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


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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Yankees look promising as they enter their first off day

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It’s hard to believe, but after the two embarrassing games in Houston, the Yankees are 7-4, entering their off day with a 7-6 record and in a three way tie for first place with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. The Yankees have had their fair share of injuries, but they’ve shown they’re able to battle through them and come out on top in games.

Take yesterday’s 3-2 win over the Red Sox for example: The Yankees lost Francisco Cervelli to a hamstring injury, Brian Roberts and Derek Jeter were on the bench with minor injuries and Yangervis Solarte along with Brian McCann were in pain for a few moments during the contest themselves. In the end, the Yankees persevered and answered the lingering questions in the game: they placed Carlos Beltran at first, put Ichiro Suzuki in right and came out on top with the victory.

The Yankees in their past 13 games have had some glimmering moments where they could possibly be one of the best teams in the AL East, and yet they’ve had their moments where they’ve looked like an average team. The pitching staff has been terrific and the new signings of Jacoby Ellsbury, Beltran and McCann have really helped the ball club. Unfortunately, their weakness is the infield. With Mark Teixeira on the DL and with the recent injuries of Jeter and Roberts, there’s a gigantic question mark in the middle of the diamond.

Still, 13 games is a small sample size, and it’s not enough to show where the ..read more

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Nova dominates, Beltran homers as Yankees beat Red Sox 3-2

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Ivan Nova needed a good outing to redeem his past two starts, and that’s exactly what he did as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 3-2 and took the series three games to one at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Nova went 8.1 innings giving up two runs on eight hits while striking out four before handing the ball to Matt Thornton. Thornton pitched to a batter, handing the ball to David Phelps who had an eventful outing. Phelps had a bases loaded situation with two outs and Mike Carp at the plate before pulling a David Robertson ‘Houdini’ act to strike Carp out to end the inning. Shawn Kelley came into the game and got the save for the Yankees, striking out two and getting the last batter to fly out to former Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury.

The Yankees relied on the home run ball to pull them ahead of the Red Sox in the third inning when Carlos Beltran hit a two-run shot into the left field seats. The Yankees scored their third and final run on a ground ball by Francisco Cervell, although Cervelli injured himself on the play. Cervelli was just one of the five injuries that occurred today, although two of the injuries weren’t serious.

Injury Update

Brian Roberts had an MRI on his back and is listed day to day by Joe Girardi.

Francisco Cervelli had an MRI on his hamstring and Girardi is almost certain Cervelli will go on the DL.

Brian McCann is okay ..read more

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