Blue Jays hand Yankees a victory that Yankee bullpen hands right back

Josh Johnson and the Blue Jays handed this game to the Yankees in the fifth inning. With the Blue Jays leading 2-1, the Yankees loaded the bases on three hits by Chris Stewart, Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells. Johnson managed to get Travis Haffner out, but after that he completely lost the strike zone. Johnson issued bases loaded walks to Lyle Overbay and Eduardo Nunez, handing the Yankees a 3-2 lead. The Yankees expanded that lead the next inning when Brett Gardner scored Jayson Nix on a sacrifice fly. Suddenly the Yankees were up by two heading into the final innings with a possible sweep on their hands.

It wasn’t meant to be. Ivan Nova walked Adam Lind to start the bottom of the sixth inning. That brought up J.P. Arencibia who doubled, putting runners on second and third with no outs. That was the end of Nova’s day. The Yankees handed things over to Boone Logan who gave up a single to Colby Rasmus, the only batter he faced.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 4/20/13 Wang returns!

wangRRChien-Ming Wang made his first out of the season, leading the RailRiders to victory as they went on to split their doubleheader against Syracuse. Trenton and Tampa both had good days, while Charleston gave up an early, big lead to Hickory.

Scranton beat Syracuse 5-3 in Game 1:
Chien-Ming Wang made his first start, since returning to the Yankees’ system. He gave up a single in the first, but Bobby Wilson gunned down Jeff Kobernus trying to steal and Wang retired the next batter to end the inning. Corban Joseph started the RailRiders’ offense with a lead off homer. With two outs, Dan Johnson drew a walk and Luke Murton, Thomas Neal and Wilson each followed with a single, plating two more runs. Wilson tried to get to second base on a throw to home, but was tagged out to end the inning. In the third, Johnson once again drew a free pass with two outs, moving to second on a single by Murton.… Click here to read the rest

Game Thread: Yankees at Blue Jays, Sunday April 21

The Yankees and the Blue Jays have gone in opposite directions so far this year. Coming into the season the Yankees were projected to struggle due to injuries and austerity, while the new look Jays were supposed to thrive. So far the Yankees are off to a strong start, while the Blue Jays are currently in dead last. But the baseball season can change from one game to the next. Today the Yankees put Ivan Nova on the mound while the Jays counter with one of their new players, Josh Johnson. Once upon a time Johnson was a rising Ace with Florida. He was also made of glass. This season he’s off to a poor start (so you know he’ll give the Jays eight strong innings). Nova, meanwhile, has also struggled. My gut says this will turn out to be a pitcher’s duel, but if I’m wrong it could be a 10-8 ball game. Use this as your game thread. Enjoy!… Click here to read the rest

Joba Chamberlain as Lenny Pike

Joba Chamberlain has been a personal favorite ever since his sizzling debut in 2007. There is just something about the guy that makes me root for him. But in the entire time he has been with the Yankees, it has always been at the back of my mind that he reminds me of somebody. For years, I could not put my finger on who it was. The round face, the straight-billed cap, his sometimes blank looking expression all hearkened back to someone from my past. I gave up a long time ago of figuring out who it was.

And then Jonathan Winters died recently. Winters had been a guy that has made me laugh for decades on end. To celebrate Winters’ life, I took a stroll on YouTube to see if I could watch some video of Winters in action. And then it struck me. When Winters played Lenny Pike in It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, his performance was the highlight of a movie I enjoyed as a boy seeing in a drive-in movie theater.… Click here to read the rest

Kuroda is great, DRob isn’t but Yanks still win in extra innings

The Yankees were only four outs away from a shutout when the Jays tied the game in the bottom of the eighth.

The crowd of over 46,000 in Rogers Centre erupted as if it were a playoff game but those three runs were all the Blue Jays would be able to get against Yankees’ pitching. And luckily for the Yankees, they took advantage of a big Toronto error in the 11th and scored two runs to put them ahead for good to pick up their tenth win of the season.

Hiroki Kuroda was the star of the game. He nearly matched his previous start, the complete game shutout last Sunday against Baltimore, by shutting the Jays down for the majority of the game. He gave up only three hits, one walk, struck out seven and only surrendered one earned run. That only happened because David Robertson suffered his first bad outing of 2013. He came in to relieve Kuroda and gave up two hits, walked two, struck out two and gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning.… Click here to read the rest

Game 16: Hello Mark Buehrle

Today, the Yankees are facing Mark Buehrle for the first time since he’s crossed over the border into Toronto. Historically, the Yankees have done well against him – He has a 1-8 record with a 6.38 ERA and 97 hits allowed in 67 2/3 innings against the Yankees – but as you will see below, this is not your typical Yankee lineup. Especially with Ben Francisco batting second.

Yep, you read that correctly:

Brett Gardner CF
Ben Francisco DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Vernon Wells LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Jayson Nix 3B

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

You will also notice that Francisco Cervelli is getting regular player. Seems like the days of the catching platoon are over and that he has won the starting catcher job.

The game starts at 1:07 p.m. and it’s a good thing they’re playing in a dome today because apparently it’s snowing in Toronto.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 4/19/13

Both Scranton and Charleston were postponed due to rain.

Trenton lost to Erie 6-2:
The Thunder scored early, as Ramon Flores drew a walk to start the first and JR Murphy did the same. A double by Kyle Roller plated Flores and Rob Segedin followed with a sac fly for the 2-0 lead. Trenton held onto the lead through three innings, but everything changed in the bottom of the fourth. Wade Gaynor, Ramon Cabrera and James McCann hit consecutively singles to start the inning, loading the bases. A single by Corey Jones plated the SeaWolves first run of the day. A single by Marcus Lemon  tied the game and a triple by Daniel Fields cleared the bases, giving Erie a 5-2 lead. Trenton had two runners on with no outs in the to of the seventh, as Segedin drew a walk and Slade Heathcott bunted for a single. A walk by Kevin Mahoney loaded the bases with one out, but Ali Castillo grounded into a double play ending the threat.… Click here to read the rest

Quick recap: Yankees 9, Blue Jays 4

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Some quick notes:

Tomorrow’s game is at 1:07 p.m. with Hiroki Kuroda facing off against new Blue Jay Mark Buehrle.… Click here to read the rest