Daily Archives: September 4, 2012

Game 135 Lineup: Yankees @ Rays

Lineup vs. Rays:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Raul Ibanez LF
Jayson Nix 2B
Chris Dickerson RF
Chris Stewart C

RHP Freddy Garcia


— Cano is in the lineup BUT he has to test his hip out just in case Girardi needs to make changes to the lineup so stay tuned for that.

Casey McGehee came back from his brief stint at Charleston. Their season ended yesterday.


Spanning the Yankee Blogs: A-Rod, Lowe, Swisher, Kuroda & More…

* An A-blog for A-Rod looks at the return of A-Rod.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue says don’t panic yet.

* Bronx Baseball Daily looks into how bad Derek Lowe is.

* Pinstripe Alley has an article about Swisher being ready for the playoffs.

* The Captain’s Blog asks the question of to bunt or not to bunt.

* The Yankee Analysts are taking a closer look at Kuroda.

Minor League Week in Review

As we enter September the rosters tend to get jumbled a bit between feeding the expanding major league club; the following players have been promoted to AAA: Matt Tracy, Yadil Mujica, Vidal Nuno, Jon Meloan, Francisco Rondon and Jose Gil. Both Doug Bernier and RJ Baker were activated from the DL.

The following players have been bumped up to AA Trenton; Tyler Austin, Ramon Flores, Nik Turley, Zach Nuding, Tommy Kahnle and Branden Pinder.

In corresponding moves in order to clear slots on the 40 man roster, both Ramiro Pena and Brandon Laird have been released. Laird has been picked up by Houston where he may actually get a chance to make the big team. He had a monster season in 2010 and then failed to impress from then on. Good luck Brandon.

SWB Yankees finished off the season at 84-60, they won the Northern division and will play the Pawsox for a best of five starting wednesday.

Ronnier Mustelier was the big ticket in Scranton this week going 13-25 with a double, a homer and three RBI’s. Corban Joseph fell off a bit down the stretch and ended up going 3-16 on the week including a pair of doubles. Melky Mesa has also tanked a bit the last week finishing with a 4-25 week and far too many K’s. That’s his most glaring issue and not an easy fix at this stage. Adam Warren turned in a shaky start throwing 6.2 innings of four run ball, walking one and striking out six. Matt Tracy made his AAA debut going 5 innings of three hit, one run ball. Reliever Juan Cedeno came in for 4IP of relief work allowing a single run on two hits. He K’d three and walked none. Chase Whitley contributed with 5 scoreless innings on two hits. He’s had himself a nice season and I wouldn’t mind him send Mr. Lowe packing from the BX.

Trenton Thunder ended the year at 78-64 and won the Eastern League. They kick off a five gamer against Reading tomorrow.

Adonis Garcia led the charge for the Thunder this week going 10-25 including three doubles and two long balls. He drove in six for the week. David Adams on the other hand spit the bit down the stretch chipping in a lousy three hits on the week. Tyler Austin made his AA debut and went 2-7 scoring twice and driving in another. Zoilo Almonte ended the week at 8-25 with a HR and 2 RBI. Vidal Nuno was the man on the hill for Trenton making two starts and ending with a line of 11IP, 12H, 3ER, 1BB and 10K’s. Mikey O’Brien went 8.2 IP allowing 12 hits, 3 runs whiole striking out 3. Brett Marshall got kicked around to the tune of seven runs over five innings. Mark Montgomery has returned to form and went another three scoreless innings on the week while walking no one and striking out four.

Tampa Yankees currently 65-70 on the year with a pair left to play but no hope for the playoffs.

Tyler Austin said adios to Tampa and left the FSL with a .321/.385/.478/.863 quad slash. Ramon Flores also got the call and left A-ball with a .302/.370/.420/.790 line. Not bad fellas; good luck in Trenton. Nik Turley also got the call to AA and ended with a 2.89 ERA over 112IP in Tampa. He allowed 3 runs over 5 innings in his debut for Trenton. Jose Ramirez made one start and allowed a single run over six innings. He walked three and struck out four. Nick Goody continues to throw well; he added 3 innings of one run ball, allowing a walk while striking out seven. He should be a fast mover and be a season or so behind Montgomery. Gary Sanchez, Slade Heathcott and Kyle Roller sputtered a bit this past week, combining for 21 hits over 78 AB’s; not horrific by any means but not quite what we’ve seen this year.

Charleston RiverDogs went 73-63 on the year and missed a playoff appearance.

Dante Bichette Jr. finished strong going 10-25 including a pair of doubles while driving in three. Robert Refsnyder also finished strong by going 9-23 with a HR, two doubles and two RBI’s. Cito Culver was fairly anemic this week with only three hits in 27 AB’s. Yikes. He still walks a bunch, but his contact rate leaves much to be desired. He’s not an old man for the level but we may see him converted back to a pitcher if he doesn’t start putting the ball in play. Ben Gamel went out swinging and picked up 9 hits in 19 AB’s with none double. Out on the mound Bryan Mitchell made two starts and finished with a line of 12IP, 3H, 0ER, 2BB’s and 9K’s. Evan Rutckyj (root-ski) also made a pair of appearances and tossed 10 innings of one run ball on five hits. He both K’d and walked five. Corey Black tossed five innings of shutout ball while Pedro Guerra threw two shutout innings in relief.

SI Yankees are at 28-45 on the season and will finish it up on Wednesday.

It’s been a pretty rough year for the baby bombers in Staten Island to say the least. It is just short season ball though, so nothing to get to worked up over. Taylor Dugas fell off a bit and went 5-21 with a pair of doubles and RBI’s each. Greg Bird ended up going 5-24 with a pair of doubles and a lone RBI. Peter O’Brien had eight hits in thirty AB’s with a pair of doubles, two HR’s while driving in six. On the pitching side Andrew Benak threw 10 innings of one run ball on four hits. He walked three and struck out four. James Pazos tossed three scorless innings on one hit while striking out two. Derek Varnadore on the other hand got smacked around for 4 runs in 4.1 innings.

The GCL Yanks are done for the year; they finished at 35-25.

Morning Bits: Cano hurt or giving up?, A.L. East Race, Jeter & More…

Well the Yankee ship is in some rough waters.  Do they make it out of the storm or will the ship sink?  The Yankees are now only 1 game up on the O’s and 2.5 games up on the Rays.  Tonight’s matchup is Garcia vs Cobb and first pitch is scheduled for 7PM EST.

Enjoy.  Now for some links….

Wallace Matthews asks – Did Cano hurt himself or give up on Monday’s biggest play?  What do you guys think?

Wallace Mattthews also has an article with some quotes from Jeter who is not panicking just yet.

Hal Bodley of MLB.com writes that the A.L. race is September baseball at it’s best.

SWB Yankees have won the division title for the 5th time in 6 years.

— The Trenton Thunder when the Finale. They will face the Reading Phillies in the playoffs.