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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


*THE NECCESSARY WIN*

   – *WHO’S ON THE HILL?*

Joba Chamberlain (8-5) vs. Jared Weaver (15-5)

   – *YANKEES AVOID THE SWEEP*

   New York returned to form yesterday, swinging their way to a late lead and avoiding the sweep by division rival Baltimore. Coming off of two consecutive losses, Yankee nation was prepared to see the first bombed series in quite some time, but an 8th inning rally set the ‘W’ in stone…

  Sabathia provided yet another “quality start,” holding the O’s to 3 earned runs over the coarse of 7 innings. *CC is currently the AL leader in wins… (Which shouldn’t come as a surprise when you consider how dominant he’s been in our rotation thus far.) As Jeter likes to put it, “when you do well – these records and accomplishments seem to surface on their own.” That’s a fact.

   Jeremy Guthrie made the start for Baltimore, and managed to keep things in check the majority of the game. Things were tied heading into the 6th, but an additional 2 runs on our end persuaded his departure. He made his exit with 5 earned on 12 hits, ruining any chance he had to manuever an indecision…

   – *GOING BIG IN THE EIGHTH*

   It seems as though New York finally decided to wake up in the 8th inning of this one, putting 8 more runs on the board to seal the deal. (And you thought the fire was extinguished…) Matsui smacked a 3 run blast to insure the win, and ‘big 92’ was in the books after a hard fought game. An excellent large-margin victory to get us back on track.

   Yankees 13 – Orioles 3 (FINAL)

*MVP HONORS*

HIDEKI MATSUI
3 for 5, 1 R, 5 RBI’s

   – *CANO’S MARCH TO 400*

   Robinson Cano scored career run number 398 today!

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 3 3 0 1 0 2 .332
  Hairston, J, 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .255
Damon, LF 3 1 1 0 2 0 2 .286
  1-Gardner, PR-CF 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 .272
Teixeira, 1B 5 1 2 2 0 2 6 .282
  2-Duncan, S, PR-RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
Rodriguez, A, 3B 2 0 1 1 1 1 3 .287
  Hinske, 3B 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .242
  Pena, R, 3B-SS 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 .284
Matsui, H, DH 5 1 3 5 1 0 4 .275
Posada, C 5 1 1 0 1 1 6 .283
  Cervelli, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259
Cano, 2B 5 2 3 0 0 1 4 .318
Swisher, RF-1B 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 .252
Cabrera, Me, CF-LF 5 1 2 4 0 0 0 .279
Totals 43 13 20 13 7 5 31

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia (W, 17-7) 7.0 5 3 3 4 1 0 3.42
Hughes, P (H, 16) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.10
Bruney 0.2 0 0 0 2 0 0 4.09
Ramirez, E 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.66

   


*DOUBLE OR NOTHING*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*  

Chad Gaudin (5-10) vs. David Price (7-7)

   – *WHEN WINNING IS TWICE THE FUN…*

   Sabathia and Burnett came up huge for us yesterday, in an exciting double header against division rival Tampa Bay. In BOTH games, the Rays were held to one single run – and their hits never breached double digits.

   The star of the earlier game, (at the plate,) had to be A-Rod – going 3 for 3 with an RBI. Cano, Posada, and Hinske drove in the runs that ultimately sealed the deal, (in the 8th,) but Rodriguez batting 1.000 labels him “the best at bat” in my book…

   As for the mound, Sabathia dominated! 7 solid innings, with 10 strikeouts and 1 earned run makes him the real “player of the game.” Unfortunantly, CC came ouf of this one with a no-decision – but 17 wins is just around the corner. Yankees win game uno, 4-1.

SABATHIA: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 10 K’s

   – *ON TO GAME TWO*

   This game was a tad more exciting for Yankee fans to watch. Not because pulling ahead in the late innings isn’t exciting,  but because watching New York go on a scoring frenzy has you jumping out of your seat a whole lot more! The Yanks posted 8 runs in the 3rd inning alone, with a three-run shot from Teixeira, (among many, many other runs…)

   Burnett returned to form, and looked every bit as dominant as CC. Though 6 innings, AJ allowed one earned run, notched his own 8 strikeouts, and only let up 4 real hits. I’d crown him the “player of the game” in this one, but the true MVP had to be:

   “Big Tex.” Teixeira ended this one going 3 for 4, with 2 runs scored, 2 homeruns, and a commendable 4 RBI’s… I would say he sent us a “Teix message,” but I’m seriously getting tired of hearing that everyday lol. Let’s switch it up and say he made some “Teix-book plays.” That one isn’t nearly as played out…

BURNETT: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 8 K’s

   – *BUMMER*

   Jeter had a miserable day at the plate, going 0-8 and leaving Lou Gehrig’s record in-tact. I feel for you Derek… You’ll get ’em tomarrow! We know the record’s coming…

   – *CONGRATULATIONS!*  

   I just wanted to send a special *high five* to my blog-buddies who made the latest Top 100 list! Jane, YankeesChick, and of coarse Virginia – GREAT JOB!! I’m jelous lol, but I’ll get there one of these months when I reach out to more then just the Yankee fans… (I can’t help it. I don’t enjoy watching any other team outside of the Pirates…) The only other teams I enjoy watching are the teams we beat, and you can’t hate a man for that! Good job ladies!

– *ON PAPER*

GAME 1:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .332
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .250
  1-Hairston, J, PR-RF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .254
Teixeira, 1B 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 .279
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 1 3 1 1 0 0 .282
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 1 0 1 4 .316
Posada, C 4 0 1 1 0 0 3 .286
Hinske, DH 3 0 0 1 0 2 0 .247
Cabrera, Me, LF 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .277
Gardner, CF 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .271
Totals 30 4 7 4 3 7 13

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia 7.0 3 1 1 4 10 1 3.40
Hughes, P (W, 6-3) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.07
Rivera, Ma (S, 39) 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.75

GAME 2:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 0 1 1 0 6 .329
  1-Pena, R, PR-SS-2B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .283
Damon, LF 6 1 1 1 0 1 6 .288
Teixeira, 1B 4 2 3 4 0 1 0 .282
  Gardner, CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270
Matsui, H, DH 3 2 2 0 2 0 1 .269
Swisher, RF-1B 2 2 1 0 2 0 1 .251
  a-Hinske, PH-3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .246
Cano, 2B 3 0 1 0 1 0 3 .316
  b-Duncan, S, PH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Cabrera, Me, CF-RF 4 2 3 2 0 0 3 .281
  Cervelli, C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263
Hairston, J, 3B-SS 4 1 2 1 1 0 2 .257
Molina, J, C-1B 3 0 3 1 2 0 0 .245
Totals 38 11 17 10 9 2 24

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Burnett, A (W, 11-8) 6.0 4 1 1 3 8 0 4.19
Ramirez, E 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.58
Albaladejo 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 5.20
Dunn, M 1.0 0 0 0 2 2 0 10.80

   *Until tomarrow – it’s bed time!

  

  

*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

*PIE IN YOUR EYE*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

Sergio Mitre (2-1) vs. Jose Contreras (5-12)

   – *ANOTHER WALK-OFF!*

   The White Sox entered New York yesterday with an even .500 record, and every intention of climbing the latter to first in their division. The Yankees were coming out of a shakey series with Texas, looking to get their act together and maintain their 6 game lead in the AL East. With Sabathia and Buerhle on the mound for this matchup – one could only speculate which team would come out on top…

   If you only caught a fragment of the game, it was clear heading into the 7th that the pitchers were doing their jobs. Jeter hit his 17th homerun of the season in the 1st, followed by Damon’s 23rd of the season in the 3rd. Outside of these clutch runs, Buerhle held the Yankees to a commendable 8 hits before being replaced with reliever Matt Thornton. Unfortunantly, Sabathia didn’t make it out of this one unharmed either  – allowing his own 2 runs before being replaced by Phil Hughes.
 
   With both sides unwilling to budge, the 9th inning came and went – and an extra inning fell into our laps again. Bruney was called in to handle the top, which left New York in position to finish the job in the bottom. The situation suddenly became all too familiar…

   With 2 runners on, (and 2 outs already established,) – Robinson Cano stepped to the plate. I have to admit, I expected Robby to get a single and juice the bases for Melky – but to our surprise, he opted to clobber one over the fence to give the Yanks their 12th walk-off win of the season! You couldn’t ask for a better outcome to get these guys hyped-up again… These “extra inning antics” almost always result in us catching fire – so sweeping the Sox and kicking off another win streak is surely in our forecast. Cue Burnett with the pie – and it’s a wrap!

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 1 1 0 0 2 .329
Damon, LF 5 1 2 1 0 1 1 .290
Teixeira, 1B 5 0 1 0 0 1 1 .286
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 .267
Matsui, H, DH 4 0 1 0 1 1 4 .268
  1-Hairston, J, PR-DH 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .260
Swisher, RF 3 1 0 0 2 1 4 .241
Cano, 2B 5 1 1 3 0 1 5 .313
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .268
Molina, J, C 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .239
Totals 39 5 10 5 4 5 20

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia 7.0 8 2 2 1 10 0 3.56
Hughes, P 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3.28
Rivera, Ma 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.83
Bruney (W, 4-0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.34

*PETTITTE TAKES US DEEP*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*  

A.J. Burnett (10-7) vs. Dustin Nippert (4-2)


   – *THE YANKEES TAKE GAME 2*

   After the miserable loss we witnessed against the Rangers yesterday, New York entered today’s game ready to finish what they started in the previous 9th. Derek Holland’s been a pretty promising pitcher for Texas thus far, but I knew the Yankees weren’t about to tolerate another day of trailing and failing.

   With Pettitte on the mound, most fans were confident that he could keep the runs in check and get us back where we needed to be. Most fans were correct! I hate the term “quality start,” but that’s exactly what Andy gave us. He went 7 solid innings and allowed 2 earned runs.

   But even “2 earned” can be a disaster if your team can’t respond. In this matchup, nearly everybody hit –  and the run support was there for Pettitte early on. By the 5th inning, the Yanks were already up 4-0 thanks to a 3-run shot by Posada, and a solo homer from Jerry Hairston Jr.

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 1 2 0 1 1 .333
Swisher, RF-LF 4 1 1 1 0 2 0 .245
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 1 2 0 0 0 .285
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 .267
  Hinske, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .257
Matsui, H, DH 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .271
Posada, C 3 1 1 3 0 1 0 .277
  Molina, J, C 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250
Cano, 2B 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .316
Hairston, J, LF-3B 2 2 1 1 2 1 0 .260
Cabrera, Me, CF 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .265
Totals 30 9 10 9 4 6 4

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pettitte (W, 11-6) 7.0 5 2 2 3 7 1 4.18
Bruney 1.0 2 0 0 1 0 0 4.50
Coke 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.59

  

*WALKING OFF DISAPPOINTED*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

Andy Pettitte (10-6) vs. Derek Holland (7-7)

   – *CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR*

   Yesterday’s matchup against the Rangers was an ’emotional ride’ to say the least. With Joba making his first appearance in 8 days, the Yankees kicked things off with a bang. Chamberlain made it out of the 1st inning alive, while New York posted an immediate 4 runs to get the ball rolling. It seemed as though we were targeting another large-margin victory – but only a fool would bank on the win with one single inning in the books…

   The Rangers struck back with 2 runs of their own in the second. Although Joba seemed a little frusterated with the response, the lead was still in-tact and there was plenty of baseball left to play. The third came and went, and both sides were kept in check heading in to the 4th…

   That’s when it happened. Disaster on the mound, as Texas put up 5 more runs to take a 7-4 lead in the top. When the Yankees came to bat in the bottom, Cano managed to squeak one over the left field wall to keep things close; but it was hardly enough to shift the momentum as the Rangers added yet another single run to their score in the 5th. This truley was a back-and-forth ballgame…

   By the 7th inning, Gaudin had been called in for relief duties after another disappionting Chamberlain start. (It became obvious early-on that Joba wouldn’t be going very deep in this one, as his pitch-count breached 40+ by the 3rd.) Unfortunantly, not even Gaudin could keep the Rangers at bay – as they etched an additional 2 runs on the board with a 2 run shot from Michael Young. The score was now 10-5 heading in to the 9th…

   Damaso Marte did his part, and allowed Texas to do no additional damage in their last at-bat. It was now the bottom of the 9th, with the Yankees still down by a rough 5 runs…

   What would we witness? New York has proven time and time again that comebacks are within their realm of ability – so would this be another incredible win to kick off a brand new series? “Close – but no cigar.” As fun as it was to see, the Yanks worked their butts off and gave the Rangers’ Frank Francisco a run for his money. We manuevered our way into a bases-loaded situation, which resulted in a surprising 4 runs – but a quick flyout double-play from Melky put things to an end…

   As harsh as that sounded, I’m honestly not angry. Disappointed – yes… but we played a heck of a game. Nobody can give Melky a hard time for the loss, because plain and simple: he’s been responsible for too many wins! I’m looking on the bright side of this one – because this was a giant statement for the league to witness. The Yankees mean business this year – and it doesn’t matter if you’re winning by 5 with a single inning remaining… We can snatch the win from right out underneath you.

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 3 0 2 0 2 0 1 .334
Damon, LF 4 1 1 0 1 1 3 .286
Teixeira, 1B 3 2 0 0 2 0 2 .286
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 2 2 0 1 1 0 .267
Matsui, H, DH 4 2 2 3 0 0 1 .268
Posada, C 4 1 2 3 1 1 1 .277
  1-Hairston, J, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259
Cano, 2B 5 1 2 3 0 0 2 .315
Swisher, RF 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 .245
Cabrera, Me, CF 5 0 1 0 0 0 2 .267
Totals 37 9 12 9 7 4 14

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chamberlain (L, 8-4) 4.0 9 7 7 3 5 0 4.34
Gaudin 3.2 7 3 3 3 1 2 5.01
Marte, D 1.1 0 0 0 1 2 0 11.05

  

  

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