Tigers 8, Yankees 4: Well, that wasn’t fun

YANKEES-blog480I was going to do a good news/bad news feature for this recap but there wasn’t a lot of good news today. I guess the fact that the Yankees scored one more run than they did yesterday was a good thing, right? Unfortunately for the Yanks, who scored four whole runs, Detroit scored eight runs on 17 hits against Yankee pitchers.

The only guys who seem to be hitting in the Yankees’ lineup are the new guys. Vernon Wells hit another home run today while Travis Hafner and Lyle Overbay each had RBI singles. Robinson Cano walked and scored but was hitless with two strikeouts in his other at bats.

Actually, if there was a hitting star of the day for the Yankees, it would be Overbay who finished 2-4 for two RBI.

Phil Hughes had three good innings – good as in the Tigers didn’t score – sandwiched between two not so great innings. In the bottom of the first, he gave up a run on a Prince Fielder sacrifice fly.… Click here to read the rest

Game Five: Guess Hughes Back

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David Phelps was supposed to be your pitcher today, but after Hiroki Kuroda‘s short start, the Yankees have decided to bring Phelps into the bullpen. Without Adam Warren and a number of other relievers, the Yankees bullpen has looked very weak around the middle innings, hopefully Phelps can help for the time being.

Today’s minor league start was supposed to be Phil Hughes‘ final rehab game, so expect the right-hander to be available for around 100 pitches. We didn’t get to watch him in Spring Training, and it’ll be good to see how his velocity and movement looks. Last year, Hughes saw more than double the innings he did in the previous season, and the last time that happened, he could barely hit 90 mph with his fastball. Hopefully the pitcher can start the season off on a good note with his strong fastball combined with his new slider and change up.

Here’s today’s lineup.
Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Brennan Boesch RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix SS

As I mentioned earlier today, Girardi has removed Ichiro Suzuki and Eduardo Nunez from this lineup.… Click here to read the rest

Quick Hits: Eppley And Today’s Lineup

In case you missed it, Phil Hughes will be making an early return to the mound this afternoon. David Phelps was scheduled to pitch, but the team believes that they’re in need of a long man in the bullpen after Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova‘s short outings.

To make room for Hughes, the Yankees have sent down Cody Eppley. In Wednesday’s game, Eppley came out to reliever Kuroda and gave up 4 hits and 4 earned runs in 1.2 innings pitched. 3 of those 4 hits were ground balls, but Eppley is still the weakest link at the moment.

Here is today’s Ichiro-less lineup courtesy of Chad Jennings.

Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Brennan Boesch RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix SS

Without Eduardo Nunez and Ichiro Suzuki, the defense is slowly evaporating in an already punch-less lineup. Obviously Wells has looked good at the plate in his first few plate appearances, but I think Boesch could turn things around as well.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 4/5/13

It was a tough day on the Farm for the Yankees affiliates. Tampa picked up its first win of the year, but everyone else came up short. Dellin Betances made his first appearance of 2013, as did the Charleston RiverDogs after being rained out yesterday.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Pawtucket 9-4:
Looking to turn the page on 2012, Betances made his first start of the season on Friday night. Pawtucket got to the big righty quickly, as Jeremy Hazelbaker grounded a single back to the mound and Justin Henry lined on to center. A walk to Drew Sutton loaded the bases, but Betances came back to strike out the next two batters. Brandon Snyder then lined a single to the outfield giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. Betances settled down, however, pitching a 1-2-3 second and third inning and allowing just one walk in the fourth before being pulled at the start of the fifth. Hazelbaker knocked a triple off Ryan Pope and scored another run on a sac fly from Henry.… Click here to read the rest

Quick Hits: Hughes’ Early Return And Jeter Swinging Off A Tee

Phil Hughes was scratched from his minor league start tomorrow. At first, I thought this was bad news, but Donnie Collins is being told that Hughes is not injured, and that the Yankees need a starter for tomorrow’s game. David Phelps is scheduled to start tomorrow, but Cashman confirms that Hughes will be the starter in Detroit. Phelps last pitched in relief of CC Sabathia on Monday, and perhaps it’s him who had the set back. It could also have something to do with the state of the bullpen, which has been hit rather hard of late. On top of that, Ivan Nova didn’t have a great start today, so it’s possible the Yankees are reorganizing everything.

UPDATE (6:15 PM): Phelps will be headed to the bullpen since the Yankees desperately need a long man after Hiroki Kuroda‘s short start.

In Derek Jeter news, the shortstop hit off a tee today, but didn’t get to work in the field.… Click here to read the rest

Tigers 8, Yankees 3: So much for the reprieve

Before you even think it, no it’s not just like last October. The team is different. The lineup is different. The year is different. Okay?

Today’s game was not fun to watch. There was once instance when it was fun, Kevin Youkilis hit a home run to pull the Yankees ahead in the top of the fifth but then it all fell apart quickly.

The Tigers scored three in the bottom of that fifth inning, one in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the bottom of the seventh. And how did they do it? Home runs. Two by Prince Fielder and one by Alex Avila. Fielder had five runs batted in this afternoon.

Ivan Nova didn’t look good. He’s has been on a bit of a slide since the 2012 All-Star break and at one point in today’s game, six straight batters were able to work a 3-2 count against him. Unfortunately for Nova, the bullpen didn’t help his cause.… Click here to read the rest

Eduardo Nunez Leaves Game After Being Hit By Pitch

In the fourth inning of today’s game in Detroit, Eduardo Nunez was hit by a pitch. It looked like it got him in the chest, but the shortstop immediately fell to the ground and clutched his upper arm. Jayson Nix came in to replace him, and with Derek Jeter on the DL, the Yankees have few replacements at shortstop. Nunez has looked really good over the last few days, and I wrote about his new throwing motion yesterday. It would be extremely unfortunate if he’s lost for any extended period of time. Considering he could barely walk off the field, it doesn’t look good.

UPDATE (3:24 PM): Nunez has bruisng in his right bicep, the X-Rays were negative and he’s listed as day-to-day. Hopefully that’s just a couple of games rest.… Click here to read the rest

Game Four: Yankees revisit a house of horrors

So the Yankees are returning to the site of not-so-great times, Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

I won’t rehash what happened because we’ve heard about it all winter and it has even been brought up this week during the Yankees’ 1-2 start. But hey, guess what? The Tigers also started 1-2 and they played Minnesota who is supposed to be atrocious this season so you know what that means? Nothing, it’s April.

Anyway, here’s the Yankee lineup:

Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C

Ivan Nova is making his first start of the season.

(I apologize for the lack of depth in this post, I’m on a laptop I’m not used to, and copying and pasting is a nightmare.)… Click here to read the rest

Way more than just a Yankee win

New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

Writing for a New York Yankees site and maintaining a somewhat journalistic objectivity is already difficult enough after spending a lifetime watching this team. Last night’s win over the Boston Red Sox threw that objectivity about as far off the cliff as a pumpkin chunkin. Andy Pettitte made his 409th start for the Yankees and won his 209th game for the team with eight glorious innings. According to one stat I read this morning, Andy Pettitte is now 18-3 lifetime in helping the Yankees avoid a sweep. Mariano Rivera then gave his fans a bit of heartburn, but in the end, froze Jackie Bradley Jr. for his 609th career save–all for the Yankees. It was a combination that will never again be matched in baseball as two pitchers who started their careers together nineteen years ago. According to some of the game recaps I read, this was the 69th time that Rivera has saved a win for Andy Pettitte, an all time record.… Click here to read the rest