The Yankees are off today for the first time in 17 days, and they have to be in good spirits after taking two out of three games from the Kansas City Royals. By taking the final two games of the series, they also ensured their first winning streak since May 12th. Yes, it had been almost two weeks between streaks before they won last night. Hopefully, they will have continued their winning ways by the time they return home from the upcoming nine-game road trip that takes them through Oakland, Anaheim, and Detroit.
- Not all the news from last night was great though; as IGYAR noted in the recap, River Ave. Blues reported that manager Joe Girardi said injured outfielder Brett Gardner still has some stiffness in his right elbow. He will not attempt to hit off a tee until Monday at the earliest. Fans haven't seen Gardner play since April 17th, and he has only appeared in nine games all year. May he not miss many more and return to his fielding excellence.
- Jack Curry mentioned on yesterday's pregame show that Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman held a team meeting prior to Tuesday night's win over the Royals. The meeting was about ensuring players that management was confident in their abilities (no panic involved). Hey, if it worked in 2009, I don't see a problem in calling such a meeting. However, I will be amused if people start pointing to Dewayne Wise's drag bunt single as the play that turned the season around.
- The Yankees will not yet commit to naming who their closer will be once injured reliever David Robertson returns from the Disabled List. It's somewhat unsettling that a player can possibly lose his job after just two outings and an injury, but Girardi really seems to like that Rafael Soriano has "closer experience." The past shouldn't matter though; the Yankees should just be going with their best reliever. Last year, their best reliever was Robertson, and he has pitched fine this year outside of the one bad game against the Rays. I guess there's always the possibility that if Soriano is named closer, he will rack up saves and opt out of his contract at the end of the year though, so there's that. Win/win?
- The Hardball Times examined Boone Logan's slider and how it's helped him improve his pitching this year. In the early goings, Logan has increased his Whiff Percentage on sliders from 48% in 2011 to 59% in 2012, an improvement that has allowed him to strike out 27 batters in 17.1 innings thus far (14.0 K/9). If Logan can keep up his great pitching, the Yankees will have another reliable arm to trust while Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, and David Aardsma recover. Do that, Boone.
- Four Yankees (Russell Martin, Raul Ibanez, Soriano, and Logan) made a surprise appearance yesterday at St. Lucy's in the Bronx, the school of seven-year-old Naily Rosario, who was killed (along with her grandparents) on April 29th in a tragic car crash. It's always nice to hear about the team's philanthropy, and I'm sure that they were able to bring smiles to the kids at the school who greatly needed something to feel good about.
- Here's your human interest story of the day, a video from late 2010 about Josiah Viera, a young boy with a rare disease that makes him age about ten times as quickly as other kids. He still probably loves baseball more than any of us though. I realize that the story is old, but I hadn't seen it before last night, so enjoy if you haven't seen it before, and watch it again if you want to relive it.