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Yankee Game (7/21/09)

The Yankees were able to keep first place all to themselves last night, after defeating the Baltimore Orioles 6-4. The Red Sox lost 4-2 to the Texas Rangers, resulting in a second place standing in the division. The Yankees received “OK” pitching from their newest starter Sergio Mitre, terrific offense, and flawless relief pitching, to give the Yanks their 56th win of the season pushing their winning percentage over .600 (.602 %)

As mentioned before, Mitre pitched an “OK” game for the Yankees surrendering 4 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits through 5.2 innings. while striking out 4 Not bad for a guy who is barely more than a year removed from Tommy John elbow reconstruction and that has not made a start since September 15th 2007. Once Mitre exited, Aceves, Coke, and Rivera were able to combine for 3 1/3 innings of flawless work allowing no runs on 1 hit. Rivera earned his 27th save of the season.

Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano were able to give Mitre some support each driving in 2 runs (Arod with a 2 run single and Cano with a 2-run homer). Swisher and Damon also contributed an RBI of their own. However, the Yankees worked the count throughout the entire game walking 8 times but were only 2-8 with RISP. Anyways, they were able to walk off with a win and in the end, that’s all that matters.

Jeter, SS 3 1 1 0 1 1 2 .319
Damon, LF 4 0 1 1 0 0 4 .278
  Gardner, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .277
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .277
Rodriguez, A, DH 2 1 1 2 2 0 0 .252
Posada, C 4 0 0 0 0 3 4 .277
Swisher, RF 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 .233
Cano, 2B 3 1 2 2 1 1 0 .308
Cabrera, Me, CF-LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .274
Ransom, 3B 1 2 1 0 2 0 0 .188
Totals 26 6 6 6 8 6 14  
2B: Ransom (7, Bass).
HR: Cano (14, 4th inning off Hill, R, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Jeter; Damon; Rodriguez, A; Cano 5; Ransom 2.
RBI: Swisher (48), Rodriguez, A 2 (54), Cano 2 (48), Damon (51).
2-out RBI: Rodriguez, A 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Posada; Damon 2.
SF: Swisher.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 5.

SB: Jeter (18, 2nd base off Hill, R/Wieters), Rodriguez, A (4, 2nd base off Hill, R/Wieters), Ransom (2, 2nd base off Bass/Wieters).
CS: Rodriguez, A (1, 2nd base by Albers/Wieters).

E: Mitre (1, pickoff).
DP: 2 (Jeter-Cano-Teixeira, Teixeira).

Tonight, AJ Burnett (8-4) will try to help the Yankees earn back to back sweeps as he faces Jason Berken (1-7) of the O’s. I will take Burnett over Berken just by looking at the numbers. Berken has only one win on the season vs Burnett’s 8. Berken is posting a 6.44 ERA vs Burnett’s 3.81. Halfway through the season, I don’t think the numbers lie. But anyways, if the Yanks can sweep the O’s tonight, that’ll be their 3rd sweep in 4 series. (Twins, Tigers, Orioles). Good luck to the New York Yankees and hopefully Boston can drop their game tonight with Wakefield on the 15 day DL.

Players of the Game
Robinson Cano: 1-3 with a 2 run homer 
Alex Rodriguez: 1-2 with a 2-run single and 2 walks

Yankee Game (7/12/09)

The Yankees followed their sweep of the Twins, with another sweep…but this time, it was the Angels doing the sweeping. The Yankees lost their 3rd game in a row yesterday, resulting in a sweep by the Angels. New York had plenty of opportunities to score against the Halos by loading the bases twice, but couldn’t capitalize, losing 5-4.

CC Sabathia had a bad fourth inning surrendering 4 runs. But he remained in the game for 6.2 innings, until he was pulled out in the seventh. Through those 6.2 innings Sabathia allowed 5 runs on 9 hits. It wasn’t a performance to remember for the Yankees ace.

The Yankees offense almost had another come from behind victory, but fell just one run short of tying the game. They were able to load the bases twice (in the seventh and eighth innings) but helped the Angels get out of it by hitting into two inning ending double plays. The offense left 9 men on base throughout the entire gam and were 3 for 9 with RISP. Overall, it wasn’t a good game played for the Yanks pitching and offense.

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Hopefully the All-Star Break can help the Yankees recharge and get on another winning streak. On Friday, the Bombers will return back to the Bronx, starting a 10 game home series with a 3 game set with the Tigers. I might be going to a game some time next week when the Yankees take on the Orioles, so I’ll keep you guys posted. Just want to wish everyone good luck towards the second half of the season, and want to encourage you to watch tonight’s Homerun Derby showdown and tomorrow’s All-Star Game. I will post my thoughts and opinions for each, so make sure to check back now and then for an update. Thanks!


Yankee Game (7/11/09)

Well, the Yankees suffered another disappointing loss to the Angels tonight, putting them in a position to drop 2 games back from the Red Sox. The Yankees were able to belt out 5 homeruns, but still loss to the Angels 14-8. Once again, the Yankees pitching struggled today giving up 16 hits and 14 runs.

Andy Pettitte wasn’t his usual self today going 4.1 innings and allowing 6 runs on 7 hits. After he  exited the game, Robertson looked to help the Yankees stay in the game, but allowed 3 more runs on 3 hits through 1.1 innings. Then Tomko came in, but he allowed a run on 3 hits through 1.1 innings as well. And if that wasn’t enough, Phil Coke came in with the Angels up 10-8 and gave up 4 runs in the 8th on 3 hits. Nobody could get an out throughout the entire game. And even if they did, it was either a hard hit or a close play. It was a nightmare!!! And that’s putting it lightly!!!
(there’s always a hesitation when I go to write about the pitching for the Yanks because it’s either flawless, or anything but flawless)
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Okay, now that I got that out of my system lets move to the Yankees offense, which continued to remain on fire!!! As mentioned before, the Yanks were able to crank out 5 homeruns off the Angels today. 2 of them came from Alex Rodriguez (2 run homer and a solo shot) and 2 came from the newly acquired Eric Hinske (solo homer and a 2 run shot). Matsui followed Arod’s second blast with a homer of his own (solo shot). That was the 8th time, this season, the Yankees have hit back to back homers. But, the 5 homers weren’t enough.

Jeter, SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 .320
Damon, LF 4 1 0 0 1 3 1 .276
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .276
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 3 2 3 1 1 0 .263
Matsui, H, DH 4 1 1 1 0 3 1 .266
Posada, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .281
Cano, 2B 3 1 2 1 1 0 0 .309
Hinske, RF 4 2 2 3 0 0 2 .270
Gardner, CF 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .283
  a-Cabrera, Me, PH-CF 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .280
Totals 35 8 9 8 3 13 8  
a-Struck out for Gardner in the 7th.
2B: Jeter (18, Weaver, Jr).
HR: Rodriguez, A 2 (17, 1st inning off Weaver, Jr, 1 on, 2 out; 8th inning off Bulger, 0 on, 1 out), Hinske 2 (4, 2nd inning off Weaver, Jr, 0 on, 2 out; 7th inning off Oliver, 1 on, 0 out), Matsui, H (14, 8th inning off Bulger, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Jeter 2; Rodriguez, A 8; Matsui, H 4; Cano 2; Hinske 8; Cabrera, Me.
RBI: Rodriguez, A 3 (50), Hinske 3 (15), Cano (46), Matsui, H (40).
2-out RBI: Rodriguez, A 2; Hinske; Cano.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Teixeira.
GIDP: Jeter.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 3.

E: Coke (1, pickoff).
DP: 2 (Jeter-Cano-Teixeira 2).

Now look, I’m going to give you my honest opinion. There is no reason why the Yankees should have to score any more than 4 or even 5 runs a game. Look at their pitching rotation and forget the numbers this season. 1) C.C. Sabathia 2) AJ Burnett 3) Andy Pettitte 4) Joba Chamberlain 5) Chien Ming Wang (but now he is hurt so we’ll see who will take his place) Now just take a look at those names and don’t focus on any numbers. Sabathia, Burnett, and Pettitte should already have 10 wins this season, Chamberlain with maybe 8 or 9 and if Wang was his healthy self, I would say 8 or 9 as well. There is no reason why they shouldn’t be leading the division. Their offense is remaining hot, so all we need are the pitchers to regain their velocity, location, and command for the second half of the season, and we’ll be leading the division in no time! Come on Yankees!!! I have faith in you!!!
As far as tomorrow’s matchup, I have to go with Sabathia (8-5) over Lackey (3-4) since Sabathia loves the hot weather and has had success with the Angels before. Lackey is 4-7 lifetime against the Yankees. Hopefully the Yankees can pick up a win before the All Star Break and carry some momentum into the second half of the season. I’ll also be covering the All Star Game and Homerun Derby so continue to read my posts throughout next week.

Yankee Game (7/10/09)

I figured it would be to good to be true: The Yankees in first place. The Yankees were tied for first for one day, but then fell back to second place Friday night, as they suffered a 10-6 loss to the Angels. Once again, it was the Yankees pitching who faltered last night allowing the Angels to pick up 10 runs on 13 hits. The Yanks were able to out hit the Halos, slugging 14 hits of their own, but it turned out to be not enough to take the first game of this three game set.

Joba Chamberlain had another “awful” night blowing a four run lead for the Yankees in the fifth inning. Joba allowed a fifth inning 3 run blast to the Angels, Morales. Chamberlain left later in the inning, after giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 9 hits through 4.1 innings pitched. However, the bullpen was also anything but “spectacular” Friday as Melancon and Bruney allowed 5 runs  (4 earned) on 4 hits through 4 innings of, what I don’t consider, relief. Bruney allowed a 3 run blast of his own to the Angels shortstop, Aybar, in the seventh.
Well, on a good note, I can say that the Yankees offense remained hot slugging 14 hits and scoring 6 runs. Now, in my opinion, I think 6 runs are sufficient enough to win a game. So it wasn’t the Yankees offense with the problem last night. The Yankees almost had every one of their starters collect a hit, but Ransom went 0-3 with 2 k’s. Ransom hasn’t been swinging a hot bat this season, batting a weak .176. Honestly, I would have thrown Ransom down to triple A and kept Pena up to make room for Hinske, but that would be too logical for Girardi and Brian Cashman. Anyways, Jeter had his fourth four-hit game of the season, boosting his AVG to .321. Alex Rodriguez went 3-5 with a double and a solo homerun, finishing the night with 2 RBIs. Swisher also collected a couple of RBIs, going 1-5.

Jeter, DH-SS 5 1 4 0 0 0 0 .321
Damon, LF 4 0 1 1 1 1 2 .279
Teixeira, 1B 5 2 1 0 0 0 4 .280
Rodriguez, A, 3B 5 2 3 2 0 2 3 .257
Swisher, RF 5 0 1 2 0 0 2 .238
Cano, 2B 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 .306
Cabrera, Me, CF 3 0 1 1 2 0 1 .278
Ransom, SS 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .176
  a-Posada, PH-C 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 .287
Molina, J, C 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 .277
  b-Matsui, H, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .266
  Melancon, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Bruney, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 40 6 14 6 4 7 21  
a-Walked for Ransom in the 7th. b-Flied out for Molina, J in the 7th.
2B: Rodriguez, A (7, Saunders), Jeter (17, Saunders), Cano (24, Saunders).
HR: Rodriguez, A (15, 5th inning off Saunders, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Jeter 5; Damon; Teixeira; Rodriguez, A 7; Swisher; Cano 3; Cabrera, Me; Molina, J.
RBI: Rodriguez, A 2 (47), Swisher 2 (47), Damon (50), Cabrera, Me (33).
2-out RBI: Cabrera, Me.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez, A; Damon; Ransom; Matsui, H 2; Posada.
GIDP: Damon.
Team RISP: 4-for-11.
Team LOB: 11.

E: Rodriguez, A (5, throw), Jeter (4, fielding).
DP: (Rodriguez, A-Cano-Teixeira).

The Yankees will try to work their way back to the top of the division today, as Andy Pettitte (8-4) will face Jered Weaver (9-3) for the second game of the series. Today’s game looks pretty evenly matched with two great pitchers taking the mound for both teams. The offense for both teams are also very similar, with a threat in the lineup every batter. So, its hard for me to say who’s going to win today’s game. Obviously I’m hoping Yankees, but it looks like it’s, once again, anyone’s ballgame.

Yankee Game (7/9/09)

Deja Vu crept in on the Yankees offense today, as they defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-4. The Yankees swept the Twins for the second time this year, beating the Twins 7 out of 7 times this year. The victory also marked the Yanks 13th win out of their last 15 games. But the main reason for Deja Vu was due to the Yankees offense. Almost for the second time in three games, each of the Yankees starters had at least one hit, except for Nick Swisher who went 0-5.

As for Alfredo Aceves…………Let’s just say I would rather see him in the bullpen for the remainder of his career. Aceves was taken out in the fourth inning, after loading the bases. He ended up surrendering 4 runs (3 of them earned), over 3.1 innings pitched, and allowing 4 hits. He didn’t earn the win, and rightfully so, but I guess he pitched “ok” for a reliever.
As mentioned before, the Yanks almost accomplished another rare-feat having every one of their starters getting at least one hit. But this time, Nick Swisher just couldn’t find his groove at the plate going 0-5 with a strikeout. But otherwise, the Yankees knocked Liriano for 6 runs and 7 hits over 5.1 innings. Gardner and Ransom, 2 of the the Yankees rookies, contributed a hit each and each drove in 2 runs to help the Yankees defeat the Twins. The Captain (Derek Jeter) added his own RBI single while Mark Teixeira blasted a solo homer for the first time in a career-long 95 at bats. The Yankees were spoiled, once again, with their bullpen, which came through and pitched 5 innings of scoreless relief. Mariano came in, in the ninth, to close out the series finale, earning his 23rd save of the season.

Jeter, SS 4 0 1 1 1 0 2 .314
Swisher, RF 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 .239
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 1 0 2 0 .281
Rodriguez, A, DH 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 .247
Posada, C 3 2 1 0 0 2 1 .289
Cano, 2B 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 .304
Cabrera, Me, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 6 .277
Ransom, 3B 3 0 1 2 1 1 1 .185
Gardner, CF 4 0 1 2 0 2 3 .286
Totals 34 6 8 6 3 9 15  
2B: Cano (23, Liriano), Cabrera, Me (13, Liriano).
HR: Teixeira (21, 5th inning off Liriano, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Jeter; Teixeira 4; Rodriguez, A; Posada; Cano 2; Cabrera, Me 2; Ransom; Gardner.
RBI: Ransom 2 (10), Gardner 2 (19), Jeter (36), Teixeira (63).
2-out RBI: Jeter.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gardner.
GIDP: Jeter.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 5.

SB: Rodriguez, A (3, 2nd base off Liriano/Redmond, M).
CS: Gardner (4, home by Liriano/Redmond, M).

E: Aceves, A (1, pickoff), Ransom (4, throw).

Players of the Game

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Cody Ransom: 1-4 with 2 RBIs


Brett Gardner: 1-4 with 2 RBIs
Overall the Yankees played one of their better games this season offense and pitching wise, but not defensively as Aceves and Ransom each committed an error. Tomorrow, they will look to extend their winning streak (13 out of 15 games) against the Angels. Chamberlain (4-2) will be getting the start for the Yanks, while Joe Saunders (8-5) starts for the Angels. Once again, it’s hard to decide who will win tomorrow’s game because Saunders seems to be a more consisitent pitcher than Chamberlain this year. However, with the Yankees offense heating up on this road trip, it seems to me that tomorrow is anyone’s game.

Yankee Game (7/8/09)

The Yankees continued to pound the ball Wednesday night, and remain undefeated against the Twins this season, capping off a 4-3 victory. A.J Burnett wasn’t his sharp self last night, throwing a couple of wild pitches (curveballs) into the dirt, but the Yankees bullpen and offense were able to hold off the Twins, winning 12 of their last 14 games.

AJ Burnett gave up 2 runs on 7 hits through 6.1 innings pitched last night. However, his command wasn’t there resulting in 4 walks issued by the right hander. He also didn’t have his curveball working with him early, as he gave up a run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the third. But later in the game, Burnett was able to re-locate his curveball to get himself out of a few jams, which could have resulted in a loss for the Yanks. But the Yankees bullpen and offense, once again, came through to help Burnett earn his 8th win of the season.
The Yankees offense continued to remain hot, scoring 4 runs on 8 hits off the Twins Anthony Swarzak, knocking him out in the fifth inning. Gardner went 1-4 with a 2 run single in the 2nd giving the Yanks a 3-0 lead over the Twins. Later in the game, Alex Rodriguez, who went 1-4, added an RBI single of his own in the fifth inning. From that point on, the Yankees were able to hold a 4-3 lead with bullpen relief from Hughes and Rivera, who earned his 22nd save of the season.

Jeter, SS 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 .315
Damon, LF 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 .280
  Cabrera, Me, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .281
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .246
Matsui, H, DH 4 1 1 0 0 0 3 .268
Posada, C 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 .288
Cano, 2B 3 1 1 0 0 0 3 .305
Swisher, RF 4 0 1 1 0 0 4 .243
Gardner, CF 4 0 1 2 0 0 3 .287
Totals 35 4 10 4 2 0 17  
2B: Posada (10, Swarzak, A), Jeter (16, Swarzak, A).
TB: Jeter 3; Teixeira; Rodriguez, A; Matsui, H; Posada 3; Cano; Swisher; Gardner.
RBI: Swisher (45), Gardner 2 (17), Rodriguez, A (45).
2-out RBI: Gardner 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jeter; Gardner; Cano 2.
GIDP: Damon.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 7.

SB: Gardner (18, 2nd base off Swarzak, A/Mauer).
CS: Gardner (3, 2nd base by Keppel/Mauer).

Pickoffs: Burnett, A (Span at 2nd base).

Other than that, the Yankees played an average ball game. Not too many outstanding plays defensively and as mentioned before, Burnett pitched an average game as well. The Yanks offense proved to be the deciding factor in yesterday’s game staying undefeated against the Twins this season.
Player of the Game


Brett Gardner: 1-4 with a 2 run single

Today, the Yankees we’ll look to sweep the Twins with Alfredo Aceves (5-1) getting the start for the Yankees, taking the place of the injured Chien-Ming Wang. Francisco Liriano (4-8) will start for the Twins, looking to help the Twins salvage a win in the final game that these two teams will play this season. (Except for the possibility of the post-season) As mentioned before, the Yankees have won 12 of their last 14 games and have beat the Twins 6 out of 6 times this season, so they’ll look to officially sweep the Twins for the entire regular season. I honestly don’t have a prediction for this game because I’ve never seen Aceves start and am not sure how well he’ll do. Liriano is also having problems this year, and is sporting a 5.49 ERA coming into today’s game. So, it looks to me that today’s game will be an offensive battle for both teams.

Yankee Game (7/7/09)

In 3 1/2 hours of convincing baseball on Tuesday, CC Sabathia and the Bronx Bombers reaffirmed that the past two weeks have not been a fluke. They hit as well as they pitched, they pitched as well as they hit, and they bundled all of that into a 10-2 victory at the Metrodome. I have to say that last night was probably one of the best offensive nights for the Yanks as every starter picked up at least one hit. However, not one of the Yankees 16 hits left the Metrodome, showing how well the team was able to hit with runners in scoring position. C.C. Sabathia pitched one of the greatest, if not the best, game this year allowing just 1 run on 3 hits through 7 innings.

Otherwise, it was all about the Yankees offense Tuesday night. In the first inning, Matsui drove in the Yanks first run with an RBI single. Then in the second, Fransico Cervelli and Teixeira each drove in a run making it 3-0 Yankees. Sabathia gave up his only run in the bottom of the second. Two more runs scored for the Yanks in the fourth, but it would have been more, if it weren’t for Carlos Gomez’s spectacular catch that robbed Alex Rodriguez of a grand slam in center field. Arod probably hit the ball about 410 feet but Gomez timed it perfectly and brought it back into the ballpark, making it just a sacrifice fly. But, the grand slam wasn’t necessary because in the top of the 6th the Yanks rallied for 5 runs. Brett Gardner and Cervelli highlighted that rally, tripling and doubling in succession. And Robinson Cano singled home two runs, snapping an 0-for-22 skid with runners in scoring position. Each hitter in the Yanks starting lineup last night, had at least one hit. Also each starter, except for Jeter and Damon, drove in at least one run as well.

Overall I think the Yankees had one of their best games this year. Sabathia surrendered 1 run over seven innings and the Yanks scored 10 runs on 16 hits. Keep in mind that not one ball left the Metrodome yesterday for the Yanks, yet they were still able to score 10 runs. It just shows you how well the lineup came through with runners in scoring position. (7-17 with RISP)
The Yankees have now won 11 out of their last 13 games. Last time the Yanks played the Twins at the stadium, they swept them in four games. Maybe they can do it again, this time at the Metrodome.

Jeter, SS 4 2 1 0 1 1 2 .313
  Ransom, SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .177
Damon, LF 3 0 1 0 1 2 1 .284
  a-Cabrera, Me, PH-LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278
Teixeira, 1B 6 1 4 1 0 0 3 .281
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 1 1 1 1 1 4 .246
  Hinske, 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .261
Matsui, H, DH 3 0 1 1 2 0 2 .268
Swisher, RF 3 1 1 1 2 2 4 .243
Cano, 2B 5 2 2 2 0 0 4 .305
Gardner, CF 5 2 3 2 0 1 1 .287
Cervelli, C 4 1 2 2 0 0 1 .269
Totals 40 10 16 10 7 7 24  
a-Popped out for Damon in the 7th.
2B: Cano (22, Baker, S), Cervelli (3, Dickey).
3B: Gardner (5, Dickey).
TB: Jeter; Damon; Teixeira 4; Rodriguez, A; Matsui, H; Swisher; Cano 3; Gardner 5; Cervelli 3.
RBI: Matsui, H (39), Cervelli 2 (9), Teixeira (62), Rodriguez, A (44), Swisher (44), Cano 2 (45), Gardner 2 (15).
2-out RBI: Matsui, H; Teixeira; Swisher; Cano 2; Gardner 2; Cervelli.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Swisher 2; Rodriguez, A; Cano 2; Jeter; Ransom.
SF: Cervelli; Rodriguez, A.
GIDP: Hinske.
Team RISP: 7-for-17.
Team LOB: 12.

The Yankees will continue to play the Twins on Wednesday with Burnett (7-4) getting the start for the Yanks and Anthony Swarzak (2-2) for the Twins. I’ll have to go with the Yanks this time because if the Yanks can keep their offense hot, then they can give AJ some support and set him up for the win. And if they can win and the Red Sox can drop one, then we’ll have a tie for 1st in the AL East.
Players of the Game

Yankee  Starting Lineup (7/7/09) and C.C. Sabathia





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