Taking the rubber game

Late yesterday afternoon, Robinson Cano hit a walk off single in the 11th to finish off a series with the Blue Jays, and to finish off the series win.

Walking Wounded

Yesterday’s game was a really tough game in which a few Yankee players got knocked up pretty bad. Jeter was hit by a pitch on his foot, and he would later leave the game, but X-Rays were negative. Jorge Posada took the luxury of trying to block 4 wild pitches, being crossed up on a fastball (he thought it was a curveball), and having a ball fouled off his bare hand. Alex Rodriguez also is part of the Walking Wounded club, he got hit by a pitch on his elbow but the ball missed his elbow pad and hit him flush. He would stay in the game, but that was only because the Yankees had no bench players left. Fortuantly, X-Rays were negative on A-Rod’s elbow.

First Impression

Chad Guadin made his Yankee debut yesterday, and it was a good one. He went 2 scoreless innings, and picked up the win. It looks like the Yankees plan to have Gaudin start on Sunday, and push Joba back a few days.

Game 83: Yankees at Twins

Yesterday the Yankees were unable to pull of a sweep of the Blue Jays, dropping the final game of the series by the score of 7-6. The game was very interesting, and the Yankees probably could have won if some blatant mistakes weren’t made by the umps. I’ll have more on that below. Anyway, tonight the Bombers take on the Twins in Minnesota – unless the Yankees play the Twins in the playoffs this will be the last time the Yankees play in the Metrodome because the Twins are moving into their new ballpark next year. The last time the Yanks met the Twins was in the Bronx, if you recall that was the series in which the Yankees had all those walk off wins. I’m sure Ron Gardehire is happy to be playing the Yankees at his team’s home this time. The Yankees will send the following lineup out via PeteAbe to face Scott Baker:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Nick Swisher

2B Robinson Cano

CF Brett Gardner – I prefer Melky, especially when Cervelli is catching because the lineup is already weakened

C Francisco Cervelli

And on the mound, Carsten Charles Sabathia

Aceves to start on Thursday

According to PeteAbe, Alfredo Aceves was told he will be starting in Wang’s place on Thursday. Once he starts on Thursday, he won’t be needed again until well after the All Star Break, because the Yankees can strategically skip him on certain off days. While many of us would have liked to see Hughes start, Aceves is more stretched out after throwing 4 innings on Sunday. If he can keep his pitch count down on Thursday, maybe Aceves could go 6 innings.

Halladay rumors

All throughout the day there have been rumors that Jays are looking to trade Roy Halladay. While Bule Jay’s GM said that he is not actively shopping Halladay, he told Buster Olney, “We’re going to see what’s out there.” According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees and Phillies are the early favorites, followed by the Angels. I personally just don’t see the Yankees trading for Halladay, even though he is arguably the best pitcher in the majors. The starting point for this trade if the Yankees were to make it would be Phil Hughes and Jesus Montero, and more (Austin Jackson…). I don’t think Brian Cashman would give away so much potential for one pitcher, no matter how good he is. I wouldn’t make that trade either. Well, we just have to wait and see.

“Marty Foster’s got some explaining to do”

Yesterday’s third base umpire, Marty Foster, seriously screwed up yesterday when he called Jeter out at third, telling Jeter that he did not have to be tagged. Here’s what Jeter said after the game:

“I was told I was out because the ball beat me, and he didn’t have to tag me. I was unaware they had changed the rules.”

While attempting to steal third with no outs didn’t seem like the smartest baseball move, what Foster said was even dumber. After the game Foster asked the crew chief, John Hirschbeck, if he could address the media for him (pretty cowardly of Foster). Hirschbeck had this to say about Jeter’s claim about what Foster said:

“It would make his actions seem appropriate if that’s what he was told. The best way I can answer it is to talk to Marty about it. Not here at the ballpark, but if I see him tonight, or if not, we’ll have lunch tomorrow and we’ll discuss it. Getting a play right is one thing, but how you handle it is also important. Nowadays, with the cameras, ESPN and the reporters, I say the media, I actually mean television — it used to be if the ball beat you, you were out, but it isn’t that way anymore. It’s not a reason to call someone out. You have to make a good tag.”

I don’t expect much more to come from this, Major League baseball will probably just have a private talk with Marty Foster that no one will ever hear of, and that’s that. But, there’s no denying that Foster really screwed up.

“Bye, Bye, Berroa”

According to PeteAbe, Angel Berroa was released today. I don’t this too many Yankee fans will miss him. Hey, but the Mets could use him.

“Remember that guy?”

Do you remember when the Yankees signed this guy named Kei Igawa out of Japan, in a move that looked like a counter attack to Boston signing Dice-K? Well, Mr. Igawa recently tied Evan Thomas for the most wins in Scranton franchise history at 26. Now this signing is becoming a real joke, I wonder if we will ever see him in the Majors again (he’s on contract for 2 more years). Here’s what Kei had to say via PeteAbe who got the story from Chad Jennings:

As long as there is a record that I have chance of setting, it’s something the process to get through. It’s a stepping stone, not a final goal of mine.”

Game 82: Blue Jays at Yankees

As the Yankees look for the sweep of this 4 game series against the Jays, they send out the following lineup via PeteAbe to face the rookie Ricky Romero:

SS Derek Jeter

1B Nick Swisher

DH Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

C Jorge Posada

2B Robinson Cano

LF Melky Cabrera

RF Eric Hinske – making his first appearance as a Yankee

Brett Gardner

And on the mound, Andy Pettitte


“Sorry, but you’re still a bad hitter”

Since going 5-6 against the Mets, Brett Gardner is 0-14. Those 5 hits were the worst thing that could happen to him, now he thinks he is a hitter. He needs to be bunting every time he gets up. He can’t consistently get on base without bunting. It makes no sense to me that he goes to the plate with the intention of driving the ball, he just can’t do it.

‘Further exploring the options for the 5th starter”

Check out my previous post about who should take Chien-Ming Wang’s spot in the rotation. In it I had an unorthodox plan to put Hughes into the rotation, and another idea that I won’t spoil right now. While the Yankees have not announced who will start on Thursday, they have announced that it won’t be Hughes, but that doesn’t mean Hughes won’t take the spot after the All Star Break.

Congratulations Mark, Derek, and Mariano!

If you haven’t heard the news, Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter are starting the All Star game at first and short, respectively. And the great Mariano Rivera also made the team. Oh, and Teixeira will not be participating in the home run derby, that’s a relief.

What’s up with Joba?

Mike Axisa over at River Ave Blues, suggests that Joba was rushed to the big leagues, and did not get to mature mentally as a result of that. He brings up the possibility of sending Joba to AAA to develop further instead of pitch in the spotlight. While I agree that Joba is a bit immature, I’m not sure now is the right time to send him down, maybe if the rotation wasn’t already missing it’s 5th starter I’d do it, but I’m not so sure right now. Anyway, go check out the full post by Mike Axisa, it’s very interesting.

Game 81: Yankees 10, Blue Jays 8

The Mexican Gangster was amazing for the Yankees today.

The Mexican Gangster was amazing for the Yankees today.

I’m not going to have a long recap this time. The story of the game was Alfredo Aceves, but I’ll get to him a little later. As you know, Joba Chamberlain started this game, and through 2 innings he didn’t look that bad, although he was getting into deep counts. The third inning was a different story, he gave up 3 runs. Then things got even worse in the 4th, Joba gave up 5 runs and could not get out of the inning, making way for Jonathan Albaladejo who was recalled earlier today. Albaladejo went a scoreless 1.1 innings. Enter Alfredo Aceves. When Aceves came in the 6th, most people didn’t think he was going to finish off the game. But he proved them wrong, throwing shutout ball for 4 innings, and picking up the save as the Yankees won 10-8.

On the offensive side, the big hit was a 2 run home run by Derek Jeter which came at a time when the Yankees were down 8-7. Hideki Matsui also helped the offense, picking off 4 RBI’s, three coming off a homer. Jorge Posada had three RBI’s one day after his big walk-off hit.

Game 73: Yankees at Mets

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The Yankees look to take over the Mets' new cavernous home, Citi Field

The Yankees look to take over the Mets' new cavernous home, Citi Field

Round 2 of the 2009 Subway Series begins tonight as the Yankees and CC Sabathia take on the Mets and Mike Pelfrey. The Yankees took round 1 of the Subway Series taking 2 out of 3 from the Mets, but the Yankees really only earned one win in that series with the other win coming as a result of a dropped pop up by Luis Castillo, and I thank him for that. This time around the Yankees hope to earn their wins against the cross town rivals. The pitching matchups look pretty good for the Yankees during this series with CC vs Pelfrey tonight, A.J. vs Redding tomorrow, and Wang vs. Livan on Sunday. Okay maybe the Sunday doesn’t favor the Yankees tremendously but I feel confident with Wang. Anyway, let’s just worry about tonight as the Yankees send out the following lineup via PeteAbe to face Mike Pelfrey and the Mets:

SS Derek Sanderson Jeter CF Brett M. Gardner

LF Johnny David Damon

1B Mark Charles Teixeira

3B Alex Emmanuel Rodriguez

2B Robinson Jose Cano

RF Melky Astacio Cabrera

CF Brett M. Gardner C Francisco Cervelli

C Francisco Cervelli SS Derek Jeter

LHP Carsten Charles Sabathia

The bottom of that lineup looks a little weak with both Swisher and Posada not playing, no big deal though.

Nady suffers a setback

Xavier Nady was playing for Scranton last night and he left the game in the 5th inning after making a throw from right field. At the moment the Yankees haven’t said much about it but it doesn’t look good to me. “We don’t know what he did yet but it could be the worst-case scenario,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “He felt something and that is what we were concerned about.” “I want to talk to X and see how he feels,” Cashman said. “But it didn’t sound good.” According to PeteAbe Nady is heading to California to see Dr. Yocum. It doesn’t sound good but let’s just hope for the best because not getting Nady back for the rest of the year would really hurt.

Happy Birthday Derek!

Derek Jeter turns 35 today, man he is getting old, but he is still productive and is having a surprisingly decent maybe even good year defensively.

Andy Phillips signs with Japan

Do you remember Andy Phillips? He played for t.ps said on the team’s official Web site. “I’ll do every thing I can to help the team win a championship.” Good for him and I wish him the best of luck, Japan has to be better than AAA and now he has a chance to really prove himself and have fun on a competitive team.

Update 6:30

Jeter scratched because he is feeling under the weather. Same illness that Melky and Hideki have/had. I made the corresponding changes to the lineup above. By the way it’s raining in New York again. It looks like we could be in for a long delay. I feel like we live in Seatle.

Update 6:55
Xavier Nady is done for the season. He needs Tommy John surgery. This is really dissapointing but I can’t say I didn’t see this coming. I have yet to really digest the news, right nowim just really dissapointed and even sad. I really like Nady but it looks like his Yankee days are over, he is a free agent after the season and I doubt the Yankees would want to resign him considering his 2010 is partly is doubt since TJ surgery recovering takes about a year. I’m really disappointed.

Update 7:30

First pitch scheduled for 8:00.

Game 71: Yankees 8, Braves 4

Tonight the Yankees defeated the Braves by the score of 8 to 4. While it may look like an ordinary win, it was not quite. Through 5 innings the Yankees did not have a single base runner, and it looked like another night of losing to Cy Young. However, the story changed in the 6th inning. Brett Gardner led off the inning with a walk (the Yankees first base runner), then he got called out on a pick off on first. Joe Girardi immediately came out to argue. Gardner was clearly safe as seen on the replays, but from Girardi’s view he probably couldn’t really tell. Still, Girardi gave the first base umpire his money’s worth and was ejected. Seeing the manager ejected always seems to get a team fired up. Anyway, the next batter was Francisco Cervelli who hit a solo home run to tie the game at one (his first career home run). From there on almost everything went the Yankee’s way. They went on to score two more runs in the 6th, one in the 7th, two in the 8th, and then 2 in the 9th.

Girardi Argue

On the pitching side things also went well for the Yanks. Joba Chamberlain went 6.1 innings allowing 3 runs, 2 earned. Phil Coke came in to finish the 7th after Joba got in a bit of trouble. Then Bruney came into the 8th inning and right from the get go he didn’t look right, to me his fastball wasn’t there. Bruney allowed a run and could not finish the 8th after getting 2 outs. Enter sandman who stroke out the first batter he faced to end the 8th. Mo actually batted in the top of the ninth, he came up with the bases loaded and two outs and he actually hit a hard liner to center. In the bottom of the 9th Mo was smoking. He faced three batters, and struck out all three. So for the night Mo faced a total of 4 batters and stuck them all out. Vintage Mariano. So the Yankees won the game 8 to 4.

Side Notes

  • The Yankees held a closed door meeting after last night’s game. Supposedly it was basically a pep talk. Jeter and Teixeira were the two guys to step up and talk during the meeting.
  • Brian Cashman unexpectedly was in Atlanta tonight. He also had a little closed door meeting in Girardi’s office with Nick Swisher and Girardi himself. The original lineup posted tonight had Swisher on the bench and Melky in right field. After that little meeting with Cashman, Swisher was in the lineup and Melky was on the bench. The Yankees did not really comment on the situation, so we’re just left to speculate. All I could think off would be that Cashman and Girardi wanted to let Swisher know what the situation would be once Xavier Nady returns (which should be soon, he actually played right field tonight for Scranton). Maybe they told Swisher that he would become a bench player once Nady comes back. I really don’t know, but I would think there was more to Brian Cashman being with the Yankees on the road than just to tell Swisher something. But you know the Yankees, they are quite secretive.
  • Cody Ransom is back with the team, Angel Berroa was DFA’d.
  • Jose Veras was traded to the Indians for “cash considerations.”

Game 66: Nationals at Yankees

Today’s game was scheduled to start at 1:05, but it did not. Supposedly first pitch is supposed to be at 4:05. Let’s hope so. Here is the Yankees starting lineup via PeteAbe that they would like to send out to the field today:

CF Brett Gardner

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

RF Nick Swisher

DH Hideki Matsui

C Francisco Cervelli

SS Ramiro Pena

And on the mound, Joba Chamberlain

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Chien-Ming Wang to get another start

Chien-Ming was rewarded with another start for his good performance last night. He allowed 3 runs in 5 innings, but if you really think about it if it wasn’t for two mistakes (which were not his), he would have only given up 1 run. In the 5th inning, Chien-Ming had to get 5 outs. Posada had a National runner out at second but Ramiro Pena couldn’t hold onto the ball. In that same inning, Alex Rodriguez made a nice to play to throw Guzman out a first but the ump called him safe. If it wasn’t for that Wang probably would have only given up 1 run. I think we have the old Wang back, and we are close to seeing some nice 7 to 8 inning outings. He will pitch this Tuesday against the Marlins. Here is a picture of Guzman being called safe when he was clearly out.

Guzman was outJeter still out

Jeter is still out of the lineup with a stiff left ankle. It would make no sense to play him today anyway, considering how wet the field probably is.

Game 65: Nationals at Yankees

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Tonight, Chien-Ming Wang looks to prove to the Yankees he can still pitch. The Yankees beleive in him, and so do the fans, but the Yankees can’t afford to throw Wang out there every five days if he continues to lose. That is why Wang needs to show results tonight, and he knows it. His stuff is there, it is just a matter of putting it all together. I have faith that he can do that tonight against the Nats, who looked awful last night except for the starting pitcher Shairon Martis (who for some reason was taken out of the game to early, fire Manny Acta, haha). Anyway, Wang could have luck on his side today. Yesterday his wife gave birth to their first child, Justin Jesse Wang. In Taiwanese culture babies bring good luck to the parents, let’s hope so. As Wang trots out to the mound in the top of the 1st inning, the following lineup via PeteAbe will walk up to the plate for the Yanks in the bottom of the 1st:

LF Johnny Damon

RF Nick Swisher

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

DH Hideki Matsui

CF Melky Cabrera

SS Ramiro Pena

And on the mound, the aforementioned Chien-Ming Wang

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Jeter not in the lineup tonight

Derek Jeter is not playing tonight with “left ankle stiffness.” He had a MRI, which came back negative. So far he is day to day.

Kyle always getting into trouble…

whether he’s on the mound on breaking up fights with dogs. Yes, breaking up fights with dogs. Kyle had to get stitches on his left hand because one of his dog’s bit him when he tried to break up a fight. Always getting into trouble.

Game 34: Yanks at the Rogers Centre

First let me start off with the starting lineup

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Nick Swisher

2B Robinson Cano

CF Brett Gardner

C Francisco Cervelli

And on the mound, Carsten Charles Sabathia

Jeet is back

Derek Jeter rejoins the starting lineup tonight. He missed the last two games with a sore oblique.

No Melk today

Melky is not in the starting lineup tonight, he has been hitting very well of late, but I guess Girardi wanted him to have a day off.

Burn Damon Burn

Johnny Damon has been on fire lately! In the last nine games he is batting .477 with 16 RBI’s. In addition, over that span of nine games he has hit 16 extra base hits (5 of them homers), with a least one each game. He is making a strong case to be resigned. However, it is early and the Yankees look like they are leaning against it.

A Teixeira spotting?

Reportedly, Mark Teixeira was spotted at the Yankee game last night going 2-4. We will see if he shows up to the rest of the Yankee games this year. In the beginning of the year, a man with similar looks to Teixeira played for the Yankees and batted to a sub-.200 average.

Pick on someone your own size

Yesterday Brett Gardner hit a 2 run home run, the first homer of his career. When Brett got back to his locker after the game he saw a baseball lying there and it read,  “First career home run, solo shot of Sam Richman for Brett Gardner. 05-14-09.” The problem was that Gardner actually hit a two run home run, off of Scott Richmond, on 05-13-09. After seeing the ball, Gardner said, ” I hope that’s not really the ball.” Fortuanetly for Brett, it was not the ball. The real ball with the real information was given to Gardner later on.

Vote Swisher

Don’t forget to vote for Nick Swisher for the 2009 All Star Game. I know he is not doing well lately, but vote for him anyway. Make the guys over at VOTESWISHER.COM happy. Click here to vote (you have to write-in Nick Swisher).

Brett and Johnny

I am still without my computer (I am currently using a friend’s computer). I should recieve a new computer on or around Monday, and once I do posts will appear regulary again.