Joe Girardi not amused with Brett Gardner climbing over the wall

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During today’s 3-2 win against the Houston Astros, one of the most talked about stories after the game was Brett Gardner hopping over the center field wall to retrieve Chris Young‘s glove after Young lost it on a two-run home run by Chris Carter. However, while most people found it comical, Joe Girardi wasn’t amused with the idea of potentially losing his left fielder due to injury for his Spiderman-like climbing abilities.

“I told him this isn’t, you know, Little League,” Girardi said with a slight laugh, but he also advised Gardner to not try defying stunts in the future.

Gardner figured getting the glove back for Chris Young was the least he could do for his teammate, and said pace of play was the reason he made his move.

“We’re working on pace of game in spring training,” Gardner explained. “And Chris Young was like, ‘You think I’m going to have to jump over there?’ I said, ‘If you’re not going to, I am.’ Otherwise, we’re going to be waiting 10 minutes for someone to go all the way around and get your glove. So I just said, all right, I’ll do it, whatever.”

It was easier for Gardner to get out of the stadium than to get back in. So what would he have done if he couldn’t get back in?

“I would’ve probably walked around back to the player’s lot to my truck and left, maybe,” Gardner said. “If I stayed back there long enough, I guess they would have sent somebody else out to play left field. I would’ve had a quick exit. It worked out all ..read more

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Ninth inning rally lifts Yankees to 3-2 win over Astros

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Aside from a shaky first inning, Michael Pineda and the pitchers behind him were dominant. And while the offense couldn’t get it going until the ninth inning, they were able to come from behind and take a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa Florida.

The ninth inning rally started on an Eddy Rodriguez double scoring Nick Noonan and Aaron Judge and Rodriguez advancing to third on a throwing error. One batter later, Jake Cave hit a SAC Fly, scoring Rodriguez.

Michael Pineda went 3.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits and striking out six. Justin Wilson pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless inning, Andrew Bailey pitched a scoreless seventh, Nick Rumbelow pitched a scoreless eighth and Jacob Lindgren pitched a scoreless ninth.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees will travel to Port St. Lucie to take on the New York Mets in a Spring Training Subway Series showdown. CC Sabathia is slated to start the game for the Yankees and Matt Harvey, who is coming off Tommy John Surgery, will start the game for the Mets. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network and SNY. The game will also be available on WFAN 660/101.9 FM and 710 WOR, WEPN 1050 ..read more

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The fifth starter competition too close to call

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One of the biggest competitions this Spring is the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation, and while there were multiple candidates considered for the role as camp began, there seems to be only two heavily considered for the role; Adam Warren and Esmil Rogers.

Joe Girardi said he was beginning to take into account both Warren and Rogers’s outings this week, and while Rogers struggled in his last outing, Warren dazzled and placed himself as the front runner in the competition.

“I feel like that was the best I’ve felt this spring,” Warren said about his outing yesterday. “I feel like I’m getting close. Just spotting the fastball, getting ahead in the count for the most part with all my pitches. I feel like I’m getting there and a lot more consistent with everything in my delivery. I was pleased. I just want to take the next step next outing and keep building on that.”

Girardi was also impressed with Warren’s work, but there won’t be an immediate decision. Girardi figures to get them both two to three more starts before Spring Training is over and will talk to his coaching staff then.

“We’ll meet (as a coaching staff) a couple of times a week probably and just talk about different things,” Girardi said. “But that’s one thing that always comes up.”

Everyone has their opinions on who should be the fifth starter. Some believe it should be Warren, some believe it should be Rogers, or maybe even Chase Whitley who at this point seems to be the odd man out of the competition. Personally, I believe it could be Warren just from how sharp his pitches ..read more

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Rodriguez homers in 11-2 victory over Tigers

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After a 7-3 loss last night, the Yankees headed to Lakeland to take on the Detroit Tigers. Not only did Brendan Ryan return to the lineup, but the Yankees flexed their muscles in a 11-2 victory at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida.

The Yankees scored in the first on a Brendan Ryan RBI double, a Brian McCann RBI single, a Jose Pirela two-run double and a Rob Refsnyder home run. The Yankees scored again in the fifth on a Alex Rodriguez home run, in the eighth on a Jonathan Galvez two-run triple and an error, and in the ninth on a Nick Noonan SAC Fly.

Adam Warren continues to distance himself from his competitors in the fifth starter competition, going five innings and giving up one run on four hits. Chris Martin gave up a run on two hits in an inning of work and Chase Whitley pitched three scoreless innings.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees host the Houston Astros in a Saturday afternoon showdown. Dallas Keuchel will take the mound for the Astros and Michael Pineda will pitch for the Yankees. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the game will be on Houston Astros Radio KBME ..read more

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Yankees head to Lakeland to take on Tigers

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After last night’s 7-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, the Yankees are taking the bus ride to Lakeland where they’ll play the Detroit Tigers in an afternoon matinee. But let’s go over a few notes before this afternoon’s game.

  • Brendan Ryan is in the lineup for the first time this Spring. He missed the last two and a half weeks with a back injury from lifting weights in the weight room.  Note to Brendan Ryan: don’t go in the weight room unless it’s necessary.
  • The Yankees have made more cuts from their roster. Last night the Yankees sent Mason Williams, Tyler Austin, Nick Rumbelow and Jose De Paula to minor league camp. I’m not surprised any of them lasted in Major League camp as long as they did, but De Paula was suffering from shoulder soreness which may have factored in Girardi’s decision.
  • Joe Girardi has hinted CC Sabathia might not be the Opening Day starter. The Yankees want to take it slow with Sabathia and just want to make sure he’s ready for the season. The same goes for Masahiro Tanaka. “That’s what we’re trying to do. A lot of it depends on Tanaka and CC and where they’re at, where we think they’re at. That’s the bottom line. The fact we haven’t announced anything is because we haven’t got them built up enough to feel comfortable that they’re ready to go.”
  • According to Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran will take at-bats at the minor league complex. There’s nothing wrong with Beltran, but the Yankees are ..read more
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    Yankees fall 7-3 to Phillies in Tampa

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    Just a day after the Yankees scored 12 runs in Disney World, their luck turned upside down and the offense was once again non-existent. Esmil Rogers had a poor start and the Yankees offense didn’t do much, scoring three runs in a 7-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.

    The Yankees scored their first run in the bottom of the second when Chase Headley hit a home run to right field. In the bottom of the third, Stephen Drew hit an RBI double to score Slade Heathcott and in the bottom of the sixth, Carlos Beltran singled on a line drive to score Nick Noonan.

    Esmil Rogers went 3.1 innings, giving up three runs on five hits and striking out three. David Carpenter pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, Tyler Webb pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, Nick Goody gave up a run on two hits in 1.1 innings of work and Chasen Shreve gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits in his one inning of work.

    What’s Next?

    — The Yankees make their trip to Lakeland to play against the Detroit Tigers. Adam Warren is slated to start for the Yankees and Alfredo Simon is slated to start for the Tigers. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the game is not on radio or ..read more

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    Injury Report: Jared Burton strains lat muscle

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    If Jared Burton was hoping for a chance to make the ball club out of Spring Training, he just might have hurt his chances by suffering an injury.

    The Yankees have just announced Jared Burton has strained his lat muscle and is currently going in for an MRI. The Yankees signed Burton to a minor league deal shortly before camp began; Burton has an opt-out clause in his contract which he can exercise prior to the regular season. If he has to miss a significant amount of time, it’s a tough break for him. He was pitching well for the Yankees and even recorded two saves.

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    Spring Training Notes: Rodriguez and Ryan

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    Here’s a few Spring Training notes to hold you over until this evening’s match-up with the Phillies.

    Alex Rodriguez is back in the lineup tonight after a scheduled day-off. He’s expected to make the road trip to Lakeland tomororw to take on the Detroit Tigers.

    Brendan Ryan is on the travel list to head to Lakeland after sitting out the first two weeks of Spring Training with a back injury. He would be making his Spring debut tomorrow and while there are less than three weeks to go until the regular season, Girardi isn’t against having Ryan get at-bats at the minor league complex just to get himself into playing shape. Girardi also confirmed Ryan has a locked-in spot on the roster, even after he suffered the back injury.

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