Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Michael Pineda Busted

New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from Wednesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox after an umpire found pine tar on his neck. He faces a ten-game suspension.

In the second inning of the game, Red Sox manager John Farrell complained to the umpires, who checked out Pineda's hands, glove and back before feeling his neck to find the illegal substance.

The last time the Red Sox faced the Yankees, Pineda was suspected of using pine tar to enhance his grip on the ball. He claimed it was dirt and did not face any suspension.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Yankees take three of four from Boston

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
The New York Yankees lost another player to injury as Francisco Cervelli suffered a right hamstring injury in the fourth inning of the 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox in the Bronx. Carlos Beltran was called upon to play first base, but his bat made the bigger impact on the game as he slammed a two-run home-run in the third inning and went 3-for-4 at the plate.

Starting pitcher Ivan Nova went seven 1/3 innings just allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out four. Shawn Kelley collected his third save of the year with a shut-out ninth inning, where he struck out Jackie Bradley Jr. and Jonathan Herrera.

The Yankees took three of the four games against the Red Sox and currently sit atop the American League East with a 7-6 record. Monday will be an off-day for the team before they welcome the Cubs to the Bronx. Masahiro Tanaka will get the start on Tuesday against Jason Hammel.
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- Manager Joe Girardi rested Derek Jeter for the second consecutive game as he nurses a minor quad injury. He is expected to return for the series against the Chicago Cubs.

- Girardi also said that Cervelli will most likely see time on the disabled list. Meanwhile, closer David Robertson is listed as day-to-day.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Eduardo Nunez traded to Minnesota

The New York Yankees have traded infielder Eduardo Nunez to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for left-handed pitcher Miguel Sulbaran.

In his time with the minor league affiliates of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins, the 20-year-old has compiled a 21-10 record with a 3.15 ERA. His fastball sits in the low 90's and also has a curveball and slider in his repertoire. Some scouts believe he has a future as a reliever.

Nunez failed to make the Major League roster as a back-up infielder as the team elected to promote rookie Yangervis Solarte for Opening Day. The Yankees had ten days to move Nunez after placing him on waivers.

David Robertson to the DL

The injury bug has struck the New York Yankees again. David Robertson is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin. He hurt himself in the Sunday night save opportunity against the Blue Jays.

Robertson is taking over closing duties after the retirement of All-time Saves Leader Mariano Rivera. He has two saves in the three games in which he has pitched. Shawn Kelley was the ninth inning pitcher for the Yankees in their Monday afternoon victory against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

Derek Jeter doubles and scores in final home opener

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Opening Day at Yankee Stadium is always a sold out show. On Monday afternoon, Derek Jeter was center stage more than ever in his final regular season home opener. The Yankees' shortstop did not let fans down as he went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and run scored to defeat the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 4-2. The win puts the Yankees above .500 for the first time in 2014. 

Hiroki Kuroda gave the Yankees another strong start with 6.1 innings of work while only allowing two runs on eight hits, while striking out four batters. The bullpen would enter in the seventh inning to relieve him and did not allow a run. Adam Warren struck out two batters in his inning of work as he threw 17 pitches with 10 being strikes. 

Rookie Yangervis Solarte continued his hot hitting and singled in a run in the fourth inning. Veteran Alfonso Soriano looked better at the plate after an 0-17 start to the year and reached base three times. 

Shawn Kelley recorded his first save in the absence of the injured David Robertson. Manager Joe Girardi has not made a move to replace Robertson's spot on the roster. Kelley may be tabbed with closing duties for the 15 days. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Stirring Straw Podcast S2, E1: The Quest for 28 Begins



As the 2014 season gets underway, Chris and Matt give some early season assessments on what's gone on thus far with the Yankees. Topics discussed include: Yangervis Solarte's hot start; What's up with the rest of the offense; the new-look bullpen; and more. Kept the show under 25 minutes, we'll take questions and emails in our next show. Hoping to keep this up weekly.

Yankees Defeat Blue Jays 6-4

The New York Yankees moved to 3-3 and captured their first series of the season with a 6-4 victory in a rubber match against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon.

CC Sabathia captured his first victory of the year with a bounce-back outing after a rough opening day performance. Sabathia went six innings and gave up four runs on seven hits. He found his groove in the middle innings, retiring 17 of 18 Blue Jays.

The Yankees got out to a hot start when Jacoby Ellsbury drove home Brett Gardner on a sacrifice-grounder and Kelly Johnson ripped a two-run double to put the Bombers ahead 3-0 in the first inning. Sabathia would give one back to Toronto in the bottom half of the frame when Melky Cabrera belted a solo home run to cut the lead to 3-1.

The Yankees chased Drew Hutchinson out of the ballgame in the fourth inning. Yangervis Solarte continued his torrid start to his rookie season with a ground rule double to center field that scored Brian Roberts. One batter later, Gardner homered to break the game open at 6-1.

The Blue Jays would fight back against Sabathia, scoring three runs in the sixth inning and closing the gap to just two runs, but it was the closest they would get.

Adam Warren and Shawn Kelley pitched nearly flawless in the seventh and eighth innings, setting up the save situation for David Robertson, who made the game somewhat interesting in the ninth.

After getting Erik Kratz to ground out to first, Robertson allowed a single by Brett Lawrie and walked Adam Lind to put the tying runs on base. Robertson settled down from there, getting Colby Rasmus to pop out to Solarte and getting Cabrera to line out to Ichiro Suzuki to seal the victory.

Derek Jeter recorded two hits on Sunday to pass Paul Molitor for eighth place on the all-time hits list with 3,320 base knocks. The Yankees will head home to the Bronx for Jeter's final opening day at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday afternoon. Hiroki Kuroda will square off against Ubaldo Jiminez at 1:05 ET.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Hamstring Injury for Mark Teixeira

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira exited the game against the Toronto Blue Jays early. There was much confusion as to what was wrong, but a strained right hamstring was announced in the bottom of the third inning. Teixeira previously hurt the same hamstring in the 2010 American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers. WIth very little depth, Kelly Johnson may play first base in the absence of Teixeira. Rookie Yangervis Solarte would play third base.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Yankees win their first of 2014

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The New York Yankees managed to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros thanks to rookie "Never Nervous" Yangervis Solarte making the most of his first Major League start. Solarte recorded three hits and scored twice in the 4-2 victory at Minute Maid Park on Thursday night.

Solarte and Ichiro Suzuki had big performances to the surprise of manager Joe Girardi, who started Jacoby Ellsbury and Kelly Johnson in New York's first two games of the year. Back to back singles in the third inning sparked a rally that would give the Yankees their first lead of the year in the third inning.

All other regular starters (Derek Jeter, Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira, Alfonso Soriano, Brian Roberts and Francisco Cervelli) combined for an 0-21 night at the plate.

Starting pitcher Ivan Nova went 5 2/3 innings and struggled with his command as he threw 88 pitches and only 47 found the strike zone. He walked five batters, but avoided further trouble with four double plays. Adam Warren and Shawn Kelly added four strikeouts of their own before allowing closer David Robertson to enter the game for his first save opportunity of the year.

The Yankees will now travel to Canada to face the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game set at the Rogers Centre. Japanese import Masahiro Tanaka will make his much anticipated Major League debut for Friday night's game.


Ellsbury and McCann rest Astros finale

The New York Yankees look to avoid the sweep in their opening series of 2014 as they take on the Houston Astros in the series finale of a three-game set. Manager Joe Girardi has decided to sit Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Kelly Johnson after going with the same lineup for the first two games.

Girardi told the media prior to the game that Ellsbury was not injured but was being careful with the oft injury-prone center-fielder. Ellsbury did shag a few outs running up the hill in Minute Maid Park the last two nights and could use the rest. Yangervis Solarte will get his first Major League start at third base.

1. Brett Gardner CF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Carlos Beltran DH
4. Mark Teixeira 1B
5. Alfonso Soriano LF
6. Francisco Cervelli C
7. Brian Roberts 2B
8. Ichiro Suzuki RF
9. Yangervis Solarte 3B

Ivan Nova (2013: 9-6 & 3.10 ERA)will take the hill for the Yankees and face off against left-handed pitcher Brett Olberholtzer.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET
Radio: New York - WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280; Houston - KBME 790, KLAT 1010
TV: New York -  YES; Houston - CSN

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