Results for tag: Nick Swisher
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 16, 2011 at 04:01:35 AM

Shortly before 1 AM after another marathon Yankee-Red Sox game, the police officers assembled on the mezzanine overlooking the tracks where the D train would take people away from Yankee Stadium.

And what they heard from their commander was a job well done followed by applause.

An hour earlier, the Yankees walked off the field up the stairs and across the street and probably did not hear the same.

"It seems like when things are going bad," manager Joe Girardi said, "It goes bad."

Bad would be a nice way to describe the events on the field after the Yankees had been swept by their biggest rival and then headed for a flight to play two games apiece in Tampa Bay and Baltimore with the hope they can figure out why their performance has been the complete opposite of those officers getting

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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 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 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 Sep 6, 2010 at 12:18:29 PM

There is not much going on but the good news is that Andy Pettitte threw his bullpen session.  He threw 20 pitches at low intensity and said there was no pain. 

The next step for Pettitte is a rehab start against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Eastern League affiliate of the Blue Jays.  For Trenton, Pettitte is expected to throw 60 pitches against the team that was second in home runs and first in on-base percentage and that will take place Thursday to give the lefty five days off.

Though the outing is more a way to gauge how Pettitte feels, he might also want to know who he is facing.

Nick Swisher is back in the lineup after missing three games with a knee injury.  Swisher had an MRI and was definitely relieved when the test just revealed inflammation and no

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 5, 2010 at 12:42:10 PM

The Yankees waited until about 90 minutes before first pitch before posting their lineup and for the first time since August 20, the cleanup spot was occupied by Alex Rodriguez.

Rodriguez went through his work by hitting in the cage, fielding grounders.  The green light to activate Rodriguez came after he went through yesterday’s simulated game and felt no pain in his injured calf.

As for Andy Pettitte, the news also is good.  Pettitte said that he will throw another bullpen session before Monday’s game with Baltimore.

He was still waiting to see what the next step is because of the minor league playoff schedules not being set.

Perhaps the most important thing from Pettitte is that though there is normal soreness after each step, yesterday’s simulated game

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jul 17, 2010 at 01:57:46 AM

According to baseball-reference, 47 players have made the major leagues from Ohio State University.  Until Brian Cashman heisted Kenny Williams out of Nick Swisher in November 2008, none had played for the Yankees since George Steinbrenner became owner in 1973.

And how is that relevant to a night when the Yankees won and remembered Steinbrenner?

It is relevant because besides the Yankees, Steinbrenner's passion was Ohio State especially its football program. He was a man who often has been described as having a football mentality and coached at Northwestern at one point.

The obvious ending to last night's game would be Derek Jeter getting the same game-winning single as Swisher and it seemed set up for that.  There's just one problem: even with all his years and accolades with

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