Sunday, September 2, 2012
The Yankees announced today that they have promoted Yankees farm hands Tyler Austin, Tommy Kahnle, and Branden Pinder to AA Trenton Thunder just in time for the playoffs. All three of these young men deserve it and are making the Yankees organization and fans extremely proud. Get it done boys and keep up the good work!!!
Andy Pettitte throws his second bullpen session off of a mound today which included 35 pitches. Andy looked good and more importantly Andy feels good afterwards. He is expected to throw another bullpen session as early as tomorrow as a part of his accelerated rehab program. Early reports say that Ivan Nova was on the mound beside him also throwing a bullpen session off the mound. No word on Ivan Nova's pitch count though or how he looked. You can "clearly" see Andy throwing in the bullpen with Nova from this picture from Meredith Marakovits. Thanks Meredith ;)
The Houston Astros have claimed recently designated Brandon Laird off of waivers and will acquire him. This basically just became a Steve Pearce for Brandon Laird trade if you think about it. As much as I hate to lose Brandon Laird, and as much as I am shocked that he even got claimed to be honest, I am happy for him because I think he will get a starting gig on a rebuilding team that will be very patient with him.
Laird will never be anything more then an all or nothing type hitter with around a .250 average and 20 home run power and never really had an opportunity in New York. Always being blocked by Alex Rodriguez this is a great opportunity for Laird to show what he is really made of. Good luck Brandon I hope you make the best out of this opportunity!
Mike Mussina and former Yankee David Cone were going at it as the Yankees and Red Sox continued their rivalry on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball in late 2001. The Yankees would take a 1-0 lead in the 9th inning in a game where pitcher Mike Mussina had not allowed a hit or walk or a base runner at that point. This was the third time in Mussina's career that he brought a perfect game into the 8th inning. Carl Everett broke up the perfect game with a single in the 9th inning with two outs and two strikes.
Speaking of David Cone he returned from a major aneurysm surgery in his throwing surgery on this day in 1996 and was quite impressive. He threw seven shutout and no hit innings in his return and only saw his combined no hitter chance blown with two outs when Mariano Rivera gave up a cheap infield single.
Curtis Granderson is not in the lineup with mild tendinitis in his right hamstring
Chris Dickerson two run home run puts the Yankees up 2-0
Swisher comes through with RISP to make it 3-1 Yanks
Mark Reynolds the Yankee killer makes it 5-3 Orioles with his 2nd home run
The Yankees will finish off their three game weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon at Yankees Stadium. The Yankees will send Phil Hughes to the mound looking for another dominating performance and will be facing off against Chris Tillman for the Orioles. The game will be televised at 1:05 pm ET on YES locally and TBS nationally.
1. Jeter DH
2. Swisher 1B
3. Cano 2B
4. Chavez 3B
5. Ibanez LF
6. Martin C
7. Ichiro LF
8. Dickerson CF
9. Nix SS
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Curtis Granderson went for an MRI yesterday after leaving yesterdays game with an apparent right hamstring injury. The MRI results are in and they revealed mild tendinitis and nothing serious like tears or strains so that is quite the relief for the team riddled by injuries. Granderson could be available to pitch today but if I know Girardi like I think I do I would not expect to see Grandy until Monday at the earliest. Mike Axisa from River Avenue Blues suggested DH'ing him since we are about to be playing on turf in Tampa and I think that is a great idea.
Alex Rodriguez went hitless in his second rehab game for the Tampa Yankees last night with an 0-4 game with two strike outs. The Yankees still seem adamant on bringing him back to the big leagues on Monday so let us hope that he is going to get his timing back today, 9/2, when he is in another game. The good news is he has batted and played the field, although only had one play hit his way, and has come through it pain free so the hand seems fine.
According to Rotoworld the Yankees, assuming everything goes well, Alex Rodriguez may be activated off the DL as soon as Monday! This may be rushing him just a little bit but A Rod has been staying in shape and really just needs to get his timing back and he will be good to go. Whether he is at 100% or not physically he is still a presence in the middle of that lineup, which is evident by the Yankees being a .500 team without him this season. With Teixeira still out another week with his calf I think, even as a DH, we need A Rod back in the middle of that lineup more then ever.