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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


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*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…