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Keeping Pace With the Red Sox…

It’s too bad that Joe Mauer is just one man…


JMauer.JPGCredit:  Elliott Mann’s blog,

He almost single-handedly rallied the Minnesota Twins in the 9th inning against the dreaded Boston Red Sox.  Unfortunately, Mauer’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 9th left the Twins a run short in their eventual loss to the AL East Leader.


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So, the Yanks remain one game behind the Red Sox in the AL East standings thanks to their 11-1 victory over the Texas Rangers in Arlington.

So much for dealing with the pressure of facing the Texas crowd for the first time since admitting using performance enhancing drugs while a member of the Rangers.  A-Rod responded by going 5-for-5, with 2 runs scored and 4 RBI’s.  He was booed very loudly each time he came to the plate.  I guess it didn’t phase him…


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Former Ranger Mark Teixeira also joined the act, going 2-for-4, with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI’s. 


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Phil Hughes, who most likely will be sent to Triple A-Scranton/Wilkes Barre when Chien-Ming Wang is ready to take his place in the starting rotation, pitched an outstanding game.  He went 8 innings, and only gave up 3 hits and no runs.  He struck out 6.  Hughes is starting to pitch to his ability and potential.  Assuming that Wang successfully retakes his position, I think Hughes’ performance makes it unlikely that Andy Pettitte will  be back in 2010.


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Alfredo Aceves gave up a 9th inning homer to the very hot Nelson Cruz (5 homers in his last 6 games) to spoil the shutout. 


It is an excellent start to the road trip for the Yankees.  Texas has been very strong out of the gate this year, and it has been due, in large part, because of pitching.  The Yankees will have their hands full in this series, and I expect that the remaining games in this series will be very tight.  But for one day, it was nice to have the game firmly in control from the start.  Despite not gaining on ground on Boston, the Yankees did move into second place with the victory, thanks to the Baltimore Orioles’ 4-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.  So, now only the Boston Red Sox stand in the way in the battle for first…


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The bald head didn’t work.  Setup man Brian Bruney is headed back to the DL as he continues to experience elbow pain.  The Yankees will make a roster move on Tuesday.  Hopefully, Edwar Ramirez will get the call as I’d really like to see him re-establish himself as a key member of the bullpen.  It is very unfortunate about Bruney but hopefully the doctors will be able to isolate the cause of the pain and take the necessary corrective action so that Bruney can be back at full strength in the not-so-distant future.


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You never want to see anyone get hurt, so it was unfortunate to see Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Akinori Iwamura go down for the season with a torn ligament in his knee.  He was playing very well, but no one should weep for the Rays as they have very capable (and talented) replacements waiting in the wings.  I wish Iwamura a healthy and speedy recovery, and look forward to his successful return in 2010.



I was glad that the Red Sox quickly dismissed the Washington Nationals’ offer of Nick Johnson for Manny Delcarmen.  Johnson has had an excellent start to his season, and it’s good to see him healthy again.  But I am not exactly enamored with seeing yet another once promising Yankees prospect end up at Fenway Park, ala Mike Lowell.  Personally, I’d like to see Johnson in San Francisco since they could really use his bat.


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But as for Red Sox players who want to be Yankees?  I am down with that!  Hey Jason, you’d look great in pinstripes!  Did you want me to have Brian Cashman bring over a contract for you to sign with that pen? 😉


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A Night to Forget (at Yankee Stadium)…

All good things must come to an end…


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The Yankees’ 9-game winning streak was brought to an end by the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies at Yankee Stadium last night, as (surprise) the Phillies rode four home runs to a 7-3 victory.


Carlos Ruiz follows through on a two-run homer during the second inning against the New York Yankees on Friday. The Phils snapped the Yanks´ winning streak. (AP)


When Jimmy Rollins homered off A.J. Burnett to lead off the game, I knew it was probably going to be a tough night.  The next two batters, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez, got on base with a HBP and single, respectively.  Ibanez’ single advanced Utley to third with no outs.  It looked like the Phillies were going to have a big first inning, but then A.J. struck out Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, and induced a groundout by Shane Victorino to end the inning.  At that point, I had hope that A.J. was going to turn it around and shut the Phils down.  Unfortunately, it didn’t happen as later innings saw home runs by Carlos Ruiz, Jayson Werth, and Raul Ibanez.



Ibanez has been a great replacement for the departed Pat Burrell, now with the Tampa Bay Rays.  I knew that Ibanez could hit when he was in Seattle, but he’s surprised me with his power so far this year (16 home runs).  He was an excellent free agent signing by the Phillies.


Chien-Ming Wang, called up to work out of the pen instead of remaining in Scranton/Wilkes Barre for one more minor league start, pitched the final 3 innings.  He gave up six hits and two runs, including the Ibanez homer (which was absolutely crushed).  I guess if there’s a bright side, Wang did lower his ERA from 34.50 to 25.00…




The Yankees did hit three home runs themselves (Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Mark Teixeira).  Unfortunately, they were the non-threatening solo variety (no men on base).



Brett Myers (4-2) was the winner, while Burnett (2-2) took the loss.  The Yankees remain in third place, a game behind the Red Sox and 1 ½ games behind the Jays as both of these teams lost too.  Right, Julia? 

I was fortunate that Johan Santana was on the mound for the Mets in their victory over the Red Sox.  The game marked the return of Daisuke Matsuzaka from the DL.  I have Dice-K on my fantasy baseball team.  He was a recent “free agent” pick-up (which still amazes me) when the owner who drafted him cut him when he placed on the DL.  Too bad Theo doesn’t make moves like that…

Julia, I couldn’t but help to notice a couple of linescores.

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Ouch!  He kept swinging but there was nothing but air…

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Okay, not as bad as Big Papi, but it was an “off night” for the ‘Yankees’!  😉

Hey Jason, this is for you!  We’re getting your new home ready at 161st and River…




Well, maybe it’s not off-topic.  He is a Yankees fan after all…


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Last night’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic was tremendous.  The Cavs had blown a 23-point lead, and the Magic were up by two points with, oh, about a second left in the game.  How can you not love LeBron?  While I  think that Kobe Bryant is one OF the game’s best, LeBron is THE best…


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The next Michael Jordan?  Heck, he’s the next LeBron James…


Coming Up Aces…

So THIS is what it feels like to have an ace?


Aces.JPGWow, CC Sabathia and his big time stuff!  Very nice…

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It has been quite awhile since the Yanks have had a true ace, and it is great.  The Yanks were locked in a tight game at the Stadium last night against the Orioles until the Yankees broke the game open in the late innings.

CC gave up a first inning run to stake the O’s to an early 1-0 lead, but that was quickly erased in the bottom of the frame by an Alex Rodriguez two-run homer.  Isn’t going out on a limb to say that the hip is not bothering A-Rod?  If he keeps this up for a few more games, he’ll be challenging Donnie Baseball’s club record for consecutive games with a home run. 


And of course, Mark Teixeira is no longer ‘The Ice Man Cometh’ as he has shown all he needed was A-Rod to cover his back in the lineup.  Tex was responsible for helping break the game open in the 7th inning with a two-run homer, which was also included a bases loaded double by Derek Jeter and a few Oriole miscues. 



Mark Teixeira talks about Alex Rodriguez being back


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But it wasn’t needed as CC brought his A-game, and didn’t give up any more runs after the lone run in the first.  Brian Bruney (what’s up with the bald head?) and Brett Tomko closed out the game in relief of CC to preserve his three-hit masterpiece.

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The Yankees’ winning streak now stands at 7 games.  The Yanks remain in third place, one game behind the Boston Red Sox and 3 ½ behind the Toronto Blue Jays as both of those teams also won.  Correction:  The Red Sox won, beating the Jays.  Thanks for catching the error in my ways, Julia! 😉 

Phil Hughes is the starter tonight, and I suspect that this will be his last Yankee performance before another trip back to Scranton (regardless of how well he pitches tonight due to the impending return of Chien-Ming Wang). 

The New York Daily News reported yesterday that the Los Angeles Dodgers may be on the schedule for a trip to the Bronx in 2010.  I hope it comes true as it would be great to see Joe Torre make a farewell visit before he calls it a career…

Hey Julia, don’t worry about Jason Bay.  He’ll be fine as a New York millionaire!  You guys need to worry about replacing Big Papi.  If Jason hasn’t re-signed with Boston yet, why can’t he sign with the Yankees in the off-season?  It’s possible.  The Yankees, more than likely, will let Johnny Damon walk at this point in his career.  They need a top outfielder, and Matt Holliday, a potential free agent target, has struggled in the AL this year.  So, why not Bay?  It could happen…



Jason, while Julia is busy giving fruit baskets to Theo, this is for you…



Bent, but not broken…


What?  No walk-off win?  What’s up with that? 


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Last night, it appeared that the Yankees were going to coast to a victory for a change.  The Twins had scored a couple of runs at the top of the first inning, but the Yanks roared back with 6 runs in the bottom of the frame.  Included in the scoring were back-to-back home runs by the suddenly very hot Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez.

Yankees Beat Twins in a 4-Game Sweep

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Nick Swisher almost made it three straight home runs, but his fly ball fell about six feet short of the fence.

It was revealed after the game that Twins starter Glenn Perkins had taken the mound with an injury (inflamed left elbow), and it worsened while he was pitching.  He was placed on the DL after the game.  Nevertheless, the Twins relievers did a good job in shutting down the Yankees after the disastrous first inning.  R.A. Dickey, in particular, was solid in 4 1/3 innings of relief.  It allowed the Twins to slowly climb back into the game.  They certainly had every opportunity to pull out a come-from-behind victory.


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The Twins pounded out 12 hits in 6 2/3 innings against Andy Pettitte, but couldn’t get him to break.  They had a hit in every inning except the 9th.  They missed a golden opportunity in the 7th inning with the bases loaded, but Carlos Gomez flied out to center.

Mark Teixeira added another home run in the bottom of the 7th inning which proved to be the insurance run the Yanks needed. 

Manager Joe Girardi gave Mariano Rivera the night off after so much work earlier in the series, so the 9th began with the somewhat unsettling sight of Phil Coke on the mound to close it out.  It wasn’t fun and it wasn’t pretty, but in the end, it was enough to allow Coke to pick up his first save.  He allowed a walk that eventually resulted in a Twins run, but the clutch hit the Twins were looking for, never came.  While Coke seemed to have trouble with the psychological edge needed to close a game, he finally succeeded in ending the game by inducing a groundout.  After the game, he said that he was completely gassed.  I guess he proved that he was a “Weeble”…




While the Yankees swept the four game series, every game was so close.  It could have very easily have been a Twins sweep of the Yankees with a few timely hits here and there.  Still, the Yankees can feel good about themselves as they’ve improved their record to 21-17 and now stand just a single game behind the second place Boston Red Sox.

Oh, I almost forgot, Jason Bay, this gift basket is for you.  Julia seems to be focusing on Theo, but we know you’re the one who really matters.  Don’t sign an extension with the Red Sox because there’s a great spot in left field at Yankee Stadium waiting for you in 2010.  The Celtics and the Bruins have proven that Boston can easily return to its heartbreaking ways, and you deserve so much better.  #44 is not available, unless you can coerce Reggie Jackson into giving it up.  But I am sure there’s a number that would work for you…$$$$$$…  J


See you in the Bronx next year, Jason! 😉 


And A-Rod Says It’s Over…

I can really get used to these walk-off hits to win games…

The former Texas Rangers duo of Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira came through in a big way last night, which was capped by A-Rod’s game winning two run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning.  I always prefer to go to extra innings when you’re the home team.  I hate giving the opponent one more shot.  Fortunately, these games against the Minnesota Twins are at Yankee Stadium so it’s set the stage of two successive nights of game winning, walk-off hits.



Mark Teixeira set up A-Rod’s dramatic moment with four hits and four RBI’s.  He also walked in the 11th inning prior to A-Rod’s homer.

I’m hoping there will be more nights like this as we move into the dog days of summer…


Manager Joe Girardi tried something new with starting pitcher Joba Chamberlain.  Joba had given up 7 first inning runs in his previous two starts, so Joe had Joba pitch a simulated first inning in the bullpen with coach Mike Harkey standing in as a batter with no bat.  Joba “pretended” to face three batters.  Say what you will about it, it worked.  Joba retired the first three Twins on 14 pitches.  He pitched a total of 6 innings with 6 strikeouts, and only allowed 2 runs.



Julia‘s team spoiled what would have been a “perfect night”, when the Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3.  Future Yankee left fielder Jason Bay hit a two run home run in the first to stake the Red Sox to a lead they never relinquished.  Hey, Jason, this is for you…

As bad as you look in a Red Sox uniform, you’d look terrific in pinstripes!  I’m just saying…