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New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson pitched in the seventh inning of Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's game against the Louisville Bats on Sunday. Robertson threw 11 pitches (eight strikes) in the inning of relief, striking out one batter and giving up zero hits and zero walks.
Robertson pitched in place of injured closer Mariano Rivera before going on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique injury. In his two save opportunities, Robertson has one save. Overall, Robertson is 0-1 in 15 appearances (14.1 innings) in 2012 with a 2.51 ERA and 24 strikeouts.
Since Robertson's injury, Rafael Soriano has assumed the closer role for the Yankees. He earned a save in each of his first nine opportunities before blowing a save in today's game against the New York Mets. Soriano gave up three hits and an earned run in 1/3 of an inning in the Yankees' 5-4 win.
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte has a bruised right hand after fielding a batted ball with a bare hand in the sixth inning of Sunday's game against the New York Mets in the teams' Subway Series. X-rays on the hand following his outing reportedly came back negative. Pettitte intends to make his next start (via River Ave Blues).
Pettitte stopped Scott Hairston's one-hopper back to the mound with his bare hand and threw Hairston out. After a conference on the mound, Pettitte stayed in the game and struck out Lucas Duda and got Vinny Rottino to fly out before leaving the game.
Pettitte did not receive a decision in the Yankees' 5-4 win over the Mets. In his six innings, Pettitte gave up five hits, three runs (two earned) with eight strikeouts and two walks. He is 3-2 on the season with a 2.81 ERA.
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The New York Yankees defeated the New York Mets, 5-4, on Sunday at Yankee Stadium the sweep the Mets in the latest edition of the Subway Series. The three-game sweep was the first for the Yankees in the Bronx against the Mets since 2003.
The Yankees rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win this one. Catcher Russell Martin, who entered the game hitting only .208 on the season, led off the ninth inning with a game-winning home off losing pitcher Jon Rauch (3-6). Martin homered twice. His first home run, a two-run shot in the seventh inning, sliced the Yankees' deficit to 3-2.
Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguex singled in runs in the eighth inning to put the Yankees ahead, 3-2. Doubles by Lucas Duda and Ike Davis off Yankees closer Rafael Soriano tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the ninth inning. The blown save was Soriano's first of the season in 10 save attempts.
Andy Pettitte got the start for the Yankees and went six innings, giving up five hits and four runs (three earned). He struck out eight batters and walked just two. Pettitte's counterpart, Jon Niese went seven innings, giving up seven hits and two runs, both of which were not earned. Niese struck out six batters and walked one.
The Mets got out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning when Vinny Rottino got an RBI single and Jordanny Valdespin doubled to drive in two runs.
The Mets (32-29) are off on Monday before beginning a series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. The Yankees (34-25) open a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves on Monday.
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|WP: Boone Logan (1 - 0)
LP: Jon Rauch (3 - 6)
Stick with this Storystream for updates, scores and more from the 2012 Subway Series.Pinstripe Alley is your source for all things Yankees, and for more on the Mets be sure to check out Amazin' Avenue.
The Star-Ledger reported that Gardner felt pain and stiffness in his elbow after playing five innings of a minor-league rehab game with Class-A Charleston on Friday night. This is the second time Gardner has been on the cusp of returning to the Yankees' lineup after going through a minor-league stint as well as the second time he's reaggravated the injury.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had this to say about the Gardner injury:
"Something's not right," Cashman said. "He still feels stiffness. He doesn't feel right. ...
"He's had more than enough rest to be fine by now."
This could result in a trade of Gardner for a more reliable or at least healthier asset, with the trade deadline about seven weeks away (July 31). Gardner has been out of the lineup for nearly two months now (April 19).
The Subway Series between the New York Yankees (33-25) and New York Mets (32-28) resumes Sunday afternoon, following a thrilling Saturday matchup that saw Mark Teixeira give the Bombers their second straight victory in the interleague weekend series with a two-run homer.
For the Mets, they are least looking to save face with a win Sunday, since the Yankees have already taken the series and bragging rights for the weekend.
As always, pitching is going to be key here, as it's been important for the Yankees. They've really been solid overall in winning the first two games of the series. Something for Mets pitcher Jon Niese (4-2, 4.11 ERA) to think about when he takes the mound Sunday, going against Andy Pettitte (3-2, 2.78 ERA) in the pitchers' duel: The Yanks lead the majors with 90 homers, and they've hit 29 of them with a .481 slugging percentage during a 12-4 stretch, which includes six home runs against the Mets.
Take a look here at the game schedule and broadcast information:
Date/Time: Sunday, June 10, 1:05 p.m. ET
Location: Yankee Stadium
TV: TBS, YES
Online streaming: MLB.tv
Stick with this Storystream for updates, scores and more from the 2012 Subway Series. Pinstripe Alley is your source for all things Yankees, and for more on the Mets be sure to check out Amazin' Avenue.
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Mark Teixeira hit a go-ahead two-run homer with two outs in the sixth and the Yankees beat the Mets, 4-2, on Saturday to win the first two games of the Subway Series.
Rafael Soriano gave up a walk and a single in the ninth, but closed the door for his ninth save and the Yankees' seventh win in nine games.
David Wright and Omar Quintanilla hit solo homers for the Mets, who have lost five of six, including the opener of this three-game set Friday when Johan Santana gave up four homers in his first post no-hitter start on the way to a 9-1 blowout.
Hughes (6-5) struck out six and gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings to go 3-0 in his last four outings.
Dillon Gee (4-4) lost for the first time in five starts after allowing three runs on five hits and three walks in seven innings. He struck out five.
Quintanilla hit his first homer since 2008 in the third inning and Wright led off the sixth with his eighth of the season, driving a changeup into the visitors' bullpen in left field to make it 2-1.
But Teixeira gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth with his 11th homer, a two-run shot over the right field wall that scored Granderson.
Granderson hammered Bobby Parnell's third pitch in the eighth inning over the right field wall for his 18th homer to make it 4-2. Soriano gave up a leadoff walk to Ike Davis and a two-out single to Quintanilla in the ninth before he got pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin on a fly out to end the game.
|Fri 06/08|| WP: Hiroki Kuroda (5 - 6)
LP: Johan Santana (3 - 3)
|9 - 1 win|
|Sat 06/09|| WP: Phil Hughes (6 - 5)
SV: Rafael Soriano
LP: Dillon Gee (4 - 4)
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The New York Yankees hope Robinson Cano continues his tear Saturday night at Yankee Stadium during the second leg of a three-game series with the New York Mets. The Mets will search for a way to slow him down.
Cano enters Saturday's tilt hitting .396 with six homers and 14 RBI during his last 15 games. Two of those home runs came in a win Friday against the Mets and Johan Santana, who surrendered seven runs in five innings in his first start since throwing the organization's first no-hitter.
Information for Saturday's Game 2 of the series follows:
Game Time: 7: 15 p.m. ET
TV Schedule: Fox
Probable Pitchers: Phil Hughes vs. Dillon Gee
The New York Yankees beat the New York Mets 9-1 at Yankee Stadium on Friday night, as Johan Santana (3-3) gave up seven runs in his first appearance since his no-hitter, lasting only 5 innings. The Yankees hit four home runs off the Mets ace.
Hiroki Kuroda (5-6) had a strong outing for the Yankees, striking out seven while walking only one and giving up only one hit in seven innings to earn the victory. He carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
The Yankee offense had quite a night, led by Robinson Cano. He had two two-run home runs, one in the second and one in the third. Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones also had home runs. Cano, Swisher and Jones hit consecutive home runs in the third inning.
"This is a rivalry series," said Nick Swisher, who slugged the second of the three straight third-inning homers. "You're talking about two great teams in New York who are playing extremely well. You come out like that today, that was a great game for us; a total team effort."
The loss was Santana's first in his last nine starts. Mets manager Terry Collins, who gave Santana two extra days of rest following his 134-pitch no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals, took the blame for Santana's rough outing against the Yankees.
"I am responsible for the way he pitched tonight," Collins said. "He was rusty. The command of his stuff was not as sharp as it's been the past three or four or five starts. It was my doing tonight.
"We erred on the side of caution, and it cost us the game."
Only Lucas Duda and Omar Quintanilla were able to pick up hits for the Mets, with Duda getting two including knocking in the Mets' sole run. They drop to 32-27 with the loss, while the Yankees improve to 32-25. Game two of the three-game series is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday.
The New York Mets and New York Yankees kick off their annual Subway Series on Friday night at Yankee Stadium with nearly identical records. The Mets, third place in the National League East, are 32-26, while the Yankees, third in the American League East, are 31-25. This series has certainly had more glamour in years past: the super-power Yankees are always among the best teams in the league, and that's really no different now. But the Mets are in serious rebuild mode, without a lot of star power, which makes their relevance, even about a third of the way into the season, that much more notable.
The Yankees have won five of their last seven games to vault them into the thick of the AL East race, while the Mets are 4-3 in June and in the middle of potentially a defining few series against teams considered playoff contenders. The team from the Bronx is always expected to be in the playoff discussion ... but the team from Queens was supposed to be the doormat of the major leagues. Instead, the Mets have hung in tough division. The real difference between the teams lies in the run differential: the Yankees are plus-29, while the Mets are negative-eight, meaning this feel-good run could come to a crashing halt without better pitching.
That being said, these New York teams have each had solid starts to their seasons. Let's take a position-by-position look at each of them to see where they stack up against each other and discern who has the advantage, based on early-season statistics, in this three-game set.
Catcher: So maybe this wasn't the best place to start, as each team has catchers who aren't exactly lighting the world on fire. Josh Thole missed a bunch of games with a concussion, so he's only played in 33 games. His .283/.345/.349 line that includes a home run and seven RBI isn't anything that great. Russell Martin may get the slight edge despite a .210/.347/.391 line because he has six home runs, two of which have come in the last three games. Both guys have been equally effective in cutting down would-be basestealers.
First Base: This one's an easy one. Ike Davis has been pretty much the worst major-league regular. A .161/.237/.278 triple-slash doesn't get it done in tee-ball, let alone the major leagues, but the Mets continue to show faith in him. He does have five home runs and 21 RBI, but his last homer came May 11. Despite two hits in June, he has walked four times in the last three games so maybe he's seeing the ball better. Just maybe. Teixeira is notoriously a slow starter, but his 10 home runs and 33 RBI to go along with a less-than-stellar .245/.316/.455 line is still eons better than Davis'. Metrics indicate Teixeira has also been great in the field, whereas it seems Davis has taken carried his plate struggles out there as he's been below average.
Second Base: Another very easy call, that that's primarily because you're looking at one of the premiere talents in the game at second in Robinson Cano versus a contact-hitting one with no defensive value in Daniel Murphy. Cano has been plus with the glove and just as good in the batter's box, smacking nine home runs and 25 RBI to go along with a great .290/.347/.511 line. Murphy, on the other hand, makes a lot of contact, but hasn't shown any power and has 23 RBI. His .290/.339/.366 line attests to that. The offensive standard at second base is low, so Murphy is still having a decent year there, though his glove work has been atrocious; he has nine errors.
Shortstop: A future Hall of Famer versus, umm ..., the sixth Mets' shortstop of the season? That's another no-brainer. At 37, Derek Jeter is still showing that Father Time can't stop him; the shortstop has six home runs and 20 RBI to go with a .319/.371/.438 triple-slash. The fielding metrics have never been kind to him, but he does only have three errors. In place of Jose Reyes, Ruben Tejada was having a solid year: .305/.362/.400 with good defense. Then he got hurt and the Mets have had to use Ronny Cedeno, Jordany Valdespin, Justin Turner and now Omar Quintanilla at short because of injuries to two and struggles at the position for the other (Valdespin).
Third Base: There's an argument to be made that David Wright is the NL's Most Valuable Player right now. The NL leader in wins above replacement with a 3.7 mark, the third baseman has shrugged off his injury-shortened 2011 season to put up an other-worldly .362/.464/.587 line with seven home runs and 33 RBI. Wright also doesn't have nearly the amount of lineup protection that Alex Rodriguez has, which makes this all the more impressive. Rodriguez has nine homers and 30 RBI, but his .275/.368/.430 rates pale in comparison. His 1.3 wins-against replacement do as well.
Outfield: This is where it gets tough to just go player versus player, because the Mets, right now, have a lot of moving pieces and interchangable parts in their outfield. Curtis Granderson, with 17 home runs and 39 RBI, and .249/.341/.520 is leaps and bounds the best player in the outfield for either side. Jason Bay hasn't shown too much in his Mets career, but his return to the lineup after injury means there will be a collection of he, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Lucas Duda, Scott Hairston and Andres Torres in the outfield. Duda has the most home runs and RBI on the team with 10 and 35 and a .262/.350/.450 line and has been the primary starter in right field. He'll DH on Friday and Scott Hairston, who has had a hot bat, with eight home runs and 24 RBI, will play right. The rookie, Nieuwhenhuis, has held is own with three home runs, 20 RBI and a .293/.354/..394 line, but looks to be in a platoon situation with his struggles against lefties. When you clear up all that, Nick Swisher (.250/.310/.457, eight homers, 35 RBI) seems to be on the wrong side of the right-field comparison at this point. Raul Ibanez (nine HR, 30 RBI, .255/.310/.503) has been platooning with Andruw Jones (five home runs, .224/.310/.447) in left, but he gets the start against Johan Santana on Friday. Still, the only clear "winner" in this is the Yankees with Granderson in center ... the corners really could go either way for different reasons.
Starting Pitching: Johan Santana vs. Huroki Kuroda -- With a 2.38 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 68 strikeouts in 68 innings, even the 3-2 record can't overshadow that he's been one of the best pitchers in the NL. Kuroda has been solid, but with a 3.82 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, the winner is an easy one. Dillon Gee vs. Phil Hughes -- Discounting his start at the end of May when he gave up seven runs, Hughes has pitched very well; he's given up more than three runs once in his last six starts. Gee also has en equally ugly ERA (4.48) and WHIP (1.32), but has been dealing lately as well, giving up two or fewer runs in his last three starts. I call this one a draw. Jonathan Niese vs. Andy Pettitte -- Even in a shortened season, just 35 2/3 innings, the 40-year-old Pettitte has been exceptional, with a 2.78 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. Both lefties are coming off 10-K performances, but Niese's 4.40 ERA and 1.30 WHIP reveal he's been a bit up-and-down this season. Advantage, Pettitte.
Bullpen: Polar opposites here. The Yankees' bullpen has been lethal, tallying close to a strikeout per inning and a 2.84 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. On the other hand, the Mets' bullpen has been a mess, as only Bobby Parnell (2.80 ERA) has an ERA under 3. As it stands, their bullpen has a 5.38 ERA and 1.53 WHIP, and it's the main reason why they need their starters to go deep into games.
Even though the Yankees have more of the big names, the Mets have proven to be no slouches, with a number of guys matching up well, obviously still early on. The bullpen is where this series could be decided, and that's the area the Yankees have a massive advantage in.
The New York Yankees and New York Mets meet in the latest version of the Subway Series this weekend at Yankee Stadium