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SWB Game 4-12 Banuelos
6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 4:43PM #1
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SWB  AAA  Yankees Game  4-12-12

The SWB Yankees downed the Buffalo Bisons (Mets) by a 7-2 score.  The win puts the Yankees record at 2-5.

Pitching:  Manny Banuelos made his 2nd start of the year for the Yanks.  It was another rough one for one of the B Boys.  He gave up 2 runs in the 1st when he loaded the bases on a single and 2 walks.  A rbi sac fly and rbi infield hit gave Buffalo a quick 2-0 lead.  His 3rd walk of the inning reloaded the bases, but he got a groundout to end the inning.  In the 2nd his control was no better.  He gave up 3 more walks and a double, but a huge doubleplay kept Buffalo off the scoreboard.  That was it for Manny for the day.    74 pitches - 36 strikes.

Banuelos' line:  2.0 IP,  2 runs,  3 hits,  0 K's--6 walks,  ERA  10.13.

Pat Venditte threw a scoreless 3rd inning with 1 K.

Manny DelCarmen continued his fine pitching with 3 scoreless innings allowing only 1 walk, with 2 strikeouts.

Cody Eppley tossed a scoreless 7th with 2 strikeouts.  He threw a scoreless 8th after giving up a single and walk, with the help of a doublplay.   Eppley has not allowed a run yet.

Keven Whelan threw a perfect 9th with 1 strikeout.
Yankee relievers allowed only 1 hit over the last 7 innings.

Offense:  Chris Swinden got the start for Buffalo.  In the 3rd the Yanks scored 3 runs on a DeWayne Wise double, walks to Brandon Laird and Colin CurtisRamiro Pena had a rbi single and Ray Kruml a 2-rbi double to give SWB a 3-2 lead.  In the 5th, Steve Pearce hit a solo homer (1) to up the SWB lead to 4-2.  The Yanks added 3 more runs in the 7th on walks to Steve Pearce, Colin Curtis, and DeWayne Wise.  With singles by  Kevin Russo and Jack Cust (rbi), and a 2-rbi double by Brandon Laird for a 7-2 lead.  The Yanks threatened but did not score in the 9th when Jack Cust singled and Colin Curtis walked.  Buffalo pitching issued SWB 10 walks in the game.  

Notes:   Francisco Cervelli went 0-5 with a K.  He's hitting .087.  There was a stolen base against him (0-6).  DJ Mitchell makes his 2nd start Friday in the rubber game of the series.  Chris Dickerson sat out the game with a jammed neck he suffered in yesterday's game when his head hit the wall while sliding to make a great catch. The B Boys gave up 12 walks in the last 2 games in just 5.1 innings. Yikes !

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 4:53PM #2
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The B's now stands for "backwards".  :-(
6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 4:55PM #3
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Apr 12, 2012 -- 4:53PM, Stratocaster wrote:

The B's now stands for "backwards". :-(

Unfortunately so far it looks that way, but it's early of course.  If it carries over for a few more starts I'll start getting worried.  But, based on last year, both had control issues at times so you have to wonder.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 5:02PM #4
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Kuroda gets the ball for tomorrow’s home opener

Jorge Posada will throw the ceremonial first pitch tomorrow, but the first pitch that matters will belong to Hiroki Kuroda. In his first season with the Yankees, Kuroda will be on the mound for the home opener.

“It’s definitely an honor,” he said. “Because of that, I really have to do the best I can. I think I will.”

Kuroda was not sharp in his debut. He walked four, gave up eight hits and looked little like the steady, reliable veteran the Yankees were expecting when they gave him a $10-million deal. Joe Girardi has wondered whether Kuroda was trying to do too much.

“Obviously a lot (needs to change),” Kuroda said. “There are a lot of things that I won’t know until the day I pitch. It depends on how I feel that day after the bullpen. I have to make adjustments depending on the type of pitches I have that day. I really can’t tell you until the day that I start. … It doesn’t really matter where I pitch, it matters how I feel that day.”

Here are the pitching matchups for the Angels series.

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (0-1, 6.35)
RHP Ervin Santana (0-1, 7.94)
1:05 p.m., YES Network

RHP Phil Hughes (0-1, 3.86)
LHP C.J. Wilson (1-0, 1.29)
1:05 p.m., FOX

RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 2.57)
8:05 p.m., ESPN

Associated Press photo

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 5:03PM #5
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Apr 12, 2012 -- 4:55PM, BigGuy wrote:

Apr 12, 2012 -- 4:53PM, Stratocaster wrote:

The B's now stands for "backwards". :-(

Unfortunately so far it looks that way, but it's early of course.  If it carries over for a few more starts I'll start getting worried.  But, based on last year, both had control issues at times so you have to wonder.

Yeah, it's too early to panic.  But if Campos starts going downhill I might get a little cranky, and start calling for pitching coaches to be killed.  I'm developing that prospect pre-love thing already.  LOL

6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 5:05PM #6
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Yanks ready for special home opener

For David Phelps, it will be his first one; for Mariano Rivera, it could be his last

Updated: April 12, 2012, 2:31 PM ET

By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

The central focus of the 110th home opener in New York Yankees history will be that familiar battery of Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada. Posada will start the day off by tossing out the first pitch, and, if all goes right for the Yanks, Rivera will fire the last one.

In between, Rivera will be celebrated in what is expected to be his final home opener. Posada will be thanked for his 16 years of service. Their Core Four buddy, captain Derek Jeter, will have butterflies, and he wouldn't have it any other way. Meanwhile, early-season sensation David Phelps, a rookie, will walk around with the wonderment of a child opening a birthday gift he has waited his whole life to unwrap.

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Kim Klement/US PresswireRookie David Phelps earned a spot on the Yanks' Opening Day roster and has been impressive so far.

The Yankees are already three up and three down on this season, but the campaign won't really begin in Jeter's eyes until Hiroki Kuroda throws Friday's first official pitch a little after 1 p.m.

"It doesn't seem like the season gets under way until you have your home opener," Jeter said. For Jeter, the first time was the best -- the snowy day back in April 1996 when he went 1-for-4 and scored a run in a 7-1 win over the Royals. Now 37, Jeter won't feel a bit different from when he was a 21-year-old rookie. "You have butterflies every time," Jeter said. "I think it is good to have butterflies. It means you still care."

Still, Jeter sometimes tries to calm the butterflies, even if it's in his subtle way. When Phelps made his major league debut in Tampa last weekend, Jeter strolled to the mound before Phelps' first pitch to offer a few words.

"He said, 'It is the same as it's been, just a few more people,'" Phelps recalled.

Phelps has struck out five of the first nine batters he has faced in the major leagues, so he seems far from overwhelmed. Either way, Jeter is not going to whisper in his ear about what it's like in the Bronx on the first day. "No, you want everyone to enjoy it for themselves," Jeter said. "I don't think you go into it with any preconceived notions of what could happen. You have to have your own experience and have fun. You want it to be that way."

Phelps has dreamed of hearing his name announced with his fellow Yankees. In Tampa against the Rays on Opening Day, he quickly realized his name would be called after Rivera's. "Mo is introduced and gets a standing ovation, and I'm sitting there laughing, thinking I'm going to hear crickets," Phelps said. "I had a lot of family with me there. I heard them from deep center field all screaming for me. It was really exciting for me."

On Friday, Phelps, 25, won't be able to hear his father, his brother (a former minor leaguer in the Cubs organization) and his cousin, who are flying in from St. Louis for the game. As the new Yankees phenom after nine outs, Phelps already has earned some love from the former strangers in the Bronx.

By Friday night, Phelps can start a new dream, imagining what it would be like to be admired like Rivera someday. Of course, there is only one Rivera. Besides his superior skills, Rivera's legend is enhanced by his grace. By next year at this time, Rivera may be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

Nothing is official, but it sure seems like at 42, Rivera is saying goodbye. It is the unconfirmed truth about this season.

"I think he will appreciate the moment with the humble attitude that he has," manager Joe Girardi said. "We probably won't notice it. It is very similar to if he gets a save or blows a save, it is the same guy every time. If it does turn out to be his last Opening Day at home, I'm sure he'll take a minute to soak it in."

Rivera laughed when reporters brought up the possibility that this could be, just maybe, his final home opener.

"You guys are amazing," Rivera said. "I knew it was coming. I always look at the home opener like it was my first one. I enjoy it. I love the game. This time will be just like the others. Just go in there and have a good time."

He added.

"They are all special," Rivera said.

From Posada to Rivera to the captain and the rookie, this one should be no different.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 5:06PM #7
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Olney On McCann, Hunter, Yankees

ESPN.com’s Buster Olney discussed Brian McCann’s next contract, Torii Hunter’s next team and a possible trade for the Yankees in his latest Insider-only column. Here are the highlights...

  • There’s been little traction in extension talks between the Braves and McCann, according to Olney. However, the Braves control the catcher’s rights through 2013 with a $12MM club option. Olney suggests the 28-year-old could ask for more than Yadier Molina obtained from the Cardinals ($75MM for five years).
  • Olney expects many teams to have interest in Hunter when he hits free agency this offseason. The right fielder has said he’ll be looking to sign with a team that has a real shot at winning the World Series.
  • The Yankees would be open to dealing a starter, but haven't discussed any trades involving Freddy Garcia so far.
"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 5:14PM #8
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Yankees to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day in MLB

Sunday's festivities to include an on-field ceremony and a youth clinic

04/12/2012 4:48 PM ET

By YESNetwork.com Staff

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson made his Major League debut with the Dodgers, officially breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball.

This Sunday, Major League Baseball will be commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Hall of Famer’s debut with its annual celebration of Jackie Robinson Day – and the Yankees organization will be a big part of this year’s celebration.

In the afternoon, Major League Baseball and the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program will host a baseball and softball clinic on the baseball field in Macombs Dam Park, across the street from Yankee Stadium. The clinic, which will host more than 200 young boys and girls from the New York City area, will feature representatives from both the Yankees and their opponents on Sunday night, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

There will also be several remembrances of Robinson at Yankee Stadium itself when the Yankees host the Angels at 8:05 p.m.

Prior to the game, the league will hold a special on-field Jackie Robinson Day celebration, with a ceremony to be attended by Jackie’s wife, Rachel Robinson, as well as daughter Sharon Robinson, who is MLB’s Educational Programming Consultant and the Vice Chair of the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

During the game, the Yankees and Angels will partake in the league-wide celebration. All players will wear No. 42 in honor of Robinson, and the game will feature special jeweled bases and lineup cards. Also, fans in attendance at the Stadium will be treated to a special Robinson memorial video, highlighting Jackie’s story and nine values.

And, following the game, one No. 42 jersey from each team will be signed by the player who wore it and auctioned off on MLB.com, with the proceeds benefitting the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

“When Jackie Robinson took the field in Brooklyn 65 years ago, he transcended the sport he loved and helped change our country in the most powerful way imaginable,” Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig said in a statement. “It is a privilege for Major League Baseball to celebrate Jackie’s enduring legacy each year, and we are proud that every April 15th, our young fans around the world have an opportunity to learn everything that the Number 42 stands for – courage, grace and determination.”

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 6:43PM #9
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Mariano Rivera has been an ageless wonder throughout his illustrious career.  He has continued to pitch at an extraordinarily high level well into his 40′s, outlasting pretty much every other great reliever from his era (and many who came after him).  In 2011, at age 41, he posted an ERA below 2, struck out just under a batter per inning, and walked just over a batter every 9 innings, a performance well in line with his historic greatness.

Yet every spring, it seems that Mariano gives us, and his opponents, a brief reminder that he is human.  We saw this on Opening Day against the Rays, when Rivera blew a save and took the loss against the Rays, giving up 2 walks and 3 hits while recording just one out.  As this cheeky post on Deadspin demonstrates, journalists have been speculating about whether these early struggles are a sign that Mariano is washed up for nearly a decade without seeming to learn from their mistakes.  A number of names on Deadspin’s list would not surprise anyone who is familiar with the style and MO of some of the New York media’s most notorious pot-stirrers.

Age is always an easy excuse for any early-season screw-ups, but there are always other legitimate explanations.  Instead, the early-season “struggles” could simply be a sign that Rivera tends to take a little longer than most pitchers to round into form.  This could make sense if Mariano does an abbreviated throwing program in the offseason, and gets less work in spring training.  I have no idea if the former is true, but the latter seems to have been the case for a number of years.  Likely, the purpose here is to help keep Mo healthy after long postseason runs, and save the theoretically limited number of bullets remaining in his arm for meaningful games.

While Mariano had a difficult time on Opening Day, he has already looked better, not only performance-wise, but stuff-wise.  His cutter looked a little flat on Opening Day and his command was a little erratic (by Mo Rivera standards), but by last night’s game, we were more or less back to the Mariano Rivera we are used to seeing.  I see no reason why he won’t continue to be the dominant presence in the back of the Yankee bullpen that he has been for the last 15+ years.  And if this is the year that he decides to hang his spikes up (as he has insinuated), I don’t think a drop in performance will be the factor (mostly because such a decline is unlikely to happen).  I know it is dangerous to have such confidence in a 40+ year-old pitcher to continue pitching at such a high level, but as we have seen throughout his career, Mariano is such an outlier that normal projections don’t really apply.


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6 years ago  ::  Apr 12, 2012 - 8:40PM #10
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Is it to time to call him Baduelos or Bustuelos?
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