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Tickets for the 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl and the 2016 Ram-Crusader Cup will both go on sale to the general public at http://www.yankees.com/football and http://www.ticketmaster.com at 10a.m. Thursday, July 21.
The New Era Pinstripe Bowl is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Yankee Stadium and will pit schools representing the Big Ten Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Ram-Crusader Cup has a 3 p.m. kickoff at the Stadium Saturday, Nov. 12, between the Fordham Rams and the Holy Cross Crusaders.
Yankees Season Ticket Licensees (Premium, Suite, Full and Partial), Yankees Universe members, and Yankees Group Leaders will have the opportunity to take part in a special pre-on-sale for both games beginning Tuesday, July 19, the details of which can be found at http://www.yankees.com/football.
MasterCard cardholders can take advantage of a special MasterCard exclusive pre-on-sale for each game from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. MasterCard is the preferred card of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
Established in 2010, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl has featured some of the most memorable moments in recent college football history. This year’s game will be nationally televised by ESPN, which has also secured national and local radio rights for ESPN Radio.
For up-to-the-moment information regarding the game, fans are encouraged to visit http://www.pinstripebowl.com, the official website of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, and follow the Bowl game’s official Twitter and Instagram accounts – @PinstripeBowl.
The 31st Ram-Crusader Cup will be the first to take place at the current Stadium. The schools previously met once at the original Stadium Nov. 10, 1923 with Holy Cross defeating Fordham, 23-7.
This year’s game will mark Fordham’s 22nd appearance in the Stadium and first since 1946, having gone 12-8-1 at the prior venue. For Holy Cross, it will be their first appearance at the Stadium since 1940, previously amassing a 2-0-1 record at the original location.
The Memorial Day weekend was a push for the Yankees as they went 2-2. They took two of three games from the Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and dropped the opener of a three-game set at Rogers Centre in Toronto Monday night. The road has been kinder recently to the Yankees, who have won seven of their past nine games away from home after having lost 12 of their first 16 road games.
The Blue Jays series continues tonight on the last day of May with one of the month’s hottest pitchers starting for the Yanks.
CC Sabathia gets the call opposite fellow lefthander J.A. Happ, who beat the Yankees last Thursday at Yankee Stadium despite Sabathia having allowed two unearned runs, two hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in seven innings. Happ was equally tough with seven innings of one-run, three-hit, three-walk, five-strikeout pitching.
Sabathia leads the major leagues in earned run average this month with 0.45 for pitchers with a minimum of 20 innings pitched and has the lowest WHIP (0.75) in the American League in May. Sabathia’s season ERA of 2.83 is the latest in a season he has held an ERA that low since Aug. 6, 2011 when it was 2.81 ERA after 25 starts. In last Thursday’s start, CC was the first Yankees starter to take a loss without allowing an earned run since Shane Greene Sept. 9, 2014 against the Royals.
The lefthander has pitched six or more innings and allowed three or fewer hits in each of his last two starts. With 2,610 career strikeouts, Sabathia is tied with Chuck Finley for 23rd place on the all-time list. In 22nd place is former Yankees pitcher David Cone at 2,668.
Yankees pitchers have held both right fielder Jose Bautista and designated hitter-first baseman Edwin Encarnacion homerless through a combined 58 plate appearances this year after the pair banged 21 home runs (in 284 plate appearances) off them over the previous two seasons. Bautista (13) and Encarnacion (8) ranked first and tied for third, respectively, in homers against the Yankees over the 2014 and ’15 seasons (2014-15).
The Yankees will stop in Detroit Thursday for a 7:40 p.m. game to make up a game that was postponed April 10 because of the geniuses at ESPN who thought scheduling a Sunday Night Baseball game in Detroit in early April was a smart idea. This will be the Yankees’ first one-game series since Aug. 25, 2014 at Kansas City, when they made up a June 9, 2014 rainout at Kauffman Stadium. That make-up game preceded a scheduled six-game road trip, which coincidentally included three-game series at Detroit and Toronto. In that makeup game, RHP Michael Pineda – who will also start Thursday night at Comerica Park – allowed one run over six innings in the Yankees’ 8-1 victory over the Royals
The Yankees took much of the heat off teammate Masahiro Tanaka Sunday night with their first-inning explosion against the Red Sox and Clay Buchholz. Tanaka pitched with leads of 7-0 and 10-4 in his five innings, which created a comfort zone that the righthander surely needed.
The atmosphere surrounding Tanaka following his Opening Day loss has been tense to say the least. Yankees manager Joe Girardi has grown weary of questions regarding the deep dip in Tanaka’s velocity as he pitches with a slight ligament tear in his elbow that doctors said would respond to off-season rest rather than having him undergo Tommy John surgery.
Before a national television audience on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, Tanaka showed the country his 2015 version as he once again relied on cut fastballs and sliders to get ahead in the count and his devastating split-finger fastball to finish off hitters. The mid-90s four-seam fastballs that were part of his repertoire are few and far between these days.
The results were, well, just okay. Tanaka gave up four runs (three earned), four hits and three walks with four strikeouts and two wild pitches in a 79-pitch outing that was frankly only marginally better than his first start. He did chalk up his first victory due largely to the welcomed overwhelming offensive support, but through two starts Tanaka’s earned run average is an unappetizing 7.00.
With their first imposing surge of offense this season to fashion a 14-4 victory, the Yankees pushed Tanaka to the side of the storyline for this game. Concern about their ability to score was growing daily for a team that went into Sunday night’s game batting a collective .193 and averaging 3.4 runs per game.
“Obviously, it takes a lot of pressure off the starting pitcher,” Girardi said. “I thought [Tanaka’s] fastball was better than the first game, but he had trouble throwing his breaking balls for strikes, which was the opposite of his first game. His location was better with his fastball down in the zone, but he wasn’t as sharp with his slider.”
The Yanks staked Tanaka to a 7-0 lead in a first inning highlighted by a three-run double by Alex Rodriguez and back-to-back home runs by Chase Headley and Stephen Drew. They kept it up against Buchholz, who departed in the fourth after allowing 10 runs (nine earned) and nine hits.
By the sixth inning, everyone in the Yankees’ starting lineup had gotten at least one hit and scored at least one run. A-Rod picked up a fourth RBI with a bases-loaded walk in the three-run sixth against lefthander Tommy Layne. Headley finished with three RBI and Drew and Brett Gardner two apiece.
Brian McCann scored three runs and had two hits, including the 200th home run of his career, a solo shot in the eighth inning off Edward Mujica. The victory was vital what with the Yankees embarking on a 10-game, 11-day trip that starts Monday night at Baltimore.
A team from the Harlem Little League was on the field before the game to meet with Yankees players before Sunday night’s game against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The youngsters got to watch batting practice from in front of the dugout and chat with players as they walked up to the cage.
The group was provided tickets to the game. It is all part of an initiative by Major League Baseball and ESPN to bring attention to Little League programs around the country. Local teams will be highlighted throughout the season on the “Sunday Night Baseball” cablecasts.
The Yankees-Red Sox series finale is the first Sunday Night Baseball game of the season. The Yankees have four Sunday night games on ESPN before the end of May. When they return from the upcoming trip to Baltimore, Tampa Bay and Detroit, the Yankees will have their first Subway Series against the Mets at the Stadium with the Sunday game April 26 scheduled for 8:05 p.m.
The next time the Yankees and the Red Sox hook up for a series at Fenway Park the Sunday game May 3 will have an 8:05 p.m. start. The Yankees’ May 24 game at home against the Rangers is also a Sunday night game.
Clubs are limited to six appearances on Sunday Night Baseball, so the Yankees will have no more than two such games after May. Sunday games for the Yankees that do yet have announced starting times are June 14 at Baltimore, June 21 at home against the Tigers, July 26 at Minneapolis, Aug. 23 at Cleveland, Aug. 30 at Atlanta, Sept. 20 against the Mets at Citi Field and Sept. 27 at home against the White Sox.
Tickets for the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl with a 4:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday, Dec. 27, ay Yankee Stadium pitting schools representing the Big Ten Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, on http://www.pinstripebowl.com and http://www.ticketmaster.com.
Yankees full- and partial-season ticket licensees, Yankees Universe members, and Yankees Group Leaders will have the opportunity to take part in a special pre-on-sale beginning Tuesday, Aug. 12. Details may be found at http://www.pinstripebowl.com.
MasterCard cardholders can take advantage of a special MasterCard only pre-on-sale starting at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, and ending at 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. All fans purchasing tickets beginning Tuesday, Aug. 12, through mid-November are eligible for “early bird” discount pricing of up to $30 off per ticket.
The 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will be the first in the bowl’s history to feature teams from the Big Ten and ACC. Each respective conference has entered into multi-year agreements with the Yankees and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl to have a representative school play in the game — the Big Ten from 2014 through 2021 and the ACC from 2014 through 2019.
Established in 2010, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl has seen increased attendance in each of its first four years. In 2013, a sellout crowd of 47,122 saw Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish return to the Stadium and defeat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 29-16. This year’s game will be nationally televised by ESPN, which has also secured national and local radio rights for ESPN Radio.
For up-to-the-moment information regarding the game, fans are encouraged to follow the New Era Pinstripe Bowl’s official Twitter account (@PinstripeBowl) and visit its official website, http://www.pinstripebowl.com.
There was a time when Sunday doubleheaders were just about a weekly occurrence for major league teams. That has not bee the case for quite some time. Take this Sunday, for example.
Friday night’s rainout of the scheduled game between the Yankees and the Pirates at Yankee Stadium, Saturday’s game being locked into the FoxSports television schedule and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball forced the Yankees to re-schedule the postponed game to a single-admission twin bill Sunday.
How rare is that? According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it will be the first single-admission doubleheader at the current Stadium, which is in its sixth season, and the first in the Bronx since Sept. 29, 2004 against the Twins, a 5-3, 5-4 Yankees sweep. It will be the first single-admission doubleheader anywhere for the Yanks since May 13, 2013 at Cleveland (a 0-1, 7-0 split) and the first on a Sunday at the Stadium since April 13, 1997 against the Athletics (a 3-2, 4-7 split).
In the years when Sunday doubleheaders were regular parts of teams’ schedules, the players often had two open dates during the week, which eased travel concerns. But as television increasingly became a major source of revenue through prime-time advertising rates, the single-admission doubleheader went the way of getaway day games and pitchers hitting in the National League.
The Pirates are visiting the current Stadium for the first time and the Bronx for the first time since 2007. Pittsburgh is the 26th different opponent to play at the current Stadium. The Yankees are 20-5 in an opponent’s debut at the current Stadium.
The Yanks and Bucs opposed each other twice famously in World Series play. The Yankees’ “Murderers Row” team of 1927 featuring Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig swept Pittsburgh. The Pirates got revenge in 1960 with an upset victory in seven games in which they were outscored, 55-27, but still survived with Bill Mazeroski nailing the Series with a leadoff home run off Ralph Terry in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 at Forbes Field, one of the most exciting postseason games in history. The final score was 10-9. It remains the only World Series game in history in which no player struck out.
Jacoby Ellsbury was a late scratch from Saturday’s lineup because of the flu. The revamped lineup had Brett Gardner shifting from left field to center and opening up a start in left for Zoilo Almonte.
The Yankees’ Class A Tampa affiliate won an 18-inning marathon, 7-6, over the Palm Beach Cardinals Friday night at Steinbrenner Field. The winning pitcher was Wes Wilson, who in his first professional pitching appearance supplied four shutout innings in which he allowed one hit and no walks with three strikeouts. What made that so unusual is that Wilson played the first 14 innings behind the plate in his regular role as the team’s catcher and was 1-for-6.
It has been a tough week for the Yankees’ pitching staff. First, Ivan Nova went down with an elbow injury that will require Tommy John surgery. Thursday, the Yanks lost another pitcher, Michael Pineda, to a 10-game suspension for illegal use of pine tar in Wednesday night’s 5-1 loss to the Red Sox.
Nova, who was 2-2 with an 8.27 ERA in four starts, announced Thursday that he decided to have the Tommy John surgery, which will be performed by Dr. James Andrews Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala. The recovery period is 12 to 18 months, so Nova will be lost to the Yankees until at least the middle of the 2015 season.
Pineda, on the other hand, will likely miss only one start because there is an open date during his suspension period. However, that removes an extra day of rest for such aging starters as CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda and the young Japanese pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka, whose workload in his first season in the United States the Yankees will monitor closely.
There have already been ramifications for the Yankees over Pineda’s foolish behavior. In getting ejected with two outs in the second inning for having a glob of pine tar on the right side of his neck, Pineda caused the Yankees to get 6 1/3 innings out of their bullpen on a blustery night in Boston.
Needing extra pitchers for Thursday night’s series finale, the Yankees brought up righthanders Bruce Billings and Shane Greene from Scranton and returned Preston Claiborne, who pitched two innings Wednesday night, to the Triple A affiliate along with infielder Dean Anna, who had been doing a solid job as a utility infielder. The move left Yangervis Solarte, who has been playing regularly, as the only backup shortstop for Derek Jeter, 39.
Lefthander Vidal Nuno has already been named the fifth starter in place of Nova. Righthander David Phelps, who has done a good job in middle relief, will probably make Pineda’s next scheduled start.
Pineda admitted his mistake and was contrite after Wednesday night’s game, but sorry doesn’t get it done. The righthander was under suspicion from his previous start against the same team at Yankee Stadium a week ago and with three separate networks televising the game (YES, NESN, ESPN) there was little chance Pineda could get away with hiding pine tar that he said he needed to get a better grip of the ball on a cold night.
At issue upon his return is whether Pineda can prove he can pitch without pine tar or whether the illegal substance for pitchers has become too much a psychological ally.
Yankee Stadium’s Great Hall will be the site starting at 10:30 p.m. Thursday where some 150 volunteers will help assemble approximately 5,000 USO Big Apple Packs for active servicemen and servicewomen.
Yankees front office employees, service members and veterans will be present to help prepare care packages for those serving in our Armed Forces. Additionally, volunteers from PepsiCo, FedEx, ESPN and Disney will also participate.
On hand to lend support to the cause will be Yankees manager Joe Girardi and former Yankees pitcher and current YES Network analyst David Cone. They will help assemble packs with various items, including Yankees memorabilia. The USO will distribute the packs to troops serving in remote units in Afghanistan during this holiday season.
The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. It provides a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases stateside and abroad, quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. It also provides critical support to forward-deployed troops, military families, Wounded Warriors and their families and families of the fallen. For more information about the USO of Metropolitan New York, visit usonyc.org.
Would the late George Steinbrenner ever be excited about this? The New Era Pinstripe Bowl has grown in merely three years to the extent that it now has affiliations with two of the top college football conferences. The Yankees and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl announced Tuesday a multi-year partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The six-year affiliation between the two renowned brands includes the ACC’s commitment to play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl from 2014-19. Beginning in 2014, the ACC will face off against the Big Ten Conference, which entered into a multi-year partnership with the Yankees and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl June 3, in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
“The addition of the ACC to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, along with the Big Ten, will provide an annual matchup of some of college football’s top-tier programs,” Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner said. “With outstanding institutions all along the East Coast as well as the Northeast, the ACC is an attractive participant and partner for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. We look forward to hosting the ACC, its fans and alumni in New York City for years to come during the holiday season.”
“The partnership between the ACC and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl makes sense on so many levels and we are extremely pleased that one of the league’s football teams will be showcased in this game annually,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said. “With our 15-member conference stretching along the entire Atlantic Coast, this will be a great opportunity for our fans and alums to connect in the media capital of world and with one of the most storied and successful franchises in sports.”
Yankees president Randy Levine called it a “phenomenal partnership” and that George Steinbrenner would be very pleased.
“Except for the Yankees, football was the Boss’ greatest passion,” Levine said. “He always believed college football would be a major success in the new Yankee Stadium. What we have done in just three years has been to have a bowl game that is second to none except for the Bowl Championship Series.”
And Levine did not rule out the possibility down the line that the Stadium could be the site of a BCS semifinal game or even the BCS title game itself.
Established in 2010, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl has featured some of the most memorable moments of bowl seasons in just three short years, including the exciting finish in the inaugural 2010 game in which Kansas State missed a game-tying two-point conversion in the final minute, and the record-setting 213-yard rushing performance by Syracuse’s Prince-Tyson Gulley in last year’s game.
The 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl featured six 2013 National Football League draft picks, including each of the game’s starting quarterbacks – Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib (Giants) and West Virginia’s Geno Smith (Jets).
The 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, a 38-14 Syracuse victory over West Virginia, recorded a 3.9 household coverage rating. For bowls played prior to New Year’s Day, only the Chick-fil-A Bowl (5.6) and the Alamo Bowl (4.8) recorded better overall ratings. After drawing a 2.5 total rating in 2011, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl’s 56-perecent ratings increase was second largest for all bowls on ESPN this past season through Jan. 1, 2013. Only the Armed Forces Bowl (+62%) bested the New Era Pinstripe Bowl for largest HH increase in 2012 vs. 2011.
Additionally, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl has seen increased attendance each of its first three years of existence, including a record 41,203 in 2012.
“The New Era Pinstripe Bowl in its short history has featured great match-ups and delivered exciting football to fans,” New Era chief executive officer Christopher H. Koch said. “The addition of the Atlantic Coast Conference takes this event to the next level.”
The 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will take place Saturday, Dec. 28, and be nationally televised by ESPN, which has also secured national and local radio rights for ESPN Radio. Fans are encouraged to visit newerapinstripebowl.com, the official website of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, for access to up-to-the-moment information regarding the game and to sign up to volunteer.
In the week prior to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl game, players, coaches and university staff take part in a variety of events, showcasing their respective universities to the New York metropolitan area. Special events, promotions and community outreach will take place throughout New York City during the week of the bowl game to create an unforgettable experience for fans, families, players and staffs of the two teams.
Prior to the inception of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in 2010, the last college football bowl game had been played in the Bronx in 1962 when Nebraska edged Miami (Fla.), 36-34, in the Gotham Bowl at the original Yankee Stadium.
The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 60th year of competition, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. Since the league’s inception in 1953, ACC schools have captured 127 national championships – 67 in women’s competition and 60 in men’s. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC student-athletes 146 times in men’s competition and 102 times in women’s action.
The Yankees and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl announced Monday a partnership with the Big Ten Conference. The eight-year affiliation will cover the period from 2014 through 2021 marks the first bowl tie-in for the conference on the East Coast where it has recently expanded with the additions of Rutgers and Maryland.
“The Big Ten Conference playing college football at Yankee Stadium is something I know my father would have been proud to see come to fruition,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said. “Welcoming a national powerhouse conference like the Big Ten to participate in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl and partner with the New York Yankees for years to come only expands the prestige of our great annual bowl game in New York City.”
Former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner’s interest in Big Ten football extended to his taunting shortstop Derek Jeter, who attended the University of Michigan, whenever Ohio State defeated the Wolverines. As Hal Steinbrenner pointed out in Monday’s news conference at the Stadium his mother attended Ohio State and his father coached football at Northwestern and Purdue.
“Our family has a strong Big Ten connection,” he said.
“Once we saw the success of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl it became obvious – especially with the Big Ten’s growing East Coast footprint – that being in the media capital of the world at one of sports’ most renowned venues was a natural pairing,” Big Ten commissioner James Delany said. “By agreeing to an eight-year partnership, it increases the likelihood that most of the Big Ten schools will have the opportunity to participate in the game while giving our coaches, student athletes, administrators and fans the opportunity to experience the nation’s biggest metropolis and an iconic setting like Yankee Stadium.”
Established in 2010, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl has featured some of the most memorable moments of bowl seasons in a short period, including the inaugural 2010 game in which Kansas State missed a potential game-tying, two-point conversion in the final minute and the record-setting 208-yard rushing performance by Syracuse’s Prince-Tyson Gulley in last year’s game.
The 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl featured six 2013 National Football League draft picks, including each of the game’s starting quarterbacks – Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib (Giants) and West Virginia’s Geno Smith (Jets).
“A lot of people were skeptical at the beginning, but in three years it has been a great success,”
Yankees president Randy Levine said of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. “There is no better place during the holiday season than New York City. They make movies and write songs about New York at that time of year. We thank the Big 12 for its involvement, but the Big 10 is much more geographically suited for us. The Boss is smiling tonight.”
Syracuse’s 38-14 victory over West Virginia recorded a 3.9 household rating. For bowls played prior to New Year’s Day, only the Chick-fil-A Bowl (5.6) and the Alamo Bowl (4.8) had better overall ratings. After drawing a 2.5 total rating in 2011, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl’s 56-percent ratings increase was the second largest for all bowls on ESPN this past season through Jan. 1, 2013. Only the Armed Forces Bowl (plus 62 percent) bested the New Era Pinstripe Bowl for the largest ratings increase from 2011 to 2012.
In addition, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl has had increased attendance in each of its first three years with a record crowd of 41,203 in 2012.
“As we continue to build equity in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, partnering with the Big Ten Conference will bring a whole new level of premier talent to this event,” New Era chief executive officer Christopher Koch said. “We’re excited to have such a prestigious conference on board.”
The 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will take place Saturday, Dec. 28. It will be national televised by ESPN, which has also secured national and local radio rights for ESPN Radio. Fans are encouraged to visit newerapinstriplebowl.com, the game’s official website, for access to up-to-the-moment information and sign up to volunteer.
In the week before the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, players, coaches and university staff take part in a variety of events, showcasing their respective universities to the New York metropolitan area. Special events, promotions and community outreach will take place throughout New York City during the week of the bowl game.
Prior to the inception of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in 2010, the last college football game that had been played in the Bronx was in 1962 when Nebraska edged Miami (Fla.), 36-34, in the Gotham Bowl at the original Yankee Stadium.