It’s A Wonderful Day!…

 

Happy 4th of July!

 

 

The Yankees were victorious on Friday, thanks in large part to the generosity of the Toronto Blue Jays.  The Yankees won the game, 4-2. 

Without a ball leaving the infield, the Yankees broke a 1-1 tie with the Jays in the 5th inning.  The first two batters (Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter) walked, and Johnny Damon hit a bunt single to load the bases.  Mark Teixeira was the beneficiary of the third walk of the inning, which scored Gardner.   After Alex Rodriguez hit into a fielder’s choice that took out Jeter at home, a passed ball by Jays catcher Raul Chavez allowed Damon to race home with their 2nd run of the inning.

The Jays’ Vernon Wells homered in the 6th to close the gap to 3-2, but that’s as close as they would get.  A.J. Burnett fared much better in his second start against his former team, going seven innings and allowing only six hits and two runs.  He walked only two batters, while striking out seven.  He also hit David Dellucci with a pitch, but the walks and hit batter did not come back to haunt him.  He was able to work out of difficult situations in the early innings without any damage. 

 

Simmons/NY Daily News 

 

By the late innings, it was over.  The Phil’s took over in the 8th.  Phil Coke induced the only batter he faced, Adam Lind, to fly out to left.  Phil Hughes came in and, after allowing a single to Scott Rolen, got the next two batters, Lyle Overbay and Vernon Wells, to ground out.  Manager Joe Girardi still insists that Brian Bruney is his 8th inning guy, but for the last couple of games, he’s gone with the hotter hands. 

I am very impressed with the job that Phil Hughes has done since his conversion to the bullpen.  I am still hopeful that he’ll take a starting role in 2010, but for now, it’s nice to have a reliever that can be depended upon in late innings.  I personally think he should become the bridge to Mariano Rivera unless his performance dictates otherwise.  Hughes’ emergence definitely relieves pressure for the Yanks to seek outside help for the pen, although I agree that it would still be an upgrade to add Houston Street or Chad Qualls (depending upon the cost).

 

Simmons/NY Daily News 

 

A home run by Alex Rodriguez in the bottom of the 8th allowed him to tie Don Mattingly for ninth place on the Yankees All-Time HR List with 222.  He also now stands on the Major League All-Time HR List with 567 HR’s (two behind Rafael Palmeiro).

 

 

 

Mariano Rivera quietly finished the Jays in the 9th.  He faced only three batters, and struck out two including Raul Chavez to end the game.

 


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Artist – John Michael Santora

 

The Yankees closed the gap behind the Boston Red Sox to two games.  The Sox fell to the Seattle Mariners, 7-6, in eleven innings.

 

Spoiled rotten

John Tlumacki/Boston Globe 

 

It was an enjoyable day in baseball, but today, win or lose, promises to a very magical and special day for all baseball fans.  Enjoy the day!

 

Murray Becker/AP

 

–Scott 

3 Comments

It will be a great day in all the baseball parks. We all need to be reminded that there are things that are far more important then baseball – and remembering a baseball great like Lou Gehrig and his fight against ALS is a great place to start.

Happy 4th of July!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I would love to be able to see the ALS ceremonies and am hoping that Fox will at least let us blacked out customers see that part of the broadcast. I also wish I could see the current Yankees reciting parts of Gehrig’s speech today on YES. Hopefully, they’ll have clips on their web site. Happy 4th to you and let’s hope we can get to Halladay and win another ball game. Oh – I really like Hughes too. He’s so much more aggressive as a reliever. Love it!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Hi, Scott …

I hope you had a very enjoyable “Fourth of July” !!! … It was a great Holiday weekend with Major League Baseball honoring Lou Gehrig and our Veterans in ballparks throughout baseball !!! … Also, the Yankees won three of the four games against the Blue Jays over the holiday weekend, and continue their winning ways on the road with victories in the first two games of the Twins series !!! … As of July 8th, the Yankees remain one game behind the Red Sox in the AL East; Hopefully, they will move into first place by the All-Star break !!!
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Scott, “Congratulations” on being ranked #12 on the Mlblogs Fans June 2009 “Leader’s List” !!! … Keep up the excellent work on your blog !!!
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Also, Scott, “best wishes” on your move to California !!! … It will be great to have another, of many, Yankee fans rooting for the Yankees on the West Coast !!! … I look forward to the next Yankees vs. Red Sox series, and your ongoing wagers with Julia !!!
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Take care, Scott; Have a great day !!!
– Jimmy 27NYY Curran, “BY&L”
http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

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