Thursday, April 25, 2013

Kevin Youkilis Back Continues To Keep Him Out

Kevin Youkilis is out of the Yankees lineup for the fifth straight game tonight with stiffness in his back. Joe Girardi said that Kevin tried to take some batting practice in the cage and he is just not ready yet. The Yankees will probably keep him out again tomorrow and try to get him back for Saturday's game against Toronto. This is not a disabled list situation, not yet anyway, according to Joe Girardi so we are just going to have to go day by day with this and hope for the best. Lord knows we need Youkilis and that power right handed bat against left handed pitching so I hope he comes back healthy soon.

Game Thread : TOR @ NYY 4/25

The Yankees look to put some more distance between them and the preseason World Series winners the Toronto Blue Jays. Tonight we start our first game of the four game series as Hiroki Kuroda goes to the mound to face off with Mark Buehrle for the second time in a week. Feel free to chat with us during the game here in the comment section or give us a follow on twitter, @GreedyStripes, and tweet with us there.

Here is the Yankees lineup:

1. Gardner CF
2. Francisco DH
3. Cano 2B
4. Wells LF
5. Cervelli C
6. Suzuki RF
7. Nunez SS
8. Overbay 1B
9. Nix 3B

RHP Kuroda 

Thomas Neal Added To AAA Disabled List

Thomas Neal has been added to the disabled list by the AAA affiliate the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders. Thomas injured his hamstring running out a double in a 5-4 loss in the first inning against Columbus. Trenton Thunder utility man Kevin Mahoney will get the call up to take his place on the roster for the time being. This leaves Scranton in a bit of a mess because they now only have two true outfielders in Zoilo Almonte and Melky Mesa but the Railriders are hoping Addison Maruszak can stopgap for the next two weeks.

Curtis Granderson A Week Or Two From Return

Curtis Granderson could be back with the Yankees as soon as late next week, although probably the week after that is a more realistic target, after taking full swings in the batting cage today. Curtis took approximately 15 swings today in the cage and came through everything okay with no set backs or tweaks which is always a good sign. Granderson has to do that a couple more times and will be ready for on the field batting practice and then we can start the 30 day rehab clock and get him in some games. Reinforcements may be finally on the way for the Yankees and the rest of the league better take notice.

Mason Williams Arrested For DUI

Reports out of the Tampa area are saying that Mason Williams, Yankees prospect outfielder, was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Monday morning. Not cool Mason, not cool at all...

New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays 4/25

The Yankees return home tonight for the first of four games against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankees Stadium. Tonight the Yankees will send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound to face off with Mark Buerhle for the second time in less than a week. The game will be televised on YES, MLB Network, and MLB.TV at 7:05 pm ET.

You can buy your Yankees tickets for the game here and see it live!

Game 23 Lineup: Blue Jays vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Jays:

Brett Gardner CF
Ben Francisco DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix 3B

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

This Day In Yankees History 4/25

On this day in 1933 the Yankees pitcher Russ Van Atta made his major league debut with the team. He did well going 4 for 4 at the dish and pitched a complete game shut out in a 16-0 win over the Washington Senators.

On this day in 1999 the Yankees 5th monument was revealed as a tribute to Joe DiMaggio who died in March at the age of 84. DiMaggio joined other Yankees to be enshrined like Miller Huggins in 1931, Lou Gehrig in 1942, Babe Ruth in 1949, and Mickey Mantle in 1996.