New York Yankees: Justin Morneau

Yankees pass on claiming Morneau

August, 14, 2013
NEW YORK -- Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau has cleared waivers, according to the Pioneer Press.

The New York Yankees were in prime position to put in a claim on the veteran, as they were No. 7 in the pecking order, but they passed on claiming the slugger. They can still work out a deal with Minnesota for Morneau, but their lack of a claim may indicate that they don't intend to make a deal.

Morneau, 32, is batting .263 with 14 homers and 67 RBIs. He has been on a power surge in August with six homers and 14 RBIs.

The Yankees could use another first baseman, as Lyle Overbay is the only one they have on the roster, but Morneau and Overbay are both left-handed. The Yankees have been searching all year for right-handed power, and adding Morneau would not help solve that problem. That being said, Morneau would still be an upgrade for a team that has struggled to hit homers all season long.

Morneau will be a free agent this offseason, and as of Friday, he would have been owed $3.44 million for the rest of the year, according to the Pioneer Press.

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Report: Morneau placed on waivers

August, 13, 2013
The Minnesota Twins have placed first baseman Justin Morneau on waivers, sources told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Other teams have 48 hours to claim Morneau, and the Yankees, who have been active on waiver wire this year, could be in good position to claim the veteran.

The waiver wire works in reverse order, meaning the Yankees, at 60-57, have the seventh-best position to claim him.

Morneau still has $3.67 million due to him as of Tuesday, according to the paper, and will be a free agent this offseason. Morneau, 32, is hitting .262 with 14 homers and 67 RBIs this year, but has a .319 on-base percentage.

The question is, would the Yankees feel Morneau is an upgrade over Lyle Overbay -- and do they believe they need another power bat from the left side? One of the Yankees' problems this year has been a lack of power from the right side, and Morneau wouldn't help with that.

The Yankees could also put in a claim to block the teams ahead of them in the playoff push, such as Cleveland, Kansas City and Tampa Bay. Even if the Yankees do claim Morneau, however, that doesn't mean they'd automatically receive him. The two teams would have to work out a deal, or the Twins would have to let the Yankees take Morneau off their hands for only his salary.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman did not return a call this afternoon seeking comment.

QUESTION: Should the Yankees put in a claim for Morneau? Please let us know in the comments section below.

Logan (finally) solves Twins' M&M boys

July, 13, 2013
NEW YORK -- Boone Logan had redemption on his mind Friday when he faced Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer.

The last time he faced the two Twins, in Minnesota on July 4, Mauer hit a sacrifice fly and Morneau homered.

"I had a grudge against them so I wanted to come in there and preserve the lead," said Logan, who inherited a two-on, no-outs jam in the seventh inning. "Really just get those [guys], Morneau and Mauer out, kind of owed it to them."

Logan got some payback against the pair -- who both entered the game as .500 career hitters against the reliever -- striking them out to strand a pair of runners in the Yankees' 2-0 win in the Bronx.

"Boone Logan came in and did an outstanding job," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

After Preston Claiborne allowed two singles to start the seventh, Logan entered to face Chris Parmelee, whom he struck out. Mauer followed, and Logan caught him looking on an inside pitch. He finished off Morneau on a check swing to record his first three-strikeout outing of the season.

Logan survived the inning despite uncorking a pair of wild pitches. On the latter one, with runners on second and third with one out, the ball bounced right back toward catcher Chris Stewart, preventing Pedro Florimon from scoring. When Stewart threw the ball past Logan, shortstop Eduardo Nunez backed up the throw, keeping Florimon stationary.

“We got lucky because he can have a big lead for them because we’re off the line," Girardi said. "We got lucky it came straight back.”

WHAT A THROW! Leading off the sixth, Vernon Wells hit a deep ball to center that Aaron Hicks had a hard time fielding. Wells attempted to take advantage of the opportunity by going for a triple, but Hicks, approximately 15 feet from the wall, threw a gorgeous strike to third to nail Wells.

Hicks' great throw robbed Wells of his first triple of the year, and his first since 2011.

"It was a great throw," Wells said. "That's the only chance you have of making that play and it's got to be a perfect throw and he made it."

NO HAFNER: Designated hitter Travis Hafner (foot) said he was available for Friday's game and could return to the lineup on Saturday against the Twins. Hafner hasn't played since Wednesday after injuring his foot while taking practice swings in the team's batting cage during the game.

"I'm good for whatever," Hafner said after Friday's game. "Hitting today was fine and I jogged a little in the outfield and that was good. I'm full go."

W2W4: Twins at Yankees (April 17)

April, 17, 2012
CC Sabathia Matchups to Watch For
Since 2007, CC Sabathia is 7-1 with a 1.37 ERA in nine regular-season starts against the Twins (and 1-0 against them in the postseason).

The combination of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are just 13-for-77 against Sabathia, combining the regular season and playoffs. Morneau is 0-for-his-last-11 against Sabathia. Mauer is 1-for-his-last-9.

Mauer’s 13 strikeouts in 34 at-bats are unusual. He doesn’t have more than nine strikeouts against any other pitcher. For his career, he only strikes out about once every nine at-bats.

This will be Sabathia’s first home start of 2012. He’s 26-7 with a 3.08 ERA for his career at the new Yankee Stadium.

The biggest issue for Sabathia this season has been right-handed hitters, who are 15-for-44 against him. This is a carryover from the end of the 2011 regular season, when righties hit .355 against him over his last seven games and crushed his fastball for a .457 batting average.

The heater hasn’t been working the magic with two strikes that it used to. Righties are 3-for-6 with two walks in at-bats ending with it over his first two starts. The one to watch in this game will be Alexi Casilla, who is 9-for-15 against Sabathia.

Francisco Liriano Matchups To Watch
Liriano was very good in spring training, but has a 10.00 ERA in two starts so far this season.

Liriano could run up a good strikeout total today. He’s fanned Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson 37 times in 90 at-bats. Rodriguez is 1-for-13 career against him, albeit with six walks.

Jeter Watch
Let’s zoom in on three things Derek Jeter has been doing so well in the Yankees first 10 games of the season. He’s hitting .378 with 17 hits, three home runs, and seven RBI.

1- He’s going opposite-field: Jeter has 10 hits to right and right-center field in the first 10 games of the season. No other right-handed hitter has more than seven. Jeter is hitting .500 when hitting the ball to that area. Last season, his opposite-field batting average was .278

2- He’s hitting with two strikes: Jeter has seven two-strike hits, including three doubles and a home run. He’s hitting .389 with two strikes, 209 points better than he did last season.

3- He’s hitting with muscle: Jeter has hit 10 fly balls this season and hit them at an average of an estimated 299 feet. Jeter averaged 274 feet on his fly balls last season.

The seven balls that Jeter has hit that haven’t left the ballpark have averaged 282 feet. He averaged 270 on those fly balls in 2011.



Jacoby Ellsbury
.293 8 47 47
HRM. Teixeira 17
RBIM. Teixeira 48
RB. Gardner 59
OPSJ. Ellsbury .778
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135