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A Father’s Day Wish…a Yankees win, that’s all!…

 

The roller coaster continues…

 

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Meanwhile, the Yankees have fallen 3 games back of the AL East Leaders, Boston Red Sox.  The Yankees fell to the Florida Marlins, 2-1, while the Boston Red Sox, behind Josh Beckett, beat the Atlanta Braves, 3-0.  The Braves’ Derek Lowe, like the Yankees’ A.J. Burnett, pitched well against their respective former teams…just not as good as the other team’s guy.  In the Yankees’ case, it was a solid performance by Josh Johnson that undid the Yankees.  Johnson went seven innings and gave up only 3 hits, the lone Yankee run, and 5 strikeouts. He showed why he has been one of the best pitchers in the National League this year.

 

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The Yankees had their chances but couldn’t come up with the key hits to pull out a victory.  Derek Jeter killed a potential rally in the 8th inning, failing to advance the runners and hitting into a double play grounder.  Johnny Damon followed Jeter and struck out, leaving Brett Gardner stranded at third with what would have been the tying run.  The Yankees hit into three double plays in total, including a game ending DP on a grounder by Robinson Cano after Mark Teixeira had singled in the 9th.  Jeter had also hit into an inning ending DP earlier during the 3rd inning, after A.J. Burnett had singled.

 


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In a situation that will likely be remembered at the end of the season when Johnny Damon becomes a free agent, Damon committed a brutal error in the 6th inning that allowed the Marlins to score their 2nd run.  He had his sights on a line drive hit by Jorge Cantu, but his glove missed the ball.  It almost looked like me playing softball!

 

 

 

Gary Dwight Miller/The Patriot News (Note: that’s not me, but it could be!)

 

The positives were great defensive play by catcher Jorge Posada, solid bullpen relief from the “Phil” duo (Coke and Hughes), and, of course, A.J. Burnett’s fine pitching.

 

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The crowd, 46,427, was the third largest in stadium history for Land Shark Stadium.  But seriously, I can’t say the name of that stadium without laughing…

 

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In Sunday’s game, the Yankees’ CC Sabathia (6-4) faces the Marlins’ Chris Volstad (4-7).  Hopefully, the Yanks will get back on track.  In Boston, the Braves will have Jair Jurrjens (5-5) on the mound versus Tim Wakefield (9-3).  The Yankees need to focus on keeping Boston’s lead to three games and perhaps pick up a game in the unlikely event that Wake loses on his home turf.

 

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Jonathan Papelbon refuted reports that he’d be willing to sign with the Yankees after his contract with Boston expires in 2011.  I think the quote was “I don’t want to go play for the (expletive) Yankees!”.   Two immediate thoughts…1) What else is he going to say after the earlier comments received so much attention, and 2) There are some Red Sox players that I’d never want on my team and the list is headlined by Papelbon.  But Julia, it doesn’t include Jason Bay!  πŸ˜‰

 

 

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In the Battle of the Weavers, former Yankee Jeff Weaver outpitched his little brother, Jered, as the Dodgers defeated the Angels, 6-4.  I was frustrated during Jeff’s time in New York, but he has always been someone that I’d like to see succeed.  He did well in St. Louis a few years back, and has re-surfaced on Joe Torre’s staff.  He’ll never reach the lofty heights that were predicted for him earlier in his career, but he is someone that I won’t root against.

 

Jeff and Jered Weaver

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The Weaver boys’ parents, Gail and Dave, had the right approach in attire while attending the match-up of their two sons…

 

Gail and Dave Weaver

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The Yankees will apparently sign top international catching prospect, 16-year-old Gary Sanchez of the Dominican Republic when he becomes eligible to sign on July 2nd.   One NL scout indicated that he is a big kid (6’2″, 210 pounds) with a big arm.  But the scout also mentioned that he doesn’t hit like Yankees catching prospect Jesus Montero, 19.  Of course, there has been much talk that Montero will be moved to a different position by the time he makes it to the majors because of his physical size.  Regardless, if the signing of Sanchez is true, the Yankees are in good shape when Jorge Posada decides to hang up the cleats.

For as well as Pedro Martinez pitched during the World Baseball Classic, teams seem to be stumbling over themselves trying to run away from him after watching him pitch in the Dominican Republic.  Even if he had pitched well, he’s not someone I’d want on my team (see earlier comment about Jonathon Papelbon), but it is starting to sound like Pedro’s career may be over unless some team decides to give him a token offer.  Time to wait for the Hall of Fame to call…

 

 

Per Peter Gammons of ESPN, Takaski Saito has emerged as the Red Sox pitcher most likely to be traded.  Dice-K’s struggles, even with John Smoltz on hand, have made it unlikely that the team will part with Brad Penny.  Gammons mentioned that the Red Sox had discussed a potential swap of Saito to the Texas Rangers for Hank Blalock, but decided that they needed to give David Ortiz more time to turn it around.  I am convinced that the Red Sox will be a stronger team on July 31st than they are today, and they are obviously pretty good right now.

 


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In my opinion, the Yankees cannot simply stand pat and hope that a lift is realized through the respective returns from injury by Xavier Nady, Jose Molina and Damaso Marte.  I still like Cleveland’s Mark DeRosa, and feel he would be an ideal player to fill the infield utility role and allow Alex Rodriguez to take more days off.  The bullpen is starting to come around, but they could still use a quality arm, like Arizona’s Chad Qualls, to take Brett Tomko’s place.

 

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Happy Father’s Day to all fathers on this great day!  For a Father’s Day gift, I’m easy…I’ll take a Yankees win combined with a Red Sox loss!  I know, I said at the top that a Yankees win would be sufficient.  But c’mon, a Red Sox loss would be a great dessert!  J

 

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Enjoy your day!

 

–Scott

 

Why Can’t the Yankees Beat Boston?…

 

The Boston Red Sox clearly have the psychological advantage over the New York Yankees…

 

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As Yogi Berra once said, “Baseball is 95% mental.  The other half is physical”.

 

 

With last night’s 6-5 loss, the Yankees are now 0-7 in the season series with the Red Sox (0-8 if you go back to last season).  Alex Rodriguez can relate, given that he is 0-for-7 in the latest series.

 

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Chien-Ming Wang looks completely lost.  It is becoming very painful to watch his struggles in meaningful games.  What’s the answer?  Back to the bullpen?  An extended summer vacation in Taiwan with plans to return for spring training in 2010?  I don’t know, but the Yankees simply cannot afford to leave him in the starting rotation.  It’s a very disappointing situation, and remain hopeful that Wang will return to the pitcher that he once was…

 

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I felt that the Yankees could have won last night’s game.  The back-to-back home runs by Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira against Ramon Ramirez seemed to give the team new life, but they were unable able to capitalize. 

 


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The game saw both good and bad from Nick Swisher.  Poor base running in the second inning allowed Nick Swisher to be doubled off first base, which possibly prevented the Yankees from adding another run after Jorge Posada’s homer.  He also misplayed a fly ball in the bottom of the inning that appeared he had a great jump on, allowing the Red Sox to score a run.  He did make a spectacular diving catch in the seventh inning to take away a hit from Mike Lowell.

 

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Congratulations to Julia, of Julia’s Rants, for yet another victory in our lopsided 2009 wagers that seem to be all-Julia.  I am now 0-for-3 on the season.  I guess there’s a Jason Bay in my future after all…unfortunately.

 

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If the Yankees expect to contend for the AL East Championship, they need to figure out how to beat Boston.  A strong pitching performance today by CC Sabathia would be a great start in the right direction.  Feel free to mix in a timely hit or two from Alex Rodriguez…

 

 

In the MLB Draft, the Yankees selected first baseman Luke Murton.  Murton’s brother, Matt, is an outfielder for the Colorado Rockies, but was originally drafted by the Red Sox.  Nothing like bringing the rivalry into the family…

 

 

–Scott

 

A Gift From Boston…

 

When does not playing a game mean a Yankees win?

 

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When the Red Sox lose, of course!  Thanks for the Red Sox loss to the Texas Rangers, 5-1, on Friday night, the Yankees find themselves back in sole possession of first place.

 

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Taking the glass is half empty approach, I had assumed that the Sox would pull in the front of the Yanks in the AL East Standings last night.  Fortunately, Elvis Andrus continued to impress, Ian Kinsler hit a huge three-run homer, Kevin Millwood pitched a terrific game, and Julio Lugo is the starting shortstop for the Boston Red Sox…

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Friday’s rainout against the Tampa Bay Rays has allowed manager Joe Girardi to reset the starting rotation in anticipation of the Red Sox series next week.  A.J. Burnett, currently appealing the 6 game suspension for throwing near the head of Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz, will open the series on Tuesday.  Chien-Ming Wang has been pushed from Tuesday to Wednesday (heck, David Ortiz is probably even salivating about the facing Wang), and CC Sabathia, today’s starter against the Rays, will close the series against the Sox on Thursday.  Will it be enough to keep me out of a Jason Bay t-shirt and Julia in a Mark Teixeira t-shirt?  Time will tell, but I like my chances.  I don’t think this will be a sweep for either team but Julia will be in for a surprise if she thinks that this is the same team she saw in April and early May.

 

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Friday night’s game has not been re-scheduled and it will not be made up during the current weekend series in New York.  All these make up days are going to take their toll later on the season due to double-headers or lost off-days.

 


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OTHER NEWS…

I understood why the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Jason Bay to the Red Sox and Xavier Nady to the Yankees, but I do not understand the trade of Nate McLouth to the Atlanta Braves.  The Pirates are only 6 Β½ games out of first place, yet they move one of their best players for young talent.  It feels like they are giving up the race before it starts.  I think Andrew McCutchen will be a great player, but now wasn’t the time to make this type of move.  Of course, it just makes you wonder that when McCutchen finally puts it all together at the major league level if he’ll just simply be moved on for more prospects.  Is there a plan in Pittsburgh?  I realize they have financial constraints, but the moves are very suspect.

 

 

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Carl Pavano threw a three-hit shutout against the White Sox?  Incredible.  I still see the day where the Tribe puts all their eggs in the Pavano basket and come away greatly disappointed.

 

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Shame on the Atlanta Braves for the way that they handled the release of Tom Glavine.  It is sad to see the departures of John Smoltz and Tom Glavine end so poorly.  Both guys deserved better treatment from the organization for their years of loyal service and high production.  I can’t say that all Yankee careers have ended in a positive manner, but Smoltz and Glavine were poster boys for doing things the right way.  Hopefully, Glavine will land on his feet and be allowed to exit the stage on his own terms.

 

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There is speculation that the Boston Red Sox are interested in Washington Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson.  I would really prefer to see Johnson traded elsewhere.  It hasn’t been fun watching onetime Yankee top prospect Mike Lowell prosper in Boston, particularly since the Yanks do not really have anything to show for the trade.  Of course, who did the Yankees get for Johnson?  Atlanta Braves pitcher Javier Vazquez, who had a very short stay in the Bronx as he was part of the three-way deal that brought Randy Johnson to New York for two uninspired years.  All things considered, I would have preferred to keep Nick Johnson…

 

 

 

Considering that Jason Bay is a “West Coast” guy (born in Trail, British Columbia), I’d like to see the San Francisco Giants pursue him in the off-season.

 

 

It would be the perfect setting for him to play in the Bay Area.  It doesn’t get any better than that!  I wouldn’t mind checking out a few games to see Bay by the Bay.  From a marketing standpoint, this makes way too much sense!

 


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Hey Julia, thanks for First Place!  Your generosity, as always, is impeccable!  Please keep up your spirit of giving!  I’ll gladly take it all…

Go Yankees!

–Scott

 

Keeping Pace With the Red Sox…

It’s too bad that Joe Mauer is just one man…

 


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He almost single-handedly rallied the Minnesota Twins in the 9th inning against the dreaded Boston Red Sox.  Unfortunately, Mauer’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 9th left the Twins a run short in their eventual loss to the AL East Leader.

 

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So, the Yanks remain one game behind the Red Sox in the AL East standings thanks to their 11-1 victory over the Texas Rangers in Arlington.

So much for dealing with the pressure of facing the Texas crowd for the first time since admitting using performance enhancing drugs while a member of the Rangers.  A-Rod responded by going 5-for-5, with 2 runs scored and 4 RBI’s.  He was booed very loudly each time he came to the plate.  I guess it didn’t phase him…

 

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Former Ranger Mark Teixeira also joined the act, going 2-for-4, with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI’s. 

 

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Phil Hughes, who most likely will be sent to Triple A-Scranton/Wilkes Barre when Chien-Ming Wang is ready to take his place in the starting rotation, pitched an outstanding game.  He went 8 innings, and only gave up 3 hits and no runs.  He struck out 6.  Hughes is starting to pitch to his ability and potential.  Assuming that Wang successfully retakes his position, I think Hughes’ performance makes it unlikely that Andy Pettitte will  be back in 2010.

 

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Alfredo Aceves gave up a 9th inning homer to the very hot Nelson Cruz (5 homers in his last 6 games) to spoil the shutout.

 

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It is an excellent start to the road trip for the Yankees.  Texas has been very strong out of the gate this year, and it has been due, in large part, because of pitching.  The Yankees will have their hands full in this series, and I expect that the remaining games in this series will be very tight.  But for one day, it was nice to have the game firmly in control from the start.  Despite not gaining on ground on Boston, the Yankees did move into second place with the victory, thanks to the Baltimore Orioles’ 4-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.  So, now only the Boston Red Sox stand in the way in the battle for first…

 

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The bald head didn’t work.  Setup man Brian Bruney is headed back to the DL as he continues to experience elbow pain.  The Yankees will make a roster move on Tuesday.  Hopefully, Edwar Ramirez will get the call as I’d really like to see him re-establish himself as a key member of the bullpen.  It is very unfortunate about Bruney but hopefully the doctors will be able to isolate the cause of the pain and take the necessary corrective action so that Bruney can be back at full strength in the not-so-distant future.

 

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You never want to see anyone get hurt, so it was unfortunate to see Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Akinori Iwamura go down for the season with a torn ligament in his knee.  He was playing very well, but no one should weep for the Rays as they have very capable (and talented) replacements waiting in the wings.  I wish Iwamura a healthy and speedy recovery, and look forward to his successful return in 2010.

 

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I was glad that the Red Sox quickly dismissed the Washington Nationals’ offer of Nick Johnson for Manny Delcarmen.  Johnson has had an excellent start to his season, and it’s good to see him healthy again.  But I am not exactly enamored with seeing yet another once promising Yankees prospect end up at Fenway Park, ala Mike Lowell.  Personally, I’d like to see Johnson in San Francisco since they could really use his bat.

 

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But as for Red Sox players who want to be Yankees?  I am down with that!  Hey Jason, you’d look great in pinstripes!  Did you want me to have Brian Cashman bring over a contract for you to sign with that pen?  πŸ˜‰

 

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A Night to Forget (at Yankee Stadium)…

All good things must come to an end…

 

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The Yankees’ 9-game winning streak was brought to an end by the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies at Yankee Stadium last night, as (surprise) the Phillies rode four home runs to a 7-3 victory.

 

Carlos Ruiz follows through on a two-run homer during the second inning against the New York Yankees on Friday. The Phils snapped the YanksΒ΄ winning streak. (AP)

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When Jimmy Rollins homered off A.J. Burnett to lead off the game, I knew it was probably going to be a tough night.  The next two batters, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez, got on base with a HBP and single, respectively.  Ibanez’ single advanced Utley to third with no outs.  It looked like the Phillies were going to have a big first inning, but then A.J. struck out Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, and induced a groundout by Shane Victorino to end the inning.  At that point, I had hope that A.J. was going to turn it around and shut the Phils down.  Unfortunately, it didn’t happen as later innings saw home runs by Carlos Ruiz, Jayson Werth, and Raul Ibanez.

 

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Ibanez has been a great replacement for the departed Pat Burrell, now with the Tampa Bay Rays.  I knew that Ibanez could hit when he was in Seattle, but he’s surprised me with his power so far this year (16 home runs).  He was an excellent free agent signing by the Phillies.

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Chien-Ming Wang, called up to work out of the pen instead of remaining in Scranton/Wilkes Barre for one more minor league start, pitched the final 3 innings.  He gave up six hits and two runs, including the Ibanez homer (which was absolutely crushed).  I guess if there’s a bright side, Wang did lower his ERA from 34.50 to 25.00…

 

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The Yankees did hit three home runs themselves (Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Mark Teixeira).  Unfortunately, they were the non-threatening solo variety (no men on base).

 

 

Brett Myers (4-2) was the winner, while Burnett (2-2) took the loss.  The Yankees remain in third place, a game behind the Red Sox and 1 Β½ games behind the Jays as both of these teams lost too.  Right, Julia? 

I was fortunate that Johan Santana was on the mound for the Mets in their victory over the Red Sox.  The game marked the return of Daisuke Matsuzaka from the DL.  I have Dice-K on my fantasy baseball team.  He was a recent “free agent” pick-up (which still amazes me) when the owner who drafted him cut him when he placed on the DL.  Too bad Theo doesn’t make moves like that…

Julia, I couldn’t but help to notice a couple of linescores.

David Ortiz

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R

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Ouch!  He kept swinging but there was nothing but air…

Jason Bay

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3

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Okay, not as bad as Big Papi, but it was an “off night” for the ‘Yankees’!  πŸ˜‰

Hey Jason, this is for you!  We’re getting your new home ready at 161st and River…

 

OFF-TOPIC:  THE GREAT LEBRON JAMES

 

Well, maybe it’s not off-topic.  He is a Yankees fan after all…

 

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Last night’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic was tremendous.  The Cavs had blown a 23-point lead, and the Magic were up by two points with, oh, about a second left in the game.  How can you not love LeBron?  While I  think that Kobe Bryant is one OF the game’s best, LeBron is THE best…

  

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The next Michael Jordan?  Heck, he’s the next LeBron James…

–Scott

Coming Up Aces…

So THIS is what it feels like to have an ace?

 


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It has been quite awhile since the Yanks have had a true ace, and it is great.  The Yanks were locked in a tight game at the Stadium last night against the Orioles until the Yankees broke the game open in the late innings.

CC gave up a first inning run to stake the O’s to an early 1-0 lead, but that was quickly erased in the bottom of the frame by an Alex Rodriguez two-run homer.  Isn’t going out on a limb to say that the hip is not bothering A-Rod?  If he keeps this up for a few more games, he’ll be challenging Donnie Baseball’s club record for consecutive games with a home run. 

 

And of course, Mark Teixeira is no longer ‘The Ice Man Cometh’ as he has shown all he needed was A-Rod to cover his back in the lineup.  Tex was responsible for helping break the game open in the 7th inning with a two-run homer, which was also included a bases loaded double by Derek Jeter and a few Oriole miscues. 

 

 

Mark Teixeira talks about Alex Rodriguez being back
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But it wasn’t needed as CC brought his A-game, and didn’t give up any more runs after the lone run in the first.  Brian Bruney (what’s up with the bald head?) and Brett Tomko closed out the game in relief of CC to preserve his three-hit masterpiece.

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The Yankees’ winning streak now stands at 7 games.  The Yanks remain in third place, one game behind the Boston Red Sox and 3 Β½ behind the Toronto Blue Jays as both of those teams also won.  Correction:  The Red Sox won, beating the Jays.  Thanks for catching the error in my ways, Julia!  πŸ˜‰ 

Phil Hughes is the starter tonight, and I suspect that this will be his last Yankee performance before another trip back to Scranton (regardless of how well he pitches tonight due to the impending return of Chien-Ming Wang). 

The New York Daily News reported yesterday that the Los Angeles Dodgers may be on the schedule for a trip to the Bronx in 2010.  I hope it comes true as it would be great to see Joe Torre make a farewell visit before he calls it a career…

Hey Julia, don’t worry about Jason Bay.  He’ll be fine as a New York millionaire!  You guys need to worry about replacing Big Papi.  If Jason hasn’t re-signed with Boston yet, why can’t he sign with the Yankees in the off-season?  It’s possible.  The Yankees, more than likely, will let Johnny Damon walk at this point in his career.  They need a top outfielder, and Matt Holliday, a potential free agent target, has struggled in the AL this year.  So, why not Bay?  It could happen…

 

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Jason, while Julia is busy giving fruit baskets to Theo, this is for you…

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Bent, but not broken…

 

What?  No walk-off win?  What’s up with that? 

 

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Last night, it appeared that the Yankees were going to coast to a victory for a change.  The Twins had scored a couple of runs at the top of the first inning, but the Yanks roared back with 6 runs in the bottom of the frame.  Included in the scoring were back-to-back home runs by the suddenly very hot Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez.

Yankees Beat Twins in a 4-Game Sweep

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Nick Swisher almost made it three straight home runs, but his fly ball fell about six feet short of the fence.

It was revealed after the game that Twins starter Glenn Perkins had taken the mound with an injury (inflamed left elbow), and it worsened while he was pitching.  He was placed on the DL after the game.  Nevertheless, the Twins relievers did a good job in shutting down the Yankees after the disastrous first inning.  R.A. Dickey, in particular, was solid in 4 1/3 innings of relief.  It allowed the Twins to slowly climb back into the game.  They certainly had every opportunity to pull out a come-from-behind victory.

 

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The Twins pounded out 12 hits in 6 2/3 innings against Andy Pettitte, but couldn’t get him to break.  They had a hit in every inning except the 9th.  They missed a golden opportunity in the 7th inning with the bases loaded, but Carlos Gomez flied out to center.

Mark Teixeira added another home run in the bottom of the 7th inning which proved to be the insurance run the Yanks needed. 

Manager Joe Girardi gave Mariano Rivera the night off after so much work earlier in the series, so the 9th began with the somewhat unsettling sight of Phil Coke on the mound to close it out.  It wasn’t fun and it wasn’t pretty, but in the end, it was enough to allow Coke to pick up his first save.  He allowed a walk that eventually resulted in a Twins run, but the clutch hit the Twins were looking for, never came.  While Coke seemed to have trouble with the psychological edge needed to close a game, he finally succeeded in ending the game by inducing a groundout.  After the game, he said that he was completely gassed.  I guess he proved that he was a “Weeble”…

 

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While the Yankees swept the four game series, every game was so close.  It could have very easily have been a Twins sweep of the Yankees with a few timely hits here and there.  Still, the Yankees can feel good about themselves as they’ve improved their record to 21-17 and now stand just a single game behind the second place Boston Red Sox.

Oh, I almost forgot, Jason Bay, this gift basket is for you.  Julia seems to be focusing on Theo, but we know you’re the one who really matters.  Don’t sign an extension with the Red Sox because there’s a great spot in left field at Yankee Stadium waiting for you in 2010.  The Celtics and the Bruins have proven that Boston can easily return to its heartbreaking ways, and you deserve so much better.  #44 is not available, unless you can coerce Reggie Jackson into giving it up.  But I am sure there’s a number that would work for you…$$$$$$…  J

 

See you in the Bronx next year, Jason!  πŸ˜‰