How have Didi Gregorius and Shane Greene fared so far?

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We are only a week and a half into the 2015 regular season and the most talked about Yankee hasn’t been Alex Rodriguez, who has returned to the team following a 2014 suspension. It’s Didi Gregorius. Unfortuntely for Gregorius, he hasn’t gotten off on the right foot with the fans.

Over the offseason, the Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Detroit Tigers were trade partners, the Yankees sending RHP Shane Greene to the Tigers and the Diamondbacks sending the Yankees Gregorius. The trade seemed innocent enough–acquire a young talent to replace the legendary Derek Jeter at the position of shortstop. But one week into the season, it seems Gregorius has let the pressure of replacing Jeter get to him, which has hindered his offense, defense and baserunning ability.

While Gregorius has floundered under the bright lights of New York, Shane Greene has found his niche at and has done an exceptional job in the Detroit Tigers rotation. Now, we’re not going to declare the winner of this three-team trade because it’s far too early for that, but after a week of play let’s see where both Greene and Gregorius stand.

Didi Gregorius: In nine games with the Yankees, Gregorius is .174/.219/.391 with no HR’s, 2 RBI’s, one walk, one stolen base, one caught stealing and one error. Clearly, Gregorius hasn’t done much on offense, defense or the basepaths to give the Yankees the boost they’ve been looking for at the bottom of the order. Players like Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury share the same qualities as Gregorius–they’re not power-hitters, although out of the three Gardner is more likely to hit the ball out ..read more

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Yankees still searching for recipe to success

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When you follow a cake recipe, you have to put in all the ingredients for the cake to come out just right. If you forget to add something like butter, flour or most importantly sugar, the cake turns out wrong and it’s ultimately a disaster. Now, apply that logic to the 2015 New York Yankees, who are currently 3-6 after nine games. When the Yankees have good offense, the pitching let’s games get away. When the Yankees pitching is fabulous, the offense tends to struggle. On paper, the Yankees were supposed to be one of the best defensive teams in baseball and they’ve shown just the opposite.

The Yankees are still searching for the right consistency so they can make a recipe built for success, but it could be a while before they do.

“We’ve struggled a little bit (defensively),” Joe Girardi said following last night’s 7-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. “I don’t expect it to continue. I just think that, for whatever reason, we’ve struggled a little bit. Starts are hard to figure out. They really are. You see some guys that just get off to unbelievable starts, and some guys who struggle mightily out of the gate. You’ve just got to ride it out is what you have to do, because you know over time that it’s going to correct itself.”

If this team can correct itself, then they have their work cut out for them.  Most of the players in the lineup are in their late 30’s, the only one at the moment really hitting is Alex Rodriguez, The American League East believes Brett Gardner is some sort of pinata which is forcing him out of the lineup ..read more

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Bullpen implodes as Yankees fall 7-5 to Orioles

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The Yankees seemed like they were well on their way to a series win after Nathan Eovaldi left the game with the lead. But the bullpen giving up five runs in the sixth inning was just enough to send them to a 7-5 loss against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.

In the top of the third, Carlos Beltran hit a two-run RBI double, scoring Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley. In the top of the fourth, Alex Rodriguez hit a solo home run, and in the eighth, Brian McCann hit a SAC Fly and Mark Teixeira scored on a pass ball.

Nathan Eovaldi started the game, going five innings while giving up two runs on eight hits and striking out nine. David Carpenter gave up three runs on two hits while only retiring a batter, Justin Wilson gave up two runs on two hits without retiring a batter, Chris Martin got the last two outs of the sixth, Branden Pinder pitched a scoreless seventh and Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless eighth.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees are off tomorrow, but they’ll continue their road-trip by heading to Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Rays. Adam Warren will start for the Yankees and Nathan Karns will start for the Rays. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Roster Moves: Cruz, Davies and Pinder

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And just when we thought the bullpen door was closed, the door just keeps on revolving. Here’s the latest batch of roster moves which includes two re-assignments and one call-up:

— The Yankees have optioned RHP Joel De La Cruz to Triple-A Scranton.

— The Yankees have outrighted RHP Kyle Davis to Triple-A Scranton.

— The Yankees have recalled RHP Branden Pinder from Triple-Scranton for tonight’s game in Baltimore.

 

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Jackie Robinson Day celebrated across Major League Baseball

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On April 15, 1947, 28-year-old Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier by being the first African American to play in the Major Leagues. Before then, Robinson played with the Kansas City Monarchs in the negro leagues and spent the 1946 season in the Brooklyn Dodgers Triple-A affiliate.

Robinson opened the door for others and baseball quickly became a diverse sport. Not only did Robinson change baseball, but he also changed history as we know it and by 1997, Major League Baseball declared April 15th “Jackie Robinson Day”, retiring Robinson’s  No. 42 league-wide. Active players who obtained No. 42 before 1997 were grandfathered in and were allowed to wear the coveted number until they retired–Mariano Rivera being the last active everyday player to wear No. 42 in 2013.

For the seventh consecutive year in a row, players, coaches and staff will wear No. 42 to celebrate and honor Robinson. Baseball changed when Robinson donned a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform and took the field, and it changed again when Robinson retired. Not only is Robinson known for his on-the-field accomplishments–he was the NL Rookie Of The Year in 1947, won the NL MVP in 1949 and helped the Brooklyn Dodgers win six pennants including a World Series in 1955–but he’s also iconic for opening the door and allowing other players to get an opportunity playing baseball. Without Robinson, players like CC Sabathia, Chris Young and even Alex Rodriguez wouldn’t be playing the game they loved, and many are left to ponder how baseball would have turned out if Robinson never played for the Dodgers.

Baseball is more than just a game and it’s more than just winning. It’s ..read more

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CC Sabathia continues to make progress

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When you first glance at CC Sabathia‘s final line from last night, you would think it was ‘another poor start for CC Sabathia’. Sure, Sabathia gave up four runs on seven hits and he didn’t cover first base on two groundballs, but one of the most important things I took away from his start was he lasted seven innings and gave a severely depleted bullpen some rest.

“I feel pretty good,” Sabathia said following last night’s 4-3 loss to the Orioles. “I’m commanding the ball pretty good, but I just need to tighten up a few things. Especially late in the game, letting up that triple was big.”

Sabathia is no longer the ace the Yankees signed in 2009, but his last start was manageable. If the offense was able to score more than three runs, the entire outlook of Sabathia’s second start would be different. If the Yankees had won, Sabathia’s second start wouldn’t be as scrutinized and many would believe he’s getting better with each outing. It’s all about perspective, and while Sabathia didn’t come away with the win, he has confidence he’s going to improve over the course of the season. And Joe Girardi agrees with Sabathia’s logic.

“I think his luck’s going to change,” Girardi said. “I’m going to take my chances if he’s throwing the ball the way he’s throwing that the results are going to be better.

“I’m just seeing better movement on his fastball,” Girardi said. “I’m seeing consistency in his changeup; it’s not cutting. His slider is better. I just think he’s locating a lot better. I think it’s because he’s healthy. It’s hard when you’re dealing with nagging injuries to go out there and perform at a high ..read more

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Yankees fall to Orioles 4-3

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CC Sabathia took the mound and gave the Yankees a decent start, but the offense was unable to capitalize, eventually falling to the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Yankees scored in the top of the sixth inning when Mark Teixeira hit a RBI double. In the eighth, the Yankees tacked on two more runs on a RBI groundout by Carlos Beltran and when Teixeira reached on a fielding error.

Sabathia went seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out seven. Chris Martin pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two batters in the process.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees return tomorrow for the series finale against the Orioles. Nathan Eovaldi will get the start for the Yankees and Bud Norris will make the start for the O’s. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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Rainy Day Notes: Gardner and Rodriguez

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It’s a rainy day in the Northeast and according to Weather.com, there’s actually a chance the start-time of tonight’s game could be delayed. With that said, there’s a few notes as the Yankees prepare for the middle game of this three game set.

Brett Gardner is out of the lineup after getting hit on the wrist during yesterday’s 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Gardner was actually optimistic about his wrist last night, and hoped to be in the lineup tonight.

“Kind of wait and see,” Gardner said last night. “Just a day-to-day thing. I’m just glad that the x-rays look good. We’ve got a wrap on there for tonight, keep the swelling down and hopefully I feel good tomorrow.”

Joe Girari on the other hand says Gardner will only be available to pinch-run or provide defense for the next few days. The Yankees hope to have Gardner back as a full player on Friday when the team heads to Tampa, Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Rays.

Alex Rodriguez wasn’t in the lineup either for tonight’s game, but it’s merely a simple off-day. As much as we’d want him to, A-Rod can’t play them ..read more

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