Yankees top Rays behind Nova’s gem

Ivan Nova has had an up-and-down 2012 season, showing improved peripheral ratios but giving up sky-high home run totals.  In today’s outing against the Rays, Nova looked to create some positive momentum and build on the impressive outing Andy Pettitte posted on Tuesday night.  The Yankees looked to creep into first place with a win...

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Yanks get another strong pitching performance, win third straight

Ironically, Tampa Bay got the night started with a hit as Desmond Jennings lined a single to right to lead off the game, but after striking out B.J. Upton, Nova erased the runner with an inning ending double play, and then proceeded to dominate the Rays’ lineup. He would allow just two more runners to reach base on one walk and one single while striking out an additional four batters through the first eight innings, holding Tampa Bay scoreless over that stretch.

For much of the night, he was followed closely by Tampa starter Alex Cobb. Much like Nova, Cobb did a good job of keeping opposing hitters off balance and keeping the ball on the ground, but unlike Nova he made a couple of big mistake pitches that the Yankees were able to capitalize on, as Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano each hit solo home runs in the second and fourth innings, respectively. Outside of that, however, Cobb kept pace with Nova and kept his lineup within striking distance of the lead throughout most of the night.…

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The Farm Report 6/6/12

Mustelier went 3-5 with a run scored, a double and a RBI.  He is hitting .320 since getting called up at the start of last month.  Branyan went 2-3 with two runs scored, a homer, two RBIs and two walks.  Laird and Cust both went 2-5 with a double and a run scored.  Ramon Ortiz took the win, going seven innings and allowing three runs on six hits, a walk and two Ks.

Trenton beat Erie 7-4:
Erie had a chance to score first, with a couple hits in the second, but they came up empty.  Addison Maruszak got things going in the third with a double.  Shane Brown laid down a sac bunt and Abraham Almonte singled Maruszak home.  Jose Pirela grounded a single to left and the two base runners pulled of a double steal.  Cody Johnson drew a walk, loading the bases and Melky Mesa reached on catcher interference, plating Abraham and giving the Thunder a 2-0 lead.  …

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June 6 Game Thread

After a strong outing from Andy Pettitte yesterday, Ivan Nova looks to keep the Yankees’ momentum going against the Rays, and overcome his recent struggles.  He will be opposed by youngster Alex Cobb.  Lineups are below (courtesy of Chad Jennings).  A win plus an Orioles loss puts the Yankees in first place, pretty impressive considering...

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Looking at the Yankees’ 2012 Draft class

Round 2 (89): Austin Aune
DOB: September 6, 1993
Position: OF
B/T: L/R
Ht: 6’0
Wt: 185
School: Argyle HS (TX)

Aune has been touted as a potential five-tool player.  He has some serious power potential and while he’s shown some strong defense in the infield, it appears that Aune is destined for center field.  He is still quite raw, but his speed, arm and bat may make him a fun prospect to watch over the next few years.  Aune had committed to play QB for the Texas Christian University football team, in addition to continuing to play baseball.  In fact, he had already arrived at the school for football workouts and summer classes.  Since getting the Yankees’ call, however, Aune has packed his bags and will be getting ready for his first taste of professional ball shortly.

Round 2 (94): Peter O’Brien
July 15, 1990
Position: C
B/T: R/R
Ht: 6’4
Wt: 225
School: Miami (FL)

Drafted in the third round by the Rockies in 2011, O’Brien transferred to Miami for his senior season.  …

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Acquiring Garza Could Be A Mistake

Last week, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported that the Yankees appear more and more likely to acquire a starting pitcher at this years trade deadline and that Brian Cashman preferes Chicago Cubs right-handed starting pitcher Matt Garza over the field of trade candidates. Pleased with Matt Garza’s American League East pedigree, and concerned with...

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