one of those annoying ones who always celebrates when something bad happens to the Yankees so he was gloating about Tanaka having a bad game.…

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Game 79 Recap: Yankees 3 Angels 1

High Fives vs LAA

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The Yankees were guaranteed a losing road trip when they dropped the second game of this series on Tuesday night.  It was all about saving face and not getting swept in the finale last night, and to their credit the Yanks were able to do enough to prevent that.  They matched the offensive output of their previous 3 games and got a solid all-around pitching performance to get the W.

It wasn’t exactly an offensive outburst for the lineup.  They got their first run in the top of the 3rd the hard way.  Didi Gregorious led off with a single, moved to second on a Stephen Drew sac bunt, third on a Brett Gardner groundout, and home on a Chase Headley ribbie single.  If you can’t mash ‘em, manufacture ‘em, I guess.  The second run came much easier in the 6th, as the heart of the order came up for a third time against Angels starter Matt Shoemaker and Garrett Jones smashed an 0-2 fastball into the right field seats for a solo home run.…

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Game 79: Eovaldi vs. Shoemaker

Here’s your game thread for this joyous occasion – a west coast game beginning at a reasonable hour for us east coasters! Tonight’s lineups are:

New York Yankees Los Angeles Angels
Brett Gardner, CF Johnny Giavotella, 2B
Chase Headley, 3B Kole Calhoun, RF
Alex Rodriguez, DH Mike Trout, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Albert Pujols, DH
Brian McCann, C Erick Aybar, SS
Garrett Jones, RF David Freese, 3B
Chris Young, LF Matt Joyce, LF
Didi Gregorius, SS Chris Iannetta, C
Stephen Drew, 2B Efren Navarro, 1B
Nathan Eovaldi, SP Matt Shoemaker, SP

Enjoy the game!

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