Spring Training Game 30: Yankees Vs. Rays

The closeness of Opening Day got real this morning with the calendar flipping over to April.  Baseball has been back for a while now, but meaningful baseball being back is even better and we’re oh so close to that happening.

That being the case, it makes sense that the Yankees are rolling out another almost Opening Day lineup.  That “almost” part is Brendan Ryan in at shortstop for Didi Gregorius, who was supposed to return to game action today but is still feeling some pain and swelling in his injured wrist.  That isn’t good news, but Jacoby Ellsbury returning to the regular lineup is.  Here’s the full starting lineup for today:

1) Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
2) Brett Gardner- LF
3) Carlos Beltran- RF
4) Mark Teixeira- 1B
5) Brian McCann- C
6) Chase Headley- 3B
7) Alex Rodriguez- DH
8) Stephen Drew- 2B
9) Brendan Ryan- SS

SP) Chase Whitley

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM local time.  Here’s your game thread for those watching/following on Gamecast.  …

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IIATMS Top Moment #1: Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS


[Editor’s note: This is a previously published post from the anniversary of the game (10/16/13). When I realized I had already written about it, I didn’t want to unwittingly plagiarize myself – that sometimes happens when you write about something a few times – so I decided to repost this piece. If you’re reading it for the second time, I apologize, but if you’re new to the site and reading it for the first time, welcome! -SG.  Be sure to keep an eye on MLB odds]

Where were you the night of October 16, 2003?

I was in my apartment in Manhattan watching Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. I was alone in what I called my TV room. It was really my grandmother’s former dining room which I had turned into a makeshift office by placing my giant desktop computer – it was 2003 and flat screens weren’t the norm – onto the table which was still surrounded by a number of chairs.…

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Spring Training Game 29 Recap: MIN 3 NYY 1

Masahiro Tanaka

That’s a regular season glare. Courtesy of the AP

Today was Masahiro Tanaka’s final spring start before he pitches his first Yankee Opening Day next Monday, and to be fair to all those who’ve been creating and buying into the injury/velo hype this spring I’ll say that today was a more important start than his previous ones.  With the games counting starting next week, today was the day you wanted to see good everything.  Good mechanics, good velocity, good movement, good command, and good results.  It’s always better to go into the season on a high note, and so to see Tanaka come out and dominate the Twins this afternoon would have been great.

It didn’t exactly happen that way, as Tanaka got hit a little bit in his 4.1 innings of work, mostly the last 2.1.  He gave up a run in the 3rd on a 2-out double and follow-up single, another in the 4th on 3 more hits, and left in the 5th after giving up a leadoff homer to somebody named Eduardo Escobar and a 1-out base hit.  …

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Spring Training Game 29: Yanks at Twins

This afternoon the Yankees (some of them) are traveling to Fort Myers to face off against the Minnesota Twins.

Gardner LF
Ryan 3B
Young CF
Jones 1B
Romine C
Refsnyder 2B
Flores RF
Noonan SS
Jagielo DH

Tanaka P


Schafer CF
Escobar SS
Herrmann RF
Vargas 1B
Nunez 3B
Walker II DH
Robinson LF
Fryer C
Bernier 2B

Millone P

The game isn’t on YES but can be seen on MLB Network starting at 1 p.m.

LaVelle Neal who covers the Twins for the Star Tribune said in his blog (which is where I found the Twins’ starting lineup) that this is the worst Yankees’ lineup he’s ever seen in Fort Myers. Yeah, sorry the Yankees aren’t sending their more well-known players on a two-hour bus ride to face off against the Twins in Spring Training, LaVelle.

Anyway, enjoy the game!

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IIATMS Top Moment #2: The Flip Play


I am a pretty lucky gal when it comes to my baseball fandom because thanks to my Bronx-born and bred father, I grew up a Yankee fan. Sure, there was a pretty long playoff drought during my childhood but as an adult, I’ve attended no-hitters, playoff series clinchers and World Series games. I have also been blessed enough to write about my favorite team on this and other blogs, in newspapers and in magazines, and I’ve been extremely fortunate to be able to talk about them in an HBO documentary. And the one play I have written and talked about a few times just happens to be our #2 Top Moment which fittingly enough is “the flip play” by Derek Jeter.


2001 is one of those years that people in the New York City metro area will never forget for one reason: 9/11 and all that happened on that dreadful day. It is also a memorable year because of what the Yankees were able to do during the playoffs that fall.…

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Quick Hit: Cash Explains The Plan For Brendan Ryan

Or does he?  I couldn’t really make any sense of his statement on the Didi Gregorius-Brendan Ryan platoon matter from yesterday (courtesy of Chad Jennings).  Here’s what he said:

“I’d just (say), it’s something we could consider, but Ryan’s also here for a reason. We have two left-handers in the middle infield in Drew and Didi, and we have Ryan as an alternative, so I trust that Joe — like he does all the time — he’ll dissect the matchups and try to put the best team on the field to win. If that means Ryan’s in there ahead of Didi on any given day, so be it.”

A reason?  What’s the reason?  It can’t be that Ryan is a good right-handed hitter because we all know that’s not true.  I’d like to think that’s why Cash was careful to call Drew and Didi “left-handers” and imply that they can actually hit a little bit and then call Ryan “an alternative,” which implies almost nothing other than being right-handed.…

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Open thread: Baseball is starting next week!

Yankee Stadium

You guys, we’re a week from Opening Day! Can you believe it? I know. I can’t either. It feels like the last month and a half or so have dragged on.

Anyway, this is your open thread for the evening. I will be linking some news for you to peruse. Feel free to discuss any/all of the articles in the comments.

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Tales of media desperation: When an article about A-Rod isn’t actually about A-Rod

Wow, the New York sports media will do anything to stir up nonsense about Alex Rodriguez.

This time it’s Bob Raissman of the Daily News who thinks it’s very telling that Alex wasn’t in the Sandlot video that the Yankees put out last week and that it somehow means that he’s being alienated by his team.

Hey! You know who else wasn’t in the video? Mark Teixeira. Oh, and Carlos Beltran. Are they being alienated too?

Here’s how the article starts:

Anyone else wondering why Alex Rodriguez did not perform in the Yankees’ recent video re-enactment of the Babe Ruth scene from the 1993 movie “The Sandlot?”

Hmmm, not really. I saw the video and the first thing I thought about was how funny it was, not why Alex wasn’t in the video. In fact, the thought never even crossed my mind.

An appearance by Rodriguez in the video would be tantamount to Yankees brass giving him their true stamp of approval and officially welcoming him back into the fold as a member in good standing.

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IIATMS Moment #3: Mr. November


The 2001 World Series was so much more than just a series of baseball games for the city of New York.

Just months after the worst disaster to ever hit the United States occurred on 9/11, the city was still absolutely reeling. The New York Yankees were providing some comfort and an opportunity for people to get their minds away from it for a few hours a night, as they made their fourth consecutive World Series. The Yankees just weren’t playing for themselves, but for the entire city of New York.

The Yankees were down 2-1 in the series to the Arizona Diamondbacks after being dominated in the first two games in Arizona and winning Game 3 behind a strong pitching performance from Roger Clemens.

Even after the win in Game 3, things looked bleak going up against Curt Schilling after he dominated the Yankees in Game 1. He owned them again in Game 4, as Schilling only allowed one run and three hits over seven innings.…

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