Does Colorado want Dexter Fowler back? Astros 3, Yankees 1

Dexter single-handedly beat the New York Yankees on Wednesday night. He hit a lead off home run in the first inning, then, the speedy center fielder scored again in the third after hitting a triple. It may have seemed the Yankees starting pitcher was in trouble again, but Fowler was the only player to do any damage against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda. The Yankees had a chance in the eighth when Carlos Beltran led off with a double. However, Houston reliever Matt Albers sent down the next three batters by striking them out. After 10 team strikeouts and leaving eight runners on base, Yankees didn't seem to have the offensive energy to win this one.

The Good Stuff

- The Brians had nice nights: McCann went 2-for-4 and Roberts 3-for-4 (edited for correction).

- Kuroda had a solid first outing. He gave just three hits (two from Fowler) and two runs through six innings.

- Jacoby Ellsbury got on base with a walk and showed off his speed with a steal of second base.

The Not So Good Stuff 

- Fowler! :shakes fist:

- Mark Teixeira made an uncharacteristic error at first, but a year off can do that.

- Yankee went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

- David Phelps went wrong. After giving up a home run in the seventh, he walked two batters in the eighth.

- Alfonso Soriano and Jacoby Ellsbury are still looking for their first hits of the season.


- Did you know it was Derek Jeter’s last season? Jokes aside, Jeter is getting a farewell tour in the way that Mariano Rivera and Chipper Jones received in their last seasons. With Houston being the first stop, the Astros got to set the bar in gifts for The Captain. Houston gave Jeter pinstriped No. 2 cowboy boots, a cowboy hat and new set of golf clubs.

And, yes, this will probably happen at every time Jeter makes a stop at stadium for the final time.

- WFAN broadcaster Suzyn Waldman mentioned the “Elsbury trader” sign on the radio broadcast. Although, John Sterling and Waldman thought the sign was real, I have a feeling it was a massive troll.

It’s the second game of the year and the Yankees took another loss. While the world might feel like it’s coming apart, it's only the first couple games of the season. That’s not an excuse, it is just what seems to happen to this group.

In 2009, Yankees lost their first two games. In 1998, New York lost its first three, and four out of the five. No, I am not saying they are going to win the World Series this year, and I know this is not the same team. Just adding context to a bad first two games, and that it doesn’t mean the season is over.

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Who should start a big game for the Yankees?

Since 2009 the answer to the question who should start a big game for the Yankees has had only one answer: CC Sabathia. Since 2009 CC has been dominant in pinstripes, earning his spots in big games. Except this year. Sabathia is essentially putting up his worst season - not as a Yankee, ever. Sabathia has currently put up 2.2 fWAR. His rookie season he managed just 2.8. Right now the big guy projects to come up short of the mark he managed as a rookie.

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Game Thread: Red Sox at Yankees, Sunday September 8th

Are you ready for some Football! I know I am, mostly because the Yankees have scored 175 (my unofficial tally) runs in the last three games and have exactly zero wins to show for it. When did this Boston team turn into an offensive juggernaut? Normally this is the part of the game thread where I pump up the team for today, but I've got nothing. After these last three gut punches I'm spent. Hiroki Kuroda faces off against Jon Lester. Use this as your game thread. Enjoy?

Game Thread: Orioles vs Yankees, Sunday July 7th

What a difference a week makes! A week ago the Yankees were in free fall. They were in the middle of a five game losing streak and flirting with fourth place in the AL East. Today they are in the middle of a six game winning streak and have a 1/2 game hold on the last AL playoff berth. The timing couldn't be more perfect either. Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter are now both in the middle of their rehab assignments. They could provide a strong burst of energy just as the team is playing well once again. But, first, it's important to beat the Orioles today. More than continuing the winning streak, a win today puts a full game of daylight between the Yankees and the Orioles for second place in the AL East. Hiroki Kuroda comes back from injury to get the ball for the Yankees. The O's counter with Jason Hammel. Use this as your game thread. Enjoy!

Kuroda, Cano and Wells combine to beat Royals 4-2

The Yankees swept the Royals today, winning 4-2 on Mother's Day. The real star of the game was Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda didn't strike a lot of batters out, fanning just one, but he only walked one as well, limiting the Royals to six hits over 7.2 innings. With that kind of control, you don't need a lot of strike outs. Kuroda was efficient as well, throwing just 98 pitches. He got into some trouble in the eighth inning, and even got into a verbal spat with the home plate umpire, but none of that was enough to undo a solid performance.

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Game Thread: Yankees at Royals, Sunday May 12th

Guess who's in first place? Not the Toronto Blue Jays. Not Tampa Bay either. None other than your New York Yankees. While it is early in the season yet, this is a good sign. It is also evidence of how fickle the baseball media is. Remember just before the season began when the new look Blue Jays were going to be the jewel of the AL East? Me neither. But it was obvious that the Jays weren't built to last. What was less obvious was how the Rays would start a bit slowly in the division. That said, it's tight atop the AL East and at least three, and probably four, of the team's are going to have winning records. That's a crowded field.

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Game Thread: Orioles vs. Yankees, Sunday April 14

The Yankees and Orioles have split the first two games of their series, in a snapshot of what the entire season will be like in the AL East, with no one team in a position to dominate the others. The Yankees don't need to win today's rubber match, but it would be good if they did. A win will move them back above .500, and it will also defend their home field. Hiroki Kuroda takes the mound for the Pinstripes. Kuroda has yet to have a good start this year. Now would be a good time for him to get into a groove. Baltimore will counter with Wei-Yin Chen, who has pitched decently in his two starts this year. Use this as your game thread. Enjoy!

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An IIATMS/TYA Public Service Announcement: Line Drives Up The Middle

Attention, pitchers.  Has this ever happened to you? KurodaInjury

That's Hiroki.  He's 38 years old and he pitches for the New York Yankees.  Last night he found himself in the most perilous position a pitcher can be in.  He had a line drive coming right at him, and as he ducked out of the way he put up his bare hand to try to stop the ball.  In doing so, he made an already dangerous situation potentially more dangerous, both for him and his team.  Hiroki could have seriously injured his pitching hand trying to make a play like that, and in the process seriously injured his team's chances of maintaining a strong starting rotation and winning baseball games.  Hiroki's not the first pitcher to do this, but his case brings about the perfect opportunity to remind all pitchers out there about the safe, correct way to handle this situation.

Click "View Full Post" to continue.  You'll be glad you did.

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The Shallow Depths

Though the season hasn't even started, the Yankees have already had their depth tested in two positions. Curtis Granderson's injury has opened up a spot in the outfield, and the catching situation has been much maligned since the Yankees declined to re-sign Russell Martin and passed on signing A.J. Pierzynski. And with Derek Jeter's ankle injury, we'll see the infield depth tested as Eduardo Nunez and/or Jayson Nix get some time at short to spell the Captain.  On the other hand, the pitching seems to be fairly deep. The bullpen is well-stocked and some pitchers (think Clay Rapada and Cody Eppley) will not last the year on the 25-man roster. Likewise, though not quite as widely, the starting rotation is considered to be an area of strength. It's certainly a talented rotation featuring CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, and Hiroki Kuroda. But is it as deep as we think?

Phil Hughes has already suffered an injury. Andy Pettitte is coming off an injury (granted it was a freak, batted ball thing). Kuroda, though he showed few (if any) signs of injury last year, is coming off a career high in innings pitched. Sabathia, godly though he may be is coming off of (relatively minor) elbow surgery. It's easy to imagine one or more of them missing time over the course of the season. If (when) that happens, where can the Yankees turn?

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