Corner, Turned? Yankees Win 6-2 Thanks to Hughes, Ibanez

I don’t think I was the only Yankee fan to give up on Phil Hughes about two weeks ago. Hughes hadn’t put together an effective stretch of more than a month or so since June of 2010. Balls were getting scorched off him early in 2012, and he appeared likely to lose his rotation spot...

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Very funny Mariano Rivera tribute song

I really can’t add much to this, other than to give Marc Simon of ESPN credit for retweeting the link, which is how I found it. I can only hope that someone in the Yanks picks up on this, and they start playing it at the stadium between innings. That would be a blast. I’d...

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Am I really about to defend Eduardo Nunez?

First of all, let’s be clear that I’m not trying to be particularly critical of anything here. First and foremost, the ultimate outcome of the Yankees’ season probably isn’t going to be decided by who their utility player is. Secondly, the move makes a lot of sense from a roster standpoint. Eric Chavez is clearly the better option to spell Alex Rodriguez at third base and Dewayne Wise is a more than competent defensive outfielder, which they need in the absence of Brett Gardner. That leaves Nunez and Jayson Nix, the latter of whom is much more flexible when it comes to be able to shove him into a certain position in a pinch, especially in the outfield. The only place Nunez seems like he might be a better option than Nix is in the middle infield but, really, there isn’t much reason to be giving much playing time in those positions to anyone other than Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano right now.…

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Father’s Day in the Steinbrenner suite?

WHAT: New York Yankees – VIP Event in Owner’s Box NY Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays

WHO: Hosted by Hal and Christina Steinbrenner

WHEN: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 7:05 Game time

COST: $2,500 per ticket
100% of the proceeds to benefit Women In Need

CONTACT: Nikki Gannon Wargo 212.560.0260; ngwargo@w-i-n.org; Fax – 212.736.1649

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The Farm Report: 5/11/2012

Empire State lost to Durham 8-7 in 10 innings:

It was a rough night for Yankees’ starting pitcher, who got his team into an early hole by allowing five runs to score in the top of the 3rd inning for Durham. The Yankees got two of those runs back in fourth on RBI singles by Francisco Cervil and Yadil Mujica, but Durham got those runs back with one run in each of the sixth and seventh innings. The Yankees blew up in the bottom of the seventh, however, sparked by a one out solo home run off the bat of Steve Pearce. Francisco Cervelli hit another RBI single to cut the deficit to 7-4 and then the very next batter, Cole Garner, completed the comeback with a three run home run, his first of the season, to tie the game at seven apiece. That’s the way it would stay through regulation, but Durham would get a run in the top of the 10th to break the tie, stealing three bases in the inning, including getting the go ahead run to third by way of a steal.…

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Two straight aces – Yankees beat Felix Hernandez

It did not take long for Kuroda to give up his first run of the game. On his third pitch, Dustin Ackley lined an impressive shot to the opposite field that easily cleared the left field fence for a lead off home run. It was Ackley’s second homer of the season.

The Yankees scored a run of their own in the bottom of the first. Derek Jeter led off and hit a soft liner to right. Ichiro Suzuki got a good jump on the ball and made a nice sliding catch. Curtis Granderson then singled and stole second as Alex Rodriguez struck out looking. With two outs, the hottest hitter on the East Coast, Robinson Cano singled and drove in Granderson. Cano assumed Ichiro’s throw would go to the plate and headed toward second. But Justin Smoak cut the ball off and Cano was a dead duck between first and second. Fortunately, Granderson scored before Cano was tagged or the run would not have counted.…

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May 11 game recap

In tonight’s matchup between the Yankees and the Mariners, the excellent pitching matchup of Felix Hernandez and Hiroki Kuroda was largely in the background.  Most prominent in the minds of Yankee fans was the return of Jesus Montero, one-time Yankee top prospect and now Seattle’s cleanup hitter and occasional catcher.  Montero was making his return...

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