Results for tag: Derek Jeter
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 14, 2011 at 02:52:32 AM

When Bartolo Colon threw his first pitch sometime after seven last night, the wind was listed at nine miles per hour. When the Yankees spent part of their Friday evening unsuccessfully trying to hit Clay Buchholz the wind velocity seemed to increase, especially because in the words of catcher Jarrod Saltalammachia, nothing stayed straight.

Maybe the only things out of Buchholz's right arm that stayed straight were the three pitches that began the fifth inning when Jorge Posada lined a fastball into right, Russell Martin took a cutter over the wall and Brett Gardner lined a fastball up the middle.

Other than those three pitches, the majority of Buchholz's 110 pitches were electrifying.

Whether it was the two-seam fastball inside to right-handed hitters, the off-speed stuff or the cutter

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 12, 2011 at 03:24:26 AM

I have seen my share of four-hour Yankee games and a few of them have been of the memorable variety.

There was an 8-6 win Dodger Stadium last June that took 4:02, which isn't so bad when you're physically in the Pacific Time Zone for a Sunday night game. That was a time when the Yankees decided to get to Jonathan Broxton and rallied from a 6-2 deficit in a game that until that point was somewhat boring and that was one of nine four-hour games last year for the Yankees.

Two years ago, the Yankees played an epic 15-inning game with the Red Sox that took five hours, 33 minutes to decide and it's doubtful anyone complained about that one since A.J. Burnett and Josh Beckett pitched so well. And nearly nine years ago, the Yankees and Twins were part of an epic five hour, 45 minute contest that

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 11, 2011 at 05:27:41 PM

Today is May 11 and at various points of his 49-year association with the Yankees, Gene Monahan has overseen medical treatment of Sparky Lyle, Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson, Don Mattingly, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez among others.

Next year though will be different as Monahan announced that this will be his last season and that he will be retiring to North Carolina. Monahan, who described himself as quiet and reserved seemed humbled by holding a press conference and talking about himself.

And that among the reasons he will be leaving the Yankees, the organization he served in spring training as a bat boy in 1962 and then in the minors in outposts such as Fort Lauderdale, Columbus, Binghamton and Syracuse, is because of the wakeup call he received from battling throat and neck cancer

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 10, 2011 at 06:37:38 PM

Today is May 10 and the last time the Royals were in New York on this date was 1997 for a 5-2 loss. That Saturday afternoon, the Royals fielded a veteran lineup containing the likes of Jose Offerman, Jay Bell, Bip Roberts, Jeff King and Chili Davis.

It is also one of the few times in the last 15 years that the Royals had a winning record on that date. In 1997, they were 17-16 after that loss and wound up losing 94 games. It also occurred in 2000 (18-15 and 77-85 finish); 2003 (21-13; 83-79 finish); 2009 (18-14; 65-97 finish).

As for the present, the Royals take an 18-16 mark into their third series at the new stadium and will start Kyle Davies. Davies gave up Alex Rodriguez’s 500th home run on August 4, 2007 but also turned in outings such as June 6, 2008 when he allowed one run

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 9, 2011 at 12:42:15 AM

Part of the weekend was spent at my local Barnes and Noble reading the new Derek Jeter book. Another part was spent putting on late night sports talk radio as a way to doze off and until I reached the point of nodding off, the occasional call went something like this:

"Derek Jeter can't hit leadoff, Derek Jeter should change positions, the Yankees should trade for Jose Reyes."

Another part of my weekend was spent reading the newspaper, especially since I'm a Sunday paper kind of person and the text below appeared in one of the columns from people who scout the game stood out.

"I think he still might be bothered by how his [contract] negotiations went down in the offseason. I think he will get his head back right and the warm weather will help him. There is something left, but not an

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 6, 2011 at 02:27:52 AM

First a confession, I didn't watch most of this four-game series with Detroit that from the looks of it and accounts in the paper was not the Yankees' finest hour of the first 29 games. First it represents their first three-game losing streak of the year and secondly it is a continuation of the offensive slump that seems to be two weeks old.

You might remember two weeks ago. That was when the Yankees went from Toronto to Baltimore. After a rainout on April 22, the Yankees scored 15 times on 14 hits the next night.

Since that time, the Yankees have split their 12 games and the reason is mostly at the plate. The Yankees have scored 46 runs (3.8 per game), which is not great, but also not terrible. Yet it is a dip from the six averaged through the first 17 games.

The most noticeable dip

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 1, 2011 at 01:58:42 AM

For the second straight season, the Yankees have won 15 games in the opening month. They were 15-7 last year and by going 15-9 this month, the Yankees have won at least that amount of games in consecutive opening months for the first time since 2002 and 2003 teams were a combined 38-16 in those Aprils.

The Yankee offense has had an interesting and contrasting month.

The .253 batting average places them slightly above the league average which was .249 going into Saturday's games. The .337 on-base percentage ranks in the top half of the league and well above the league average of .319 going into Saturday's game.

Where the Yankees have really shined offensively is hitting home runs. Their 43 home runs lead the league by far and only four of their 24 games have not featured a home run and

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 30, 2011 at 02:26:07 AM

When three hours and 35 minutes of tightrope and high-wire baseball ended, there were a number of words thrown around.

Walking over to the Blue Jay clubhouse, presided over by first-year manager John Farrell, words like game-changing, complete player and lead pitch were used as descriptive terms. Also used were angelic.

Game-changing described the speed element anchored by Rajai Davis. Complete player referred to Jose Bautista and lead pitch described the normal role of Casey Janssen's final pitch. Angelic was used by Ricky Romero, who described being lucky enough to avoid getting hit by a line drive in the third inning by saying:

“I guess there’s an angel next to me right there."

All of those components led to the end result of a really long night at Yankee Stadium, the

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 28, 2011 at 05:51:17 PM

Today is April 28 and two years ago Curtis Granderson was the leadoff hitter for the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park for an 11-0 loss to CC Sabathia and the Yankees. Granderson went 0-for-3 that night but has done fairly decently there by hitting .272 in 550 games. That's where he is tonight as Derek Jeter gets his first night off and a chance to enjoy the action from the dugout.

One person who hopes to enjoy the action more is Phil Hughes. Hughes found out that there is a low-level of thoracic outlet syndrome and is headed to St. Louis for a Monday consultation with vascular surgeon Dr. William Robert Thompson.

"The more I listened the more I was led to believe it was a done deal," GM Brian Cashman said. "We did not come up with any kind of diagnosis. That’s why Phil is going

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 26, 2011 at 02:23:23 AM

Being selfish is among the worst human traits anyone can have in most aspects of their lives.

There are some exceptions and for me it involves no-hitters. Everyone has their bucketlist of things they've never done and never seen and for me that is a no-hitter, which is what was a distinct possibility when Phil Humber pitched 6 1/3 innings without allowing a hit.

It seemed something special was brewing for Humber when he fanned Russell Martin on one of his 30 changeups but then Alex Rodriguez spoiled it with a single in the seventh.  Rodriguez probably caused some if not all in the press box to exhale since writing a no-hitter story takes extra time and work, but even I had to do extra work, I would not have minded.

"The way he threw today, even if we'd faced him before, it was a

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