Today’s Yankees and Rays lineups and some Jeter news

Via Bryan Hoch:

RAYS
Desmond Jennings CF
Kelly Johnson 2B
Ben Zobrist DH
Matt Joyce RF
Shelley Duncan 1B
Yunel Escobar SS
Ryan Roberts 3B
Jose Molina C
Sean Rodriguez LF

Jeremy Hellickson RHP

YANKEES
Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Juan Rivera 1B
Ben Francisco LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Jayson Nix 2B

Adam Warren RHP

Derek Jeter will not play in a Minor League game today. He’s sore and GM Brian Cashman will be addressing the media within the hour.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi has said that he needs to see Jeter play in back-to-back games without soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle before the team would seriously consider having him on the Opening Day roster.

Oh boy.… Click here to read the rest

Random baseball thoughts on a Sunday: Yankees, Opening Day and Justin Timberlake?

Sometimes, I have days when my mind is going a million miles an hour – okay, so it happens at least six out of the seven days in a week – and on those days, when my thoughts are all over the place, I like to write them out. Aren’t you lucky?

I’ll usually post only the baseball thoughts but an occasional, random thought about other stuff like music, life, or even the weather will creep in.

And away we go…

We’re a week away from Opening Day. Hallelujah! The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros are the participants in the inaugural Sunday Night ESPN game for 2013. Yes, I think we all have the same thought, “The poor Astros.”

While talking to my dad last week, he happened to mention the Astros and it suddenly hit him that they would be playing in the American League West this year. He snickered, shook his head and said, “Man, they’ll be lucky to win 50 games.”

The Yankees will open a week from tomorrow against the Boston Red Sox in what most “experts” – and I put that in quotes for a reason – are predicting will be a battle for the American League East cellar.… Click here to read the rest

Saturday news and notes: 3/23/13

Greetings, Yankees fans.

I’m going to be up front with you, I actually slept through most of today’s game so I don’t actually know what happened other than the final score (10-6 Tigers) and that Cody Eppley got the loss.

I also know that Derek Jeter was the DH in a Minor League game so he saw no action in the field. And judging from his at bats – he finished 0-4, he didn’t see much action at the plate either. But at least, he felt good afterward.

Someone who didn’t feel so well today was Brett Gardner who was ill from something he ate last night. Apparently, he was throwing up but managed to play five innings. Good thing it’s just a stomach bug and not an injury because the Yankees have more than enough of those to go around.

Some quick notes:

In case you missed the hullabaloo, MLB is going full steam ahead in its pursuit of the Biogenesis records.… Click here to read the rest

Quick hit: Yankees agree to terms with Chien-Ming Wang

I know, you probably wanted a snappy, slightly perverted headline and believe me, I was tempted to do it but I figured Chien-Ming Wang deserved a little more than that. We’ll save the funnier headlines for the season.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees and Wang have agreed to terms on what’s most likely a Minor League deal. Wang had been in Tampa and throwing for the Yankees this week and was at Billy Connor’s house this winter throwing for him as well, so it was almost a certainty that he’d be signed.

Wang posted a 6.68 ERA and 2.01 WHIP in 32.3 innings for the Washington Nationals in an injury-plagued 2012. He recently pitched for Chinese Taipei in the World Baseball Classic and while the team didn’t advance very far, Wang was impressive in his limited action – he allowed no runs and only 10 hits over 12 total innings. He walked one batter and struck out three.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees DL’d payroll would rank 17th *UPDATED*

DL Payroll-1

UPDATE @ 5PM: Jeff Passan, a fellow ‘Cuse fan and FOTB, was good enough to email me some updated numbers. No change to the #17 ranking, but some fine-tuning is always welcomed. Thank you, Jeff.

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I was goofing around in some prior comments earlier today, so rather than guess, I actually took some time to actually research…

Using estimated projected 2013 Team Salary info via Yahoo! Sports and individual salaries from Cot’s, the Yankees-who-are-expected-to-open-the-season-on-the-DL would rank #17 in MLB in terms of Salary:

Assuming I didn’t miss anyone (and note I did not include any performance bonuses), the Yanks would slot in quite nicely behind the <s>Diamondbacks</s> Orioles and ahead of Atlanta.

And if you simply subtract, for the sake of a simplified math exercise, that $88M from their projected spend of $210M, you are talking a season-opening team salary total of $122M, which would rank #8, just ahead of the Rangers.… Click here to read the rest

Uniform number two through Yankee history

Derek Jeter

No one knows how much longer Derek Jeter will be wearing the pinstripes’ number two for the New York Yankees. But one thing we know for sure is that no one will ever wear that uniform for the Yankees again. A comment from Hawaiian Dave mentioned Jerry Kenney, another Yankee who wore number two for the Yankees back in the late 1960s and early 1970s. That got me thinking about all those Yankees who wore number two before the Captain entered the scene. So what follows is a list of them all from 1929 until the Captain himself.

Most people are not aware that there were no uniform numbers for the Yankees before 1929. And once the Yankees did assign numbers, the starting lineup received the lower numbers. But those lineup positions were not set in stone. Only the first, third and fourth positions in the lineup stayed the same all season.

But that first game of the 1929 season did feature numbers one through eight in the lineup wearing those corresponding numbers.… Click here to read the rest

Clay Rapada, come on down (to the DL)!

So, um, yeah. This isn’t really becoming funny, is it? (emphasis mine)

Manager Joe Girardi said “my guess” is lefty reliever Clay Rapada would start the season on the disabled list. Rapada has been sidelined with shoulder bursitis. He was scheduled to throw a light bullpen today. His injury opens the door for players like Cody Eppley or Shawn Kelley looking to grab a spot on the roster. Girardi even said Vidal Nuno was a possibility.

Good times in Yankee-land. Good times indeed.… Click here to read the rest

Ironing Out The (Admittedly Minor) Outfield Overcrowding Problem

(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Before Spring Training started, I wrote this post on the potentially problematic position the Yankees found themselves in with respect to their outfield depth.  The combination of returning Major Leaguers, free agent signings, and prospect promotions had left them with too many able-bodied outfielders and not enough playing time for each.  Too much depth at any one position is always a better problem to have than not enough, and the Yankees owed it to themselves to investigate every possible outfield candidate to strengthen their platoon-heavy bench this season.  They also owed it to themselves to make sure that their best OF prospects were getting regular playing time at the appropriate level, and this is where the problem could have started.

If you wanted to try to spin the carousel of ST injuries into anything resembling a positive, you could point to the slight thinning of the outfield herd that the injuries created.  Curtis Granderson and Adonis Garcia are out of the picture for the time being, as is Juan Rivera after the Teix injury moved him to first base.  … Click here to read the rest