Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dean (of the minors) Anna filled a colume in a Yankee win over Boston 4-1

 I guess the game has two story's that are good signs for the team going forward!

The biggest story but not the most important of the two is Dean Anna hitting a home run in the 5th, after about 500+ games in the minors, nice feel good story!

Team wise, other than Pineda pitching very well with a win was; the way Cabral and Phelps shut the door in the 8th and 9th innings. They both combined for 5 Strike Outs of the 9 outs they needed...Phelps got the Save, his 1st.

McCann (can) got his first...of many more...hits in the 4th with an RBI single.

Ellsbury RBI against his old team in the 5th was a sight to see, and against his old roommate at that!

Jeter got 2 hits to move himself close to the magic .300 mark.

Has Solarte come back to earth? He went 0 for 3 with a strike out! It did take a very fine catch to rob him of one hit that would have dropped in without a lay-out dive by Nava who sprinted in and made a "WOW Type" sprawling catch on Solarte's fly to right field leading off the third.

I am looking forward to see more great play from both Anna and Solarte!

Pineda's quality start gives Yankees 4-1 win over Red Sox

Michael Pineda gave up just 1 earned run in 6 innings and David Phelps followed him with a perfect 7 out save tonight as the Yankees bounced back to win this series' opener over the Red Sox, 4-1. Through four frames here, Pineda impressively didn't give up a hit, before eventually finishing up with 2-walk, 7-strikeout line.

Anyway, the offense this evening struggled in the early going, but in the bottom of the fourth they suddenly got hot, putting two runs on the board thanks to an RBI Single from Brian McCann and Double Play with a man on third from Alfonso Soriano. After that, the bats struck a couple more times in the fifth, when Dean Anna hit his first career home run and Jacoby Ellsbury connected on a run-scoring single.

Besides those guys, Derek Jeter and Carlos Beltran also contributed to this W, as Jeter went 2-for-4 with a single and a double and Beltran went 1-for-3 to stretch his current hitting streak to four.

Michael Pineda & Pine Tar Gate

Is it pine tar? Is it dirt? Is it cheating? Does it matter? You decide.... You have to remember though this guy has a DUI so his intelligence, in my opinion, will always be under the gun.

Game Thread: Yankees vs. Red Sox 4/10

The New York Yankees will host the Boston Red Sox in the first meeting between the two of the 2014 American League East rivalry, rivalry renewed. The pitching match up will be Michael Pineda for the Yankees and Clay Buchholz for the Red Sox. Pineda took the loss in a quality start last time out striking out five and walking none while hitting 95 MPH on the radar gun against the Toronto Blue Jays last time out. Buchholz got hit around by the Milwaukee Brewers giving up six runs on six hits, two of them home runs, in a loss. Buchholz doesn't have good career numbers at New York as he sports a 5.32 ERA and a career 1.60 WHIP against New York, something the Yankees will look to capitalize on tonight.

The game will be televised at 7:05 pm et on the YES Network, MLB Network, on your computer with MLB TV, and on the radio with WFAN.

Here is the Yankees lineup:

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano DH
Kelly Johnson 1B
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Dean Anna 2B

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Jacoby Ellsbury Is A Trader Meme

If Jacoby Ellsbury is a trader then that makes you an idiot.... just saying. Thanks for playing though!

Preview: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox 4/10

Rivalry renewed! The New York Yankees will host the Boston Red Sox for the first time during the 2014 season tonight at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees will send Michael Pineda to the mound for the first time in Yankee Stadium this season and the second time since joining the Yankees in 2012. The Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound to face off with Pineda. The game will be televised at 7:05 pm ET on the YES Network, MLB Network, MLB TV, and on the radio with WFAN.

Go Yankees!!!

Pitching Matchups vs. Red Sox

Here are the pitching matchups for the Red Sox series that starts tonight at Yankee Stadium. Use these to make your predictions in our 6th annual Mega Prediction Game right here on the blog. 

Michael Pineda vs.  Clay Buchholz 
7:05 p.m.
CC Sabathia vs. Jon Lester 
7:05 p.m.
Hiroki Kuroda vs. John Lackey 
1:05 p.m.
Ivan Nova vs. Felix Doubront 
8:05 p.m.

Quick Hit: The History Behind Yangervis Solarte

How does one come up with the name Yangervis Solarte? When you're parents are Yanmili and Gervis Solarte it comes pretty naturally I guess. Solarte grew up in Venezuela and apparently this is not an uncommon practice among Latin families. So now you know and knowing is half the battle. Enjoy the day Yankees family.

Trenton Thunder Game Recap 4/9

Thunder Bats Silenced in 9-2 Loss

TRENTON, NJ - Sea Dogs left-hander Henry Owens struck out nine over six and two third innings of shutout baseball as Portland defeated Trenton 9-2 on Wednesday night at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Owens allowed just six hits and did not walk a batter in a start for the first time in his double-A career.
Portland grabbed an early lead against Bryan Mitchell in the top of the first loading the bases with two outs. Travis Shaw touched home after a wild pitch from Mitchell. The Sea Dogs the Trenton starter from the game in the fifth inning with four straight hits to begin the inning. Back-to-back run scoring hits from Deven Marrero and Shaw took a 4-0 advantage for Portland.
Mitchell suffered his second loss of the season; surrendering four runs on six hits and four walks in four innings of work.
The Sea Dogs added five runs in their half of the seventh, in part due to a pair of Thunder errors committed in the inning. Shannon Wilkerson led the way with three hits for the visitors.
Gary Sanchez accounted for the only offense for the Thunder with a two-run double in the eighth inning. Sanchez finished the season's opening home stand (six games) batting 8-for-22 (.363) with four doubles, a home run and the Eastern League lead with ten runs driven in.
The Thunder will begin their first road trip of the season with a four game series in Erie beginning tomorrow night. The Thunder send LHP Jeremy Bleich (0-1, 11.25) to the mound, the SeaWolves will counter with RHP Keith Couch (1-0, 0.00). First pitch will be thrown at 6:35, listen live on 91.3 WTSR and

Being posted with permission from the Trenton Thunder organization. The original article can be seen HERE

Charleston Riverdogs Game Recap 4/9

RiverDogs Drive Greenville Out of The Joe
Three home runs and a shutout start highlight Charleston's home-opening rout

CHARLESTON, SC - Mike Ford, Brandon Thomas, and Michael O'Neill each hit home runs and Caleb Smith pitched five shutout innings as the Charleston RiverDogs defeated the Greenville Drive 10-1 on Tuesday night in front of 3,122 fans at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in South Atlantic League action.
With the win, Charleston improves to 3-2 in Southern Division play while Greenville falls back to 2-3 this season. It was also the RiverDogs home opener after Monday's scheduled contest was postponed due to rain.
The first RiverDogs home run of the season was provided by Ford in the bottom of the first inning. With Tyler Wade on second base following a walk and a stolen base, Ford lifted a fly ball into the batter's eye off Greenville's Mario Alcantara that put the RiverDogs ahead 2-0.
That cushion was more than enough for Smith, who was very efficient in his Charleston debut. Smith allowed one hit and just three baserunners in five innings pitched. The southpaw also struck out five on his way to the win.
Charleston added two runs in the fourth inning before exploding for a big rally in the fifth. Tyler Wade led off the frame with a single while Aaron Judge and Ford followed with walks to load the bases. Myles Smith replaced Alcantara on the mound but uncorked a wild pitch that scored Wade. Miguel Andujar reloaded the bases with a walk before the RiverDogs went deep again.
On the first pitch from Smith, Thomas cleared the right field fence with a grand slam to give the RiverDogs a nine-run lead. O'Neill came up two batters later and hit a solo home run to left-center field, improving Charleston's lead to 10-0.
Greenville finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning. Tim Roberson's sacrifice fly brought in Tzu-Wei Lin to cut the deficit to nine. It would be the only offense that the Drive picked up in the contest.
Smith's record is now 1-0 for the RiverDogs after taking the win. The loss is charged to Alcantara, whose record is 0-1 this season.
COMING UP: This now-abbreviated two-game series closes at 11:05am on Wednesday morning with the first of two Education Days at The Joe. Charleston RHP Rookie Davis (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is scheduled to start against Greenville LHP Cody Kukuk (1-0, 1.80 ERA). Children throughout the Lowcountry will pack The Joe with the College of Charleston School of Science and Math providing hands-on activities and demonstrations. Tickets may be purchased at the Riley Park Box Office, (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or on-line at

Being posted with permission from the Charleston Riverdogs organization. The original article can be seen HERE

This Day In New York Yankees History 4/10

On this day in 1992 Dave Eiland hit a home run in his first major league at bat. Eiland came through the New York Yankees system and also allowed a home run to first batter he faces in his career when he gave up a homer to the Brewers Paul Molitor. Eiland hit the home run in the National League in his first year with the San Diego Padres after coming over from the Yankees.