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Pineda struggles but Yankees top Phillies 13-9

Everyone knew that this start was supposed to be important for Michael Pineda. He needed to convince Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman that he should get a spot in the rotation. He needed to convince the media that his velocity wasn’t an issue. He needed to convince fans that he was capable of pitching in New York. At the end of the day, Michael Pineda only went 2.2 innings and gave up 6 runs on 7 hits.

Pineda left the game after getting hammered during the first 2 innings but the game took an interesting turn when Pineda confessed as to why he didn’t pitch well. Apparently, Pineda had soreness in his right shoulder hours before the game started. The issue? He didn’t tell the coaches or Girardi that he wasn’t feeling his best. Pineda is scheduled to get an MRI tomorrow to make sure that everything is okay.

THE GOOD: The Yankees offense woke up today. Dewayne Wise came in the game in the 7th inning and had 2 HR’s while Derek Jeter had a 2 for 3 night & Curtis Granderson had a homer off Jonathan Papelbon. Although Brett Gardner was 0 for 3 tonight, he did what Girardi wanted; get on base. Not only that, he swiped second and led Derek Jeter in a perfectly executed double steal. Clay Rapada once again looked sharp tonight and has not given up a run all Spring. Can we keep him Joe? I have a feeling he’ll do great in the bullpen.

THE BAD: Michael Pineda & Cesar Cabral both went down with injuries today. Pineda has soreness in his shoulder while Cesar Cabral has pain in his left elbow. He is going to get an MRI tomorrow morning as well, just to make sure everything is okay.

WHAT’S NEXT: Some of the Yankees will make one last trip to visit the Houston Astros. The game will not be on television but the game will be on Houston Radio so of course, expect coverage. Adam Warren is slated to start the game.

WHAT’S UP AHEAD: Joe Girardi hinted that Phil Hughes might have a spot in the Yankees rotation. Hughes was scheduled to pitch in the minor leagues which would line him up for the 4th spot in the rotation. When asked if he was in the rotation, Girardi let out a smile and said, “figure it out.” I’m taking that as a yes Joe. Nick Swisher is also slated to be in the Yankees lineup on Sunday when the team goes to Miami to play the Marlins in their new ballpark. Let’s imagine this as the New York Yankees version of Spring Break.

Gardner has multi-hit game as Yankees fall to Blue Jays 4-3

With Opening Day rapidly approaching, CC Sabathia was slated to have one last long stretch start before his next outing was a quick one. Sabathia gave up 3 run in 6 innings pitched vs. Kyle Drabek & the Blue Jays in a 4-3 loss in Tampa.

In Spring Training, Sabathia takes the time to build pitch count and go longer in games so of course giving up 3 runs means nothing for the ace who has a locked spot in the rotation. David Robertson came in the game and after giving up a lead-off walk, he got the next 3 hitters; striking out one of them. Cesar Cabral easily got the first two batters but had issues getting the third out when Justin Maxwell‘s error & Chris Dickerson‘s blunder allowed the insurance run to score. Clay Rapada came in the 9th inning and had another scoreless inning.

Brett Gardner had his first multi-hit game of the Spring, going 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and a stolen base. Gardner was the only Yankees regular with 2 hits and was also the only Yankees regular who had an RBI. Gardner was also able to raise his average from .185 to .220 which probably means that Gardner is warming up for the 2012 season.

The big story of the game however was Curtis Granderson as he was scratched from the lineup with soreness in his elbow. Girardi said that Granderson will get a precautionary MRI  since Cashman says it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Andy Pettitte threw a live batting practice to Nick Swisher today and Swisher said that the way Andy was throwing, it felt as if he never left. That’s a good sign for Andy Pettitte. Also some good news for Nick Swisher is that he will spend 2 days at the Minor League complex just to get some at-bats in. If his right groin feels better by Friday then he will be in the lineup.

ROSTER NOTE: Yankees IF Jorge Vazquez won’t get that part-time DH role if he was looking for it. Yankees just re-assigned him to minor league camp shortly after the game.

WHAT’S NEXT: Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano & Russell Martin will make the trip to Orlando to play against the Atlanta Braves. The game tomorrow is a televised game on ESPN so if you are in front of the television, make sure to watch. First pitch is at 1:05pm.

Pineda looks strong as Yankees and Tigers tie at 1 in 10 innings

The Opening Day lineup (minus Nick Swisher) took the field at George M. Steinbrenner Field as Michael Pineda took the mound. It wasn’t only a big day for Pineda, but it was a big day for David Robertson who returned after 2 and a half week since bruising his foot in a freak accident at his home.

Pineda looked strong as the game went on, going 5 innings with 1 run on 5 hits with 2 BB and 4 K’s.  Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless inning, but gave up a hit, Rafael Soriano had a scoreless inning, David Robertson had a scoreless inning with 1 hit, Manny Delcarmen had a perfect inning and Clay Rapada as well had a perfect inning with 1 strikeout.

The only offense for the Yankees came from Derek Jeter in the 1st inning on a lead-off homer. The Yankees had runners on almost all afternoon but the Yankees had trouble hitting with RISP.

Alex Rodriguez was hit by a pitch in the ribs during the 7th inning and was immediately taken out. Rodriguez is expected to be fine and tests will be done in the meantime.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees have an off-day tomorrow so there will be no baseball, but Phil Hughes will get his work in by pitching in the Minor League camp. The Yankees return to prime time on Tuesday as they take on the Toronto Blue Jays. The game will be on YES Network and first pitch will be at 7:05pm.

Hughes looks sharp as Yankees beat Rays 5-2

Phil Hughes did what he had to do. He went 5 innings, he made it to his pitch count, his velocity was good and he had command of his pitches in a Yankees 5-2 victory over the Rays.

Hughes’s only mistake was a hanging breaking ball for Matt Joyce which resulted in a 2 run homer. Other than that, Hughes was sharp and has proven that he is a contender for one of the spots in the rotation. Clay Rapada went an inning without giving up a run on 2 K’s, Cesar Cabral (1-0) had an impressive afternoon with 2 innings and 6 K’s & Mike O’Connor had 1 strikeout in one inning pitched without giving up a run.

THE GOOD: Justin Maxwell continues to hit the ball hard, going 1 for 2 with an RBI, Mark Teixeira was on base 2 out of 3 times & Robinson Cano was 1 for 3, Alex Rodriguez was 1 for 2 with a walk & Cole Garner was 1 for 3 with 2 runs scored.

THE BAD: There wasn’t really anything bad about today. Yankees just had a bit of trouble scoring late.

WHAT’S NEXT: Brett Gardner & Curtis Granderson are slated to make the trip to Ft. Meyers to face the Boston Red Sox in a Spring Training rematch. The game will be on ESPN & also on YES Network (choose YES Network if you can). David Phelps will get the start while CC Sabathia pitches in a minor league game.

Nova struggles as Yanks lose 6-3 to Orioles

If Joe Girardi’s competition for the rotation spots started already, then Ivan Nova certainly didn’t make his case tonight as the Yanks were defeated 6-3 vs. the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota. Nova went 4 innings but gave up 5 runs on 7 hits with 4 strikeouts.

David Phelps pitched 2/3 of a inning without giving up a run, Clay Rapada faced 1 batter and retired him, D.J Mitchell gave up 1 run on 2 base hits and George Kontos who was in his first outing since coming off an injury had a perfect scoreless inning.

Brett Gardner was the star defensively for the Yankees, getting a double play at 1st base from center field. He also went 1 for 3 and swiped his 4th bag of the spring, tying himself with Russell Martin for the most Yankees stolen bases in Spring Training. Eduardo Nunez went 1 for 3 as well as Mark Teixeira.

Robinson Cano left the game in the 6th inning after being hit by a pitch. He had x-rays done which came back negative. We’ll see how Cano’s hand is doing tomorrow.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees have an off-day tomorrow, their first of 2 this Spring. Yankees will be back in action on Tuesday as they face the Pirates at GMS Field. The game will be televised on YES at 7:05pm.

Pineda & Wang duel as Yankees win 8-5 over Nationals

Sure Michael Pineda gave up 2 runs. What pitcher doesn’t give up 2 runs and makes mistakes. Besides of the 2 runs, Michael Pineda looked sharp as the Yankees defeated the Nationals 8-5 in the first game of a 2 game set. The Yankees were facing their former teammate Chien-Ming Wang who looked sharp until a Russell Martin collison at 1st forced him to leave the game with a left hamstring injury.

Pineda’s line was pretty good. He went 3.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 base hits while striking out 4. Clay Rapada is making his case to be the second lefty in the bullpen by going 1.1 innings and giving up only 2 walks. Juan Cedeno went 0.2 innings while giving up 1 run on 1, Brett Marshall went 2.2 innings giving up 2 runs on 2 base hits while striking out 3. Michael O’Connor pitched 0.2 innings giving up 1 hit and Adam Warren ended the Nationals threat by getting out the only batter he faced.

The Good: Bill Hall made his case for a spot on the 25 man roster today, having 2 base hits and driving in 2 runs.Russell Martin also had a base hit for the Yankees. He came out of the Chien-Ming Wang collision unscathed so that was also good news.

The Bad: Brett Gardner had a very tough game, striking out all three times he was at the plate. I know this is Spring Training, but his performance is beginning to worry me (along with Robinson Cano‘s who didn’t play today.)

WHAT’S NEXT: The Nationals will travel down to Tampa and face the Yankees on their turf this time. CC Sabathia is slated to start for the Yankees.

Super Nova returns but Yanks fall 1-0 to Red Sox

Ivan Nova knew that his last 2 starts weren’t great, but this time Nova emerged and pitched 4 shutout innings in a Yankees 1-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox. Nova’s fastball was working for as well as his secondary pitches, his line looking impressive. In 4 innings he gave up 2 hits, no runs, no earned runs, no walks and 3 strikeouts, all while lowering his ERA to 6.23 for the Spring.

When speaking to Jack Curry today, Nova said that he felt as if he was competing for a job even though he is slated to be either in the third, fourth or fifth spot in the rotation. Nova certainly helped his case tonight.

Mariano Rivera came in and pitched a shutout inning, Boone Logan pitched a shutout inning, David Phelps gave up an unearned run in the 9th inning (due to fielding issues by Zolio Almonte) and was charged with the loss and Clay Rapada was making his case as to why he should be the second lefty in the bullpen, retiring the only batter he faced.

Joe Girardi revealed that Rivera was going to make the trip to Miami to play the Marlins and he will wear gray pants. Girardi also plans on starting to make cuts to the team this weekend.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Opening Day lineup (minus Brett Gardner) will make the trip to Dunedin to face the Toronto Blue Jays. The game is on the radio at 1:05pm on MLB.com.

Yankees Sign LHP Rapada To Minor League Deal

Yankees Sign LHP Rapada To Minor League Deal

By Delia E.

The New York Yankees may start heading to Spring Training tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean the signings are going to stop. Yankees have signed LHP Clay Rapada to a minor league contract which includes an invitation to Spring Training  reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Rapada was with the Baltimore Orioles last season before being DFA’d on February 6. Rapada in his career has a 5-0 record & a 5.13 ERA. Here is the tweet, confirming the deal:

The deal comes shortly after Yankees released Hideki Okajima after he reportedly failed his physical.