Thursday, June 20, 2013

Michael Pineda Strong In Latest Rehab Start

More news will come down the pipe a little later tonight but we wanted to bring you the stat line for Michael Pineda's rehab start for the High A Tampa Yankees tonight. Pineda finished with 4 IP with 3 K's while allowing 5 H's and 2 R's. The important part is apparently he is injury free, a little rusty, but progressing well.

Alex Rodriguez To Return Before Derek Jeter?

What a difference a few months make huh? It was not too awful long ago when we thought that Derek Jeter would be out with the Yankees on Opening Day and that Alex Rodriguez would probably miss the entire 2013 season. Now Derek Jeter has had two ankle set backs in that same time period and an ankle surgery and Alex Rodriguez is already rehabbing and running the bases down in Tampa. It is very conceivable at this point that Alex Rodriguez may return to the Yankees before Derek Jeter will in 2013.

The Yankees have announced that Alex Rodriguez has made amazing progress in his rehab and may be ready to start a rehab assignment as soon as we get back from the All Star Break. Alex Rodriguez would all of a sudden be a sight for sore eyes after Kevin Youkilis had back surgery today and David Adams has fizzled out after his hot start to his major league career. The same people that were wishing A Rod would retire so we could recoup some of his salary due to the insurance that the Yankees have on his contract are now rooting for him to come back better than ever.

With Derek Jeter looking like he wont be ready to start rehabbing until mid to late July we may actually see Alex Rodriguez back in Yankees pinstripes before Derek Jeter this season. Is that father time slapping Derek in the face or does that show you how much work Alex has put into his rehab? Only time will tell I guess so stay tuned.

Yankees Sign 9th Round Pick Conner Kendrick

The New York Yankees have signed their 9th round pick Conner Kendrick to an under slot recommended deal worth $115,000. The slot recommendation for the 284th overall pick was $140,000 so the Yankees saved about $25,000 that they can put in someone else's pocket. Welcome to the family Conner and we wish you the best of luck.

Dave Miley Named AAA All Star Game Manager

For the third time in his managerial career Scranton Wilkes Barre Railriders manager Dave Miley has been named the manager of the AAA All Star team. Miley will manage the International League team obviously tying a AAA All Star Game record so congratulations to Dave Miley.

Game Thread TB @ NYY 6/20

Those pesky Rays come to town for a four game weekend series with the Yankees starting tonight at Yankees Stadium. Andy Pettitte and Matt Moore will face off in the match up tonight on YES. 

Here is the Yankees lineup

Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C
Reid Brignac SS

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Tampa Bay Rays @ New York Yankees 6/20

The New York Yankees begin a four game series with the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Yankees Stadium with a couple of saavy lefties on the mound. The Yankees will send Andy Pettitte to the mound to face off with Matt Moore. The game will be televised at 7:05 pm ET on YES and on MLB TV.

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Game 72 Lineup: Rays vs. Yankees

It's a brand new series! Here's your starting lineup!

Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C
Reid Brignac SS

LHP Andy Pettitte

Staten Island Yankees Recap For June 19th



Staten Island, NY – June 19th – After a rainout in Brooklyn last night, the Staten Island Yankees defeated the rival Cyclones 5-2 at home on Monday, improving their record to 2-0.


Staten Island was first on the board, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second on a two-out double by third basemanFrancisco Rosario. DH Kale Sumner and first baseman Bubba Jones scored on the play after both having singled to reach base.


The Yankees picked up three more runs in the next frame, extending their lead to 5-0. The inning began with back-to-back singles by second baseman Derek Toadvine and left fielderMike O’Neill. Toadvine advanced to third as centerfielderBrandon Thomas reached on a fielder’s choice. Right fielderYeicok Calderon then struck out swinging before catcher IsaiasTejeda got to second on an error by the left fielder that allowed two runs to score. Following, Sumner hit one up the middle to plate Tejeda.


Threatening again in the bottom of the fifth, the Yankees loaded the bases with two outs, but were unable to score. After getting hit by a pitch from Cyclones’ reliever David Wynn, Sumner reached base for his third time of the night; however, Jones went down swinging to end the inning.


The Cyclones were held scoreless until the top of the sixth when first baseman Matt Oberste singled to right to score second baseman L.J. Mazzilli who had doubled and then moved to third on a wild pitch. Brooklyn had just one hit after Oberste’s single – a solo home run in the ninth – also off Oberste’s bat.


Reliever Stefan Lopez earned the win after throwing 2.0 innings and allowing one earned run of four hits with three strikeouts. Starting pitcher Jairo Heredia hurled 4.0 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit, walking none, and fanning four. Brooklyn’s starter Miller Diaz suffered the loss after 4.2 innings on the mound. He surrendered five runs (two earned) off seven Yankees hits, walked one, and struck out four.


Toadvine and Sumner led the Yankees’ offense, both going 2-for-3 and scoring a run.


The Yankees will begin a three game series at home against the Hudson Valley Renegades tomorrow night at 7:00PM. Rookie Davis is expected to toe the mound for Staten Island, while BenGriset will get the start for Hudson Valley. Tickets are on sale now by calling 718-720-9265or visiting the box office at Richmond County Bank Ballpark.


Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

The Yankees managed a split of a doubleheader yesterday with the Dodgers.

The afternoon game saw Lyle Overbay and Ichiro Suzuki get the big hits that propelled the Yankees to a 6-4 win.

Hiroki Kuroda didn't have his best stuff and allowed eight hits in 6 2/3 innings but managed to allow only two runs.

The night game was a disaster for the Bronx Bombers. Phil Hughes allowed ten hits and five earned runs over six innings in a bad outing and the offense managed only three hits all night long.

The Yankees play the first of three games against division rival Tampa Bay tonight in the Bronx.

Andy Pettitte(5-4, 3.95 ERA) will battle Matt Moore(8-3, 4.12 ERA) tonight.  Game time is 7:05 PM ET and YES will broadcast the game.

Now on to today's news links:

Peter Botte and Stephen Lorenzo of the New York Daily News point out the value of Ichiro Suzuki lately.

Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger says that Phil Hughes mediocre June performance may cost him his rotation spot.

Have a great day everyone!

This Day In New York Yankees History 6/20

On this day in 1950 Joe DiMaggio collected his 2000th hit in a victory against the Cleveland Indians in an 8-2 victory. This was only his 1537th career game which is an amazing feat.