Mark Teixeira

Yankees score eight in seventh to take Subway Series from Mets

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Down 3-1 after 6 1/2, the Yankees put together a furious rally in the seventh inning Sunday, scoring eight times on their way to beating the Mets 9-3 and claiming the Subway Series.

The Yankees won the final two games of the series after dropping Friday’s opener 2-1.

Mike Pelfrey’s inability to field his position cost the Mets in this one.  Pelfrey pitched well throughout, but he couldn’t handle Brett Garner’s shot up the middle to start the seventh or Derek Jeter’s that followed with none out and the bases loaded.  Two runs scored on Jeter’s hit, tying the game and getting Pelfrey replaced.

As it turned out, the Yankees were just getting started.  After a sac bunt and an intentional walk, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano delivered singles with the bases loaded.  With two outs and the Mets on their fourth pitcher of the inning, Gardner connected on a two-run double and Chris Dickerson had a two-run single, making it 9-3.

Pelfrey ended up getting charged with five runs in six-plus innings, ending his string of quality starts at three.  He dropped to 2-3 with a 5.28 ERA in five starts against the Yankees.

Ivan Nova almost hung around long enough to get the win for the Yankees.  He allowed three runs in the second, but the Mets kept threatening and coming up empty after that.  They had two hits in the third, a hit and a walk before Jose Reyes grounded into a double play in the fourth and then three hits without scoring a run in the sixth.  He ended up pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing 11 hits.

The victory kept the Yankees virtually tied with the Rays for first place in the AL East.  They’re 25-20, while the Rays are 26-21.

Zack Greinke named the Dbacks’ Opening Day starter

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 21:  Pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks poses for a portrait during photo day at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 21, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Not a surprise, but a news item on a slow news day is a news item on a slow news day: Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo has named Zack Greinke as the club’s Opening Day starter.

Greinke’s first season with the Diamondbacks is not exactly what the club hoped for when he signed a six-year, $206.5 million deal in December of 2015. He dealt with oblique and shoulder issues while struggling to a 4.37 ERA over 26 starts. Greinke hasn’t pitched yet this spring, but will make his spring debut on Friday. He and the club are obviously hoping for a quiet March and a strong beginning to the season.

Either for its own sake or to increase the trade value of a player who was acquired by the previous front office regime.

“La Vida Baseball,” celebrating Latino baseball, launches

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A new website has launched. It’s called “La Vida Baseball,” and it’s all about celebrating the past, present and future of Latino baseball from a Latino perspective.

The site, produced in partnership with the Hall of Fame, has four general areas of focus:

  • Who’s Now: Focusing on current Latino players;
  • Who’s Next: Focusing on top prospects here, in the Caribbean and in Central and South America;
  • Our Life: Off-the-Field stuff, including player’s lives, lifestyles and hobbies; and
  • Our Legends: Focusing on Latino baseball history, Hall of Famers and overlooked players.

As the site has just launched there aren’t yet a ton of stories up there, but there is one about Roberto Clemente, another about Felix Hernandez and some other stuff.

The site is much-needed. Baseball reporters for American outlets are overwhelmingly white, non-Spanish speakers. Reporters, who, generally, gravitate to the players who are the most like they are. Which is understandable on some level. When you’re writing stories about people you need to be able to communicate with them and relate to them on more than a mere perfunctory level. As such, no matter how good the intentions of baseball media, we tend to see the clubhouse and the culture of baseball from a distinctly American perspective. And we tend to paint Latino players with a broad, broad brush.

La Vida Baseball will, hopefully, remedy all of that and will, hopefully, give us a fresh and insightful depiction Latino players and their culture.