Following two straight duds to start the season, the banged-up New York Yankees finally looked like themselves Thursday night.
They are still the Yankees, so expectations are high. But those expectations will quickly dissolve into disaster. Baseball in the Bronx will be memorable this year, but for all the wrong reasons.
Facing a Yankees lineup minus injured Derek Jeter for the first time since 2001 and just three starters from Opening Day a year ago, Jon Lester gave up five hits and two runs in five sharp innings against the defending AL East champions.
Is it too early to brand the Michael Pineda trade a bust?
Lyle Overbay has emerged as the top contender to be the Yankees’ starting first baseman with Mark Teixeira beginning the season on the disabled list.
It’s a question that seemed unthinkable during the winter months and at the start of spring training: which team will have more talent on April 1?
Yankees starter Phil Hughes was struck in the back by a comebacker, but appears uninjured.
Hiroki Kuroda allowed four runs — one earned — and three hits over 1 2/3 innings in his initial exhibition-game start for the Yankees. The Yankees had four errors and gave up six unearned runs. New York has 13 errors in eight games.
Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis each had two hits and Brian Matusz pitched two scoreless innings as the Baltimore Orioles won their third straight game, 5-1, over the New York Yankees on Monday.
Who will take the fifth? No, we’re not talking about Alex Rodriguez or Francisco Cervelli pleading the Fifth Amendment in the Biogenesis investigation. This is about the fifth-starter spot in the Yankees’ rotation.
“At that moment, I don’t know what kind of clinic it was,” said Cervelli, who insisted he never received treatment from Biogenesis. “I take my responsibility. Nobody put a gun to my head to go there.”
Alex Rodriguez will not report to spring training with the Yankees’ position players, and will work on his rehabilitation from hip surgery in New York. Meanwhile, Joe Girardi believes the Yankees “could win 95 games and get to the World Series.”
The Bombers are open for business! Among the storylines: Who will nab the No. 5 spot in the rotation? Will Mariano Rivera be as dominant as ever? And what’s up at catcher?
According to the New York Times, the league is now focusing on the University of Miami baseball team. Investigators believe that there may be a connection between the university’s baseball program and PED use, according to the newspaper.
“I want everybody there,” Cervelli said. “I want to do it one time. We’re going to talk on the 13th. I’m not running away from you guys (reporters).”