Found June 08, 2012 on
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Last night’s matchup between CC Sabathia and David Price was billed as a must-see duel, and with good reason. The two lefties are both in the upper echelon of Major League pitchers, and expectations for a sequel to Nova v. Cobb were warranted. It took a half-hour rain delay to finally get going, and once it did, neither ace delivered on the promise of the pregame.
Each of them breezed through the first three batters of the opposing lineups, but in the second, each got tagged for a run. Sabathia started his half of the frame by allowing a B.J. Upton single. He followed that by inducing a Sean Rodriguez comebacker and one of those standard-issue Carlos Pena strikeouts, but couldn’t prevent Jose Lobaton from singling home the leadoff runner.
He got picked up shortly after. Nick Swisher led off with a single, and after Price walked Andruw Jones and threw a wild pitch to get Swisher up to third, Chris Stewart’s grounder to second was enough to tie the game.
The Rays took that run right b...
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Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner had another setback in his slow recovery from a strained right elbow.
New York manager Joe Girardi said Gardner felt pain when he woke up Saturday, a day after playing five innings in a rehab game with Class-A Charleston. The speedy outfielder will be examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday or Tuesday and then later in the week by Dr. Timothy Kremchek...
NEW YORK -- David Price outpitched fellow ace CC Sabathia and the Tampa Bay Rays' shuffled lineup produced enough offense to top the New York Yankees, 7-3, Thursday night. The victory helped the Rays avoid a sweep and move back into a first-place tie with the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East, a half-game ahead of the Yankees. The loss snapped the Yankees' three-game winning...
Joba Chamberlain could soon pitch in a minor league game for the first time since injuring an ankle during spring training.
The New York Yankees reliever said he is scheduled to throw in a simulated game on Friday. Chamberlain threw a pair of 20-pitch segments Monday during his third batting practice session at the team's minor league complex.
''Especially after today...
NEW YORK -- Inning by inning, New York Yankees starter Ivan Nova looked less like the pitcher who had been roughed up for most of the season and more like the 16-game winner he was last year. With each new scoreless inning, Nova also made Tampa Bay Rays starter Alex Cobb's own impressive outing look as though it would end in vain, which it did in the Yankees' 4-1 win Wednesday...
New York Yankees: On Friday, Jon Heyman reported that Rafael Soriano will remain the closer, even after David Robertson returns from his oblique injury in a week or two. I was a little harsh in my assessment of Soriano two weeks ago, as his May K/BB was a solid 3.67, vastly superior to his awful 1.17 ratio in April. Soriano is both throwing more strikes and getting more swinging...
From the CPL
For all the players selected in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft, there are just as many unique stories as to how they got there.
For Marty Gantt, that road has certainly been a winding one, starting out at the very beginning. Gantt was born without a fully developed right hand, which leaves unable to properly grip a bat as he swings left-handed...
NEW YORK -- Only a few innings in, the question for Johan Santana became not how many hits he would give up, but how many home runs. Robinson Cano homered twice, and combined with Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones for three straight homers in the third inning as the New York Yankees thrashed Santana and the New York Mets, 9-1, Friday night at Yankee Stadium. To further humble Santana...
The first Subway Series game is tonight.
Tonight the Mets are in the Bronx to open up the first of six Subway Series games this season. To preview the series, I talked to Rob Abruzzese from Bronx Baseball Daily. Overall, with both teams being over .500, there seems to be an added level of excitement heading into this weekend.
Me: The Yankees seem to be heating up lately. Who have...
In his first start since the no-hitter a week ago, Santana, on six days rest, gets slammed by the Yankees. He makes it only five innings allowing seven runs (six earned), on seven hits including a career-tieing four homeruns. Two homers being from Robinson Cano, and three straight homeruns in third in the bandbox known as Yankee Stadium.
It was the extra days off that ailed him...
The Miami Marlins are struggling offensively, and it may be tough to snap out of a slump against Jeremy Hellickson and the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Marlins attempt to snap their four-game losing streak to the visiting Rays on Friday night, when they face Hellickson for the first time in the opener of a three-game Citrus Series.
Miami (31-26) batted .172 average and got outscored 21...