Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Gif That Will End Jayson Nix's Season

Most of us were watching the game last night when Jayson Nix got hit on the hand with a knuckle ball which caused the hand to be fractured and more than likely will end his season. If you have not seen it here is the pitch that will end Jayson Nic's 2013 campaign. It's a shame he has been a big part of the season and will not be around when we finally turn this thing around. Get well Jayson.

Yankees complete sweep of Blue Jays, 5-3

Thanks to 6 innings of one-run ball from Andy Pettitte, a two-run single from Eduardo Nunez, and a solo homer from Curtis Granderson, the Yankees were able to easily comeback to beat the Blue Jays today, 5-3, completing a four game sweep. This win evens up Pettitte's seasonal record at 9-9 while also lowering his ERA to 4.26. It's safe to say that he really needed this one, as he has never had a losing season in his career. 

Since Mariano Rivera had to sit this one out, David Robertson went ahead and pitched a scoreless ninth inning, giving him his second save of the season. With this win, the Yankees record on the year is now 68-59, 3.5 games behind the A's for the AL Wild Card. 

Yankees Are Not In On Justin Morneau

This morning we reported that the Yankees were back in on Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins since he has cleared waivers and can be traded to any team. Now Buster Olney on his twitter feed is saying that the Yankees are not expected to make a move for Morneau and are simply monitoring the power hitting first basemen. In this business we like to call these conflicting reports.

Morneau is a free agent after the 2013 season and is owed less than $2,000,000 for the rest of the season but is in the middle of his third consecutive down year by his standards. Morneau has put up a .269/.322/.434 with 15 home runs this season for the Twins and would be an upgrade over the likes of Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay. Finding him a spot would not be difficult since rosters expand in less than two weeks either but I still am not sure I like the idea. Morneau would have to be a part time DH and part time first baseman taking at bats away from our outfield rotation.

Preston Claiborne Called Up By The Yankees

I know I am a little late to the party but I have this thing called a job and they actually expect me to do something while I am there. I know right, go figure, anyway.

Preston Claiborne has been called up from AAA Scranton to provide a fresh arm for the Yankees in the bullpen. Claiborne takes the 25 man roster spot from Jayson Nix who suffered a fractured hand last night. The Yankees will play with a short bench at least for this weekend before Derek Jeter hopefully is ready to return early next week. Welcome back Preston.

Game Thread: Blue Jays @ Yankees 8/22

The Yankees and the Blue Jays finish their four game series this afternoon at Yankees Stadium at 1:05 pm ET. The pitching match up is Andy Pettitte for the Yankees and JA Happ for the Blue Jays and the game can be seen live on the YES Network and MLB TV. The Yankees are looking to continue their winning ways against the Blue Jays and push even closer towards the playoffs with another series win.

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Game 127 Lineup: Blue Jays vs. Yankees

After 3 hours and 30 minutes of a rain delay, we are finally ready for baseball! Here is your starting lineup!

Ichiro Suzuki RF
Vernon Wells DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C

LHP Andy Pettitte

Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees 8/22

The New York Yankees host the Toronto Blue Jays this afternoon in a getaway game for both clubs at Yankees Stadium. The Yankees will send Andy Pettitte to the mound on an extra days rest to face off with JA Happ for the Blue Jays. Hopefully Curtis Granderson is on the bench for today's game, see his first spring training at bat for any reason you may need to justify this decision. The game will be televised at 1:05 pm ET on the YES Network and MLB TV.

David Robertson In Trenton August 29 For Charity

(Trenton, NJ) - A billboard in left field at ARM & HAMMER Park promoting the MVP Foundation's Annual Fundraiser has kept fans in suspense all season long. 
On Wednesday, Trenton Thunder official chiropractor, Dr. Thomas "Doc" Haveron, announced that "Special Guest TBD" - as it's stated on the billboard - for the Third Annual MVP Foundation Event on August 29 will be New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson.

The MVP Foundation will present a check to David Robertson on behalf of his foundation, High Socks For Hope, in a ceremony on the field before the game.

"This is a great opportunity to publicly thank David for all the work he does for the victims of natural disasters," said Dr. Thomas "Doc" Haveron, founder of the MVP Foundation. "He's a great player, humanitarian and friend of the MVP Foundation and we're happy he'll be returning to Trenton to be a part of our fundraiser."
VIP Ticket Packages that include a ticket in a luxury suite, food and the opportunity to meet Robertson are available. Fans interested in the meet and greet should email,, for more information.

In addition, MVP's sponsor, TOPPS, will be providing packs of 2013 baseball cards to fans as they exit the ballpark.

In 2011, Dr. Thomas "Doc" Haveron founded the MVP Foundation (Medicine Via Philanthropy) which raises money for children with serious illnesses, provides scholarships for students to attend medical school and helps other non-profit foundations fulfill their missions. Learn more at

The game on August 29 against the New Britain Rock Cats is the season finale and will also include a post-game fireworks show presented by Quality Plus Ford Stores and Thirsty Thursday presented by Budweiser with $2 Bud and Bud Lights available until the middle of the 5th inning.

All Trenton Thunder tickets are on sale now at

Being posted with permission from the Trenton Thunder organization. The original post can be seen HERE

Chase Headley Finally Placed On Waivers

Chase Headley has finally been placed on waivers by the San Diego Padres, will the Yankees claim him? I cannot see a scenario where they don't claim Headley and try to work out a deal with him if he gets down that far. I know the Yankees just signed Mark Reynolds but for the $200,000 we owe him for the rest of the season we can easily release him and make the trade for Headley.

Headley has failed to live up to the huge 2012 season he had putting up a batting line of .237/.328/.368 in his age 29 season. Headley is owed a little less than $2,000,000 for this season and will enter his final year of arbitration next year. Headley expects to be right at or a little above $10,000,000 for the 2014 season but the Yankees will presumably have a glaring hole at third base next season with Alex Rodriguez suspended so this kind of works perfectly for us. Headley would be a free agent after the 2014 season so the Padres are expected to ask a ton of Headley by any team that may claim him.

At the end of the day I can't see Headley on the Yankees this season or before the trading deadline in the 2014 season but it's nice to dream, isn't it?

The Yankees Are "Back In" On Justin Morneau

According to Jeff Todd on MLB Trade Rumors the New York Yankees are said to be "back in" on Justin Morneau with this recent resurgence. Say what? Where do the Yankees plan on playing Mr. Morneau? We still have Lyle Overbay from the left side at first base and Mark Reynolds on the right side at first base so where does Morneau fit in? Would he DH and leave one of our outfielders sitting on the bench every game? I can't see this as anything more than maybe getting the Baltimore Orioles, who are only one game up ahead of us in both the Wild Card and AL East chase, to pay more for a declining slugger. I don't buy it and I hope Brian Cashman is not buying it either.

Errors Help West Virginia Top Charleston

Errors Help West Virginia Top Charleston
Power score six late runs to even the series

CHARLESTON, SC - The Charleston RiverDogs committed three errors and the West Virginia Power took advantage and stole the game 7-4 on Wednesday night in front of 3,750 fans at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in South Atlantic League action.
With the loss, the RiverDogs are back below .500 at 29-30 in the second half and 68-59 overall. West Virginia advances to 36-22 in the second half and 73-55 overall with the win. The series is now tied at 1-1 with the rubber match on Thursday.
A third inning solo homer by Jimmy Rider, his first hit of the season, put the Power up 1-0. Still 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, and error and an RBI single by Greg Bird put the Dogs on top 2-1.
Another West Virginia error in the sixth led to another Charleston run to put the Dogs up 3-1.
In the top of the seventh inning, reliever Evan Rutckyj hit a batter, walked another, and then served up the 12th homer of the year to Josh Bell, a three run blast the made it 4-3 Power.
Ericson Leonora was able to come through with a clutch two out, RBI single for Charleston to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh. However, that tie would not last long.
In the top of the eighth, two errors on one play by Charleston helped West Virginia score three times in the frame without an RBI and untie the game to take a 7-4 lead that they would not relinquish.
Daniel Camarena started for the RiverDogs and was solid just allowing one run on six hits and fanned two.
Evan Rutckyj got tagged with the loss for Charleston after giving up six runs, five earned, on three hits, three walks, one hit batter, and two wild pitches in 2.1 innings. The loss moves his record to 10-9.
Power starter Jason Creasy allowed just two unearned runs on four hits in five innings. Ryan Hafner picked up the win with three solid innings of two run, four hit baseball to improve to a perfect 7-0. Cesar Lopex worked a scoreless ninth to collect his first save of the year.
Jake Cave was the only RiverDogs with multiple hits going 2-5 with two runs scored in the loss. Greg Bird went 1-5 and knocked in team leading 79th RBI of the year.
BALLPARK FUN: Fans got to experience a different voice in the ballpark with Rick Zolzer, the PA Announcer for the Hudson Valley Renegades, entertaining the crowd at The Joe and RiverDogs PA Announcer Ken Carrington taking over for Zolzer in Hudson Valley for a unique PA Swap for one night only.
COMING UP: The finale of this three game series and homestand is Thursday night at 7:05 at Riley Park. LHP Eric Wooten (1-2, 1.80 ERA) will start for Charleston, and RHP Tyler Glasnow (8-3, 2.40 ERA) will take the mound for West Virginia. Enjoy the best Happy Hour in the Lowcountry for the final time in 2013 as DJ Natty Heavy spins the tunes in the Ashley View Pub with $1 drafts for the always-popular Budweiser Thirsty Thursday presented by 95SX! Fans can purchase tickets at, over the phone at 843/723-7241, or in-person at the Riley Park Box Office. Fans may also listen to the game live locally on ESPN Radio 910AM or online at

Being posted with permission from the Charleston Riverdogs organization. The original article can be seen HERE

Greene, Gamel Lead Thunder Past Rock Cats, 3-1

(New Britain, CT) - Shane Greene tossed seven strong innings and Ben Gamel drove home the tying and later winning runs to lead the Trenton Thunder past the New Britain Rock Cats, 3-1, in the rubber-match of a three-game series Wednesday night at New Britain Stadium. 
The win, coupled with a New Hampshire loss at Portland, means the Thunder (67-62) hold a 3.5-game lead for the Eastern Division Wild Card spot over the third-place Fisher Cats (63-65) with 13 games remaining in the regular season. Portland (62-67), which comes to Trenton for the next four games, remained 5.0 games back in fourth.
Greene (7-3) allowed a third-inning run on Danny Santana's triple and Brad Boyer's RBI single, then settled in and threw his longest outing as a member of the Thunder. He allowed six hits and one walk, while striking out seven and throwing 96 pitches.
Gamel's first RBI hit tied the score at 1 with two outs in the fourth against New Britain starter Cole De Vries. It scored Kyle Roller, who hustled out a two-out double to left-center and advanced to third on catcher Dan Rohlfing's fielding error.
With the game still tied in the eighth, Ramon Flores blooped a leadoff double against Ryan O'Rourke (0-2). Dan Sattler relieved O'Rourke and retired the next two hitters but then threw a wild pitch and walked Jose Pirela, leaving runners on the corners with two outs.
Gamel then grounded the first pitch from Sattler back through the middle for the go-ahead single. A throwing error on Rohlfing later allowed Pirela to score the second run of the inning. Francisco Rondon retired the final two hitters in the ninth to record his second save of the season.
The Thunder next return to ARM & HAMMER Park for an eight-game homestand in which they welcome Portland for four games and then New Britain for four. The Portland series begins Thursday night at 7:05 pm, with lefty-hander Nik Turley (9-7, 4.09) expected to start against southpaw Henry Owens (2-0, 1.20). 
Limited tickets are available through the Thunder box office at (609) 394-3300 or online at Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 6:45 pm.

Being posted with permission from the Trenton Thunder organization. The original article can be seen HERE

This Day In New York Yankees History 8/22

On this day in 1939 the Yankees won their first night game in franchise history when they beat up the Chicago White Sox 14-5 in Comiskey Park. The Yankees knocked 14 base hits including nine of them being extra base hits in the victory.

On this day in 1961 Roger Maris became the first player to ever reach the 50 home run mark in the month of August when he hit a home run off of Angels pitcher Ken McBride.

On this day in 2008 Derek Jeter became the third New York Yankees player in their history to reach 2,500 hits joining Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. Jeter had a bloop single against Radhames Liz in a victory against the Baltimore Orioles.