Rodriguez homers in 6-4 win over Mets

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On a night where the Yankees and Mets battled in the finale of the first round of the Subway Series, the Yankees came out on top, defeating the Mets 6-4 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees scored in the bottom of the first when Alex Rodriguez hit a solo-shot, the 659th home run of Rodriguez’s career. The Bronx Bombers put up a four-spot in the second inning on a Gregorio Petit double, a Brett Gardner double, a Chris Young single and a Rodriguez double. The Yankees added an insurance run in the fifth inning when Rodriguez reached on a throwing error by Wilmer Flores.

Nathan Eovaldi started the game for the Yankees, going 4.1 innings while giving up four runs on seven hits and striking out six. Chasen Shreve retired two batters (and for bookkeeping got the win), Chris Martin pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, Justin Wilson retired a batter, Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless inning and Andrew Miller recorded his seventh save of the season.

What’s Next?

Adam Warren will take the mound as the Yankees prepare for a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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CC Sabathia’s struggles continue

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For the first time in his career to begin a season, CC Sabathia has gone 0-4 and has fallen into a hole that will be hard to climb out. Sabathia had by far his worst start of the season against the New York Mets yesterday afternoon, giving up seven runs on nine hits and three home runs. While his teammates and coach believe he pitched a well enough game, Sabathia refused to believe the same.

“It was what it was. I was getting ahead, but just not with quality pitches, I don’t think,” Sabathia said following yesterday’s 8-2 loss against the Mets. “I just didn’t feel a rhythm and didn’t feel the ball was coming out good.”

Sabathia’s best start came in his last outing, when he pitched a complete game loss against the Detroit Tigers. But after he pitched terribly during yesterday’s game, he was booed as he made his way towards the dugout. While he was unfazed by the boos, no one took Sabathia’s struggles harder than Sabathia, who’s struggles date back to 2013.

“It sucks,” he said. “I just want to try and help the team win. I haven’t been able to do that my three or four times out. This one stings a little more because I didn’t give us a chance at all.”

However, the offense isn’t letting Sabathia take all of the blame from last night’s outing. The offense has only scored nine runs in Sabathia’s four starts and they only scored two runs, not providing run support for the titled Yankees ace.

“Record is irrelevant,” Brian McCann said. “We haven’t swung the bats well when he’s started. I think out of the four starts, he’s been really ..read more

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Mark Teixeira gets off to a hot start–in April

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It’s no secret Mark Teixeira tends to have trouble adjusting during the month of April. So when Teixeira came out swinging to begin the season, it took some by surprise, especially when Teixeira hit seven home runs in April for the first time in his career.

“I’m very thankful for the health, and it is what I envisioned, hitting more home runs and driving the ball,” Teixeira said following last nights 6-1 victory over the New York Mets. “Taking that ‘A’ swing that you guys have heard me talk about before – being able to feel strong and healthy, and take my normal swing. And I knew that walks would be the byproduct of that. When you’re driving the ball and hitting home runs, pitchers are more careful.”

Teixeira continued to take that A-Swing when he hit two home runs against Jacob deGrom and the Mets last night, and has been a force to be reckoned with. While Teixeira’s .218 batting average isn’t where he’d want it to be, the Yankees will take the power portion of his game; Teixeira leads the team with 17 RBI’s and a .673 slugging percentage.

“I want the run production,” manager Joe Girardi said. “The bottom line is how many runs you score. I don’t know how many RBI he has now – 15, 16, 17. You drive in 17 a month, and we still have time and we started late, you’re going to have a pretty good year.”

Following an abysmal 2014 season, Teixeira took a different approach to his offseason workout, and so far, the changes Teixeira made certainly paid off.

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Teixeira homers in 6-1 win over Mets

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Coming into tonight’s Subway Series, The Yankees were riding a hot streak by winning six of their last seven, but the Mets were hotter, winning 11 of their last 12. Once Game 1 got underway, the Yankees were able to stall the Mets, defeating their crosstown rivals 6-1 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The Yankees scored two of their runs in the first inning when Mark Teixeira hit a two-run shot off Jacob deGrom. The Yankees tacked on four more run in the third inning when Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first home-run of the year, Teixeira hit his second home-run of the night and Stephen Drew hit a sacrifice fly.

Michael Pineda got the start for the Yankees, going 7.2 innings while giving up one run on five hits and striking out seven. Chasen Shreve relieved Pineda, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings.

What’s Next?

CC Sabathia will take the hill for the Yankees as he attempts to give the Yankees a series win. The Mets will counter with their ace Matt Harvey. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. and the game will air on both WPIX and FOX Sports ..read more

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Yankees vs. Mets pitching matchups

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Friday, April 24 Yankees: Michael Pineda (2-0, 5.00 ERA) Mets: Jacob deGrom (2-1, 0.93 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network and MLB Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. deGrom: Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann (1-for-3, .333 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. deGrom: Garrett Jones (1-for-9, .111 AVG)

Saturday, April 25 Yankees: CC Sabathia (0-3, 4.35 ERA) Mets: Matt Harvey (3-0, 3.50 ERA) Time: 4:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: WPIX and FOX Sports 1/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Harvey: Carlos Beltran (1-for-3, .333 AVG), Brett Gardner (2-for-4, .500 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Harvey: Chase Headley (1-for-5, .200 AVG), Garrett Jones (0-for-2, .000 AVG)

Sunday, April 26 Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 3.12 ERA) Mets: Jon Niese (2-0, 1.50 ERA) Time: 8:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: ESPN/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Niese: Carlos Beltran (3-for-6, .500 AVG), Stephen Drew (4-for-8, .500 AVG), Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira (3-for-8, .375 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Niese: Brian McCann (1-for-12, .083 AVG), Chris Young (2-for-11, .182 ..read more

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Yankees and Mets clash in annual Subway Series

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In the past, either the Yankees or the Mets had the big advantage going into the first round of the Subway Series. However, this year it’s a little different: The Mets are coming off an 11-game win streak and the Yankees just finished taking six out of their last seven against the Tampa Bay Rays and the Detroit Tigers. Both teams are hot at the moment and both teams are riding momentum. but tonight’s game will be a test of who can keep the momentum going.

“They’re sizzling hot,” Alex Rodriguez said following last night’s 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers. “I don’t know if we’re playing that well. … It’s going to be awesome. The stadium should be rocking. Our fans are ready and their fans are ready, too. It’s fun for the players and even more fun for the fans.”

The battle for New York will be an interesting one: The Yankees are sending Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi in this series and the Yankees will square off against the Mets ace and the media-proclaimed “Dark Knight”, Matt Harvey. Harvey is battling an ankle injury, but he wanted to make his start against the Yankees tomorrow, especially since he was a big Yankees fan growing up. The Yankees task of beating Harvey this weekend looms large, but Joe Girardi is confident the Yankees can get the ball rolling and continue riding their hot streak, especially after they played abysmal baseball to begin the season.

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Yankees take series from Tigers in 2-1 victory

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When two teams play a four game series, the logical outcome would be the two teams splitting the series. However, the Yankees did one better and took the series from the Detroit Tigers, defeating them 2-1 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

The Yankees scored their first run in the sixth inning when Jacoby Ellsbury scored on a balk and added insurance in the eighth when Brian McCann hit a RBI ground out.

Masahiro Tanaka started for the Yankees, going 6.1 innings while giving up a run on three hits and striking out six. Justin Wilson retired a batter, Dellin Betances pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and Andrew Miller notched his sixth save of the season.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees return to the Bronx where Round 1 of the Subway Series will begin! Michael Pineda and the Yankees will square off against Jacob deGrom and the red-hot New York Mets, who are coming off a 11-game win streak. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Who’s hot on the farm? April 23rd edition

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Another week has gone by on the farm and there are several players making some noise in the early goings. There have also been several injuries. Ian Clarkin is out with elbow inflammation, Luis Torrens is out for the season with shoulder surgery, and Dan Camarena is also battling some elbow soreness. Ty Hensley is getting Tommy John Surgery, and so is Domingo German. Ty McFarland, Dallas Martinez, and Jose Pena are all on the 60 day DL. James Pazos is also rehabbing something, although I am not aware of what that is.

For the people that are playing in games, here are the guys that have had a high level of performance.

In Triple-A, Ben Gamel has been the hottest player on the team. He’s hitting .375/.457.500/.957 with a double and a triple in 11 games. He looks poised to have a big season, although his power still seems to be an issue.

Kyle Roller continues to hit the ball well and also continues to strike out a lot. He’s hitting .316/.458/.447/.906 with a homerun and two doubles. He has 12 strikeouts in 12 games though.

Slade Heathcott has started the season off well. Regardless of what he does he just needs to stay healthy though. He’s hitting .309/.339/.418/.757 with a homerun a double and a triple. He is also striking out a lot though with 13 K in 12 games.

Ramon Flores is hitting with ..read more

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