Daily Archives: April 18, 2012

Brett Gardner goes to the DL

Brett Gardner goes to the DL

By Delia E.

The Yankees suffered a tremendous loss tonight (no it has nothing to do with the game). Yankees OF Brett Gardner is taking a small trip to the 15 day disabled list with a strained/bruised elbow. The catch that Gardner made last night is most likely the reason that his elbow is strained. The Yankees will recall RHP Cody Epplely to take Gardner’s spot on the roster in the meantime.

Minor Night Cap (2 of 2): D.J. Mitchell is lights out for the Empire State Yankees

Empire State Yankees W 2-0

PTF Romine (DL)

Raymond Kruml – 1H, 1K, .185

Doug Bernier – 1K, .303

Dewayne Wise – 1R, 2H (double),  .517

Steve Pearce – 2H, 2RBI, .320

Jack Cust – .292

Kevin Russo – 1K , .256

Colin Curtis – 1K, .227

Craig Tatum – 1K, .200

Ramiro Pena – 1R, 1H, 1K, .205

PTF Dellin Betances (DNP)

D.J. Mitchell (W, 2-0) – 8.0IP, 2H, 1BB 7K, 2.12era

Kevin Whelan (S, 2) – 1.0IP, 1K, 1.50 era

The Charleston game was cancelled.

Game 12 Lineup: Twins vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Twins

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher DH
Raul Ibanez RF
Andruw Jones LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (1-1, 2.63)

GARDNER SCRATCHED: Brett Gardner was originally in the lineup but was scratched due to elbow soreness.

Enjoy the game everyone!

Minor Night Cap: Part 1 of 2: Trenton wins with help of 3 run homer from Melky Mesa

Trenton Thunder W 7-1

PTF Zoilo Almonte – 1H, 1K, .265

Abraham Almonte – 2H, 1BB, 1RBI, 2K, .283

Ronnier Musteiler – 1R, 2H, 1BB .362

Cody Johnson – 1R, 1H, 1BB, .343

Walter Ibarra – 1R, .282

Jose Gil – 1H, 1RBI, .300

Melky Mesa – 2R, 1H (3run homer), 3RBI, SB, 1BB, 2K, .283, Outfield assist

Luke Murton – 1R, 1H, .200

Kevin Mahoney – 1R, 2BB, .235

PTF Brett Marshall (DNP)

Cory Arbiso – 4.2IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 3K, 1.42era

Ryan Pope (W1-2) – 2.1IP, 2H, 1BB, 3K, 5.68era

Kelvin Perez – 2.0IP, 1H, 1BB, 1K, 0.00era

The other two games will be updated after they play later on tonight.

Rivera Continues To Defy the Odds


The closer position has become the most fickle position in baseball and one of the most fickle in all of sports. You will rarely see the same closer on an MLB team from year to year.  Due to either injury or bad performance most closers will usually flame out within a few years.  While most teams are lucky to have their closers for a few years the Yankees have had the same one for 17 years. It has been 17 years of as about as close to perfect pitching as one can hope for, minus 2 postseason failures. Of course when you pitch for 17 years you will not be perfect. Considering the state of closers in MLB, what Mariano Rivera has accomplished is nothing short of miraculous and will never be duplicated again.

Tom Verducci wrote a great piece in SI about the state of closers in MLB today. I would highly suggest reading the article because it is very informative. Some of the stats in this article really boggle the mind. 60 percent of 2011 opening day MLB closers are no longer closing for the same team at this point this year, with 7 of them being hurt. Think about that for a second. The majority of MLB teams do not even have the same closer from opening day last year yet the Yankees have had the same one for 17 years. According to Stan Conte, director of medical service for the Los Angeles Dodgers, 50 percent of MLB starting pitchers will go on the DL every year, as well as 34 percent of relievers. Also, over the 5 previous seasons 53 closers have saved 25 games at least once.  62 percent of those pitchers are no longer closing period. Only 5 pitchers saved 25 games 3 times in the last 5 years and are still closing: Mariano Rivera, Jonathan Papelbon, Jose Valverde, Heath Bell, and Joe Nathan. Read the rest of this entry

Morning Bits: Sabathia, Stewart, 1912 Uniforms, Cano, Girardi

Nice start from C.C. last night.  Hopefully this gets the team going in the right direction.  Game time same time as last night. Here are the links….

— C.C. Sabathia performs like an ace last night when the Yankees needed him to reports Tim Smith of The Daily News.

— The bottom of the order came through last night against the Twins reports Marc Craig of The Star Ledger.

— Dan Martin of The New York Post writes that backup catcher Stewart came up big last night.

— Take a look at these uniforms from 1912 that the Yankees will be wearing Friday against the Red Sox as they celebrate 100 years at Fenway.

— Cano’s recent skid minor in Girardi’s eyes reports Joey Nowak of mlb.com.

— Stewart has more rbi’s than A-Rod and Cano reports Matt Ehalt of Espn New York.

Gardner has perfect game as Yanks rout Twins 8-3

Coming into tonight’s game only 2 Yankees had good numbers off of Twins starter Francisco Liriano; Brett Gardner & Derek Jeter. Well, Gardner along with CC Sabathia played a key role in the Yankees 8-3 win over the Twins.

GARDNER HAS PERFECT GAME: No, Gardner didn’t pitch (although I would like to see that one day), but Gardner was 2 for 2 with 2 walks, 2 doubles and a stole base. Gardner also set the tone defensively as he was able to nab a sinking liner off the bat of Josh Willingham. Kind of makes up for the first inning when Curtis Granderson robbed Gardner’s ball when Gardner was clearly under it. Gardner was originally slated to be in the lineup vs. the lefty since he had good numbers to begin with. Looks like the Twins will have to be careful with Gardner the next time he faces Liriano.

SABATHIA PITCHES A GEM: The way that CC Sabathia started the ball game, it looked as if he wasn’t going to make it to the 8th inning, but after the Yankees were able to get Sabathia the lead, Sabathia shut down the Twins offense and showed them who was the boss. Not only that, but Sabathia got his first win of the season. Everything is good in Yankee land so far.

STEWART HAS 3 RBI’S: Chris Stewart was originally in the game to give Russell Martin a day off and to catch defensively. In the end, Stewart had 3 RBI’s to show for it. For a catcher that doesn’t hit very well, he seemed to have gotten off on the right foot with Yankees fans.

FLU-MANIA HITS TEIXEIRA: Ivan Nova had a fever in his last outing, Brett Gardner had the flu over the weekend and today–it was Mark Teixeira‘s turn to catch the bug. Tex was originally in the lineup before he was scratched due to flu-like symptoms. Here’s a way for the Yankees to prevent anyone else from getting the bug: carry hand sanitizer and wash your hands. Yanks, washing your hands is not a foreign concept.

A COMICAL GAME: Besides making the game a laugher (ha, ha, ha), the game had it’s moments where fans started laughing–at the Twins antics. It started when Francisco Liriano was told that he balked by the home plate umpire. Ron Gardenhire didn’t look amused and neither did any of the Twins in the dugout.  Tensions boiled over in the 3rd inning when Denard Span thought it would be okay to argue balls and strikes with the home plate umpire. That earned Span an automatic ejection. Span continued to argue while Gardenhire got out of the dugout to speak to the umpire. Gardenhire obviously was still upset about the balk call, so he started to throw some colorful language into his conversation which earned him an ejection. Here’s a lesson folks: never argue with the home plate umpire. He has the power to decide your future. Also another comical (yet somewhat annoying) moment in the game was when a fan thought it would be fun to go on the field and take off his shirt. While police were chasing him down, the Yankees were scared for their lives and the Twins were amused in the dugout. Not sure the Twins were amused when they saw the final score, now were they?

WHAT’S NEXT: Game 3 of the 4 game set is tomorrow night at 7:05pm with Hiroki Kuroda getting the start. How about another gem Kuroda? The last one was a beauty!