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Game 117 Lineup: Rangers vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Yankees:

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Jayson Nix 2B

Freddy Garcia RHP

Pregame Notes:

— A lot has happened in Major League Baseball today but let’s start with the Yankees. Robinson Cano was scratched from the lineup with a stiff neck and now Jayson Nix will play 2nd base.

Melky Cabrera‘s 50 game suspension for using PED’s took the Yankees by surprise. Here was what Joe Girardi, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano all had to say about Melky’s suspension:

Joe Girardi: “Anger doesn’t come to my mind. Disappointment comes to my mind because Melky meant a lot to us and we all enjoyed being around him. We know he’s going to miss 50 games and it’s before his free agent year. It’s unfortunate.”

Robinson Cano: “Oh, 100 percent surprised, I was just here in my chair when I was watching the news. … I don’t know man, I never used any of those. I don’t know any details about it. I just see the news. I’m just sad about it, and I’m going to be there for him.”

Derek Jeter: “I don’t know if you can be more surprised. I don’t know if you can measure it, more surprised for him as opposed to somebody (else). It’s just surprising in general. … I played with Melky, so I always thought he was a good player. I know Melky’s very talented. He has a lot of great tools. He played well for us when he was here. He played well in Kansas City when he went to Kansas City. And he’s played well in San Francisco. Melky’s always been talented.”

Alex Rodriguez: “From my experience, I saw where he made a statement, that’s always a good first step. And sometimes the hardest. But I think he has an opportunity, being a young player. But with that said, it’s also going to be a challenge. I hope he takes the bull by the horns and does some great things, and I’m a believer. I’m a friend. And at times like this, I’m not going to turn my back, I’m 100 percent here to support him.”

— I was around the computer all afternoon but the lineup wasn’t posted sooner because there was something a little more interesting on television: The Rays and Mariners. The surprising part that it was the Mariners that I was looking out for. Felix Hernandez threw his first perfect game against the Rays and a 1-0 victory. Jesus Montero scored the only run in the game with a base hit. So congratulations King Felix.

— And on a final note, it’s raining cats and dogs. I seriously doubt the Yankees are starting the game on time.

UPDATE

— It’s not as big news as Melky Cabrera or King Felix but Brett Gardner will get his Staten Island Yankee jersey retired. The ceremony will be at the Staten Island Yankees home ballpark and Gardner will be in attendance on August 23. Congratulations are in order for Brett Gardner!

Morning Bits: King Felix, Rodriguez, Sabathia

Good morning everyone and a happy Sunday to you all! It’s get away day for the Yankees so first pitch is at 1:05pm! Here are your morning links.

— ESPN New York has some fun imagining if Felix Hernandez was a New York Yankee after he threw a complete game shutout vs. the Yankees.

— Alex Rodriguez continued his rehab yesterday at Yankee Stadium and one of the drills A-Rod did has him relieving his days as a quarterback.

— CC Sabathia loves watching the Olympic games, but did you know that CC was almost on the Olympic baseball team in the Sydney Games in 2000 just before he started his baseball career?

King Felix shuts out Yankees in 1-0 loss to Mariners

When you look at the final box score, you can come up with this assumption: Hiroki Kuroda was good. Felix Hernandez was better. The Yankees weren’t able to do anything off of Hernandez as the Yankees fell to the Mariners to even the series 1-0.

Hiroki Kuroda did his job this afternoon going 6 innings and only giving up 1 run, but the Yankees haven’t been able to come up with almost any hits. The Yankees were held by King Felix with a 2 hit shut out through 9 innings. Ichiro Suzuki had one of the Yankees 2 hits now giving him a hit in every game since his Yankee debut. Boone Logan, David Robertson and Clay Rapada all pitched for the Yankees after Kuroda departed–all of them putting up zeros.

Tomorrow the Yankees will play a get away day game as they try to take the series from the Mariners. If the Yankees want to win tomorrow, then they have to since Friday night they are facing the Tigers best pitcher–Justin Verlander. First pitch for the Yankees is at 1:05pm.

Series Preview: Yankees vs. Mariners | 8/3/12-8/5/12

Pitching Matchups

Friday, 8/3/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, LHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 6 ER, 8 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 10-3, 3.57 ERA / 3.33 FIP / 3.34 xFIP, 8.79 K/9, 2.36 BB/9 in 126.0 IP

Pitching for the Mariners: Kevin Millwood, RHP
Last Start: 6.1 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 4-8, 3.90 ERA / 3.47 FIP / 4.33 xFIP, 6.48 K/9, 3.20 BB/9 in 115.1 IP

Saturday, 8/4/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 8.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 10-7, 3.28 ERA / 3.82 FIP / 3.76 xFIP, 7.01 K/9, 2.29 BB/9 in 137.1 IP

Pitching for the Mariners: Felix Hernandez, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 9-5, 2.79 ERA / 2.94 FIP / 3.28 xFIP, 8.88 K/9, 2.38 BB/9 in 155.0 IP

Sunday, 8/5/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Freddy Garcia, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 4-5, 5.10 ERA / 4.09 FIP / 4.04 xFIP, 6.99 K/9, 2.28 BB/9 in 67.0 IP

Pitching for the Mariners: Hisashi Iwakuma, RHP
Last Start: 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 13 K, 3 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 2-2, 4.10 ERA / 5.28 FIP / 4.06 xFIP, 7.58 K/9, 4.25 BB/9 in 59.1 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

— Raul Ibanez – 5 for 12 with 1 double, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

— Jayson Nix – 4 for 10 with 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

— Derek Jeter – 10 for 26 with 1 double, 4 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

— Nick Swisher – 6 for 17 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

— Russell Martin – 5 for 17 with 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Unless you want to count Mark Teixeira who was recently sidelined with a wrist injury, no one on the Yankees has really been slumping in the last 7 days. Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson have hit for low averages and OBPs of late, but they each have hit 2 HRs and 6 RBIs in the same timeframe, so that’s not really a slump.

SEA Offense

Who’s Hot:

— Brendan Ryan – 8 for 17 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

— Kyle Seager – 10 for 22 with 1 double, 3 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

— Mike Carp – 8 for 20 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

— Trayvon Robinson – 4 for 10 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Casper Wells – 3 for 22 with 1 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

— John Jaso – 2 for 11 with 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series everyone!

Series Preview: Yankees at Mariners | 7/23/12-7/25/12

Pitching Matchups

Monday, 7/23/12, 10:10pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 9-7, 3.46 ERA / 4.05 FIP / 3.89 xFIP, 6.92 K/9, 2.43 BB/9 in 122.1 IP

Pitching for the Mariners: Kevin Millwood, RHP
Last Start: 5.0 IP, 7 ER, 10 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 3-7, 4.15 ERA / 3.57 FIP / 4.35 xFIP, 6.62 K/9, 3.35 BB/9 in 102.0 IP

Tuesday, 7/24/12, 10:10pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Freddy Garcia, RHP
Last Start: 5.2 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 4-3, 5.37 ERA / 4.20 FIP / 4.20 xFIP, 7.04 K/9, 2.85 BB/9 in 53.2 IP

Pitching for the Mariners: Felix Hernandez, RHP
Last Start: 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 8 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 8-5, 2.82 ERA / 2.78 FIP / 3.12 xFIP, 9.15 K/9, 2.30 BB/9 in 140.2 IP

Wednesday, 7/25/12, 3:40pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Ivan Nova, RHP
Last Start: 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 10-4, 4.10 ERA / 4.43 FIP / 3.89 xFIP, 7.98 K/9, 2.63 BB/9 in 123.0 IP

Pitching for the Mariners: Hisashi Iwakuma, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 1-2, 4.86 ERA / 5.61 FIP / 4.32 xFIP, 6.60 K/9, 4.27 BB/9 in 46.1 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

Jayson Nix – 5 for 14 with 2 doubles in the last 7 days

Mark Teixeira – 8 for 23 with 1 double, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Derek Jeter – 8 for 24 with 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Robinson Cano – 9 for 28 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

Eric Chavez – 2 for 14 with 2 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

Chris Stewart – 2 for 11 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 K in the last 7 days

Curtis Granderson  – 5 for 24 with 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 9 K in the last 7 days

SEA Offense

Who’s Hot:

Jesus Montero – 12 for 26 with 4 doubles, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

John Jaso – 4 for 11 with 1 BB in the last 7 days

Carlos Peguero – 3 for 9 with 1 HR, 2 RBI in the last 7 days

Michael Saunders – 7 for 23 with 1 double, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

Justin Smoak – 3 for 29 with 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 12 K in the last 7 days

Dustin Ackley – 5 for 28 with 1 triple, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K in the last 7 days

Miguel Olivo – 3 for 16 with 1 RBI, 8 K in the last 7 days

Kyle Seager – 6 for 31 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K

Enjoy the series everyone!

Morning Bits: Noesi, Mariners, Nunez, Montero

Good morning Yankees fans and happy Saturday to you all! Phil Hughes will take the mound versus Seattle’s Hector Noesi. Here are the morning links

— ESPN New York breaks down Hector Noesi’s last couple of starts for the Mariners. Being a former Yankee, it shouldn’t be hard to get runs off him, right?

— Seattle Mariners GM says that he feels ‘bad for the Yankees’ after the Montero & Pineda trade. Oh, so they originally tried to con us to get Montero?

— As we all know by now the Yankees have sent Eduardo Nunez to Triple-A to work on being a shortstop. Not sure, but to me this sounds like he might become trade bait…

— The Daily News talks about how Jesus Montero envisioned hitting the ball over the right field wall--and then does it anyway with a 6th inning solo shot. I know it was for the good of the team so that we could get starting pitching, but Montero is really hitting–for Seattle.

Series Preview: Yankees vs. Mariners | 5/11/12-5/13/12

Pitching Matchups

Friday, 5/11/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 4.1 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 K, 3 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 2-4, 3.75 ERA / 4.26 FIP / 4.17 xFIP, 5.50 K/9, 3,00 BB/9 in 36.0 IP

Pitching for the Mariners: Felix Hernandez, RHP
Last Start: 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 9 K, 2BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 3-1, 1.89 ERA / 2.47 FIP / 3.12 xFIP, 8.77 K/9, 2.41 BB/9 in 52.1 IP

Saturday, 5/12/12, 4:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 6.2 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 2-4, 6.67 ERA / 5.67 FIP / 4.21 xFIP, 9.53 K/9, 2.54 BB/9 in 28.1 IP

Pitching for the Mariners: Hector Noesi, RHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 2-3, 6.30 ERA / 5.56 FIP / 5.27 xFIP, 5.40 K/9, 3.90 BB/9 in 30.0 IP

Sunday, 5/13/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Andy Pettitte, LHP
Pettitte will be making his first major league start of the season after coming back from retirement.

Pitching for the Mariners: Blake Beavan, RHP
Last Start: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 1-3, 4.32 ERA / 4.78 FIP / 5.12 xFIP, 3.78 K/9, 1.08 BB/9 in 33.1 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

— Robinson Cano – 10 for 24 with 2 doubles, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

— Raul Ibanez – 6 for 15 with 1 double, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

— Eduardo Nunez – 5 for 11 with 1 double, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Mark Teixeira – 3 for 21 with 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

SEA Offense

Who’s Hot:

— Kyle Seager – 7 for 21 with 3 doubles, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

— Justin Smoak – 2 for 20 with 1 BB, 4 K in the last 7 days

— Michael Saunders – 3 for 15 with 1 double, 3 BB, 6 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series!

Bobby Valentine Not Surprised By Jesus Montero Trade

Bobby Valentine Not Surprised By Jesus Montero Trade

By Delia E.

Bobby Valentine had more to say about the Yankees trade that sent Jesus Montero to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Michael Pineda according to ESPN New York.

“I thought that it was kind of in their plans.” Valentine spoke to the press on Sunday while he was at Rippowam Middle School. “He helped their plans come to fruition by the way he played the last month of the season. I didn’t really ever think he was going to be their catcher in the future but maybe.”

Well Bobby Valentine, for a Red Sox manager you sure like to comment a lot about the Yankees.

Morning Bits: Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Darvish, Beltran

Good morning! Have a happy Saturday and enjoy your weekend! Here are today’s morning links

Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com talks about how it is unusual to see the Yankees & Red Sox quiet during the off-season

Andrew Marchand of ESPNNY.com talks about the chances for the Blue Jays to land Yu Darvish, Carlos Beltran and the chances the Blue Jays have of becoming a serious postseason contender

— This isn’t exactly a new link but Andrew Marchand talks about how the Yankees could land King Felix via trade.

Seattle Mariners OF Greg Halman killed

Seattle Mariners OF Greg Halman killed

By Delia E.

Dutch police have announced that Seattle Mariners OF Greg Halman was stabbed to death and his younger brother was arrested in connection to his murder.

Rotterdam Police responded to a call to a home in Dutch port city on early Monday morning and found Halman bleeding from a stab wound. The officers attempted to resuscitate Halman but were unsuccessful.

Police have arrested Halman’s 22 year old younger brother and he is currently being questioned by police.

Greg Halman played 35 games with the Seattle Mariners in 2011, with a .230 AVG,  2 HR’s &  6 RBI’s. Halman was just 24 years old.

Series Preview: NYY vs. SEA ~ 7/25/11-7/27/11

Mon., 7/25/11, 7:05PM EST

Freddy Garcia (8-7, 3.21) vs. Jason Vargas (6-8, 3.94)

Garcia’s Last 3 Starts: 1-1, 2.89, 13 K in 18.2 IP

Vargas’s Last 3 Starts: 0-3, 6.35, 9 K in 17.0 IP

Tues., 7/26/11, 7:05PM EST

C.C. Sabathia (14-5, 2.62) vs. Doug Fister (3-11, 3.30)

Sabathia’s Last 3 Starts: 2-1, 1.08, 25 K in 25.0 IP

Fister’s Last 3 Starts: 0-2, 5.03, 7 K in 19.2 IP

Wed., 7/27/11, 1:05PM EST

Phil Hughes (1-2, 9.47) vs. Felix Hernandez (8-9, 3.47)

Hughes’ Last 3 Starts: 1-1, 6.46, 10 K in 15.1 IP

Hernandez’s Last 3 Starts: 0-2, 5.14, 14 K in 21.0 IP

 

And here is Ricky’s podcast preview: Mariners-Yankees Preview …Be sure to check it out!