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Yankee Game (7/19/09)

The Yankees swept Detroit today, defeating the AL Central leading Tigers 2-1 Sunday. Before the game, the Yankees hosted its 63rd Annual Old Timer’s Day. One familiar face to young Yankee fans was Mike Mussina. It was weird seeing him depicted as an Old Timer. Anyways, I always love watching all the Old Timer’s take the field for the Old Timer’s Game. Seeing players like Yogi, Guidry, Ford, Larsen, Zimmer, Cone, Girardi, and Mussina is really special for fans young and old. Hats off to these guys!

Anyways, the Yanks were able to move within 1 game of the division leading Red Sox. Chamberlain pitched his best game of the year going 6 2/3 innings allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and striking out 8. Coke took over for the final out of the seventh getting an inning ending ground ball on just one pitch. Hughes hurled another scoreless eighth and Mariano picked up his 3rd consecutive save (26).

As for the Yanks offense, Arod belted a solo shot in the fourth, tying the game at 1. Teixeira followed suit with a dinger of his own (solo) in the sixth, giving the Yanks their second run, which they would hold onto for the victory. Both sluggers went 2-4 on the afternoon and Posada was the only other Yankee to get a hit.

Jeter, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .321
Gardner, CF 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .277
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 .280
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 .255
Matsui, H, DH 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 .263
Posada, C 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .282
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 .308
Swisher, RF 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .235
Cabrera, Me, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .281
Totals 27 2 5 2 5 5 13  
2B: Teixeira (24, Jackson, E), Posada (12, Jackson, E).
HR: Rodriguez, A (19, 4th inning off Jackson, E, 0 on, 2 out), Teixeira (23, 6th inning off Jackson, E, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Teixeira 6; Rodriguez, A 5; Posada 2.
RBI: Rodriguez, A (52), Teixeira (67).
2-out RBI: Rodriguez, A.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez, A; Cano 3; Teixeira.
GIDP: Cano; Cabrera, Me.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 7.

E: Posada (5, throw).

Tomorrow the Yankees will take on the O’s, starting a 3 game set. Pettitte will look for his 9th win of the season as he faces David Hernandez of the O’s. I’ll take Pettitte for tomorrow due to Hernandez’s lack of control and Pettitte’s consistency. If the Yanks can win tomorrow and Boston can drop another game, then the Yanks can sneak up into first place for the second time in 10 games and hopefully force Boston to drop into second. Mitre will be making his big league debut on Tuesday, and hopefully he can give the Yankees a solid start, giving him the role as the Yanks fifth starter.
Players of the Game
Alex Rodriguez: 2-4 with a solo homerun to tie the game at 1 
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Mark Teixeira: 2-4 with a solo homerun to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead
Joba Chamberlain: 6 2/3 strong innings, 8 K’s, 1 run, 3 hits

Yankee Game (7/18/09)

The New York Yankees were able to move within two games of first place, defeating the Detroit Tigers 2-1. The Yankees received stellar pitching from CC Sabathia and offensive help from Alex Rodriguez. With yesterday’s win the Yankees have now won 15 of their last 20 games, marking the best stretch of games this season for the Bombers.

As mentioned before, Sabathia pitched another great game for the Yankees going 7 strong innings allowing 0 runs on 5 hits, while striking out 4. The Tigers only run came off of Alfredo Aceves in the 8th on a solo homerun by Marcus Thames. Other than that the Yankees pitching was able to shut down the Tigers offense. Rivera earned his 2nd save coming off the All Star Break, and his 25th of the season.
However, the Yankees offense was also being shut down by one of the Tigers’ ace. Justin Verlander went 7 strong innings as well, but gave up a solo homerun to Alex Rodriguez, which really ended up being the turning point in the game. Later in the inning, Cabrera knocked in Cano for the second run of the game for the Yanks. Otherwise that was all the Yanks could muster up, but it was enough for them to come out victorious.

Jeter, SS 4 0 2 0 0 1 2 .325
Damon, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .278
  Gardner, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .282
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 .277
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 .250
Matsui, H, DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .266
Posada, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .281
Cano, 2B 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 .310
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .236
Cabrera, Me, CF-LF

3 0 1 1 0 0 0 .285
Totals 30 2 7 2 1 8 8  
2B: Damon (21, Verlander), Swisher (19, Verlander).
HR: Rodriguez, A (18, 7th inning off Verlander, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Jeter 2; Damon 2; Rodriguez, A 4; Cano; Swisher 2; Cabrera, Me.
RBI: Rodriguez, A (51), Cabrera, Me (35).
2-out RBI: Cabrera, Me.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Matsui, H; Teixeira; Jeter.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 5.

CS: Jeter (4, 2nd base by Verlander/Laird).

PB: Posada (3).
DP: 2 (Jeter-Cano-Teixeira 2).

Today, as I finish watching the 63rd Old Timers Day, I will make a prediction for today’s game. Chamberlain will be facing the Tigers Edwin Jackson (2009 All Star). I have to go with the Tigers due to Chamberlain’s inconsistency so far this season. However, we’ve seen the Yankees overcome an ace (yesterday against Verlander) so maybe they can go for the sweep and get off to a great start capping off the second half of the season. Good luck to all the teams!
Players of the Game
Alex Rodriguez: 1-4 with a solo homerun that got the Yankees on the board
CC Sabathia: 7 innings, 0 runs, 5 hits, 4 K’s

Yankee Game (7/17/09)

The All Star Break didn’t interrupt the Yankees flow into the second half of the season, as they took the first game of a 3 game set with the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees were able to rally late and defeat the Detroit Tigers 5-3.


AJ Burnett took the mound Friday, looking to help the Yankees get off to a good start. He went 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits, but issuing an unusual 5 walks. But, the Yanks bullpen was able to keep the game close as Phil Hughes came in, and delivered what seemed to be his best performance of the year, pitching 2 innings, striking out 6 (wow!), and surrendering no runs on 3 hits. Rivera pitched a “lights out” ninth to earn the save. Hughes picked up the win, due to late heroics from the Yanks Gold Glove first baseman.


The Yankees were able to score 5 runs on 13 hits. Entering the 7th, the Yanks were trailing 3-2, but base hits from Jeter and Damon were able to set up an opprotunity for Teixeira. On a 3-1 count, Teixeira was able to blast a ball over the right field fence to give the Yanks a 5-3 lead. After the game Tex said “I just put a good swing on the pitch.” Tex finished the night going 3-5 with 3 RBIs. Matsui and Swisher also contributed an RBI of their own.


Jeter, SS 4 1 2 0 1 1 0 .323
Damon, LF 4 3 2 0 1 0 2 .278
  Gardner, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .282
Teixeira, 1B 5 1 3 3 0 0 2 .280
Rodriguez, A, 3B 5 0 0 0 0 1 4 .250
Matsui, H, DH 4 0 2 1 0 1 2 .269
Posada, C 3 0 1 0 1 0 3 .286
Cano, 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .310
Swisher, RF 3 0 0 0 1 2 3 .235
Cabrera, Me, CF-LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 .284
Totals 36 5 13 4 4 5 22  
2B: Posada (11, Ni), Damon (20, Zumaya), Cano (25, Zumaya).
HR: Teixeira (22, 7th inning off Zumaya, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Jeter 2; Damon 3; Teixeira 6; Matsui, H 2; Posada 2; Cano 3; Cabrera, Me.
RBI: Matsui, H (41), Teixeira 3 (66).
2-out RBI: Matsui, H.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Posada 2; Cabrera, Me 3.
Team RISP: 3-for-12.
Team LOB: 11.

E: Burnett, A (2, pickoff).
Outfield assists: Cabrera, Me 2 (Cabrera, M at 2nd base, Laird at 1st base).
DP: 2 (Rodriguez, A-Cano-Teixeira, Cabrera, Me-Teixeira).


Since I am writing this post after today’s game, I’m not able to make a prediction for today. The Yankees beat the Tigers 2-1, so I will wrap up this post with the Players of the Game and move on to today’s game. I just want to say Thank You to all of those who have read my blog from the beginning, and I hope you will continue to do so throughout the rest of the season.


So, without any further ado, here are yesterday’s Players of the Game.


Players of the Game

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Mark Teixeira: 3-5 with a 3 run homerun that gave the Yankees a 5-3 lead


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Phil Hughes: 2 innings of “excellent” relief, striking out 6 and allowing 0 runs

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!