Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings to win his major league debut, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 on Friday night.
If all three don’t have bounce-back years it won’t matter what the new guys do. Consider these three guys the core for 2014.
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.
Bombers center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was sent for an MRI Thursday of his cranky right calf, which was negative. “We just wanted to make sure he was OK,” manager Joe Girardi said.
Was it really a decade ago that Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek was throwing punches at Alex Rodriguez after the Yankees third baseman decided to open up his mouth and make threats to Bronson Arroyo after getting hit by a pitch?
“We’ll make sure we take care of this, and if it takes a few days or a week, so be it,” Cashman said. “It felt tight, so we’re going to make sure that’s all it’s going to be.”
This probably isn’t the perfect comparison, but Masahiro Tanaka seems to have an array of pitches somewhat like Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez. And he throws harder.
Roberto Hernandez took a perfect game into the sixth inning, Ben Revere and Domonic Brown each had two hits and the Philadelphia Phillies beat a New York Yankees split-squad 6-2 Thursday.
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Jacoby Ellsbury reached base in all three plate appearances of his New York Yankees’ spring training debut, scoring twice Wednesday in 6-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Yanks still have a rickety starting staff, too many variables in the bullpen, no one to replace A-Rod, an ancient Brian Roberts replacing Cano, an older, injury-plagued Jeter at short and a now-tender Teixeira at first base.
“When you’re looking in the outfield, it just looks like there’s nowhere you can hit it,” he said. “Anything that’s hanging in the air I feel like we’re going to track down.”
These Bombers are — for the most part — nothing more than mercenaries, hired guns. And they will fire and kill their opponents with their quick bats, speed and power. But will it be all that special when they do?
After missing the playoffs for the second time in 19 years, the Yankees added pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, catcher Brian McCann and outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran for a total commitment of $438 million.
Free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has agreed to a $130 million, seven-year contract with the Rangers.