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It will be a surprise if Derek Jeter rejoins the Yankees by the end of the weekend series that starts Friday night in Boston.
No one will be more surprised than Joe Girardi.
“I wouldn’t think so," the Yankees manager said Thursday. "We’ll go day by day and see where he’s at.”
Jeter looked fine as he took batting and infield practice at Yankee Stadium before the afternoon...Read more »
Former Yankees outfielder Shane Spencer said Tuesday that he was the victim of a hoax after a man claiming he was Spencer called a radio station and said he used steroids.
The man claiming to be Spencer told 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio on air Monday that he took steroids at the Double-A level, among other things relating to his Yankees career.
Spencer, now a hitting coach for the Somerset...Read more »
Mariano Rivera has announced his intention to retire following the 2013 season, and it’s widely assumed that Yankees setup man David Robertson will step into his shoes as closer.
But is that wise?
Robertson has many qualities that make him an ideal candidate for the ninth inning. He’s striking out 10.87 batters per nine innings this season and has a career 11.84 K/9. He rarely allows...Read more »
Hiroki Kuroda was brilliant again for the Yankees on Monday night against the Angels, tossing eight shutout innings and striking out seven. It was his ninth scoreless start this season (24 total starts), and fifth in the past six weeks.
Since July 7, Kuroda is 4-1 with an 0.94 ERA in seven games against some tough competition – he’s had to face the Orioles, Red Sox, Rangers and Dodgers during...Read more »
UPDATE: Shane Spencer has since confirmed the interview was hoax perpetrated by someone pretending to be him. Both he and the radio station have released statements on the matter. For the full story, click here.
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One American League MVP candidate just left the Bronx. Another arrives Monday night.
Yep, it's time for Miguel Cabrera vs. Mike Trout, old school vs. new school, Round 2.
The arguments are similar to last year.
Cabrera plays for a (likely) playoff-bound team and is one of the game's best hitters. Heck, he hit two home runs off Mariano Rivera in back-to-back appearances by the greatest...Read more »
More often than not, seeing Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning means game over. But not on Sunday.
For the first time in his career, Rivera blew a save in his third straight games. The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez hit back-to-back home runs off Rivera to tie the game at 4-4 in the top of the ninth Sunday.
But for the second time in three games Brett Gardner came...Read more »
Alex Rodriguez still has some of his old bat speed.
The embattled Yankees third baseman homered on the second pitch he saw off Tigers starter Justin Verlander, slamming a 92 mph fastball to left field. The solo shot led off the bottom of the second inning and tied the score at 1-1.
It was the first home run Rodriguez hit since returning to the Yankees on Monday in Chicago following offseason...Read more »
Yankees catcher Austin Romine hit his first career home run in the seventh inning on Sunday, a solo shot to left-centerfield, off San Diego Padres reliever Dale Thayer.
It took the rookie 89 career at-bats to collect his first homer, a bomb, off a 2-2 fastball that caught a little too much of the plate. At the time, it cut the Yankees' deficit to three runs but they would not score again,...Read more »
What can the Yankees expect from Curtis Granderson when he returns to the lineup against the Padres on Friday night?
Turns out, probably a lot.
The Yankees have 55 games left to either secure a Wild-Card berth or, improbably, wrestle control of the AL East away from the Red Sox and Rays. Granderson is key to the Yankees achieving either route.
Granderson suffered a broken forearm...Read more »