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Yankees Offseason Notes: Kevin Youkilis deal becomes official and ‘El Nino’ signs elsewhere

As of early this morning–Kevin Youkilis is officially a New York Yankee. The Yankees agreed to a one year contract for the former Boston Red Sox infielder, who said that family influenced his decision to come play in New York.

“The first thing was family.” Youkilis said during a conference call. “I wanted to make sure with all these options what was best for the family.” Youkilis’s family believed that being in New York City for a year would have been unbelievable and the fact that the Yankees could of had a chance to win the World Series in 2013.

During the conference call, Youkilis said that he had received a voice mail from Joba Chamberlain–the both of them have had a rough history together. Youkilis said that he hasn’t worked out on trying to reach out to Chamberlain as of yet due to multiple voice mails and calls to return. “For me personally, it’s a new teammate.” Youkilis said of Chamberlain. “We’re going to go out there and take the field together. He goes out there to pitch and hopefully I can play great defense behind him. And if he gets in a jam, we can stop it.”

Before you ask, no Youkilis will not play in the outfield as a Yankee. He will be used as a third baseman, a first baseman and a DH. When Alex Rodriguez returns from surgery, both Youkilis and A-Rod will be in the lineup somehow. Just don’t ask him to play shortstop. “If they put me at short, we’re going to be in a lot of trouble there.”

In Other News

— The Yankees will have to deal with one more familiar face joining another team. Ramiro Pena (or as known in New York as ‘El Nino’) has signed a major league contract with the Atlanta Braves. It’s not surprising that Pena is going to a different team since he barely had time to play for the Yankees, but the fact that’s surprising is that he signed a major league contract. Pena’s fielding is tremendous–but his hitting makes you want to cringe every time there’s an RBI situation and he’s up to bat. We’re going to miss you Pena.

Minor Night Cap: Empire Yankees hit 7 Doubles, Tampa’s Nik Turley has 7K’s, Charleston walk off win

Empire State Yankees W 6-5

PTF Romine (DL)

Colin Curtis – 1BB, .228

Jayson Nix – 2R, 2H (2 Doubles), 1BB, 1K, .500

Dewayne Wise – 1R, 2H (Double), 1RBI, .439

Steve Pearce – 1R, 2H (2 Doubles), 1RBI, 2BB, 1K, .361

Jack Cust – 1R, 2H (Double, Solo Homer),  3RBI, 1BB, 1K, .322

Brandon Laird – 1H, 1BB, .218

Kevin Russo – 1BB, 1K, .260

Craig Tatum – 1K, .158

Ramiro Pena – 1R, 2H (Double), .245
PTF Dellin Betances – 4.1IP, 3H, 5R, 2ER, 6BB, 3K, 8.83era

Nelson Figueroa – 2.2IP, 2H, 2BB 0.00era

Chase Whitely (W, 2-1) – 1.0IP, 0H, 2BB, 3.52era

Kevin Whelan (S,4) – 1.0IP, 1H, 1K, 2.25era

Tampa Yankees W 6-4

PTF J.R. Murphy (DNP)

Eduardo Sosa – 2H, 1RBI, 1K, .258

Kelvin Castro – 1R, 1H, 2BB, .241

Ramon Flores – oH, .196

Rob Segedin – 2R, 1H (2 Run Homer), 2RBI, 1BB, .295

Kyle Roller – 1R, 1H (Solo Homer), 2RBI, 2BB, 1K, .213

Shane Brown – 1BB, .250

Jose Mojica – oH, 1RBI, .298

Hector Rabago – 1K, .118

Jose Toussen – 2R, 1H (triple), 1BB, .208

PTF Nik Turley (W, 2-0) – 5.1IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 7K, 1.93era

Joel De La Cruz – 1.2IP, 1H, 2K, 0.00era

Mark Montgomery (S, 3) – 3H, 1R, 1Er, 1BB, 2K, 3.24era

Charleston River Dogs W 4-3

PTF Dante Bichette Jr. – oH, .294

Anderson Feliz – 1H, 1BB, 1K, .289

Benjamin Gamel – 1H, 1RBI, 2K, .233

Tyler Austin – 1R, 1H (solo homer), 1RBI, 1K, .393

Gary Sanchez – 1R, 1H, 1BB, .356

Casey Stevenson – 1R, 2H (Double), 1BB, .529

Cito Culver – 1R, 1H, .175

Kelvin De Leon – 1H, 2K, .194

Francisco Arcia – 1H, 2RBI, .286

PTF Bryan Mitchell (DNP)

Jose Campos 6.0IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 5K, 1.23era

Daniel Mahoney – 1.0IP, 2H, 1R, oER, 1BB, 3K, 4.91era

Fred Lewis – 1.oIP, 1H, 1K, 8.10era

Mariel Checo – 1.0IP, 1BB, 1K, 2.84era

Phillies Have Interest in Ramiro Pena, Roster Moves

Phillies Have Interest in Ramiro Pena, Roster Moves

by Mike D.

 According to George King of the NY Post, the Phillies are interested in the Yankees’ utilityman Ramiro Pena. Chase Utley has suffered injuries with both knees and the Phillies are looking for infield help. Pena really doesn’t have a whole lot of value as a trade chip – so if he does get traded, don’t expect much in the way of return.

The Yankees have also made some roster moves, via Anthony McCarron of the NY Daily News. Pena has been optioned to Triple-A, and Manny Delcarmen, Colin Curtis, Jose Gil, Kevin Whelan, and Cole Garner have all been reassigned to minor league camp. The Yankees active roster now sits at 31, so we’ll be seeing more roster moves in the coming days.

Kuroda, Nova pitch well as Yankees sweep split squad 5-3 vs. Phillies & 6-4 vs. Twins

Today was a bit of a somber day for the Yankees. After hearing news that Joba Chamberlain might not come back this season due to a freak trampoline accident, the Yankees were a bit taken aback and worried. Nevertheless, Joe Girardi was able to send Ivan Nova & Hiroki Kuroda on the mound as the Yankees sweeped the split squad games 5-3 vs. the Phillies & 6-4 vs. the Twins.

Let’s start with the Phillies game. Hiroki Kuroda looked sharp throughout the game. He went 5.2 of an inning giving up 1 run on 6 hits, 1 BB & 3 K. David Phelps finished the game, going 3.1 IP with 2 runs on 3 hits. He had no strikeouts but allowed 1 HR. The 2 regulars Brett Gardner & Robinson Cano made the trip to Clearwater (which is 20 minutes from Tampa) and both did pretty well today. Gardner went 1 for 4 with a double & run scored while Robinson Cano went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s & 1 run scored. Francisco Cervelli (who will be the backup catcher to Russell Martin) went 2 for 4 today.

Let’s take a trip to Tampa where the Yankees played vs. the Twins. Ivan Nova was trying to come back from his last outing which we all had to admit wasn’t so good. Nova pitched 7 innings giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and 5 strikeouts. Mariano Rivera came in the 8th & Rafael Soriano came in the 9th and of course, two brilliant scoreless innings. Derek Jeter left the game in the 3rd inning, but there was nothing wrong. Girardi just wanted to slowly ease Jeter back into the game. Before today, Jeter had not played since March 14. Ramiro Pena hit a solo shot while Eduardo Nunez went 3 for 3 with 2 RBI’s. It would be a wacky thought if Nunez didn’t throw anymore errors because of the HBP in the beginning of the Spring.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees are slated for an ALDS rematch with the Detroit Tigers. The game will not be televised or on the radio. On Sunday the Yankees return to T.V to play once again, the Tigers. Coverage will be on YES Network & WCBS.

Morning Bits: Pena, Pineda, Swisher

Good morning everyone! Yankees play the Nationals today on YES Network. CC Sabathia is slated to pitch. Have a great day and let’s get on to the links!

Ramiro Pena hurt his ankle while trying to steal second yesterday, thus ending the 4th inning. He’ll be out 2-3 days. That’s Ramiro Pena…being Ramiro Pena.

Michael Pineda’s fastball velocity isn’t quite where it needs to be right now, according to the Daily News. But if Michael Pineda’s not worried about it, then we all shouldn’t worry,

— During the Blue Jays & Yankees game not many have noticed that Nick Swisher left the game early. Girardi said that Swisher left only after 2 at-bats because of a tight left groin. We’ll see if Swisher plays today vs. the Nationals.

Spring Training Notes: 2/28/12

Alex Rodriguez using the batting cage

The Yankees continued to work out in Tampa Florida as they prepare for their first game on March 2nd. And what better picture for today than to see Alex Rodriguez in the indoor cage, taking BP. Onto today’s Spring Training notes:

— David Aardsma (the new #34) was in camp today and Joba Chamberlain threw off a full mound. Chamberlain told Marc Carig of The Star Ledger that he felt good. He also said that he believed that Rafael Soriano threw off the mound as well.

— Mark Feinsand posted some videos from today’s Spring Training session, so let’s take a look at some videos!

Curtis Granderson takes hacks at Batting Practice

David Wells throws indoor BP

— As you all know, yesterday was Picture Day for the Yankees and courtesy of Yahoo! Sports, I was able to find some Pictures from yesterday’s Media Day session. I was able to find out some interesting fun facts about the pictures.

  1. This year’s Media Day pictures were taken in the bathroom of the George M. Steinbrenner Field clubhouse.
  2. These pictures were taken using an iPhone and used the application Instagram.


Game 140 | Yankees vs. Orioles

UPDATE 6:04PM: see updates under Pregame Notes


Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Chavez 3B
Posada DH
Cervelli C


Phil Hughes (4-5, 6.75) vs. Tommy Hunter (2-1, 6.75)

Pregame Notes:

— The Yankees have promoted right handers Hector Noesi, George Kontos, and Andrew Brackman, along with outfielder Greg Golson to the majors from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In addition, says Mark Feinsand, Ramiro Pena has been called up. (update: 6:11pm)

— Among the multiple transactions, Lance Pendleton has been designated for assignment. (update: 6:11pm)

— With the addition of those 3 pitchers, the bullpen stands at 9 right-handers (Rivera, Soriano, Robertson, Wade, Ayala, Noesi, Proctor, Brackman, Kontos) and 3 lefties (Logan, Valdes, and Laffey). (update: 6:11pm)

Enjoy the game.

Morning Bits: SWB Yankees, Pena, Cervelli, Sabathia

Yankees finally get a rare win over Boston.  Hopefully more of that the next two games.  Same time tonight.

Here are your morning links…

* SWB Yankees stave off Elimination.

* Ramiro Pena drops by Trenton for a Rehab assignment.

* Cervelli adds antics to the Yanks vs Red Sox feud.

* C.C. was fired up last night.



Boston 82 52 .612 40-26 42-26 720 560 +160 Lost 1 6-4
NY Yankees 81 52 .609 .5 41-26 40-26 727 529 +198 Won 3 5-5
Tampa Bay 73 61 .545 9 35-31 38-30 571 510 +61 Lost 2 5-5
Toronto 67 68 .496 15.5 33-34 34-34 627 623 +4 Lost 1 3-7
Baltimore 54 79 .406 27.5 32-37 22-42 567 693 -126 Won 1 7-3

Hughes Earns First Win of Season in 7-2 Win

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
1 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 1   7 11 0
0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   2 4 0
W: Hughes (1-2)
L: Villanueva (5-2)
Gardner, LF 4 3 3 0 1 0 0 .286
Granderson, CF 5 1 2 3 0 2 2 .270
Teixeira, DH 4 0 1 0 1 1 2 .240
Cano, 2B 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .296
Swisher, RF-1B 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 .255
Posada, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .226
Dickerson, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .300
Martin, C 4 1 1 1 0 0 3 .222
Nunez, E, SS 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .270
Pena, R, 3B 3 0 0 1 0 2 0 .080
Totals 36 7 11 7 2 9 13 .259
Hughes, P(W, 1-2) 6.0 4 2 2 2 5 0 8.44
Wade 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.42
Robertson 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.24
Logan 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3.47
Totals 9.0 4 2 2 2 10 0 3.52

Game Review from’s Alden Gonzalez:

TORONTO — Phil Hughes isn’t sure how close he is to being the 18-game winner and budding star he was last season. But after Sunday’s start, he at least knows he’s a lot better than he was earlier this year, when a dip in velocity and a rise in ERA put him on the disabled list for all of 84 games.

Hughes’ outing in a 7-2 win by the Yankees over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre wasn’t flashy, and it was hardly outstanding. But it signified major progress, a giant step in the right direction and — at last — a victory.

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Yankees Grades Part 5: Bench Players & Team Grade

And finally, your grades for the Yankees Bench Players and the team as a whole!


Final Grade: B

Description: When Derek Jeter was placed on the 15-Day DL, there was one person that Joe Girardi turned to, and that was Eduardo Nunez. Nunez gets as much playing time as some of the regulars, due to injuries to Derek and now to Alex and Nunez has delivered. Nunez is batting .279 with 3 HR’s & 14 RBI’s. Not only is Nunez good offensively but he has some serious speed, stealing 10 bases in 14 tries. Even though Nunez has 9 errors against him this year, he has gotten better. The more playing time that Nunez gets, the better he will get defensively.


Final Grade: D+

Description: Francisco Cervelli is one of those guys that you have on your bench just for defense, but sometimes Cervelli’s defense isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Girardi usually uses Cervelli when it’s a day game after a night game and he used Russell Martin the night before. Cervelli’s bat has some pop, but he can only seem to hit when there are runners in scoring position. That’s not a bad thing at all, but if he leads off an inning, there are no runners on base for him to drive in but he needs to keep that mentality. Numbers wise for a bench player he’s not doing bad. He’s batting .214 with 14 RBI’s in 70 plate appearances. That shows that Cervelli is a clutch hitter when he needs to be. One thing he may want to work on is his aim. If you are throwing the baseball, throw it to either Derek Jeter or Robinson Cano, not the imaginary 10th player in center field.


Final Grade: C-

Description: Ramiro Pena is another example of the player you want on your team for their defense. Even though Pena has not played a lot, only having 2 hits in 22 at-bats is kinda working the slump there. And even though he’s not as good as A-Rod on defense, he knows how to make a good play now and again. But sometimes Pena’s errors don’t exactly work out for the Yankees. As an example, the Mets game. Pena had one error in the bottom of the 9th and luckily Brett Gardner saved him there. The second time Pena wasn’t so lucky. That error allowed Jason Bay to get the winning run home and the Mets avoided the sweep. Pena needs to be more alert on the field, as well as at the plate. He’ll get better in time, but right now he’s just another bench player that’s on the field.


Final Grade: B

Description: Ending the first half of the season the Yankees are 53-35, ending just one game behind the Boston Red Sox. Even though the Yankees didn’t get the dream team that they wanted (Cliff Lee in the rotation, Andy Pettite coming back), they were still able to make a scene by showing their power. Being first in home runs and lowest bullpen ERA, the Yankees have proven that even though you have setbacks, you can still mount out victoriously.


Yanks’ 5 HRs Fuel Win Over Texas

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0   4 10 0
2 1 0 1 2 3 0 3 x   12 12 1
Swisher, RF 3 1 1 0 2 0 2 .229
Dickerson, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Granderson, CF 3 2 0 1 1 1 3 .278
Teixeira, 1B 5 3 3 4 0 0 1 .257
Rodriguez, Al, DH 3 1 0 0 2 0 2 .284
Cano, 2B 5 1 2 3 0 1 1 .286
Jones, An, LF 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 .221
Gardner, LF 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .279
Nunez, E, SS 4 1 2 1 1 0 3 .250
Cervelli, C 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 .185
Pena, R, 3B 4 2 2 1 0 0 2 .500
Totals 34 12 12 12 8 3 14 .259
Nova(W, 6-4) 5.2 7 4 4 3 2 1 4.46
Ayala(H, 1) 1.1 2 0 0 1 1 0 1.25
Wade 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Marquez 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.00
Totals 9.0 10 4 4 4 4 1 3.60
Game Review from’s Bryan Hoch:

NEW YORK — Growing up near Baltimore, Mark Teixeira used to marvel at the switch-hitting exploits of Eddie Murray, passing through the turnstiles wondering which side of the plate his hero would homer from that night.

Now Teixeira has equaled the Hall of Famer in at least one category, homering from both sides of the plate for the 11th time in his career, helping lead the charge in a 12-4 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

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Yankees DFA Jess Todd, Pena sent down


The Yankees have designated right-hander Jess Todd for assignment, reports Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News (via Twitter).  Todd was DFA’ed to clear room on the 40-man roster for Amaury Sanit, called up today by the Bombers.  Ramiro Pena was also sent to Triple-A to make room for Sanit on the 25-man roster.

Todd was claimed off waivers from Cleveland less than a week ago by the Yankees.  He has a 7.62 ERA in 28 1/3 career Major League innings, though a strong 9.2 K/9 rate and 2.42 K/BB ratio.  Todd was originally a second-round pick of the Cardinals in the 2008 amateur draft and joined the Indians as a player to be named later in the trade that sent Chris Perez to the Tribe and Mark DeRosa to St. Louis in 2009.