Yankees Game 18: Blown out from the beginning

(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) New York Yankees 1 — Tampa Bay Rays 16 As you can see from the score, tonight’s game at Tampa Bay will not be one to look back on. A scoreless first inning by Ivan Nova that included two strikeouts gave the Yankees hope that they would bounce back from a tough loss last night. This first inning was only a tease for those with their hearts...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

JUJU ALERT: The Yankees are on a roll, which means we must do EVERYTHING exactly as we have been doing it

Last night, I whined about the Yankees. It wasn't easy, and frankly, it made no sense. I did it anyway, because of the first (and most important) IRON RULE OF JUJU.Never change underwear in a winning streak.I screamed at the TV during the 8th inning, with the Yankees leading 8-2. Dellin Betances came into the game and promptly walked a batter. It occurred to me how much it REALLY...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Would Yankees Be Interested In Ike Davis?

At about the same time that pinch hitter Ike Davis‘ walk-off grand slam landed in the right field seats at Citi Field Saturday, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson should have picked up the phone and called Brian Cashman, writes Anthony Rieber of Newsday. The Yankees and Mets haven’t made a trade since 2004  when the Mets sent Mike Stanton to the Yankees in exchange for Felix...
Via Mets Merized Online
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Nuni, Houdini, Ellsbruy, Yangervis and first place

For yesterday's big Yankee victory - (Note: EVERY Yankee game is a "big" Yankee victory.) - the day brought several sideways jags - each with a positive or negative spin. Take your pick.The trade of Nuni. We picked up a 20-year-old LH single A pitcher, who has been dealt twice in two years. The reality here is that Cashman fished Eduardo Nunez on a jagged hook for a...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Yankees Relievers Poised to Make Big Impressions

If there’s two things being treated as a given from Yankees’ critics, it’s that they have a weak farm system and did not address the bullpen this winter, particularly with the departure of Mariano Rivera. While the Yankees dedicated hundreds of millions to a new starter, a new outfield, a new backstop and some infield stop gaps, the biggest signing on the reliever side of the...
Via Baseball News Source
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees Positives Come Two Innings Too Late In Opening Day Loss To Astros

Look on the bright side. For seven innings, the Yankees looked pretty good. CC Sabathia was effective if not spectacular, Dellin Betances contributed a perfect inning of work and Vidal Nuno rewarded the Yankees decision to choose him for one of the final spots in the bullpen.The offense worked the count and scored two runs on five hits, including two by Mark Teixeira, who looked...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

On the Internet: Hating the Yankees, Hating Ourselves

Last week one Josh Ostergaard got a book excerpt placed at, and it argues that we should hate the Yankees! Why? Because real estate developer Del Webb, who owned the team from the 40s to the 60s, built the Japanese-American internment camps. I'm not sure what that has to do with Dellin Betances, but it does reinforce my conviction that we should hate the Red Sox because...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Spanning the globe to bring you the constant varietiy of spores: Surprises in store this week- plus MY 2014 PREDICTIONS

Folks, wish me luck. No lie: I'm heading to the Arctic Circle for a week. That's all I can say. It's super-dooper, secret squirrel, hush hush... mom's the word. You didn't hear it from me: I'll be conducting "experiments." Whoops, I said too much. Disregard the above statements. But let me dash one rumor: It has NOTHING to do with my performance...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees Spring Training Game 28: Betances big in big spot

Toronto Blue Jays 3 — New York Yankees 1 Michael Pineda appears to have his final start in the fifth starting pitcher battle and he was able to minimize the damage he allowed. After an easygoing first inning, a common struggle haunted Pineda. In the second inning, Eduardo Nunez would commit a throwing error to let the first batter reach base. Adam Lind would hit a bloop single...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees Spring Training Game 18: Phelps starts today

Minnesota Twins 7 — New York Yankees 3 David Phelps got the start to today’s game against the Minnesota Twins. He allowed a run after a leadoff double came around to score in the first inning. Second baseman Brian Dozier would open the third inning of Phelps’ start with a no doubt home run but the Yankees offense did give him room for error. In four innings, Phelps would reach...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

If the exhibition season ended today, the Yankees would play Baltimore in a dramatic single-game wild card playoff

We'd have to play them in Sarasota.Surely, our grapefruit season ace, David Phelps, would pitch the first three, followed by MasahiroTanaka and Michael Pineda. Dellin Betances would pitch the eighth. Houdini would take us home.Obviously, Yangeris Solarte would DH and bat third. Batting cleanup: The Yankees' new star catcher, Francisco Cervelli.
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Spring training game 13 lineup: 3/9/14

The Yankees are home to take on the Rays. New York will run out as close to an opening day lineup as you can get, as David Phelps will make the start. New York Yankees  Jacoby Ellsbury CF Derek Jeter SS Carlos Beltran RF Brian McCann C Alfonso Soriano LF Kelly Johnson 1B Brian Roberts 2B Ichiro Suzuki DH Yangervis Solarte 3B David Phelps RHP Also scheduled to pitch: Dellin Betances...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Could We See The Killer B’s in New York?

With Manny Banuelos recovering from Tommy John surgery and getting ready to throw again, the Yankees have another bullpen option in the form of the hard-throwing lefty. And then there's Dellin Betances who followed up a promising 2011 with a bust of a 2012. Some are saying there's a good chance 2013 will be his breakout season. Both will be arriving to camp to compete for...
February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Hot Stove: A Fernando feeling

On Super Bowl Sunday, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that, “There’s a feeling that a team like the Yankees may pluck Rodney, or someone of his ilk, to ensure they have another closer in case Dave Robertson breaks down or isn’t up to the task.” Fernando Rodney pitching for the Detroit Tigers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) With the seemingly questionable state of...
Via Lady Loves Pinstripes
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

A reason to hope: The Mel Kipers of baseball are rating Yankee prospects near the bottom of the well

Every winter around now - after the free agents have been signed, the rosters have formed, and the Grammy night nipple-slips have been digested - there isn't much baseball to discuss. Thus, the talkers and ponderers take up their lowest level of blather: The beer pong game of rating the game's top 100 prospects.This is done, for the most part, by people who - if they'...
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

14 For '14: New Year's Resolutions For The New York Yankees

Happy New Year, Yankees Universe. Spring training will be here before we know it and Opening Day will follow shortly thereafter. The Yankees still have a lot of work to do to get ready for the 2014 season.  They don't need my help but, I've come up with some New Year's resolutions that certainly can't hurt them. Here they are, in no particular order:1. Joe Girardi...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros break MLB strikeout record

The Astros have broken the major league record for strikeouts by batters in a season. J.D. Martinez took a called third strike from New York Yankees reliever Dellin Betances that ended the ninth inning Sunday, giving Houston 14 strikeouts for the game and 1,530 for the season. Arizona held the previous mark of 1,529 in 2010. Betances struck out the side in the ninth. New York...
Via AP on Fox
September 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros break Arizona's 3-year-old strikeout record

The Astros have broken the major league record for strikeouts by batters in a season. J.D. Martinez took a called third strike from New York Yankees reliever Dellin Betances that ended the ninth inning Sunday, giving Houston 14 strikeouts for the game and 1,530 for the season. Arizona held the previous mark of 1,529 in 2010. Betances struck out the side in the ninth. New York...
Via AP on Fox
September 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Once we're out of it, A-Rod should start serving his suspension... and more ideas of how to enjoy the last meaningless week

One loss, and we can party like it's 1989! Or maybe it doesn't even matter. But here are more ideas of how to enjoy the final, exciting week of 2013.1. Let A-Rod start serving his prison time. He could knock eight games off a 50-game suspension - that's 16 percent! It works for Judge Kenesaw Mountain Selig's team in Milwaukee. It works for Francisco Cervelli...
September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Betances not only gets shut out of games, the Yankees don't even bother hazing him

I was waiting this weekend to see eternal Yankee prospect Dellin Betances get his crack against those big, well-dug-in Boston sluggers, figuring that maybe what we need is a 6'8" state fair carney who throws a 98 mph fastball without a clue where it's going.Well, instead of giving Dellin a shot, the Yankees called up guys who had gone home to mow their lawns. Did I miss...
September 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Demoralized: To have confidence or morale undermined, to be disheartened; "a crushing defeat demoralized the team."

I'm still angry. I've got the Rage Virus from 28 Days Later. I'm in the foam-at-the-mouth phase of Elisabeth Kubler Ross' five stages of grief.  Last night, if we'd lost 14-2 - just pitched infielders and switched the JumboTron to the NFL - my gums wouldn't still be bleeding.  I WISH I HAD NEVER BEEN BORN! I CURSE THIS UNIVERSE FOR GIVING ME LIFE.1. If I...
September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Yanks promote Betances, option Adams

The Yankees have recalled right-hander Dellin Betances from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned David Adams to the same club. Sunday's move comes a day after third baseman Alex Rodriguez was given the day off. Jayson Nix started at third Saturday instead of Adams, who is hitting .194 in 39 games for New York. He has played third base in 30 games. Nix is hitting .232...
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August 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees Call Up Dellin Betances Send David Adams Down

The New York Yankees have called up right-hander Dellin Betances from Triple-A Scranton and sent infielder David Adams  in a corresponding move. Betances has pitched very well since moving to the bullpen earlier this year (1.46 ERA  in 49.1 IP) and will help the Yankees bullpen. He started six games for the RailRiders in 2013, pitching to a 6.00 ERA in 24.0 innings before being...
Via Baseball News Source
August 11, 2013  |  Discuss

A Yankees System Report Featuring Mark Newman

TRENTON, N.J. – It’s always fun when Yankees Senior VP of Baseball Operations Mark Newman gets together with reporters. The discussion gives a clue about the state of the Yankees farm system. There is plenty of talent on the way. There are detractors in this department as well, but some excellent kids are on their way. Many have wondered why catcher Gary Sanchez, hitting .267...
Via Mike Silva's Sports Media Watchdog
July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Nova activated from DL

The Yankees have announced that Ivan Nova has been activated from the disabled list, according to Erik Boland of Newsday. Dellin Betances will be sent down to make room on the roster. Nova has been sidelined since April 26 with right-triceps inflammation. Through four starts on the season, he’s 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA. David Phelps slid into the rotation to replace Nova and has...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
May 24, 2013  |  Discuss

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