Eduardo Nunez traded to Twins

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The Eduardo Nunez era in the Bronx is over.

The Yankees have announced Eduardo Nunez was traded to the Minnesota Twins for minor league left handed pitcher Miguel Sulbaran.

Sulbaran, 20, is 21-10 with a 3.15 ERA in 55 career appearances between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Twins organization.

Nunez was designated for assignment before Spring Training concluded in favor of utility infielder Yangervis Solarte.

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Jeter guides Yankees to 4-2 victory over Orioles in final home opener

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In Derek Jeter‘s final home opener of his career, he lingered for a few moments before entering the batters box, letting the crowds cheers surround him. This was the final time he would step into the batters box during a Yankees home opener, and he wanted to take in all the emotions. But he also knew there was a game to win–and the Yankees did just that with a 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Hiroki Kuroda had the start for the Yankees and he surely did not disappoint. He went 6.1 innings giving up two runs on eight hits with four strikeouts without walking a batter. Yankees starters have not walked a batter since Ivan Nova‘s last outing where he walked five batters. Matt Thornton, David Phelps, Adam Warren and Shawn Kelley had scoreless outings, handing the Orioles their fifth loss of the season.

The Yankees started scoring their four runs in the third when Yangervis Solarte walked, Brett Gardner singled and Derek Jeter grounded into a double play to bring Solarte home. In the fourth, Alfonso Soriano singled, moved to second on a walk by Kelly Johnson and scored on an RBI single by Solarte and in the fifth, Jeter missed a home run by a few feet and barely made it to second where he was singled home moments later by Jacoby Ellsbury. Later in the inning, Johnson had an RBI on a bases loaded walk, scoring Carlos ..read more

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David Robertson goes on DL with groin strain

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This was actually the most surprising news of the day for the Yankees: David Robertson will go on the DL with a Grade-1 groin strain.

Joe Girardi said Robertson pulled his groin during yesterday’s 6-4 win over the Blue Jays, but he didn’t say anything until he came into work on Monday morning. Shawn Kelley will be the closer in Robertson’s absence and you could now see a bigger role for other bullpen guys such as Vidal Nuno, Dellin Betances and Adam WarrenGirardi said the Yankees have not made a roster move as of yet for Robertson.

UPDATE

– The Yankees are reportedly considering bringing either Shane Greene or Cesar Cabral to replace Robertson on the roster. We’ll see who the Yankees choose and how this plays out in the coming hours.

Teixeira Update

Mark Teixeira‘s MRI came back with a Grade 1 strain of his calf. He pulled his hamstring over the weekend during the series in Toronto.

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Yankees vs. Orioles pitching matchups

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Monday April 7, 2014 Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda (0-1, 3.00 ERA) Orioles: Ubaldo Jimenez (0-1, 6.00 ERA) Time: 1:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Jimenez: Carlos Beltran (4-for-11, .363 AVG), Brian McCann (8-for-25, .320 AVG), Kelly Johnson (8-for-33, .242 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Jimenez: Brett Gardner (1-for-7, .143 AVG), Derek Jeter (0-for-3, .000 AVG), Alfonso Soriano (2-for-9, .222).

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Yankees: Ivan Nova (1-0, 3.18 ERA) Orioles: Wei-Yin Chen (0-1, 6.35 ERA) Time: 1:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Chen: Brett Gardner (5-for-9, .556 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury (3-for-10, .300 AVG), Alfonso Soriano (3-for-4, .750 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Chen: Kelly Johnson (0-for-2, .000 AVG), Derek Jeter (3-for-14, .214 AVG).

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.57 ERA) Orioles: Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 18.90 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Gonzalez: Jacoby Ellsbury (3-for-6, .500 AVG), Brett Gardner (4-for-12, .333 AVG), Kelly Johnson (3-for-9, .333 AVG), Alfonso Soriano (2-for-5, .400 AVG), Derek Jeter (2-for-8, .250 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (4-for-16, .250 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Gonzalez: Francisco Cervelli (0-for-1, ..read more

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Jeter prepares for final home opener

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Derek Jeter‘s Farewell Tour has taken him from Houston, Texas to Toronto, Canada but the next stop of the Farewell Tour is a familiar one: 161st Street and River Avenue, Bronx, New York, home of the one and only Yankee Stadium. Tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m., Jeter will run out of the dugout for the final time on Opening Day, checking off another ‘last’ on Jeter’s list.

“It almost doesn’t feel like the season is underway until you get to your home opener,” Jeter said. “Especially missing last year, I’m looking forward to this one.”

The first pitch will be thrown out by both Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte which Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada will catch. The Core Four will be reunited once again, although this time it’s a bittersweet reminder of what inevitably has to come. Three-fourths of the Core Four have retired and the last member standing is slated to follow them into retirement following the 2014 season.

“I can’t tell you what’s going to happen,” Jeter said. “Fans have always treated me good throughout my career. I don’t know what it’s going to feel like, what the atmosphere will be like. I hope we have good weather, but I have no idea.”

Jeter’s career is already filled with memorable plays and moments, but tomorrow afternoon’s home opener will be another memory he hopes he can tell his future children about one day.

“There’s always something special about Opening Day,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “To know that it’s your last one, I think it will mean a ..read more

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Gardner goes yard as Yankees beat Blue Jays 6-4 for series win

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Going into today’s game, the Yankees didn’t have a home run this season, which was slightly hard to believe. Well, if you had Brett Gardner in your pool as to who would hit the first Yankees home run of the season (I did), you’d be right. That home run made the difference as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 6-4 for the series win at the Rogers Centre in Toronto Canada.

The Yankees got all six of their runs in the first three innings off Toronto Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison as he worked 3.1 innings in  his start. In the first, Gardner walked, stole second, advanced to third on a ground ball by Derek Jeter and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury‘s RBI ground out. Jeter would later pull ahead of Paul Molitor for eighth place on the all-time hit list with 3,320. Kelly Johnson had a two-run double later in the first inning after Brian McCann walked and Alfonso Soriano was hit by a pitch. In the fourth, Brian Roberts walked, stole second and scored on a double by Yangervis Solarte. Gardner hit a two-run shot shortly after.

CC Sabathia had the start for the Yankees and had a slightly better outing than Opening Day, going six innings while giving up four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts. Adam Warren and Shawn Kelley each had a scoreless inning before handing the ball to David Robertson for his second save of the season.

What’s Next?

– It’s Opening Day at ..read more

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Sabathia aims for a bounceback start

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CC Sabathia‘s last start didn’t go exactly to plan–he gave up six runs in the first two innings of work, giving the Yankees a loss on Opening Day. Today, he aims to bounceback from not only his Opening Day start, but also from his wretched 2013 season, one where he had an ERA of almost five.

Sabathia admits in his last start he was overexcited the first two innings before he settled down and pitched four scoreless innings. He said he now knows he has to relax on the mound so he can find his rhythm.

I think it was just a matter of relaxing,” Sabathia said of his Opening Day start. “I have to try to find a place in the middle where I can pitch good.”

There was one pitch Sabathia didn’t throw in the first two innings that he incorporated in the third, leading him to be more effective: The cutter. Sabathia learned the cutter from Andy Pettitte and has now added it into his repertoire. It was a good pitch for him which helped Sabathia keep the Houston Astros hitters off balance for the remainder of his start. If Sabathia wants to be successful, he has to throw the cutter for strikes and he has to show finesse. He’s no longer the power pitcher he once was and now has to rely on location to get hitters out.

Sabathia has struggled in recent years, but he has a good history with his opponent: He’s 14-4 in his career against the Blue Jays. It’s early in the season,  in fact, it’s only the first week, but Sabathia knows what’s on the line in this game. There’s a huge difference between the Yankees going back to the Bronx with a 3-3 record ..read more

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MLB, we have a problem: home plate rules aren’t clear

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Before the season started, Major League Baseball enforced the rule of a catcher being unable to block the plate to prevent injury. Although they enforced the rule, today’s Yankees/Blue Jays game proved the rule wasn’t entirely crystal clear.

During the third inning of play, Francisco Cervelli tried to score from second base on a single by Jacoby Ellsbury. Cervelli was thrown out on the play but Joe Girardi believed Cervelli was safe and that catcher Josh Thole blocked the plate without giving Cervelli a chance to score. The umpires reviewed the play and later declared Cervelli out, but with Girardi’s limited knowledge about what the qualifications of blocking home plate are, it showed a major flaw in the new rule.

“I believe this is going to be the toughest overall for them to get right all the time,” Girardi said. “To me it’s a vague interpretation of what blocking home plate is, and I think it needs to be in writing. The way it was explained to us, if you are straddling the base in front, towards third base, that is considered blocking home plate.”

It appeared Thole left a small lane for Cervelli before he had possession of the ball, but the bigger problem at hand was the “out” call at home plate. Girardi asked if he was allowed to play the game under protest and Major League Baseball declined. Girardi felt Thole had blocked the plate to prevent Cervelli from scoring, and Cervelli was just as certain.

“Halfway, I saw part of the plate,” Cervelli said. “And then he blocked the plate a little bit, and then I had to go straight, but I couldn’t visualize home plate. … I was supposed to ..read more

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