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I Know It’s Early, But…

 

How sweet it is!

 

 

Finally, for the first time since October 1, 2006, the Yankees are alone in first place!  Okay, like Joe Girardi said after the game, it doesn’t mean anything, but it’s better than not being in first place.  Seriously, it would be much better if today were October 5, 2009, but it was good to see the Yankees get their 13th win out of the last 16 games.

 

 

The story was Andy Pettitte.  He pitched very well for 5 innings, but left the game in the 6th with back stiffness.  This is not something new (the back bothered him in Texas), and he doesn’t anticipate any problems in making his next start. Andy gave up 6 hits and 5 walks, but only allowed one run in picking up his 5th victory on the year (5-1).

 

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From there, the bullpen duo of Alfredo Aceves and Mariano Rivera shut down the Tribe on two hits and no runs, with Mo earning his 10th save.

 

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For a change, the Yankees didn’t rely upon the long ball.  In fact, neither team hit a home run.  Derek Jeter singled in a run in the 2nd and the Yanks picked up another run on Mark Teixeira’s grounder.  Nick Swisher’s sacrifice fly in the 3rd accounted for the Yankees’ final run in the 3-1 victory.  The Indians only run came on a sac fly against Aceves in the 6th, but the runner was Andy’s responsibility.

 

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Jorge Posada, in his first game off the DL, had two hits.  It’s great to have his bat back in the lineup.

 

 

The Yankees also played their 15th consecutive game without an error.

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In an interesting stat, Mariano Rivera saved the 58th  career game to preserve an Andy Pettitte win to set a new mark for a starting pitcher and closer.  The previous mark was held by Dennis Eckersley who saved 57 wins for Bob Welch while with the Oakland A’s. Mo had a good explanation for the new mark after the game:  “That means we’re old.”  He was kidding, but of course, there is truth in the remark.  It’s been fun watching Mo save games for Andy and other Yankees starters for the last 12-13 years, and he will certainly be remembered as one of the all-time greats.  It is very appropriate that Mo has saved so many Pettitte wins since he’s always been there for his friend, through thick and thin…

 

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Today’s match-up pits CC Sabathia against his former team, facing Fausto Carmona.  Carmona has struggled this year, so of course, that means he’ll pitch ‘lights out’ against the Yankees.  It should be a good pitching duel.

 

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Julia:  “The Cavs will be in the finals, but the Lakers?  I’m not so sure.”

 

Oh Julia, I got your message that the Los Angeles Lakers would not be going to the NBA Finals.  Sorry, thanks to the 119-92 win against the Nuggets in Denver, the Lakers will be advancing to the title series for the 30th time, and second straight year.  Phil Jackson will be trying for his 10th NBA crown.

 

Kobe Bryant airborne

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Carmelo tried as hard as he could, but even this GREAT play didn’t work, although it was an excellent choice on his part!

 

 

I think your run on making accurate predictions is over.  Well, I hope the first part comes true (Cavs overcoming a 3 games to 1 deficit to advance to the finals; they need to win the next two games to win the series), but your word about predictions, which was pristine in April and early May, is on shaky ground…

 

Get ready for the Mark Teixeira t-shirt, my friend!

 

 

He’s Still A Headcase…

 

The 4-game series with the Cleveland Indians brings pitcher Carl Pavano back to the forefront…unfortunately.

 

With the Indians this year, Pavano has been effective, and has beaten both the Red Sox and the Rays this month.  His record is 5-4.  Compare that to the fact that it took him until the third year of his 4-year, $39.95 million contract to win his 5th game with the Yankees.  Of course, the Indians are paying just a fraction of the price (1-year, $1.5 million).

 

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I have never disputed that Pavano has a quality arm.  Unfortunately, he doesn’t have the head to match.  Time will tell if he implodes with the Indians, but you expect that it will eventually happen.  For now, the Indians going along for the ride, and reaping the rewards.  Good luck with that…

 

Some guys just aren’t cut out for New York, and Carl Pavano proved that he is just another Ed Whitson.  Cleveland is probably a much better environment, with much less pressure, for Pavano.

 

 

 

Had he still been with the Yankees, I am sure that he would have found his way to the DL by now…

 

Barring a possible rainout tonight, Pavano is scheduled to pitch on Sunday against Phil Hughes.  Hopefully, Phil will prevent the Yanks from becoming the latest AL East giant to fall to the American Idle…

 

                                                   
Pavano!                          Pavano!                    Pavano!                    Pavano!                 

 

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Jorge Posada was activated from the DL today, and is in the starting lineup for tonight’s game with the Cleveland Indians.  Kevin Cash was sent down to Triple A-Scranton/Wilkes Barre.  Francisco Cervelli will most likely catch CC Sabathia on Saturday against the Tribe.  The Yankees have an interesting decision to make when Jose Molina returns.  They’ll probably go the conservative route and send Cervelli down, but I’d rather keep Cervelli than Molina.  Then again, there’s a reason that Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi draw paychecks from the Yankees and I don’t…

 

 

The Yankees briefly held a share of first place.  Following Wednesday’s win in Texas, combined with a Red Sox loss, the Yankees had drawn even with the Red Sox.  However, it was short-lived as the Red Sox won on Thursday (the Yankees were off, or rather at a basketball game).  So, entering tonight’s action, the Yankees remain in second place, a ½ game behind the Red Sox.

 

 

 

I saw that the Yankees might be one of several possible suitors for Cleveland’s Mark DeRosa.  He would be an upgrade over Ramiro Pena and Angel Berroa, and I admired the intangibles and the play that DeRosa brought to last year’s Chicago Cubs.  The Cubs haven’t been the same this year, and I think the loss of DeRosa is one reason.  Of course, it wouldn’t surprise me if either the Atlanta Braves or Chicago Cubs re-acquired DeRosa

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Two ex-Yankees were DFA’d today.  Cleveland designated outfielder David Dellucci for assignment to make room for reliever Rafael Perez.  Meanwhile, in Baltimore, catcher Chad Moeller was the victim of the much hyped major league arrival of top baseball prospect Matt Wieters.

 

 

 

I liked Joe Girardi’s comment when asked about a possible move of Joba Chamberlain to the bullpen (the ongoing debate that will not die):  “That’s why the Presidential debates are better,” Girardi said.  “They end.”  I have not been a proponent of moving Chamberlain, but he does need to figure out how to pitch in the first inning and when he doesn’t have his best stuff.

Melky Cabrera is back with the team, and is listed as day-to-day.  He won’t play for a few days, but he shouldn’t be out as long as initially projected so that’s a good thing.

How come Boston never has to face Roy Halladay when they play the Toronto Blue Jays?  I don’t get it.  The schedule is perfectly aligned in their favor.  I realize this isn’t Yankees news, but it obviously affects the team since Halladay is perhaps the best pitcher in baseball.  And, of course, Julia is loving every minute of it…

 

I agree with Dodgers manager Joe Torre, I don’t think that Manny Ramirez should play in the All-Star Game if selected…

What was up with the six wild pitches thrown by the Boston Red Sox the other day?

 

 

The Yankees have played a franchise-record 14 games without an error.  That’s an amazing stat, particularly given how weak defensively the team has been in recent years.  But I have to admit, offensive stats aside, I love watching Mark Teixeira field at first base.  I can’t even say that he’s an upgrade over Jason Giambi because that would be a huge understatement.  I know the phrase “defense wins championships” is specific to pro football, but I’ll take it for the Yanks.  Works for me!

 

 

 

Cavs over Magic

Yankees fan LeBron James led his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, to victory over the Orlando Magic in a home game that was attended by Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia, Brian Bruney, Brett Gardner and Joba Chamberlain.  The Cavs now trail the Magic 3 games to 2 in their best-of-seven series.  I am not a Cavs fan, but I am a LeBron fan and it would be fun to see him in the NBA Finals.  Nothing against Dwight Howard and the Magic, but LeBron is the best the NBA has to offer.  It’s just a bonus that he’s a Yankees fan too.

 

 

Ironically, it was Yankees reliever Brett Tomko’s dad who gave the Cavaliers their name.  The Cleveland Plain Dealer held a contest in 1970 that drew 11,000 entries, and Jerry Tomko had the winning selection:  “The name Cleveland Cavaliers represents a group of daring, fearless men whose life’s pact was never surrender, no matter what the odds.”  That’s an interesting bit of trivia that I did not know…

 

 

 

Good luck to LeBron and the James as they continue their quest to overcome impossible odds in beating the Orlando Magic!

 

–Scott 

Fugetaboutit, It Was a Home Run!…

Brian Cashman, did I mention how much I appreciate the investment you made in A.J. Burnett?

The Yankees salvaged the final game of the four game series with the Cleveland Indians to settle for a split in the first series ever played at the new Yankee Stadium. Considering that the Yankees lost games of 10-2 and 22-4, taking 2 of 4 sounds like a fairly good deal.  The last time the Yankees gave up two big innings in a series like this, they were known as the New York Highlanders and it was 1907. 

Branch Rickey, who is best known as the Dodgers GM who broke the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson, was a left fielder on the team. 

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Jack Chesbro, who had won 41 games three years earlier, was winding down a great career.  San Jose’s own Hal Chase was the Yankees first baseman. 

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Sunday brought the return of Carl “American Idle” Pavano, and he pitched the way he should have when he wore pinstripes. He pitched six innings, gave up 4 hits and 1 walk, and struck out 4. He turned over the game to the Cleveland bullpen, with a 3-1 lead. Fortunately, the Yankees rallied against the Tribe, thanks in large part to a disputed two-run pinch hit homer by Jorge Posada. The play represented the first time the officials used the video replay, but the upon review, the homer stood. The Indians had claimed fan interference.

Posada hits controversial HR in win

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A.J. Burnett had gotten into trouble earlier in the inning, when he loaded the bases with one out. A.J. struggled with his control today, walking 7 batters and throwing three wild pitches. But he kept the Yankees in the game, until he couldn’t go any further. Joe Girardi went to reliever Jonathan Albaladejo who did a great job in retiring the next two batters. Then, it was time for Posada’s heroics.

Cody Ransom (he’s still a toad) hit a three-run double in the 8th to provide the final margin of victory, 7-3. I am not quite sure why Shin-Soo Choo slowed up and let Ransom’s hit drop, but I’ll take it. Maybe the ghosts of The House That Ruth Built finally moved across the street after seeing Saturday’s debacle.

The game was closed out by the dynamic duo of Brian Bruney (8th) and Mariano Rivera (9th). It was not a save situation for Mo due to Ransom’s insurance runs. Albaladejo got the win (1-0).

A.J. Burnett may not have had his best stuff today, but again, he has proven he is a warrior and the guy knows how to pitch. I have great confidence when Burnett pitches. He may not get the decision and he might take the loss, but you know that he’s going to give it everything he’s got and clearly he’s nobody’s fool. The guy has heart, and the last guy who pitched like that in pinstripes (David Cone) had a memorable Yankees career.

David Cone after he pitched a perfect game against the Montreal Expos on July 18, 1999.

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The Yankees are in second place, 2.5 games behind the AL East Leader, the surprising Toronto Blue Jays. Julia‘s Red Sox are a half-game back, tied for third with the Baltimore Orioles.

Next up at Yankee Stadium is an old friend. Jason Giambi returns to the Bronx to check out the new Stadium with his team, the Oakland A’s.

Jason Giambi Picture

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Nomar Garciaparra will be in tow. I think he’s played a meaningful game or two in the Bronx.

Speaking of old friends…well, maybe less emphasis on the “friends” part, congratulations to Randy Johnson for his stellar performance against his old team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had a no-hitter into the 7th inning before giving up a double to Augie Ojeda. Johnson stranded Ojeda at third, and left the game after 7 innings. He gave up just one hit, Ojeda’s double, and struck out 7. It was Johnson’s first victory of the season (1-2) and the 296th of his career. As one who never minds seeing the D-Backs lose, congrats to the Big Unit for the vintage performance!

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I had told some Dodger friends that the Yankees would have a better record than their team by the end of week. The only problem? The Dodgers haven’t lost since. Yikes! Joe Torre and company continued their 8-game winning streak with a 14-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Manny Ramirez may be all that, but Matt Kemp is finally becoming the man for the Dodgers. Credit Donnie Baseball for his help in Kemp’s realization of his five-tool talent.

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The Red Sox won. Bummer…

 

Just kidding, Julia:)

Have a great week!

-Scott

All Expense Paid Trip to Tampa…

He’s got to go…

 

My patience for Chien-Ming Wang to find himself effectively ended today. The Indians defeated the Yankees 22-4 in what should stand as the worst beating at the new Stadium for quite some time (or let’s hope so).

 

 

I don’t want to see Wang pitch in New York again if this is what we have to look forward to. I realize that he can’t be sent down (out of options and would have to have at least five years of service to agree to go down which he does not have).  He should be sent to the Yankees facility in Tampa for an extended spring training (if that’s possible) to work on re-establishing himself as a major league pitcher because right now he’s not one.  

 

Wang’s ERA now stands at 34.50…

In Pete Abraham’s LoHud Blog this morning, he said that if Wang threw three complete game shutouts, his ERA would still be over 4. No telling how many complete game shutouts it would take now.

Over the past few years, the Yankees have thrown up a few of these clunkers but this is on the heels of the Tampa debacle last Monday. Of course, the common denominator is Wang.

 

The Indians scored 14 runs in the second inning. Wang’s pitching line reads 11/3 innings, 8 hits and 8 runs. Anthony Claggett, called up from AAA Scranton earlier today (Juan Miranda was sent down), gave up 9 hits and 8 runs in 1 2/3 innings. Claggett now lays claim to the worst ERA on the staff at 43.20. Looking at the ERA’s of all the NY pitchers that appeared in the game is frightening. Edwar Ramirez, who gave up 4 runs in 2 innings, stands at 8.44. Jose Veras, who gave up 1 run in 3 innings, is at 8.53, and Damaso Marte, 1 run in 1 inning, is at 21.00.

 

 

I know that the Yankees have been hit hard by injuries, but I’d have to believe that Joe Girardi’s seat just got a little hotter.

Clearly, New York needs to get Wang away from the magnifying glass so that he can work on correcting himself and getting back to the pitcher we saw early last season before the foot injury in Houston.

I am ready for Phil Hughes to make his 2009 debut at the new Stadium. Phil is 2-0 in two games (11 2/3 innings) with a 2.31 ERA for AAA Scranton.

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I am sure that Julia is enjoying her day…

OTHER NOTES

There are a few pitchers on other teams that I like to follow. Some of my favorites are Jon Lester, Scott Kazmir, Clayton Kershaw, and Ubaldo Jimenez to name a few. Another one is Tim Lincecum. Unfortunately, Lincecum received a no-decision today despite 13 strikeouts and no runs in 8 innings (he gave up 5 hits). The Giants lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks on a 9th inning two-run double by Chris Young. Speaking of the D-Backs and Giants, Sunday’s pitching match-up is Max Scherzer against Randy Johnson. It should be interesting to see how the Unit performs against his former team…

Phillies fans said goodbye to legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas today at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. It was a beautiful day (warm with lots of sun), so it is a fitting farewell for a man who will never be forgotten…

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Well, as I so often say early this baseball season, tomorrow is a new day!  Have a great night!

 

–Scott

Opening Daze at Yankee Stadium…

Except for the ending, it was a very majestic day in the Bronx…

 

 

The new Yankee Stadium may stand in the shadows of its namesake, but it offers modern advances and comforts the original could not.

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The historical first lineup at the new Yankee Stadium was:

 

1-Derek Jeter, SS

2-Johnny Damon, LF

3-Mark Teixeira, 1B

4-Nick Swisher, RF

5-Jorge Posada, C

6-Robinson Cano, 2B

7-Hideki Matsui, DH

8-Cody Ransom, 3B

9-Brett Gardner, CF

 

SP:  CC Sabathia

 

Johnny Damon delivered the first hit at the new Stadium, and Jorge Posada hit the first home run. 

 

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The game was very tight in the early going, as CC Sabathia was locked in a pitcher’s duel with his former Indians teammate Cliff Lee.  Sabathia departed with two outs in the sixth inning.  He gave up five hits, one run, and had four strikeouts.  He did allow five walks which had driven his pitch count up to 122, but at the time of his departure, the Yanks were tied with the Indians at 1-1.  

 

Enter the bullpen… 

 

 

Jose Veras began the seventh inning and walked the first batter he faced.  He then proceeded to allow consecutive doubles by Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta.  Peralta’s hit scored two runs. 

 

More gasoline…

 

 

Damaso Marte was brought in to replace Veras, but the floodgates had been opened.  A walk and an error loaded the bases.  A single by Kelly Shoppach scored a run. Trevor Crowe walked with the bases still loaded to bring in another run.  Grady Sizemore came to the plate and hit a grand slam to right to clear the bases.  Martinez came around in the order again, and homered to cap the inning’s scoring at nine runs (3 charged to Veras and 6 to Marte).  

 

In the end, the Indians had emerged with a 10-2 victory in the first game played at the new Stadium.  

 

 

As the new era begins, we will forever remember the Cathedral…

 

The new Yankee Stadium stands in the shadows of the original, which many consider a baseball cathedral.

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The Yankees will look to Joba Chamberlain to bring the Yanks’ first home victory on Friday.  

 

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OTHER NOTES

 

  • As expected, the Yankees placed right fielder Xavier Nady on the disabled list.  I had expected a corner infielder to come up from Scranton, but the Yankees opted to recall reliever David Robertson.  Robertson pitched the final two innings of today’s game, giving up two hits, but allowing no runs with three strikeouts.
  • Alex Rodriguez participated in his first full batting practice session today.  He took a total of 49 swings, which included three home runs.   Is it May 15th yet?
  • The Massachusetts state medical examiner’s office has ruled former Tigers pitcher Mark Fidrych’s death to be accidental.  He suffocated when his clothes became entangled in the power takeoff shaft of a truck he was working on.  He is survived by his wife and daughter.
  • John Madden has called it a career.  I can’t say that I was a big Madden fan in 1977 when the Raiders thrashed my Minnesota Vikings, 32-14, in Super Bowl XI, but I’ve always enjoyed Madden the broadcaster.  When Madden and Pat Summerall were together, I felt they were the top NFL broadcasting team.  Madden has meant so much to the NFL, and his voice will be missed but I am glad that he’ll be able to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests.
  • The Texas Rangers’ second baseman Ian Kinsler had the game of a lifetime on Wednesday.  He went 6-for-6, hitting for the cycle with two singles, two doubles, a triple and a home run.  He scored 5 runs, and had 4 RBI.  The six at-bats came within the confines of a standard 9-inning game, which is unusual.  The Rangers defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 19-6, in Arlington, Texas.  Great game, Ian!  Get it out of your system before you make the trip to the Bronx!  On second thought, maybe that was just some awful O’s pitching…

 

Hopefully, tomorrow’s blog will be more uplifting!  

 

–Scott

$82 Million Has Been Well Spent…

Definition of a Stopper…

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I felt good about today’s game on the simple basis of knowing that A.J. Burnett would be taking the mound.  It wasn’t a perfect performance, but he made the big pitches when they mattered the most. 

Of course, I didn’t know that Nick Swisher would be starting and delivering 5 RBI’s, but that was a nice bonus.  I like Swish and the energy he brings to the team.  God bless him for the loud music he plays, even when he is relegated to bench duty.

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Robby Cano is also showing signs that he may be maturing.

 

And Tex, it was very appropriate to get the first home run of the season in front of his hometown crowd.  In the grand scheme of things, a win or loss wasn’t going to determine the season, but it was nice to get the first one out of the way.

Mark Teixeira reacts after grounding out to end the eighth inning.

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THE AMERICAN IDLE

I am normally not one to gloat, but I was so disappointed in Carl Pavano as a Yankee.  The guy has the talent, there is no doubt.  But what’s going on inside the head is a different story.  Today’s line score is very appropriate…

Cleveland Indians

Pitchers

IP

 H

 R

ER

BB

SO

HR

PC-ST

ERA

C Pavano (L, 0-1)

1.0

6

9

9

3

1

2

39-21

81.00

Carl only retired three of twelve batters that he faced.

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Good luck in Cleveland, Carl.  I am glad that you are no longer a Yankee…

THE DEPARTED ANGEL

It’s been tough today seeing the tributes for Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart.  Also, the TV clips of Wednesday night’s performance against the A’s have been equally difficult. 

By virtue of injuries, Nick was the Angels #3 starter.  But he showed on Wednesday night that he belonged in the major leagues.  He was a guy that had Tommy John surgery in high school, yet rebounded to become the top prospect in the Angels organization.  He was a humorous guy…the kind of guy who drives others to achieve greatness.

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi made some comments today that I completely agree with.  Joe was the Rock of Gibraltar during the untimely passing of St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Darryl Kile (the Cardinals were playing the Cubs, Girardi’s team, at the time of Kile’s death). 

“It’s sad. It really is,” Girardi said. “You think of a young man who realizes his dream and pitches six shutout innings, and drives home and is gone. Life is not supposed to be like that. I didn’t even know the kid and it’s hard for me. He’s just a little boy who dreamed about playing in the big leagues.

“It’s one big fraternity, one big family. Your heart goes out to that family and that young man. You realize how precious life is. You wake up every day and be thankful for what you’ve got, because you never know.”

Well said, Joe…

We have been cheated by not seeing what Nick could have become.  At 22, he did more than most of us will achieve in a lifetime.  April 9th will become to Angels fans what August 2nd means to Yankee fans.  Nick, you will be missed…

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