|NY YANKEES ( PINEDA )|
TORONTO ( DICKEY )
|967||NY YANKEES||+100||Ov 8,-115||+120||Ov 8.5,-115|
|968||TORONTO||-110||Un 8,-105||-130||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-2||-2||1-2||3.3||0.276||0.339||4.0||0.202||0.257|
|Past 7 Games||2-2||-1||1-3||3.5||0.263||0.331||3.5||0.203||0.274|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-2||-0.4||2-1||3.0||0.177||0.262||5.3||0.324||0.398|
|Past 7 Games||2-3||0||3-2||2.8||0.200||0.275||5.0||0.295||0.381|
|4/1/2014||SABATHIA(L)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)||2-6||L||-140||8.5 ev||U||6||8||1||9||4||0|
|4/2/2014||KURODA(R)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)||1-3||L||-160||8.5 un||U||7||8||1||4||5||0|
|4/3/2014||NOVA(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||4-2||W||-145||8 ov||U||7||6||0||6||7||0|
|4/4/2014||TANAKA(R)||@ TORONTO||MCGOWAN(R)||7-3||W||-130||8.5 un||O||16||11||1||6||5||1|
|4/5/2014||PINEDA(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|4/6/2014||SABATHIA(L)||@ TORONTO||HUTCHISON(R)|| |
|4/12/2014|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|3/31/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||2-9||L||150||7 un||O||7||5||2||11||11||0|
|4/1/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||4-2||W||160||7.5 ev||U||6||6||0||7||7||0|
|4/2/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||3-0||W||135||7.5 ov||U||9||12||0||4||5||0|
|4/3/2014||MORROW(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||2-7||L||140||8 un||O||5||7||0||11||7||0|
|4/4/2014||MCGOWAN(R)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||3-7||L||+120||8.5 un||O||6||5||1||16||11||1|
|4/5/2014||DICKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||PINEDA(R)|| |
|4/6/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|4/11/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)|| |
|4/12/2014|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|NY YANKEES: NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Jeter is saying goodbye. Masahiro Tanaka is saying hello.|
Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran are new to the Bronx; David Robertson is new to the closer's role. And Alex Rodriguez is nowhere to be seen.
Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte have retired, and Robinson Cano has moved to Seattle.
After missing the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years, the New York Yankees will look a whole lot different. And for the first time since 1998, they don't have baseball's highest payroll.
''I think it is probably the biggest transition I've been through,'' manager Joe Girardi says.
For only the second time in team history and the first time since 1947, every position on opening day other than the mound will be manned by a different Yankees player on opening day than in New York's previous opener.
New York's forgettable 2013 season began with an 8-2 loss to Boston, with Kevin Youkilis at first, Cano at second, Eduardo Nunez at shortstop, Jayson Nix at third, Francisco Cervelli behind the plate, Vernon Wells in left, Brett Gardner in center and Ichiro Suzuki in right.
The only holdover for Tuesday's opener at Houston figures to be Gardner, who has shifted to left. The rest of the starting lineup figures to have McCann behind the plate, Mark Teixeira at first, Brian Roberts at second, Jeter at shortstop, Kelly Johnson at third, Ellsbury in center and Beltran in right.
CC Sabathia will be the constant on the mound. He's coming off the poorest of his 13 major league seasons at 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA.
''Nobody wants to go through that again,'' he says. ''It sticks with me a lot. Just being disappointed in not being able to help this team win. I feel like if I could have been a little better we might have made the playoffs. I blamed myself for a long time in the offseason and now I'm over it and ready to go this year.
|TORONTO: TORONTO (AP) - All winter long, the Blue Jays' primary concern was upgrading the starting pitching. The biggest story in Toronto this spring, though, is the one about the free agent arm that got away.|
After months of inaction, the Blue Jays thought they'd landed right-hander Ervin Santana on a one-year deal in early March. But when injury concerns flared up in Atlanta, Santana signed a similar deal with the Braves instead.
''I think it's pretty obvious we were involved, it didn't work out. I'm trying to take the high road here,'' general manager Alex Anthopoulos said after Santana turned him down, saying he'd rather pitch in a spacious National League park than face AL East foes in Toronto's hitter-friendly dome.
Anthopoulos, who'd previously come ''extremely close'' to acquiring a starter through trade, must now start the season with almost the same staff he took north last year. Right-handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young winner, will be the opening-day starter again, while left-hander Mark Buehrle gets the third slot.
But none of the other three leading contenders, right-handers Brandon Morrow and Drew Hutchison, and left-hander J.A. Happ, have ever pitched 200 innings, and all three are coming off injuries. Morrow was limited to 10 starts last year by a nerve problem in his forearm, Hutchison hasn't pitched in the majors since elbow surgery in 2012, and Happ missed most of 2013 after being hit in the head by a line drive. Happ dimmed his own chances with an awful spring.
Santana, who has topped the 200-inning mark five times, would have given the Blue Jays valuable depth. Without him, there's more chance they'll need starts from touted but untested youngsters like Kyle Drabek, Sean Nolin, and Marcus Stroman.
Still, a confident Dickey insisted Santana would have been more ''bonus'' than ''necessity'' to Toronto. ''I feel like we have what we need,'' he said.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Yankees-Blue Jays Preview* ===========================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
New York (2-2) at Toronto (2-3), 1:07 p.m. EDT
With Masahiro Tanaka's much-anticipated debut deemed a success, the New York Yankees now turn their attention to a first start over two years in the making.
After winning the fifth spot in New York's rotation, Michael Pineda takes the mound Saturday in Toronto for his first Yankees outing after being acquired over two years ago and missing the 2012 and '13 seasons due to right labrum surgery.
He could be doing so without first baseman Mark Teixeira, who left Friday's 7-3 win against the Blue Jays (2-3) in the bottom of the second inning with a strained right hamstring.
The 6-foot-7 Pineda was brought to New York (2-2) before the 2012 season after going 9-10 with a 3.51 ERA in 28 starts for Seattle in 2011. He landed on the disabled list after six spring appearances that season, and in his return this March went 2-1 with a 1.20 ERA in four spring games, fanning 16 with one walk in 15 innings.
"The best thing is my shoulder is feeling good, and I can pitch and compete in the game," Pineda told the team's official website this spring. "I'm happy with that."
He took the loss in his last spring start March 23 against the Blue Jays, allowing two earned runs on six hits in six innings.
"I don't want to make too much of it, but I've said all along that he looked different, what we've seen this spring compared to a couple of springs ago," manager Joe Girardi said after one of his earlier starts. "The ball coming out of his hand, I thought he'd cleaned up his mechanics a lot."
Pineda opposes another pitcher out to regain his form from a few years ago. R.A. Dickey (0-1, 10.80 ERA) didn't make strides toward doing so in his first start, a 9-2 loss in Tampa Bay on Monday. The former NL Cy Young winner allowed six runs on five hits with six walks in five innings to begin his second season in Toronto.
"I just lost the feel of it there for a little bit," said Dickey of his knuckleball. "I was struggling to find a release point and did a poor, poor, job of making the in-game adjustments that I needed to make."
Last season against the Yankees, Dickey went 2-2 with a 2.54 ERA while holding them to a .198 batting average.
New York went 14-5 against the Blue Jays in 2013, winning 12 of the first 13 meetings, and they pointed themselves in the right direction again Friday.
Tanaka allowed two earned runs on six hits over seven innings while striking out eight after allowing a home run to the first batter he faced, former Yankees outfielder Melky Cabrera.
Tanaka got plenty of support from fellow Yankees newcomer Jacoby Ellsbury, who returned to the lineup after being used as a defensive replacement Thursday and went 3 for 4 with two doubles, two runs scored and two stolen bases.
"He did everything tonight," Girardi said. "He hit, stole bases, made a great catch in centerfield. That's why we went and got him, because that's what he capable of doing. He's a game-changer."
Ichiro Suzuki also had three hits and is 5 for 9 with four runs scored in two games.
The Blue Jays gave starter Dustin McGowan a 3-1 lead after two innings, but he wasn't able to make it through the third.
First baseman Edwin Encarnacion had a 2-for-4 night after going 1 for 16 in the first four games.
Toronto is 5 for 35 (.143) with runners in scoring position through the first five games.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:45:08 PM EST|