Daily Archives: March 12, 2012

Kuroda has good outing but Yanks fall 4-3 to Astros

Hiroki Kuroda wanted to capitalize from his last outing in which he did, pitching 3 scoreless innings in a Yankees 4-3 loss to the Houston Astros. Kuroda did have command issues in the first and third innings of the ball game; in the first the Astros hit the ball hard against him, but luckily was able to get the double play. In the 3rd, Kuroda allowed the bases to be loaded but got out of it on a strike out. But in the end, Kuroda pitched 3 innings without giving up any runs.

Rafael Soriano had a shaky outing, giving up 1 run and not being able to finish the inning, Juan Cedeno gave up a hit but didn’t give up any runs, Cesar Cabral gave up a run on 3 hits, Dellin Betances had a good two innings, giving up no runs on 1 hit and Michael O’Connor gave up 2 runs and was charged with the loss.

Out of the Yankees regulars only Robinson Cano & Nick Swisher had hits in the game. Cano hit a single and Nick Swisher hit an RBI triple. The Yankees are now 5-6 during the Spring.

WHAT’S NEXT: Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira & Alex Rodriguez are slated to be in the lineup tomorrow vs. Bobby Valentine & the Red Sox.

Spring Training: 3/12/12 Lineup

Lineup vs. Astros:

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Eric Chavez 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Dewayne Wise LF
Cole Garner RF
Brandon Laird 3B

Pitching Matchup:

Hiroki Kuroda (0-1, 13.50 ERA) vs. Kyle Weiland (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Pregame Notes:

David Robertson had the boot on and off today and says that his foot is “feeling good”.

“It feels much better, I don’t have any of that soreness I was having in the middle of my foot. … I’m hoping to go play catch today. I don’t know what they’ll say.”

The expectation was to have Robertson off the boot today, but that will be up to the trainer.

Eduardo Nunez will not take batting practice today but he will take batting practice tomorrow. He says that he feels good enough to play though and hopes to get into tomorrow’s game.

— Today’s pitching lineup for today: Hiroki Kuroda, Rafael Soriano, Dellin Betances, Juan Cedeno, Cesar Cabral, Ryan Pope, Mike O’Connor, Chase Whitley and David Phelps

— the Yankees are slated to play the Nationals later this week and the Nationals starter is…Chien-Ming Wang.

The game is on Astros radio today and first pitch is at 7:05pm.

Enjoy the game!

Yankees Fans Unite Exculsive Interview with Cito Culver

Jamie F. and myself had the opportunity to have some questions answered by the New York Yankees 1st-round pick of the 2010 draft Cito Culver.  A native of Rochester, New York, Culver’s a switch-hitter who throws right-handed.  Below is our interview  with our questions in BLUE.  Enjoy.

2010 233 23 51 8 2 18 7 21 51 .251 .325 .330 .655
2011 312 40 69 14 2 33 10 30 57 .250 .323 .337 .660
Totals 545 63 120 22 4 51 17 51 108 .251 .323 .334 .657
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Generated 3/12/2012.

1) After 2 seasons in short-season ball, what did you do this Winter to prepare for the grind of your first year in full-season ball?

After playing two season of short season ball I realized the toll it takes on your body. The everyday grind was tough to adjust to. This off-season I felt that I had to come into this year in a lot better shape so I was in the weight room more than ever before I’m trying to get my body ready for this long season.

2) You had much better results hitting right-handed last year (.324 BA) – is that your natural side and which side is more comfortable? How long have you been switch-hitting?

Since I was 3. My dad never let me hit from one side without swinging from the other.  If I tried to hit just one way my dad would stop playing with me.

3) Describe your approach at the plate. Do you like to work the count or jump on the first fastball you see?

I try to keep it as simple as I can.  Get a pitch that I can drive and go from there.  Hitting is hard enough to do. I don’t want to make it any harder.

4) You threw 95 MPH in High School. Was there ever a thought of pitching professionally and do you miss taking the mound?

No. I never wanted to pitch. I was just a hard thrower. I like playing everyday. I’ve always wanted to play shortstop.

5) How has your strength and size improved since you were drafted? Have you added weight?

Yes I have.  I’ve gained 8 pounds this off-season. And I feel better than ever.

6) You and the other H.S. kids drafted in 2010 made up the core of the Staten Island Championship team – do you guys talk about moving up together and eventually to New York?

We had a great group of guys and we have been lucky to have success as a team at a young age and we love playing with each other. We all talk about playing with each other over then next few years and how great that would be. But it’s out of our control.

7) Which of your Staten Island teammates impressed you the most?

That team had a lot of bright spots on it. And a lot of the players had something different to offer. Mason (Williams), Ben G.(Gamel), Tyler A.(Austin), Branden P.(Pinder), Bryan M.(Mitchell), Matt T.(Tracy).   These guys are all great players and I look forward to playing with them again.

8) What are your strengths as a hitter and what do you need to work on?

As a hitter I can put the bat on the ball a lot of the time. I don’t swing and miss often but I have a lot to work on. There is always room for improvement. I want to be as good as I can be and still be a student of the game.

9) Same question about your defense – what are your strengths and what do you need to improve?

My strength is my arm I think. But I love playing defense and there still is a lot more I can get better with. I’m excited to learn more about my position and be the best I can possible be.

10) What are your individual goals for this season?

I try to just play to the best of my ability and win. That is the most important thing to me.

11) Any last thoughts to tell the fans of the Yankees?

Just keep watching and cheering the Yankees we aren’t anything without the fans. Best fans in the world.

Morning Bits: Mariano, Hughes, Nunez, C.C.

Good morning all on to another week.  Spring training is rolling along and the pitchers are now going to be going more innings this week so more to watch which is good.  Here are your links.  Enjoy.

* Mariano throws a perfect inning is his spring debut.

* Phil Hughes shows improved velocity in his latest start.

* Nunez is still bothered by bruised right hand.

* Testing out two-seamer, CC has no trouble.

NOTE:  To all those in our Fantasy Baseball League our draft is tomorrow.  Don’t forget!