There aren’t many ways this Spring Training could have gotten off to a worse start. In his first at-bat of his first ST game of 2013, a game he started as the left fielder rather than the center fielder, Curtis Granderson was hit by a pitch from Toronto starter J.A. Happ on the right arm [...]
Granderson, who led the Yankees with 43 home runs last year, was taken out of the game immediately after being hit with the pitch.
More on this as the details come in but this is not good news for the Yankees.
Derek Jeter practiced on-field running and agility drills again this morning and if things continue to go as planned, he can see in-game action in about two weeks or so. GM Brian Cashman, who had a lot to say this morning, said that they are eyeing a March 10 return for Jeter who is rehabbing from ankle surgery.
Jeter’s ultimate goal is to be ready for the home opener April 1 against the Boston Red Sox.
Thought this was interesting. From MLB Trade Rumors:
Backstops Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart, Bobby Wilson, and Austin Romine won’t light up the scoreboard, but that’s alright with Yankees GM Brian Cashman. “We’re not looking for catching. We just know our offensive production at that position isn’t going to be as good as in the past,” Cashman said.
So, the Yankees aren’t looking for catching? If that’s the case, let’s stick Travis Hafner back there. I’m just joking, obviously.
What do you think of Cashman’s statement? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
Joe Girardi recently announced that Brett Gardner will be taking over in center for Curtis Granderson. On the surface this seems like a logical baseball decision. By all measures, Gardner isn’t just the better defensive outfielder, he’s the best defensive outfielder in the game. The real question, from a baseball perspective, is why the Yankees [...]
It’s Sunday morning, it’s February and there will be Yankees baseball on our TV’s this afternoon. Yes, you’re allowed to be giddy about it. It doesn’t matter that the game itself doesn’t count.
You will see some changes in the Yankees’ lineup today. Mainly, that most of the regulars are there and that the defensive alignment in the outfield has been altered. They’re trying out the Granderson in left, Gardner in right experiment which will be interesting to watch.
The game is scheduled to start around 1:05 p.m. You can catch it locally on YES and nationally on the MLB Network.
The Yankees are undefeated in Grapefruit league play thanks to an 8-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves. I know, it’s only one game and it’s Spring Training but I’m just happy to be able to write about an actual game. The last set of games the Yankees played left a pretty bad taste in everyone’s mouth so a victory, even in exhibition play, is nice to recap.
Paul Maholm, who started for Atlanta, kept the Yankees off the scoreboard for two innings. Robinson Cano reached on an error in the first but was erased from the bases when Mark Teixeira grounded into a double play to end the inning. In the second, set the Yankees down in order.
Things changed in the third when Jordan Walden came into the game to replace Maholm. Melky Mesa reached base when third baseman Chris Johnson dropped a pop up in front of the plate. That play ignited the Yankees and they ended up scoring four runs in the inning.
Mesa stole second when Zoilo Almonte was up in the inning, Walden threw a ball that got past catcher Christian Bethancourt which allowed Mesa to advance to third. Almonte made Walden pay when he took Walden’s 1-2 offering to left centerfield for a two-run home run putting the Yankees up 2-0.
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The Yankees and Braves are in the seventh inning of their game and so far the following things have happened:
- Eduardo Nunez lost his helmet running out a ground ball in his first at bat of the game. I don’t know if he lost it when he hit a double in the third inning but I’ll just assume he did.
- Francisco Cervelli threw a runner out at second.
- Zoilo Almonte hit a home run.
- Robinson Cano hit a home run.
- Mike O’Brien gave up a home run.
- Cano also scored on a wild pitch.
- The Yankees have an error and it wasn’t Nunez’s, it was actually Corbin Joseph’s who was playing third base.
- Mark Teixeira and Matt Diaz have each grounded into a double play.
- Melky Mesa stole a base.
- Austin Romine just hit an RBI single to make it 8-3.
Good afternoon, Yankee fans.
As you know, the New York Yankees will be playing the Atlanta Braves in Orlando this afternoon and it’s the first Spring Training game for the boys in Pinstripes. Today’s game isn’t going to be televised but if you visit MLB.com’s media center, you can listen to it!
Here are some links for you to look at on this dreary winter day – at least it’s dreary here in the Northeast:
- It looks like the Yankees are embracing their Evil Empire moniker, at least according to this story in the Wall Street Journal. The Yankees are suing to trademark “Evil Empire” at least in regards to baseball. I love this and think they should go all out. I’ve actually been saying for years that the Yankees should play the Imperial March for their lineup and not for opposition’s. Embrace the evil, guys, like Vader strangling people with the force.
- Yankees reliever Nick Goody arrived to camp this morning on crutches. He sprained his ankle and from what Chad Jennings heard, it happened in a car wreck. Goody was the Yankees’ sixth round draft pick last year.
- Derek Jeter practiced on-the-field running and did some agility drills for the first time since his ankle surgery last Fall. He was at Steinbrenner Field with the rest of the players who didn’t travel to Orlando for today’s game.
- In case you missed it, I posted today’s lineup. The ways you can tell it’s a Spring Training game: Robinson Cano is batting second and Mark Teixeira is the only other regular in the lineup. Eduardo Nunez is also in Orlando to take on the Braves. Both Cano (Dominican Republic) and Teixeira (U.S.A) are participating in the World Baseball Classic.
- And finally, the best story to come out today: Alex Rodriguez and Lady Gaga have the same hip surgeon and according to Page Six of the New Yorrk Post, Rodriguez lent some emotional support to Miss Gaga who is having the same hip procedure he had in January. Is there anything better than the “news” that comes out during Spring Training, especially where Rodriguez is concerned? The other day it was oysters and sweatpants, today it’s Lady Gaga. I’m a little worried about what will be next.