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News and Notes from around the Yankee Universe

The Yankees (5-5) lost to the Twins (3-7) last night 7-3.  The two teams play the second of their four game series tonight at 7:05 ET.  C.C. Sabathia will take the mound for the Yanks and will be facing Francisco Liriano.

Morning Coffee & Links

Yanks start hot, cool off quickly

Curtis makes a great read, great catch

Jeter can’t do it by himself

Sabathia’s arm still warming up

Jeter is too hot to sit

What’s up with Cano?

A touching tribute for Jackie Robinson

Mariano Rivera is perfect man to keep Robinson’s legacy alive

Rotation Roulette

Here’s to a great day of baseball!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News and Notes from around the Yankee Universe

Yesterday the Yankees lost 7-1 to the Angels.  The two teams wrap up their three game series tonight at 8:05 ET.  Ivan Nova will take the mound for the Yankees.

Morning Coffee & Links

Phil Hughes has a bad day

Yanks should put Hughes in bullpen

Raul Ibanez’s work ethic has fueled his success

David Phelps a bright spot in Yankees loss

Here’s to a great day of baseball!

 

News and Notes from around the Yankee Universe

The Yankees beat the Angels 5-0 yesterday behind a strong performance by Hiroki Kuroda, and Alex Rodriguez hit career home run number 630 to tie Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth on the all time home run list.  Game two of the series is today with Phil Hughes taking the mound for the Yankees.  C.J. Wilson will be pitching for the Angels.

Morning Coffee & Links

Posada locates plate, and maybe one day Hall of Fame

Kuroda spectacular in Bronx début

A-Rod shows impact of positive thinking

Bringing back Yankees legends good for dollars and sense

Cano moves to cleanup as A-Rod bats fourth

A-Rod ties Griffey JR. with home run #630

Here’s to a great day of baseball!

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s no place like home

Yankee Stadium, April 13, 2012

Although the season had been under way for over a week and the Yankees had already played six games, it felt like baseball had truly begun yesterday with the home opener at Yankee Stadium.  It was a perfect day for baseball:  sunny blue skies, green grass and and  Yankee hero back to throw out the first pitch.

It began with the usual ceremonies of the national Anthem , and a fly-over by two F-18 jets.  After that, the sound of the Imperial March blared over the loudspeakers as the adversaries for the day, the Los Angeles Angel’s of Anaheim California, USA were announced.  And then, the playing of the Throne Room/End Title from Star Wars as the New York Yankees took the field one by one to their introductions.  I always get goosebumps hearing this music as the players take the field, and hearing it for the first time of the season was extra special.

Finally, a Yankee hero was welcomed back to throw out the first pitch.  It was a special moment as Three generations of Posadas took the field to a standing ovation.  Former catcher Jorge Posada climbed the mound and with his son by his side threw out the first pitch to his father.  The stadium roared and with that it was time for baseball.

The game itself went right along with the electric feeling of opening day.  Hiroki Kuroda was dominant, pitching eight shutout innings giving up only five hits and two walks while striking out six.  Kuroda was backed by five runs with Nick Swisher providing a three run double in the first, while both Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez belted solo home runs for the other two scores.  David Robertson finished off the Angels in the ninth as the Yankees won 5-0

It was a perfect day for baseball, and the Yankees provided near perfect baseball for the day.

This is how opening day should be.

Welcoming back two legends

Two Yankees legends will be back at the stadium today after an off-season where both announced they would be leaving Yankee Stadium behind.  Jorge Posada and “Bald” Vinny Milano will be back; one to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and the other back in the comfort of section 203 with the Bleacher Creatures.  I am excited for both of them.

Jorge retired in January after 16 Hall of Fame seasons with the Yankees.  The announcement was an emotional one,  and being that the former catcher never truly got to say goodbye to the fans in Yankee Stadium today will be special.  As one of the anointed “Core Four”, it will surely be a special day for Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera as well.  If only the newly un-retired Andy Pettitte could be there to welcome him back the four would be reunited for one more day.  Jorge was always one of may favorite Yankees, and I wish I was there to thank him in person.  Seeing him throw out the first pitch will probably bring goosebumps.  What would make it even better is if the roles are reversed and Rivera is out to catch it.

I wrote a few weeks ago about Bald Vinny and how life would be forcing him away from Yankee Stadium this season.  Vinny needed to move on from his T-Shirt business, and spending 81 days at the Stadium to support his family wasn’t cutting it.  After 10-plus years as the leader of the famous roll call and the face of the Bleacher Creatures it was the end.  As we many of us know, finding employment is tough right now, and for Vinny it was no exception.  Luckily for us as Yankees fans he recently made the announcement that he would be back.  Back selling his shirts on River Ave, and back in section 203 leading roll call.  My hope for Vinny is success with the shirt business and one day a licensing deal so that the business can be his “real” job for life.  I bought two Bleacher Creature shirts myself (probably the only two in Idaho) and if you are reading this and are a die-hard Yankee fan, you should too.

Welcome back Jorge, and welcome back Bald Vinny.

Two Yankee Stadium legends.

Now if Bald Vinny will just do roll call for Jorge when he comes out the day will be perfect.

News and Notes from around the Yankee Universe

We got our first extra innings game of the season yesterday, and the Yankees (2-3) were able to pull it out in the 12th inning, earning a 5-4 win over the Orioles (3-2).  Throughout the spring many thought the bullpen would be the strength of this Yankees team, and they proved their worth yesterday.  Freddy “Wild Thing” Garcia struggled through four innings, giving up four runs on four hits, and walking three while throwing five wild pitches and hitting batter.  David Phelps came in to the game in the fifth and worked 2 1/3 perfect innings, striking out four.  After Boone Logan allowed a hit to his only batter faced, David Robertson worked a scoreless inning, followed by another 2 1/3 strong innings from Cory Wade.  After Clay Rapada got the final two outs of the 11th inning, Raul Ibanez plated the go ahead run in the 12th with a pinch-hit double, setting up Mariano Rivera to close out the game.

After watching Phelps in his first two appearances, you would never guess he was a rookie pitching for the first time in the major leagues.  He has presence on the mound, is calm, and makes the pitches he needs to make.  He was putting his fastball wherever he wanted it.  It is a good to know you  have a middle man who can bridge the gap to the 7th, 8th, and 9th inning trio of Rafael Soriano, Robertson, and Hughes should the Yankees starters struggle, and Phelps has shown he is ready for that role.

The Yankees will wrap up their series with Baltimore tonight at 7:05ET.  C.C. Sabathia will take the mound for New York, hoping to make up for his opening day performance.  He will face Jake Arrieta.

Morning Coffee & Links

Raul’s rip lifts Yanks past O’s

The ‘pen writes a comeback

Yanks need C.C. to be strong to rest depleted bullpen.

Rafael Soriano breaks a nail warming up

C.C. ready for the O’s

Freddy Garcia historically wild

A-Rod and Teixeira are in post-season form

The game isn’t the same without Vin Scully

Here’s to a great day of baseball!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Baltimore!

REUTERS/Patrick Smith

0-3 was enough.  I was finished hearing about when the last time the Yankees started 0-3, and if they lost again when they had started 0-4.  Or 0-5.  Had they ever started 0-6?  What if they began the season 0-20, or God forbid lost all of their games and became the first team to go 0-162?

Well, we don’t have to worry about that.

The Orioles do what they do best:  stop  losing streaks.  And they made the Yankees look good doing it. Ivan Nova looked like an ace, pitching out of trouble.  Despite giving up 10 hits, only two of those runners crossed the plate, and Nova walked no one while striking out seven in seven innings pitched.  David Robertson and Mariano Rivera each added a scoreless inning to close out the game.  It was just the pitching performance New York needed.

And the Yankee hitters did their part as well, scattering 11 hits off the cartoon birds, including an Andruw Jones home run in the sixth inning.  The Yanks chased Oriole starter Brian Matusz after four innings, pounding him for six hits and walking four times, earning four runs.  They didn’t let up against the bullpen, slapping five more hit for two runs.

Even Joe Girardi did his part by not over-managing!

All in all it was definitely a great win for the Yanks, something Yankee Universe desperately needed. No more shift-talk, and no more chatter about losing streaks, under performing pitchers and over managing managers.

I feel a lot better about baseball today.  Thank you, Baltimore.

News and Notes from around the Yankee Universe

The Yankees (1-3) defeated the Orioles ( 3-1) 6-2 yesterday.  Game two of the three game set will be tonight at 7:05 ET.  Freddy Garcia will pitch for the Yankees while Wei-Yin Chen will take the mound for Baltimore.

Morning Coffee & Links

Derek Jeter still sets the tone for Yanks

Yanks finally get first win

With Jeter around, no reason to panic

Russell Martin  gets in heated exchange over sign stealing

Could Jeter hit .400?

In non-Yankees news, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended five games for his remarks about Fidel Castro.

Here’s to a great day of baseball!

 

 

Uh Oh and two

Is it time to panic yet? 

Okay , it is only to games, but it is two games and two losses to the team that most people consider the favorite to challenge the Yankees for the American League East title.  There is some concern.

The first concern is that the Yankees number one and two starters were both unable to shut down the Rays.  C.C. Sabathia, though mostly ineffective, did his best to keep the Yankees in the game, but four runs to the Rays pitching staff is usually going to be too many.  Sabathia was lucky New York’s batters had his back and was still in line for the win before Mariano Rivera blew the save.  And Hiroki Kuroda was very disappointing.  With six runs given up (four earned) and eight hits the Yankees never had a chance, although once again the bats did their best to pick up the pitching.  Kuroda’s fastball looked flat, and with the Rays swinging early in the count to avoid the splitter he was getting teed off on.  The Rays knew the fast ball was coming early and were ready for it.  Now the Yankees will be looking to Phil Hughes, the Yankees sharpest pitcher in spring training, to stop the bleeding.  If Hughes can’t get the job done, the Yankees have some serious problems.  The depth of the rotation doesn’t matter if the Yankees top three pitchers struggle.

The second concern for the Yanks is the constant shifting employed by Joe Maddon in the first two games.  Now we’ve seen some extreme shifts by many teams in recent years, but for the most part it had been limited  to lefty pull hitters – Mark Teixeira, and David Ortiz for example.  The Rays however, seemed to have a shift for every batter, and their scouting reports were right on.  It didn’t matter if it was a lefty or a righty at the plate, when there was a shift , it seemed the Yankees hitters were hitting right into it.  Numerous hits were taken away by the Ray’s scouts in the past two games, and if other teams advanced scouts were paying attention, the Yankees are probably going to see a lot more of it.

There is no doubt the Yankees are going to win a lot of games.  Despite the shifts they have still scored 12 runs in two games, and despite the unimpressive pitching they have had a chance to win both games.  They will more than likely make the playoffs.  The problem is that if they are out-managed and out pitched in the playoffs, they will be looking at an early exit for the third straight year.  The hitters need to adjust and the pitchers need to perform.  Otherwise, the Yankees will be the ones shifting.  Shifting their attention to the golf course in October.

News and Notes from around the Yankee Universe

The Yankees lost 8-6 yesterday to Tampa Bay.  The two teams will wrap up their three game series today at 1:40 ET.  Phil Hughes will take the mound for the Yankees while Jeremy Hellickson will pitch for the Rays.  Here is the Yankees lineup:

Morning Coffee & Links

Pineda and Kuroda not panning out

Two rough games for Yankees big bucks

Pitch framing the “new” catching philosophy

Yanks hitters see difference in Rays defense

Girardi will rest his stars early

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