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With Ivan Nova Undrgoing MRI on Elbow; the New York Yankees Could Look to Bullpen for Starting Solution

April 19th, 2014 at 11:41 PM
By Mike Warsaw

New York Yankees  Ivan Nova had a rough start against the Tampa Rays on Saturday. Nova gave up a career high four home runs as the Yankees were thrashed by the Rays, 16-1. The game may not be the only loss for the Yanks. Nova was pulled from the game in the fifth inning after manager Joe Girardi noticed Nova shaking his arm. Nova was being tested after the game and if he is forced to miss anytime, the Yankees would have to scramble to replace their number four starter.

With an injury to Nova, the Yankees would most likely look to there own roster for answers. Vidal Nuno will pitch on Sunday as a spot starter in tomorrow's double header. Nuno battled for the fifth rotation spot in the spring and the start tomorrow could be an audition, if Nova is forced to miss time. Nuno has been solid out of the pen for the Yanks and with David Robertson due to return next week, the Yankees will have a little wiggle room.

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New York Yankees Rookie 3B Yangervis Solarte Off to Strong Start with Solid Play

April 19th, 2014 at 10:31 PM
By Mike Warsaw

After spending eight seasons in the minor leagues, Yangervis Solarte has taken advantage of his time in the majors. The Yankees rookie is off to a great start in his initial Major League campaign. Hitting at over .350, Solarte is becoming a regular option at third for the Yankees. His stellar play this season has turned the heads of many, but Joe Girardi is taking it as it comes. "You know what? I'm not going to try and figure it out," Girardi said. "I'll just tell you, I like what I see. He's played extremely well and he's taken advantage of this opportunity. We'll keep running him out there."

Solarte has impressed ever since being signed by the Yankees as a minor league free agent last winter. "At the end, there were three teams and the Yankees were one of them," Solarte said through a translator. "It motivated me more that they were watching me and they were interested in having me since the beginning. They also offered me a lot of opportunity and it was close to my family and family is number one for me." Solartes' Uncle, former major leaguer, Roger Cedeno asked his agent to sign him as a favor, back in 2005. It took while, but it looks like Solarte is about to prove his Uncle right for believing in him.

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New York Yankees Rookie Dean Anna ‘Starting’ to Figure Things Out

April 19th, 2014 at 6:20 PM
By Mike Warsaw

Dean Anna was drafted in the 26th round in the 2008 Amateur Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres. After posting a solid season for the Pods in 2013, Anna was all but assured of a call up to the big leagues. But that call never came and Anna spent his entire Padre career in their minor league system. With a good glove and solid bat, Anna didn't focus on "why" he didn't get promoted and just continued to improve on his game.

That all changed on November 20, 2013. Anna received the call he was looking for, but it wasn't from San Diego. It was the New York Yankees on the other end telling the 27 year old infielder that they had just acquired him in a trade with the Padres. The news continued to get better as Anna was told that he would receive his first invitation to a  Major League training camp. Anna impressed the Yankees coaching staff throughout spring camp and was rewarded with a spot on the Yankees opening day roster.

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New York Yankees Honor Nelson Mandela with Plaque in Monument Park

April 19th, 2014 at 3:42 PM
By Mike Warsaw

After serving 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela made a special trip as a free man in 1990. Mandela traveled to the United States for his first trip outside of South Africa since his release. Mandela came to the "old" Yankee Stadium on June 21, 1990. On Wednesday the Yankees returned the favor and enshrined the legendary world leader, with a plaque in Monument Park.

'Nelson Mandela' photo (c) 2008, South Africa The Good News - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Upon his death last year, the Yankees felt that they wanted to honor the man who once graced their shrine, Yankee Stadium, in a special way. During his trip in 1990, Mandela donned a Yankee jacket and hat and said," You know who I am, I am a Yankee." On that fate full day, 24 years ago, the fans broke into a Zulu chant of "Amandala", which translated means "world power." The Yankees felt that honoring Mandela was the right thing to do.  

Yankee President, Randy Levine was thrilled that they could honor Mandela. "There's nobody more deserving to be in Monument Park," Levine added. The ceremony which was held between games of the doubleheader on Wednesday, attracted an all-star lineup. Among the celebrities in attendance were; former New York Mayor, David Dinkins, who hosted Mandela upon his visit in 1990. Entertainer Harry Belafonte, Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson were all in attendance.

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New York Yankees Carlos Beltran Avoids Serious Injury; Hopes to Return for Saturday’s Matchup Against Tampa Rays

April 19th, 2014 at 2:35 PM
By Mike Warsaw

The New York Yankees are hopefull that outfielder, Carlos Beltran will be back in the starting lineup on Saturday. Beltran injured his left shoulder and right wrist on Thursday night against the Tampa Rays. Beltran who flipped over the short wall at Tropicana field, knows he was lucky to escape serious injury.

'Carlos Beltran' photo (c) 2011, Chris Miller - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Beltran had an MRI following the Yanks 10-2 victory over the Rays and the results came back negative. Beltran was chasing a Dez Jennings fly in the third inning, when he flipped over the wall in right, but was able to stay in the game. The outfielder never looked up as he kept his focus on the ball and never even saw the potential collision. "If I had the chance to do it again, I wish I would have looked," Beltran said. "When the ball was hit, I thought I had a chance to make a catch. I didn't want to take my eyes off the baseball because of the roof. Than all of the sudden, I was all over the place."

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