Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hughes Solid In Yanks 4-2 Loss

(REUTERS/Steve Nesius)

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NY Yankees

WP: B. Duensing (1-2)
LP: P. Hughes (0-4)
SV: T. Lahey (1)

After a rocky first inning in which he allowed two runs on three hits and a walk, all with two out, Phil Hughes settled in and pitched pretty well in his final regular spring start. In 4.2 innings he allowed three runs on six hits and a walk, and struck out five. He threw 88 pitches on the day, 61 for strikes.

According to Hughes, his biggest problem today was a lack of command of his curveball. But he did not seem too concerned about it after the game:
"I didn’t command [the curve] all that well today, but I feel like the spin’s been fine on it. I kind of know I can find the feel for my breaking ball as the game goes on, so I really focused on other things. Cutter. Changeup. Fastball command. The curveball is kind of one of those things, it kind of comes and goes for me, but when it’s on it seems to snowball and will be on for a while. The biggest thing for me is being able to throw all four pitches for strikes.” (source: Chad Jennings)
Besides the curve, he also threw a few too many pitches, but that's gonna happen when you can't command your best pitch. He now has two extended spring starts before making his season debut on April 15th in the Bronx against the Angels.

Besides David Robertson, who allowed a run on two hits including a homer in an inning of work, the rest of the Yankees pen held the Twins off the board. Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain, Chan Ho Park, and Royce Ring combined to throw 3.1 hitless innings, the only base runner was a walk given up by Ring.

Not much to talk about offensively, with the Yankees scoring just two runs on six hits. Both runs came on solo homers, one for Alex Rodriguez in the 4th, and another off the bat of Juan Miranda in the 8th. Both homers were each player's second of the spring. Miranda actually accounted for half of the Yankees hits, going 3-for-3, with the homer and a double. Derek Jeter and Ramiro Pena picked up the other two Yankees hits today.

Tomorrow's Game

The Yanks travel to Dunedin tomorrow to take on the Toronto Blue Jays tomorrow afternoon. A.J. Burnett will make his final start of the spring, with Brian Tallet going for Toronto. First pitch is set for 1:05 pm.

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Miranda, 1B3131000.278

a-Popped out for Thames in the 6th.
1-Ran for Swisher in the 7th. 2-Ran for Granderson in the 7th.

2B: Miranda (4, Duensing).
HR: Rodriguez, A (2, 4th inning off Duensing, 0 on, 1 out), Miranda (2, 8th inning off Slama, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Jeter; Rodriguez, A 4; Pena, R; Miranda 7.
RBI: Rodriguez, A (9), Miranda (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Thames; Jeter.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
Team LOB: 5.

E: Pirela (2, throw).
Outfield assists: Gonzalez, E (Peterson, Br at 3rd base).
DP: (Gonzalez, E-Pirela-Laird).

Hughes, P (L, 0-4)4.26331504.35
Robertson, D1.02110015.14

Yankee Legends Madness Round 1, Day 1 Results

Here are the results from the first day of voting for round one of Yankee Legends Madness. Day two voting begins tomorrow morning.

(1) Babe Ruth: 97%
(16) Joe Girardi: 3%

(1) Joe DiMaggio: 99%
(16) Bucky Dent: 1%

(2) Yogi Berra: 96%
(15) Lou Piniella: 4%

(2) Derek Jeter: 98%
(15) Mickey Rivers 2%

(3) Bill Dickey: 69%
(14) Don Larsen: 31%

(3) Don Mattingly: 95%
(14) Charlie Keller: 5%

(4) Ron Guidry: 96%
(13) Vic Raschi: 4%

(4) Tony Lazzeri: 62%
(13) Catfish Hunter: 38%

(5) Bernie Williams: 96%
(12) Tommy John: 4%

(5) Thurman Munson: 100%
(12) Roy White: 0%

(6) Graig Nettles: 82%
(11) Tommy Henrich 18%

(6) Jorge Posada: 97%
(11) Herb Pennock: 3%

(7) Paul O'Neill: 66%
(10) Alex Rodriguez: 34%

(7) Goose Gossage: 72%
(10) Dave Righetti: 28%

(8) Dave Winfield: 29%
(9) Billy Martin: 71%

(8) Mel Stottlemeyer: 11%
(9) Andy Pettitte: 89%

3/31 Demolition Update -- Gate 2 is Gone

These recent shots were taken by Bobby Jackson, and show the outer wall starting to be demolished.

This next batch from Demolition of Yankee Staidum, which was taken today by Joseph Leotta, shows Gate 2 pretty much completely destroyed. You can see more of their most recent photos here.

(click images to enlarge)

For the main demolition updates page click here.

Yanks Announce Plan For Hughes

With the Yankees not really needing a fifth starter for the first couple weeks of the season, many have wondered how that would effect Phil Hughes. Well, that's all been figured out as the Yankees announced their plan for Hughes today. He will open the season on the 25-man roster, between now and April 15th he will make two extended spring training starts in Tampa (4/5 & 4/10), and then will make his season debut on April 15th at home against the Angels.

Opening Night Live Chat Reminder

With just over four days remaining until the 2010 season kicks off I just wanted to remind all of you that there will be a live chat for Sunday's opener in Fenway. Like last year, the chat will be provided by Cover It Live. It will begin at 7:30 PM and will be located at the bottom of the game thread. Hope to see you there.

ST Game 27: Yankees vs. Twins

Spring Training Game 27
Yankees vs. Twins
George M. Steinbrenner Field - Tampa, FL
Game Time: 1:05 p.m.
TV: YES, ESPN | Radio: none

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES (12-14)
Derek Jeter SS
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
Ramiro Pena 2B
Juan Miranda 1B

Pitching: RHP Phil Hughes (0-3, 3.94 ERA this spring)

TWINS (14-11)
Denard Span CF
Orlando Hudson 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Jason Kubel DH
Delmon Young LF
Brendan Harris 3B
Brock Peterson 1B
Juan Portes RF
Drew Butera C

Pitching: LHP Brian Duensing (0-2, 5.73 ERA this spring)

News & Notes
  • In the bullpen for the Yankees: Joba Chamberlain, Chan Ho Park, Dave Robertson, Royce Ring and Boone Logan.

  • Today's subs: C P.J. Pilittere, C Jose Gil, INF Brandon Laird, INF Jose Pirela, INF Luis Nunez, OF Randy Winn, OF Reid Gorecki and OF Edwar Gonzalez.

  • Alfredo Aceves is feeling better and will throw off a mound today. He hopes to get into Friday's game.

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A Different Look at Jesus Montero

Interesting post today by Joel Sherman on Jesus Montero, Heavyweight bat boosts Yankees prospect Montero. We hear a lot about how great a hitter he is for his age and how good he can be, but this article points to how hard he is working to improve defensively as a catcher. We all know the quickest way for him to get to the majors is if he proves he can catch in the big leagues. Many think he is too big and gawky to make it as a catcher. He supposedly lacks the footwork and mobility. However, everything I have read indicates he is determined to prove everyone wrong and become a good catcher.Besides describing a little bout with immaturity this off season. Here's an interesting part of the article where Sherman describes what happened on the day Montero was told he was being sent to the minors. They couldn't find him anywhere until:

Finally, he was located in the indoor batting cage down the right-field line. He had set up the pitching machine to fire one ball after another into the ground to practice blocking. There were no coaches, no teammates. The organization's top prospect was alone, motivated only by a desire to improve. So on the way out the major league door -- for now -- Montero had left a positive impression.

"He's hungry," Girardi said."
I would like to hear more discussion like this to go along with the talk about his mammoth home runs. This shows maturity and dedication to becoming a better player. It will be interesting to see him progress. We haven't seen a player with this type of potential since Cano, Soriano and Jeter. How great would it be for him to be ready to step in when Jorge is done. I hope it's really more than just hype.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Today's Split Squad Action

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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NY Yankees

WP: T. Saito (2-0)

LP: Z. Segovia (1-1)
SV: B. Wagner (2)

With two games, I'll stick with bullet points....
  • CC Sabathia started off pretty well, but it ended up being another rough spring outing for the big lefty. In 4.2 innings he allowed 5 runs--all earned--on 8 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. He also gave up a solo homer to Clint Sammons. He's not got a 7.23 ERA, although I wouldn't worry too much about it.

  • Pat Venditte (pictured above) made his first appearance for the Yankees this spring, and did OK. In 1.1 innings he allowed a run on two hits and a walk.

  • Jorge Posada had a nice day at the plate, going 2-for-3, with a homer, a walk, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored.

  • Robinson Cano picked up two more hits, including a double, to raise his spring average to .354.

  • Nick Swisher went 1-for-4, with a homer and 2 runs scored.

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Posada, C3222100.394
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Cano, 2B4021001.354
Segovia, P0000000.000
Granderson, CF4111013.293
Krum, CF0000000.000
Miranda, 1B4011002.212
Russo, SS4010001.273
Laird, 3B4000002.276
Sabathia, P2000020.000
Venditte, P0000000.000
a-Winfree, PH-RF2000020.269

a-Struck out for Venditte in the 7th.

2B: Cano (4, Kawakami), Miranda (3, Gearrin).
HR: Swisher (1, 3rd inning off Kawakami, 0 on, 1 out), Posada (1, 7th inning off Proctor, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Swisher 4; Posada 5; Cano 3; Granderson; Miranda 2; Russo.
RBI: Cano (9), Swisher (8), Granderson (4), Miranda (5), Posada 2 (6).
2-out RBI: Posada 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Miranda 2; Laird.
GIDP: Laird.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
Team LOB: 4.

SB: Gardner (2, 2nd base off Proctor/Sammons).

DP: (Cano-Miranda).

Segovia (L, 1-1)2.03332103.38


(AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

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NY Yankees

WP: S. Mitre (1-0)
M. Rzepczynski (0-2)
SV: B. Logan (1)

  • Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter both had good nights offensively. Jeter went 2-for-3 with a walk and 2 runs scored, while A-Rod also went 2-for-3 with a walk, and scored one run.
  • Randy Winn, Ramiro Pena, Nick Johnson and Jon Weber each had RBIs for the Yanks.

  • Sergio Mitre continues to make a case for that last spot in the pen. Tonight he went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on just 3 hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out 5.

  • Damaso Marte allowed an unearned run on a hit in one inning of work.

  • After throwing another scoreless inning, Mariano Rivera still has yet to allow a run this spring.

  • Boone Logan, also in the running for the final bullpen spot, saved the game with a scoreless inning.
After tonight's game the Yankees reassigned outfielders David Winfree and Jon Weber to minor camp after tonight’s game. Weber hit .483 this spring. After the game Weber seemed thrilled with his experience.

“It was the best time in my life, in my career, that I’ve ever had,” Weber told Chad Jennings. “I made it to the final week with the New York Yankees.”

I know the Yankees like Thames, and Weber is just a career minor leaguer, but am I the only one who thinks he might have deserved a chance? If only he was right-handed.

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Nunez, E, SS0000000.231
Rodriguez, A, 3B3120100.325
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Winn, RF4111013.231
Pena, R, 2B-3B4011004.250
Weber, J, DH4001013.483
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Golson, CF3010011.276

2B: Pena, R (2, Rzepczynski), Thames (1, Rzepczynski), Cervelli (2, Buzachero).
3B: Jeter (1, Rzepczynski).
TB: Jeter 4; Johnson, N; Thames 2; Rodriguez, A 2; Winn; Pena, R 2; Cervelli 2; Golson.
RBI: Johnson, N (7), Pena, R (3), Weber, J (6), Winn (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pena, R; Golson; Weber, J 2.
GIDP: Johnson, N 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-15.
Team LOB: 6.

SB: Jeter (1, 2nd base off Rzepczynski/Chavez, R).

E: Rodriguez, A (1, fielding).
DP: (Pena, R-Jeter).

Mitre (W, 1-0)6.03220513.27
Marte, D (H, 2)1.01101009.00
Rivera, Ma (H, 4)1.00000100.00
Logan (S, 1)1.00001102.00

Tomorrow's Game

Tomorrow will be the final start for Phil Hughes this spring as he faces the Minnesota Twins at 1:05 pm in Tampa. Brian Duensing will start for the Twins. The game will be on YES and ESPN.