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*AQUISITIONS*

   – *BUT IS ANYONE ELSE DISAPPOINTED?*

   As we all know, the Yankees have officially parted ways with Hideki Matsui and Melky Cabrera. We’ve aquired Javier Vazquez and Nick Johnson to fill new rolls – but the question remains: Are we happy with these new recruits?

MY OPINION:

   – Although I wanted Sheets, I’m genuinely happy to have Javier Vazquez back in New York for a second stint. Vazquez put up some excellent numbers last year, and I think he’ll be a superb addition to our pitching staff. Yankee fans can rest at ease knowing that the 5th slot in our rotation is the only question mark remaining…

  – Nick Johnson: I’m not as thrilled. It’s not that I think Johnson is a bum, but let’s be honest – he’s no Matsui. One can argue that Matsui’s knees were more than enough reason to let him slide, but he was our DH! He was worth the occasional out for the power he brings to the table… He had 6 RBI’s in the World Series for heavens sake…

*I look forward to seeing Gardner start in left field this year…

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*CLEAR THE BENCHES!*

   – *WHO’S ON THE HILL?*

Chad Gaudin (5-10) vs. Brian Tallet (7-9)

   – *A BRAWL FOR ALL!*

   Ok, here’s the scoop. Mitre had a miserable day on the mound, allowing 4 homeruns and 7 earned runs before getting the boot. By the 6th, it was already evident that New York was looking at a loss… (Toronto scored in 6 seperate innings, 3 of them multi-runs.) A terrible day indeed, but thank god I didn’t change the channel before it came to an end…

   The story begins with a sloppy pitch from Mark Melancon. Aaron Hill catches a wild throw to the back, and as usual, takes his base without any indication of a serious injury. No big deal. Jorge steps up to the plate when the Yankees are up again, and Jesse Carlson, (called in to relieve Halladay,) intentionally tosses one behind Posada’s back to avenge his fellow Blue Jay. Now things are getting heated! Jorge then proceeds to mouth a couple unpleasant things in Carlson’s direction, and ends up getting walked to put the dispute on hold.

   From here, Brett Gardner smacks a double to right field, which in turn brings Posada home to score a run. On his way to the plate, Carlson decides it would be a good idea to smack Jorge with his glove out of frusteration, and the next thing you know: IT’S ON!

   This one cleared the benches folks, and quite a few people walked off the field with obvious bumps and bruises. Most baseball fights become shoving matches, (see Kevin Youkilis getting thrown to the ground,) and end promptly as teamates get involved to brake things up. Not this time around. Jesse Carlson probably got it the worst, as he could be seen in the dugout after his ejection with a giant knot on his forehead. Joe Girardi, (of all people,) was seen with a cut on his ear and a swollen cheekbone, which was the outcome of a cheap-shot by Edwin Encarnacion. It was nuts, and if you missed it, I feel sorry for you. It’s not everyday that you see a fight in a baseball, and Jorge Posada hasn’t been ejected from a game since 2007! The only drawback is that we’ll certainly lose Posada for a short period of time…

   Yankees lose 10-4… but what a game!

*MVP HONORS*

BRETT GARDNER: 2 for 4, 2 RBI’s

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 2 1 1 0 2 .332
Damon, LF 5 0 1 0 0 1 5 .283
Teixeira, 1B 5 1 2 0 0 1 2 .286
Rodriguez, A, 3B 5 0 1 0 0 1 4 .285
Matsui, H, DH 4 0 2 1 1 1 2 .277
Posada, C 3 2 1 0 1 1 3 .281
  Cervelli, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259
  a-Cabrera, Me, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .280
Cano, 2B 5 0 2 0 0 1 2 .320
Swisher, RF 4 1 2 0 0 1 3 .257
Gardner, CF 4 0 2 2 0 0 2 .276
Totals 40 4 15 4 3 7 26

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mitre (L, 3-3) 5.0 8 7 7 1 2 4 7.63
Ramirez, E 1.1 2 1 1 1 1 0 5.73
Melancon 1.1 1 1 1 1 2 0 3.86
Dunn, M 1.1 2 1 1 0 2 1 6.75


*WHEN ANGELS PLAY WITH FIRE*

   – *WHO’S ON THE HILL?*



Sergio Mitre (3-2) vs. Roy Halladay (14-9)

   – *DOING A DECENT JOBA*

   Joba Chamberlain provided 4 quality innings in yesterday’s 5-3 victory over the Angels. Is it just me, or was 3 becoming a magic number with this guy? If Chamberlain made an appearance for 7 innings, he’d allow 3 runs. If Chamberlain made an appearance for 3 innings, he’d allow 3 runs. If Chamberlain was having an off-day on the mound, struggling to get out of the first inning alone… (you guessed it)- he’d be plucked by Girardi after allowing 3 runs! It was honestly a relief to see Joba make his exit on a good note, letting up a solo-shot in the second to keep things under control, and give the Yankees a reasonable chance to make a comeback.

   – *THE SWISH*

   Nick Swisher brought his ‘energy’ to the table, nailing a solo-shot in the 3rd inning off of Jered Weaver to tie things up, and calling it a day with 2 runs across the plate. Jeter put it best a while back… “Energy? Is that what you’re calling it?”

   – *BIG TEX*

   My final “shout-out” has to go to Mark Teixeira. “Tex” came out of this one 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s, giving the Yanks some breathing room to back up our relievers. A giant triple in the 5th brought two runners home, and despite pointing out a ‘catcher interference,’ the outstanding hit shifted the lead back to our side…

   – *MO WITH THE WALK?*

   A wise man once told me, “Mariano Rivera once walked a batter, just to see what it feels like.” Mo’s walked a mere 11 batters this season… ELEVEN! In the past 4 years, his grand total tallies up to an astonishing 30 BB’s to date! He never ceases to amaze me…

*MVP HONORS*

MARK TEIXEIRA
3 for 4, 2 RBI’s

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .330
Damon, LF 4 1 0 0 0 1 3 .284
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 3 2 0 0 1 .285
  1-Gardner, PR-CF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .272
Rodriguez, A, 3B 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 .286
Matsui, H, DH 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 .275
Posada, C 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 .280
  2-Guzman, F, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Molina, J, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243
Cano, 2B 4 0 2 1 0 0 2 .319
Swisher, RF-1B 4 2 2 1 0 2 2 .254
Cabrera, Me, CF-RF 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 .280
Totals 29 5 9 4 5 4 15

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chamberlain 4.0 4 1 1 0 2 1 4.39
Aceves, A 2.1 2 1 1 2 2 0 3.72
Coke (H, 19) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.91
Hughes, P (BS, 2)(W, 7-3) 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 3.18
Rivera, Ma (S, 40) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.69


*BACK TO BACK DEFEATS*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

CC Sabathia (16-7) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (10-13)

   – *PAINFUL CONSECUTIVE LOSSES…*

   After a disappointing loss on one of the most memorable days in Yankee history, (Derek Jeter claiming sole possesion of the franchise hit record, surpassing the legendary Lou Gehrig,) the misery continued in an additional loss to the Orioles on Saturday. This is exactly what New York needs to steer clear of… We’ve seen the occasional slip-up, but we haven’t witnessed consecutive losses in what seems like forever.

   First of all… 7 runs in two games? C’mon now – we’ve seen the Yanks put up 7 runs in one inning before, let alone a combined 7 runs in consecutive outings against a team that’s 32 games behind first! Where do I begin?

   A.J. Burnett’s been looking more like Joba Chamberlain lately, hitting the mound hard one day, and letting up a mind-boggling 5+ runs the next. He exited this one in the 7th, which sounds like a solid day on the hill – but not before allowing 6 runs in the second inning alone. Luckily, the slugfest stopped right there – but it was still enough to give Baltimore a comfortable lead early on… and more then enough to win a ballgame.

BURNETT: 7IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 4 SO

   Run-support is the cure for the common cold, but it was a miserable day at the plate for New York as well. Through 9 innings, the Yankees combined for a pitiful 7 hits. 7 hits in 33 at bats… Truley a loss that was a “team effort.” None of our players could manage more then a single hit, and considering none of those hits were homers – the runs across the plate just simply weren’t there… A sad sight indeed.

   With Sabathia on the mound tomarrow, I’m expecting us to pull it back together. Jeremy Guthrie is no joke, so we need to bring these bats back to life! The Sox are now 7.5 out of first, and this certainly isn’t the time to start slacking down the stretch. My fingers are crossed… It’s been a while since we’ve had to worry about a series…

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 1 0 0 2 5 .330
Hairston, J, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .255
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 1 1 0 1 1 .281
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .286
Swisher, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .251
Cano, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .315
Duncan, S, DH 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .200
  b-Gardner, PH-DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .269
Cabrera, Me, CF 2 1 1 1 2 0 0 .278
Molina, J, C 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .243
  a-Posada, PH-C 2 0 1 1 0 1 2 .284
Totals 33 3 7 3 2 6 14

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Burnett, A (L, 11-9) 7.0 7 6 6 2 4 2 4.33
Towers 2.0 3 1 1 1 1 0 3.38

   – *WHERE THE HECK WAS I?*

   I have my internet provider to thank for my recent absence. It was great having no connection on the night that Jeter tied Gehrig’s record, and even better to be web-less on the night that his record was broken! (Sarcastic of coarse…) It feels good to be back. So good that I’ve decided to kick off a few new meters of my own:

TEIXEIRA’S RACE TO 4000 AT BATS: 3955

CANO’S RACE TO 400 RUNS: 396

GARDNER’S RACE TO 100 CAREER HITS: 86

   *Just for fun…

*RUN SUPPORT*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

Joba Chamberlain (8-4) vs. Roy Halladay (13-8)

   – *SETTING IT OFF*

   Chad Gaudin replaced Sergio Mitre in yesterday’s matchup, and despite allowing 3 earned before departing, his work on the mound was more then enough to get the job done. That’s because the run-support we witnessed has become the ‘norm’ for the Yankees this season. Even the great Aceves allowed 2 runs before getting plucked, but with Jorge having a 4 hit, 4 RBI game at the plate – this one was nearly over before it started…

   Ricky Ramiro was ripped apart early on, allowing 4 runs in the top of the 1st alone. By the time Ramiro called it a day, he walked out of this one with 7 earned on 6 hits. We saw a solid relief job from Toronto’s Brandon League and Shawn Camp, but things again went sour in the 9th, as Jason Frasor let up an additional 3 runs to seal the deal. Those runs were the result of a solo shot from A-Rod, and a 2-run shot from Jorge Posada.

   How about Damaso Marte’s 9th inning appearance? A lot people seem to hold Marte’s past against him, (which is fair, because the numbers never lie…) – But as of late, he’s been perfect on the mound. I don’t know if the DL knocked something loose, but when it comes to filling the gaps and making single inning appearances, the K’s have been there – as well as the outs. His ERA has gone from 10.00+ to 8.00+ in a matter of days… I don’t want to jump the gun, but it really seems like he’s getting it together heading into the post-season. Perfect timing…

MARTE: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K’s

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .330
Damon, LF 3 2 0 0 2 2 1 .291
Teixeira, 1B 4 2 1 0 1 2 1 .281
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 2 2 2 1 2 0 .276
Matsui, H, DH 3 2 1 1 2 0 2 .265
  1-Hairston, J, PR-DH 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .256
Posada, C 5 1 4 4 0 1 1 .288
Cano, 2B 4 0 0 0 1 2 5 .318
Swisher, RF 4 0 0 0 1 1 3 .248
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 .277
Totals 35 10 10 8 8 13 15

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Gaudin 3.2 4 3 3 3 2 0 4.98
Aceves, A (W, 10-1) 2.1 2 2 1 0 3 0 3.88
Robertson, D (H, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.38
Bruney (H, 10) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4.40
Marte, D 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 8.38


*OFF BY A HAIR-STON*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

A.J. Burnett (10-8) vs. David Hernandez (4-6)

   – *PETTITTE NEARLY PERFECT*

   Outside of Nick Swisher having an enormous day at the plate, the focal point of yesterday’s game in Baltimore had to be Andy Pettitte’s tremendous day on the mound. Pettitte carried the New York all the way into the 7th without allowing a single hit! You could smell a perfect game in the Camden Yards air, until suddenly…

   A fluke error from Jerry Hairston at third base extinguished the feat, and before we knew it – Pettitte’s quest for perfection abruptly became the quest for a no-hitter. In the blink of an eye, the history we were eager to witness became nothing more then a ‘solid day on the hill.’ (Not that there’s anything wrong with that,) – but man… that was close!

   Don’t get me wrong: I’m not shaking a stick at Hairston for the mistake, because things of that nature are what make perfect games so rare. You reach a point in games like these where the reality of what’s going on starts to sink in, and accomplishing the historical task becomes just as much of a team effort – as it does for the pitcher. Pettitte found his groove early on, but throwing a perfect game by striking out 27 batters is unheard of. You need your team to keep the fly balls under control, and in this case – the grounders as well.

Pettitte: 8.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 8 K’s

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 1 0 1 0 3 .334
Damon, LF 5 1 1 1 0 1 3 .289
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 0 1 0 2 .283
Matsui, H, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .265
Posada, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .278
Cano, 2B 4 1 2 2 0 0 1 .316
Swisher, RF 4 1 3 2 0 0 1 .248
Hairston, J, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .259
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 4 .270
Totals 36 5 10 5 2 4 21

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pettitte (W, 12-6) 8.0 2 1 1 0 8 1 4.03
Bruney 0.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 4.30
Rivera, Ma (S, 37) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.81

*SPANKING THE SOX*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

Joba Chamberlain (8-4) vs. Freddy Garcia (0-1)


   – *A TOTAL BLOWOUT*

   And to think – the skeptics were concerned about Mitre on the hill…

   A day after the world witnessed New York’s 12th walkoff of the season, Yankee fans got a glimpse of what games look like when they’re not close at all. In a display of heroics, Sergio Mitre took the mound and held the White Sox to one single hit over a 6.1 inning span. Chad Gaudin was given the daunting task of keeping that number in tact – and for the 2.2 innings he showed his face today, he did just that.

SERGIO MITRE: 6.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 SO

   – *DAILY DOUBLES*

   Talk about repetative hitting… Robinson Cano, Jerry Hairston Jr, Johnny Damon, and Hideki Matsui all had individual doubles off of Jose Contreras in this one…

   – *RUNS BATTED IN-SANE*

   The Yankees also combined for an impressive 10 RBI’s on 14 hits…

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 .333
  Gaudin, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .036
Damon, LF 4 1 1 2 1 0 2 .289
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 0 0 1 2 6 .283
  Cabrera, Me, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .268
Rodriguez, A, 3B 5 2 2 2 0 1 4 .269
Matsui, H, DH 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 .271
  a-Hinske, PH-DH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .255
Swisher, RF-1B 5 1 2 1 0 1 2 .243
Cano, 2B 5 1 3 2 0 0 1 .315
Hairston, J, CF-RF-SS 3 1 1 2 1 0 3 .261
Molina, J, C 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 .232
Totals 38 10 14 10 4 5 22

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mitre (W, 3-1) 6.1 1 0 0 1 2 0 5.65
Gaudin 2.2 0 0 0 1 4 0 4.90