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Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka

Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is the seventh Japanese player to be part of the New York Yankees.

Before signing him, the Yankees were in the ninth place in the odds lists for winning the 2014 World Series. The favorites to win this season are Los Angeles Dodgers. You can check your favorite team’s place in SportsBettingDime.com.

Tanaka signed a seven-year $ 155 million contract, becoming the fifth Asian pitcher to join New York. The Yankees will have two Japanese in the rotation for next season, with Tanaka and veteran Hiroki Kuroda. The 25-year-old ended last season with a 24-0 record playing for the Rakuten Golden Eagles, with a 1.27 ERA. In 175 games, the Japanese threw 53 complete games with 18 shutouts and 1,238 strikeouts.

The team led by Joe Girardi has had a good experience with Japanese players (Ichiro Suzuki and Hideki Matsui), but none has excelled on the mound. The first Japanese pitcher to reach the Yankees was Hideki Irabu in 1997, who won two World Series with the team but did not take part in any game. Irabu finished with 27 wins and 24 losses in two years in New York, with a 3.31 ERA. He allowed 396 hits and 165 runs while striking out 317 rivals.

Kei Igawa was signed in 2007 and stayed only two seasons with the team. The former Hanshin Tigers player started 13 games and finished with a 2-4 record with a 6.66 ERA. He allowed 89 hits, 54 runs and 15 home runs. Due to his low-level of play, the team sent him to AAA team and tried to trade him to another squad in Japan.

Ryota Igarashi, who arrived from the Toronto Blue Jays, was the third Japanese pitcher to try his luck with the Yankees. He joined the team in 2012, but had only two appearances, pitching three innings with four hits and four runs.

After four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kuroda signed a one-year contract with New York in January 2012 and achieved a 16-11 mark. Thanks to his good numbers he stayed for another season, but only got 11 wins and closed with seven losses in his last 10 appearances.

Next season, Tanaka will be the ninth Japanese active player in the MLB, but the Yankees expect him to become the biggest star of the Rising Sun country to return to the playoffs and aspire to another World Series title.

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Bernie Williams - Carlos Silva

Photo Courtesy of WCBS 880

  • Carlos Silva, WCBS 880’s producer/engineer for Yankees games passed away this past Sunday after battling cancer. If you’ve ever listened to John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on the radio, his name should definitely sound familiar. He was 50 years old.
  • Masahiro Tanaka, the big off-season prize faces a 5PM deadline on Friday to choose what team he’d like to play for. According to reports, the Yankees, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, White Sox and Cubs have all made offers to Tanaka. It stated, “most of those were for more than $100 million over six years.” Let’s hope the Yankees land this guy. He’d be a huge asset to both the Bronx Bombers and your fantasy baseball teams.
  • The Yankees and Francisco Cervelli have agreed on a one-year contract reportedly worth $700K. Who knew Cervelli was still a thing? This allows him to avoid salary arbitration and he’s back in the picture. Last year, Cervelli fractured his right hand and was suspended 50 games by MLB for violating the league’s drug program, ending the rest of his season.

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Yankees (55-50) vs. Dodgers (56-48)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.39) vs RHP Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.49)

Yankees Lineup

Gardner CF
Jeter SS
Cano 2B
Soriano LF
Overbay 1B
Suzuki RF
Nix 3B
Stewart C
Pettitte P

Game Information:

The game will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. It is scheduled to start at 10:10PM ET. The game will be televised on the YES and MLB Network. The game can be heard on the radio on WCBS 880.

Alfonso Soriano

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The Yankees open up a two-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Tue: LHP Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.39) vs RHP Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.49)

Wed: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-6, 2.51) vs LHP Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 1.96)

Andy Pettitte

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Don Mattingly

Photo Courtesy of Al Bello/Getty Images

Yankees (38-31) vs. Dodgers (29-39)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-5, 2.78) vs LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-2, 2.85)

Yankees Lineup

Gardner CF
Nix SS
Cano 2B
Wells LF
Neal DH
Suzuki RF
Adams 3B
Overbay 1B
Stewart C

Game Information:

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. It is scheduled to start at 1:05PM ET. The game will be televised on the YES and MLB Network. The game can be heard on the radio on WCBS 880.

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The Yankees open up a two-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers today. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Wed: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-5, 2.78) vs LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-2, 2.85)

Thurs: RHP Phil Hughes (3-5, 4.89) vs LHP Chris Capuano (1-4, 5.45)

Hiroki Kuroda

Photo Courtesy of Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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The Dodgers have the day off on Monday, which will allow both of them to attend. I didn’t see this coming. This is great news.

From the NY Daily News:

So big is the Yankees’ commemoration of a monument to George Steinbrenner at Yankee Stadium Monday night that Joe Torre and Don Mattingly are going to end their estrangement with the team to attend the ceremonies.

The Daily News has learned that Yankee brass extended an invitation to both Torre, the former Yankee manager who won four World Championships with the team before leaving under acrimonious circumstances after the 2007 season, and Mattingly, who joined Torre as batting coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers after being passed over as Yankee manager for Joe Girardi that same year, agreed to attend.

Torre announced on Friday that he will be stepping down as skipper of the Dodgers at season’s end and Mattingly will be his replacement.

It will mark the first time since either Torre or Mattingly left the Yankees that they have been at Yankee Stadium, the old or the new.

Ceremonies in which Steinbrenner will join Yankee immortals Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Miller Huggins with a monument in Monument Park, will bring together many of the Yankee living greats, including Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, David Cone, David Wells, Greg Nettles, Goose Gossage, and Roy White.

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Hank Steinbrenner

Photo Credit: Uli Seit of the NY Times

A Hank Steinbrenner sighting. Hank attended a news conference for Hanks’ Yanks, which is the 18-and-under team that he sponsors.

In his first public appearance since the death of his father, George, on July 13, Steinbrenner, 53, said that the direction of the professional franchise would not change with his father gone: winning comes first, always, as it had when George was the principal owner. He also made a not-so-daring prediction that the Yankees would make the playoffs, but he declined to discuss the future of Manager Joe Girardi, whose contract expires after the season.

“It’s always going to be the same,” Steinbrenner said in a brief meeting with reporters. “We play to win. We do what we have to do to win. We don’t make a lot of money because of revenue sharing, and we don’t shy away from paying salaries.”

Reggie Jackson was considered to play the role of Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Tyra Banks dines at NYY Steak. “Tyra Banks having a model-appropriate dinner of “water, watermelon salad and shrimp cocktail” at NYY Steak at Yankee Stadium.”

Former Yankees manager, Joe Torre, was apparently approached about buying part of the LA Dodgers.  “I get people who make all kinds of suggestions all the time, and especially with the mood of everything going on around here right now it’s not surprising,” said Torre.

On the A-Rod/Diaz relationship:

And though skeptics claimed Diaz’s relationship with Alex Rodriguez was just a fling, it turns out they’re well-matched for each other.

An insider told press, “They met at the right time — they’re in tune with each other and ready for a serious commitment. Cameron love that Alex is hard-working, intelligent and sexy. For her, it’s the whole package.”

“She tells dirty jokes, drinks beer and can hold her own discussing just about any sport. Alex fell in love with her because she’s one of the guys, but can turn on the sex appeal and femininity too.”

Dan Cunnigham’s daily routine. Cunnigham is the head groundskeeper at Yankee Stadium.

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Via US Weekly:

Also keeping her young: her relationship with Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.

“I grew up with the Dodgers, but now I’m a Yankees fan,” she says coyly.

I wonder why….?

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Tommy Lasorda runs his own blog, and he recently wrote about the Yankees/Dodgers rivalry and The Great Yogi Berra. I thought they were very interesting, and I thought I would pass it along to you guys.

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Here are some great stories from legendary baseball manager, Tommy Lasorda:

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  Curtis Granderson #14 And Derek Jeter #2 Of The New York Yankees CelebrateYankees (45-28) at Dodgers (40-34)

Pitching Matchup 

LHP Andy Pettitte (9-2, 2.48) vs LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-4, 3.24)

Lineup 

Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Granderson CF
Gardner LF
Pettitte LHP (more…)

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