Game 22: Yankees vs. Angels at the Stadium

Lineup via Peter Abraham

Yankees

SS Derek Je-tuh

LF Johhny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

DH Hideki Matsui

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

RF Nick Swisher

CF Melky Cabrera

3B Ramiro Pena

And of course, on the mound, Allan James Burnett

Girardi is going with the same lineup again. Well, it worked before so why not. The Yankees will be up against Anthony Ortega who will be making his second major league start. In his first start on the 25th against Seattle he was not so good. He gave up four runs in five innings.

Also Bobby Abreu will be making his return to the Bronx. I heard the walls are harder in the new stadium compared to the old, maybe Bobby won’t play the field in this series. Anyway, he deserves a loud cheer.

Don't worry Bobby, it won't bite.

Don’t worry Bobby, it won’t bite.

ARod Update

ARod played in his first game today (an intersquad game). He went 1-6 with an unclutch home run and two walks. He should be back soon.

Update 8:10
3-2 Angels, bottom of the 4th. The Yankees scored in the first by a Matsui single to score Teixeira who doubled earlier in the inning. Then in the third, Damon hit a solo home run. Burnett looks a little off tonight, not horrible though.

8:29
1st and 3rd for the Yanks. Jeter singles to right, two runs score, one was on an Abreu error. 4-3 Yanks!

Update
Yankees win by a score of 7-4.

Game 21: Yankees win 8-6 over the Tigers

Well, the bullpen sure made that more interesting than necessary. However, the Yankees were able to hold on to the lead and win the ball game by the score of 8-6. Joba pitched a great 7 innings, he gave up 1 run on 3 hits, and he had 6 strikeouts. Albaladejo came in in the 9th and allowed 2 runs (to this point), he was only able to record 2 outs so Mariano came in for the last out, but first he gave up a three run home run (two runners were courtesy of Albie, so he actually allowed 4 earned runs).Then Rivera got the last out, to end the game. Here is the box score from Yahoo Sports:

 

Scoring Summary
Bot 3rd: Detroit
- P. Polanco hit sacrifice fly to center, B. Inge scored
 
Top 4th: NY Yankees
- N. Swisher homered to deep left, J. Posada and H. Matsui scored
- J. Damon doubled to deep right, M. Cabrera scored, D. Jeter to third
- H. Matsui doubled to deep left, J. Damon, D. Jeter and M. Teixeira scored, H. Matsui to third advancing on throw
 
Top 5th: NY Yankees
- N. Swisher homered to deep left
 
Bot 9th: Detroit
- G. Laird hit sacrifice fly to deep center, M. Cabrera scored, C. Guillen to third
- B. Inge ground rule double to deep left, C. Guillen scored
- C. Granderson homered to deep right, R. Santiago and B. Inge scored
 
 NY Yankees
  AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg 
D. Jeter ss 5 1 0 0 0 1 2 .278  
    A. Berroa 3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250  
J. Damon lf 4 1 2 1 1 1 0 .297  
    B. Gardner cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .220  
M. Teixeira 1b 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 .197  
H. Matsui dh 2 1 1 3 3 0 0 .295  
R. Cano 2b 5 0 1 0 0 0 7 .371  
J. Posada c 4 1 1 0 1 0 1 .277  
N. Swisher rf 5 2 2 4 0 0 2 .307  
M. Cabrera cf-lf 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 .311  
R. Pena 3b-ss 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .227  
 Totals 36 8 9 8 8 2 15  
 
 Batting
2B – J Damon (2, R Porcello); H Matsui (5, C Rapada).
 
HR – N Swisher 2 (7, 4th inning off R Porcello 2 on, 1 Out, 5th inning off C Rapada 0 on, 1 Out).
 
RBI – N Swisher 4 (19), J Damon (9), H Matsui 3 (8).
 
2-out RBI – J Damon, H Matsui 3.
 
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – R Cano 4.
 
Team LOB – 9.
 Fielding
DP – 1 (J Posada-R Cano).

 

 

 NY Yankees
  IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA 
J. Chamberlain (W, 1-0) 7.0 3 1 1 3 6 0 3.13  
P. Coke 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.15  
J. Albaladejo 0.2 3 4 4 1 1 0 8.18  
M. Rivera 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 1 3.12  
 

 

 Burnett goes tommorow against Anthony Ortega of the Angels to open up a series at home.

AJ Burnett

Game 21: Yankees at Tigers

Lineup via Peter Abraham:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

DH Hideki Matsui

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

RF Nick Swisher

CF Melky Cabrera

3B Ramiro Pena

And on the mound, Joba Chamberlain

Posada is back behind the plate after two days off with a sore hamstring. Melky and Ramiro both get starts for the 3rd night in a row. Hopefully, Joba can have a better start than his previous starts this year which have not been too great.

(Left to right) Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, Shelley Duncan, and Phil Hughes

(Left to right) Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, Shelley Duncan, and Phil Hughes

ARod update

According to the Yankees official site, ARod could rejoin the team in 10 days.

Update 9:54
8-1 Yankees. Joba went 7. Hopefully the Yankees can put this game away, it’s the bottom of the 9th.

Yankee Stadium Memorial At Heritage Park

Over at www.savetheyankeegate2.com you can check out a great plan to preserve part of the old Yankee Stadium. The plan involves saving gate 2, and using it as an entrance to the proposed park that is supposed to be built of the site of Yankee Stadium. You can check out the full details at the site.

Gate 2

Do we bring back the “toad”?

Do you remember a guy by the name of Hideki Irabu? Yeah, that’s right, he used to pitch for the Yankees. Well, now he is trying to make a comeback, according to Anthony McCarron of the Daily News.

 

Hideki Irabu has restarted his pitching career, signing a contract with the Long Beach Armada of theGolden Baseball League, an independent league out West whose alumni include Jose Canseco and Rickey Henderson. The former target of George Steinbrenner’s wrath has not pitched in the majors since 2002, but is hoping to pitch his way into a comeback either in the big leagues or his native Japan. With the state of pitching in the majors, who knows?

“He’s 39 and the window is probably closing on him to play at the highest levels, so he’s making a real serious attempt to get into the best baseball shape possible and show what he could do,” said GBL commissioner Kevin Outcalt. “Our league is scouted a lot and we’ve moved a lot of players. If Irabu does well, it’ll be well-known and he’ll get an opportunity.

“We hope he comes in and lights it up.”

 

Hideki Irabu

A wise man says you can never have enough pitching. So why not bring back the “toad?” Well, the aforementioned wise man would probably say that bringing back Hideki Irabu would be extremely stupid. I would strongly agree with this wise man.

Obviously, I would not even consider bringing the “toad” back. I just saw the Daily News article and thought I could make a joke out of it.

Game 20: Yankees at Comerica Park

Lineup via Peter Abraham

Yankees

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

DH Hideki Matsui

2B Robinson Cano

RF Nick Swisher

CF Melky Cabrera

C Jose Molina

3B Ramiro “the glove” Pena

And on the mound making his 2009 MLB debut, Phil Hughes

Johnny Damon is still toughing it out battling a sore everything. According to Pete Abe, Jorge Posada has a sore hamstring therefore he is not playing. I guess that explains why he did not run out that double play last night. Melky is starting in center again, I guess Girardi feels he might get something more out of him than Gardner, in my opinion they are both poor options (even though I love Melky), but I think the Yankees should wait to see how the lineup fares with them once ARod is back, before they make any changes. Ramiro Pena is starting at third again, he deserves it after last night, and don’t think Berroa should ever see playing time with the Yankees as long as Pena is an option. Make sure you don’t miss my previous posts on the Yankees cutting their ticket prices, and ARod sliding for the first time.

Ramiro Pena

Update 8:20
Going into the bottom of the 4th, it’s 0-0. Both Hughes and Edwin pitching well.

ARod slides for the first time

According to SI, Alex Rodriguez slide for the first time today.

Alex Rodriguez participated in a sliding drill for the first time and got 15 at-bats Tuesday during his initial simulated game since undergoing right hip surgery last month.

The New York Yankees third baseman slid five times on a sliding mat, a key step in his rehab program. He also faced rehabbing pitchers Sergio Mitre (elbow) and Paul Patterson (shoulder) in the simulated game.

“A good day. It felt good,” Rodriguez said. “Good to be out there.”

This is great news. The sooner the Yankees get ARod back the better, but they can not rush him. The lineup could really benefit from him, especially Teixeira.

Update

According to Jon Heyman, ARod’s return has been pushed up a week from May 15. However, the  Yankees are not confirming it. I don’t see how this is news, we have figured this for weeks now.

The Yankees cut ticket prices

Here is Hal Steinbrenner’s statement via the YES Blog,

“A few weeks ago I indicated that in light of the economy we would review the pricing of a small number of our premium locations at Yankee Stadium; specifically, our Suite Seats. I mentioned a small number of locations because in excess of 3.4 million seats, including 37,000 full season equivalents as well as approximately 85% of all our premium locations have already been sold. Yet, there are a few hundred Suite Seats in our premium locations that have not been sold on a full season basis.

As a result, and for many of our fans who have already purchased full season Suite Seats in such premium locations, the Yankees are announcing today a program that adjusts certain prices and benefits affecting such Suite Seats.”

This must have been a tough move for the Yankees but it was the right move to make. Let’s hope that the stadium will look full from now on because it just did not look right with all those empty seats.

Empty Seats

Here are the full details of the plan.

Game 19: Yankees at Tigers

Yankees lineup via Peter Abraham:

SS Derek Jee-tah

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

DH Hit-Deki Matsui

2B Robinson Cano

RF Nick “the not so quick” Swisher

CF Melky “Leche” Cabrera

C Jose Molina

3B Ramiro Pena

And on the mound for the Yankees, Carsten Charles Sabathia

CC Sabathia

I guess Johnny is feeling better since that collision with the green monster. I see Jose is playing today, although I would rather him catch Hughes tomorrow. And finally, Pena is starting a third, yay!

Update 7:45
1-0 Tigers on a double + a single. Going into the bottom of the third. Verlander keeps throwing first pitch strikes, so how do the Yankees solve that? Oh yeah, swing at then until Verlander stops.

Update 9:30

Yankees lose 4-2. It looked like they could make a comeback in the 9th inning, but Jorge’s double play kind of killed it. Overall, CC pitched well but Verlander pitched better. At least it was a short game. Here is the box score.

Phil Hughes makes his MLB 2009 debut tomorow night against Edwin Jackson. You can catch the game on YES.

Enter Melancon

Last night Mark Melancon made his major league debut. For some, it was overshadowed by the Yankees loss to the Red Sox. However, last night was an important night for the New York Yankees. Even though they lost, they got to see their possible heir to Mariano Rivera, pitch against the Red Sox in a heated game. Melancon pitched two innings last night. In his first inning he retired the side out in order. In his second inning of work he loaded the bases with nobody out on a single, a walk, and a hit batter. After that, he proceeded to get a force play at home, a strikeout, and then  a groundout, without allowing a run to score.

Now, I know the best case scenario would have been for him not to load the bases. However, it is pretty impressive that he was able to pitch out of such a jam. We, as Yankee fans, can only hope that he continues to mature and develop into the future closer the Yankees view him as.

Mark Melancon

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