Daily Archives: May 1, 2012

Game 23 Lineup: Orioles vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Yankees:

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

Phil Hughes RHP

Start Time: 7:05pm
Field: Yankee Stadium
T.V: YES Network
Radio: WCBS 880

Pregame Notes:

Michael Pineda had surgery today, but that is all that is known at this point. There’s no recovery plan set as of yet.

— It might be doubtful that Brett Gardner will be activated on Thursday. Girardi says that he wants to see where Gardner is at after today. He would also like to give Gardner a rehab assignment before Gardner comes off the DL.

Andy Pettitte might need one more start before coming back to the Majors but, Girardi says that he’s not sure. Also if Pettitte did have another start, it would be pushed back a day since Pettitte wasn’t at work. Pettitte was testifying in the Roger Clemens case.

Freddy Garcia is available out of the Yankees bullpen tonight. Oh joy…

— Also tonight at 8:20pm, I will be a guest on the Sports Rantz ‘Rantin & Ravin Show’ talking about the Yankees. If the game gets out of control or your bored, stop in for a listen.

Enjoy the game everyone! 

Rained out Yankees game rescheduled

Rained out Yankees game rescheduled

By Delia E.

The rained out Yankees vs. Red Sox game on April 22nd has been rescheduled to July 7th at 12:35pm in Fenway Park. The game will be apart of a day-night doubleheader with the 2nd game starting at 7:15pm as scheduled. If you have April 22nd tickets for the game, you can use the tickets for the day game.

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Pettitte, Bench, ESPN Radio, Garcia, Injuries

Lot’s to talk about with the many blogs about our favorite team give the articles a worthy read.

* An A-blog for A-Rod writes how Pettitte went from a luxury to a necessity.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue asks what happens if Hughes and Pettitte don’t pan out?

* Bronx Baseball Daily takes a look at the Yankees bench.

* New York Baseball Digest writes about how the Yankees could be a game changer for ESPN Radio.

* Pinstripe Alley looks into how to handle Freddy Garcia in the bullpen.

* River Ave Blues takes a look at the injured outfield.

* The Captain’s Blog writes despite historic pace in April, Yankees offense leaves fans wanting more.

* The Greedy Pinstripes take a look back at Joe Girardi’s career.

* The Yankee Analysts have the scouting report on tonight’s pitcher for the O’s Brian Matusz.

* Yanks Go Yard has the best of John & Suzyn from April.

Morning Bits: Nunez, Robertson, Subway Series, Pettitte

Good morning everyone and Happy Tuesday to you all! A great win last night for the Yankees ending the Yankees April at 13-9 (better than what a lot of us thought with the tough schedule). Tonight Phil Hughes is on the mound for the Yankees facing Brian Matusz. Also a reminder, I will be making my radio debut tonight on Sports Rantz ‘Rantin & Ravin Show’ where I’ll be talking about the Yankees, so listen in on that. Onto the morning links!

— ESPN New York chronicles Eduardo Nunez‘s adventures in the outfield. Nunez’s catches weren’t as smooth as Brett Gardner‘s–but it was pretty comical.

David Robertson shows why the Yankees aren’t dreading ‘the end’ of Mariano Rivera. Hey, Robertson already has 2 of Mo’s three traits down; all he has to do is cut down on the walks. Not that hard–right?

— The Yankees & Mets 6-game subway series is in danger of being cut due to the Astros moving to the American League next season. Oh come on, most of us just go to Citi Field during the Subway Series to cheer on the Yankees–now they might cut that?

Andy Pettitte says that “he’s ready” to return to the Bronx and pitch in the Yankees rotation. Great, let’s send him up–but Cashman might give him just one more start.

Kuroda pitches gem as Yanks beat Orioles 2-1 in series opener

Russell Martin fielding a loose ball to Hiroki Kuroda as Yanks beat Orioles 2-1

NEW YORK — The Yankees knew they had a tough task when they faced Jason Hammel before today’s game, but with Kuroda’s gem the Yankees (13-9) were able to take the series opener with a 2-1 victory.

KURODA PITCHES GEM: Hiroki Kuroda (2-3) pitched an absolute gem for the Yankees today. Kuroda went 7 innings giving up 1 run on 4 hits while striking out three. Kuroda was also able to lower his ERA to .3.69. First Nova, then CC then Hiroki–is Hughes up next for a fantastic outing? I guess we’ll see. Here was what Girardi had to say on Hiroki Kuroda:

GIRARDI: “He pitched effectively inside. The putout was a great play but as a manger your scared because his knees were somewhat exposed. It’s really tough to block those splitters so you don’t know which way the ball is going to go. Hiroki is starting to be the consistent pitcher that we thought when we got him.”

CHAVEZ, OTRA VEZ: Eric Chavez hit his 3rd homer of the season which gave the Yankees the 2-1 lead. As a matter of fact–that was the only offense of the game. For a bench player, Eric Chavez seems to be doing quite well so far. I say he should be put in the lineup more often.

NUNIE MAKES LF DEBUT: In any other normal game, it would be Brett Gardner patrolling LF. But today, this wasn’t just any other game. Gardner was on the DL until Thursday, Yankees only had Andruw Jones on the bench and Raul Ibanez was playing RF for the injured Nick Swisher. That was when Girardi made the call to the bench and put Nunez in to play left. For a debut in LF, Nunez didn’t do bad at all. As a matter of fact, he was rather comical–so comical that he had Brett Gardner at ease while putting a smile on his face. Here was what Joe Girardi & Eduardo Nunez said on Nunez’s fielding:

GIRARDI(Joking): “So much for balls not being hit his way.”

NUNEZ: “I really enjoyed it. I just didn’t want to make a mistake. Once a ball was hit to me, I said to myself ‘it’s going to be a long night.'”

Before the game, Andruw Jones spoke to Nunez and said, “I want you to prove to me that you can go out there and show them what a great athlete you are.”  When asked who told Jones those same words when he first came up, Jones answered that it was Marquis Grissom, a former teammate when both of them were on the Atlanta Braves. There was so much heart in the Yankees clubhouse tonight and it was very touching.

WHAT’S NEXT: Phil Hughes gets the baseball for the Yankees as he will face Brian Matusz in the second game of a 3 game set. What Yankees fans would really like–for Phil Hughes to have a good outing. First pitch will be at 7:05pm.