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*2009 All Star Game Wrap-up*

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The American League All-Star Team remained undefeated for the 13th consecutive year, defeating the National League 4-3 Wednesday night.

Roy Halladay got the start for the American League, facing Tim “The Freak” Lincecum of the National League. Halladay surrendered 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits through 2 innings, while Lincecum surrendered 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits through 2 innings. Buehrle, Greinke, Jackson, Hernandez, Papelbon, Nathan, and Rivera of the American League all pitched 1 inning each, allowing 0 runs and surrendering just 1 hit. Franklin, Haren, Billingsley, Hoffman, Cordero, Bell, and Rodriguez of the National League pitched an inning each, but allowed 2 runs on 6 hits. Papelbon earned the win for the AL and Bell took the loss for the NL. Rivera of the New York Yankees earned his fourth All Star save, setting a major league record for most career saves for an All-Star Game.

AL Starting Lineup: Ichiro Suzuki, Derek Jeter, Joe Mauer, Mark Teixeira, Jason Bay, Josh Hamilton, Michael Young, Aaron Hill, Roy Halladay
NL Starting Lineup: Hanley Ramirez, Chase Utley, Albert Pujols, Ryan Braun, Raul Ibanez, David Wright, Shane Victorino, Yadier Molina, Tim Lincecum
In the top of the first, Ichiro singled, and Jeter walked (HBP on the wrist), putting runners on first and second. Then Mauer hit a grounder to third base, where Wright stepped on the bag, but wasn’t able to get Mauer at 1st. Then Teixeira drove Jeter in with a grounder that was misplayed by Albert Pujols, resulting in an error and run #1 for the AL. Hamilton would later drive Mauer in for the AL’s second run in the first. But in the bottom of the 2nd, Yadier Molina of the Cardinals singled a ball up the middle, plating the NL’s 1st run of the evening. Molina would move to second on a throwing error by Hamilton who thew to third baseman Michael Young to get Victorino at second, but the ball bounced off the runner’s back, and rolled to the dugout, which scored Shane making it a 2-2 ballgame. Then Homerun Derby Champ Prince Fielder drove in Molina with an RBI double to left field, pushing the NL to a 3-2 lead. But the AL would get the run back, as Joe Mauer hit a double of his own to right field, plating Jeter (his second run of the game) in the fifth inning to tie things up at 3. In the bottom of the seventh, Carl Crawford stole a homerun from Bard Hawpe, making a leaping catch over the left center field wall, which turned out to be the play of the game. Crawford would later be named MVP of the game. We move to the top of the 8th where Curtis Granderson got things going, hitting a leadoff triple. Granderson scored later that inning on a sacrifice fly by the Orioles center fielder Adam Jones. Mariano Rivera was able to hold off the NL in the ninth, securing a save for the AL.

Suzuki, I, RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .333
  Jackson, E, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Morneau, 1B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Jeter, SS 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000
  Bartlett, SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Mauer, C 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 .333
  Granderson, CF 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.000
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
  Martinez, V, C 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
Bay, LF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500
  Jones, A, RF 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000
Hamilton, CF 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 .333
  Hernandez, F, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Papelbon, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Youkilis, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000
  Nathan, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Rivera, Ma, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Young, M, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 .333
  c-Zobrist, PH-2B 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
Hill, A, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
  Inge, 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Halladay, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
  Buehrle, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Greinke, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Crawford, PH-LF 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .333
Totals 34 4 8 3 1 3 13  
a-Singled for Greinke in the 5th. b-Singled for Papelbon in the 8th. c-Struck out for Young, M in the 8th.
2B: Mauer (1, Billingsley).
3B: Granderson (1, Bell).
TB: Suzuki, I; Mauer 2; Granderson 3; Bay; Hamilton; Youkilis; Young, M; Crawford.
RBI: Hamilton (1), Mauer (1), Jones, A (1).
2-out RBI: Mauer.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Young, M; Teixeira; Zobrist.
SF: Jones, A.
GIDP: Young, M.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 6.

E: Hamilton (1, throw).

Ramirez, H, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
  Hoffman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Gonzalez, A, 1B 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
Utley, 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Hudson, O, PH-2B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500
Pujols, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Cordero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Bell, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  e-Howard, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
  Rodriguez, F, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Braun, RF-LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Upton, J, PH-LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Ibanez, LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Hawpe, RF 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Wright, D, 3B 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 .500
  Billingsley, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Tejada, SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Victorino, CF 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 .500
  Werth, CF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Molina, Y, C 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 .500
  d-McCann, PH-C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Lincecum, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Fielder, PH 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000
  Franklin, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Haren, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Zimmerman, R, 3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 32 3 5 2 1 5 3  
a-Doubled for Lincecum in the 2nd. b-Flied out for Utley in the 6th. c-Grounded out for Braun in the 6th. d-Popped out for Molina, Y in the 8th. e-Struck out for Bell in the 8th.
2B: Fielder (1, Halladay).
TB: Hudson, O; Wright, D; Victorino; Molina, Y; Fielder 2.
RBI: Molina, Y (1), Fielder (1).
2-out RBI: Molina, Y; Fielder.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ramirez, H; Howard 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-4.
Team LOB: 3.

SB: Hudson, O (1, 2nd base off Nathan/Martinez, V).

E: Pujols (1, fielding).
DP: (Utley-Tejada-Pujols).

With the win, the AL remained undefeated through 13 consecutive years and has secured home field advantage for the World Series. Overall, it was a well played ballgame, but I would have liked to see Wakefield pitch at least an inning. I mean, the guy is 42 and is likely not going to see another All Star Game, so why not let him pitch on the night of his first All Star Game? I would have also liked to see Ian Kinsler start at second base instead of Aaron Hill. I also thought it was messed up that Figgins didn’t get to play. He flew to St. Louis a hour before game time, on short notice, and wasn’t put in the game at all! Oh well… Guess you can’t play everyone… Would’ve liked the game to go into extra innings to see everyone play.

Good luck on the second half of the season. Leave comments on your opinion of the All Star Game…Otherwise Go Yankees!

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!


*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…

*The New York Yankees Get Graded*

Well, its that time in the season where the first half seemed to have flown by. Many teams have shown that they are contenders, early, and are winning their way to the top of their division. Unfortunately, the Yankees are second in their division, but are 1st in the Wild Card. Anyways, before I start grading the Yankees on their performance during the first half of the season, I would like to update you on the standings.

American League

 Boston 53 34 .609
 New York 51 36 .586 2.0
 Tampa Bay 48 40 .545 5.5
 Toronto 44 45 .494 10.0
 Baltimore 39 48 .448 14.0

Central W L PCT GB
 Detroit 47 39 .547
 Chicago 45 42 .517 2.5
 Minnesota 44 44 .500 4.0
 Kansas City 37 50 .425 10.5
 Cleveland 35 53 .398 13.0

 Los Angeles 48 37 .565
 Texas 48 38 .558 0.5
Seattle 45 42 .517 4.0
 Oakland 36 49 .424 12.0

National League

 Philadelphia 47 38 .553
 Florida 45 44 .506 4.0
 Atlanta 43 44 .494 5.0
 New York 41 45 .477 6.5
 Washington 26 60 .302 21.5

Central W L PCT GB
 St. Louis 48 41 .539
 Milwaukee 45 42 .517 2.0
 Chicago 42 42 .500 3.5
 Houston 43 44 .494 4.0
 Cincinnati 42 44 .488 4.5
 Pittsburgh 38 49 .437 9.0

 Los Angeles 55 32 .632
 San Francisco 49 38 .563 6.0
 Colorado 46 41 .529 9.0
 Arizona 38 50 .432 17.5
 San Diego 35 52 .402 20.0

Now for the grading… I’ll start by grading the Yankees everyday position players, starting rotation, and bullpen. If there is anyone that I leave out that you would like to see graded, just let me know by commenting. Thanks


Mark Teixeira               A  

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Teixeira was a great pickup for the Yankees over the 2008 off season. Through the first half of the season, Teixeira’s glove has really helped the Yankee’s infield gain confidence. They know that all they have to do is throw the ball in his direction and 99.99% of the time, Teixeira will scoop it, pick it, or stretch for it. Through 81 games played at first base, Teixeira has only made 1error! But not only is Tex a tremendous defensive player, but his bat also sparks the Yanks lineup. Teixeira is leading the Yankees in homeruns (21) , RBIs (63), and total bases (176), batting in the number 3 slot. Teixeira will be making his second appearance in the All Star Game and representing the Yankees for the first time.

Robinson Cano            B


Cano had a great first half to the season. He is batting a high .309 and is leading the team in hits (109) and doubles (24). He has fielded 48 double plays, and in 86 games at second base has only made 3 errors.

Derek Jeter                  


Jeter’s bat has really come alive this season. He leads the Yankees in batting AVG (.320), is second  in hits, behind Cano (108), and second in stolen bases behind Gardner (17). Jeter has only made 4 errors in 80 games at shortstop and has turned 39 double plays. Jeter will be making his 10th consecutive appearance in the All Star Game as the starting shortstop.

Alex Rodriguez           B-


Even though Alex is my all-time favorite player, I have to give him a B-. Even though Arod was out for more than a month, he is only batting .267. He has also committed 5 errors in 52 games this year at third base. I guess I have to cut him some slack since throwing from third base to first base isn’t as easy as he makes it look. But he has made up for lost time power wise hitting 17 bombs (2nd on Yankees) and driving in 50 runs in 57 games. He leads the team in OBP (.419) and slugging percentage (.562) Arod has also walked 48 times as well.

Jorge Posada            C+

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Posada, like Arod, was out for a while too. He has played 49 games behind the plate and 5 games as a DH. He is hitting .281 with ll homeruns and 38 RBI. He has called some great games behind the plate, and has thrown out 20 runners trying to steal. All he needs to do is stay healthy for the remainder of the season and get his swing going again.

Melky Cabrera           B


I know Melky isn’t the greatest hitter in the Yankees lineup,  but he has his clutch game winning hits and he comes through with his glove. Melky is batting a steady .280 with 8 homers and 38 RBIs. He has played 80 games for the Yankees this season (in the outfield) and has only made 2 errors. He has a very strong arm and can play pretty much anywhere in the outfield.

Nick Swisher              B


Swisher was another great pick up for the Yankees. He has played 84 games for the Yanks (70 in the OF and 10 at 1B) and has made 4 errors. He is batting .238 with 14 homeruns and 47 RBIs. He has also pitched an inning for the Yankees striking out 1 and giving up no runs. (I loved watching that game!!!) He is a great outfielder and has made some tremendous plays through the first half of the season.

Brett Gardner              A


I get chills whenever I watch Gardner play. He is probably the best rookie I have ever seen perform. He hits for average and runs like a cheetah. He leads the team in stolen bases (18) and triples (5). It seems like every time I turn on the TV Gardner is either on base or gets a nice hit down the line. He deserves to be rookie of the year. He has played 76 games for the Yanks this year (68 in the OF) and has made only 1 error.

Johnny Damon          B+


I give Damon a lot of credit.. He has been hitting the ball with a lot of power this year and may be on his way to 100+ RBIs. You can tell that he has been working on his swing. He leads the team in runs scored (62) and is second in triples (3). He is batting .276 with 16 homeruns and 50 RBIs. Pitchers must see him as a power threat when he is up, especially if he is batting at Yankee Stadium. He’s played 81 games for the Yankees and has made 4 errors. if he can stay hot, he might even reach 30+ homeruns, which would be a career high.

Hideki Matsui            C+

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Matsui has been the Yankees DH this year. He is batting .266 with 14 homeruns and 40 RBIs this season and has played 77 games for the Yankees. I give him credit for going out there and still being capable to go yard with all the injuries he has had these past few seasons.

C.C. Sabathia         A-


Sabathia seems to be settling in nicely with the Yankees. He it tied for first with 8 wins (along with
Burnett and Pettitte) and leads the starting rotation in ERA with 3.70. He has also pitched 2 complete games through the first half of the season, and is the only Yankees pitcher to do so, so far. He has 89 strikeouts while only walking 41. If he can keep up the good work, he could be in line for between 15-20 wins.

AJ Burnett              B


Burnett was another great pickup for the Yankees. He has a record of 8-4 with a 3.77 ERA. He leads the team in strikeouts (101) but has walked 60 batters. Hopefully he can give the Yankees another 8 wins through the second half and help them win a playoff spot.

Andy Pettitte           B


Pettitte has been a solid starter for the Yankees this season. This is probably going to be his last year in pinstripes but he has shown that he is still capable with an 8-4 record while posting a 4.85 ERA. He has struck out 70 but has allowed 15 homeruns. 

Mariano Rivera      A


Rivera has been “lights out” this season, tied for first with the most saves throughout the AL (23). He  has struck out 43 batters in 37 innings and has allowed only 30 hits. He has a 2.43 ERA and seems to be the only consistent reliever in the Yankees bullpen this season. He will be representing the Yanks in the All Star Game as well.

So, there you have it. I know I left some guys out, but it was probably better that way (you wouldn’t want to see their grade). Let me know if you think the grading system is fair or unfair or if you’d like to see me grade any other Yankees player. Also, just a reminder, if you have a question about the Yankees, the All Star Game, Homerun Derby, or anything baseball, just comment on one of my posts and i”ll be happy to answer it. Thanks for the support and continue to comment!


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.

I will be answering questions from the fans…

Hey everyone,

Yesterday was a great day for me as I got to see Teixeira start at first base over Kevin “Useless” for the 2009 All Star Game!!! And I also got to see the Yankees out slug the Blue Jays in a great come from behind victory. The Yanks have a chance to sweep the Jays today and tie the Red Sox at first place in the AL East Divison (as long as Boston loses today!)
But my main reason for this post are to remind fans that if you want me to answer any questions you have regarding the Yankees or the 2009 All Star Game, just comment on some of my latest posts and I’ll try to answer them as best as I can.
Thanks and Go Yankees!