Game 2: Yankees vs. Tigers
Saturday, April 2, 2011; 4:10 p.m. ET – Yankee Stadium – Bronx, NY
Austin Jackson CF, Will Rhymes 2B, Magglio Ordonez RF, Miguel Cabrera 1B, Victor Martinez DH, Brennan Boesch LF, Jhonny Peralta SS, Alex Avila C, Brandon Inge 3B
Pitching: Brad Penny RHP (3-4, 3.23 ERA in 2010)
Brett Gardner LF, Derek Jeter SS, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Nick Swisher RF, Jorge Posada DH, Curtis Granderson CF, Russell Martin C
Pitching: A.J. Burnett RHP (10-15, 5.26 ERA in 2010)
- Brian Cashman said that Joe Garagiola, Jr., MLB’s senior vice president of standards and on-field operations, called the Yankees on Saturday to remind them about baseball operations bulletin C-4, which forbids using hand signals to communicate with players about pitch types and speed.Brett Weber, a coaching assistant seated in the stands near home plate, was gesturing pitch speeds to on-deck batters because the usual scoreboard notification was inaccurate. At least one pitch was shown over 900 mph.According to Cashman, Weber was also wearing a headset so he could communicate the pitch types to the scoreboard operations crew, showing that information atop the large center-field scoreboard.Cashman said that the Yankees expect no disciplinary measures from the call. He senses that Garagiola agrees the guideline needs revision, and expected that the topic would soon be presented to Joe Torre, MLB’s new executive vice president of baseball operations.”I think (Garagiola) recognizes the fact that there’s no real advantage here,” Cashman said. “At the same time, there is a bulletin out that says you’re not supposed to do that. It’s just one of those things, like pine tar. I think it’s really silly, personally.”
- Cashman also said on Saturday that he believes the Mets’ workload for left-hander Pedro Feliciano was “abusive.”Feliciano is on the disabled list with a left rotator cuff strain and has not pitched in a game since March 9.
- He is scheduled to resume playing catch on Wednesday, and Cashman said he believes Feliciano could make his Yankees debut in late April or early May.”He was abused,” Cashman said. “The concern is based on the MRI. The use pattern was abusive, but the MRI itself obviously shows what he’s got. That leads us to believe this is resolvable and not a major issue.”
- Curtis Granderson homered off Phil Coke in Thursday’s season opener, his first at-bat off a lefty. Granderson didn’t homer off a lefty in 2010 until his 36th at-bat (the Orioles’ Brian Matusz on June 1) … Also on Thursday, 41-year-old Mariano Rivera surpassed Jim Kaat as the oldest pitcher in Yankees history to record a save, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Kaat was 40 years old and 312 days when he closed out a win against the Tigers on Sept. 15, 1979. … The Yankees started the same infielders and outfielders for two consecutive Opening Days, the first time that has happened since 1926 and 1927, according to Elias. The last time the Yankees had the same outfielders for consecutive Opening Days was 1967-68 (Tom Tresh, Joe Pepitone, Bill Robinson).
- This date in Yankees history: In 2003, Todd Zeile homered in his first career Yankees at-bat. He would retire having homered with 11 different teams, a MLB record.