Thursday, August 29, 2013

New York Yankees Release Dan Johnson

The New York Yankees signed Dan Johnson in the off season before the 2013 season and have had him stashed in AAA with the Scranton Wilkes Barre RailRiders until today when they released him. Johnson put up a .253/.379/.447 in 559 plate appearances this season playing a pretty good first base in his age 34 season.

New York Yankees Injury Updates Before The Weekend

The Yankees are going to need all hands on deck for these final 29 games and those games start this Friday against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankees Stadium tomorrow night. Let's look at the walking wounded and see if and how they can help the Yankees have an Oakland Athletics circa 2012 esque charge towards the playoffs.

Robinson Cano has been receiving treatment on his hand that was hit by a pitch on Tuesday night in Toronto and is a game time decision tomorrow night against Baltimore. The swelling has gone down so the Yankees will wait and see how he reacts at taking batting practice before putting him in the lineup. The problem is with Nunez also hurt and listed as day to day they do not really have the luxury of DH'ing Cano unless they feel comfortable with Mark Reynolds at second base again.

Michael Pineda is throwing off of a mound but still seems unlikely to return to the Yankees this September. He has been doing a throwing program for almost two weeks now but with the minor league seasons ending I cannot see the Yankees letting him get his work in at the big league level. Pineda is probably a winter ball or Arizona Fall League candidate to build up arm strength and innings.

Both Travis Hafner and Zoilo Almonte are limping towards comebacks with the Yankees as both players are hitting off a tee and doing soft tee and toss. Neither player look close to taking live batting practice or being in any kind of games, even simulated games, but it is likely that both would be available for the season comes to an end at the end of September.

Eduardo Nunez MRI Comes Back Negative

Eduardo Nunez was sent to New York's Presbyterian Hospital for an MRI on his injured right knee and that MRI came back negative. Nunez is listed as day to day and will be evaluated before tomorrow nights game to judge his availability. Nunez has had two full days off so maybe that is enough to rest him because we do not have many options on the 40 man roster or in the system that could be a September call up. It is sad to say but we really need Nunez to play in the middle infield for the rest of the season.

New York Yankees Off Day Collectibles & Memorabilia

As you know we like to keep it a little relaxed here on the blog on off days and this is no different. I was looking on Yankees Steiner Sports, a Greedy Pinstripes affiliate, and I saw a ton of very interesting products for sale I thought I would share. Seen above is a 2013 game worn Derek Jeter Yankees Spring Training hat. Now the price is a little steep for this being posted at $2,5000 there are some things on there priced cheaper. CLICK HERE to see all the Yankees memorabilia and merchandise that Yankees Steiner Sports has for sale. We also have links on the side bar of ours blog for your convenience as well. 

New York Yankees Off Day Signature Picture

The Yankees are off today so I wanted to take this opportunity to share one of the may signatures that I used to use while I spent time in the sports forum world. Enjoy this high quality signature of Yankees second basemen Robinson Cano. Feel free to use this all that I ask is that you please link back to The Greedy Pinstripes. Thank you and enjoy the off day and travel day!

New York Yankees Off Day Youtube Video

The legacy of the New York Yankees video will give you goosebumps and if it doesn't you need to go to church and be checked for a soul. Awesome production and amazing that it all fit into only four minutes. Enjoy!

New York Yankees Off Day Music Recommendation

It's time to wake up New York Yankees fans and this song by Avenged Sevenfold off their new album "Hail To The King" will definitely do that for you. Enjoy this song and enjoy the off day because it's back home tomorrow against the Baltimore Orioles.

Alfonso Soriano Don't Hurt My Robinson Cano!!

JA Happ did enough Alfonso Soriano so don't hurt my Robinson Cano!

Eduardo Nunez To Get MRI On His Knee

Eduardo Nunez left the game after falling down on Tuesday with an apparent knee injury that will require him to head back to New York to get an MRI on. The Yankees are off today so no word on it being just precautionary or something we should worry about just yet but I am sure we will know soon. Nunez told Bryan Hoch after the game that he was worried he would miss two weeks or more due to this which would be devastating with the lack of Yankees depth in the middle infield since the Jayson Nix injury. Nunez was in the lineup originally last night before being scratched due to him not being able to run full speed. Let's just hope that these two days off will do a knee good for Nunez and he will be back in the middle with also injured star Robinson Cano on Friday.

Wild Walk-off Win, Thunder Win 9-8 in 12

Wild Walk-off Win, Thunder Win 9-8 in 12
Trenton scores two runs in 11th and 12th to win

TRENTON, NJ - Down to their final strike in both the 11th and 12th innings with two outs and the bases empty, the Trenton Thunder mounted two comebacks to win Wednesday night's ballgame 9-8 over the New Britain Rock Cats in 12 innings.
The Thunder used early offense from Kyle Roller (three-run homer) and Ramon Flores (two-run triple) to create an early 5-2 lead. The Thunder took a 5-3 lead into the 8thinning, but the Rock Cats scored twice to tie it off reliever Danny Burawa stemming largely from two errors in the inning.
The game headed to extra innings tied 5-5 and would remain tied into the 11th inning when New Britain scored twice to make it 7-5. Then with two outs in the bottom of the inning with the Thunder needing a pair of runs to tie it, they used four consecutive singles to plate a pair.
Charley Short pitched the 11th inning and came back on in the top of the 12th only to allow another run to put the Rock Cats in front once again, 8-7. The Thunder batted again in extra innings needing at least a run to tie, but the bottom of the 12th began with Reegie Corona and Mason Williams being retired easily. Then Ramon Flores singled and Jose Pirela chopped a grounder over the mound for an infield single himself.
That brought Trenton's 20-year old catcher Gary Sanchez to the plate with the tying run at second base and the potential winning run at first. Sanchez singled sharply to New Britain left fielder Daniel Ortiz whose throw to the plate was intended to get Ramon Flores before he could score the game-tying run, but instead wound up hitting nearly halfway up the backstop. As the ball got to the backstop, Jose Pirela- who had not broken stride from first base when the play began- kept sprinting to the plate. New Britain catcher Kyle Knudson flipped to pitcher Matt Hauser who was covering the plate, but Hauser couldn't handle the throw and Pirela scored the game-winning run in walk-off fashion.
With the win and a win by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats over the Portland Sea Dogs, Trenton's lead in the East Division Wild Card remains 4.0 games over the Fisher Cats but is now only 5.0 over the Sea Dogs with 6 games remaining in the regular season.
Trenton and the New Britain Rock Cats battle at ARM & HAMMER Park in final game of their four-game series- and final home game of the regular season- Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Trenton sends RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-0, 3.18) to the mound against RHP Alex Meyer (4-3, 3.41) for the Rock Cats. Limited tickets available or by calling (609)394-3300. Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and streaming online begins at 6:45 p.m.
Being posted with permission from the Trenton Thunder organization. The original article can be seen HERE

Charleston Falls In Extras In Road Finale

Charleston Falls In Extras In Road Finale
Greenville ties it in the 9th, wins it in the 11th to avoid the sweep

GREENVILLE, SC - Mario Martinez hit a broken bat, walk-off RBI single into left field with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to send the Greenville Drive to a 2-1 extra innings win over the Charleston RiverDogs at Fluor Field at The West End on Wednesday night.
With the loss, the RiverDogs fall to 34-32 in the second half and 73-61 overall. Charleston finishes the season an even 35-35 on the road. The Drive improve to 27-36 in second half play and 49-83 overall with the win.
It was an old fashioned pitcher's duel for the first seven innings of the game with neither team scoring a run until the eighth.
In the top of the eighth, Jake Cave led off with his sixth triple of the year and promptly scored on Jose Rosario's RBI single to give the RiverDogs a 1-0 lead. However, the lead would not last.
In the bottom of the ninth the Drive tied the game thanks to a two singles and an error to force extra innings.
That's when Martinez came through with the walk-off single to win it in the 11th.
Rookie Davis made his Charleston debut, and the righty was impressive. In five shutout innings he didn't walk a batter, gave up eight hits, and fanned six.
Sergio Gomez made the start for Greenville and was even better. Gomez allowed just two hits in six shutout innings, walked three, and collected three strikeouts.
The bullpens were phenomenal for both squads as well. Derek Varnadore threw five innings in relief for Charleston and gave up just one run on three hits with four strikeouts. John Brebbia got tagged with the loss for the Dogs following the walk-off single in the 11th. He recorded two outs, gave up a hit, and walked a man. Brebbia falls to 0-2 on the year.
Raynell Velette went two innings in relief for the Drive and surrendered the only run Charleston scored in the game. He allowed four hits and struck out three. The most effective pitcher in the pitching dominated game was Kyle Martin who spun three hitless, scoreless innings with one walk and four strikeouts. Martin earned the victory to improve to 2-1.
Danny Oh had a fantastic game offensively for the RiverDogs with a 3-3, double, walk performance. Greg Bird went 0-3, but walked twice, once intentionally.
COMING UP: Thursday is the final off day of the season for the RiverDogs. The team will open their final homestand of the year at The Joe on Friday night with the first of four games against the Rome Braves. Charleston will start RHP Brett Gerritse (8-7, 3.60 ERA) for the last time this season, and Rome will counter with RHP Mauricio Cabrera (3-8, 41.8 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 on Friday night.
It will be the final Red Shirt Friday of the year as fans who wear red to the box office can save $1 off their ticket OR donate that dollar to local charity Canines for Veterans. "Titus the Wonder Dog" will be on hand to show off his batboy skills and multiple tricks during the game. As part of the last Red Shirt Friday there will be a silent auction during the game to win the unique red, white and blue digi-camo jerseys off the backs of the RiverDogs players. Fans of Dante Bichette, Jr., Greg Bird and Cito Culver can bid online at until Saturday. After the contest, we will again light up the sky over the scenic Ashley River with another Piggly Wiggly Postgame Fireworks show. It's also a Miller/Coors Aluminum Pint Nite as folks 21 and older can enjoy $2 specials on aluminum pints. Fans can purchase tickets at, over the phone at 843/723-7241, or in-person at the Riley Park Box Office. Fans may also listen to the game live locally on ESPN Radio 910AM or online at
Being posted with permission from the Charleston Riverdogs organization. The original article can be seen HERE

This Day In New York Yankees History 8/29

On this day in 1985 Don Baylor was hit by a pitch for the 190th time in his career passing Minnie Minoso's American League record.

On this day in 1998 Derek Jeter established a new record for home runs by a Yankees short stop when he hit his 17th home run of the season.