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Yankees pregame: Cano No. 2; Kuroda still a ?

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So Robinson Cano is batting second in the series finale against the Red Sox, after Brett Gardner and before Kevin Youkilis and Travis Hafner.

“Just to try to break up some of the left-handers we have,” Joe Girardi said. “We decided to take a look at this … just to try to make it not so easy on the other teams.”

Cano has seen the Red Sox play a shift. Girardi said it’s the first time he has seen it against him.

“Robby’s a guy who can hit the ball the other way,” Girardi said. “We’ll how it works it out.”

Hiroki Kuroda said he wouldn’t do any long-tossing today to test that bruised right middle finger, the one that got hit by the Shane Victorino line drive Tuesday night.

“I spoke to the trainer,” Kuroda said through an interpreter. “He suggested I shouldn’t throw today so I can try to throw my bullpen tomorrow.”

Girardi said Kuroda is still scheduled to make his next start, and that’s Kuroda’s intent. But he also said he won’t know until after that bullpen session in Detroit.

“I have to say it doesn’t feel normal,” Kuroda said. “I feel a little discomfort.”

Mark Teixeira is still shooting for a May 1 return.

“I hope it’s a possibility,” Girardi said. “He’ll have to go through some spring training. … I don’t want to rush him.”

Tuesday night, Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer and had his first three-hit game since last Aug. 11 when he was with the Angels.

“He’s swinging the bat well,” Girardi said. “In left field, he looks comfortable. He looks like he’s relishing his time here.”

It’s only the third game, but Girardi thinks this is an important game after the Yankees dropped the first two of the season.

“I don’t think anyone wants it to go too far,” Girardi said.

David Aardsma was released. The reliever had been designated for assignment last Friday.

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88 Responses to “Yankees pregame: Cano No. 2; Kuroda still a ?”

  1. blake April 4th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Morse has 4 bombs already…. Glad we tried hard on that

  2. blake April 4th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I’ve noticed that like every player I want the Yankees to get …. They pass on … And then they immediately go nuts afterward …I think it’s my curse

  3. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Some people inexplicably knocks blake’s trade suggestions, but at least he shows some imagination, rather than hoping that spending money on other teams’ aging has-beens hoping for a resurgence that will payoff like the chances of a winning lottery ticket.

  4. blake April 4th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    @TrentonThunder: Starting lineups for tonight’s season opener in Portland. Turley on the hill. Heathcott, Flores, Austin hitting 1-2-3 http://t.co/XPBq8xY8YT

  5. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    shorter version: hope is not a plan ;)

  6. blake April 4th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    I don’t just suggest random things ….I suggest things about players I know a lot about and have thought a lot about how they’d help the Yankees……anyway…. They never listen and sign Ben Francisco’s instead

  7. astrocityfan April 4th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Man, id love to be able to see the Trenton Team play. I am more excited about them than the big league team. Can i watch them online?

  8. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Francesa is right (no really). You can see the beginnings of a Mets turnaround. We can do the same thing. The process should have started a couple of years ago, and the transition would have been much easier.

  9. astrocityfan April 4th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Blake,
    Try reverse psychology and suggest they sign the Francisco’s of the world and see if we end up with good players instead :)

  10. blake April 4th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    The mets are pointed in a good direction no doubt….they aren’t ready yet but Harvey and Wheeler could be a legit. 1-2

  11. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    So much for watching Charleston on milb-tv, rained out in Greenville. :( That means DePaula and Mitchell (and Betances for those who still believe :) ) will all be pitching on milb-tv at @the same time tomorrow night.

  12. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    astro, Trenton home games are online on milb-tv. Homestand begins on April 11th.

  13. LGY April 4th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Best hitter should hit 4th, but the 2 spot is one of the 3 most important positions in the lineup.

  14. UnKnown April 4th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I’m sure glad that anybody who is washed up that gets released by a club people say “It would be funny if the Yanks picked him up.” Really glad it has come to that…

  15. austinmac April 4th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Blake,

    I think Astrocityfan has a point. They never do what either of us want.

    I suggest the Yankees—continue to look for old, unwanted players. It’s the best way to win.

  16. charlestonchew April 4th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    I don’t understand why so many people are hating on the Vernon Wells trade. The guy hasn’t exactly proven himself yet, but early signs are encouraging that he’s turned things around. You can see the raw ability. It’s not far-fetched to imagine him producing close to Nick Swisher’s numbers, perhaps a tick lower.

    Not a bad deal, really, if that’s what he can do for us. It’s pretty ridiculous for some of these writers to just assume he’ll continue getting worse. The last couple years haven’t been great, but Granderson has put up similar seasons in the past. The age is different, but Wells also has quite the track record. Even in one of Wells’ down year, he hit 25 bombs (with a terrible avg). Last year was rough, but I’m thinking he will make the naysayers look stupid by the end of the year.

  17. tomingeorgia April 4th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    charleston,
    You’re right. He costs too much for one year, then nothing the next. If Wells plays well this year, which we think he will, he’ll be dynamite trade bait next winter.

  18. hardwired7 April 4th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    A nice day for Josh Reddick and any small animals that might be living in his beard.

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Flores singles to open the Trenton season :D

  20. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    3 run homer for Roller. Nice. Go Thunder!

  21. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Are the Yankees going to spend $250m this year? I doubt it. So if there is/was another $13m in reserve, is it wise to spend it on a player who has been really bad for 4 of the last 6 years, or save it for a younger player who has performed better more recently who could well become available over the course of the season?

    I would opt for the latter.

    Better yet, I would have used the money spent on Wells, Ichiro, Youkilis, Boesch, Overbay, and every other aging or marginal player, and spent it on Cespedes or Darvish, or both or some other great young talents.

    Trades should be about risk/reward, not about lucking out a declining overpaid asset, somehow find something.

    So the haters won’t look stupid; their approach is sound

  22. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Kyle Roller goes yard. “Big hairy” LH 1B prospect who is supposed to have a glove. :D

  23. tomingeorgia April 4th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Watching the Nats game. They look unstoppable. Pitching, fielding, hitting. Even if it is the Marlins they’re playing today, that’s who will be the NL rep in the WS.

  24. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Check that just realized I said Mitchell earlier, but meant Vargas. Mitchell is of course pitching for Tampa tonight.

  25. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Rich,

    YUP.

    Could have signed 26-year old Cespedes (as you pointed out)
    Could have had 28-year old Melky for 17mil/2yrs.

  26. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Pruf, appropriate that it was Flores. Continues right where he left off. It also sounds like Heathcott had a nice patient AB, worked count to 3-2 before caught looking on an outside corner 95 FB.

  27. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Maybe the loaded Nats will take pity on us and give us back Christian Garcia.

  28. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    yankeefem, I simply cannot wait to see that team live.

    For some reason, I remembered Roller as a RHB; saw him once in Lakewood. He’s a lefty – that’s insanely awesome, especially if he can actually play a little 1B to go with the thumping bat.

    That team is just going to be nuts, and maybe even get better if Feliz and Sanchez get a bump during the year.

  29. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Big and hairy isn’t enough, you have to be old, big and hairy to satisfy Cash. It is what it is.

  30. tomingeorgia April 4th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Coulda, woulda, shouda. Here we are. April 4, 160 games to play. What they did six months, one, two or three years ago has no relevance to what’s facing us now. Am I irrelevant because I’d like to see what happens from now on?

  31. pat April 4th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Is there an athlete more snakebit than Brian Roberts?

  32. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Right. Maybe if Roller can keep his BA/OBP down and hit jacks, they’ll give him a look in 10 years, when he’s in his mid 30s.

  33. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    pat, was thinking the same. Poor Roberts. Did they give any further details?

    Pruf, looks like Turley doesn’t have his location.

  34. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Turley is going to kill the pen.

    Atta boy, Murph.

  35. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Pruf, Garcia just started throwing again on Sunday. He’s pain-free. Hopefully, he progresses. Probably needs another month to get into actual games.

  36. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    JR throws out runner at third :D

  37. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    YF, I won’t worry about the early pitching performances too much. Cold out there.

  38. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Tyanks said they were predicting rain in Tampa, so hopefully, the A+ kids play. Here’s the lineup:

    Mason Williams CF
    Angelo Gumbs 2B
    Ben Gamel LF
    Gary Sanchez C
    Matt Snyder 1B
    Zach Wilson 3B
    Anderson Feliz DH
    Eduardo Sosa RF
    Ali Castillo SS

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Wish we could watch our youngens instead of having to just listen.

  40. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Pruf, 45 degrees, so not too bad. Unsure about the wind. Hopefully, our big league lineup likes the better weather in the Bronx tonight.

  41. blake April 4th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Trenton and Tampa have nasty tops of the lineups

  42. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    “Coulda, woulda, shouda. Here we are. April 4, 160 games to play. What they did six months, one, two or three years ago has no relevance to what’s facing us now.”

    Sure it does, because what they do now will affect the future.

    Every dollar misspent today is money that Hal could have saved in the future, which could have offset the mad austerity push.

  43. pat April 4th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    yf

    They said he felt something in his lower hamstring and would know more tomorrow.

  44. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    pat, thanks; it doesn’t sound good.

  45. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    yankeefem, thanks. I envy tyanks getting to see Gumbs and Feliz in every game, not to meniton Sanchez and Williams. Sosa in RF, interesting. A few years back, he was being touted as a plus CF. Does he have any pop? I recall he was supposed to be more of a Damon type.

  46. blake April 4th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    @BryanHoch: Yanks bullpen could be a little short after A. Warren threw 86 pitches last night. “Ichiro said he has a pretty good split,” Girardi said.

    Lovely

  47. blake April 4th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Tom,
    You gearing up for the Masters? I may make it down ….trying to get ahold of some ticks

  48. UnKnown April 4th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Get a win tonight and everything and everyone feels much better.

  49. charlestonchew April 4th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    I’m expecting Andy to dominate this Boston lineup. 8IP 1 run 3 hits 7 Ks

  50. astrocityfan April 4th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Is MiLB.tv part of the MLB.tv package or do I have to pay extra? If so how much is it?

  51. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Ichi! Must be that stretching machine.

    Saxon Holt Butler@SaxonHolt33 2h
    Opening day game canceled. What a downer

    Poor RiverDog kids.

  52. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    JAP and fem – Saw something posted today about Gumbs and how he has all the tools. I asked earlier but I don’t think you folks were around: If we retain Cano, could Gumbs be a viable option anywhere in the INF or does he look more like a potential OFer? I forget what scout was being quoted but he said he’s not sure if he sees him at 2B and wanted to get a look at him in CF.

  53. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    When you got the mlb package there was an option to add milb at a discount? Try to sign in, and see if you have it. You probably still have to purchase it. I can’t remember what I paid…$5 off maybe… $25???

  54. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Coulda, woulda, shouda. Here we are. April 4, 160 games to play. What they did six months, one, two or three years ago has no relevance to what’s facing us now.

    —————

    Definitely true for the guys in the room, tom. But not necessarily for us.

  55. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Brian Roberts hurt again? Man, that guy has had his share.

  56. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    That call on Pujols was awful… clearly out.

  57. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Shame,

    I have seen Gumbs exactly once in my entire life. He looked like a very athletic, toolsy guy and I thought he and Cito worked really nicely together.

    The 2B who blew me away is Anderson Feliz, a switch hitter who has four tools and may end up being a 5. Gumbs also has tremendous upside.

    I have no idea if Gumbs can play anywhere else on the diamond, but he’s definitely an “athlete.”

    Feliz started as a SS, but moved to 2B, where he looks a lot like (gasp) Robinson Cano (style wise, “effortless” wise, no, I am not predicting he will be as good as Cano).

    I think Gumbs did play some CF and he had a brief stint, I believe, as a SS, but this is hearsay.

    Sorry I can’t be of more help :)

  58. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Can we go to Minnesota instead of Detroit? The ball looks like it’s carrying.

  59. astrocityfan April 4th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks YF! I’ll check it out. I’ve had the MLB package for a few years now and it just renews automatically do I don’t know about a discount
    Anyway, I like the lineup tonight and the pitching matchup. A win would certainly seem to be in reach

  60. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Shame, he looked good in sync with Gumbs on turning the DP, but honestly I only saw him in the Phil Hughes rehab game in Brooklyn, and that was two years ago. He was athletic but not overly fluid, but again saw like two plays. He was also very new at 2B, but I think he can stick there based on what I saw and what I have read. His bat was very raw and very quick. Very aggressive hitter when I saw him.

  61. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 6:50 pm
    Brian Roberts hurt again? Man, that guy has had his share.
    ///

    He sure does. Doesn’t he have some congenital heart problem as well? Born with a hole in his heart or something?

  62. jmills April 4th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Hello there Yankee fans, seems as if we’re both stuck in some momemtary abberation of reverse ( first in another world ).

    At least,….we’ve got each other, and what do the others know about good parties anyway :)

  63. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    in sync with *Cito that should read

  64. UnKnown April 4th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Have lost 6 in a row dating back to 2012 Post. Would be nice to win one, or at least hold a lead at some point tonight. Also, something we have not done for 6 games.

  65. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    astro, I would bet on Andy in any game regardless of time of year.

  66. Rich in NJ April 4th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I’m not (or I wasn’t) aware of that, Pruf.

  67. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Shame,

    Aren’t you from Jersey? Just get on the train to Trenton: there’s a stop that lets you out right by the ballpark. :D

  68. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Rich,

    I thought it was Roberts. Poor kid.

  69. RadioKev April 4th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    charlestonchew April 4th, 2013 at 6:46 pm
    I’m expecting Andy to dominate this Boston lineup. 8IP 1 run 3 hits 7 Ks
    ———–

    Uh… have fun with that…

    We should mop the floor with Dempster, even with this lineup.

  70. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    jmills,

    Did you send me the manual?
    ///

    Flores on base again :D

  71. UnKnown April 4th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    “If you don’t miss Manny Ramirez playing in Major League Baseball, it’s your loss. Or something. They just love him over in Taiwan, where he plays for the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.”

    Sign him up:
    1:18 mark

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/.....1;mlb.html

  72. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    How’d Flores get on? I am multitasking and doing every task very badly.

  73. Shame Spencer April 4th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks guys. For the first time, I may actually head down to Trenton to take a look.

    I only wonder if it wouldn’t be prudent to try Gumbs in a spot where we have a need (almost an immediate need) like 3B or SS.

  74. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    At least,….we’ve got each other, and what do the others know about good parties anyway
    ///

    mills, you’ve got my Melky, give him back :mad:

  75. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Manny’s one “old” guy I’d take in a heartbeat.

  76. jmills April 4th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Alfred, it was already a fate complete. Thanks for offering such a graceful piece of your life, Janice is beaming!

  77. UnKnown April 4th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Let’s f’n do this tonight.

  78. yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    No sound on YES.

    OPPO Homer for JR. Kid is going to rake this year!!!

  79. jmills April 4th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Melky back? Alfred, he is happily settled in my conservative yet predictably sure loft.

  80. UnKnown April 4th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Yes Sir,

    Jack Curry ?@JackCurryYES 6m
    Interesting Elias stat: In 32 starts when Pettitte’s team has been facing a potential series sweep, Pettitte is 18-6 with a 2,73 ERA.

  81. MaineYankee April 4th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    yankeefeminista April 4th, 2013 at 7:03 pm
    No sound on YES.

    OPPO Homer for JR. Kid is going to rake this year!!!

    ————————————————————

    It sounds like the wind is blowing out pretty good.

    It must be off the water because it’s fairly calm where I am.

  82. J. Alfred Prufrock April 4th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    jmills,

    was that an older email I responded to?? My apologies if I missed the cutoff on that throw :(

  83. UpState April 4th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Brian Roberts.

    Check out his wife.

    Won’t feel that bad for him.

  84. RadioKev April 4th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Cervelli with a bad passed ball, but good hustle to get that tag.

  85. jmills April 4th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    No, Alfred, you caught it sure as can be in your sights, Clete Boyer. Just was, I was done by the time Ms. Sun did decide to arise.

  86. RadioKev April 4th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Wow. Ross has an arm. Didn’t know Red Sox catchers could do that.

  87. jmills April 4th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Radio, we learn something new that was there all along :)

  88. Nikita Mank August 22nd, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    maybe my letters are planning to Steve C!

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