Is the groin really improving??? … TAKE 5!

July 13, 2011

Prior pitches Minor League game

  1. Right-hander Mark Prior, who signed with the Yankees as a free agent last December, appeared in his first game since straining his groin on Monday.
  2. The AP reported that Prior, who hadn’t pitched since April 18, threw 24 pitches for the Gulf Coast Yankees, with his fastball reaching 90 mph.
  3. Prior has not pitched in the Majors since 2006.
  4. The Dick Howser winner for USC has a MLB record of 42-29 with a 3.51 EAR & 757 Ks.
  5. The AP also reported that Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano threw 25 pitches during his second batting practice session. 

topic c/o Cash Kruth


A Rubber Game with the Rays … TAKE 5!

July 10, 2011

Yankees vs. Rays @ Yankee Stadium- 1:05 p.m EST

CC Sabathia vs. James Shields &

  1. CC Sabathia tries to become the first AL pitcher in six years with 13 wins before the break Sunday as the New York Yankees look to follow Jeter’s big day with another win over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.
  2. He has surrendered one run over 22.2 innings over his last three outings, while striking out 33 over that span.
  3. He is already the first Yankees pitcher since Tommy John (1979-80) with 12 or more wins before the All-Star break in consecutive years; & with a victory Sunday, he’d become the first AL starter since Chicago’s Jon Garland (2005) with 13 wins at the break.
  4. He was 0-2 with a 4.33 ERA in his last four meetings in 2010 vs. the Rays, including a 10-3 loss in the Bronx on Sept. 23 when he gave up seven runs over 5 1-3 innings.
  5. James Shields is 2-2 with a 3.43 ERA in seven starts versus New York in the past two seasons, including a 6-2 home loss May 17 as Alex took him deep twice; but today, A-Rod will be seeking a second opinion on his knee before deciding whether to have surgery.


Jeter enters immortality … TAKE 5!

July 9, 2011

Jeter Hits #3000 in style

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  1. David Price was the victim, as Jeter collected a hit in all five at-bats, including the game-winner, in New York’s 5-4 victory over the Rays at Yankee Stadium.
  2. “It means a lot,” Jeter said. “It’s a number that has meant a lot in the history of the game, because not too many people have done it before. To be the only Yankee to do it … to be the only Yankee to do anything is pretty special.”
  3. Jeter became just the second player in Major League history to log his 3,000th hit with a homer, joining Wade Boggs, who did it on Aug. 7, 1999, while playing for Tampa Bay.
  4. “To be honest with you, I was pretty relieved,” Jeter said.
  5. Jeter joined Craig Biggio as the only player in MLB history to record five hits on the day of reaching 3,000. Jeter’s five-hit game was also the first in the history of the new Yankee Stadium.
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GAMES TO 3,000
Player Games
Ty Cobb 2,135
Nap Lajoie 2,224
Tony Gwynn 2,284
Stan Musial 2,301
Honus Wagner 2,332
Tris Speaker 2,341
Derek Jeter 2,362
Pete Rose 2,370
Paul Molitor 2,411
Rod Carew 2,417

AT-BATS TO 3,000

Player At-bats
Ty Cobb 8,093
Tris Speaker 8,625
Nap Lajoie 8,630
Stan Musial 8,774
Honus Wagner 8,801
Rod Carew 9,101
Wade Boggs 9,151
Roberto Clemente 9,454
Hank Aaron 9,566
Derek Jeter 9,604
Pete Rose 9,690

topic c/o Bryan Hoch

D.J. 3000 Hits Club … TAKE 5!

July 6, 2011

Derek Jeter’s Pursuit of 3000

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  1. Jeter is currently at 2996.
  2. That makes ONLY 4 HITS to GO!
  3. He will be the first New York Yankee to accomplish the feat.
  4. There are still doubters of his HOF credentials.
  5. Will this be Derek’s last season?
3,000 HIT CLUB*
Player Hits Date
PETE ROSE 4256 5/5/78
TY COBB 4191 8/19/21
HANK AARON 3771 5/17/70
STAN MUSIAL 3630 5/13/58
TRIS SPEAKER 3514 5/17/25
HONUS WAGNER 3415 6/9/14
PAUL MOLITOR 3319 9/16/96
EDDIE COLLINS 3315 6/6/25
WILLIE MAYS 3283 7/18/70
EDDIE MURRAY 3255 6/30/95
NAP LAJOIE 3242 9/27/14
CAL RIPKEN 3184 4/15/00
GEORGE BRETT 3154 9/30/92
PAUL WANER 3152 6/19/42
ROBIN YOUNT 3142 9/9/92
TONY GWYNN 3141 8/6/99
DAVE WINFIELD 3110 9/16/93
CRAIG BIGGIO 3060 6/28/07
ROD CAREW 3053 8/4/85
LOU BROCK 3023 8/13/79
RAFAEL PALMEIRO 3020 7/15/05
CAP ANSON 3011 7/18/1897
WADE BOGGS 3010 8/7/99
AL KALINE 3007 9/24/74
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*Some historical statistics may vary depending on the source due to inconsistent record-keeping methods in 19th and early 20th-century baseball. believes this list to be the most accurate portrayal of Major League Baseball’s career hits leaders. If you feel there are any proven discrepancies, feel free to inform by emailing

Back at the Scene of the Crime … TAKE 5!

June 15, 2011

Yankees vs. Rangers @ Yankee Stadium- 6:05 p.m EST

Ivan Nova vs. Derek Holland

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  1. The Yanks have now taken 5-of-7 from the Rangers in the 2011 Season.  After the reigning AL Champs took “27” from New York in the ALCS, the tables have apparently turned.  But the Yankees are now without their “C” for 15-days on the DL & he still needs 6 hits for 3,000.
  2. “It’s a very important player we lost; I understand that,” Eduardo Nunez said. “My goal is to play and do my best.”
  3. Alexi Ogando came into the game with a 7-0 record and a 2.10 earned run average, trailing only Boston’s Josh Beckett in the A.L. He was tied with Beckett for the lowest opponents’ average, at .188, but the Yankees jumped on his high fastballs.
  4. Curtis Granderson matched Toronto’s Jose Bautista for the major league lead in home runs, with 21.
  5. The Yankees lead the majors in homers with 98 — an overwhelming advantage on their opponents, who have hit just 51.

Topic c/o Tyler Kepner

When the BoSox Come to Town … TAKE 5!

June 7, 2011

Yankees vs. Red Sox @ Yankee Stadium- 7:05 p.m EST

Freddy Garcia vs. Jon Lester

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  1. The Yanks are 1-5 against the Red Sox this season.
  2. They enter Tuesday night’s series-opener with a one-game lead in the American League East.
  3. “It’s always the same feeling no matter what anybody’s record is when we play them. It seems to bring the best out of everybody. They’ve got a good squad, so it was just a matter of time before they put it together,” A.J. Burnett said.
  4. “For us right now, every game is important whether it’s a rivalry game or not. We’re playing great baseball and we’ve had some unbelievable pitching. When you’ve got a guy out there busting his tail for you every day, you feel like if you put a couple runs on the board, you have a good chance of winning that game,” Nick Swisher added.
  5. Finally, Joe Girardi finished up with some words of wisdom.  “It’s probably going to have the same feeling that it always does, no matter when we face the Red Sox whether it’s the first series of the year or any time. They’re important. We know the importance of those games, because they’re a team we’re going to battle against all year long with the other teams in our division.”


The Yanks are ready for King Felix … TAKE 5!

May 28, 2011

Yankees vs. Mariners @ Safeco- 10:10 p.m EST

Ivan Nova vs. Felix Hernandez

ESPN Desportes

  1. In his last four starts against the Yankees, he is 4-0 with a 0.51 ERA.
  2. “To me he is the perfect pitcher. His stuff moves and is so good you hope you hit his mistakes. When he is on he is the best,” Teixiera said.
  3. Nobody who saw it can forget Hernandez’s complete-game, two-hit, 11-strikeout shutout last June at Yankee Stadium.
  4. Curtis Granderson is at .324 (11-for-34) against Hernandez.  “When he is on nobody can hit him,” Granderson said. “Last year at Yankee Stadium, that was the best I have ever seen.
  5. At Safecco, The chain-link face behind the bullpen has been reduced and netting over the pen has been taken away.  The changes were made to make it more fan friendly, but the Yankees are worried because fans are so close to the pitchers.