New York Yankees News and Notes: Sexy Sunday Edition!

April 7, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) reacts in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees 8-6. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Greetings, Pinstripe Alley. The Yankees are still winless! Let's see how people are reacting and what other news is going on with the team.

  • Anthony McCarron of the Daily News is unsure of what to think of new additions Hiroki Kuroda and Michael Pineda. While he seems to be confident in the duo's capabilities, he still appears to be uneasy with what they've done so far.
  • Marc Carig of the Star Ledger documented the team's use of "pitch framing" behind the plate with Russell Martin.
  • High payrolls out of reach from the rest of the league might be a thing of the past.
  • Top prospect Manny Banuelos can sympathize with Kuroda on the topic of poor season debuts. ManBan's line on the day was quite ugly: 3.1 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. There weren't many walks, but he only threw 56.8% of his pitches for strikes and allowed hits to every starter in the Syracuse Chiefs lineup. Yech.
  • Mike Ashmore wrote a nice piece about AA starter Brett Marshall! His dream is to start Opening Day in the big leagues. The 2008 sixth round pick just turned 22 and is starting his first season in Trenton. Best of luck to him. He took a good first step yesterday by beating the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 11-2 with Trenton thanks to a club-record seven homers (three in a row in the third by Zoilo Almonte, Rob Lyerly, and Melky Mesa).
  • Top prospects Gary Sanchez and Dante Bichette Jr. of the low-A Charleston RiverDogs took their licks against Atlanta Braves starter Tim Hudson rehabbing in Rome (the less classy one). They combined for three hits in three at bats. Love it.

Check back in a couple hours for a fresh post about the Yanks' past several Opening Days. Happy Easter/Passover/normal Sunday.

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