Today’s Yankees lineup: 5/4/13

May the fourth be with you.

Gardner 8
Cano 4
Wells 7
Hafner DH
Ichiro 9
Nelson 5
Overbay 3
Nunez 6
Stewart 2

Hughes RHP

You’ll notice that Chris Nelson is making his debut today and that Austin Romine is among the missing. Why bring him up if he’s not going to catch? I get that he had a bad night with Pettitte against Houston but it’s a day game after a night game. Doesn’t Chris Stewart need to rest?
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The Farm Report: 5/3/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Gwinnett 6-2:
The RailRiders jumped out ahead early. David Adams and Zoilo Almonte hit back-t0-back singles in the top of the first and scored on a double by Addison Maruszak for a 2-0 lead. A solo homer by Brian McCann in the bottom of the fourth brought the Braves within one run, but Scranton got the run back in the top of the fifth. Luke Murton grounded a single to second and scored on a single by Corban Joseph. Ronnier Mustelier connected with his first hit of the season, driving a double to left in the top of the sixth. Marusazk laid down a sac bunt, but was safe after an error by Gwinnett pitcher, Yohan Flande. Melky Mesa doubled in the runners and scored when Bobby Wilson hit into a double play. A homer by Joey Terdoslavich gave the Braves a little life in the seventh, but the RailRiders held on for the 6-2 victory.

Everyone in the Scranton lineup had one hit, except Bobby Wilson (0-4) and Luke Murton, who went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk. Adams, Almonte and Mustelier went 1-4 with a run scored. Maruszak went 1-3 with a run scored, a double and two RBIs. Mesa went 1-4 with a run scored, a double, two RBIs and three Ks. Graham Stoneburner went five innings and allowed one run on three hits and a walk. Mark Montgomery went 1.1 with a run scored, two hits and three Ks. Same Demel and Ryan Pope both pitched an inning, allowing one hit.

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Athletics 2, Yankees 0: Knicks Win!

I’m sorry, I didn’t watch the Yankee game at all. I was too busy nearly having a heart attack watching the Knicks nearly blow a 26-point lead to the Boston Celtics.

Thankfully, they didn’t. They won their game and their series and have advanced to the second round to meet the Pacers.

As for the Yankees, nothing good happened in tonight’s game. Obviously, because they were shut out by a guy who had a 4.65 ERA coming into tonight’s game.

Not that ERA is the be all, end all of pitching stats but a 4.65 is still pretty terrible. CC Sabathia gave up a home run on the first pitch he threw and it didn’t get better for the Yankees after that.

But as they say, and as I’ve said many times before, on to the next one. And the next one is tomorrow afternoon when our old friend Bartolo Colon faces off against Phil Hughes.

Some notes:

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Game 28: Happy Anniversary Robinson Cano

It was eight years ago today that Robinson Cano was called up to take over second base from the woeful Tony Womack. I remember that day like it was yesterday. Kevin Brown was shellacked by the then Devil Rays, giving up eight runs in five innings – six in the first alone. The winning pitcher for the Devil Rays was Doug Waechter. Remember him?

The Yankees are welcoming the Oakland A’s for a three game set before heading out on a road trip to Denver and Kansas City. Hopefully those places won’t be expecting any snow.

Anyway, here are tonight’s lineups:

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Cano 2B
Wells LF
Hafner DH
Ichiro RF
Nunez SS
Overbay 1B
Nix 3B
Stewart C

Sabathia P

ATHLETICS
Rosales SS
Smith LF
Lowrie 2B
Cespedes CF
Donaldson 3B
Norris C
Reddick RF
Freiman 1B
Montz DH

Griffin P

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I love Jeter, but c’mon

Like many of you, I’ve borne witness to the entirety of Derek Jeter‘s career, a Hall of Fame career, and it’s been a glorious ride. But I will never make a leap as far as Tracy Ringolsby made today at MLB.com, capturing the headline and subtitle here:

Even idled, Jeter deserves All-Star Game nod

Future Hall of Famer’s highly distinguished career makes him worthy of fans’ vote

MLB All-Star GameRingolsby is trying to use the “ambassador” concept to make the case that Jeter should be selected by the fans, even if Jeter then begs out due to his injury.

So what if the game is in NY (at Citi Field)?

So what if Jeter “won five Gold Gloves. Only four shortstops won more — Ozzie Smith (13), Vizquel (11), Aparicio (9) and Mark Belanger (8).”

So what if Jeter has “been an All-Star 13 times, the same as Ken Griffey Jr., Joe DiMaggio and George Brett, and he has hit .440 in the midsummer event, tied with Griffey for the eighth-highest average in All-Star history.”

Look, I have miles of respect for Derek Sanderson Jeter. I miss him playing now. I will miss him whenever he decides to retire. However, I would not vote for him as a 2013 All Star. That’s just silly. Continue reading I love Jeter, but c’mon

Pitching match ups: A’s at Yankees

Here are the probable pitching match ups for this weekend’s series with the Oakland A’s:

Tonight it’s the battle of initials with A.J. Griffin (2-2, 4.65) vs. CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.35)

Tomorrow we have the return of Bartolo with Bartolo Colon (3-0, 3.38) vs. Phil Hughes (0-2, 4.67)

Sunday it’s Dan Straily (2-0, 6.35) vs. Andy Pettitte (3-2, 3.86)
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Yankees Survive April, But Can They Survive May?

I’ll be the first to admit that I had my doubts about the Yankees’ lineup this April. Especially against left-handed pitchers, this Yankees team, on paper, was one of the weakest hitting clubs we’ve seen in sometime. With all the scrutiny on the offense, many forgot that the front office re-signed a number of important pitchers. Yes, we knew of a new new strategy geared at saving runs, rather than scoring them, but it was hard to imagine that the Bronx Bombers could be anything other than home run hitters.

They didn’t necessarily prove anyone wrong in April, in fact the Yankees are second to just the Braves in most home runs as of today. A few unexpected things helped the team get back to their old slugging ways, and the organization deserves credit for a hell of a job scouting and finding Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells. Part of this was luck, as Wells was meant to be a platoon player, but new stances for Hafner and Wells have thus far brought two quality power hitters into the 2013 roster.

Obviously there were other contributions. Francisco Cervelli carried the team through certain games, both with his bat and his glove. Chris Stewart, Jayson Nix, and Kevin Youkilis had their clutch hits. Robinson Cano was as good as expected. The offense just happened to click at the right time, and thanks to this, the Yankees finished the month of April with a 16-10 record.

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Lyle Overbay Is Doing A Pretty Good Mark Teixeira Impression

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As was the case with most of the non-Hafner players the Yankees added late in spring camp, the feelings about Lyle Overbay were filled more with trepidation and worry than confidence and hope.  Overbay had been cut by Boston following a light-hitting Spring Training of his own, and he hadn’t really hit with any kind of authority since 2009.  He was brought in almost solely because of his defensive skills, skills which he has showed off in his first month in pinstripes.  All defensive metrics rate him positively so far this season, and his .995 fielding percentage at first base has been right on par with what Mark Teixeira would have provided had he been healthy.

What Overbay was not expected to do was replicate Teix’s offensive production, and it’s what he’s managed to do with the bat thus far that’s made him another surprisingly smart and positive pick up by the Yanks.  That has a lot to do with the fact that Teix sucks in April, but if we’re being honest here I think we can agree that, for at least the month of April, the Yankees really haven’t lost much going from Teix to Overbay.

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