Game 16: Hello Mark Buehrle

Today, the Yankees are facing Mark Buehrle for the first time since he’s crossed over the border into Toronto. Historically, the Yankees have done well against him – He has a 1-8 record with a 6.38 ERA and 97 hits allowed in 67 2/3 innings against the Yankees – but as you will see below, this is not your typical Yankee lineup. Especially with Ben Francisco batting second.

Yep, you read that correctly:

Brett Gardner CF
Ben Francisco DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Vernon Wells LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Jayson Nix 3B

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

You will also notice that Francisco Cervelli is getting regular player. Seems like the days of the catching platoon are over and that he has won the starting catcher job.

The game starts at 1:07 p.m. and it’s a good thing they’re playing in a dome today because apparently it’s snowing in Toronto. Continue reading Game 16: Hello Mark Buehrle

Happy 52nd Birthday, Don Mattingly!

Don Mattingly is my favorite player of all time. He’s the reason my casual Yankee fandom became rabid Yankee fandom in the mid-1980’s.

So, today, I’d like to wish the Hitman, a very happy, 52nd (how is that possible??) birthday.

P.S. if anyone would like to get this poster for me, my birthday is at the end of August.
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The Farm Report: 4/19/13

Both Scranton and Charleston were postponed due to rain.

Trenton lost to Erie 6-2:
The Thunder scored early, as Ramon Flores drew a walk to start the first and JR Murphy did the same. A double by Kyle Roller plated Flores and Rob Segedin followed with a sac fly for the 2-0 lead. Trenton held onto the lead through three innings, but everything changed in the bottom of the fourth. Wade Gaynor, Ramon Cabrera and James McCann hit consecutively singles to start the inning, loading the bases. A single by Corey Jones plated the SeaWolves first run of the day. A single by Marcus Lemon  tied the game and a triple by Daniel Fields cleared the bases, giving Erie a 5-2 lead. Trenton had two runners on with no outs in the to of the seventh, as Segedin drew a walk and Slade Heathcott bunted for a single. A walk by Kevin Mahoney loaded the bases with one out, but Ali Castillo grounded into a double play ending the threat. Cabrera hit a RBI single in the bottom of the inning, giving the SeaWolves some insurance as they went on to beat Trenton 6-2.

Roller went 2-4 with a double and a RBI. Heathcott and Murphy were the only other Trenton players to pick up hits, as the team managed a total of four hits on the day. Flores went 0-2, drawing a pair of walks and scoring a run. Caleb Cotham went four innings and gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks. He struck out four. Kelvin Perez threw two hitless innings, walking one and striking out two. Branden Pinder gave up one run over two innings, giving up one hit and two walks.

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Quick recap: Yankees 9, Blue Jays 4

KYODO/LANDOV

Some quick notes:

Tomorrow’s game is at 1:07 p.m. with Hiroki Kuroda facing off against new Blue Jay Mark Buehrle. Continue reading Quick recap: Yankees 9, Blue Jays 4

Game 15: Otherwise known as Game 1 against the new look Blue Jays

I already posted tonight’s Yankees lineup last hour but now we have Toronto’s too, courtesy of MLB.com.

Toronto Blue Jays:
1. RF: Rajai Davis
2. LF: Melky Cabrera
3. DH: Jose Bautista
4. 1B: Edwin Encarnacion
5. C: J.P. Arencibia
6. 3B: Brett Lawrie
7. CF: Colby Rasmus
8. 2B: Maicer Izturis
9. SS: Munenori Kawasaki
SP: Brandon Morrow

What I linked to from MLB is a pretty cool thing. They have every lineup listed for all of tonight’s games, league-wide.

For the Yankees, it’s probably a good they’re not facing a lefty.
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Tonight’s Lineup vs Toronto 4/19/13

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

Andy Pettitte is back on the mound after having a start pushed back and then skipped. Or was it skipped and then pushed back? Either way, he hasn’t pitched in a while but after a bullpen session earlier this week, he was cleared to go tonight.

Go Yankees. Continue reading Tonight’s Lineup vs Toronto 4/19/13

Did Phil Pitch Inside Last Night?

Hughes 4-18

After his downright disastrous start last Saturday, I took a venture into the PITCHf/x realm on Monday and determined that, for whatever reason, Phil Hughes was not pitching inside to hitters.  He really hadn’t shown stellar command of his 4-seamer in either of his first two starts, and the fact that he was working away and missing away made it much easier for hitters to look for a certain pitch in a certain area and tee off on it.  Having done that analysis just a few days ago, I couldn’t very well sit by and let his start last night go un-analyzed.  So let’s play another round of America’s newest favorite Yankee-related game, “Did Phil Hughes Pitch Inside Last Night?”

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The Farm Report: 4/18/13 – JR Murphy and Rob Segedin combine for five homers

There was plenty of offense to be seen on the Yankees farm Thursday. JR Murphy and Rob Segedin took part in their own mini home run derby, though Trenton still came up short. Dellin Betances and Matt Tracy both had short and ineffective starts again. Meanwhile, Robert Refsnyder’s strong start in Charleston earned him a promotion to High-A Tampa, where he was part of the lone Yankee minor league victory for the day.

Scranton lost to Rochester 5-4:
Corban Joseph reached on an error and David Adams drew a walk to start the game. Zoilo Almonte grounded into a double play, moving Joseph to third. He scored on a single by Dan Johnson for the first run of the game. Dellin Betances was on the mound for the RailRiders and he quickly found himself in trouble. He gave up a single to Eric Farris and then Chris Herrmann tied the game with a double to left. A single by Clete Thomas plated Herrmann and Chris Colabello knocked a two-run homer, putting the Red Wings ahead 4-1 after just one inning. Herrmann and Thomas drew walks to start the third and Colabello reached on an error by Addison Maruszak, scoring Herrmann for the 5-1 Rochester advantage. Scranton tried to chip away at the lead, scoring one run in the fifth on singles by Adams and Johnson. Melky Mesa hit a solo homer in the eighth and Adams did the same in the ninth, but it was not enough as Scranton fell just short, taking a 5-4 loss.

Adams ended the day going 2-4 with two runs scored, a homer, a RBI and a walk. Joseph went 2-5 with a double and a run scored. Melky Mesa went 3-4 with a homer. Dellin Betances lasted just four innings, giving up five runs on four hits, three walks and four Ks. Jim Miller threw 2.2 innings of scoreless ball, allowing one hit and racking up five strikeouts. Josh Spence pitched the final 1.1 innings, allowing a hit and striking out three.

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Game 14: Dear Phil, Please don’t give up [insert number] homers.

Welcome to tonight’s game thread. Hopefully, Phil Hughes won’t give up more than three home runs tonight. (Hopefully, I didn’t just jinx him.)

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Wells LF
Cano 2B
Youkilis 1B
Francisco DH
Cervelli C
Suzuki RF
Nunez SS
Nix 3B

Hughes P

DIAMONDBACKS
Parra CF
Prado 3B
Goldschmidt 1B
Montero C
Ross RF
Chavez DH
Pollock LF
Gregorius SS
Pennington 2B

Corbin P

Go Yankees! Continue reading Game 14: Dear Phil, Please don’t give up [insert number] homers.