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The trade deadline has come and gone and Brian Cashman was certainly busy over the final 48 hours, landing three new players. With Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns and Kerry Wood now wearing Pinstripes, let’s look back at what were generally considered the Yankees biggest needs heading into this year’s trade season and see how well Cashman did in addressing them.

  1. Bullpen: The struggles of Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson and Chan Ho Park this year, along with injuries to Alfredo Aceves, Sergio Mitre and Damaso Marte turned what looked like a major strength at the beginning of the season into a major question mark. Cashman picked up Wood hours after the Indians activated him from the DL. And that’s been Kerry Wood’s big problem throughout his career – the guy just can’t stay healthy. At one time, he was supposed to be the Next Big Thing; now, his career has devolved into that of middle innings guy. Still, Wood has a plus fastball and curve and hitters don’t like to face him. Additionally, acquiring him gave the Yankees the perfect excuse to send Park and his thrill-a-minute pitching style packing, so that’s a plus right there. Also, Cashman gave up virtually nothing to get him, other than money and a future low-grade prospect, so there isn’t much risk involved here. Of course, this doesn’t really address the eighth inning role, but adding a power arm is never a bad idea. Grade: B-
  2. Outfield bench: Replacing Melky Cabrera, Johnny Damon and Eric Hinske with Randy Winn and Marcus Thames didn’t exactly pan out. Thames has demonstrated that his all-hit, no-glove reputation is well deserved and Winn played so well he was asked to run away from Yankee Stadium. Enter Austin Kearns. Kearns represents a serious upgrade to this unit. Unlike Thames, he is a better than league-average defender at both corner spots and league-average in center, if needed. He has better than average speed, although it’s never translated to stolen bases. He has decent power from the right side, although not enough to ever be considered a power hitter. In other words, he is the epitome of a fourth outfielder even though his past teams were so awful he found himself thrust into starting roles. Once again, Cashman brought a solid player in from Cleveland for cash or the infamous PTBNL (btw, I want to meet that guy one day – he gets traded A LOT), so there isn’t much risk involved, either. The only thing keeping this from being an “A” is that Kearns doesn’t project as a guy you want starting 3-4 weeks in a row, should a serious injury occur. Grade: B+
  3. Infield Bench: This is the one area that still needs some work. Neither Ramiro Pena nor Kevin Russo are guys you really want to see with a bat in their hands, but the Yankees were unable to find any help. A waiver trade is always a possibility, but Tampa, Boston and Texas will know what the Yankees are up to and probably try to block any such move. Grade: F
  4. Designated Hitter: A full-time DH wasn’t a serious need, even if Nick Johnson is likely done. Using the DH role to rotate some of the Yankee vets would have been fine, if a strong utility guy could be found. None were, so Cashman did the next best thing: bring in some big-time thunder for the DH role. Although undeniably on the downside of very good career, Lance Berkman’s arrival means the Yankee line-up gets lengthened, with legitimate power threats from 2-8. The undeniable shocker of the trade deadline. Grade: A

Overall, I give Cashman a B- for this year’s deadline dealing, although that stands to improve if the Yanks can swing a deal for utility infielder.

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This is a current list of players who are on the disabled list:

Alfredo Aceves:  Date: May 9th  Status: 15-Day DL  (Bulging disk in lower back)

Nick Johnson: Date: May 8th  Status: 60-Day DL (Sore right wrist)

Damaso Marte: Date: July 17th  Status: 15-Day DL (Inflamed left shoulder)

Sergio Mitre: Date: June 5th  Status: 15-Day DL (Oblique strain) *[Starting on Saturday]*

Andy Pettitte: Date: July 20th  Status: 15-Day DL (Strained left groin – out 4-5 weeks)

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  Joba Chamberlain #62 Of The New York Yankees ReactsIt’s July 5th and we’re exactly half way through the long grind of the baseball season with the Yankees sitting atop the toughest division in baseball at 50-31, and they hold the best record in the game. Despite being on pace to win 100 games this season, the Yankees are only 2 games clear of a playoff spot (Boston: 49-33, 1.5GB and Tampa: 48-33, 2GB). The Yankees offense is starting to show signs of life as A-Rod and Teixeira in particular are starting to wake up and eventually, Granderson will as well. Sure the bench needs some tweaking, but the biggest concern with this team is the bullpen. Any time there’s a close game and the starter doesn’t take the game to Mo, Girardi is playing Russian roulette with whomever he brings into the game (e.g. Rivera this season has already has two 6 out appearances, last year he only had one 6 out appearance the entire season). Sure Cashman and Girardi, can spin-doctor and make excuses for the ineffectiveness of the pen as detailed in this story, by Marc Carig, but simply put this bullpen as currently constituted will severely compromise the Yankees chances to win the World Series and could prevent them from even just making the playoffs.

Currently, the Yankees bullpen ranks 9th out of 14 in the American league with a 4.20 ERA. Taking a closer look at the numbers, I focused on the relievers Girardi turns to the most in high leverage situations:

Name                          G      IP       H    ER  BB   K    ERA     WHIP
Rivera                       32   32.1   16     4     6   32   1.11     0.6811
Chamberlain          36   34.1   38   20  13   38   5.24    1.4869
Robertson               29  27.1    35  18   17  29    5.93    1.9048
Park                           22  26.2    32   19    7   21    6.43    1.4662
Marte                        29  16.2    10     8   11   12    4.33    1.2651

Total                       148 137.1  131  69  54 132   4.52    1.3494

Even with Rivera’s microscopic ERA and WHIP this 5-man group has an ERA of 4.52 and 1.35 WHIP. To put that into perspective, that’s akin to the sum of the bullpen being LaTroy Hawkins (career 4.56 ERA/1.44WHIP). If that isn’t bad enough, if you remove Mo and just average the results of the 4 “set-up” men, the numbers go from below average to well…insert synonym for “poor” here.

Name                  G      IP         H      ER   BB    K       ERA   WHIP
Without Mo     116   104.2   115  65   48   100 5.58     1.5553

Without Mariano, the ERA rises to an unsightly 5.58 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. To give those numbers some context, the Yankees set-up corps performs on average to be slightly worse than what Jamey Wright has done for his career (5.03ERA/1.58WHIP). Now ask yourself this question, if Jamey Wright and LaTroy Hawkins were pitching in high leverage situations for the Yankees, would you think their bullpen is good enough to win it all? I didn’t think so. Let’s hope what Cashman offers up for public consumption is just a smoke screen as he works the phones to bring in an established relief pitcher to fortify the Yankees in the back-end of the pen. If not this bullpen as currently constructed (and Aceves’s return unknown) will likely prevent the Yankees from winning the World Series this year.

In the next few days, I’ll write a follow-up post on whom the Yankees could target to help the bullpen. Do you agree or disagree that the Yankees bullpen is championship caliber? If not who do you think Yankees should target?

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The Pitching:

Phil Hughes wasn’t the same pitcher we saw in previous starts this year. He was striking to strike every hitter out, wasn’t able to finish off hitters and ran up his pitch count pretty quickly. Phil’s pitching line was: 5.0IP 6H 5R 5ER 1BB 3K (104 Pitches, 74 for Strikes). Boone Logan came on in relief, allowing a run on two hits. Chan Ho Park was handed the ball in the 7th inning, and made a diarrhea all over the mound. He might as well have done that, because he was horrible. Park gave up three runs on four hits (two home runs). His ERA now stands at 8.10. Damaso Marte entered the game in the 8th inning, and wound up tossing 1.2 innings of scoreless ball. Vazquez came out of the bullpen and recorded the last out of the 9th. Javy picked up the win, improving his record to (W, 2-4).

The Offense:

Brett Gardner went 2-for-4 on the game, and picked up three runs. Mark Teixeira went 1-for-4, and collected a run and an RBI. Cervelli had another big night, going 2-for-4, collecting 3 runs and an RBI. A-Rod went 2-for-5 tonight, picking up 2 runs and 4RBI’s. He smoked a home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game up. Marcus Thames went 2-for-4 on the game, with a run and 4RBI’s (Home Run, Double). He hit a two-run walk off home run to win the game.

Final Score: Yankees 11, Red Sox 9

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Let’s file this under ‘Ugly Week,’ shall we? It was about time the Yankees hit a slightly rough patch as they went 3-4 over their last 7 games and welcome in the Red Sox (2 games), Rays (2 games) and head to Queens for a 3 game tilt as interleage baseball starts. One question, who makes up these schedules? 2 series of 2 games? C’mon, MLB can do better than that.

The Good

Even though it was a bad week, there is still plenty of things to be happy about. Phil Hughes keeps chugging along as he easily dispatched the Tigers in game two of last week’s doubleheader and Andy Pettitte successfully came back from some time off as the Yankees defeated Minnesota 7-1.

Furthermore, Teixeira continues to pound the ball as he hit .333 last week with 1 long ball and 7 RBI’s.

The Bad

Damaso Marte, you have only one job and that is to get lefties out, yet last week allowed Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau to walk all over you before you IBB the bases loaded and luckily get Jason Kubel to pop out to LF. I know you built up some good will during the playoffs, but not every left handed hitter is as gullible as Ryan Howard, get it together! (more…)

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The Pitching:

A.J. Burnett wasn’t very sharp last night, but he got the job done. He ran into a jam in the 2nd inning, with the bases loaded and no outs, and went virtually unscathed by giving up only one run. It could’ve been a lot worse. Burnett pitching 6 2/3 innings giving up 3 runs (2ER) on 7 hits. His final pitching line was: 6.2IP 7H 3R 2ER 4BB 4K (100 Pitches, 50 for Strikes).

Damaso Marte came on in relief, and gave up a run instantly, which took the win away from Burnett. He is the “lefty specialist” on this team, and he couldn’t get the lefty hitters out. Marte wound up recording the last out of the inning, but it stinks that Burnett couldn’t get the win after battling through the game.

Joba Chamberlain entered the game in the 8th inning, and he struck out the side. He picked up the win, moving his record to (W, 1-1) on the season. This guy is really starting to look like the Joba of old. Mariano Rivera came on in the 9th inning, even though it wasn’t a save situation and he closed the door, maintaining his 0.00ERA.

The Offense:

A-Rod was easily the offensive player of the game. He launched a grand slam in the bottom of the 7th inning off Matt Guerrier to put the Yankees up 7-4. It was hit 587th HR of his career, giving him sole possession of 7th place on the all-time list.

Brett Gardner went 2-for-5, picking up two runs and an RBI. Gardy launched a home run (2nd of the season) off of Scott Baker in the bottom of the 4th inning. Mark Teixeira went 2-for-3, and collected two runs and an RBI. Francisco Cervelli continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-4 on the game, collecting a run and an RBI. He hit a triple (2nd of the season)  in the bottom of the 8th inning.

Final Score: Yankees 8, Twins 4

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C.C. Sabathia wasn’t very sharp yesterday, but he pitched well enough to get the win. Unfortunately, he was one pitch away from putting himself in line for the win, when the umpires decided to stop the game due to the heavy rain. His pitching line was: 4.2IP 4H 3R 3ER 2BB 4K (89 Pitches, 52 for Strikes). Alfredo Aceves wound up with the win, improving his record to (W, 3-0) on the season.

As for the offense…

Mark Teixeira had a career day, by hitting three home runs off Red Sox pitching. Tex already has more hits than he had in all of April, so he’s really heating up now. He was 4-for-6 on the game, picking up 3 runs and 5RBI’s. Francisco Cervelli went 3-for-5, and knocked in 5RBI’s. Nick Swisher went 2-for-4, picking up 2 runs and 3RBI’s.

New York Yankees
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO #P AVG OBP SLG
D Jeter SS 5 2 2 0 1 0 22 .304 .343 .464
B Gardner CF 5 1 2 0 0 1 24 .348 .431 .427
M Teixeira 1B 6 3 4 5 0 0 12 .207 .343 .396
A Rodriguez 3B 2 3 2 1 3 0 27 .276 .373 .438
K Russo 2B
1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
R Cano DH 5 2 1 0 1 1 16 .348 .400 .661
N Swisher RF 4 2 2 3 1 1 19 .298 .381 .558
R Winn LF 3 0 0 0 2 1 27 .192 .250 .308
F Cervelli C 4 0 3 5 1 0 15 .429 .500 .500
R Pena 2B-3B 4 1 1 0 1 0 22 .136 .167 .182
Totals 39 14 17 14 10 4 186      
BATTING
2B: R Pena (1, C Buchholz); D Jeter (6, J Van Every)
HR: M Teixeira 3 (5, 5th inning off C Buchholz 0 on, 1 Out; 7th inning off R Ramirez 0 on, 0 Out; 9th inning off J Van Every 1 on, 1 Out)
RBI: M Teixeira 5 (20), A Rodriguez (19), F Cervelli 5 (12), N Swisher 3 (23)
S: B Gardner
2-out RBI: F Cervelli 4, N Swisher 2
GIDP: M Teixeira, R Cano, D Jeter
Yankees RISP: 8-18 (M Teixeira 2-3, D Jeter 0-1, F Cervelli 3-3, R Pena 0-3, B Gardner 0-1, A Rodriguez 1-1, R Cano 0-3, N Swisher 2-3)
Team LOB: 9
BASERUNNING
SB: A Rodriguez (2, 2nd base off S Schoeneweis/V Martinez); B Gardner (14, 2nd base off S Schoeneweis/V Martinez)
FIELDING
DP: 1 (D Jeter-R Pena-M Teixeira).
 New York Yankees
Pitchers IP  H  R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
C Sabathia 4.2 4 3 3 2 4 2 89-52 3.04
A Aceves
(W, 3-0)
1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 19-15 3.00
B Logan
(H, 3)
0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2-2 2.08
D Robertson 0.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 14-8 12.91
J Chamberlain 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 21-10 2.63
D Marte 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 12-6 3.86
Totals 9.0 8 3 3 4 9 2 157-93  
PITCHING
HBP: D Pedroia (By C Sabathia)
First-pitch strikes/Batters faced: C Sabathia 13/20; A Aceves 5/5; B Logan 0/1; D Robertson 2/3; J Chamberlain 3/5; D Marte 2/5
Called strikes-Swinging strikes-Foul balls-In Play strikes: C Sabathia 21-6-13-12; A Aceves 5-1-6-3; B Logan 0-1-1-0; D Robertson 3-2-1-2; J Chamberlain 5-1-1-3; D Marte 2-1-0-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls: C Sabathia 3-7; A Aceves 1-1; B Logan 0-0; D Robertson 0-0; J Chamberlain 0-3; D Marte 2-1
Game Scores: C Sabathia 46

 

 

Final Score: Yankees 14, Red Sox 3

(Box Scores Courtesy of ESPN.com)

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The Pitching:

Andy Pettitte didn’t have his best stuff today, but he worked out of trouble and earned his fourth win of the season. He was pulled from the game after five innings and 77 pitches, and made many fans concerned about what happened to him. We later found out that he is day-to-day with an inflamed elbow. His pitching line was: (W, 4-0) 5.0IP 6H 1R 1ER 2BB 2K (77 Pitches, 46 for Strikes). Sergio Mitre tossed 2.1 innings in relief, allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits.

Damaso Marte entered the game with one out in the 8th inning, recorded an out and left the game. He was replaced by David Robertson, who has struggled mightily this season. D-Rob recorded the last out of the inning without any problems. Girardi sent him back out to the mound to close out the game, and that’s when it got ugly. Robertson continued his early season struggles as he served up back-to-back home runs to Wieter and Reimold, allowing the Orioles to pull within two runs. Boone Logan replaced him. Logan got one out, walked two batters and the ball was than handed to Aceves. Alfredo nailed down the victory with ease, picking up his first save of the season (S,1). This is what A World Without Mo looks like. Not pretty. 

The Offense:

Nick Johnson went 3-for-3 today. It was a huge game for him. He hit a solo blast in the bottom of the 1st inning off David Hernandez, and picked up a double and a single later in the game. His batting average is now up to .171 on the season. Nick Swisher hit a solo home run off Hernandez in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Mark Teixeira his a two-run double off of Mark Hendrickson. It was his only hit of the game. 

Brett Gardner went 1-for-3, picked up a run, a walk and another stolen base on the season (SB, 13). Randy Winn went 1-for-3, with a run and a stolen base. A-Rod went 1-for-4 and knocked in an RBI. Derek Jeter went 1-for-5, picking up two runs and an RBI.

Final Score: Yankees 7, Orioles 5

The Yankees will have the day off tomorrow, and will resume play on Friday night against the Red Sox. The team will ship up to Boston and open up a three-game series at Fenway Park. (more…)

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The Pitching:

It seems as if A.J. Burnett is turning a point in his Yankee career. The guy isn’t walking the ballpark anymore, and he looks completely dominant so far this season.

Burnett hurled 7 1/3 innings, allowing an unearned run on 5 hits. His final pitching line was: (W, 4-0) 7.1IP 5H 1R 0ER 2BB 8K (107 Pitches, 68 for Strikes). Damaso Marte and Alfredo Aceves both came on in relief, each recording an out to finish up the 8th inning. With Mariano Rivera still out, Joba Chamberlain had to nail down the save. Joba posted up a scoreless frame, striking out two batters in the process to record the save (S,2). 

The Offense:

Francisco Cervelli has done a fantastic job filling in for Jorge Posada in the lineup. He went 3-for-3, and collected two runs on the game. Brett Gardner went 1-for-3, picking up 2 runs, a walk and a stolen base (SB, 12). Robbie Cano went 2-for-4

Swisher, Teixeira and A-Rod went a joint 0-for-9. Alex did pick up an RBI when he was walked (with the bases loaded), forcing a runner to cross the plate.

Final Score: Yankees 4, Orioles 1

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The Pitching:

Andy Pettitte didn’t have the spectacular stuff he had in earlier starts, but as always, he battle and managed to go through six innings and keep the team in the game. He gave up three runs in the first inning, but only one run over the next five innings of work. His pitching line was: 6.0IP 7H 4R 4ER 2BB 3K (97 Pitches, 66 for Strikes).

Alfredo Aceves came on in the 7th inning, and threw up a scoreless frame. He wound up picking up the win, moving his season record to (W, 2-0). Damaso Marte started the 8th, recorded and out and was pulled for Joba Chamberlain. Joba recorded the outs with ease, and then it was all up to Mo to close it out. Rivera entered the game to a rousing ovation in the 9th inning, and as soon as the opposing team heard “Enter Sandman” blasting from the stadium speakers…they knew the game was over. Mariano struck out two batters in the inning, and picked up the save (S, 7). In total, he’s now thrown nine innings of scoreless baseball this season.  

The Offense:

The team was placed in a 3-0 hole to start the game, but that didn’t stop Derek Jeter from taking the problem into his own hands. In fact, he put up a Jeterian performance. Derek supplied four of the six runs the Yankees scored on the game. Derek singled in the first inning to give him 2,776 career hits, which allowed him to pass Ken Griffey Jr. for the most among all active players. In the 5th inning, Jeter tied the game at 4-4, with a 2-run home run off Freddy Garcia. In the 7th inning, he gave the team the go ahead runs when he smacked a 2-run RBI triple off Matt Thornton. All in all, Derek’s state line was: 3-for-4, with two runs and 4RBI’s.

Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano both went 1-for-4, and picked up an RBI. Brett Gardner went 2-for-3, picking up two runs and a stolen base (SB, 10).

After the game, Ozzie Guillen had this to say about Derek: “He is God,” Guillen said. “I say he’s God all the time. It’s fun to watch him play the game. He’s the No. 1 ambassador in this game. The guy always has good-looking women around him, too. I mean, God bless him.”

To be honest, I always thought Mariano Rivera was God. (more…)

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The Pitching:

Andy Pettitte was nothing short of sensational today, going eight strong innings, allowing only one run and struck out 8 batters. The guy has posted his best start to a season in his career, and he’s 37 years-old. Could this be one of those magical seasons, like the one Mike Mussina had in 2008?

Andy’s pitching line was: (W, 3-0) 8.0IP 6H 1R 1ER 0BB 8K (114 Pitches, 75 for Strikes). The thing that stands out the most is that he didn’t throw any walks. His ERA this season is an astounding 1.29. Damaso Marte pitched in the 9th inning, posting up a scoreless frame to close out the game.

The Offense:

Robbie Cano went 3-for-5, picking up 3 runs and plated one runner. Brett Gardner brought his average up to .340, as he went 3-for-5 on the game and picked up 2 runs. He also stole his 9th base of the season. Nick Swisher went 2-for-4 and knocked in 2RBI’s. Cervelli went 1-for-3 and knocked in an RBI. Derek Jeter went 2-for-5 and collected an RBI. (more…)

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 Manager Joe Girardi Of The New York Yankees Presents Former Teammates Edwar Ramirez #59 And Chad Gaudin #57 Of The

The Yankees were reunited with some of their former teammates prior to yesterday’s game. Joe Girardi gathered his troops on the ball field, as they hand delivered 2009 World Series championships rings to Edwar Ramirez and Chad Gaudin. I’m sure those guys are going to miss New York. Oakland doesn’t cut it when you played in the Big Apple. Now onto the game….

The Pitching:

Javier Vazquez was trying to improve on his previous two starts, and he did exactly that. He was far from spectacular, but he’s taking a step in the right direction. Javy pitched pretty good in his first five innings, giving up only one run (a solo shot to Travis Buck in the bottom of the 5th). It took Vazquez over 20 pitches to get past the 90mph mark on his fastball, but it eventually came around. According to Javy, he felt that his off-speed pitches were more crisp this game.

Vazquez was approaching that 100-pitch mark, and even though I don’t believe in pitch counts..he wasn’t at his very best. I thought he was going to be done after 5 innings, but Girardi had different plans. I’m not going to get all over Girardi because it really wasn’t a crazy decision, but it didn’t work out so well. In the bottom of the 6th inning, a pop fly from Kevin Kouzmanoff’s bat fell in between Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano. That base hit didn’t help out Javy’s case. Vazquez wound up serving up a 2-run blast to the next batter, Kurt Suzuki. Girardi walked out to the mound and motioned to the bullpen for Boone Logan.

All in all, it was an improvement for Vazquez. He picked up his first win of the year, which hopefully puts Yankees fans minds at ease. His line was: (W, 1-2) 5.1IP 6H 3R 3ER 3BB 6K (107 Pitches-72 for Strikes). It would’ve been nice for him to end on a high note, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. He pitched better than what his pitching line displays…I’ll tell you that.

Boone Logan tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball. The ball was than handed off to Joba Chamberlain. He did the same thing, while striking out three batters. Damaso Marte came out for the 9th inning, walked Jake Fox, and was immediately pulled for Mo. Rivera tossed a perfect frame to close out the game and picked up a strikeout in the process. It wasn’t a save situation.

The Offense:

Alex Rodriguez hit a 3-run A-Bomb off of Craig Breslow in the top of the 5th inning. It was his 585th home run of his career, leaving him only 15 away from the 600HR mark. Alex picked up two runs on the game and walked three times. Jorge Posada went 1-for-5, and knocked in 2RBI’s.  Swisher went 1-f0r-4. and also picked up 2RBI’s. Derek Jeter went 0-for-5

(Interesting Info: Courtesy of ESPN.com)Yankees ace CC Sabathia, back home in his native Northern California, threw out the ceremonial first pitch Monday night at the North Vallejo Little League Spring Classic on a field his foundation helped rebuild.” (more…)

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