The Farm Report: 4/5/13

It was a tough day on the Farm for the Yankees affiliates. Tampa picked up its first win of the year, but everyone else came up short. Dellin Betances made his first appearance of 2013, as did the Charleston RiverDogs after being rained out yesterday.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Pawtucket 9-4:
Looking to turn the page on 2012, Betances made his first start of the season on Friday night. Pawtucket got to the big righty quickly, as Jeremy Hazelbaker grounded a single back to the mound and Justin Henry lined on to center. A walk to Drew Sutton loaded the bases, but Betances came back to strike out the next two batters. Brandon Snyder then lined a single to the outfield giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. Betances settled down, however, pitching a 1-2-3 second and third inning and allowing just one walk in the fourth before being pulled at the start of the fifth. Hazelbaker knocked a triple off Ryan Pope and scored another run on a sac fly from Henry.…

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Quick Hits: Hughes’ Early Return And Jeter Swinging Off A Tee

Phil Hughes was scratched from his minor league start tomorrow. At first, I thought this was bad news, but Donnie Collins is being told that Hughes is not injured, and that the Yankees need a starter for tomorrow’s game. David Phelps is scheduled to start tomorrow, but Cashman confirms that Hughes will be the starter in Detroit. Phelps last pitched in relief of CC Sabathia on Monday, and perhaps it’s him who had the set back. It could also have something to do with the state of the bullpen, which has been hit rather hard of late. On top of that, Ivan Nova didn’t have a great start today, so it’s possible the Yankees are reorganizing everything.

UPDATE (6:15 PM): Phelps will be headed to the bullpen since the Yankees desperately need a long man after Hiroki Kuroda‘s short start.

In Derek Jeter news, the shortstop hit off a tee today, but didn’t get to work in the field.…

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Tigers 8, Yankees 3: So much for the reprieve

Before you even think it, no it’s not just like last October. The team is different. The lineup is different. The year is different. Okay?

Today’s game was not fun to watch. There was once instance when it was fun, Kevin Youkilis hit a home run to pull the Yankees ahead in the top of the fifth but then it all fell apart quickly.

The Tigers scored three in the bottom of that fifth inning, one in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the bottom of the seventh. And how did they do it? Home runs. Two by Prince Fielder and one by Alex Avila. Fielder had five runs batted in this afternoon.

Ivan Nova didn’t look good. He’s has been on a bit of a slide since the 2012 All-Star break and at one point in today’s game, six straight batters were able to work a 3-2 count against him. Unfortunately for Nova, the bullpen didn’t help his cause.…

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Eduardo Nunez Leaves Game After Being Hit By Pitch

In the fourth inning of today’s game in Detroit, Eduardo Nunez was hit by a pitch. It looked like it got him in the chest, but the shortstop immediately fell to the ground and clutched his upper arm. Jayson Nix came in to replace him, and with Derek Jeter on the DL, the Yankees have few replacements at shortstop. Nunez has looked really good over the last few days, and I wrote about his new throwing motion yesterday. It would be extremely unfortunate if he’s lost for any extended period of time. Considering he could barely walk off the field, it doesn’t look good.

UPDATE (3:24 PM): Nunez has bruisng in his right bicep, the X-Rays were negative and he’s listed as day-to-day. Hopefully that’s just a couple of games rest.

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Game Four: Yankees revisit a house of horrors

So the Yankees are returning to the site of not-so-great times, Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

I won’t rehash what happened because we’ve heard about it all winter and it has even been brought up this week during the Yankees’ 1-2 start. But hey, guess what? The Tigers also started 1-2 and they played Minnesota who is supposed to be atrocious this season so you know what that means? Nothing, it’s April.

Anyway, here’s the Yankee lineup:

Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C

Ivan Nova is making his first start of the season.

(I apologize for the lack of depth in this post, I’m on a laptop I’m not used to, and copying and pasting is a nightmare.)

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Way more than just a Yankee win

New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

Writing for a New York Yankees site and maintaining a somewhat journalistic objectivity is already difficult enough after spending a lifetime watching this team. Last night’s win over the Boston Red Sox threw that objectivity about as far off the cliff as a pumpkin chunkin. Andy Pettitte made his 409th start for the Yankees and won his 209th game for the team with eight glorious innings. According to one stat I read this morning, Andy Pettitte is now 18-3 lifetime in helping the Yankees avoid a sweep. Mariano Rivera then gave his fans a bit of heartburn, but in the end, froze Jackie Bradley Jr. for his 609th career save–all for the Yankees. It was a combination that will never again be matched in baseball as two pitchers who started their careers together nineteen years ago. According to some of the game recaps I read, this was the 69th time that Rivera has saved a win for Andy Pettitte, an all time record.…

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On Early-Season Lineup Tinkering

When the lineup for last night’s game was released, there were probably a few eyebrows that went up.  After just two games, one against a right-handed pitcher, Joe decided to change things up a bit and shuffle the deck against Ryan Dempster.  Gone were Ichiro or Eduardo Nunez from the 2-spot in the lineup, and instead Joe moved the middle of the batting order up a spot to hit Robinson Cano 2nd, Kevin Youkilis 3rd, Travis Hafner 4th, and Vernon Wells 5th.  With such an incredibly small sample size to evaluate and base lineup decisions on, a move like this in the third game of the regular season could have come across as one of desperation.  Considering the circumstances surrounding the roster right now, and the severely depleted amount of above-average hitters in the lineup, I actually thought it was pretty smart and a great example of playing the hand you’re dealt.

Nobody needs to be reminded of how much firepower the Yankees are missing and are going to be missing for the next month.  …

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The Farm Report – Opening Day!

Three of the Yankees’ full season minor league affiliates go their first taste of action tonight. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre gave their home fans some extra baseball after spending last season on the road, however, they weren’t able to open with a win. Trenton and Tampa came away victorious – and so begins the MiLB season…

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Pawtucket 8-4 (10 innings):
Vidal Nuno got the start and worked a quick 1-2-3 top of the first, while the RailRiders put their bats to work. Corban Joseph lined a single to right and Zoilo Almonte drew a walk. With two outs, Melky Mesa grounded a single to left to score the RailRiders’ first run. Cody Johnson drew a walk to load the bases. A wild pitch plated Almonte and Scranton took a 2-0 lead. The RailRiders had a chance to get some insurance when David Adams hit a two out double and moved to third on a single by Joseph. Nuno had looked good through the first four innings, but found himself in trouble quickly in the fifth.…

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Recap: The old man and the W, Pettitte helps lead Yanks to victory

Pettitte

Hooray!

Is anyone else as excited as I am right now? The excitement I’m feeling is not just because the Yankees won. It’s also not just because they beat Boston – I mean, who doesn’t love that? And it’s not just because we, meaning the people who live in the New York metro area, won’t have to hear about more doom and gloom tomorrow. The excitement I’m feeling is because two of the guys people like to make fun of the most, the ones fans of other teams like to say ” are as old as dirt,” Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, were a big part of tonight’s victory.

Pettitte was the stopper the Yankees desperately needed. Well, fine, desperately is a little exaggerated and over the top but to save everyone’s sanity, at least in terms of what I mentioned above, the doom and gloom, this start was definitely needed.

The oldest man in the starting rotation came out and threw eight innings of one run ball.…

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