Daily Archives: April 9, 2012

Minor Night Cap 4/9/12

Empire State Yankees L 6-5

PTF Romine (DL) –  11 Hits for the team but not enough for the win.  Wise had a homerun and a double in the game.  Dickerson and Pearce both had 2 hits.  Not a good showing by Adam Warren tonight.

PTF Dellin Betances (N/A)

Adam Warren (L, 0-1) 3.0 7 6 6 4 1 1 18.00
Pat Venditte 3.0 1 0 0 1 4 0 7.20
Cody Eppley 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Kevin Whelan 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Trenton Thunder W 8-3

PTF Zolio Almonte – 4 AB 2 Runs 3 Hits 1 Homerun 2 RBI’s.  He is now batting .353.    Other highlights were Abraham Almonte had 3 hits and Gustavo Molina had 2 hits one of which was a homerun.

PTF Brett Marshall (N/A)

Josh Romanski (W, 1-0) 5.1 7 3 3 2 2 1 5.06
Cory Arbiso (H, 1) 1.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.25
Chase Whitley (S, 1) 2.0 1 0 0 2 3 0 0.00

Tampa Yankees L 9-6

PTF J.R. Murphy – 3AB’s 1BB 3 K’s .214AVG  Other notes Castro had 2 hits and Medchill had 3 hits one being a homer.  The big story though was Pettitte who pitched 3 innings gave up 2 hits 1ER and had 2 K’s.

PTF Nik Turley (NA)

Andy Pettitte 3.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 3.00
Brad Meyers (L, 0-1) 1.2 8 8 7 0 0 1 37.80
Kramer Sneed 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Zachary Nuding 3.0 1 0 0 1 6 0 0.00

Charleston River Dogs L 7-4

PTF Dante Bichette Jr. 5AB’s 1 hit 2K’s .353 AVG.  Other notes: Anderson Feliz had two hits and a stolen base.  Gary Sanchez had a double and RBI and 2 walks.

PTF Bryan Mitchell (N/A)

Scottie Allen (L, 0-1) 4.0 6 5 5 1 4 1 11.25
Daniel Mahoney 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00
Mariel Checo 2.0 2 1 1 2 4 0 4.50
Zachary Varce 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 0 4.50

Game 4 Lineup: Yankees @ Orioles

Okay Yankees…maybe fourth times a charm??

Lineup vs. Orioles:

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

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70ERA in 2011) vs. LHP Brian Matusz (1-9, 10.63 ERA in 2011)

Start Time: 7:05pm
Field: Camden Yards

T.V: YES Network
Radio: WCBS

Pregame Notes:

— Yankees are 0-3 and the Red Sox are 0-3. Yankees last were 0-3 in 1998, which we know how that worked out for them. Red Sox started the 2011 season 0-6 and…we know how that worked out.

Andy Pettitte will throw for the Tampa Yankees in an extended Spring Training game.

Enjoy the game everyone! (And please win Yankees).

Series Preview: Yankees at Orioles | 4/9/12-4/11/12

Pitching Matchups

Monday, 4/9/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova
Spring Training Numbers: 1-2, 8.06 ERA, 17 K, 31 H in 22.1 IP

Pitching for the Orioles: Brian Matusz
Spring Training Numbers: 1-1, 3.65 ERA, 22 K, 29 H in 24.2 IP

Tuesday, 4/10/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Freddy Garcia
Spring Training Numbers: 1-1, 3.71 ERA, 15 K, 14 H in 17.0 IP

Pitching for the Orioles: Wei-Yin Chen
Spring Training Numbers: 2-2, 3.60 ERA, 9 K, 19 H in 20.0 IP

Wednesday, 4/11/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia
Regular Season (Last Start): 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 2 HR
Spring Training Numbers: 0-1, 5.00 ERA, 13 K, 21 H in 18.0 IP

Pitching for the Orioles: Jake Arrieta
Regular Season (Last Start): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR
Spring Training Numbers: 1-0, 6.14 ERA, 12 K, 17 H in 14.2 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot:

— Alex Rodriguez – 3 for 10 with 4 BB and 2 doubles so far

— Nick Swisher – 3 for 11 with 1 HR, 1 double, 3 BB and 4 RBI so far

Who’s Not:

— Mark Teixeira – 1 for 9 with 1 double, 3 BB and 2 K so far

— Curtis Granderson – 2 for 12 with 1 triple, 1 BB and 4 K so far

BAL Offense

Who’s Hot:

— Nick Markakis – 5 for 9 with 1 triple, 2 HR, 3 BB, and 4 RBI so far

— Adam Jones – 4 for 12 with 1 double, 1 HR, 1 SB, and 1 RBI so far

Who’s Not:

— Nolan Reimold – 2 for 9 with 1 RBI and 2 K so far

— Matt Wieters – 1 for 9 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB and 1 K so far

Enjoy the series!

Travel Day

Opening week of the 2012 MLB season is in the books and it certainly didn’t disappoint.  There were brooms, walkoffs, comebacks, near no-no’s and just about everything else you could ask for in an opening week.

The Bobby Valentine era got underway this past weekend in Detroit and the early results weren’t what Red Sox fans were hoping for.  Andrew Bailey‘s diagnosis of needing thumb reconstruction surgery that will sideline him until at least July had Sox fans worried about the state of the bullpen. Those worries proved to be well founded as the bullpen surrendered two walkoff wins on the way to the Red Sox being swept.  Beckett and Bucholz combined to allow 15 hits and 14 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings.

The Yankees were swept by the Rays with a mixture of sluggish bats with RISP, bad starting pitching, and awful tactics by manager Joe Girardi. In the season opener C.C. Sabathia allowed a grand slam to Carlos Pena after a bizarre IBB ordered by Girardi to light hitting Sean Rodriguez with two outs in the first inning to face the power laden Carlos Pena.  Mariano Rivera blew his first save attempt of the season then took the loss after Girardi again ordered two IBB’s to face Pena, who then hit the game winning RBI single.  In game two of the opening series Hiroki Kuroda incited cries of “bring back A.J.!” with a dreadful outing in which even the outs were hit hard.  Girardi’s puzzling use of backup SS Eduardo Nunez at SS lead to a first inning error that was the catalyst for two Tampa Bay runs.  The Yankees then wasted a decent outing by Phil Hughes with no offense.  Girardi’s decision to use Raul Ibanez in RF to give Nick Swisher “rest” from playing the field(two games into the season) lead to a comical fielding attempt by Ibanez that turned a single into a triple.  A horrible weekend for the Yankee manager. Every string Girardi pulled broke.  The intentional walk of the light hitting Rodriguez in the first inning with two outs to face Pena was truly one of the most bizarre  ever issued.  That was only the 4th IBB  that Rodriguez had received in his MLB career.  The Yankees picked up right where they left off in the 2011 ALDS with the middle and lower part of the order failing to hit anyone in.  A dreadful opening weekend that already has the press and fans nervous about the 2012 Yankee season.

Tampa Bay’s acquisition of Carlos Pena already has paid huge dividends. Pena destroyed the Yankees going 6-12 with  two walks, a double, two home runs, and seven RBI’s.  Evan Longoria hit .600 this weekend to serve notice that he is healthy and ready to bounce back from a sub par 2011 season that was riddled by injuries.  Manager Joe Maddon gave a command performance, utilizing spray charts and employing the shift against Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, and Alex Rodriguez.  With the Rays strong starting pitching expected to be the best in the AL this year, offensive production like they received this past weekend will make them the team to beat not only in the AL East, but in the AL.

The Baltimore Orioles ended spring training with an embarrassing loss to a community college and thoughts that the bags over the heads of fans could be out early this year.  The bags have been put away after a sweep of the Minnesota Twins led by great pitching. The Orioles only allowed  five runs in the opening series.  Jake Arrieta went seven two hit, scoreless innings to get a win and Josh Hammel took a no-hitter into the 8th inning yesterday before Justin Morneau broke it up with a double.  Hammel allowed two hits and one run in eight innings.  Nick Markakis and Adam Jones lead the offense for Baltimore, hitting .556 and .333 respectively. The first place Orioles host the last place Yankees for a three game set at Camden Yards starting tonight.  We haven’t heard that in a while have we?

The Blue Jays and Indians treated fans to one of the best series you’ll ever see. A record-breaking 16 inning opening day game was followed by a 12 inning game on Saturday with the Jays winning both games by identical 7-4 scores.  Yesterday the Jays hit three consecutive singles in the 8th inning to cut the deficit to 4-3 before Cleveland reliever Vinnie Pestano struck out Edwin Encarcion and Brett Lawrie to get out of the jam.  Jose Bautista picked up where he left off last year hitting .333 with 4 walks and a home run.

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Morning Bits: Pettitte, Granderson, 0-3

In case you haven’t heard the Yankees are 0-3 and before you jump off the nearest bridge I’m not to concerned just yet. Yankees begin a new series against the O’s tonight at 7pm.  I hope you all had a nice long weekend let’s start the week of right with some morning links….

Bryan Hoch of mlb.com reports that Monday is Pettitte’s biggest test when he makes his first start for the Tampa Yankees.

Hoch also notes that Granderson is not concerned about his sore calf.

— From The Times-Tribune “SWB Yankees at no loss for offense”

— Three is not a magic number for the Yankees.

Silent Yanks leave Tampa empty-handed.

D.J. Mitchell, Triple-A Yanks toss one-hitter.

Bryan Mitchell and River Dogs spin a two-hitter.

If you are looking for great tickets for the Yankees or Cubs click the team names to get them.

Yanks get swept in Opening Series for first time since ’98 in 3-0 loss vs. Rays

The last time the Yankees were swept during an Opening Series, it was the year 1998 otherwise known as the year that the Yankees won the World Series. The Yankees are hoping that fate is repeating itself in 2012 as the Yanks were swept by the Rays following today’s game.

HUGHES PITCHED WELL: The Yankees were hoping to get a good outing from Phil Hughes. They did (somewhat). Although Hughes only gave up 2 earned runs (one of them was not supposed to happen), he was taken out by the fifth inning because he threw too many pitches.

PHELPS MADE DEBUT: David Phelps made his Major League debut today and was absolutely flawless, getting his first Major League strikeout and a ground ball to get the Yankees out of a small jam. Phelps had family members in the stands watching him which would give any person butterflies, but Phelps looked calm and collected.

OFFENSE WENT COLD: After scoring 12 runs combined in the first 2 games, the Yankees offense went silent. I bet the Yanks are glad that they can finally get out of Florida and head on to Baltimore where they could (finally) get a win.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees are done in Florida (thank goodness, I thought the sun was frying their brains) and they will head out to Baltimore to take on the Orioles in a 3 game set in Camden Yards. Ivan Nova is scheduled to pitch tomorrow’s game, Freddy Garcia is scheduled to pitch Tuesday’s game and CC Sabathia is slated to pitch Wednesday’s game. All games will begin at 7:05pm.