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Pineda Helps Yankees Shut Out Cubs In 2nd Game

GAME 15

YANKEES 2, CUBS 0

When Michael Pineda last pitched all the focus was on what may or may not have been on his hands. On Wednesday, the focus was right where it should have been: On how well Pineda is pitching.

Pineda threw six scoreless innings and Scott Sizemore scored a run and drove in another in his Yankee debut as New York completed a pair of shutouts against Chicago in a day-night twin bill at Yankee Stadium.

The Cubs managed just four hits and a walk against Pineda (2-1) and the 6-for-7 right-hander struck out three to lower his season ERA to 1.00.

The Yankees backed him by scoring single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

After Pineda defeated the Boston Red Sox in his last start on Thursday controversy erupted over what appeared to be pine tar on his pitching hand during the game. Both the MLB Network and NESN showed shots of Pineda’s hand but neither the Red Sox or the umpires ever checked Pineda for an illegal substance and Pineda was not disciplined.

Pineda said after the game that it was not pine tar but dirt on his hand.

Sizemore started the fourth-inning rally against left-hander Travis Wood with a one-out single. One out later he advanced to second on a single by John Ryan Murphy and he scored on an RBI single by Brett Gardner.

Alfonso Soriano and Yangervis Solarte hit back-to-back one-out singles in the fifth and Soriano scored one out later on Sizemore’s single to left.

Wood (0-2) was charged with two runs on 11 hits while he struck out two in 5 2/3 innings.

Pineda, meanwhile, was backed by three innings of scoreless relief by David Phelps, Matt Thornton and Adam Warren, who got the final three outs for his first major-league save.

For the Yankees the doubleheader shutouts were their first since April 19, 1987 when the Yankees blanked the Kansas City Royals in both contests.

Sizemore, 29, was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to add depth to an injury-depleted infield. His RBI in the fifth was his first since August, 2011 because Sizemore has missed virtually all of the past two seasons after undergoing a pair of surgeries to repair torn ligaments in his right  knee.

The victory was the Yankees’ fourth in a row and boosted their won-loss record to 9-6. The Cubs are now 4-10.

PINSTRIPE POSITIVES

  • Pineda was brilliant in his 89-pitch outing. After an impressive spring that won him the No. 5 spot in the rotation, Pineda has picked up where he left off by yielding just two earned runs on 13 hits and two walks while he has struck out 15 in 18 innings of work. His Walks to Innings Pitched ratio (WHIP) is an astounding 0.89.
  • Sizemore played in both games of the doubleheader and was 2-for-3 in the second game with a pair of singles and a line-out. Sizemore had played in only two games since the end of the 2011 season and he was only playing because the Yankees have were missing first baseman Mark Teixeira, who is on the disabled list, and second baseman Brian Roberts, who has missed the past two games with back spasms.
  • Carlos Beltran was 3-for-7 with a home run, a double, a walk and one RBI in the doubleheader. He was 2-for-4 in the second game and since April 7, Beltran is 14 for 33 (.424).

NAGGING NEGATIVES

I could point out Kelly Johnson was 0-for-4 and he was the only Yankee starter who did not get a hit or reach base on Wednesday. But the Yankees shut out the Cubs in both games on just nine hits and four walks with 17 strikeouts. Enough said!

BOMBER BANTER

The Yankees honored late South African President Nelson Mandela on the same day they honored Jackie Robinson. A pre-game ceremony was conducted to honor both men and each team’s players wore Robinson’s No. 42 to honor the man who broke the color barrier in baseball 67 years ago.  . . .  Derek Jeter returned to the lineup in the second game on Wednesday and was 1-for-5 with a single and he also reached on a two-base error by Darwin Barney. Jeter had missed the past three games with a tight right quad.  . . .  Roberts told reporters on Wednesday that he is feeling better after missing his fourth straight game with a lower back strain. Manager Joe Girardi said Roberts is day-to-day and he will be re-evaluated on Thursday.

ON DECK

The Yankees ended their first home stand with a 6-3 record and they travel to St. Petersburg, FL to open a four-game series with Tampa Bay Rays that begins on Thursday at Tropicana Field.

Left-hander CC Sabathia (1-2, 6.63 ERA) will open the series for the Yankees. Sabathia has been hampered this season with one bad inning in each of his first three starts. He ended up losing to the Red Sox last Friday after giving up four runs on two homers in the sixth inning.

The Rays will counter with left-hander David Price (2-0, 2.91 ERA). Price held the Cincinnati Reds to one run on four hits in 8 1/3 innings for his second victory of the season last Friday. He struck out 10 batters.

Game-time will be 7:10 p.m. EDT and the game will be broadcast by the YES Network.

 

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Heavy Rain Forces Cubs, Yanks Into Doubleheader

GAME 14

CUBS VS. YANKEES (POSTPONED  –  RAIN)

The game scheduled for Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. EDT between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium has been postponed due to heavy rain. The game has been rescheduled for Wednesday as part of a separate-admission, day-night doubleheader.

Pre-game ceremonies scheduled for Tuesday to honor the accomplishments of South African President Nelson Mandela and Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson will be conducted before Wednesday’s second game.

BOMBER BANTER

The Yankees, as expected, placed catcher Francisco Cervelli on the 60-day disabled list with a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring. Cervelli injured himself legging out a run-scoring fielder’s choice in the fourth inning of Sunday’s 3-2 victory against the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees recalled catcher John Ryan Murphy from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace Cervelli. Murphy, 22, was 5-for-26 (.192) with no home runs and three RBIs in seven games. The Yankees also optioned right-hander Shane Greene to Scranton and recalled infielder Scott Sizemore, 29, who was 11-for-42 (.344) with no homers and five RBIs in 10 games. With Greene back at Scranton the Yankees are back to having 12 pitchers on their 25-man roster and Sizemore gives the Yankees some additional infield depth with Brian Roberts nursing back spasms that kept him out the lineup for Sunday’s game.

ON DECK

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.21), who was scheduled to pitch on Tuesday, will start the first game of the day-night doubleheader for Yankees. Tanaka did not get a decision in his last start against the Baltimore Orioles last Wednesday. He gave up an early three-run home run to Jonathan Schoop but he struck 10 batters in seven innings.

The Cubs will counter with right-hander Jason Hammel (2-0, 2.63 ERA). Hammel held the Pirates three runs on three hits (all solo home runs) in seven innings in his last start against the Pittsburgh Pirates last Wednesday. He is 1-1 with a 2.65 ERA in three starts at the new Yankee Stadium.

Game-time will be 1:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be broadcast by the YES Network.

In the second game, right-hander Michael Pineda (1-1, 1.50 ERA) will get the call for the Yankees. Pineda, 25, held the Red Sox to one run on four hits and two walks while he fanned seven in six innings in his Yankee home debut last Thursday.

Pineda will be opposed by veteran left-hander Travis Wood (0-1, 2.92 ERA). Wood, 27, did not get a decision after yielding one run on four hits and three walks with nine strikeouts in six innings last Thursday against the Pirates.  He has only faced the Yankees once in his career in 2011.

Game-time will be 7:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be broadcast nationally by the MLB Network and locally by MY9.

 

Cano’s Blast Honors Namesake, Boosts Yankees

GAME 12

YANKEES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 2

On a night that the New York Yankees paid tribute to the man who broke the color line in Major League Baseball on April 15, 1952, Jackie Robinson, a player named in his honor won the game on Tuesday with a mammoth three-run home run.

Robinson Cano launched a 3-2 change-up off right-hander Brandon McCarthy in the fourth inning to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead as New York went on defeat Arizona in front of paid crowd of 34,107 at Yankee Stadium.

Lyle Overbay and Chris Stewart opened the fourth with back-to-back singles and, after Brett Gardner struck out swinging, Cano blasted his fourth home run of the season into the second deck of the bleachers in right-center. It took Cano until May 18 to hit his fourth home run last season.

Ivan Nova (1-1) pitched a shaky five innings but got credit for the victory by limiting the Diamondbacks to two runs on seven hits and two walks while he struck six batters.

Arizona scored their runs in the third inning when they loaded the bases with nobody out and Miguel Montero lofted a sacrifice fly to score the first run and Cody Ross followed with an RBI single.

However, McCarthy (0-2) could not keep his pitch count in check enough to hold the lead. He left after four innings having given up three runs on nine hits and two walks while he fanned four. He threw 102 pitches.

The Yankees plated a huge insurance run in the seventh inning off reliever Brad Ziegler when Eduardo Nunez launched a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded and one out to score Kevin Youkilis, who opened the inning with his second single of the game.

The Yankees bullpen of Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera shut out the Diamondbacks over the final four innings on just one hit to preserve the victory.

Rivera, the only major-league player currently wearing Robinson’s No. 42, fittingly ended the tribute to the former Los Angeles Dodgers star by pitching a perfect ninth inning to register his third save in as many tries of the season.

The Yankees have now won six of their past seven games and they improved their season mark to 7-5. The Diamondback fell to 8-5.

PINSTRIPE POSITIVES

  • Cano was 2-for-4 with a walk in the game and is hitting .327 on the season with a team-leading 11 RBIs. In his past six games, Cano is 13-for-26 (.500) with four home runs and 11 RBIs. Manager Joe Girardi actually set the stage for the at-bat in the fourth by not having Gardner bunt to advance Overbay and Stewart, which forced McCarthy to pitch to Cano without a base open.
  • The so-called “Replacements” continue their fine hitting. Youkilis, Overbay and Travis Hafner were a combined 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles and two runs scored. Youkilis is hitting a team-best .348 while Hafner is defying skeptics who thought he was through after five seasons in which he was only healthy enough to play in 86 games. Hafner is hitting .324 in the cleanup spot.
  • The bullpen looked really awful in the team’s first five games but it is looking much sharper now. They have not given up a run in the last four games in which they have pitched. Logan and Chamberlain looked particularly sharp after they both started off slow in the early going.

NAGGING NEGATIVES

  • Nova is on a really short leash as a starter because of the way David Phelps has pitched in long relief of late. His command is still a big issue and he seems to have lost that swagger he had to challenge hitters. Give him credit for limiting the Diamondbacks to two runs but it was by no means a quality outing.
  • One of the “Replacements,” Vernon Wells, did not exactly have an evening worth remembering. He was 0-for-3 with a walk and left three men on base, two in scoring position. He was the only Yankee starter to not get a hit. But even with the off night, Wells is hitting .300 with three homers and five RBIs.

BOMBER BANTER

In addition to the celebration for Robinson, the Yankees also paid tribute to the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday. The team conducted a moment of silence before the game and they honored the city by playing “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond, which the Red Sox play in the eighth inning of every home game.  . . .  Left-hander Andy Pettitte threw about 40 pitches in a bullpen session on Tuesday and pronounced himself ready to pitch on Friday in Toronto against the Blue Jays. Pettitte, who is 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA, had his last start skipped because of back spasms he reported last Thursday.  . . .  Though shortstop Derek Jeter has not suffered any further setbacks in rehabbing his fractured left ankle, Girardi told reporters he will not be back in the lineup by May 1. Jeter is working out at the team’s minor-league complex in Tampa, FL, but he has not received clearance to play in any games yet.

ON DECK

The Yankees will continue their three-game inter-league series with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Left-hander CC Sabathia (2-1, 2.25 ERA) will get the start for the Yankees. Sabathia is coming off two strong outings against the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles in which he gave up just one earned run in his last 15 innings with 13 strikeouts. He is 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA lifetime against the Diamondbacks.

He will be opposed by left-hander Wade Miley (2-0, 2.13 ERA). Miley defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in his last start, giving up just two runs in 6 2/3 innings of work. He has never faced the Yankees.

Game-time will be 7:05 p.m. EDT and it will be telecast by MY9.

 

Yankees Hand Rangers Easy Victory With Sloppy Play

GAME 12
RANGERS 5, YANKEES 3
If you appeared on the Cooking Channel with this recipe to lose a baseball game you could not get it any more perfect:
Give up seven walks, hit a batter, throw three wild pitches and hit into a record-tying six double plays. There you have the award-winning recipe for disaster the Yankees put out the field on Friday night.
New York simply gift-wrapped, tied in a pretty pink bow and handed Texas a victory at Yankee Stadium.
Matt Harrison (3-0), a tall, fat, bald kid with a Brillo pad beard on his chin got credit for victory. Ivan Nova (1-1), who was in the kindest of Christmas-giving moods by handing the Rangers five free passes, hitting a batter and throwing one wild pitch, took the loss.
Neftali Feliz was tagged for an RBI single by pinch-hitter Eric Chavez in the ninth but ended the game by retiring Russell Martin representing the potential winning run at the plate. For Feliz it was his fifth save.
The Yankees dropped to 7-5 and the Rangers improved to 10-3.
PINSTRIPE POSITIVES
  • Curtis Granderson was on base in all of his three plate appearances. He reached second on a missed catch in right-field by Nelson Cruz and later scored on a Derek Jeter single. He singled in the fifth and blasted a solo home run to bring the Yankees to within three runs in the eighth inning. All of it came off the left-handed Harrison. Granderson entered the game hitting .194.
  • With his pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth, Chavez raised his batting average to an even .500. He is 5-for-10 in limited play.
  • Rookie right-hander Lance Pendleton was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the late afternoon and he made his major-league debut on Friday. He pitched to nine batters in the final three innings and retired all of them in order, striking out two.
NAGGING NEGATIVES
  • Between the walks of Nova and the two wild pitches of David Robertson and the inability of the Yankees’ hitters to do anything but hit into double plays, this game had the stench of a New Jersey landfill all over it. Pendleton’s pitching, perhaps because he was actually into the game and wanted to do well, was the lone real bright spot. There will be no lawsuits against anyone rebroadcasting this game without the expressed written consent of the Yankees because no one would pay anything to see it again.
  • After Phil Hughes was chased in the fifth inning on Thursday, the Yankees had hoped Nova would give them some length. But he did not. Nova actually had the honor of actually giving up more walks (five) than he did hits (four). Of the five runs the Rangers scored, two reached base via walk and one was hit with a pitch. 
  • Robertson came in relieve Nova but he did not provide much in the way of relief. He threw two wild pitches and allowed the Rangers to score their fifth run of the night. The Rangers scored three runs in the fifth on just one hit. Yankee generosity knew no bounds.
BOMBER BANTER
Hughes was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a so-called “dead arm.” He will remain with the team and try to regain arm strength by working with pitching coach Larry Rothschild. Hughes has a 13.94 ERA after three starts. The Yankees replaced Hughes in the starting rotation with 37-year-old right-hander Bartolo Colon, but it is unclear when he will get his start. The Yankees replaced Hughes on the roster by calling up Pendleton.  . . .  The Yankees and Rangers honored the memory of Jackie Robinson by wearing his number 42 on the 64th anniversary of the day he broke the color line in Major League Baseball. Robinson’s widow Rachel and daughter Sharon were introduced to the crowd before the game. It is unclear if the Yankees apologized to the Robinson family after the game for the way they played.
ON DECK
The Yankees will try to even the weekend home series with the Rangers and perhaps regain a sense of some pride on Saturday.
Freddy Garcia (0-0, 9.00 ERA) will make his first start for the Yankees. He had his first start washed out by rain. He was 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in two starts versus Texas in 2010.
The Rangers will counter with left-hander Derek Holland (2-0, 2.25 ERA). Holland threw six scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the Orioles in his last start. He is 0-2 with a 9.49 ERA in three appearances (two starts) against the Yankees in his career.
Game-time will be 1:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be telecast by the YES Network.

Cano Marks Robinson Celebration With Pair Of Jacks

GAME 9
YANKEES 6, ANGELS 2

In the pre-game ceremony honoring the 63rd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color line in baseball, Robinson Cano — who was named after the icon — handed a bouquet of flowers to Robinson’s widow, Rachel.
After the game, Rachel Robinson should have handed the bouquet back to Cano.
Cano continued his one-man destruction of American League pitching this season with two home runs and three RBIs to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.
Phil Hughes (1-0), making his first start of the season, pitched into the sixth inning and earned the victory. Hughes gave up two runs on three hits and five walks and struck out six batters. Mariano Rivera, who is the only player in Major League Baseball who wears Robinson’s No. 42, came in to retire one batter to notch his fourth save of the season. 
Scott Kazmir (0-1), who also was making his first start of the season, surrendered six runs on eight hits and three walks in five-plus innings to the loss.
The Yankees won the three-game series with the Angels 2-1 and ran their season record to 6-3. The Angels dropped to 3-7 on the young season.
YANKEE POSITIVES

  • Cano’s two hits give him six multi-hit games in the nine games in which he has played and he has hit safely in all nine games. Cano is batting .395 with four home runs and nine RBIs. Cano hit a solo home run in the second inning and added a two-run shot in the fifth that chased Kazmir from the game.
  • Derek Jeter, who entered the game hitting .111 in his career off Kazmir, hit a solo home run to lead of the third inning and added a RBI double in the third. Jeter is hitting .333 on the season.
  • Hughes was very good early until the Angels collectively decided to run up his pitch count starting in the third inning. Hughes threw only 28 pitches in the first two innings, striking out four and only giving up a solo home run to Hideki Matsui in the second inning. The rest of way Hughes threw 79 pitches. He gave up only two more hits but he walked five.
  • Curtis Granderson stroked two triples in the game, drove in a run and threw out Matsui at the plate with a perfect throw in the fourth inning.
  • Marcus Thames, getting a start at DH with the left-hander Kazmir pitching, was 2-for-3 with a double and single and scored a run.
  • Joba Chamberlain entered the game in the seventh inning with runners on first and third and one out. He then retired Howie Kendrick on a double play he started to end the threat.
THE NEGATIVES

  • Mark Teixeira did walk three times but he also struck out twice. His batting average dipped to .091.
  • Randy Winn replaced Brett Gardner in left field in his first start of the season. He grounded out three times and struck out and is hitless on the season.
  • David Robertson pitched better than he did his last time he faced the Angels, striking out three of the six batters he faced. However, he uncorked a wild pitch with two runners on and allowed one of them to score on a Kendrick groundout.
  • Damaso Marte gave up singles to Hunter and Matsui to begin the eighth inning, giving the Angels hope when they were trailing 6-2.
  • Chamberlain also faltered in the ninth when he walked Mike Napoli to begin the inning and then gave up a single to Erick Aybar with two outs. If Chamberlain had gotten Aybar out he would have picked up his first save since September 2007. 
  • In defense of Chamberlain, Jeter should have made the play on Aybar’s grounder but it snuck under his glove for a single.
DIAMOND NOTES

The two teams combined to give up 15 hits and 13 walks in the game. There were 29 batters who reached three-ball counts in the game. Kazmir ran up 3-2 counts to five of the 23 batters he faced. Angel relievers ran 3-2 counts on six more batters. So control and attacking the strike zone would not be words with which I would describe the game.  . . .  Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner made it clear that Jeter, Rivera and manager Joe Girardi are not going anywhere. Though the team’s policy is to not negotiate extensions, Steinbrenner told reporters that he would like all three — whose contracts expire at the end of season — to stay with the Yankees.  . . .  The game was telecast nationally by the MLB Network with Bob Costas and former YES Network analyst Jim Kaat behind the microphones. If Yankee Stadium is The Cathedral, listening to Costas do a Yankees’ game is like hearing the pope address the masses. He was magnificent as always and reminded us of the years we missed him when NBC lost the contract to telecast baseball.  . . .  Costas perfectly cast the batting struggles of Teixiera in April by relating the words of T.S. Eliot from his 1922 poem “The Waste Land”:

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding  
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing  
Memory and desire, stirring  
Dull roots with spring rain.

THE NEXT GAME

The Yankees will play host to the Texas Rangers at the stadium on Friday night. The Yankees will send CC Sabathia (1-0, 3.46 ERA) to the mound for the first time after his flirtation with a no-hitter against the Rays on Saturday. Sabathia is 7-3 with a 4.50 ERA against the Rangers in his career. But this will be his first start against them as a Yankee.
The Rangers will start left-hander C.J. Wilson (0-0, 0.00 ERA), who was pushed back from his start on Wednesday due to food poisoning. Wilson has a 3.24 ERA against the Yankees in 17 appearances, but all of them have been in relief.
Game-time is 7:05 p.m. EDT and the YES Network will broadcast the game locally.