Pre-Game Evening Link Dump

Evening, all. Hope your work days weren’t too torturous. Anyway, here are a few links to help you along in your commute.

Starting with the not-so-great, there’s the news you probably already know: Jeter is going to miss more time than expected. Sigh.

Speaking of Derek Jeter, though, here’s something cool from Twitter yesterday. Baseball HOF president Jeff Idleson posted a pre-draft scouting report the Rockies did on Jeter:

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UPDATED Quick hit: Derek Jeter makes an unscheduled doctor’s visit

Well, this can’t be good.

Beat writers have just started tweeting that Derek Jeter went to Charlotte to see his ankle specialist. According to Mark Feinsand, it was an “unscheduled visit.”

Oy.

Joe Girardi told the writers he’d speak to them in a bit but I’m guessing it’s not going to be positive news.

UPDATE:

GM Brian Cashman addressed the media. Jeter has a small crack in the area of the injury. It’s a new injury that didn’t appear on previous CT scans. Cashman said Jeter will be out until sometime after the All-Star Break. Cashman also said he doesn’t believe the injury happened because Jeter was trying to make it back to the team too quickly. He obeyed doctor’s orders.

In other words, stuff happens. Continue reading UPDATED Quick hit: Derek Jeter makes an unscheduled doctor’s visit

Flashback: April 18, 1923

In case you didn’t know, today marks the 90th anniversary of the first game at the old Yankee Stadium. And of course, the Yankees’ opponent on that day in April 1923, was the Boston Red Sox.

I thought it would be fun to look back at the lineups and see how the game played out.

You will recognize some names and there are some you may not know.

Boston’s starting lineup:
Chick Fewster SS
Shano Collins RF
Camp Skinner CF
Joe Harris LF
George Burns 1B
Norm McMillan 2B
Howie Shanks 3B
Al DeVormer C
Howard Ehmke P

New York’s starting lineup:
Whitey Witt CF
Joe Dugan 3B
Babe Ruth RF
Wally Pipp 1B
Bob Meusel LF
Wally Schang C
Aaron Ward 2B
Everett Scott SS
Bob Shawkey P

Howard Emhke started for the Red Sox and Bob Shawkey started for the Yankees.

The umpires were at home plate – Tommy Connolly, 1B – Billy Evans, no one was at second base and 3B – Ducky Holmes. The time of the game was a manageable two hours and five minutes. Could you imagine being at a game that short in duration? I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. And the attendance at the opening of the new Stadium was 74,200.

The Yankees won the game on the strength of a four-run third inning which was highlighted by a three-run home run by none other than Babe Ruth. Joe Dugan had the other RBI.

To read an account of what that day would have been like if you had attended the game way back in 1923, please read this entry by sports journalist and oral historian, Harvey Frommer. Continue reading Flashback: April 18, 1923

Cashman And Waiver Claims

Steve Adams over at MLB Trade Rumors took a look at the most active GM’s on the waiver wire over the last year. Unsurprisingly, Alex Anthopoulos of the Blue Jays ranked first with 22 claims. The Blue Jays have grown famous under Anthopoulos for claiming players and then placing them back on waivers, which, assuming successful, allows Toronto to move these players into their minor league system. They don’t always succeed, but their win/loss record has helped them grab at least the first claim before many other teams.

Brian Cashman ranked second overall, with 14 claims, and that was a little surprising. Unlike the Blue Jays, the Yankees have owned a strong win/loss record over the last year, meaning they’d regularly have a very low claim priority. Regardless, the Yankees have found plenty of talent that they liked and other teams passed on. Here’s all 14 players from the last year.

Sam Demel RHRP
Dan Otero RHRP
Russ Canzler OF/1B
Jim Miller RHRP
Mickey Storey RHRP
Josh Spence LHRP
David Herndon RHRP
Eli Whiteside C
Darnell McDonald OF
Chris Schwinden RHSP
Danny Farquhar RHRP
Ryota Igarashi RHRP
Matt Antonelli IF
Justin Thomas LHRP

As you can see, the majority of these players claimed are pitchers. Of the position players, both Russ Canzler and Darnell McDonald were claimed as parts to aid the Major League team, but Eli Whiteside and Matt Antonelli were eye’d as minor league depth. Because the Yankees have such a low waiver claim, they very often can successfully send these players to the minor leagues. Assuming a team doesn’t want these players the first time through waivers, the Yankees will often put them right back on and hope no teams claim them, in which case the organization can send them to a minor league team.

Cashman has done this most often with relief pitchers, and the lack of relief prospects in Triple-A has probably contributed to that. The team’s success in finding relief pitchers on the waiver wire is likely another factor in their aggressiveness, Cody Eppley being the biggest name over the last year. Even without major league contributions, many of these players have provided plenty of depth for the minor league teams. With all the injuries to position players this season, as well as the age of the team, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the team start to target a number of position players in 2013. Continue reading Cashman And Waiver Claims

Some Thursday Morning Musings

I’m fried this morning, people.  Got no chance of putting a well thought out, coherent full post together, so how about a few early bullet points to get the mind moving?

– What’s the deal with Derek Jeter‘s ankle?  Are we starting to get the point where we can wonder if there’s more going on here than the Yankees are letting on?  Joe’s comments on Jeter’s scaled back weekend work sounded a lot more like damage control than honest assessment to me.  I don’t know what his new working definition of “setback” is, but if we’re being honest, pretty much everything that’s happened with Jeter since he first felt that stiffness in his ankle and got the cortisone shot late in spring camp has been a setback.  To me, going through that exercise and then basically starting from the beginning with light work only to have to scale that light work back almost a month after the shot screams “SETBACK!!”, but that’s just me.

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The Farm Report: 4/17/13

Scranton beat Rochester 7-0:
The RailRiders scored quickly as David Adams lined a one-out single to left, followed by a double to center for Zoilo Almonte. Graham Stoneburner worked a quick 1-2-3 inning and Melky Mesa opened up the second with a double, later doubling Scranton’s lead when he scored on a fielder’s choice. Adams grounded a single to left to start the third. Almonte reached on an error, moving the runners to second and third. A sac fly by Luke Murotn plated Adams and the RailRiders held a 3-0 edge over the Red Wings. Stoneburner continued to put together a fantastic start, going six strong innings. Scranton loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth, as Murton, Mesa and Thomas Neal all singled. A sac fly by Bobby Wilson scored Murton and a single by Corban Joseph plated Neal as Scranton started to pull away. Wilson added a two-run homer in the eighth, which was more than enough as Scranton took the 7-0 victory.

Adams went 3-4 with two runs scored and a walk. Mesa was 2-5 with a run scored and a double. Neal was 2-4 with two runs scored and Wilson was 1-4 with a homer and four RBIs. Stoneburner put together a nice outing, going six innings and scattering four hits, walking no one and striking out two. Juan Cedeno gave up two hits and a walk over 1.1 inning, striking out one. Sam Demel threw 1.2 and gave up one hit, picking up a pair of Ks.

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Yankees 4, Diamondbacks 3: The comeback kids

You know it’s a good game when CC Sabathia gives up two runs while tossing over 30 pitches in the first inning and he not only picks up the win but lasts until the eighth inning and hands the ball off to Mariano Rivera for the save.

But before we get to that, let’s review what happened.

Paul Goldschmidt put the Diamondbacks up 2-0 with a line drive home run to the short porch in right field in the first. They scored again in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by A.J. Pollock while the Yankees couldn’t get anything going against Wade Miley.

In the seventh, the Yankees scored three runs to tie the game and snatch a win from Miley’s grasp. The first run was scored on a bases loaded walk by Jayson Nix that scored Ben Francisco. Miley was replaced by Tony Sipp who was immediately greeted by a two-out, two-run single by Brett Gardner to tie the game.

Sabathia threw 108 pitches in eight innings of work. He gave up the three runs on six hits, walked three and struck out six.

In the bottom of the eighth, Joe Girardi pinch hit Travis Hafner for Ben Francisco when David Hernandez was brought for the Diamondbacks. Hafner made the most of his chance by driving a ball out of the park on Hernandez’s first offering to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead.

Rivera came in and pitched a scoreless 1-2-3 inning to collect his 612th career save and fourth save of the season.

The hapless Yankees, the team people were predicting doom and gloom for are now 8-5 on the year. And yes, I know it’s only April but they’re winning games they need to win while they’re missing key players and it’s nice to see the new guys like Hafner stepping up.

They will try to get the series sweep tomorrow with Patrick Corbin facing off against Phil Hughes tomorrow night.
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Game 13: Here Come The Lefties

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As I mentioned in my previous post, the Yankees will face off against a number of lefties over the next few days. Half their games over the rest of April will be played with Ben Francisco DHing, instead of the red hot Travis Hafner. The Yankees also lose Lyle Overbay to Jayson Nix, although I’m not sure if that’s a major loss offensively.

Left-handed pitcher, Wade Miley, gets the ball for the Diamondbacks tonight, and that means the lineup will look like this.

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

I can’t say I’m a fan, but we’ll see how it plays out.

CC Sabathia will look to add upon his dominating start against the Orioles.

The game starts at 7:05 PM, and you can catch on MY9. Go Yankees! Continue reading Game 13: Here Come The Lefties