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Yankees (1-1) vs. Blue Jays  (1-1)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 0.00) vs LHP Daniel Norris (0-0, 0.00)

Yankees Lineup

Ellsbury CF
Rodriguez DH
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
Headley 3B
Young LF
Murphy C
Petit 2B
Gregorius SS

Game Information:

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. The game is scheduled to start at 7:05PM ET. The game will be televised on the YES Network. The game can be heard on the radio on WFAN 660/101.9FM.

Opening Day 2015 - Yankee Stadium

Photo Courtesy of Marty Appel

 

Yankees (0-0) vs. Blue Jays  (0-0)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Drew Hutchison (0-0, 0.00)

Yankees Lineup

Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Headley 3B
Rodriguez DH
Drew 2B
Gregorius SS

Game Information:

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. The game is scheduled to start at 1:05PM ET. The game will be televised on the YES Network and ESPN. The game can be heard on the radio on WFAN 660/101.9FM.

Chad Jennings’ Pre-Game Notes:

12:43-12:53 p.m. – Baseline introductions
12:53:30 p.m. – Unfurling of giant American flag by West Point Cadets
12:54 p.m. – Presentation of Colors: West Point Cadet Color Guard
12:55 p.m. – National Anthems: United States Military Academy Band
1:05 p.m. – Umpires and Managers to Home Plate
1:08 p.m. – Yankees take the field; ceremonial first pitch thrown by Joe Torre
1:10 p.m. – First Pitch

The Yankees open up a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays today. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Mon: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Drew Hutchison (0-0, 0.00)

Wed: RHP Michael Pineda (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP R.A. Dickey (0-0, 0.00)

Thurs: LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 0.00) vs LHP Daniel Norris (0-0, 0.00)

“He wasn’t larger than life. He was life.”

Derek Jeter-HannahDavis

AP Photo/Kyodo News, Suo Takekuma

  • Not everyone in Japan knows who Derek Jeter is. Some think he’s a catcher. Others have no idea who he is. That must be refreshing for him.
  • John Sterling unfortunately lost everything in an apartment fire. He lost all of his World Series rings in the blaze, except for 2009 (which he was wearing). Alex Rodriguez even offered him a place to stay.
  • Hannaah Davis landed the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 2015 Swimsuit Issue. I met her at the “Swim City” event in Manhattan and I got a chance to meet her. She was absolutely beautiful. I even asked her to take a selfie with me and she gladly did. She’s got my approval (not that she needs it).
  • Joe Torre wants everyone to keep quiet about A-Rod and let him play. Mr. T stated, “Obviously, what Alex did was wrong. He admits that. There’s nothing left for him to do but play baseball.”
Hannah Davis - Derek Jeter's Girlfriend

Photo Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

Derek Jeter - Hideki Matsui

Source: Chris McGrath/Getty Images AsiaPac

I can’t count how many times I watched ‘The Sandlot’ as a child. Whatever number it was, it was an unhealthy one. With some time to burn in spring training, some players on the Yankees roster re-enacted the classic scene in the movie when Smalls realizes the ball he handed over to “The Beast” was autographed by the greatest ballplayer who ever lived, Babe Ruth (and not some wimpy deer). The video stars: Dellin Betances, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury. McCann deserves an Oscar nomination for playing Ham Porter.

Click here to watch the video.

Here’s a clip from April of 1987, when George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin appeared on Letterman. Billy shares a story about a time he went hunting with Mickey down in Texas.

If you’d like to see the full interview, fast forward to the 15:15 mark on this video.

 

Earlier this year, news broke that the Yankees would join the Mets on PIX 11 after striking a deal with the YES Network. That means Yankees games will no longer be televised on MY9.

Via PIX11:

PIX11 will televise approximately 21 games this season; its broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date. PIX11 had been the broadcast home of the Yankees from 1951 through 1998. YES, which remains the exclusive local television rights holder for the Yankees, will televise 125 Yankees games this season.

Yankees on PIX11 2015 Schedule:

1.  Friday, April 10, Red Sox  7:00PM Home

2. Monday, April 13, Orioles  7:00PM Away

3. Sunday, April 19, Rays  1:00PM Away

4. Saturday, April 25, Mets 4:00PM Home

5. Friday, May 15, Royals  8:00PM Away

6. Saturday, May 16, Royals 7:00PM Away

7. Saturday, May 23, Rangers 1:00PM Home

8. Tuesday, May 26, Royals  7:00PM Home

9. Monday, June 15, Marlins  7:00PM Away

10. Monday, June 22, Phillies  7:00PM Home

11. Friday, July 10, Red Sox  7:00PM Away

12. Sunday, July 19, Mariners  1:00PM Home

13. Wednesday, July 22, Orioles  7:00PM Home

14. Saturday, July 25, Twins  7:00PM Away

15. Saturday, August 1, White Sox  7:00PM Away

16. Thursday, August 13, Indians  7:00PM Away

17. Monday, August 17, Twins  7:00PM Home

18. Monday, August 24, Astros  7:00PM Home

19. Sunday, September 13, Blue Jays  1:00PM Home

20. Wednesday, September 16, Rays  7:00PM Away

21. Monday, September 21, Blue Jays  7:00PM Away

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In just three short weeks, the Yankees will take the field in the Bronx for Opening Day. They’ll be opening up the season at home against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 6th (1:05PM ET). After this brutally cold winter, there’s nothing I want more than a beer in my hand, a sunny day and a seat at the ballpark. See-ya then!

Joe Girardi (Photo Courtesy of Kathy Willens | AP)

 

Brian Cashman recently told Mike Lupica on ESPN Radio that “the captaincy should be retired with number two.”

No more captains for the Yankees? Please. I love Derek Jeter as much as the next guy, but enough is enough. Yes, that’s right…I said it. Derek Jeter is a mortal being…just like Lou Gehrig and Thurman Munson before him. There’s nothing that make Derek any more special or deserving than those two, so I don’t see why the New York Yankees shouldn’t have another captain.

Keith Olbermann has called Cashman’s comments  as the “dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.”

After Lou Gehrig passed away from ALS (now known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), Yankees manager Joe McCarthy stated that the club would never have another Yankees captain. Years went by and the organization didn’t have a captain. In 1976 that changed, as George Steinbrenner appointed Thurman Munson to be captain. Just three years later (1979), Thurman died in a tragic plane crash, leaving the Yankees captainless. Nettles, Randolph, Guidry, and Mattingly followed him. What I’m trying to say here is…nobody is bigger than the interlocking NY on their chest.

George Steinbrenner once said:

“I have always been very, very careful about giving such a responsibility (Captain of the New York Yankees) to one of my players, but I can not think of a single player that I have ever had who is more deserving of this honor than Derek Jeter. He is a young man of great character and has shown great leadership qualities. He believes, as I do, what General (Douglas) MacArthur said, that ‘there is no substitute for victory.’ To him, and to me, it’s second only to breathing.”

I don’t believe they need to appoint a new captain right away, but when the right person comes along I don’t see anything wrong with giving that rank to a deserving player. I think you can safely bet that the Yankees will find somebody to be named captain in future years. And if you like to bet like me, you should check out: www.SportsBettingInfo.comLife goes on, and so do the Yankees.

 

Photo Courtesy of ESPN The Magazine

 

Alex Rodriguez is already dominating the sports headlines as he makes his return to the New York Yankees. After having surgery and missing all of 2014, Rodriguez is hoping for a triumphant return in 2015. As expected, fans have mixed feelings on his return. Many still view him as a cheater, and some fans of the New York Yankees feel like that could become a distraction.

The attention is already starting to build for the former MVP and fantasy baseball star. He was the talk of spring training early on, and he made national headlines just for getting a hit in his 1st at-bat. With Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera retired, Rodriguez has turned into the face of the franchise. Whether or not that is a good or bad thing is up for fans to decide.

Rodriguez is a big reason why New York has not been all that successful in recent memory. Since they are paying him so much money, it cripples even the richest team in the game. That is also the reason why they have not just decided to cut him loose. They want to see if they can get some value out of him, even if it is that designated hitter or 1st base.

So far this spring, Rodriguez does appear to be a little bit healthier and ready to attack the season head-on. He knows that he is about to be 40 years of age, so he can no longer play anywhere near MVP level. With that being said, he can still provide value for the New York Yankees in a positive way if he goes about it the right way. The media and fans are going to be hounding him for most of the year, but if Rodriguez just focuses on the game, he could shut them up by the middle of the year. Helping New York win and stay in the playoff race is also the best way to turn this negative into a positive. All in all, it seems like Rodriguez understands the situation and is trying to get all of these distractions out of the way before the season starts.

Derek Jeter dons the latest cover of Sports Illustrated. Say what you want…that this whole “Jeter Farewell Tour” is over the top…”it’s excessive”…blah blah blah. It’s for the fans. It’s not for the media and it’s not for everyone. I get it. Let us Yankees fans enjoy it.

Tom Verducci writes the cover story, “Jeter on Jeter”: The Exit Interview. Be sure to pick up a copy, or maybe 100.

derek_jeter_cover

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