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Yankees pregame: Kuroda takes the day shift

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jun 19, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hiroki KurodaWelcome to a long day/night of baseball. Hiroki Kuroda will start for the Yankees in the opener of the doubleheader against the Dodgers and Phil Hughes will take the night shift. Kuroda is 7-2 with a 2.18 ERA in his 12 day starts with the Yankees these two seasons, tied for the top winning percentage in the AL (.778).

“A lot of times when you have a little age on you, you prefer the first game instead of waiting around all day,” Joe Girardi said. “Hughesie seems to like to pitch a little better at night. So it actually works out pretty well.”

Kuroda went 7-12 with a 3.79 ERA in 26 games, including 25 starts, working on the day side for the Dodgers. And now he gets to go against his old team.

“What might help is this situation is a lot of the guys that are playing today weren’t teammates of his,” Girardi said. “They have a lot of new faces there.”

Girardi said he hadn’t spoken to Brian Cashman as yet about the Yankees’ plan for the outfielder they reportedly have acquired from the Astros, Fernando Martinez, the former Mets prospect who got hurt often and didn’t pan out. The Yankees do need outfield depth at Triple-A.

The tentative plan for new call-up Zoilo Almonte is to give the 24-year-old switch-hitting outfielder a start in the second game and probably one against a righty in the coming Tampa Bay series. He was batting .297 with 12 doubles, six homers and 36 RBI with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was batting .354 in 16 games this month, including 10 for 17 in his last four games. Almonte played all three outfield positions for the RailRiders.

“We really believe this kid is going to hit,” Girardi said. “At times, we really saw it in spring training. He struggled a little bit in spring training. Maybe it was the excitement of trying to make a team. But he has seemed to swing the bat pretty well down there, especially left-handed. He’s a guy that can play either left or right, which is helpful in this situation.”

Photo by The Associated Press.

 
 

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62 Responses to “Yankees pregame: Kuroda takes the day shift”

  1. Mike in Harrisburg June 19th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Go Yanks! Love day games.

  2. Ys Guy June 19th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    we’re talking about managing, which mattingly hasnt shown too much aptitude for.
    they were the favorite going into last year and tanked.
    same so far this year.
    he’s been rumored to be on the chopping block for weeks.
    my elay dodger fan friend says he thinks most dodger fans think mattingly is ‘competent’ at best, though few blame the whole dodger mess on him.

  3. Mike in Harrisburg June 19th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I think it would have been a mistake to hire Mattingly, for that reason. Would hate to see his legacy tarnished as a Yankee if he failed as a manager. And how long did it take Yogi to return to the stadium after he got fired for the second time in 85?

  4. Jerkface June 19th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Mattingly makes tactical blunders quite often and has been burned twice by not knowing/forgetting rules. Great player but not sure I want him as manager. They were right to pass on him before.

  5. Giuseppe Franco June 19th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    If we’re talking strictly about what Girardi has done as a manager then why mention what he did as a player?

  6. Giuseppe Franco June 19th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I’m not suggesting Mattingly would have been a better option to manage this team back in 2008.

    I’m just defending him against what I view as unfair or unjustified attacks (ie: what has he ever won or he wouldn’t be able to handle the NY media).

    Full disclosure: Mattingly was my hero in junior high and high school and is the reason I’m a Yankee fan so I admit to being somewhat biased here.

  7. J. Alfred Prufrock June 19th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    The Yankees’ direction and philosophy is reflected in who they chose to manage the team.

    I don’t care for the philosophy or the manager and his priorities. He absolutely did not put us in a good position to win in that 2011 series; he hurt our chances, in fact. It was one of the worst managing jobs in the postseason I have seen, right up there with Joe in 2004 against Boston.

  8. Ys Guy June 19th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    “yeah, the yankees really could use chavez right now” evan roberts.

    yes, fortunately there is no limit to how many players you can have on the dl,

  9. Warning Track Power June 19th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    A sweep today would be a great 1st step towards a winning streak!

    LET’S GO YANKEES!!!
    LET’S GO YANKEES!!!
    LET’S GO YANKEES!!!

  10. blake June 19th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    “So who do you want the Yankees to trade for? What position will that person play? And what spot in the order is that person going to take?”

    well the trade market is just now forming so I’m not sure to be honest…..it may be that they are stuck and can’t do anything and if so they’ll just have to make due…..but this lineup likely isn’t going to be good enough to win a title and might not be good enough to make the playoffs so if they have those aspirations then Cash needs to be looks for upgrade any and everywhere and I think he probably is. They need 3B help, SS help, Corner OF help, catcher help……any of those spots could be upgraded and help the team.

  11. blake June 19th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    The Yankees have a good manager….they need better players.

  12. J. Alfred Prufrock June 19th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Much rather have Buck or Mattingly.

  13. blake June 19th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    “He absolutely did not put us in a good position to win in that 2011 series; he hurt our chances, in fact.”

    they lost that series because aside from Cano the offense disappeared and they couldn’t hit Colby Lewis and guys like that.

  14. blake June 19th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Same reason they lost to Detroit twice…..couldn’t hit…..had Game 5 lined up to win in 2011….couldn’t hit Fister and lost……last year the bottom totally fell out. The problem started in 2010…..festered in 2011…..in 2012 it died

  15. Warning Track Power June 19th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock June 19th, 2013 at 12:21 pm
    Much rather have Buck or Mattingly.
    ————————————————————
    Over Girardi?
    Why?

    Do you think your 2 preferences could be doing better?

  16. Ys Guy June 19th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    buck knows his baseball, but what has he won? a WC?

    it seems to me like his most notable tendency is to wear out his welcome.

  17. blake June 19th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    When I think about managers I’d rather have than Girardi…..maybe Madden…..maybe Buck….I can’t really think of anybody else. Maybe there are some others as good or maybe even better but I don’t know how they’d do in NY.

    Joe isn’t the problem…..the problem is Jason Nix batting 2nd and Vernon Wells hitting cleanup and Neal hitting 5th……

  18. pkyankfan69 June 19th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Girardi can be a bit too stubborn for my liking at times (IE sticking with Andruw Jones as long as he did las year) but for the most part he does a good job… It’s not his fault our roster is old and breaking down in terms of postion players.

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock June 19th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    No, he had options in critical situations over and over again, and failed to do anything. We needed some contact with the bases juiced and one out, at least twice in that series, and he let Martin and Swisher go up there and give themselves vertigo and go down swinging. He could have moved Posada, who was red hot, up in the lineup – did nothing.

    He also gave away Game 2 by having Ayala come in with us down by two runs at home, as if it were a game in June rather than a best of five, even though Robertson had not pitched in two days and was available.

    These are not things “good managers” do.

    He’s ok in the regular season. The problem is, in the postseason, he doesn’t adjust.

  20. Ys Guy June 19th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    wherever buck goes, he is THE story. the team, the organization revolves around buck.
    he’s smarter and more prepared than anyone. just do what he says and you’ll win.

    but buck has not shown to this point that this is a winning strategy.

    veteran stars, the guys that teams and organizations normally revolve around, don’t seem to like the manager being the center of the universe.

    i like buck but im not sure he’ll ever take a team to the promised land.

  21. pat June 19th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    DannyKnoblerCBS
    For the season, Yankee cleanup hitters have .667 OPS. Only White Sox, Brewers, Astros have been worse.

  22. Ys Guy June 19th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    you dont see players wearing thier hats askew when buck’s in charge.
    you also dont see those players in the WS

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock June 19th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    NEW YORK — Don’t tell Yogi.

    New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi thought Game 2 was over. His team had barely hit all game.

    They were already down three runs heading into the ninth. Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde, 49-for-49 in save situations on the season, was waiting in the bullpen. So Girardi thought it was over before it was over.

    He didn’t put in Rafael Soriano or David Robertson to hold the damage in the ninth.

    [+] EnlargeJoe Girardi
    AP Photo/Kathy KmonicekJoe Girardi could learn a thing or two from another ex-Yankee catcher.

    He opted for the Yankees’ postseason version of the white flag — Luis Ayala. Ayala gave up a run in the top of the ninth and made the incredible, just-missed comeback in the bottom half that much harder.

    Girardi had decided that the battle for Game 2 was lost and so he wanted to save his bullets for Detroit.

    “We still have two more games in a row,” Girardi said after the Tigers knotted up the ALDS at one game apiece with their 5-3 win over the Yankees.

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....n-comeback

    That quote: “We still have two more games in a row,” basically says it all and removes any “good manager” appellation, IMO.

  24. Warning Track Power June 19th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    pat June 19th, 2013 at 12:41 pm
    DannyKnoblerCBS
    For the season, Yankee cleanup hitters have .667 OPS. Only White Sox, Brewers, Astros have been worse.
    ——————————————————————————–
    To be expected. How can they be any better since key players, hitters who might have been hitting cleanup have been injured & unavailable.
    This stat should come with an asterisk that explains which players have missed games
    due to injury or stats provided by the B line-up at Yankee Stadium

  25. Ys Guy June 19th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    yeah girardi just sits on his hands and lets things play out on their own in the PS.

    just ask alex rodriguez and raul ibanez

  26. Run it Out June 19th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    you dont see players wearing thier hats askew when buck’s in charge.
    you also dont see those players in the WS

    Check out Pedro Strop

  27. Hassey June 19th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    anyone at the Stadium yet to report on Mattingly ovations?

  28. mick June 19th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    you dont see players wearing thier hats askew when buck’s in charge.
    you also dont see those players in the WS
    =======================
    i hate that. almost as much as twittering ballplayers…

  29. Tackelberry June 19th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock June 19th, 2013 at 12:21 pm
    Much rather have Buck or Mattingly.

    _______________________

    Buck, yes. Mattingly? NO! What has he done that would make you think he is better than Girardi? Has all this high paying talent and his team can’t get out of its own way.

  30. pat June 19th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    #Yankees ink 1st-rder Ian Clarkin for $1,605,100, 2nd-rder Gosuke Katoh for $845,700. More: http://bit.ly/SigningsCentral #mlbdraft

  31. UnKnown June 19th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Like Alex or not this team would be better right now if he was playing for them and will be better if he does indeed come back and play at some point this year.

  32. Ys Guy June 19th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    i lilke madden alot, but again is he right for a veteran team of millionaires. will his antics play? would he take a different tack? hard to say.

    id say buck, madden and joe each fit their particular teams well, right now. buck teaching youngsters how to play and win, madden thinking outside the box with a team that has to be outside the box and joe with an older, staid bunch who have pretty much seen and done everything.

    if you scrambled the three of them, idk that any of them would succeed with the other’s teams.

  33. Hassey June 19th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Leyland would succeed with anyone’s team

  34. Ys Guy June 19th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    you get the idea that in the buck showalter book of how to play the game the word fun doesnt exsist.

    its in the first paragraph of madden’s book.

    probably gets a mention somewhere in joe g’s book, somewhere near the back.

  35. mick June 19th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    anyone at the Stadium yet to report on Mattingly ovations?
    =============
    the bleacher creatures will be on center stage soon…

  36. Warning Track Power June 19th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Hassey June 19th, 2013 at 12:47 pm
    anyone at the Stadium yet to report on Mattingly ovations?
    ———————————————————————————–
    I have the DVR set to record the morning game and afternoon game.
    Looking forward to seeing and hearing the ovation Donny receives
    from the fans.

  37. Hassey June 19th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    How far down is the word “fun” in the LoHud Yankees terms of service ?

  38. igotid88 June 19th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    If Mattingly had Rivera the Dodgers would be in first place.

  39. Ys Guy June 19th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    once the ‘bleacher creatures’ elected a leader, i stopped sitting in the bleachers.

  40. munson15 June 19th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    So Prufock, if Girardi doesn’t do what you think he should, he’s a bad manager ? Is that based on all your years of managing ?

  41. Warning Track Power June 19th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    mick June 19th, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    anyone at the Stadium yet to report on Mattingly ovations?
    =============
    the bleacher creatures will be on center stage soon…
    ————————————————————————
    Mick-
    Why didn’t I think of that. Roll Call for Donny Baseball today???
    Anything is possible.

  42. mick June 19th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    the creatures think they are the best fans around.

  43. mick June 19th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Whats The Problem

    I’m glad we are back on speaking terms.

  44. mick June 19th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Oh Kay…he will be pointing his thumbs all over the place…I hear Coney Paullie Flash and Singy are all in the booth…how could I forget Leiter, his best friend next to Paullie?

  45. mick June 19th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Keep your thumbs in your pocket like they told ya, Oh Kay?

  46. Run it Out June 19th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    They just said it was Mary Kay, Leiter and Cone in the booth

  47. J. Alfred Prufrock June 19th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    With the DH, I hope there’s at least a decent turnout to give Mattingly some love today.

  48. Ys Guy June 19th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    the beauty of the bleachers in the old days was its total autonomy. it was a free zone so to speak. back rows of people buying and smoking pot, a merengue band playing music completely unconnected to the game in front of them, spontaneous arguments across sections, bedlam with room to spread out over a few seats.

    you can’t organize bedlam.

  49. mick June 19th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    “snapshots from the scrapbook of the mind” that has to written by Kay…

  50. Hassey June 19th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    don’t forget that on a hot day in the bleachers, you had the added bonus of the skin on your legs sticking to the leg-skin of the strangers next to you

  51. mick June 19th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    he kept his left hand in his pocket.
    and toned it down.
    good job.

  52. blake June 19th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Hassey says:
    June 19, 2013 at 12:51 pm
    Leyland would succeed with anyone’s team

    If he gets to take Verlander, Scherzer, Miggy, Prince etc with him then sure…..

  53. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 19th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    GO YANKS!!! GO HIROKI!!! GO WELLSY!!!

    Keep the home fires burning mick. Off to some appointments.

    :)

  54. Ys Guy June 19th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Let’s win 2!

  55. mick June 19th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    trish keep your lamps trimmed and burning

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUseW_yJkpg

  56. Hassey June 19th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Let’s score 2!!!

  57. J. Alfred Prufrock June 19th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Buck, yes. Mattingly? NO! What has he done that would make you think he is better than Girardi? Has all this high paying talent and his team can’t get out of its own way.
    ///

    Somehow, I think Mattingly would have seen the logic of moving Posada, who was hitting over .400, up in that Yankee lineup, and somehow, he would have found a way to pinch hit for cipher swingers when we had one out and the bases loaded at least twice in that ALDS. That was an unbelievably apoplectic display of managing, right there. That still stings. I guess you had to be there.

  58. longtimefan June 19th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I like what Buck has done in Baltimore, but in all fairness, if you compare starting position players by position, the only advantage the yanks have this year is 2nd base, O’s take the rest.

  59. Ys Guy June 19th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    i remember seeing that kid play his first opening day in pinstripes. of course i was only a kid, too being a year older than donnie.

    he left a small village on base, botched 2 dp’s and got sent back down a couple of weeks later.

    …he got better….

  60. mick June 19th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Some teams still have these:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSvo27aA4NM

  61. J. Alfred Prufrock June 19th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    munson15 June 19th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    So Prufock, if Girardi doesn’t do what you think he should, he’s a bad manager ? Is that based on all your years of managing ?
    ///

    If I said he was a good manager, what would that be based on? All my years of managing? Is your idea that he’s a good one, which I’m assuming, is that based on your managerial career? Or just your critical reasoning powers?

  62. J. Alfred Prufrock June 19th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Cano with Baltimore’s lineup. That would be awesome :D


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