It’s finally here! Game 1: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

Baseball has an unfair advantage over every other sport. The games start when the weather turns warm. For those of us who live in the New York area, this past weekend was the first in a long time that had even a glimmer of warmer weather. It may be a coincidence that the temperatures broke into the high 50s without a cloud in the sky the same weekend as opening day, but it doesn’t feel like it. Baseball is a summertime game and part of the joy of the start of the season is the knowledge that the summertime is coming.

Game one of the season is today at 1pm. The Boston Red Sox will come into the Bronx for the season opener. Once upon a time this would be the start of a 162 game struggle between these two franchises as they battled for first place in the AL East, and possibly the American League. This year things are different.…

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The 2013 Autism Awareness Challenge

Over the years here at IIATMS, I’ve used what little platform I’ve got here to bring awareness to Breast Cancer (my wife works with breast cancer patients daily) as well as Autism (something that afflicts my awesome nephew). April marks the beginning of Autism Awareness Month and one of the best people I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know, at least in a virtual sense, is Maury Brown of The Biz of Baseball. Maury’s son also suffers from Autism and Maury has his kickoff posting here today, and it’s something I request that you go and read.


At the very least, read his posting and get educated. Maybe not for you, but for a loved one. Share this on Facebook and Twitter and any other place you thing others will read. It’s that important.

Thank you,
Jason and the entire IIATMS/TYA team


From Maury’s posting;

We challenge you to this:

Spread the details below to others.

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Youkilis’ Power Potential Key To Yankees’ Early-Season Success

Despite being the most significant non-returning player signing of the offseason, the Yankees didn’t bring Kevin Youkilis in with high expectations.  His eroding offensive skills and 1-year deal pointed to him being nothing more than a plug-in at third base, a regressing, broken down former All Star brought in to temporarily replace the regressing, broken down former All Star the Yankees already had at third in A-Rod. As the everyday third baseman for the first half of the season, the Yanks would probably hit Youkilis 6th or 7th against right-handed pitchers, 2nd against lefties, and through a combination of walks and the occasional HR here and there get enough production out of him to help keep the offense going until A-Rod returned in July.

That plan quickly fell apart with the injuries to Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira, and got thrown further out of whack with the recovery setback to Derek Jeter‘s ankle.  Youkilis now finds himself as the #1 right-handed bat in the lineup and arguably the second-biggest power/run-producing threat in the middle of the Yankee batting order.  …

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This week in Yankees baseball

After all the discussion following a spring full of injuries to key players, the season opens this week and we will get our first real glimpse of what the 2013 season will bring for the New York Yankees.  Right off the bat (pun intended), the Yankees will open the season with a series against old rivals, the Boston Red Sox. After three games with the beantowners, the Yankees will finish off the week with a series in Detroit, the place where last season ended.

Every week for the season, Monday morning will bring you a preview of the week to come. Early in the season, the preview will not only talk about the pitching match ups and the games scheduled, but also the weather, which is always a dicey proposition in April. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and let’s play ball!

The season starts today at 1:05 at Yankee Stadium III. The weather forecast is for a high temperature of 57, but showers are predicted for the afternoon.

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Just one more day …

Tonight, the 2013 Major League Baseball season begins, with the Texas Rangers playing the Houston Astros. The most beautiful thing about the baseball season is that it changes how I spend my leisure time. Nothing on TV tonight? They always play baseball. Can’t think of something to do after work? Call a buddy and watch some baseball. Don’t know how to spend time on a sunny afternoon? Upper deck tickets are cheap on Stub Hub and the 4 train moves fast. 162 games plus the playoffs means something to do, something to watch and something to talk about for half the year, and in terms of weather it’s the better half of the year.

After the gift of always having something entertaining to do, my second favorite thing about the baseball season is following story lines. Most Yankee fans are upset because the team enters 2013 in the weakest state that it has been in since 2008. Not only is the team not favored to win the AL East, but many believe the team will miss the playoffs.…

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Game Thread: Yankees at Army

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

LHP Vidal Nuno

Nuno wasn’t originally supposed to start today’s game, Adam Warren was.

Today’s game is at 2:05 p.m. and will be on the YES Network.

UPDATED: Travis Hafner was a late scratch and Brennan Boesch will DH in his place.

And so it begins…

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The Cavalry Is Coming

The prognostications for the Yankees 2013 season have featured a lot of “doom and gloom” by virtue of their aging rosters and the injuries that seem to keep racking up. However, things may not be as bleak as they seem and bear in mind that I am no doctor, although I have told innumerable people that I play one on TV, but from the news that has been coming out in regards to the slew of shelved Bombers it seems that this rag-tag group that will take the field on Opening Day will only have to “hold the fort” until June.

Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson, who accounted for a combined 67 homers and 190 RBI’s last season, are slated to return from their respective stints on the DL, in May (Granderson) and June (Teixeira). Even in an absolute worst case scenario where this team finds themselves double-digit games under .500 (which is unlikely), there will still be more-than-ample time for them to find their groove with their sluggers back in the lineup.…

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Yanks designate David Aardsma for assignment

In not very surprising news, the Yankees designated David Aardsma for assignment.

Via Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger:

Aardsma signed as a free agent with the Yankees in February 2012, as he was making his way back from a 2011 Tommy John surgery. He appeared in one game for the Yankees last year, giving up a home run, walking one and striking out one batter in one inning of work.

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Update On Boesch’s Stance

Two weeks ago, I took a look at Brennan Boesch‘s hitting mechanics, and saw some changes in his approach from 2011 to 2012. The outfielder admitted that a thumb injury and subsequent surgery forced him to change some aspects of his swing, but looked to correct these in 2013.

Of the changes he made over the previous two seasons, Boesch brought his hands closer to the hitting zone, and the bat closer to his shoulder. When he entered camp with the Yankees, the left-hander’s stance was still very similar to his 2012 approach, with the exception of a two-handed follow-through. Though he missed some time with the club over the last week, it looks like Boesch has corrected his hands, and reverted back to a one-handed follow-through.

This video from 2013 was taken of the home run he hit on Wedensday night. You can see that he begins his hands much further back, and his elbows are in a more loaded position.…

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