The Farm Report: 5/21/12

Pearce was 3-5 with two runs scored, a homer and three RBIs.  Garner also went 3-5 with two homers and two RBIs.  Ramiro Pena and Kevin Russo each went 2-5 with a  run scored. D.J. Mitchell got the win, but it was a tough outing for the pitcher.  he lasted five innings and gave up six runs on eight hits.  He did not issue a walk or pick up a strikeout.  Justin Thomas pitched two hitless innings, giving up a walk and striking out a hitter.

Trenton lost to Akron 5-1:
The Aeros drew first blood, as Ben Copeland hit a two-out RBI single to right in the second inning.  The Thunder got the run back in the bottom of the third, as Addison Maruszak and Jeffrey Farnham hit back-t0-back singles.  Abraham Almonte moved the runners with a sac bunt and Corban Joseph hit a sac fly to even the score at 1-1.  Akron took over in the fifth, however.  Copeland reached on an error by David Adams.  …

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May 21st Recap: Yankee struggles continue

The Yankees are currently mired in a stretch of mediocre play that has seen subpar contributions from the offense, defense, and pitching.  It has been very frustrating to watch as a fan, and presumably equally frustrating for the players.  The Yankees looked to get themselves back on track today against the Royals.

Hiroki Kuroda was on...

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Game Thread 5/21: Royals at Yankees

The Royals and Yanks’ll get underway soon in the (moist) Bronx. Hiroki Kuroda goes for the Bombers and Felipe Paulino will do the tossing for KC. Here are the lineups:

Royals:

1. Jarrod Dyson, CF
2. Eric Hosmer, 1B
3. Billy Butler, DH
4. Mike Moustakas, 3B
5. Jeff Francoeur, RF
6. Alex Gordon, LF
7. Alcides...

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Identity Crisis: Who Are the 2012 Yankees?

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

With one-quarter of the season already in the books, the Yankees find themselves in unfamiliar territory. Not only has the Bronx Bombers’ recent slide dropped the team to within one game of the .500 mark, it has also...

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The new Nick Swisher?

Cone also mentioned that Swisher has spent a lot of his batting practices lately taking the ball to left field on outside pitches. Lord knows, that’s a good thing for the Yankees. More on that some time soon. The gist of the two mentions from Cone is that Swisher is much more focused on hitting the ball right now than he is at getting on base, which has been one of his most attractive qualities during his Yankees’ career. Swisher has walked 13.3 percent of his plate appearances historically. This year, that figure is at 8.0 percent. Swisher also has a career on-base percentage of .358, which does not sound all that impressive until you compare it to his career batting average of .252.  But this year, Swisher’s on-base percentage is only .313.

To put Swisher’s current on-base percentage into perspective, his three years with the Yankees have produced on-base percentages of .371, .359 and .374 last season. Again, the different approach seems very noticeable.…

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