And I thought it couldn’t get any worse for the Yankees. After getting pummeled by the Orioles the night before, the Yankees were pummeled by the Blue Jays but this time at the Rogers Center.
Hiroki Kuroda went to the 6th inning giving up 7 runs to the Blue Jays as he was affected by the HR ball. 7 of the 8 runs that were scored were from home runs. Sounds like the Canadian version of the New York Yankees to me.
The only Yankees run that scored was a Mark Teixeira RBI single that plated Robinson Cano. Cano had his 300th career double during tonight’s game. Cano also had an E4 after he booted the baseball and extended the inning. There was a blown call at second base earlier in the game when Jayson Nix slid into second. The umpire called him out but when the Yankees went to instant replay, it showed that Nix was safe by a long run.
We could have done what Brett Gardner did and ignore the game completely. He tossed a baseball up and down as he paced back and forth in the dugout. Well, we wish we all could have joined you Gardy.
WHAT’S NEXT: Phil Hughes gets the mound for the Yankees in the series finale of the 2 game set. After the Yankees play tomorrow night, they will come home and host the Reds (who are in New York all week long since they play both the Mets and Yankees.)
The Yankees turned to CC Sabathia for the game deciding series and in the end it turned out well as the Yankees beat the Rays 5-3.
CC ACES HIS TEST: CC Sabathia pitched 8 innings of 2 run ball as he showed why he was the Yankees ace. Sabathia’s both runs were unearned since Eduardo Nunez made errors both in the 1st and 2nd inning. Nunez was eventually lifted in the 6th inning in favor of Jayson Nix. This is Sabathia’s 4th start in a row that he has pitched into the 8th inning.
GARDNER HAS A SETBACK: The Yankees were expecting to have Brett Gardner back tonight to finish the Tampa Bay series but he had a minor setback after complaining of soreness and swelling in his elbow. The Yanks sent Gardner for an MRI and revealed that Gardner re-strained his muscle in his elbow. The plan is to have Gardner not pick up a bat for 10 days but the Yankees might not have Gardner back for another 15-25 days. This is a big blow to the Yankees but it not as bad as percieved before the game. There is no structual damage so he avoided the worst case scenario.
TEIXIERA CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE: Mark Teixiera isn’t winning any brownie points with the Yankees fans after another bad day at the plate. Teixeira is hitting .212 with 4 HR & 17 RBI’s. Can anyone say ‘move Tex down in the order?’ Anyone?
WHAT’S NEXT: Jesus Montero returns to the Bronx but this time in a Seattle Mariners uniform. The Yankees will have a 3 game set vs. the Mariners. Hiroki Kuroda will get the start tomorrow, Ivan Nova will get the start on Saturday and Andy Pettitte who is making his 2012 debut will get the start on Sunday.
Coming into Game 2 of the 2 game set with the Braves, the story with Michael Pineda was the velocity issues from his last outing. Today wasn’t an issue, as the Yankees were able to sweep the Braves in a 2 game set 8-3 with some key help from the offense.
Pineda topped at 94 MPH but continued to be at 88-91 MPH which shows a sign that his arm strength was building up. So far Pineda’s arm is a secondary concern for the Yankees, but the Yankees believe that Pineda’s arm strength will increase as Spring Training continues.
Pineda spoke to the Daily News saying that he’s not trying to throw into the mid-90’s right now. “I conserve a little bit (of) my energy. I can try, when I pitch again, throwing a little more hard and a little more hard and a little more hard. My last start in spring training, I’m throwing harder.”
Some of the Yankees regulars had a good day such as Alex Rodriguez (1 for 3 with 2 RBI’s), Mark Teixeira (1 for 1 with 2 BB) & Brett Gardner (1 for 4 with 1 BB 1 SB) while Andruw Jones struggled (0 for 3 with 2K’s)
WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees are playing a split squad game tomorrow (both games are televised and both games are at 1:05pm). Derek Jeter will lead the Yankees lineup vs. the Phillies & Brett Gardner will lead the Yankees lineup vs. the Twins. CC Sabathia is slated to start vs. the Phillies & Phil Hughes is slated to start vs. the Twins.