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Postgame notes: “Number one is that I’m relieved”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 05, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Masahiro Tanaka

One turn through the Blue Jays order, Masahiro Tanaka’s debut was a mess. His third pitch of the game had been crushed to center field, then he’d allowed a series of singles — and not been able to pitch around an error — for two more runs in the second inning. Even the Blue Jays No. 9 hitter had driven in a couple of runs off him.

“I was nervous before going into the game,” Tanaka admitted. “Once I was up on the mound, I felt that I really couldn’t get into the game. I really couldn’t focus myself into the game at the beginning.”

Was that the first indication that perhaps the intense attention really had won on him? Joe Giradri said he’d never seen so many reporters on the field for a pregame stretch, and the line of television cameras in place to document his arrival at the ballpark was incredible. Tanaka has appeared calm and cool throughout this process, but through those first nine innings, he looked rattled and infinitely beatable.

Until suddenly he was neither of those things.

Of the next 18 batters Tanaka faced — this second and third turns through the lineup — only two reached base.

“Part of it is adrenaline, part of it’s the rhythm of the game,” pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. “The first night, opening night, if you’re on the road, it’s hard to gauge when to get ready cause there’s a lot of stuff going on on the field. More stuff than you’re normally used to dealing with. I think most guys are into routines and it can upset the cart a little bit, but he balanced himself well. He did a good job.”

Tanaka said he started throwing more fastballs in the later innings, but Rothschild pointed to the fact he simply stopped trying to do too much with his offspeed pitches. The Melky Cabrera home run came on a split-finger, but Tanaka didn’t abandon the pitch. Rothschild said Tanaka’s breaking pitches weren’t as consistent as they’d been in spring training, but he found ways to use them.

“I thought he did a lot of good things tonight and passed some tests that you hoped he wouldn’t go through early, but he did,” Rothschild said. “And it was a good night for him.”

How would Tanaka describe his emotions now that his much-anticipated debut is in the books?

“Obviously I’m happy,” he said. “I think number one is that I’m relieved.”

TeixeiraHere’s Mark Teixeira on his hamstring injury:

“Not great, but I’m not really sure exactly. We’ll see how it feels in the morning, but I’m not super optimistic about it. … I was going after a ball down the line, I knew it was going to be foul, but I went and caught it anyway. I just took an awkward step, and when I landed, I felt a grab in my hamstring. IT wasn’t one of those excruciating, fall-to-the-ground because of the pain, but it was significant enough that I knew something was wrong.”

While Joe Girardi said Teixeira would go for a test on Monday if the Yankees decided it was necessary. Teixeira was more definitive, saying he expects to have an MRI when he gets back to New York. For now, it’s extremely safe to say he won’t play the rest of the weekend, and it seems a safe bet — though not a sure thing — that he’ll go on the disabled list before the end of this series. Teixeira said he doesn’t think it’s as bad as when he hurt his hamstring in the 2010 playoffs, but he clearly doesn’t think it’s a good situation.

“It kind of leaves you scrambling a little bit,” Girardi said. “I told you about today before the game started, my concern was fatigue for guys. We don’t ever know why a guy gets hurt, but I was concerned about tonight.”

Jacoby Ellsbury;  Dean Anna· Huge game for Jacoby Ellsbury who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs, two stolen bases, a walk and a terrific catch in center field. His first-inning double was his first hit with the Yankees. “The first few games, I felt pretty good as well,” he said. “But it’s nice to get some results.”

· Speaking of results, Yangervis Solarte has a hit in five of his last eight plate appearances. He doubled twice tonight and drove in three runs. “He’s stepped in and done a really good job,” Girardi said. “We saw it in spring training. We did. But you never know what’s going to happen when the second and third deck get out there and the bright lights turn on and you’re in a big league game, but he has picked up right where he ended in spring training. His at-bats were great all spring training, and they’ve just continued. Am I a little surprised? Yeah. It’s a big adjustment.”

· Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he left Dustin McGowan in the game to face Solarte in the third partially because it was a young hitter and he figured McGowan — who was clearly already laboring — might be able to get through the inning. The Blue Jays had a left-handed reliever ready. “You’ve got a young, inexperienced hitter up there and he burned us,” Gibbons said. “… We don’t know much about the young hitter, so I tip my hat to him. He came through for them. It wasn’t like it was Beltran, so you’re hoping we can get him. The kid had a nice game tonight and had a nice game yesterday. I don’t know where he came from, but he’s a pretty good little player.”

· Girardi was planning to start Kelly Johnson at first base tomorrow anyway, but he said it’s now “really safe” to assume Johnson will be there on Saturday. Could be there through the rest of the weekend (and beyond, I assume). “I’m going to get more comfortable as I play more over there, just like anything,” Johnson said. “Not too bad. It’s a lot more similar to third than it is to second. Getting over there at third and getting to first is not too bad.”

· Assuming the Yankees are planning to put Teixeira on the 15-day disabled list tomorrow, it’s worth noting that the other position players on the 40-man are J.R. Murphy, Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez, Zoilo Almonte, Ramon Flores and Slade Heathcott. Sanchez is in Double-A, Heathcott isn’t playing in games yet, and Flores would be redundant as a left-handed outfielder. That likely leaves either Murphy, Romine or Almonte unless the Yankees want to make an additional move to open another 40-man spot. A right-handed hitter would seem to fit the best. Russ Canzler is the regular first baseman in Triple-A. Scott Sizemore? Zelous Wheeler? Adonis Garcia?

Kelly Johnson;  Brett Lawrie· If you’re wondering about Eduardo Nunez — My understanding of a player who’s been DFA is that he would have to clear waivers before his original team would be able to do anything with him. I don’t think he’s an immediate possibility in this situation.

· Rothschild said that Tanaka giving up the home run on his first split of the game might have had something to do with the long top of the first inning. “It just was up,” Rothschild said. “It was the first one he threw. There was a long time between warming up. We had a long first inning. He generally doesn’t warm up with it when he goes out to the mound to start the game. It had been a long time since he’d thrown one. It just got away from him.”

· Tonight was Tanaka’s 100th professional win. That’s pretty cool.

· It was mentioned during Gibbons’ postgame press conference that McGowan might have been tipping his pitches early. Gibbons said his pitching coach noticed that and thought it could be an issue.

· The Yankees were successful on their first replay challenge of the season, and it directly led to a run. “I thought it worked well,” Girardi asid. “Obviously the second challenge that I had, we knew that it was sketchy (whether) we would win that challenge, but because it was beyond the sixth inning, it makes no sense to keep it because we can’t carry it over to the next day, so we took a shot on the second one. We were positive on the first one, but the second one we were not. Because of the time of the game, that’s why we used it.”

· Won’t happen often, but I’m actually giving the final word to the opposing manager tonight. Gibbons was asked for his first impression of Tanaka. “He’s the real deal,” Gibbons said. “He was tough. He made a few mistakes and we capitalized on them, but those are balls you have to hit. He’s strong, he stayed in the game and when they gave him the lead back, he kicked it in. He can keep you off-balance. He’s definitely the real deal.”

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215 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Number one is that I’m relieved””

  1. bigdan22 April 5th, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Re-post

    Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 5th, 2014 at 12:45 am
    Bigdan –

    WRONG WRONG WRONG! Most people who know anything about sports medicine and know about special tests can diagnose a shoulder injury. Those tests for the most part ARE VERY TELLING. But to diagnose a grade on a muscular injury the MRI is the right call.

    I’ve actually done two internships with at the Jobe Clinic and one with James Andrews, ever heard of him. I’ve worked as an athletic trainer and a physical therapist in both professional baseball and football. When you have an athlete who’s as big a baby as tex is, you want a defined diagnosis

    Hey I respect your experience and I’m very impressed but I’m still right about the MRI and Tex’s injury. And when they DL Tex BEFORE his MRI that will support my claim. Moreover, they will rely on Tex’s symptoms to know when the injury is healed, not any MRI.

    BTW, did you ever work with Dr. Kvitne? He did both of my shoulders. He used to be the team doctor the LA Kings. Cool guy.

  2. bigdan22 April 5th, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Good point raised by Chad. I don’t know if they’d make a 40 man move to get Canzler up but they really could use a first baseman and who else is there? I can’t imagine them bring up a catcher. And Zoilo would just waste on the bench. I think you have to make a 40 man move if Tex is out awhile.

  3. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 1:09 am

    “My understanding of a player who’s been DFA is that he would have to clear waivers before his original team would be able to do anything with him.”

    I don’t think so. They can put him back onto the 40 man or trade him. They can’t release him or reassign him until he clears waivers.

    As for Tex, its a slam dunk he is going on the DL based on his comments.

  4. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 5th, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Bigdan –

    i love how you like to tell everyone you’re right….it makes me snicker a bit.

    Honestly, though, with such a headcase as tex, and he is a headcase when it comes to injuries. For the sake of his psyche the MRI will tell him EXACTLY what is wrong, which will help with the healing.

    And one more minor correction – just for future knowledge – A sprain or a strain is a tear, however minute or large. Because there is a tear, their will be blood regardless of the grade of the injury. It just depends on how superficial or deep the injury, that will determine if you can see the actually bleeding (bruising). The severity of the injury or will determine weight bearing status. So saying that a person wouldnt be able to walk due to muscle bleeding is kind of incorrect.

    (repost)

  5. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 5th, 2014 at 1:13 am

    I dont generally say much on the blog. I mostly read, but when i know something or have some kind of insight from an experience standpoint, i like to chat about it. It’s always nice to be able to educate people in re: to injuries too, so if you ever have a question, feel free ask. I’ll give you my best knowledge.

  6. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 1:15 am

    “So saying that a person wouldnt be able to walk due to muscle bleeding is kind of incorrect.”

    The swelling from the bleeding is what causes the pain that prevents weight bearing in most partial strains/tears.

    I sprained my ankle pretty severely and while I could walk fine for a few hrs, once it swelled up that was all she wrote, I was on crutches for 2 weeks. Swelling and bruising up to my knee and they had to cut open my ankle after a week to remove some clots to get the swelling down a bit.

  7. bigdan22 April 5th, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Thanks for the info Michelle. That is helpful. I’m glad you enjoy my telling everyone when I’m right. But it’s when I tell folks that I’m wrong that makes me truly unique :)

  8. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 5th, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Pete2

    correct for a ligament issue, not necessarily for a muscular issue. Also, some people swell more than others. And swelling isnt from the bleeding, it’s your bodies response to injury. Without getting into a biology lesson, reducing swelling is the main thing in injury healing, and although it does sometimes hinder weight bearing and ROM, it’s usually in joints that that occurs.

  9. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Thanks Michelle, makes sense.

  10. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 1:28 am

    The Yankees should sign Morales.

    Soriano has looked bad enough at DH (SSS I know) and there is still doubt how effective Tex will hit with that wrist, so Morales could be insurance at DH and 1B, and would be good trade bait at the deadline if all works out well with Tex and Soriano at the end (they only lose a 2nd round pick if they sign him).

    Jeter has looked good enough that I am not so concerned about him and Anna and Solarte have addressed my concerns about Roberts, so I am off the Drew bandwagon and on the Morales bandwagon (sorry Drew)

  11. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West April 5th, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I think i remember Cervelli playing a game at first. Could he be an option and bring up JR or Romine

  12. pete2 April 5th, 2014 at 1:55 am

    JR or Romine would not require a roster move, but B-Ref has no record of Cervelli playing 1B, just C, 2B and 3B.

  13. UnKnown April 5th, 2014 at 4:09 am

    Nice game. Tanaka was pretty good. I definitely want to see more. Ells was a freaking beast. WOWZA!! Again I just can’t get over his speed. I guess I never really understood how fast he was all these years.

    Nice to climb out of the basement in the East. Next Stop: FIRST PLACE

  14. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Good morning.

    What an absolutely outstanding game.

    There was everything to like about it.

    Great starting pitching.

    A ton of hitting (w/o even needing the big hairy approach)

    Speed on the bases

    Some excellent D

    And a nice job by Roberston to close the door.

    Solarte is a revelation.

    Tanaka will be the stud I expected him to be.

    Ellsbury and GGBG together will be an incredible set weapons.

    Tonight we get the pleasure of watching Mr. P

    :)

  15. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 6:38 am

    “Tanaka was pretty good”.

    Talk about a frickin’ understatement.

    7 innings of 2 run ball. No walks. 8k’s.

    No hits from 2 of the best hitters in the game (including several K’s).

    Only 1 ball hit really hard.

    Yeah. I’d say he was pretty good.

    And you know what ?

    That wasn’t even close to his “A” game.

    ;)

  16. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 6:39 am

    MTU, Tanaka is one durable offering.

  17. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Mills-

    Sorry it had to be your Team.

    :(

  18. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 6:42 am

    I am so pleased we produced that much Offense w/o a single dinger.

    When was the last time we saw something like that ?

    A balanced attack by almost the entire Team.

    Some smart hitting.

    Loved it.

    :)

  19. RadioKev April 5th, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Losing Tex could have longer term repercussions. Hopefully he won’t be gone for too long.

  20. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 6:43 am

    And Anna w his 1st ML hit.

    :)

  21. JCPD April 5th, 2014 at 6:44 am

    That really was a fun game to watch. A win was the icing on the cake.

  22. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Kev-

    I hate to say it but I am starting to see Texeira as fragile and injury prone.

    :(

  23. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Biggest concern I had going in was health.

    1st shoe dropped last night.

    :(

  24. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Jim-

    Yup. You did good.

    Great game.

    Please share some of your impressions.

    :)

  25. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Jim-

    Bet your heart sunk a little in the early going ?

  26. RadioKev April 5th, 2014 at 6:50 am

    MTU, yes, he could be injury prone. This makes it the three years in a row of injuries. At least it wasn’t his wrist, which I initially feared it was. Hopefully he isn’t on the DL for long, we obviously don’t have much depth at 1B or 3B.

  27. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 6:51 am

    MTU, thanks buddy! ,but I had a great time! JCPD, you’re in one piece mon ami! :D

  28. Cashmoney April 5th, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Phelps will pitch well tonight MTU :D

  29. RadioKev April 5th, 2014 at 6:52 am

    We all knew Tanaka wasn’t going to have a sub-2.00 ERA this season. Big leaguers can tee off on bad pitches over the middle. Still, I don’t expect many home runs off of Tanaka. He’s got great command. He’ll be more comfortable next time out, and he’ll adapt to hitters.

  30. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 6:53 am

    McGowan was a little bit of an AC/DC live wire last night. He stuck it out just fine. Tanaka was one tough ombre.

  31. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Cash-

    Out of the Pen ?

    Yup.

    ;)

  32. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Kev-

    When it comes to Tanaka’s ability the sky is the limit.

    The stuff is great but the command, demeanor, and smarts are off the charts.

    That was nowhere near his “A” game IMO.

    So try to imagine what that might be like.

    Scary good.

    :)

  33. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I was impressed that Gibbons used Loup to try and hold things. Dickey today, who knows what is going to transpire! :D

  34. Cashmoney April 5th, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Yes Sir! On a serious note, Jays lineup is a good test for Pineda. I think he could make their big righties look down right silly with his slider if he gets ahead. Whether or not he can establish that with his fb, that is the question for me.

  35. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I’ll say it again.

    Tanaka is a “Pitcher” and not a “Thrower”.

    A very rare commodity at such a young age.

    ;)

  36. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 7:02 am

    MTU, many of us are tired hearing Paul Beeston and the Jays hold firm on 5 year contracts. Not saying Tanaka would come here anyways, but given the money Rogers has, such statements really are silly.

  37. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 7:03 am

    It surprises me that so many underestimate how good this staff can be.

    I told you about it thru my rosy-colored glasses.

    :)

  38. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 7:04 am

    One can’t help but gaze upon that near Tom Seaver knee on the mound and convey, ” this might very well be a long night “.

  39. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Mills-

    I was all over Tanaka after I watched enough video to get a “sense” of him.

    I was totally jazzed when the Yankees wound up w him.

    I think our combo of Nova, Tanaka, and Pineda will be the envy of baseball with a little bit of
    luck.

    :)

  40. JCPD April 5th, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Here’s my impressions Mike and jmills

    https://picasaweb.google.com/105244848673673377679/YankeesJays?authkey=Gv1sRgCID9y4zLnebnGw

  41. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 7:12 am

    MTU, one can never have enough pitching, and you have a more than good place to start ( which I might if I have to ) on a Tuesday Afternoon ( Moody Blues ).

  42. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 7:16 am

    JCPD, thanks! That sure was some kind of rain, had to do aptes all day in it, but made it home like a gilles villeneuve fiend :D

  43. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Jim-

    Fantastic.

    Thank you so much for sharing.

    Where were you seated ?

  44. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 7:23 am

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DOre43k_ED0

    Widely off topic, car almost sideways into that Monaco cafe. jmv, my F1 bro, knows, Ayrton Senna and villeneuve are incomparable when it might be a bit wet, or simply a downright disraceful pour situation.

  45. JCPD April 5th, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Mike, they’re OK, I seem to be having trouble focusing lately…..maybe the camera is on it’s last legs. jmills, gad you enjoyed them. Mike, I was in the 9th row, just past first base. For the Cleveland game I’ll be farther down the first base line but in the first row.

  46. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 7:28 am

    “I seem to be having trouble focusing lately”

    Maybe you aren’t sleeping well ?

    :)

    Time you got yourself a new one ?

  47. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Or maybe the camera is just fine and we should send the Photographer in for repair ?

    :)

  48. raymagnetic April 5th, 2014 at 7:32 am

    They can bring up JR Murphy to play 3rd and move KJ to first until Tex comes back.

  49. CountryClub April 5th, 2014 at 7:32 am

    “No hits from 2 of the best hitters in the game (including several K’s).”

    ———-

    Just for accuracy’s sake, Encarnacion rifled a double off the wall.

    Lots of good stuff last night. The only real negative was having to use Robertson because Betances couldn’t find the plate.

  50. JCPD April 5th, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Mike, Either way, it’s frustrating……. bleary eyed, it’s off to work for me.

  51. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 7:33 am

    How great is that ?

    Being at Tanaka’s debut and seeing his first win.

    Wow.

    I envy you.

    :)

  52. Poetkiosk April 5th, 2014 at 7:33 am

    So are we in agreement that its ok that Tex got hurt? He is usually awful until July anyways.

  53. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 7:34 am

    CC-

    Thanks for the correction.

    But he also K’ed EE.

    So there’s that.

    ;)

  54. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Jim-

    Have a great day.

    :)

  55. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 7:36 am

    I’m impressed JCPD is up and ready for work!

  56. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Mills-

    You should have offered to drive him.

    :)

  57. CountryClub April 5th, 2014 at 7:40 am

    MTU,

    Tanaka looked really good. The next big test will be when he faces Toronto again (or any time he faces a team a second time).

  58. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 7:40 am

    MTU, you’re right. Next time I’ll be bettah’.

  59. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 7:41 am

    CC-

    It’s the Team that had better worry.

    Not Tanaka.

    ;)

  60. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Best thing about MT is not his bling (which is considerable) but his pitchability (off the charts).

    He is in every sense of the word a true “Pitcher”.

    His combination is, IMO, a rare one.

    :)

  61. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 7:48 am

    He doesn’t necessarily try to overpower you but to outfox you.

    It will take him far.

    ;)

  62. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 7:49 am

    MTU, we is the AL East baby!

  63. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Is there such a thing as a “situational pitcher” ?

    Because if there is Tanaka is one.

    ;)

  64. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Mills-

    Best division in baseball by far.

    A cauldron of competition.

    Tanaka wanted to test himself.

    No better place to find out what you are made of.

    ;)

  65. austinmac April 5th, 2014 at 7:51 am

    MTU,

    The game is this afternoon. Another exciting pitcher to watch.

    Tanaka looked very good to me. He can throw strikes with any pitch and his fastball command is outstanding. I love no walks and eight Ks.

    What would you do at 1B? Canzler doesn’t look good and he requires and 40 man roster move. I don’t know a good solution.

  66. Doreen April 5th, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Good morning.

    No, we are not all in agreement that it’s okay that Tex is hurt, poetkiosk.

    I don’t agree with a lot of stuff that is written here about Tex on a fairly continual basis, but having participated at Lohud for a long time, I Have come to the realization that there is always one player who is chosen to have almost zero redeeming qualities. I don’t try to fight it anymore.

    But just wanted to clear up that not everyone is on the bandwagon.

  67. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 7:53 am

    austin, our boy Goins showed his smarts, and pure athletic grace.

  68. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Mac-

    Looks like my rosy-colored glasses work some of the time.

    Not sure about 1b.

    Some of it would depend on the severity of Tex’s injury.

    If it is of a shorter duration I might just see how KJ does.

    A longer duration injury might require a bigger move.

    One thing is sure.

    First crack in the IF has reared it’s ugly head.

    Solarte is a revelation, isn’t he ?

    :)

  69. RadioKev April 5th, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Tex isn’t the elite player he once was, but we still need him if we want a real shot at competing this season. He can still be productive. Hopefully he’s feeling a little better today and he misses a month at most.

  70. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Ellsbury looked like a superstar last night.

    More of that please.

    :)

  71. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I don’t think, as many of you do, that Texeira is the “key” to our season.

    We have a multi-dimensional O this year.

    It is not HR dependent.

    Last night was a great example.

    All those runs and not 1 single tater.

    I’d almost miss Tex’s D more than his bat.

    We have enough guys who can hit the ball out.

    With or w/o Tex.

    ;)

  72. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:08 am

    How did Overbay do last year?
    Tex can be replaced..

  73. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:08 am

    How about Ells and Gardy at the top of the order?

  74. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Mick-

    Most guys can be replaced.

    ;)

  75. austinmac April 5th, 2014 at 8:09 am

    MTU,

    You get to keep your glasses. Thirteen swings and misses. That sound like a lot.

    Solarte? Who knew? He takes a rip, doesn’t he?

    Maybe they will bring up Murphy for either he or Cervelli to try 1B. There are no evident solutions. It sure looks like a DL after hearing Teixiera’s gloomy outlook.

  76. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 8:09 am

    mick, morning voice of reason :)

  77. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Mick-

    You called it yesterday.

    You guaranteed a win.

    You were right.

    And yeah you have to love that duo.

    Don’t count on JG sticking w it though.

    :)

  78. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:10 am

    If K. Morales is interested, the job is his.

  79. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:11 am

    That’s 2 in a row MTU.

  80. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 8:12 am

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QWYIgr0GU7U#

    mick, check this song out.

  81. Yankee Trader April 5th, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Good morning. Just finished watching Tanaka’s last three innings again.

    When I first watched him last night it was uh oh , but then he was practically unhittable. Actually he was unhittable, if it wasn’t for the official scorer giving Encarnacion a hit on what was a hard hit ball to Solarte.

    The fastball had movement, and most of his strikeouts were against the top six in the Jays order, six very good offensive players.

    Very impressed and kudos to the catcher too, McCann who expertly guided him after a rocky start.

  82. austinmac April 5th, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I’m afraid I have said before his injury Teixiera is a key to our offense. We just don’t have much power of he doesn’t provide it. We can survive, but realistically it does hurt. He actually excited me by hitting a hard line drive last night.

  83. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:12 am

    jmills..when are you going to run out on the field like jcpd did last night?

  84. RadioKev April 5th, 2014 at 8:12 am

    After seeing Ellsbury and Gardner at the top, it’s going to be really tough to see Jeter in the 2-hole again.

  85. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Mac-

    Thanks.

    They seem to be glued to my face anyway.

    Solarte does a whole bunch of things well.

    Miminum of 7 days for Texeira. Likely more.

    Have to be sure it’s fully healed.

  86. austinmac April 5th, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Morales hasn’t played so he would need a couple of weeks to get ready, I would guess. I would love it if they added him, but it is an expensive long shot and doesn’t solve the immediate problem.

  87. pkyankfan69 April 5th, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Except for Tex and a minor blip from Betances it was an all around great game last night… Tex seems like a good dude and he always runs hard but man is the guy fragile. He makes Nick Johnson look like Ripken. What are we going to do with him 1B?

    Tanaka may or may not develop into an ace but it’s pretty clear he is forreal and will be at least solid assuming good health.

    Ellsbury gave a nice long glimpse why he is so valuable (and fun to watch)

    Solarte keeps mashing, ride him for as long as you can.

  88. RadioKev April 5th, 2014 at 8:16 am

    mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:08 am
    How did Overbay do last year?
    Tex can be replaced..
    ————

    Sure. In 142 Games:

    .240/.295/.393 with a .688/87 OPS/OPS+.

  89. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 8:16 am

    YT-

    I’ve beating the drum all along.

    Welcome to the bandwagon.

    That wasn’t even close to his “A” game.

    He will improve as he gains experience.

    He’s smart and will adapt his pitching to suit the occasion.

    :)

  90. CountryClub April 5th, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I was just happy that the Teix injury was his hammy and not his wrist. When I first saw him get pulled and throw his glove in the dugout I figured he had had a wrist setback.

  91. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:16 am

    mills..they have potential…try Graham Nash Songs for Beiginners, Simple Man

  92. Yankee Trader April 5th, 2014 at 8:17 am

    On Solarte. He’s a player. Has a great arm, shown when he threw a strike from foul territory just behind the third base bag.

    And Johnson made a nice play at third saving a double and a run.

    My guess is Johnson stays at first, with perhaps Cervelli as backup there, and Wheeler or probably Scott Sizemore gets added to the 40 man and is brought up.

    But then again, maybe they take the Mets 1st baseman for Nunez?

  93. RadioKev April 5th, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Even at his worst Tex still chips in above an .800 OPS.

  94. austinmac April 5th, 2014 at 8:17 am

    The top two in the lineup sure looked good. We won’t see it again until Jeter gets another rest day.Ellsbury sure hit the ball hard and looked healthy. I’m glad he’s on our team.

  95. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:18 am

    .240/.295/.393 with a .688/87 OPS/OPS+.
    =========================
    about what tex will give you

  96. CountryClub April 5th, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Teix was actually extremely durable for most of his career. But when the body starts to break down, it starts to break down.

  97. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 8:18 am

    CC-

    Same thought here.

  98. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:18 am

    But then again, maybe they take the Mets 1st baseman for Nunez?
    ========================
    We don’t like Ike..

  99. austinmac April 5th, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Mills,

    Goins is a ball player. He will do the right things. Let’s hope he really starts hitting–on Monday.

  100. RadioKev April 5th, 2014 at 8:20 am

    “about what tex will give you”

    Uh huh. Statistics be damned.

  101. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I love Tanaka’s Tweets.

  102. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Looking forward to Mr. Pineda.

    Nice to have all these young studs taking the mound.

    For OUR side.

    ;)

  103. austinmac April 5th, 2014 at 8:22 am

    I thought of Sizemore, but then what potentially valuable piece do we lose from the 40 man? It would surprise me if they do that. He probably doesn’t add enough to lose another player.

  104. Yankee Trader April 5th, 2014 at 8:22 am

    But then again, maybe they take the Mets 1st baseman for Nunez?
    ========================
    We don’t like Ike.

    ———-

    Are you old enough to remember Dwight (Ike) D Eisenhower?

    :)

  105. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:22 am

    try this mills

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pof-Jwb35b8

  106. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Are you old enough to remember Dwight (Ike) D Eisenhower?
    =========
    are you?

  107. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 8:23 am

    YT-

    You stole my thunder.

    :(

  108. Yankee Trader April 5th, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Mick

    Let’s just say I remember!

  109. austinmac April 5th, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Solarte does have a very good arm. He didn’t look too good on one play at third. It is a tough position.

    For Chip’s sake, one of the papers noted Groch, a Brewers scout, at the game could suggest an interest in Aram. That’s a huge stretch. The Brewers are trying to win.

  110. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Time to greet the day.

    “Beware of the Military-Industrial complex.”

    ;)

  111. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:26 am

    One of my favorite albums, only about 1/2 hour…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gxk_0mFe_c

  112. austinmac April 5th, 2014 at 8:26 am

    The two political or bumpers stickers I recall are “I like Ike” and my favorite AuH2O in 64.

  113. pkyankfan69 April 5th, 2014 at 8:27 am

    At least we don’t owe Tex $212 M like the Angels owe Pujols over the next 8 years. I wouldn’t trade Arod for Pujols. Their respective declines in their early 30′s are pretty similar, Tex is just a little further along on his (and Pujols started from a higher plateau of course)… I wonder if Tex and Pujols took the same “supplements.”

  114. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Mmick, I’m really shy, in a Naomi Watts Mulholland kind of way; I’d have to be in some kind of altered state to Ryan Goins it on the field.

  115. Yankee Trader April 5th, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Looks like Ichiro is making a case to play more often.

    That one grounder that Solarte couldn’t handle was also coming back to him at the speed of light on that turf over cement!

  116. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Goldwater put the fear into America

  117. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I’d have to be in some kind of altered state to Ryan Goins it on the field.
    =================
    shouldn’t be too hard

  118. austinmac April 5th, 2014 at 8:30 am

    YT,

    Third base isn’t called the not corner for nothing. He will get plenty of chances it appears.

    How do you get Ichiro in more? Soriano sits? I think we need his power.

  119. austinmac April 5th, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Mick,

    Yes, he did. Clever bumper sticker though. It was so effective he almost got 40% of the vote. :)

  120. joeman April 5th, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I hear a ping

  121. pkyankfan69 April 5th, 2014 at 8:32 am

    How do you get Ichiro in more? Soriano sits? I think we need his power.
    ———–
    Didn’t Soriano get a bit of work at first in spring or did they scrap that?

  122. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Wow song #2 Better Days, forgot how good that was.
    A guy named Joe Yankee plays piano ..

  123. joeman April 5th, 2014 at 8:33 am

    good morning Mike how have you been ?

  124. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Mac

    Was talking about his nuclear cloud on TV.

  125. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:36 am

    “In the end remember it’s with you you have to live”

  126. Yankee Trader April 5th, 2014 at 8:36 am

    From NJ.com

    5. TODAY IN YANKEES HISTORY: Fun facts from the Yankees’ PR peeps:

    April 5, 1977: Bucky Dent joins the Yankees. Chicago traded him to The Bronx Oscar Gamble, LaMarr Hoyt, Bob Polinsky and cash.

    April 5, 1995: Yankees get John Wetteland from Montreal. The next season, Wetteland would save all four of the Yankees’ World Series wins.

    April 5, 1913: The Yankees lost to Brooklyn, 3-2, at Ebbets Field. Big deal, right? Well, it was the first game ever played at the legendary Ebbets.

    I was at the game where Wetteland got the save for the greatest Yankee Pettitte WS performance in his win vs John Smoltz 1-0 and the Braves

  127. austinmac April 5th, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Mick,

    I remember the commercial and the impact on the voters.

    Pk,

    I think it was Ichiro they considered at 1B but discarded the idea early on.

  128. Yankee Trader April 5th, 2014 at 8:37 am

    They scrapped the Soriano workouts at first base, but I don’t remember them giving a reason.

  129. joeman April 5th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    would they ever consider playing jeter at 1st base once in a while

  130. austinmac April 5th, 2014 at 8:39 am

    YT,

    That was a huge game Pettitte pitched. In his first game of the Series he threw nothing but cutters on the inner half and they killed him. He then learned to pitch.

  131. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 8:40 am

    mick, I saved those Nash links, thanks. joeman, how is my boy Michael Bubbles? I must admit, I like Bubble, Cion Dion, well,….she tries too hard and could use a Rush song or two.

  132. austinmac April 5th, 2014 at 8:40 am

    YT,

    You’re right. It was Soriano they considered at first. I must get my coffee.

  133. pat April 5th, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I’m sure Michelle will correct me if I’m wrong but….. a hamstring injury is going to be treated the same for the first couple of days not matter what the MRI shows so waiting until Monday isn’t really a big deal.

  134. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Joeman-

    I’m hanging in.

    You ?

  135. austinmac April 5th, 2014 at 8:43 am

    A hamstring injury is graded by the symptoms, I believe. But, an MRI can sure locate it and see the extent, such as whether it is torn or stretched. They showed Teixiera’s prior hamstring injury and it looked much worse. He could barely walk. I don’t think this one is of that magnitude.

  136. joeman April 5th, 2014 at 8:43 am

    jmills April 5th, 2014 at 8:40 am
    mick, I saved those Nash links, thanks. joeman, how is my boy Michael Bubbles? I must admit, I like Bubble, Cion Dion, well,….she tries too hard and could use a Rush song or two.
    ——————————————————————-
    Did see Celine & Buble twice each live…

  137. joeman April 5th, 2014 at 8:44 am

    MTU April 5th, 2014 at 8:42 am
    Joeman-

    I’m hanging in.

    You ?
    ———————————–
    going to be doing a fly over in a week

  138. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:44 am

    In Your Heart You Know He’s Right:

    (the good old days)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sxugd2HNEn8

  139. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Joeman-

    Paying some more Nevada taxes, eh.

    Enjoy.

    :)

  140. Yankee Trader April 5th, 2014 at 8:46 am

    That first game of the 1996 WS in New York, a lean rookie Andruw Jones, took Pettitte deep twice.

  141. Tar April 5th, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Soriano and Nunie to the Mariners for Ackley.

    He played 1b throughout his College career.

  142. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 8:48 am

    ” You can’t have something for nothing, you can’t have freedom for free… ” – Rush in their young Ayn Rand years.

  143. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:48 am

    19 yo a. jones

  144. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Unless Tex’s injury is a severe one I don’t think you are going to see a trade.

  145. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    mills it is required you listen to nash now, it will make your day..

  146. austinmac April 5th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I don’t see a trade either unless the hamstring is actually torn. Otherwise, I would guess it’s 2-3 weeks.

  147. Tar April 5th, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Strange roster construction this year.

    Well come to think of it….. roster construction has not been exactly a strong area for Cashman. They rolled the dice with 1B / Tex and his wrist…turns out it to be a hammy that gets them instead.

  148. Yankee Trader April 5th, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Hamstring injuries.

    All the info on grading and treatment, if interested

    http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00408

  149. Ys Guy April 5th, 2014 at 8:55 am

    “SportsNet.ca’s Shi Davidi writes that five Blue Jays players — Edwin Encarnacion, R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Jose Bautista — were willing to defer money if the team signed RHP Ervin Santana. Santana, of course, eventually signed with the Braves.”
    ————————————————————
    …so the richest man in canada could keep his money in his pocket…

  150. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7zLCw5xy_w

    mick, ok, only if you watch this hilarious bit – Alex Lifeson fighting with his dad in the kitchen aboot what to do :D

  151. Tar April 5th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    You have to trade Nunie, I would trade Sori too……..so my thinking is who can you get for those two maybe even adding in a Phelps or Warren?

    How does it work with Nunie? do the Yankees have to trade him to the first team that claimed him? or can they just trade him to anybody?

  152. mick April 5th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    mick, ok, only if you watch this hilarious bit – Alex Lifeson fighting with his dad in the kitchen aboot what to do
    ===============
    deal..We Can Change The World, last song…we did.

  153. blake April 5th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    RadioKev says:
    April 5, 2014 at 8:17 am
    Even at his worst Tex still chips in above an .800 OPS.

    I don’t know that this is true…..it was .807 in 2012 and has trended down for years. Like 6 years in a row……I doubt he would OPs .800 this year

  154. Yankee Trader April 5th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Have to go and run some errands.

    Hoping to get back in time to watch Pineda shut down the Jays 1-2-3 in the first and not allow a run, something every starter so far has had trouble doing.

    Have a great day everyone.

    Until later.

  155. Tar April 5th, 2014 at 9:03 am

    See ya Trader.

    Time for me to go put on my auto mechanic hat….. I much prefer wearing a Baseball GM hat :wink:

  156. mick April 5th, 2014 at 9:03 am

    check out I Used To Be A King at 9:33
    Jerry on steel guitar, Crosby

  157. Ys Guy April 5th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    “RHP Josh Beckett (thumb) was forced to cut short a rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga because of what appeared to be an injury. As Dylan Hernandez tweeted, Beckett seemed to hurt himself attempting to field a bunt. ”
    ======================
    unbelievable that they took this idiot and crawford just to get adrian gonzalez.

  158. blake April 5th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    So impressed with Tanaka…..I think he will find that the biggest difference between MLB and Japan is that basically any hitter can take you out of the yard and do damage …..Melky probably showed him that right off the bat. He was terrific after he settled in

  159. Hankflorida April 5th, 2014 at 9:10 am

    austinmac April 5th, 2014 at 8:12 am
    I’m afraid I have said before his injury Teixiera is a key to our offense. We just don’t have much power of he doesn’t provide it. We can survive, but realistically it does hurt. He actually excited me by hitting a hard line drive last night.

    We do need Text, and this Yankee hybrid team does need some home run bats in the lineup as an outfield of Ellsbury, Brett and Ichiro looks like a power outage at the Stadium.

  160. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Blake-

    You aren’t really surprised are you.

    ;)

  161. bigdan22 April 5th, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Check out Tex’s hit last night. Had the Jays been playing the extreme shift Tex has been seeing recently, that hit would have been an easy pop up to the short right fielder.

    When you consider Tex’s career arc, that he hasn’t played in about a year, that his wrist will likely reduce his power and that he will be consistently facing extreme shifts, Tex could be a pretty awful baseball player right now.

    When Arod comes back I suspect he’ll be an injury waiting to happen. But when he’s healthy, I think he’ll hit. Don’t feel the same about Tex.

  162. jmv April 5th, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Good morning, breakfast club! Crowded place today!

    Tanaka was as advertised. One the goosebumps went away, HE went away with it. One thing that I liked is his fastball, not as flat as some thought. The punishment came from hanging breaking pitches. The guy has the attitude.

    Teix hamstring injury: it depends on the extent, but it shouldn’t be less than 3 weeks, because there’s a big chance of re-injury if you rush it. Wonder if platelet-rich plasma injections are allowed. MRI will show the real damage, but no need to rush it, either. I guess they will wait until NY.

    We will miss Teix, his LH swing is a new one. He’s not uppercutting everything these days. The awkward defence is a mirage to me

    And I want to hug the guy who scouted Solarte

  163. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Time to kick my lazy a*s into gear.

    See you all later.

    Drop me a line when you can jmv.

    You and Luis are in my thoughts and prayers.

  164. jmv April 5th, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I’ll make it happen today, MTU

  165. blake April 5th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    MTU,
    I’m not no…..I expect him to be very good

  166. Giuseppe Franco April 5th, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I’m not one of those people who uses Teixiera as a punching bag on a daily basis but I do admit to being disappointed that his skill set declined rather quickly after signing with the Yanks.

    That said, the Yanks’ infield was a disaster when they were expecting Teixeira and Jeter to be healthy and carrying the load for the gaping holes at 2B and 3B.

    They are lucky that Solarte is playing out of his mind right now so they should ride him until the clock strikes midnight. That’s not intended to be a knock on him but there’s a reason why he’s 26 yrs old and never played in the majors until this week.

    Sooner or later, pitchers will figure him out and he will come down to earth a bit. Until then, Cashman needs to find a capable body to replace Teixiera since at this point I can’t see how he doesn’t land on the DL for a few weeks.

  167. Madrugador April 5th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Solarte is a real puzzle. His age and never made it to the bigs? It is a real small sample size so it shouldn’t mean much yet. In this era, you have to think that maybe this guys performance is artificially induced.

    As for Tex, who is the conditioning coach and why are guys pulling their hamstrings going for foul balls?

  168. DONNYBROOK April 5th, 2014 at 9:49 am

    - SAT MORINING MUSINGS -

    (1) Why the delay with the TEX MRI? Why are the Yanks willing to play a man short?

    (2) Boston/Tampa/Baltimore would have feasted on Tanaka last night.

    (3) I would prefer Ichiro just park it under fly balls. The sidesaddle Hijinks make me jumpy

    (4) King lll says Aramis Ramirez on Yankees radar. PASS

    (5) HP Umps getting suckered by framing of outside pitches= wider K Zone=killing offense

    (6) Girardi nicknaming Anna “Racoon”= better stick to making lineups. Don’t see it.

    (7) Lawrie seems to have dialed-it-down a couple notches. Tough to bottle Nitro.

  169. joeman April 5th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    good start by T…nerves probably kicked a little. I suspect his 1st home start will be the same but will get the job done, kid is going to be a good one

  170. Mottsx April 5th, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Looks like robertsons entrance music is going one sweet home Alabama

  171. CountryClub April 5th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    We should keep track of how many runs the yanks get based on replay. And not just how many they score or don’t score, but also how many their opponents score or don’t score.

    Through 4 games they’re +2.

  172. BD (Boston Dave) April 5th, 2014 at 9:59 am

    What is most frustrating to me is Tex’s stubbornness.

    He is trying to pull the ball into extreme shifts when he could attempt to take it the other way or bunt.

    It’s beyond me why even a power hitter would rather try to hit one out 5% of the time when they could have a hit 40% of the time by bunting (until the defense has to adjust, which makes it easier to hit when the shift is off.)

    Teams are using shifts. Deal with it instead of being stubborn.

  173. bigdan22 April 5th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    BD (Boston Dave) April 5th, 2014 at 9:59 am
    What is most frustrating to me is Tex’s stubbornness.

    He is trying to pull the ball into extreme shifts when he could attempt to take it the other way or bunt.

    It’s beyond me why even a power hitter would rather try to hit one out 5% of the time when they could have a hit 40% of the time by bunting (until the defense has to adjust, which makes it easier to hit when the shift is off.)

    Teams are using shifts. Deal with it instead of being stubborn.

    —–

    I don’t think this is just Tex and I think what you are suggesting is much easier said than done. To “bust” a shift, teams are going to need to change their culture. Shift-busting techniques will need to taught in the minors, and practiced in spring training and every day in batting practice. Everybody will have to buy in.

    I don’t see this happening real soon. But you can’t keep allowing teams to put 4 fielders on the right side. Hell, a third baseman isn’t even a third baseman anymore. He’s probably playing short right field about 20 times a game. And if you notice, this season the Yanks are employing the extreme shift as well.

  174. Cashmoney April 5th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    The Duda abides…

  175. CountryClub April 5th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Shifts probably aren’t long for this world. I give them another 5 years. As offense continues to decline, MLB will outlaw them.

  176. Mottsx April 5th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Teams should learn how to bunt from 1 to 9 and the shifts will stop.

  177. PacoDooley April 5th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Madrugador April 5th, 2014 at 9:48 am
    Solarte is a real puzzle. His age and never made it to the bigs? It is a real small sample size so it shouldn’t mean much yet. In this era, you have to think that maybe this guys performance is artificially induced.
    ——————————–

    This is exactly my feeling – reminds me too much of guys like Melky that suddenly looked liked stars. This just doesn’t feel right to me.

  178. Cashmoney April 5th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Anna Benson would be my choice as NYY executive vice bunting instructor…

  179. Madrugador April 5th, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Madrugador April 5th, 2014 at 9:48 am
    Solarte is a real puzzle. His age and never made it to the bigs? It is a real small sample size so it shouldn’t mean much yet. In this era, you have to think that maybe this guys performance is artificially induced.
    ——————————–

    This is exactly my feeling – reminds me too much of guys like Melky that suddenly looked liked stars. This just doesn’t feel right to me.
    _________________________

    Glad I am not the only one thinking this.

  180. Mottsx April 5th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Carlos Pena is FA. Good glove decent power won’t break .200. Might work for two weeks.

  181. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    chicken, thanks for the e mail. In no way was I disturbed with you, you’re premium. It was me, my words were quick and I didn’t qualify them, and I can see that you thought I was possibly irked, I wasn’t, as Angus Young is my witness. I was fastly stating my unconditional love ( as best I know unconditional love ) for people here on the blog. chicken, you count beyond #’s, Alex Lifeson says so.

    mick, please come to, Chicago.

    Have to find something to consume, see ya’ all game time!

  182. pkyankfan69 April 5th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I’m watching a bit of the game replay on YES now… The 2 seamer that Tanaka throws that bores low and in on a righty is another pretty effective pitch… He sure does have a lot of weapons

  183. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    “Teams should learn how to bunt from 1 to 9 and the shifts will stop.”

    This.

    Easy to defeat.

    ;)

  184. mick April 5th, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Lineup straight from the managers mouth: Ellsbury 8 Jeter 6 Beltran 9 McCann dh Soriano 7 Johnson 3 Cervelli 2 Solarte 5 Anna 4 Pineda 1

  185. mick April 5th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    no gardy

  186. mick April 5th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Daniel Barbarisi @DanBarbarisi

    Romine called up. Cervelli will work in at first base with johnson.

  187. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Mick-

    Another guaranteed win today ?

    :)

  188. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    mick, I got the steel at 9:33, thanks.

  189. mick April 5th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    In what scenario would Romine ever catch?
    Only one might be off day for McCann, Cervelli at 1st.

  190. mick April 5th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    like the album mills?

  191. umbrelladoc April 5th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    The issue with Tex is not finding a replacement – but 40 man roster issues. With 5 catchers on the 40 man it’s going to be tough.

  192. ac1 April 5th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Interesting.
    Cervelli backed up 3rd base a while back as well.
    He is quite the versatile player.

    I am surprised no Gardner OR Ichiro in the lineup.
    Not complaining about the lineup, but i figured Ichiro earned himself a 3rd day to play.

  193. mick April 5th, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Safe to say Yanger is everyday 3b?

  194. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Yep :D

  195. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Cervelli started life as an IF’er.

  196. ac1 April 5th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    The issue with Tex is not finding a replacement – but 40 man roster issues. With 5 catchers on the 40 man it’s going to be tough.
    ___

    I believe with 5 catchers on the 40 man, they need to consider trying to teach Murphy the corner infield positions. We know we have McCann for 5 years and in a couple, Sanchez could be ready. Romine is just ok, but JR has the eye of the team. Find a way to keep him relevant.

  197. ac1 April 5th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    The bigger question is will they hit a home-run before returning to Yankee Stadium.

  198. mick April 5th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Nova and Tanak were my guaranteed locks, not sure with Pineda..vs knuckler.

  199. ac1 April 5th, 2014 at 11:02 am

    mick April 5th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    In what scenario would Romine ever catch?
    Only one might be off day for McCann, Cervelli at 1st.

    __

    My guess is in a situation where McCann is DH and Johnson is out of the game. Like today. Cervelli is starting and McCann is DH. If Johnson gets hurt or is replaced, Cervelli would move to 1st and Romine would come in.

  200. mick April 5th, 2014 at 11:02 am

    mills surprised you never heard it before

  201. UnKnown April 5th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I don’t think Tex going down makes us a better team at all. Now if Cash makes a move by acquiring a new player then we can talk. Replacing Tex on the 25 with Austin does not improve the team. But those are the breaks. And depending on how long Mark is out, I’m sure will dictate what happens with the roster for the long haul.

  202. mick April 5th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    do you think boras antennae went up when tex went down?

  203. jmills April 5th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I have this strange way of being intolerably slow…

  204. ac1 April 5th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I dont think anyone should feel losing tex makes us better.
    I also don’t think getting Morales is the answer.
    They should have been prepared for Tex being hurt.
    We have something like 9 infielders who can play 3b, ss and 2b, but no real back up to 1b…

  205. mick April 5th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    …microwave and cell phone were my latest 1st purchases…new music , not since the 80′s.

  206. mick April 5th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    i did purchase a band named Double album back in the 80s i believe
    Capt of Her Heart

  207. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 5th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Hey all. I join Doreen with feeling that I’m not happy Tex is gone. When he has everything going well, he is definitely a force to be reckoned with. I admit it’s been a while, it seems, that he has had it all going well. I’m not going to lie to you. I have wondered if Tex could be a product of past juicing and is going through what seems to happen to players’ bodies when they have abused steroids. I’d like to hope it’s not the case but I have certainly wondered about that in the past.

    Excited to see Pineda pitch and am so happy for Tanaka that he got game #1 out of the way and adjusted so well after the first few rough innings. Again, the first thought that should have been going through everybody’s minds, IMO, is that his first game in the majors could automatically bring nervousness, and that is exactly what we were seeing. But I guess it’s easier for a few to automatically stop thinking and reach ridiculous conclusions per usual.

    What I found almost amusing is someone saying that they wanted Darvish and not Tanaka. Darvish debuted to a 7.49 ERA, allowing 5 ER. Tanaka debuted to a 2.57 ERA, allowing 2 ER. Well there’s an old saying that you can’t embarrass ignorance. Obviously it’s true.

    ************

    To me the game threads are unreadable. The likes of the above and then the Warriors troll coming on to tell everyone that Tanaka was trending because he gave up the homer and everyone was talking about it? Pat M had it right. The crowd we had here several years ago, when we had the Optimists Club and actual fun in game threads, has been replaced by the ominous, dark-sided fan. I’m thankful that they only seem to come out at night, as it were, and only hang around when things are going bad. Kudos to the rest of you/us!

    :)

  208. mick April 5th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    wallace matthews @ESPNNYYankees

    Robertson not available today after working 2 in a row
    ==============================
    questioned that last night, was it really necessary?

  209. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 5th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Catch you all later in the game thread, to wish the team well, and then much later.

    :)

  210. mick April 5th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    The likes of the above
    ============
    who would that be?

  211. Can of Corn April 5th, 2014 at 11:16 am

    CF — Jacoby Ellsbury
    SS — Derek Jeter
    RF — Carlos Beltran
    DH — Brian McCann
    LF — Alfonso Soriano
    1B — Kelly Johnson
    C — Francisco Cervelli
    3B — Yangervis Solarte
    2B — Dean Anna

  212. Triple Short of a Cycle April 5th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    What I found almost amusing is someone saying that they wanted Darvish and not Tanaka. Darvish debuted to a 7.49 ERA, allowing 5 ER. Tanaka debuted to a 2.57 ERA, allowing 2 ER. Well there’s an old saying that you can’t embarrass ignorance. Obviously it’s true.

    ———————————

    That was me and I still stand by it. Darvish has proved he is a number 1 and he cost less money. The vast majority of scouts feel Darvish to be the superior pitcher. That being said it really is amusing how you play the victim and feel attacked when all you do is make passive aggressive comments all the time with your posts regarding how others view the team and certain players.

  213. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 11:21 am

    How come no Roberts.

    Day off on Turf ?

  214. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I’ve got Pineda for at least 5 strong today.

    Hopefully more.

    :)

  215. MTU April 5th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Vaya aqui para el Nuevo hilo ———————>

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