Saturday, September 8, 2012

Yankees @ Orioles 9/8/12

Mark Teixeira is back but he may have to wait another day to return as the tarp is on the field in Baltimore with a 50% chance of rain for tonight's game up until about 10 pm ET where it increases to a 70% chance. 

The Yankees are back in first place after a couple guys broke out the big bats last night in Baltimore. The Yankees will look to ride this wave of momentum into their first winning streak in what feels like forever. Daunted with that task tonight is the Yankees big man, work horse, and ace CC Sabathia. He will be opposed by Orioles left hander Joe Saunders who threw an absolute gem in his last start for the Orioles. The game will be televised at 7:05 pm ET on YES and MLB Network


1. Jeter - SS
2. Swisher - RF
3. Teixeira - 1B
4. Rodriguez - DH
5. Cano - 2B
6. Martin - C
7. Jones - RF
8. Ichiro - CF
9. Nix - 3B

Go Yankees!!

Andy Pettitte Throws 3 Inning Simulated Game

The plan to get Andy Pettitte back in the Bronx was deemed to be an accelerated plan and we are starting to see just what the Yankees have in mind. Andy Pettitte threw 3 innings in a simulated game with Larry Rothschild, Joe Girardi, and others watching and looked absolutely ready to be back in the big leagues. Larry Rothschild said Andy Pettitte would not go down to either AA Trenton or AAA Scranton, even if they are still in the playoffs, to rehab because they will not be necessary. We are going to see how Andy feels tomorrow and then he will see the team doctor on Monday. If everything goes well, which there are no indications from anyone that it won't, Andy will really get accelerated in this rehab.

My interpretation of Andy not going down to the minors leagues means he will start for the big league club and stretch his arm out that way. Andy Pettitte for 50 or so pitches and increasing with every start until he is fully stretched out for the playoffs, if we get that far. No one will say that on the record right now but that is just what my line of thinking is. Andy threw 46 pitches in the simulated game today so his first start could be a 4-5 IP outing which would probably be much better then what Freddy Garcia could give us or, as much as I hate to say it, David Phelps right now.

This Day In Yankees History : 9/8/12

In 1916 a record low TWENTY SIX fans were in attendance to watch the Yankees and the A's go at it in the rain. The A's Wally Schang became the first player in Major League history to hit a home run from both sides of the plate which was not done again until 1940.

Babe Ruth hit his 300th home run of his career in the night cap of a double header with the Boston Red Sox, his former team. Not really a huge milestone by these days but it was back then and any excuse to use Babe Ruth will be utilized here on TGP.

In 2007 Alex Rodriguez hit his 50th and 51st home run of the season becoming the fourth Yankee in their history to hit 50 home runs in a season joining Babe Ruth, Roger Maris, and Mickey Mantle. He also passed Mike Schmidt and Adrian Beltre for the most home runs in a season by a third basemen.'s Top 20 Prospect List came out with their Top 20 Prospect list this week and there are, well there should be, a few surprises here. I highly suggest you click the link and go read the write ups about each player but for the lazy here is the complete top 20 list.

1. Gary Sanchez
2. Mason Williams
3. Tyler Austin
4. Manny Banuelos
5. Slade Heathcott
6. Ty Hensley
7. Zoilo Almonte
8. Angelo Gumbs
9. Dante Bichette JR
10. Ramon Flores
11. Adam Warren
12. Nik Turley
13. Jose A. Ramirez
14. Mark Montgomery
15. Jose Pirela
16. Jose Campos
17. Dellin Betances
18. Austin Aune
19. Zach Nuding
20. Ravel Santana

I cannot say that I agree with a lot of these rankings but I will save that for the off season when I make my own list. What are your thoughts?