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Postgame notes: “The power will come”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 14, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira said it won’t bother him one bit if he leaves Tampa without hitting a single home run this spring.

“I know I can,” he said. “I know I can.”

After an RBI single this afternoon, Teixeira is hitting just .167 with a single extra-base hit through five games, but that’s only 12 at-bats. Hardly a large enough sample to mean anything. Even if the power numbers don’t surge in these next two weeks, Teixeira said he’ll still feel confident as long as his surgically repaired right wrist continues to feel the way it does now. Aside from the extra medical treatment he’s getting every day — standard maintenance — Teixeira said this is starting to feel more and more like a normal spring training. The wrist is become less of a concern each day, and today was a minor hurdle with Teixeira playing back-to-back games for the first time.

“I don’t want my swing to be this power swing right away when I’ve just got to worry about having good quality swings, being short to the ball, squaring up balls,” Teixeira said. “It doesn’t really matter where they go right now because I just want to make really solid contact. … It’s really hitting the ball hard, squaring up balls, which I’ve been doing. Which is a good sign. And as I get going, more and more games, and as we get into the season, the power, that’s naturally there. The power will come.”

According to his MLB.com player page, Teixeira hit just one spring home run in 2011, a year he wound up hitting 39 in the regular season. He also homered just once in a pretty bad spring of 2007, the year he finished with the highest OPS of his career.

“He looks great,” manager for the weekend Rob Thomson said. “He’s had good at-bats. He looks balanced at the plate. He looks like he’s got his normal spring training bat speed. It’s not there yet, but it’s not behind where he normally would be at this time. And he’s played well defensively, and he ran the bases well today. So, yeah: so far, so good.”

Eduardo Nunez· While making the final out of the fifth inning, Eduardo Nunez took a spike to the left thigh. He was scheduled to play one more inning, but Thomson pulled him from the game as a precaution. Nunez said the slide was unnecessarily rough — Thomson suggested the runner, Chris Colabello, forgot there were two outs and thought he had to break up a double play — but Nunez didn’t seem upset. “I don’t think he did it on purpose,” Nunez said. “He was just hustling.” Nunez wasn’t scheduled to play tomorrow anyway.

· Another backup infielder, Brendan Ryan, was able to hit and field ground balls inside today. He’s expected to do infield drills outside tomorrow. He’s still on track to likely return to games sometime next week. Ryan has continuously downplayed the significance of his sore lower back. “He looks good, and he feels really good,” Thomson said. “So that’s a really good sign.”

· Russ Canzler was scratched from the lineup because of some stiffness in his left hip. The Yankees believe it’s related to yesterday’s play when Canzler went into the stands to catch a foul ball. Believed to be a minor issue.

· Another rough outing for Manny Banuelos, who got just one out — a strikeout — while being charged with four runs on two walks and two singles. The big hit was a two-run single that was pretty weakly hit to right. Banuelos said he just didn’t have very good control, which was pretty obvious. “I think at the start it looked like he was scattered a little bit, and then he found it,” Thomson said. “They got some soft hits off him, too. I’m just, for me, I’m just happy to see him out there. He’s been out for a long time. He hasn’t had many outings. So I’m just happy that he’s out there and he’s throwing the ball. He’s going to have success because he’s got a good arm and he’s a tough kid, and we’ve just got to wait a while, that’s all.”

· Kind of an uneven start for David Phelps, who allowed two run through four innings, but probably should have gone deeper with a 75-pitch limit. “I felt like the biggest thing I took away from it, I’ve just got to put guys away,” Phelps said. “I had like six, seven, eight-pitch at-bats today and that got my pitch count up.”

David Phelps· Phelps has been working on throwing his slider front-door to right-handers, catching the inside edge of the plate. He’s able to fairly consistently hit that same exact spot back-door against lefties, and he thinks it can be an effective weapon against right-handers as well. “You’re wanting (the right-handed hitter) to buckle on it,” Phelps said. “You want it to be in enough that if he does swing, it’s going to jam him. Especially being in the American League East, you have to pitch guys in. That’s all it really boils down to is just having another pitch I can command on the inner half.”

· Pitching performance of the day? Once again it’s Dellin Betances, who went 1.2 hitless and has now pitched eight scoreless innings this spring. “It’s guys growing up and maturing, getting comfortable with the situation,” Thomson said. “Although (Fred) Lewis had a little trouble today, he’s really pitched well for us this spring. Then you look at (Bryan) Mitchell and (Shane) Greene and Betances, these guys they’re starting to get better and starting to feel comfortable out there. And all those guys have great stuff, so (those are) good signs.”

· Box score notes: To start the first inning, Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, so did Brian Roberts, Teixeira singled and eventually scored on a ground ball. After that, the Yankees didn’t have another hit, ultimately losing 7-3 against the Twins. … Ramon Flores drew a walk in his two plate appearances. He’s hitting just .150, but for whatever reason it feels to me like he’s having a good spring. I looked at the box score expecting a much higher average. … Thomson mentioned Fred Lewis, who wasn’t charged with any runs but did allow three hits and a walk through one inning of work. Lewis allowed two of the Banuelos runners to come around and score. … up from minor league camp, James Pazos pitched a hitless inning with one strikeout.

· The Yankees first three batters had hits, then they made 27 outs without another base knock. Interim manager needs to be fire? “I should be,” Thomson said. “If I was the general manager, I would be.”

· Final word goes to Thomson: “It’s a great thing that we’re doing going on Panama, but to have basically four split-squads in a row, it can be tough. And guys still have to get their days off. We have to do what we have to do. It’s exciting for me to see some of these minor league kids come up here and play. I mean, they played great. They hit the ball on the nose and turned a double play and they’re in the right position. Fundamentally, they’re pretty solid.”

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68 Responses to “Postgame notes: “The power will come””

  1. jmills March 14th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    New news, Brandon Morrow isn’t ” right “. No injury or anything ( so told so far ), but now he is apparently the # 5 starta’ out of the gate. ” And you left me, just when I needed you most “.

  2. jmills March 14th, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Melky gets my best wishes post benign impinging tumour. The guy is running down balls in centre and swatting much bettah’ than Otto Velez.

  3. Cashmoney March 14th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I don’t want my swing to be this power swing right away when I’ve just got to worry about having good quality swings, being short to the ball, squaring up balls,” Teixeira said.
    ====
    I get what he is saying which is fine. but he is hitting 167, can’t be the average swing either.

    just thought it was funny.

  4. Pat M. March 14th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Cashmoney…..I meant to discuss the terms of your proposed wager regarding Pineda and the 7 wins. I’m all over that provided he breaks camp healthy. 1/2 Benji , he’s a lock for 7 wins CM. I’m not pushing this by any means. If you have time, go to Bovada sports book and check out the over / unders and maybe give me your best 5 teams. I have to play all 30 teams.

  5. Hankflorida March 14th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    ====
    I get what he is saying which is fine. but he is hitting 167, can’t be the average swing either.
    just thought it was funny.

    Cashmoney, if another power hitter bites the dust and Text is going to beat the shift by spraying the ball around and not put pressure on his wrists, then the Yankees should immediately renovate the Stadium so they can play in Citifield.

  6. jmills March 14th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Pineda looks good for 7 if they stick him out there. Maybe he’ll do the Carl Morten thing and win 10 while losing 18 or something,…and then get traded to the Braves. There was a Jays pitcher in ’77 or ’78 that got left out to dry – Jeff Byrd. Kid won one while losing in and around 16. Phil Huffman went through similiar travails.

  7. Cashmoney March 14th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Will do Pat M. I will give you an answer by this weekend since I be home this week.

  8. jmills March 14th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Those were funny expansion daze avec my Jays. There were a few good moments. One weekend in YS, Jim Clancy was the lucky recipient of a 16-9 drubbing of the WS bound Yanks. The Jay record for most RBI’s in a game – 9, still stands by,…Roy Howell. Another weeknight game we demolished Baltimore 24-10 and Weaver ended up placing Crowley in to pitch.

    Good Times

  9. Pat M. March 14th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    CM….Once again, I’m not pushing this I get plenty of action via a sports broker. The over/ under thing is a 2 grand investment. Now if I were dealing with Erica well then I’d be trying to get my money back….I don’t think she ever lost a wager here as she took both Nick and I a few seasons ago regarding Wang and Damon. Miss her along with many others. Good to see Stuckey back though.

  10. blake March 14th, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    @itsjenIawrence: How do we not have lightsabers yet? It’s like scientists aren’t even trying…

    This isn’t the real Jennifer Lawrence but it sounds like something she’d say

  11. jmills March 14th, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    When the Jays clinched the ’92 division title, and the season injured Stieb left early post another A.L.only matter, a bunch of idiot Toronto players basically deficated all over Stieb’s locker. Stieb was understandably confused and hurt. The guy had brought us there so far, how dare you do this!

  12. Pat M. March 14th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    blake….Actually Ms. Lawrence graduates HS as a 16 yearold, 2 years early. I do agree with you because it seems as though she’s so spontaneous with her responses…..She’s top shelf material however

  13. blake March 14th, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    “blake….Actually Ms. Lawrence graduates HS as a 16 yearold, 2 years early. I do agree with you because it seems as though she’s so spontaneous with her responses…..She’s top shelf material however”

    Oh that wasn’t a slam….she’s awesome

  14. blake March 14th, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    It’s a very valid question…..why haven’t scientists invented light sabers yet?

  15. mick March 14th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    a bunch of idiot Toronto players basically deficated all over Stieb’s locker.
    ========================
    In Little Murders, Elliot Gould took pictures of dog feces as I remember.

  16. Pat M. March 14th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Looks like my seats tonight are even better than yesterday. Later guys, Arizona and then UCLA. Blake, ditto on the J.L. take, and yeah, why no light sabers yet ????

  17. chicken_stanley March 14th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Good evening all.

    Been skimming some recent posts… I see discussions about:

    *how Pineda should be handled
    *setting up friendly wagers, and
    *the merits of various superheroes!

    I love this place :)

  18. bbb51 March 14th, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Girardi went to Panama?

  19. JimmyT March 14th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    If anyone cares Montero was optioned to AAA. The Mariners clearly understand my desire for enhanced team control and development.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Not the same situation; not even close. Pineda was injured, then rehabbed where Montero simply fell on his face. Unless his overeating constitutes an injury.

    Montero has proven he can’t hack it, and Pineda has yet to be given the chance. At this point I don’t think there is a clear leader, but if Pineda shows he’s ready it’s kinda hard to tell him “great job kid, pack your bags for Scranton.”

    I don’t see a clear easy answer, as there are a couple of ways you could approach it, but if he’s on his game sending him down for too long is a catalog thing to do if service time is your motivation. This isn’t Tampa.

  20. bbb51 March 14th, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Montero has a .976 ops, but he has been facing an average of AAA pitchers. He came to camp overweight. The Mariners have 1B/DH covered and he can’t catch. I guess they will try to trade him?

  21. stillstuckey March 14th, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Seattle couldn’t have a guy come into camp 40 pounds over his suggested weight, make the comments he did, and put him on the big league roster. As an organization they have to send a message to every player in their system, you don’t do what he did and get a mulligan because you hit a little bit.

  22. bbb51 March 14th, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I’ll take that “just square the ball up” swing from Tex all year long. He’ll still hit homers, and might hit .280.

  23. stillstuckey March 14th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    “It’s a very valid question…..why haven’t scientists invented light sabers yet?”

    Hard to tell a beam of light to stop after 2 feet..?

  24. GregD March 14th, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    watched Betances in the replay…..he is going to make our bullpen very good…..I think he will end up the year as the 8th inning guy……..

  25. blake March 14th, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    stillstuckey says:
    March 14, 2014 at 9:22 pm
    “It’s a very valid question…..why haven’t scientists invented light sabers yet?”

    Hard to tell a beam of light to stop after 2 feet..?

    Hey where there is a will there is a way

  26. jmills March 14th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    mick, I’m pissed off. Any savant idiot knew, Stieb rules! :D

  27. Revenge of Stoneburner March 14th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Geesshhh

    Scientists Finally Invent Real, Working Lightsabers

    http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/.....ghtsabers/

  28. jmills March 14th, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    The French Connection on the Buffalo Sabres scared me a lot … ( Gil Perreault, Rene Robert, Rick Martin )

  29. exiledintampa March 14th, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    The French Connection. Saw them alot at the old War Memorial auditorium. The AUD in Buffalo.

  30. jmills March 14th, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Danny Gare was a great 50 scorer for Buffalo as well. Beat Dryden in the playoffs I believe in ‘ 75?

  31. BoJo March 14th, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    “Teixeira is hitting just .167 with a single extra-base hit through five games”
    ===========
    Sounds like he is already in April-June form.

  32. Cashmoney March 14th, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Pat M, that’s a bet. But consider you put in the pre-req of breaking camp healthy, I will lower my odds to 2-1 to you, we set at 61/2 wins, let me know if you find that agreeable. I actually don’t bet on sports at all, but this is fun and for giggles. half Benji it is.

    I will look at the Bovada later and give a college try.

  33. BoJo March 14th, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    “· Phelps has been working on throwing his slider front-door to right-handers, catching the inside edge of the plate”
    ====
    Phelps is just one pitch away from being a dominant CY Young type pitcher. Unfortunately, learning a 99 mph rising fastball is tough to do.

    In all seriousness, I think he lacks the punch out pitch to make him anything more than an end of rotation starter. BUT guess what–he is exactly the type pitcher Dave Duncan would teach a spitter to, and have him win 20 games.

  34. Pat M. March 14th, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    wow man is Arizona good, real good. the only team that I’ve seen that might beat them is wichita state. great defense

  35. chicken_stanley March 14th, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Cash – earlier there was some talk about the merits of various superheroes. . I was a little disappointed and surprised that prime time’s name never came up!

  36. BoJo March 14th, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    jmills March 14th, 2014 at 10:13 pm
    The French Connection on the Buffalo Sabres scared me a lot … ( Gil Perreault, Rene Robert, Rick Martin )
    =======
    If they had any marketing acumen, one of them should have been nicknamed “Popeye.”

  37. BoJo March 14th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    BTW–when picking the blog’s biggest comics nerd, I have to throw my name in ring. I have about 90% of every comic book ever printed in US from 1939 to present (in digital form). I am looking for a ten step program for this.

  38. pete2 March 14th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    The patent for light sabers has been classified under national security laws. It exists but is not in the public domain. Much technology like wireless electricity is also restricted. Tesla could have changed the world if not for JP Morgan fears of free electricity for all.

  39. pkyankfan69 March 14th, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Just watched ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

    Loved it… Another classic from the Coen Bros

  40. chicken_stanley March 14th, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Bojo- what characters are your favorites? Me, I could never get enough of the Hulk

  41. BoJo March 14th, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Green Lantern and Barry Allen Flash were my favorites. If I had a power ring, I would be conjuring up old playmates while the universe burned…if you know what I mean.

  42. BoJo March 14th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Also a character many here won’t recognize…from Archie Comics THUNDER Agents….Menthor…really cool character.

  43. Against All Odds March 14th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    blake March 14th, 2014 at 8:17 pm
    It’s a very valid question…..why haven’t scientists invented light sabers yet?

    ————-

    Too many ppl would want to be Sith Lords.

  44. jmills March 14th, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Bill Bixby was the best hulk! The courtship of Eddie’s father, ” let me tell you about my best friend around,…babababa “

  45. chicken_stanley March 14th, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Bojo – lol on the power ring… I was big on all Archie comics but you have me stumped on menthor.

    Hate to admit it but as a kid I really liked uncle scrooge and Richie Rich

  46. chicken_stanley March 14th, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Hello jmills!

  47. jmills March 14th, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    I had the comic for Richie Rich on the San Diego dry dock first Queen Mary. Beautiful ship. The Queen Mary 1.

  48. jmills March 14th, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    chicken, hi, I think I might have a starting rotation problem :)

  49. chicken_stanley March 14th, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Jmills – look at it this way: the rotation is absolutely not a problem (right now)… come April, we may have to revisit that statement :)

  50. BoJo March 14th, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Menthor info

    http://www.comicvine.com/menthor/4005-46472/

    Drawn by the great Wally Wood

  51. BoJo March 14th, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Enjoy

    https://majorspoilers.com/2010/02/21/hero-history-menthor/

  52. chicken_stanley March 14th, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Bojo – pretty cool… seeing the artwork makes me want to unpack my stash of old comics and read a few

  53. chicken_stanley March 14th, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Dont know if any of you are folowing the ACC Tourney but its been a wild day… Pitt over UNC, NC State over Syracuse, and Duke barely escapes with a win.

  54. BoJo March 14th, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Menthor was drawn by a few of the best…Wally Wood, Gil Kane, and a few others. Thunder Agents was a great comic that is now public domain so you can read them online. DC Comics bought the rights to characters in early 2000s, and released them in various attempts.

  55. J. Alfred Prufrock March 14th, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    chicken, Bojo, jmills, Odds, et al:

    Please pray for luis and jmv. I received an email both reassuring and highly unsettling. Luis said he is safe ATM but tear gas is being unleashed and guns going off all night in his neighborhood.

    I know you guys care and therefore I implore you to both pray for our two dear blog friends and to spread the word regarding the Venezuela situation. There are 600 people unaccounted for who are presumed dead; injured people, people being illegally detained, etc.

    Again, I implore you to pray. We’ve got friends here whose very lives are at stake.

    Thanks, all.

  56. jmills March 14th, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Alfred, as best you can, relate to Luis and jmv that they have a home here!

  57. chicken_stanley March 14th, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    JAP- will do. I was going to post earlier to see if anyone had heard from Luis or jmv recently. Thanks for the update!

  58. jmills March 14th, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    I haven’t written jmv for a couple of weeks. I respect whatever that person might be having to cope with. jmv is a great person worth knowing!

  59. BoJo March 15th, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Will do.

  60. jmills March 15th, 2014 at 12:59 am

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=B.....del=watch#

    Luis and jmv, sometimes backwards feels like going forwards!

  61. GregD March 15th, 2014 at 7:11 am

    the ACC tournament was crazy yesterday…….some great games though it was disappointing to see the Tar Heels not come to play in the first 30 minutes

  62. GregD March 15th, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Spring Training next week!!!!

  63. jmills March 15th, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Why I arrange to have a 9 am appointment for my car on a Saturday ends up being an exercise in regimentation. I’m going to leave early to hopefully be the first one to get the Ferrari in. Takes my mind off the troubled rotation thing.

  64. jmills March 15th, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I think we need to extend spring training. McGowan is only up to 2 innings and Morrow isn’t even on the radar. Whispers of Romero suddenly abound due to the paucity fact. Happ is bumming kicking tyres. I assume Buehrle is ready with his soft junk. Still, all in all, Tanaka was the only SP worth getting heavy over. It is unsettling having a knuckler as your ace. At least they don’t tend to get hurt.

  65. jmills March 15th, 2014 at 7:39 am

    My kid wrote last night having seen the Jackie Robinson film. She recommends it.

  66. jmills March 15th, 2014 at 8:07 am

    On the plus side, Drew Hutchison is showing controlled calmness, and I guess the Jays are going to put him out there. No time like the present, and maybe an innings count for the season is a debatable notion at best. I’m hoping for a Bret Saberhagan. Drew had Tommy John and hopefully inherits some of John’s durability going forward. Stroman is triple A bound, but if he continues his ascent, he might see Toronto soon. I could see him getting relief exposure first, but then again, there may not be time for that. ” Here’s the ball Marcus “. Drabeck has been just awful; whatever his dad is telling him isn’t working.

  67. RhapsodyInBlue March 15th, 2014 at 8:08 am

    jmills

    It would have to be very good to top the 1950 version starring Jackie as himself.

  68. jmills March 15th, 2014 at 8:15 am

    RIB, not a big bio person myself. Rather watch doc material for example on Morrison and Hendrix rather than some depiction. Mind you, wth Morrison, Stone’s hands were rather tied. He didn’t have permission to use Jim’s poetry.

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