Sunday, April 27, 2014

Tanaka's 11 strikeouts, Teixeira's home run lead Yankees to 3-2 win over Angels

Masahiro Tanaka struck out 11 in a 6.1 inning, two-run performance and the bullpen duo of Adam Warren and David Robertson combined to finish the job tonight as the Yankees won the rubber game of this three-game set over the Angels, 3-2. After Tanaka left this one, the right-handed sophomore Warren came in and really did a great job, striking out two in a scoreless 1.2 frames to set new-Closer Robertson up for his second save in as many days.

Anyway, the Bombers offense really struggled this evening against young Angels starter Garrett Richards, collecting just 2 runs and 3 hits threw 7 at-bats, but in the end, they still found a way to win thanks to a productive RBI Groundout from fourth-outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (his first of the season), a solo home run from Mark Teixeira, and a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth. That groundout from #31, interestingly, came immediately after a double from 2B Brian Roberts, which helped get the eventually scored runner over to third. 

Besides those plays, a passed ball from LA Catcher Chris Ianetta also helped the Pinstripes win this game, as it set up the later go-ahead wild pitch. 

Korea's Jeong Choi Wants To Play In MLB In 2015

Korea's top third base product Jeong Choi reportedly wants to take the big jump from Korea to the United States to play in MLB next season. Choi is the top third basemen in Korea and is a former Korean Series MVP. Choi is now 27 years old and considered to be a five tool player after having a breakout 2013 season in Korea.

Choi has hit over .300 and posted at least a .900 OPS in four consecutive seasons in Korea and has averaged a little more than 23 home runs. Obviously you would expect those numbers to drop a little if he comes to the states but .275 and 18-20 home runs will probably be leaps and bounds better than anything the Yankees can expect Alex Rodriguez to give them in 2015.

Choi is coming off a .316/.429/.551 with 28 home runs and 24 stolen bases for the SK Wyverns. Choi would make the third base market look a little better as right now it only contains Chase Headley, Pablo Sandoval, and Aramis Ramirez.

Teams said to be interested in Choi this early would be the San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, and the New York Yankees. Expect that to change, it's April 2014.

Game Thread: Yankees @ Angels 4/27

The New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will play their finale this weekend at Yankee Stadium as a part of ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. Mashairo Tanaka will go to the mound for the Yankees to face off with Garrett Richards for the Angels at 8:10 pm ET on ESPN. The game can also be seen on your computer with MLB TV or heard on the radio with WFAN.

We try and live tweet every single Yankees game so follow us on twitter by following @GreedyStripes and come chat with us. If Twitter isn't your thing you can always shoot us a line in the comments section of our site, there is always a discussion going on in there as well.

Enjoy the game Yankees family and enjoy the rest of your night because tomorrow is going to suck, it's Monday.

Still Never Heard Of Masahiro Tanaka?

Sure you haven't Lester. This is funny though, I can laugh at Yankees related meme's and hate when they are funny. I'm not above it. Enjoy the game Yankees family.

Preview: New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels 4/27

The New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will finish their three game set tonight at Yankee Stadium as a part of ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. With the off day for the Yankees tomorrow I expect all hands on deck tonight, especially in the bullpen. Hopefully the Yankees will not need the bullpen much as Masahiro Tanaka will be on the mound facing off with Garrett Richards for the Angels. The game will be played at 8:10 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. It can also be seen on your computer with MLB TV or heard on the radio with WFAN.

Tanaka has been worth every penny thus far in 2014 and has lived up to the hype and more. Tanaka held the Red Sox to just two runs last time out in 7.1 IP and got his third victory of the season. Tanaka took Fenway and a repeat of the 24-0 season is still alive.

Richards has surprisingly been the best Angels pitcher this season, which is saying something in a rotation with Jered Weaver and CJ Wilson, and is one of the more exciting pitchers in all of baseball that you may not have heard of. Richards has only allowed seven runs in 25 innings pitched this season while striking out 24 batters and only walking 14.

Go Yankees!!

Bruce Billings To DL, Preston Claiborne Recalled

How about that?

A few hours after I post something regarding the number of transactions and injuries for the Yankees another one happens.

This time it involves Bruce Billings, who was placed on the 15-Day DL with a right forearm strain. In his place the Yankees have recalled Preston Claiborne.

Keeping Up With Roster Changes

While updating the Roster page today, for what seems like the 800th time, I decided to take a look at all of the Yankees transactions. It was getting tiresome editing it nearly every day, so I wanted to see if I had a legit gripe or if I was just being a whiny brat. Here's the list...

  • April 1- Placed INF Brendan Ryan on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 22. Selected the contract of INF Yangervis Solarte from Scranton-Wilkes-Barre (IL). Designated INF Eduardo Nunez for assignment.
  • April 5 - Placed 1B Mark Teixeira on the 15-day DL. Recalled C Austin Romine from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL).
  • April 7 - Traded INF Eduardo Nunez to Minnesota for LHP Miguel Sulbaran.
  • April 8 - Placed RHP David Robertson on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Monday. Recalled LHP Cesar Cabral from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL).
  • April 9 - Optioned C Austin Romine to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). Recalled RHP Shane Greene from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
  • April 14 - Optioned RHP Shane Greene to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL).
  • April 15 - Placed C Francisco Cervelli on the 60-day DL, retroactive to Sunday. Recalled C John Ryan Murphy from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). Selected the contract of INF Scott Sizemore from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • April 16 - Recalled RHP Shane Greene from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL) and will option him back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following the April 16 night game.
  • April 18 - Optioned RHP Shane Greene to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL).
  • April 19 - Designated LHP Cesar Cabral for assignment. Selected the contract of RHP Matt Daley from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL).
  • April 20 - Placed RHP Ivan Nova on the 15-day DL. Optioned INF Scott Sizemore from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). Designated RHP Matt Daley for assignment. Reinstated 1B Mark Teixeira from the 15-day DL. Recalled RHPs Preston Claiborne from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Bryan Mitchell from Trenton (EL).
  • April 21 - Optioned RHP Bryan Mitchell to Trenton (EL).
  • April 22 - Reinstated RHP David Robertson from the 15-day DL. Sent LHP Cesar Cabral outright to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL).
  • April 24 - Optioned INF Dean Anna and RHP Preston Claiborne to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). Transferred RHP Ivan Nova to the 60-day DL. Agreed to terms with RHP Bruce Billings on a one-year contract. Recalled RHP Shane Greene from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • April 26 - Signed RHP Chris Leroux and selected him from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). Optioned RHP Shane Greene to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Released LHP Nik Turley.
When it comes to making player moves, the Yankees have been the busiest in the month of April (tied with the Texas Rangers). They have already placed five of the original 25 members of the Active Roster on the disabled list (two of them to the 60-day).

But don't let the number of player moves fool you into thinking they've been hit the hardest by injuries. There are actually seven teams in MLB that have had it worse when it comes to injuries. Five teams have placed six players on the DL (Braves, Orioles, White Sox, Angels, and Nationals), while the Padres have had to DL seven guys, and the beat up Rangers have put 11 guys on the disabled list.

That's not to say the Yankees have had it easy, but things could be worse.

So am I innocent or guilty when it comes to being a whiny brat? Well, I think I have a bit of a gripe, but I'm just happy this isn't a Texas Rangers blog (although the Rangers...and A's... do have the best record in the American League).

Charleston Riverdogs Game Recap 4/26

Shorebirds Win Opener Before Nightcap Suspended by Weather

5-4 Delmarva victory followed by suspended game that will resume on Sunday afternoon

SALISBURY, MD – The Charleston RiverDogs lost game one of a doubleheader 5-4 against the Delmarva Shorebirds before game two was suspended due to lightning with the game tied at 3-3 after seven innings on Saturday at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in South Atlantic League action.

The suspended game will resume at 2:05pm on Sunday afternoon with Sunday’s regularly-scheduled game to begin 30 minutes after the suspended contest’s completion. Charleston has an 11-10 record while Delmarva sits at 10-11 entering the final day of this series.

The nightcap began with two runs from both the RiverDogs and the Shorebirds. Michael O’Neill singled to score Abiatal Avelino and Tyler Wade for a 2-0 Charleston lead in the first inning. In the bottom of the frame, a dropped pop-up and a dropped fly ball helped Gregory Lorenzo and Trey Mancini score as Delmarva drew even.

Charleston reclaimed the advantage in the top of the third before Delmarva tied the game again. Wade hit a leadoff double and scored the go-ahead run after O’Neill collected a one-out single. Drew Dosch scored in the bottom of the third, coming in from second base on a Josh Hart single to tie the contest at 3-3.

The game remained tied heading into extra innings, but a lightning bolt paused the contest before the eighth inning could start. After a 33-minute delay, the game was officially suspended.

In the opener, Charleston took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Back-to-back errors set up Jose Rosario, who drove in both O’Neill and Miguel Andujar with a single. The Shorebirds cut their deficit to 2-1 in their half of the frame when Austin Wynns scored on a Mike Yastrzemski single.

The Shorebirds surged ahead after a fifth-inning rally. Delmarva had two runners on base against Rookie Davis with two outs when a pair of fly balls managed to land in center field for run-scoring singles. The first scored Justin Viele and tied the contest. The second brought Lorenzo and Jeff Kemp home, pushing Delmarva in front 4-2. In the sixth, Viele grounded into a force out and scored Wynns for a 5-2 advantage.

Sebastian Vader went for a complete game in the seventh, but Gosuke Katoh knocked Vader out of the game with a one-out triple that scored Andujar. Jimmy Yacabonis relieved Vader and allowed Katoh to score on a sacrifice fly by Eduardo de Oleo. However, a groundout ended the game as Delmarva survived and took a 5-4 win.

Vader improved to 2-1 while Davis was tagged with the loss and is now 2-1 as well. Yacabonis took his league-leading sixth save.

COMING UP: Saturday’s suspended game will resume with a 3-3 score in the top of the eighth inning at 2:05pm on Sunday afternoon. The series finale between the RiverDogs and the Shorebirds will follow the completion of the suspended contest with Charleston RHP Giovanny Gallegos (0-2, 5.31 ERA) squaring off against Delmarva RHP Austin Urban (0-2, 10.13 ERA). Starting on Tuesday, April 29, the RiverDogs will host a seven-game homestand at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. Harris Teeter 2-for-$20 DateNight Tuesday, presented by Nash FM 96.9, offers a great deal with two tickets, two tacos, two fountain drinks, and one nacho tray for just $20 for couples that show their VIC Card at the box office. Tickets may be purchased at the Riley Park Box Office, (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or on-line 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 www.riverdogs.comand locally on 1250 WTMA, the new radio home for RiverDogs baseball.

Box Score – Game One (Final):

Box Score – Game Two (Suspended after 7):

Being posted with permission from the Charleston Riverdogs. 

Trenton Thunder Game Recap 4/26

PORTLAND, ME – The Trenton Thunder had three leads in extra innings with two outs, and the Portland Sea Dogs rallied all three times to eventually earn a 9-8 victory in 15 innings Saturday afternoon at Hadlock Field.
The final blow for the Sea Dogs came with two outs in the bottom of the 15th to turn an 8-7 deficit into a 9-8 win. With runners at second and third and one out, reliever Charley Short struck out Sean Coyle to preserve Trenton’s lead for the time being. The next batter Henry Ramos- a switch-hitter batting from the left side- slapped a single to left field and the throw home by Ben Gamel was not in time to get Blake Swihart as the winning run.
In a game that was played under misty conditions, Portland rallied from an early 4-1 deficit in the 3rd inning and scored twice in the 8th inning to tie it 5-5. That proved to be just the tip of the iceberg for Portland’s comeback efforts however.
Trenton plated a run in the top of the 10th inning on a Gary Sanchez double up the left-centerfield alley for a 6-5 lead. In the bottom of the 10th, Pat Venditte had two outs and the bases empty before surrendering a solo homer to Swihart to tie the game 6-6.
After Aaron Dott tossed 3.1 scoreless innings, out of the bullpen, the game headed to the 14th inning still tied 6-6. Trenton scored a run in the top of the inning to take a 7-6 lead, and with Charley Short having retired the first two batters he faced, Mookie Betts homered to center field with Portland down to their final out to send the game to the 15th.  
The Thunder scored a go-ahead run in the 15th inning on a wild pitch by newly-inserted pitcher Peter Hissey, who played the first 14 of the ballgame in left field. Hissey, who was 0-for-6 at the plate with two strikeouts, earns the victory for Portland.
Trenton logged 18 hits in 59 at-bats (.305) off Portland pitching in the game, and outhit the Sea Dogs 18-to-16 despite the loss. Seven of the nine starters for Trenton had multi-hit games in the ballgame that took 4:19 plus a 0:27 delay before first pitch due to rain.  

Trenton returns to action Sunday against the Sea Dogs in the final game of the three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. with the Trenton Thunder pre-game show beginning at 12:45 p.m. on 91.3 FM WTSR, 1490 AM WBCB or online

Being posted with permission from the Trenton Thunder. 

This Day In New York Yankees History 4/27

On this day in 1947 a crowd of 58,000 attended Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium to honor the Yankees legend. The crowd was treated to an old fashioned pitchers duel when the Washington Senators Sid Hudson beat the Yankees Spud Chandler 1-0.

On this day in 1982 after Reggie Jackson left the New York Yankees via free agency for the California Angels he came back to Yankee Stadium and promptly hit a home run in a 3-1 Angels victory. The crowd was none to pleased and chants of "Steinbrenner Sucks" erupted while Jackson rounded the bases. FYI, George Steinbrenner the Yankees owner was in attendance in his press box on that day.