Facts are the Yankees are coming in nicked-up, missing Curtis Gradnerson, Chan-ho Park, Andy Pettitte at least for his next start, Rivera is available but proceeding with caution, Arod knee is sore, and Posada is DTD, as nothing about tonight has been confirmed.
The Yankees are coming off a lovely home stand winning 5 of 6 games, but the Red Sox need these wins to get over .500 and out of fourth place.
Since the embarrassment sweep by the horrifically poor Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox have come back with a vengeance. As they took the Angels for four in a row with their own brooms, scoring 36 runs in total.
Tonight, up in Fenway Park is the beginning of a 17-game stretch for New York Yankees.
Before their next off-day, Yankees face the Boston Red Sox for five games, four games against the Tigers in Detroit, three against the 1st seat Twins, two against Tampa Bay Rays and last three games over the bridge in Citi-field for the Subway Series.
The Tigers are hot right now, and the Twins and Rays are both in first place.
The Red Sox cannot be counted out because when the rivals face each other it is a war that cannot be predicted.
Finally, the Mets have found life again but New York City is all pinstripes that will not change quickly. The Mets had to start somewhere. The Empire State Building donned in blue and orange would get the ball rolling.
By the time the Yanks go to Subway Series, let’s hope the injuries are not worse.
Yankee youngsters’ led by Cano, Gardner, Pena, Cervelli, Chamberlain and Hughes have done the job well so far, but can they maintain is the case looming.
In 17-days we will see the answers, as for now the Champions hold the opportunity to explain.
Brooms came out in the Bronx today, as the New York Yankees took the O’s 7-5 for the third win of the series.
Since arriving home, the Bombers have won 5 of 6 games, adding two more series wins and raising the term total to eight. The Yankees did not accomplish this without any casualties along the way.
Granderson will miss least a month; my guess second week of June.
Posada getting reevaluated today, May 6th but hoping available this weekend.
Park is expected to return within a week.
the latest addition Andy Pettitte. Left today’s game in the fifth with a stiff left elbow. MRI confirmed mild swelling in his pitching elbow.
Honorable mentions going to Arod and Rivera, which can be blamed on a sore knee and stiff side respectively.
Both stars said to be ready on Friday when the Yankees arrive for a series against their rival Boston Red Sox. It is revolting to assume the affects a double blow like this could have. It would undoubtedly cripple the team. Hopefully just a sneak-peak of some early season cautions.
The only confirmed fact…this is not good.
It was exceedingly sweet of Girardi and people for trying to minimize the apparent absentees on the field. Understandably, with the names involved alarm would take to pandemonium real fast in New York.
Now fans will follow with extra nervousness, praying that nothing else happens.
The realization of time has been easy to avoid, but their lasting successes do not make than immortal. Something Yankee fans don’t, won’t and can’t even comprehend surviving without them.
For any team, injuries turn into nightmares real fast. Blame it on sports because remaining healthy is so unpredictable, but inevitable at the same time.
The worst trend seen in baseball is that players getting hurt can become like dominos, causing a team’s success to collapse right along side.
The impact is already applicable for the Yanks, starting with Pettitte missing his start at Fenway. Pettitte has been nothing short of phenomenal thus far, with four wins in five starts, 2.08 ERA, with 27 strikeouts in 39 innings pitched.
What a HUGE opportunity for Javier Vazquez to step it up, as most likely his scratched start to be erased. The who and where (Red Sox and Fenway Park) are ridiculous lucky timing if Vazquez can do it together and win.
My theory is that Girardi would put Vazquez back to start on Friday, followed by Hughes, CC etc. It would make sense to keep the original order too.
Vazquez will not see many Yankees fans at Fenway Park. From personal experience I can guarantee any pinstripes in Boston will not be loud and every Yankee will be getting boo’s.
Baseball lost a hero today with the passing of Ernie Harwell who was 92 years old.
For 55 years, Mr. Ernie Harwell was the quintessential icon of baseball broadcasters. Over 42 of those seasons, Mr. Harwell was the radio voice for the Detroit Tigers earning a niche in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. Detroit felt pride because Mr. Harwell was so proud of the city each and every day.
Mr. Harwell invited the listener into the ballpark. His voice always kept it easy and never took the spotlight off the game.
The broadcaster’s voice did not compare to the kindness of his person. Out of the booth, Mr, Harwell was gracious to people with his kind demeanor, his endless smiles and humble whit.
For baseball fans’ everywhere his love for the game was rarified air, that will be sorely missed.
The sports world is forever indebted to you for writing the greatest meaning of baseball, that will forever define it.
Mr. Harwell, it was my honor and your heart that made me fall in love with baseball.
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano have been named the American League Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for April.
In 22 games last month, Cano hit a Major League-best .400 (34-85) with five doubles, a triple, eight home runs, 21 runs scored and 18 RBI. The 27-year-old also posted a .765 slugging percentage and a .436 on-base percentage. He is one of just four Yankees in the expansion era (since 1961) to bat .400 in April (min: 50 PA), joining Clete Boyer (1962), Willie Randolph (1976) and Paul O’Neill (1994, ’96). The native of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic reached base successfully in 21 of his 22 games in April, which included 11 multi-hit games and four multi-RBI performances. Cano also amassed two multi-homer games in April, extending his career total to six. Robinson became just the second American Leaguer to record a .400 average and eight home runs in the month of April in the expansion era, joining Boston’s Manny Ramirez in 2001. On April 24th, the lefty-hitting slugger collected four hits and three runs scored to match career-high’s en route to a 7-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. On the strength of his 10-game season-opening hitting streak, Cano extended his April hitting streak to 27 games, dating back to last season, the longest such streak in A.L. history. This marks Robinson’s second career Player of the Month Award (previous: September 2006). Continue reading ‘Robinson Cano, Francisco Liriano take the American League’s monthlies’ »
Someone recently asked me an excellent question, “Looking over the first four weeks of 2010, which Yankees players come to mind, as being the real difference makers?”
The usual New York Yankees April endings are filled with sighs of relief from both the team and fans. The Yankees are not known to be early birds from the start, as their cemented reputation has always been that of a second-half team.
Not true anymore, as this 2010 team are truly defending something close to their hearts. Watching this group meet every at-bat or pitch delivered as if it was game seven in the World Series, is every fan’s dream come true.
In 2010, there were seven players who stood out for me in the month of April: