Yankee Killers

Manny being Manny

George Brett. Edgar Martinez. Manny Ramirez. Throughout the years, there have been certain players who the Yanks just can’t seem to get out with the game on the line. To be sure, the rest of baseball had loads of trouble getting...

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So much for that, Yankees back in the loss column for fourth time in five days

Kuroda wasn’t terrible on the night, but he did walk three batters through the first three innings, and pitch count became a bit of an issue. To make matters worse, he got himself into trouble off the bat in the bottom of the fifth, giving up a lead off single to Alex Gordon, who came around to score in the very next at bat on a Billy Butler double to push Kansas City’s lead to 3-0. Jeff Francouer later added a one out single to move Butler to third, and with left-handed hitting Mike Moustakas due up Joe Girardi opted to start playing the match up game, calling on Clay Rapada and Cody Eppley to get the final two outs and end the inning with the game still in reach.

Or, rather, it would have been in reach if the Yankees’ offense didn’t continue to be incapable of scoring runs like a major league offense. After their six run breakout on Friday, you had to hope that they’d begin to find their collective stroke at the plate, but there they were on Saturday, held to one run by a group of pitching standouts including Felipe Paulino and Jose Mijares.…

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The Farm Report: Cinco de Mayo edition

Empire State lost to Pawtucket 9-3:

Not a good night for Nelson Figueroa, who managed to give up 8 runs (7 earned) in just 3.2 innings pitched, including five runs in the second inning alone. Yeah, it was one of those night. On the brightside, Michael O’Connor pitched 4.1 innings in relief of Figueroa, allowing four hits and one run on a solo home runs with three strikeouts and two walks. Ronnier Mustelier went 2-5 with a run scored, Francisco Cervelli went 2-3 with a double and two RBI, and Steve Pearce went 1-3 with two walks.

Trenton lost to New Hampshire 7-6 in 10 innings:

In what was a roller coaster game, the Fisher Cats ultimately came out on top when the Thunder came up one comeback short. The teams traded the lead in the beginning of the game, as New Hampshire scored first in the opening frame, though Trenton would even the score at a run each in the bottom of the third.…

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Game 27: The $29 Million Designated Hitter

Alex Rodriguez is getting another start at DH tonight, as Nunez attempts another error-less game. Here are the lineups tonight.

RHP Hiroki Kuroda v. RHP Felipe Paulino
Yankees Royals
Derek Jeter SS Jarrod Dyson CF
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Getting to know Ronnier Mustelier

Mustelier has moved quickly through the farm system, which is to be expected for a player of his age.  He started in the GCL last season, but after hitting .500/.524/.550 over five games, the Yankees quickly moved him up.  He skipped Charleston completely and found himself in Tampa, where he played the remainder of the season.  He hit .333/.378/.524 over 31 games with thirteen doubles, a triple, three homers and six stolen bases.

Starting this season in Trenton, Mustelier has shown no signs of slowing down.  He hit .353/.412/.598 over 25 games and has five homers.  He has been a happy surprise for a Trenton team that entered the season with a lot of question marks, but now they will be looking for someone else to take that role, as he gets his chance with Empire State.  Tony Franklin, the Trenton manager, thinks the promotion is “well deserved” and said, “I think you might see him pretty soon in the big leagues, he can hit.”

Clearly, Mustelier can hit, but we all know that alone does not land you a chance in the Bronx, right Jorge Vazquez?

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What’s Next for the Yankee Bullpen?

...homeward bound, I wish I was, homeward bound...

After the roller coaster ride of the past 48 hours, with the great Mariano Rivera’s career looking all but over one minute and vowing to return the next, we can now cast our eyes to the...

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Sabathia, two out rally, ends Yankees’ three game skid

The Yankees came out of the gate hot by scoring two runs in the first inning on the strength of a Mark Teixeira home run that scored both Tex and Derek Jeter, but C.C. Sabathia gave both of those runs back in the bottom of the inning. After that bout of scoring, both pitchers settled in and neither could mount much in the way of offense for most of the game, though the Yankees did get the lead off man on base in three of the game’s first six innings.

That all changed in the top of the seventh, when Robinson Cano gave the Yankees another lead off baserunner via a single, but again seemed to be primed to be stranded on base as Andruw Jones and Jayson Nix promptly made outs (though Jones did hit a very har liner that just happened to be hit right at third baseman Mike Moustakas). Nunez, of all people, came to the rescue, driving a pitch the other way and over right fielder Jeff Francouer’s head to bring Cano around to score on an RBI triple.…

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