Some Yankees News and Notes: 4/4/15

Good morning!

Here what’s happening today:

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10 years ago tonight: Randy Johnson vs. David Wells

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This is going to be our open thread for the night but I thought it would be fun to look back at 10 years ago tonight because we have finally arrived at a date on the calendar when we can do that and have there be a regular season game we can talk about!

April 3, 2005 was Opening Night of the 2005 season, it was scheduled to be an 8 p.m. ESPN game (of course) and the Yankees were welcoming the defending world champion Boston Red Sox into Yankee Stadium for the first time since that awful October night that none of us like remembering.

As I was looking at the boxscore and play by play on Baseball Reference I couldn’t believe how much of the game I didn’t remember. It’s funny how your memory plays tricks on you because I was at this particular game and I didn’t even remember that David Wells was the starter for Boston. At least I remembered that Randy Johnson started for the Yankees.…

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RECAP: Nats 8 Yankees 2

Well, that wasn’t very pleasant.

The big story was CC Sabathia who had a rough first inning. Here’s the rundown:

The good thing is that CC “settled” down after the first and finished his outing with five hits, 3 runs, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts in 5 and 1/3 innings pitched. Amazingly, those three walks were his first three of the spring.…

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Spring Training Game 33: Steinbrenner Field Finale vs Nats

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Today’s game is the Yankees’ last at Steinbrenner Field for the Spring. After today they’ll be in Washington, D.C. to play the Nats tomorrow and then at home on Monday to start the season against Toronto.

Hooray!

NATIONALS
Taylor CF
Escobar 3B
Harper RF
Zimmerman 1B
Ramos C
Desmond SS
Moore LF
Espinosa 2B

Strasburg RHP

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Gregorius SS
McCann DH
Teixeira 1B
Jones RF
Headley 3B
Young CF
Petit 2B
Murphy C

Sabathia LHP

A few things:

  • It’s CC Sabathia’s final start before the regular season and he hasn’t been faring that great in Spring Training and while I know spring stats don’t count, it’s a little disconcerting looking at his numbers so far. The bad: 4.2 IP, 9 hits, 6 runs, and 3 home runs. The good: 6 strikeouts and no walks. It’s also only two games and he missed a significant amount of time last season so maybe he just needs to get warmed up.
  • Joe Girardi told reports that Alex Rodriguez just has a day off.
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Quick hit: Girardi says he’ll use closer by committee to start the season

So it looks like the Yankees won’t have a closer just yet.

From Aaron Gleeman of Hardball Talk:

Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced that he’ll begin the season without a set closer, instead splitting the ninth-inning duties between right-hander Dellin Betances and left-hander Andrew Miller based on matchups and game situations.

From the Lohud Yankees blog:

“My thought has been more like with a power lefty who strikes out a lot of guys and a power righty, the lineups just might match up where one day he’s the eighth inning guy and then one day he’s the ninth inning guy a little bit better,” Girardi said. “… I think you start managing who you’re going to use (in the ninth) in about the sixth inning, because you try to prepare them.”

Oh this will be fun. I cannot wait for the overreactions from everyone when one or both guys have a hiccup in the early part of the season.…

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Some (quick) Yankees news and notes: 4/3/15

Good morning!

Here’s what’s happening on the last Friday without regular season baseball until a long time from now:

Today is the Yankees’ last game at Steinbrenner Field. They will travel to Washington, D.C. after the game to face the Nationals on Saturday afternoon in their last exhibition game of the Spring. Then they will be off on Sunday and the season (finally) opens on Monday afternoon against the Blue Jays.

It’s almost here! We only a few more sleeps until the games finally count.

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Video: Masahiro Tanaka watches the Housewives shows?

Some people seem to be bothered by this but I think MLB is smart using videos like these to market baseball because we’re in an age where people who film YouTube videos are getting book deals, TV show pilots and movie roles. The younger set are drawn to this sort of thing and I think it can help bring a younger audience, who may have gone away for one reason or another, back to baseball.

Don’t I sound so old right now?

Enjoy the video.

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RECAP(S): Yankees win! Yankees lose!

Home game recap:

The Yankees beat the Pirates 6-2! Hooray!

Michael Pineda continued his strong spring with a 5 1/3 inning, one run, six hit performance. He also added to his strikeout total with 6 and he didn’t surrender a walk.

Alex Rodriguez played first and did a nice job with a couple of scoops because Stephen Drew can’t throw from the shortstop position, a caught pop foul and a toss to Pineda for an out.

Jacoby Ellsbury was 1-3 and the kids helped the Yankees in the later innings by scoring three in the sixth and three in the seventh.

Drew, Austin Romine, Rob Refsnyder, Chris Young and Garrett Jones all had two hits apiece.

Away game recap:

The Yankees lost to the Tigers 3-2. Boo.

J.R. Murphy and Slade Heathcott both had two hits and other than, not much happened for the Yankees.

One of Heathcott’s hits was an RBI single and Kyle Roller hit a sacrifice fly to score the Yankees’ first run.…

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