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Derailed in Anaheim…

 

Unfortunately, I saw it coming…

 

 

I knew that the Yankees tie with the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night was going to be short-lived.  For whatever reason, the Yankees cannot beat the Los Angeles Angels, and last night’s game was further evidence.

 

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Joba Chamberlain had 5-1 lead in the fifth inning when the wheels came off.  The crushing blow was a three-run home run by Kendry Morales that tied the game.

 

Rose Palmisano/The Orange County Register 

 

The Angels proceeded to score five more runs in the 6th and 7th innings (against Mark Melancon and Brian Bruney) to pull away.   The Angels won the game, 10-6.

 

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Earlier in the evening, the Boston Red Sox had defeated the Kansas City Royals, 1-0, so the first place tie quickly evaporated into a one game deficit (I know, Julia is lovin’ every minute of it!).

 

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (second from right) and his Red Sox teammates celebrate the victory.

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Alex Rodriguez did hit his 568th home run to pull within one of Rafael Palmeiro for 10th place on the All-Time HR List.  But his error in the fifth did not help anybody…well, except for the Angels…

 

 

 

Joe Girardi keeps talking about Joba’s inexperience and youth as reasons for his struggles, but it is really up to Joba to decide if he wants to be a frontline starter.  The excuses from Girardi are getting kind of old…

“I don’t expect him to be perfect, I don’t. He’s probably got about 30 starts under his belt in the big leagues. That’s not a ton of starts”, Girardi said after the game.  “You can’t just focus on this kid. We had other chances to win this game and we didn’t do it.”

 

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The Yankees continue their series against the Angels.  I wish I could say that I am confident, but unfortunately, I am not.  Andy Pettitte pitches today, and of course, he has been consistently inconsistent this season.  There was a time when Andy could be counted on to follow a loss with a win, but those times have long since passed.  I am definitely a ‘glass is half empty’ kind of guy today… 

 

 

 

Congratulations to…

Jonathan Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants, for throwing the first no-hitter of the 2009 season against the San Diego Padres.  An error by Juan Uribe cost Sanchez a perfect game, but he was absolutely outstanding in the 8-0 victory.  He had 11 strikeouts as a replacement starter for Randy Johnson who was earlier placed on the DL.   Sanchez has been mentioned as possible trade bait, so the no-hitter will certainly enhance the Giants’ ability to get quality in return.  Nick Johnson anyone?

 

Jonathan Sanchez is mobbed by his teammates after strikin... (Liz Hafalia / The Chronicle)

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Manny Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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With a home run in last night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Manny tied Mickey Mantle for 15th place on the All-Time HR List with 536 home runs.  It is sad to see the Mick soon fall out of the Top 15, and eventually the Top 20…

 

 

Angel Berroa, who was released by the Yankees last week, for signing a minor league deal with the New York Mets.  Good luck with that…

 

 

Alex Rodriguez, who moments ago homered in today’s game against the Angels for his 569th home run, tying Rafael Palmeiro for 10th Place.  The Yankees have a very early 2-0 lead.  Next stop, Harmon Killebrew at 573 home runs…

 

 

 

Making His Presence Felt in Atlanta…

 

To borrow the words of Johnny Cash, the Man Comes Around…

 

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The other Cash arrived in Atlanta, and made his presence known.

 

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GM Brian Cashman, who apparently was supposed to watch AAA-Scranton/Wilkes Barre play, opted to travel to Atlanta for the Yankees game against the Braves.  He did not go with axe in hand, but he met with manager Joe Girardi and the players.  Clearly, he, like the rest of the fans and organization, is frustrated with the Yankees recent offensive slump and knows that the team is better than this. 

Cash insists that the team does not need to make any player acquisitions to improve.  As I said yesterday, the team has the talent and ability to succeed so the answer lies within.  I still think the bench could use some upgrade, along with the pen.  But from the top to the bottom of the order, the team is fine so long as they can snap out of the recent slide that has left them tied with the Toronto Blue Jays, 5 games behind the Boston Red Sox. 

Xavier Nady should be back soon, and that will certainly help.  But after watching the continued play of catcher Francisco Cervelli, I have to admit that I really do not want to see Jose Molina come back.  I liked Cervelli’s throws to first, his intensity, the way he was openly communicating with pitcher Joba Chamberlain in the dugout between innings, his energy, his excitement…and of course, his first home run!  So perhaps the Yanks should look to move Molina upon his return from the DL.  As for Damaso Marte, I am hopeful that we’ll see the reliever who was among baseball’s best when he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates upon his return.  There is no reason that he can’t be that player again.  Cash might be right that the answer lies within.  If the team’s response to Cash’s visit, an 8-4 win over the Braves, can be sustained in the coming weeks and months, I like the Yankees’ chances come October. 

As for the game, I do want to send Braves pitcher Kenshin Kawakami best wishes for a speedy recovery.  I am thankful he was not more seriously hurt when he was struck at the base of the neck by a ball hit by Joba Chamberlain.  At the time, Kawakami had pitched three perfect innings and it looked like he was in the midst of a great game.  He has a contusion, but it sounds like the ball didn’t hit a bone.  Kawakami will be re-evaluated in a couple of days to determine if he’ll be able to make his next start.  Hopefully, he is back in full action shortly.

 

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The Braves scored first on a 5th inning home run by Jeff Francoeur.  Considering that Francoeur hasn’t really hit anybody this year, it was disappointing to see him get untracked against the Yankees.  Nevertheless, the Yankees came back at the top of the next inning.  Brett Gardner walked to start the inning, becoming the Yankees first base runner.  After a few pick-off throws, the Braves got lucky when Gardner was called out even though his hand had clearly reached first base before he was tagged out.  The play brought manager Joe Girardi out of the dugout and although his tirade got him tossed, it served as the catalyst the Yankees needed to snap out of their offensive doldrums.  Cervelli followed with his first career home run, and a few batters later, Alex Rodriguez, who had entered the game with a .207 BA, drilled a two-run single.

 

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Although the Braves kept fighting back, the Yankees never relinquished the lead.  In the 8th inning, with Brian Bruney struggling (two walks, a single and a run scored), Girardi brought Mariano Rivera into the game with two outs. Rivera struck out Kelly Johnson to end the inning.  Rivera, who hadn’t pitched since June 16th, showed no signs of rust.  The Yankees scored a couple more runs at the top of the 9th to pad their lead, but they were unnecessary runs as Rivera struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to end the game.  Vintage Mo, and it was sweet!

 

 

The Red Sox, Blue Jays and Rays all won, so there were no changes in the standings.  But the victory was definitely something for the team to build upon.  One game at a time.  The path to the Red Sox is not that far away…

 

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As expected, the Yankees designated Angel Berroa for assignment prior to the game to make room for infielder Cody Ransom.  I was surprised to see that the Yankees were actually able to get cash for reliever Jose Veras (from the Cleveland Indians).  I thought the Yankees would have to pay to get someone to take him.  Peter Abraham of the LoHud Yankees Blog had the best line when he said that the cash involved was “at least three figures”.  Good luck in Cleveland, Jose…you won’t be missed.   Of course, now that you are in Cleveland, you’ll probably start pitching lights out…

 

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The Unveiling of Big Teix…

With the Mark Teixeira signing officially out of the way, the Yankees began their off-season rummage search with the signings of Jason Johnson and Angel Berroa.  I think I heard something about John Rodriguez too.  Granted, Berroa was a previous ROY, but I really would not have known anything about him if he had not been traded to the Dodgers last year to fill-in for Rafael Furcal (I lived in LA at the time).  I guess the Yankees are looking for bodies for Tampa next month…

As much as I love Andy Pettitte, I completely agree with the Yankees’ approach.  I really think that no organization knows when to part ways with aging players like Boston, and now is the time for the Yankees to make one of those hard decisions.  At this point in his career and given the current market, Andy is simply not a $10 million a year guy anymore.  Those resources are better served elsewhere.  With Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Alfredo Aceves, and now Jason Johnson in reserve, the Yanks should try to take a chance on someone like Ben Sheets.

Congratulations to Jason Giambi for his new deal, pending a physical, with Oakland.  He did redeem himself in my eyes with his play last season, and I think it’s fitting that he returns to his original team.  I fully expect to lose a game next year due to a ninth inning Giambino home run…

My favorite quote today was by Yankee co-chairman Hal Steinbrenner:  “If some owners are upset we invest in our team, I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.”  I think Hal is proving to be a very capable leader for the organization.

Is Derek Jeter really going to 35 in June?  Wow!  Where did the years go?  It seems like he was just an 18 year old kid out of Kalamazoo…

I kind of like those rumors of Trevor Hoffman potentially going to the Dodgers.  It seems like a good fit.  He makes his home in the area, and I don’t think Joe Torre wants to hand the full-time closer’s role to Jonathan Broxton just yet. 

I saw a return of new articles reporting that Bobby Valentine would be a leading candidate for the Yankees managerial post if Girardi fails this year.  Ugh, that’s not really something I’d want to see regardless of what happens and no matter how much Bobby V may have changed…

With the Yankees luck in recent years, Carl Pavano will win 15 games for the Tribe…

Starting to see more rumors involving Xavier Nady so I suspect that he may be the odd man out.  All things considered, I’d probably rather see Nick Swisher go since I think he is better suited for first base than an outfield position as evidenced by Chicago last year.  It would be a shame for the Yankees half billion dollar investment to go array because of poor OF decisions this winter (I am sure that my Red Sox friends are losing sleep over that one!  Ha!).

Personally, I’d give a Hall of Fame Vote to Jim Rice if I could.  Regardless of what has been said, the fact remains that the guy was one of the most feared hitters of the 70’s. 

Whatever happened to Butch Hobson?…

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