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*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!

  

  

*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

*SABATHIA STEALS HOME*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

Chad Gaudin (5-10) vs. Brett Anderson (7-8)

   – *AN EXCELLENT WIN FOR CC*

   We’ve all heard the story by now. “Despite being from the area, Sabathia just can’t seem to keep it together when he faces Oakland…” We’re told throughout our childhood that history tends to repeat itself – but in yesterday’s matchup, CC defied the odds…

   Coming off a two-game slide, the Yankees headed back to ‘The Coliseum’ in desperate need of a win. Partly because we haven’t lost consecutive games in a while, but also because the Red Sox defeated the Jays by a single run. We can’t let the Sox climb any closer to first – so we picked an excellent day to give CC run support, and brake “the curse of the hometown hero.

   Jeter did what Jeter always does. A three-hit night, with an RBI and a single run scored. Damon, Matsui, and Melky contributed an additional 6 hits – and despite being tied heading out of the 5th – the Yankees posted 5 runs in the 6th inning alone to secure Sabathia’s victory. It was the run support that determiend the outcome of this game, because without that huge inning – the game could of easily been Oakland’s for the taking…

   Congratulations CC – the curse has been lifted. The Mighty Ducks have won the championship, and Bastian from ‘The Never-Ending Story’ has given the child-like empress a name! (Had to drop the throwbacks…)


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   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 3 1 0 0 0 .330
Damon, LF 4 1 2 1 1 0 3 .283
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 0 0 1 1 6 .283
Rodriguez, A, 3B 2 1 1 1 2 1 0 .257
Matsui, H, DH 4 0 2 1 1 0 2 .269
  1-Hinske, PR-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Posada, C 4 0 1 2 0 1 5 .273
Cano, 2B 5 0 0 0 0 1 3 .315
Swisher, RF 5 1 1 0 0 1 0 .242
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 .268
Totals 37 7 12 6 5 5 20

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia (W, 14-7) 8.0 5 2 2 1 7 2 3.58
Robertson, D 1.0 0 0 0 2 2 0 3.06

*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…

*YANKEES LAND HIRSH FROM COLORADO*

   – *WHAT TO EXPECT?*

 

   Yesterday, I dabbled in the thought of aquiring Ian Snell from the Pirates to fill our 5th spot in the rotation, (now that Wang is out for the remainder of the season.) A few people lashed out, (and based on Snell’s current numbers this season,) suggested that we look elsewhere.

 

  Now we’ve aquired RHP Jason Hirsh from Colorado. Here’s a look at where he stands:

 

Record: 6-7 (20 Games)

ERA: 6.66

Hits: 130

Runs: 75 (Earned)

 

   Consider Eric Hinske for a second here. In 2008, Hinske was batting .247 with 20 homeruns. Not the best player on the market, but obviously not the worst. Despite his numbers being mediocre, New York has been extremely fortunate to aquire what he’s brought to the table – and I honestly thought it was a great example of ‘putting the numbers to the side’ ; allowing Hinske to bring the power we’ve witnessed into the clubhouse. Yankee fans like what they see. Snell wasn’t the best pitcher on the market, but I personally believe he would of been a steal. Another feisty power-ball pitcher to fill the void in our current rotation, (considering Gerardi was bound to utilize all options if Mitre started to slip.)

 

   Hirsh seems like a great addition – no complaints. I just wanted to point out that sometimes, what you see on paper doesn’t justify the talent somebody has. A 6.66 ERA is nothing to be proud of – but who am I to rule out his abilities in the majors? Hinske caught fire when he was traded, so who’s to say that Hirsh won’t do the same?

 

   *Can’t wait to see him start. Until tonight’s post – keep it safe…

*PETTITTE DOESN’T HOLD* – 7/11

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*  

   CC Sabathia (8-5) vs. John Lackey (3-4)

   *I’m pretty confident that CC will hold it down as usual. I don’t see us losing again…

   – *CRAPPY LOSS TO THE ANGELS*

   *Man, talk about a good start gone wrong. Pettitte kicked off the game pretty hot, heading into the 3rd with the lead, and absolutely no earned runs. That’s when things took a turn for the worse, and the Angels posted 7 runs in the 5th inning alone.

   What seemed like a sure-fire win, quickly turned to chaos – and although we hit extremely well, the Angels did too. The final score was 14-8, and if you tuned in – it was honestly an exciting game of baseball. Tons of hits, tons of dramatic moments… but no win for us heading into the All-Star break.

   Eric Hinske and A-Rod had two homeruns a piece. (That’s how you know it was a big game for the bats on both teams…) Four homeruns from two single players – and it still wasn’t enough to snatch the victory.  Here’s what was worth noting:

RODRIGUEZ: 2 for 3, 3 runs, 2 homeruns, 3 RBI’s

MATSUI: 1 for 4, 1 homerun

CANO: 2 for 3, 1 run, 1 RBI

HINSKE: 2 for 4, 2 runs, 2 homeruns, 3 RBI’s

*ROUGH DAY FOR PITT*

   – *LOSE 5-0 TO HOUSTON*

   *When Andrew McCutchen goes 0-4, you know something wild is going down. That ‘something’ yesterday was Wandy Rodriguez, who threw a complete game – allowing only 5 hits. (Sounds like I’m rooting for the Astros, right?)

   Never… but my hat’s off to Wandy for an excellent game. 11 strikeouts leave little room for excuses – he did his thing. I don’t mind giving props where props are due because the Pirates rarely K that often. I’m not dwelling on the loss – (considering the recent trades that’ve left Pittsburgh fans stumped,) because we get the picture at this point. This season became a ‘rebuilding process’  for the Swash-bucklers, (new nickname -) … and it’s something we simply have to deal with.

   That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t smack some sense into the GM if I had the chance. (Time to go bi-polar here…) Rebuilding is fine in the major leagues, especially when certain things aren’t getting done – but why in the world would you trade away your all-star ‘sure things‘ ?? I don’t care if you have a dozen outfielders… You don’t trade McLouth because you have Morgan and McCutchen on the way. YOU TRADE MOSS – and keep your top 3 fielders out there to have that portion of the field on lock! If the Pirates outfield was McCutchen, Morgan, and McLouth right now… hands down, they’d have the best OF in the game right now. It’s beyond the field – all three are amazing hitters…

   And now I’m angry again lol. Why Morgan!? Why!? McLouth was a low-blow, but trading Morgan for Milledge was devastating after Nate’s departure. It’s almost like the Pirates are TRYING to stay mediocre, because everytime they have thier hands on diamonds – they cash ’em in for chips to gamble. (Now that’s a quote. I like that one…)

   Now I’m hearing rumors about Adam LaRoche being traded. Great. Lose the OF that’s an all-star, (McLouth,) – lose the OF that bats .300, (Morgan,) – and lose the FEW power hitters you’ve aquired… (LaRoche AND Hinske.)

   I’m grinding my teeth at this point. The only solution is to become a billionaire, buy the Pirates – and make intelligent decisions.

*YANKEES 8, MARINERS 5*

    – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

   Jarrod Washburn (4-5) vs. Andy Pettitte (7-3)

MY PREDICTION: Yankees 4, Mariners 2
PREDICTION RECORD: 6-3 (Wang’s win got me.)

   –  *NOTABLE PLAYERS FROM TUESDAY*

   I have some ranting to do on a different subject today, so I’ll keep the Yankee portion of my updates short and sweet. Here’s a look at who did what in Tuesday’s win…

JETER: 1 for 5, 2 RBI’s

DAMON: 2 for 4

RODRIGUEZ: 1 for 4, 2 RBI’s, HR

CANO: 2 for 4, 2 runs

CABRERA: 1 for 3, 3 RBI’s

CHAMBERLAIN: 5.1 IP, 3 runs, 4 strikeouts

   *Not an awful day for Joba, but certainly not his finest day on the mound. A win is a win – and as long as Pettitte can keep it together tomarrow, we’re setting our sights on first again.

   – *NEW PLAYER*

   Another notable topic on Tuesday was the acquisition of Erik Hinske from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hinske brings another powerful bat to the lineup, as well as additional backup in the field in the event of an injury. Happy to have ’em…