Daily Archives: April 7, 2012

Minor Night Cap 4/7/12

Empire State Yankees L 4-0

Only 6 hits none of which were extra base hits.   Not a good start for Manny Banuelos.


Manny Banuelos (L, 0-1) 3.1 11 4 4 1 2 1 10.80
Michael O’Connor 2.2 0 0 0 2 3 0 0.00
Cody Eppley 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Juan Cedeno 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00

Trenton Thunder W 11-2

7! Yes 7 Homeruns from the Thunder today and here they all are: Johnson, C 2, Almonte, Z, Lyerly 2, Mesa, Gil.


Brett Marshall (W, 1-0) 5.0 2 2 2 3 1 0 3.60
Kelvin Perez 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
Lee Hyde 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Preston Claiborne 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Ryan Pope 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 9.00

Tampa Yankees L 5-2

Only six hits in the game.  They had doubles by Mojica & Medchill also a homerun by Segedin.


Jose A. Ramirez (L, 0-1) 5.2 10 4 4 0 8 0 6.35
Rigoberto Arrebato 2.1 3 1 1 0 4 0 3.86

Charleston River Dogs W 2-1

Dante Bichette Jr. had 2 hits and 2 K’s.  Gary Sanchez had 2 hits as well one which was a double to go along with a stolen base.


Caleb Cotham 4.0 1 1 1 3 4 0 2.25
Wilton Rodriguez (W, 1-0) 3.0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0.00
Ben Paullus (S, 1) 2.0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0.00

Game 2 Lineup: Yankees @ Rays

Lineup vs. Rays:

Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Hiroki Kuroda vs. LHP David Price

Start Time: 7:10pm
Field: Tropicana Field
T.V: YES Network
Radio: WCBS

Enjoy the game!!

Francisco Cervelli: Behind the demotion

When the Yankees finished the final game of Spring Training vs. the Mets on Wednesday, it seemed that the Yankees had their roster all set. With the addition of David Phelps & Clay Rapada to the bullpen, it seemed everything was set and stone, until 2 moves shook Yankees fans to the core.

Earlier that Wednesday morning, Marc Carig of the Star Ledger tweeted his observations around the clubhouse. Adam Warren was clearing out his locker to head out to minor league camp, D.J Mitchell’s locker was empty, David Phelps came out of Joe Girardi’s office about to make a phone call but then there was George Kontos. Carig described his face expression as “mortified”. When the Yankees finished their game and Girardi addressed the media, everything came to light. George Kontos had been traded from the New York Yankees to the San Francisco Giants for backup catcher Chris Stewart. But that was only the beginning. The same day, not too long after the Yankees announced that they traded Kontos, they also revealed that Francisco Cervelli was being demoted to Triple-AAA to start the 2012 season. It wasn’t only a shock to Yankees fans that Cervelli would not be in the Major League clubhouse, but it was also a shock to Cervelli. Beat writers described him as “red-eyed and shocked” as he addressed the media.

Francisco Cervelli was demoted to Triple-A on Wednesday which set Yankees fans on Twitter and Facebook in a frenzy

There is plenty reason for Cervelli to be upset with the fact that he was being demoted after 3 seasons of playing back-up with the Yankees. Cervelli had played well during Spring Training (as did a lot of players that did not make the cut). Sure, his AVG was .209 but Cervelli had 1 HR, 7 RBI’s and worked 3 walks, which is expected as a backup-catcher.

When the Yankees traded Jesus Montero during the off-season, it seemed as if Cervelli was going to back-up Russell Martin. It had been that way during the 2011 season and fans expected the same fate to happen in 2012. But there was a slight difference between the 2011 season and the 2012 season; Austin Romine. Yes, Austin Romine was in the Yankees organization in 2011 and in 2012, but in 2012 he didn’t play for most of Spring Training due to back issues. On Wednesday, Romine experienced another set-back in his road to recovery which had prompted the move to send Cervelli to Triple-AAA.

A lot of fans would probably wonder, why not just send Stewart to Triple-AAA to be the starting catcher and just leave Cervelli in the Majors? The answer is quite simple: Cervelli has options. Stewart has none. When the media spoke with Joe Girardi, Brian Cashman & Francisco Cervelli, it had seemed to be the case. Here is what each of them said about the situation:

BRIAN CASHMAN: “That will give us a lot more depth given the Romine injury is going to take a little longer because he had a setback recently. We feel that Cervelli is a major-league backup, without a doubt. Now we’re back to where we were before the Romine injury, even though it’s not a good situation for Cervy to go back to Triple-A. Organizationally we’re in a good place with Russell Martin, Stewart and Cervelli.”

JOE GIRARDI: “He’s been here the last three years basically for us. He got called up and kind of burst on the scene in 2009 because of some injuries, and this was a tough one. Our depth for catching with Romine getting hurt was really thin. We know how quick it can happen for a catcher, but it was tough. It’s as tough as I’ve had to do.”

Francisco Cervelli: “I’m disappointed with this, but that’s never going to change anything. All my life I’ve had to do things, and I’ve had to do it double, triple. If they want me to prove that I can catch in the big leagues, I’ll go and prove it, that I have to be here. … I don’t understand their reason. I think maybe you’ve got to ask Cash, or somebody else. Maybe the other guy is better than I am right now. Just play baseball, no matter where it is, and show them that I’m a big league catcher, like they say.”

So is this the end of seeing Francisco Cervelli? Of course not. If Russell Martin got injured, then Cervelli would be the first one up to the Majors to fill the void. At the end of the day, this is about having depth in all of your ball clubs and not to worry about who is starting in Triple-AAA or Double-AA. All Cervelli has to do is prove that he belongs in the big leagues, and if he does that then it won’t be long until we see Cisco the Kid in the dugout, looking out at a ball game in Yankee Stadium.

Morning Bits: Sabathia, Girardi, Pineda, Pettitte

Good morning everyone and happy Saturday! Yankees will try to get their first win of the season in Game 2 tonight. Hiroki Kuroda will get the start against lefty David Price. Here are your morning links!

— CC Sabathia felt that Joe Girardi made the right call when he walked Sean Rodriguez to face Carlos Pena. Eh…looking at the final score, I’m not too sure about that.

— Yankees won’t get Michael Pineda back until May. Funny, Yankees won’t get Andy Pettitte until May either. Uh oh…

— Speaking of Andy Petttitte, he is slated to start on Monday in an extended Spring Training game.

Rivera blows save as Yankees fall to Rays 7-6

When Joe Girardi over managed in the first inning, Yankees fans wondered what is he thinking? Yankees fans continued to ask the same question when Carlos Pena  hit a grand slam off of CC Sabathia. There were a lot of moves that made the Yankees scratch their heads, but the move that baffled everyone was Mariano Rivera blowing the save and giving up the winning run for the Yankees

THE GOOD: Alex Rodriguez was locked in from the word ‘go’ as he went 2 for 3 with a walk. Brett Gardner also proved that Spring Training meant nothing as he went 2 for 4 with a walk against James Shields. David Robertson got into and out of a jam which helped the Yankees at the time and Rafael Soriano looked pretty sharp with a strike out and a double play.

THE BAD: Oh boy, where to start. Let’s stat with Joe Girardi. Girardi obviously didn’t learn from his bases loaded gaffe in the first inning. After walking Sean Rodriguez in the first, the Yankees decided to go after Carlos Pena. Big mistake. Carlos Pena hit a grand slam. In the 9th inning, Girardi told Mariano Rivera to intentionally walk Evan Longoria & Luke Scott to get to (again) Carlos Pena. Carlos Pena hit a long drive over the head of Brett Gardner to win the game. Yankees also struggled hitting in RISP.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees and the Rays will meet one another for Game 2 at Tropicana Field. Hiroki Kuroda will get his Yankees debut vs. David Price. The game will be on YES and first pitch is at 7:05pm.