Sunday, April 13, 2014

Nova bounces back from rough start to beat Red Sox, 3-2

Ivan Nova gave up just 2 earned runs in 7.1 innings and Shawn Kelley retired all three batters he faced in the ninth tonight as the Yankees clinched this series with one more win over the Red Sox, 3-2. In this outing, Nova really never looked too bad, as he finished this one up with a nice no walk, 4 strikeout line to improve his record to 2-1.

Anyway, the Yanks offense, as you can see by that final score, didn't do a ton this evening, but in the end their third inning two-run home run from Carlos Beltran and fourth inning RBI Fielder's Choice from Francisco Cervelli proved to be enough. On that FC, Cervelli actually hurt his hamstring, with the details of the injury still yet to be known. 

Besides those guys, relievers Matt Thornton and David Phelps also contributed to this W, inducing the last two outs of this game's top of the eighth. Neither one got their's easily, as Thornton's came on a leaping catch by Ichiro that robbed David Ortiz of extra bases and Phelps' came on a strikeout with the bases loaded, but still, they did get them. I guess that's good enough. 

Yangervis Solarte Injures Left Leg?

UPDATE II: Solarte came back in defensively for the 7th inning, hopefully he is fine and this wasn't out of necessity.

UPDATE: Solarte hobbled off the field with the training staff but is back on the Yankees bench, not getting treatment, so he may be back in the game for the 7th inning.

This is getting freaking ridiculous right now. Yangervis Solarte has left the game with the Boston Red Sox in the sixth inning with an apparent leg injury. The Yankees don't have a healthy bench player to come into this game. This is about to get REALLY interesting. Stay tuned.

Francisco Cervelli Leaves In 4th Inning w/ Hamstring Injury


Joe Girardi confirms that Cervelli has a hamstring injury.

Francisco Cervelli has left in the fourth inning of the Yankees and Red Sox game with an undisclosed injury. Cervelli was part of an instant replay where he was safe and originally called out, instant replay overturned the rule and Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected from the game. When details are released about Cervelli's injury we will bring them to you, stay tuned.

Brian Roberts Benched w/ Back Injury

And the hits just keep on coming don't they. Brian Roberts was originally slated to start at second base today but was a late scratch with some sort of back injury. No details yet so stay tuned.

Game Thread: Yankees vs. Red Sox 4/13

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox will complete their four game series this weekend at Yankee Stadium tonight on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. The Yankees will send Ivan Nova to the mound to face off with Felix Doubront for the Red Sox at 8:05 pm ET. You can also see the game on your computer on MLB TV or you can listen on the radio with WFAN.

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Enjoy the game everyone and enjoy the rest of your night.

David Ortiz Admits Steroid Use In A Meme

Well obviously I think we all know this was too good to be true, David Ortiz will never admit it and neither will the league or ESPN, but the meme is still funny and I like it. Enjoy the game everyone!

Preview: New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox 4/13

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox will complete their four game weekend set at Yankee Stadium tonight as a part of ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball telecast. The Yankees will send Ivan Nova to the mound to face off with Felix Doubront a day before the Yankees first off day of the season. All arms should be on deck for this one with the off day tomorrow except for Derek Jeter who got the day off yesterday afternoon in a Yankees win because of a tight quad.

Nova has struggled his two starts this season and has battled surviving without a curveball in Houston and was crushed by the Baltimore Orioles in his second start. The Orioles pounded Nova for seven runs in that start and evened up his season record at 1-1 so New York is hoping for a bounce back tonight against Boston.

Doubront gave up six hits, five walks, and three runs over just 2.2 IP against the Texas Rangers in his last start. Doubront has a 3-2 record with a lifetime 4.17 ERA against the New York Yankees so the Bronx Bombers hope to keep the bats going against Doubront tonight and get out of the series with a win.

Go Yankees!!

BREAKING: Derek Jeter Out w/ Tight Quad

The Yankees did not play Derek Jeter yesterday because his quad got a little tight according to manager Joe Girardi. Derek will also get today off and with the scheduled day off tomorrow Jeter will have three consecutive days off. No tests are scheduled, that they are telling us about anyway, and Derek is expected to be back in the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs. Great, not again.

Cafardo: Yankees "Best Bet" To Sign Hanrahan

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe the New York Yankees seem to be the best bet to sign free agent relief pitcher and closer Joel Hanrahan. The former Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox closer is seto to showcase his arm in Tampa, Florida for teams on Thursday just eleven months removed from Tommy John surgery. The Mets, Angels, Rockies, Rangers, Royals, Athletics, Red Sox, and Rays are expected to join the Yankees down in Tampa next week. I think this would be an Andrew Bailey type signing where we sign him to a two year deal eating the 2014 season to have an incredibly deep bullpen in 2015, and I like it.

Brian McCann Almost A Red Sox?

Brian McCann had interest in joining the Boston Red Sox this past winter before signing a very lucrative contract with the New York Yankees. David Ross, the Red Sox backup catcher, said in an interview with that his friend McCann definitely had interest in Boston before signing with New York.

Here is the quote from Ross:

"Early on I did (think McCann would come to Boston). I knew he wanted to come here, a lot. I had just told him what it was like here and that interested him."

"The Red Sox weren’€™t even close to what he got, so it really was a no-brainer."  

Thankfully the Red Sox offer was no where near New York's and the Yankees got their man once again.

Anyone Ever Wanna Try Smoked Mallard Legs?

Smoked Mallard Duck Legs Are on Tap for Sunday at Riley Park
Smokin' Chef Josh Shea to Begin RiverDogs' Lineup of Smokin' Delicacies

CHARLESTON, SC - As previously announced, the Charleston RiverDogs are teaming with some of Charleston's best chefs to host a season-long "Smokin' Chef" food item for a selected game during a homestand throughout the five-month season. The chef will be at the game and stationed by the RiverDogs' new smoker and will promote the specific dish, ensuring that it is being served appropriately and visit with fans.
On Sunday, April 13, the club's food and beverage director Josh Shea will be the first "Smokin' Chef" to present his special dish when the RiverDogs host the Augusta GreenJackets at 5:05 pm at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
Shea's creation on Sunday will be smoked mallard duck legs, and it will be prepared in front of fans.
In addition, the RiverDogs will donate a portion of the proceeds from the smoked item to the Lowcountry Food Bank.
"We want to bring the Charleston atmosphere into The Joe and create an environment that lets local chefs, including our own celebrity smoker chef and food and beverage director Josh Shea, showcase their talents," said RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols. "This is a unique concept that we feel will catch on and become quite popular with our fans, and help raise funds for the Lowcountry Food Bank in the process."
The smoked item will be easy for a fan to pick up and eat, and depending on the item, will cost $5, $6 or $7.
Tickets are on sale for the entire RiverDogs season. For more information, please contact the Riley Park Box Office at 843/577-DOGS (3647) or online at If fans cannot make it to the ballpark, they are encouraged to tune in to all the action this year both home and away worldwide on and locally on 1250 WTMA, the RiverDogs' new radio home.
Being posted with permission from the Charleston Riverdogs organization. The original post can be seen HERE.

Return of the Bronx Bombers?

The first 5 games of this young season seemed to have a power outage when it came to the Yankees bats.  But anytime you have small sample sizes (see Solarte and even Shane Spencer), numbers can be deceiving to what is for real.

Yesterday the Bronx Bombers made their first REAL appearance of the season belting 5 homers out of the bandbox known as Yankee Stadium.  McCann hit his first as a Yankee and then hit his second joined by fellow pinstripers Beltran, Soriano, and Johnson.  It was also the first time the Yanks had back-to-back jacks since Cano and Teixeira did it against Seattle last June.

So is this the return of the Bronx Bombers or another case of a small sample size?  My intuition tells me it's reality more than fluke.  Although this team is built for speed (they had more stolen bases than homers to start the game yesterday), they also have the ability to put the ball out.  This in my opinion coupled with consistent starting pitching with an elevated amount of strikeouts and the threat of small ball makes this team more versatile than any other NYY squad in my lifetime (since 1979).

Welcome to the New Bronx Bombers Ellsbury, Beltran, McCann, and Soriano! I suppose you could throw Roberts and Johnson into that mix as well but still to be determined.  None of these guys were Yankees at the start of July last year, but boy am I glad they are!

Quick Hit: First ESPN Sunday Night Game Of Year

I just wanted to take the time to remind everyone in case they missed it that tonight will be the first Yankees game on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. Everyone should be warned and know ahead of time where the mute button is on their respected televisions and remotes before game time. If you do choose to actually listen to the game please be willing to leave all logic at the door. It's ESPN, it's the Red Sox, and it's a nationally televised game so lot's of beard jerking should go on tonight, can't wait.

This Day In New York Yankees History 4/13

On this day in 1939 Lou Gehrig, with apparent muscle loss around his shoulders, hit two home runs in an exhibition game against the Dodgers. These two home runs will be the last that the "Iron Horse" would ever hit in his major league career.

On this day in 1962 the Detroit Tigers pitcher Frank Lary pulled a muscle in his leg running out a triple, which he overcompensated with in his arm and ultimately injured himself and ended his career. This is Yankees news because Lary was always known as one of the original "Yankee Killers."

On this day in 1978 Reggie Jackson hit a home run in the first at bat of his season at Yankee Stadium. This is important because Reggie's final three at bats at Yankee Stadium in 1977 were home runs making this a fourth consecutive Yankee Stadium home run for Mr. October.

Also on this day in 1978 Roger Maris returned to Yankee Stadium for the first time since the team traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1966. Maris came back to help former teammate Mickey Mantle hoist the World Series flag after a promise was made to Maris by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to install sod and lights at a baseball field at Maris' children's school in Gainesville, Florida.

On this day in 1998 a beam fell at Yankee Stadium and forced two Yankees home games to be postponed and one to be played at the New York Mets Shea Stadium.

On this day in 2005 a near by pedestrian saved the life of eight year old Patrick McCarthy by preventing him from walking out into a Boston road and getting hit by a truck. The hero who prevented the accident put his arm out and said "Whoa, watch out buddy" and caught the boys attention since he was his favorite baseball player, Alex Rodriguez.

On this day in 2008 construction workers at the new Yankee Stadium dug up a tattered David Ortiz Boston Red Sox jersey in the concrete of the new ballpark. The jersey was auctioned off to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. The New York construction worker, obviously a Boston fan, put it there hoping to put a curse on the new stadium.

On this day in 2009 Nick Swisher was brought in as a relief pitcher throwing 22 pitches and allowing one hit and surrendering one walk in an inning of work. Swisher also struck out Gabe Kapler on a swinging strikeout and retired three consecutive batters to become the first positional player to pitch for the Yankees since Wade Boggs did it in 1997. Swisher volunteered to pitch an inning to save the bullpen in a 15-5 loss at Tampa Bay after Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang only lasted one inning.