Thursday, March 31, 2011

CC Sabathia outduels Justin Verlander as Yankees top Tigers

Yankee Stadium-- A healthy Curtis Granderson helped give the storied New York Yankees their earliest home win ever.

Granderson hit a go-ahead homer leading off the seventh inning and Mark Teixeira had a three-run shot off Justin Verlander, lifting New York over the Detroit Tigers 6-3 on Thursday in the first March opener in the Bronx.

"It was great -- except for the weather," said Granderson, who arrived in New York around 11 p.m. Wednesday after playing in a rehabilitation game with minor leaguers in Tampa, Fla., earlier in the day.

 CC Sabathia pitched six workmanlike innings, Derek Jeter added a sacrifice fly in the seventh using his new stride-less swing and Mariano Rivera, wearing his socks high for perhaps the first time, earned his first save and 560th of his career.

Newcomers Russell Martin and Rafael Soriano did their part as the Yankees got off to a quick start on a gray, blustery, 42-degree day.

"Their bullpen and the long ball is what did us in today," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "I thought it was actually a decent game for the conditions. It was pretty rough."

Sidelined with a strained side since March 22, Granderson made two spectacular catches against his former team and homered for the third straight opener -- off a lefty, no less. He connected against former Yankee Phil Coke (0-1) as New York embarked on its first full season without George Steinbrenner as owner since 1973.

"He played a good game for being in a situation not knowing he would be here today," Jeter said.

With the flags above the lights in right field whipping toward the foul pole, Teixeira connected off Verlander in the third inning. Normally a .235 hitter in the first month of the season, the first baseman didn't get his first hit last season until his fifth game.

"I've been petitioning the league to start in March for years. Finally they let us start in March because everybody knows my Aprils," Teixeira said. "It's great to start this way. ... Last year was awful, it was embarrassing."

Slimmed down by 25 pounds and healthy after having surgery on his right knee this winter, Sabathia gave up six hits and three runs -- two earned. Starting on Opening Day in each of his three seasons with New York, Sabathia struck out seven and walked two.

Joba Chamberlain, Soriano, the AL saves leader for the Tampa Bay Rays last year, and Rivera pitched perfect innings and the Yankees retired the last 10 overall. Chamberlain (1-0) got the win.

"That's the way we drew it up," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said with a smile.

Verlander was making his fourth straight start on Opening Day, most for the Tigers since Jack Morris went 10 in a row. He was hoping to get off to a quick start to his season after going 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA last year in April before finishing 18-9, and he altered his offseason workout to help accomplish that.

"Obviously, coming out of the spring that I had, this is not the results that I wanted," said Verlander, who had a 0.96 ERA this spring.

Pitching in shirt sleeves, the right-hander reached 97 mph on the radar gun in the first but walked Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez before striking out Robinson Cano with his 31st pitch of the inning.

Verlander gave up just two other hits, including Rodriguez's one-out double in the sixth that hit the fence in right-center just above the 385-foot marker. He walked Cano but struck out Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada with two deceptive changeups, one 85 mph, the other 86.

Jhonny Peralta drove in his first run of the month. After going without an RBI in 66 spring at-bats, he hit a sacrifice fly to center in his first plate appearance to give Detroit the lead in the second inning.

Miguel Cabrera lined a single to left and, in his first at-bat with Detroit, Victor Martinez hit a hot shot to shortstop that Jeter, making a half-dive to his left, couldn't corral for a base hit. Sabathia walked the bases loaded before Peralta flied to Granderson.

Detroit closed it to 3-2 on Brandon Inge's two-out single in the fourth and tied it on Cabrera's sacrifice fly in the fifth with help from Cano's error on Will Rhymes' sacrifice attempt. Covering first, Cano closed his glove before Teixeira's toss arrived and the ball fell to the field.

Swisher had an RBI single in the eighth.

Granderson right away tested the injured side, diving on the slick turf to make a catch on Rhymes' sinking liner in the first. Granderson came up smiling and holding up his glove. He also made a running over-the-shoulder catch in the ninth.

"You worry a little bit more about the shoulder, he looked like he landed on it," Girardi said of the first catch. "I saw him get up and run in and he was smiling. So I wasn't too concerned."


Game Notes
Martin had a hit, stole a base and scored twice in his Yankees debut. ... The last time these two teams met on Opening Day in New York was 1966, with the Tigers winning 2-1 on April 12. .... The Tigers failed to homer for the first time at the new Yankee Stadium. ... Jeter's new walk-up music: Darth Vader's theme from "Star Wars." ... The Yankees have won 13 of their last 14 home openers.

Nighttime closures of Brooklyn Bridge Manhattan-bound lanes

Beginning Monday, April 4, the Manhattan-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge will be closed Sundays to Fridays from 11 pm to 6 am, Saturdays from 12:01 am to 7 am, and Sundays from 12:01 am to 9 am. Manhattan-bound traffic can use the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges or the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. Brooklyn-bound traffic will be maintained on the Brooklyn Bridge during these closures. The pedestrian and bicycle promenade will not be closed.


In order to safely set up the work on the bridge, the northbound FDR Drive exit to the Brooklyn Bridge at Frankfort Street will close at 10 pm Sundays to Thursdays and 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Brooklyn-bound drivers can access the bridge at Centre Street. The Brooklyn Bridge exit from the eastbound Brooklyn-Queens Expressway will close at 10:30 pm Sundays to Thursdays and 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Manhattan-bound drivers can access the bridge at Adams Street.

These closures are necessary for the rehabilitation of the bridge’s ramps and approaches and will continue until further notice.

More information on the Brooklyn Bridge rehabilitation project is available on the DOT web site.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mets close out spring with victory over Marlins

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets newcomer Chris Young did fine in his final test and was relieved to come out of spring training totally healthy.


The Mets' No. 4 starter overcame a rocky third inning Wednesday to finish strong in a 6-3 win over the Florida Marlins. The exhibition finale for both teams was a preview to their opener Friday night in Florida.

Young walked three and gave up two doubles, including an RBI hit by Chris Coghlan, while allowing two earned runs in the third, but held the Marlins scoreless through the remainder of his five-inning outing.

The former San Diego Padres pitcher missed most of last season with a strained right shoulder.

"I felt I was capable of it [a healthy spring], but you never know until you go through it. And certainly as spring progressed, I continued to feel very, very good, if not better each time out," said Young, who finished with a 1.78 ERA. "I got up to 100-plus pitches and I feel strong and ready to go. I'm happy with my stuff, happy with my mechanics, happy with my health."

After Coghlan's double and Logan Morrison's sacrifice fly gave the Marlins a 2-0 lead, Young got out of a bases-loaded jam by fanning Wes Helms with two outs. He didn't give up a hit after that.

David Wright had an RBI single in the third as the Mets tied it.

The loss was the first for the Marlins in their last 11 games, as they finished the spring at 15-15-1, with the tie coming March 23 against the Braves.

"I will think about that game," Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez joked.

Rodriguez set his opening day lineup Wednesday, but the biggest focus early in the season will be on outfielder Mike Stanton, who missed nearly a month because of a quad strain. He was 0 for 3 Wednesday but finished the spring with a .389 average and 10 RBIs.

"He seems like he's ready to go," Rodriguez said. "He's been taking very good at-bats, he's been taking close pitches with two strikes and that's a very good sign."


Game Notes
Marlins C John Baker was placed on the 60-man disabled list as he continues to rehab from Tommy John elbow surgery last September. The moved cleared one more spot on the 40-man roster, which was completed when 3B Donnie Murphy and backup INF Greg Dobbs signed major league contracts and were added. ... The Marlins have acquired INF Jim Negrych for minor league C Carlos Paulino. The 26-year-old Negrych split time between Double-A and Triple-A last year, while the 21-year-old Paulino played at the Class-A level in 2010 with Greensboro (64 games) and Jupiter (three games).

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Yankees get to Carl Pavano but Twins still prevail

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Losing to his former team wasn't on the list of reasons why Carl Pavano was unhappy with his outing Sunday.


Pavano had his worst outing of spring training, giving up five runs to the New York Yankees, but the Minnesota Twins still won, 7-6.

Pavano, slated to start on Opening Day for the Twins, took a 0.95 ERA into the game against the team he won only nine games for in four injury plagued seasons. He gave up five runs -- four earned -- and 11 hits in six innings. Pavano walked one and struck out four.

"You have starts like this," Pavano said. "It's all about being healthy. Obviously the results aren't what I would like to see, but up to this point I've been pretty consistent. I just expect more out of myself."

Robinson Cano hit a solo homer off Pavano in the first inning. It was Cano's second homer of the spring.

"It was just one of those days where it was a battle," Pavano said.

Since joining the Twins in an August 2009 trade with Cleveland, Pavano has paved his way to becoming an opening day starter again.

"He's resurrected his career," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He has pitched well for the Twins. He's given them innings. When we've faced him in the playoffs, he has pitched well.

"The guy knows how to pitch," Girardi continued. "The big thing for Carl is that he has been healthy."

Pavano went 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA last season, his best season since going 18-8 with a 3.00 ERA for the Florida Marlins in 2004.

The Twins named Pavano their Opening Day starter early in camp. He will pitch Friday in Toronto.

"It's exciting," Pavano said. "It's nice to be rewarded for the season I had last year. They rewarded me in a couple of ways. They gave me a long-term deal [through 2012], and they put the ball in my hand on opening day.

Mark Teixeira went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs for the Yankees. Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 2 with a strikeout.

Twins right fielder Michael Cuddyer hit a solo homer, his first this spring.

Twins designated hitter Jim Thome went 2 for 2 with his first homer of this spring.

Matt Tolbert, who learned he would make the Twins over Luke Hughes as a utility infielder, had a triple and two RBIs.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire also decided on his bullpen, but not a closer -- he's still deciding between Joe Nathan and Matt Capps.

But Dusty Hughes, Jose Mijares, Jeff Manship, Glen Perkins and Kevin Slowey will comprise the rest of the relief corps.

"We're trying to mix and match and get comfortable," Gardenhire said. "We'll see how it works. If it doesn't, and we don't like it, we'll be replacing those people.

"I'll have a better feel for it once we get into the season. We'll have a way better feel for how we're going to work things out," he said. "You can't play game situations down here. It's too hard. You're playing against No. 99. It's just too hard. It'll be a lot easier to get a better feel for our bullpen once the season begins."


Game Notes
Rodriguez met 12-year-old Julianne Ramirez, the girl he invited to Sunday's game after learning she saved a friend who was drowning last summer. "It's amazing how courageous she was," A-Rod said. "Sometimes we don't give kids the credit they deserve. They're very smart and very intuitive."

 Yankees CF Curtis Granderson, out with a strained muscle in his right side, will take batting practice Monday. His status for opening day has not been determined.

 The Houston Astros returned left-hander Lance Pendleton, a Rule 5 winter draft pick, to the Yankees. New York assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

 Twins left-hander Scott Diamond, taken from Atlanta in the Rule 5 Draft, will not break camp with the Twins, Gardenhire said. Either the Twins would try and trade him, or he would be offered back to the Braves.

 The Twins optioned RHPs Jim Hoey, Anthony Slama and INF Luke Hughes to Triple-A Rochester.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Weekday Service Changes

1 Line
All times until August 2011

Bronx-bound 1 trains skip Dyckman St.

2 Line
12:01 AM to 5 AM, Tue and Wed, Mar 29 – 30


2 service operates in two sections:
1. Between 241 St and Chambers St.
2. Between Chambers St and Flatbush Av, every 30 minutes.

To continue your trip, transfer at Chambers St.

10:30 AM to 3 PM, Wed to Fri, Mar 30 – Apr 1

241 St-bound 2 trains run express from 3 Av-149 St to East 180 St.

These service changes affect one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information,  read station signs.

5 Line
Beginning Mar 28, 4 PM to 7:45 PM, Mon to Fri, until August 2011

Dyre Av/Nereid Av-bound 5 PM Rush Hour express trains run local from 3 Av-149 St to East 180 St.

10:30 AM to 3 PM, Wed to Fri, Mar 30 – Apr 1

Dyre Av-bound 5 trains run express from 3 Av-149 St to East 180 St.

These service changes affect one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information, read station signs.


6 Line
All times until October 2011

6 trains skip Elder Av and St Lawrence Av in both directions. Take the Bx4, Bx4A or Bx27 bus. Overnight, free shuttle buses operate along the Bx4 route between the Parkchester 6 and Simpson St 2 stations.

7 Line
From 10:30 AM to 3 PM, Tue and Wed, Mar 29 – 30, Manhattan 7 trains run express from Willets Point to Queensboro Plaza.

From 10:30 AM to 3 PM, Thu and Fri, Mar 31 – Apr 1, Manhattan 7 trains run express from Willets Point to 74 St.

From 9 AM to 10 AM, Mon to Fri, until May 13, Manhattan 7 trains run local from Willets Point to Queensboro Plaza.


A Line
All times until June 2011

Manhattan-bound A trains skip Beach 36 St and Beach 60 St.

From 12:01 AM to 5 AM, Tue to Fri, Mar 29 – Apr 1, Uptown A trains run express from 59 St to 125 St.

From 12:01 AM to 5 AM, Tue to Fri, Mar 29 – Apr 1,  Downtown A trains run express from 59 St to Canal St. NOTE: See entries under the E line for other service changes that may affect travel alternatives for this service change.

These service changes affect one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information, read station signs.


B Line
All times until Fall 2011

Manhattan-bound B trains skip Avenue M and Avenue H stations.

D Line
From 10 AM to 3 PM, Mon to Thu, Mar 28 – 31, Coney Island-bound D trains run via the N line from 36 St, Brooklyn to Stillwell Av.

From 12:01 AM to 5 AM, Tue to Fri, Mar 29 – Apr 1, Downtown D trains run local from 145 St to 59 St.

From 12:01 AM to 5 AM, Friday, Apr 1, Downtown D trains run local from 34 St-Herald Sq to West 4 St.


E Line
10 PM to 5 AM, Mon to Fri, Mar 28 – Apr 1

Manhattan-bound E trains are rerouted to the F line after 36 St, Queens and run to West 4 St. (Manhattan-bound E trains travel via the 63 St and 6 Av corridors stopping at F stations instead). Free shuttle buses are available to/from Jamaica-bound E trains at 21 St-Queensbridge.

NOTE: If you are traveling after 12:01 AM, the Manhattan terminal for E trains changes to the 2 Av F station.

12:01 AM to 5 AM, Tue to Fri, Mar 29 – Apr 1

No E trains between West 4 St and World Trade Center. Downtown E trains are rerouted to the F at West 4 St and run to 2 Av, the last stop. Queens-bound E trains originate at 2 Av and run to West 4 St, where trains resume regular E service to Jamaica Center.

NOTE: See entries under the A line for other service changes that may affect travel alternatives for this service change.

These service changes affect one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information,  read station signs.



G Line
All times until May 2011

Queens-bound G trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy and 15 St-Prospect Park.

11 PM to 5 AM, Mon to Fri, Mar 28 – Apr 1

G service operates in two sections:

1. Between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs, every 30 minutes.
2. Between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Church Av, every 15 minutes.

To continue your trip, transfer at Bedford-Nostrand Avs.


M Line
10 PM to 12 midnight, Mon to Thu, Mar 28 – 31

Metropolitan Av-bound M trains run via the F line after 36 St, Queens to 47-50 Sts. Metropolitan Av-bound M trains stop at the 57 St and Lexington Av/ 63 St F stations. Trains resume the M route at 47-50 Sts. Free shuttle buses connect to/from 71 Av-bound M trains at 21 St-Queensbridge.

This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information,  read station signs.


N Line
10 AM to 3 PM, Monday, Mar 28

Manhattan-bound N trains run express from Astoria Blvd to Queensboro Plaza.

Q Line
All times until Fall 2011

Manhattan-bound Q trains skip Avenue M and Avenue H stations.

10 AM to 3 PM, Monday, Mar 28

Q service is suspended between Ditmars Blvd and 57 St-7 Av; take the N instead. Also, Q trains run local between 57 St-7 Av and 34 St.

12:15 AM to 5 AM, Tue to Fri, Mar 29 – Apr 1

Q service operates in two sections:

1. Between 57 St-7 Av and Pacific St.
2. Between Atlantic Av and Stillwell Av, every 30 minutes.

To continue your trip, transfer via passageway at Atlantic Av-Pacific St.

Yanks sign right-hander Kevin Millwood

By Andrew Marchand
ESPNNewYork.com

The New York Yankees signed right-hander Kevin Millwood to a minor league deal on Friday.


The Yankees expected to announce soon if Freddy Garcia or Bartolo Colon will be the team's fifth starter, with the other likely headed to long relief. Millwood, who will go to extended spring training, adds depth behind those veteran right-handers.

The Yankees gave Millwood no guaranteed money. He was signed to a pro-rated $1.5 million deal with incentives, but he has to be on the Yankees' 25-man big league roster by May 1 or the deal is void.

Millwood has the chance to earn $3.5 million more in performance bonuses: $500,000 each for five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 starts. He would get an additional $1 million for 30 starts.

Garcia gets $1.5 million if he is on the Yankees' opening day roster. His deal could be worth as much as $3.6 million if he makes 30 or more starts.


Colon, who is slated to make $900,000 if he is on the team, has no added incentives in his contract.

The Yankees have been talking with Millwood's agent, Scott Boras, since the offseason, but had been unable to come to an agreement until now. General manager Brian Cashman has been steadfast in saying he would pay only a certain amount for Millwood's services.


A major league contract was always out of the question. Garcia's and Colon's deals were also minor league deals.

At this point, it is unknown how soon the 36-year-old Millwood could pitch in a major league game. Though he has been working out, he has missed almost all of spring training. He likely will have to start the season in extended spring training or in the minor leagues.

Last season, Millwood pitched with the Orioles and went 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA. In 2009, he was 13-10 with a 3.67 ERA with the Texas Rangers.

Garcia, 1-1 with a 5.93 ERA in spring training, entered the competition for the fifth spot as the favorite because he won 12 games last season. Colon did not appear at all in the majors in 2010.

But Colon has outpitched Garcia this spring, going 1-0 with a 2.40 ERA. However, it is unclear if he has done enough to win the job.

Ivan Nova is expected to be the Yankees' No. 4 starter.

Sergio Mitre had an outside shot at a rotation spot as well, but he struggled, and on Friday was traded to the Brewers for outfielder Chris Dickerson.

SI.com first reported that Millwood and the Yankees had reached agreement.

Yanks trade Sergio Mitre to Brewers

The New York Yankees traded pitcher Sergio Mitre to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday for outfielder Chris Dickerson.


Mitre entered spring training with an outside chance to win a spot in New York's starting rotation, as well as an opportunity to pitch long relief. But Ivan Nova appears to have won the No. 4 spot, and Freddy Garcia is the leading candidate for the fifth spot, with Bartolo Colon also in the mix.

The Yankees also signed free agent Kevin Millwood to a minor league deal Friday.


Mitre's departure clears the way for both Garcia and Colon to make the team, although it is unclear who will get the starting job and who will be assigned to the bullpen for long relief/spot starting duty, which was Mitre's job with the Yankees in 2010.

"We talked about three of the four guys going [with the team for opening day] and now you take one away," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Could things change? Yes, they could. But we've said all along that it would be, probably, three out of the four."

Mitre, 30, was 0-3 with one save and a 3.33 ERA last season. After a good start this spring, he pitched poorly in his last appearance, allowing two home runs to the Orioles in Sarasota on Tuesday.

The Brewers have been scrambling for another arm because of injuries to their starting rotation. Zack Greinke will begin the season on the disabled list because of a rib injury suffered in a pickup basketball game, and Shaun Marcum has been bothered by tightness in his shoulder this spring.

"Sergio, he's going to be in a good spot to, obviously, help Milwaukee with their recent rash of injuries," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

Mitre is 13-29 with a 5.27 ERA in seven seasons with the Cubs, Marlins and Yankees. He signed a $900,000 deal with New York in early December.

Dickerson, 28, broke into the big leagues with Cincinnati. He joined Milwaukee in August in a trade for Jim Edmonds.

Dickerson gives the Yankees backup insurance if center fielder Curtis Granderson, out with a strained muscle on his right side, is not ready for opening day next Thursday.

"It gives us another choice as an alternative if Curtis doesn't make opening day," Cashman said. "We're not going to treat opening day as a pressure point. I don't think it's a long-term issue, but I can't tell you whether it's a few days or a week or 10 days."

Dickerson is batting .278 in 17 games with Milwaukee this spring. A Yankees source said he believed Dickerson would be assigned to Triple-A Scranton.

Anibal Sanchez stifles Mets as Mike Stanton, Marlins win

JUPITER, Fla. -- Anibal Sanchez has been Florida's best starting pitcher this spring.


The right-hander pitched the Marlins to a 6-5 victory Friday over the New York Mets, throwing three-hit ball for 5 1/3 scoreless innings in his longest outing of the spring.

Mike Stanton had two more RBIs, one each on a double and a sacrifice fly. He has nine RBIs in two games since he made his Grapefruit League debut Thursday after missing most of the spring with a right quadriceps strain.

Chris Coghlan played center field for the first time since March 16. He entered as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning.


Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said Coghlan, who has been bothered by a sore throwing shoulder, will start Saturday against the Cardinals. It will be the first time all spring that the Marlins' projected outfield, including left fielder Logan Morrison, will play together.

"It's not the scenario we were looking for, but that's what we'll get," Rodriguez said. "If it's going to be [the remaining] six games, at least they're on the field."

Ike Davis hit his third home run of the spring for the Mets.

Sanchez, who struck out four, will open the season as the team's No. 4 starter. He'll get one more spring training start, then make his season debut April 5 against Washington.

Sanchez is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in five Grapefruit League starts. Josh Johnson, the Marlins' Opening Day starter, has the team's next-best ERA at 4.95.

"We liked what we saw but I still don't think he is in 100 percent season shape regarding the command of his pitches, especially his fastball," Rodriguez said.

Sanchez, who led the Marlins last year with 32 starts and 195 innings, missed a start earlier in the month because of a sore right shin after being struck by a hard grounder.

"Now everything is fine. Today I was little bit wild," said Sanchez, who walked two and threw 49 of his 82 pitches for strikes. "I just want to go longer in spring training. I missed one start so I'd like to go six innings to be ready for the season."

Relief pitcher D.J. Carrasco started for the Mets in place of Chris Young, who didn't want to face the Marlins for what would've been a third time this spring.

Carrasco allowed four runs (three earned) in four innings. He made a throwing error in the third when his pickoff throw sailed past second base and into center field, allowing Hanley Ramirez to score.


Game Notes
Mets RF Carlos Beltran plans to play five innings in the outfield Saturday in a minor league game. He has been sidelined with left knee tendinitis since playing his only Grapefruit League game on March 6. ... The Mets added left-hander Tim Byrdak to the 40-man roster. He'll break camp in the bullpen.

Weekend Bridge and Street Closures – March 26-27

The North Outer Roadway of the Williamsburg Bridge will be closed Saturday from 5 am to 6 pm (rain date Sunday) to facilitate the replacement of the roadway expansion joint seals and steel work on the Main Tower. During the North Outer Roadway closure, there will be four lanes maintained westbound to Manhattan (no trucks), and two lanes maintained eastbound to Brooklyn. Electronic signs will direct drivers to the appropriate lanes and indicate temporary street level detours. Truck traffic should use the Manhattan Bridge.


The Willis Avenue Bridge will be fully closed on Saturday from 2 am to 6 am to test the new swing span. Motorists will be detoured to the Madison Avenue Bridge at East 138th Street. Pedestrians and bicyclists may use the Third Avenue Bridge.

59th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Manhattan will be closed from 7 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday to facilitate utility and trunk water main work by the Department of Design and Construction. Motorists should use 2nd Avenue southbound or 58th Street eastbound to access the lower level of the Queensboro Bridge.

Two of four southbound lanes on West Street (9A) between Canal Street and Watts Street in Manhattan may be closed from 11 pm Friday to 10 am on Saturday and from 11 pm Saturday to 10 am on Sunday. On West Street between Liberty Street and Albany Street, two of three lanes may be closed in one direction at a time from 1 am to 7 am on Saturday and from 2 am to 9 am on Sunday.

There will be lane closures on the FDR Drive northbound and southbound between Montgomery and Grand Streets on Sunday between 1 am and 11 am for a regularly scheduled inspection of the under decks of the Corlears Park Bridge. At least one lane of traffic will remain open at all times in each direction.

45th Street between Lexington Avenue and Madison Avenue; Vanderbilt Avenue between 44th Street and 46th Street; the Park Avenue viaduct southbound between 46th Street and 42nd Street; and Vanderbilt Avenue northbound between 43rd Street and 44th Street will be closed from 7 am Saturday to 5 am Monday to facilitate MTA East Side Access structural work.


There will be lane closures on the 37th Street Bridge over the Brooklyn Queens Expressway and on the BQE under the bridge from 1 am to 6 am on Saturday and from 1 am to 8 am on Sunday for rehabilitation work on the bridge.

The Honeywell Street Bridge between 39th Avenue and 37th Avenue in Queens will be closed from 10 pm to 5 am Friday night into Saturday morning and Saturday night into Sunday morning to facilitate MTA construction activity work.

The Gowanus Expressway outbound/southbound exit ramp to the Prospect Expressway will be closed from 12:01 am to 7 am Saturday to facilitate New York State DOT construction activity.

The Belt Parkway between Flatbush Avenue and Mill Basin Bridge will be closed from 12:01 am to 7 am Saturday to facilitate NYCDOT roadway milling and resurfacing.

The following streets will be closed on Sunday:


  •  Madison Avenue between 25th Street and 41st Street and 41st Street between Park Avenue and 5th Avenue in Manhattan will be closed from noon to 2 pm for the Persian Iranian Parade.

  •  5th Avenue between 79th Street and 64th Street and Central Park South between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue in Manhattan will be closed from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm for the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater NY Parade.

  •  51st Street between 6th Avenue and Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue between 50th Street and 51st Street in Manhattan will be closed from 1:45 pm to 5 pm for the Auxiliary Police Benevolent Association NY Parade.

  •  Broadway between 34th Street and 35th Street and 34th and 35th Streets between Broadway and 7th Avenue (curb lane only) will be closed from 11 am to 8:30 pm for the 37th Annual Macy’s Flower Show.

  •  4th Avenue between Marine Avenue and 95th Street and 5th Avenue between 95th Street and 59th Street in Brooklyn will be closed from 1 pm to 3 pm for the Bay Ridge Saint Patrick’s Parade.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mets have 23 hits, smoke Jaime Garcia, Cardinals

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Brad Emaus is looking more and more like the Mets Opening Day second baseman.


Emaus went 4-for-4 with a homer, three runs scored and an RBI, and the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 16-3 on Thursday.

Emaus' standout performance came a day after the Mets optioned Justin Turner to Triple-A Buffalo, clearing a better path for Emaus to win the job. Luis Hernandez and Daniel Murphy are also in the mix.

The Rule 5 selection said the performance was not a result of any relaxed feelings that may have resulted from the competition narrowing down.

"I just went out and had a good day," said Emaus, who boosted his average to .293 for the spring. "Like I've said, every day is a new day. I felt like my swing is starting to get a little bit better, and I had some good swings out there."

When asked if Emaus took a step toward nailing down the job, manager Terry Collins paused before saying, "I thought he played very well."

"He swung the bat good," Collins added with a laugh. "I saw a pretty quick set of hands on that bag. I thought he played very, very well. Pretty impressive."

Emaus wasn't the only Mets player to have a good day Thursday.

New York scored eight runs in the fourth, including seven straight two-out hits after an error by second baseman Skip Schumaker extended the inning. In addition to Emaus, David Wright, Angel Pagan, Josh Thole and minor leaguer Matt Den Dekker also homered, and the Mets finished with 23 hits on the day.

"It was a great day for everyone," Emaus said. "I'll take that all year."

Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia said he didn't feel anything mechanically wrong with his pitches or delivery in that fourth inning, but he wasn't concerned because that's "just baseball."

Garcia yielded 10 runs -- only three earned -- on 14 hits and no walks in four innings, and he struck out one batter.

"I threw a lot of strikes today," Garcia said. "It's mechanical when you are walking a lot of people and falling behind every time. But today, I was able to get ahead. I made good pitches early in the game. That inning was a long inning. I got a little tired maybe, I don't know."

The Mets didn't just hit Garcia hard. Thole and Emaus hit back-to-back homers against Eduardo Sanchez in the fifth inning and Den Dekker hit a three-run shot off Mitchell Boggs in the sixth.

Mets left-hander Chris Capuano allowed three runs, two earned on eight hits in five innings, walking no one and fanning four.


Game Notes
Mets pitcher Chris Young, slated to be the team's No. 4 starter, will pitch in a simulated game Friday along with reliever Jason Isringhausen, while the club travels to play the Marlins. Carlos Beltran also will participate in the game.

Weekend Service Changes

1 Line
All times until August 2011

Bronx-bound 1 trains skip Dyckman St.

2 Line
12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon, Mar 26 – 28

241 St-bound 2 trains skip Bronx Park East, Pelham Pkwy, Allerton and Burke Avs.

This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information, read station signs.


4 Line
12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon, Mar 26 – 28

4 trains run local between 125 St and Brooklyn Bridge in both directions.

5 Line
From 11:30 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Mar 25 – 28, 5 service is suspended between Dyre Av and 149 St-Grand Concourse.Use free shuttle buses between Dyre Av and East 180 St. Also, Take the 2 between East 180 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse. Transfer between the shuttle bus and the 2 train at East 180 St.

From 6 AM to 11:30 PM, Saturday, Mar 26 and from 8 AM to 11:30 PM, Sunday Mar 27, 5 trains run every 20 minutes between 149 St-Grand Concourse and Bowling Green.

From 6 AM to 11:30 PM, Saturday, Mar 26 and from 8 AM to 11:30 PM, Sunday Mar 27, 5 trains run local between 125 St and Brooklyn Bridge in both directions.

These service changes affect one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information, read station signs.



6 Line
All times until October 2011

6 trains skip Elder Av and St Lawrence Av in both directions.

7 Line
4 AM Sat to 10 PM Sun, Mar 26 – 27

Free shuttle buses replace 7 trains between Main St and Willets Point. Transfer between the shuttle bus and the 7 train at Willets Point.

This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information, read station signs.


A Line
12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon, Mar 26 – 28

Brooklyn-bound A trains run local from 59 St to West 4 St; trains are then rerouted to the F line to Jay St-MetroTech. Also, All times until Early Summer, Manhattan-bound A trains skip Beach 36 St and Beach 60 St.

These service changes affect one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information, read station signs.


C Line
6:30 AM to midnight, Sat and Sun, Mar 26 – 27

Brooklyn-bound C trains run on the F line from West 4 St to Jay St-MetroTech.

This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information, read station signs.


D Line
12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon, Mar 26 – 28

Manhattan-bound D trains run on the N line from Stillwell Av to 36 St.

E Line
12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon, Mar 26 – 28

E trains run local between Roosevelt Av and Queens Plaza.

G Line
All times until May 2011

Queens-bound G trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy and 15 St-Prospect Park.

J Line
3:30 AM Sat to 10 PM Sun, Mar 26 – 27

J service is suspended between Jamaica Center and Crescent St. Take the E train for service between Jamaica Center and Jamaica-Van Wyck. Use free shuttle buses for service between Jamaica-Van Wyck and Crescent St.

This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information,  read station signs.


L Line
5:30 AM to 6 PM, Sat and Sun, Mar 26 – 27

Free shuttle buses replace L trains between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Pkwy.

This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information, read station signs.


Q Line
12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon, Mar 26 – 28

Overnight, Q service is suspended between 57 St-7 Av and Atlantic Av — Take the N instead. Trains run every 30 minutes between Atlantic Av and Stillwell Av.

Days, Q service is suspended between 57 St-7 Av and Times Sq-42 St — Take the N instead.

All times until Fall 2011
Manhattan-bound Q trains skip Avenue M and Avenue H stations.

These service changes affect one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information, read station signs.


R Line
6:30 AM to midnight, Sat and Sun, Mar 26 – 27

R trains are rerouted to the F line between Queens and Manhattan. Trains make R stops between 71 Av and 36 St, Queens and F stops between 21 St-Queensbridge and Lexington Av/63 St, then resume R service at 57 St-7 Av.

For service to/from Queens Plaza, Lexington Av/59 St and 5 Av/59 St, use the E, F, 4 or 6 trains.

This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information, read station signs.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Perez done after horrible Met stint

Port St. Lucie, Florida- Have the gods finally shone some light on the Mets? Oliver Perez was released yesterday after signing a $36 Million contract before the beginning of the 2009 season. "The way i've been pitching, i think i haven't been doing great," Perez said moments after being released by the Mets. "There are guys who have been doing better than me, and i'm going to do what's best for the team and for me."

The final strike came on Saturday when he allowed consecutive homers to Jeff Frazier and Brian Bixler in a relief role during the Mets' 7-4 victory over the Nationals. Though the Mets had hoped that Perez could prove himself in the bullpen, it was clear by the celebration of Met fans that Perez's release was not too soon. "The velocity was not there, the command was not there," GM Sandy Alderson said.

Perez's release came only 3 days after Luis Castillo got released, the team buying out his $6 million lect on his contract. Castillo has since signed a contract with the Phillies. People will forget the Perez/Castillo era and will spend the money wisely.

Perez ups and downs
  • April 9, 2009: Perez allows 8 runs in 4.1 innings in a 8-6 loss to the Reds. Perez's ERA is 16.60.
  • April 15, 2009: Perez records the first win in Citi Field history in a 7-2 win over the Padres. He goes 6 innings and allows 1 run while striking out 4.
  • May 2, 2009: Perez walks 6 in 2.1 innings in a 6-5 loss at Philadelphia. 4 days later, he is placed on the DL with patellar tendinitis in his right knee.
  • July 8, 2009: Perez comes back from the diabled list and gets the win against the Dodgers. Perez goes 5 innings and allows 2 runs while striking out 2.
  • August 23, 2009: Perez makes his final start of the season and gives up 6 runs in 0.2 innings in an 9-7 loss to the Phillies.
  • May 14, 2010: Perez allows 4 HR's and 7 runs in 3.1 innings in an 7-2 loss for his final start as a Met.
  • October 3, 2010: Perez ends his Met carrer by allowing 3 walks and a hit batsman in a 2-1, 14- inning loss to the Nationals.

Giants:2 Mets:0

Lineups(Mets)
1) Kate-RF (0-4, BA: .311)
2)Selena Kinney- 2B (1-4, BA: .223)
3)Astrid Hofferson- 3B (0-4, BA: .310)
4)Zoey Franklin- CF (1-4, BA: .250)
5)Snotlout Jorgenson- 1B (0-4, BA: .254)
6)Kit Ballard- LF(1-2, BA: .267)
7)MacKenzie Hollister- C (1-3, BA: .500)
8)Morrigan Aensland- SS (1-3, BA: .221)
9)Peeta Mullark- P (0-1, BA: .294)
PH) Ashley D. (1-1, BA: .268)


Lineups(Giants)
1)Aaron Rowand- CF (2-4, BA: .242)
2)Freddy Sanchez- 2B (0-4, BA: .279)
3)Aubry Huff- LF (1-3, BA: .295)
PH) Aundres Torres(BA: .281)
4)Buster Posey- C (2-4, BA: .355)
5)Travis Ishikakwa- 1B (0-4, BA: .333)
6)Juan Uribe- SS (0-3, BA: .248)
7)Pablo Sandoval- 3B (1-3, BA: .263)
8)Nate Sherirholtz- RF (0-2, BA: .247)
9)Tim Lincecum- P (1-3, BA: .119)


Pitching(Mets)
SP Peeta Mullark(L, 6-3) 7 innings, 5 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts. Has a 2.63 ERA and threw 96 pitches(67 for strikes).
RP Emily Gonzalez 0.1 inings, 2 hits, 1 earned run. Has a 1.93 ERA and threw 7 pitches(5 for strikes).
RP Pedro Feliciano 0 innings, 1 walk. Has a 2.34 ERA and threw 4 balls.
RP Chloe Garcia threw 0.2 innings. Has a 1.54 ERA and threw 5 pitches(4 strikes).

Pitching(Giants)
SP Tim Lincecum(W, 10-4) CG, 6 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts. Has a 2.94 ERA and threw 110 pitches(77 for strikes).

Zach Britton finally allows first spring run but helps O's top Yankees

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Jake Fox hit his eighth home run, most in the majors this spring, and Zach Britton had another impressive outing to help the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 6-2 on Tuesday.


Britton finally allowed his first run of the spring, but he's making it hard on the Orioles to choose a No. 5 starter. He yielded one run and six hits in five-plus innings, walking two and striking out five. Jason Berken followed and pitched two scoreless innings.

Britton has worked 14 innings in four spring appearances, allowing one run.

Fox, bidding to become the Orioles' backup catcher, hammered a long homer to left field off Yankees starter Sergio Mitre, giving Baltimore the lead for good at 2-1 in the third. Struggling Luke Scott added his first spring homer, a two-run shot that capped a four-run inning.

J.J. Hardy added a solo homer in the fourth, and Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis had two hits apiece.

Mitre struggled for the Yankees, allowing five hits and five runs in three innings. Nick Swisher had a double and a single to lead the New York offense.

Mets 7, Tigers 4

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Lucas Duda had three hits filling in for Angel Pagan and the New York Mets roughed up Brad Penny for five runs in the second inning before holding on to beat the Detroit Tigers 7-4 Tuesday.


Pagan, taking over in center field for Carlos Beltran this season, left because of tightness in his lower back. Duda entered in the second innings. He scored two runs.

Mets starter Jonathon Niese gave up four runs in the bottom of the second, but didn't allow any more in his four innings.

Prior to the game, Tigers manager Jim Leyland announced that Will Rhymes had won the second base position and that last year's opening day starter, Scott Sizemore was sent to the minors.

Rhymes batted .304 in 54 games last season. Former All-Star Carlos Guillen was expected to be under consideration for the starting job at second, but he is still out with an injury to his left knee.

Mid-season Report in Cartoon Baseball

1)Hiccup Horradock- SS (.275 BA, 6 HR, 33 RBI's)
2)Kit Ballard- LF (.265 BA, 6 HR, 44 RBI's)
3)Astrid Hofferson- 3B (.314 BA, 14 HR's, 65 RBI's)
4) Snotlout Jorgenson- 1B (.258, 11 HR's, 40 RBI's)
5) Aerrow- CF (.315, 6 HR's, 40 RBI's)
6) Kate- RF (.253 BA, 8 HR's, 42 RBI's)
7)Ashley D.- C (.238 BA, 11 HR's, 32 RBI's)
8)Nikki Makwell- 2B (.241, 0 HR's, 14 RBI's)


Starting Rotation
SP) Gale Hawthorne (7-5, 2.98 ERA)
SP)Katniss Everdeen (10-4, 3.58 ERA, 1 SV)
SP)Peeta Mullark (6-2, 2.77 ERA)
SP)Finnick Odair (6-3, 3.61 ERA)
SP)Piper Hernandez (7-3, 4.15 ERA)

Bullpen
CL) Starling Rodriguez (2-2, 2.45 ERA, 21 SV)
RP) Nigel Uno (0-0, 1.65 ERA, 0 SV)
RP)Kuki Sanban (0-0, 7.61 ERA, 0 SV)
RP)Pedro Feliciano (2-4, 2.34 ERA, 0 SV)
RP)Chloe Garcia (0-0, 9.00 ERA)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Chris Young goes 6 scoreless, but Mets fall to Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. -- The New York Mets and Florida Marlins each have several decisions to make before they meet on Opening Day. The No. 4 starter spot does not appear to be one of them.


Chris Young pitched six scoreless innings for the Mets and Anibal Sanchez matched him for five before the Marlins rallied for a 5-0 victory on over New York on Saturday.

Young allowed four singles and struck out three. He has allowed three runs in 20 1/3 innings this spring. The Marlins had runners on first and second with no outs twice against Young and could not score.

"He just continues to throw the ball exactly how we want him to," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "The command of his stuff is getting better and better. I've talked to guys that have faced him and they said you just can't pick the ball up until late."

Young has secured a spot in the Mets' rotation after signing an incentive-laden free agent contract in January. He made four starts for the Padres last season while struggling with right shoulder problems.

"The main thing is physically I feel real good," Young said. "I felt like my fastball command is the best it's been today. I was very, very happy with it. It kind of carried over from the last couple of innings against Washington in my last start."

Sanchez was pitching for the first time in 10 days. He skipped a start because of a bruised right lower leg.

Sanchez allowed five hits and got some help from his defense, which turned a double play in the second inning just before Brad Emaus' double. In the fifth, catcher John Buck picked off Mets catcher Ronny Paulino at second base.

"He wanted to go one more inning but I didn't' want to push him," Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said.

Sanchez has not pitched since he took a line drive off the shin in a game against the Mets. He said he struggled with his off-speed pitches early from the inactivity but were strong late.

Sanchez said his leg is still a little sore but he moved well, including covering first base when necessary.

"I'm still doing my rehab on my leg," he said. "I feel it a little bit."

The Marlins rallied for five runs in the seventh against Bobby Parnell and Mike O'Connor.

Dewayne Wise, Emilio Bonifacio and Ozzie Martinez had consecutive run-scoring singles before Donnie Murphy drove in two with a double.

The Marlins bullpen pitched four hitless innings, striking out five and allowing one walk. "Pitching sets the tone," Rodriguez said. "We have seen that."

Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixiera homer as Yankees bound short-handed Phillies

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez is having fun, the same kind of fun he had two seasons ago.


Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning and CC Sabathia was sharp, leading the New York Yankees to an 8-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

"We have a great group of guys. I get the feeling in here like we did in '09," Rodriguez said. "Guys are having fun, are in good shape. CC threw the ball really well today. There are a lot of good things going on."

"I think we're ready to go," he added.


With the spring schedule winding down, the Yankees brought all of their regulars to Bright House Field and pounded the short-handed Phillies. Rodriguez had a double to go along with his fifth homer of the spring, and outfielders Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson had two hits apiece.

Sabathia held the Phillies to one run, Jimmy Rollins' first homer, in 6 2/3 innings.

Rodriguez's double off Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton to lead off the second inning extended his spring surge. Rodriguez has hit safely in all 13 games he's played in.

In his next at-bat, Rodriguez followed Teixeira's first home run of the spring with his fifth. Rodriguez has hit four home runs in his last five games and has seven RBIs in his last seven games.

The three-time MVP is hitting .432 (16-for-37) this spring.

"[I feel] a little more energized and my body feels healthy; this, definitely, is a pretty nice spring," said Rodriguez, who had right hip surgery in March 2009. "It's the best I've felt in a few years. Hopefully it carries over to April."

Rollins went 3-for-3. He homered off Sabathia in the sixth inning.

"He was locked in," Sabathia said of the fellow Bay Area-native Rollins.

The Phillies have played the last four games without All-Star third baseman Placido Polanco (left elbow) and have been without All-Star second baseman Chase Utley all spring. Polanco is expected to return early this week.

Manager Charlie Manuel complained about his team's lack of offense afterward, also pointing out that the Phillies haven't found a definite replacement for departed fifth-hole hitter and All-Star Jayson Werth.

"We've got to have somebody that can help us hold our own there," Manuel said. "I would say those are two important spots in the lineup. Those are run-producing spots in our lineup."


Game Notes
Polanco hasn't swung a bat since hyper-extending his left elbow on Tuesday. He plans to hit off a tee Monday with a tentative plan to return to a game a day or two later. Phillies closer Brad Lidge threw his second side session in three days. Lidge, who has been sidelined since Monday with right biceps tendinitis, said he'll get back into a game Tuesday when the Phillies play the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin. Phillies RHP Roy Halladay will make his second-to-last spring start on Monday against the Red Sox. Left-hander Jon Lester is scheduled to start for Boston. ... Teixeira said that Phillies LF Ben Francisco's effort to knock the ball out his glove on a fourth-inning grounder down the first-base line was an unnecessary play. Yankees RHP Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Soriano hasn't allowed a run in four spring appearances.

Weekday Service Changes

1 Line
All times until August 2011

Bronx-bound 1 trains skip Dyckman St.

2 Line
11 AM to 3:30 PM, Wed to Fri, Mar 23 – 25

241 St-bound 2 trains run express from East 180 St to Gun Hill Rd.

This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information, read station signs.

6 Line
All times until October 2011

6 trains skip Elder Av and St Lawrence Av stations in both directions. Take the Bx4, Bx4A or Bx27 bus. Overnight, free shuttle buses operate along the Bx4 route between the Parkchester 6 station and Simpson St 2 station.

7 Line
9 AM to 10 AM, Mon to Fri, until Apr 29

Manhattan-bound 7 trains run local from Willets Point to Queensboro Plaza.

A Line
All times until June 2011

Manhattan-bound A trains skip Beach 36 St and Beach 60 St stations.

B Line
All times until Fall 2011

Manhattan-bound B trains skip Avenue M and Avenue H stations.


D Line
From 10 AM to 3 PM, Mon to Wed, Mar 21 – 23, Manhattan-bound D trains run via the N line from Stillwell Av to 36 St, Brooklyn. Also, from 12:01 AM to 5 AM, Tue to Fri, Mar 22 – 25, Downtown D trains run local from 145 St to 59 St.


E Line
10 PM to 5 AM, Tue to Fri, Mar 22 – 25

Jamaica Center-bound E trains run via the F line from West 4 St to 21 St-Queensbridge. Trains resume to Jamaica Center at 36 St. Take free shuttle buses, which connect the rerouted E at 21 St-Queensbridge and stations at 23 St-Ely Av and Queens Pl.

This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information, read station signs.



G Line
All times until May 2011

Queens-bound G trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy and 15 St-Prospect Park stations.

M Line
10 PM to 12 midnight, Tue to Thu, Mar 22 – 24

71 Av-bound M trains run via the F from 47-50 Sts to 21 St-Queensbridge. Trains resume to 71 Av at 36 St. Take free shuttle buses, which connect the rerouted M at 21 St-Queensbridge and stations at 23 St-Ely Av and Queens Plaza.

This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations. For help with planning your trip please call 718-330-1234 from 6 AM to 10 PM. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the free 711 relay or your preferred relay service provider to contact us. For more information, read station signs.


N Line
10 AM to 3 PM, Thu and Fri, Mar 24 – 25

Coney Island-bound N trains run via the D line from 36 St, Brooklyn to Stillwell Av. Trains run express, stopping at 9 Av, 62 St and Bay Parkway.

Q Line
All times until Fall 2011, Manhattan-bound Q trains skip Avenue M and Avenue H stations. Also, from 12:15 AM to 5 AM, Tue to Fri, Mar 22 – 25, Q service operates in two sections:  Between 57 St-7 Av and Pacific St and between Atlantic Av and Stillwell Av, every 30 minutes. To continue your trip, transfer via passageway at Atlantic Av-Pacific St.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Belt Parkway Overnight Closure - Flatbush Avenue to Mill Basin Bridge

Beginning Monday night, March 21 the eastbound Belt Parkway between Flatbush Avenue and the Mill Basin Bridge will be fully closed overnight from midnight to 5 am Monday through Thursday and from midnight to 7 am Saturday. This closure is necessary for an emergency repaving operation. Traffic agents and message boards will assist traffic through the area. Weather permitting, all work will be completed by Saturday morning March 26th at 7 am.


This information is available on the DOT web site’s weekly traffic advisory at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/weektraf.shtml#brooklyn

Weekend Bridge and Street Closures – March 19-20

The Manhattan Bridge north upper roadway will be closed on Saturday from 12:01 am to 6 am to facilitate NYCDOT bridge construction activity. The BQE eastbound ramp to the bridge will be closed and motorists should use the next exit at Tillary Street to access the lower roadway. One of two lanes on the south upper roadway will be closed on Sunday from 6 am to 4 pm. During this time the lower roadway will be eastbound to Brooklyn.


There will be lane closures on the Northern Boulevard Bridge over the Flushing River from 10 pm Friday to 2 pm Saturday to facilitate NYCDOT bridge repairs.

59th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Manhattan will be closed from 7 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday to facilitate utility and trunk water main work by the Department of Design and Construction. Motorists should use 2nd Avenue southbound or 58th Street eastbound to access the lower level of the Queensboro Bridge.

Two of four southbound lanes on West Street (9A) between Canal Street and Watts Street in Manhattan may be closed from 11 pm Friday to 10 am on Saturday and from 11 pm Saturday to 10 am on Sunday. On West Street between Liberty Street and Albany Street, two of three lanes may be closed in one direction at a time from 1 am to 7 am on Saturday and from 2 am to 9 am on Sunday.

There will be lane closures on the FDR Drive northbound and southbound between 81st and 103rd Streets on Sunday between 1 am and 11 am for a regularly scheduled inspection of the under decks of the pedestrian bridges at these locations. At least one lane of traffic will remain open at all times in each direction.

The Gowanus Expressway outbound/southbound exit ramp to the Prospect Expressway will be closed from 12:01 am to 7 am on Saturday. Two of three lanes of the Gowanus Expressway inbound/northbound between 24th Street and the Gowanus Canal will be closed from 12:01 am to 7 am on Saturday. These closures are necessary to facilitate NY State DOT construction activity.


There will be lane closures on the 37th Street Bridge over the Brooklyn Queens Expressway and on the BQE under the bridge from 1 am to 6 am on Saturday and from 1 am to 8 am on Sunday for rehabilitation work on the bridge.



The following streets will be closed on Sunday:

* The following streets in Manhattan will be closed from 7 am to noon for the NYC Half Marathon:
  • Central Park West between 110th Street and 106th Street;
  •  Central Park Loop; 7th Avenue between 59th Street and 42nd Street;
  • 42nd Street between 7th Avenue and West Side Highway;
  • West Side Highway (southbound) between 42nd Street and West Thames Street;
  • Chambers Street between West Street and River Terrace;
  • River Terrace between Chambers Street and Vesey Street;
  • North End Avenue between Chambers Street and Warren Street.

* The following streets in Brooklyn will be closed from 1 pm to 4 pm for the Brooklyn Irish American Parade:
  • Prospect Park West between 9th Street and 15th Street;
  • 15th Street between Prospect Park West and 7th Avenue;
  • 7th Avenue between 15th Street and Union Street;
  • Union Street between 7th Avenue and Plaza Street West;
  • Prospect Park West between President Street and 15th Street;
  • 15th Street between Prospect Park West and 8th Avenue.

* The following streets in Queens will be closed from noon to 2 pm for the Federation of Hindu Mandirs Parade:
  • Liberty Avenue between 133rd Street and 123rd Street;
  • 123rd Street between Liberty Avenue and 95th Avenue;
  • 95th Avenue between 123rd Street and 126th Street

Derrick Rose drops 21 as Bulls win 8th in row, snap Nets' streak at 5

NEWARK, N.J. -- When the game got tight in the fourth quarter, Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls turned up their defensive pressure. And the streaking New Jersey Nets just couldn't keep up.


Rose scored 21 points and the Bulls extended their longest winning streak in six years to eight games by holding the Nets to a season-low point total in an 84-73 victory Thursday night.

"That's what we've been doing the whole year, playing defense," said Rose, who came up with a big steal and a layup in the closing minutes. "If our offense isn't going, and that rarely happens, we rely on our defense. That's what we did tonight, make it tough on them. At first, they were getting everything they wanted. Then we just closed down the paint and rebounded the ball."


Chicago, which came into the game with the NBA's second-best defense allowing an average of 91 points, held the Nets to 35 percent shooting (29-of-83), including a 3-for-19 night from 3-point range.

Rose also hounded Deron Williams on defense. Williams had been the catalyst of New Jersey's five-game winning streak, but he only managed five points on 1-of-12 shooting to go along with 11 assists.

Williams has battled a wrist injury since being traded from Utah to New Jersey before the trading deadline, and he admitted it bothered him. But he said new coach Tom Thibodeau has turned the Bulls into a great defensive team.

"We could have played a lot better and shot a lot better, 35 percent from the field is tough to win," Williams said. "But they're a good defensive team. That's what they pride themselves on."

The Bulls (49-18) also are resilient. They blew a 14-point third-quarter lead before turning away the Nets after they tied it three times in the final 5:50.

Chicago's eight-game winning streak is its longest since it won nine in a row between mid-March and early April 2005. This win gave the Bulls a half-game lead over idle Boston in the race for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

"We know we still have a long way to go," said Luol Deng, who scored 19 points, including a go-ahead jumper with 3:58 to play. "We've got a great team. We've got guys who come off the bench and do a good job of carrying us. We're a deep team and we just have to keep on playing."

Kyle Korver had seven of his 12 points in the final quarter and rookie reserve Omer Asik had 11 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

"We just want to take it step by step," Thibodeau said. "We don't want to get ahead of ourselves. We just want to concentrate on our improvement. If we do the right things every day, the results will take care of themselves."

Brook Lopez scored 22 points for New Jersey, and Kris Humphries added 13 points and 16 rebounds.

Lopez made two free throws with 4:06 to go to tie the game. Deng then came off a screen and hit a jumper to put the Bulls ahead for good. After the teams exchanged empty possessions, Rose stole a cross-court pass by Williams and scored on a drive to push the lead to 73-69 with 3:18 remaining.

Anthony Morrow and Sasha Vujacic missed jumpers for New Jersey and Chicago took advantage. Korver hit a free throw after the Nets were called for an illegal defense and Joakim Noah, who was returning to the lineup after missing a game with flulike symptoms, went over Humphries for a rebound and scored for a 76-69 lead.

After Vujacic scored on a goaltending call against Rose, Korver, who turned 30 on Thursday, hit a 3-pointer and Kurt Thomas converted a layup to put the game away.

"We just couldn't score points tonight," Humphries said. "You look at the stat sheet and we shot in the 30s. We held them to a good amount of points and we just needed to turn it up offensively, but we weren't able to do that."

Limited to 50 points in the first three quarters and only down by 10, the Nets made a run in the opening four minutes of the fourth, closing to 62-59 on a 3-pointer by Vujacic.

The Bulls called timeout and quickly got Rose back in the lineup. The Nets kept it up but couldn't overcome Chicago, which won the rebounding battle 50-46.


Game Notes
Williams had dinner with his former Jazz teammate Korver on Wednesday. ... Bulls F Carlos Boozer has missed four straight games with a sprained ankle. ... The Bulls lead the season series 2-1. ... Williams hit a runner at the end of the first quarter. It was originally ruled good but overturned after a videotape review. ... The Bulls wore their St. Patrick's Day green uniforms.

Toney Douglas splashes 9 of Knicks' 20 3s in blowout of Grizzlies

Toney Douglas lined up those loud green sneakers behind the arc one last time and let it fly.


When the ball went through, the New York Knicks had to rewrite their record book.

Douglas tied a franchise record by making nine of the Knicks' franchise-record 20 3-pointers, scoring 29 points in a 120-99 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night that snapped a three-game losing streak.


"Once I started hitting, I felt like there was no defense out there," Douglas said. "No matter if a man was on me, anything I threw up was going in."

Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points and Chauncey Billups added 18 for the Knicks, who were 20-of-36 (55.6 percent) from behind the arc and moved back ahead of Philadelphia into sole possession of sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks wore green uniforms for St. Patrick's Day, but Douglas' sneakers were the wrong shade of green -- sort of like the Hulk. Everything else was nearly perfect, and his ninth 3-pointer, with 17 seconds left, gave the team a record total and allowed him to match Latrell Sprewell and John Starks on the individual game list.

"I love that color. I had two days of practice in them and everybody was like, 'Wow, those are really loud shoes,'" Douglas said. "They're special shoes now."


Mike Conley scored 16 points for the Grizzlies, whose lead was sliced to one game over Utah for the final playoff spot in the West.

"They shoot the ball very well against us," Memphis forward Zach Randolph said. "It was one of them games, a disappointing game. We came out and played and didn't stick to our game plan [and] didn't stick to the identity of our team the way we play and they blew us out."

Amare Stoudemire scored 16 for the Knicks, who shot 52 percent overall and were 18-of-21 at the free throw line.

New York had dropped three straight since Anthony's jumper with 0.5 seconds left in a 110-108 victory at Memphis on March 9, allowing an alarming 117.3 points per game during the skid, which included a home-and-home sweep by a sub.-500 Indiana team.

The defense was better, but the story was the record-breaking perimeter game.

The Knicks turned an eight-point halftime lead into a blowout by hitting seven 3-pointers in the third quarter. Billups hit two early in the period and scored 12 points, while Douglas closed the quarter with two in the final 34 seconds as New York build a 92-74 lead.

The Knicks' previous record of 19 3s also came against the Grizzlies on Nov. 12, 2008.

"They beat us with 3s last game. They beat us tonight with 3s," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. "I just told our team that if they shoot 3s like that every night, they'd be tough to beat. Obviously they don't because they got smashed by Indiana and beat by Indiana because they didn't make 3s. But you win, you live by the jumper, you die by the jumper. We struggled to guard them on the 3-point line and we struggled to score consistently."

It was a sorely needed win for a Knicks team that has been inconsistent while Denver has rolled since the blockbuster trade involving Anthony last month. The Knicks are now only 7-6 since, even though the struggles ultimately have meant nothing to their playoff hopes.

The Knicks are still in sixth, just as they were when the deal went down, and haven't been lower than that since they were seventh through games of Dec. 2, according to STATS, LLC.

Yet that's done nothing to relax a fan base with bulked-up expectations since acquiring a second star to pair with Stoudemire. Coach Mike D'Antoni joked the fans that are panicking should "take some Prozac or something."

"Hang in there, we're hanging in there, we're pedaling as fast as we can pedal," he said before the game.

"The biggest thing, and I'll just keep repeating," he added, "is that we're not going to get caught up in the hysteria and we're going to be who we are, we're going to play as well as we can and get it together and hang in as a group and try to make the playoffs and then try to do as good as we can."

No worries this time from the fans, who were too busy chanting Douglas' name in the final minute.
Neither team led by more than four points in the first quarter, which ended in a 29-all tie. Douglas, who makes the Knicks so much more dangerous when his outside shot is falling, was 5-for-6 from behind the arc for 15 points in the second period as New York took a 59-51 halftime lead.

Douglas shot 1-of-12 in Sunday's home loss to Indiana, but finished 10-of-14 in this one, 9-for-12 from 3-point range.

"When he plays as well as he did, we can be a dangerous team," said Stoudemire, who told his teammates early there would be open shots for them after noticing the Grizzlies' defense was geared up to stop him.

Darrell Arthur had 15 points, while Randolph and Tony Allen scored 14 for Memphis.


Game Notes
The Knicks are 2-0 this season in their green uniforms, which they wore while beating Chicago on Christmas. ... Memphis G Jason Williams had an MRI on his back that revealed no structural damage. He continues to be listed as out with lower back soreness. ... Stoudemire, Anthony and Billups will be featured on a segment of NBA TV's "True NBA" news magazine program next Monday night. The trio sat down with former Georgetown coach John Thompson for the interview.

Alex Rodriguez homers in third consecutive game to get Yankees by Rays

TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez doesn't worry about spring training numbers. His teammates, nevertheless, are impressed by the third baseman's offensive start.


A-Rod homered in his third consecutive game and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Thursday night.

Rodriguez hit his fourth home run overall, a solo shot in the second. He has an RBI in five straight games, and has a hit in all 11 exhibition games he has played in.

"I'll tell you what, this is my third season here, and I've never seen him so focused as I've seen him now," New York right fielder Nick Swisher said. "And I think that has to do a lot with everything going on in his life. I think he's happy. I think he's in a great place in his life, and I think that's really showing on the field."

Rodriguez was cleared this past winter to resume this regular workout program, two years after having right hip surgery.

Swisher also did his part Thursday, putting the Yankees ahead 3-2 with a two-run homer off Mike Ekstrom during the seventh.

"It felt good, especially in a situation like a 3-0 pitch," Swisher said.

Manny Ramirez had a sacrifice fly and John Jaso homered off Phil Hughes for Tampa Bay. Hughes allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon announced that Wade Davis, Jeff Niemann and Jeremy Hellickson will follow Opening Day starter David Price and James Shields in the rotation.

"We like the schedule and how it sets up," Maddon said. "I really don't like to pick numbers. One through five, we've got guys that can win on every night. They're not going to, but I like one through five. Not every manager has that luxury."

Price didn't make the trip, but instead pitched in a minor league game. The left-hander gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings.

Tampa Bay, which prefers not to have its starting pitchers face AL East teams in spring training, used five relievers that combined to allow three hits.

Girardi is experimenting with his lineup during the final two weeks of exhibition games. He moved Brett Gardner from ninth to first, and dropped Derek Jeter from the leadoff spot to the 2-hole. Both were hitless in three at-bats.

Maddon made a big play before the game, catching Yankees' Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, who stumbled on the protective carpet behind the batting cage. Berra was OK.


Game Notes
Yankees RHP Joba Chamberlain (left-side upper-body muscle soreness) threw at 60-feet on flat ground, ran in the outfield and took part in fielding drills. "Everything was good," Chamberlain said. "Friday is, probably, the bigger day. How I'm going to recover." Chamberlain could have a bullpen session on Saturday. ... New York closer Mariano Rivera said he'll pitch for the third time Saturday. He has thrown two scoreless innings so far. ... A number of Tampa Bay players worked out before the game on the new AstroTurf at Tropicana Field in nearby St. Petersburg.

John Lackey solid as Red Sox top Jonathon Niese, Mets

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- John Lackey is keying in on that first regular-seaosn start.


Lackey pitched into the sixth inning Thursday, leading the Boston Red Sox to an 8-5 victory over the New York Mets.

The right-hander gave up a run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one, hit a batter and struck out two. It was the first walk and hit batter Lackey has allowed in 15 2/3 innings this spring.


"I thought today he dialed it up a notch," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "You can see it's getting closer to the start and he's starting to smell it."

Lackey threw 78 pitches, 46 for strikes.

"Felt I had pretty good arm strength, a lot better than last time," Lackey said. "Though I didn't locate as well as last time."

Earlier in the day, Francona revealed Boston's pitching rotation. Lackey comes after Jon Lester, followed by Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon had another difficult appearance. He faced seven batters, recording just two outs, as he gave up four runs on two hits, two walks, and a hit batter.


"I still feel very locked in," Papelbon said. "I'm just a tick off in my mechanics. I'm not searching. I know exactly where I am. I can feel it in my delivery. For me it's not a big deal at all. A minor detail for me."

Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese went five innings, giving up five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits and a walk. He had seven strikeouts.

Mets manager Terry Collins thought Niese -- victimized by two errors and some sloppy fielding -- pitched better than his line showed.

"He threw the ball very, very well," Collins said. "One inning, [Nate] Spears hit the ball hard. The [fielders] were probably playing a little too deep on [Jacoby] Ellsbury and Carl [Crawford] just hit one where nobody could catch it. But, I thought he threw the ball great."

Niese, who threw 86 pitches, 57 for strikes, will likely get to 100 pitches in each of his next two spring training starts before starting the regular season.

"I'm very, very happy [with where he is]," Collins said. "I thought there's a couple things we're going to work on that he needs to do. But I was very happy with the way he threw the ball. I think he's right where he wants to be. He's going to get to 100 pitches probably in two more starts, and I think he'll be ready."

Carl Crawford and Jed Lowrie each had two hits for Boston, and Drew Sutton hit a two-run homer.

Justin Turner went 2-for-2 with a run scored and three RBIs for the Mets.


Game Notes
The Red Sox optioned Jose Iglesias, Yamaico Navarro, Luis Exposito, Lars Anderson, and Juan Carlos Linares to Triple-A Pawtucket.

TLC Announces Discontinuation of Licensee Link

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

New Series: Cartoon Baseball

Opening Day 2011 Mets at Reds, Great American Ballpark, Cincinatti

Lineups- Mets                                                                               
1)Hiccup Horradock- SS (Totals: 1 hit, 1BB, BA: .250)                                                                      
2)Chloe Garcia- LF (Totals: 5 at-bats, 1 hit, 1 run scored, HR(1), 2 RBI's, 1SO BA: .200)
3)Astrid Hofferson- 3B (Totals: 3 at-bats, 1 hit, 2 walks, 1strikeout BA: .333)
4)Snotlout Jorgenson- 1B (Totals: 4 at-bats, 2 hits, 1 walk BA: .500)
5)Kate- CF (Totals: 4 at-bats, 1 hit, 1 walk BA: .250)
6)Aerrow- RF (Totals: 4 at-bats, 2 hits BA: .500)
7)Ashley D.- C (Totals: 4 at-bats, 0 hits BA: .000)
8)Nikki Maxwell.- 2B (Totals: 3 at-bats, 1 run scored, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 strikeout BA: .333)
9)Piper Hernandez- P (Totals: 2 at-bats, 1 walk BA: .000)

Lineups- Reds
1) Jacob Black- LF (Totals: 4 at-bats, 1 strikeout BA: .000)
2) Bella Swan- CF (Totals: 3 at-bats, 1 run scored, 1 hit, 1 strikeout  BA: .333)
3)Quil Ateara- 1B (Totals: 3 at-bats, 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts  BA: .333)
4)Edward Cullen- 2B (Totals: 2 at-bats, RBI(1), Sacrifice Fly, 1 walk  BA: .000)
5)Embry Call- RF (Totals: 4 at-bats, 1 hit  BA: .250)
6)Leah Clearwater- 3B (Totals: 2 at-bats, 2 walks  BA: .000)
7)Seth Clearwater- C (Totals: 4 at-bats, 1 strikeout  BA: .000)
8)Sam Uley- SS (Totals: 3 at-bats, 2 strikeouts  BA: .000)
9) Alice Cullen- P (Totals: 1 at-bat, 1 strikeout   BA: .000)


Pitching(Mets)
Piper Hernandez (W, 1-0)(5.2 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 4 walks, 7 strikeouts. Threw 99 pitches, 62 for strikes.)
Sean Green(1.1 innings, threw 11 pitches, 8 for strikes.)
Nigel Uno (1 inning, 1 walk, 1 strikeout. Threw 22 pitches, 14 for strikes.)
Starling Rodriguez, SV(1) (1 inning, 1 strikeout. Threw 10 pitches, 8 for strikes.)

Pitching(Reds)
Alice Cullen(L, 0-1) (5 innings, 7 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, 1 HR. Threw 114 pitches, 62 for strikes.)
Carver (0.2 innings, 1 hit, 1 run, 2 walks. Threw 24 pitches, 11 for strikes.)
Harrier (0.1 innings, 1 walk. Threw 7 pitches, 3 for strikes.)
Ravess (1 scoreless frame. Threw 8 pitches, all for strikes.)
Snipe   (1 scoreless frame. Threw 8 pitches, 6 for strikes.)
Dark Ace (1 inning, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 strikeout. Threw 20 pitches, 12 for strikes.)

Ivan Nova tosses six no-hit innings as Yankees rout Orioles

TAMPA, Fla. -- Ivan Nova even impressed himself.


Nova threw six no-hit innings, Yankees manager Joe Girardi unveiled what could be his opening-day lineup and New York beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-0 on Wednesday night.

"I showed myself how good I am," Nova said.

Nova, competing with Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon and Sergio Mitre for one of two open spots in the Yankees' rotation behind CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett, struck out four. He threw 41 of 59 pitches for strikes.


"It's the best pitching performance we've had in spring training," Girardi said.

Mark Teixeira had an RBI double, the Yankees' third straight hit to start the first off Jim Johnson. After Jorge Posada had a fourth-inning run-scoring single, Alex Rodriguez made it 4-0 on a two-run homer in the sixth.

"It's nice to be able to do that," Girardi said of having all his starting position players play together for the first time.

Vladimir Guerrero got the Orioles' only hit, a two-out double in the seventh off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who then retired Luke Scott to complete his second scoreless inning this spring.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter had encouraging news about several injured players. He didn't rule out second baseman Brian Roberts (back), first baseman Derrek Lee (right wrist) and reliever Koji Uehara (elbow soreness) returning as soon as this weekend.

"I've got all three, kind of, slated some time this weekend if things stay on schedule," Showalter said.

Roberts hit off a tee and Uehara threw off a bullpen mound on Wednesday. Lee had a soft toss session and could take live batting practice Thursday.

Nova hit leadoff hitter Robert Andino with a pitch in the first. The only other baserunner he allowed came when Adam Jones reached during the fourth on an error by Rodriguez, who misplayed the grounder at third.

"I've got to keep pitching my game," Nova said. "Keep focused."

Yankees captain Derek Jeter hit in his usual leadoff spot, with Teixeira, Rodriguez and Robinson Cano batting in their customary 3-4-5 positions.

Nick Swisher batted second, with Posada, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Brett Gardner rounding out the lineup.

Girardi plans to tinker with the lineup leading up to the regular-season opener against Detroit on March 31.

"Most of them are pretty set, they are," Girardi said. "Just some different ideas that we've talked about. We just might do some different things as they start to play together a little bit, just to see how it looks."

Gardner will likely get some at-bats as a leadoff hitter before the Yankees break camp.

Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie didn't make the trip, and instead pitched in a minor league game, where he allowed two earned runs and six hits over five innings against Boston minor leaguers.

"Everything went well," Showalter said.

Baltimore used a group of relievers in Wednesday night's game, including Johnson, who started and gave up one run and three hits in one inning.

Swisher drove in a pair with a single during the Yankees' five-run seventh.


Game Notes
Teixeira got hit on the left thumb and right knuckle by a pitch in the sixth. "I'm all right," he said. ... Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long feels Cano has the potential to hit 40 homers this season. Cano, on the other hand, was not so sure, saying he's not a home-run hitter. ... Orioles LHP Zach Britton is scheduled to pitch in a Triple-A game on Thursday. RHP Chris Tillman will start Thursday's game against Pittsburgh. ... New York RHP Rafael Soriano threw a 30-pitch bullpen session instead of pitching in the game. ... The Yankees optioned RHP Andrew Brackman, INFs Brandon Laird and Kevin Russo and OF Melky Mesa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. RHP Ryan Pope and LHP Steve Garrison were optioned to Double-A Trenton.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Joe Mauer gets first spring hit as Mike Pelfrey, Mets fall to Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Joe Mauer needed just two pitches to get back to business.

Mauer swung at the second pitch he saw in a spring game and ended up with his first hit, and the Minnesota Twins beat Mike Pelfrey and the New York Mets 4-3 Wednesday.

"It's not a shocker to anybody around here," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Mauer. "The biggest thing for Joe is to get his legs underneath him."

Mauer, serving as the designated hitter while recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee, singled in three at-bats. The All-Star catcher is expected to play in the field for the first time Thursday in a minor league game.

Mauer hit .327 with nine home runs and 75 RBIs last season, numbers that were down from .365, 28 homers and 96 RBIs in 2009, when he won the American League Most Valuable Player Award.

He has spent the first weeks of spring training working on conditioning and strengthening the muscles above and below the knee. He planned to swim for two hours after the game for further conditioning.

"It felt real good," said Mauer, a four-time All-Star and three-time American League batting champion of his first at-bat. Running to first base, however, was another story.

"It felt like I had some ankle weights on my legs," Mauer said. "I'm just a little tired. It's normal, going out there my first time for spring training. But overall it was good.

"I'd like to get as many at-bats as I can," he said. "But No. 1 is to get my legs back and to get back out there and play."

The 6-foot-7, 230-pound Pelfrey, who went 15-9 with a 3.66 ERA last season, came away impressed with Mauer's performance.

"I thought I threw two good sliders today," Pelfrey said. "One of them was his first at-bat. I threw a slider in, and he hit a rocker right up the middle. He's obviously Joe Mauer for a reason. He's pretty talented. He hit it right up the middle. I have no idea how he did it. You just have to tip your cap to him."

Pelfrey struck out one and gave up three runs and nine hits in five innings. Twins center fielder Denard Span hit a solo homer off the right-field pole in the third inning to tie it 1-all.

"Some long innings," Pelfrey said. "Coming into the game, I wanted to throw more fastballs. Obviously, I did that. Obviously, you look at five innings, nine hits and three runs, I didn't really throw that many for strikes. Those are some pretty poor splits.

"I didn't walk anybody, which is one thing that drives me nuts, especially during spring training. So that was good," Pelfrey said. "My secondary stuff wasn't very good today. I wanted to use the fastball."

Mets manager Terry Collins expressed his confidence in Pelfrey.

"I want guys who really can compete," Collins said. "Mike's at the stage where he's trying to do that. From what I saw last year in the first half and the second half, he's a guy who can go out there and take charge of a game."

As for Pelfrey's outing, it wasn't as bad as it looked, Collins said.

"What I like most of all is he pounded the strike zone," Collins said. "The guys who try to hit the corners and hit the corners, and hit the corners, they don't ever get a feel for the strike zone. Mike pounds the strike zone and continues to work on his command and hits the corners. That's what I like."


Game Notes
Collins scratched Lucas Duda as the designated hitter because Angel Pagan arrived to the clubhouse, thinking he was on the travel squad. Collins decided to play Pagan instead and will have him stay overnight and face the Red Sox on Thursday. ... Mets 3B David Wright went 1-for-3 with a strikeout. Mets SS Jose Reyes went 1-for-1 with two walks and a run scored. ... Twins OF Jason Kubel went 2-for-3, upping his spring average to .469. ... Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, in his third Grapefruit League game since sustaining a concussion July 7, went 0-for-3. Jason Bay, who also missed nearly the entire second half last year because of a concussion went 1-for-3 and is hitting .300 this spring. Bay reached out to Morneau for advice on how to handle concussions last summer. "Everyone's different," Bay said. "Everyone has different issues. I talked to him a few times and tried to compare stories. Right after it happened, I talked to him a few times. It happened to him a month before it happened to me, so I was looking for some ideas. ... We had some comparison stories. We talked mostly by text message. Basically, he told me don't let it go too far before you see somebody. He said he talked to a lot of doctors. You have to be proactive about it."