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Yankee Game (7/22/09)

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The Yankees were able to extend their winning streak to six straight games and take out their brooms for the second consecutive series, as they swept the Orioles yesterday 6-4. The Yankees were also able to cushion their spot in 1st place, moving two games ahead of the Boston Red Sox, who were swept yesterday by the Texas Rangers. The Yankees, since moving into first place, now have the best record in the American League and the second best record within both the AL and NL, behind the Dodgers. (Yankees: 57-37 Dodgers: 61-34).


The Yankees received another great pitching performance from AJ Burnett who went 7 strong innings allowing just 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 6. Hughes came in to pitch the eighth, surrendering 0 runs on 1 hit and striking out 1. However, Bruney came in to finish the game but was unsuccessful allowing back-to-back homeruns to Adam Jones and Nick Markakis. This set up a save opportunity for Rivera who came in and got the final out of the 9th, securing his 28th save of the season. After yesterday’s game, Yankees pitching has allowed an average of just 2.3 runs a game since the All Star Break. Not bad!

The Yanks offense also remained hot with Posada leading the Bombers going 2-3 with a solo homerun and an RBI double. Swisher also drove in a pair with his double in the first. Arod contributed an RBI single of his own plating the Yankees first run of the game, along with Cano and his RBI single.

 
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 1 0 0 2 5 .317
Damon, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .278
  Cabrera, Me, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .274
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .277
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 .257
Matsui, H, DH 4 1 0 0 0 2 3 .260
Posada, C 3 2 2 2 1 0 0 .282
Cano, 2B 4 0 2 1 0 1 1 .310
Swisher, RF 2 0 1 2 2 0 1 .235
Gardner, CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 .278
Totals 33 6 11 6 3 5 16  
BATTING
2B: Jeter (19, Berken), Posada (13, Sherrill).
HR: Posada (12, 3rd inning off Berken, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Jeter 2; Damon; Teixeira; Rodriguez, A 2; Posada 6; Cano 2; Swisher; Gardner.
RBI: Rodriguez, A (55), Cano (49), Swisher 2 (50), Posada 2 (42).
2-out RBI: Cano; Swisher 2; Posada.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gardner; Jeter 2.
Team RISP: 7-for-15.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Rodriguez, A (5, 2nd base off Sherrill/Zaun), Gardner (19, 2nd base off Meredith/Zaun).
CS: Gardner (5, 2nd base by Berken/Zaun).

FIELDING
E: Swisher (6, fielding).
DP: (Jeter-Teixeira).

Overall, I felt that the Yankees played a great game. Their pitching was good, their offense was good, and their defense was good, besides Swisher who just missed a fly ball in the third resulting in an error. But he would redeem himself with a homerun robbing catch and a diving catch later in the game.

Tonight, the Yankees will look to extend their winning streak as they take on former first baseman Jason Giambi and the Oakland Athletics. CC Sabathia will look to give the Yankees another quality start as he takes on Vin Mazzaro of the A’s. I think I’ll go with Sabathia because of his recent outings going at least 7 strong innings, setting up “lights outs” relief for Hughes and Rivera. Mazzaro has a 2-6 record and is posting an ERA of over 4 and with the Yanks pitching allowing an average of 2 runs per game, it looks like the Yanks will only need 3 or 4 runs to win it.
Players of the Game
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Nick Swisher:1-2 with two walks and a 2 run double. Also made some fantastic plays as well
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Jorge Posada: 2-3 with a solo homerun and an RBI double (walked once)
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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.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
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  
BATTING
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.

BASERUNNING
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).

FIELDING
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
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Robinson Cano: 1-3 with a 2 run homer 
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Alex Rodriguez: 1-2 with a 2-run single and 2 walks

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.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
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  
BATTING
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.

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

FIELDING
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

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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 (7/2/09)

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The New York Yankees were in route for their 8th straight win, but came up short as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Yankees 8-4. 

Sabathia took the mound for the Yankees with a 7-4 record. Sabathia gave up 6 earned runs over 5.2 IP with 8 strikeouts and scattering 10 hits. Sabathia took the loss, earning his fifth loss of the season. It was a start to forget for the 290 pound left hander.
Hideki Matsui led the Yankees offense, going 2 for 3 including a two run homer and a double while knocking in 3.
Robinson Cano also had an offensive day at the plate going 3 for 3, boosting his AVG to .307, and scoring 2 of the Yankees 4 runs.
As far as the Yankees defense, Mark Teixeira committed his first error of the season by throwing away a ball to Aceves, who was covering 1st base, on a hard grounder which Teixeira dove to get.

Seattle AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Suzuki, I, RF 4 2 2 2 1 1 0 .370
Branyan, 1B 4 1 1 2 1 3 2 .297
Lopez, J, 2B 4 0 0 1 1 1 3 .255
Sweeney, M, DH 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 .252
Gutierrez, F, CF 5 2 3 1 0 0 0 .285
Johjima, C 3 2 2 0 0 0 1 .262
Langerhans, LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 .500
Woodward, 3B 3 1 2 2 0 1 1 .381
Cedeno, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .131
Totals 36 8 12 8 3 9 14  
BATTING
2B: Suzuki, I 2 (16, Sabathia, Sabathia), Langerhans (1, Sabathia).
HR: Gutierrez, F (8, 2nd inning off Sabathia, 0 on, 0 out), Branyan (20, 9th inning off Aceves, A, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Suzuki, I 4; Branyan 4; Gutierrez, F 6; Johjima 2; Langerhans 3; Woodward 2.
RBI: Lopez, J (47), Gutierrez, F (29), Woodward 2 (2), Suzuki, I 2 (20), Branyan 2 (42).
2-out RBI: Suzuki, I 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Branyan; Lopez, J 2.
SF: Woodward.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Suzuki, I (17, 3rd base off Sabathia/Cervelli).
CS: Johjima (1, 2nd base by Aceves, A/Cervelli), Langerhans (1, 2nd base by Sabathia/Cervelli).

FIELDING
E: Suzuki, I (3, fielding).

 
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .307
Damon, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .288
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .274
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 .235
Cano, 2B 3 2 3 0 1 0 0 .307
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 1 0 1 2 .240
Matsui, H, DH 3 1 2 3 0 0 2 .254
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .282
Cervelli, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .257
  a-Posada, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .267
Totals 32 4 7 4 2 5 14  
a-Struck out for Cervelli in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Cano (19, Vargas, J), Matsui, H (14, Lowe, M).
HR: Matsui, H (11, 4th inning off Vargas, J, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Jeter; Cano 4; Swisher; Matsui, H 6.
RBI: Swisher (40), Matsui, H 3 (31).
2-out RBI: Matsui, H 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jeter; Posada.
SF: Swisher; Matsui, H.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
CS: Jeter (2, 2nd base by Vargas, J/Johjima).

FIELDING
E: Teixeira (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Damon (Woodward at 2nd base).

The Yankees will look to spark another winning streak, as they take on the Blue Jays today at 1:05 with A.J Burnett (6-4) getting the nod.