Results for tag: Mark Teixeira
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jun 6, 2011 at 12:36:00 AM

What you witnessed from the Yankees was a rare thing these days and that is not just a series victory against the Angels in Anaheim.

The rarity is the Seattle-Oakland-Anaheim trip and making all those stops on the same trip. That trip is rarity because of things like having to play six series against division rivals and having to play interleague games.

The unbalanced schedule has been in place since 2001 and interleague play has existed since 1997, meaning that the three city West Coast trip is mostly a thing of the past. It usually gets combined with something strange like Chicago-Seattle-New York, which the Yankees did in 2007 or Anaheim-Seattle-Toronto, which the Yankees will do in the middle of September.

The last time the Yankees had a trip that actually was scheduled in this manner

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 25, 2011 at 12:39:26 PM

Today is May 25 and eight years ago, the Blue Jays were successful in a four-game sweep over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. That weekend featured four dreary losses that saw the Yankees strand 34 runners.

If that sounds familiar, it is because it is what has happened to the Yankees at times this month and seemed destined to happen again last night, putting Toronto in position to go for the sweep.

Instead, things like Curtis Granderson’s first four-hit night as a Yankee, Jorge Posada’s pinch hit double put the Yankees in position to change the script and that was achieved with Mark Teixeira’s single off ex-Yankee Juan Rivera’s first baseman glove.

"Toronto tended to have our number from last year to the start of this year,” Granderson said last night. “They're

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 22, 2011 at 11:30:43 AM

Today is May 22 and a year ago at this exact time, the Yankees had hit 50 home runs. Two years ago at the same time, they had 66. Three years ago at the same moment (the morning of May 22), the Yankees had connected 46 times.

Those are the home run figures through games of May 21 the previous three years of Joe Girardi's managerial reign and following yesterday's four home run display, the Yankees have hit 70 in 1482 at-bats, which means that every 21.1 at-bats a home run will leave someone's bat.

The home runs have helped the Yankees lead the AL with 226 runs scored and with a .447 slugging percentage, but they also have seen the Yankees rank low in other hitting categories. In doubles, the Yankees are 14th, in total hits, they are 11th and in batting average, they are ninth.

Much has

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 13, 2011 at 05:17:05 PM

Today is May 13 and for the first time since moving to the Bronx in 1923, the Yankees have a home game with the Boston Red Sox. They have played them twice on this date in Boston (1965 and 1995) but never at home either in the Bronx, the Polo Grounds and Hilltop Park in Upper Manhattan.

Today also happens to be Friday the 13th for you superstitious types and if you’ve followed the Yankees the last two nights, their performance can be assessed a slop fest of horrifying baseball.

And because of that the Yankees are not a first place team for the first time in roughly a month.

"Maybe it's what we need. Maybe we need the Red Sox to come in. Everything seems to get turned up, the coverage, the intensity of the games seem to take on a new flavor, and each at-bat seems to take on a new

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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 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 16, 2011 at 04:05:50 AM

The year began with an 11-game watching streak as in I had watched every Yankee game to date. That came to an end last night when I elected to step out to a bar and watch the Rangers-Capitals game, which was a failure in itself for the Rangers.

Technically I saw enough, since the Yankee game was on another TV, but six double plays were missed, something I didn't know until hearing it on the radio updates. That tied an AL record and was the 13th time in a nine-inning game when Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Andruw Jones and Nick Swisher did it against Matt Harrison in last night's 5-3 loss.

So naturally I wondered what other games that occurred in and time was wasted looking for it until I found it on baseball-reference.com. Now my next source of curiousity

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 4, 2011 at 05:20:37 PM

Today is April 4 and a year ago Ivan Nova was preparing to spend most of the season in the International League. Tonight he takes the mound for his eighth career start and will be facing a lineup featuring four lefties and two switch-hitters, meaning there will be at least six at-bats to left-handed hitters when he faces the following lineup:

 

1 - Denard Span CF

2 - Tsuyoshi Nishioka - 2B

3 - Joe Mauer - C

4 - Justin Morneau - 1B

5 - Delmon Young - LF

6 - Jim Thome - DH

7 - Jason Kubel - RF

8 - Danny Valencia - 3B

9 - Alexei Casilla - SS

In his brief time as a major league (42 innings), Nova has allowed three home runs and 10 walks to left-handed hitters.

Nova's season debut is certainly not based on a brief track record against left-handed hitters, but more upon the 20

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 3, 2011 at 12:22:10 PM

Today is April 3 and somehow the Yankees are on pace to hit 405 home runs, a figure that probably won't happen as the Yankees will settle for hitting over 200 or so.

As for reality, the Yankees are attempting to be 3-0 for the first time since the 2003 season when they won their first four - three without Derek Jeter. Phil Hughes was a high school junior at that time and a year away from being drafted and today takes the mound at Yankee Stadium for the first time since his brilliant performance against the Twins in Game Three of the ALDS.

Scouts said in various reports that Hughes' velocity had diminished slightly but the Yankees won't read too much into that, especially since spring training is more about getting your work in as opposed to maxing out the radar gun.

Hughes is throwing

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 20, 2010 at 01:33:21 PM

Today is October 20 and the first of three potential elimination dates for the Yankees, who are now without first baseman Mark Teixeira (strained hamstring).

So that means Robinson Cano bats third. Cano is the only Yankee hitting really well and in limited action as a third-place hitter, he is 7-for-19 with a home run and eight RBI in five games.

"The way Robby has been swinging, we just talked about getting him more at-bats and moving him up," manager Joe Girardi said.

A year ago on this date, everything clicked for the Yankees, who pushed the Angels to the brink of elimination with a 10-1 victory. CC Sabathia allowed one run and five hits in eight innings and Alex Rodriguez drove in three and hit his third home run of the series.

Sabathia takes the mound this afternoon and has not

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