Daily Archives: March 16, 2012

Spring Training Notes: 3/16/12

Andy is back!

Good evening. Well the star of the Yankees today is: Andy Pettitte for announcing that he is returning to the Yankees after “retiring” in the 2010 season. I know, I thought Jack Curry was kidding when he said it. Turns out it was true.Anyway, there is other news besides Andy Pettitte, so let’s get to the notes for today:

— Like I said earlier this week on Twitter, the Yankees were planning on making cuts this weekend and they have. 10 players were sent to minor league camp while 4 were optioned. Here is the list of players sent to minor league camp:

LHP Manny Banuelos
RHP Dan Burawa
RHP Brett Marshall
RHP Adam Miller
RHP Ryan Pope
RHP Graham Stoneburner
RHP Chase Whitley
C Kyle Higashioka
C J.R Murphy
C Gary Sanchez

Here are the players that were optioned:

INF David Adams (to Double-A Trenton)
OF Zolio Almonte (to Double-A Trenton)
INF Corban Joseph (to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
OF Melky Mesa (to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)

The camp now has 56 players: 28 pitchers, 5 catchers, 13 infielders and 10 outfielders.

— Okay, we can get back to Andy Pettitte now! I saw this funny tweet from Michael Kay (@RealMichaelKay) today about how excited Paul O’Neil was to see Andy back. Here’s the tweet:

Nick Swisher was very excited to have Andy Pettite back. Here’s a tweet via Bryan Hoch:

Use the comments below to talk about whatever you’d like! Have a great night everyone!

CC struggles, Hughes dominant as Yanks sweep Nationals 4-3 in 10 innings

With the news that Andy Pettitte re-signed with the Yankees, it was almost enough to take away from the ball game, but it didn’t. CC Sabathia struggled in 3 innings while Phil Hughes flourished as the Yankees swept the Nationals 4-3 in 10 innings. Sabathia gave up 3 runs in 3 innings, Rafael Soriano came in the 4th inning and pitched a scoreless inning and Phil Hughes went 4 innings giving up no runs on 3 hits and 3 strikeouts. Not a bad day for Hughes on the mound, huh?

Alex Rodriguez‘s offense proved key as he hit a game tying HR in the 5th inning, his second HR of the Spring.

During the YES Network broadcast, Ken Singleton & John Flaherty spoke with Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi & Andy Pettitte himself spoke about the Andy Pettitte signing. Pettitte will report to camp Tuesday but will take all the time he needs to get ready.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees will play the Houston Astros tomorrow at GMS Field. The game will be on YES Network.

Andy Pettitte re-signs with the Yankees

Andy Pettitte re-signs with the Yankees

By Delia E.

The last time we saw Andy Pettitte with the New York Yankees, it was in 2010. After calling it a career in the 2010 off season and not playing during the 2011 season, Andy Pettitte had a change of heart and is now has re-signed with the New York Yankees for the 2012 season. The Yankees & Pettitte agreed on a 1 year, $2.5 Million minor league contract which includes an invitation to what is left in Spring Training! Here are some tweets about Pettitte’s return.

O/U: Robertson & Rivera

Player: David Robertson
Stat: Strikeouts
The Number: 100

Report: David Robertson had a year last year that no one could ever expect. He was 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA & notched 100 K’s. Robertson is known as being a strikeout pitcher and the 4 years with the Yankees he has shown that he has the ability to strike out batters. Here’s a chart of Robertson’s strike out work over the years:

Year Games Strikeouts
2008 25 36
2009 45 63
2010 64 71
2011 70 100

The Verdict: It is almost impossible for David Robertson to duplicate his stellar 2011 season, so that is why I am going with under on the strikeout radar. I would say about 80-90 K’s in 2012.

Player: Mariano Rivera
Stat: Saves
The Number: 40

Report: Mariano Rivera is one of the best, if not the best closer in baseball, so saves seem to come naturally for Mo. In 2011, Mariano not only notched 44 saves but he became the all time saves leader with 603 saves, the most in Major League baseball. He also was able to do it with a sparkling 1.91 ERA while going 1-2 in relief appearances in 61.1 IP. This might be Mariano Rivera’s final year in Yankees pinstripes but I am sure that if it is, then Mariano will go out with a bang.

The Verdict: Mariano Rivera can go over 40 saves. He’s done it multiple times in his career. Mariano will obviously go over 40 saves if the Yankees make enough save situations for him. I also can predict another sparkling ERA & a good winning record. After all, he is Mariano Rivera.

What do you think? Do you think David Robertson will go over/under 100 strikeouts? Do you think Mariano will go over/under 40 saves? Put your thoughts in the comment section below.

Spring Training: 3/16/12 Lineup

Lineup vs. Nationals:

Curtis Granderson, CF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Andruw Jones, RF
Raul Ibanez, DH
Francisco Cervelli, C
Bill Hall, LF
Doug Bernier, SS

CC Sabathia LHP

Pregame Notes:

— The Yankees injury list gets longer and longer as the Yankees added 4 more to the list.

Groin not feeling Swishalicious: Nick Swisher‘s left groin was a bit sore during the game with the Toronto Blue Jays and was taken out due to precautionary measures. He had yesterday off but as a precaution, Girardi wants to keep Swisher out of the lineup till he’s 100%

Tender calf for El Capitán: Derek Jeter has a sore left calf. Girardi says Jeter won’t be in the lineup until Tuesday (Monday is a day off).

Sore ankle for Running Ramiro: This should be a lesson to all you kiddies out there. Don’t steal a base to end the inning, cause you just might hurt your ankle at second base. That’s what Ramiro Pena did. He should be back in 2-3 days and there are no tests lined up for him.

Groin problème for Monsieur Martin: Russell Martin has a sore left groin as well and was scratched from the lineup today for precautionary reasons.

— Good news with David Robertson: He ran on a treadmill for 30 minutes with no soreness and eyes to have a bullpen session this weekend.

— The game is on YES Network today so get your remotes out and watch the game!

— Also want to wish a Happy Birthday to Curtis Granderson (who happens to hit lead-off today!)

Enjoy the game everyone!

Yankees Individual game tickets sale date released

Yankees Individual game tickets sale date released

By Delia E.

If you don’t feel like paying for a season ticket plan or you can’t make it to every game, the Yankees Individual game tickets will go on sale very soon.

If you are going to use your MasterCard to pay for the tickets, there is a special pre-on-sale online on March 22 starting at 10:00am until March 25 at 10:00am. For more details visit http://www.yankees.com/priceless

If you have an alternative method to pay for the games, then tickets will go on sale to the general public on March 27 at 10:00am online. If you want to buy tickets in person then on April 2, you can go to either the Yankee Stadium box office, Ticket Master office or the Yankees Clubhouse Shops.

The Yankees will have the individual game ticket value programs such as E-Saver Game, $5 Ticket games, Tuesday Night Games Ticket Special, Family Games, Senior Citizen Games, Student Games, Youth Games & Military Personnel Ticket Special. All ticket value programs exclude Premium Games*

For more information, you can call the Yankees at 212-YANKEES (212- 926-5337) or email tickets@yankees.com

*Premium games* for the 2012 season are defined as Opening Day, Old-Timers day game, and all home games played against the Boston Red Sox & New York Mets.

Morning Bits: Pena, Pineda, Swisher

Good morning everyone! Yankees play the Nationals today on YES Network. CC Sabathia is slated to pitch. Have a great day and let’s get on to the links!

Ramiro Pena hurt his ankle while trying to steal second yesterday, thus ending the 4th inning. He’ll be out 2-3 days. That’s Ramiro Pena…being Ramiro Pena.

Michael Pineda’s fastball velocity isn’t quite where it needs to be right now, according to the Daily News. But if Michael Pineda’s not worried about it, then we all shouldn’t worry,

— During the Blue Jays & Yankees game not many have noticed that Nick Swisher left the game early. Girardi said that Swisher left only after 2 at-bats because of a tight left groin. We’ll see if Swisher plays today vs. the Nationals.