There was rain. Lots and lots of rain, but that didn’t stop the Yankees from beating down on the Orioles 13-2 behind CC Sabathia (4-3) who pitched an 8 inning shutout. After there was a 48 minute rain delay, the Yankees were ready to go. In the first inning Derek Jeter led off with a double and Curtis Granderson had a triple, which scored Jeter. Mark Teixeira grounded out, but was able to bring Curtis Granderson home. Robinson Cano was hit by a pitch, Russell Martin walked and Jorge Posada walked which brings us to Nick Swisher. Nick Swisher had a bases clearing double which gave the Yankees a 5-0 lead.
In the4th, Swisher walked which brought up Brett Gardner who was batting .377 in the last 22 games becoming the Yankees hottest hitter. Getting a bit hit Gardner did, as he scorched an RBI triple to extend the Yankees lead to 6-0. Derek Jeter came up with an RBI triple which scored Gardner. Mark Teixeira homered which gave the Yankees a 9-0 lead. In the fifth the bases were loaded again with Cano, Martin and Posada. This is where Nick Swisher became a clutch hitter once again. He singled on a ground ball which scored Robinson Cano giving the Yankees a 10-0 lead. In the 6th inning Jorge Posada doubled and brought home Robinson Cano who was on base for a third time. The icing on the cake was in the 9th inning when Brett Gardner singled on a ground ball. The next batter was Eduardo Nunez, and he did the unthinkable; he hit a home run. The game was sealed for the Yankees at 13 runs. CC’s night was done after 8 innings and the Yankees brought Amauri Sanit to pitch. He gave up two runs but it could have been more if Gardner hadn’t flashed the leather and stopped the bleeding. Yankees had won there third game in a row and took the Baltimore series. Baltimore this season is 0-6 against the Yankees.
What’s Next: Yankees come back to New York and inter-league play starts with the Yankees taking on the New York Mets in Yankee Stadium, R.A Dickey gets the start for the Mets while Freddy Garcia gets the start for the Yankees.
Note: Jorge Posada had his 17th career start at first base while Mark Teixeira took over DH duties in the series finale against the Orioles; Jeremy Guthrie was scheduled to pitch the series finale but due to pitching in the 15th inning he was replaced by Brad Bergesen who pitched 3 1/3 and gave up 8 runs on 5 hits. In the 9th inning was the first time that all three catchers (Francisco Cervelli, Martin, Posada) were on the field together. Cervelli was behind the plate, Martin was at third and Jorge Posada was at first. Russell Martin was charged with an error in the 9th for booting the game ending double play ball.
CC Sabathia (2-2) didn’t look his sharpest against the Tigers, which lead to there early downfall in Comerica Park on Tuesday Night.
First pitch swinging the ice cold Austin Jackson hit a double on the left center field wall, and things did not get better from there. Scott Sizemore who was called up earlier today had a double before the struggling Magglio Ordonez grounded to shortstop to bring Austin Jackson home. Miguel Cabrera hit a fly ball sending Sizemore home, but the Tigers weren’t done.
In the fourth inning, Russell Martin doubled off of Brad Penny (2-3) scoring Jorge Posada, but this was when the Yankees base running got atrocious. Brett Gardner flied out to left field before Andruw Jones decided to try for home plate only to be called out and charging Gardner with the double play thus ending the inning.
The Tigers scored 2 more times in the fifth when Austin Jackson tripled scoring Brandon Inge and Scott Sizemore singling on a line drive to Andruw Jones scoring Jackson.
The Yankees had horrible base running in the 6th inning, starting with a force out by Robinson Cano. On a wild pitch, Cano decided to go to second, but stopped in the midst, before ending up a dead duck and getting tagged out. While Andruw Jones was at bat, Jorge Posada tried to steal second, but was caught by Scott Sizemore.
The Yankees were able to cut the lead to two when Mark Teixeira homered in the top of the eighth inning, but that was all the Yankees were going to get. In the ninth the Yankees pinch hit Jones for Nick Swisher who had gotten on with a walk, but Russell Martin grounded into a double play ending the game. Jose Valverde for the Tigers got the save.
Note: It has been 6 years ago today that Robinson Cano had been called up for the Yankees. Cano was 0 for 4 today; Jorge Posada raised his batting average to .167 going 2 for 4 today; Brett Gardner now has a seven game hitting streak and is now batting .219; Derek Jeter had a hit today making his magic number 48.
When the Yankees were to take the field today, they knew there was one thing on the line: They were trying to avoid losing a series at home. Today, they were able to successfully do just that with the help of some heroics by Brett Gardner.
In the 3rd inning, White Sox pitcher Edwin Jackson (2-3) walked four straight batters: Brett Gardner, Eduardo Nunez (Jeter got the night off), Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher, before surrendering a fly ball to Robinson Cano to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Note that the Yankees were no hit at the time, but were able to play ABC baseball.
The Yankees had gotten there first hit off of the bat of Brett Gardner in the fifth inning, which was hit into the right field seats. The Yankees had capped 6 runs in the fifth and as a team they hit for the cycle. Gardner had a home run, Granderson had a triple, Nunez had a double and Swisher had a single.
CC Sabathia (2-1) went 7 shut out innings even though 3 runs had scored against him, all of them were unearned on two errors by Eduardo Nunez.
The Yankees and White Sox split the series 2 games a piece.
What’s Next?: Yankees host the Blue Jays this weekend before heading to Detroit for a four game series against the tigers and to Texas to play a three game series against the Rangers
Note: Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter were both out of today’s lineup. Jeter was given the day off and Mark Teixeira was still complaning about his aching shoulder. Joe Girardi gave Tex the day off just as a precaution; Nick Swisher hit his first home run today which means the only Yankee regular not to have a home run is Derek Jeter.
Since the beginning of the season, the Yankees had not been hitting together as a team, BUT they had the home run ball working for them. Yesterday the Yankees had not 1 or 2 but 5 home run bombs from 4 different players: Russell Martin who homered twice, Jorge Posada, Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner.
The Yankees first scored in the first inning when A-Rod doubled off the wall in right field, sending Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira home for an early 2-0 lead. Then Robinson Cano doubled A-Rod home to make it 3-0 Yankees. After Brett Gardner’s double in the second inning, Brad Bergensen (0-3) shut down the Yankees for a couple of innings, until he gave up a three run home run to Russell Martin, making the game 6-0 Yankees.
The Orioles had came back though in the 6th when Adam Jones hit a three run home run against CC Sabathia (1-1). It would be the only time that the Orioles would score though.
In the 8th inning, the Yankees capped 7 runs in that inning, before that inning being the only Major League team to not score more than 5 runs in an inning. This included back to back home runs by Jorge Posada and Russell Martin followed by a Grand Slam to Alex Rodriguez after Jeter walked, Curtis Granderson had a clean single and Teixeira singled.
The 9th inning put the finishing touched to the game when Russell Martin was plunked in the back by Josh Rupe. All of the New York Yankees were so outraged they began to plan retaliation, but Brett Gardner had another idea in mind. On a 2-1 fastball, he connected for his first home run of the season towards right field. The Yankees are now 11-6 pushing the Orioles to last place with an 8-11 record.
The New York Yankees are getting ready to play the final 2 games of Spring Training before packing it up to New York where the weather is cooler than in Tampa Florida. The Yankees had changed there mechanics, gained new teammates and have lost some old ones. Let’s take a look at what the staring Yankees had been up to.
Derek Jeter: There has been a lot of talk around Derek Jeter during this Spring Training. Starting with Hank Steinbrenner making the comment that some people need to stop “building mansions.” while Jeter is the only one who actually owns a mansion. Jeter was able to shut Steinbrenner up by putting up excellent numbers during Spring Training. Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long had spoken to him about his stride and how to lessen it, which has done wonders for Jeter. Making headlines lately had been both Jeter and Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner, on who will be the lead off hitter. Girardi had came up with the solution that Jeter will bat lead off against left hand pitching. It looks as if Jeter is ready to bounce back after a bad 2010 season which will be a sigh of relief to Yankee fans.
Mark Teixeira: Teixeira had one goal in mind, to turn his slumping from April to March. If Tex is trying to slump in March, it’s not working. He is having a great Spring, and hopefully that same attitude that he has in Spring Training will go beyond into the season. Despite him firing his agent Scott Boras, there hasn’t been much on Tex this Spring Training, which is pretty good.
Alex Rodriguez: If there was someone who had opened eyes during the course of Spring Training, it was Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod has been a home run hitting machine during Spring Training, but people are wondering if he should save all of his energy for the regular season. For the first time since Rodriguez’s hip surgery, he was given the OK to work out at 100%, and Rodriguez had slimmed down since last season. A-Rod’s goal for this season? To bat at least a .300 because as he nicely commented, he is NOT a .270 hitter even though his home run and RBI numbers were amazing.
Robinson Cano: After coming off a MVP type seaosn in 2010, it seems that Robinson Cano is having a tough time getting started. Only batting a .250 average since the beginning of Spring Training, Cano has been heating up towards the end of Spring Training, hitting his second home run during the Twins 7-6 win yesterday. Even though it’s not looking good for Cano right now, there is no doubt he will be on fire during the season, which I predict he will hit 25-30 homers and have approximatley over 100 RBI’s.
Jorge Posada: Our favorite catcher, but he had been stripped from his title and now takes on a new role: DH. Numerically Posada has one of his worst averages this spring, but on the plus side, his on base percentage is where it needs to be. Posada had played some first base during the season when Mark Teixeira was not in the lineup, and even though at first he looked uncomfertable, he seemed to have been looking more comfertable as time went on, but during the regular season first base is Tex’s. In the final year of his contract, Posada said that he would like to put up good numbers for the Yankees to consider him for another contract in 2012, in which Posada believes that if the slight chance the Yankees dont’ want him back he will look for another team. Let’s just get through the season first before we get into the off season okay Jorge?
Curtis Granderson: The Grandy Man can right? Curtis had put up his best Spring Training numbers ever with a .385 average and if Grandy was making a speech, he would be thanking Kevin Long for the tutorial. Grandy’s swing had taken an effect on him, with him hitting 3 home runs. Unfortunately Granderson’s Spring Training was cut short when he suffered an oblique injury during batting practice, with it being uncertain if he will play during the home opener against his former team, the Tigers. Hopefully Grandy can take the swing into the regular season as soon as he gets better.
Nick Swisher: Well, depsite Swisher getting married to Joanna Garcia during the off season, there’s not much to say about the Swishalicious. He’s having a so-so Spring Training, but he is doing well. The most interesting thing about Swisher? He knows how to make the fans, and his teammates laugh. Examples? To catch a fly ball, he jumped into the bullpen and let it fall next to him, earning him chuckles and a talking to by Girardi. Practically what Girardi said was, “That was the best attempt I have ever seen. Don’t do it again.” Besides being the Yankees class clown, he is doing well, but the fans want to see break out numbers from Swisher in the 2011 season.
Brett Gardner: Oh, Mr. Gardner’s spring training. While his average is a mere .255, his on base percentage is a astounding .375 and with 4 stolen bases so far. One thing that might be helping Gardy out though is that he had tweaked his swing. While being laid up during the off season recovering from wrist surgery, Gardner had called Kevin Long and asked him to help him with his swing, which Long commended Gardner for coming to him instead of the other way around. Gardner’s new swing has both his hands on the bat, which worked out well, since Gardner already has his first home run of the spring. The one thing that Gardner is trying to work on is his bunting. While it has improved, he is still frustrated that he is not getting on base with it, but is working hard on it which shows. Gardner was also rewarded with being the lead off hitter against right handed pitchers while Jeter takes over for left handed pitchers.
Russell Martin: Welcome to the Newest Yankee, Russell Martin who was acquired after spending last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Martin will be the catcher for the New York Yankees, which is why Posada is the DH, makes sense now doesn’t it? Not much to say about Martin except he does well behind the plate, and he seems to work the best with A.J Burnett, since he is one of the only catchers that can catch his crazy curveballs. Martin’s average is so-so with a .250 average, but his on base percentage .368 which means he gets walked…a lot. Russell Martin is doing well with the Yankees, the fans would just like to see all that get into the season. Though we haven’t seen much, we believe Russell Martin is a valuable asset to the Yankees.
With the Yankee hitters all getting into there groove for the season, the Yankees had been looking for 2 pitchers who could be in the rotation ever since Andy Pettite had reitred. Here is the official starting rotation for the Yankees.
1. CC Sabathia
2. A.J Burnett (Moved to the number 2 spot)
3. Phil Hughes (Promoted from the number 5 spot)
4. Ivan Nova
5. Freddy Garcia
The Yankees new long man is Bartolo Colon, in which the Yankees traded Sergio Mitre for Chris Dickerson from the Brewers.
Yes the Yankees are getting into full gear this spring and prepare to take all of there hard work into the season. Will the Yankees win a 2011 World Series and get there 28th pennant? Who knows, but from the looks of things this team is looking really good.
The New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies both proved something during the home and home games. For the Yankees, it is possible to win while working out the kinks of your starting rotation, and for the Phillies, it is possible to lose with a stellar starting rotation. The first game of the spring training season, the Phillies came out on top 5-4, after Colin Curtis dropped a blooped ball in left field, letting 2 runs score. One of the only mistakes Girardi made in that game was taking out every single starting player and replacing them with rookies (minus Colin Curtis and Eduardo Nunez). The Yankees were upset with their loss, but that gave them hope for a win when they reached Clearwater Florida.
Game 2 was a little different. There was no Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, or Mark Teixeira. Girardi had decided to leave them back at Steinbrenner Field to continue working on their batting and fielding. The only 4 starters that made the trip were Brett Gardner, Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson and Jorge Posada and all four of the starters proved to be useful. Girardi had put Gardner in the lead off spot, just like he had done in the past when Derek Jeter was unable to play, and Gardner brought the magic touch to the Yankees earning a walk in the 4th, but one out later, Curtis Granderson hammered a home run to the left field wall. It was so impressive, YES correspondents Michael Kay and Ken Singleton pointed out they “had never seen Granderson hit a home run to left field before.” Those hitting tutorials with Kevin Long sure paid off with Granderson. In the 6th inning, Gardner started that inning a little differently. He hit a double off minor league pitcher Justin DeFratus. After that, it was all over for the Phillies. Swisher, Granderson and Posada each had back to back to back doubles which lead to the Yankees leading 6-0. The Phillies tacked on 3 runs, but one of the biggest home runs was from someone trying to win a job on the Yankees Major League team, Jorge Vasquez. He hit his second home run, in two games in the 9th inning, replacing Eric Chavez. His power was talked about on blogs after he hit the home run, and if I were Girardi I would heavily consider Jorge Vasquez to get the back up first base job in case Teixeira can’t play. Yankees won Game 2, 7-3.
Now, the Yankees are considering 2 spots for the starting rotation. They already have CC Sabathia, A.J Burnett and Phil Hughes (who I haven’t seen yet in any Spring Training game). The four main pitchers fighting for the two spots are Bartolo Colon, Ivan Nova, Sergio Mitre and Freddy Garcia. I haven’t seen Freddy Garcia pitch yet, but from what I had saw, I would seriously consider Ivan Nova for one of the rotation spots IF he can go more than 5 innings. During the 6th inning, he always runs out of gas. Bartolo Colon worried me a bit. He was good, but he claimed he wanted to lose 25 pounds during Spring Training. It’s not impossible, but I think he should have considered that during the off season like Sabathia did. Mitre was impressive, but I believe he would be more suited for the bullpen to accompany David Robertson and Boone Logan.
CC Sabathia will take the mound today against the Tigers at 1:05pm Eastern Time. MLB.TV members can listen live with Gameday Audio. The next game to be viewed on Yes is Wednesday’s game which will feature A.J Burnett.
The New York Yankees may have not gotten the big name starter, but they sure did get the big name reliever. The Yankees picked up Rafael Soriano from the Tampa Bay Rays and Pedro Feliciano from the Mets to work in the bullpen before Mariano Rivera. Feliciano signed with the Yankees for 2 years while Soriano signed for 3 years. The Yankees felt that they needed a setup man since Kerry Wood went back to the Cubs, and they felt that no one better than Soriano could compliment Rivera in the bullpen while they believed Feliciano could complement Boone Logan or David Robertson.
Meanwhile, the Yankees might not have their starting pitcher or starting left fielder for Spring Training since both of them are recovering from surgery. CC Sabathia is recovering from knee surgery that had to be done after the 2010 season and Brett Gardner is recovering from wrist surgery which was done December 7. Both of them might sit out until the start of the 2011 season which is March 31. No word on who will replace Sabathia and Gardner during Spring Training, which is probably why Cashman is interested in either resigning Johnny Damon or signing Andruw Jones.