Sunday, July 7, 2013

Alex Rodriguez Hit-Less In Latest Rehab Game

Alex Rodriguez has been held hit-less in his latest rehab game for the High A Tampa Yankees going 0-3 in 8 IP as the Tampa Yankees DH. A Rod was less than stellar at the plate not getting a single one of the balls out of the infield but the important part is he is still healthy. No word on his next rehab game but it will probably be tomorrow at 3B in Tampa as he got a half of a day off today.

Michael Pineda Officially Transferred To AAA

Michael Pineda has officially been activated off the 60 day DL and has been optioned to AAA to play for the Scranton Wilkes Barre Railriders. Curtis Granderson has been moved to the 60 day DL to make room on the 40 man roster for Pineda. Pineda will stay down in Scranton and get some work in and build up arm strength before the Yankees make a decision whether to bring him up this season or not.

Derek Jeter Goes 1-2 In Latest Rehab Game

Derek Jeter finished his latest rehab game today 1-2 with a line drive single, two walks, and a run scored while playing the entire game at DH. Derek did strike out swinging for his only out of the day but once again came through the game healthy. Derek is penciled in as the Scranton starting short stop tomorrow and the plan is to see if he can go an entire nine innings before they can activate him. How huge would it be to get back Derek Jeter sometime this week?

Yankees Claim Travis Ishikawa From O's

The Yankees have claimed Travis Ishikawa off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles in a real head scratcher. He is out of minor league options and yet another left handed bat and would require us to make a 40 man roster move. Ishikawa is a first basemen if you could not figure that out already and gives Lyle Overbay his first real back up this season. I can see Kevin Youkilis being added to the 60 day DL to make room for Ishikawa and Alberto Gonzalez DFA'd to make room n the 25 man roster. I was hoping to get Russ Canzler so this is a little disappointing.


Kevin Youkilis has in fact been added to the 60 day DL to make room for Ishikawa.

Game Thread: Orioles @ Yankees 7/7

The Yankees and the Orioles have a getaway game this afternoon in Yankees Stadium to conclude their three game set. Hiroki Kuroda will be making his first start after missing his last start with a sore hip flexor. Jason Hammel has not won in six straight starts so hopefully the Yankees can extend that streak.

Here is the Yankees lineup

Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Zoilo Almonte LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Luis Cruz 3B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C

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Baltimore Orioles @ New York Yankees 7/7

The New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles will finish their weekend series this afternoon in Yankees Stadium before the Yankees host the Kansas City Royals on Monday. The Yankees will send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound to face off with Jason Hammel for the Orioles. The game will be televised at 1:05 pm ET on YES, TBS, and MLB TV.

Countdown To Russ Canzler To The Yankees Redux

The New York Yankees briefly had Russ Canzler on the team after claiming him off waivers only to designate him for assignment after signing Travis Hafner. Yesterday Russ was designated for assignment again by the Orioles and has become a free agent. Russ made a ton of sense for the Yankees then and he makes even more sense for us now. Russ is a right handed hitter that can play first base, outfield corner spots, and could fill in at third base in an emergency. Russ, albeit in the minor leagues, has absolutely crushed left handed pitching this season to the tune of a .415/.531/.815 in 82 plate appearances.

So let me get this straight we need a right handed platoon guy to match up with Lyle Overbay. We need a guy that can hit left handed pitching and hit for power. We need a guy that is young, cheap, and can play multiple positions to increase versatility. We need a guy willing to accept a bench role because having both Luis Cruz and Alberto Gonzalez on the same bench is sickening from an offensive standpoint, especially with Eduardo Nunez back. All of this is solved with the signing of Russ Canzler and he is not a Yankee yet?

Staten Island Yankees Game Recap 7/6



Staten Island, NY – July 6th – The Staten Island Yankees tied the game in the seventh and battled the Renegades through 12 innings on Saturday night, but ultimately fell to Hudson Valley 9-4.

Andrew Benak (1-2), who threw 1.1 innings of relief for the Yankees, suffered the loss. He allowed five earned runs off three hits, including a grand slam to Hudson Valley catcher Oscar Hernandez. He walked none and struck out two.

The win went to Renegades’ reliever Jamie Schultz (1-0). Schultz tossed 3.0 hitless innings, while walking one and fanning eight batters.

Staten Island was first to score, as John Murphy singled on a ground ball to plate Yeicok Calderon. Calderon had also singled, and then moved to second on a throwing error by Renegades’ third baseman Tyler Young.

In the following frame, Hudson Valley retaliated with a three-run home run off the bat of second baseman Ariel Soriano. Jonathan Quinonez, who walked, and John Alexander, who reached on an error by Yankees’ third baseman Kale Sumner, both scored on the play.

The Yankees tied the game in the fourth at 3-3. Calderon led things off with a double to left, and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Bubba Jones. Kale Sumner scored the second run on a line drive double by John Murphy.

The Renegades pulled ahead in the sixth as Soriano hit his second home run of the night – this time a solo shot to left center to begin the inning. But in the bottom of the seventh, Eric Jagielo hit his first professional home run to knot the score at 4-4.

Three Hudson Valley hits, two hit batters, and a sacrifice bunt in the 12th, gave the Renegades a four-run advantage and the win.

Calderon led the Yankees’ offense going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored; however Staten Island was just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position, and left seven men on base.

The Yankees will begin a three-game series at home against the Connecticut Tigers tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00PM. RHP Giovanny Gallegos (2-1, 4.00 ERA) will toe the mound for the Yankees, while RHP Buck Farmer (0-1, 5.40 ERA) is expected to get the ball for the Tigers. Tickets are on sale now by calling 718-720-9265, visiting the box office at Richmond County Bank Ballpark. 

Michael Pineda, Alex Rodriguez, & Derek Jeter Rehab

Three Yankees stars appeared in rehab games last night and we have the updates for you. Derek Jeter and Michael Pineda were in games with the AAA Scranton Wiles Barre Railriders and Alex was playing for the Tampa Yankees.

Derek Jeter went 0-2 with a walk including a ground out to third base and a line drive to the second basemen that got caught. Jeter played 5 innings in the field and only had one ball hit right at him and fielded it cleanly. The plan is for Jeter to DH in tonight's game and then reevaluate the ankle to prevent another major setback.

Michael Pineda was in the same game as Jeter and started the game going 5 IP allowing 2 R and 4 H with 2 walks scattered in there. Not exactly the overpowering display I was looking for to simply make Joe Girardi put him into the rotation and in the major leagues but he cane through it healthy and I guess that is all that matters. Pineda did have 7 K's though and threw 78 pitches in the campaign while hitting 92-93 MPH on the gun so that is encouraging. Pineda's rehab window is over on Monday so the Yankees have to activate him off the DL and either option him to the minors or call him up to the majors. Unless they want to use him as a reliever I see them leaving him in Scranton since he never got over 80 pitches in a game and could use the extra work to build up his arm.

Alex Rodriguez went 1-2 with a single and a hit by pitch with a run scored for the High A Tampa Yankees last night. The single was right back up the middle in case you were wondering. Alex played six innings at third base with two ground balls and a line drive hit his way fielding all three cleanly.

Cardboard Therapy 7/5/13

Being posted as a part of Syndicated Sunday from Draft 2 Dynasty

Cardboard Therapy 7/5/13

Welcome back for another installment of Cardboard Therapy. Thanks to some rain delays and timely rain stoppages we were able to get some autographs and keep the cards dry. This batch of cards were autographed either on July 3rd or 4th. Both Tampa and Lakeland had their versions of 4th of July festivities. Without further BLAH BLAH BLAH here we go.
Brian Baisley
Marcus Thames
Gary Sanchez
Peter O'Brien
Bryan Mitchell
Mason Williams
Fu-Lin Kuo

Game 88 Lineup: Yankees @ Orioles

The Yankees are going for the their seventh straight win! So here is the starting lineup vs. Jason Hammel

Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Zoilo Almonte LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Luis Cruz 3B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

The Yankees rallied to beat the Orioles yesterday by a score of 5-4 and moved into second place in the AL East.  Yesterday's win also put the Yankees back into the second wildcard slot in the standings.

Andy Pettitte picked up only his third win since April 19th, allowing nine hits and three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings.

Eduardo Nunez and Lyle Overbay lead the way for the Yankees offensively. Nunez, making his return off the DL from a strained oblique, went 2-3 and drove in two runs including the game winner.  Overbay went 3-4 and scored the winning run.

Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 29th save of the year.

The Yankees and Orioles complete their three-game series today in the Bronx with a game time of 1:05 PM ET.  Hiroki Kuroda(7-6, 2.95 ERA) will face Jason Hammel(7-5, 5.19 ERA) this afternoon and the game will be televised by YES.

Now on to today's new links:

John Harper of the New York Daily News writes that Derek Jeter says he's ready to return to the Yankees.

Phil Watson of Yahoo Sports says things are getting closer to normal for the Yankees.

The USA Today has this article about Andy Pettitte tying Bob Gibson on the all-time wins list.

Matthew Stanmyre of the Star-Ledger reports about David Phelps being placed in the 15-day DL and the Yankees hosting Newtown Day.

Have a great day everyone!

Vote In David Robertson Into The All Star Game

Major League Baseball has announced the five finalists that can be voted on to win the final spot on the All Star team and David Robertson is among the finalist. You can vote for David by going to or by texting the word "VOTE" to 89269. If you want to save some time you can simply text "A3" to 89269 and vote for David and skip a step if you're lazy like me. Let's get to voting Yankees fans and send another one of our own to Citifield on July 16th!

Robinson Cano & Mariano Rivera Named All Stars

The 84th annual Major League Baseball All Star game is less than two weeks away and the preliminary rosters have been announced and two Yankees have made the list. Robinson Cano will be the starting second basemen for the American League and Mariano Rivera will be the teams closer. The game will be played in Citifield in New York so it will be nice for both of these guys to make the roster and play in front of the home town crowd. Congratulations to Cano and Rivera on being voted in to the game and good luck to both of them.

This Day In New York Yankees History 7/7

On this day in 1937 Yankees slugger Lou Gehrig drives in four runs with a home run and a double in the All Star game. President Franklin D Roosevelt was in attendance becoming the first president to ever attend an All Star game when he threw out the first pitch.