Game 12: Hiroki the Hero

In preparing a game thread, I generally type over a table template that I generated at some point last season, if only because I can never remember how to format it properly. Why do I bring this up, you ask? Simply put, the template that I have been utilizing shows just how dreadfully depressing the...

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Sixth Inning of Doom: Red Sox 4, Yankees 2

It was setting up to be a fantastic night for CC Sabathia, and it was all undone in a split second.

The Yankees dropped the second game of their four game set against the Red Sox by a 4-2 score after Sabathia had an implosion in the sixth inning, and the Yankee bats didn’t show up.

The pitchers dominated through the first five innings, as the only run came on a solo home run by Alfonso Soriano in the second inning. The Yankees only had three hits in the first five innings, and Boston only had one.

Sabathia was dominating and had all three pitches working. He was really working the inside of the plate very well, thus was able to get many strikeouts on his changeup away. Sabathia mixed his pitches and his speeds very well. Many Red Sox hitters were late on his 90 mph fastballs.

However, Sabathia completely fell apart in the sixth inning for the second consecutive start.…

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Game 11: CC vs Lester

So sorry this is late. I was cooking dinner and before I realized it, it was 6:35!

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Tonight’s pitching match up is CC Sabathia vs Jon Lester.

Your Yankee lineup:
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Beltran RF
Soriano DH
Cervelli C
Solarte 3B
Suzuki LF
Roberts 2B
Johnson 1B

Enjoy the game!

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Tonight’s Yankees Lineup vs. Red Sox: 4/11/14

Jeter 6
Ellsbury 8
Beltran 9
Soriano 0
Cervelli 2
Solarte 5
Ichiro 7
Roberts 4
Johnson 3

They will be facing Jon Lester. Yeah, good luck with that.

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Why players don’t care about Michael Pineda’s “dirt”

Bk6idBvIAAEsBRAMichael Pineda threw with the type of gusto through Thursday he had three years ago when the Yankees traded for him from Seattle.

His slider made batters look foolish. His fastball set up off-speed pitches. And he mixed in a cutter and changeup to keep the Boston Red Sox off-balance.

However, on Friday morning, no one seemed to be talking about Pineda’s pitching performance. Instead, it was about the substance on Pineda’s pitching hand. Television stills showed a brown substance on the base of the palm of his hand.

Pineda called it dirt. Others called it pine tar.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he didn’t know anything about it.

The Red Sox players said it didn’t matter.

There are reasons that it doesn’t matter to Boston – or most players asked around the league.

1. No one wants to be the team to point it out. If a manager does, he will set up his own team for the same kind of scrutiny.…

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The Farm Report: 4/10/14

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Syracuse 7-2:
The RailRiders took the early lead as Jose Pirela singled on a soft grounder back to the mound. He stole second and later scored on a ground out by Zoilo Almonte. The lead lasted until the third, when Syracuse was able to put their first (and only) runs on the...

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Examining Derek Jeter’s Early Contact Trends

Jeter vs BOS 2014

For all the concern about how he’d be physically coming into spring camp this year, concern that I admittedly shared, it was a pretty quiet Spring Training for Derek Jeter.  He was on his own schedule, he got into games early enough, he never reported any problems with his ankle or legs, never had any issues really.  He worked at his pace, felt good, and was ready to play when the regular season started.  What was a small concern was how quiet his bat was in ST.  Jeter hit .137/.214/.157 in 51 spring at-bats, striking out 10 times and hitting a ton of groundballs.

Regular season production is what really matters and Jeter’s was going to be watched closely regardless of how he hit in the spring simply because he was a shortstop turning 40 and coming off a season lost to injuries.  He’s played in 9 of the Yankees’ first 10 games and so far that production has been pretty good.  …

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Pineda Tar Gate: Yankees 4, Red Sox 1

Michael Pineda delivered the type of performance that fans have dreamed of since he was traded to New York in January of 2012, and he led the Yankees to a big 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Pineda held the Red Sox without a hit through the first four innings before Xander Bogaerts broke up the no-hitter leading off the fifth inning. He had command of all three of his pitches and was making the Boston hitters look silly.

Pineda was blowing his fastball by hitters and locating early in the count, as he threw first pitch strikes to the first nine hitters he faced. Pineda finished going six innings, allowed one run and struck out seven.

Pictures from the Internet and T.V. cameras showed a brown substance on Pineda’s hand that was gone by the fifth inning, but the Red Sox never questioned it.

Both teams were scoreless through the first three innings before the Yankees put two runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth.…

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Game 10: Ugh, It’s Starting Again

Oh good, a four-game Yankees-Red Sox series.

Here are your lineups for tonight’s contest:

RED SOX
Sizemore LF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Nava RF
Bogaerts SS
Pierzynski C
Bradley CF
Herrera 3B

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Beltran RF
McCann C
Soriano DH
Johnson 1B
Solarte 3B
Anna 2B

Tonight’s pitching matchup is Clay Buchholz vs Michael Pineda.

Fun fact: Grady Sizemore was the first batter at the new Stadium (regular season – exhibition games against the Cubs not included) when he was a member of the Cleveland Indians.

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