Report: Austin Romine clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A Scranton

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Well, it looks like Austin Romine is staying in the Yankees organization after all.

The Yankees have announced Romine has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Romine was designated for assignment following Saturday’s game when the Yankees chose John Ryan Murphy as their back-up catcher. The surprising bit was no one claimed Romine and the Yankees didn’t trade him to a different team. Well, you can never have too much catching depth, that’s what I always say.

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Michael Pineda gets the call for tonight’s game

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After a shocking Opening Day and off day, the Yankees head back to work tonight as Michael Pineda hopes to give the Yankees their first win of the season against R.A. Dickey and the Toronto Blue Jays. With Masahiro Tanaka‘s potential elbow injury and CC Sabathia‘s inconsistency, Pineda has immediately become an important piece in the Yankees rotation. And why shouldn’t he? He had a terrific spring, made 13 good starts last year and came back from multiple injuries. The Yankees consider Pineda a vital part of the team, and if he continues pitching the way he’s been pitching, he could emerge as a legitimate ace.

“I think (having him is) extremely important if you watch what he did for us last year and how effective he was,” Joe Girardi said following Monday’s 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays. “We feel good about where he’s at, the way he came into spring training, the way he was ready to compete, the way he threw the baseball. I think pitchers’ injuries are probably the hardest ones to predict, when they’re going to happen. You just kind of keep your fingers crossed.”

Pineda has had his fair share of setbacks; after being acquired in 2012, he showed up to camp overweight and had shoulder issues over the last three seasons. But if the Pineda the Yankees saw in August, September and March was any indication of what he looks like healthy, then they’ll gladly take that Pineda any day of the week. Hopefully, the Pineda the Yankees saw in his final Spring outing is the one that takes the mound tonight and keeps ..read more

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Yankees begin 2015 where they left off in 2014

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Before the first pitch of yesterday’s game, there was a lot of hope surrounding the 2015 season. Unfortunately the hope vanished when the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Yankees 6-1 at Yankee Stadium. But the story wasn’t the Yankees losing or Masahiro Tanaka‘s outing or even Didi Gregorius being caught on the base paths to end the Yankees half of the eighth inning. It was 2015 had a somewhat eery feeling to 2014, the year the Yankees missed the postseason for a second straight year.

What exactly do I mean by the Yankees picking up where they left off? Let me explain myself with these scenarios:

— Masahiro Tanaka didn’t make it through five innings in his last two starts of 2014. Tanaka only made it to four innings during his first start of 2015.

Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann are the big contracts in the lineup–but their offense was non-existent on Monday. Beltran, McCann and Teixeira’s offense was also pretty much non-existent during the 2014 season.

Brett Gardner was one of the surprising bright spots of the 2014 season, especially since he found his power stroke. Gardner started the season off with a bang, hitting his first home run of the season and the Yankees first home run of 2015.

— While CC Sabathia has yet to make a start, he’s appeared inconsistent in Spring Training. He was inconsistent the beginning of 2014 before his season was cut short after undergoing knee surgery.

The Yankees changed most of their roster over the last three years; they only had three players from the 2013 ..read more

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Yankees prospect Ty Hensley undergoes Tommy John Surgery

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Ty Hensley just can’t seem to catch a break.

Just a few months after being the victim of a brutal beating over the offseason, Hensley had Tommy John Surgery last week. Hensley reported to Yankees camp healthy, but after having forearm tightness in his first two outings of the Spring, the Yankees sent him for an MRI which revealed a tear in his elbow.

Hensley put out the following statement after having Tommy John Surgery:

“As far as one thing after the other, with the whole hip surgery thing and my ab surgery—call it what you want, but I call that a fluke because, it’s just weird,” Hensley said. “Now this on the other hand, it’s an elbow injury. I know it takes time and I’m going to have to learn how to throw again, but I’m confident.

“I’ve gone through some stuff and gotten through it already so at the end it’s going to be no big deal. I’m going to get through it just fine and I’m going to throw harder, my stuff is going to be better, and I’ll be stronger and better for it.”

Hensley was drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft, but suffered a plethora of injuries since then. He had abnormalities in his right shoulder which caused his signing bonus to decrease from $1.6 Million to $1.2 Million and missed all of 2013 along with parts of 2014 due to hip ..read more

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The Good and The Bad: Gardner, Rodriguez, Martin, Tanaka and Gregorius

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I’m introducing a new post this season called “The Good and The Bad” where I pick a few things that stood out after every Yankees game and elaborate on them. For the night games, the post will be on the site first thing in the morning and for the day games, the post will come out during the evening. So without further ado, here’s our first post of the season.

Today was Opening Day, which meant the 2015 season is officially underway. However, it didn’t go as planned for majority of the players. The Yankees eventually fell to the Blue Jays by a score of 6-1 and now have to face R.A. Dickey on Wednesday night. With that, the Yankees are now presented with the fear of losing their first series of the season. However, let’s backtrack a bit and discuss the good and the bad following today’s game.

The Good

Brett Gardner: After many criticized Gardner’s poor Spring, he came out swinging this afternoon, hitting two hard hit balls–although one was caught by Jose Bautista. His second hard hit ball ended up being his first home run of the season, and the Yankees 100th Opening Day home run in franchise history. Gardner also hit the first Yankees home run last season.

Side Note: I’m not sure if many noticed, but shortly before the game Gardner led his teammates onto the field before first pitch. Derek Jeter used to have the honors of doing so. Could this be some sort of sign or a random coincidence?

Alex Rodriguez: Alex Rodriguez looked good at the plate, notching his first hit of the season, but the greatest thing ..read more

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Tanaka roughed up in 6-1 loss to Blue Jays

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Opening Day symbolizes the beginning of a new season–unfortunately, the Yankees got off on the wrong foot as they fell to the Toronto Blue Jays with a score of 6-1 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The lone run for the Yankees came in the bottom of the sixth inning on a home run by Brett Gardner, his first home run and the Yankees first home run of the season. Here’s a fun fact for you: Gardner hit the first Yankees home run in 2014 and also hit the 15,000th home run in Yankees franchise history last year.

Masahiro Tanaka started the game with smooth sailing, but gave up five runs in the third inning, ultimately being charged with the loss. Chris Martin entered the game in the fifth inning and pitched a scoreless inning, Chasen Shreve gave up a run in 1.1 innings, David Carpenter pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, Justin Wilson retired two batters and Esmil Rogers retired a batter after Wilson got into a bases loaded jam.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees are off tomorrow, but they come back on Wednesday night where Michael Pineda will take the hill and oppose R.A. Dickey and the Toronto Blue Jays. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Blue Jays vs. Yankees pitching matchups

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Monday, April 6 Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (13-5, 2.77 ERA in 2014) Blue Jays: Drew Hutchison (11-13, 4.58 ERA in 2014) Time: 1:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/ESPN/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Hutchison: Stephen Drew (2-for-6, .333 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury (5-for-11, .455 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Hutchison: Carlos Beltran (1-for-5, .200 AVG), Chase Headley (1-for-8, .125 AVG), Brian McCann (2-for-9, .222 AVG)

Wednesday, April 8 Yankees: Michael Pineda (5-5, 1.89 ERA in 2014) Blue Jays: R.A. Dickey (14-13, 3.71 ERA in 2014) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Dickey: Stephen Drew (5-for-16, .313 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury (5-for-15, .333 AVG), Garrett Jones (6-for-16, .375 AVG), Alex Rodriguez  (8-for-22, .364 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Dickey: Carlos Beltran (5-for-24, .208 AVG), Chase Headley (0-for-7, .000 AVG), Brian McCann (6-for-29, .207 AVG), Mark Teixeira (3-for-16, .188 AVG), Chris Young (1-for-13, .077 AVG)

Thursday, April 9 Yankees: CC Sabathia (3-4, 5.28 ERA in 2014) Blue Jays: Daniel Norris (0-0, 5.40 ERA in 2014) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Norris:  Brian McCann (1-for-1, 1.000 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. ..read more

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It’s Opening Day!

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After a long, cold winter, baseball fans finally have something to look forward to: Opening Day! Today is when the games begin to matter and the road to October officially begins. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s discuss a few things happening today.

Joe Torre is slated to throw out the first pitch, the West Point Band will play the National Anthem, Broadway performer Paul Nolan will sing God Bless America and the Yankees are advising fans to arrive early since Major League Baseball added metal detectors to all stadiums as a new security measure.

— The gates today will be open two hours and thirty minutes prior to first pitch, they’ll open at that time throughout the duration of the first home stand.

— If you are going to the ballpark, you’re still not allowed to bring laser pens, glass bottles, laptops, firearms, knives or weapons of any kind, aluminum bottles, selfie sticks, video cameras or other equipment designed by it’s sole purpose to record video/audio and hard cased bags (ex. briefcases). Fans can still bring food in a clear plastic bag and you can bring a soft bag by the size of 16 inches by 16 inches by 8 inches. For a complete list of prohibited items, visit yankees.com.

— To the baseball portion, Masahiro Tanaka will make the start for the Yankees this afternoon, making it his first career Opening Day start in the Major Leagues. He’ll oppose Drew Hutchison of the Toronto Blue Jays (I’ll have a pitching matchup post a little later in the morning).

— This is Alex Rodriguez‘s first Opening Day since 2013 and he’ll most likely be penciled ..read more

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