May 20th, 2013 at 1:25 PM
By Karen Vankat
The first place New York Yankees sit a top the AL East and now begin a stretch against some of their heated rivals.
First stop Baltimore, where tonight CC Sabathia will get the start going against a familiar name in Freddy Garcia. Sabathia was slated to start on Sunday, but the game was rained out, pushing him back to tonight's game.
Baltimore sits in a tie for third place with Tampa Bay having identical 23-20 records and recently have dropped a season high five straight games.
The Bombers are moving in the other direction winning nine of their last 12. Pitching has been the key holding this team together, regardless of injuries the solid pitching from starters and the bullpen have carried this club.
Sabathia will be working on five days rest which has never really mattered through out his career. Garcia who pitched New York over the past two seasons is coming off his worst outing of the year. This past Wednesday against the San Diego Padres he gave up four runs on seven hits in just 3 2/3 innings. Garcia chalked it up to poor command and a fastball that never got above 87 mph.Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 18th, 2013 at 2:38 PM
By Karen Vankat
If you are a New York Yankees' fan you have heard all the names like Dellin Betances, Preston Claiborne, Vidal Nuno, Austin Romine, David Phelps, Adam Warren and David Adams.
All these young Yankees' prospects are currently on the Major League roster because of the continued onslaught of injured Yankees heading to the DL. The waiver wire and trades can only go so far it's time to give some of the farm system players a chance to see what they can do. So far they haven't disappointed and are having regular roles in the lineup.
David Phelps, touted as having the best slider in the organization, has filled a starting role vacated by the injured Ivan Nova. The righty Phelps is 1-2 with a 4.33 ERA with 38 strikeouts and 15 walks. Phelps has allowed only four opposite field hits this year second in Major League baseball. His consistency, strike throwing capability and demeanor on the mound are all pluses for this Notre Dame grad. His versatility to start or come out of the pen has made him a major asset to this team.
Adam Warren, another RHP, has been thrown 19 innings out of the pen sporting a 1.37 ERA with 15 strikeouts and opposing batters hitting just .208. Warren has progressed nicely since coming to the parent club.Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 18th, 2013 at 1:42 PM
By Karen Vankat
The New York Yankees have traded for utility infielder Reid Brignac, who most of you remember as a significant player for the Tampa Bay Rays.
To make room for Brignac the Yankees designated Alberto Gonzalez for assignment. Gonzalez was obtained from the Chicago Cubs on May 9.
Brignac can play second, shortstop or third base and give manager Joe Girardi the versatility he is looking for with all the infield injuries. Reid throws right handed and bats lefty.
In 29 games this year with Colorado he has hit .250 with only one home run and six RBIs.
We will see how he is worked into this ever changing lineup that continues to win games and leads the AL East by one game over the Boston Red Sox.
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May 14th, 2013 at 4:09 PM
By Bob Moseman
After suffering a fractured right forearm in his first at-bat of spring training against the Toronto Blue Jays, which was then followed with a diligent rehabilitation process and a successful five-game rehab stint with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, outfielder Curtis Granderson will make his 2013 debut in the Bronx on Tuesday night.
Following Monday night's game, and before the Yankees activated the three-time All-Star on Tuesday afternoon, Granderson tweeted the below message,
“Just finished 5 games with @swbrailriders now in the car on the way back to NY #RoadToRecovery"
Granderson, who had recently been the topic of a potential position switch with fellow outfielder Brett Gardner, where Gardner would shift over to center field and Granderson, relinquishing his customary center field spot, would move to left, will make the start in left field, and bat clean-up against Seattle Mariners' ace Felix Hernandez.
During his rehabiliation process, Granderson played all three outfield positions, and got acclimated at all spots. Additionally, his start in left field will be his first jaunt in that position since his time as a member of the Detroit Tigers.
In a corresponding move to the activation of Granderson, the Yankees optioned left-hander pitcher Vidal Nuno to Triple-A.Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 12th, 2013 at 2:11 PM
By Daniel Sirianni
Before Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was confronted by teammate Joba Chamberlain after telling him to quiet down during his interview. However, after the story made news and brought attention to the situation, the two players made up and moved on.
The conflict started as Rivera was taking questions for an interview in New York's dugout after meeting with some families who had recently gone through hard times. While Rivera was trying to focus, Chamberlain was on the dugout steps, signing autographs and speaking loudly to his family sitting in the stands.
After struggling to hear the questions for the interview over Chamberlain's voice, Rivera gestured for Joba to lower his voice, saying, "Joba, suave." The two continued what they were doing, but Chamberlain then confronted Rivera after the interview to tell him, "Don't shush me." He continued by saying, "I'm serious. Don't ever shush me."
Rivera explained that he was not telling Chamberlain he could not talk, just that he could not hear the questions he was being asked over the 27 year-old reliever's voice. Read more... Join the Conversation...