Sunday, June 23, 2013

Staten Island Yankees Game Recap 6/23


Staten Island, NY – June 23rd – The Yankees held a 4-3 lead through seven innings on Sunday, but the Aberdeen Ironbirds rallied for six runs in the eighth to defeat Staten Island 10-4.

Staten Island jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when DH Kale Sumner singled on a line drive to right field scoring shortstop John Murphy. Murphy was hit by a pitch from Aberdeen starter David Richardson, before moving to second on a ground ball single by centerfielder Brandon Thomas.

The Ironbirds retaliated in the next frame as right fielder Connor Bierfeldt hit a one-out home run to left – his first of the year – tying the game at 1-1.

After hitting a batter and allowing a walk in the third, Richardson surrendered back-to-back doubles to Sumner and catcher Trent Garrison, giving the Yankees a three run lead.

In the fourth, Aberdeen hit relief pitcher Caleb Smith for two runs. Bierfeldt doubled on a line drive to left to plate second baseman Kristopher Richards, who had led off the inning with a double.

The Ironbirds then rallied for six run off two hits in the eighth. Bierfeldt led things off with a double, and scored on a two-base fielding error by first baseman Bubba Jones. Reliever Sam Agnew-Wieland – who suffered the loss after throwing 2.0innings and giving up four runs – left the mound with the bases loaded.

Andury Acevedo came in to replace Agnew-Wieland and walked in a run. He then struck out Hector Veloz before hitting Trey Mancini with the bases loaded to give Aberdeen another run. Later, a three-run double by Kristopher Richards put the Ironbirds up 9-4.

Aberdeen tacked on one last run in the ninth. DH Tanner Rust led off the inning and later scored on a double play by left fielder Sam Kimmel.

The win was credited to relief pitcher Michael Joseph, who pitched three scoreless innings with one hit, two walks, and two strikeouts.

The Yankees will play game two of a three game series at home against the Aberdeen Ironbirds tomorrow night at 7:00PM. RHP Jairo Heredia (0-0, 0.00) will make his second start for Staten Island, while LHP Luc Rennie (0-1, 1.93) is expected to toe the mound for Aberdeen. Tickets are on sale now by calling 718-720-9265, visiting the box office at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, or CLICKING HERE.



Do You Hear That, Phil?

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Do you?  You should listen to it a little closer.  That's the sound of Michael Pineda coming.  That's the sound of your rotation spot disappearing in about a month, and possibly a nice chunk of your upcoming free agent money with it.  Take a look around, buddy.  You're the weak link in the rotation, and the truth is you have been since the minute Ivan got DL'd.  You're sitting with a 5.09/4.43/4.41 split now, with just as many bad starts than good this season after another Phil Hughes 101 clinic last night- missing in the strike zone with fastballs, inconsistency with the off speed stuff, no ability at all to put hitters away with 2 strikes.  It's all just getting old, dude.  You're waking up today coming off another stinker and Pineda is pitching again tonight down in Tampa.

And guess what?  This time the Yankees won't shuffle guys around and roll out the red carpet for you in the bullpen.  They don't need to do that this time.  Things are just fine in the 'pen.  Maybe you'll get put on the phantom DL with more shoulder fatigue.  Maybe you'll get sent down to Triple-A to hang out with Ivan.  Maybe you will get sent out to the bullpen, to be Adam Warren's caddy and D-Rob's sock washer.  It doesn't really matter anymore.  What matters is that your act has gotten tired and Pineda is on his way.  He's coming and he's not coming just to be a placeholder for Andy's back.  He's coming for your job.

Game Thread TB @ NYY 6/23

The Yankees look to get a victory and win the series this afternoon at Old Timers Day on TBS. Ivan Nova is on the mound for the first time in what seems like forever and is probably fighting for a major league roster spot. 

Here is the Yankees lineup

1.  Brett Gardner CF
2. Ichiro Suzuki RF
3. Robinson Cano 2B
4. Travis Hafner DH
5. Lyle Overbay 1B
6. Zoilo Almonte LF
7. Jayson Nix SS
8. David Adams 3B
9. Chris Stewart C

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Meet A Prospect Zoilo Almonte

This is an article revisit back from February when The Greedy Pinstripes had prospect month showcasing prospect Zoilo Almonte. Now seems like a good time to revisit this article and meet Zoilo Almonte all over again.

Meet A Prospect : Zoilo Almonte

Zoilo Almonte was born on June 10th, 1989 in Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic. Zoilo has been in the Yankees system since 2007 when he signed as an International Free Agent at age 16. He has consistently flown under the radar for the Yankees in their system being overshadowed by a deep outfield class but had a coming out party in the 2011 season, his age 22 season. In that 2011 season Zoilo put up a triple slash of .298/.373/.522 and has instantly put himself on the Yankees radar as far as potential bench players and mid season call ups as soon as this season. 

Almonte is considered to have a plus arm with a very athletic build at 6'0" and 200 lbs and has been called a great defender. He is also a switch hitter who has shown great plate discipline for such a young player and is considered to be mature beyond his time when it comes to his baseball skilss. He has great BB% and power numbers in his career despite his smallish frame. This will be Zoilo's second season on the 40 man roster and under Rule 5 Draft protection and will start the season in Scranton after playing over 100 games in Trenton last season putting up a .277/.322/.487 to go with his .808 OPS. 

ETA : Late 2013 - Mid 2014

Tampa Bay Rays @ New York Yankees 6/23

The Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays will finish up their four game series this afternoon at Yankees Stadium with the Yankees looking to bury the Rays in the AL East. The Yankees have won two out of the first three games and have sent the Tampa Bay Rays into last place in the division, thank you Vernon Wells and Zoilo Almonte. The Yankees are hoping to get a good start from Ivan Nova today as he is back from AAA Scranton on a few days extra rest to take on the Rays Chris Archer. The game will be televised at 1:05 pm ET on YES, TBS, and on MLB TV.

Buy your tickets here for Old Timer's Day and today's Yankees game now before they sell out.

Yankees Not Interested In Manny

Typically, comments from Brian Cashman are to be taken very lightly. In fact, most coaches and executives keep their true feelings on possible player acquisitions close to their chests. And for the same reason we all get less recognition from our bosses than we deserve... so they don't have to pay us more.

In this case I hope Cashman's words are true, as he told Anthony Rieber that he is not interested in signing Manny Ramirez. You may recall that Manny recently opted out of his contract with the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan, in order to try and secure a contract in Major League Baseball. 

Ramirez did put up a line of .352/.422/.555 with the Rhinos, but keep in mind that the league he was playing in is roughly equivalent to High-A minor league ball. With his past, which includes erratic behavior and a PED suspension, I doubt any team will sign him. But you never know.

Staten Island Yankees Host Megan’s Lemonade Stand

Staten Island Yankees Host Megan’s Lemonade Stand to Support the Manresa Knights of Columbus and

On Sunday, June 23, the Staten Island Yankees are partnering with the Ajello’s and the Staten Island
Borough President’s Office to host a fundraising event at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark. All funds
generated will go to the Manresa Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes.

Megan’s Lemonade Stand, will start when the gates at Richmond County Bank Ballpark open at 3:00pm.
Staten Island Yankees fans will be able to donate to the lemonade that is prepared by Megan Ajello to
raise money for the Manresa Knights of Columbus. Also, the first 2,500 fans in the ballpark will receive a
“Megan’s Lemonade Stand” souvenir cup!

If you haven’t already purchased your tickets, please visit and order today!
About the Staten Island Yankees

The Staten Island Yankees are a Single-A affiliate of the New York Yankees and play at the Richmond
County Bank Ballpark at St. George. The Staten Island Yankees are six-time New York-Penn League
Champions (200, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011). The Staten Island Yankees are looking forward to an
exciting 2013 Season and hope you will join us at the ballpark!

For more information on Megan’s Lemonade Stand please contact Jill Wright 718.313.1316 or

About Megan’s Lemonade Stand

The lemonade stand for charity started over five years ago in the Ajello driveway. It was the idea of
Megan's sister, Erin, who is now 16. Erin decided the first lemonade stand would benefit West Shore
Little League ‐ which was the first Staten Island little league to include physically disabled children‐ the
Challengers. The 2008 Megan's lemonade stand went to the Strong Kids Campaign for the YMCA. The
Ajello family, including, parents Linda and Danny, have been members since 2000 of the South Shore
YMCA. The lemonade stands continued to make thousands of dollars for charities over the years.

In 2011, Linda Ajello nominated Megan as a HOPE Week nominee as part of the New York Yankees
HOPEweek initiative. The New York Yankees were impressed with Megan's determination. Megan has
cerebral palsy, has a seizure disorder, cannot walk, and has gone for over 5 major operations‐ including
a spinal fusion which placed metal rods and over 37 screw in her spine. Megan has never let that stop
her, she is always smiling.The New York Yankees not only picked Megan as their nominee for July 28,
2011, they made Megan'sLemonade Stand for charity famous. The generous New York Yankees built a
lemonade stand that istruly accessible for Megan, supported the Special Olympics and also the Seton
Foundation forEducation‐ Megan is a student at BIshop Ahern high school, part of Seton.

It is only proper that the stand the New York Yankees built is put to good use once again. Although
Megan had another surgery this past winter, she is ready for the next lemonade stand for charity.

Flurry Of Minor League Roster Moves Part Deux

Last night and yesterday we had another round of roster moves surely to confuse you. Here they are:

Scott Lillibridge was activated.

Casey Stevenson was promoted from the Trenton Thunder to the Scranton Railriders where he hit two home runs including the walk off winner in the 11th inning.

Dan Fiorito was sent to High A to play for the Tampa Yankees.

Ryan Baker was added to the AAA disabled list.

Caleb Cotham was called up from Trenton to pitch the first game of the double header last night for Scranton.

Zach Nuding and Fred Lewis were called up to Scranton from Trenton on Friday and sent back down to Trenton last night after both pitching well in their Railriders debut.

Angelo Gumbs has been demoted back to Charleston with the Riverdogs since struggling after coming back from that finger injury. Fu-Lin Kuo has been promoted to Tampa to take Gumbs' spot.

Eduardo Sosa has been released. Taylor Dugas has been placed on the DL for an unknown reason.

Did I get them all? Probably not, but I hope so.

Yankees Old Timers Day Is Today

Today is the 67th annual Old Timers Day at Yankees Stadium. Here is the complete roster for todatys ceremonies, game, and festivities. Make sure to check it out either at YES or buy some Yankees tickets and see the game first hand. 

Luis Arroyo
Steve Balboni
Jesse Barfield
Yogi Berra
Ron Blomberg
Dr. Bobby Brown
Chris Chambliss
Horace Clarke
Jerry Coleman
David Cone
Bucky Dent
Brian Dorsett
Al Downing
Brian Doyle
John Flaherty
Whitey Ford
Oscar Gamble
Joe Girardi
Rich "Goose" Gossage
Todd Greene
Ron Guidry
Charlie Hayes
Rickey Henderson
Sterling Hitchcock
Arlene Howard
Helen Hunter
Reggie Jackson
Scott Kamieniecki
Pat Kelly
Don Larsen
Graeme Lloyd
Hector Lopez
Jill Martin
Lee Mazzilli
Stump Merrill
Gene Michael
Gene Monahan
Diana Munson
Kay Murcer
Paul O'Neill
Joe Pepitone
Andy Phillips
Lou Piniella
Willie Randolph
Bobby Richardson
Mickey Rivers
Mel Stottlemyre
Mike Torrez
Roy White

Game 75 Lineup: Rays vs. Yankees

It's the series finale of the Yankees & Rays! Also Happy Old Timer's Day! Here's your Yankees lineup!

Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Jayson Nix SS
David Adams 3B
Chris Stewart C

Ivan Nova RHP

Yankees Player of the Week

Zoilo Almonte 4

The Yankees had a very good week going 4-2 against the Angels, Dodgers and Rays. They salvaged their final game against the Angels after nearly blowing a 6-0 ninth inning lead and they hung on to win 6-5. They split a doubleheader against the Dodgers, but the night game was embarrassing as they got shutout by a bad pitcher in Chris Capuano.  Their offense futility continued the next night in an 8-3 loss to the Rays. However, they had two huge wins the last two days over Tampa Bay, as Zoilo Almonte gave them the spark they seemed to need. Yesterday's win was one of the best of the year as Vernon Wells hit a bases clearing double to give the Yankees a 7-5 lead in the 7th inning after the Rays had gone up 5-3 on a Will Myers grand slam. This week's nominees for Yankees player of the Weel are Mariano Rivera, Zoilo Almonte, Lyle Overbay and Ichiro Suzuki. 

Mariano Rivera- Mo had three saves on the week and he really started to use his two-seam fastball on righties a ton this week. He looks as nasty as ever. 

Zoilo Almonte- Almonte hit .625 on the week with a home run and 4 RBI. He has shown great discipline at the plate and has given the Yankees a much needed spark. He had three hits in Friday's win and three RBI in yesterday's win. 

Lyle Overbay- Overybay continues to get the job done in place of Mark Teixeira. He hit .318 with 4 RBI on the week. 

Ichiro Suzuki- Ichiro has hit better at the plate of late and hit .273 with 1 HR and 4 RBI on the week. Also, he made a few sparkling plays out in right field. 

Not much an argument can be made against Zoilo Almonte this week, so he is your Yankees Player of the Week. Vote for your player of the week and discuss the week that was in the comments. 

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This Day In New York Yankees History 6/23

On this day in 1996 the Yankees completed a four game sweep over the Cleveland Indians for the first time since 1964. The Yankees swept the Indians in Cleveland in front of the Cleveland fans which made it all the more sweet.