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Postgame notes: Kuroda leaves clubhouse on crutches

Posted by: Josh Thomson - Posted in Misc on Jun 08, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

After seven brilliant innings of one-hit ball, Hiroki Kuroda departed with a 9-0 lead and a sore left foot. The Yankees lost Kuroda for the night but held the lead and beat the Mets 9-1. The wonder now is if Kuroda left because the lead was so expansive or is the injury something serious?

X-rays on Kuroda’s foot were negative, but the right-hander hobbled in pain. He wore a wrap at the base of his ankle and left the clubhouse on crutches.

Kuroda told reporters he wanted to pitch the eighth and ninth but was dissuaded by the training staff. Joe Girardi said he “absolutely” would’ve brought Kuroda out to pitch the eighth had it not been for the injury. It occurred on a line drive off the bat of Daniel Murphy that was hit so hard it sailed to Alex Rodriguez, who caught it for a bizarre 1-5 popout.

Kuroda said he would make his next start on Wednesday in Atlanta. Girardi wasn’t so sure.

“He’s pretty sore,” Girardi said. “We just have to see how he does the next couple days. I think any time you get hit in the foot like that you have to be somewhat concerned.”

Joe Girardi:

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• Kuroda improved to 2-0 in his last three starts. He’s allowed just two earned runs in 22 innings pitched in that span.

He has now allowed two or fewer earned runs in eight of his 12 starts this season.

• The Yankees rocked Johan Santana for four home runs, giving the Mets ace a rude welcoming on the heels of his no-hitter last Friday. The four homers matched the most ever allowed in a game by Santana, who had never allowed back-to-back-to-back jacks until Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones peppered the outfield seats in the third.

Logic dictated that the Yankees would exercise patience against Santana after he threw a career-high 134 pitches last week. No so, said Cano, who belted two homers, including a two-run shot in the second that ended Santana’s 19-innings scoreless streak.

“The only thing I know is he’s a guy who throws a lot of strikes and that’s when you want to go and be aggressive,” said Cano, who now has 11 home runs. “You don’t want to get behind in the count because he has some great pitches.”

Robinson Cano:

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• The three straight homers in the third were the first back-to-back-to-back shots by the Yanks since last Aug. 28. Those were hit in Baltimore by the same three batters.

The Yankees had actually only gone back-to-back one other time this year. Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson led off with homers against Minnesota on Apr. 16.

• Jeter is now hitless in his last 17 at-bats. It’s his longest hitless stretch since an 0-for-18 skid from 5/18-5/25/08, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Elias also said that Jeter had reached based safely in his last 34 games against the Mets.

• Granderson has been working OT. He had played all 503 innings this season in center before he was replaced in the eighth.

• Ryota Igarashi wasn’t particularly sharp in his debut. He walked two and allowed an RBI single to Lucas Duda in the ninth that ended the shutout.

Kuroda and Igarashi are the only pair of Japanese pitches to pitch in the same game for the Yankees. Igarashi joined Kuroda, Hideki Irabu (1997-99), Hideki Matsui (2003-09) and Kei Igawa (2007-08) as the only Japanese players to ever play for the Yankees.

• Brett Gardner began his rehab assignment tonight for Charleston. He went 1 for 3 with a run scored and a stolen base and played five innings in left field.

• Terry Collins was upset with himself after the game. He felt Santana was rusty pitching on six days’ rest.

“Every mistake he made, he got hammered,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “He doesn’t make that many mistakes in any game he pitches.”

• Santana dropped to 0-3 with a 12.21 ERA in three career starts at the new Stadium. This time, Collins pointed the finger at himself.

“That’s exactly what we did. We erred on the side of caution and it cost us a game tonight,” he said.

Terry Collins:

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107 Responses to “Postgame notes: Kuroda leaves clubhouse on crutches”

  1. Ace June 8th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Y does it seem every Yankee no hitter leads to injury? Here. Hughes in Texas.

  2. austinmac June 8th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    YT,

    I was a nine year old in a 9-12 little league. No doubt it was my cannon that put me in right. I think I got two balls hit to me all year.

  3. yankee 221 June 8th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Montero catching a no-hitter through 6 vs. LAD

  4. GreenBeret7 June 8th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    DePaula’s start.

    Ben Badler?@BenBadler

    #Yankees Rafael DePaula dominated in his second DSL start: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO. Can’t imagine he’d have any trouble in that league.

  5. GreenBeret7 June 8th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Millwood is out of the game.

  6. Yankee Trader June 8th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Austinmac-

    Great memories. If you only had two balls hit to you, the batters were probably trying to go the other way, wary of your arm. :)

    Goodnight all. Great game tonight 7 of the 11 hits for extra bases. Kuroda no-hitter thru 5. Wonder what Girardi would have done if Kuroda hadn’t given up that one hit thru 7?

  7. igotid88 June 8th, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Millwood has to leave game with his no-hitter still intact

  8. randy l. June 8th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    “He has now allowed two or fewer earned runs in eight of his 12 starts this season.”

    wicked inconsistant.

    kuroda needs to be removed from rotation.

  9. randy l. June 8th, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    “Montero catching a no-hitter through 6 vs. LAD”

    big deal

    pineda hasn’t given up any hits tonight either.

  10. austinmac June 9th, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I’m glad DePaula has finally begun his professional development. Aren’t the Dominican League guys 17-18?

  11. hardwired7 June 9th, 2012 at 12:09 am

    “He has now allowed two or fewer earned runs in eight of his 12 starts this season.”

    Wowza.

    If the offense can put some of the fluky anomalies behind them, maybe Hiro can string some wins together.

  12. austinmac June 9th, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Kuroda’s season stats are remarkably similar in winning percentage and ERA to his career stats. Can’t say he hasn’t met the NYC challenge.

  13. Pat M. June 9th, 2012 at 12:16 am

    GB…….Where do you think DePaula ends up this season % will he be playing winter ball in Arizona or Hawaii ???? Fast mover ???

  14. igotid88 June 9th, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Kuroda is one of those instances where it’s nice to be wrong

  15. GreenBeret7 June 9th, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Pat M. June 9th, 2012 at 12:16 am
    GB…….Where do you think DePaula ends up this season % will he be playing winter ball in Arizona or Hawaii ???? Fast mover ???

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

    Pat, other than reading that he has a big time arm, I know almost nothing about DePaula. I know that the Yanks have been chasing him for about 2-3 years. Visa issues would be the only reason he’s still in the Dominican. Can’t imagine that he gets past the GCL or staten Island this year, though. I think he’s about 20-21 years old. I don’t get very wrapped up in draftees and foreign players until they hit the states. Hate to comment on a player that I haven’t seen before.

  16. Pat M. June 9th, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Kuroda is a smart pitcher….He’s had a few clunkers but for the most part he’ll be solid as he doesn’t promote rallies and hurt himself or the club…….Works quickly and because of that guys enjoy playing behind him……I think when it’s all said and done he’ll win 17 for the Bombers……….Tricia prides herself in the Missouri show me doctrine ( I respect this ) , which I hope in time she’ll come to appreciate Mr. Kuroda…..

  17. GreenBeret7 June 9th, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Hawaii doesn’t have a winter ball league any more and not sure if the players from the Carabbean countries that have winter leagues can send players to Arizona to play. have to check, but, think if they had an injury or something, they can request that he does to Arizona

  18. igotid88 June 9th, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Seattle pitching a no-hitter through behind the awful catching of Montero. Sarcasm

  19. BTX June 9th, 2012 at 12:44 am

    This is getting ridiculous, now a guy throws a hitter every week and guys get close every other day. It is too easy to pitch – Selig needs to do something or no-hitters are going to go become ho-hum and lose their luster

  20. Pat M. June 9th, 2012 at 12:48 am

    GB…….Some of the latin baseball guys that SJ knows told him that DePaulo has a legit big league arm…..Will be interesting to watch him progress…

  21. Jason22 June 9th, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Just to give GB and Pat M as well as anyone else interested in Depaula, he does not have Visa issues anymore.

    The reason he is in the DSL is family related, there is some sort of illness in his family, and the Yankees moved him over to the DSL so he could be near his family.

    He was said to be the best pitcher they had in Tampa last month, so if this family thing did not happen, he would probably be on the Charleston roster already, as they moved Rutckyj up

    Go Jesus, get that no hitter for the Mariners and shut up the fools who think you can’t catch.

  22. Rich in NJ June 9th, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I have always been pro-Kuroda.

  23. igotid88 June 9th, 2012 at 12:54 am

    I don’t want to see Mattingly’s team get no-hit though

  24. BTX June 9th, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Kuroda could be in our rotation for the next 3 years… when you find a pitcher who can succeed in NY, you don’t let him go

  25. igotid88 June 9th, 2012 at 12:58 am

    They did it

  26. CompassRosy June 9th, 2012 at 12:58 am

    I took a village but, they did it!

    :)

  27. Pat M. June 9th, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Kuroda in Pinstripes …..You can thank Frank McCourt….Dodgers didn’t want him to leave however with the ownership in chaos, well goodbye Sunset Blvd. and hello Broadway

  28. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Congrats to Seattle and Jesus! I watched the whole thing. Congrats, Rosy!

  29. CompassRosy June 9th, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Jesus is beaming
    (I can only hear him at the moment but, the joy is coming through the radio)

    Irony of the night…
    -Astros had a “combined” no-no (vs. Yanks) in 2003
    -Millwood also threw a “regular” no-no that year
    Tonight, Millwood started the no-no and the combined effort finished it.

  30. CompassRosy June 9th, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Thanks, YF.
    Wish I could have been there (had a social function to attend and got home just as Millwood came out of the game). I have a co-worker ~who is a huge Dodgers fan~ that was at the Safe tonight – looking forward to talking to him about the game next week :)

  31. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Rosy,

    Six pitchers, one lord and savior
    :D

    Congrats

  32. yankee 221 June 9th, 2012 at 1:11 am

    This should quiet the Montero detractors for a while.

  33. UnKnown June 9th, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Just got home from work and saw that big brother pushed little brother down the stairs again tonight. Nice win by the Bombers.

    Oh yeah and just to clarify what happened tonight in Seattle was a No Hitter not a perfect game. Scanning through the game thread it was pretty funny to see some people not know the difference.

    Not surprising when you are always talking and spouting off you are probably not listening and learning much. Thus not knowing the definition of a perfect game isn’t all that surprising.

    Kuroda is FILTHY! So glad that we have him as a Yankee. He is huge for this team.

  34. BTX June 9th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    wonder what Cashman was thinking watching that game

  35. darbodla June 9th, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Who gives a crap about Montero and his .260 BA and .299 OBP. I have seen nothing to convince me that he is going to be anything other than just a pretty good major league player. The Yankees have plenty of hitting when we are playing up to our capabilities and starting pitching is the most important attribute a team can have. Injuries are just part of the game.

  36. Jason22 June 9th, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Ah another person on this site who has no clue about hitting, and does not realize Jesus should have been the clean up hitter for a generation for this team.

    When he mashes the rest of the season, these people just like the media who do anything and everything to protect Cashman, Girardi and co will have to come up with a new excuse.

  37. m June 9th, 2012 at 1:28 am

    “He has now allowed two or fewer earned runs in eight of his 12 starts this season.”

    Isn’t this what similar to his last year in LA? Some good outings, with not much to show for it.

    I can see him getting pushed back. Sounds like there’s some real pain there.

    As for Santana, it’s not the extra day of rest (logic dictates that you do so). The Yankees have owned him in this ballpark. And this is the AL East, no pitchers in the lineup.

    Good job, Kuroda! And Cano! And the same 3 players to go back to back is an astounding feat. What are the odds? JF? Nick?

  38. CompassRosy June 9th, 2012 at 1:29 am

    https://p.twimg.com/Au7HK9DCQAAi2X5.jpg

    :)

  39. m June 9th, 2012 at 1:31 am

    And yes, I realize there are no pitchers in the other AL divisions. The AL is just another monster this year (with the Red Sox as the trolls under the bridge).

  40. m June 9th, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Where’s Nick? Eating to celebrate the no-no?

  41. Pat M. June 9th, 2012 at 1:33 am

    I cannot beleive that we are getting Montero props because he was on the recieving end of a no hitter…..By the way he’s whiffing almost 23 % of the time he digs in….Mot very impressive when you look around baseball and see much better and more complete ballplayers ……..Enough already

  42. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Was at all three Tampa games and DJ looks hampered when he runs. Tonight, although I wasn’t there, I could see he has some aggravated something. Give the man a day off.

    Our pitching has been the strength I expected it to be. C got short-changed by his defense or we might have eked out a win against a tough Price. What in the world was Nix doing in LF? I watched the replay of the game and believe me, it was worse live. You just don’t see how well or poorly a guy gets off the ball via the television cameras as you do when you’re actually there. Guy is not an OF, and certainly not in left. Andruw has got to have some issue that he can’t play out there, and guys like Nix and Ibanez are playing in lieu of him. Doesn’t make sense, otherwise. Stick Nix at SS for Jeter and give him today off. Nix can’t do as much harm at short, and Jeter really needs a day. Or two.

  43. UnKnown June 9th, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Also the Yankees are not in first place yet. It’s coming soon probably tomorrow and when it happens I don’t think they will fall out of first again all year long.

    But as of now they are .5 back of TB. So people saying on this blog that they are in first or are tied for first are incorrect. Again I don’t think that its a coincidence that its the same people who don’t know the difference between a perfect game and a no hitter. Talk less and listen more to those clueless individuals.

  44. m June 9th, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Pat M,

    I’m more interested in Kuroda, who was throwing his own no-no for a while. And to what degree he’s hurt.

    I love Jeter, but he was giving off a bad vibe all night!

  45. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2012 at 1:42 am

    I must say, being at the Stadium is utterly better than being there.

    But the added bonus is not being in this place, which is full of some very petty, small minded folks who can’t allow a Jesus Montero reference to go by without piling on the youngster in some mouth foaming, savage manner.

    My advice to you: get a friggin’ life.

    Congratulations to Seattle and to Jesus Montero.

    Yankeefem – if you’re still around, good to see the DePaula line and sorry we’re missing him in Staten Island.

  46. CompassRosy June 9th, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Blake ~

    Just in case you missed it…
    one of your fellow Tar Heels (Kyle Seager) was responsible for the M’s only run tonight.
    It was yet another of his with 2-outs.
    Fun fact … Seager leads the majors in RBI’s with RISP and 2-outs
    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/b...../sort/RBIs

  47. Pat M. June 9th, 2012 at 1:48 am

    JAP…….Good observation on Derek as some here were commenting on both he and Granderson are looking tired and need a blow…..Also Derek does look like he’s favoring something….As for Nix, again you’re right about missing so much on the screen as opposed to being at the ballpark…….I couldn’t tell what kind of break he had on the ball however once he hit the track it appeared that he was in danger and then as he closed distance on the wall he was over his head……..That play hurt but Alex’s throw really hurt, but in the end they had the tying run at the plate late in the game and that’s what you want when making a comeback…………….m, I share your concern about Kuroda, Phelps will get his start….

  48. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Jason22,

    It’s interesting how LF, which requires real range to play in YS3 – and not your prototypical COF type, because of the LFC gap, is a throwaway position to the Yankees, and defense be damned, but the having Montero catch would have “cost runs”. Nix was an abomination out there, and Ibanez, although he’s been better, has had some real “moments” as well. But that’s OK, we can afford to abandon “run prevention” as long as it isn’t behind the plate.

    Very interesting logic, there.

  49. Jason22 June 9th, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Pat M stick to pitching, as far as I have seen in the years I have read here your thoughts on hitters, it is nowhere as knowledgeable as you seem to know about arms.

    I can’t wait JAP when Jesus goes off and all these people keep on saying he is not what he has always been a generational offensive talent, I just know they are going to come here every night and say how wrong they are/were?

    Right??

    LOL

  50. Pat M. June 9th, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Rosy….The Dodger’s broadcaster’s made that point tonight about Seager which I was surprised to hear……They’re building something special up there in Seattle

  51. UnKnown June 9th, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Catching up on the highlights. All I can say is WOW!.

    Total domination in every single way tonight. The power on display tonight by the Bombers was impressive.

    This team is looking better and better every single day.

  52. BD (Boston Dave) June 9th, 2012 at 1:51 am

    “My advice to you: get a friggin’ life.”

    ———–

    says the guy who has been whining about the same topic on a Yankee blog for months and will be for many more.

    says the guy who predicted that Montero would hit like Pujols did in his rookie year and will be cleaning egg of his face for a while.

    You lost your credibility long ago, dude. Now your drivel is no longer a surprise, it’s expected.

    My advice to you – you’re a clown. Not sure if that’s advice (?)

  53. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Agree about Jeter. He is playing nicked up. You can really see it at live games. I am betting that right leg may have some issue. Just a guess.

    Pruf, De Paula will shine in DSL1. Level may be low for him. Originally they expected him to be a fast mover. Though with the lay off, he needs to get back his FB command, working on his breaking pitches. Also I noticed Tamarez is really swinging the bat well early for DSL1 and getting some reps at 3B as well as SS. I am excited about the youngsters on the left side of the IF; so far away though. We should have SI rosters soon. 9 days until short season. :)

    Pat M., we have an off day on the 14th, so wonder if they go 4 pitchers if Kuroda can’t start. Kuroda seemed to think he’d be able to start. I’d hate for him to get out of his rhythm, so hoping for the best.

  54. Pat M. June 9th, 2012 at 1:53 am

    JAP…….The Yankee blueprint over the past 15 plus years has been to use leftfield as a spin position…….Jason22 thank’s for the complimant, by the way I hit .383 in my last season of AA ball

  55. BD (Boston Dave) June 9th, 2012 at 1:53 am

    UnKnown,

    it just goes to show you how many times things can change in a loooong baseball season.

    the pitching stinks for a bit, the hitters can’t hit. cano looks dead. and then things change.

    long season of slumps and hot streaks. the teams with the most depth and best talent come out on top and the Yanks have one of the best teams out there.

  56. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Can we stop all the trolling back and forth for just one day and let people have their divergent opinions?

  57. CompassRosy June 9th, 2012 at 1:57 am

    J Al ~
    I’ve never played baseball (and don’t even do it on TV or the Internet ;-) )

    but…
    I’d hazard a guess that it’s a pretty big deal for any catcher to catch a no-hitter – let alone one who has been much maligned for his defense (or lack thereof) in his very young major league career. Also, seems to me that it would be MUCH more difficult to catch a “combined” no-no – especially one with SIX different pitchers. I mean it’s impressive for one guy to have it all going, but seems like there would be a certain rhythm and cadence as they go along … whereas with six different guys (and some who have struggled mightily) it would be a lot more challenging.

    Just my 2 pennies worth.

  58. Jason22 June 9th, 2012 at 1:57 am

    JAP Thurman JR is the most overrated catcher in baseball, he is not that good defensively, yes he is above average, but just slightly, put it this way, the fact he is on this team because of Girardi is something this franchise is going to rue for years and years.

    Montero should have been the cleanup hitter for the next 12 years and longer, catching until Sanchez is ready and then splitting time between first when they get rid of that albatross of a contract with Tex and catching and DHing.

    The people both here and in the media really need to watch people at bat, and notice when someone has the innate ability to be able to square a baseball with a bat, there are less than a handful in baseball who are truly gifted, Jesus is one of them, but I guess most folks are not able to see what their eyes are looking at.

    The fact his #s are not eye popping yet is like some drug to these folks, I just can’t wait when they are overdosing on his talent, and they come up with another reason why he is not what he is, a supreme offensive talent.

  59. BD (Boston Dave) June 9th, 2012 at 1:57 am

    “Kuroda seemed to think he’d be able to start. I’d hate for him to get out of his rhythm, so hoping for the best.”

    ————-

    sure hope he can. and hope Hughes keeps it going tomorrow. It’s nice that we can get excited for Yankee starters instead of worrying about them blowing games.

    night everyone.

  60. Pat M. June 9th, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Feminista….Great point about the off day….At some point Giarda has to start watching innings for Hughes and then Nova…..I’m in favoring of plugging Phelps in as much as possible with an eye towards the stretch run

  61. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Pruf, De Paula will shine in DSL1. Level may be low for him. Originally they expected him to be a fast mover. Though with the lay off, he needs to get back his FB command, working on his breaking pitches. Also I noticed Tamarez is really swinging the bat well early for DSL1 and getting some reps at 3B as well as SS. I am excited about the youngsters on the left side of the IF; so far away though. We should have SI rosters soon. 9 days until short season.
    ///

    Thanks for info. How’s Wil Romero doing? I’m also very interested in Andujar. Everyone just assumes Bichette will be Alex’s successor, but Andujar may have something to say about that.

    Maybe even Anderson Feliz, since you can’t play both he and Gumbs at 2B. Saw Gumbs had a big night yesterday…

  62. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Speaking of Tar Heels, Warren had a very nice outing tonight, outdueling Chris Archer. Story on Warren here:http://www.milb.com/news/artic.....=news_milb

  63. Jason22 June 9th, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Pat M you hit well but obviously your eyes do not work as well as they used to if they ever did, for if you do not see what his talent is with the bat, I can’t help you out.

    I respect your opinion on pitching, anytime I come here and see your name on arms, I always appreciate it, but yeah I can’t disagree with you more about what you seem to think of hitters.

    YFem if you did not see my post earlier,, Depaula is only in the DSL because of family illness, so yes that level is too low for him, he was the best pitcher they had in instructional before he went home to be near his family, as there is some sort of illness going on..

  64. CompassRosy June 9th, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Pat M. June 9th, 2012 at 1:50 am
    “Rosy….The Dodger’s broadcaster’s made that point tonight about Seager which I was surprised to hear……They’re building something special up there in Seattle”

    ~

    Pat M ~

    It’s starting to feel that way. Building is a l o n g process.
    But, here’s hoping that someday, in the not too distant future, we can look back and truly say – it was worth the wait.

  65. Jason22 June 9th, 2012 at 2:04 am

    JAP Andujar is over here he has been all spring, so he is going to be in the GCL, and that is how you know how special the Yankees think he is, as he is skipping the DSL completely.

    They simply don’t do that, except if your name is Montero or, Sanchez or Manny B on the mound.

  66. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Wilmer isn’t hitting as of yet. He’s only had 20 AB’s. He’s been playing RF. I think Andujar will be at GCL. Hopefully, we’ll have Feliz in Trenton next year. I am going to ask tyanks for a report on Feliz/maybe she can shoot some video.

  67. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2012 at 2:05 am

    ’d hazard a guess that it’s a pretty big deal for any catcher to catch a no-hitter – let alone one who has been much maligned for his defense (or lack thereof) in his very young major league career. Also, seems to me that it would be MUCH more difficult to catch a “combined” no-no – especially one with SIX different pitchers. I mean it’s impressive for one guy to have it all going, but seems like there would be a certain rhythm and cadence as they go along … whereas with six different guys (and some who have struggled mightily) it would be a lot more challenging.
    ///

    Rosy, he made a nice play to rescue a splitter from oblivion (with runners on 2nd and 3rd) thanks to that great wingspan, and good thing he’s 6-4, or Figgins’ heroic throw might have sailed over his head ;).

    Harold Reynolds was expressing skepticism about Montero being branded a “can’t catch” guy at 22. Gave him kudos for getting the staff through all nine innings.
    ///

    Jason22, I believe Jesus was hitting .302 in his last 10 before tonight, and Yankeefem posted two days ago that over that span, his OPS was over .900, so he’s getting there.

  68. BD (Boston Dave) June 9th, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Russell Martin

    last 36 innings caught – just TWELVE hits and just THREE runs allowed

    if we’re now giving credit to catchers for pitchers’ results these days – I’d say that’s pretty darn good

    I think he’s hitting perty well lately too.

    not bad Martin, not bad.

  69. Pat M. June 9th, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Jason22…..Fair enough, and thank’s for the info on DePaula…..Rosy, yeah it would be a big deal to catch a no hitter, something special…..

  70. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2012 at 2:08 am

    yankeefeminista June 9th, 2012 at 2:05 am
    Wilmer isn’t hitting as of yet. He’s only had 20 AB’s. He’s been playing RF. I think Andujar will be at GCL. Hopefully, we’ll have Feliz in Trenton next year. I am going to ask tyanks for a report on Feliz/maybe she can shoot some video.
    ///

    Yankeefem – tyanks needs to come back. Her Tampa reports were fantastic. By all means, any Feliz updates from her would be most welcome.

  71. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Rosy, I watch all your games. Yours is a fun team to watch. A story just came up on milb on Hultzen. Don’t know if you have seen it: http://www.milb.com/news/artic.....=news_milb

    I am becoming a night owl again because I have been watching all the west coast games.

  72. jacksquat June 9th, 2012 at 2:08 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2012 at 1:50 am
    Jason22,

    It’s interesting how LF, which requires real range to play in YS3 – and not your prototypical COF type, because of the LFC gap, is a throwaway position to the Yankees, and defense be damned, but the having Montero catch would have “cost runs”. Nix was an abomination out there, and Ibanez, although he’s been better, has had some real “moments” as well. But that’s OK, we can afford to abandon “run prevention” as long as it isn’t behind the plate.

    Very interesting logic, there.

    Throwaway? The Yankees have the best defensive LF in baseball. He’s injured, they are backups.

  73. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Jason22 June 9th, 2012 at 2:04 am
    JAP Andujar is over here he has been all spring, so he is going to be in the GCL, and that is how you know how special the Yankees think he is, as he is skipping the DSL completely.

    They simply don’t do that, except if your name is Montero or, Sanchez or Manny B on the mound.
    ///

    Jason, caught some video of Andujar and really liked what I saw. Tons of bat speed, explosive swing… ARod’s the kid’s idol.

  74. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Jason, thanks for the info, but yeah, I have been following De Paula closely, so I’ve heard the same. I hope all is well with him, but so disappointed that we don’t get to see him pitch. Originally he was supposed to get some games in SI before likely being moved up to Charleston.

  75. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2012 at 2:12 am

    We should have better back ups. I wonder what is wrong with Andruw that he is no longer able to play the field.

  76. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Nix and Ibanez are akin to Gardner what Jesus would have been to Martin had Jesus remained here.

    No concern about lousy defense in LF, but behind the plate, they can’t tolerate it, even though the player is 22 and the bat was special.

  77. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2012 at 2:14 am

    yankeefeminista June 9th, 2012 at 2:12 am
    We should have better back ups. I wonder what is wrong with Andruw that he is no longer able to play the field.
    ///

    Exactly

  78. Jason22 June 9th, 2012 at 2:17 am

    I have not seen Andujar at all yet, but it’s very easy to know when the Yankees love a prospect, and they really like this one.

    Before I head off, another name to keep an eye on, Matt Duran the third baseman local kid can really hit, he also worships Alex and has a similar batting stance, watch what he does in SI this summer, I think this kid has a really good bat.

    Congrats to Jesus all the naysayers can never take this no hitter away from him, so don’t even try folks.

  79. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2012 at 2:20 am

    BD, I really haven’t been worried about our starters from the get go. I expected them to round into shape. And as long as Hughes has his fastball command, I expect him to continue to excel.

    Interestingly, Kuroda is throwing a lot fewer fastballs and a lot more sliders and curveballs this season.

    Pat, along with milb, Nova pitched over 180 innings last year. He should be fine.

  80. UnKnown June 9th, 2012 at 2:22 am

    BD – Right on man. I think it’s easy to overreact about a month or even a week of play. To an extent I think that is human nature. But there can be no cliche more true than the baseball season being a marathon and not a sprint.

    Bombers will be there again this year because as you pointed out the longer the season is the better chance the best teams are going to have to obtain the best records at the end.

    I’m out, got to work all day again tomorrow. But I love the Yankees and I love that they have seemed to really taken off as of late. It’s going to be another fun year in the Bronx it looks like.

  81. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Jason22,

    Here’s a video of Andujar:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Yiay4Mzw1o

  82. m June 9th, 2012 at 2:30 am

    It may be more difficult to catch a combined no-hitter with 6 pitchers, but it’s easier to throw one with 6 pitchers than 1 IMO.

  83. Pat M. June 9th, 2012 at 2:33 am

    m……..Heat or the Celtics tomorrow ???? Night alll

  84. Jason22 June 9th, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Thanks for the video Jap.

    Can’t wait to see what he does in the GCL.

  85. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Well, you see the same guy through nine, that’s true, but he did get through six by himself. I’d guess, you throw six different arms at a team in one game, one of them is likely not to have it that night.

    I’d say the stars were aligned to get Seattle through this one hitless.

  86. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Jason, you and me both. I’m just counting the days ’til I get to see Ravel Santana in short season later this month :D. Can’t wait for that one.

  87. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Maybe tyanks can get us some GCL vids too. ;)

  88. J. Alfred Prufrock June 9th, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Well, I think I need the balm of hurt minds. Goodnight, folks.

  89. waka flocka June 9th, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Saying Montero can catch because he caught a no no is the same as saying a pitcher who throws one is a great pitcher.  Oh yeah, the Yankees won 9-1 tonight and are playing great. Not that it matters whenever Montero does something remotely positive. 

  90. Jerkface June 9th, 2012 at 2:43 am

    .By the way he’s whiffing almost 23 % of the time he digs in….Mot very impressive when you look around baseball and see much better and more complete ballplayers

    So does Matt Kemp, who cares? Montero possesses a rare talent for a hitter, a natural oppo stroke with power that is more akin to pulling.

  91. waka flocka June 9th, 2012 at 2:47 am

    And he plays for Seattle. The Montero thing is so old and annoying

  92. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Montero is catching = can catch. Not sure why this debate goes on ad nauseum. The troops have to mobilize because people are congratulating the kid for catching a no hitter. It’s just petty, sour grapes. Get over it.

    People don’t have to not discuss other things to prove they are great Yankee fans. How sophomoric.

  93. CompassRosy June 9th, 2012 at 2:56 am

    YF ~

    thanks for the link!
    I heard about Danny’s new nickname “The Incredible Hultz” earlier today via twitter (kinda sounds like something John Sterling would come up with ;) )

    That Jackson team is really something…
    7 players on the Southern League All Star Team

  94. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Rosy, wish Trenton played you (your AA team). I am always about seeing elite pitching prospects. I am annoyed we never get to see the Rays AA team either who are in Montgomery, AL. I have seen a lot of great Jays-Trenton pitching matchups though.

  95. yankeefeminista June 9th, 2012 at 3:01 am

    3AM here, so I am going to sleep. Have a good night!

  96. CompassRosy June 9th, 2012 at 3:05 am

    “I’d say the stars were aligned to get Seattle through this one hitless.”

    ~

    as was the defense ;)

  97. m June 9th, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Ugh, Heat.

    Are there more no-hitters or combined no-hitters?

    One guy gets thru 6, then u have 5 pitchers patch up 3? Doable and infinitely less pressure.

    Is Montero the starting catcher? When he is, then I think you can say he’s “arrived” at the C position. Backup catchers are usually good (better) defenders and his presence there is more likely to get his bat in the lineup. .

  98. CompassRosy June 9th, 2012 at 3:20 am

    “Are there more no-hitters or combined no-hitters?”

    ~

    m ~

    more no-hitters. by far.
    this was only the 10th combined no-hitter in ML history.

  99. Jerkface June 9th, 2012 at 3:21 am

    and his presence there is more likely to get his bat in the lineup. .

    Duh.

  100. m June 9th, 2012 at 3:29 am

    With the alternative reason to improve his catching so that he can start one day?

    Who knows with Wedge. His comments are all over the place.

    Duh.

    But anyway, it’s not important. Onward and upward. The only thing that’s important is the Yankees. And they are doing well despite the departure of certain prospects.

  101. GregD June 9th, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I hope Kuroda is all right….Yankees starting pitching is really coming together and the bullpen might get some help from Robertson, Aardsma soon

  102. Wang IS Taiwan June 9th, 2012 at 7:07 am

    JAP — thanks for the report on what you saw live re Jete. It explains some things.

    Why is it that Arod gets his 1/2 days ad nauseum and yet Jeter, who is favoring a leg and Grandy, who has played non-stop, continue to be thrown out there?

    Those two, who were carrying the team’s production earlier in the season, are now MIA with offense.

  103. RadioKev June 9th, 2012 at 7:08 am

    yankee 221 June 9th, 2012 at 1:11 am
    This should quiet the Montero detractors for a while.
    ———————–

    That’s obnoxious. Montero is no better of a catcher today, than he was say, two days ago. I don’t say this to detract from him, I just think it’s a huuuuuuuge reach to suggest that catching a no hitter means something.

    Hell, pitching a no hitter is pretty flukey. There are plenty of greats that have done it, but plenty of nobodies. Same would go for the catcher.

    Still, good for him and the pitching staff.

  104. TheStraw June 9th, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Do you think that if there had been message boards in the eighties, that Jay Buhner would be as revered here as Montero is?

  105. blake June 9th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Congrats to Millwood et al and Montero last night on the no no.

    Compass, Seager is a good solid ball player….

    As mentioned the Yanks rotation has really stepped up of late….all 5 guys have been doing their parts and giving the Yanks both length and good chances to win over this good stretch they are playing……thr bullpen is only going to get stronger as they get guys back from injjury.

  106. randy l. June 9th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    yankeefeminista June 9th, 2012 at 2:55 am

    “Montero is catching = can catch. Not sure why this debate goes on ad nauseum. The troops have to mobilize because people are congratulating the kid for catching a no hitter. It’s just petty, sour grapes. Get over it.”

    this deserves repeating.

    it is absolutely amazing how hard it is for seemingly intelligent people to admit they were wrong about montero with his catching.

    the thing that all knowledgeable yankee fans should be caring about is who made the incorrect evaluation of montero and whether he’s still making bad evaluations.

    montero is having a great life. i’m happy for the kid.

    people that root against him are just doubling down on being wrong in the first place and prolonging their agony.

    montero is the best hitting catcher in the american league with over 80 at bats in the catcher position.

    the kid is a monster talent.

    barring injury, a perennial all star.

  107. There Will Never Be Another Mo June 9th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    randy l. June 9th, 2012 at 9:10 am
    yankeefeminista June 9th, 2012 at 2:55 am

    “Montero is catching = can catch. Not sure why this debate goes on ad nauseum. The troops have to mobilize because people are congratulating the kid for catching a no hitter. It’s just petty, sour grapes. Get over it.”

    this deserves repeating.

    it is absolutely amazing how hard it is for seemingly intelligent people to admit they were wrong about montero with his catching.

    the thing that all knowledgeable yankee fans should be caring about is who made the incorrect evaluation of montero and whether he’s still making bad evaluations.

    montero is having a great life. i’m happy for the kid.

    people that root against him are just doubling down on being wrong in the first place and prolonging their agony.

    montero is the best hitting catcher in the american league with over 80 at bats in the catcher position.

    the kid is a monster talent.

    barring injury, a perennial all star.

    *********

    Sorry, but get over it already. Enjoy the season while they are playing, because before long, it will be November and December before you know it.

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