Yankees News and Notes: Pineda and Friends

March 10, 2012; Lake Buena Vista FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) pitches in the first inning of the game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
  • Joe Girardi liked what he saw from Michael Pineda, who hit 94 miles per hour on the radar gun in yesterday's start against the Braves. He also threw eight changeups, the pitch that the Yankees have told him to work on the most. How do I feel about getting to see Pineda pitch for real in a month? Well...
  • Beyond the Boxscore looked at the Yankees' window to win and how the Yankees profile for the next few years. The article also mentions the team's plan to keep Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson past the end of their current contracts and retain a $189 million payroll for 2014. We'll see how that pans out.
  • David Robertson was relieved that his foot injury ended up just being a bone bruise. All Yankees fans are as well. Hopefully, we'll see him back on the mound soon.
  • Mark Teixeira says working on bunting has helped improve his swing. I really hope so - as great as the 39 dingers were last year, his hitting has dramatically changed since his pre-Yankee days. He had the same total of homers in '09 too, and look at the difference: 2009 - .292/.383/.565, .402 wOBA. 2011 - .248/.341/.494, .361 wOBA.
  • The Scranton Times looked into the Triple-A affiliate's decision to be called the "Empire State Yankees" rather than the "Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees" this year. It's a weird name, but it doesn't make much sense to say the team's from Scranton when they're not playing there in 2012.
  • Eddie Mata, who IGYAR interviewed a while back, has been selected to join the MLB Fan Cave! Good for him, I'm sure that will be an unforgettable experience.
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