Saturday, June 14, 2014

Game Thread: Yankees vs. Athletics 6/14

The New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics will play in the middle game of the three game set these two teams will play at Oakland County Coliseum this weekend. The Yankees will send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound looking to keep his good month of June going against Scott Kazmir for the A's. The game will be played at 10:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB Network, MLB TV, and WFAN.

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Enjoy the game Yankees family and try and enjoy the rest of your weekend. By the time this game is over it will be Father's Day.

Kuroda: Complaining Partners Or Scouting Report?

Hopefully its the latter and not the former....

Preview: New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics 6/14

The New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics will play the second of their three game set this weekend in Oakland County Coliseum. The Yankees will send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound to face off with the A's Scott Kazmir. The game will be played at 10:10 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB Network, MLB TV, and can be heard on the radio with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on WFAN.

Kuroda had another good start in the month of June last time out while pitching seven runs and only allowing two runs against the Kansas City Royals. The offense did not show up once again and Kuroda took the loss as the offense went 1-17 with RISP.

Kazmir is coming off a start in which he shut out the Baltimore Orioles for seven innings as he got a victory. Two starts ago Kazmir beat the Yankees at Yankee Stadium by striking out 10 batters in 6.1 innings and allowed two earned runs in a no decision. The A's did win the game though by the score of 5-2.

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Go Yankees!!

Yankees Sign Jacob Lindgren

It's official the New York Yankees have signed second round pick, and their first pick overall, Jacob Lindgren out of Mississippi State. Lindgren was drafted 55th overall and signed for a full slot deal worth $1,018,700. Lindgren is headed to Charleston to join the Riverdogs to start his professional career.

Lindgren may make the majors by September depending on how much the Yankees want to push him and this should be a fun one to watch.

Phelps: Last Night's Start "One of the Best of My Career"

For David Phelps, the 2014 season has been one of ups-and-downs.

The third-year right-hander, 2-4 with a 4.32 ERA, began the year as a long reliever, doing a solid job before moving to the rotation due to injuries.

Since then, Phelps hasn't been the slightest bit consistent, tossing solid games against the Angels, Pirates, and White Sox along with bad ones against the Cardinals, Mariners, and Royals.

Still, the second-most experienced Yankees' starter did dominate last night in Oakland, calling the scoreless outing "one of the best of his career."

“This was definitely one of the best starts of my career,’’ Phelps told the New York Post after shutting out the A's for 6.2 innings. “I was attacking guys. I was excited. I talked with a couple [teammates] today and my goal was first pitch strikes and leadoff outs. You saw what Chase did [Thursday]. He threw 24-of-29 first-pitch strikes. That’s amazing, that’s what we strive to do.’’

In the contest, #41 allowed just 2 hits, helping the Yanks win 7-0.

While all of that is good, you still have to wonder how much it actually means for Phelps, whose next chance will come against the division-leading Blue Jays Thursday.

Can't Predict Baseball: Yankees Win 18 In A Row!

On this day in 1952 the New York Yankees beat the Indians twice in a double header in front of 74,708 fans to extend their winning streak to 18 straight games. The Yankees would win the first game 6-2 and the second game 3-0. The Yankees would lose their next game snapping the streak one shy of the franchise record of 19 straight wins when St. Louis beat New York 3-1.

Complete List Of Yankees Draft Picks Signed To Date

The New York Yankees have signed nine of their draft picks and three undrafted free agents and instead of searching high and far for the complete list I figured I would bring it to you right here. You're welcome.

The Yankees have signed C Colin Slaybaugh, RHP Matthew Borens, 1B Bo Thompson, RHP Joe Harvey, OF Griffin Gordon, 3B Ty McFarland, RHP Matt Wotherspoon, 2B Ryan Lindemuth, RHP Andre Del Bosque, and OF Devyn Bolasky.

The three undrafted free agents are Travis Hissong, Jake Hernandez, and Matt Marsh. They were all undrafted for a reason obviously but Hissong is the best of the bunch in my opinion and he dropped due to a hamstring injury and not because he simply wasn't good enough.

Quick Hit: Charleston Announcer Announces Whole Game While Running On A Treadmill

RiverDogs Announce “Walk and Talk” Radio Broadcast Promotion

Radio Broadcaster Sean Houston to Call Game While Trotting On a Treadmill at Riley Park

CHARLESTON, SC – The Charleston RiverDogs begin the second half of their 2014 season against the Kannapolis Intimidators on Thursday, June 19 at 7:05 pm at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park with a nationally televised broadcast on CBS Sports Network.  For that special night, the RiverDogs’ radio broadcast won’t just be on the air -- it will also be on the move, as play-by-play man Sean Houston will broadcast the entire game while he lumbers on a treadmill on the walkway behind home plate.

The club has teamed with Play It Again Sports Mt. Pleasant to put together what is believed to be the first “Walk and Talk” style radio broadcast in baseball history. From the moment the broadcast begins at 7 pm on 1250 WTMA and until the time the last word is uttered on the postgame show following the contest, Houston will walk on a treadmill. He is only allowed to step off between innings and during pitching changes.

Houston, who is in his third season behind the microphone as the Voice of the RiverDogs, has called the action of every Charleston home game during his tenure from the home radio booth in the press box at Riley Park. However, with CBS Sports Network broadcasting the tilt against Kannapolis, the home radio booth that night will belong to Dick Gabriel and Doug Flynn, the broadcasters for CBS Sports Network’s Minor League Game of the Week.

“I’m more than happy to step aside for a night and let Mr. Gabriel and Mr. Flynn enjoy the cozy confines of the home radio booth at The Joe,” said Houston. “In my opinion, it’s the best seat in the ballpark. I’ve called over 170 games from that same spot, and I’m excited to experience a different view for a game. Plus, it will be fun to be able to mingle with the fans a bit on a Budweiser Thirsty Thursday, enjoy the legendary atmosphere of The Joe has on a Thursday night, and get a little bit of exercise in the process. It should be a lot of fun. Tiring, but fun.”
“Through our affiliation with the 27-time World Series Champion New York Yankees, we’re able to showcase some fantastic athletes on the field each and every RiverDogs game at The Joe,” said RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols. “Though in relatively good shape, Sean is not a great athlete by any stretch of the imagination. I am, however, looking forward to seeing him do something active during a game for a change instead of just sitting. I think it will be enjoyable for everyone, and I’m hoping for a long game with extra innings that night to make Sean work a little bit extra.”

Charleston concludes the first half of the season with four games in Lexington, KY against the Lexington Legends (through Sunday) before the All-Star Game on June 17 at Hickory. The season’s second half begins on Thursday, June 19 against Kannapolis at The Joe. Tickets may be purchased at the Riley Park Box Office, (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or on-line at for any remaining game this season. 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 and locally on 1250 WTMA, the new radio home for RiverDogs baseball.

Phelps' Scoreless Start, Early Offense Help Yankees Blowout A's

In his last start on Saturday, Yankees Pitcher David Phelps struggled mightily.

The young right-hander, already on a three-game losing streak, gave up 7 earned runs in just 5.2 innings to the Royals, making many fans doubt he'd be able to do any better in Oakland. 

Well, those fans were clearly proven wrong tonight, as Phelps tossed a scoreless 6.2 frames in a 7-0 New York win.

In the outing, #41, now 2-4 with a 4.32 ERA, surrendered just 2 hits, while impressively retiring the first 10 hitters he faced.

With one out in the bottom of the fifth, Phelps finally gave up his first knock, a bloop single to left from Derek Norris. 

Besides that, the struggling replacement was nearly perfect, allowing just 5 total base runners.

On the offensive side of things, the bats, for the third time in four days, scored twice in the top of the first, when Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, and Jacoby Ellsbury (RBI) started the game with singles and Mark Teixeira drove in another with a sacrifice fly.

In their very next at-bat, the Bombers again threatened against the A's Sonny Gray (6 IP, 3 ER), getting a single and a walk from Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson followed by another RBI Single from Gardner.

That 3-0 lead, while not necessarily huge, was more than enough for the Pinstripes in the contest, although they weren't done scoring yet, as they'd again dominate Oakland pitching in the top of the eighth.

In that frame, the Yankees collected four insurance runs off Jeff Francis, thanks largely in part to three two-out hits from the bottom of the order.

First off, with men on the corners, Ichiro Suzuki got Francis to deflect a liner, allowing him to reach with an infield single.

After him, Brian Roberts got another man home with a base hit, with Ichiro also crossing the plate due to a wild throw.

And if things couldn't get any better at that point, the Bombers would additionally collect a run-scoring knock from the before-mentioned Johnson, scoring Roberts.

In other words, everything that could've gone right for the Yanks pretty much did this evening, as they won their fourth consecutive contest despite not recording an extra-base hit.

This Day In New York Yankees History 6/14

On this day in 1933 both the Yankees manager Joe McCarthy and their first basemen Lou Gehrig were thrown out of a game. McCarthy was suspended for three games while Gehrig was not keeping his consecutive games streak at 1,249 straight games.

On this day in 1969 the Yankees traded Tom Tresh to the Detroit Tigers for the 1962 Rookie of the Year Ron Woods. The outfielder, who grew up in Detroit, would retire at the end of the 1969 season.

On this day in 1998 the Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2 to tie a major league record by winning or splitting their 24th consecutive series this season. The Yankees equaled the record shared by the 1912 Red Sox and the 1970 Reds.