Found March 23, 2012 on Lady Loves Pinstripes:
Joe Girardi, manager of the New York Yankees. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The New York Yankees have CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Michael Pineda, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, Freddy Garcia and now Andy Pettitte, which leaves them with the same problem that trading AJ Burnett was supposed to solve, seven starters for five rotation spots. It is tough to complain about being overloaded with starting pitching especially after the Yankees had the opposite issue last spring, but it will be a tough decision for skipper Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild. THE LOCKS: 1) Obviously Sabathia, who Girardi confirmed would be opening the season at the dumpy Trop vs. the Rays. 2) Kuroda was named the team’s #2 from the get-go. 3) Pettitte has a rotation spot waiting for him, and that makes complete sense. It was nice to hear that Pettitte hit 94 mph in a bullpen session, but not that surprising. Before he hung up his mitt, the first time, the Southpaw was having a career year in 2010, fini...

Not Feeling the Pettitte Signing

I love Andy as much as the next guy. It's been an absolute pleasure watching him come up thru the system and becoming one of the faces of the franchise. In his prime, I felt nothing but confidence when Pettitte was on the mound. That was then & this is now. This is the year 2012, he is turning 41 years old in June, and he has not pitched in the big leagues in over a...

Yankees' Decision to Bring Back Andy Pettitte Could Open Doors for Even More Surprising Returns

The Yankees dropped a Bronx bombshell last week when they announced that they had talked Andy Pettitte out of retirement, signing the veteran left-hander to a minor-league deal. The 39-year-old is hoping to make his return to the Yankee Stadium mound by May, and if he's successful in his return, what's to stop the Yankees from continuing their efforts to further turn back the clock?

Yankees Spring Training Game 19: Hughes Goes Five Strong

New York Yankees 5 — Tampa Bay Rays 2   Phil Hughes went 5 innings allowing just 2 runs in today’s 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. With the return of Andy Pettitte in May, Phil Hughes needs to have strong outings to show he deserves to be a part of the starting rotation. [...]

Andy Pettitte Stunts Yankee Pitching Prospect Growth, Again

Andy Pettitte returned to the New York Yankees spring training camp yesterday, this time for keeps. He will throw batting practice and bullpens again, but throwing pitches with conviction and intent. All reports indicate Andy’s bullpen session on Tuesday went better than expected. Pettitte is once again a New York Yankee starting pitcher. And his impact is immediate. The same day...

New York Yankees: 3 pitching scenarios maybe 4

The New York Yankees have some pitching situations to solve. I have narrowed it down to three or four possibilities based on what I believe the 2012 Opening Day rotation should be, which in order is Sabathia, Kuroda, Pineda, Nova and Hughes. My crazy pitching diagram. First being the plethora of starting pitching. That leaves Freddy Garcia hanging out to dry, and initially I thought...

Yankees Spring Training Game 22: Offense Early For Win

New York Yankees 5 — Philadelphia Phillies 3   Hiroki Kuroda pitched 5.2 innings of one-run baseball in today’s other game, a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In his 5.2 innings, Kuroda just gave up 1 run on 6 hits with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Most of the bullpen got to rest through [...]

Yankees 5, Rays 2

Phil Hughes allowed only three hits - one, a two-run homer by Matt Jocye - in five innings, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 Wednesday. After walking Carlos Pena to lead off the bottom of the second inning, Joyce cranked a first-pitch cutter to dead center field for his third homer of the spring. But that was all the offense Tampa Bay could muster. Hughes, who...

HardballChat Radio: Episode 23

This week’s show includes plenty of baseball talk. Scott and Hudson break down the Yankees’ signing of Andy Pettitte, the trade between the Astros and the Royals, and the key injury situations in the game before discussing the SABR Analytics Conference and their very own fantasy draft. As always, the Mondays rock out between segments. You can follow Hudson on twitter ...

Yankees Spring Game 19 Lineup: 03/21/12

The New York Yankees are in Port Charlotte, Fla., to face the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. Phil Hughes will make his second start and forth appearance of the spring. Former Yankees pitcher Kyle Farnsworth will get the start for the Rays. New York Yankees (9-9) Russell Martin C Robinson Cano 2B Alex [...]
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