4/10 – Yankees at Royals

Hello from the new Kauffman Stadium, where the entire outfield has now  been enclosed with concourses, restaurants, viewing areas and more. No more rolling green hills and Dodge Ram pickup trucks pivoting on a pedestal here, folks. The K is 40 this year and went in for a face lift and a tummy tuck. It remains to be seen if this park will play differently now that it’s enclosed.

You’ll notice Nick Swisher is in the lineup today. Those things tend to happen when you drive in five runs. Joe Girardi said he doesn’t want to make his lineup a revolving door, so he isn’t making a habit of playing the hot hand, so to speak. But Swisher is going to be a project to find at-bats for.

The Yankees will take a look at old friends Sidney Ponson and perhaps Kyle Farnsworth here today. There’s a great story in the Chicago Tribune that tells the tale of Farnsworth tagging along with a FBI agent buddy to the firing range and drawing a crowd as he blew away target after target in Atlanta.

Here are the lineups:


NEW YORK YANKEES

Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Hideki Matsui DH
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Cody Ransom 3B
Brett Gardner CF

Andy Pettitte LHP


KANSAS CITY ROYALS

Coco Crisp CF
Mike Aviles SS
David DeJesus LF
Mark Teahen RF
Alex Gordon 3B
Billy Butler DH
Mike Jacobs 1B
Miguel Olivo C
Alberto Callaspo 2B

Sidney Ponson RHP

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King Of New York

You obviously failed the requirement of English that is reading.

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Matt

Thanks for the four time reminder of the downside of both Pettite and Giambi. I do have to agree on Giambi, he could hit but when the pressure was on he regularly went missing. You only have to look at the hitting and fielding of Texeira especially his catch at first, there lies the logic and reasoning for signing him although I will miss Giambino.

Andy did have a stellar start to 2008 if I recall and finished 2-7 after being 12-7. That said he was a real pro yesterday and the signs are good. This year it is a whole different scenario, last year he was the go to stopper at what was he No 2. This year at 4 and perhaps No5 if Joba fires it is an entirely different scenario. Pettite at 4 or 5 is a real weapon and none that any others can match, certainly Ponson was no match at all. At 4 or 5 if he can win 15 games minimum and he certainly can do that, look out.

Aussie Bryan.

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Matt

Thanks for the four time reminder of the downside of both Pettite and Giambi. I do have to agree on Giambi, he could hit but when the pressure was on he regularly went missing. You only have to look at the hitting and fielding of Texeira especially his catch at first, there lies the logic and reasoning for signing him although I will miss Giambino.

Andy did have a stellar start to 2008 if I recall and finished 2-7 after being 12-7. That said he was a real pro yesterday and the signs are good. This year it is a whole different scenario, last year he was the go to stopper at what was he No 2. This year at 4 and perhaps No5 if Joba fires it is an entirely different scenario. Pettite at 4 or 5 is a real weapon and none that any others can match, certainly Ponson was no match at all. At 4 or 5 if he can win 15 games minimum and he certainly can do that, look out.

Aussie Bryan.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 11, 2009

Scranton/WB
at Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 7:05 PM
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Binghamton (Mets) 1:05 PM
Trenton
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Tampa
Lakeland (Tigers) 6:00 PM
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Rome (Braves) 7:05 PM
Charleston
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 10, 2009

Scranton/WB 2
Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 1 (11)
W: B. Tomko (1-0, 0.00); L: M. Koplove (0-1, 4.50); SV: J. Cox (1)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_04_10_swbaaa_lhvaaa_1
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Binghamton (Mets) 4
Trenton 3
W: J. Sanchez (1-0, 4.50); L: W. Arias (0-1, 3.00); SV: R. Merritt (2)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_04_10_binaax_treaax_1
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Lakeland (Tigers) 1
Tampa 2
W: D. Betances (1-0, 1.50); L: T. Weber (0-1, 0.00); SV: J. Ortiz (1)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_04_10_lakafa_tbyafa_1
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Rome (Braves) 2
Charleston 4
W: D. Mitchell (1-0, 0.00); L: Y. Castro (0-1, 6.75); SV: P. Venditte (1)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_04_10_romafx_crdafx_1
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Saw Andy’s last two innings. Weak hitting team or not, his stuff was nasty. Vintage Pettitte indeed. Like I said a couple threads ago, I can see CC and Wang lose two in a row and STILL see 3 wins in the next three starts. CC and CM aren’t going to implode like that every start. If Joba gives us what we need in a no. 5 and AJ stays healthy, this could be one of the best rotations in the Majors.

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Matt, was anti Mussina and Giambi last year, anti Pettitte this year. Jeter next year?

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Did you see the movement on his cutter? Forget who the team was, his stuff was amazing.

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Sorry Matt Andy was impressive today as was Rivera in the 9th.

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Did you see the movement on his cutter? Forget who the team was, his stuff was amazing.

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Matthew, how you feel about Pettitte now?

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Just watched the top of the 7th live via the Royal feed. Farnsworth on and he fanned Damon, Tex and Matsui. Where the *ell was that kind of pitching when this bum was in NY? Incredible.

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hah that screen is ludicrously shaped; it’s good that the park has some idiosyncrasies

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