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Gameday Post #3: Tampa Bay Rays 3, Yankees 0

NOTE: Due to Easter Mass, I didn’t have time to do a pregame post. So this will be a post-game wrap-up.

Thank goodness the Knicks pulled out an overtime win against the Bulls today.

Obviously, this is not how anybody envisioned the Yankees’ season to start. Jeremy Hellickson was on his game from the word “Go!” as he shut down the Yankees offense and outpitched Phil Hughes en route to a 3-0 Rays win. It capped off a three-game sweep for Tampa to kick off the 2012 MLB season. Hughes himself wasn’t bad at all — he only allowed two earned runs in 4 2/3 IP. He was consistent with his velocity, routinely hitting the mid-90’s with his fastball, but was not economical with his 99 pitches. Hellickson was just that much better. The reigning Rookie of the Year was phenomenal in his start, throwing 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball. The Yankees offense mustered only three hits, all doubles from Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher.

Now I know people are prone to panicking over an 0-3 start. But it’s important to remember two things:

  1. If there’s anything that the game of baseball teaches you, it’s the old adage “Patience is a virtue.” There are 159 more games to go,Yankee fans. No team goes 0-162 in a season, the same way no team goes 162-0. It’s all cliche, I know, but it definitely rings true. Which leads me to this …
  2. Remember the 1998 Yankees? You know, the team that won 114 games and the World Series? They started 0-3. Just sayin’ …

Bottom line is this: the season is far from over, everyone. Let’s not hit the panic button yet after three games, okay? They on their way to Baltimore with Ivan Nova making his season debut against Brian Matusz tomorrow. They’ll win at least one of these next three games. The Bombers just have to put this last series behind them and move on the next one.


Gameday Post #2: Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays

The 2012 season did not start well for the Yankees as they fell to the Tampa Bay Rays in their first game, 7-6. CC Sabathia was not sharp in the beginning of the game, allowing five runs in the first three innings on home runs from Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria. Mariano Rivera uncharacteristically let the lead slip away in the bottom of the ninth, taking the blown save and loss. All was not bad, however. Raul Ibanez provided enough offense to line CC up for the win, knocking a three-run HR and driving in 4 runs overall. Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner each had multi-hit games as well.

Free-agent import Hiroki Kuroda will make his first start for the Bombers as he takes the hill in Tropicana Field against perennial Cy Young candidate David Price.




Tampa Bay..…….1-0


NEW YORK……..0-1 (1.0 GB)

Boston……….……0-1 (1.0 GB)


DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 7th, 7:10pm


PITCHING PROBABLES: Hiroki Kuroda (0-0, -.– ERA) vs. David Price (0-0, -.– ERA)



Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) — Kuroda will make his Yankees debut after signing a one-year, $10 million deal. The 37-year-old is coming off a campaign with the Dodgers in which he established career highs in wins, ERA, starts (32), innings (202) and strikeouts (161).

David Price (TB) — Price is one year removed from a second-place finish for the AL Cy Young Award. The left-hander went 12-13 with a 3.49 ERA in 2011, logging 224 1/3 innings. He is 4-2 with a 4.05 ERA in 13 career appearances against the Yankees.



DH Derek Jeter

RF Nick Swisher

2B Robinson Cano

3B Alex Rodriguez

1B Mark Teixeira

CF Curtis Granderson

LF Andruw Jones

C Russell Martin

SS Eduardo Nunez


CF Desmond Jennings

1B Carlos Pena

3B Evan Longoria

LF Matt Joyce

RF Ben Zobrist

DH Luke Scott

2B Jeff Keppinger

C Jose Lobaton

SS Reid Brignac

Gameday Post #1: Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays

It’s that time again, boys and girls … OPENING DAY!!!!!

Last year I got a little sidetracked and crazy busy, but this year I’m gonna give it another go: 162 games, 162 posts (the “high” watermark is 16 games). I’m gonna do a preview of each game consisting of the pitching probables, up-to-date division standings, a recap of the previous game and lineups whenever available. I’m also gonna try to sprinkle in some video entries every now and then … something new for the blog. It should make for a fantastic 2012 season so sit back, relax, and enjoy yourselves as the Yankees push towards their 28th World Series title!



NEW YORK………..0-0



Tampa Bay………..0-0



DATE/TIME: Friday, April 6th, 3:10pm


PITCHING PROBABLES: CC Sabathia (0-0, -.– ERA) vs. James Shields (0-0, -.– ERA)



CC Sabathia (NYY) — Sabathia will make his ninth career Opening Day start, and his fourth as a Yankee. He has gone 95-40 with a 3.09 ERA over the past five seasons, leading the Majors in wins, winning percentage and innings pitched.

James Shields (TB) — Shields is coming off his best season after going 16-12 with a 2.82 ERA in 2011. Included in his body of work were 11 complete games and 249 1/3 innings. Shields is 5-11 with a 4.14 ERA in 20 career starts against the Yankees.



SS Derek Sanderson Jeter

CF Curtis Granderson

2B Robinson Jose Cano

3B Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez

1B Mark Charles Teixeira

RF Nicholas Thompson Swisher

DH Raul Javier Ibanez

C Russell Nathan Coltrane Jeanson Martin

LF Brett Michael Gardner


CF Desmond Jennings

RF Ben Zobrist

3B Evan Longoria

DH Jeff Keppinger

SS Sean Rodriguez

2B Elliott Johnson

1B Carlos Pena

C Jose Molina

LF Matt Joyce