What about Kevin Youkilis?

Now that Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson will both be starting the season on the DL most eyes have turned to Mark Teixeira as the most logical source of where the Yankees will need to get their missing power. And make no mistake about it, Tex has to...

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Sunday morning Yankees news and notes: 3/3/12

Good morning, it’s Sunday March 3, 2012 and here are some Yankees’ news and notes.

Ichiro Suzuki was in a car accident yesterday in Tampa. He’s fine – thank goodness – but his car isn’t. Look, can we hide Brett Gardner somewhere so he can’t get eaten by an alligator or something ridiculous like that? I’m starting to get worried about the outfielders.

Word this morning is that Ichiro is not sore or in any kind of major pain. Hopefully that will last.

Here’s the lineup that’s going to “renew the rivalry” down in Fort Myers (Just kidding):

Brett Gardner LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Jayson Nix 2B
Juan Rivera DH
Dan Johnson 1B
Melky Mesa CF
Zoilo Almonte RF
Corban Joseph 3B
Bobby Wilson C

RHP Adam Warren

Yes, you are reading this correctly, Jayson Nix is batting third and Juan Rivera is batting clean up. Gardner is the only regular in the lineup and like I said above, let’s hope there isn’t an alligator issue at JetBlue Park.…

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Quick Hit: The first cuts of Yankees’ camp have been announced

Via Mark Feinsand on Twitter:

NYY sent Corey Black, Matt Daley, Nick Goody, Shane Greene, Bryan Mitchell, Zach Nuding, Mike O’Brien, Ryan Pope & Kyle Roller to ML camp.

None of these cut are surprises.


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Spring Training Game Nine: Yankees 10, Tigers 3

The seven-game losing streak is over. Everyone can stop panicking about the New York Yankees.

Of course, I’m kidding, no one was really panicking at all. As I’ve been saying for the past few weeks, it’s only Spring Training.

The good stuff:

  • Ivan Nova‘s performance – 2 IP, one hit and one strike out. He was also hitting 94 m.p.h. (according to some tweets I saw)
  • Brett Gardner‘s two hits and two stolen bases
  • Tyler Austin and Corban Joseph each had two RBI – not that those even count but it was still nice to see.
  • Chris Stewart who is one of the candidates for the starting catcher job hit a home run.
  • The Yankees had finished with 10 runs on 13 hits.
  • They only made one error.

The ‘bad’ stuff:

Tomorrow, the Yankees will travel to Fort Myers to take on the Boston Red Sox in JetBlue Park for a 1:35 p.m.…

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Quick Hit: Yankees are scouting Wang in the WBC

From MLB Trade Rumors:

The Yankees are among the teams keeping an eye on Chien-Ming Wang, who threw six shutout innings against Australia in the World Baseball Classic, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post.  The Aussies may not be the toughest team in the WBC, but Wang looked strong and probably helped his case for hooking on with the Bombers or another club as pitching depth.  Here’s more out of the AL and NL East.

I missed Sherman’s tweets, which appeared at 4 a.m.this morning because I was sleeping but this isn’t shocking news, the Yankees were said to be among the teams who were going to be watching the still-unsigned Wang.

And in case you missed the game last night, the former Yankee ace held Australia to four singles in six scoreless innings in Chinese Taipei’s 4-1 victory. Chinese Taipei will next host the Netherlands who defeated Korea 5-0 in their first game.

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Saturday morning Yankees news and notes: 3/2/12

Happy Saturday, Yankee fans. Here’s some news and notes for you.

First up, today’s lineup against the Tigers:

Gardner CF
Ichiro RF
Cano 2B
Teixeira 1B
Youkilis 3B
Hafner DH
Diaz LF
Nix SS
Stewart C

Nova RHP

The pitchers also scheduled to pitch in today’s game are: Rapada, Aardsma, Kelley, Montgomery, Daley and Rondon. Out of that list I’m most interested in seeing Aardsma, Kelley and Montgomery. Aardsma because he’s coming back from his arm surgery, Kelley because he’s the new guy and Montgomery because I want to see what the fuss is about.

According to Chad Jennings of the Lohud Yankees Blog, Melky Mesa has pulled out of the WBC.

And here are some links about the Yankees for you to peruse this morning:

  • In this piece by Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, it seems some Yankee fans are still not ready to accept Kevin Youkilis into their Yankee fan arms. My advice to them is to get over it and stop acting like petulant children.
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Former Yankee Scott Proctor opens up about alcoholic past

Scott Proctor has pitched with big name teams such as the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees but as he’s trying to make a comeback at age 36, he admits to still getting nervous, even in Spring Training.

“Once I’ve jogged from the bullpen and haven’t tripped, I’m fine,” Proctor said. “That’s the nervous part for me.”

In a piece that ran earlier today on SF Gate, Proctor opened up about his past struggles with alcohol and right now, he’s in camp with the defending champion San Francisco Giants, trying to work his way back to the Majors.

The popular narrative when Proctor was a member of the New York Yankees was that he was abused, or more that his pitching arm was abused by then-Manager Joe Torre. Proctor was a key member of the Yankees’ bullpen in 2006 and 2007. Proctor says that contrary to popular belief, Torre relying on him so much was not the reason for his downfall, alcohol was.…

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Spring Training Game Eight: Phillies 10, Yankees 5

So the Yankees lost again.

They had 12 hits, 12 strike outs, walked three times and hit two home runs. Oh and they made four more errors – none were credited to Eduardo Nunez.

Hiroki Kuroda was victimized by that shoddy defense. He gave up four runs in two innings but only one was earned. He gave three hits, one walk and struck out two batters.

Ronnier Mustelier and Melky Mesa each hit a home run for the Yankees and Francisco Cervelli and Juan Rivera each hit a double.

For the Phillies, they scored their 10 runs – only four of them were earned – without the aid of the long ball. They were helped out by the Yankees’ defense.

Sorry I don’t have more to write about. This game wasn’t that entertaining.

The Yankees take on the Tigers tomorrow at 1:00 p.m at Steinbrenner Field.

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Some baseball links from around the web: Dogs, the WBC and other assorted goodies

While there is a lull in the action i.e. it’s March, it’s Spring Training and there are only so many things you can say about Robinson Cano‘s upcoming contract negotiations, I thought I’d share some goodies from around the baseball blogosphere.

First up, my friend Michael Clair, who writes for a bunch of places including The Platoon Advantage, has his own blog called Old Time Family Baseball where he posts some of the funniest stuff you’ll ever see and today’s post is no exception. He takes us back to 1993 when baseball Milk Bone got together for a collection of baseball cards featuring baseball players and their dogs. Some of my favorites are Todd Zeile‘s, Rob Dibble‘s – mostly for his sweater – and current Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi‘s cards.

Take a look, I promise it’s worth it.

Another friend, Tara Franey, a colleague of mine at Aerys Sports who is the head Cincinnati Reds writer, wrote two previews for the WBC.…

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