An Ace, A Legend, and a Few Mosquitoes…

 

The view from the top is excellent!

 

 

The Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians, 10-5, on Saturday to extend their AL East to 1 ½ games over the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays (the Red Sox lost to the Jays, 5-3). 

As of 5/30/09…

AL East

W

L

Pct

GB

Home

Road

Last 10

Streak

Yankees

29

20

.592

14-9

15-11

7-3

Won 3

Red Sox

28

22

.560

1.5

17-6

11-16

4-6

Lost 2

Blue Jays

29

23

.558

1.5

18-6

11-17

2-8

Won 2

Rays

25

27

.481

5.5

13-10

12-17

5-5

Won 2

Orioles

23

27

.460

6.5

16-12

7-15

7-3

Lost 1

 

The Yankees have played much better since I saw them personally in Baltimore, so maybe I am responsible for the turnaround!  Okay, that’s probably not it.  The Yankees have been a different team since Alex Rodriguez returned to the team.  Mark Teixeira started to hit like fans in Texas, Atlanta, and Anaheim had become accustomed to, and the pitching has been great. The defense, which has been a liability in recent years, has been excellent.  Saturday’s game was the Yankees’ 16th consecutive game without an error.  If they avoid any errors on Sunday, they’ll match the major league mark set by the Boston Red Sox in 2006.

 

 

Against the Indians, CC Sabathia breezed through the first few innings, not allowing a hit until the 5th inning.  The Indians scored two runs in the 5th, thanks to a few hits and RBI singles, but the Yankees had built up a 7-2 lead by that time.

 

Dejak/AP 

 

Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher hit solo home runs in the second inning.  The Yanks added five runs in the 4th inning, primarily on two-run singles by Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano.  Johnny Damon also had a run scoring single in the inning.  In the 6th, Damon picked up another RBI on a groundout to first which brought home Brett Gardner.

 

New York Yankees' Derek Jeter watches his ball after hitting a two run single off Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona in the fourth inning

AP 

Sabathia gave up a home run to Grady Sizemore in the 6th, but you knew that Grady would be heard from sooner or later in this series (even with his sore elbow).  The guy is definitely a warrior…

 

Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer 

 

The Yankees scored a couple of runs in the 9th on a run-scoring single by Cano, and a double by Hideki Matsui that scored Cano.

David Robertson pitched a perfect 8th inning, facing just three batters.  However, Jose Veras came out for the 9th and showed that he is, well, Jose Veras.  Despite the 10-3 lead, Veras gave up a homer to the first batter he faced (Shin-Soo Choo).  He hit the next batter, Mark DeRosa, to put a man on base.  DeRosa moved to second on a groundout, and then scored on Ben Francisco’s double.  All of sudden, I started to get flashbacks of the Indians’ 7-run 9th inning to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-10 on May 25th.  Fortunately, Veras retired the next two batters to end the game.  Joe Girardi showed much more faith in Veras than I ever would have, but the end result was a Yankees win and adding a game to the AL East lead so all is good…

After the game, Indian manager Eric Wedge, when asked about Sabathia, responded, “He was very good tonight.  Better than he was when we saw him in New York [April 16th]”.  Hey Julia, that applies to the entire Yankees team!  See you on June 9th!  The Red Sox may be a team built for Fenway Park, but the Yankees now boast the best road record in the American League.

 

 

 

Derek Jeter now has 1,497 runs scored for his career.  There are only three active major players with 1,500 runs (Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield, and Ken Griffey, Jr.).  With three more runs, he’ll join a very exclusive club of players who scored 1,500 runs as Yankees (Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Mickey Mantle).

 

MPI/Getty Images 

I was surprised to see Jorge Posada catch on Saturday, given he had played on Friday night.  I expected to see Francisco Cervelli play, with Posada perhaps at DH.  Nevertheless, it sounds like Posada will take a seat in Sunday’s game when Phil Hughes faces the American Idle…

 

 

Nope, not that guy!  This one…

 

The Plain Dealer

 

Pavano has pitched fairly well for the Indians, and has already appeared in 10 games for them (as opposed to 26 in four years with the Yankees).  He has won five of his six starts this month, and has defeated AL East heavyweights Boston and Tampa.  Let’s hope his May ends on a down note…

 

 

 

It was a tough night for Cleveland as the Cavaliers were easily eliminated in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals in Orlando by the Magic.  King LeBron will have to wait at least another year for a trip to the finals.

 

Tracy Boulian/The Plain Dealer 

 

And what’s up with those mosquitoes and midges in Cleveland?…

 

Posted by pvictory on cleveland.com

9 Comments

I was surprised to see Posada catching two games in a row off the DL, but I hope he’s in the lineup today as DH. We’re so much better with his bat in there. What a great player he is. Good luck today to the Yanks! They may need it against that ace pitcher known as American Idle!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

I am Glad Posada is back, Hey scott from this article I know that I’ll be reading your blog more. Anyway I am new here do you have any pointers, if so that would be great Thanks
Oh, Also My blog is “Fish Out of Water”

Jay

Well, scratch my comment about Jorge. He’s getting the day off.

Funny Scott – I can hear you just fine; maybe you need to have your hearing checked! ;-) Yes, the Yankees might be a different team BUT the results in Boston will still be the same come 6/9-11. You will be the one paying off the debt again my friend, not I! And I am very surprised that the Cavs are not in the finals against the Lakers. I not sure that the Lakers are going to have an easy time against the Magic, but me and basketball? Not so good at picking the winners there! lol!

And who is this “Pavano” that the Yankees are facing today? The name sounds so familiar, if I could just place it…….oh well. Yankees’ fans won’t be upset if they lose to him, will they? LOL!!!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

So – were you glad to see Pavano leave the game today?

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I just remembered who that Pavano guy was! LOL! You know – I suspect VERY soon you’ll be hearing me a LOT clearer! ;-)

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

What a minute – can it be? Why yes – did you just get a little closer? I bet you can hear me a WHOLE lot better now! ;-) Don’t get to comfortable on top my friend; my guys are on their way back!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

We don’t see a lot of teams paying too much attention to defense in this era. The WBC showed how two outstanding defensive Asian teams rolled through the competition.

I think it is something that fans and the media should pay more attention to.

I second Julia, enjoy first place. Fow now! lol.

http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

Poor LeBron…maybe those genetically engineered super bugs got a hold of him? Sad. But yeah for the Yanks!

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

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