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Postgame notes: “It’s nice to shake hands again”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Apr 10, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

One-by-one, the Yankees walked side-by-side through the middle of the infield. There was no over-the-top celebration, just a standard postgame ritual after the first win of the season.

“It’s nice to shake hands again,” Mark Teixeira said. “In spring training, not many of us are there in the ninth inning to shake hands, so it’s nice to go through the line again.”

Offensively, the Yankees didn’t do many things differently tonight. They scored six runs — same number they scored Friday and Saturday — but some hard-hit balls found holes at the right times, and Ivan Nova made the offensive production hold up with big pitches in big spots.

“It’s good to get the first anything of the season,” Derek Jeter said. “Whether it’s the first hit, the first RBI, first anything – first win. … You don’t want to think about it too long. A lot of guys, when you’re trying to get your first hit, the more days that go by, you start to panic a little bit. It’s a little different In terms of getting a win, because we feel as though we have a good team. But yeah, it’s good to get the first one.”

This was a tied game until a three-run fourth gave the Yankees some breathing room. From there, they pulled away a little bit, and kept potential Orioles rallies from becoming real problems. In other words, they played a winning baseball game. Nothing special, nothing out of the ordinary except that it was the first of the season.

“I thought our guys were pretty loose today, and that’s what I want,” Joe Girardi said. “I want our guys relaxed and playing the game the way it’s supposed to be played. But I’m sure everyone exhaled a little bit.”

• Nice outing by Nova, who struggled with command and consistency in spring training, but put together seven walk-less innings to continue his winning streak. Counting last season, he’s won 13 straight decisions. “You can see what happened last year,” Nova said. “I know last year is last year, but when I get the lead, I feel really good about it. I want to go for the win, so that’s the first thing I put in my mind.”

• This was the 37th four-hit game of Jeter’s career. He has four more five-hit games. Two of his four-hit games have come at Camden Yards. “I just want to be comfortable,” he said. “If you’re comfortable, good things will happen. We’ve only played a couple games, but you want it to continue, and to be comfortable. If I’m comfortable, then I’m confident the success will be there.”

• Russell Martin was laughing about what he called a “yapping session” with Robert Andino at the end of the game. Although Martin wouldn’t come right out and say it, it seemed that Martin might have been accusing Andino of trying to steal signs. He admitted that he said something first. The two shouted at each other a little bit as they went off the field. “Probably maybe a look that I gave him,” Martin said, smiling. “Maybe he didn’t like the way I looked at him or something. I don’t really know. Is this Sherlock Holmes? Are you guys looking for clues and stuff? That’s all I’ve got. I think he was inviting me to a sparring session next offseason, by the way. I don’t know. I’ll get his number. We’ll talk it over later.”

• As for the game itself, here’s Martin on Nova: “He was great. Just located his fastball both sides of the plate, elevated when he needed to, he gets his curveball in there nicely, sprinkled a couple of sliders. He was just in control and getting ahead of hitters and when you do that you’re going to be successful.”

• Nova said he told Freddy Garcia that he expected to be the guy to end the Yankees losing streak. “A lot of times last year, in the same situation, when we had lost a couple games in a row, and I came back and stopped it,” Nova said. “I told Freddy, maybe that’s the day, that I was ready to win. I think that’s what happened. When you’re mentally prepared and ready to do something, it’s easier to do it.”

• Andruw Jones came out of the game strictly for defensive purposes. He’s not hurt, the Yankees just wanted Brett Gardner in left field.

• Andy Pettitte wound up pitching three innings tonight. He allowed one run on two hits and no walks. He struck out two. “It sounds like he threw a lot of strikes,” Girardi said. “I’ll try to give him a call either later tonight or tomorrow morning to see how he feels, but it sounds encouraging.”

• Pettitte threw 32 pitches, 26 for strikes. Pettitte told the Associated Press that he’s getting an extra day off because he’s been throwing a lot. His next start will be Sunday in Tampa.

• Michael Pineda had the day off today. He did long toss yesterday and will do long toss again tomorrow.

• The Yankees have scored six runs in three of their four games, but they’ve hit just three home runs. Tonight, their only homer was a solo shot. For the most part, they’ve been able to manufacture some offense. “I like that,” Girardi said. “We have speed and we can do some things with this club. We don’t always have to be station to station. Some of the guys are a little bit more station to station than the others, but we do have speed and we can do some things.”

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64 Responses to “Postgame notes: “It’s nice to shake hands again””

  1. versonine April 10th, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Michael Kay is anything but a Yankees homer. Michael Kay is a Michael Kay homer.

  2. darbodla April 10th, 2012 at 12:10 am

    oh kay

  3. Giuseppe Franco April 10th, 2012 at 12:16 am

    darbodla April 10th, 2012 at 12:10 am

    oh kay

    ———

    Beat it, punk. Your username isn’t nearly as clever as you think.

    Why do you feel the need to keep returning here after being banned for your west coast douchebaggery months ago?

  4. darbodla April 10th, 2012 at 12:18 am

    R O F L !!!

  5. luis April 10th, 2012 at 12:21 am

    I miss ST already…..

  6. versonine April 10th, 2012 at 12:23 am

    LOL!

  7. CompassRosy April 10th, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Poor Hector.

    What a stage on which to make his Mariners debut. Too bad his defense let him down – you just never know how the momentum can shift (or carry) with the turn of a DP to end an inning (pretty much a play Ryan makes in his sleep – Wedge was none too pleased at his lapse).

    Michael Pineda started his Mariner career on that same Arlington stage and was also was tagged with the loss though, faired a bit better 6.0IP – 5H – 3ER – 1BB – 4K

    Lost in the Ranger homer barrage was another Mariner debut…
    which was also a big league debut – good job, Erasmo!

    ***

    gbakermariners
    Ichiro says he was pleased with how Darvish looked upset with his performance when pulled in sixth to rousing ovation. Says he showed pride.

  8. Nick in SF April 10th, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Buck is going to look back at April 8 as the high water mark of the O’s season.

    Tonight they began the sad slide downwards.

  9. Deal With It April 10th, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Nice to see that first win tonight. Nova comes up with a solid outing, does this mean his naysayers here will dismount from the ‘demote him to AAA’ bandwagon for his next couple of starts ?

  10. m April 10th, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Kinsler reported to be getting a $75M 5-yr extension. With an option for a 6th yr that could take the deal through 2018, it seems like it supercedes the 2013 $10M club option.

    The Yankees won’t get off so easily with Robbie.

    Nova was super today. Nice to get the first win of the season.

  11. Deal With It April 10th, 2012 at 1:10 am

    A lot of snark and animosity around here lately.

  12. Jdiddyshownopitty April 10th, 2012 at 1:42 am

    what happen with Andino at the end of the game?

  13. Rich in NJ April 10th, 2012 at 1:49 am

    it seems like it supercedes the 2013 $10M club option.
    -

    Which is what the Yankees have to try to do with Cano, and perhaps Granderson, if the deal is short enough. They have to do everything they can to minimize the risk of overpaying players deep into their decline phase.

  14. Deal With It April 10th, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Picked a fight with Martin after a complaint about a pitch I believe.

  15. blake April 10th, 2012 at 7:08 am

    The Yanks wont be able to sign Cano for 5/75…..but that Kinsler deal certainly can’t hurt the negotiations. Kinsler is a pretty darn good player…really nice deal for Texas there.

  16. jacksquat April 10th, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Sign stealing is part of the game.

  17. jacksquat April 10th, 2012 at 7:18 am

    As long as it’s on the field that is.

  18. blake April 10th, 2012 at 7:23 am

    “Sign stealing is part of the game.”

    Sure…but its also understood that if you get caught you can expect a fastball in the ribs at some point.

  19. Crawdaddy April 10th, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Yup!

  20. blake April 10th, 2012 at 7:24 am

    If Kinsler gets 5/75 then 6/120 sounds fair for Cano….it wont work that way probably but it’d be nice if he’d accept something like that…..the Yanks should offer it.

  21. blake April 10th, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Barry Zito threw a shutout at Coors yesterday…..that may be the most unlikely thing we’ll see all season.

  22. MaineYankee April 10th, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I hope randy doesn’t accuse me of coming around because the Yankees won. :D : :D :

  23. blake April 10th, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Derek looks great…..he just looks like Jeter again. I think he got into some bad habits because of injury in 2010 and its looking more and more like that downturn was just a big mechanical funk…..he wasn’t staying back…..he wasn’t letting he ball get deep and driving it like he always has….then he tried to eliminate his stride…..got uncomfortable and that prolonged it…..ever since he came back from the calf injury he’s looked right….bat speed better ….everything looks better……now he probably isn’t going to repeat 2009 again and the skills have probably declined a bit…..but he looks darn good so far and really all spring.

  24. sunny615 April 10th, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Justin Maxwell is an Astro… hard to believe he was a 5th outfielder on this team. Wish the Yanks had a place for him. Too bad he didn’t play short and third… I like him more than NunEEz. Glad this division has a team like the O’s to beat up on. Puts them on the right track again and hopefully will stay there for the next 100 games or so. :)

  25. RadioKev April 10th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    sunny615 April 10th, 2012 at 7:42 am
    Justin Maxwell is an Astro… hard to believe he was a 5th outfielder on this team. Wish the Yanks had a place for him. Too bad he didn’t play short and third… I like him more than NunEEz. Glad this division has a team like the O’s to beat up on. Puts them on the right track again and hopefully will stay there for the next 100 games or so.
    ————-

    Too bad he’s not great at hitting the ball.

  26. blake April 10th, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Its probably a given that Garcia will lose his spot when either Pettite or Pineda is ready….but its really interesting what’ll happen when the other is ready…..Nova isn’t going to give up his spot easily…..Hughes needs to pitch…..and Kuroda is making 10 million ans should be fine and solid in the rotation.

  27. MTU April 10th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Good morning.

    I guess I should go to Zion NP whenever the Yankees need a win.

    Ivan showin’ a healthy dose of Novatude. Excellent.

    And plenty of O.

    Hey. Even the Red Sux won. If they can anybody can.

    :)

  28. blake April 10th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Bard gets his first start today.

  29. blake April 10th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Mornin MTU!

  30. MTU April 10th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Blake-

    That should be pretty funny.

    :)

  31. blake April 10th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Feliz pitching tonight also.

  32. MTU April 10th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Not a very good debut for Noesi.

    :(

  33. blake April 10th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    No Noesi didn’t pitch well…..I just saw a little of it but looked like he was all over the place command wise and was up in the zone…..that’s a tough park and a tough lineup for your first start….I think he will be ok….

  34. LGY April 10th, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Those quotes from Nova are awesome.

  35. MTU April 10th, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Blake-

    Did Montero play ?

    If so, did he do anything ?

  36. MTU April 10th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    LGY-

    Nova is awesome !

    Never mind the quotes.

    ;)

  37. MTU April 10th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    My 2 favorite young players.

    Nova and Robertson.

  38. blake April 10th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    MTU,

    Nah he had a stomach bug or something I think

    LGY,

    Nova has toughness about him I like….its like people just keep putting hoops in front of him to jump through and instead of getting frustrated he just jumps through them and moves forward……..his secondary stuff has improved to the point where I really think he’s got another level he can go to……we talk about the importance of his slided but his curveball was outstanding last night…..and he was touching 96 with his fastball……

  39. blake April 10th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Wieters was impressive last night……he’s quietly starting to reach his potential

  40. blake April 10th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Maybe Montero will get a shot against Feliz tonight.

  41. MTU April 10th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    It’s easy to like and pull for guys like Nova and d-Rob.

    No stat can measure what is inside of a Man.

    That is where those 2 really excel.

    When the going gets tough those 2 get going.

    I found all the Nova to the minors talk hysterical.

    He’s earned everything he has. It’s some of the others that have things to prove. Not him.

    :)

  42. Yankee Trader April 10th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Good morning-

    I was flipping between the Rangers/Mariners and Yankees for the first few innings. Noesi’s first two runs were given up after the 2nd baseman failed to turn the DP with a wide throw to 1st baseman. He fell apart in the 3rd inning, threw 85 pitches for 3 innings of work. Darvish wasn’t much better early on, but by the 3rd inning the Mariners never scored again aand he was better.

  43. MTU April 10th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Blake-

    Wieters looks good but can he frame a pitch like Stewart ?

    :)

  44. MTU April 10th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Or do a split like Cervelli ?

  45. Yankee Trader April 10th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Weren’t you a little surprised by Nova’s velocity and the 7 strikeouts?

  46. blake April 10th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Darvish was better after he settled down….he stuff doesn’t play against big leaguers like in Japan though…..its good but its not way better than everyone else like over there…..guys won’t chase stuff out of the zone here and the zone is smaller……he’s going to have to learn how to pitch a bit more here…..and that may take some time.

  47. MTU April 10th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    YT-

    Not me.

    If he commands that FB he’s deadly.

    That slider gave him a serious out pitch.

    He also has a pretty nice CU which he can mix in from time to time.

    Guy is Rodney Dangerfield but he just keeps proving his doubters wrong.

    ;)

  48. darbodla April 10th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    K. Long screwed Jeter up last spring.

  49. Yankee Trader April 10th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Or do a split like Cervelli ?
    ———————————-

    I know you’re kidding, but I wonder if the Yankees pitchers felt that Cervelli, with 3 different crouches behind the plate found it a bit too disconcerting.
    1. Normal crouch
    2. “Aby”normal crouch
    3. Full tail on the ground split crouch

    :)

  50. blake April 10th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    MTU,

    Or drop a pitch like Stewart? Poor Cervy isn’t doing much at AAA to change the Yanks minds though so far…..

    Trader,

    That’s the best I think I’ve ever seen Novas stuff look …..as ibsaid last night…..Nova was much better in the spring than his numbers suggested…..really aside from his last start he was good and just got hurt on a few bad pitches.

  51. MTU April 10th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Blake-

    Guess that puts the Nova has arm problems thing to rest.

    Don’t know why anyone is particularly surprised when this Kid just does what he is known to be capable of.

    He’s a vulture for wins and he has reeally great stuff with ton’s of grit.

    :)

  52. Yankee Trader April 10th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Blake-

    Agree on Darvish. He was sweating quite a bit the first inning from nerves, and the overly warm Texas heat!! The Texas offense bailed him out last night.

    Looks like the shift is on for many of the Yankees now. Saw a grounder up the middle by A-Rod where the 2nd baseman barely moved to make the play.
    Not impressed with Tex’s approach to it. Instead of trying to go the other way with a pitch on the outside corner, he still tries to pull everything when batting lefty.

  53. MTU April 10th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Now that I’ve had a chance to see him live a little more I see some serious ability in Phelps too.

    :)

  54. BIG AL April 10th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I seem to remember some here saying Cepedes would not hit ML pitching. So far, he’s as advertised.

    Good morning all.

  55. MTU April 10th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Greetings Al.

    Good to see you around.

    :)

  56. BIG AL April 10th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    MTU -

    Agree on Phelps. He and others in AAA may be the difference this season. I don’t believe the same starting 5 will be in the rotation come September.

  57. Yankee Trader April 10th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    So far, what’s the max velocity you’ve seen any of the starters reach.
    Sabathia-94
    Kuroda-92
    Hughes-92
    Nova-96

    Did Hughes, who claimed he was going to approach his start like he was coming out of the bullpen, reach 95?

  58. MTU April 10th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Al-

    Phelps stuff is really good but thing I like most about him is the command.

    I agree. Our depth is one of our greatest strengths.

  59. BIG AL April 10th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    YT -

    This could be the last season we see Hughes with the Yankees.

  60. MTU April 10th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    YT-

    Hughes doesn’t have Nova’s 2ndary stuff.

    Not even close.

  61. blake April 10th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    “K. Long screwed Jeter up last spring.”"

    Ling is a pretty conventional hitting coach from what I’ve seen….he likes textbook mechanics….Jeter is an unconventional hitter…..Long isn’t for.everybody…..doesn’t make him bad …..he just can’t help everybody.

    ” I seem to remember some here saying Cepedes would not hit ML pitching. So far, he’s as advertised. ”

    He does have 9 ks in 16 plate appearances…..I think he’s going to hit some homers and strike out a whole bunch this year…..he’s somewhat of a project still…..the raw power is pretty awesome though.

  62. MTU April 10th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    new thread —->

  63. BIG AL April 10th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    MTU -

    The “Not so big names” in AAA are going to contribute this year. I like Warren and Mitchell as well.

  64. BIG AL April 10th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Blake -

    The K’s should come down as he adjusts to ML pitching, but, I feel he’s going to be a special player in the future.


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