Pineda throws six shutout innings as Yanks beat Cubs 2-0

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Masahiro Tanaka mystified in Game 1 of the doubleheader and tonight it was Michael Pineda‘s turn. He threw six innings of shutout baseball, giving the Yankees a 2-0 victory and a sweep of the twin-bill against the Chicago Cubs.

Pineda was able to pitch in his third consecutive brilliant outing, coming off a controversial start where he pitched with a suspicious gunk on his wrist against the Boston Red Sox. The Cubs advised the Yankees they were going to keep an eye on Pineda’s wrist, but they had more issues with Pineda’s fastball and slider.

The Yankees didn’t hit Travis Wood very hard, but two of the 11 hits ended up with the Yankees scoring two runs. Brett Gardner had an RBI for the Yankees first run in the fifth inning, scoring Scott Sizemore. In the sixth inning, Sizemore singled home Alfonso Soriano, which was Sizemore’s first RBI since 2011.

The Yankees swept their sixth twin bill at the New Yankee Stadium since the stadium’s inaugural season in 2009.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees now travel to Tampa, Florida for a four game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. CC Sabathia will get the start for the Yankees as the Yanks attempt to extend their win streak to five games. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Tanaka K’s 10 as Yanks shut out Cubs in Game 1, 3-0

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Masahiro Tanaka took the mound for Game 1 against the Chicago Cubs and got the Yankees off on the right foot as he struck out 10 in a 3-0 victory at Yankee Stadium, in the Bronx.

Tanaka went above and beyond, going eight scoreless innings while giving up two hits and striking out ten, breaking Al Leiter‘s record of striking out the most batters in their first three MLB starts; Leiter had 25 while Tanaka has 28.  Shawn Kelley took the ball in the 9th inning and recorded his fifth save of the season while Yankees closer David Robertson sits on the disabled list.

The Yankees scored their first run in the first inning on a home run by Carlos Beltran. In the bottom of the 4th, Dean Anna hit a sacrifice fly to score Brian McCann and in the fifth inning, Jacoby Ellsbury grounded out to score Brett Gardner.

What’s Next?

– Don’t go anywhere because Game 2 is coming up at 7:05 p.m.! Michael Pineda gets the start for the Yankees and Travis Wood gets the start for the Cubs. The game will air on My9–and if you see multiple No. 42′s, don’t be alarmed. Yankees are just celebrating Jackie Robinson ..read more

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Yankees vs. Cubs pitching matchups

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Wednesday, April 16

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.21 ERA) Cubs: Jason Hammel (2-0, 2.63 ERA) Time: 1:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Hammel: Ichiro Suzuki (8-for-20, .400 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury (3-for-7, .429 AVG), Alfonso Soriano (3-for-9, .333 AVG), Kelly Johnson (8-for-27, .296 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Hammel: Brett Gardner (0-for-6, .000 AVG)

Yankees: Michael Pineda (1-1, 1.50 ERA) Cubs: Travis Wood (0-1, 2.92 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: My9 and MLB Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Wood: Carlos Beltran (6-for-20, .300 AVG).

Who’s Not vs. Wood: Alfonso Soriano (2-for-9, .222 AVG), Kelly Johnson (0-for-5, .000 AVG)

Note: Most Yankees have never hit against Travis Wood.

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Doubleheader in the Bronx today

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After a rain out yesterday, the Yankees will go back on the field and play two games against the Chicago Cubs–all in one day. Yes, there’s a twin bill in the Bronx, meaning an afternoon and evening filled with Yankees baseball. As a reminder, here’s a few things going into the double header:

– The Yankees and Cubs are not allowed to bring a 26th man on the roster today. MLB rules states since  the double header was announced less than 48 hours from the first games start time, the 26th man doesn’t apply.

Masahiro Tanaka will pitch the afternoon game while Michael Pineda will get the night game.

– If you had tickets to last night’s game, you can use them only for the 1:05 p.m. game. The 7:05 p.m. game is separate admission. If you’re unable to attend the game, you can go to the box office and exchange it for any ticket to a future Yankees home game.

– The Yankees will honor Nelson Mandela and Jackie Robinson before tonight’s game of the double header. The Yankees will also wear the No. 42 jersey’s during tonight’s game.

I’ll have the pitching match-ups for the Yankees/Cubs a little later in the morning, but for now, let’s get ready for twin-billed ..read more

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Yankees place Cervelli on DL, call up Murphy & Sizemore

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The Yankees have made a roster move, and it unfortunately involves us not seeing Francisco Cervelli for a long time.

Cervelli was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. The Yankees called up John Ryan Murphy in his place.

There was a lot of speculation as to who would be the second call-up. Brian Cashman himself said Russ Canzler would most likely get the call up but it seemed the Yankees changed their minds when they purchased the Major League contract of Scott Sizemore and called him up to the big leagues. Both Murphy and Sizemore are expected to be with the Yankees during tomorrow’s double header.

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Yankees vs. Cubs postponed

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Well, it looks like the Yankees will get one more day to rest their players.

The Yankees vs. Cubs game has been postponed due to inclement weather, meaning the Yankees and Cubs will play a day/night doubleheader tomorrow. Masahiro Tanaka was slated to pitch tonight but with the recent rain out, it’s uncertain which game he will pitch. The other issue was the game was slated to be on My9 tonight, so another question is broadcasting.

The Yankees will move their ceremony for Jackie Robinson and Nelson Mandela to tomorrow during pre-game (not sure which game as of yet). Fans that had tickets to tonight’s game can either go to the 1:05 p.m. game tomorrow or go to the box office to exchange their tickets for a later date.

Since the Yankees DH is happening in less than 48 hours, both teams are not allowed to bring up a 26th player. However, the Yankees are slated to make a roster move regarding Francisco Cervelli, which will most likely be Russ Canzler and John Ryan Murphy.

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Yankees to honor Robinson, Mandela

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The Yankees will honor Jackie Robinson as they do every year on April 15; they’ll wear the number 42 which has been retired across baseball to honor a man who broke the color barrier with his bravery and talent. The Yankees also plan to honor the late Nelson Mandela with a plaque in monument park, celebrating his life and commemorating his June 21, 1990 visit to Yankee Stadium. Rachel and Sharron Robinson, Bud Selig, Harry Belafonte and Zondwa Mandela (Mandela’s grandson), will be in the Bronx tonight for the ceremony.

“Jackie Robinson is an American icon whose accomplishments and leadership continue to inspire us in Baseball and our society at large,” Selig said. “Major League Baseball proudly celebrates his enduring legacy, which is reflected by extraordinary on-field diversity of players from all backgrounds, enthusiastic participation in youth baseball and softball, and proven results in diverse business efforts.”

“I am quite proud that when Jack stepped onto the field on April 15, 1947, and broke the color barrier in baseball, he helped to further social change in America,” Rachel Robinson said. “On behalf of our family and the Jackie Robinson Foundation, we are thrilled that Major League Baseball continues to honor him and works to ensure that what he stood for will not be forgotten by future ..read more

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Francisco Cervelli to go on the DL

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When Francisco Cervelli came out of yesterday’s game with a hamstring issue, it didn’t look very good. The Yankees sent him to get an MRI and it looks like Cervelli will spend some time on the disabled list.

The Yankees announced Cervelli will go on the disabled list with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. They’ll make the corresponding move before tomorrow night’s game. The Yankees also announced they optioned Shane Greene to Triple AAA. The Yankees are expected to bring up a catcher and a position player.

For the catcher, it’s almost certain Austin Romine will be back. As for the position player, my bet is on Scott Sizemore. He has been hitting well in Triple AAA with a .344 average. If he hits like that in the majors, he could be a helpful addition to the ball club.

Some Notes

Brian McCann had precautionary X-Rays after yesterday’s game and they came back negative. McCann was hit in the hand during the eighth inning but stayed in the game following the injury to Cervelli. McCann considered it a non issue after the game, but the Yankees wanted to make sure.

Carlos Beltran was announced as the AL Player of the Week by Major League Baseball. In the span of a week, Beltran batted .423 (11-for-26) with four doubles, six RBI and seven runs scored. This is the tenth time Beltran had the honor oiverall, and the fourth time he was honored with the Player of the Week while in the American League. He last won it with the St. Louis Cardinals on May 14, ..read more

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