Results tagged ‘ Sergio Mitre ’

Joba and Phil and the rest of the Guys…

Who’s the frontrunner?

 

 


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Suddenly, Sergio Mitre is gaining the backing of the New York Press in his attempt to win the fifth spot in the starting pitching rotation.  I still think the winner will ultimately be Phil Hughes, but he needs to show he belongs in the rotation now and forevermore.

 

 

Phil Hughes will be out of the Yankees' rotation until July.

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What happens if Mitre doesn’t win a starting role?  With the many arms competing for spots in the pen, several with long relief experience, the best case scenario might be to showcase Mitre for other teams for a possible late spring training trade.  Prospects are fine, but the Yankees need to parlay Mitre into potential for the future.

 

Yankees' Sergio Mitre fires scoreless 6 1/3 innings of one-hit ball before a shot off right forearm ends day (below).

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It was scary to hear the news that catcher Francisco Cervelli had been plunked in the head.  I was in Arizona on a business trip and somewhat removed from sports news.  I received an email from my good friend Julia, who expressed legitimate concern for a Yankee even though she dislikes anything Bronx-oriented.  Thanks Julia!  Cervelli may be ready to play by Friday and I am hopeful for a smooth and healthy return.  Cervelli, and his attitude, are definitely why I am proud to be a Yankees fan.  He’s a genuinely good guy and the team is placing great faith in his ability to backup Jorge Posada.  At his advancing age, Posada will need more days off so the defensive-minded Cervelli will play a huge role for the 2010 Yankees. 

 

 

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I gotta admit that it was nice to see Nick Johnson in the lineup again. ..

 

 

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Today was a good day.  Two wins.  7-5 over the World Series rival Philadelphia Phillies, and 6-0 against Team ex-Yankees, the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Considering the recent string of losses, today was a day to enjoy.  I still can’t figure out why the Red Sox aren’t on the spring schedule but two wins are two wins.  Well, at least until Opening Day when we pick up our first official win!

 

 

 

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I really hope the Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan is not seriously hurt.  I am not a Twins fan but there is something right about baseball when the Twins are competing.  The loss of Nathan would be huge so hopefully the news in the coming days will be positive for Nathan and the Twins.

 

 

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Count me among those who think the Baltimore Orioles will be much improved this year.  If the Orioles were a stock on the NYSE, I’d definitely rate them as a buy.  Kevin Millwood is formidable at the top of the rotation, but Brian Matusz flat out scares me.  The O’s are quietly assembling a championship club.

 

 

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I thought the Hank Blalock signing was a solid move by the Tampa Bay Rays.  The AL East is going to be a battleground this year.  No team can afford to let up for any stretch of the schedule.  I am very thankful that Doc Halladay is no longer pitching in Toronto.  Here’s my first pass at a 2010 prediction for the AL East:

 

1.       Yankees (of course!)

2.      Rays

3.      Red Sox (a disappointing year for the newcomers!  :D)

4.      Orioles

5.      Blue Jays

 

For some reason, I don’t think Julia will agree…

 

 


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Who’s On First?…

“I consider this position I am playing in as a bench role”…

 

 

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These were the words of Yankees GM Brian Cashman on January 6th regarding the current Yankees outfield.  Cashman is apparently looking for a right-handed bat to complement Brett Gardner in left.  Let’s see if these words still hold true on, say, February 23rd.  I guess we’ll check back at that time to see if Cashman held true to his words.

 

An intriguing option in a platoon situation is free agent outfielder Rocco Baldelli.   Rocco has had medical issues the past few years and suffers from channelopathy, but in a limited role, he might be a viable option.  He appeared in only 62 games last season for the Boston Red Sox, batting .253 with 7 home runs and 23 RBI’s.  I don’t know what the future holds for Rocco, but if he can overcome his medical condition, he might thrive in a part-time position.  I am sure the price tag would be enticing to a GM looking to keep the payroll under $200 million…

 

 

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I am warming up to the idea of Reed Johnson as a possibility for a potential platoon, but as each passing day goes by and Johnny Damon remains a free agent, I am hopeful that his price tag falls far enough that he fits into Cashman’s budget.  If the Yankees could get Damon to come back for one year, it would be an ideal situation and Johnny could test the free agent waters next fall.

 

 

 

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It’s tough when you pull up a New York paper, and the leading Yankees story is the signing of pitcher Sergio Mitre to a one-year, $850,000 deal.  Okay, I accept that the possibility that Mitre will be significantly improved since he’ll be further from his elbow ligament replacement surgery (July 2008).  But to spotlight him in the New York tabloids is a bit much.  I do not see Mitre as more than a bit player in 2010.   Maybe he’ll prove to be the second coming of Aaron Small but who knows…

 

 

 

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Peter Abraham says that Chien-Ming Wang is ready to move on from the Yankees.  I am still a bit perplexed why the Yankees didn’t try to give Wang one more chance.  Maybe there’s a possibility that he could still return, but I would hate to see him experience a rebirth in Boston (not that they need another starter with that rotation).  Actually, if it were me, I’d go to Seattle.  The Mariners are definitely poised to make a run in what should be Ken Griffey, Jr.’s final year.  The Mariners have made some great acquisitions this off-season.  Sure, they lost Adrian Beltre, but they’ve acquired Cliff Lee, Casey Kotchman, and Chone Figgins.   But like with Damon, I do hope that Wang finds his way back to the Bronx.

 

 

 

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I was sorry to see David Cone leave the YES Network.  There was always something very re-assuring about Coney as a player and as a broadcaster.  I can’t say that I was pleased when he decided to go to Boston to pitch, but he is a class guy.  Whatever the future holds for Coney, I hope that it’s what he wants to do. 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to pitcher Joba Chamberlain for being a winner of the Thurman Munson Award (which acknowledges excellence in competition and philanthropic work in the community).  The award will be given on February 2nd.  This is definitely a preferable off-season event over a DUI.  I am glad to see Joba’s growth and maturity in a very positive direction.

 

 

 

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My weekend football predictions:

 

Cincinnati Bengals 21, New York Jets 17

New England Patriots 31, Baltimore Ravens 20 (Okay, this is for my friend Julia!)

Arizona Cardinals 27, Green Bay Packers 17

Dallas Cowboys 33, Philadelphia Eagles 31

 

The only problem with my predictions is that it would bring the Dallas Cowboys to Minnesota to face the Vikings.  This, of course, is the match-up that has haunted me for many years.  On December 28, 1975, I was watching the Cowboys and Vikings in the NFC Divisional Play-offs.  It appeared that the Vikings had the game in hand until Roger Staubach threw the unbelievable Hail Mary pass caught by Drew Pearson as Nate Wright fell to the ground.   I remember exactly where I was, where I was standing, and my reaction.  Fortunately, I’ve had the Yankees all these years to give me some “relief” from the disappointment…

 

 

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When can we start talking about baseball?…

 

 


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 Let’s Go Yankees!  :)

No Royal Pains…

 

They got it right…

 

 

 

 

The homer pick was to go with CC Sabathia for the 2009 AL Cy Young Award.  However, it was clear that Zack Greinke of the Kansas City Royals is THE right choice.  He had an incredible season.  Imagine what he could have done playing for Boston or New York.  The win-loss record wasn’t spectacular (16-8), however, the 2.16 ERA and 242 strikeouts were.  It was a dominating season and Greinke was the class of the American League. 

 

 

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Of course, “dessert” for Greinke is his upcoming nuptials this weekend to former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Emily Kuchar.  Okay, Zack lives in a world that I will never know…

 

 

 

Congrats, Zack, on a tremendous season! 

 

 

 

I am not so sure that I like the Yankees very slow and non-reactionary approach to the early off-season.  I know that GM Brian Cashman is trying to see how many dollars in his wallet, however, the team is costing themselves money by not proactively seeking to retain certain free agents like Johnny Damon. 

 

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The Yankees would be wise to start talking about an extension with Derek Jeter now rather than wait until the expiration of his current contract.  By waiting, it will most likely cost the team more than if they’d put forth the deal to secure Jeter’s pinstripe-only career.

 

 

 

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I was really shocked to hear that the only coach signed for next season is hitting instructor Kevin Long.  Even manager Joe Girardi is a lame duck with a contract set to expire after next season.  Maybe it’s just me, but it would be kind of nice to have a first or third base coach.

 

 

 

 

Maybe the Yankees have a grand master plan that will work to perfection.  They’ll walk off with top free agents John Lackey and Matt Holliday signed to very reasonable deals.  But then again, maybe they won’t and they’ll be scrambling to retain the likes of Sergio Mitre, who’s option they declined earlier today.

 

 

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Admittedly, I am a bigger fan of Theo Epstein’s quick-strike approach.  I’d rather make the moves with swiftness and confidence.  Act before your opponent has time to react.  Take a chance on the sleepers.  I dislike going into September of a pennant chase with Sergio Mitre as your fifth starter.  I know that you can’t have an All-Star at every position, however, there are a number of low budget moves the Yanks can make to strengthen the team for its defense of the World Series championship.  If he’s ready, I would like to see Austin Jackson in center, but that does mean the team needs proven production from the corners.  I liked Boston’s pickup of Jeremy Hermida and I think the Yankee scouts should be doing their homework on the next breakout players.  Last off-season, I would have loved to have acquired the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Andre Ethier.  Now, after the successful season he had in 2009, he’d be impossible to acquire.  But he could have been had pre-2009.  I know, I keep waiting for the next Paul O’Neill, however, those type of deals can be made.

 

 

Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on from the dugout during a game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on June 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

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With the rumors of whether or not 2010 will be the final season for Dodgers manager Joe Torre, I do feel bad that he has to endure the divorce battle between Frank and Jamie McCourt.  There has been talk of contract negotiations between Torre and the team so hopefully the divorce situation won’t adversely impact Torre.  Ultimately, I am a fan of Don Mattingly as the next Dodgers manager, however, it should, respectively, be on Joe Torre’s terms.

 

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If the Yankees do non-tender Chien-Ming Wang, I do hope that they move quickly to sign him to an incentive-laden deal.  I still think that Wang can be the pitcher he was in 2006 and 2007.  I was frustrated last season, however, he clearly was not healthy.

 

 

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I’ll be headed to Arizona in a few weeks to finally see Brett Favre play as the Minnesota Vikings take on the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, AZ.  I haven’t seen the Vikings play (in person) for about 20 years.  The last time was against the Dallas Cowboys in Irving, Texas.  The Vikings won a shoot-out in overtime, 44-38.  A quick Google search tells me that it was 22 years ago on Thanksgiving Day.  Hopefully, December 6th in the Sonoran Desert will be equally exciting and with the same result!

 

 

 

 

The previous week will start with a Kelly Clarkson concert (oh yeah!) and will also include a Broadway play in New York City, so here’s hoping for a GREAT week for ME!  J

 

 


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Another Passing Grade for the Test…

I missed a great game…

 

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I should have been in attendance at Monday’s game between the Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels in the Bronx.  I had gone to the May 3rd game that was rained out, so my ticket would have been good for Monday’s game which was the make-up game.  I had it all laid out perfectly.  I had requested Monday and Tuesday off from work, so that I could stay at the Stadium until the bitter end.  Unfortunately (baseball-wise, not personally), I relocated from the East Coast to California so a trip to New York City was not in the cards.  I missed an outstanding game as a result of my attempt to improve the circumstances of my life.

 

 

I realize that it was only one game.  However, the Yankees, for one night, showed that they could beat the Angels at their own game.  It lifted a huge monkey off the Yankees’ back, and they know that they can beat the Angels.  On a double-steal in the 8th inning, Brett Gardner racing to third, broke for home when catcher Mike Napoli’s throw to third sailed into left field, scoring the go-ahead run.  Alex Rodriguez reached third on the play, and scored on Robinson Cano’s RBI single.  As a result, the Yankees emerged with a 5-3 victory over their nemesis.

 

 

Meanwhile, Scott was sitting in Northern California wondering what could have been…

 

 

The Yankees couldn’t parlay the win into a victory tonight as they lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 10-3.  But for one night, they can be excused.  Unfortunately, the Red Sox creep (and I use that word for its multiple meanings) one game closer to the Yankees.  So, the so-called Magic Number remains at 12.  The Rangers did lose, so the Yankees did move closer to the guaranteed Wild Card slot. 


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What about the Rays?  The schedule makers have slotted the Yankees to begin AND end the 2010 season against the Boston Red Sox.  I guess there will be more fun and games for my friend, Julia, and I.  Julia is very quick to tell me that the Yankees will end their season THIS year against the Red Sox, but I know that my friend lives in a fantasy world…

 

 

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Last night, baseball aside, was tough.  I did not expect to hear the news that Patrick Swayze had died.  Yes, I knew that he was battling pancreatic cancer, but Patrick has long been one of my heroes.  I felt if anyone could beat cancer, it was Patrick.  I became a Swayze fan during The Outsiders, and I remained a true fan through his final appearances in the TV series, The Beast.  I remember feeling a loss when he died in Ghost even though his spirit succeeded in reaching out to his true love and eliminating his enemies.  Now, the feeling is loss is permanent and it stinks, to say the least.  Julia mentioned to me that Patrick had a way of appealing to men and women.  I don’t disagree with that.  He was always one of my heroes, and he will remain someone who lived by the standards that I will always strive to achieve.  This one will be tough to overcome…Patrick will be missed…

 

 

Whoa!  I can’t believe my favorite tennis player, Roger Federer, lost the U.S. Open against Juan Martin Del Potro.  Congratulations to Del Potro, but hopefully Roger will return to his rightful throne in the not-so-distant future.  My brother was in attendance at the Open, and I should have been there, but the move to CA kind of got in the way.  Sorry Roger, I let you down…

 

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Back to baseball, there’s not much drama regarding the AL East Champion and the Wild Card except who will fill which role.  Clearly, the Yankees have the advantage, but the Red Sox are not out of contention…not if they keep winning.  But the Rangers are done.  They are losing tonight to the Oakland A’s and probably won’t be mounting a miraculous comeback.  So, despite the Yankees’ loss, they will still gain ground on the Rangers for the Wild Card.  As Julia is quick to mention, it doesn’t matter how you get into the play-offs…

 

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The Yankees announced that they’ll skip Andy Pettitte’s next start due to a fatigued left shoulder.  I think this is a case of Yankee conservatism, and Pettitte would pitch if the situation were dire.  I just wish that they’d quit trotting Sergio Mitre out there…

 

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Hey, I am just glad that we’ll be playing October baseball again.  But I gotta admit, I like this team…

 

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Win Some, Lose Some…

 

I hate it when I am right…

 

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I knew that the Toronto Blue Jays series was going to be tough, and I had predicted a split at the start.  After the Yankees had taken 2 out of 3, I was hopeful of another win today but it was not meant to be.

 


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Sergio Mitre reverted to the pitcher that I fully expected him to be and why I felt that Brian Cashman should have been more aggressive at the trading deadline to secure a proven, reliable #5 starter.  If the Los Angeles Angels can rummage through the bargin bin to find a Scott Kazmir, why couldn’t the Yankees find someone? 

 


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Here is Mitre’s line for Sunday’s 14-8 loss to the Blue Jays:

4 1/3 innings, 11 hits, 11 runs (9 earned), 2 walks, and 5 K’s.

I agree that the Yankee defense did absolutely nothing to help Mitre’s cause.  The Yankees had four errors in the game.  A throwing error by Jerry Hairston, Jr., and fielding errors by Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira, and Ramiro Pena.  A lost ball in the sun and other poor fielding decisions added to the follies.  But I wasn’t a fan of Mitre’s before, and I am certainly not one now…

 

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Nevertheless, the Yankees are still 7 ½ games up on the Boston Red Sox so they are in good shape.  But I hope the decision to stay with Mitre/Gaudin doesn’t come back to haunt the team.  The Los Angeles Angels did win today (7-2 over the Kansas City Royals), so they’ve cut the deficit to 5 games for best record in the AL.

 

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The Yankees will face a challenge on Monday with a day/night double-header against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.  CC Sabathia will pitch the first game, while A.J. Burnett, with Jorge Posada on the bench, will pitch the nightcap.  Posada won’t play the second game because of the double header, not because of Burnett, but I am sure that A.J. will be glad to see Jose Molina behind the plate.

 

 

Derek Jeter went 3-for-3 in today’s game, and now stands just three hits away from Lou Gehrig for the franchise’s career hits record.  It will be special to, hopefully, see the record fall at the new Yankee Stadium.

 

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I was glad to see the Jays’ Randy Ruiz is okay after getting hit in the face by Yankees reliever Josh Towers.  It was a scary moment, but Ruiz was able to walk off the field.  After the game, Ruiz said he had a bruised left cheek and some bleeding in his mouth.  He is very fortunate that he was not more seriously hurt.

 

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Monday should mark the return of Brett Gardner.  He has finished his rehabilitation starts in the minor leagues and appears ready to go.

 

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Mariano Rivera, who has been suffering from a groin injury, is also ready to return.  He was available today, but was obviously was not needed…

 

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The Minnesota Vikings did what I had hoped would not happen.  They cut former USC QB John David Booty.  There are many who believe that Booty will never be more than a #3 QB, but I felt he showed talent and potential.  This leaves Sage Rosenfels and Tavaris Jackson as the back-ups for starter Brett Favre.  Favre initially cost Booty his number and ultimately his roster spot.  Hopefully, this is not a move that will come back to haunt the Vikings, but it very well could.  Just ask Shaun Hill or Tyler Thigpen…

 

 

 

–Scott 

Yes, Ozzie, It Was ‘Very Nice’…

 

A “very nice” weekend…

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Asked about the weekend in New York City following the three game sweep by the Yankees, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen would only say that Yankee Stadium is a very nice ballpark and that they had stayed in a very nice hotel.  Very nice, if I say so myself!  ;)

 

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I doubt it was too much fun to be on the White Sox’ plane as they flew to Minneapolis following Sunday’s game.  The trip to Boston and New York was not a fun experience for the White Sox, who were once considered play-off contenders.

 

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Mathematically, the White Sox are still in it as they are only 6 games behind the Detroit Tigers.  However, the past week, with only 1 win in 7 games against Boston and New York, showed that they are pretenders at this point. 

 

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It was good to see the Yankees complete the three-game sweep, particularly considering the disappointment o f the prior series they lost to the Texas Rangers.  As it stands, the Yankees need every victory because the Boston Red Sox just keep on winning.  The Yankees’ lead in the AL East remains at 6 games.  Unlike Chicago, Boston does have the ability to win the division so the Yankees need to keep winning to stay ahead.

 

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Yesterday’s one-hit shutout in the Yankees’ 10-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox was very satisfying.  Sergio Mitre was pitching a great game, his finest in pinstripes, but he suffered a forearm contusion off a liner hit by A.J. Pierzynski in the 7th inning and departed the game.  Chad Gaudin closed out the one-hit masterpiece.  My biggest fear is that Mitre’s gem came at the last opportunity for the Yankees to secure a reliable #5 starter for September.  If Mitre’s performance causes the Yankees to end their quest for an upgrade and he reverts to his usual mediocre ways, it will be a frustrating September.

 

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I think it is important for the Yankees to play for home field advantage in the play-offs, and that’s why I am so concerned about the #5 spot in the rotation.  I agree that by the time the play-offs start, the #5 starter becomes a long man out of the pen.  But given the Yankees’ struggles against the Los Angeles Angels, they need every advantage they can get between now and when they’ll have to face their nemesis with the chips on the line.  I was surprised that the Tampa Bay Rays traded Scott Kazmir, but it was tough to see him go to the Angels.  The Yankees have not done well against Kazmir and he solidifies the Angels’ rotation.  The Yankees were able to reverse their fortunes against the Red Sox; I only hope they’ll be able to do the same with the Angels when the time comes.

 

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Sunday, “Joba Rules 2.0″ were in effect so it was an abbreviated start for Joba Chamberlain who only went 3 innings (2 runs on 4 hits).  Alfredo Aceves, in the role perfectly suited for him, relieved Chamberlain and picked up his 9th win of the season.  The game had been tight until the 7th inning when the Yankees scored 5 runs (primarily on the strength of Mark Teixeira’s three-run homer, his 32nd of the season).  Teixeira, in picking up his 101st RBI of the season, now has hit 30 home runs and 100 RBI’s for the sixth consecutive season.

 

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The game also saw Johnny Damon hit the 200th home run at the new Yankee Stadium since it opened in April.

 

Johnny Damon is congratulated by Derek Jeter after hitting a two-run homer in the third inning off of starter Freddy Garcia.

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The Yankees now head to Baltimore.  The Orioles have generally played very well against the Yankees, so it should be a challenging series.  Meanwhile, their chief rival heads to Tampa for a three-game series against the Rays.  Normally, I’d like the Rays’ chances in the match-up, but I have to believe that for a team still in contention, the trade of Scott Kazmir had t be somewhat demoralizing.  Therefore, the Red Sox are probably getting to Tampa at just the right time…not to mention that they’ve been on fire since they played the Yankees earlier this month.  The beginning of September should be interesting in the AL East…well, at least for the Yankees and Red Sox…

 

 

Standings as of 8/30/09:

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L

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Yankees

82

48

.631

Red Sox

76

54

.585

6.0

Rays

70

59

.543

11.5

Blue Jays

58

70

.453

23.0

Orioles

54

77

.412

28.5

 

I saw that Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassell was hurt this weekend.  I know the Chiefs are awaiting tests to determine the extent of the injury, but hopefully, the news will be good and he’ll return soon.  Even though he didn’t end up with the Vikings, I had been looking forward to see if Cassell could continue his success in Kansas City.

 

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I was very surprised that the New England Patriots have chosen to cut backup QB Kevin O’Connell.  Granted, I am not too close to the scene so I don’t know all the details, but I hope the Pats have a plan for a safety net behind Tom Brady.  I am sure they’ll be scouring the waiver wire and calling other teams looking for possible replacements.  The Pats do need more than Andrew Walter or Brian Hoyer should Brady go down for any extended period of time.  Maybe the Pats should have opted for Michael Vick…

 

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I am anxious to see what Brett Favre is able to do when he plays the first half against the Houston Texans in tomorrow night’s exhibition game.  Last week, he was outplayed by Tavaris Jackson as he only went 1-for-4 for 4 yards.   I am sure that the word “schism” will be heard more than once on the telecast Monday night. 

 

 

Tuesday night, I will be going to my first Nickelback concert.  They’re my favorite band, and I am excited to finally see them in person.  Over the years, I’ve used different lyrics as a mantra, and these are some of my favorite lines from the song, If Today Was Your Last Day…

So do whatever it takes

‘Cause you can’t rewind a moment in this life

Let nothing stand in your way

‘Cause the hands of time are never on your side

 

 

Hopefully, Tuesday night will find the Yankees 7 ½ games up on the Red Sox!  J

–Scott

What The Sam Hill Did I Drink?…

 

A Post-Red Sox Hangover…

 

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Fresh off a four game series sweep of the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees stumbled tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays, losing 5-4.  Of course, the deck was stacked against the Yanks with Sergio Mitre on the mound.  Mitre went five innings, giving up five runs (three of which were earned).  He also had six strikeouts.  It wasn’t a great performance, but it wasn’t awful…somewhere in middle which seems to be typical-Mitre…not bad but not quite good enough.  I am ready for a change.  Give Chad Gaudin a chance or, gasp!, reach down and pluck Kei Igawa from AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre.  I wish now that the Yankees had made a play for Pedro Martinez who is scheduled to start for the Phillies  on Wednesday.  Heck, even Luis Tiant was looking good the other night on ESPN!  Anybody but Mitre.  I know, he pitched better tonight than his previous outings and it was a miscue (his, by the way) that was his downfall.  But I am just not convinced that he is the answer…

 

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The Yankees’ seven game winning streak was halted with the loss, and they lost a game in the standings to the Red Sox, who defeated the Detroit Tigers, 6-5.  Their lead in the AL East is now 5 ½ games.  Of course, I’ve already read that the largest lead the Yankees have ever blown was 6 games in 1933.  Julia is probably already writing about it on her blog…

 

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Cody Ransom cleared waivers, and now heads back to AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

 

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Today was a sad day with news of the death of Mickey Mantle’s widow, Merlyn Mantle.  She had been suffering from Alzheimer’s, and made her last public appearance during a dinner before a memorial for Bobby Murcer.  I lived in Dallas during Mickey’s final years.  I never saw the Mantles, but I attended Mickey’s funeral in 1995 and used to drive by their condominium building on a regular basis.  Just this morning, unaware of Merlyn’s health, I put up an autographed picture of Mickey in my office.

 

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On a brighter note, I heard that Aaron Boone is already playing baseball again for the Houston Astros’ AA team, the Corpus Christi Hooks.  He played third base and was hitless in two at-bats before departing.  Less than five months ago, Boone was undergoing open heart surgery to correct a congenital defect in his aortic valve.  That’s incredible news.  I suffered a stress fracture of my left tibia several months ago, and I am still trying to make a comeback.  Boone is sliced open so the world can see his heart, and he is swinging at 90 mph fastballs.  I’m a wimp.  I thought that Boone’s career was finished, and he proved me wrong.  I wish him the very best as he attempts to make a comeback.  I hope that the road leads to Houston.  Good luck, Aaron, old friend…

 

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Tomorrow night, I’ll get my first taste of the San Francisco Giants rivalry with the Los Angeles Dodgers when I travel to AT&T Park.  It will be my first time to personally attend a game in opposition to Joe Torre and one of my all-time heroes, Don Mattingly.  On the bright side, I’ll be wearing the same hat as my favorite closer of the 80′s, Dave Righetti.

 

 

 

It just wasn’t that long ago when I was cheering for Rags to close out games…

 

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Hopefully, Tuesday will bring a new Yankees winning streak… 

 

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–Scott

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