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*Homerun Derby Analysis*

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On Tuesday July 13th, 2009, 8 sluggers battled it out for the chance to be named the 2009 Home Run Derby Champion. Many people of St. Louis believed it would be their hometown hero Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, but he barely managed to advance to the second round, forced to a swing-off between him, Carlos Pena of the Rays, and Joe Mauer of the Twins. Albert was able to come out victorious in the swing-off after Pena only hit 1 and Mauer, zero. 

In the second round, Pujols would have to face Ryan Howard, Nelson Cruz, and Prince Fielder. Pujols and Howard were eliminated, which left Fielder and Cruz in the finals.

I was rooting for Cruz because he was my second choice after Mauer, and I think that he was the underdog at the time. It would have been nice to see Cruz get his name out there as the Home Run King but he still was able to keep it close and put on a show for the fans. Prince walked away with the crown, after hitting 23 homers on the night, and was announced the 2009 Home Run Derby Champion. Congratulations to Prince Fielder; the 2009 Home Run Derby Champion!

*UPDATE-Carlos Pena added to All Star Roster, HomeRun Derby*

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It was just announced today that Carlos Pena of the Tampa Bay Rays was added to the AL All Star Roster, filling in for Boston’s Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia is going to miss the Mid-Summer Classic and choose to stay home with his wife Kelli, who is due to give birth to their first child. I’m actually glad to see that Pena was added to the roster because how can you lead the league and homeruns(24) and not make it? Pena will also be the 8th player, that was unknown until today, to participate in the HomeRun Derby. I guess I have to update my most recent post about my predictions for the HomeRun Derby…

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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