Braves end Yankees’ winning streak at 10 games

The Yankees actually opened the game’s scoring in the second inning when a double off the bat of the returning Nick Swisher brought home Mark Teixeira and Raul Ibanez and gave the Yankees another runner in scoring position with no one out, but Swisher would be stranded at third when a sharp ground ball by Derek Jeter was smothered by Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman to limit the damage. The Braves would get one of those runs back in the third inning when Jason Heyward led off with a triple to center field and was brought in to score on a ground ball out.

It was in the fourth inning that things started getting dicey for Kuroda. After allowing a lead off single by Martin Prado, Kuroda retired the next two batters and got ahead of Freeman 1-2 in his at bat, but the Yankees’ starter was unable to put Freeman away and wound up walking him to continue the inning.…

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The Farm Report: 6/19/12

The Yankees managed just four hits, as Russo, Joseph, Mustelier and Chris Dickerson each picked one up.  As a team, the Yankees went 0-7 with runners in scoring position.  Adam Warren went seven innings and gave up three runs on seven hits, two walks and five Ks.  Juan Cedeno threw one inning and gave up one run on a hit, a walk and three Ks.

Trenton beat Richmond 3-2:
Abraham Almonte started the bottom of the first with a walk, moving to second on a passed ball.  Jose Pirela singled and David Adams hit a sac fly to right, plating Almonte for the first run of the day.  Richmond tied the game with a run in the second, but Trenton regained the lead in the fifth, as Luke Murton hit a solo homer to center.  Richmond tied the game again in the seventh, but the Thunder struck back in the eighth.  Almonte walked and moved to second on a sac bunt by Pirela.  …

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Storylines to watch for the GCL Yanks

EJ had a great post yesterday analyzing some of the important prospects to watch on the Yankees’ short-season affiliates, who began their 2012 seasons yesterday.  I wanted to take a closer look at some of these players, and what I will be looking for over the course of the season, and I’ll start...

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Could Branyan replace Gardner?

Meanwhile, Branyan has come back from injury intent on proving he still has something left in the tank. After a brief stay in Tampa to get in shape, Branyan was promoted to Triple-A Empire State where he’s proceeded to demolish International League pitching thus far. In his first 15 games, Branyan has put up a .340/.480/.780 line (.576 wOBA) with 14 walks and 6 home runs in 64 plate appearances. It’s a small sample size, obviously, but it also shows that there’s still some ability there if Branyan can stay healthy. On the other hand, the big league team has won 10 straight games and is more or less clicking on all cylinders, so there really isn’t any way for Branyan to contribute there, right?

Well, maybe there is.

How does this sound? The Yankees call up Branyan, DFA’ing Dewayne Wise, who isn’t being used for much beyond pinch running and being a late inning defensive replacement, to clear an active roster spot.…

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Cashman: Yankees want to keep Granderson, Cano

So yeah, “wanting” to do something and actually being able to do it are two very different things, especially if we assume that the stringent budget targets that ownership has set are non-negotiable. Especially if their luck with respect to their young pitching, particularly Manny Banuelos, Michael Pineda, and Dellin Betances doesn’t turn around rather drastically, the team is going to have too many holes to fill and not enough money to do it with if they expect to maintain the level of performance they’ve become accustomed to since 1995. And remember, Mariano Rivera isn’t accounted for in 2014 as of right now, and Derek Jeter could opt out of the final year of his current contract and demand more money beginning that season as well. Meanwhile, in the near term, Cano most certainly didn’t hire Scott Boras to figure out how to best make the Steinbrenner family more money under the new CBA.

Up until now, the looming austerity directive has focused as  a sort of background curiosity: something that’s looming in the background, but not getting as much attention for being a long term impediment to the team’s baseball operations plans as it should be.…

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Hughes Cleaning Up Mechanics, Still Not 100%

The Yankees rotation has certainly found their mid-season form, but no pitcher has improved more than Phil Hughes. Yesterday, TYA co-founder Larry Koestler mentioned that Hughes has reinvented himself during the last month, and brought up some differences he spotted in the PITCHf/x numbers. The velocity and movement on the fastball has certainly evolved from...

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