Saturday morning Yankees news and notes: 3/2/12

Happy Saturday, Yankee fans. Here’s some news and notes for you.

First up, today’s lineup against the Tigers:

Gardner CF
Ichiro RF
Cano 2B
Teixeira 1B
Youkilis 3B
Hafner DH
Diaz LF
Nix SS
Stewart C

Nova RHP

The pitchers also scheduled to pitch in today’s game are: Rapada, Aardsma, Kelley, Montgomery, Daley and Rondon. Out of that list I’m most interested in seeing Aardsma, Kelley and Montgomery. Aardsma because he’s coming back from his arm surgery, Kelley because he’s the new guy and Montgomery because I want to see what the fuss is about.

According to Chad Jennings of the Lohud Yankees Blog, Melky Mesa has pulled out of the WBC.

And here are some links about the Yankees for you to peruse this morning:

  • In this piece by Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, it seems some Yankee fans are still not ready to accept Kevin Youkilis into their Yankee fan arms. My advice to them is to get over it and stop acting like petulant children.
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Former Yankee Scott Proctor opens up about alcoholic past

Scott Proctor has pitched with big name teams such as the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees but as he’s trying to make a comeback at age 36, he admits to still getting nervous, even in Spring Training.

“Once I’ve jogged from the bullpen and haven’t tripped, I’m fine,” Proctor said. “That’s the nervous part for me.”

In a piece that ran earlier today on SF Gate, Proctor opened up about his past struggles with alcohol and right now, he’s in camp with the defending champion San Francisco Giants, trying to work his way back to the Majors.

The popular narrative when Proctor was a member of the New York Yankees was that he was abused, or more that his pitching arm was abused by then-Manager Joe Torre. Proctor was a key member of the Yankees’ bullpen in 2006 and 2007. Proctor says that contrary to popular belief, Torre relying on him so much was not the reason for his downfall, alcohol was.…

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Spring Training Game Eight: Phillies 10, Yankees 5

So the Yankees lost again.

They had 12 hits, 12 strike outs, walked three times and hit two home runs. Oh and they made four more errors – none were credited to Eduardo Nunez.

Hiroki Kuroda was victimized by that shoddy defense. He gave up four runs in two innings but only one was earned. He gave three hits, one walk and struck out two batters.

Ronnier Mustelier and Melky Mesa each hit a home run for the Yankees and Francisco Cervelli and Juan Rivera each hit a double.

For the Phillies, they scored their 10 runs – only four of them were earned – without the aid of the long ball. They were helped out by the Yankees’ defense.

Sorry I don’t have more to write about. This game wasn’t that entertaining.

The Yankees take on the Tigers tomorrow at 1:00 p.m at Steinbrenner Field.

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Some baseball links from around the web: Dogs, the WBC and other assorted goodies

While there is a lull in the action i.e. it’s March, it’s Spring Training and there are only so many things you can say about Robinson Cano‘s upcoming contract negotiations, I thought I’d share some goodies from around the baseball blogosphere.

First up, my friend Michael Clair, who writes for a bunch of places including The Platoon Advantage, has his own blog called Old Time Family Baseball where he posts some of the funniest stuff you’ll ever see and today’s post is no exception. He takes us back to 1993 when baseball Milk Bone got together for a collection of baseball cards featuring baseball players and their dogs. Some of my favorites are Todd Zeile‘s, Rob Dibble‘s – mostly for his sweater – and current Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi‘s cards.

Take a look, I promise it’s worth it.

Another friend, Tara Franey, a colleague of mine at Aerys Sports who is the head Cincinnati Reds writer, wrote two previews for the WBC.…

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Teix Now Front And Center On The “Needs To Produce” Radar

More swings like this, please. Courtesy of Getty Images

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

2013 was already going to be an important year for Mark Teixeira.  After a stellar Yankee debut season in 2009,...

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Cashman to Yankee fans: Calm down about Eduardo Nunez

Hey Yankee fans, Brian Cashman wants to let everybody know that Eduardo Nunez is ‘not a great offensive player,’ and that while he’d be a suitable shortstop, Cashman believes Nunez could not be an everyday third baseman, left fielder or center fielder.

Okay, no offense to Mr. Cashman because I like him but were people actually clamoring for Nunez to play center field or did he just happen to mention it because of everything that’s happened so far in camp?

I know Yogi Berra said last month that Nunez should get at least 500 at bats and that when Curtis Granderson had his forearm by a pitch, some people, not a majority by any means, suggested Nunez as a left field fill-in but centerfield? Really?

Cashman, speaking with Mark Hale and Mike Vaccaro on yesterday’s PostCast, also said there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to players like Nunez and that people tend to exaggerate what they can actually do.…

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Cashman: Heathcott A Dark Horse Candidate

Lost in yesterday’s interview with Mike Francesa, Brian Cashman spoke meticulously about the the situation in left field. Unlike “accidentally” blurting out that the team offered Robinson Cano an extension, Cashman gave us a good long rundown of the outfield options. Melky Mesa, Zoilo Almonte, Read more

Friday morning Yankees news and notes: 3/1/12

I don’t know about the rest of you but I’ve never been so happy for a Friday to arrive. For one thing, this particular Friday is special because it marks the first day of a new month and since that new month is March it means that baseball, the kind that actually counts, is only a month away. So hooray for that. On a personal note, this week has been really up and down for me and I just want it to end.

The big news yesterday, thank goodness, was not any sort of significant injury, minor injury, injury recovery setback, etc. No, the big news was Robinson Cano‘s looming free agency and the word that the Yankees have made a significant offer to Cano and his agent Scott Boras. I mentioned it briefly last night but there’s been a whole lot written in the past 12-16 hours since then.

To his credit, Cano arrived today and told reporters, “I’m just going to focus on playing baseball…I don’t want to be a distraction to the team.” Unfortunately, Cano doesn’t get to decide whether or not he’ll be a distraction, the media will do that for him.…

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Today’s lineup vs Phillies: 3/1/12

It’s Friday, it’s March and we finally get to see Hiroki Kuroda in action today. Kevin Youkilis is also back in the lineup after missing a couple of days due to an “oblique” issue. He says it was a cramp. Kuroda, Youkilis and Robinson Cano are the only regulars starting the game. (And no, I’m not counting Francisco Cervelli and Eduardo Nunez)

Nunez 6
Cervelli 2
Cano 4
Youkilis 5
Rivera DH
Mesa 7
Neal 9
Mustelier 3
Garcia 8

Kuroda RHP

The game will shown on the YES Network at 1:00 p.m.

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