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Yankees, Blue Jays postponed; day-night doubleheader scheduled

Here’s the release from the Yankees, as the wind whips the flags here in the Bronx and the storm is on the way:

SEPTEMBER 18, 2012



The New York Yankees announced that tonight’s game between the Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium has been postponed due to inclement weather. This marks the first game postponed at Yankee Stadium during the 2012 season.

Tonight’s postponed game will be made up as the first game (1:05 p.m.) of a day-night, separate admission doubleheader to be played tomorrow, Wednesday, September 19 at Yankee Stadium. The game originally scheduled for September 19 remains scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start.


Fans holding paid tickets for tonight’s game may use them for the rescheduled game or exchange their paid tickets for any regular season game at Yankee Stadium during the 2012 or 2013 season (subject to availability).

Fans holding Complimentary tickets (COMP) for tonight’s game must use them for the rescheduled game on Wednesday, September 19 at 1:05 p.m. Complimentary tickets (COMP) or equivalent tickets bear no cash value and do not have any additional benefits that may be offered to ticket(s) with a dollar value.

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Yankees reinstate Chamberlain to active roster

Prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees acquired INF Casey McGehee along with cash considerations from Pittsburgh in exchange for RHP Chad Qualls. McGehee has been added to the Yankees’ 40-man roster, but is not required to be added to the 25-man roster until he reports.

Additionally, the Yankees have returned from rehab and reinstated RHP Joba Chamberlain from the 60-day disabled list and he is active for tonight’s game.

The Yankees’ 40-man roster now stands at 39.

Press Release: Yankees acquire Ichiro Suzuki

JULY 23, 2012



The New York Yankees today announced they have acquired 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award-winning outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and cash considerations from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP D.J. Mitchell and RHP Danny Farquhar.

Suzuki, 38, had played his entire 12-year Major League career with the Seattle Mariners since becoming the first Japan-born position player in Major League history. He owns a .322 (2,533-for-7,858) career batting average with 1,176 runs, 295 doubles, 79 triples, 99 home runs, 633 RBI, 438 stolen bases, 513 walks and a .366 on-base percentage in 1,844 games. Among active players, Suzuki is second in steals, third in batting average (min: 3,000PA) and sixth in hits. Since his debut in 2001, he has 330 more hits than any other Major Leaguer.

In 2012, Suzuki is batting .261 (105-for-402) with 49 runs, 15 doubles, 4 home runs, 28 RBI and 15 steals in 17 attempts in 95 games (93 in RF, 2 as DH).

Suzuki will become the sixth Japan-born player in Yankees franchise history, joining Hideki Irabu (1997-99), Hideki Matsui (2003-09), Kei Igawa (2007-08), Hiroki Kuroda (2012) and Ryota Igarashi (2012).

Suzuki is a two-time AL batting champion (.350 in 2001 and .372 in 2004) and has led or tied for the Major League lead in hits seven times (2001, ’04, ‘06-10), tying Pete Rose and Ty Cobb for the most such seasons all time. Additionally, he is the only player in Major League history to accomplish the feat in five consecutive years. From his debut season through 2010, he finished first or second in the AL in hits every year, and in 2011, he finished ninth.

Prior to playing in the Majors, Suzuki played for the Orix Blue Wave in Japan’s Pacific League for nine seasons (1992-2000) and was named the league’s MVP three times (1994-96). In 951 career games with Orix, he hit .353 (1,278-for-3,619) with 653 runs, 211 doubles, 23 triples, 118 home runs, 529 RBI and 199 stolen bases. Suzuki led the league in batting average for a Japanese-record seven straight years (1994-2000), while also winning a Gold Glove Award and being named to the Pacific League’s “Best Nine” in each of those seven seasons.

In his Major League rookie season of 2001, Suzuki batted a league-high .350 (242-for-692) with 34 doubles, 8 triples, 8 home runs, 69 RBI and a Major League-high 56 stolen bases, in becoming just one of two players all time to win the Rookie of the Year Award and the MVP in the same season, joining Boston’s Fred Lynn (1975).

In 2004, Suzuki recorded 262 hits, to set the all-time modern era (since 1900) single-season hits mark. Along with his 242 hits in 2001 and 238 hits in 2007, Suzuki owns three of the top 20 single-season hits totals in Major League history. He had at least 200 hits in 10 straight seasons from 2001 through 2010, tying Pete Rose for the most 200-hit seasons in a Major League career.

Suzuki’s 2,533 career hits since 2001 are the most by any player through his first 12 Major League seasons. In fact, at the conclusion of all but one of his 12 seasons, Suzuki has held the distinction of having more hits to start a career than any other Major Leaguer all time with the lone exception occurring after his third season, when only Lloyd Waner (678) had more hits than Suzuki’s 662 (according to data at

Over his career, Suzuki has made 1,790 starts as an outfielder (1,525 in RF and 265 in CF) and owns a career fielding percentage of .992 with just 33 errors in 4,181 total chances. The Yankees, with 10-time Gold Glove outfielder Andruw Jones also on the roster, now have two of the six outfielders in Major League history to win at least 10 career Gold Gloves (also Roberto Clemente-12, Willie Mays-12, Ken Griffey Jr.-10 and Al Kaline-10).

Since the start of his Major League career in 2001, Suzuki has led the Majors with 1,844 games played, while missing just 35 team games.

Yankees acquire Chad Qualls from Phillies

NEW YORK — The Yankees have acquired right-hander Chad Qualls from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Qualls, 33, was 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in 35 appearances for the Phillies, finishing six games. In 31 1/3 innings, he permitted 39 hits and nine walks, striking out 19.

He was designated for assignment by Philadelphia on June 28 and is expected to join the Yankees on Monday at Tropicana Field.

“He’s another guy that can get up to 95 mph, somewhat of a power guy – a sinker guy [who is] very tough on right-handers,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We mix and match a bit here, so we hope he’s really effective for us.”

Qualls has a 39-35 record with 51 saves and a 3.82 ERA over nine seasons with the Astros, D-backs, Rays, Padres and Phillies. He could be in line to take the roster spot of struggling right-hander Cory Wade, who owns a 5.79 ERA in 33 appearances and had a 13.97 ERA in 12 June appearances.

To make room for Qualls on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated infielder Matt Antonelli for assignment. The 27-year-old was batting .203 (29-for-143) with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 41 combined games for Triple-A Norfolk, an Orioles affiliate, and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.

Updated 6:28 p.m.

Yankees mourn the passing of Bill “Moose” Skowron

This announcement came this afternoon from the Yankees:

APRIL 27, 2012


The New York Yankees today mourn the passing of former player Bill “Moose“ Skowron, who died of congestive heart failure at age 81 early this morning at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Signed by the Yankees in 1950, Skowron’s Major League playing career spanned 14 seasons with the Yankees (1954-62), Los Angeles Dodgers (1963), Washington Senators (1964), Chicago White Sox (1964-67) and California Angels (1967).

The first baseman won four World Championships with the Yankees (1956, ‘58, ‘61 and ‘62) and appeared in eight World Series overall – including a fifth Series win with the Dodgers in 1963. He hit eight home runs in 39 career World Series games, including a three-run home run in the eighth inning of the Yankees’ Game 7 win over the Milwaukee Braves in the 1958 Fall Classic. He also drove in what proved to be the game-winning run with a 10th-inning RBI single in Game 6 of that same Series to force the decisive Game 7.

An eight-time All-Star (1957-61, ’65 – including twice in 1959 and 1960), Skowron combined to hit .282 (1,566-for-5,547) with 682 runs, 243 doubles, 53 triples, 211 home runs and 888 RBI in 1,658 career games. He batted over .300 in five of his first seven seasons, and collected at least 30 extra-base hits in a year 10 times – including eight straight seasons from 1955-62. His 34 doubles and 63 extra-base hits in 1960 each ranked as second-most in the American League, helping the Yankees secure the AL pennant that year.

“Moose will always be remembered as being one of the key members of the Yankees’ dynasties in the 50’s and early 60’s,” said New York Yankees Managing General Partner, Hal Steinbrenner. “He was a winner in every sense of the word, and someone the Yankees family cared deeply for. Baseball lost one of its finest ambassadors, and on behalf of the entire organization, I extend my deepest sympathies to his wife, Cookie, and his entire family.”

Born in 1930 in Chicago, Skowron attended Weber High School and then Purdue University on a football scholarship before focusing on baseball.

Skowron is survived by his wife, Lorraine (also known as Cookie); daughter Lynnette, sons Greg and Steve, granddaughter Addyson and grandsons Jordan, Grant and Blake. Skowron is also survived by his brother Edward.

The Yankees will hold a moment of silence in Skowron’s honor prior to tonight’s game at Yankee Stadium vs. the Detroit Tigers.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be passed along should they become available.

“There weren’t many better guys than Moose. He was a dear friend and a great team man. A darn good ballplayer, too. I’m going to miss him.”
Yogi Berra

“Moose was my roommate for a while, and we were friends for so long. He was a good guy and people loved him. Moose could really hit the baseball – especially home runs to right field – and he was a good first baseman. I was glad Moose was on my team because he always wanted to win.”
Bob Turley

“Moose was a Yankee all the way. He was a true professional who always worked hard and took the game as serious business. I am proud to have been able to call him a good friend. I remember during spring training when I was 18, he took me for my first pizza.”
Ralph Terry

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