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Yankees postgame: A-Rod catches Griffey Jr.; Kuroda impresses

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Apr 13, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

There are just four men standing ahead of Alex Rodriguez now on the all-time home-run list — Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Willie Mays (660). A-Rod tied Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth by hitting No. 630 in this 5-0 home-opening win over the Angels.

“It definitely means I’m getting old,” said Rodriguez, who has sent up 69 of the homers against the Angels, his top total against any team. “Obviously Griff is special to me because we came up together. It was kind of like the same relationship that Melky (Cabrera) and (Robinson) Cano have with me, kind of flip it a little bit. He was a teammate, he was a brother and a mentor all in one. So it was a special day today.

“You never dream of anything like this. I remember being in a cab when we were about 18 years old. We were in a cab, Derek (Jeter) and I. And we were just thinking if we could ever just get five years in the major leagues, or if we can ever make a million dollars, that would be like the biggest day of our life. So you dream of just being in the major leagues. You never dream of winning world championships or reaching milestones.”

Joe Girardi said the chase for the next milestone will be an “interesting sidebar” this season. …

Hiroki Kuroda scattered five hits, fanned six and walked two over eight-plus in his Bronx debut, a marked improvement from his first start at Tampa Bay. The 37-year-old righty showed why he can be an upgrade as the No. 2 man in the rotation.

“His splitter was good today,” Girardi said. “… Today it appeared to be a strike and then dipped down.”

He became the first Yankees starter to go at least eight scoreless in his first start at Yankee Stadium, this version or the previous one, since Bob Shirley in 1983, and the first to do that in a home season opener since Rick Rhoden in 1988. Kuroda walked off to a standing ovation.

“It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” Kuroda said through interpreter Kenji Nimura. “I’d like to repeat it as much as I can this season.” …

Nick Swisher delivered a two-out three-run double in the first. That means eight of his nine RBI have come with two outs. He’s at .417 (5 for 12) with two homers in those situations, and he has hit safely in six of the first seven games after this 2-for-4 day took him to .250 overall. …

The Yankees won their fourth straight game after losing the first three. They took their 14th home opener in the last 15 tries. And they dropped the Angels to 2-5 in the process. After managing only a single in four at-bats, Albert Pujols is sitting at just .222 with no homers and two RBI. Manager Mike Scioscia knows Pujols will get going.

“Obviously sooner is better than later, but this isn’t about Albert,” Scioscia said. “This about our team doing some things better on the mound and playing a little more fundamentally sound baseball. Albert is going to be there, but we have to be more than Albert and we are.” …

The teams have a Fox game scheduled for Saturday at 1:05. The pitching matchup will be Phil Hughes vs. C.J. Wilson.

 

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199 Responses to “Yankees postgame: A-Rod catches Griffey Jr.; Kuroda impresses”

  1. Nick in SF April 13th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    “You never dream of winning world championships or reaching milestones.”

    Definitely didn’t come up as a Yankee.

  2. m April 13th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    We would love for you to repeat this many more times this season, too, Hiroki!

  3. theREALkevin April 13th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I like Chad’s postgames better because he posts pictures. Pictures are cool.

  4. m April 13th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    One of the TB infielders landed on Ellsbury (who took out the infielder). That could be a serious injury.

  5. m April 13th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Now Yuk is telling teammates that Ellsbury felt something move in his shoulder.

  6. lounge lizard April 13th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Alex taking the ball to centerfield is good Alex. When he starts yanking hoppers to short and third, that’s when he’s out of the groove.

    Phil gets a Fox game and Nova gets an ESPN game. Step up kids.

  7. m April 13th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    And LMAO that Varitek wore a C on his jersey top to throw out the first pitch.

    Phil needs to pitch well and pass the baton. The first week was an aberration. Our rotation was supposed to be a strength.

  8. comet April 13th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Oh Boston Dave I’d still fire Girardi tomorrow.

    Now we know that Girardi looks after his bullpen pretty well. He doesn’t over use his relief pitchers. His choice of relievers in certain situations is often questionable. Today for example with a five run lead wouldn’t it have made sense to bring Cory Wade rather David Robertson? Now if Robertson is needed the next two games we’ll see someone like Wade in a situation where we should see Robertson.

  9. jmv April 13th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Hello, guys

    Just arriving from work. Seems that all went well today. First place looks closer!

    By the way, the million dollar comment was unnecessary

  10. Benny Blanco April 13th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Tomorrow is a big step for hughes.

  11. lounge lizard April 13th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Wade threw a career high 42 pitches Tuesday, taking one for the team when Soriano tore his nail warming up. So giving Wade another day of rest falls into the category of looking after his welfare.

    Robertson only threw eight pitches, not a calamity.

  12. Bret The Hitman April 13th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Big day for Yankees fans and Jorge Posada. I’m quite thankful Joe locked down the win on a special day and took no chances. Kuroda and D-Rob for the knockout.

  13. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    What I would like to see out of Hughes tomorrow is a quality start.

    Minimum of 6 innings of 3-run ball.

    Anything above that is gravy.

    ;)

  14. Nick in SF April 13th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Home run derby in Toronto… we’re picking up a game on one of these chump teams, but I’d like it to be the Blue Jays.

  15. mick April 13th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Jessica Sanchez was almost robbed last night.

  16. KPB April 13th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    MTU April 13th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    What I would like to see out of Hughes tomorrow is a quality start.

    Minimum of 6 innings of 3-run ball.

    Anything above that is gravy.
    ——————

    Don’t know about the score, but I think we’ll see at least 6 from Hughes.

  17. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Evening KPB

    :)

  18. KPB April 13th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Hey MTU! :smile: How bout that game today? Looked good from where I was sitting.

  19. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    KPB-

    Same here.

    Great game !

    :)

  20. Tar April 13th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Hey everybody–been in Siberia all day.

    I gather Leyritz is back (weird) Kuroda was very good ( not surprised ), But what I really want to know is what’s up with Banuelos?

  21. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Time for Hughes to break out the secret weapon.

    ;)

  22. Bronx Jeers April 13th, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    That was one of the better pitching performances we’ve seen in a while in these parts.

    I see Boston put a beat down on someone in the Rays pen. Elsbury left with an injured shoulder after Breignac fell on it. Youk said he told him that he felt something move.

  23. Pat M. April 13th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Bob Shirley ???? Now’s that a name from the past….Did’t he come over in the McGriff the Crime Dog trade ???

  24. KPB April 13th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I haven’t seen much of ST, but from what I read his dead arm, or whatever it was seems to be better.

  25. Pat M. April 13th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Tar….He’s nowhere near ready for Prime Time, regardless what Profrock will tell you

  26. Tar April 13th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Pat M

    I thought I saw a tweet that he was on the disabled list?

  27. luis April 13th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Tar April 13th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Pat M

    I thought I saw a tweet that he was on the disabled list?

    ==========================

    Good evening,

    Tar,

    He has back problems

  28. Tar April 13th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I found it

    “The Yankees placed Manny Banuelos on the Triple-A disabled list with a back issue. The left-hander is the team’s top-ranked pitching prospect.”

  29. Tar April 13th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Hopefully nothing serious. Back issues are tough to deal with in everyday life never mind pitching.

  30. KPB April 13th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Tar

    About Banuelos

    http://www.milb.com/news/artic.....=news_milb

  31. luis April 13th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Pat M. April 13th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Tar….He’s nowhere near ready for Prime Time, regardless what Profrock will tell you

    =======================

    In fairness, i don’t think Pruf thinks he is ready. But anyway, What do you think he needs to do to be ready?

  32. comet April 13th, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Evening Luis, MTU, Pat M. and Tar.

    What’s this about Leyritz?

    Great game today. Goes to show you how opinions based on limited sample size can turn out to be wrong.

    Pat M. Imagine how bad the Yankees pitching staff must have been if Bob Shirley was their opening day starter. Shirley was kind of a neat pitcher to have. Seemed to have rubber arm.

  33. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Evening Comet.

    :)

  34. luis April 13th, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Hi Comet,

    He was hired by the Yankees. As part of his job he was greeting fans at the entrance of NYS. And hell broke loose in the blog.

  35. mick April 13th, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    anybody heard of alabama shakes?

  36. luis April 13th, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks KPB for the link….One thing they got wrong though, he was not competing for a starting role.

  37. mick April 13th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    anybody here think american idol is fake?

  38. comet April 13th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Muppet news for Erica and Erin:

    http://bleacherreport.com/arti.....ome-opener

  39. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    The Alabama shakes :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HxNtWEIKhQ

  40. comet April 13th, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Luis I guess so, I’d say it was a poor choice. Man likely needs the job though.

  41. Tar April 13th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Hey Comet :D

    Thanks for the link KPB.. It certainly would help explain his awful start this year.

  42. KPB April 13th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    luis

    You’re welcome. As far as the starter job… perhaps they are trying to pump up his trade value. :lol:

  43. mick April 13th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    He was hired by the Yankees. As part of his job he was greeting fans at the entrance of NYS. And hell broke loose in the blog.
    =====================
    Was he tending bar?

  44. luis April 13th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Mick,

    Never heard of those Alabama shakes.

    I do think American idol is fix to a point, but once you get to the finals is pretty clean. Why?

  45. jmv April 13th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Hi!

    Can someone catch me up on what is Jim L doing in the yankees organization? Just curious, not judging

  46. luis April 13th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    comet April 13th, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Luis I guess so, I’d say it was a poor choice. Man likely needs the job though.

    ====================

    Agreed on both counts.

  47. KPB April 13th, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Tar

    No problem. I got the MiLB package for the first time this season and was wondering what was going on as well.

  48. luis April 13th, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    KPB April 13th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    luis

    You’re welcome. As far as the starter job… perhaps they are trying to pump up his trade value. :lol:

    +++++++++++++++++

    Let’s hope not :)

  49. mick April 13th, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    The Alabama shakes :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HxNtWEIKhQ
    ==================================
    Janis reincarnated.

  50. Tar April 13th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    “Muppet news for Erica and Erin:”

    LOL

    ERICA!!!!!! we miss you. Hope all is well. Almost Cabana boy time :wink:

  51. mick April 13th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Luis

    No way little Jessica Sanchez should have been the one voted off last night. I call fix.
    For the save drama.

  52. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Mick-

    She has that quality.

    ;)

  53. luis April 13th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    mick April 13th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Luis

    No way little Jessica Sanchez should have been the one voted off last night. I call fix.
    For the save drama.

    =======================

    I don’t know about this season, because i haven’t watched. Last season was the last one i saw.

  54. mick April 13th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    luis
    tune in if just for j sanchez

  55. jacksquat April 13th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Back pains for Banuelos, that would explain the poor performance. Hopefully it is not something that will become a recurring problem, like back problems sometimes can.

  56. mick April 13th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  57. luis April 13th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Mick,

    The Alabama Shakes lead singer is J Sanchez?

  58. mick April 13th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  59. Tar April 13th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Alabama Shakes… I like

    Thanks for the link.

  60. mick April 13th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    The Alabama Shakes lead singer is J Sanchez?
    ============================
    no. brittany howard is.
    listen to my 9:26 entry.

  61. mick April 13th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks for the link.
    ==============
    no problem bro

  62. luis April 13th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    jacksquat April 13th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Back pains for Banuelos, that would explain the poor performance. Hopefully it is not something that will become a recurring problem, like back problems sometimes can.

    ==========================

    It would to a point. As far as i heard, he hasn’t have control or command issues. Apparently he has been nibbling to much around the plate, like trying to be perfect instead of just challenging batters. Maybe because of the back pain, he didn’t trust his stuff, but i would say that if the back had anything to do with it, he would be having control problems.

  63. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    And speakin’ of music.

    I’m watchin’ “O’ Brother where Art thou”.

    Talk about a great soundtrack.

    ;)

  64. mick April 13th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Don’t get thrown outta the WalMart MTU…

  65. luis April 13th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Mick,

    Thanks for the links, that woman has some pipes!

  66. mick April 13th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    make that woolworth…..

  67. jacksquat April 13th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Well it may not have been nibbling, you basically can’t do anything right with back pains, so it may very well have been throwing off his command. On the other hand, he had walk issues last year too. After he gets healthy we will see.

  68. mick April 13th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    knicks drubbing the wizards

  69. mick April 13th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    wiZ have 47 pts in the 4th

  70. luis April 13th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    JS,

    Yes, we’ll see. But when i pitched, i suffered from some back pains. I had no idea where the pitch was going. That’s why i say that if he has control and command, it wasn’t because of the back pains. Of course he is way more talented, meaning that maybe he is able to find the strike zone even in pain.

  71. luis April 13th, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Good night folks.

  72. Nick in SF April 13th, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    3 Blue Jay outs from the 4-way tie atop the AL East, with only the 5-loss Redsocks left out of the party.

  73. Pat M. April 13th, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Comet…..Shirley I think ended up in the bullpen…..Yanks gave away a ton of young talent in the 80′s in search of pitching….They had a great lineup but just never enough to win the division….They won the most game in the 80′s and just one AL Pennant to show for it, the 81 strike shorten season….They had a 2-0 lead over the Dodgers and injuries just wiped out their infield and lost 4 straight…..Then George ” backed up the moving van ” and rebuilt the team…It started with Reggie leaving town along with Bucky, Chambliss, Rivers etc…..

  74. austinmac April 13th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Chase Whitley has been Campoesque so far in AA and AAA. He is only 22 and has moved fast. He was, I believe, Kontos’ replacement.

  75. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Pat M.,

    Bob shirley was a FA signing, I believe from Cinicinnati.

    McGriff was just a bad trade foe reliever Dale Murray and something else from Toronto. I know they had the Young don mattingly, bit, man that was a really bad trade. One of george’s worst. Ranks right there with the Buhner and Leiter deals.

  76. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Girrdi has mismanaged tThe Yankees into a tie for first place.

  77. Nick in SF April 13th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Sorta, they should be alone in first, not tied with those crappy pretenders. :evil:

  78. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Agreed. Girardi should have started better pitchers.

  79. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I’m afraid I’ll be a Man of constant sorrow until the Yankees take first place for good.

    Signed,

    The soggy bottom boy

    :(

  80. mick April 13th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    MTU
    As long as you are not In The Jailhouse Now

  81. CompassRosy April 13th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Posting from Safeco….
    (Opening Night with my dad)

    This was pretty cool…

    @shannondrayer: Awesome! Mike Cameron enters the field from center! Throws first pitch to Ichiro. Signs 1 day contract retires a Mariner.

    Thanks for the memories, Mike!

  82. austinmac April 13th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I get the Texas Rangers game tomorrow on Fox. Boo!

    And MTU, we all now visualize you as a soggy mountain boy.

  83. Pat M. April 13th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    GB……I think you’re right, George went out and bought Griffey, Smalley, Collins, Wynegar to change the team to a speed ballclub…….He gave away McGriff & Balboni etc…..Didn’t they get Rags for Sparky Lyle , or was it Rivers and Dent ?? Still can’t remember who they got in exchange for Chris Chambliss who had a few good years left when he was shipped off to Atlanta…..30 years ago…Hard to believe..t least they kept Donnie Baseball and moved him from the outfield to first

  84. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    In addition to being an a A #1 yankee fan I am one helluva Coen bros. fan.

    ;)

  85. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    My favorite is “Blood Simple”.

    :)

  86. Nick in SF April 13th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    “Mike Cameron enters the field from center… Signs 1 day contract retires a Mariner.”

    Cashman tried to trade for him — again — while he was under contract, but Hal vetoed it — again — due to budget restraints. :cry:

  87. mick April 13th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Why is it that this blog drags when the Yanks win, is sporadic on an off day, yet bristles when they lose?

  88. Nick in SF April 13th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Your observation is flawed by non-result-related considerations.

  89. mick April 13th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    “Mike Cameron enters the field from center…
    ============================
    They should have had him throw one into the plate from there…instead of from the mound.

  90. mick April 13th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Your observation is flawed by non-result-related considerations.
    ========================
    at least it’s not small sample size

  91. mick April 13th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    game over

  92. Tar April 13th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    What’s up with the”elephant atop a baseball holding a bat in its trunk” patch on the sleeve of the Athletics?

  93. MTU April 13th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Forget the Soggy Bottom Boys.

    I’ll leave with this beautiful song by “Nickle Creek”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lyZQB1H_Zw

    Until tomorrow.

    Happy trails.

    :)

  94. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Pat M. April 13th, 2012 at 10:10 pm
    GB……I think you’re right, George went out and bought Griffey, Smalley, Collins, Wynegar to change the team to a speed ballclub…….He gave away McGriff & Balboni etc…..Didn’t they get Rags for Sparky Lyle , or was it Rivers and Dent ?? Still can’t remember who they got in exchange for Chris Chambliss who had a few good years left when he was shipped off to Atlanta…..30 years ago…Hard to believe..t least they kept Donnie Baseball and moved him from the outfield to first

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Pat, best I remember Lyle went with 5 or six minor leaguers for Righetti and Paul Mirabella and Tay Fonenot, Rivers went in another 8-10 player deal with the main player being Oscar gamble and Dent going for mazzilli, I think. All seperate deals with about 25 players involved.

  95. Giuseppe Franco April 13th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I’ve been out of the loop for the last few days so I didn’t know about Banuelos being put on the DL.

    Like millions of Americans, I sympathize with people who suffer with chronic back issues. It affects everything you do.

    I bought an inversion table a few months ago – and it definitely helps – but is certainly no miracle cure. It’s something that I’m gonna just have to live with whether I like it or not.

  96. Jerkface April 13th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Chase Whitley has been Campoesque so far in AA and AAA. He is only 22 and has moved fast. He was, I believe, Kontos’ replacement.

    Chase Witley was drafted in 2010. Eppley was Kontos replacement.

  97. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    that’s ***Ray*** Fonenot. About the same time they traded of Bob Tewksberry for someone. The Chambliss deal, worked out, at least for the first year. NYYs needed a replacement for Thurman Munson and Chambliss went to Toronto for Rick Cerone in the winter of 1979, who had a big first year with NY and not much after.

  98. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Kontos has been huge for the Giants AAA team. 2 innings and 3 runs.

  99. blake April 13th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    MarcCarig RT @GordonEdes: Ellsbury has a dislocation or partial dislocation of his shoulder, according to source. Min. of six weeks ; could be longer 11 seconds ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    bad news for the BoSox

  100. Tar April 13th, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Gotta love Google–

    “In 1901 Connie Mack and his Philadelphia Athletics became one of the original founders of the American League. In 1902 New York Giants Manager John McGraw dismissed the A’s with contempt, by calling them “The White Elephants.” He meant to imply that Mack shouldn’t be allowed to spend money without supervision. Well, Connie Mack took up the gauntlet and defiantly adopted the White Elephant as the team insignia. That year, 1902, the A’s won the American League pennant — much to the unvoiced chagrin of John McGraw. This is from the A’s history page…. To be simple… It’s the Oakland Athletics’ oldest logo.”

  101. blake April 13th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....-bichette/

    didn’t know if this had been posted yet

  102. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Ouch!!! it keeps getting worse for Boston. Maybe they bring JD Drew back.

    Marc Carig?@MarcCarig

    @GordonEdes: Ellsbury has a dislocation or partial dislocation of his shoulder, according to source. Min. of six weeks ; could be longer

  103. Nick in SF April 13th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Ellsbury the early favorite for 2013 Comeback Player of the Year?

  104. blake April 13th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    they really can’t afford to lose Ellsbury….that hurts them big time.

    watching the Mariners game (man I’ve watched the Mariners play an unusual amount this year)…..A’s have Felix in some trouble early ….2-0 A’s

  105. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Maybe Boston can trade one of their minor league superstars or an excess starting pitcher to San Diego for Maybin.

  106. Jerkface April 13th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Aaron Harang 1 strike out away from tying the record for consecutive K’s

  107. blake April 13th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    The Padres have seriously struck out 9 straight times against Aaron Harang?

  108. blake April 13th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    lot of 91′s and 92′s from Felix….

  109. Pat M. April 13th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Face…..Mattingly has the Dodgers playing good baseball…..They won 82 games ( ? ) last season and with all the McCourt crap over they’ll cover the overs for me at 82 wins….Now they’ve had a soft schedule but they have a good club

  110. austinmac April 13th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Felix no longer has the dominating fastball he previously had. It looks much like Colon’s. He has a good slider and change, but he is not as scary as he was.

  111. blake April 13th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Homer to break Harang’s streak

  112. blake April 13th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Felix’s velocity is down a bit….his offspeed stuff still looks really good though….this is the 3rd time the A’s have seen Felix this year I think too…..

  113. blake April 13th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    yea I mean he’s throwing a lot of 90 mph flat fastballs…..very un-felix like.

  114. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    hernandez is probably hurt and came into camp out of shape.

  115. Ys Guy April 13th, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    a very interesting situation with felix. he has lost velocity on his FB but not on the change so the speeds of the two pitches are almost identical. also he is no longer the ground ball pitcher he was a few years ago.

    here’s an analysis from fangraphs:
    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....-velocity/

  116. Ys Guy April 13th, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    the natinals, my pick to win the east have broken out 6-2 while the phils struggle with the toothless mets. very interesting…

  117. Ys Guy April 13th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    montero singles raising his ba to .296

  118. austinmac April 13th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Felix velocity dipped last year as well. He has thrown a ton of innings at an early age. His slider/curve is great as is his control. I haven’t seen much of the change.

  119. GreenBeret7 April 13th, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Why not mention of the weak ground out to shortstop or the fact that there has been no extra base hits and the lone RBI is on a sac fly?

  120. Ys Guy April 13th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    because i didnt know i was supposed to.

  121. UnKnown April 13th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Harold R. is going to break down what happened with the mis marking of the batters box in Chi Town today. Should be good.

  122. Ys Guy April 13th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    if texiera makes a great play on defense am i required to add that its too bad he’s only batting .179 or can i just compliment his great defense?

  123. GreenBeret7 April 14th, 2012 at 12:15 am

    As much as I anticipated seeing Montero playing in NY, I’m sick to death about hearing everytime he swings a bat….or farts. That’s what some on here have accomplished…make others not give a damned about what he does.

  124. Ys Guy April 14th, 2012 at 12:21 am

    well, im a big fan of the trade i think it was a sound move. but i am rooting for montero too. i dont think he’s going to be what alot of people on here have him tagged to be, but i just cant hold other’s people’s expectations against a young kid trying to make in the the bigs.

  125. jacksquat April 14th, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Colon still looks good. A’s got a good deal.

  126. GreenBeret7 April 14th, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Reading one poster’s crap about Montero on a daily basis which is just another repeat of what he said the day before was like having to listen to Dave neihaus over and over again on Suzuki “It was like something out of Star Wars” where everything they ever did was the best anybody has ever done, it was spectaular, they were robbed. Same thing. You get sick of hearing/reading it.

  127. luis April 14th, 2012 at 12:30 am

    GB7,

    Just came back form the movies. Scroll past it, if you don’t like it. That’s mostly what i do when i am not interested in certain subject.

    Ys Guy,

    We are on different postures on this issue, but i certainly respect you.

  128. luis April 14th, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Again good night

  129. GreenBeret7 April 14th, 2012 at 12:50 am

    luis April 14th, 2012 at 12:30 am
    GB7,

    Just came back form the movies. Scroll past it, if you don’t like it. That’s mostly what i do when i am not interested in certain subject.

    Ys Guy,

    We are on different postures on this issue, but i certainly respect you.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Hard to do when he infests every conversation with it, no matter what the subject is.

  130. BD (Boston Dave) April 14th, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Yanks are in 1st place

    well with four other teams, but hey, they went from 0-3 to first pretty quick

    and then there’s the Sawx in the cellar

  131. BD (Boston Dave) April 14th, 2012 at 12:55 am

    What was that Cliff Lee said about the Yanks right when he signed with Philly?

    Yanks are old? Good luck with those Phils Cliffy-boy…. Have fun when Cole flys west next year and you guys are looking up at the Braves, Marlins, and Nats for the reminder of your time there.

  132. Pat M. April 14th, 2012 at 1:06 am

    BD ( Boston Dave ) That window in Philly is closing almost as fast as the one in Beantown did……

  133. GreenBeret7 April 14th, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Dave,

    I think you’re right. They’ll team two of the top left handers in the business together and add another pitcher and bat. Whether it’s a catcher with a bat or an outfielder, I don’t know, but, the new owners are going to spend a bushel of money on players.

  134. Pat M. April 14th, 2012 at 1:22 am

    GB…….A few guys out here were saying before Thanksgiving that once the McCourt’s were gone that Cole wanted to see if the new owners would be players for him….It’s said that he wants to pitch for The LA Dodgers……They have a low payroll and they’ll still draw over 3 million and a new 5 billion dollar TV contract could be theirs if they don’t start their own network…..Over 22 million people reside in Southern California….Lot’s a dough

  135. GreenBeret7 April 14th, 2012 at 1:22 am

    I don’t know what happened to James Loney, but, when he first came up, I figured he would be another Chris Chambliss….290-.300 average, 15-20 homers and around 90 RBI with a good glove. Just didn’t work out after the first three years or so.

  136. GreenBeret7 April 14th, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Pat, that’s where I’d look for him to go. Still, they need another bat, but, will it be outfielder, catcher or 1st base. They need all three to go with another starter. Kuroda returns?

  137. m April 14th, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Pat M. There was an espn article saying just because the new ownership group are willing to spend, that doesn’t mean they’re going to go around handing out mega-contracts.

  138. Pat M. April 14th, 2012 at 3:29 am

    m……..That piece that you refer to comes none other than Jason Starks…..Truth is the new LA ownership devote great monies to the farm system and to their international developmental department to secure long term stability…..However, for right now though the Dodgers are looking at the present or 2013…..Cole Hamels will be their # 1 target…..Hook him up with Kershaw and Billingsly and suddenly they are a force to deal with…..They just might lock Eithier once the sale is official………They and every baseball fan in LA wants Vince Scully to get well and get back in the booth…..

  139. RadioKev April 14th, 2012 at 7:02 am

    So what do we think – should I start Hughes on my fantasy team? I’m thinking yes, but his career ERA vs the Angels is 6+.

  140. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Sometimes cross-polination is a good thing.

    Can you imagine what would happen if Hamels taught Kershaw his change ?

    ;)

  141. Yankee Trader April 14th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Good morning
    Hamels & Cano will be targets for Dodgers if they get to FA.

  142. blake April 14th, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Yea if Im Hamels there is no way Im signing an extension with Philly unless its a huge huge number….the Phillies are in decline…..they are old….and Magic and Company in LA are going to open the check book wide open foe him this winter…….the Dodgers are a piece or two away from being really good…..Kershaw and Hamels atop the rotation would be nasty

  143. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Morning Trader.

    Can’t imagine Cano ever making to FA.

    At least I hope not.

  144. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Blake-

    Koufax and Padres all over again.

    Now all they need is Drysdale.

    :)

  145. Tar April 14th, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I don’t like Mattingly with the Dodgers, it makes it harder to strongly not like them. After the Sox the Dodgers were the team to (hate) root against. Not so much anymore.

    Maybe one day Donnie Baseball can come home.

  146. MTU April 14th, 2012 at 8:07 am

    What are you all doing up so early today ?

    Especialy you Tar. You’re rarely here this early in the AM.

  147. blake April 14th, 2012 at 8:07 am

    MTU,

    morning….yup…piece or two away.

    Trader,

    My guess is donnie comes home one day

  148. Yankee Trader April 14th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Cano & Boras-does Boras take him to FA?
    Slow texting
    Did not see game did ARod get much of an ovation?
    Sherman had interesting article on his quest in NY Post

  149. Stoneburner April 14th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Saturday morning observations:

    1) Yankees minor league pitching depth is being put to a test early on – Banuelos out with back injury, Betances ineffective, Warren and Mitchell solid but in no way elite prospects. Early season results show Campos as the best pitching prospect in the organization. Interesting thing is that so many said we did not need to make the Montero trade because we had all of this pitching depth. Perhaps that assessment was based on an overestimation of the true talent we have. Nik Turley has been possibly the second best starter prospect so far. Some were all aboard the Bryan Mitchell train – but even he had difficulties. And the Jose Ramirez experiment – the one that a certain ista poster said had a plus plus changeup (when perhaps it was a “potential” plus slider) did not do so well last night.

    The Montero trade was criticized on two fronts: First – the notion was that the Yankees traded Montero for something that already had plenty of – pitching prospect depth. So far – we are already seeing how fragile that depth is and that you can never have too much. The Second notion is that there will not be “any” young impactful hitters available for the Yankees to acquire in the coming future – I will address the fallacy of this great prediction as the season goes on and the trade deadline develops. . . . .

    2) How long before Seth Smith is on the Yankees?

    3) While Compass is a very nice person – and a very astute poster – just not that interested in the Mariners. No disrespect – but I am more interested in Posada throwing out pitches than Mike Cameron. Now I understand certain fan boy posters have adopted Compass as their connection with the Mariners due to Montero playing for them – but at some point – you have to let go. Big time prospects are traded all the time – sure follow Montero for your own pleasure – but do not wax poetics after each little single that raises his average in the .290s – before it falls back to the .280s.

  150. RadioKev April 14th, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I don’t follow this stuff much – but when was the last time a Boras client took an extension?

  151. yankeefeminista April 14th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Re: Banuleos–According to GM Brian Cashman, the lefty will miss one start due to a latissimus muscle issue in his back.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/.....z1ryzvpTAF
    _____

    Hopefully, this update is the case.

    Kuroda didn’t look too fragile to me. Nor did Nova his last outing.

  152. yankeefeminista April 14th, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Ramirez has a plus or > changeup, which he has always had. The slider is a more recent pitch, which he started using in the last couple of years because after much trying, he was unable to spin a curveball. Nothing new about J-Ram’s changeup.

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