|Posted by Mike on May 13, 2011 at 5:33 PM||comments (0)|
Matt and I have moved the Yankees Fans United Blog to this new URL: http://yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com. We feel that there is a much better set-up, the site will be better off that way.
Ballpark and Fishjam, we hope you guys join us over there. If you want, we can set you guys up as partial-authors, so that you can post entries.
Our plan is to "go public" on Monday. By the end of next week, we are expecting people to start seeing our new site, and hopefully, we'll be able to replace the done- iYankees.
|Posted by Matt on May 12, 2011 at 7:39 PM||comments (0)|
Hey guys Mike and I are working on a new site that we will make live to all of the public on Monday. here is the link click on it please look around and give us some feedback.
Ken once u subscribed to teh blog you are signed in all the time.
the site is a much better layout. Enjoy
|Posted by Mike on May 12, 2011 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
Here's an update on the Yanks' stats:
Jeter: .271, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 2 SB
Granderson: .271, 12 HR, 25 RBI, 3 SB
Teixeira: .263, 9 HR, 21 RBI,
Rodriguez: .259, 5 HR, 21 RBI
Cano: .292, 8 HR, 24 RBI, 2 SB
Posada: .162, 6 HR, 15 RBI
Swisher: .217, 2 HR, 14 RBI
Martin: .255, 6 HR, 20 RBI
Gardner: .250, 3 HR, 8 RBI
Sabathia: 3-2, 2.89, 44 K in 53.0 IP
Burnett: 4-2, 3.38, 39 K, in 50.2 IP
Nova: 3-2, 4.08, 18 K, in 35.1 IP
Garcia: 2-2, 2.61, 26 K, in 31.0 IP
Colon: 2-1, 3.86, 37 K, in 37.1 IP
|Posted by Mike on May 12, 2011 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
From MLB.com's Bryan Hoch:
NEW YORK -- Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was sent to a local hospital for examination on Wednesday after being hit by a pitch in the helmet and is considered day to day.
Cano was batting in the fifth inning of an 11-inning, 4-3 loss to the Royals when a 93-mph fastball from right-hander Nate Adcock struck the right side of Cano's head, knocking off his helmet and producing a loud crack.
The results on Cano's CT scan were negative, a Yankees spokesman said.
Hoch on Soriano:
NEW YORK -- Yankees right-hander Rafael Soriano received encouraging results from an MRI examination on Wednesday and could be available to pitch in this weekend's series against the Red Sox.
Soriano has complained of soreness in his pitching elbow, but tests at New York-Presbyterian Hospital revealed only inflammation.
"He'll be day to day," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Wednesday. "He won't pitch today. He'll need a couple of days, and hopefully, we'll get him back."
Soriano last pitched on Sunday in Texas but said that he has been feeling discomfort since appearing in back-to-back games on April 30 and May 1 against the Blue Jays in New York.
Girardi said the Yankees do not believe that Soriano's situation bears any similarity to his setbacks in 2008, when the right-hander spent three stints on the disabled list with elbow issues and had season-ending surgery in August.
Team physician Christopher Ahmad and head athletic trainer Gene Monahan concurred that a trip to the DL was not necessary, Girardi said.
Hoch on Ayala's return from the DL:
NEW YORK -- The Yankees activated right-hander Luis Ayala from the 15-day disabled list before Wednesday's game against the Royals.
Ayala had been shelved since April 13 with a strained right shoulder, missing 24 games, and allowed a run in five innings spanning three rehab appearances with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
In three relief appearances at the big league level this season, Ayala has allowed two earned runs in five innings.
In a corresponding roster move, right-hander Lance Pendleton was optioned to Triple-A. Pendleton had no record and a 0.00 ERA in four appearances with New York, spanning 6 1/3 innings.
|Posted by Matt on May 12, 2011 at 7:18 AM||comments (0)|
morning all tuff loss last night. Today is a new day. Here are your links....
|Posted by Mike on May 12, 2011 at 5:46 AM||comments (0)|
From MLB.com's Bryan Hoch:
NEW YORK -- Long before the Yankees entered into a battle of the bullpens that would seep into extra innings, they sensed storm clouds brewing in the form of runners helplessly stranded on base.
There would be 15 of them in all, and while Eric Hosmer lifted an 11th-inning sacrifice fly that knocked in the final run in the Royals' 4-3 victory, the story was more about the hits that the Yankees couldn't get.
"When you let those opportunities pass by, you don't know how many more you're going to get," said Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira.
New York went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position and wasted seven innings of one-hit ball from starter A.J. Burnett, coming up on the short end of a four-hour, 31-minute tilt at Yankee Stadium.
"The bottom line is, we're better than this," manager Joe Girardi said. "Right now, we're struggling offensively. You've got to keep putting guys on, and you know that it's going to turn."
Loading up the bases wasn't a problem for the Bombers, who counted 12 hits, eight walks and a frightening Robinson Cano hit-by-pitch in the helmet among their bevy of baserunners.
Building a two-run lead after three innings on a Jorge Posada RBI single and Curtis Granderson's Major League-leading 12th home run, the Yankees were then silenced for the rest of regulation play.
"It's pretty tough to win with numbers like that," said the Yankees' Brett Gardner. "Our starters have been throwing the ball really well lately, and as a whole, I think the last few weeks, we haven't done a good job manufacturing runs."
Dave Robertson allowed a game-tying single to former Yankee Wilson Betemit in the eighth inning, marking just the second hit of the game for Kansas City.
One night after he evaded damage with a trademark Houdini act, Robertson was hurt by a pair of walks, as Betemit cashed one of the runs with a single to right that chased home Melky Cabrera.
"It's just location," Robertson said. "I missed with fastballs all over the place, and I had the chance to make a good breaking-ball pitch and I left it up for a strike. You saw what he did to it."
Jeff Francoeur ripped a go-ahead RBI double off Buddy Carlyle in the 10th, but Granderson stroked another big hit in the home half, a single off Joakim Soria that scored Russell Martin with the tying run.
After Louis Coleman retired them in order in the 11th inning for his first big league save, more than anything, the Yankees felt as though they'd let Burnett down.
The only blemish on Burnett's 115-pitch performance came in the fourth, as Hosmer slugged his first Major League home run on a full-count fastball that landed in the second deck in right field.
"The sweetest thing is we came out with a win," Hosmer said.
Otherwise, Burnett was excellent, evading trouble despite issuing five walks -- tying a season high -- and striking out six.
"I felt all right," Burnett said. "I think the main thing is, I didn't let the walks bother me like I would have in the past.
"I don't want to walk guys or put guys on, but in the long run, who cares? I try to put it behind me and make the next pitch."
Burnett completed seven innings for the third time in eight starts this year and has held opponents to fewer than three runs in six of eight starts.
"It's disappointing -- when A.J. pitches that well, we should give him a win," Teixeira said.
Kansas City starter Vin Mazzaro, a Rutherford, N.J., product, needed 94 pitches to get through four innings but escaped from two-on, none-out jams in the second and third without further damage.
"It seemed that we had Mazzaro on the ropes every inning," Girardi said. "When you give that many opportunities away, teams are going to score runs."
New York had a scary moment in the fifth, as Cano was drilled in the side of the head by right-hander Nate Adcock, flipping his helmet to the ground.
Cano appeared dazed for a few moments and was attended to by assistant trainer Steve Donohue. CT scans taken at New York-Presbyterian Hospital were negative, and Cano is day to day.
Both benches were warned the next inning by home-plate umpire Ed Rapuano, as Burnett drilled Francoeur in the left shoulder with a fastball. Royals manager Ned Yost said the situation seemed fishy.
"Of course it was intentional," Yost said. "Adcock's a rookie, and we didn't hit Cano [on purpose]. Cano's a great player, and that was an absolute accident. But I didn't think Burnett hitting Francoeur was an accident."
Girardi said that the situation -- moving the tying run into scoring position with one out in the sixth inning -- didn't make any sense, a point Burnett also made.
"I know Jeff, so that's even worse," Burnett said. "If you know somebody, you don't hit them. Balls get away. I had [five] walks tonight, so I wasn't exactly pinpoint. The whole situation just made it look worse than it was."
The Yankees had 12 hits last night. 12 runs should not equate to only 3 runs. Pick it up, Yanks.
Granderson: 2-5, 2 RBI
Posada: 2-3, 1 RBI
Burnett: 7.0 IP, 1 H (solo homer), 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K
Robertson: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Logan: 0.1 IP
Rivera: 1.0 IP, 1 K
Carlyle: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 2 ER, 2 K
Ayala: 1.0 IP, 1 H,1 BB, 1 K
|Posted by Mike on May 11, 2011 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
Quite sorry for the tardiness on this one, but here are the lineups:
1. Derek Jeter SS
2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Mark Teixeira 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
5. Robinson Cano 2B
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Jorge Posada DH
8. Russell Martin C
9. Brett Gardner LF
1. Jarrod Dyson CF
2. Melky Cabrera LF
3. Eric Hosmer 1B
4. Billy Butler DH
5. Jeff Francoeur RF
6. Wilson Betemit 3B
7. Brayan Pena C
8. Chris Getz 2B
9. Alcides Escobar SS
|Posted by Matt on May 11, 2011 at 7:08 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Mike on May 11, 2011 at 6:40 AM||comments (0)|
From MLB.com's Bryan Hoch:
NEW YORK -- Yankees right-hander Rafael Soriano will undergo a precautionary MRI on his sore pitching elbow after the reliever was not available to pitch in the eighth inning on Tuesday.
Soriano, the Yankees' designated eighth-inning hurler, said that he complained of discomfort and asked to see team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad before New York's 3-1 victory over the Royals.
The Yankees will send Soriano to be examined on Wednesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
"We're going to do the MRI," Soriano said. "I want to make sure everything's fine. I told them, maybe [in] one or two days, I'll be back."
In the first year of a three-year, $35 million contract, Soriano pitched twice in New York's series against the Rangers in Texas. He last appeared on Sunday, when he hurled a scoreless eighth inning.
But he said that his elbow has been feeling tender since pitching in back-to-back games against the Blue Jays on April 30 and May 1, and revealed that he had asked pitching coach Larry Rothschild for time off during the club's four-game series in Detroit.
"I think it might be normal, because I threw back-to-back the last two games at home [against Toronto]," Soriano said.
Soriano said that he was able to play long-toss on Tuesday and that the discomfort is different than what he felt in 2008, when he was limited to 14 relief appearances with the Braves, enduring three stints on the disabled list with elbow injuries.
That season ended on the operating table for Soriano, as Dr. James Andrews performed ulnar transportation surgery and removed a bone spur in late August.
"That kind of pain, it's different than what happened in '08," Soriano said.
|Posted by Mike on May 11, 2011 at 5:45 AM||comments (0)|
From MLB.com's Bryan Hoch:
NEW YORK -- The batting cage has been Alex Rodriguez's sanctuary even more than usual lately, as the Yankees slugger searches for the mechanics that will power baseballs to the gaps and over the wall.
He didn't get there on Tuesday, but A-Rod may be following team captain Derek Jeter on the road to recovery. Rodriguez slashed a two-run single and Jeter picked up another RBI as the Yankees held off the Royals, 3-1.
"You wish you were on your 'A' game every day, but the bottom line is that you've got to grind it out a little bit," Rodriguez said. "Tonight was a big example."
Rodriguez owned just one hit in his past 17 at-bats with runners in scoring position when he stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, facing Kansas City starter Kyle Davies.
Back in 2007, Davies became an unwilling participant in history as he served up Rodriguez's 500th home run, soaring over the left-field wall on a sunny afternoon at the old Yankee Stadium.
This time, the righty succeeded in keeping Rodriguez in the yard, but not off the scoreboard. Rodriguez got a 2-2 curveball and slashed it past the outstretched glove of shortstop Alcides Escobar, giving the Yankees the lead as Brett Gardner and Jeter raced home.
"When we really needed him to get a hit, he got a hit," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's still not perfect, but RBI guys find ways to drive in runs, and that's what he did for us tonight. And we really needed it. That's the difference in the ballgame."
Rodriguez clapped his hands emphatically as he rounded first base, his pair of runs putting a very effective Freddy Garcia in position to log his second victory in pinstripes.
Along with unlikely rotation mate Bartolo Colon, Rodriguez said that the veteran right-hander has been one of the "angels sent to us," but Garcia needed some assistance to get to the finish line.
That shouldn't have been a surprise. The Royals have a long history as Garcia's kryptonite, as he had compiled a 9-13 record with a 5.89 ERA against Kansas City coming into Tuesday's start. The Royals had hit .316 against him.
"I don't think about it, man," Garcia said. "I just go out there and pitch. If you think about it, you don't concentrate the way you should. Sometimes you've got bad numbers against a team, but that's the way it is."
Garcia -- who allowed a run on six hits, walking two and striking out three -- is a much different pitcher than the one Rodriguez played with years ago in Seattle. He relies on changing speeds and guile to survive.
"That's what I've got," Garcia said. "That's why I go out there and do my thing. I don't have the power any more. I've got to go out there and make it happen."
As it turned out, the only dent in Garcia's ledger came from a face last seen at Yankee Stadium hopping up and down in the middle of a wild World Series celebration.
The Bleacher Creatures had a warm welcome for Melky Cabrera in the bottom of the first inning, chanting his name in roll-call style -- nearly unheard of for a visiting player.
Cabrera waved from his position in center field, but the reception was more subdued when Cabrera belted a solo homer into Monument Park in the fourth inning.
"I felt good when I saw that ball, but I'd rather that the team would win," Cabrera said. "That's why I'm here."
Not tonight. New York's first run came off the suddenly-hot bat of Jeter, who came through with a third-inning, two-out single that knocked in Gardner, who had tripled to the wall in right-center field.
"The more comfortable you are, the better you see the ball, the better at-bats you have and the results will be there," Jeter said.
Winning without the benefit of their favorite weapon, the homer, the Yankees settled for nifty defense and clutch outs.
"Pitching is so important," Girardi said, "and we're getting it."
Nick Swisher saved at least a run for Garcia in the fifth inning, as Chris Getz ripped a sinking line drive to right field with two on.
Coming in hard, Swisher flopped on his belly and reeled in the ball to end the inning. Asked for his reaction to the play later, Garcia grinned and yelled, "Safe!"
"He saved a couple of runs there," Garcia said. "[First and second], two outs? That's a really good catch."
In the seventh, Garcia needed a bail-out from resident high-wire act David Robertson to wriggle free. After allowing two singles to start the frame, Garcia was lifted at 85 pitches.
Robertson still takes some fuel from a daring escape in the 2009 American League Division Series against the Twins, and he quickly recorded an out before issuing a walk to Matt Treanor that loaded the bases.
"When you get an out in an inning like that, you just get a little bit of relief," Robertson said. "You know you've got one down and you've got to keep going and get the next one. You can't lose any focus out there."
Visited at the mound by pitching coach Larry Rothschild, Robertson responded by striking out Escobar and then Getz swinging, stranding all three Royals.
"He's Houdini, out of all of us," said Joba Chamberlain, who hurled a scoreless eighth to set up Mariano Rivera's 13th save. "He is a strikeout guy, he gets himself in and out of jams with the best of them. It's fun to watch."
|Posted by Kenneth Old Ranger on May 10, 2011 at 6:36 PM||comments (3)|
The Mets are looking for a minor partner in the ownership...Right?
Jeter has said many times he would like to buy into a team...Right?
Problem; An active player can't be part of the ownership of a MLB team...Right?
Problem solved: Jeter retirees after this year and buys into the Mets Team...Right?...Wrong?...What say you guys?
|Posted by Matt on May 10, 2011 at 5:40 PM||comments (0)|
and here is tonights lineup
1. Jeter SS
2. Granderson CF
3. Teixeira 1B
4. Rodriguez 3B
5. Cano 2B
6. Swisher RF
7. Posada DH
8. Martin C
9. Gardner LF
|Posted by Matt on May 10, 2011 at 7:15 AM||comments (0)|
Morning all. Yankees baseball is back tonight.
Here are your links.
|Posted by Matt on May 9, 2011 at 10:55 PM||comments (0)|
SWB W 6-2
HR: Vazquez, Jo 2 (11, 2nd inning off Sweeney, 0 on, 0 out; 3rd inning off Sweeney, 0 on, 2 out), Maxwell (12, 3rd inning off Sweeney, 0 on, 2 out). (could Vazquez be trade bait in a package with a major leaguer for a pitcher I think so).
TB: Brewer; Vazquez, Jo 8; Maxwell 4; Laird 2; Parraz 2.
RBI: Vazquez, Jo 2 (30), Maxwell (25), Dickerson (10).
2-out RBI: Vazquez, Jo; Maxwell; Dickerson.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Brewer; Montero, J 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.
CS: Brewer (2, 2nd base by Sweeney/Nickeas).
E: Mitchell, D. (1, missed catch).
PB: Montero, J (1).
DP: 4 (Bernier-Nunez, L-Vazquez, Jo, Laird-Nunez, L-Vazquez, Jo, Nunez, L-Vazquez, Jo, Whelan-Montero, J-Vazquez, Jo).
Mitchell, D. (W, 1-2) 7.0in 5H 2R 1ER 0BB 2K's 1HR 2.45ERA (good performance).
Trenton W 2-0
2B: Gil (2, Zeid), Krum, A (3, Cisco), Johnson, C (4, Cisco).
TB: Krum, A 2; Pirela; Gil 2; Johnson, C 2; Mesa; Joseph; Maruszak.
RBI: Krum, A (9), Mesa (6).
2-out RBI: Mesa.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sublett; Maruszak.
SF: Krum, A.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 6.
Betances (W, 2-1) 5.0In 1H 0R 0ER 4W 7K's 0HR 1.00ERA (STUD PROSPECT ALERT)
Tampa L 5-1
2B: Lyerly, R (6, Feeney).
TB: Lyerly, R 2; Grote 2; Mahoney, K.
RBI: Grote (10).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ibarra.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 3.
E: Murton 2 (9, throw, throw), Higashioka (2, throw).
DP: 3 (Lyerly, R-Mahoney, K-Murton, Ibarra-Mahoney, K, Mahoney, K-Murton).
Silva, C 4.0in 5H 0R 0ER 1BB 5K's 0HR 2.57ERA (in the incase Colon or Garcia breakdowon department).
Charleston L 6-2
2B: Murphy, JR (11, Cumpton).
TB: Mojica; Murphy, JR 4; Roller, K; Feliz, A.
RBI: Murphy, JR (21), Roller, K (10).
2-out RBI: Murphy, JR.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Roller, K.
GIDP: Sanchez, G.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 7.
PO: Heathcott (1st base by Diaz, El).
E: Recchia (1, pickoff), Mojica (8, throw).
PB: Sanchez, G 2 (11).
DP: 2 (Sanchez, G-Feliz, A, Murphy, JR-Feliz, A-Roller, K).
|Posted by Matt on May 9, 2011 at 5:45 PM||comments (0)|
With Derek Jeter getting two hits on saturday and then getting four hits yesterday including 2 homeruns Jeter looks like his swing might be coming back. One might wonder why. How about this stat.
With Granderson hitting behind Jeter, Jeter is batting .333 w .369 OBP.
Without Grandy hitting 2nd, it's .222/.296.
Jeter needs one more hit to be tied for 29th all time and 40 more hits to get to 3,000 hits.
And here is in an updated look at the All TIme Carrer Hit list.
1.Pete Rose 4256B
2.Ty Cobb+ 4189L
3.Hank Aaron+ 3771R
4.Stan Musial+ 3630L
5.Tris Speaker+ 3514L
6.Cap Anson+ 3435R
7.Honus Wagner+ 3420R
8.Carl Yastrzemski+ 3419L
9.Paul Molitor+ 3319R
10.Eddie Collins+ 3315L
11.Willie Mays+ 3283R
12.Eddie Murray+ 3255B
13.Nap Lajoie+ 3242R
14.Cal Ripken+ 3184R
15.George Brett+ 3154L
16.Paul Waner+ 3152L
17.Robin Yount+ 3142R
18.Tony Gwynn+ 3141L
19.Dave Winfield+ 3110R
20.Craig Biggio 3060R
21.Rickey Henderson+ 3055R
22.Rod Carew+ 3053L
23.Lou Brock+ 3023L
24.Rafael Palmeiro 3020L
25.Wade Boggs+ 3010L
26.Al Kaline+ 3007R
27.Roberto Clemente+ 3000R
28.Sam Rice+ 2987L
29.Sam Crawford+ 2961L
30.Derek Jeter (37)2960R
|Posted by Mike on May 9, 2011 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
The Yankees designated infielder Kevin Russo for assignment to create roster space for newly-claimed reliever Jess Todd, according to Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger (on Twitter).
Russo, 26, appeared in 31 games for the Yankees last year and posted a .470 OPS as a backup at third base and in left field. He has a .287/.351/.381 line in six minor league seasons and experience all over the infield and outfield. The Yankees explored trades for him in Spring Training.
|Posted by Mike on May 9, 2011 at 5:55 AM||comments (0)|
The latest on the Minors, from RAB:
Triple-A Scranton (5-4 loss to Pawtucket)
Dan Brewer, RF: 1 for 4, 1 R – threw a runner out at second
Chris Dickerson, CF: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – threw a runner out at the plate … nine for his last 31 with seven walks (.291 AVG, .421 OBP)
Jesus Montero, C: 0 for 4, 2 K
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 K – five game hit streak, but just one single per game
Justin Maxwell, LF: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – five homers in his last ten games … all he does is homer (11), walk (20), and whiff (45)
Brandon Laird, 3B: 3 for 4 - finally gets over the Mendoza line (now at .214)
Jordan Parraz, DH: 0 for 4, 1 K
Luis Nunez, SS: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (missed catch)
Doug Bernier, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K
Hector Noesi, RHP: 7 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 13-3 GB/FB - 62 of 91 pitches were strikes (68.1%) … love the grounders, but where are the whiffs? (4.79 K/9)
Luis Ayala, RHP:2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 19 of 26 pitches were strikes (73.1%) … have to figure he’ll be back with the big league team when they get back to the Bronx, no? unless they’re that happy with Buddy Carlyle, of course
Double-A Trenton (5-4 loss to Akron)
Austin Krum, LF: 0 for 5, 1 K
Jose Pirela, SS, Bradley Suttle, 3B, Cody Johnson, DH & Addison Maruszak, 1B: all 0 for 4 - Suttle struck out and committed a throwing error … Johnson scored a run and struck out … Maruszak whiffed twice
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Melky Mesa, CF: 3 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – had been five for his last 49 (.102)
Corban Joseph, 2B: 3 for 3, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS – 15-game hit streak ended yesterday, but he gets right back on the horse
Ray Kruml, RF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 SB
The Ghost of Kei Igawa, LHP: 4 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 4-2 GB/FB – he allowed nine hits total coming into this start
Noaya Okamoto, LHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB
Tim Norton, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 1-0 GB/FB – 25-7 K/BB in 16.2 IP
Wilkins Arias, LHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-1 GB/FB
High-A Tampa had a scheduled off day.
Low-A Charleston (4-2 loss to Lakewood)
Slade Heathcott, CF, Kelvin DeLeon, RF & Ramon Flores, LF: all 0 for 4 – Heathcott whiffed once, DeLeon four times … Slade also threw a runner out at third
Jose Mojica, SS: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 E (fielding)
J.R. Murphy, C: 1 for 4, 1 RBI
Rob Segedin, 3B: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB - got picked off field … 11 for his last 26 (.423) with two doubles and two homers
Gary Sanchez, DH: 0 for 3, 3 K - yikes
Kyle Roller, 1B: 0 for 3
Anderson Feliz, 2B: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 SB
Zach Nuding, RHP: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 Balk, 7-8 GB/FB - five walks, six strikeouts in his last two starts
Manny Barreda, RHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Nathan Forer, RHP: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB
|Posted by Mike on May 8, 2011 at 6:14 PM||comments (0)|
From MLB.com's Bryan Hoch:
ARLINGTON -- Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson hit back-to-back homers, and Francisco Cervelli crushed his first career grand slam, powering the Yankees to a 12-5 victory over the Rangers on Sunday at Rangers Ballpark.
Jeter blasted his first two homers of the season in the win, slugging a fifth-inning solo shot to chase starter David Bush and then connecting for a tiebreaking shot in the seventh to greet Arthur Rhodes.
Granderson, the American League's home run leader, extended his surge by following with his 11th of the young season, also off Rhodes, who has given up more homers to the Yankees (17) than any other Major League club.
Cervelli connected for the grand slam in the eighth on a full-count fastball from Cody Eppley, lining a rocket over the center-field wall.
It was Cervelli's first home run of any kind since June 24, 2009. Mark Teixeira added a two-run blast, his ninth, later in the frame off Eppley.
The late outbursts helped patch over a sloppy contest in which the Yankees committed four errors behind left-hander CC Sabathia, who allowed five runs (three earned) in six-plus innings.
Texas took a three-run lead in the first inning, which featured two of those New York errors.
An Alex Rodriguez miscue started the inning, and Mike Napoli ripped a bases-loaded two-run single, advancing to second base when Brett Gardner bobbled the ball in left field.
Texas added a run in the second inning, as Craig Gentry singled, stole second and scored on Elvis Andrus' squib single to right field.
The Yankees chipped away as Jeter and Granderson laced run-scoring singles in the third inning, and Jeter snapped a 259 at-bat homerless streak -- dating back to Aug. 24 -- by taking Bush into the Texas bullpen in right-center.
Rodriguez added a run-scoring groundout later in the fifth after Ryan Tucker allowed a pair of hits to open his outing.
The other two Yankees errors were committed by Sabathia, coming on a soft Napoli tapper in the fifth inning and a Julio Borbon ball that clipped Sabathia's glove in the sixth.
Sabathia left after allowing an Andrus single to start the seventh and finished allowing five hits while walking four and striking out two.
Joba Chamberlain came on and saw Andrus steal second and advance to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Adrian Beltre's infield hit, but exited the inning without further damage.
Jorge Posada snapped an 0-for-15 skid with a seventh-inning single off Eppley, later coming around to score on Cervelli's slam.
|Posted by Mike on May 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM||comments (0)|
C.C. Sabathia (2-2, 2.68) vs. Dave Bush (0-0, 1.46)
From MLB.com's Gameday:
Sabathia didn't have his best stuff during a loss to the Tigers on Tuesday, giving up a season-high 10 hits while walking three and yielding four runs. Still, the Yankees' ace pitched through the seventh inning and gave his team a chance to win.
Alexi Ogando was scratched because of a blister on his right middle finger. Bush has made one start and three relief appearances for the Rangers and has a 1.46 ERA. He is 2-1 with a 3.56 ERA in five career starts against the Yankees.
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And Justin Verlander of the Tigers threw it.
When a perfect game or no-hitter is on the line, superstitions can get a little extreme in a baseball dugout.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland barely moved in the late innings Saturday, but that was nothing compared to the sacrifice made by Justin Verlander's catcher, Alex Avila.
Avila had to go to the bathroom starting in the sixth inning.
"I was too afraid to go," Avila told reporters during the post-game interviews.
Verlander, 28, was in such command from start to finish, any fears of jinxing him probably weren't necessary. He retired the first 22 before a walk ruined his bid to become the first Tiger to throw a perfect game.
Verlander quickly regrouped to get an inning-ending double play and ended up facing only 27 batters, the minimum, while finishing off the second no-hitter of his career — the seventh in Tigers' history — in a 9-0 victory at Toronto.
It was less than four years earlier — June 12, 2007, against Milwaukee at Comerica Park — that Verlander threw his first no-no.
"It wouldn't surprise me if he gets another one at some point in his career," Leyland said. "This is as good as it gets. Just eyelashes away from being perfect."
General manager Dave Dombrowski said in an interview on FOX Sports Detroit: "Every time he goes out there, you know he has a chance to throw a no-hitter. So it never catches you completely by surprise. There's not many pitchers you'll ever find that has more talent than him."
Verlander is the 27th pitcher in Major League history with more than one no-hitter, including only one other Tiger, Virgil Trucks (both in 1952).
Verlander, now 3-3 with a 3.16 ERA, appeared to be in total control of his emotions at the end while his fastball hit 101 mph on the radar gun.
"Obviously, there's some adrenaline, you can't help it," he said. "But having been through the situation before, I was definitely able to calm myself down a little bit easier than last time."
Almost every no-hitter needs a few defensive highlights, and this was no different. With two outs in the fifth, Edwin Encarnacion hit a liner off Verlander's forearm. The ball deflected toward the third-base line. Verlander chased it down and threw in the dirt to first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who blocked the ball and held it against his protective cup, while getting the out call.
"I threw it from down low," Verlander said. "It was really the only way I could get rid of it quick enough. I knew it wasn't going to be an easy pick for Miguel. He hung in there. I don't know where it hit him, but I have an idea. What a play."
As for getting hit on his pitching arm by the liner, Verlander said: "It kind of knotted up for a second. Thank God, our trainers did a fantastic job. We got some cool stuff on it. Kind of like a boxer when he gets his eye swollen up. They just kind of rubbed it out, it (the swelling) went down and I was able to continue."
In the next inning, Cabrera reached up to snag a liner for the final out. Shortstop Jhonny Peralta then made a backhanded stab on a one-hop smash for the first out of the seventh.
The Toronto fans were trying to jinx Verlander by chanting, "Perfect game."
"I heard it, but it's not going to bother me," he said. "We're on the road. You expect that sort of stuff. It's no big deal."
Verlander was still perfect with one out in the eighth when J.P. Arencibia, a 25-year-old catcher, came up to the plate.
A liner down the third-base line hooked just foul.
"Little sigh under my breath, said, 'Thank you,'" Verlander said.
Arencibia kept battling and battling, and on the 12th pitch of the at-bat, laid off a fastball that was just outside for ball four.
"What an AB," Verlander said. "That was an amazing at-bat, especially from a guy as young as he is. He really battled. He's the one who caused me to have a walk."
Verlander struck out only four compared to 12 in his first no-hitter. His best asset of the day was how he pitched to contact, which kept his pitch count under control. He threw 108 pitches and got 14 groundouts.
"This was one of his better games I've ever seen him pitch from that standpoint," Leyland said. "He was economical with his pitches."
Verlander had much better command than he did in his last start when he threw more than 50 pitches in the first two innings against the New York Yankees.
"I had really good control of my fastball," he said. "I just used that to my advantage. I got some quick outs with it. My change-up was really good. My breaking ball, surprisingly, was my worst pitch. It's probably indicative of why I didn't have many strikeouts.
"But I was able to move the ball around, keep guys off balance and get some quick outs."
No one was appreciating those quick outs more than his catcher.