The ALCS gets started tonight with Game 1 between Baltimore & KC. The NLCS starts tomorrow between SF and StL.
Meanwhile, sad and disturbing news. Late Tues. night or early Wed. morning, professional thieves broke into Yogi Berra’s Museum. Items stolen include his WS rings and MVP trophies. I hope the scumbags are caught soon. Their punishment should be that every Yankees fan gets a bat and one good swing at these thieves, hitting their bodies wherever.
Yogi, of course, is devastated. The 89-year-old legend lost his wife earlier this year, and now this.
Cross J.J. Hardy off your wish list for Yankees’ SS. He won’t be going into free agency. Instead he signed a 3-yr. extension with the Orioles.
Hiroki Kuroda and Michael Pineda were impressive, and Carlos Beltran hit a 2-run HR, but the Yanks winning run in tonight’s game vs. the Tigers scored on a balk. The Yanks won 3-2.
Kuroda pitched 2 2/3, giving up no runs and striking out five. He gave up one hit and one walk. Shawn Kelley got the last out in the third, then David Robertson pitched a scoreless fourth, striking out one.
Pineda then came in and pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and striking out four.
The Yanks had a 2-0 lead at that point because of Beltran’s 2-run HR in the third.
Matt Thornton then gave up two runs in the seventh. Preston Claiborne pitched a scoreless eighth and Jim Miller a scoreless ninth. In the bottom of the ninth, Zellous Wheeler singled and Francisco Cervelli singled him to third. Tiger pitcher Luis Marte then balked away the game.
Derek Jeter was 2 for 2 with a walk.
Also today, the Yankees announced that Yogi Berra’s wife Carmen passed away at the age of 85.
Posted in Ex-Players, Mike's Musings, Players, Spring Training
Tagged Beltran, Berra, Claiborne, Jeter, Kelley, Kuroda, Miller, Pineda, Robertson, Thornton
The Yanks are in first place by themselves entering today’s ballgame in KC. They are 22-13 and 1 game up. They are three games better than their Pythagorean record. OPS+ 102, ERA+ 112 (100 is average).
BA/HR/RBI SB/Total attempts OPS+ Comments Team leader.
Gardner CF .259-3-14 5/8 99
Cano 2B .306-9-21 2/2 144
Wells LF .281-8-18 3/4 123
Hafner DH .270-6-18 1/1 149
Suzuki RF .272-2-8 5/6 89
Nix SS .253-1-6 1/1 77
Overbay 1B .263-6-20 0/0 113
Nelson 3B .200-0-2 0/0 39 as Yankee; Overall .231-0-6 0/0 50 (CO/NYY)
Stewart C .232-2-5 2/2 67
Kuroda RHP 4-2, 2.30 ERA+ 179
Yanks DL Nunez, bring up Alberto Gonzalez, move Teix to 60-day DL, meaning we won’t see him until June.
UPDATE: I almost forgot. Happy 88th to #8, the one and only Yogi Berra!
Cherish them. Steve Serby writes about 87 year old Yogi Berra. After all those squats behind the plate, the aging Berra’s legs betray him, and time is spent in a wheelchair.
Although the piece Serby writes is on Yogi, Whitey Ford was driven out (they didn’t walk out) to home plate on Old-Timer’s Day. It’s worth noting that Whitey turns 84 this year.
You hate to think about mortality, but it happens to all of us.
Further reason to cherish them even more now.
Jayson Nix’ first Yankee hit was a 2-Run HR, and Phil Hughes turned in a solid performance as the Yanks beat the Mariners 6-2 for their third straight victory.
The win came on Yogi Berra’s 87th birthday. The Yanks honored the icon before the game. Yogi was driven into the Stadium by “Driving Mr. Yogi” pal, Ron “the Gator” Guidry.
Raul Ibanez continued his strong recent hitting. He followed a Teix double by doubling in the first run of the Yanks’ four run second inning. Martin doubled in Ibanez to make it 2-0 and Nix’ 2-Run Hr made it 4-0. After that, Hughes cruised against the weak-hitting Mariners.
The outing followed good outings by CC on Thursday and Kuroda yesterday. Maybe after a rough April the rotation is finally straightening out. Tomorrow is Andy Pettitte’s return to the majors and we’ll see how he does.
Ibanez hit a HR (7, #259 career) in the fourth to make it 5-0.
Jeter got two hits. He’s now at 3141 and tied Tony Gwynn (3141) on the all-time list. The next hit ties Robin Yount (3142). In the 8th, Jeter’s 2nd hit, a SB and an RBI single by Cano made it 6-1 (Seattle got a solo HR by Carp in the 7th).
Hughes went 7 2/3, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K. 3-4, ERA to 5.50.
Logan got a K to finish the 8th and pitched the 9th.
1 1/3 IP, 1R, 2H, 0 walks and 4 K. ERA 2.45.
In other news, the Yanks picked up Justin Thomas (LHP) off waivers from Boston. Probably minor league depth. The 28 year old has a record of 0-2, 6.65 in 27 major league games.
Posted in Awards, Ex-Players, In-Season Moves, Mike's Musings, Minor Leagues, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Berra, Gwynn, Hughes, Ibanez, Jeter, Martin, Nix, Thomas, Yount
It’ll be a grand birthday party at the Stadium today as Yogi Berra celebrates his 87th b/day. Now for a win to top off the day right.
Yanks 18-14, 3rd place. 2 1/2 out. OPS+ 116, ERA+ 108.
Their actual and Pythagorean record are the same.
The Yanks will be facing old buddy, Hector Noesi.
BA/HR/RBI/SB/Total Attempts, OPS+ (100 average) comments
1. Jeter DH .372-5-15 1/2 157 3139 hits, Gwynn 3141, Yount 3142
2. Granderson CF .272-11-20 1/3 149
3. A-Rod 3B .297-5-14 3/3 128 Average better, now for power?
4. Cano 2B .308-3-12 1/1 116 Heating up
5. Teixeira 1B .221-4-17 1/2 71 Needs to get well
6. Swisher RF .275-7-24 0/0 136
7. Ibanez LF .268-6-19 2/2 125
8. Martin C .179-3-7 1/1 65
9. Nix SS 0 for 7
Hughes RHP 2-4, 6.67 ERA+ 66
Birthdays: Willie Mays was 81 yesterday, and Yogi Berra turns 87 on Saturday.
AAA: Rained out. Gardner was supposed to start a few games rehab tonight, but … SWB (Empire State) is 14-14.
AA: 14-14 Trenton off. No game scheduled.
High A: Tampa lost 10-5. Kyle Higashioka 2 -run HR. Rob Segedin 3 hits, (.314).
Low A: Charleston won 5-4 with a run in the bottom of the 9th. Scottie Allen 6 IP, 1 run, unearned. Gary Sanchez 3 for 4, double, 2 RBI, .354.
Well, the news on Jose Campos is better than expected. Yes, he’s been shut down with elbow inflammation, but at least it’s not TJ surgery.
Posted in Ex-Players, Mike's Musings, Minor Leagues, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Allen, Berra, Gardner, Higashioka, Mays, Sanchez, Segedin