Sunday, September 8, 2013

Boone Logan Leaves Game With Biceps Issue

UPDATE: Boone had a cortisone shot in his left throwing arm and is unavailable until Friday at the earliest. So much for the three days off and being back in the bullpen on Tuesday. Hello Cesar Cabral.

The MRI revealed inflammation near, but not in, the left pitching elbow for Boone Logan. The Yankees are expected to give Boone the "three days off plan" before resuming a bullpen session and a return to the pen. We will not see Boone before the second game in the Baltimore series at the earliest.

I am just going to pretend that this is why Boone Logan was terrible last night and gave up that grand slam to the bearded Mike Napoli. Boone left last nights game with a biceps issue where he was complaining of soreness and felt it for a few pitches before leaving. Boone is getting an MRI today but it is never good to have soreness in the pitching arm. Hopefully it is just inflammation and will require a couple days off like the rest of the Yankees bullpen lately and it will not be something serious that will end his season.

Chris Stewart Getting X-Rays

UPDATE: Chris has strained ligaments on the top of his left foot. Nothing is broken but, hopefully anyway, the Yankees will baby him and let him sit out for the Baltimore series.

I didn't catch it myself, but when Chris Stewart was hit in the foot by a pitch in the third inning of today's game, he injured himself. It actually wasn't until the 6th inning that Stewart was replaced by Romine, so I'm sure I wasn't the only one that missed that.

While the Yankees are calling it a bruise, Chris is being sent for precautionary x-rays. I don't like to see anybody get hurt, but seeing as how I'd like Romine to get more playing time I'm not broken up by this news.

Yankees avoid sweep with 4-3 walk off win over Red Sox

Hiroki Kuroda gave up just 2 earned runs over 6 innings of work today as the Yankees beat the Red Sox in walk-off fashion, 4-3, avoiding a sweep in this four-game weekend series. The Bombers led the majority of this one, but thanks to another blown save from Rivera, they had to play the bottom of the ninth inning. In that AB, the Yankees would win the game on a wild pitch, with Ichiro being the runner who scored from third.

The Bombers other three runs in this one came on an RBI Double from Mark Reynolds and a two-run double from Robinson Cano. This win was a little bitter sweet since it was just playing to win 1/4, but I'll take it. A win's a win. 

Game Thread: Red Sox @ Yankees 9/8

The New York Yankees look to salvage one of the four game set this afternoon at Yankees Stadium in yet another must win game for the Yankees. The pitching match up is Hiroki Kuroda for the Yankees and Jon Lester for the Red Sox and the game can be seen at 1:05 pm ET on the YES network, TBS, and MLB TV. The good news is the Tampa Bay Rays have lost three games in a row as well as the Yankees but the bad news is the Baltimore Orioles are now only a game behind Tampa for that final playoff spot. Either way we need to start winning and winning now if we are serious about making a playoff run this season.

Here is the Yankees lineup

Ichiro Suzuki RF
Vernon Wells DH
Alfonso Soriano LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C

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It's Still Baseball Season New York Yankees Fans!

So enough with all this New York Giants talk and let's support this team when they need it the most and not jump off the bandwagon as quick as you jumped back on it in August.

Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees 9/8

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox finish up their four game set this afternoon at Yankees Stadium with the Yanks trying to salvage what has been a pretty dismal series. Come back after come back and so much heart shown and not enough victories to show for it but I digress. The Yankees will send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound who has pitched well at Yankees Stadium all season to face off with Jon Lester who has pitched well at the House that George Steinbrenner built in his career as well. The game will be televised at 1:05 pm ET on the YES Network, TBS, and MLB TV.

2014 Free Agents – Extreme makeover Yankees edition

Being posted as a part of Syndicated Sunday from Bronx Baseball Daily

This season is far from over. Despite the loss last night the Yankees are 2.5 games out of the wildcard with some time to catch up. That said, it’s never to early to look at the free agent market and fantasize about different players in pinstripes. This year there are actually some formidable free agents who could certainly make the Yankees better. Consider the fact that A-Rod could accept a one season suspension next year, saving the Yankees mounds of money which won’t even count towards the cap. There’s every reason to think that the Yankees will make a splash in the free agent market this year.
The question, however, is who can they go after with the A-Rod money (and the money from not resigning Granderson). The obvious answer is that a good portion of that money has to go toRobinson Cano. He has to be resigned and he’s going to have to take up a chunk of the money saved by the suspension. From there, many scenarios could play out.
One of the major positions the Yankees will look to address this offseason will be catcher. There are several catchers the Yankees could go after. Brian McCannA.J. PierzynskiCarlos Ruiz, andJarrod Saltalamacchia would all provide considerably more offense than the current lot of catchers. On the other hand, all but one (Carlos Ruiz) would bring defensive question marks to the table. Personally, I would love to see Brian McCann in the Bronx depending on the cost. He hit .270/.344/.489/.833 this season, with 19 homeruns in an injury shortened season. If healthy, he’s a huge upgrade offensively at the position.
I doubt if the Yankees pursue a first or second baseman outside of the organization given that Mark Teixeira will be healthy and they will likely resign Robinson Cano. If they do choose to go that route, there are some decent options though. James LoneyKendrys Morales, and Mike Morse are all free agents this year. I’m not sure if any of them would be willing to sign on as a DH, but they could be helpful to the team in that role as well.
There will be a rather large PED induced hole in the Yankees infield next year at third base. There’s really not much out there in terms of an A-Rod replacement though. Michael Young is an option, and so is Placido Polanco or Kevin Youkilis. It’s scary to think about what the Yankees will do at this position in 2014, because they don’t have any prospects that are close to filling that slot either. If I were Steinbrenner, I’d go pretty hard after Michael Young and hope that he can pick up where he left off in the second half this season. It’s slim pickings at third, and the Yankees have an obvious need.
The Bombers already have a full outfield next season, as Soriano, Gardner, and Ichiro will be in the mix. Knowing the Yankees though they will add another two guys to serve as lefty or righty specialists.Nelson Cruz would be a fun guy to target, but I doubt if the Yankees needs will match up with his contract demands. In other words, the Yankees aren’t desperate enough for an outfielder to dish out the type of contract Cruz will command.  Corey Hart would be another interesting player to look at. He missed all of 2013 but if he can get back to his old self he is a shoe-in for 25+ home runs and an .800+ OPS. Carlos Beltran is another who would be a good choice if they were able to get him on a short term contract. Also, would it really be so bad to bring Curtis Granderson back? They could use the power output for sure.
Finally you look at starting pitchers, and there really are quite a few options. Solid pitchers like Matt GarzaHiroki KurodaRicky NolascoAndy PettitteJonathan SanchezTim Lincecum, and dare I say? Josh Johnson will all be available this offseason to fill out the three available rotation spots that will be left behind by Phil Hughes, Hiroki Kuroda, and Andy Pettitte. The last question is who will replace Mariano. I don’t think the answer lies with free agents. David Robertson has earned his shot and should be given the first crack at it.
Looking at all of this it becomes pretty clear that the Yankees have an opportunity to perform an extreme makeover Yankees edition this offseason. If they play their cards right there’s no reason they can’t put a better team on the field than the 2013 version. Steinbrenner should dub 2014 “Cashman’s last chance” and if he can’t make it happen it’s time to find a new GM, or more politely promote cashman and allow someone else to make the GM decisions.

This Day In New York Yankees History 9/8

On this day in 1925 Babe Ruth belted his 300th home run of his career, conveniently against the Boston Red Sox, in a 7-4 Yankees victory. 

On this day in 2007 Alex Rodriguez blasted his 50th and 51st home run of the season joining Babe Ruth, who did it four times, Roger Maris, who hit 61 home runs in 1961, and Mickey Mantle, who did it twice, as the fourth player in Yankees history to hit 50 home runs in a season. Alex also broke the major league record for home runs as a third basemen in this game passing Adrian Beltre and Mike Schmidt's record of 49 home runs in a season.