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Big wins in a big ballpark

IMG_0277[1].jpgThe Yankees all seem to agree on two major points — one, Target Field is a beautiful facility, and two, the Twins have successfully built themselves a pitchers park.

It takes a lot to crank a ball out of here, as the Twins have learned the hard way, and the Yankees have had a taste as well. Mark Teixeira thought that Juan Miranda’s deep drive in the eighth inning last night would have been “way out of most stadiums,” but instead it died in center field. 
Nick Swisher played it the smart way with his game-winner, knowing he’d better be pulling.
“It is a big ballpark, don’t get me wrong,” Swisher said. “But I talked to some of the guys on the Twins earlier and they were saying that the ball does travel down the lines. It’s 403 in right-center and there’s a 30-foot wall. You’ve got to be a grown man to hit it out of there. I’ve got to go down the lines, you know?”
So while the Yankees do enjoy what they’ve seen here, they won’t be looking forward to trips to Minneapolis to benefit their power numbers.
“There weren’t many hits out there,” Teixeira said. “They play good defense. If you hit the ball in the air, it isn’t going anywhere. I think this park has shown to be a pitchers park thus far.”

Miranda hurts elbow in winter ball

Just a brief note on Juan Miranda to share, via’s Alden Gonzalez, who e-mailed me the following information:

Miranda said that he hurt his right elbow three weeks ago in the Winter Leagues and has been out of action for about a week. He’s in the Dominican Republic right now, and hurt it when a runner slid into him, missed a week, then tried to play three games and decided he should stay off it. Miranda has no fractures, just soreness.

It seems like no one has given it a whole lot of thought, but there’s a chance that Miranda could be a dark horse candidate to see time as the Yankees’ DH next season. The organization likes him as a hitter (2009 at Triple-A: .290 BA, 19 HRs, 82 RBIs, .866 OPS) and he could get a good look in Spring Training depending on what the roster situation looks like.

Here are some Yankees Winter League updates:

— INF Juan Miranda has appeared in 11 games with the Tigres del Licey of the DWL and is batting .425 (17-for-40) with 4 doubles, 2HR and 11RBI.

— RHP Ivan Nova is 1-0 with a 1.05 ERA in five games (4GS) with the Leones del Escogido of the DWL…has recorded 17K and allowed just 3ER in 25.2IP.

— INF Reegie Corona has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, hitting .389 (14-for-36) with seven doubles, 2HR and 6RBI over the stretch with the Navegantes del Magallanes of the VWL.

— C Francisco Cervelli is batting .214 (3-for-14) in six games with the Cardenales de Lara of the VWL.

— OF Colin Curtis, with the Surprise Rafters of the AFL, batted .397 (31-for-78) with 5HR and 18RBI…finished the season as the league leader in slugging percentage (.731) and ranked second in both on-base percentage (.472) and batting average…hit safely in 17 of his 20 games played.

— RHP Ian Kennedy went 2-1 with a 4.25 ERA in seven starts (29.2IP) with the Rafters…led the AFL in innings pitched, ranked second in strikeouts (28) and tied for second in games started.

— INF Brandon Laird, also with Surprise, hit .333 (30-for-90) with 15 extra-base hits (9 doubles, 6HR) and 24RBI…finished tied for second in the league in HR, tied for third in both doubles and extra-base hits and ranked fifth in RBI.

Read these Miranda rights

Juan Miranda has big league power. He also has a man making $180 million blocking the way at his position with the Yankees. But for at least one night, Miranda got to show it off, slugging the first home run of his Major League career in the eighth inning Friday off Tampa Bay’s Dale Thayer.

The blast was of the tape-measure variety, estimated by the Rays media relations crew at 460 feet — making it the longest at Tropicana Field this season., which measures such things, actually places Miranda’s shot at 469 feet. That still makes it indeed the longest hit by anyone at the Trop in ’09, and also the Yankees’ longest of the season.

Robinson Cano had New York’s second-longest on June 29, a 451-foot shot, also at the Trop.

The Yankees now have hit 242 homers this season, tying a franchise mark set in 2004 with two games remaining.

9/28 – Yankees vs. Royals

Hey there folks. Bryan Hoch took a cue from Derek Jeter and company and took today off…which means you’re stuck with me, Anthony DiComo, the Juan Miranda of baseball writers.

Once this rain clears — and it will clear, according to the radar — the Yankees will take on the Royals in a game that’s, well, meaningless. The Yankees, after clinching Sunday, have nothing left to achieve in the regular season. And their final two opponents, the Royals and Rays, are both playing for next season.

But try telling Monday’s starter, Chad Gaudin, that these games aren’t important. How Gaudin fares tonight could directly impact whether or not he makes the postseason roster. And the same goes for Brian Bruney, Damaso Marte, David Robertson, Freddy Guzman and anyone else either on the bubble or with something to prove. These games, for those guys, are huge.

As for the Yankees’ first-round opponent, a Red Sox win combined with a Rangers loss tonight would eliminate Texas, making it certain that the Yankees will play either the Tigers or Twins in the first round. Those two teams are starting a critical four-game series in Detroit this evening.

All those answers will come. Until then, let’s talk about the Yankees. Monday night’s watered-down lineup looks something like this:

***UPDATE, 6:44 p.m.: The Yankees just scratched Johnny Damon for precautionary reasons due to the rain. No need to take any risks this time of year.

ROYALS (64-92)
royals.gifMitch Maier, LF
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
Billy Butler, 1B
Mike Jacobs, DH
Alberto Callaspo, 2B
Mark Teahen, RF
Miguel Olivo, C
Alex Gordon, 3B
Josh Anderson, CF

Pitching: RHP Luke Hochevar (7-11, 5.98).

YANKEES (100-56)
yankees.gifBrett Gardner, CF
Melky Cabrera, LF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Jorge Posada, C
Eric Hinske, 3B
Shelley Duncan, RF
Juan Miranda, 1B
Francisco Cervelli, C
Ramiro Pena, SS

Pitching: RHP Chad Gaudin (1-0, 3.71).


–Anthony DiComo

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