The New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6-0 on Friday night in the opener of a series between struggling powers.
Steve Pearce insists there was nothing wrong with his slide into Yankees third baseman Kelly Johnson. New York manager Joe Girardi would disagree.
Since Mark Teixiera went on the disabled list on April 5 with a strained right hamstring, the $200 million Bronx Bombers have cobbled together a platoon at first base.
Who’s on first? It’s complicated. “We have to do what it takes,” Beltran said after after taking over at the position midway through Sunday’s win. “I hope I don’t have to do it again.”
Perhaps the game isn’t too big for Yangervis Solarte. He has begun to prove that he’s worthy of manning the patch of infield where A-Rod once strode, and not in a backup role, either.
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.
Toronto opening day starter R.A. Dickey gave up six runs and seven hits over three innings in the Blue Jays’ 10-6 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday.
“We’ve got Kelly Johnson along with a cast of characters that are going to compete for that spot from the right side,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “We look for it to be a platoon situation, a lefty-righty situation.”
Roberts’ deal was agreed to on Dec. 17 and finalized Tuesday, three days after a spot on the 40-man roster opened when Alex Rodriguez was suspended for the season for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.
The Yankees have $22 million extra to spend, which comes at the right time for the Bombers — as they’re targeting Masahiro Tanaka.
The Bombers are still patching together their infield following the departure of second baseman Robinson Cano. The latest piece of the puzzle: former Orioles infielder Brian Roberts.
Nobody expected the Yankees to replace Robinson Cano overnight, but one would have figured they’d be the last team to get beaten to the punch for other players at second base. But yet, that seems to be the case a bit.
The Yankees were hesitant to give Infante more than three years, and the Royals decided to give the versatile infielder an extra year to help consummate the deal.
The Yankees might do it by committee, but they are hell bent on replacing Robinson Cano at second base.
The Yankees have reportedly re-signed starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year deal worth $16 million.