Granderson activated

The Yankees have officially announced that Curtis Granderson has been activated from the disabled list prior to tonight’s game with the Padres. Outfielder Melky Mesa was optioned to Triple A Scranton, and Thomas Neal was designated for assignment. Granderson is making his first appearance since May 24th, when he broke a bone in his pinky that required surgery. He had only been...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees Game 100: Rally for two for comeback win

Mariano Rivera struck out two in his 32nd save of the season to complete the comeback. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) New York Yankees 5 — Texas Rangers 4   The Yankees complete the comeback in tonight’s 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers. Phil Hughes started the second game of tonight’s series and got into tough spots but found his way out of them. A leadoff double in...
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July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankeetorial: It's time to review the fundamental laws of the Yankiverse

Some of us, myself included, seem to have forgotten the unified theories govern our existence on the Yankee astral plane with the likes of Jeet & Mo and - yes - Vern & Pronk. We need a theological oil change.Let's ponder and remember the basic rules of Yankee fandom.1. When a Yankee is hurt, double the recovery time. I'm startled that some bloggers and Yankeetillectuals...
June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays Prospect Tim Beckham Jukes Catcher to Evade Tag at Home Plate (Video)

It’s only been five years, but it seems like forever ago that the Rays made Tim Beckham the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB draft. The 23-year-old is now in his third year at the Triple-A level and has yet to sniff the major leagues. Beckham showed off the athleticism that once made him the No. 1 pick on Friday night, when he juked Scranton-Wilkes Barre’s catcher, Jeff Farnham...
June 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Durham Bulls’ Tim Beckham jukes out catcher to score run (VIDEO)

YouTube Former first overall draft pick Tim Beckham made a heck of a move behind home plate to put a run on the board for the Durham Bulls Friday night.  Teammate Cole Figueroa singled up in the middle and Beckham was not about to be denied as he tried to score from second base.  Scranton Wilkes-Barre’s Melky Mesa came up firing and threw a strike to catcher Jeff Farnham, who...
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June 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Durham Bulls’ Tim Beckham juked his way to one of the more impressive runs you will ever see

Durham shortstop Tim Beckham scored an absolutely incredible run in the Bulls’ 8-4 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Friday night, on a play that he had no business scoring on in the first place. Following Beckham’s two out double in the bottom of the 7th, Cole Figueroa hit a soft liner to centerfield that the Bulls infielder tried scoring on from 2nd base. Scranton/WB outfielder...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Minors Wrap-Up: Segedin leads Thunder to victory

(Photo: Mike Ashmore/The Trentonian) Triple-A: Scranton RailRiders Pawtucket 6, SCRANTON 2 WP: Doyle (1-0) LP: Marshall (0-1) LF Melky Mesa: 1 for 4 CF Zoilo Almonte: 1 for 3, RBI, BB RF Thomas Neal: 1 for 3, R, RBI, BB SS Addison Maruszak: 1 for 3, BB SP Brett Marshall: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K RP Sam Demel: 2.1 IP, H, 0 R, 0 ER, BB, 4 K RP Josh Spence: 2 IP, 3 H, R, ER...
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April 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Minors Wrap-Up: Tampa Victorious Behind Gumbs’ Big Night

  Angelo Gumbs ( Triple-A: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Final Score: Pawtucket 9, SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 4 WP: Villarreal (1-0) LP: Romanski (0-1) CF Melky Mesa        1-2, R, SB C Austin Romine     2-4, R, RBI RF Thomas Neal       1-4, 2B, 3 RBI SP Dellin Betances   4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K RP Ryan Pope         3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K RP Josh Romanski...
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April 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Railrider Report: Melky Mesa was on fire last night in Scranton: 5 Ks with runners on base

The line on Melky Bradley Jr. was always that he fans too much. Last night, the Mesa Melkman tallied five (5) Ks. That's beyond the Golden Sombrero. That's October in New York. That's King Kong Kingman.  Moreover, the good Quakers of Scranton waited all year for their Traveling Wilkes Barres to exit the New York State Thruway (they'd lost their punch ticket and didn...
April 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Minors Wrap-Up: Thunder Blast Four Home Runs in Victory

Neil Medchill led Trenton’s offense on Thursday with a home run and 4 RBIs ( Triple-A: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Final Score: Pawtucket 8, SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 4 WP: Wilson (1-0) LP: Miller (0-1) 3B David Adams         2-5, 2B, BB 2B Corban Joseph        2-5, R, BB 1B Dan Johnson          1-4, R, 2B CF Melky Mesa    ...
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April 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Opening Day: AKA Spring Training Game #33

Today started like every other weekday season opener for me: I developed a cough, called out sick, piled on Yankee gear from head to toe, and went to my best friend's house to watch the game. The excitement of the season opener soon gave way to the ambivalence that comes from watching a less than ace pitcher and a bunch of utility players take the field. In other words--a Spring...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Yanks beat Army 10-5 in final preseason tuneup

Brennan Boesch and Melky Mesa hit home runs and the New York Yankees closed their preseason with a 10-5 victory over Army on Saturday in the revival of an old tradition. The Yankees improved to 22-0 against the Black Knights in a series that dates to 1927, when Babe Ruth led Murderers Row to West Point. Before the game, the team took a tour of the campus, making stops at the Hall...
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March 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Wells Will Start In Left

From Andrew Marchand: "He will be the everyday left fielder," an official with knowledge of the Yankees plans told ESPN New York. The official added that when Curtis Granderson returns, Wells will be the fourth outfielder. Since Wells is righty, he still will get at-bats as the Yankees regular outfield consists of three lefties, Granderson, Brett Gardner and Ichiro...
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March 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Spring Training Game 25 Lineup: 3/20/13

The Yankees will take on AL East foe Boston today from Tampa, Fla., which will be the last time the two teams see each other until Opening Day on April 1, when the games really count. Shortstop Derek Jeter will sit out again, after being diagnosed with mild inflammation in his surgically repaired left ankle. While Jeter isn’t too concerned about the expected soreness, manager Joe...
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March 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Spring Training Confidential: What the media doesn’t want you to know about yesterday’s Yankee game in Bradenton

No lie: I was there. And forget the MSM. The MSM is for babies. They’d have you think the Yanks are dead, just because they are old. Hell, a lot of people are old. Like your mom and dad. Are you picking them to keel over, too? What kind of a person are you? Unvarnished truths from yesterday:1.     Travel teams don’t include the tribal elders. That left Youkilis as master...
March 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees Spring Training Game 23: Mesa, Youkilis go deep

New York Yankees 11 — Pittsburgh Pirates 9   Melky Mesa and Kevin Youkilis continue getting into season form in today’s 11-9 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.   Ivan Nova started today’s game and went five innings. He struggled in the 4th inning and it started with a walk of former Yankee Russell Martin. A hit batter and a pair of double were a part of a three-run 4th inning...
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March 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees 11, Pirates 9

Ivan Nova struggled in his latest bid to gain the upper hand in the competition for a spot in the Yankees' rotation, giving up four runs Sunday in New York's 11-9 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates highlighted by Melky Mesa's grand slam. Kevin Youkillis added a two-run shot for New York, and Brennan Boesch had two hits and a sacrifice fly in his second game with the...
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March 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees Spring Training Game 22: Split Squad shutout at night

New York Yankees 0 — Atlanta Braves 4   The second of two games today ended the same way the day game did, a 4-0 shutout to the Atlanta Braves.   The Yankees offense was held to just three hits in tonight’s game. Eduardo Nunez, Matt Diaz, and Dan Johnson managed to succeed in getting the hits. Outfielders competing for a spot on the Opening Day Roster, Ben Francisco and Melky...
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March 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Have we been overlooking Thomas Neal?

In mid-January, while the Yankees were feigning sleep on on nearly every MLB free agent in captivity, they signed Thomas Neal off the **** pile. He had been dropped by Cleveland, which seemed to say everything we needed to know.But lately, considering the absence of hope in our AAA outfield - most recently defined by the signing of Ben Francisco - Neal is looking like a guy who might...
March 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Spring Game 17 Lineup: 3/12/13

The Yankees will be in Port Charlotte, Fla., today to take on the Tampa Bay Rays. Juan Rivera will get another start at first base, while Eduardo Nunez is at shortstop – Derek Jeter is expected to return to the infield for tomorrow’s game. Righty Ivan Nova looks to continue his strong spring in search of the final spot in the Yankees’ rotation. Here is the rest of the lineup...
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March 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Striding toward oblivion: A comparison of the 1982 and 2013 Yankees

The mighty Evil Empire ™ now stands at 3-10 in this depressing exhibition season. That’s last in the Grapefruit League standings, behind Pittsburgh, if you’re scoring at home. Of course, nobody is scoring at home, except for the growing chorus of Yankee doomsday prophets. One is veteran Gammonite Bill Madden of the Daily News. Yesterday, he called for the Yankees to trade a...
March 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees Spring Training Game 14: Warren hit around in loss

New York Yankees 1 — Miami Marlins 6   The Yankees lost to the Miami Marlins by a score of 6-1.   Adam Warren started today’s game for the Yankees and did not do as bad as his statistics show. In 4 innings, Warren gave up four runs on six hits but three of the four runs came on outs. Reliever Chase Whitley gave up a pair of runs in his inning of work, including a run-scoring...
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March 08, 2013  |  Discuss

A Season To Forget That Hasn’t Started Yet: The New York Yankees

When you think of the Yankees, you imagine a championship contender full of talent and potential to be great. Well, 2013 is about to rain on those hopes and dreams because New York is looking at a worst-case scenario. via The beginning of the storm started right after the 2012 playoffs ended when the Detroit Tigers blind-sided New York and completely shut down...
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March 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Girardi flip-flops on Granderson-Gardner fielding switch

It looks like the Brett Gardner-Curtis Granderson experiment in centerfield has concluded even before it really got started. Gardner started in left field Sunday — even with Granderson out of action with a broken forearm — with Melky Mesa in center leading New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi to admit that the whole idea of flip-flopping their positions this season is basically...
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March 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Melky Mesa & The Race For Left Field

Well, what do you know? There's another competition going on in Spring Training and it's much more interesting than the one between a couple of backstops. Thanks to Curtis Granderson's fractured right forearm,  ten outfielders are hoping to play left field for the first six weeks of the 2013 season:Melky MesaZoilo AlmonteMatt DiazTyler AustinAdonis GarciaSlade HeathcottRonnie...
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March 04, 2013  |  Discuss

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