Quick hit: A Jeter Update

Brian Cashman met with the media and announced that Derek Jeter has a grade one strain of his right quad muscle.

For now, he will not be going on the DL. He will sit out this weekend’s series against the Minnesota Twins and he will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break. If things have not improved by then, a DL trip wouldn’t be out of the question.

The blessing, if there is one, is that this happened with the All-Star break on the horizon, Jeter can sit, rest and they can see how he’s doing after a pretty long break.

It’s not the best news, but it’s not as dire as we all assumed it would be.

Oh and how could I forget?

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Remembering Bobby Murcer

Where were you five years ago today?

I was up in Boston, visiting a friend and as we were walking into town to get some dinner, my cellphone rang. It was my mom. She wanted to know how everything was going and was checking to see if I got up there in one piece. I obviously did. After a few minutes of chit chat, she revealed another reason for her phone call. She had called to tell me that Bobby Murcer passed away. As soon as the words passed through her lips and into the receiver of my pink Motorola Razr, I gasped, said, “No!” then covered my mouth and tried not to cry.

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My memories of Bobby Murcer the player are hazy at best. I vaguely recall the Thurman Munson game – the game after Munson’s funeral when Murcer was responsible for every run and the Yankees won on a walk-off by Murcer on national television against the Baltimore Orioles.…

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Mariners As Trade Partners

After the Cliff Lee trade blew up, many fans thought the Yankees and Mariners would never do business again. Not only have Brian Cashman and Jack Zduriencik forgotten their grievances, but they’ve become extremely active trade partners. Over the last year and a half, the two teams have made three major trades, sending Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi to the Mariners for Michael Pineda and Jose Campos, swapping D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar for Ichiro Suzuki, and sending Abraham Almonte to Seattle for Shawn Kelley. As the Mariners are yet again in the position to sell, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Brian Cashman knock on Zduriencik’s door to see what’s available.

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Getty Images

The Mariners have a few free agents to be that likely wouldn’t receive qualifying offers, and thus have more value on the trade market. Left-handed slugger Raul Ibanez is having a resurgence at the age of 41. After hitting just 19 home runs all year in 2012 for the Yankees, he’s already hit 21 for the Mariners, and is currently sporting an .859 OPS.…

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Reassessing The Yankee Bullpen At The Break

Joba Chamberlain

While the lineup tries to keep its head above water and the rotation experiences its peaks and valleys, once again the Yankee bullpen is doing the job in 2013.  Their 3.33 ERA and 3.56 FIP are both top 10 MLB rankings, their K and BB numbers are both top 5, and they rank 4th in strand rate (80.7%) and fWAR (3.4).  It’s almost par for the course at this point, and the formula they’ve followed for years – greatest closer of all time, dominant R/L setup men on the back end, hard-throwing middle relief, quality depth – is playing out perfectly.  While the performance may remain the same, there have been some shifts in role and recent trends that have shuffled the deck a bit in the hierarchy.  As the Yanks come to the ASB and approach the 2 week mark until the trade deadline, have these changes put them in the market for a reliever?

Mo still rules the throne in the 9th inning with D-Rob backing him up in the 8th.  …

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The Farm Report: 7/11/13 – Pineda gets roughed up in Scranton loss

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Syracuse 7-1:
After three scoreless innings Syracuse broke through in the fourth on a solo homer by Danny Espinosa. The RailRiders had a chance to get the run back when David Adams tripled with two outs in the bottom of the inning, but Brent Lillibridge lined out to end the threat. The Chiefs wasted little time in lengthening their lead, plating five runs in fifth, thanks to a couple hit by pitches and a grand slam by Tyler Moore. A solo homer by Randy Ruiz in the sixth gave the RailRiders their first run of the night. Syracuse added one more run in the top of the ninth, but the RailRiders went down in order, taking the 7-1 loss.

Adonis Garcia went 2-4. Ruiz went 1-4 with a homer and two Ks. Fernando Martinez and Adams both went 1-4, while Lillibridge, Corey Patterson and Walter Ibarra went 1-3. Michael Pineda gave up six runs on four hits, a walk and five Ks over just 4.2 innings.…

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Yankees 8, Royals 4: Finally!

The Yankees finally won a game with me (and my brother) in attendance.

To be honest, I almost said, “No.” when my brother texted me and asked me if I wanted to go to today’s game. We both have had such bad luck this season and I was afraid we’d ruin Derek Jeter‘s first game back. But, we didn’t and it feels like a tremendous weight has been lifted off my shoulders!

Now, when Andy Pettitte gave up three runs in the top of the first, my brother and I were both thinking, “Here we go again.”

After the Yankees cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the frame, we felt slightly better and thought, okay, this isn’t too terrible. Maybe they can keep them at three and chip away. Then, we felt bad again when Pettitte gave up another run in the top of the second to put the Royals up 4-1.

When the Yankees halved the score (4-2) in the bottom of the second, thanks to an Austin Romine RBI double, no that is not a typo, I felt that if the Royals were held to four runs, the Yankees could get to Ervin Santana the second time through the lineup.…

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Game 92: Jeter Returns

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COREY SIPKIN

The Yankees look for the series split this afternoon against Ervin Santana and the Royals. Your DH? Derek Jeter, who’s been called up to replace the day-to-day Travis Hafner and Brett Gardner.

Ichiro Suzuki CF
Derek Jeter DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Luis Cruz 3B
Austin Romine C

On the mound is Andy Pettitte.

The game starts at 1:05 PM on YES.

Draft Update: The Yankees have signed first round pick Aaron Judge to a slightly above slot bonus. This means they’ve signed all 12 of their first 10-round picks. They ended up saving some extra bonus pool cash and have given 18th round pick Dustin Fowler and 20th round pick Drew Bridges substantial money. The team could still end up signing another pick and take on a 5% overage tax, but it looks like they’ve mostly wrapped up this year’s draftees. On to the international market!…

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Trade Target: Logan Morrison

Last Wednesday, scouts filled Turner Field to see trade candidate Ricky Nolasco pitch against the Braves. Nolasco ended up heading to the Dodgers, but surprisingly, the Yankees were in attendance. Although they’ve been linked to Nolasco in the past, scouts were actually there to watch the hitters, which begs the question, who? Obviously Giancarlo Stanton would fit right in, or maybe the Braves are looking to part with Brian McCann for whatever reason. Unfortunately, it’s extremely unlikely that either of these players are traded, and I’m left wondering if the player they went to scout didn’t end up playing at all.

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Logan Morrison has missed some time due to injury over the last few years, but the 25 year old left-handed hitter seems to finally be reaching his top prospect expectations. In his 20 games in 2013, Morrison is hitting .314/.392/.600 in 79 plate appearances. He’s accumulated 4 home runs, 2 triples, and 4 doubles to go along with a 9 BB’s and 10 K’s.…

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