Results tagged ‘ Don Mattingly ’

Yanks split twinbill with Dodgers, look ahead to showdown with Rays

The Yankees split their doubleheader with the Dodgers on Wednesday, winning the first game 6-4 behind strong performances from Ichiro Suzuki and Hiroki Kuroda.

They then flopped in the nightcap, as Phil Hughes allowed five runs in six innings and the Yankees mustered just three singles against Chris Capuano and two relievers in a 6-0 loss.

We’ve recapped all of the day’s action in story form on MLB.com and Yankees.com, of course, but here is a quick rundown of  what you might have missed in the deluge:

  • It was exciting to get an in-person look at Yasiel Puig. He’s just as fun to watch as advertised, and I wish he played in the American League East so we could see it more regularly. The Yankees and the Dodgers both disagree with me on that point, I’m sure.
  • Mariano Rivera bested the intriguing rookie in a ninth-inning battle to end the first game.
  • Lyle Spencer compared Puig to Ichiro Suzuki very nicely: “Ichiro improvises cool jazz. Puig is hard rock, charged by electricity.” When Puig stepped in against Adam Warren in the seventh inning, I wasn’t even able to manage to say, “I don’t like this matchup for Adam Wa…” before Puig flicked his wrists and hit an opposite-field homer. He’s special.
  • Joe Girardi said that he has not given any thought to removing Hughes from the rotation, but acknowledged the struggles we’re all seeing. “I think it’s location for him, location of his fastball, and staying out of long counts,” Girardi said.
  • Zoilo Almonte made his big league debut, grounding out as a pinch-hitter for Austin Romine in the ninth inning of the second game. Joe Girardi had said that he planned to give Almonte a start in the second game, as well as against one of the Rays right-handers, but obviously changed his mind between games. Almonte is the Yankees’ No. 10 prospect, according to MLB.com.
  • Robinson Cano was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in the second game, and Girardi was a bit mystified why that happened. “He took too wide of a turn, and I’m not really sure why he took such a wide turn, but he did,” Girardi said.
  • Austin Romine’s troubles at the plate continue, but with Francisco Cervelli not expected back until the middle of July, Girardi said that he can keep trotting Romine out as his backup catcher. “I think he’s done a pretty good job behind the plate,” Girardi said. “He’s struggled offensively, there’s no doubt about it. Early on he was hitting some balls hard and he wasn’t having a whole lot of luck. But he’s done a pretty good job for me behind the plate.”
  •  Jason Kidd threw the ceremonial first pitch for the nightcap.
  • The Bleacher Creatures twice serenaded Dodgers manager Don Mattingly with chants of “Don-nie Base-ball,” and Mattingly doffed his cap both times.

The Yankees have lost six of their last eight games as they head into a four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays tonight. Here are the pitching probables, game times and local television information:

Thur., 6/20 vs. Tampa Bay: LHP Andy Pettitte (5-4, 3.95) vs. LHP Matt Moore (8-3, 4.12), 7:05 p.m. YES

Fri., 6/21 vs. Tampa Bay: RHP David Phelps (4-4, 4.08) vs. RHP Roberto Hernandez (4-7, 5.02), 7:05 p.m. MY9

Sat., 6/22 vs. Tampa Bay: LHP CC Sabathia (7-5, 3.93) vs. TBD, 1:05 p.m. YES/MLB Net.

Sun., 6/23 vs. Tampa Bay: TBD (Ivan Nova?) vs. RHP Chris Archer (1-3, 5.03), 2:05 p.m. YES/TBS

Yankees sign Preston Mattingly to Minor League contract

The Yankees announced on Wednesday that they have signed outfielder Preston Mattingly, the son of franchise icon Don Mattingly, to a Minor League contract.

The 24-year-old Mattingly played at two different levels with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in 2011, hitting .232 (38-for-164) with five doubles, five home runs and 19 RBIs in 53 combined games with Single-A Great Lakes and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Originally drafted by the Dodgers in Compensation Round A of the 2006 First Year-Player Draft, Mattingly has compiled a Minor League batting average of .232 in six seasons in the Dodgers and Indians organizations.

The elder Mattingly, entering his second season as the Dodgers’ manager, played his entire 14-year career in Yankees pinstripes from 1982 through 1995.

A career .307 hitter, Mattingly won the 1985 American League MVP award, earning six All-Star selections and nine Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. His uniform No. 23 was retired by the club in 1997.

Another of Mattingly’s sons has also played in the Yankees system. New York selected Taylor Mattingly in the 42nd round of the 2003 First Year Player Draft, and he played 24 games in the organization that year.

Mattingly: Teixeira will do fine

Don Mattingly, who still resides on the wall of Mark Teixeira’s boyhood room slugging a pitch into the Yankee Stadium outfield, checks in with the New York Post:

“Teixeira’s a great player, there’s no question about that and I appreciate the way he plays and I think the Yankee fans are going to enjoy him,” Donnie Baseball said. “I had lunch with him a few years back, so I knew he was a fan. He seemed like a really good kid.”

There’s a neat graphic accompanying Kevin Kernan’s story in the Post. From 1984-1989, Mattingly had hit .327 with 160 home runs and 684 RBIs. From 2003-2008, Teixeira hit .290 with 203 home runs and 676 RBIs. They’re not exact mirror images but you can certainly make a comparison between the two.

“His swing is a little different than mine in that he is more of an upper-cutter, more of a power swing than I had him,” Mattingly said. “But when you look at guys and you hope that you shaped the way they play and I see some of that when I look at him.”

The Yankees are getting a good one, but you already knew that.

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