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Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

The Yankees broke a scoreless tie in the top of the 9th inning last night and then held on to defeat the Dodgers.

Clayton Kershaw and Hiroki Kuroda were both brilliant in a true pitchers duel.

Lyle Overbay once again came through in the clutch with an RBI  hit in the 9th inning to give the Yankees the first run of the game.  A throwing error by Mark Ellis gave the Yankees two more runs to make it 3-0.

Mariano Rivera earned his 34th save this year for the Yankees.

The Yankees are off today and will resume their quest for a wildcard when they start a three-game series with the Padres in San Diego tomorrow night.  The Padres series will be the last West Coast series that the Yankees play this season.

Friday night’s game will also be the last 10:10 PM ET start time game for the Yankees this year, something many fans will be pleased about as they read this with bleary eyes from staying up to watch the end of last night’s game.

The trade deadline came and went with Brian Cashman once again displaying no creativity, imagination, guts, or the ability to get a trade done to help the Yankees.

The “genius” who has spent over two BILLION dollars in payroll the last 12 years and only won one title has been outperformed by the Red Sox, Giants, and Cardinals in the same time frame.  The last trade Cashman won was with Nick Swisher and that trade took place in 2008.  When your GM is “o-fer” the Obama Administration in trades, chances are your team may start to struggle sooner than later.

Now on to today’s news links:

Billy Witz of the New York Times sums it up perfectly with this article about the Yankee management wasting a gallant effort by their aging core.

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News has this piece about Cashman’s inability to get anything done and failure to acquire Michael Young, who was exactly what the Yankees needed.

Mark Feinsand also has this article about Curtis Granderson’s comeback, which is scheduled for Friday against the Padres.

Have a great day everyone!

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Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

After a week off I am back at the keyboard but nothing much has changed in the world of the Yankees.

C.C. Sabathia threw more batting practice as the Yankees lost by a score of 10-3 to the Rays.

Sabathia allowed 7 earned runs on 9 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings and saw his ERA soar to 4.65, the highest of the Yankee rotation right now.

Alfonso Soriano returned to the Bronx last night and stranded 5 runners while going 0-5.

The Yankees and Rays will do battle again today in the Bronx at 1:05 PM ET in a game that will be televised by YES.  Chris Archer(5-3, 2.76 ERA) will face Ivan Nova(4-3, 3.66 ERA).

Now on to today’s news links:

Wally Matthews and Andrew Marchand of ESPNNY.com have this piece on the soap opera involving A-Rod.

Peter Botte and Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News report that Derek Jeter could be back in the Yankee lineup by Sunday.

Filip Bondy, also of the New York Daily News, points out that the Mets are playing better than the Yankees are right now and without the drama.

Have a great day everyone!

Morning Bits

Brian Cashman’s full “genius” was on display last night as the Yankees and their 230 million dollar payroll fell to the Red Sox by a score of 4-2.

After Brett Gardner was ejected for a display of anger following a laughable third strike called by home plate umpire Mike Everitt(whose mother had no children that lived) and Zoilo Almonte was injured, the Yankee lineup was the following: Alberto Gonzalez, Ichiro Suzuki, Robinson Cano, Vernon(The Disease) Wells, Luis Cruz, Lyle Overbay, Brent Lillibridge, Eduardo Nunez, and Chris Stewart.

Have the Yankees been impacted by injuries? Of course, but that doesn’t excuse Cashman’s complete and total failure as far as drafting and development goes since he took over that phase of the Yankees’ operation in 2006.  It also doesn’t excuse the fact that the last trade the GM of the world’s greatest franchise won was when he dealt for Nick Swisher in 2008.   It was obvious that the Yankees had an aging team a few years ago but Cashman did nothing to look to the future and even worse chose the wrong “old guys” to acquire this year.  Trading for Vernon(The Disease) Wells and agreeing to pay him 12 million dollars this year may be one of the all-time worst moves ever made by any GM and there he was batting cleanup last night.  Wells has an OBP of .279 this season to go along with his slugging percentage of  .370.

Cashman’s inability to make good trades is a serious issue. Rival GM’s know the position that Cashman is in right now and will be looking to pick his pocket as the trade deadline approaches.  The most serious issue is that by the time July 31st comes, the Yankees may be totally out of contention and at that point a fire sale might be in order.  At this point a total makeover might be the way to go and many fans would be in support of a management decision to do that, but not with Cashman at the helm.  Does anyone alive really trust Cashman to get the best value back for players like Gardner or even Cano if the Yankees choose to rebuild?

Andy Pettitte ran his streak of games where the opponent scored at least 4 runs off of him to 7 games in a row and 8 of his last 9.  It’s hard to watch him struggle like this.

The Yankees and Red Sox will do battle again at 4:05 PM ET with Hiroki Kuroda(8-6, 2.65 ERA) doing battle with John Lackey(7-6, 2.78 ERA).  The game will be televised by Fox.

Now on to today’s news links:

The USA Today has this article about Derek Jeter going back on the DL.

Roger Rubin and Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News write about the Red Sox thanking NY for their support of the City of Boston during hard times.

Andrew Marchand of ESPNNY.com says the Yankees and Brett Gardner were sorry last night.

Have a great day everyone!

Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

The Yankees are back in action today as they will play the first of nine remaining games at Fenway Park this season.

Andy Pettitte(7-6, 4.39 ERA) will face Felix Doubront(6-3, 3.91 ERA) tonight in a game that starts at 7:10 PM ET that will be televised by YES.

Now on to today’s news links:

John Harper of the New York Daily News says that the ten games coming up are vital for the Yankees.

Ted Berg of the USA Today thinks that A-Rod’s return will greatly improve the Yankees.

Howie Kussoy of the New York Post writes about the trade that almost sent Mariano Rivera away from the Yankees in 1996.

Have a great day everyone!

Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

The Yankees and the rest of the teams in MLB continue to enjoy the only break in the long season.

Here are today’s news links:

Gabe Lacques of the USA Today reports that A-Rod will rejoin the Yankees on Monday.

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News has the midseason report cards ready for the Yankees.

Jon Heyman of CBSSPORTS.com says the Yankees called the Padres about Chase Headley.

Tobias Rosen of Yahoo Sports says there is reason for optimism about the Yankees’ playoff chances.

Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal writes that Robinson Cano is the biggest Yankee of them all.

Have a great day everyone! The next time I write this it will be a game day again!

Morning Bits

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Mariano Rivera was named the MVP of the All-Star Game last night as the AL defeated the NL by a score of 3-0.

Pitching a perfect eighth inning, Rivera was given a rousing cheer by fans and players alike.

Robinson Cano was hit by a 97 MPH fastball thrown by Matt Harvey in the first inning and taken out of the game. X-Rays were negative and Cano was diagnosed with a contusion to a quad muscle.  Cano said he will be good to go on Friday when the Yankees resume their season against the Red Sox in Boston.

Now on to today’s news links:

John Harper of the New York Daily News has this piece on Mariano Rivera’s special All-Star night.

Phil Watson of Yahoo sports says the Yankees need to answer these questions after the All-Star break.

Jon Heyman of CBSSPORTS.com reports that the market on Phil Hughes isn’t what the Yankees thought it would be.

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post writes about Bud Selig’s hint that A-Rod is about to be suspended.

Brendan Prunty of the Star-Ledger writes that Robinson Cano’s father is confident that his son will remain a Yankee.

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Have a great day everyone!

Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

Robinson Cano was an early elimination in last night’s Home Run Derby and now turns his focus to tonight’s All-Star Game where he and and Mariano Rivera will be the only representatives from the Yankees.

Here are today’s news links:

John Jeansonne of Newsday.com has this piece about the value of the Yankees as a franchise.

Howard Unger of Yahoo Sports says that Hiroki Kuroda is the biggest All-Star snub.

Scott Miller of CBSSPORTS.com thinks that Mariano Rivera is closing his career with grace and style.

Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Alex Rodriguez hit a home run last night for Trenton as he continues his rehab stint.

Have a great day everyone!

Morning Bits

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The Yanks fell to the Twins yesterday by a score of 10-4.

C.C. Sabathia’s miserable season continues as he threw what amounted to batting practice against the weak Twins lineup.

Sabathia allowed 8 hits, 8 runs(only 3 of them earned) in just four innings.   It wouldn’t be a Sabathia start without a home run to an opposing player this year. Sabathia have up his 21st home run to Aaron Hicks after SS Eduardo Nunez’s error that would have ended the third inning.

That 21st home run allowed by Sabathia is just one fewer than his all-time high for home runs allowed in a season, which is 21, that was set last season. Only two pitchers in all of baseball have given up more home runs than Sabathia has this season, those being Joe Blanton and Jeremy Guthrie.

Sabathia’s ERA right now is 4.07.  You’d have to go back to 2004 to find a season where Sabathia had an ERA over 4.

Opposing hitters are batting .259 against Sabathia this season, another career high.  Sabathia was and is the story of yesterday’s game as his contract has to strike terror into the heart of Yankee fans and management. While his ability to go deep into a game will most likely prevent his contract from ever looking as bad as A-Rod’s, it is definitely possible that he could enter Teixeira territory.  He has no fastball, and without that fastball he is just another pitcher.

Now on to today’s news links:

Jorge Ortiz of USATODAY.com writes about the Yankees being booed as they limp into the All-Star break.

Mark Herrman of Newsday.com says that Yankee prospect Rafael Depaula has a live arm.

Stephen Lorenzo of the New York Daily News reports on the next chapter in the bizarre A-Rod saga.

Have a great day everyone.

 

Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

The Yankees lost to the Twins yesterday by a score of 4-1 in yet another horrific offensive outing by the Bombers.

Phil Hughes struck out ten batters and kept the Yankees in the game until the eighth inning when the Twins homered for the third time and went up by a score of 4-1.

The Yankees stranded baserunners all day, scoring only one run despite getting eight hits and drawing three walks.

Yesterday’s game represented the fifth time in the last seven games that the Yankees scored two or fewer runs and the fourth time in the last seven games that the Yankees scored only one run.

The Yankee pitching this year from both starters and relievers has been outstanding, which is the only reason that they are eight games over .500 despite possessing only a +4 in run differential this year.  There are four other teams within ten runs of the run differential of the Yankees(Royals -6, Cubs -6, Angels -3, Rockies -1) and those teams are 5, 8,4 and 5 games under .500 respectively.

The record that the Yankees have is a fluke and nothing more. This team, as it is constructed now, can not and will not make the playoffs.  Unless Brian Cashman makes moves very soon to bring offense to this team, the only game this team will be playing in October is golf.  While Jeter’s second return will help, Granderson’s impact upon return is questionable and it looks as if PED suspensions will end A-Rod’s and Cervelli’s seasons.

There is no way that a team with Gonzalez at third, Cruz at short, and Romine/Stewart at catcher can muster the firepower to make an extended run in the toughest division in baseball.

Today’s game with the Twins will be the last game the Yankees play until Friday night at Fenway Park against the Red Sox.  C.C. Sabathia(9-7, 3.99 ERA) will do battle with Kyle Gibson(1-2, 7.27 ERA) at 1:05 pm ET in a game that will be televised by YES.

Now on to today’s news links:

Bill Madden and Teri Thompson of the New York Daily News report that a 150 game suspension from MLB may be the best deal Alex Rodriguez can get.

Ian O’Connor of ESPNNewYork.com thinks that the Yankees have an old Jeter, not the Jeter of old.

Have a great day everyone.

Morning Bits

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Yankee fans who stayed awake to watch last night’s game after a 73 minute rain delay were treated to a 2-0 victory by the Yankees over the Twins last night.

Hiroki Kuroda returned after the long rain delay to pitch the 5th inning and then gave way to Preston Claiborne, Boone Logan, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera who all pitched scoreless innings.

The Yankees offense was woeful, managing only six hits off of five Twins pitchers who will never be mistaken for Sandy Koufax, to say the least.Fortunately for the Yankees, three of those six hits came in the fifth inning where they managed to score the game’s only two runs on RBI singles by Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano.

The win put the Yankees at 5-3 so far on this second of three ten-game homestands that they will host this season.

The Yankees and Twins will meet again today in the Bronx in an afternoon game that is sure to have some weary players from last night’s late night affair.  Today’s game starts at 1:05 PM ET and will be televised by YES.  Phil Hughes(4-8, 4.55 ERA) will make what could be his last start in Yankee pinstripes before being traded over the All-Star break against Samuel Deduno(4-4, 3.90 ERA).

I don’t normally rant during Morning Links but this particular subject calls for some attention.

Hughes was abused and confused by Yankee GM Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi’s “Joba Rules” and has been “pitching for his rotation spot” for what seems like three seasons now.

It is very likely that Hughes will depart and thrive with a different club where he is just given the ball and allowed to pitch without constant “will he stay in the rotation?” pressure.

Like Joba, Hughes was flip-flopped constantly between starting and relieving.

With Joba Chamberlain also likely to be traded soon, Cashman and Girardi should be ashamed of themselves for screwing up the Hughes/Chamberlain/Kennedy trio which had so much promise by trading one too early and screwing up the two that they kept.

Now on to today’s news links:

Mark Feinsand says the Yankees dropped the ball on Derek Jeter’s return from the DL.

Dustin Knosler of the Yahoo Sports writes that the Yankees and Dodgers could be great trade partners.

Have a great day everyone!

 

 

 

 

Morning Bits

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The Yankees defeated the Royals by a score of 8-4 yesterday as Derek Jeter made his return.

The Royals scored four runs off of Andy Pettitte, three of them earned, to extend the streak of opposing teams scoring four or more runs off of Pettitte to six consecutive starts and seven of the last eight starts.

Pettitte was clobbered early, but the Yankee offense fought back in a total team effort. Every Yankee starter yesterday had at least one hit or at least one RBI. Seven Yankee starters had RBI’s.

The spotlight was on the Yankee captain Jeter returning from a broken ankle that had kept him sidelined since last year’s ALDS.  Jeter started his day with a single that brought the crowd to their feet and later in the game had his first RBI of the year. The good times didn’t last long though, as Jeter had to exit the game after injuring a quad try hustling down the first base line trying to beat out a grounder. Jeter will go for an MRI today as Yankee fans and management hold their breath awaiting the outcome.

The Yankees start their final series before the All-Star break tonight against  the Minnesota Twins at 7:05 PM ET.  The game will be televised by YES and Hiroki Kuroda(7-6, 2.77 ERA) will face Scott Diamond(5-8, 5.52 ERA).

Now on to today’s news links:

ESPN.com has the news about Jeter’s quad and looming MRI.

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News writes that Robinson Cano finds himself in a strange position.

Tim Rohan of the New York Times thinks that Andy Pettitte is looking wobbly.

Have a great day everyone!

Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

The Yankees put an end to their losing streak with an 8-1 victory over the Royals.

The Yankees are now 3-3 in the second of three ten-game homestands they will host this year.

Robinson Cano’s home run in the third inning gave the Yankees a commanding 4-0 lead. Cano was 3-4 with 3 RBI’s and a stolen base. Cano is now 6-6 on stolen base attempts this year.

Lyle Overbay’s grand slam in the sixth inning put the game away by giving the Yankees an eight-run lead.

Ivan Nova was great again, tossing eight innings of five hit, one run ball to run his record to 4-2 and drop his ERA down to 3.63.  Nova’s fastball was consistently humming between 95 and 97 MPH and his curve made opposing hitters look foolish.

Unless there is a trade before David Phelps comes off the DL, Phelps has as much chance of taking Nova’s spot as I do, which is none.

Nova’s stuff is incredible and Yankee fans may be watching the turning point of his young career as far as maturity goes.  Nova has looked more composed, calmer, and appears to be throwing effortlessly on the mound instead of overthrowing.

The Yankees and Royals wrap up this series in a game that begins at 1:05 PM ET and will be televised by YES.

Andy Pettitte(6-6, 4.37 ERA) will face Ervin Santana(5-5, 2.90 ERA).

Opposing teams have scored four or more runs off of Pettitte in his last five outings and in six of his last seven outings.

Now on to today’s news links:

ESPN.com reports that Derek Jeter will make his return to the Yankees today.

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News says A-Rod will never play another game for the Yankees and cares only about collecting every penny of the 100 million dollars he is still owed on his contract.

Jon Heyman of CBSSPORTS.com writes that the Yankees are shopping Phil Hughes for a hitter in return.

Have a great day everyone!

Morning Bits

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The Yankees lost to the Royals again last night by a score of 3-1.  It was not only the third straight loss for the Yankees, but also the third straight game in which the Yankees managed to score only one run.

C.C. Sabathia allowed the 19th and 20th home runs hit off of him this year to Billy Butler and David Lough respectively.  The most home runs Sabathia has ever allowed in a season is 22, which was last year.

The Yankees and Royals will meet again today in a game that starts at 7:05 PM ET and will be televised by YES.

Tonight’s pitchers are Ivan Nova(3-2, 4.09 ERA) and Wade Davis(4-7, 5.42 ERA).

Now on to today’s news links:

Stephen Lorenzo of the New York Daily News reports that Yankee owner Hal Steinbrenner says that the Yankees need A-Rod back as MLB looks to suspend him.

George A. King III of the New York Post points out that the Yankees have hit one home run in the last 74 innings that they have played.

Have a great day everyone!

Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

The Yankees fell to the Royals last night by a score of 5-1.

The Yankee offense was again MIA with the only run provided by a solo shot off the bat of Lyle Overbay.

Phil Hughes allowed two runs over four innings before being removed after a rain delay to take the loss for the Yankees.

Tonight at 7:05 PM ET in a game that will be broadcast by YES, C.C. Sabathia(9-6, 4.05 ERA) will face James Shields(3-6, 3.23 ERA).

Now on to today’s news links:

Peter Botte of the New York Daily News reports that Derek Jeter is pleading with Yankee GM Brian Cashman to bring him back to the Bronx now.

Peter Kerasotis of ESPNNewYork.com writes about the “other side” of A-Rod’s rehab assignment.

Kevin Kernan of the New York Post thinks that without going out and adding some offensive help that the Yankees will run out of luck this season.

Have a great day everyone!

Morning Bits

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The Yankees lost to the Orioles by a score of 2-1 yesterday and fell to fourth place in the AL East.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven innings of shutout ball, followed by an untarnished inning by David Robertson before Mariano Rivera came on to blow his second save of the year.

The Yankee offense was putrid, managing only six hits against journeyman Jason Hammel and no hits against the cadre of relievers who followed him.

The Yankees will play the first of four games against the Royals tonight at Yankee Stadium.  Phil Hughes(4-7, 4.55 ERA) will face Jeremy Guthrie(7-6, 4.29 ERA) tonight in a game that starts at 7:05 PM ET which will be televised by YES.

Now on to today’s news links:

John Harper of the New York Daily News says the Yankees lack of power and reliance on pitching can only take them so far.

Wally Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Yankee pitcher Michael Pineda’s return to the big leagues is still on hold.

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times writes that Derek Jeter hopes his stay in the mountains is a brief one.

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News thinks the Yankees could be a big player as the trade deadline approaches.

Have a great day everyone!

Morning Bits

Good morning everyone!

The Yankees rallied to beat the Orioles yesterday by a score of 5-4 and moved into second place in the AL East.  Yesterday’s win also put the Yankees back into the second wildcard slot in the standings.

Andy Pettitte picked up only his third win since April 19th, allowing nine hits and three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings.

Eduardo Nunez and Lyle Overbay lead the way for the Yankees offensively. Nunez, making his return off the DL from a strained oblique, went 2-3 and drove in two runs including the game winner.  Overbay went 3-4 and scored the winning run.

Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 29th save of the year.

The Yankees and Orioles complete their three-game series today in the Bronx with a game time of 1:05 PM ET.  Hiroki Kuroda(7-6, 2.95 ERA) will face Jason Hammel(7-5, 5.19 ERA) this afternoon and the game will be televised by YES.

Now on to today’s new links:

John Harper of the New York Daily News writes that Derek Jeter says he’s ready to return to the Yankees.

Phil Watson of Yahoo Sports says things are getting closer to normal for the Yankees.

The USA Today has this article about Andy Pettitte tying Bob Gibson on the all-time wins list.

Matthew Stanmyre of the Star-Ledger reports about David Phelps being placed in the 15-day DL and the Yankees hosting Newtown Day.

Have a great day everyone!

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