The Farm Report: 4/14/13 Scranton finally played baseball again!

After battling rain and “unplayable field conditions” due to all the rain, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders managed to finally get on a field and play some baseball. The last time the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate were able to don their uniforms was Tuesday, but on Sunday they managed to make up for some of that, splitting a doubleheader against Buffalo. Trenton picked up a big win, while Tampa lost the rubber game in their series against Daytona. Charleston put together a seventh inning rally to tie Augusta, eventually sending the game into extras, where it will stay until June 13th as it has been called due to rain.

Scranton lost to Buffalo 6-1 in Game 1 (7 innings):
The RailRiders struck first, but a terrible start by Dellin Betances doomed them in Game 1. Corban Joseph started the game with a single to center, scoring on a single by Dan Johnson later in the inning for a 1-0 lead. Betances took the mound and immediately gave up back-to-back singles to Jim Negrych and Anthony Gose.…

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Kuroda and Gardner lead the way to Yankee victory over the Orioles

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The New York Yankees, behind a complete game shutout by Hiroki Kuroda, and a three-run fifth inning by the Yankees’ makeshift lineup, took the series from the Baltimore Orioles, two games to one. Jayson Nix drove in the first run in the fifth inning off of Orioles’ starter Wei-Yin Chen with a sacrifice fly and then Brett Gardner hit a booming two-run homer to round out the scoring.

Kuroda was magnificent. He had all of his pitches working and induced 21 ground balls on 25 batted balls by the Orioles, allowing only five hits and no walks. Kuroda struck out five and even worked around two errors by the left side of his infield. The Yankees’ starter threw 70% of his 113 pitches for strikes and it was not until the ninth inning when a runner got to second on defensive indifference, did the Orioles get a runner into scoring position.

Wei-Yin Chen matched Kuroda for the first four innings though he was not as sharp as Kuroda.…

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Game Thread: Orioles vs. Yankees, Sunday April 14

The Yankees and Orioles have split the first two games of their series, in a snapshot of what the entire season will be like in the AL East, with no one team in a position to dominate the others. The Yankees don’t need to win today’s rubber match, but it would be good if they did. A win will move them back above .500, and it will also defend their home field. Hiroki Kuroda takes the mound for the Pinstripes. Kuroda has yet to have a good start this year. Now would be a good time for him to get into a groove. Baltimore will counter with Wei-Yin Chen, who has pitched decently in his two starts this year. Use this as your game thread. Enjoy!

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Stronger than expected

It would be an understatement to say that the Yankees started the season flat. But all it took was a couple games in Cleveland for the Bombers to start exceeding expectations. Five wins and five losses is far from a hot start, but it leaves the Yankees just one game behind the Red Sox for the AL East lead, and it is precisely the kind of performance the Yankees need to remain in the hunt until Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter return.

Most of the focus has fallen on Kevin Youkilis, Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells, new Yankees who have gotten off to unsustainable hot starts to help keep the team competitive, but the best two players on the team have been old hands: Robinson Cano and CC Sabathia. Cano started the season right where he left things off in the playoffs. He was ice cold. Since the opening round versus Boston, however, Robbie has caught fire.…

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Orioles 5, Yankees 3: Booooooooooughes

Well, that wasn’t fun.

Phil Hughes couldn’t find the plate and the Orioles took advantage early. Hughes only lasted three innings, gave up five runs on nine hits, walked two and gave up three home runs.

But hey, a good thing was that the bullpen, David Phelps, Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson, combined to toss six scoreless innings giving up only two hits, striking out seven and not allowing a free pass.

Some good things:

Tomorrow’s the rubber game with Hiroki Kuroda facing off against Wei-Yin Chen. And don’t forget, it’s an 8:05 p.m. ESPN Sunday Night game so prepare yourselves well in advance.

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Game 10: At least it’s not a Fox game

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I wonder what will happen in today’s game. Will there be another set of crazy plays that change the complexion of the game? Or will it be an ordinary, run of the mill, Saturday late afternoon game?

I’m hoping if something crazy happens, it will be in the Yankees’ favor again.

We posted the Yankees’ lineup earlier but here it is again, along with Baltimore’s.

YANKEES
Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix SS

Phil Hughes RHP

ORIOLES
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Nolan Reimold DH

Jason Hammel RHP

Enjoy the game!

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Today’s Yankee lineup: 4/13/13

Here’s the Yankee lineup that will be facing Jason Hammel:

Gardner 8
Cano 4
Youkilis 5
Hafner dh
Wells 7
Ichiro 9
Cervelli 2
Overbay 3
Nix 6

Phil Hughes will be making his second start of the year. In his first outing, Hughes lasted only four innings and took the loss against the Tigers April 6.

Eduardo Nunez is sitting after being plunked last night. The diagnosis after x-rays were negative was a bruised wrist. He’s day-to-day.

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