Daily Archives: April 2, 2012

Kuroda, Hughes get work in as Yankees sweep Marlins 5-2

The Yankees were able to get one final look of the Marlins ballpark before they head out after the game and in the midst of that, they were able to sweep the 2 game series 5-2 vs. Carlos Zambrano and the Marlins.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched in his final Spring Training start and although he wasn’t as sharp as he usually was, he battled with the stuff he had only giving up 1 run on 3 hits. Boone Logan came in the game and only pitched 2/3 of an inning, giving up 1 run on 2 hits, Rafael Soriano got the final out for Logan, having another good outing, Phil Hughes came in for his final appearance in Spring Training and did not disappoint, giving up no runs on 5 hits with 4 strikeout and David Robertson closed the game for the Yankees with a perfect inning to secure the Yankees win.

THE GOOD: Yankees offense was once again potent in this game vs. Miami and the Yankees are going to need the good vibes to enter the season. Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher all had 1 hit apiece and made their hits count. Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner & Robinson Cano all worked 2 walks apiece and did what Joe Girardi asked them to do; get on base.

THE BAD: Nick Swisher had an error during the game (it was pretty clumsy), Russell Martin was 0 for 2 and Raul Ibanez was 0 for 4. When you think a guy is heating up, he has a game with no hits. Boone Logan was slated to come in and face a lefty. He gave up a hit to a lefty. That’s all I have to say.

WHAT’S NEXT: Most of the Yankees are going to fly out after the game back to Tampa to prepare for Wednesday’s final Spring Training game of the season. Brett Gardner, Nick Swisher, Andruw Jones & Ivan Nova will make the trip to visit the Mets in St. Lucie for their final road trip of the season. Start time is at 2:10pm.

Spring Training: 4/2/12 Lineup

Lineup vs. Marlins:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner CF

Hiroki Kuroda RHP (2-1, 2.91 ERA)

Start Time: 7:10pm
Stadium: Marlins Park

T.V: MLB Network

Pregame Notes

— After this game, most of the Yankees will be flying back to Tampa. Brett Gardner & Nick Swisher however will take the bus with some other players to St. Lucie to play the Mets tomorrow. Wednesday is the final game of Spring Training and also the final home game of the Spring Training season.

— Joe Girardi said that Andy Pettitte won’t pitch vs. the Mets on April 4. There’s no setback, but Girardi wants to keep Pettitte pitching every 5 days.

— The Yankees will face Carlos Zambrano tonight for the second game of the season. This will be interesting.

Enjoy the game everyone!

Prospects to Follow 2012

When the minor league season starts this year our article every night, “Minor Night Cap” will of course show the wins and loses of each level of the Yankee system.  We will also show you stats of the games as usual but this year we are going to do something new where we will also highlight a pitcher and a hitter from each level.  Below are the ones we have selected.   In doing this we hope it helps you follow some players you might have not followed during the season. The blurbs about each player came from our Top 40 Prospects which our writer Fishjam put together earlier this year.

And away we go….

AAA – Empire State Yankees

(They are only using this name for this season while they are on the road all year due to ballpark renovations)

Hitter – Austin Romine (most likely will start off the season on the DL) His defense behind the plate is MLB-ready now. His bat isn’t special but will be good enough for him to have a long career as a starting catcher in the bigs.

Pitcher – Dellin BetancesThis is a big year for Betances. At 24, he needs to have a good year in AAA to prove he can pitch in a MLB rotation. Has plus, swing-and-miss stuff but most improve his control to cut down his pitch counts.

AA – Trenton Thunder

Hitter – Zolio Almonte – Solid all-around skills. Good defense, speed and power that has improved the last 2 years. Yanks added the switch-hitter to their 40-man to protect him from Rule 5 draft and he could be a candidate to make the team in 2013.

Pitcher – Brett Marshall – Now fully recovered from his 2009 Tommy John Surgery, he threw career high 140 IP with 3.24 FIP. Has good low 90s sinker and makings of a plus slider. Has flashed mid 90s velocity at times and will be interesting how he does in AA this year.

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Morning Bits: Pineda, Sabathia, Pitching Staff, Chase for 28

Good morning all as we now enter the week of the start of the season of Yankee baseball!!!!!!!!  The first game in case you don’t know is Friday against Tampa Bay.  Let’s get right to the morning links…..

Northjersey.com mentions that C.C. Sabathia struggled yesterday.  Again we can all agree it’s not Sabathia’s spring training starts we care about it’s how he pitches in the regular season and his track record speaks for itself.

— Kevin Kernan of The New York Post says Pineda needs change to avoid injury.

— Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York writes about Tim Kurkjian’s view that the Yankees pitching staff is not as strong as most people think it is.

— Bryan Hoch of MLB.COM writes that if the Yankees stay healthy in 2012 they have a great shot in the chase for 28.

— Another article from Hoch getting the views from the Yankee players of the new Miami ballpark.