Farewell to The Captain

Derek Jeter enters his final season in 2014, how will he go out?

CC the Ace?

CC Sabathia needs to regain his mojo if the Yanks plan to contend in late October.

Tanaka Time?

How will the hired gun do under the brigh lights of the Bronx? Is he worth the investment?

Bronx Bound and Ready

Can Jacoby Ellsbury stay healthy long enough to make an impact?

Beltran Making Waves in the Bronx

Is this the year Carlos Beltran gets his ring? Now in pinstripes, his time is now

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Yankees and Red Sox Begin 2014 Chapter of Rivalry

Some news and notes for tonight's game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park:

- David Robertson will be available to pitch as he was activated from the 15-day DL. To make room on the roster the Yankees optioned optioning Matt Daley and Bryan Mitchell down to the minors.
**Interesting to see how Robertson fairs in his new role as closer in Boston. This will be one of the major tests David will see this year in his first year replacing Mariano Rivera as closer.

- Jacoby Ellsbury makes his return to Fenway for the first time since leaving Beantown shortly after winning the World Series last October. I'll be looking forward to seeing how the Fenway faithful react to Jacoby's return.

- Tonight also marks Masahiro Tanaka's debut in Boston. This will certainly be watched closely as this start will give the Yankees an idea early on if the Japanese right hander has the makeup deserving of that huge contract given in the offseason. I'm predicting 6 innings, 3 runs, 6 hits, 6 strikeouts with a no decision for Tanaka tonight.
"I'm sure that the fans will be heated up a bit," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "I've seen the two teams play (on TV), and I understand there's a rivalry between the two teams going into the game. It should be a good experience going up on the mound that day and I'm very much looking forward to it."

- Derek Jeter is going into tonight's game with a 10 game hitting streak.

The #OnTheBlockNY blog is back! After a few years away and concentrating on other ventures (Chasing800 and ChasingRecords) I am proud to announce the revival of this blog. I will do as much as I can to keep it fresh and new.
If you would like to contribute with an article or promote, please email me at NYYanksDynasty@MSN.com. As always the mission is to win another World Series for the Bronx Bombers, it will be my mission to try and follow along with them and give my insight. I will be adding new features in the coming days. Any suggestions or recommendation's is always welcomed.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Simply the Best! Yanks Take 2, Now in First

It was a good weekend for the Yankees as they took 2 of 3 from their crosstown rivals. The Yanks and Mets finish the 2010 Subway Series 3-3.

Friday night the Yankee offense didnt show up, but Saturday and Sunday they awoke. Saturday Mark Teixeria and Curtis Granderson homered for the Yanks in support of Phil Hughes who improved to 10-1 and is surely going to be on his to Anahiem for the All-Star Game next month.

Sunday Teixeria homered again,this it was a grand slam off Mets ace Johan Santana and it was all the Bombers needed as CC Sabathia was lights out and won his 4th straight start. It looks like Sabathia and Teixeria are finally hitting their stride.

The Yankees lead the bigs with 7 grand slams (Alex Rodriguez, 2; Jorge Posada, 2; Teixeira; Granderson; Robinson Cano). The all-time Yankee record is 10 (1987).

The big thing out of this series was Teixeria production. Hopefully this is a sign of the MVP-like Tex we saw last year.

“It’s a daily grind. It’s never easy. You’re always working, especially both
ways,” Teixeira said. “It’s tough for me sometimes. But when I can hit a home
run left-handed yesterday, a home run right-handed today, hopefully that’ll get
some things rolling for me personally.”

The win puts the Yanks in 1st place for just the 3rd day this season. But no complaining here. I really hope Hughes not onlymakes the All-Star team but is the AL starter. How cool would that be? He'll surely be there as he is tied for the most wins in the AL.

Now that the Subway Series is done and over with, the Yanks can focus on the rest of the AL and make thier push towars the All-Star break and then the team usually heats up in the 2nd half so it's definately worth watching. Yanks, best record in baseball...let the haters begin to speak but it wont change the fact, the best team in baseball resides in the Bronx!

C800 Asks You: Should Phil Hughes start the All-Star Game? Are you hyped about the Subway Series? Share your thoughts on The Forum!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Player Profile: Mark Teixeria

Mark Teixeria is in his 8th major league season, 2nd with the New York Yankees. The Yankees are his 4th team since entering the league in 2003. He also played for the Texas Rangers,Atlanta Braves, and Anahiem Angels.

Teixeira grew up in Severna Park, Maryland. He played varisty baseball for his high school. When Mark finished high school he was attended Georgia Tech. He was orginally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1998 but turned them down to attend college.

In 2001, won the Dick Howser Trophy as the national collegiate baseball player of the year. After that, Teixeira re-entered the draft and was selected by the Texas Rangers with the fifth overall pick.

In 2005, Teixeira became the third switch-hitter in MLB history to hit at least 20 home runs in each of his first three seasons. Eddie Murray and Chipper Jones are the others to accomplish the feat. His total of 144 RBI for that season is a Major League record for a switch-hitter.

In July of 2007 Teixeria was dealt to the Braves after rejecting a long term contract offer from the Rangers. His stay in Atlanta was short lived as he was only there for one calendar year as he was traded to the Angels at the trade deadline in 2008.

After the 2008 season Teixeria became a free agent and was being pursued by many teams as he was the elite hitter of the free agent class. The Angels and Red Sox were thought to be front runners in the Teixeria sweepstakes but the Yankees seemingly out of nowhere came in and swooped Mark and offered him the contract he was looking for. He ultimately signed with the Yanks and the rest is history.

In his 1st season in pinstripes Teixeria was worth every penny the Yanks gave him. He gave them an MVP worthy performance both at the plate and on the field. He finished 2nd in the AL MVP voting and won a Gold Glove. But the biggest accomplish was winning the World Series in his first year in the Bronx. Something his predecessor, Jason Giambi failed to do in his 7 years with the Yanks.

In 2010 Mark looks to repeat the success of 2009. Although as of writing he is still struggling to find his rthymn at the plate, he is still a force in the Yankee lineup on an everyday basis. He desire to win and gritty approach will get him to high places in the Bronx in the remaining years of his contract. I expect to see the same old Tex we're use to seeing, .300 average, 30 home runs, 100 RBI..that'll be there. Hopefully so will another World Series championship, when it's all said and done.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

October Rematch in the Bronx

Being the defending World Champions isn't easy. Everyone puts a bullseye on your back and does anything they can to take you out and make sure you don't repeat as champs. The Philadelphia Phillies know all about that, they were defending champs last season until they lost the World Series to the Yanks in 6 games. Guess who's back in the Bronx this week, yep..the former World Champs.

In a rematch of the 2009 World Series the Yanks and Phillies sent out their aces, CC Sabathia vs Roy Halladay. This had Game 7 of the World Series written all over it. Too bad it's only the middle of June and it's just another game on the schedule. Yankee fans wished it was Game 7 of the Series because the Yanks lit up Halladay by hitting 3 home runs and going on to win 8-3 at the Stadium. Home runs by Mark Teixeria, Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson led the charge offensively for New York. Sabathia wasn't his dominant self but was good enough to get the win over Halladay.

In the second game of the series on Wednesday night the Phillies roughed up AJ Burnett for 6 runs and got a bit of revenge for Tuesday's loss. Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada homered in the losing effort for the Bombers, who were baffled by 47 year old Jamie Moyer.Moyer became the oldest pitcher ever to record a win against the Yankees. That's quite an accomplishment if you ask me.

The still remain with the best record in baseball despite the loss. They had their 9 game home winning streak snapped but there was a positive note coming out of the loss. Alex Rodriguez returned to the lineup after missing the previous 4 games with his groin inujry. He had an RBI double in the 9th and appeared to show no ill effects from the injury as he was running to 2nd on the double.

Before the year began many people thought the 2010 World Series would be Yanks and Phils again, which is a pretty good pick but with the Phils recent struggles over the past few weeks, it puts that October rematch in doubt for the time being. Until then,we have this rematch. That's ok, it's still a series worth watching. Especially with Alex back in the lineup!

C800 Asks You: Do you think the Yankees and Phillies will meet again in the World Series this year? If not then who makes it to the Fall Classic? Share your thoughts on The Forum!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Player Profile: Joba Chamberlain

Joba Chamberlain has made quite a name for himself in his brief time in the Major Leagues. He is currently in his 3rd full season with the New York Yankees.

Joba is from Lincoln Nebraska. Chamberlain's parents, Harlan Chamberlain and Jackie Standley, were never married and split up when Joba was 18 months old. Many different stories have circulated about Joba's parents and his upbringing. Joba was born Justin Chamberlain but his brother Joshua couldn't pronounce his name correctly. Joshua would call his brother Joba instead of Justin. Joba's dad Harlan liked it so much, he had Justin's name legally changed to Joba.

Chamberlain started his college career playing for theUniversity of Nebraska-Kearney Lopers. He helped the Cornhuskers reach the 2005 College World Series and helped lead Nebraska to their first ever College World Series win going 10–2 with a 2.81 ERA.

Chamberlain was drafted as the 41st overall by the New York Yankees in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. He didn't make his debut until August 7, 2007 when he pitched out of the bullpen. He had the radar guns going on 97 and 98 mph on the gun, which got the attention of the crowd at Yankee Stadium, scouts, tv announcers and Yankee officals and teammates. His colorful attitude brought life to a "professional" group of calm Joe Torre Yankee players. He instantly won the hearts of New Yorkers everywhere.

He was lights out as a reliever but in Game 2 of the ALDS against Cleveland a swarm of migets hit Chamberlain in the bottom of the 8th inning with the Yanks ahead 2-1. Because of the unsuspecting attack, Joba's control and demeanor were off and the Yanks lost the game and the series to Cleveland.

There has been much debate as to wheter Joba should be a starter or reliever. He's had the Joba Rules put in place, he's been labeled as the future ace of the Yankees, and heir apparent to Mariano Rivera as the closer. That's alot to handle for a 24 year old to handle, but Joba does what is asked of him. Personally, I like him in the bullpen as the set-up man for Mariano Rivera. His stuff is electric out of the 'pen and he brings a closer mentality to the mound. As a starter, he has shown he can be really good, but too often enough he's shown he's average.

In 2009, Joba was a starter but spent the playoffs in the bullpen where he got keys out. Thus, the Yanks won the World Series. That's all that matters in the Bronx. In 2010, Joba is the 8th inning guy and I look for him to excel in that role. What his role past this season remains to be seen and debated but again, I see him best suited for the late innings. Just go in there and blow away kid and that's all anyone will talk about! Of course help the bridge to Mariano be safer and let Mo close it out and we all go home happy....hopefully on to a 28th World Title!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Cano, Hughes Stay Hot Against O's

Robinson Cano is hot! He's batting .360 and leads the Yankees in home runs and RBI. There's talk about him being the AL MVP! I have to agree, he's been that good this season.

Cano did it again Wednesday night as the Yanks beat the Orioles 9-1 at the Stadium. The Yanks are 18-3 against the Birds in their last 21 games. Cano had 3 hits, one was a long home run into the right centerfield bleachers, into the 2nd deck! Cano was the American League Player of the Week last week and he’s riding a 16-game hitting streak.

Phil Hughes is the other story. 7 innings, 7 strikeouts, and his 7 wins on the season now for Phil. He's been brillant for the Yanks as the no. 5 starter. He now is tied with Andy Pettitte for the team lead in wins.

The Yanks take the 1st 2 games against Baltimore, which is no surprise but what is how well Hughes and Cano have played this year. Not that we all didn't know the potential of both men but how quick they've turned into All-Stars. Hughes and Cano should make it to the Mid-Summer Classic next month but only time will tell. It's a joy to see Robbie hit. It seems as if every night he's getting 3 hits. As for Phil, well what can you say? He's been awesome. He's dominant, he's aggressive, he's got skills! Finally, he is the top tier starter the Yankees projected him out to be. Can't wait for his next outing.

C800 Asks You: What do you think of Cano and Hughes' performances up to this point in the season? Are they All-Star locks? Share your thoughts in The Forum!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Another Winning Weekend in the Bronx

There was much debate in the winter of 2007 of wheter Joe Girardi was the right guy to succeed Joe Torre as Yankees manager. 2 years and 1 championship later I would say he was the right man for the job. On Sunday Girardi earned his 300th win as Yankees manager.

Sunday also saw Mark Teixeria hit his 250th career home run. His 3-run home run in the 7th put the Yankees ahead 5-3 after Mark's error in the top half of the inning led to the Cleveland Indians getting 2 unearned runs off Yanks starter AJ Burnett. It was no issue for Burnett who went 8 innings giving up 1 run and went on to improve to 6-2 on the year.

Saturday the Yankees couldn't hold 9-3 and 10-4 leads. They lost 13-11 in a wild game at the Stadium. Friday night Robinson Cano hit cleanup for the 1st time in his career and boy did he deliver. He hit a Grand Slam in the 7th inning in a sure no-doubter to right field. His 10th home run of the year. Phil Hughes gave the Yanks another solid performance and he improve to 6-1 for 2010.

The Indians are in town for 1 more on Monday afternoon. The Yanks have Andy Pettitte going in the series finale.

Robinson Cano after cooling off in the month of May is starting to heat up again. He is hitting in the .340's and appears to be locked in again. Mark Teixeria and Alex Rodriguez look to gain some momentum off of Cano so they can hit their strides and be the offensive powerhouses we Yankee fans are use to seeing. Could you imagine all 3 of these men playing up to thier potential all at once? Scary thought for the rest of baseball, great thought for the Yankees and their fans!

C800 Asks You: How was Joe Girardi done in his time as Yankees manager? Should he be re-signed after this season? Share your thoughts on The Forum!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Jeter and Swisher Help Yanks Take 2 in Minny

I guess all the Yankees needed was to get away from New York to get back on track. The Yanks have taken 2 straight against the Minnesota Twins in Minny's new home, Target Field.

The 1st game, Monday was suspended by rain and took about 24 hours to complete. Derek Jeter homered for the Yanks once played was resumed on Tuesday and the Bombers went on to win 1-0. A good sign for Derek who has been struggling as of late, both offensively and defensively. He also made his signature play of back-handing a groundball, jumped, turned and fired a strike to 1st base. We know that as The Jeter Play. Good signs for the Yanks.

Tuesday night Nick Swisher hit his 8th home run of the year to help Andy Pettitte to win their 2nd game of the day! The Yanks only scored 4 runs in both games, which can be cause for concern but it did get them 2 victories.

With the Red Sox starting to heat up, the 2 wins against the Twins loom big. The Blue Jays are also breathing down the neck of the New York in the A.L. East. Also with the 2 wins, the Yanks gain some ground on the Rays who were swept by the Sox down in Tampa.

C800 Asks You: Is there anything wrong with Derek Jeter or this just a slump for the Yankee Captain? How will you spend your Memorial Day weekend? Share your thoughts on The Forum!

One more game at Target Field Thursday and then the Yanks return home to Yankee Stadium. Hopefully this Memorial Day weekend will be a good one!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Yanks Lose 1st Subway Series of 2010

Not a good weekend for the Yankees out in Queens. The Yanks drop the first Subway Series of 2010 to the Mets.

It can simply explained as the Yankees not getting the pitching they need to win games. They are 5-10 in their last 15 games. The starting pitching isn't as good as it was in the first month and a half of the year and the bullpen has been strugglingm Mariano Rivera included.

Friday night the Yanks took the opener 2-1 thanks in part to rookie Kevin Russo's 2-run RBI single in the 7th. Joba Chamberlain came in the 7th and got important outs. He pitched a scoreless 8th and the 9th went to Rivera. Rivera got the first 2 outs but struggled to get the 3rd out. But after a couple doubles, he was able to escape with a save.

Saturday night went to the Mets. David Wright had 2 RBI and Mike Pelfrey pitched well as he kept the Yankees at bay. The Bombers stranded 13 men on base and when you do that, you can not win games.

Sunday night was all Mets. CC Sabathia did not have his good stuff. He allowed 6 runs in 6 innings. It was his worst outing of the year. The Yankee offense was unable to get anything off of Mets ace Johan Santana. Jason Bay homered twice off CC and appears to be getting hot. A month ago the Yankees were getting all the bounces and breaks but here in late May, that isn't the case. Francisco Cervelli hit a ball down the left field line that he thought was a home run but after an umpire instant replay review, the umps deemed it no home run and Cervelli was left with a long single.

The Yankees are in a funk right now and there's no need for concern. It happens. The Yanks need to get healthy and need to start hitting with runners in scoring position, something that has been missing in the last week or so. Timely hitting wins games just as much as pitching.

The week had a great start to it with Marcus Thames hitting a walk-off against the Red Sox but since then, the Bombers have hit a wall. Things will work themselves out, they are the defending World Champs after all! Not everything was smooth for the 2009 Yankees so I'm not concerned with this slump.

Next up, the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Maybe a little time away from New York is what this team needs as they limp out of town. The Mets can take claim to winning this series but the Yankees will be back. The two teams meet again in late June. I wonder what the state of both teams will be by then...for the Yanks, I hope we're healthier and playing like World Champs again.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Player Profile: Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano is playing in his 6th Major League season, all with the New York Yankees. He made his debut on May 3, 2005 against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Cano is from the Dominican Republic. He was named after Jackie Robinson. He lived in Newark New Jersey for 7th, 8th and 9th grades before returning back to DR. In 2001 he was signed as a amateur free agent by the Yankees.

In 2006 Cano finished 3rd in the American League in hitting with a .342 average, his best to date. He also led all second baseman in voting for the All-Star Game but could not start because of an injury.

Currently Cano is considered one of the elite second basemen in all of baseball. He possesses skills both offensively and defensively that leave many people in awe. He has the best arm of any second baseman in baseball. He makes many difficult plays looks effortless..to the point where people mistake it for lack of hustle. He has one of the sweetest left-handed swings in the big leagues. He's been compared to have as sweet and as smooth of a swing as Hall of Famer Rod Carew. He's a constant .300 15-20 HR 80-95 RBI every year. He's as reliable as you can get day in and day out.

In 2010 he looks to take more responsibilty as he bats 5th,behind Yankees cleanup hitter Alex Rodriguez. Robbie's been known to struggle with men in scoring positions the last year or so but so far he has produced with men on. This could very well be Cano's break out season offensively. .320 30 HR 110 RBI looks attainable for the Yankee second baseman.

With a World Series ring already under his belt, a batting title and an MVP would be nice to add to his resume. Robbie is one of the best young players in the game today and he looks to only get better. It'll be nice to see him reach his potential and surpass that, all while wearing the Yankee pinstripes. He's had a nice career to this point and they look like they will get better. One of the most complete players in the game is getting better. The rest of baseball better watch out...for the Yankees and their fans, they already know they have a special player on their hands. He's ready to bring the Bronx some more championships. So am I!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Good Thames and Bad in the Bronx

Every time the Boston Red Sox come to town, everyone knows it. All eyes are on the Bronx. Facebook and Twitter statuses give everyone an up to the second update. That's how intense this rivalry is.

Monday night saw the first Yankees Classic of the year as the Yanks come back in dramatic fashion. Alex Rodriguez hits a 2-run home run off Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon to tie the game 9-9 in the 9th, then moments later Marcus Thames sends everyone happy with a walk-off 2-run home run of his own. Celebrate good times!

Tuesday night saw the Sox get their redemption. As if written from the pages of a Hollywood script, the Yanks were up 5-1 in the 8th when Joba Chamberlain gave up 4 runs to the Sox to allow them to tie it 5-5. Then in the 9th, the hero in Monday night's game, Thames drops a fly ball and allows the Sox to come all the way back and erase any ill effect suffered from Monday's loss.

So in essence the 2 games cancel eachother out. 2 great wins and 2 big losses for both sides. Just another Yankee-Red Sox series. The feel of October baseball was surely in the air both nights and I loved it! Cant ask for more from these 2 teams. They always seem to step up their game against one another and that's what a rivalry is all about. The Yanks still hold a big mental advantage over Boston who is struggling to find their identity this season. Let's see how both teams fare over the next few months and what the rivalry will have in store for us come August.

C800 Asks You: What did you think of this New York-Boston series? Has the rivarly lost its luster? Who gained and who lost from this series? Share your thoughts on The Forum!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Grand Ol' Weekend in the Bronx

I love going around New York and see signs of "Come Home to Yankee Stadium....The Home of Champions". For the Minnesota Twins, they just can't buy a win at the Stadium. It's become a house of horrors for them. This weekend was no different as the Yanks were able to take 2 of 3 from Minny.

Friday night Alex Rodriguez hit a grand slam to give the Yanks the lead in the 7th, one they were able to preserve. The homerun was Alex's 4th on the year and 587th All-Time, passing Frank Robinson for 7th on the All-Time list.

Saturday Andy Pettitte made his return to the rotation and was brillant yet again. 6.1 innings giving up 2 hits and 0 earned runs. He recorded his 5th win of the season,tying Phil Hughes for the team lead.

Sunday was a different story for the Yanks. With a 3-1 lead in the 8th Manager Joe Girardi called on Mariano Rivera to get the final outs. With the bases loaded, Rivera walked Jim Thome making it 3-2 and then Jason Kubel sent a Rivera fastball into the right field seats for a grand slam. The Twins never looked back. It was Rivera's 1st blown save at home in the new Yankee Stadium, 1st at home since August 13, 2007. Even the immortals can human for the day. The blown save also ended Mo's consecutive home saves streak at 51.

The Twins had lost their previous 10 games in the Bronx before Sunday's win. It was a tough loss for the Yanks because you never see Rivera falter as he did, but hey,that's baseball.

Another series win for the Bombers is what's key, especially with Boston coming into town on Monday. The Yanks send Hughes to the mound on Monday night and he's looking to show everyone that his outing in Fenway was no fluke. He's looking for 6th win on the year against a still sluggish Red Sox team,who come in losers of 2 straight and are just a .500 team.

C800 Asks You: What are your expectations from this Yanks-Sox series? Is A-Rod ready to turn the corner offensively? Share your thoughts on The Forum!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wonder-Phil Hughes Wins 5th!

Phil Hughes is making his case to be the Yankees ace as he won his team leading 5th win on Wednesday night. He pitched 7 innings gave up 5 hits, no runs and struck out 8. He is now 5-0 on the season.

Hughes has been a pleasant surprise out of the 5th spot of the rotation this year. A spot he didn't own until the last week of Spring Training. He has been one of the American League's best pitchers thus far and has done so quietly under the rest of the star studded rotation.

The Yankees beat the Tigers 8-0 Wednesday night after dropping the first 2 games of the series. Sergio Mitre took the loss in Game 1 of the series on Monday night thanks in part to former Yankee Johnny Damon, who homered for Detriot and was able to walk away with a 5-4 win.

On Wednesday in Game 1 of the Day-Night Doubleheader Javier Vazquez took the mound and took another loss. He is now 1-4 on the young season but did pitch better this time around. It's progress we want to see from Javy and that's what he gave us. The Yankee bats stood silent as they took a 2-0 loss. It was the Bombers 3rd straight but that losing streak was quickly erased by Hughes' performance in Game 2.

Mark Teixeria continues to hit the ball well in May as he picked up another 3 RBI in the night cap of the doubleheader. Fransciso Cervelli also stayed home as he knocked a few more runs and continues to surprise everyone with his superb play.

Still the knight in shining armor is Phil Hughes. The man seems to finally be coming together. After years of promise and hope of being a front end of the rotation pitcher, he is delivering on all cylinders. He has been the Yanks most reliable starter to this point. Now, whether he holds it down for the remainer of the season is something to keep an eye on as we go forward. But I can surely tell you, I am excited to see him pitch. He has dominant stuff and has the talent to be one of the best young pitchers in the game. At the moment, he is just that. A 5th starter can't win 15 games, can he? Hughes has a very good shot at it. Let's see what the rest of the season has in store for him.

C800 Asks You: Is this Phil Hughes breakout season? Could he make it to the All-Star Game in July? How do you think he finishes out the season? Share your thoughts on The Forum!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Yanks Take 2 at Fenway

There aren't many teams hotter these days than the New York Yankees. They were sporting a 6-game winning streak heading into Sunday night's game in Fenway. They ended up losing to the Red Sox 9-3 but still managed to win another series and still remain only half a game out of 1st place and having the best record in baseball.

Friday night Phil Hughes offically arrived to the rotation. He pitched 7 strong innings and outlasted Boston ace Josh Beckett to gain his 4th win of the year. Nick Swisher homered off of Beckett to start the scoring and the Yanks never looked back. The Yanks won 10-3.

Saturday Mark Teixeria and Francisco Cervelli each drove in 5 runs en route to another Yankee laughter 12-3. Teixeria homered 3 times! He became only the 2nd Yankee ever to hit 3 HRs against the Red Sox.

Sunday night the Sox got a bit of revenge and salvaged the last game of the series 9-3. AJ Burnett recorded his 1st loss of the season. The lone bright side is A-Rod's HR in the 4th inning. His 3rd of the season and gets us to update the Chasing800 HR Tracker!

The big picture this weekend was how much better the Yankees are than their divison rivials. Of course this means nothing, as Boston won the 1st 8 meetings between the 2 teams last season then unraveled down the stretch but it's still a good sign for New York. The best thing in my opinion coming out of this weekend was Phil Hughes. He has certainly arrived as a legitament force in the rotation. You aren't taken seriously unless you can win in Boston and face the pressure. Whether it's May or October, pitching in Fenway is a big task and Hughes was up for it and passed. He will be a huge factor for the Yankees, especially if Javy Vazquez can't right himself.

The Yanks win 2 of 3 in Boston, again! Another positive note going forward. Teixeria is getting hot and A-Rod is finding his swing as well. The Yanks continue to get hit by the injury bug with Nick Johnson being placed on the DL on Saturday and Alfredo Aceves tweaking a lower back muscle again,thus leaving him unavailable for a few days. With that being said, the Yanks continue to win. They now travel to Detriot and face old friend Johnny Damon and the Tigers.

C800 Asks You: With the Yanks taking 2 of 3 in Boston for the 2nd time this season, should the Sox be seen as a serious threat to the Bombers? How important was Hughes' performance Friday night? Share your thoughts on The Forum!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Palyer Profile CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia is in his 10th major league season, 2nd with the New York Yankees. He spent his first 7 plus seasons with the Cleveland Indians and half a season with the Milwaukee Brewers.

His current contract with the Yankees is the richest in major league history for a pitcher. CC was the 2007 CY Young Award winner with the Indians.

Sabathia attended Vallejo High School, where he lettered in baseball, basketball, and football. During his teen years, Sabathia played summer baseball in the Major League Baseball youth program Rebuilding Baseball in Inner cities.

Sabathia has four plus pitches: fastball, slider, cutter, and changeup. Sabathia had a career batting average of .300 with three home runs and seven RBIs in 40 ABs, including a 440-foot home run on June 21, 2008 with the Indians. Later that season he hit another home run as a member of the Brewers, thus marking him the 3rd pitcher in history to hit a homerun as a member of both the AL and NL.

In his 1st season in pinstripes, CC went 19-8 with a 3.37 ERA, He won the ALCS MVP against the Angels. He went on to win his 1st World Series as he helped the Yanks win their 27th title. In 2010 he looks to repeat his dominant 2009 season and repeat as World Champion. The future is bright for Sabathia..that's a good thing, because New York is where the lights shine the brightest.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Yanks Sweep O's Out of Town

The Yankees keep on rollin'. Yesterday they completed a 3 game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles. The sweep gives New York another series win, their 9th in 10 tries.

With Curtis Granderson, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera all sidelined due to injury for this series, the Yanks were still able to be victorious. Solid outings by CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, and Andy Pettitte gave the Yanks little to worry about while their superstars were out of action.

Pettitte left Wednesday's game against Baltimore after 5 innings with stiffness in his left elbow. We surely hope this is not a major issue as Pettitte has been brillant in each of his outings this season.

The Yanks go and play the Boston Red Sox again and it'll be interesting, as always to see how the series pans out. Boston is reeling these days, their aces Josh Beckett and John Lackey are under-performing and the lineup is lacking the usual luster. The Yanks have issues of their own,mainly with health, but playing the Sox always brings out the best in the Bombers. It'll be interesting to watch.

C800 Asks You: If Andy Pettitte's injury turns out to be serious, what options do the Yankees have to replace him? When is A-Rod's bat going to heat up? How will this weekend's Yankee-Sox showdown play out? Share your thoughts on The Forum!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Yanks Keep The Heat Up Against Chicago

Another nice weekend for the Yankees, this time at the hands of the Chicago White Sox. They took 2 of 3 from the Chi-Sox and have now won 7 of the first 8 series of the year.

Friday night, Derek Jeter reminded everyone why he's the Captain. He had 3 hits, a HR, single and a triple with 4 RBI. I was in attendance Friday and correctly predicted Jeter's homer just moments before. Mariano Rivera came in for the save,which marked his 51st consecutive home save. That ties him for the most all-time. The Yanks won 6-4.

Saturday, Javy Vazquez' struggles continued. He couldn't get out of the 4th and was booed again upon his exit. The Yanks were able to come back from a 5-1 deficit but after going ahead on Nick Swisher's HR in the 6th, the bullpen gave the lead right back to Chicago who went on to win 7-6.

Sunday's game was classic Bronx Bombers all the way! Robinson Cano continued his hot start and hit his 9th HR of the season. Swisher homered for the second day in a row and Brett Gardner hit one as well. Phil Hughes pitched 7 scoreless innings as he continues to impress. The Yanks won 12-3.

The upside to this weekend was the performance of Hughes who pitched brillant against a tough Chicago offense. Mark Teixeria had 6 hits this weekend, he had 11 in all of April, so certainly his recent turn around has many Yankee fans excited. As for Robbie Cano, what else can you say? He is the biggest threat in the Yankee lineup and is carrying the offense for the most part. Hopefully this is a season long trend and not just a nice month.

With the good, you have to accept the bad. Curtis Granderson injured his groin on Saturday as he was running the bases going from 1st to 3rd. He was placed on the 15-day DL after the game, but it appears he'll be out of action for about a month. He's been a solid presence in the lineup and on the field so we all wish him a speedy recovery.

With Granderson out, that gives Marcus Thames and Randy Winn some face time and hopefully both men can fill in and give the Yanks a solid platoon in Curtis's absence. Thames has been good offensively so far, and he made a nice catch in LF on Sunday. Let's keep that up Marcus,we're going to need you!

C800 Asks You: With Curtis Granderson on the DL, is his presence missed in the lineup or on the field? Mark Teixeria's bat appears to be heating up, is that going to help Alex Rodriguez get out of his recent struggles? Share your thoughts on the Forum.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Tough Weekend Out West-- Drop 2 of 3

This was not a good weekend out in Anahiem for the Yankees. It usually never is when the Yanks head out west. They lost their 1st series of the year, one where they were ahead in both games they lost.

Friday night the Yanks had a 3-1 lead but AJ Burnett couldn't hold the lead. Joba Chamberlain later gave up a go-ahead HR to Kendry Morales and the Angels were victorious. Sunday, the Yanks were up 3-0 but Javy Vazquez' early season struggles continued and he couldn't hold the lead either. The knockout blow was once again dealt in the later innings off the Yankee bullpen. Damaso Marte served a 3-0 fastball down the heart of the plate to Morales in the 7th inning and hit a 3-run HR to seal the deal and put Anahiem up 8-4. The Yankees never recovered.

In between the losses was the performance of Andy Pettitte. He was excellent. He gave New York 8 solid innings giving up 1 run while issuing no walks. He was able to earn his 3rd win of the season.

Another high point of the weekend was Robinson Cano. Cano hit his 5th HR of the season on Sunday off of Angels Starter Scott Kazmir. It was Robbie's 3rd HR this season off Kazmir alone. His emergence as an elite hitter in the 5th spot of the lineup behind Alex Rodriguez is exciting to watch.

Tough weekend for the Bombers but I'm sure they'll rebound just fine. They travel to Baltimore this week to complete their 9 game road trip. With the Orioles sitting at 3-16 for the season, it's probably the best time for the Yanks to go pay a visit. Phil Hughes starts the opener on Tuesday night and looks to keep on rolling after his impressive 8 inning, 10 strikeout, near no-hit performance against Oakland last week.

C800 Asks You: With the Yankees losing 2 of 3 in Anahiem this weekend,does this still make you worry about coming back here in October? Should we really be worried about Javy Vazquez? Will Robinson Cano ever slow down? We're talking Yankees baseball on The Forum. Come check us out, register and share your thoughts!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Player Profile: Jorge Posada

Jorge Posada is in his 16th season in the majors, all with the New York Yankees. He has been apart of 5 All-Star teams (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007) and 4 World Championship teams (1998, 1999, 2000, 2009).

Posada is from Puerto Rico. In high school Jorge participated in basketball, volleyball, track, and baseball. As a baseball player in the 1988-89 season, he was named an All-Star player at shortstop. He was drafted by the Yankees in the 24th round of the 1990 Major League Baseball Draft. He played second base in his 1st season in the minors but was then moved to catcher.

Posada made his MLB debut in 1995 but only appeared in 1 game. In'96 he appeared in 8 games but was not apart of the postseason roster so he did not recieve a championship ring for that season. He was however with the team to take in the expirence of October baseball in the Bronx, something that helped him greatly as the years went on. In 1999 Posada became the full-time catcher for the Yankees once his mentor, and current manager Joe Girardi left via free agency.

He is the only Major League catcher to ever have hit .330 or better with 40 doubles, 20 home runs, and 90 RBIs in a single season. Posada and Yogi Berra are the only Yankees catchers to hit 30 home runs in a season. Since the 2000 season, Posada has had more runs batted in, home runs, and hits than any other catcher in baseball.

Jorge is known to be all business and have an old school mentalily. Which is what Yankee fans love about him. He has been a consistent force in the Yankee lineup since becoming an everyday player. He is one of the "Core Four" remaning from the Joe Torre Dynasty Years. He along with Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte make up the legendary quartet. To take things a step further, this year marked the 1st time in American Sports history that 3 players have played together for the same team for 16 straight season. He accomplished that with Jeter and Rivera. Pettitte was gone from the 2004-2006 seasons.

He is looking to add his 5th championship this season with the Yanks. He remains an importance figure both on and off the field. The newer Yanks look to him for his veteran leadership and his wisedom behind the plate. While Posada has had his issues at times with Yankee pitchers, his overall presence looms great importance for the Bombers. I expect another solid season in 2010 from Jorgie. I also expect him to finish his career as a Yankee. One of the best catchers in all of baseball calls the Bronx home and for that I am greatful he wears the pinstripes. I wouldn't want it any other way!

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