Results for tag: New York Yankees
Posted by: Jack Curry on Jun 15, 2010 at 02:39:50 PM

When Jorge Posada marches into the Yankees’ clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, he will search for the lineup that is affixed to the door and he hope he is starting at catcher. Posada is a proud and stubborn catcher, a man who wants his last inning in the Major Leagues to be spent with shin guards strapped around his legs.

Posada returned to his comfortable spot behind the plate for the first time in almost a month on Sunday and belted his second grand slam in two days to help the Yankees stifle the awful Astros. While Posada left the game after eight innings because of soreness in the right foot, he considered it typical soreness from catching and not a serious concern.

Still, when I asked Posada if he expected to start at catcher against the Phillies on Tuesday, he gave an interesting

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Posted by: Jack Curry on Jun 10, 2010 at 04:08:14 PM

Robinson Cano stood on first base after chopping a game-tying single to right field against the Orioles on Wednesday night, stuffed a piece of bubble gum in his mouth and failed to suppress a smile. At that moment, Cano looked more like a Little Leaguer than one of the best players in baseball.

To watch Cano is to watch a player who is giddy, confident and aware. Watch Cano after he gets another important hit or makes another stylish play at second base. He will usually point to a teammate or to the dugout and smile. It is fun to be that good and to know you are going to get even better.

The evolution of Cano from a very good player to a superb player is happening this season and it is happening at an alarming rate. Cano is hitting .376, which leads the Majors, and has 12 homers and 46 runs

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Posted by: Jack Curry on Jun 1, 2010 at 11:15:46 AM

The Stephen Strasburg Era is scheduled to begin at the Major League level on June 8 when he finally pitches for the Washington Nationals. The Nationals will surely have a sellout crowd against the Pirates because their restless fans want to see how great Strasburg is. Not how good, but how great.

On that same night, Rene Rivera of the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees is scheduled to play in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Unlike Strasburg, Rivera probably isn’t thinking that far ahead. Two weeks ago, Rivera was still with the Camden Riversharks, an independent Minor League team in the Atlantic League. The Yankees signed him on May 21. Rivera takes his career day-by-day.

The two disparate players, an intimidating pitcher and a journeyman catcher, will forever be connected because of what happened

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Posted by: Jack Curry on May 25, 2010 at 11:13:47 AM

Admit it. You wanted to see Joe Mauer in a Yankee uniform. You thought about it. If you are a hopeful Yankee fan, you probably thought about it a lot. How sweet would it have been to have Mauer catching for the Yankees in 2011? I know fans fantasized about that incredible possibility.

Even with Jorge Posada signed through next season and even with a bevy of talented young catchers behind him in Francisco Cervelli, Jesus Montero and Austin Romine, Mauer’s availability as a free agent could have superseded any plans. Mauer is the catcher from another baseball galaxy. He is too superb to bypass, especially since the Red Sox would have pursued him, too.

Before the Yankees or the Red Sox could get too enthused about possibly adding Mauer, he signed an eight-year, $184 million extension

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Posted by: Jack Curry on May 18, 2010 at 12:19:30 PM

Before the memorable swing that produced the game-winning two-run homer, before the rowdy celebration at the plate and before he received the pie in the face treatment on Monday night, Marcus Thames thought he was done. Before Thames played one game with the Yankees this year, he thought he might be an ex-Yankee.

As the days frittered away in Spring Training and Thames continued slogging through lousy at-bats, he put more pressure on himself to succeed. The more Thames obsessed about getting hits, the more difficult it became. Thames was a non-roster invitee so he needed to show that he could still be a power threat. He needed to show something. Instead, he was an automatic out.

“I remember calling my wife and telling her, ‘I think I’m blowing this,’” Thames

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Posted by: Jack Curry on May 17, 2010 at 10:30:01 AM

Phil Hughes looks different on the mound this season, different in a positive way. He acts more assertive and more fearless. He has the demeanor of a pitcher who is anxious to throw the ball because he doesn’t expect batters to do any damage. He looks that cool for the Yankees.

Watch how Hughes performs when he faces the Red Sox Monday night. He rarely strays from the rubber because he doesn’t want to waste time between pitches. He shows little emotion because he is focused on the next pitch. While Hughes’ friends have told him that they have noticed a difference in his presence, he believes the most crucial difference is what has transpired above his neck.

When Hughes thinks about what has allowed him to rumble to a 5-0 record with a 1.38 earned run average, he centers

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Posted by: Jack Curry on May 7, 2010 at 10:29:27 AM

BOSTON – Unintelligent, undisciplined and uninspired baseball. That was the way Theo Epstein described the Boston Red Sox’s style of play last Sunday. It was a candid critique from a general manager who had grown fatigued by seeing the Red Sox slog through the first month of the season.

When Epstein spoke to John Tomase of The Boston Herald, he added that the situation had “to change.” Epstein surmised that the sluggish play “would change itself or we do something to change it.” It sounded like a threat. It sounded like a call to WEEI, which is the sports talk radio station that can also serve as a panic hotline here. Epstein added he was not referring to personnel moves when he mentioned the possibility of changes.

If Epstein was that honest with a reporter,

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Posted by: Jack Curry on May 5, 2010 at 10:12:19 AM

We should all do our jobs the way Francisco Cervelli does his: with the same passion, the same energy and the same joy. Even if we could only do it for one day, we should all be as happy at work as Cervelli is when he is playing for the Yankees.

“My mom always said, ‘Have fun because you don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow,’” Cervelli said.

Cervelli has fun, endless and unbridled fun. His giddy disposition is not an act. Cervelli really is an affable guy who is thrilled to have a locker in the same clubhouse as Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia. If Cervelli plays for another decade, let’s hope he remains this innocent and this excitable. It is a significant part of why he is such a charming story.

As A.J. Burnett pitched powerfully

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Posted by: Jack Curry on May 3, 2010 at 10:24:26 AM

Roberto Alomar was a talented and stylish second baseman, a player who was enjoyable to watch because of the way he played the game. When Alomar watches Robinson Cano, another talented and stylish second baseman, he sees a player that he enjoys watching. Alomar also sees a player that he believes can and will improve.

“He’s one of the best second basemen of his generation,” said Alomar in a telephone interview last week. “He can still get better.”

So far, Cano is having a superb season for the Yankees with a .387 average, nine homers and 21 runs batted in. He has embraced the challenge of batting fifth in the lineup, he is hitting with runners in scoring position and he has been the most dynamic player on a team filled with superstars. He has more homers the

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Posted by: Jack Curry on Apr 22, 2010 at 12:31:16 PM

If the answer is a young team with a low payroll and modest expectations, what is the question? It could be “Which club is the opposite of the Yankees?” or “Who are the Oakland Athletics?” The small-market A’s, who had one of the bleakest records in the American League last season, are astronomically different than the large-market Yankees, who won a World Series title six months ago.

Billy Beane, the general manager of the A’s, discussed the differences between the teams in a factual manner, not in a frustrated manner. The A’s have used superb pitching to hang out near the top of the American League West, but Beane stressed that the A’s need more than pitching to try and make the next five-and-a-half months as interesting as the last two

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