Browsing Posts tagged Ramiro Pena

Jorgie’s sixth inning two-run blast proved to be the difference as the Yankees topped the Reds, 4-2 in the first game of a double dip. Before the blast, Posada had went 126 at-bats(!!) without a home run, the second longest drought in his career. Yankee starter Freddy Garcia gave up two unearned runs (thanks, Ramiro) in seven innings of work. The bullpen (D-Rob & Mo) was dynamite again in relief as the Yankee improve to 43-29 on the season.

 

Jorgie Juiced One!

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The Yankees play home run derby en route to another 12-4 victory over the Texas Rangers. Mark Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate as he tied Jose Bautista and Curtis Granderson for the AL HR lead (21). The Bombers got offense from unlikely sources as Francisco Cervelli, Ramiro Pena, and Eduardo Nunez went 5 for 11 with two home runs. With the win, the Yankees improve to 38-28 on the season.

Birthday Boy Eduardo Nunez Going Deep

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Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. We’ve been hearing for the last week or so that the Yankees and Twins are discussing a trade for lefty starter, Francisco Liriano. In his most recent column, Ken Rosenthal stated the Yankees offered Ivan Nova and Ramiro Pena (?????) last month for Liriano. Obviously the Twins rejected this offer and countered with this offer last night. Now, the Twins reportedly want lefty pitching prospect, Manny Banuelos in any trade for Liriano.

If I’m the Yankees, I hang up the phone once the Twins mention Banuelos’ name. Banuelos’ is the Yankees’ top pitching prospect and is expected to start the season in Double A. I’m only including Banuelos in a trade package for some guy named Felix.

I look at these trade rumors this way. The basis of any deal is formed off of perceived value. Here’s how I rank the potential deals.

Great Deal: Not giving up any of the Killer B’s (Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Andrew Brackman)

Good Deal: The 6’11” Brackman is the centerpiece of the deal.

Tough Call: Cash pulls the trigger and builds the trade around either Banuelos or Betances and lower level prospects.

Bad Deal: Two of the three Killer B’s are shipped off. (highly unlikely).

Let’s remember too that these trade rumors are always a bit of a tease. We all thought we had Dan Haren and then Cliff Lee at the trade deadline last year. Joke was ultimately on us, the fans. The Yankees will always be at the forefront of any trade rumor so sit back and watch the drama unfold all season long.

Did I just get out of a time machine because the ‘Blast From The Past’ signings keep happening for the Yankees. Last night, the Yankees agreed to minor league deals with Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard. Again, these are not-guaranteed roster invites so these two veterans will compete with Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez for two backup infield roles. Pena and Nunez can both play shortstop so they have a slight edge over the vets.

Eric Chavez is no longer the smooth fielding, power-hitting stud from the A’s. The 33-year-old has only played in 64 games over the past three seasons. He has dealt with back, elbow, and shoulder injuries. Chavez’s last big season came all the way back in 2005 when he hit 27 home runs and drove in 101 runs. The Yankees basically assume zero risk by inviting Chavez to camp. Chavez will earn $825,000 if he makes the team as a backup corner infielder.

In addition to Chavez, the Yankees invited Ronnie Belliard to camp. Last season, the 35-year-old infielder posted a line of .216/.295/.327 with two homers in 185 plate appearances. Alike Chavez, if Belliard makes varsity, he’ll earn $825,000. Belliard spent time at first, second, and third base last season for the Dodgers.

The Yankees assume virtually no risk by inviting these players to camp. If they don’t perform well, the team will just cut ties and move forward. Same goes for the pitchers. A little competition never hurt anyone.

If this was 2003, the Yankees would have the most fearsome team in the history of baseball.

This is the very first edition of the NYSOS mailbag. I got a decent amount of e-mails, so make sure you keep sending them every week. (Nysos10@gmail.com). Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see your question. Re-send it and I’ll get to it next week.

Anyway, on to this week’s edition of the mailbag. I selected three questions (all Yankee based) and my Super Bowl prediction, so let’s not waste anymore time…

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Per every baseball website, the New York Yankees released their official 25-man roster for the American League Division Series against the Minnesota Twins. Check out who’s in and who’s out as our Yankees prepare to continue their dominance of the Twins.

Sports Media Network

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The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 7-3. Although Ivan Nova started the game, Kerry Wood got the win with 1.2 innings of hitless relief. With the win, the Yankees move to 84-5o on the year and now have a two game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Brett Gardner sneaks past former Yankee catcher Jose Molina - AP

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Actually, bad doesn’t paint the whole picture. Atrocious is more like it.

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When you look up ‘Big Stoppa’ in the dictionary, you’ll see a picture of CC Sabathia. After dropping four of their last five games, the Yankees needed a big performance from Sabathia and he delivered. Sabathia gave the Yanks eight innings of two-run ball, earning his 150th career win. The Yankees used four straight two-out hits to plate two decisive runs in the fifth inning to pace the Yankees to a 5-2 victory.

However, the Yankees did not enjoy the win to the fullest extent. During batting practice, Lance Berkman hit a line drive at an unsuspecting Alex Rodriguez at third base. The line drive hit Rodriguez squarely in the knee. Rodriguez was in apparent pain and went to the hospital for X-Rays that came back negative. Close one..

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With the 2010 Major League Baseball season more than halfway over and the most boring sports day of the year upon us, I figured I’d hand out a midterm report card to the New York Yankees. Professor Poedubicky plays no favorites, and isn’t afraid to tell his pupils if they need to be more productive…

Lisa Blumenfeld / Getty Images

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