Alfonso Soriano

Brewers' (23-15)? Rickie Weeks' single in the bottom of the eighth off Yankees (19-16) reliever Alfredo Aceves broke a tie as the Brewers held off the Yankees 5-4 in Milwaukee on Saturday night. >>> For box score and recap visit SNY.TV.
Need to Know: CC Sabathia didn't figure in the decision, but had another mediocre start giving up four runs on eight hits. Perhaps most disturbing was that he gave up three home runs in 5.1 innings of work.Milwaukee's Chris Gomez homered in the first for an early lead.The Yankees answered in the third on a Brett Gardner RBI triple and Carlos Beltran single for a 2-1 lead.Sabathia couldn't hold it.? Milwaukee's Jonathan Lecroy hit a two-run homer in the third with Aramis Ramirez also homering for a 4-2 lead. Mark Teixeira homered in th sixth for New York to cut the lead to 4-3.Sabathia couldn't hold. He came out in the sixth with the bases loaded and one out and needed a stellar outing from Dellin Betances -- who overpowered with two strikeouts -- to get out of the jam as the Brewers held a 4-3 lead.The Yankees tied? the score on an Alfonso Soriano single in the seventh beating the shift with a flare to right field scoring Kelly Johnson, who walked.Joe Girardi pinch hit for the overpowering Betances in the seventh, and in the bottom of the inning the brewers touched? up Aceves, who gave up a one out double to Lecroy setting up weeks two-out heroics.The Yankees didn't threaten late. Francicso Rodriguez remained perfect on the season in saves for Milwaukee inducing two warning track fly-balls before getting Ichiro Suzuki to meekly pop-out to left.Rodriguez is 15-of-15 on saves and needed five pitches to close out the Yanks.? Zach Duke was the winner to improve to 3-0 out of the bullpen.Teixeira had two hits and hit his sixth home run, and Brendan Ryan had two hits in his first start of the season at shortstop subbing for Derek Jeter, who had the night off. ?
What's Next: The Yankees end their series Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee. David Phelps (0-0, 3.18 ERA) makes? his second start with Matt Garza going for the Brewers at 2:10 p.m.
Tags: Alfonso Soriano, Alfredo Aceves, Brendan Ryan, Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Yankees

The Yankees (16-13) defeated the Rays (14-17)? 9-3- at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon >> Read the full recap and boxscore at SNY.tv.
Need to Know: Kelly Johnson's sixth-inning home run gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead in the? as the Bombers cruised to a 9-3 win over the Rays. Masahiro Tanaka remained undefeated improving to 4-0 as the Yankees bailed him out from an early 3-0 hold.The Rays took a 3-0 lead with runs in the first, second and fourth before Marx Teixeira cut the deficit to 3-2 on a long two-run home run in the fourth to the second deck in right field off starter Jake Odorizzi. Jacoby Ellsbury tied the score for the Yankees in the fifth on a ground-rule double to left center scoring Ichiro Suzuki, who had doubled.Johnson led off the sixth inning with a home run off Rays reliever Josh Lueke for a 4-3 lead. Teixeira added an RBI single in the seventh while Alfonso Soriano had a sacrifice fly in the seventh as the Yankees pulled away.Teixeira had two hits and three RBIs including his fifth home run of the season. Ellsbury added three hits and two runs scored while Brett Gardner, hitting second as Derek Jeter had the day off, had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. . Suzuki also continues to hit well as the 40-year old outfielder had two more hits and two runs scored and is batting .375 for the Yankees out of the eighth spot.Tanaka (4-0, 2.65 ERA) scattered eight hits and struck out five throwing 113 pitches in seven innings. He didn't walk a batter.The Yankees will close out the weekend series with the Rays on Sunday at Yankee Stadium with CC Sabathia (3-3, 5.11 ERA)? going for the Yankees and Erik Bedard (0-1, 5.52) for the Rays. game time is 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
Tags: Alfonso Soriano, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Ichiro Suziki, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kelly Johnson, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees

The Angels (11-11)?? beat the Yankees (13-10)? 13-1 at Yankee Stadium in the first game of a three-game set on Friday night. >> Read the full recap and boxscore at SNY.tv.
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Need to Know: Hiroki Kuroda started for the Yankees and was rocked in 4 2/3 innings of work giving up 10 hits and 8 runs -- 6 earned --? as the Angels jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second and 8-0 after five innings. Kuroda has been stellar at Yankee Stadium with a 9-2 record in his last 11 decisions with a 2.54 ERA. He wasn't sharp on Friday.? C. J. Wilson pitched six strong innings for the Angels giving up four hits and one run.Hank Conger got the Angels on the board in the second inning with an RBI double for the first run. The Angels added runs on a Colin Cowgill sacrifice bunt and a J.B Shuck ground out for a 3-0 lead.In the third inning, Ian Stewart broke the game open with a two-run homer to center field that was just over the glove of Yankees CF Jacoby Ellsbury for a 5-0 lead.The Angels chased Kuroda in the fifth inning with Albert Pujols homering and Erik Aybar's fly ball to right field off the heel of Carlos Beltran's glove for an error scoring Howie Kendrick. Brian Billingsley came on in relief and promptly gave up an RBI double to Conger for an 8-0 lead.Billingsley made his Yankees' debut and pitched 3 1/2 innings striking out seven, but gave up four runs.The lone Yankees' run came in the sixth on a sacrifice fly from Alfonso Soriano. The bottom of the order did the damage for the Angles with the 5-9 hitters going 13 for 23? led by Aybar's four hits and three RBIs. Kendrick added three hits and three RBIs.
What's Next: The Yankees will play the second game of the series at Yankee Stadium on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. Vidal Nuno (0-0, 6.75 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, with Hecter Santiago (0-3, 3.68 ERA) taking the mound for the Angels.
Tags: Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Beltran, Hiroki Kuroda, Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees

The Yankees will play the Marlins in Panama on March 15 and 16, and will send some of their stars to partake.Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner and Alfonso Soriano are all making the trip to South American (Hoch, March 7).Mariano Rivera will also be in attendance for the first major league games in the country since 1947.?As long as I can remember, it has been my dream to bring my team, the Yankees, to play baseball in Panama,? Rivera said (NYY Fans, Feb. 13). ?I grew up playing in Puerto Caimito, where I developed my passion for baseball and began a journey that brought me to New York. It is my hope that this legacy series will inspire other young players to pursue their dreams. I am very grateful to Major League Baseball, the Players Association, the Yankees and the Marlins in making this dream become a reality.?
Tags: Alfonso Soriano, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Derek Jeter, Andrew Vazzano

"If Brian Roberts struggles, could Alfonso Soriano move back to second base?" a reader asked Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.Don't count on it."It has been a long time since Soriano played second base -- he hasn't been there at all since 2009, and hasn't played the position regularly since '05. He's also 38 years old," Hoch wrote.Read more: MLB.com
Tags: Alfonso Soriano, Andrew Vazzano