Darvish dominates as Yanks blanked

The Yankees did look like they might get to Darvish early on in the game when Eric Chavez led off the third inning with a single to right followed by a Russell Martin walk. Derek Jeter then bunted his way to first, and the Yankees had the bases loaded with no outs for the heart of their order. Darvish finished off a tough at bat against Curtis Granderson with a called strike three, however, and then got Alex Rodriguez to tap a ball weakly to Adrian Beltre, who stepped on third before firing across the diamond to get A-Rod on the back end and end the threat just like that. Robinson Cano then led off the fourth inning with a double but, again, Darvish was able to work his way out of trouble, striking out both Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher before getting Raul Ibanez out on a groundball.

That would pretty much be the last serious threat the Yankees mounted in the game.…

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Darvish dominates, Yanks get shut out

After besting the red-hot Rangers 7-4 behind solid pitching from CC Sabathia, the Yankees looked to continue their success in Arlington.  Game 2 of the series featured a pitching matchup that guaranteed interest across multiple continents, as Hiroki Kuroda took on his Japanese countryman, hyped import Yu Darvish.  Although...

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The Farm Report: April 24, 2012

Trenton knocked around Erie for an 11-4 victory:
The Thunder scored early and often on Tuesday.  Abraham Almonte got things started with a leadoff single and a stolen base.  Kevin Mahoney walked and Almonte scored on a double from Ronnier Mustelier.  Mahoney scored on a groundout by Cody Johnson and Luke Murton singled in Mustelier to give Trenton a 3-0 edge.  Mustelier sent a double to left in the second, scoring two more runs and Walter Ibarra knocked a RBI triple to right in the third.  He scored on a single from Almonte and the Thunder held a 7-0 lead through just a third of the game.  Erie finally put a run on the board in the fifth, but Trenton answered with three more in the bottom of the inning.  When all was said and done, Trenton had eleven runs off sixteen hits, while Erie managed just four off eight hits.   Almonte went 3-5 with three runs scored, a double, two stolen bases and a RBI.  …

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Gary Sanchez’s defensive progress

Gary Sanchez is one of the top prospects in the Yankee system, almost entirely because of his hitting prowess.  Sanchez’s profile as a prospect is very comparable to that of Jesus Montero: an offense-first catcher with the potential to hit for power and average in the long-term, but major question marks about their ability to remain at...

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Yankees angry that Yankees overprice tickets

That is, they’re not losing any revenue if we assume that the hypothetical StubHub purchase wouldn’t pay full price for the tickets. In that case, the Yankees are losing an additional ticket sale, and that’s what this is about: bringing the primary and secondary market prices closer together so that more people bypass the latter for the more straight-forward former. If life were an economics textbook, we’d be expecting to see the Yankees acknowledge that they’ve overpriced these tickets relative to demand and reduce their cost in the face of dirt cheap secondary market prices, but this is the real world, and in the real world monopoly providers don’t like to reduce prices and do like to extract rents where they can, so the Yankees are trying to force StubHub to reduce the gap by artificially forcing the secondary market prices up. That won’t help StubHub in any way, save for maybe staving off the possibility of losing their partnership with the Yankees and/or MLB, it won’t help the original purchasers, who will have a harder time dumping tickets they don’t want/can’t use, and it won’t help buyers, who will be forced into paying above market prices for tickets, but any additional sales the Yankees are able to make at that point represent a pure windfall, and that makes Hank Steinbrenner’s pro-capitalist sentiments completely negotiable.…

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