Results for tag: Robinson Cano
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 6, 2011 at 12:24:01 AM

Everyone has dates in history they recall for certain reasons. For the international scouting department of the Yankees, it is fair to say they might have memories of the following dates:

January 5, 2001, July 15, 2004 and July 2, 2006.

Those are random dates and perhaps even somebody you know has that as their birthday. Those dates also represent when Robinson Cano, Ivan Nova and Jesus Montero became part of the Yankee organization in the international signing market.

Cano was the first to sign, becoming a Yankee on the first day of 2001 as the Yankees were three-time defending champions. That day several other players signed as free agents, including Bobby Bonilla, who signed a deal with the Cardinals that lasted 93 games.

Nova was second to become a Yankee, signing on the first Thursday

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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 21, 2011 at 05:10:50 PM

Today is May 21 and for the second year in a row on this date, the Yankees are playing the Mets. Last year, it was Javier Vazquez on the mound in one of his finest moments as a Yankee. Five years ago on this date, the Mets were winners over the Yankee at Shea Stadium when Carlos Delgado and David Wright hit home runs off Aaron Small.

Small was like R.A. Dickey for the Yankees back then but the follow-up to a 10-0 2005 season did not end well, similiar to how Dickey had struggled until last night.

Speaking of struggles, the Yankees have lost six straight home games and this is the second skid of that length since the 95-loss 1990 season. The other was during this in May 2003 when the Yankees dropped eight straight May 16-26, 2003, a stretch that included a four-game sweep to the Toronto

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 19, 2011 at 03:26:39 AM

It was sometime after midnight when Yankee fans watching last night's game could finally take a few breaths and exhale. That was after the Yankees won what seemed to be a war of baseball attrition by scoring three in the 15th for a 4-1 win over the Orioles.

We wish we could be as calm as Bartolo Colon pitching those eight innings (and you could have made the argument for Colon pitching the ninth even with Mariano Rivera). We wish we could be as calm as Hector Noesi making his major league debut by pitching four innings and surviving four walks and four hits. We wish we could be as calm as we know Rivera will be the next time he appears. We also wish we could be as calm as Chris Dickerson after making a great catch at the wall.

Of course this isn't the first time the Yankees have played

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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 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 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 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 02:17:25 AM

Bartolo Colon has made 327 regular-season starts since becoming a major leaguer with the 1997 Indians. On two previous occasions, I had seen him person (7/23/02 with the Montreal Expos at Shea Stadium and 7/6/07 with the Angels at Yankee Stadium.

At those junctures of his career, Colon was at different points.

In 2002, he was the man traded for Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore and Brandon Phillips on a team trying to go for it as best they can, which was evident when he pitched a 134-pitch complete game five days earlier. Colon was not awful, but was not good that rainy night as he surrendered home runs to Mo Vaughn and Mike Piazza.

Five years later, Colon left Montreal via trade to the White Sox and then cashed in, joining Vladimir Guerrero with the Angels. He won 39 games and a CY Young in

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 25, 2011 at 06:52:43 PM

Today is April 25 and the last time the White Sox met the Yankees on this date was in 1997 at Yankee Stadium.

That night, the White Sox then managed by Terry Bevington were 9-3 winners behind 7 2/3 innings from Wilson Alvarez and home runs from Frank Thomas and Albert Belle off David Wells.

Back to the present, the White Sox scored nine Thursday at Tampa Bay and that represents their lone win since April 12. During that time, the White Sox have scored 16 times and allowed 54 runs in 10 losses.

 So what to do? Do the White Sox panic and the answer is no. 

Of course that’s not important right now when considering the state of Phil Hughes’ dead arm. Hughes continues to be in a state of flux, especially after he experienced the same thing throwing 10 to 12 pitches

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