Quick hit: CC threw 36 pitches and survived

CC Sabathia threw a bullpen session today at the Stadium. He threw 36 pitches, used his entire arsenal and said he felt fine and more importantly, reported no problems with this knee.

He’s going to make some rehab starts down in Tampa. According to Meredith Marakovits of YES, Sabathia hopes he doesn’t have to make as many starts as some people are saying – he was hearing five starts before he can join the big club again.

He is still on schedule for a July return.

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Not at the table, Carlos: Yankees 5, Orioles 3

Julie Jacobsen/AP

Julie Jacobsen/AP

Well, that was a fun ending, right?

Of course, everything leading up to tonight’s exciting bottom of the ninth inning was baseball’s version of blue balls. Seriously, how many times can a team have the bases loaded and fail in one game? It happened in the second, happened in the fifth and it happened in the sixth. I guess it’s a good thing the bases weren’t loaded in the ninth but before we get to that, let’s go back to the beginning of the game, shall we?

The Yankees struck first in the bottom of the first when Mark Teixeira hit an RBI double off O’s starter Ubaldo Jimenez to score Jacoby Ellsbury.

And I’ll give Jimenez some credit for getting out of all of those jams during the game but a lot of it also had to do with the Yankees’ ineptitude. They were getting thrown out at home, failing miserably with runners in scoring position, hitting into double plays, etc.…

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Game 72: Kuroda vs. Jimenez

Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Here are your lineups:

ORIOLES
Markakis RF
Pearce DH
Jones CF
Davis 1B
Cruz LF
Hardy SS
Machado 3B
Flaherty 2B
Hundley C

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

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: A-Rod drops lawsuit against Yankees team doctor

Alex Rodriguez wants to be a New York Yankee again and to do that without any distractions, he’s decided to drop his lawsuit against team doctor Christopher Ahmad and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.

If you’ll recall, Rodriguez sued Ahmad and Columbia Presbyterian – the hospital Ahmad is affiliated with – last fall because A-Rod claimed they misdiagnosed his left hip injury in 2012.

A-Rod’s lawyer Alan Ripka said in a telephone interview earlier today, “He does not want to have any legal distractions in preparing and entering the new season for the New York Yankees.” He added, “That is the sole and only reason why this case is being discontinued.”

So, apparently A-Rod still believes that they misdiagnosed his hip injury but for the sake of goodwill wants to drop the suit because he’s eager to play baseball again.

Ripka also told reporters that Rodriguez had been debating for some time whether or not to drop the lawsuit, “We’ve been considering it and thinking about in terms of his career, in terms of the Yankees, in terms of him moving forward in his life.…

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Friday Afternoon Open Thread: 6/20/14

Welcome to the Friday afternoon open thread.

Your Yankees are 7-2 in their last nine games and are now only 1 1/2 games behind the division leading Blue Jays who they just sent to Cincinnati on a giant broom thanks to a three-game sweep.

So what can you talk about in this open thread? Oh lots of things. But first, I’d like to remind everyone to be respectful of each other and to be respectful of the people writing on this site. We’ve had a few incidents in the past few days where people have attacked each other and have attacked our writers and we simply will not tolerate that sort of behavior.

You can disagree with someone without resorting to name calling. You can have spirited debates without insulting the other person’s intelligence. You can also point out an error that has been made on the blog and be nice about it. Mistakes happen, people are human, sometimes we’re tired when we’re writing, sometimes we transpose numbers and think they look fine after we’ve looked at our post 30 times.…

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Analyzing The Early Trade Rumors

David Price

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The trade deadline is now less than 6 weeks away, and the engines on the rumor mill have started churning.  On Wednesday, Brian Cashman discussed the Yankees’ plans for the deadline with Ken Davidoff, saying “we usually make moves every year, so I expect to make moves” when asked what he expected.  As for how aggressive the Yankees will be, I guess this statement from Cash sums it up best:

“I feel that we do have the ability to make trades if that’s a route we so choose.  How we line up with other clubs, I don’t know … but I definitely have people that are wanted within the industry. But we want those guys, too. We’ll see.”

Cash is no fool when it comes to playing the media game.  He isn’t going to tip his hand.  But we all know what the Yankees’ biggest needs are (starting pitcher, infielder/backup first baseman, right fielder) and we know they’re going to look to fill some of those needs.  …

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Sweep: Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4

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After sweeping a three-game series for the first time in 2014 last week against Seattle in Safeco Field, the Yankees pulled off the same feat at home against the Blue Jays. If you have been paying attention the past couple of seasons, you will know that this isn’t much of a shock because the Yankees have now beaten Toronto 16 games in a row at Yankee Stadium dating back to 9/19/12 and the Yanks swept a doubleheader that day. Isn’t that something?

Starter David Phelps, who was coming off a strong performance in last Friday’s 7-0 victory over the A’s came up big again going seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits against the Blue Jays. He also set a career high in pitches with 115.

The Yankees took an early 1-0 lead in the first thanks to a double by Brett Gardner who moved to third on an infield hit by Derek Jeter and scored on a Jacoby Ellsbury sac fly.…

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Game 71: Hutchison vs. Phelps

Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Here are your lineups:

BLUE JAYS
Reyes SS
Cabrera LF
Bautista RF
Encarnacion 1B
Navarro DH
Francisco 3B
Kratz C
Rasmus CF
Tolleson 2B

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Beltran DH
Ichiro RF
Roberts 2B
Johnson 3B

Enjoy!

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