The Farm Report: 5/10/13 Yankees’ affiliates sweep the day

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Gwinnett 5-3:
The Braves took an early lead as Tyler Pastornicky started the game with a single to right and stole second. Alden Carrithers bunted for a single, putting runners on the corners for Joey Terdoslavich, who connected with a three run homer. The RailRiders had a chance to chip away at Gwinnett’s lead in the bottom of the inning. Corban Joseph singled, but Curtis Granderson hit into a double play. Zoilo Almonte, Ronnier Mustelier adn Dan Johnson all singled, but Almonte was thrown out at home, leaving Scranton trailing 3-0 . The RailRiders got a couple runners in the second and third innings, but didn’t get on the board until the fourth. Melky Mesa grounded a single to left and scored on a double by Addison Maruszak. Jeff Farnham drew a walk. Joseph laid down a bunt, that the Gwinnett catcher fielded and threw to third for the out. Granderson struck out, but a wild pitch moved the runners over.…

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Game 34: Kansas City, hey, hey, hey

Pork Rib

I figured since Kansas City is famous for their BBQ why not post a picture that will make you drool during tonight’s game? (Doesn’t that look so good?) I’ve never been there but it’s definitely on my list of places to go to just for the food. People take trips where they visit all of the places known for their BBQ like Memphis TN, Kansas City, Lexington NC, pretty much the entire state of Texas, etc. I want to do that someday…

Oh, right, baseball.

This is the first meeting between the Royals and Yankees this season and it’s the first trip Mariano Rivera has made back to the place where his career nearly ended.

The beat writers and Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network all reported via Twitter that a group of Yankees made a hand painted sign that read “No Mo Zone” and hung it up on the outfield wall in Kauffman Stadium. They also drew a chalk outline of a body on the warning track.…

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Vernon <3

People have different reasons for blogging, tweeting, discussing, or just watching baseball. The game’s numerous facets allows most people to find some aspect to enjoy in their own comprehension. From the players, to the numbers, to the narratives, to going to a game and enjoy a beer, or watching it with friends on your couch at home, it’s easy for even the most antagonistic of minds to find a commonality.

I know where I stand when it comes to baseball, and most regular readers are aware that I’m objective. I come from a scientific background, international law to be more specific, where it’s important to keep an analytic frame of mind despite your own prejudgments. Though my reasons for watching baseball have changed, I have been a Yankee fan my entire life. But the romantic side of baseball has largely disappeared, especially in my blogging, and I can’t even remember the last time I wrote something subjective. It’s hard for me to imagine having a favorite player nowadays.…

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Report: Betances to the pen

The first inkling that something was amiss came when Donnie Collins of the Times-Tribune in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre mentioned Dellin Betances‘s absence from the starter’s list in his piece this morning about the Triple A RailRiders:

Dellin Betances is not listed among the starters for the RailRiders during the upcoming four-game series with Gwinnet. He is on turn for Friday, and he was listed on the board for side work. My guess is that they’re holding him out in case the Yankees need the extra arm for Monday’s doubleheader in Cleveland.

After further investigation, Joel Sherman of the New York Post, prompted by Collins’s post, found out that Betances wasn’t on the list of starters because he is being moved to the bullpen.

Sherman also declared the Killer B’s dead. The killer B’s being Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances and Andrew Brackman. Banuelos is recovering from Tommy John surgery, Brackman hasn’t panned out and now Betances is the last man standing.…

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This weekend’s matchups: Yankees at Royals

The Yankees will be in Kansas City this weekend taking on the second place Royals who at the moment are only a half game behind first place Detroit.

The Yankees are in a virtual tie for first place atop the AL East with Baltimore and Boston. While the Orioles and Red Sox both have 21 wins to the Yankees’ 20, both teams have 14 losses, the Yankees have 13. This season has certainly been interesting so far for the boys from the Bronx. Most people weren’t expecting much while their superstars Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez were out with injuries but I’d say hitting the 20 win mark on May 9th is a pretty big deal. As we all know, there is a lot of season left but so far the Yankees have been able to stay ahead while waiting for the aforementioned big guns to arrive.

Coming into this three-game series with the Royals, the Yankees are 6-4 in their last 10 games and they took two out of three in Colorado.…

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What Phelps Needs To Work On

Phelps vs COL

(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Yesterday, in anticipation of Ivan Nova‘s likely return (temporary at least) to the rotation, I looked at what he needed to change and improve to stick in the rotation should he get his spot back.  I honestly just assumed that if he was healthy he would be given the spot back upon his return based on the “you shouldn’t lose your job for getting hurt” rule, but yesterday’s Wednesday’s results may have muddied the waters a bit. Nova struggled mightily with his command in his ExST outing, walking 4 batters in 5 IP, while David Phelps looked very good tossing 6 innings of 2-run ball against the Rockies, both runs coming on one mistake pitch. Phelps has performed admirably in his 2 spot starts, better than Nova was, and if there are questions about Nova’s command, that could be enough to keep the door open for Phelps.  If the 5th starter competition is unofficially back on, here’s what Phelps needs to do to lock it down.…

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