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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!

  

  

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*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

*GAUDIN’S BIG DAY*

   – *WHAT’S NEXT TO COME?*  

Andy Pettitte (9-6)  vs. Brad Penny (7-7)

   – *PLUCKED, BUT PROVIDED!*

  Chad Gaudin took the mound last night, and despite being pulled by Girardi in the 5th – Yankee fans witnessed a job well done. Although he headed to the bench with the bases juiced, this last minute slide was hardly enough reason to knock the solid day that Gaudin provided.

   – *ACE TO THE RESCUE*  

   With the bases loaded, Girardi made the decision to bring in Aceves as Gaudin’s pitch count climbed. He couldn’t of made the swap at a better time, because in the blink of an eye – Aceves created a ground-out double play that retired the sides before disaster struck.

   – *TEX GOES DEEP*

   Suggesting that one player is responsible for a win never sounds very fair… but consdering Teixeira had all 3 runs batted in to give us our final score – I think it’s safe to say that we “couldn’t of done it without ’em.” The ball he clobbered yesterday was his 31st of the season – and trust me, it was a SHOT to left that Yankee fans will remember.

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .331
Damon, LF 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .285
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 3 0 1 2 .283
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .254
Matsui, H, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .265
Swisher, RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .245
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 .313
Cabrera, Me, CF 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .267
Molina, J, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .244
Totals 32 3 6 3 1 9 5

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Gaudin 4.1 1 0 0 5 5 0 4.94
Aceves, A (W, 8-1) 2.1 4 2 2 0 2 1 3.82
Coke (H, 15) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.68
Hughes, P (H, 13) 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3.39
Rivera, Ma (S, 36) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.90

*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

*KNOCKING OUR SOX OFF* – 7/30

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

   Sergio Mitre (1-0) vs. Clayton Richard (4-3)

   *My money’s on the Bombers stealing game 2.

   – *WHITE SOX TAKE GAME 1*

   Despite a solid performance from Pettitte, the White Sox managed to snag game one in Chicago on Thursday. (Talk about epic.) The Sox led 2-1 through 8 innings, and although things were looking grim – Nick Swisher hit a solo homer in the top of the 9th to tie things up.

   It was now on Chicago to finish what they started. Phil Hughes entered the game in the 6th, and Girardi made the decision to keep Hughes on the mound for the remainder of the game. (Or so he hoped…) After allowing 2 hits, he was plucked – giving Phil Coke the opportunity to close with runners on, striving for extra innings.

   That’s when Dewayne Wise, (the ‘perfect game maker,’) came to the plate. A strong shot up the middle streaked past the Yankees defense, and before you knew it – we had witnessed a walkoff that wouldn’t result in a pie to the face. Sox win 3-2.

   The specifics look like this:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .323
Damon, LF 3 0 2 1 1 0 1 .276
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 3 4 .282
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 .247
Matsui, H, DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .255
Swisher, RF 4 1 1 1 0 3 0 .239
Cano, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .305
Cabrera, Me, CF 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .290
Molina, J, C 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 .255
  a-Posada, PH-C 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .283
Totals 33 2 6 2 1 14 10

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pettitte 6.1 5 2 1 0 8 0 4.51
Hughes, P (L, 4-3) 2.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 3.47
Coke 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.77

   *Until tomarrow: brush 3 times a day…

*A JOBA WELL DONE*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?* 

   Andy Pettitte (8-5) vs. David Hernandez (2-2)

   – *CHAMBERLAIN GOES DEEP*

   What can I say? When I wrote my little Joba article yesterday, (see “The Joba Debate,”) – I knew that the All-Star break could do wonders for the ‘short outing’ funk he’s been in. More importantly, I believed that the critics had yet to see a solid start they could reference when debating his position in the rotation.

   Last night, he proved that when he’s comfortable – he’s good to go. Not only did he lower his ERA to 4.05, but he navigated us through 6 innings, allowing one single run. Tack on 8 more strikeouts, and you have a start as good as anybody…

   “Probably the best I’ve seen him all season,” said Teixeira. True indeed. I think the more time we give Joba to blossom, the more impressive he’ll become.

   – *WHAT ELSE WENT DOWN?*

   *Yesterday’s game was also “Old Timers Day.” Legends such as Goose Gossage, Yogi Berra, and Ken Griffey Sr. came out to play. How wierd was it seeing Mussina in the mix? He doesn’t even have a gray hair on his head, and he’s already pitching on “Old Timers Day” with the likes of Whitey Ford… Talk about retiring young…

   The rest of the game was what’s becoming ‘beautiful clockwork.‘ Let’s see if this sounds familiar: A-Rod homered. Teixeira homered. Hughes setup ‘Mo to perfection. ‘Mo closed the game and got the save. Go figure…

   We’ll end here with the specifics, and the Tigers swept under the rug:

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

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chamberlain (W, 5-2) 6.2 3 1 1 3 8 1 4.05
Coke (H, 10) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.96
Hughes, P (H, 6) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.70
Rivera, Ma (S, 26) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.25

   *Now on to the Orioles…

*THE JOBA DEBATE* – 7/19

   – *THE STARTER*

   Since his first start on the mound, the “Joba debate” has been swirling around the league like a 3rd grade rumor.

   “Should he start?” asks Guy Number 1.

   “No way! He was electric in the pen!” shouts Guy Number 2.

   “But what if he can carry that fire through 9 innings?” asks Guy Number 3.

   “Doesn’t matter! Keep ’em where he got the job done!” snaps Guy Number 4.

   In the end, we can write a 20 minute song about Joba’s current role in the rotation – but Girardi’s decision to let Chamberlain ‘go the distance’ is out of our hands. We can judge the man by every little run he allows – or we can go with our gut and see what he has to offer on a larger scale.

   – *KEEP IN MIND*

   1. Wang fell off, big time. The debate would be just if Joba was the worst in the rotation, but with Chien-Ming Wang taking half a season to catch fire – we needed Joba to stay put.

   2. He’s honestly not doing that awful. Here’s how he matches up against pitchers that ‘should be superior‘ by fan standards:

CHAMBERLAIN:  (4-2)   4.25 ERA   78 K’s   89 IP

   *All jokes aside, he has 6 decisions in 17 games. I’m not going leave out the gossip that can stir up… but let’s point out the finer things he brings to the table. With 78 strikeouts in 89 IP, he’s nearly whiffing batters once an inning. His 4.25 ERA right now is lower than Tim Wakefield’s, Gil Meche’s, and even Barry Zito’s to name a few.

   Now I know that Tim Wakefield has 11 wins this season, but think about it: if your ERA is high, than what’s the source of the wins at hand? RUN SUPPORT. I won’t go as far as saying that Joba has none, but sometimes we confuse ‘awful starts’ with ‘awful luck.’ I’ve seen the games where he’s been plucked in the 2nd, 3rd, etc… but he’s NOT the first starter to do so.

   – *SO WHAT NOW?*

   Luckily for Joba, we have a void in the rotation with Wang on the DL right now – and it seems as though his spot is sealed for the time being. Quit jumping the gun people. Joba has what it takes to perform as well as anybody – and he’s more trustworthy at the moment than anyone else we can turn to.

   Even if we scoop Halladay, (which I’m dieing to see,) – we still need Chamberlain to complete the 5 man rotation. Everyone’s insisting that ‘Joba to Hughes’ would be the perfect solution… but the perfect solution to what!? We have Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte…

   And then blanks. Are we forgetting that Aceves is amazing in the pen? Are we forgetting that Bruney’s excellent in the pen as well? If we can give Wang 800 chances to get his act together… Why can’t Joba gain his experience when he’s allowing far less runs?

   *That’s all I’m saying.