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*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

*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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*WAS TODAY REAL?*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

CC Sabathia (14-7) vs. Josh Beckett (14-4)

   – *GETTING STOMPED TO THE FLOOR*

   If you didn’t get a chance to catch today’s game at Fenway, congratulations… It was an ugly sight in Boston, as the Yankees went on to lose the second game of this series 14-1. You read correctly ladies and gentlemen… A day after scoring 20 runs against the Red Sox and putting up football numbers – we fall flat on our faces and lose by 13…

   Burnett was ripped apart for 9 earned over the coarse of 5 innings, while Aceves and Robertson gave up a combined 5 runs to give Boston their grand total. The only players that deserve acknowledgement this time around are as follows:

   1. Swisher went 3 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored

   2. Teixeira went 2 for 4

   3. Cano went 3 for 4 (.750)

   – *NOT SO HOT*

   Here are the players that couldn’t get the bats connecting:

   1. Matsui went 0 for 5

   2. Cabrera went 0 for 4

   3. Jeter went 0 for 3

   *NOTE:
I’m not pointing out the ‘hitless’ today to stab anyone in the back. All three of the players mentioned above are entitled to an off-day, (considering they come through in the clutch on a regular basis. Matsui had 2 homeruns yesterday, while Jeter’s been hitting everything thrown his way for weeks now…)
 
  
– *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .331
  a-Hairston, J, PH-SS 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .259
Swisher, RF 5 1 3 1 0 1 1 .251
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 .288
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 1 3 .264
  b-Molina, J, PH-3B 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 .250
Matsui, H, DH 5 0 0 0 0 0 7 .263
Posada, C 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 .274
Cano, 2B 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 .314
Hinske, LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .257
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 6 .270
Totals 37 1 12 1 3 5 25

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Burnett, A (L, 10-7) 5.0 9 9 9 2 6 3 4.08
Aceves, A 2.0 3 3 3 0 2 1 4.12
Robertson, D 1.0 3 2 2 0 1 0 3.47


*A HUGE NIGHT AT FENWAY*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

A.J. Burnett (10-6) vs. Junichi Tazawa (1-2)

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Tickets“);     – *THE YANKEES GO HARD IN BOSTON*

   Where do I begin? We all know the Red Sox kicked off this season undefeated against New York to stir up the rivalry. We all know that New York defied the critics and swept the Red Sox when the next chance presented itself. What would be a fair assessment for the next matchup?

   Last night, we witnessed what most fans hadn’t even dreamed of.  The Yankees didn’t just win – the Yankees dominated. New York put up so many runs, falling asleep couldn’t even help the Red Sox realistically comeback… Here’s the deal:

   – *A-ROD ROBBED OF THE CYCLE*

   It was definently a huge night for A-Rod, but what most people failed to notice is that he was an inch away from the cycle! The triple was there, the single was there – but the homerun fell a foot shallow of clearing the ‘Big Green Monster,’ – and the double was scratched when he was tagged out at second. Ok – so I guess he wasn’t really “robbed,” but missing those two hits in that fashion was a low-blow to me. He ended the day 4 for 4 with an RBI, and one run scored…

   – *MATSUI ALMOST PARKED THREE*

   What can top Rodriguez going 4 for 4? How about Hideki Matsui hitting 2 homeruns, and nearly hitting a 3rd to the right field wall! I know, I know… “almost doesn’t count,” – but when you smash two in the same game, and a long fly ball has the distance to clear the fence for another – power is power. “Almost” is approriate…

   – *JETER BEING JETER*

   How did Derek Jeter handle pressure in Boston? *Yawn* The tipical .500 night with 2 RBI’s and 3 runs scored… Nothing major. Nothing remotely MVP worthy

   – *STOP HITTING YOURSELF!*

   Damon was removed from the game after continuously hitting foul balls into his leg. C’mon now Johnny – save the ball-wounds for the pitchers that love you.

   – *MORE BOLD LETTERS?*

   Another headline indeed. Teixeira may of had the best ‘underdog’ day of all, going 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s and 3 runs scored. That’s a ‘Tex message’ we all need to download…

   *THE RETURN OF MARTE*

   Damaso Marte returned to the mound for the first time since May. He pitched a solid two-thirds of an inning, allowing nothing across the plate and striking out one.

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 6 3 3 2 0 0 1 .333
Damon, LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .284
  Hinske, LF 4 2 2 1 1 0 1 .257
Teixeira, 1B 5 3 3 3 1 0 2 .286
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 2 4 1 1 0 0 .263
  a-Hairston, J, PH-3B 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .257
Matsui, H, DH 6 2 2 7 0 1 6 .266
Posada, C 5 2 2 2 1 1 0 .275
Cano, 2B 6 2 1 1 0 0 4 .311
Swisher, RF 6 1 2 1 0 2 1 .246
Cabrera, Me, CF 6 2 4 2 0 0 0 .273
Totals 49 20 23 20 5 5 16

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pettitte (W, 10-6) 5.0 7 7 5 2 4 0 4.25
Bruney 1.1 1 0 0 3 0 0 4.67
Marte, D 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 13.50
Mitre 2.0 4 4 4 0 0 2 6.82

*TOUGH LOSS IN OAKLAND*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

CC Sabatha (13-7) vs. Vin Mazzaro (4-8)

   – *A BRUTAL LOSS FOR A.J.*

   What’s worse than losing a ball game for the second straight day? The answer: Losing a ball game for the second straight day, and pitching nearly perfect! Yesterday’s game in Oakland proved that sometimes, one awful inning is all it takes to throw away a potential win. What can I say? The A’s had an incredible day, and Brett Tomko was no exception. Through 5 innings, Tomko allowed 5 hits and not a single run… Burnett on the other hand, went 8 full innings – but allowed 3 runs in the 4th to give Oakland the lead.

   We can’t place all the blame on one individual player though. (Unless you’re Louis Castillo, and you drop the ball in the 9th!) Despite having more hits than the A’s, we simply couldn’t string the swings together to put some runs on the board. Jeter had another impressive night, going 3 for 4 – pushing his newly aquired hitting record deeper in to the books.

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, DH 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 .327
Damon, LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .281
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .285
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 .256
Posada, C 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .273
Cano, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .318
Swisher, RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .242
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .266
Pena, R, SS 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .277
  a-Hairston, J, PH-SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .257
Totals 33 0 7 0 2 4 16

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Burnett, A (L, 10-6) 8.0 6 3 3 2 5 0 3.69


*7.5 AHEAD DESPITE LOSS*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*  

A.J. Burnett (10-5) vs. Brett Tomko (1-2)

   – *LOST AT SEA*

   It seems as though we’re taking a loss every series now, but considering a series is more than one game – 3 out 4 isn’t too shabby New Yorkers…

   It’s been a couple days since my last update, but don’t be fooled – I never miss a game. We came into Seattle as hot as we left Toronto, winning the first three games consecutively – followed by a single loss to blow the sweep. (Similar to the previous Jays matchup.) Sabathia, Hughes, and Mitre all posted wins – but Joba wasn’t as fortunate. Chamberlain allowed 4 runs in 5 innings, walking 3 and striking out a subtle 2. Appearantly Seattle was fed-up with losing, because Aceves and newly-aquired Gaudin also allowed a combined 6 runs on 8 hits.

   How about some positive news? Jeter went 3 for 4 and set the mark for all-time shortstop hits! I personally think that batting an impressive .323 would contribute to an MVP nomination – but as long as Teixeira’s in contention, I’ll keep my cool.

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 .323
Damon, LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .283
Teixeira, DH 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .285
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 1 0 0 2 1 .258
Posada, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .273
Swisher, 1B 4 1 1 2 0 1 0 .242
Hinske, RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .250
Hairston, J, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .258
Pena, R, 2B 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 .272
  a-Cano, PH-2B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .321
Totals 35 3 8 3 0 7 10

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chamberlain (L, 8-3) 5.0 7 4 4 3 2 0 3.98
Aceves, A 1.2 4 4 4 0 2 0 3.66
Gaudin 1.1 4 2 2 0 1 1 5.13

   – *COOL LAST NAME OF THE DAY*

   Chris Jakubauskas… Pronounced JAK-UH-BAWZ-KIS

*THE LOSS, THE WIN*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*  

Ricky Romero (10-5) vs. AJ Burnett (10-5)


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Tickets“);     – *YANKEES TAKE JAYS IN GAME 2*

   On Monday, Yankee fans witnessed the “Boston momentum” come to a screeching hault when Sergio Mitre took the mound. On Tuesday, Joba was scheduled to start – and despite getting roughed up in the 3rd, New York fought hard to avoid a second loss. Here’s the scoop:

   We kicked off the game on fire, posting 2 runs in the first inning, and an additional run in the second. It seemed as though Chamberlain was having another huge game – but by the 5th, the Jays managed to regain the lead and give us all a little scare. No worries…

   Back to back homers sealed the deal, and for once – it wasn’t Damon and Teixeira! Last night’s game-savers were Matsui and Posada, who snatched the lead back in the 8th to wrap things up. Signal ‘Mo for the save, and you have yet another classic Yankee comeback victory…

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 3 0 0 1 1 .318
Damon, LF 5 1 3 1 0 0 1 .285
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 1 1 1 0 1 .286
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 6 .257
Matsui, H, DH 4 1 1 1 0 1 3 .265
Posada, C 4 1 2 2 0 2 0 .283
Cano, 2B 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 .316
Hinske, RF 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .259
  1-Hairston, J, PR-RF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .259
Cabrera, Me, CF 3 1 1 2 0 2 1 .279
Totals 35 7 14 7 2 9 15

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chamberlain 6.0 5 4 4 2 5 1 3.85
Bruney 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5.32
Coke 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.91
Robertson, D (W, 2-1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.38
Rivera, Ma (S, 33) 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 1 2.02

   – *YOUKILIS GETS TOSSED…*

   *Off topic, but check out some highlites of the Red Sox/Tigers game if you get a chance. Kevin Youkilis charged the mound – and despite being the size of a lumberjack, was tossed to the ground by the opposing pitcher after getting beaned. It’s one of the funniest mound-charges I’ve ever witnessed…

*SWEEP NO MORE*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*  

   Andy Pettitte (8-6) vs. Roy Halladay (11-4)

   It’s anyone’s ballgame with these 2 on the mound…

   – *MELKY HITS FOR THE CYCLE!*

   Despite three losses in Chicago, the Yankees managed to avoid the sweep and maintain first place in the AL East. The entire game was epic, with both clubs notching a combined 26 hits, 13 RBI’s, and 76 at bats.

   The highlite of the game had to be Melky Cabrera hitting for the cycle, (the first cycle recorded by the Yankees since 1995.)  The final checkmark Cabrera needed as the game came to a close was the dreaded triple… and with a shot to the wall in right, (in the 9th inning no less,) – he slid into third safely for the milestone…

   Sabathia walked away with the win thanks to the rally – and New York avoided what would of been the first sweep since the All-Star break. Signal Hughes and ‘Mo to wrap things up, and you blow the whistle with another clockwork finish.

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 6 0 2 1 0 0 3 .322
Damon, LF 6 0 1 1 0 1 2 .276
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 1 0 2 0 2 .282
Rodriguez, A, DH 4 1 1 0 1 0 2 .261
Swisher, RF 3 2 2 0 2 1 1 .241
Cano, 2B 5 1 1 0 0 1 7 .304
Cabrera, Me, CF 5 3 4 4 0 0 3 .292
Hairston, J, 3B 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 .259
  a-Matsui, H, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .260
  1-Ransom, PR-3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .190
Molina, J, C 4 1 1 1 0 2 3 .254
  b-Posada, PH-C 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .272
Totals 40 8 15 8 6 6 25

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia (W, 11-7) 7.0 10 5 5 0 5 2 3.95
Hughes, P (H, 9) 0.2 0 0 0 1 2 0 3.43
Rivera, Ma (S, 30) 1.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2.01

*NOT THE BROOM!* – 8/1

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW*  

   CC Sabathia (10-7) vs. Mark Buehrle (11-4)

   – *YANKEES LOSE 3RD TO SOX*

   What can I say, the White Sox are hurting us… Not even A.J. could provoke a win, and Chicago ended this one 14-4 for thier 3rd straight victory in this 4 game series.

   In comparison, the Yankees ended yesterday’s game with 8 total hits, while the Sox mustered up an impressive 17. Both clubs allowed 5 pitchers to make appearences, but obviously – the Yankees were the sorry saps who actually needed to. A few batters on our side had a multiple hit game, but it wasn’t enough to put a dent in the White Sox inflating score.

   We need to change our tune tomarrow. Winning streaks can’t be random and seldom – this is the recipe for falling flat on our faces back into 2nd place. We can avoid the sweep if we get it together, and with CC on the mound tomarrow – we just may…

   The stats:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 .322
Swisher, RF 4 0 0 0 1 1 2 .236
Teixeira, DH 5 0 2 2 0 0 2 .282
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 3 1 0 1 1 .262
Posada, C 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 .273
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 1 3 .305
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .283
Hairston, J, LF 3 1 1 1 1 0 2 .255
Ransom, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 3 5 .190
Totals 35 4 8 4 4 7 22

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Burnett, A (L, 10-5) 4.2 10 7 7 2 4 0 3.89
Bruney 1.2 3 1 1 1 2 0 6.10
Robertson, D 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.72
Coke 0.1 4 6 6 3 0 0 4.98
Melancon 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.60

*HELPING OUT A HAIR-STON*

   – *YANKEES AQUIRE HAIRSTON JR.*

 

   With the deadline in sight, Yankees brass pulled the trigger to aquire utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. from Cincinatti. The 11 year veteran brings 6 positions to the table, and totes a commendable .259 career batting average as he prepares to play with his 5th major league team. In 2008, Hairston batted .326 with an impressive .384 on-base percentage.

 

   *I say: two thumbs up. Here’s a look at his numbers to date:

 

JERRY HAIRSTON JR.

Runs: 47

Hits: 78

HR’s: 8

RBI’s: 27

Strikeouts: 46

Average: .254

OBP: .305