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Yankees postgame: Kuroda perseveres; Wells and Cano continue to hit

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Apr 25, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hiroki Kuroda didn’t look good the first two innings of this 5-3 win, three runs, six hits allowed.

“All I thought was just hang in there pitch by pitch and hopefully I would be able to overcome this adversity,” he said.

Who could have predicted Kuroda wouldn’t allow another run or hit to the Blue Jays over the next four innings of his six-inning outing?

“It says a lot because he didn’t really have a whole lot tonight,” Joe Girardi said. “… He didn’t have his sinker. He didn’t have his good off speed for the most part. He seemed to find his slider at the end of the third and found a way to gut it through six innings without giving up any more runs after the second. … This might be his best performance of the year.”

Vernon Wells continues to perform against his old team as well as against Mark Buehrle. Wells launched the comeback with a solo shot over the center-field fence in the second.  He’s now batting .480 (24 for 50) with three homers lifetime vs. Buehrle and .421 (8 for 19) with three homers vs. the Blue Jays this season. He’s at .293 with six homers and 10 RBI in 19 games with the Yankees.

“Vernon’s a good player,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “Always has been. He’s got new life going over there. He’s a very intelligent guy and you know he’s motivated. Something about playing in Yankee Stadium for the Yankees. This place brings out the best in people or you hear about it if you don’t.”

Robinson Cano hit the go-ahead three-run homer. He’s streaking, now batting .391 (25 for 64) with six doubles, seven homers, 17 RBI and 13 runs scored over his last 15 games.

“This is probably as good as he’s started that I can really remember,” Girardi said.

Something strange happened in the seventh. Ben Francisco was called out on a throw to first, but the umpires met and reversed the call. Gibbons got ejected after arguing the decision.

“… They said he bobbled it,” Gibbons said, talking about first baseman Edwin Encarnacion. “My big concern was that there was no appeal by the other side.”

Jeff Kellogg, the second base umpire and crew chief, said: “My sense (was) the ball was resting on the ground and his glove was around the top of the ball. … Our thought process is we’re going to try to get the plays right.”

The reversal/hit raised Francisco’s average to .103 (3 for 29).

Jayson Nix went 2 for 3, his third multihit game in the last five and fourth overall. He also turned in golden glove work at third.

Francisco Cervelli hit his third homer, one short of his career high from two years ago.

The Yankees are now 11-5 after the 1-4 start.




54 Responses to “Yankees postgame: Kuroda perseveres; Wells and Cano continue to hit”

  1. G. Love April 26th, 2013 at 12:01 am

    I’m really proud of this team. While I loath the front office, these guys are playing with pride every night and that counts for a lot in my book. To have the record we have right now is very impressive.

    Just re-sign Robbie already and try to lock Kuroda up for next year. I honestly feel like Kuroda is getting better the more comfortable he gets playing for the Yankees.

  2. Rich in NJ April 26th, 2013 at 12:02 am

    “I’m really proud of this team. While I loath the front office, these guys are playing with pride every night and that counts for a lot in my book. To have the record we have right now is very impressive.”

    Well said, and it can be even better if they’d stop the Francisco nonsense.

    But I wouldnn’t negotiate with anyone right now except Cano and Hughes.

  3. G. Love April 26th, 2013 at 12:10 am


    I think Kuroda could be a top 2-3 SP in the AL for another 2 years. They really need to chuck the 189 nonsense and lock up Kuroda and Hughes along with CC for the next few years.

    And I would love to see them swap Francisco for Adams.

  4. Jerkface April 26th, 2013 at 12:12 am

    They really need to chuck the 189 nonsense and lock up Kuroda and Hughes along with CC for the next few years.

    Jeff Passan wrote an article that says the Yankees are going to break the 189 thing.

    “They’re going to be over 189,” one source familiar with the Yankees’ plans said. “They know it. Everyone knows it. You can’t run a $3 billion team with the intentions of saving a few million dollars.”

  5. Nick in SF April 26th, 2013 at 12:15 am

    “The reversal/hit raised Francisco’s average to .103 (3 for 29).”


    Hey, it isn’t G. Loath, it’s G. Love. Don’t be a hater!

    I feel good about the future. Yanks go over 189, austinmac sends me some sweet and tangy BBQ sauce, Cashman probably gets kicked up, over, or out, and if we’re really lucky we get a juicy book out of him.

  6. G. Love April 26th, 2013 at 12:18 am


    Now I’m regretting I didn’t sign up as G. Loath.

    Damn you.

  7. G. Love April 26th, 2013 at 12:23 am


    I hope Passan is right. Locking up Cano, Hughes & especially Kuroda going forward will keep the team in good shape. I also don’t think Andy is done after this year if he makes it through healthy. I think he has his eyes fixed on 300 wins.

    I have no idea who closes for us next year though. I don’t think Robertsen is the guy for that role and I doubt they re-sign Joba to do it unless he takes the 8th from Robertsen during this season.

  8. Nick in SF April 26th, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Wave Your Hate would’ve been better too.

  9. jacksquat April 26th, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Francisco is on the interstate.

    I hope he isn’t drunk.

  10. Rich in NJ April 26th, 2013 at 12:25 am

    I want them to go over $189, but I also want them to be serious about getting younger and growing their own.

  11. Jesus Bustero April 26th, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Hughes has no leverage in a negotiation which is why he won’t do it. His WHIP is 1.57. Do you think his agent is stupid?

  12. Rich in NJ April 26th, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Because leverage is based solely on a couple of starts. Jeez.

  13. David in Cal April 26th, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Why should Cano sign now with the Yanks? He, and his agent, know that Cano will get more when other teams can bid for him.

  14. Nick in SF April 26th, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Celebration ramen dinner on me for anyone in the vicinity of Saiwaii Ramen on Irving Street. Better hurry, though.

  15. Run it Out April 26th, 2013 at 12:56 am

    The Yankees had the off season to approach Hughes and Cano but it is not their MO. Now they can finish the season and decide if they want to return to NY or field offers. The Yankees method of not negotiating before a contract expires is fine if they are prepared to pay the price when the player finishes strong. I would be very surprised if either Cano or Hughes extend during the season.

  16. Rich in NJ April 26th, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Cano has a new representation, right? Their pattern has been to keep their clients where they are.

    As for Hughes, there may or may not be interest by either party to get something done now. It’s merely my opinion that it would be worth exploring.

    None of us know (and perhaps none of the media as well) what Hal’s true intention is with regard to the $189 thing.

    But if the report is accurate that he will go above it, it definitely makes sense to explore some extensions now, and it’s never to late to charge your mind while you still can.

  17. champt April 26th, 2013 at 1:26 am

    How much longer before everyone eats humble pie re: the Vernon Wells trade? Meanwhile, Scott Hairston is hitting a slick .095/.125/.286.

    Wells is bound to cool off but he has proved he is still a productive player.

  18. Pat M. April 26th, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Good night all and good morning to the breakfast club !!!!! We need to try to solicit some of the former breakfast club cast members to return and so we can keep this place moing into a good zone…….It would be nice even if it’s just a few days a week…….

  19. yankeehotelfoxtrot April 26th, 2013 at 1:41 am

    I’ve heard a lot of good stuff! It’s worth mentioning that if the suits are gonna make a serious run at getting below 189 (and adjust accordingly if they can’t field a championship team) then the Hugheses and Kurodas will definitely not get extensions, which is very rare mis-season anyway. I love what Kuroda brings to our rotation (stability, veteran leadership) but don’t forget about his desire to finish his career in Japan, despite how much we’d love to keep him until he’s ready to hang it up…time will tell.

    The bottom line imo is that the ’14 team is totally up in the air and the current team is not only grinding out wins but is playing now, not next year! My intention is to keep enjoying it and deal with next season after ’13 is a wrap (hopefully complete with WS #28). I do however have one (legitimate) fear: that the returns of Grandy and especially Tex are gonna mess with the mojo and chemistry these cats have created during the past month, deadening the excitement (i.e. he’s boring). Again, time will tell.

    One more thing, and I’m surprised this hasn’t come up much on here: it’s Mo’s final year and I have the suspicion that the almighty baseball Gods will have it end the way we all hope it does…it just wouldn’t feel right any other way, would it?? THEN they can rebuild for a couple years and it’ll be MUCH easier on us all. Time will tell lol ;)

  20. G. Love April 26th, 2013 at 1:53 am

    I don’t think Grandy will destroy the mojo mostly because Girardi has shown the backbone with him to move him around in the order.

    He doesn’t do the deferential BS he pulls with Tex pretending he’s a middle of the order hitter against RHP.

    Tex’s return, even if healthy, could sink the mojo because he’s not a major league star 1b anymore vs. RHP which we play against more often than not. Put that blindly in the 3-4 spot and every game winning rally dies at his feet when he doesn’t HR.

    I have faith that Grandy in a contract year puts in a better season average wise than last year. He’s playing for a lot of money and the last multi-year contract he can go for. A lot of guys play above their level in contract years.

    Tex, to me, is the fly in the ointment. He has been that since ’09 vs RHP and hasn’t resembled a middle of the order hitter for years and that’s with him healthy or with his “cough” last year.

    I can only imagine the apologies and excuses that will fly if he comes back and continues to hit .230 or lower against RHP from him and Girardi.

    That’s my issue with the guy on top of poor declining production. Mattingly, with his back in tatters, never made excuses when his health sapped his ability. Jeter didn’t do that. Guys like Matsui, Bernie, etc. never made excuses when they were banged up and struggling. Tex is all about excuses. From blaming other people for asking him to hit to all fields, to the cough, the hamstring, etc. It’s a pattern. He refuses to consider bunting against the shift despite the fact his trying to do so could’ve easily won games for them last season.

    That being said, if he comes back healthy we immediately improve vs LHP. I would just hope we keep Overbay to platoon with him or have some legitimate hitter against RHP to put at 1b.

  21. Crawdaddy April 26th, 2013 at 7:35 am

    We get it, you don’t like Tex.

  22. MTU April 26th, 2013 at 7:48 am

    IMO the only way Hal and co. will go over 189 next year is if the Team fares really badly this season.

    If they make the playoffs I don’t see it happening.

    They didn’t come this far to turn back w/o a really good reason.

  23. MTU April 26th, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Guys who can compete for Rotation spots next season (assuming Hughes, AP, and Hiroki are gone) :


    Seems like they will almost have to bring back at least one of Hughes, AP, or Kuroda.

    Maybe 2.

    Thoughts ?

  24. randy l. April 26th, 2013 at 8:08 am

    how’s your dog doing?

  25. MTU April 26th, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Sanchez to AA by mid-season ?

    He’s doing really well at Tampa.

    Only young OF prospect who is currently doing well is Flores.

    Does he go to AAA if he keeps it up ?

  26. MTU April 26th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Mongomery is destroying AAA.

    His ERA is under 1 so far. Ton of K’s in his 10 IP.

    Great start.


  27. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Good morning

    I don’t believe Flores has homered yet for Trenton. Heathcott is really struggling.

  28. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Vidal Nuno deserves a call-up.

  29. Doreen April 26th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    How are Montgomery’s walks?

    Good morning.

  30. MTU April 26th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Checked on Depaula.

    He has 33 K’s in 17 IP at Charleston w. a 3.63 ERA

    that’s an insane # of K’s.

  31. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Trenton Thunder stats. Look at Rob Segedin-9 errors!;sid=t567

  32. MTU April 26th, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Can’t find anything on jose ramirez.

    I’m assuming he’s injured again


  33. MTU April 26th, 2013 at 8:32 am


    4 bb, .90 WHIP

    Insanely good WHIP.

  34. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Montgomery 4 walks, 16 strikeouts in 10 innings of work

    SWB stats;sid=t531

  35. MTU April 26th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Romine is hitting .341 so far.


  36. austinmac April 26th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I haven’t heard anything about Ramirez. Did he get hurt in his last, poor start of the spring? I can’t believe it is blisters.

    I am happy to eat crow if Wells continues like it is. Warm it up in the oven for eating later.

    If Passan is right, I will lose a bet to Nick. It would be the happiest bet I ever lost.

  37. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    And Stewart is hitting .333.

  38. MTU April 26th, 2013 at 8:40 am


    My thought is that they will check the attendance figures and revenue streams for the season and go from there.

    If it all points in the wrong direction in a significant way I bet they break the cap.

    If not, they stay the course.

    These guys are all about the $’s.

  39. MTU April 26th, 2013 at 8:42 am


    In other words, if they think they can get away w it they will.


  40. MTU April 26th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Time for breakfast.

    The most important meal of the day.

  41. Doreen April 26th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Like those MM stats. High Ks are good, combined with low whip even better.

    And good for Romine.

    Maybe there’s hope for the future yet…


  42. jmills April 26th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Happy Friday people – see u on the other side tonight, pending a forgiving HWY.

  43. Shame Spencer April 26th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Jeff Passan wrote an article that says the Yankees are going to break the 189 thing.

    “They’re going to be over 189,” one source familiar with the Yankees’ plans said. “They know it. Everyone knows it. You can’t run a $3 billion team with the intentions of saving a few million dollars.”…..33974.html


    Not what I was expecting to see this morning, thanks for posting JF.

    Needless to say, if true I will be thrilled.

    I do still think there is a possibility they let Hughes walk if they think they can retain Kuroda and Andy on another set of one year deals. Obviously, as a card carrying member of Team Greedy, I’d be happy to bring back ALL the FA pitchers. ;)

  44. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    MTU and MAC-

    It’s a weak FA class this offseason. The Yankees have so many FA’s and possible holes to fill, with the best position prospects potentially not ready till 2015.

  45. austinmac April 26th, 2013 at 8:48 am


    The stands look emptier to my eyes than in quite a while. They are averaging 31,000. It could go up, but last year they averaged 38,000. I also wonder how many unused tickets occur. That too is a loss of revenue.

    We will see. Passan is right that they shouldn’t risk the brand for a few million bucks. Does Hal want to be hated by the fans of the team he owns? It’s not like his lifestyle will change if they pay their players.

  46. austinmac April 26th, 2013 at 8:52 am


    We probably will only see a minimal number of desirable free agents going forward. Can we reverse time and sign Darvish, please?

    The outfield prospects have all had their issues so far, especially Heathcott who seems lost based on his stats. I think Austin will hit. My sober observation of Williams is he will hit too. Heathcott is making me a bit concerned. I wonder if Flores has MLB tools for a corner outfielder.

  47. The Genius Maker April 26th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Not really sure why some of you want to lock up Hughes now? Unless you get a good deal I am not so sold on him. he still allows far too many fat pitches. While his last start was as good as he has pitched, the prior one (which had the same results), was not very good. he was very lucky and they just didn’t hit very hittable pitches. Nova has better stuff than Hughes, but Nova throws too many fat pitches as well. Both of these guys need to improve their control/command and consistency to get to the next level otherwise they are just a 4th /5th starter. I am not sure whether Nova will get it together as his windup is inconsistent, but he has a higher ceiling that Hughes does.

  48. MTU April 26th, 2013 at 8:55 am


    If was never serious about it then why announce it to the World ? I think he is. Dead serious.

    And if he is , why change course unless the revenues force him to ?

    I have thought for some time that Hal wants to sell.

    I’m ready for him to prove me wrong.

  49. The Genius Maker April 26th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I posted a long one before this game so please read the last two updates on the yanks. Thanks and enjoy

  50. MTU April 26th, 2013 at 8:58 am


    Agree on Nova. Not sure he will ever iron out his delivery enough to be consistent year to year.

    Definitely better stuff than Hughes.

  51. MTU April 26th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    new one —–>

  52. The Genius Maker April 26th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    For the folks that didn’t read my blog, wasn’t it awesome to watch Rivera last night? That was vintage Mo with his pinpoint control and movement. Awesome to watch the Genius Maker

  53. Yankee Trader April 26th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I don’t believe the Yankees will pursue signing Hughes to an extension, and when he tests FA, he’ll probably want to return to Southern California to a park that suits his extremely high fly ball style. I believe he had only one groundout his last outing.

  54. blake April 26th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    If the Yankees do exceed the 189 threshold in 2014 then 1) it makes some of their recent moves/non moves a bit curious 2) I hope they bring back the same rotation in 2014 + a healthy Pineda……meaning bring back Kuroda and Andy and re-sign Hughes if all are healthy and want to pitch

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