Results for tag: Eric Chavez
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jul 25, 2011 at 06:05:08 PM

Today is July 25 and a year and one year ago, Freddy Garcia was pitching for the White Sox and results did not go well. He pitched in Oakland, could not get past the second inning of a 10-2 loss.

Garcia faced 13 hitters and was gone after walking current Mariner Jack Cust. Garcia has had one such start that lasted that short and that was last month against the Red Sox.

On the injury front, Rafael Soriano is slated to pitch in Triple-A again. He pitched yesterday and gave up a home run while facing Columbus.

Eric Chavez is closer and could be activated tomorrow if the Yankees evaluate him to be feeling better.

And finally Alex Rodriguez is two weeks removed from knee surgery but no timetable is set for him to start baseball activities.

Those players are missing facing a team that surprised

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 12, 2011 at 06:28:02 PM

Today is May 12 and that means it's Yogi Berra's birthday. Berra turns 86 today and on his 33rd and 34th birthday hit home runs in losing efforts to the Indians in 1959 and 1960. On his last birthday, the Yankees scored eight times in an 8-0 rout and that a doubleheader that saw them lose the opener 2-0 to Detroit.

The Yankees have scored eight runs twice since April 23 when they began this stretch of .178 hitting. During the two games, April 28 and May 8, the Bombers have gone 8-for-28 with runners in scoring postion.

On the eve of Boston's first trip here, the Yankees are in one of those funks that comes and for most teams that eventually evaporates. As Dustin Pedroia told the Boston media after the Red Sox dropped to 17-20 with a 9-3 loss in Toronto, "I ain't going to hit 2-bleeping-40."

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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 06:18:24 PM

Today is April 26 and as Joe Auriemma writes, the home run race between Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle truly began 50 years ago in Detroit.

Moving to a more recent April 26, four years ago Phil Hughes made his major league debut when the Yankees were in dire need of pitchers due to various injuries and ineffectiveness. The Yankees were a last place team and when Hughes could not win his debut and the Yankee bats could not score off Phil Hughes, the record was 8-12 and the deficit was 5 1/2 games.

"I felt fine but I just wasn't making pitches and anytime you keep yourself behind in the count, it's not going to be good," Hughes said. "Stuff-wise, I felt fine, but the results were not so great."

That is what Hughes said that night after allowing four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 18, 2011 at 03:52:15 AM

During the week of October 16-23, the Yankees stopped hitting and stopped pitching in a six-game series with the Texas Rangers and lost their chance at repeating as World Series champions. During that mostly unproductive week, Eric Chavez, Russell Martin, Rafael Soriano and Freddy Garcia were elsewhere.

Since the regular season and in Soriano's case, postseason had ended a few weeks earlier, the quartet might not have necessarily been thinking of future plans then. Eventually they would have to, either by having the benefits of free agency or being unwanted by a previous team.

Martin was the first since the Dodgers non-tendered him on December 2 and decided to go with Rod Barajas. Although Martin is considerably younger than Barajas, it didn't seem like the Dodgers had confidence in staying

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 17, 2011 at 06:30:43 PM

Today is April 17 and 60 years ago, Bob Sheppard worked his first game as a Yankee Stadium PA announcer when the Yankees knocked off the Red Sox 6-1. That game happened to also be Mickey Mantle's debut and he had one hit in four at-bats during a Tuesday afternoon game that was completed in two hours, 12 minutes.

One name that will not be mentioned by the PA announcer is Alex Rodriguez, who is day-to-day with the famous oblique injury that seems to be trending throughout baseball.

"We’ll take it day by day," said manager Joe Girardi, while not totally ruling out having him for one at-bat tonight if he feels able. “We’ll shoot for Tuesday. If he can’t go Tuesday, we’ll shoot for Wednesday."

Rodriguez is still sore and said he hopes it feels better in a day

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 6, 2011 at 05:39:29 PM

Today is April 6 and a year ago, Rafael Soriano was in Tampa Bay and was the winning pitcher in a 4-3 Rays' victory over the Orioles. That day, Soriano began a 45-save season by working out of a bases-loaded jam.

Last night, Soriano failed to work out of the same situation as he gave up three walks for the first time as a relief pitcher. Then he did one of the cardinal sins, especially in New York and that was not owning up to it.

Whether he pitches a third straight game remains to be seen, especially since he has thrown 51 pitches during the last two games, but one thing is certain, Soriano deserves a lot of credit for apologizing. Not only did he apologize but he was authentic, engaging and vowed it would never occur again.

"I think it takes character and I think it takes self-evaluation

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