The Kansas City connection

After a lifetime of reading about and watching the New York Yankees, there is a story that happened in the past that has floated by my consciousness from time to time. I often wondered about this story. As it goes with writers, the story floated by my consciousness one too many times and I had to find out what it was all about. The story goes that for a time, the Kansas City Athletics, a major league club, became a minor league team for the Yankees and funneled its best players to the Yankees thus allowing the Yankees to continue its dynasty. The years involved were from 1955 to 1960 when a man named Arnold Johnson purchased the Philadelphia Athletics from the Connie Mack family and moved the team to Kansas City. The period ended when Johnson died of a sudden cerebral hemorrhage in March of 1960 which led to the Charlie Finley era later that year. I wanted to know if the stories were true and to what tune Johnson’s Athletics aided the Yankees to continue the Yankees’ winning ways during the late 1950s.…

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Spring Training Game Two: Blue Jays 2, Yankees 0

The Yankees dropped their Grapefuit League game to the Blue Jays 2-0 this afternoon at Steinbrenner Field but the biggest loss happened five pitches into Curtis Granderson‘s first at-bat. Toronto starter J.A. Happ hit Granderson in the right forearm. He was immediately taken out of the game as a precaution and a few innings later, the Yankees announced that Granderson suffered a fractured forearm and that he will be out 10 weeks.

Kevin Youkilis, who was on deck when Granderson was hit said, “It didn’t sound good.” And now we know, it wasn’t good at all.

It’s not a season-ending injury by any means and if there’s good news to come out of it, at least it happened early in Spring Training. Because of that, if things go as planned and Granderson doesn’t suffer any setbacks, he’ll be back a month into the season.

The game itself was pretty uneventful. Youkilis made good contact in his at bat, driving the ball to the warning track a couple of times but had nothing to show for his effort.…

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Curtis Granderson Out 10 Weeks With A Fractured Right Forearm

There aren’t many ways this Spring Training could have gotten off to a worse start.  In his first at-bat of his first ST game of 2013, a game he started as the left fielder rather than the center fielder, Curtis Granderson was hit by a pitch from Toronto starter J.A. Happ...

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Granderson out with a broken forearm

The Yankees just announced that Curtis Granderson will be sidelined at least 10 weeks with a fractured right forearm. Granderson was hit with a J.A. Happ offering in this first at bat of the game.

Granderson, who led the Yankees with 43 home runs last year, was taken out of the game immediately after being hit with the pitch.

More on this as the details come in but this is not good news for the Yankees.

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Quick hit: Yankees are eyeing March 10 return for Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter practiced on-field running and agility drills again this morning and if things continue to go as planned, he can see in-game action in about two weeks or so. GM Brian Cashman, who had a lot to say this morning, said that they are eyeing a March 10 return for Jeter who is rehabbing from ankle surgery.

Jeter’s ultimate goal is to be ready for the home opener April 1 against the Boston Red Sox.

Eduardo Nunez will starting in Jeter’s place today at Steinbrenner Field when the Yankees take on the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Cashman: We’re not looking for catching

Thought this was interesting. From MLB Trade Rumors:

Backstops Francisco CervelliChris StewartBobby Wilson, and Austin Romine won’t light up the scoreboard, but that’s alright with Yankees GM Brian Cashman.  “We’re not looking for catching. We just know our offensive production at that position isn’t going to be as good as in the past,” Cashman said.

So, the Yankees aren’t looking for catching? If that’s the case, let’s stick Travis Hafner back there. I’m just joking, obviously.

More from Cashman: Cervelli is out of options and Dellin Betances will start in Triple A.

What do you think of Cashman’s statement? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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When is moving Brett Gardner to center about more than just defense?

Joe Girardi recently announced that Brett Gardner will be taking over in center for Curtis Granderson. On the surface this seems like a logical baseball decision. By all measures, Gardner isn’t just the better defensive outfielder, he’s the best defensive outfielder in the game. The real question, from...

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Today’s Yankees Lineup: 2/24/12

It’s Sunday morning, it’s February and there will be Yankees baseball on our TV’s this afternoon. Yes, you’re allowed to be giddy about it. It doesn’t matter that the game itself doesn’t count.

You will see some changes in the Yankees’ lineup today. Mainly, that most of the regulars are there and that the defensive alignment in the outfield has been altered. They’re trying out the Granderson in left, Gardner in right experiment which will be interesting to watch.

The game is scheduled to start around 1:05 p.m. You can catch it locally on YES and nationally on the MLB Network.

YANKEES
Gardner 8
Ichiro 9
Cano 4
Teixeira 3
Granderson 7
Youkilis 5
Hafner dh
Nunez 6
Stewart 2

Warren 1

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Spring Training Game One: Yankees 8, Braves 3

The Yankees are undefeated in Grapefruit league play thanks to an 8-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves. I know, it’s only one game and it’s Spring Training but I’m just happy to be able to write about an actual game. The last set of games the Yankees played left a pretty bad taste in everyone’s mouth so a victory, even in exhibition play, is nice to recap.

Paul Maholm, who started for Atlanta, kept the Yankees off the scoreboard for two innings. Robinson Cano reached on an error in the first but was erased from the bases when Mark Teixeira grounded into a double play to end the inning. In the second, set the Yankees down in order.

Things changed in the third when Jordan Walden came into the game to replace Maholm. Melky Mesa reached base when third baseman Chris Johnson dropped a pop up in front of the plate. That play ignited the Yankees and they ended up scoring four runs in the inning.…

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