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Joe Girardi talks Nova, loss to Orioles


It’s only one game, right?

The Associated Press 4-6-2012

Mo blows a save.  The Yankees lose a close one.  It’s only one game but I felt devastated.  This one felt like a playoff game, like it was win or go home.

But it was only one game.

Luckily the Yankees have 161 more on their way to October, and of course, they will lose again, but this one hurt for some reason.

But it was, only one game.

Both managers were managing like it was do or die as well.  Joe Girardi intentionally walks a .220 hitter to go after a slugger that proceeds to hit a grand slam.  Joe Maddon attempts a couple suicide squeeze plays, one where the batter Jose Molina missed the sign and was swinging away and could have killed Sean Rodriguez as he barreled towards home.

Tampa took a 4-0 lead off  of Carlos Pena’s grand slam, the Yankees fought back behind newly acquired Raul Ibanez to go up 6-4 and through it all was a parade of bullpen pitchers, clutch hitting on both sides and incredible plays by a few.  But after eight innings the game was exactly where all Yankees fans would want it: a one run lead and Mariano Rivera jogging in from the bullpen.

And then Desmond Jennings guided a single through the middle.  Ben Zobrist followed with a triple that brought Jennings home to tie the game and left the winning run perched on third with no outs.  The Yankees added an infielder and played with two outfielders knowing anything hit over the infielders heads would win it.  Mo got a strikeout, and then came Pena again.  And he slapped a ball between the two outfielders.  End of game.


But it was only one game.

There were some positives taken from this game:

Although C.C Sabathia was not at his sharpest he did what an ace should do.  He battled through six innings and handed the ball over to the three men that will always be trusted to shorten the game.  Rafael Soriano and David Robertson did their jobs.  On this night Mo did not.

Raul Ibanez showed the Yankees fans why he was signed by driving in the first run in the second inning, and launching a three run blast in the third.

The old men, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez played like young men,  with both Jeter and A-Rod pulling off some nifty plays in the filed and adding some hits at the plate.

Mark Teixeira was his usual gold-glove self at first, and narrowly missed a home run.

Brett Gardner went 2-4 and made some terrific throws.

Robbie Cano looked like Robbie Cano, corralling a great throw by Gardner and selling the tag to get a runner out at third, and going 2-5 at the plate.

The Yankees will play again tonight, and tomorrow, and in May, June, July, August and September.  And when it is all said and done they will be in the playoffs, and this one game, this heart-breaker that should have ended with Mariano Rivera’s 604th save will be just that – one game.

There’s no tie-ing in baseball!

Joe Girardi, manager of the New York Yankees.

Joe Girardi, manager of the New York Yankees. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you have not heard, the Red Sox/Yankees game last night ended in a 4-4 tie after New York blew a 4-0 lead and Bobby Valentine called for a suicide squeeze (in a spring training game Bobby, really?) to tie it in the ninth.  After the end of the inning Joe Girardi summoned umpire Tim Tschida over to let him know they had to call the game as the Yankees did not have enough pitchers to continue.   Despite having six minor league pitchers in the bullpen, Girardi felt he could not continue, as the Yankees play two split squad games today and the Yanks would need the arms.  So it wasn’t really a matter of being out of arms last night as much as it was having enough for today.

And now Bobby V. is mad.  In more than one sense of the word.  Mad that Joe Girardi claimed to run out of pitchers and make him warm one of his up, and crazy-mad, to the point he has to find another reason to draw attention upon himself again.  Is this really going to go on all season?  Is Valentine going to make excuses, lay blame, and complain about the Yankees every time the two teams face each other?

Valentine’s excuse for attacking the Yankees this time is that they cost a minor league pitcher the chance to make the Red Sox team.  The pitcher in question, Clayton Mortensen, was warming up to pitch the 10th inning, and evidently Valentine was crushed he had to tell the poor kid Girardi just ruined his chances of making the big league club.

Okay Bobby.  We are talking about a kid who since 2007 has played in a total of 24 big league games and 106 minor league games and is with his fifth club.  He is not going to make the team out of spring training.  He is nothing but organizational depth and a mid-season call up.  But whatever.

Why couldn’t Bobby V. just say what every baseball fan in America was saying last night?  There should NEVER be a tie in baseball.  Even in spring training.  Remember the All Star game fiasco?  Okay maybe if the game is heading into the 15th inning in spring training, but why not let these kids learn the pressure of an extra inning game, especially in this rivalry?

Bobby Valentine could have maintained his integrity, if he even has any, by limiting his post game remarks to stating there should never be a tie in baseball.  No excuse making, no laying blame, and no need to speak up about the Yankees just because this is one of the greatest rivalry in sports.  All he had to say was, “there is no tie-ing in baseball.”

Let’s play two!

Phil Hughes during pregame warmups prior to a ...

Phil Hughes will pitch today agaisnt the Twins.

The Yankees will play two split squad games today, home against the Phillies and on the road against the Twins.  C.C. Sabathia will get the start at home, and Mariano Rivera is expected to see his first action of the spring as well.  Phil Hughes will take the mound against the Twins.  First pitch of both games is at 1:05 ET.  The game against the Phillies will be televised on the YES Network and on the radio on WCBS.

Here are the lineups:

Home vs  Phils: 1. Jeter SS, 2. Cano 2B 3. ARod DH, 4. Teixeira 1B, 5. Chavez 3B, 6. Martin C, 7. Jones RF, 8. Hall LF, 9. Dickerson CF, LHP Sabathia

At Twins: 1. Gardner LF, 2. Granderson CF, 3. Swisher RF, 4. Ibanez DH, 5. Cervelli C, 6. Vazquez 3B, 7. Nix 2B, 8. Laird 1B, 9. Pena SS, RHP Hughes


Morning Coffee & Links

Michael Pineda’s velocity a concern.

Will the Yankees be able to keep both Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano?

Q&A with Eric Chavez.

Joe Girardi will hit the road.

Three stars from yesterday’s win over the Braves.

Here’s to a great day of baseball!


Freddy Garcia states his case for fifth spot; Morning Coffee & Links

Freddy Garcia showed Joe Girardi and the Yankees why he deserves the fifth starter spot yesterday, as he pitched three scoreless innings giving up one hit and walking one while striking out two in the Yankees 3-0 win over the Braves.  His performance was the best by the Yankees starters thus far this spring, and will put the pressure on Phil Hughes to pitch well in his next start.  It is in the best interest of the Yankees that both pitchers pitch are ready, as more than likely the one that is relegated to the bullpen will start some games eventually.  How often does a five man rotation make it though the year with no injuries?

Michael Pineda takes the mound for the Yankees today when they face the Braves again at 1:05 ET.

Morning Coffee & Links

David Robertson gets good news.

Omens or almonds?

Will Pineda’s velocity increase?

Yanks trying to figure out how to keep Granderson.

ManBan better than ever?

Here’s to a great day of baseball!

Yankees Robertson hurt at home, Kuroda so-so, Morning Coffee & Links

David Robertson

Image via Wikipedia

Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson was injured moving boxes at home last night, and has been diagnosed with a mid foot sprain.  X-Rays performed today were negative and he has been scheduled for an MRI.  If rehab takes more than a couple of weeks it could affect Robertson’s ability to be ready for the opener.  Although I feel bad for Robertson, it is good to know that I am not the only person that gets injured doing everyday household things.

Hiroki Kuroda’s first start was a tale of two different innings in the Yankees 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay yesterday.  In the first inning Kuroda was quite efficient, throwing only nine pitches and getting a strike out, a pop out, and a ground out.  The second inning was a little rougher, with Kuroda giving up three consecutive hits, and a RBI ground out, surrendering three runs before closing out the inning with a ground out and another strikeout.  Joe Girardi was pleased with what he saw, saying  “I know he gave up [three] runs, but that doesn’t bother me…I was pleased with where he’s at physically right now. Everything I saw today from him, I was pleased.”   I was not as pleased as Joe, and I am bothered that he gave up three runs.  As a fan, I want wins, even in spring training!  Hopefully Kuroda’s work is more like his first inning and less like his second.

The Yankees will face the Blue Jays in Dunedin today at 1:05 ET.  Ivan Nova will be the starting pitcher.  I will post lineups when they are available.

Morning Coffee & Links

The Boss would not like the Yankees spring training approach.

Mr. October becomes Mr. Instructor.

ESPN New York’s First Pitch:  Cue the Jeter watch.

Unusual motivation in spring training for the Yankees.

Here’s to a great day of baseball!