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Dante Bichette Jr
New York Yankees
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Robinson Cano and Raul Ibanez each had two-run homers, 19-year-old Dante Bichette Jr. connected on the first two pitches he saw this spring and the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros 11-9 in a game Saturday shortened to eight innings by rain.
The Yankees and Astros combined for nine home runs.
Jordan Lyles, bidding for one of two open spots in the Astros' rotation, gave up eight runs and 11 hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Justin Ruggiano, Carlos Lee, Brian Bogusevic and Chris Johnson hit home runs for the Astros in their final spring home game in Florida.
Jose Gil also homered for the Yankees.
Adam Warren, a candidate for a spot in the Yankees' bullpen, gave up six runs in 5 2-3 innings in his second start.
BEST OF MAXIM
There was a divide with New York Yankees fans earlier in the year when it was announced that stud hitting prospect Jesus Montero was being traded to the Mariners for Michael Pineda. While Pineda was 5th in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2011, his end of the season was less than stellar, while the call up of Montero went swimmingly well. He showed Yankee fans his quick bat speed...
Now that was quick.
Shortly after getting released by the Houston Astros, right-hander Livan Hernandez signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves on Friday. The deal is for $750,000 with $750,000 in potential performance bonuses.
The Braves, seeking depth for their pitching staff, plan to use Hernandez as a long reliever and spot starter.
Hernandez, 37, was 1-2 with a...
New York Yankees veteran starter Andy Pettitte admitted that his legs are not in shape, pushing back a possible start date for the left-hander.Pettitte told the New York Post that he needs more time to tune up his legs if he wants to progress with his throwing program. He has pitched in only two innings of simulated action so far this offseason.“The last thing I want to do is rush...
So reports indicated that Michael Pineda is pitching for a rotation spot today. What I thought was a silly media meme to make it through the demands of spring training news content has become a reality.
Apparently the velocity concerns of the media are also shared by the Yankees. Despite the wicked slider and changeup, the 89-93 mph fastball is concerning the brass.
I always hate...
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In perhaps the fasteset set of transaction I’ve ever seen, the Astros announced that they were releasing Livan Hernandez at 12:07 pm eastern time, and then Jon Heyman reported that Livan was signing with the Braves at 2:02 pm eastern. Livan wasn’t even unemployed for two hours.
Livan’s a pretty fascinating guy. While his xFIPs are crazy consistent over the last four years...
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Livan Hernandez agreed Friday to a 750,000, one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves, a short time after he was released from a minor league deal with the Houston Astros.
After being released at noon, Hernandez arrived at the Braves' spring training complex, about 15 miles away.
Hernandez is the active leader in starts (474) and innings (3,121 2-3...
Here's more info via the Yankees press release:"Today the Yankees signed RHP Jason Bulger to a minor league contract. He will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday.
Bulger appeared in five games for Los Angeles-AL in 2011, posting an 0-1 record with a 0.96 ERA (9.1IP, 6H, 4R, 1ER, 10BB, 7K, 2HR). He spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Salt Lake...
MIAMI (AP) -- New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez returned Sunday to a place that he'd never been.
Rodriguez is a Miami native and spent many fall weekends growing up at the Orange Bowl, looking for ways into the fabled stadium to watch University of Miami and Miami Dolphins football games.
The Orange Bowl is gone, replaced now by the new Marlins Park, a 515 million...