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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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*GOODBYE MATSUI*

   – *IT’S OFFICIAL*

   The Los Angelas Angels of Anahiem have signed a 1 year deal with Hideki Matsui. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Matsui was the World Series MVP this year – and as a Yankee fan, he will certainly be missed. I personally can’t comprehend why we’d let Matsui go, but obviously our organization felt that making Hideki a priority this ‘hot stove season’ wasn’t the least bit important. Are we nuts!? In an American League where the DH is a neccessary component, Matsui is second to none! Letting him sign with a playoff rival just adds fuel to the fire… Thanks for the RBI’s this post-season Matsui – we needed you, and most likely still will.

*TRADELINE: BIG DEALS TODAY*

   – *PHILLIES SNATCH HALLADAY*


   Roy Halladay has found a NEW home. In a blockbuster 3-team transaction, the Philadelphia Phillies have made their move to aquire arguably the best starting pitcher in baseball. This trade would will likely send Cliff Lee to the Mariners, and a package of young prospects to the Blue Jays to seal the deal.

    – *LEE TO THE MARINERS?*

   Talk about about making moves… The Mariners signings in 2010 are transforming Seattle’s organization into one of the best competitors in the league. After landing Chone Figgins from the Angels, the Mariners are on the verge of adding Cliff Lee to their bullpen… Lee and King Felix in the same rotation? Ichiro and Figgins in the same lineup?

   – *LACKEY TO THE RED SOX*

   John Lackey has finally found a home as well. The Boston Red Sox are looking to bolster their rotation by bringing Lackey to the east coast, and adding an incredible amount of depth to their starting pitching…

   – *MATSUI TO THE ANGELS?*

   With the Yankees leaving their World Series MVP out to dry, the Los Angelas Angels of Anaheim are now showing interest in stealing the star slugger from their playoff rivals… Wake up Cashman – we’re about to lose one of the best DH’s in the league!

   – *WITH LACKEY AND HALLADAY GONE*

   In my opinion, letting Chien-Ming Wang slip into the free agent pool was an excellent choice. It’s time to move on – but where do the Yankees go from here? With Lackey and Halladay off the market, I’ve had my eyes on the following options for a while:

BEN SHEETS: Although Sheets is returning from an injury related off-season, a healthy Ben Sheets can be as dominant as a heatlhy CC Sabathia…

JASON MARQUIS: Marquis is a starter that’s been on numerous radars for a while now. I think the Yankees should take a stab at Marquis while they can – the price will be far lower then our Halladay hopes, and he would be an excellent fit behind AJ Burnett or Andy Pettitte in the 2010 season…

   – *ROTATION ESTIMATION*

1. CC Sabathia
2. Ben Sheets*
3. Andy Pettitte
4. AJ Burnett
5. Joba Chamberlain

  I’ve thrown AJ in the four slot, because in my opinion – Pettitte performed better then Burnett last year. Plain and simple. As lefties, Sabathia and Pettitte should obviously remain a start apart – and that’s why Ben Sheets or Jason Marquis would be excellent “number twos” for the Yankees in the 2010 season. My opinion.

  

*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

   


*LABOR PAINS*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*  

CC Sabathia (16-7) vs. Matt Garza (7-9)

   – *YANKEES SMOKED AGAIN*

   Where do I begin? Yesterday’s matchup in Toronto was one of those games that kicked off pretty exciting, and ended pretty brutal. With a redeeming win under our belt from the day before, New York actually led this one heading in to the bottem of the 5th… but it stopped right there. That’s when Sergio Mitre fell apart, and the Blue Jays posted 8 runs in the 5th inning alone… When Melancon was finally called upon, Mitre departed with a disappointing 9 earned to call his own. Josh Towers made his debut on the mound, and what a debut it was…

   – *IN YOUR FACE!*

   So what can top David Wright catching a 95mph fastball to the helmet? How about Randy Ruiz catching a Josh Towers bullet to the face. It doesn’t get much worse then this folks. Here’s the conversation Towers’ is expected to have with his grandchildren one day:

GRANDSON: “Grandpa… Who was the first batter you ever pitched to in the majors?”

TOWERS: “I’d rather not talk about it. Go to sleep…”

GRANDSON: “But you pitched for the Yankees! Tell me!”

TOWERS: “Ok you little brat! His name was Randy Ruiz, and I beaned him in the face! Are you happy now? Thanks for pouring salt in my wounds!”

   *It won’t be a pretty sight…

   – *CHASING HISTORY*

   Well, if there’s one positive thing we can take from this 14-8 slaughter – Jeter’s only 3 hits away from Lou Gehrig’s franchise record. Jeter went 3 for 3, and we can almost garentee we’ll witness history in tomarrow’s double header.

SWISHER: 2 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI’s

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 3 1 3 0 1 0 0 .334
  Pena, R, SS-2B 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .276
Damon, LF 5 1 2 0 0 1 3 .289
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 5 .279
  Cervelli, C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .266
Matsui, H, DH 5 1 2 2 0 0 1 .266
Swisher, RF 4 2 2 3 1 1 2 .249
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .318
  a-Hinske, PH-3B 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .251
Hairston, J, 3B-SS 3 1 1 0 2 0 1 .254
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 1 1 3 0 1 2 .276
Molina, J, C-1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .223
Totals 39 8 13 8 4 7 17

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mitre (L, 3-2) 4.1 11 11 9 2 5 0 7.02
Melancon 0.1 1 1 1 2 1 0 3.95
Towers 3.1 3 2 1 0 1 0 2.70

*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


*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