Thursday, April 24, 2014

CC solid as Yankees embarrass Red Sox in rubber game, 14-5

CC Sabathia threw 6 innings of two-run ball and David Robertson came back to the get the last 3 outs tonight as the Yankees blew out the Red Sox in this series' rubber game, 14-5. In this performance, CC wasn't all that sharp, as he threw 106 pitches in those 6 frames, but in the end he still put up a quality start, helping him improve his 2014 record to a nice 3-2. 

Anyway, the Yanks offense obviously was good in this W, scoring 7 runs in their first three at-bats thanks to an RBI Double from Alfonso Soriano, a 2-run Double from Yangervis Solarte, Mark Teixeira's first home run of the season, and a pair of singles from Brian Roberts and Jacoby Ellsbury. That total of 7 runs would stay in the box score until the top of the seventh, when the Bombers put up 5 more on another two-run hit from Solarte, a ground-rule double from Ellsbury, and a 2-run Single from Jeter.

Besides those guys, Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner, and Brian McCann, though they didn't drive in runs, also contributed to this big win, going 1-for-6 with a double and a run, 0-for-4 with 3 walks and 4 runs, and 1-for-5 with a walk respectively. That one hit from McCann, interestingly, came with the shift on, when #34 just sorta poked a slider down the third base line.

Michael Pineda Gets 10 Game Suspension For Pine Tar Gate II

Major League Baseball has announced that Michael Pineda will receive a 10 game suspension for putting pine tar on his neck. This was just two starts removed from having a half a can on his right pitching hand against the Red Sox. 

Pineda is either dumb or a special kind of stupid. 

Game Thread: Yankees @ Red Sox 4/24

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox finish their three game set tonight at Fenway Park with the Yankees looking to win the series and take total control over the American League Eastern Division. The Yankees will send CC Sabathia to the mound to face off with fellow lefty Felix Doubront for the Red Sox. The game will be played at 7:10 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB Network, on the computer with MLB TV, and can be heard on the radio with WFAN.

Be sure to join the discussion on Twitter by following @GreedyStripes where we try and live tweet every single game that we can. If you don't tweet then you can always drop us a line in our comments section of our site. Don't forget that you can purchase your Yankees tickets for all home and away games right here without even leaving the blog. We also have a mega prediction game going on where you wager points on whether the Yankees will win or lose every single game, and there may be a prize at the end. It's not too late so be sure to check that out.

Enjoy the game Yankees family and enjoy the rest of your Thursday night.

Lineup Analysis: Yankees @ Red Sox 4/24

Not a good day offensively for the Bombers yesterday mustering just 1 run against a surprisingly dominant John Lackey and not so surprisingly dominant Koji Uehara. Tonight they face the hard throwing lefthander in Felix Doubront. Felix's ERA is 5.48 and adjusted should be around 4.24. While his K/9 is down so is his BB/9 and HR/9. He has posted an early record of 1-2 in 4 games started.

Tonight's Yankees lineup stacks up as follows:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Carlos Beltran, RF
4. Alfonso Soriano, DH
5. Mark Teixeira, 1B
6. Brian McCann, C
7. Brett Gardner, LF
8. Brian Roberts, 2B
9. Yangervis Solarte, 3B

As i am a little strapped for time ill give you my revised lineup:
1. Brett Gardner, LF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
4. Carlos Beltran,DH
5. Brian McCann, C
6. Mark Teixeira, 1B
7. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
8. Yangervis Solarte, 3B
9. Brian Roberts, 2B

I've made my case for why i like to slot people in certain areas. Yangervis Solarte is pretty cold right now so hitting him 8th is good, i still think his good ABs and high contract rate shows that he deserves to be in the lineup just about every day. Carlos Beltran should be cleaning up, again to pad his team leading total in big flys and clutch hits with runners in scoring position. Tex had looked good before yesterday but now im not entirely sure what to expect from him, so i put him 6th. Ichiro should hit behind him, and just be in the lineup in general. Before sitting down yesterday and today Ichiro had been hitting the ball to almost all fields and flashing his famous speed. Brian Roberts is starting to pick up the pace and if he keeps it up i might actually slot him leadoff. Brett Gardner should be leading off today and Ellsbury third. Not much to say about McCann, an average stretch for him. The catcher isn't really slumping or tearing the cover off the ball.

As always, it’s a long season so remember that one game doesn’t make the season! Enjoy 
the game everyone!

Ivan Nova To Have Tommy John Surgery Tuesday

Ivan Nova has elected to go ahead and get the Tommy John surgery on his ulnar collateral ligament and will miss the rest of the 2014 season. Nova will have the surgery on Tuesday with Dr. James Andrews performing the surgery. 

More when I  am not mobile and in the hospital with my mother in law. 

The Boston Red Sox Suck... Meme

No harm is having a little fun here as I thought this meme was pretty clever and rather funny, sue me. Enjoy the game Yankees family.

Preview: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox 4/24

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox will play the finale of their three game set this week at Fenway Park tonight in Boston. The Yankees will send their ace CC Sabathia to the mound to face off with Felix Doubront for the Boston Red Sox, a lefty vs. lefty matchup. The game will be played tonight at 7:10 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB Network, on the computer with MLB TV, and on the radio with WFAN.

CC Sabathia held the Tampa Bay Rays to just two runs over seven innings last time out in a much needed confidence building victory. The Red Sox faced Sabathia and were silenced on April 11 through five innings before CC gave up the big inning once again and allowed four runs in the sixth before the only loss of the series. Sabathia allowed two home runs in that sixth inning and hopes to keep the ball down tonight in Fenway.

Doubront has two quality starts in his last two times out there including one against the Yankees but has little to show for it. Doubront and the Red Sox lost the start against New York and Felix and his Red Sox were tough luck losers his last time out against the Baltimore Orioles when he allowed two runs on five hits in 6.1 IP. Doubront took the no decision his last time out and looks to rebound tonight against the Yankees.

Go Yankees!!

Cant Predict Baseball: NYY & Bal Trade Runs

On this day in 1960 the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees played a crazy, albeit entertaining, game where they traded runs for runs and hits for hits. The Yankees started the barrage by scoring eight runs against Baltimore before recording an out in front of the home crowd in the first inning. The Orioles narrowed the gap with eight and ninth inning grand slams by Albie Pearson and Billy Klaus. The Yankees ended up winning the game 15-9 in a game that had to leave the fans headed home satisfied that they got their money's worth.

On this day in 1965 Casey Stengel won a mind blowing 3,000th game of his managerial career. Stengel managed for the Dodgers, Braves, Yankees, and Mets and the Metropolitans are who he won the historic 3,000th game managing. The Mets scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-6 at Candlestick Park. While Stengel is most known for his 12 year Yankees manager tenure and his 1,149 wins this is a memory most Mets fans will live with forever.

You can't predict baseball.

David Ortiz & His Excessively Long Home Run Trots That I Want To Prove A Point About By Having An Excessively Long Post Title To This Article

I actually never knew this website existed until the great writers at showed us the light but over at they keep track of the quickest and slowest home run trots around baseball. Guess who had the third slowest home run trot in all of baseball this season Tuesday night when he hit a meaningless home run off of Masahiro Tanaka and gloated like he had hit a game tying grand slam in the bottom of the ninth? Well I didn't put a picture of David Ortiz photoshopped into Shrek for no reason now did I?

It is also worth mentioning that the top two slowest home run trots this season are also held by none other than Mr. Ortiz. If baseball is worried about speeding the game up then they need to give this guy the steroid suspension that he deserved a long time ago and get this guy out of the game for a little while. Or you could just make him speed up, that works too I guess.

Quick Hit: Excited About The Bottom Of The Rotation

"Did You See That Tanaka Start Tuesday night?"

Isn't it kind of sad, and at the same time very exciting, to be more pumped up to watch the bottom half of the New York Yankees rotation than it is to watch the top half? I think I speak for everybody that if I had to pick just two games to watch in a week it would be the two games that Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda are pitching in. No offense to CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda, they are awesome and the anchors of the staff, but they just aren't the big ticket item in the Yankees rotation anymore.

While it is kind of sad to think about all the millions of dollars being paid to Kuroda and Sabathia to take a back seat to the  two young guys it is also very exciting for now and the future of the Yankees rotation. In a few years Tanaka and Pineda will be at the top and the roles will be reversed with Sabathia. Either way, now or for the future, the Yankees rotation possibilities look bright and that is great news for the Yankees organization and especially their fans.

Trenton Thunder Game Recap 4/23

Gamel, Segedin Lead Thunder to 9-5 Win Over Akron

The Thunder jumped out to an 8-0 lead after four innings and held off a furious RubberDuck comeback on their way to a 9-5 victory at ARM & HAMMER Park on Wednesday night.
The home team scored in each of their first four at-bats capped off by a four-run fourth inning. In that fourth, Ben Gamel doubled in his second run of the game and Rob Segedin hit a three-run home run off Akron starter Will Roberts.
Roberts allowed eight runs, six earned, on six hits and three walks in five innings of action. The right-hander suffered his second loss of the season.
The RubberDucks nearly got him off the hook as they rallied for five runs during their fifth, sixth and seventh inning at-bats. In the seventh, Joe Wendle hit his second home run of the season; a two-run shot that brought Akron within three.
Thunder first baseman Kyle Roller knocked a solo home run into the Delaware River in the bottom of the seventh. Roller's fourth home run of the season gave the Thunder the final margin.
Ben Gamel extended his on-base streak to 18 games with a 3-for-5 effort.
Zach Nuding earned his second victory of the season with five and ⅓ innings of two-run ball. He allowed just two runs on seven hits and struck out six.
The Thunder complete their four-game series with the Akron RubberDucks Thursday morning at 10:35 a.m. It's Education Day at ARM & HAMMER Park. The Thunder starter is to be announced, the 'Ducks will counter with RHP Kyle Davies (1-1, 3.50). Listen live on 91.3 WTSR and beginning at 10:15 a.m.

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

Charleston Riverdogs Game Recap 4/23

RiverDogs Blast BlueClaws in Series Finale
New Jersey native Mike Ford, Michael O'Neill hit home runs as Charleston wins series at Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, NJ - In an offensive onslaught that featured a season-high 18 hits and home runs by Mike Ford and Michael O'Neill, the Charleston RiverDogs defeated the Lakewood BlueClaws 9-3 on Wednesday at FirstEnergy Park in South Atlantic League action.
Charleston is back above .500 with a 10-9 record while the BlueClaws sink to 5-13. Charleston also wins this three-game series, the only scheduled meeting of the season, by a margin of 2-1.
The RiverDogs jumped on the BlueClaws with a three-run first-inning rally. Two singles and a throwing error put runners in scoring position for Ford, who scored Tyler Wade on a groundout for a 1-0 lead. O'Neill brought in Aaron Judge with a single and scored after a stolen base and a Miguel Andujar double to bring the advantage to 3-0.
Lakewood mustered only one run in the bottom of the first to counter Charleston's quick start. J. P. Crawford walked and was driven to third base with a single from Carlos Tocci. A wild pitch scored Crawford, bringing the BlueClaws within 3-1.
Home runs helped the RiverDogs push the lead to 8-1. After Judge opened the third inning with a walk, Ford lifted his third blast of the season for a four-run lead. O'Neill followed an RBI single by Judge with a two-run homer in the fourth. O'Neill is second in the SAL with a team-high five home runs after going deep in back-to-back games for the first time in his professional career.
The BlueClaws could only answer with more one-run spurts. In the sixth inning, Samuel Hiciano tripled and came in after Tocci collected a single. Andrew Benak came in for the RiverDogs and induced a foul pop out before an inning-ending double play from John Murphy to Wade to Ford.
Lakewood trimmed the gap to 8-3 in the seventh on a solo home run by Andrew Pullin. Wade, Murphy, and Ford once again combined for a key double play that kept the BlueClaws from getting closer.
In the ninth inning, the RiverDogs put the finishing touches on a series-clinching victory. Kale Sumner doubled to begin the frame and reached third base after a groundout by Mikeson Oliberto. Sumner scored on a wild pitch, increasing Charleston's lead to 9-3 for the game's closing margin.
Charleston's Brady Lail earned the win and moved to 2-1 after five innings of work. Lakewood's Alejandro Arteaga allowed eight RiverDogs runs, falling to 1-3 this season.
COMING UP: Charleston continues its road trip with a four-game series against the Delmarva Shorebirds at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. The series begins at 7:05pm on Thursday, April 24 with RiverDogs LHP Caleb Smith (1-1, 1.26 ERA) facing Shorebirds LHP Mitch Horacek (0-1, 2.89 ERA). Starting on Tuesday, April 29, the RiverDogs will host a seven-game homestand at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. Harris Teeter 2-for-$20 Date Night Tuesday, presented by Nash FM 96.9, offers a great deal with two tickets, two tacos, two fountain drinks, and one nacho tray for just $20 for couples that show their VIC card at the box office! Tickets may be purchased at the Riley Park Box Office, (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or on-line at If fans cannot make it to the ballpark, they are encouraged to tune in to all the action this year both home and away worldwide and locally on 1250 WTMA, the new radio home for RiverDogs baseball.

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

This Day In New York Yankees History 4/24

On this day in 1917 Yankee pitcher George Mogridge throws a no hitter against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park. This is the first no hitter in Yankees franchise history and the first ever thrown at Fenway Park.

On this day in 1923 President Warren G. Harding witnessed the first shutout ever thrown at Yankee Stadium. The avid baseball fan and chain smoking president saw Babe Ruth hit a home run in the contest but was ultimately disappointed when his Washington Senators lost 4-0.

On this day in 1987 Rickey Henderson became the first batter to ever hit a home run off of two 300 game winners in the same game. Henderson hit a solo home run in the 8th inning off Phil Niekro and would hit a two run home run in the ninth inning off Steve Carlton to help the Yankees beat the Indians 6-5.

On this day in 2008 the jersey that was hidden in the cement during construction at the new Yankee Stadium was auctioned off to help the Jimmy Fund charity and fetched $175,100. The winning bidder out of 282 bidders was Kevin Meehan a Mendon, Mass. resident and owner of