Featuring A Changeup, Pineda Does His Best Felix Hernandez Impression

In 2011, his rookie year with the Mariners, Pineda showcased a plus slider and command on a mid-to-high 90′s fastball. The combination was a deadly punch for hitters, and in Safeco Field, he earned a ton of strikeouts and fly ball outs. With Pineda headed to Yankee Stadium, the worry was that his high fly ball tendency would translate to home runs, especially against opposite handed hitters. Left-handed batters already have the advantage of the short right field porch, and when you add handedness and high fly ball tendencies into the equation, the worry was warranted.

Pineda finally made his Yankee Stadium debut on Thursday against the Red Sox. Manager John Farrell hoped to combat Pineda’s sweeping slider with a lineup full of lefties, and plugged in Grady Sizemore, David Ortiz, Daniel Nava, A.J. Pierzynski, Jackie Bradley Jr, and Jonathan Herrera. Farrell’s intentions were obviously to take advantage of the short right field porch and platoon splits, but Pineda broke out a gameplan that we didn’t expect.…

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The Farm Report: 4/13/14

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Syracuse 7-1:
Ramon Flores started the bottom of the first by lining a double to right. A one out single by Zoilo Almonte put runners on the corners. Russ Canzler followed by grounding a single to left and scoring Flores for the 1-0 lead. The RailRiders pulled away in the third, as...

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Yanks Limping (Literally) Into Their First Off-Day

Cervelli Injury vs BOS

Very often in sports, commentators or writers like to say that something “couldn’t have come at a better time” to help a struggling team.  In the Yankees’ case, this first scheduled off-day of the year really could not have come at a better time after last night’s injury casualties.  If the Yankees had to play a game tonight, it’s doubtful they’d have enough healthy bodies to fill out the starting infield.

They were already short-handed heading into the game last night when it was revealed that Derek Jeter has a tight right quad and Joe was keeping him out of the lineup to steal a few more days of rest.  Once the game started, we found out that Brian Roberts was out not to get a simple day of rest, but because his lower back was bothering him and he went for a precautionary MRI earlier in the day.  We also found out that Francisco Cervelli still can’t escape his crappy injury luck when he appeared to seriously pull his hamstring trying to beat out a play at first base in the 4th.  …

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And Exhale: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2

I don’t know about you guys but I am still a little hyper from tonight’s game.

And it’s ridiculous, isn’t it? It’s only April 13, we should not be reacting like this to a game so early in the season but this Yankees-Red Sox “rivalry” seems to bring out the best and worst in all of us. Plus, the whole “national game on ESPN” thing didn’t help matters either. Most baseball fans had their eyes on the game so it felt bigger than it should have. Basically, I am going to blame the nice weather for tricking me into thinking it was actually September and that the Yankees and Red Sox were in a pennant race.

Now, onto the actual recap!

The Red Sox struck first in the top of the second thanks to a Jonathan Herrera single which scored Ryan Roberts. And when it looked like things were going to get away from Ivan Nova, after a Grady Sizemore single, Jackie Bradley Jr.…

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Quick hit: Roberts is Injured

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Well, if you had April 13 in the Brian Roberts injury pool, you’ve won! It was announced that he has a back injury.

I’m sure that this means he’ll probably have surgery later this week because he’s Brian Roberts and he has the worst injury luck ever…

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Game 13: Getting Above .500

Derek Jeter will rest for the second day in a row with tightness in his right quadricep, though Joe Girardi expects him back in the lineup on Tuesday. In the meantime, the Yankees look to take three of four from the Red Sox. In 2013, they did not win...

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Tonight’s lineup vs Red Sox: 4/13/14 (Now with a Jeter Update)

Gardner LF
Beltran RF
Ellsbury CF
Soriano DH
McCann C
Solarte 2B
Johnson 3B
Cervelli 1B
Anna SS

Nova P

You’re not seeing things, Jeter’s sitting again. We’re trying to find out why.

UPDATE 4:57 P.M.: Jeter has a sore right quad. No test scheduled. He irritated it Friday night.

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Sunday Afternoon Open Thread: 4/13/14

Can I be honest with everyone? We’re all friends, right? I can tell you something and you won’t make fun of me. Okay, so I didn’t realize today’s game was a Sunday Night ESPN Game. I mean, I should have because it’s Yankees-Red Sox and when do the good people over at ESPN ever turn down an opportunity to show “the biggest rivalry in sports” in primetime? (It’s rare)

So because we don’t have an afternoon game to watch, I figured I’d put up an afternoon open thread where we can discuss whatever you would like to gab about. Could be other baseball games, could be The Masters, could be Tax Day – it’s two days away so I hope you did yours! Could be our latest It’s About The Yankees, Stupid podcast which was recorded yesterday afternoon, etc.

Or maybe you can discuss the following masterpiece. It seems Jeff Francoeur was pranked for a month by his Triple A El Paso teammates and it is a doozy.…

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