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*CLEAR THE BENCHES!*

   – *WHO’S ON THE HILL?*

Chad Gaudin (5-10) vs. Brian Tallet (7-9)

   – *A BRAWL FOR ALL!*

   Ok, here’s the scoop. Mitre had a miserable day on the mound, allowing 4 homeruns and 7 earned runs before getting the boot. By the 6th, it was already evident that New York was looking at a loss… (Toronto scored in 6 seperate innings, 3 of them multi-runs.) A terrible day indeed, but thank god I didn’t change the channel before it came to an end…

   The story begins with a sloppy pitch from Mark Melancon. Aaron Hill catches a wild throw to the back, and as usual, takes his base without any indication of a serious injury. No big deal. Jorge steps up to the plate when the Yankees are up again, and Jesse Carlson, (called in to relieve Halladay,) intentionally tosses one behind Posada’s back to avenge his fellow Blue Jay. Now things are getting heated! Jorge then proceeds to mouth a couple unpleasant things in Carlson’s direction, and ends up getting walked to put the dispute on hold.

   From here, Brett Gardner smacks a double to right field, which in turn brings Posada home to score a run. On his way to the plate, Carlson decides it would be a good idea to smack Jorge with his glove out of frusteration, and the next thing you know: IT’S ON!

   This one cleared the benches folks, and quite a few people walked off the field with obvious bumps and bruises. Most baseball fights become shoving matches, (see Kevin Youkilis getting thrown to the ground,) and end promptly as teamates get involved to brake things up. Not this time around. Jesse Carlson probably got it the worst, as he could be seen in the dugout after his ejection with a giant knot on his forehead. Joe Girardi, (of all people,) was seen with a cut on his ear and a swollen cheekbone, which was the outcome of a cheap-shot by Edwin Encarnacion. It was nuts, and if you missed it, I feel sorry for you. It’s not everyday that you see a fight in a baseball, and Jorge Posada hasn’t been ejected from a game since 2007! The only drawback is that we’ll certainly lose Posada for a short period of time…

   Yankees lose 10-4… but what a game!

*MVP HONORS*

BRETT GARDNER: 2 for 4, 2 RBI’s

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 2 1 1 0 2 .332
Damon, LF 5 0 1 0 0 1 5 .283
Teixeira, 1B 5 1 2 0 0 1 2 .286
Rodriguez, A, 3B 5 0 1 0 0 1 4 .285
Matsui, H, DH 4 0 2 1 1 1 2 .277
Posada, C 3 2 1 0 1 1 3 .281
  Cervelli, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259
  a-Cabrera, Me, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .280
Cano, 2B 5 0 2 0 0 1 2 .320
Swisher, RF 4 1 2 0 0 1 3 .257
Gardner, CF 4 0 2 2 0 0 2 .276
Totals 40 4 15 4 3 7 26

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mitre (L, 3-3) 5.0 8 7 7 1 2 4 7.63
Ramirez, E 1.1 2 1 1 1 1 0 5.73
Melancon 1.1 1 1 1 1 2 0 3.86
Dunn, M 1.1 2 1 1 0 2 1 6.75


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*WHEN ANGELS PLAY WITH FIRE*

   – *WHO’S ON THE HILL?*



Sergio Mitre (3-2) vs. Roy Halladay (14-9)

   – *DOING A DECENT JOBA*

   Joba Chamberlain provided 4 quality innings in yesterday’s 5-3 victory over the Angels. Is it just me, or was 3 becoming a magic number with this guy? If Chamberlain made an appearance for 7 innings, he’d allow 3 runs. If Chamberlain made an appearance for 3 innings, he’d allow 3 runs. If Chamberlain was having an off-day on the mound, struggling to get out of the first inning alone… (you guessed it)- he’d be plucked by Girardi after allowing 3 runs! It was honestly a relief to see Joba make his exit on a good note, letting up a solo-shot in the second to keep things under control, and give the Yankees a reasonable chance to make a comeback.

   – *THE SWISH*

   Nick Swisher brought his ‘energy’ to the table, nailing a solo-shot in the 3rd inning off of Jered Weaver to tie things up, and calling it a day with 2 runs across the plate. Jeter put it best a while back… “Energy? Is that what you’re calling it?”

   – *BIG TEX*

   My final “shout-out” has to go to Mark Teixeira. “Tex” came out of this one 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s, giving the Yanks some breathing room to back up our relievers. A giant triple in the 5th brought two runners home, and despite pointing out a ‘catcher interference,’ the outstanding hit shifted the lead back to our side…

   – *MO WITH THE WALK?*

   A wise man once told me, “Mariano Rivera once walked a batter, just to see what it feels like.” Mo’s walked a mere 11 batters this season… ELEVEN! In the past 4 years, his grand total tallies up to an astonishing 30 BB’s to date! He never ceases to amaze me…

*MVP HONORS*

MARK TEIXEIRA
3 for 4, 2 RBI’s

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .330
Damon, LF 4 1 0 0 0 1 3 .284
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 3 2 0 0 1 .285
  1-Gardner, PR-CF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .272
Rodriguez, A, 3B 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 .286
Matsui, H, DH 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 .275
Posada, C 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 .280
  2-Guzman, F, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Molina, J, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243
Cano, 2B 4 0 2 1 0 0 2 .319
Swisher, RF-1B 4 2 2 1 0 2 2 .254
Cabrera, Me, CF-RF 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 .280
Totals 29 5 9 4 5 4 15

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chamberlain 4.0 4 1 1 0 2 1 4.39
Aceves, A 2.1 2 1 1 2 2 0 3.72
Coke (H, 19) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.91
Hughes, P (BS, 2)(W, 7-3) 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 3.18
Rivera, Ma (S, 40) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.69


*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

   


*BACK TO BACK DEFEATS*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

CC Sabathia (16-7) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (10-13)

   – *PAINFUL CONSECUTIVE LOSSES…*

   After a disappointing loss on one of the most memorable days in Yankee history, (Derek Jeter claiming sole possesion of the franchise hit record, surpassing the legendary Lou Gehrig,) the misery continued in an additional loss to the Orioles on Saturday. This is exactly what New York needs to steer clear of… We’ve seen the occasional slip-up, but we haven’t witnessed consecutive losses in what seems like forever.

   First of all… 7 runs in two games? C’mon now – we’ve seen the Yanks put up 7 runs in one inning before, let alone a combined 7 runs in consecutive outings against a team that’s 32 games behind first! Where do I begin?

   A.J. Burnett’s been looking more like Joba Chamberlain lately, hitting the mound hard one day, and letting up a mind-boggling 5+ runs the next. He exited this one in the 7th, which sounds like a solid day on the hill – but not before allowing 6 runs in the second inning alone. Luckily, the slugfest stopped right there – but it was still enough to give Baltimore a comfortable lead early on… and more then enough to win a ballgame.

BURNETT: 7IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 4 SO

   Run-support is the cure for the common cold, but it was a miserable day at the plate for New York as well. Through 9 innings, the Yankees combined for a pitiful 7 hits. 7 hits in 33 at bats… Truley a loss that was a “team effort.” None of our players could manage more then a single hit, and considering none of those hits were homers – the runs across the plate just simply weren’t there… A sad sight indeed.

   With Sabathia on the mound tomarrow, I’m expecting us to pull it back together. Jeremy Guthrie is no joke, so we need to bring these bats back to life! The Sox are now 7.5 out of first, and this certainly isn’t the time to start slacking down the stretch. My fingers are crossed… It’s been a while since we’ve had to worry about a series…

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 1 0 0 2 5 .330
Hairston, J, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .255
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 1 1 0 1 1 .281
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .286
Swisher, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .251
Cano, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .315
Duncan, S, DH 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .200
  b-Gardner, PH-DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .269
Cabrera, Me, CF 2 1 1 1 2 0 0 .278
Molina, J, C 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .243
  a-Posada, PH-C 2 0 1 1 0 1 2 .284
Totals 33 3 7 3 2 6 14

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Burnett, A (L, 11-9) 7.0 7 6 6 2 4 2 4.33
Towers 2.0 3 1 1 1 1 0 3.38

   – *WHERE THE HECK WAS I?*

   I have my internet provider to thank for my recent absence. It was great having no connection on the night that Jeter tied Gehrig’s record, and even better to be web-less on the night that his record was broken! (Sarcastic of coarse…) It feels good to be back. So good that I’ve decided to kick off a few new meters of my own:

TEIXEIRA’S RACE TO 4000 AT BATS: 3955

CANO’S RACE TO 400 RUNS: 396

GARDNER’S RACE TO 100 CAREER HITS: 86

   *Just for fun…

*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


*OFF BY A HAIR-STON*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

A.J. Burnett (10-8) vs. David Hernandez (4-6)

   – *PETTITTE NEARLY PERFECT*

   Outside of Nick Swisher having an enormous day at the plate, the focal point of yesterday’s game in Baltimore had to be Andy Pettitte’s tremendous day on the mound. Pettitte carried the New York all the way into the 7th without allowing a single hit! You could smell a perfect game in the Camden Yards air, until suddenly…

   A fluke error from Jerry Hairston at third base extinguished the feat, and before we knew it – Pettitte’s quest for perfection abruptly became the quest for a no-hitter. In the blink of an eye, the history we were eager to witness became nothing more then a ‘solid day on the hill.’ (Not that there’s anything wrong with that,) – but man… that was close!

   Don’t get me wrong: I’m not shaking a stick at Hairston for the mistake, because things of that nature are what make perfect games so rare. You reach a point in games like these where the reality of what’s going on starts to sink in, and accomplishing the historical task becomes just as much of a team effort – as it does for the pitcher. Pettitte found his groove early on, but throwing a perfect game by striking out 27 batters is unheard of. You need your team to keep the fly balls under control, and in this case – the grounders as well.

Pettitte: 8.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 8 K’s

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 1 0 1 0 3 .334
Damon, LF 5 1 1 1 0 1 3 .289
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 0 1 0 2 .283
Matsui, H, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .265
Posada, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .278
Cano, 2B 4 1 2 2 0 0 1 .316
Swisher, RF 4 1 3 2 0 0 1 .248
Hairston, J, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .259
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 4 .270
Totals 36 5 10 5 2 4 21

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pettitte (W, 12-6) 8.0 2 1 1 0 8 1 4.03
Bruney 0.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 4.30
Rivera, Ma (S, 37) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.81