Sunday, April 28, 2013

New York Yankees news and notes

The New York Yankees called up Vidal Nuno and Austin Romine. They placed Ivan Nova on the 15 disabled list with forearm tightness and Francisco Cervelli went on the disabled list with a fractured hand. Romine will get some time at catcher and he looks to be the future guy and will have a chance to prove himself. Romine was off to a good start at AAA, the Yankees have liked his defense since AA so it’s only a matter of if he will hit enough. Nuno won the award in spring training for most outstanding rookie. He continued his impressive start in AAA and is now being given a shot in the majors. Nova could be gone only for a couple of weeks or it could be a bigger issue but either way someone will have a shot now. 
There was a lot of talk about Travis Hafner and his big day. Hafner got his first start of the year against a lefty. He hit a three run homerun and had an RBI triple. They need to do this once in a while since Ben Francisco hasn’t been hitting at all.

Sabathia didn’t have great stuff today still he managed to get through eight innings and pick up a win. This is why he is the ace, he figures it out and gives you a chance to win. Hafner said he was told yesterday that he would be starting today. He said it is nice to get some starts against lefties just because you face them late in games and it is nice to have some at bats off of them. He said he thinks he will get some starts but also knows the Yankees have his best interests at heart also, he will be ready for whenever they call on him to play.

Hafner and Overbay each hit go ahead triples in the last two games. They have combined for 25 career triples in their careers. Wells said the steal of third was something he and third base coach Rob Thompson had been talking about. He said if you get there which he did there are lots of possibilities. The opposition has to pitch differently and you could get a wild pitch or a hit etc.

Kevin Youkilis played for the first time in a week. Joe Girardi said he thought he looked pretty good and moved around well, just a little rusty which is to be expected. Joba Chamberlain got the save, I think he should be the future closer. Mariano Rivera and David Robertson had thrown three of four days and Joba had also but with a limited pitch count. Joba said this “That’s fun for me, seeing the energy of the crowd and my teammates.” “I can’t help but smile because that’s why you play the game. I’m excited to get that opportunity.”

If the Yankees win tomorrow it would give them their first four game sweep of the Blue Jays since September 1995 at the Old Yankee Stadium.

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