Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Brewers Have Scout Following The Yankees

According to George A. King III the Milwaukee Brewers have special assignment scout Dick Groch basically following around the New York Yankees. Who could the Brewers be scouting you ask? The details are obviously not set in stone but Milwaukee was said to be interested in some of the Yankees catching depth back in Spring Training and the Yankees were said to have varying amounts of interest in Rickie Weeks. Or Groch could just be watching the Derek Jeter farewell tour, he was the scout that originally signed Jeter out of the 1992 MLB First Year Player's Draft.

Aramis Ramirez could make sense for the Yankees at third base or Weeks could as a shortstop but a trade seems unlikely at this point. This doesn't upset me too much with the emergence of Yangervis Solarte and a roster crunch on the 40 man roster.

Nova struggles again as Yanks get blown out by O's, 14-5

Ivan Nova gave up 7 earned runs in 3.2 innings and Vidal Nuno relieved him with a terrible performance of his own (3.1 innings, 7 earned runs) today as the Yankees had their two-game win streak snapped by the Orioles, 14-5. From start to finish this afternoon, Nova really was struggling, giving up three runs in a single frame twice, which makes me wonder: is he even worth keeping anymore? Seriously, does he ever pitch well nowadays?

Anyway, the Yankees offense had a game of firsts this afternoon, as Carlos Beltran had his first RBI extra-base hit as a Bomber and Alfonso Soriano and Kelly Johnson each hit their first home runs of the season. Besides them, Yangervis Solarte, of course, drove in another run on a double, while Brett Gardner got a man home from third with a groundball in the fourth. 

A few other Pinstripes who also played pretty well here were Jacoby Ellsbury, who went 3-for-4 to stretch his hitting streak to 5, and Dellin Betances, who struck out 3 in 1.2 innings of relief. Nothing too impressive, as the game was well over when he came in, but still, definitely not a bad sign.

Look Around The Farm: Tampa Yankees

Game Thread: Yankees vs. Orioles 4/8

The New York Yankees will host the Baltimore Orioles in the second of a three game set at Yankee Stadium this afternoon. The Yankees will send Ivan Nova to the mound to face off with the always pesky Wei-Yin Chen for the Orioles. The Yankees took the first game of the series on Derek Jeter's last home Opening Day in Yankees pinstripes and will look to do it again this afternoon. The game will be televised at 1:05 pm ET on the YES Network, MLB Network, MLB TV, and on the radio with WFAN.

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Enjoy the game Yankees family and enjoy the rest of your day.

A Look At The Yankees Leaders After Seven Games

Here is just a quick look at the New York Yankees leaders in the major categories after seven games of the 2014 season. I know it is a small sample size to look at but maybe when you mix this in with spring training stats it could mean something, or maybe not. Either way here it is in all it's glory.

Games Played:

Seven games each for Brian Roberts and Jacoby Ellsbury

At Bats:

25 each for Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury

Runs Scored:

Four each for Brett Gardner, Yangervis Solarte, and Ichiro Suzuki


Yangervis Solarte and Jacoby Ellsbury  lead the way with nine hits already


Yangervis Solarte leads the team with four doubles

Home Runs:

Brett Gardner is still the only "Bronx Bomber" with a home run in 2014


Yangervis Solarte leads the team with six runs batted in


The Yangervis Solarte show continues with his .450 average


Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, and Ivan Nova all have one victory each. Hiroki Kuroda has pitched well enough to have two wins already in my opinion.


CC Sabathia deserved his one loss this season, Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda didn't. That's baseball I guess.


David "Gofer Ball" Phelps has the highest Yankees ERA with a 9.82 ERA and the lowest belongs to Shawn Kelley, Dellin Betances, Matt Thornton, Vidal Nuno, David Robertson, and Adam Warren who all have 0.00 ERA's. Michael Pineda has the lowest ERA among starters with a 1.50 ERA.


CC Sabathia has the most K's among the rotation with 12, which makes sense since he has had two starts already. Masahiro Tanaka had eight K's in his debut which is good for second on the team. Hiroki Kuroda has had two starts this season and has 9 K's.

Preview: New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles 4/8

The New York Yankees won in Derek Jeter's final home Opening Day and look to keep the winning streak alive as they host the Baltimore Orioles in the second game of their three game set at Yankee Stadium this week. The Yankees will send Ivan Nova to the mound looking for their third straight victory and he will be opposed by Wei-Yin Chen for the Orioles. Chen always gives the Yankees fits at the plate so hopefully Nova is sharper in this game then he was in his first start of the season. The game will be televised at 1:05 pm ET on the YES Network, MLB Network, MLB TV, and WFAN.

Go Yankees!!!

Quick Hit: Tanaka Misses Boston This Weekend

For the first time this season the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox will renew their rivalry and play a four game set this weekend at Yankee Stadium. The only pitcher that the defending World Series champions will not see this week and into the weekend is Masahiro Tanaka. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing remains to be seen but it is kind of a bummer from a fans perspective, no?

Do we not want to see our shiny new toy going against our biggest and oldest rivals on the biggest stage? Or would we rather keep him hidden for just a little longer? I don't guess it matters much because we play these guys 20 some times a season and we are bound to run Tanaka out there in more than one of the starts but it would still be kind of cool to see Tanaka earn a stripe in front of the Yankee Stadium crowd, if such a thing is possible in April.

Yankees To Call Up Cesar Cabral To Replace D Rob

The New York Yankees will have three left handed pitchers in their bullpen for today's game with the Baltimore Orioles and going forward as Cesar Cabral has been called up to replace the injured David Robertson. This means Vidal Nuno is going to have to take the step forward and get out both righties and lefties, something I think he can do with ease.

Trenton Thunder Game Recap 4/7

Thunder & Sea Dogs Rained Out On Monday
Tickets May Be Exchanged

(TRENTON, NJ) - Monday night's game between the Trenton Thunder and the Portland Sea Dogs has been postponed due to rain. A make up date for the contest is to be determined. 
Tickets to the Monday, April 7 game may be exchanged for tickets of equal or lesser value to any remaining 2014 home game except April 17, based on availability. Ticket stubs must be presented in person at the Thunder Ticket Office at ARM & HAMMER Park. The Ticket Office will reopen at 9:30 AM on Tuesday morning.
The Thunder and Sea Dogs will play on Tuesday, April 8 at 7:05pm. Trenton LHP Matt Tracy is scheduled to face Portland RHP Mike McCarthy. 
All Trenton Thunder tickets are available at trentonthunder.com or by calling 609-394-3300.

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

Charleston Riverdogs Game Recap 4/7

RiverDogs Home Opener Rained Out
Game Will Be Made Up as Part of a Doubleheader On May 27, Tickets May Be Exchanged To Any Remaining Game

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston RiverDogs home opener against the Greenville Drive at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park was postponed due to rain on Monday night. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday, May 27. Tickets for Monday night's game may be exchanged at the Riley Park Box Office to any remaining RiverDogs home game in 2014.
COMING UP: Charleston will host Greenville on Tuesday evening with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pmin the rescheduled home opener for the RiverDogs. Charleston will send out LHP Caleb Smith (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to face Drive RHP Mario Alcantara (0-0, 0.00 ERA). Harris Teeter 2-for-$20 Date NightTuesday, presented by Nash FM 96.9, is a great deal with two tickets, two tacos, two fountain drinks, and one nacho tray for just $20! Tickets may be purchased in person at the Riley Park Box Office, (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or on-line at www.riverdogs.com. If fans cannot make it to the ballpark, they are encouraged to tune in to all the action this year both home and away on 1250 WTMA, the radio home for RiverDogs baseball. 

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

This Day In New York Yankees History 4/8

On this day in 1975 Frank Robinson became the first black manager in MLB history and started his managerial career with a victory over the New York Yankees 5-3. The Cleveland Indians new player-manager also hit a home run in his first at bat as the designated hitter.

On this day in 2003 on a 35 degree home opener for the New York Yankees Hideki Matsui hit his first career major league home run, a grand slam at that, against the Minnesota Twins. The rest, my friends, is history.