Pick up the bats in New York

After being shut out for the second time in a four-game series, the Yankees must have been hoping that a new shipment of Louisville Sluggers would be waiting at a baggage claim somewhere in the New York metro area. The current batch certainly wasn’t doing them much good in Detroit.
You can pin that on Rick Porcello and Justin Verlander, who made sure that there was no easy picking allowed on the diamond at Comerica Park. Of course, the Yankees scored eight runs in Wednesday’s nightcap, but six of them came in the ninth inning when the game was progressing into a laugher.
“Every season, it’s the same thing,” Derek Jeter said. “There’s a period where it seems like you get a lot of hits, other times, it seems like you can’t find a hit. That happens every year. If you could figure it out, nobody would ever struggle.”
It seems fair to wonder if injuries might finally be catching up with the Yankees, who fielded a lineup Thursday that included Juan Miranda, Randy Winn and Greg Golson. Not to take anything away from those players, but the Opening Day lineup is a memory that won’t be reappearing for a while, not with Curtis Granderson and Nick Johnson among those on the disabled list.
“We’ve basically had about the same lineup as we did in Boston, when we scored a bunch of runs,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Obviously [the Tigers] did a good job pitching against us and we didn’t swing well. … Every team’s going to go through funks where they don’t score runs. That’s just baseball. If you play enough games, you’re going to go through periods where you don’t score runs. You’ve got to find ways to win those games.”
To no one’s surprise, Jeter didn’t want to hear anything about injuries keeping the lineup cold.
“You really can’t use that as an excuse,” Jeter said. “If you look at any team, they have injuries. That’s something you have to play through. The bottom line is that we’d like to be swinging the bats a lot better, and hopefully when we get home we can start to do that.” 

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Have to add, if you want Abreu, Matsui, Damon, who is the DH and who is in the OF? For all of the above are, right now, terrible defensive outfielders.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 14, 2010

Charlotte (White Sox) 1
Scranton/WB 6
W: Sanchez (1-2, 5.34); L: Harrell (1-4, 5.03)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_05_14_chraaa_swbaaa_1
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Binghamton (Mets) 0
Trenton 3
W: De La Rosa (1-2, 4.95); L: Merritt (1-3, 2.52)
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Lakeland (Tigers) 5
Tampa 1
W: Wilk (2-2, 3.02); L: Kapala (1-2, 2.75)
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Augusta (Giants) 8
Charleston 4
W: Heston (2-3, 4.75); L: Perez (2-1, 2.32)
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 15, 2010

Charlotte (White Sox) 1:00 PM
Scranton/WB

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Binghamton (Mets) 7:00 PM
Trenton

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Tampa
Lakeland (Tigers) 6:00 PM

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Augusta (Giants) 7:00 PM
Charleston

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Finally got MAUER out, that guy is Another Ted Williams, he’s great. …. “GO YANKEES!”

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JOBA looks like he’s having fun again. I think he’s settling in and will be an All Star.. Thanks AROD finally coming through in a clutch situation.. My hero Frankie also came through, Good Game.
“GO YANKEES!”

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Good work JOBA, That’s what is needed from you….
“GO YANKEES!”

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Give ARod his due. Grand salami! Came at the right time. Perhaps this will get him back to where he should be. But cudos to the guys on base too. If they hadn’t been on base then ARod couldn’t have driven them in. Hopefully we can hold on to this lead. Not sure about Marte. Didn’t do it last year and shaky in relief this year.

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1-2-3-out again for the big three in the lineup–Winn, Thames and Miranda–for the second inning in a row.

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What do you know? Thames strikes out again. Is this guy useless or not? And he can’t play left field either. And you say because Damon is 38 he’s too old? How old is Thames? How old Winn? They’re well past their prime.

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Jeter says no excuse, I’d say the same thing if my average dropped about 60 points in the last couple of weeks, By the way his BA is only .264 not .300..// We need to be on the lookout for replacing both Winn & Thames, neither should be here. Probably I should include Nick in that mix. If you check the output of our big guns it makes you wonder how we could be winning any games. If the pitching should go south we’ll really be in trouble.
“GO YANKEES!”

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Homers for the 1st Yankee run. Singles and then scores the third Yankees run. Guess Gardner is a sparkplug tonight so far….

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How could Cashman think these guys were going to fill the holes left by guys like Matsui and Damon and Abreu?

How about, because they are younger? Damon is 36. Matsui will be 36 soon. Jeter will be 36 soon, Alex 35. Pettitte will be 38 soon, Posada 39. Mo is 40.

Do you really want a team that turns old overnight? Granted that Granderson and Johnson are on the DL, but you run a greater risk of DL/declining performances with an aged team, which is what you would have had. Not only that, the names you mention would not only be turning old, but would be expensive old.

Cashman also has something else that we don’t have. The financial report. Just because someone has $168 M over 8 years, doesn’t mean that it is $21M every year. It may start at 18, hit 24 in the middle… he has to, in those years, possibly cut corners a bit. And if in those years, he has it peaking for Teix, CC, A-Rod all in the same year, then…

It’s a 162 game season. In 162 games, there are many peaks and valleys. You don’t take one game or series as life and death. This team is 22-12 heading into tonight.

…and that’s damned good.

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Winn.Thames and Miranda-three strikeouts in the one inning. What do you expect from two has-beens and a rookie?

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That biceps must have acted up again on Swisher. Maybe it wasn’t as good as hoped.

As for Gardner, not only did he just HR, but he was 4-16 with 2 SB in Detroit. Not great, but he was 3-5 with 2 Runs scored and a SB in the only win. Want to fault the 1 for 11 in the 3 other games, go ahead, but he wasn’t alone.

You only bat 9th once in a game. See how he sparks other innings. Maybe as the season rolls on, we see him in the 2 hole more often. The thing is, you have to watch in the 2 hole. You don’t want to take the bat out of the hands of a home run hitter. In the two spot, Gardner has to pick his times to steal. In the nine spot, he has a little more freedom.

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Winn and Thames swinging away and striking out. How could Cashman think these guys were going to fill the holes left by guys like Matsui and Damon and Abreu?

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Now we’ve got Thames and Winn in the lineup along with Miranda and Cervelli. Is Posada getting the night off again? I guess Swish has sore biceps again has he? Did he reinjure after his first at bat? Not a stellar lineup especially if ARod doesn’t hit like he should. So far Jeter hasn’t done anything. I still think he’s not having a great year up to this point. He’s not getting on base and he’s not driving in runs.

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Why is Swish out of the game so early tonight? An injury? Winn is certainly not an upgrade on Swisher at the plate.

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yankeepride: You are contradicting yourself. You’re
saying this is a flawed team and has problems and then you finish by saying how well they finish every year. I guess what some of us is saying that the decisions Cashman made by bringing in older players like Thames and Winn isn’t really working. There had to be better players in the off season we could have traded for. With ARod and Tex and CC and AJ making such big salaries there wasn’t enough money to entice better players and the owners obviously decided on a cap they wouldn’t go over. Granderson is a good outfielder but can’t hit left handed pitching. And ARod is not getting it done. Hopefully he’ll start picking it up soon. And our starting rotation needs to keep pitching like they did for the first month of the season. Lately they’ve had a few disastrous outings.

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Aussie Bryan Alert!!!
Yankees Claim Shane Lindsay
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [May 14, 2010 at 3:31pm
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/05/yankees-claim-shane-lindsay.html

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Christian Garcia released
GAME 34: Yankees vs. Charlotte Knights
By Donnie Collins
http://blogs.thetimes-tribune.com/yankees/?p=4452#more-4452

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Matt,
I already sent Bob a list of who is real and who is our imposter!

Mike,
Glad you stopped by with those Melky stats. I still can’t sign on to your site though I have two Word Press IDs.

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Yankees don’t have a spark plug? Gardner is at .330 with 16 sb. If that isn’t a spark plug, what the hell is?

Vazquez deal a bummer. Well, that goes BOTH ways. Or have you failed to notice Melky’s stellar .196-0-8 so far. NO SB. 0 for 1 in attempts, and OPS+ of 41?

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I agree with Derek Jeter. There are no excuses.

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I’ve been following the Rays in their series with the Angels. They’re hot right now and if they don’t cool off they’ll set a wins record eclipsing the Mariners.

Matsui as of yesterday is batting .233 and if he were still a Yankee, people would be saying “why didn’t we let him go?”

The Tiger series reminder me of the White Sox series last year where we won one of four when Melky hit for the cycle.
And that was later in the year!

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The Yankees don’t have that spark plug. They traded the spark (Damon) and the dependable (so what if his knees are rough, he can hit in any situation) Matsui for…Granderson who is injured now, maybe prior and can’t hit lefties, Nick “injury” Johnson, and a host of others who really are not up to par. Not to menton trading away a reallllllllly stellar prospect for Granderson. I’m not even going near the Vazquez deal, that one was a bummer. When will they learn to never, ever, take someone from the National League (deja vous all over again – Wright, Pavano, etc…)

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The Yankees don’t have that spark plug. They traded the spark (Damon) and the dependable (so what if his knees are rough, he can hit in any situation) Matsui for…Granderson who is injured now, maybe prior and can’t hit lefties, Nick “injury” Johnson, and a host of others who really are not up to par. Not to menton trading away a reallllllllly stellar prospect for Granderson. I’m not even going near the Vazquez deal, that one was a bummer.

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mickeyyogi: Glad you’re so optimistic and positive. I hope the Yanks win more series than they lose or they’ll be in serious trouble with the way the Rays are playing this year and the Sox and Jays are not far behind. Jeter is hitting over .300 but he’s not getting the clutch hits this year like he has in the past with guys on base. How many runs has he driven in this year? Anyway, it’s not just Jeter. ARod needs to be stepping up and doing more at the plate. 3 home runs for him at this point is way below his potential and what he has done in the past. She he may pick up the pace but he’s got to do it soon. We’re into May. The excuses about slow starters etc. etc. doesn’t really wash with the kind of money these guys are making.

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You’ve got to love Derek Jeter——no excuses given, simply we didn’t hit well, it always happens during a season, and hope that in the future it will get turned around. The nature of the game, in that .300 is a great average, by the mere laws of probability predict that unsuccessful streaks of 5 or 6 are not uncommon—-further steaks of 10-20 are commonly talked about by the announcers. This is as true of individuals and teams. Jeter is saying this same thing and it will always happen in a long season.

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I think the Yankees are hurt by injuries and inserting different guys in the lineup with using a regular player as DH instead of Johnson. It’s a new bring up from the minors every second or third game. What a pick up injury prone Johnson was. Should have been able to do better than that. He’s going to be a liability and the Yanks are paying him good money for rehabing. But our starting pitching is starting to go south as well. They need to right the ship and soon or the Rays will be ever increasing the gap and the Sox or the Jays will be overtaking us in the standings. Jeter makes his comments but he’s certainly not lighting it up this year at the plate and is not the threat to opposing teams as he once was, especially with guys in scoring position. Where’s Mr. Clutch gone?

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Not sure what this comment by yankeepride is saying. Can you explain what you mean for a simple Yankee fan like me? Is this in some kind of coded language?

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 13, 2010

Columbus (Indians) 3
Scranton/WB 7
W: Hirsh (4-3, 3.30); L: Gomez (2-3, 6.31)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_05_13_colaaa_swbaaa_1
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Binghamton (Mets) 2
Trenton 5
W: Castillo (2-2, 6.75); L: Everts (2-1, 7.00)
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Fort Myers (Twins) 2
Tampa 6
W: Stoneburner (1-0, 3.00); L: Osterbrock (0-2, 5.56)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_05_13_ftmafa_tbyafa_1
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Augusta (Giants) 2
Charleston 3
W: Ramirez (2-1, 2.13); L: Vazquez (3-1, 2.88)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_05_13_augafx_crdafx_1
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 14, 2010

Charlotte (White Sox) 7:00 PM
Scranton/WB

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Binghamton (Mets) 7:00 PM
Trenton

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Lakeland (Tigers) 7:00 PM
Tampa

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Augusta (Giants) 7:00 PM
Charleston

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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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