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Yankee Game (7/23/09)

The Yankees were able to keep their 6 game winning streak alive last night, extending it to 7 as they defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-3. After a 2 hour and 43 minute rain delay, the game was finally able to get under way in the Bronx. With the win, the Yankees were able to widen the gap within the AL East Standings, leading 2.5 games over Boston.


Sabathia lacked control early in the game, but was able to finish strong throwing another 7 strong innings surrendering just the 3 runs on 9 hits, while striking out 4. Hughes came in to pitch the 8th and 9th, and boy was he flawless surrendering no runs on no hits. I have to say, Hughes has impressed me far more than i’d have expected. I think he belongs in the bullpen, and not in the starting rotation. He is practically untouchable. He was also able to pick up his first career save last night as well.

The Yankees offense proved that it didn’t have to gain the early lead to win ballgames. The “Comeback Kids of the Bronx” were able to come back from a 3-0 deficit, thanks to a 4 run fourth giving the Yanks a 4-3 lead. Tex was able to spark the offense, swinging at a 3-0 pitch and drilling it into the second deck in right field (a 2 run homer). Arod worked a walk, and was later drove in on a double by Jorge Posada, tying the game at 3. Then, Posada was able to score on an RBI single by Hinske, giving the Yankees a 4-3 lead. Then, in the bottom of the fifth, Tex was able to come through again, doubling down the right field line, scoring Derek Jeter giving the Yanks some extra insurance. Later in the inning, Posada, with the bases loaded, hit an RBI single to center field giving the Yanks a 6-3 lead that they would hold on to to win the game.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 1 0 1 2 2 .316
Damon, LF 4 2 2 0 0 1 1 .281
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 2 3 0 2 1 .279
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 1 0 0 1 2 2 .253
Matsui, H, DH 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .257
Posada, C 4 1 2 2 0 1 0 .286
Cano, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 .310
Hinske, RF 3 0 1 1 0 1 3 .266
  Cabrera, Me, RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .277
Gardner, CF 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .274
Totals 33 6 10 6 4 11 16  
BATTING
2B: Posada (14, Mazzaro), Teixeira (25, Mazzaro), Cabrera, Me (15, Casilla, S).
HR: Teixeira (24, 4th inning off Mazzaro, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Jeter; Damon 2; Teixeira 6; Posada 3; Cano; Hinske; Cabrera, Me 2.
RBI: Teixeira 3 (70), Posada 2 (44), Hinske (17).
2-out RBI: Hinske.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jeter 2; Gardner; Hinske 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-13.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Gardner (20, 2nd base off Mazzaro/Suzuki, K), Rodriguez, A (6, 2nd base off Mazzaro/Suzuki, K).

FIELDING
DP: (Jeter-Cano-Teixeira).

I’ve noticed that in the second half, the Yankees aren’t “wasting” at bats. Meaning, they are adding just enough insurance to earn the win. They aren’t blowing out teams winning 10-0. They are able to get a 3 or 4 run lead, allowing their pitching to work with some room. Anyways, just an observation.

Tonight, the Yankees will take on the Athletics again, with Chamberlain getting the start for the Yanks and Brett Anderson taking the mound for the A’s. I think I’ll take Chamberlain because it seems like he has found his groove during the second half and has learned to keep the ball down. Also, its hard to go against the Yankees, who have been on a tear this second half winning 7 straight.
Players of the Game
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Phil Hughes: Pitched 2 innings of flawless relief, earning his first career save
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Jorge Posada: 2-4 scoring once and driving in 2
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Mark Teixeira: 2-4 with a 2 run homer and 3 RBIs
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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 (7/20/09)

The Yankees won their fourth straight game tonight, defeating the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 (the third in a row they won 2-1). It was also another walk-off win for the Bombers, this time with Matsui delivering the game winning hit (a solo homerun to right-center). And of course, AJ Burnett came though with the pie-in-the-face. I guess its a small price to pay!


Pettitte was able to hold the Orioles to just 1 run on 6 hits through 7.1 innings. He also struck out a season high 8 batters! One of Pettitte’s best performances all year. He didn’t get the win, but was still able to keep his team in the ball game. But what really held the Yanks in it late was two great back-to-back games in the eighth. After Pettitte was taken out in the eighth, Coke came on to try and keep the game close. And he did just that. The first batter he faced was Nick Markakis with 1 out and a man on second and third. Markakis hit a hard ground ball to Tex, who made an incredible off-balance throw to Molina, who snow coned it, and tagged the runner out at the plate for the second out. Then, Coke delivered a wild pitch to Adam Jones (the next batter) and it slipped away from Molina and started to roll towards the Yanks dugout. However, Molina dove to the ball, made a great throw from his knees to Coke who was covering home, and Coke was able to tag out Roberts at the plate to end the inning. Roberts didn’t even touch home plate, but instead slid around it. Then Aceves came in after Coke was able to get the first out in the ninth, and was able to shut the door. However, the Yanks still had a chance to win it in the bottom of the ninth.

The Yanks were able to win another ballgame scoring just two runs. But the runs proved to be big ones, as the first came from a solo homer off the bat of the newly acquired Eric Hinske, tying the game at 1. However, from that second inning on, The Yanks offense experienced a drought until Matsui came up in the bottom of the ninth with one out. On a 2-2 count, Matsui belted a solo homerun off Johnson to win the game for the Yanks. (Their fourth straight win!)

As I am typing this, I see that Boston is trailing 6-2 to the Rangers in the bottom of the seventh. Hopefully the Rangers can hold on and beat the Sox. If so, the Yankees will move up to first place and be tied with the Red Sox for the second time in 7 games. Sergio Mitre will be making his big league debut tomorrow, and hopefully he can prove to the Yankees that he belongs in the back of the rotation. With Wang out, the Yanks need a fifth starter and hopefully Mitre can give them what they need. Mitre will be facing Rich Hill of the Orioles who has a 3-2 record coming into tomorrow’s game. I can’t make a prediction though because I’ve never seen Mitre pitch, so I’ll make sure to pay attention to him tomorrow and then recap in tomorrow’s post what I think about him.
Player of the Game 
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Hideki Matsui: 1-3 with a game winning homerun (walk off)

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.

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

FIELDING
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
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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
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Joba Chamberlain: 6 2/3 strong innings, 8 K’s, 1 run, 3 hits

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.

 

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

FIELDING
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 (7/9/09)

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.

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

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

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

Players of the Game

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Cody Ransom: 1-4 with 2 RBIs

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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 (7/7/09)

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.

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
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  
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BATTING
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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