Game 15: Otherwise known as Game 1 against the new look Blue Jays

I already posted tonight’s Yankees lineup last hour but now we have Toronto’s too, courtesy of MLB.com.

Toronto Blue Jays:
1. RF: Rajai Davis
2. LF: Melky Cabrera
3. DH: Jose Bautista
4. 1B: Edwin Encarnacion
5. C: J.P. Arencibia
6. 3B: Brett Lawrie
7. CF: Colby Rasmus
8. 2B: Maicer Izturis
9. SS: Munenori Kawasaki
SP: Brandon Morrow

What I linked to from MLB is a pretty cool thing. They have every lineup listed for all of tonight’s games, league-wide.

For the Yankees, it’s probably a good they’re not facing a lefty. … Click here to read the rest

Tonight’s Lineup vs Toronto 4/19/13

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

Andy Pettitte is back on the mound after having a start pushed back and then skipped. Or was it skipped and then pushed back? Either way, he hasn’t pitched in a while but after a bullpen session earlier this week, he was cleared to go tonight.

Go Yankees.… Click here to read the rest

Did Phil Pitch Inside Last Night?

Hughes 4-18

After his downright disastrous start last Saturday, I took a venture into the PITCHf/x realm on Monday and determined that, for whatever reason, Phil Hughes was not pitching inside to hitters.  He really hadn’t shown stellar command of his 4-seamer in either of his first two starts, and the fact that he was working away and missing away made it much easier for hitters to look for a certain pitch in a certain area and tee off on it.  Having done that analysis just a few days ago, I couldn’t very well sit by and let his start last night go un-analyzed.  So let’s play another round of America’s newest favorite Yankee-related game, “Did Phil Hughes Pitch Inside Last Night?”

Survey says- Sort of.  Hughes had his fastball working much better last night than in his first two starts, and he did do a better job of spreading it around the zone than he did against Baltimore.  He also had his slider working real well and he used that as his swing-and-miss pitch much more effectively.  … Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 4/18/13 – JR Murphy and Rob Segedin combine for five homers

There was plenty of offense to be seen on the Yankees farm Thursday. JR Murphy and Rob Segedin took part in their own mini home run derby, though Trenton still came up short. Dellin Betances and Matt Tracy both had short and ineffective starts again. Meanwhile, Robert Refsnyder’s strong start in Charleston earned him a promotion to High-A Tampa, where he was part of the lone Yankee minor league victory for the day.

Scranton lost to Rochester 5-4:
Corban Joseph reached on an error and David Adams drew a walk to start the game. Zoilo Almonte grounded into a double play, moving Joseph to third. He scored on a single by Dan Johnson for the first run of the game. Dellin Betances was on the mound for the RailRiders and he quickly found himself in trouble. He gave up a single to Eric Farris and then Chris Herrmann tied the game with a double to left. A single by Clete Thomas plated Herrmann and Chris Colabello knocked a two-run homer, putting the Red Wings ahead 4-1 after just one inning.… Click here to read the rest

Game 14: Dear Phil, Please don’t give up [insert number] homers.

Welcome to tonight’s game thread. Hopefully, Phil Hughes won’t give up more than three home runs tonight. (Hopefully, I didn’t just jinx him.)

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Wells LF
Cano 2B
Youkilis 1B
Francisco DH
Cervelli C
Suzuki RF
Nunez SS
Nix 3B

Hughes P

DIAMONDBACKS
Parra CF
Prado 3B
Goldschmidt 1B
Montero C
Ross RF
Chavez DH
Pollock LF
Gregorius SS
Pennington 2B

Corbin P

Go Yankees!… Click here to read the rest

Pre-Game Evening Link Dump

Evening, all. Hope your work days weren’t too torturous. Anyway, here are a few links to help you along in your commute.

Starting with the not-so-great, there’s the news you probably already know: Jeter is going to miss more time than expected. Sigh.

Speaking of Derek Jeter, though, here’s something cool from Twitter yesterday. Baseball HOF president Jeff Idleson posted a pre-draft scouting report the Rockies did on Jeter:

Mark Feinsand talked to CC Sabathia about his velocity after last night’s game. Feinsand noted that despite CC’s diminished velocity to start 2013, the pitcher remains confident:

“I’m hoping some more velocity comes back,” Sabathia said. “If not, we’ll work with this.”

He’s also accepted the reality of pitching:

“It’s reality,” Sabathia said. “I’m not going to lose sleep over it.

Click here to read the rest

UPDATED Quick hit: Derek Jeter makes an unscheduled doctor’s visit

Well, this can’t be good.

Beat writers have just started tweeting that Derek Jeter went to Charlotte to see his ankle specialist. According to Mark Feinsand, it was an “unscheduled visit.”

Oy.

Joe Girardi told the writers he’d speak to them in a bit but I’m guessing it’s not going to be positive news.

UPDATE:

GM Brian Cashman addressed the media. Jeter has a small crack in the area of the injury. It’s a new injury that didn’t appear on previous CT scans. Cashman said Jeter will be out until sometime after the All-Star Break. Cashman also said he doesn’t believe the injury happened because Jeter was trying to make it back to the team too quickly. He obeyed doctor’s orders.

In other words, stuff happens.… Click here to read the rest

Flashback: April 18, 1923

In case you didn’t know, today marks the 90th anniversary of the first game at the old Yankee Stadium. And of course, the Yankees’ opponent on that day in April 1923, was the Boston Red Sox.

I thought it would be fun to look back at the lineups and see how the game played out.

You will recognize some names and there are some you may not know.

Boston’s starting lineup:
Chick Fewster SS
Shano Collins RF
Camp Skinner CF
Joe Harris LF
George Burns 1B
Norm McMillan 2B
Howie Shanks 3B
Al DeVormer C
Howard Ehmke P

New York’s starting lineup:
Whitey Witt CF
Joe Dugan 3B
Babe Ruth RF
Wally Pipp 1B
Bob Meusel LF
Wally Schang C
Aaron Ward 2B
Everett Scott SS
Bob Shawkey P

Howard Emhke started for the Red Sox and Bob Shawkey started for the Yankees.

The umpires were at home plate – Tommy Connolly, 1B – Billy Evans, no one was at second base and 3B – Ducky Holmes.… Click here to read the rest

Cashman And Waiver Claims

Steve Adams over at MLB Trade Rumors took a look at the most active GM’s on the waiver wire over the last year. Unsurprisingly, Alex Anthopoulos of the Blue Jays ranked first with 22 claims. The Blue Jays have grown famous under Anthopoulos for claiming players and then placing them back on waivers, which, assuming successful, allows Toronto to move these players into their minor league system. They don’t always succeed, but their win/loss record has helped them grab at least the first claim before many other teams.

Brian Cashman ranked second overall, with 14 claims, and that was a little surprising. Unlike the Blue Jays, the Yankees have owned a strong win/loss record over the last year, meaning they’d regularly have a very low claim priority. Regardless, the Yankees have found plenty of talent that they liked and other teams passed on. Here’s all 14 players from the last year.

Sam Demel RHRP
Dan Otero RHRP
Russ Canzler OF/1B
Jim Miller RHRP
Mickey Storey RHRP
Josh Spence LHRP
David Herndon RHRP
Eli Whiteside C
Darnell McDonald OF
Chris Schwinden RHSP
Danny Farquhar RHRP
Ryota Igarashi RHRP
Matt Antonelli IF
Justin Thomas LHRP

As you can see, the majority of these players claimed are pitchers.… Click here to read the rest