Results tagged ‘ Ryan Perrilloux ’

Have Bat, Will Travel…

 

“Robby Cano!  Dontcha know!”…

 

 

 

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AP

The words flowed so smoothly from Yankees radio voice John Sterling when Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer in the Yankees’ 12-3 romp over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. 

 

While Cano has carried the team so far this year, Brett Gardner was the catalyst for today’s win.  He hit a run-scoring single in the 2nd inning for the first run of the game, and added his annual home run in the 4th.  Gardner has certainly seized his starting opportunity this year, and has been a bright spot in the lineup. 

 

 


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Cano followed with his three-run blast in the fifth… 

 

 

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Anthony J. Causi/NY Post

 

After a two-run homer by Nick Swisher in the 6th inning, the Yankees closed their scoring with 5 runs in the 7th.  After a Jorge Posada double to start the inning, the Yankees loaded the bases, thanks in part to an error by White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez.  Derek Jeter walked to force in a run, and both Nick Johnson and Mark Teixeira followed with two-run doubles to the cap the 5-run outburst.  Jorge Posada came to the plate a second time but struck out to end the inning.

 

Mark Melancon lost the shutout in the 9th when Paul Konerko connected on a three-run shot, but the story of the game was the masterful pitching of Phil Hughes.  Unlike Javy Vazquez, Phil Hughes has been terrific. 

 

 

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Anthony J. Causi/NY Post

 

 

It was three years ago today when Phil Hughes was in the midst of a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers when a pulled left hamstring forced him to leave the game after 6 1/3 innings.  The batter at the plate at day when Hughes pulled the hamstring?  Current Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira.  Nevertheless, after contributing to the Yankees World Series run last year as setup man for Mariano Rivera, Hughes has shown that he belongs in the starting rotation.  His pitching line today is what you would expect from the ace of the staff, not the #5 starter…

 

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R

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BB

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HR

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4

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6

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99-69

1.44

 

 

In Saturday’s 7-6 loss to the White Sox, the Yankees lost centerfielder Curtis Granderson who strained his groin while running between 2nd and 3rd on a hit and run single.  He was placed on the 15-day DL after the game, and will most likely be out for a month.

 

 

Yankees' Curtis Granderson

Noah K. Murray/The Star Ledger

 

 

The goat for Saturday’s loss was former White Sox pitcher Javier Vazquez who continued his string of pathetic performances.  Following the game, I heard much speculation that Vazquez should be pulled from the rotation for his next start (Friday night in Boston).  I think it is still too early to give up on Vazquez.  He is too talented and I think he’ll work through this difficult stretch.  No good would be gained by pulling Vazquez and it would be very damaging to the pitcher’s psyche.

 

 

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Christopher Pasatieri/Newsday/MCT

 

 

With today’s win, the Yankees have now captured 7 of their first 8 series this season.  At 16-8, they are still in second place, 1 ½ games behind the Tampa Bay Rays.   All things considered, I feel good about where the team is as we head into May.  I feel very confident that players like Teixeira, Vazquez, and Nick Johnson will start playing to the levels we’ve been accustomed to.  The rotation is solid, despite Vazquez, so if he comes around, it could be a very dominating staff. 

 

The Yankees now await the Baltimore Orioles in the Bronx for a series beginning Monday night.  The O’s know they can beat the Yankees and they are fresh off a weekend sweep of the Boston Red Sox so they’ll be coming to town with newfound confidence.  It should be a good series.  After the O’s depart on Wednesday, the Yankees will head to Fenway Park for a weekend series against the Red Sox.

 

 

Orioles complete sweep of Red Sox with 3-2 win

Boston Globe Staff

 

 

Speaking of Yankees-Red Sox, Julia of Julia’s Rants fulfilled her part of the wager for the loss of the first season series between the two teams.  Her punishment was reading Dawn of a Dynasty:  The Incredible and Improbably Story of the 1947 New York Yankees by Frank Strauss.  You’ll find her excellent book report here.

 

 

 

 

Excellent job Julia!  You get an A+!  J

 

 


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For our next wager, we have opted to add a sense of adventure.  If the Red Sox lose the series, Julia will be forced to search for an inexpensive piece of Yankee memorabilia.  It can’t be something current and easy to find.  It must be older and relate to the opposing team’s past.  The loser will detail the adventure on their blog, along with photos of the journey and the piece of memorabilia found.  If I lose, I will have to search the San Francisco area for Red So memorabilia.  Here’s to hoping for a most excellent adventure in Julia‘s future!

 

 

 

 

 

Good luck to QB Ryan Perrilloux!  He had a tryout at the Minnesota Vikings mini-camp this weekend.  Hopefully, his performance will net a contract so he can continue his audition in training camp.  There would be nothing better than grabbing a clipboard to study under Brett Favre (assuming that Favre returns as expected).   

 

 

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Hahaha!…I Love It!…

 

It was in the Wall Street Journal so it must be true!…

 

 


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Ask my friend Julia who the most hated team in baseball is and I’m sure she will point towards the Bronx.  Sorry Julia!  According to the Wall Street Journal, the Cleveland Indians are the most hated team followed closely by…the Boston Red Sox!

 

 

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The Yankees may have finished fifth on the list (created by Nielsen Co. using an Internet algorithm), but they were better than the Red Sox (of course!) and that’s all that really matters!  The Boston Red Sox, more despised than the New York Yankees.  Ah, what a great feeling!  Just sayin’…  J

 

 

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Nice recovery by the Yankees in Baltimore.  After dropping the first game of the series in pathetic fashion, they rebounded to take the final two games by scores of 8-3 and 4-0, respectively. 

 

In the first win, the Yankees rode a season high 15 hits to victory.  CC Sabathia was off his game somewhat as he gave up 11 hits in 7 2/3 innings, but he only allowed 3 runs. 

 

 

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Robinson Cano, off to a blazing start this season, homered in the third.  Like many people, I felt that this was going to be a huge year for Cano, particularly moving up to 5th in the batting order behind Alex Rodriguez.  So far, he has not disappointed.

 

 

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Mike Ricigliano/Baltimore Sun

 

The game wasn’t all smiles as the Yankees did lose catcher Jorge Posada in the second inning with a right knee contusion after he was hit by a pitch.  He won’t miss much time but he’ll be sore for a few days. 

 

 

New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada (r.) walks with Joe Girardi after getting hit by Oriole's pitcher Jeremy Guthrie on Wednesday.

Burton/AP

 

Tonight, the Yankees were led by the brilliant pitching of A.J. Burnett and the continued hot hitting of Robinson Cano.  Cano, with an AL-leading batting average of .407, hit his 7th and 8th home runs of the season in the fourth and eighth innings.  With Cano’s scorching bat, it’s too bad that A-Rod and Mark Teixeira aren’t hitting at the plate.  When they get going, the Yankees are going to be very hard to stop.  Sorry Julia!

 

 

Yankees' Robinson Cano

Mark Theiler/EPA

 

After Burnett left (8 innings, 3 hits, no runs, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts, with only one base runner getting past second base), the great Mariano Rivera finished up in a non-save opportunity.

 

It was a long road trip that saw the Yankees’ series win streak snapped in Anaheim, but they finished strong with the series win in Baltimore and an overall winning record (5-4).  Now, if somebody could just beat the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

 

Third base coach Tom Foley fist bumps Jason Bartlett after a triple to right field, which scored two runs in the second inning.

James Borchuck/St. Petersburg Times

 

 

The Yankees head back to the Bronx to face the Chicago White Sox in a weekend series. Hopefully, Javier Vazquez will get going against his former teammates.  It’s time for him to get the Yankee fans behind him, and start pitching like he is capable of. 

 

 

 

Off-topic alert!

 

It is no secret that I was disappointed the Minnesota Vikings passed on a quarterback of the future in the recent NFL Draft (when they could have selected Jimmy Clausen or Colt McCoy).  They did draft a QB in the sixth round (UAB’s Joe Webb) but he is targeted for a position switch to wide receiver.  They signed undrafted free agent QB R.J. Archer of William & Mary, but the most intriguing player is QB Ryan Perrilloux.  Ryan has been given a tryout during this weekend’s mini-camp.  He was highly touted coming out of high school in 2005.  He was considered the top prospect at the position, along with current New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez.  He went to LSU, where he played behind Oakland Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell.  Off-the-field transgressions and violation of team rules led to his suspension and subsequent ouster from the school.  He transferred to Jacksonville State where he had a largely unnoticed but successful career. 

 

 

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I don’t know what happened at LSU, but Ryan appears to have learned from the errors in his past.  I do believe in character and attitude first, but he deserves a second chance assuming that he truly has “righted the ship”.  He shares an agent (Bus Cook) with Vikings QB Brett Favre, which may have led to the tryout with the Vikings.  He has also been seen practicing with Favre this off-season.  I wish Ryan the very best in his tryout and I hope to see both him and Favre on the field for the Vikings this fall. 

 

I hope everyone has a super fantastic weekend…including Ryan!  :)

 

–Scott

 

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