CLINCHED!

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Recap later. I am celebrating by throwing the baseball with my son in the yard, then enjoying some Samuel Adams Octoberfests, then a big bottle of Ommegang Three Philosophers for the Yanks’ clinching the East, home field, winning 100, sweeping Boston, evening the season series against Boston by winning 9 of the last 10 despite losing the first 8, and doing all this at home–on the same day.

Great day.  Soak in the bubbly, Yankees fans, and chinwag away.

[Edit: Rather than a recap, I figure the champagne bottle uncorking above should suffice.  Much beckons personally in the next few weeks alongside October and November baseball, so expect little if any posting before the ALDS.  Yesterday was a lot of fun.  Let it continue next month.  See everyone soon. ]

Published in: on September 27, 2009 at 4:56 pm  Comments (7)  

Game 156: Red Sox @ Yankees, 9/27/09

Below, as per Pete Abraham, are today’s lineups.  The Yanks are but one win away from sealing the deals–the East and home field.  A win today would also even the season series with Boston at nine wins apiece, which would be amazing considering that Boston won the first eight.  How long ago that seems right now.  JD sits, with Brett the Jet batting second.  Melky takes left, and Molina catches again for Jorge.  Clearly, winning today would be a huge deal, allowing the Yanks to heartily celebrate but also rest guys the last week.  They surely have the champagne on ice should they clinch, which I believe they will. I have a bottle of Ommegang Three Philosophers chilled for the occasion, and just might grab a bottle of The Reverend for it as well.  Regular reader Mike is at today’s game.  Bring home the clinching W, Mike. Enjoy the game, everyone.

YANKEES (99-56)
Jeter SS
Gardner CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera LF
Molina C

Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (13-7, 4.15).

RED SOX (91-63)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Bay LF
Youkilis 1B
Ortiz DH
Lowell 3B
Drew RF
Varitek C
Gonzalez SS

Pitching: RHP Paul Byrd (1-2, 6.04).

Published in: on September 27, 2009 at 11:06 am  Comments (13)  

Yanks On the Verge After Shutting Down Boston 3-0

C.C. was nothing short of outstanding, and the offense awakened late to best Matsuzaka and Boston 3-0.  Mariano shut it down for his 43rd save and 525th of his incomparable career.  C.C. threw seven innings of one-hit ball, and Mariano allowed but a hit himself, to handcuff a tough Boston lineup.  Cano broke the shutout with a liner to left, his 24th homer, and JD delivered a big two-out, two-run single in the eighth.

Like Joba last night, C.C. was perfect through 3 2/3 until facing Martinez, who walked in the fourth.  But The Big Guy got Youkilis on a pop to short to keep the no-hitter intact.  Yet Lowell broke up the no-hitter to lead off the top of the fifth.  The problem was that the yanks stranded nine through five, going 0-11 with RISP; brutal work in the clutch.  They really should have run Matsuzaka off the mound early in the game, especially in the fifth when they had the bases loaded and no outs.  But A-Rod weakly grounded out to Martinez who tagged home for the force, Matsui who popped out to Martinez, and Swish popping out to Lowell in foul territory.  It would be hard to envision the Yanks going more meekly for three outs with the bases loaded and no outs.

Thankfully Cano came through in the seventh.  After working over Wagner in the eighth, JD made him pay with w two-run single.  Cano has 80 RBI, JD 79 this season.  C.C. earned his 19th win and lowered his ERA to 3.21 with 7 scoreless, one-walk innings, punctuated by 8 K’s on just 96 pitches 57 strikes.  He was tremendous, and reminiscent of his August 8 performance against Boston, also a Saturday gem when C.C. flirted with perfection and a no-hitter.  Hughes went a 1-2-3 eighth with 2 K’s, aided by some more defensive brilliance from Teixeira, who dove to his right and robbed Drew of a lead-off double. Mariano added two K’s–12 in all–culminating the game with his 43rd save.

The Yanks are now a win away from clinching the division, seven up in the loss column on Boston.  Cano is a hit away from 200 this year.  Jeter’s 2-3 put him at .332.  JD’s RBI single moves him up to .284.  But the real work came from the arms today.  C.C., Hughes, and Mariano is as good as it gets, shutting down a tough Boston team.  I can’t say enough good about this team.  Enjoy it, Yankees fans.

Published in: on September 26, 2009 at 6:43 pm  Comments (2)  

Game 155: Red Sox @ Yankees, 9/26/09

Below, as per Pete Abraham, are today’s lineups. Posada is scratched with a stiff neck, with Molina in and batting ninth.  Good thing Jorge overreacted against Toronto and earned not just a suspension but also a stiff neck for his temper.  Otherwise, the lineup is as it was yesterday.  The Yanks have won three straight, and look to go a season-high 43 games above .500 and to reduce their magic number to one.  The Big Guy takes the hill today looking for win number 19.  I like the chances.  Keep it rolling, guys.  Enjoy the game, everyone.

YANKEES (98-56)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Molina C

Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (18-7, 3.31).

RED SOX (91-62)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Martinez C
Youkilis 1B
Lowell 3B
Ortiz DH
Baldelli RF
Lowrie SS
Anderson LF

Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-5, 6.80).

Published in: on September 26, 2009 at 2:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Joba Sharp, Offense Excellent as Yanks Win 9-5

Big statement by the Yanks last night, with Joba pitching 3 2/3 perfect innings to start the game, and the offense rolling behind A-Rod and the heart of the lineup to a 9-5 win.  The Yanks worked over Lester not just for runs, but jacking up his pitch count to an astounding 78 before forcing him to exit in the bottom of the third, when Melky the Once-Again Clutch lined a shot off Lester’s knee and thigh.  Thankfully, X-Rays showed Lester had no broken bones, and it remains to be seen how well and quickly he recovers so close to the playoffs.  He went down like a ton of bricks and stayed down for a few minutes, but limped off under his own power, a good sign for the outstanding lefty.

The Yanks got on the scoreboard right away in the first when Jeter singled to start the game, yet again, then promptly stole second.  A-Rod then laced a 1-1 fastball belly-high through the hole into left, 1-0 Yanks.  Location was a problem all night for Lester, sometimes obvious as with A-Rod’s RBI single, other times not having a curve ball with sufficient enticement and bite to get the Yanks swinging for strikes.  Lester wasn’t awful; he just struggled by getting behind batters and throwing mediocre curves instead of sharp ones.  He found himself facing a formidable and confident foe, instead of a formidable one on its collective heels, and the Yanks made him pay. With Teixeira aboard, A-Rod crushed a 1-1 fastball down but over the plate to deep left center in the third, his 28th of the year, 3-0 Yanks.  Matsui singled, Posada flew out, Cano fought off a fastball on the hands for a spray double to left, Swisher walked, and Melky pasted one off Lester’s right leg, just above the knee, 4-0 Yanks.  Jones replaced Lester and Jeter’s 5-4 force scored Cano, 5-0 Yanks.

Joba continued to roll until Martinez drilled a two-out solo homer to right center, 5-1 Yanks.  Joba allowed a single to Youkilis but retired Big PopUp on an easy comebacker.  He settled in nicely, and wasn’t just good, but mature.  He mixed up his pitches well and kept Boston off balance for most of the night.  The Yanks got the run back right away when A-Rod walked, stole second, went to third on Matsui’s single to left, and scored on Jorge’s single through the hole on the right side, 6-1 Yanks.  Cano’s DP ended the threat, however.

Joba showed real grit in the fifth, allowing a lead-off single to Bay and a double to Drew that he went down and steered into left center, second and third, no outs.  He got Varitek to pop out, fanned Gonzales, and got Ellsbury on a 3U; great pressure work from Joba, and an important turning point, for Big PopUp hit a two-run, two-out homer to left in the sixth, 6-3 Yanks.  Had Joba not held the line in the fifth, the game could have been much tighter.  But again, the Yanks responded right away, as JD walked and stole second, Teixeira’s long fly to center moved JD to third, and A-Rod laced a doubled off Ellsbury’s glove, 7-3 Yanks.  Matsui walked, they moved up on a wild pitch, and Jorge’s looping single to right center scored A-Rod, but Matsui got hung up in a rundown between third and home.  Honestly, I have no idea why he wasn’t sent, for it seemed pretty apparent that the ball would drop.  It was 8-3, but should have been 9-3.

A two-out rally in the seventh got that ninth run.  After Aceves worked an easy 1-2-3 top of the seventh, Jeter singled to right and stole second, JD walked, and Teixeira lined a single to right, 9-3.  Boston scored two in the top of the eighth, getting some help from JD who botched Youkilis’s RBI single to give Martinez an extra base, and he scored on Ortiz’s force, 9-5.  Still, some good signs in that eighth.  Marte got Ortiz to ground into the force, doing good work, and Hughes entered for him and blew away Bay with heat.  The guy is just amazing.  Coke walked Baldelli to start the ninth, but fanned Varitek and got Kotchman to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 DP; nicely done, Coke, and a big win.

Before getting to the very full box score, it is worth mentioning that the Yanks ran wild on Varitek, stealing seven bases.  A-Rod stole three and Jeter two, with Jeter reaching 30 for the year; very impressive.  The Yanks were also 7-21 with RISP, getting plenty of clutch hits last night.  A-Rod was The Man last night, going 3-3 with his 28th homer, a double, 4 RBI (93 this year), 3 runs, 2 walks, and 3 steals, batting .288.  I went to the movie store last night to rent “X-Men: Wolverine” for my son, and was saying to myself in the car last night, If A-Rod hits this October and November, he will carry that team.  And the ripple effects for the others will be huge. As soon as I got in the door, he homered in the third.  The guy is a flat-out difference maker in that stacked lineup, and is really warming up at the right time.  Cano was 2-5 with his 47th double and a run, batting .321.  Jeter was 2-4 with 2 runs, his 65th RBI, and 2 steals, batting a robust .330.  Jorge was 2-4 with 2 RBI (81 this year), batting .286.  Teixeira was 2-5 with his 119th RBI and a run, batting .293.  Matsui was 2-3 with a run and 2 walks, batting .280.  JD was 0-3 but scored, walking twice.  Melky the Once-Again Clutch was 1-5 with his 66th RBI, batting .272.

But Joba’s good start was no less important, going six strong and allowing just five hits and a walk with the three runs earned, fanning five on 86 pitches/52 strikes to earn his 9th win.  He kept the ball down for much of the start, had sharp breaking pitches that he threw for strikes, and de-emphasized his slider, using it sparingly which I like.  It’s a terrific pitch, but I believe he’s overused it.  Not last night.  I texted Frank the Sage last night that Aceves (10-1, 3.82 ERA, 1.069 WHIP, flexible in short and long relief) this season really reminds me of Ramiro of 1998 (10-2, 3.25 ERA, 1.235 WHIP).  He made his inning last night look all too easy.  Marte, Hughes, and Coke were good.

The Yanks reduced their magic number to three with last night’s win, and moved to 42 games above .500, 98-56.  With eight games to play, the Yanks have a good shot at 104 wins.  The Big Guy (18-7, 3.31 ERA) goes this afternoon against Matsuzaka (3-5, 6.80 ERA), with the Yanks looking to take the series and reduce the magic number to one.

Enjoy it, Yankees fans.

Published in: on September 26, 2009 at 12:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Game 154: Red Sox @ Yankees, 9/25/09

Below, as per Pete Abraham, are tonight’s lineups.  Each team gives its all, playing their regulars for chances to clinch this weekend on the line.  The Yanks look again to get to a season-high 42 games above .500, sending Joba to the hill to give C.C. an extra day of rest.  Joba looks to atone for his wretch on getaway day in Seattle.  Hopefully the Yanks can give a good effort against the tough Lester, who will not make things easy on them.  Hunker down and keep getting the tough ones, guys.  Enjoy the game, everyone.

YANKEES (97-56)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF

Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (8-6, 4.73).

RED SOX (91-61)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Martinez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Bay LF
Drew RF
Varitek C
Gonzalez SS

Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (14-7, 3.33).

Published in: on September 25, 2009 at 5:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Yanks Take Series in Anaheim, 3-2

Tremendous pitching carried the day for the Yankees, beginning with A.J. and going through the bullpen, as the Yanks manufactured a three-run rally in the fourth and held on to win 3-2.  I said before the series that I wanted to see the Yanks win two of three in Anaheim to keep distance between them and the tough Angels and Red Sox, and to get past their difficulties there.  Yet honestly, given their perennial struggles there, I would have settled for one.  Back-to-back wins to take the series, and move back to 6 1/2 ahead of the Angels (six in the loss column), exceeded my expectations.  Huge, huge win.

Despite allowing many lead-off runners, A.J. was very good today and good from the get-go, working quickly in the first despite a lead-off single to Figgins.  He got some help from Brett the Jet who, with Figgins on second with two outs in the third, retreated in center on a hot liner by Hunter to make a nice leaping catch.  That was big, for the Yanks broke through with three in the top of the fourth.  Teixeira doubled with one out, Matsui walked, and Shelley singled off Figgins into left.  Teixeira should have stayed at third but went home, only to get thrown out by Rivera.  Yet that only temporarily halted the Yanks, for Cano came through with a big RISP hit to get the Yanks on the board, plating Matsui and Shelley with a single, 2-0 Yanks, going to second on the throw.  Melky then lined a double to the wall in left center, 3-0 Yanks.

Unfortunately, that was all they would get, but A.J. was very sharp.  He struck out the side in the bottom of the fourth–Morales, Kendrick, and Matthews, Jr–around a walk to Rivera.  He had it all working–hard curve, fastball at 96-97–very impressive start and it could not have come at a better time, both against the Angels and late in the season after struggling through much of August and into September.  He got into trouble in the fifth when Napoli singled and Figgins doubled, but minimized the damage by fanning Aybar, allowing a run on Abreu’s RBI ground out, then getting Hunter on an F9 on one pitch.  Good work.

Things got tight in the bottom of the sixth, and the bullpen entered and pitched in and out of trouble most of the rest of the way.  Burnett got Morales looking, allowed a single to Rivera, fanned Kendrick on a 96-mph fastball, but allowed an RBI double to right that in fairness Shelley botched, looking baffled by the sun and missing the ball in a clumsy leap as the ball sailed past him and off the right field wall, 3-2 Yanks.  After walking Napoli, A.J.’s day was over in the extreme Southern California heat (100 degrees, yikes), and Girardi brought in Marte to turn around Figgins, who was .326 as a lefty but .238 as a righty.  Marte got Figgins on an F9 to maintain the lead.  A.J. finished with an inefficient but good line–5 2/3 IP, 7 hits, 3 walks, 2 runs earned, and 11 K’s on 101 pitches/65 strikes.  Good job by A.J.

Marte continued his good work by allowing a single to Aybar but erasing him with a 4-6-3 DP by Abreu.  Albaladejo entered and allowed a double by Hunter to right.  Coke came in to turn around Morales, who has far more power from the left side of the plate and, after throwing a wild pitch that gave Hunter third, fanned Morales on a nasty slider.  Good work, Coke.

In an intriguing call, Girardi went to Ian Kennedy for the eighth, inciting a verbal riot from John Sterling, who called it “the most bizarre half-inning of the entire season.”  Really, John?  More bizarre than A.J.’s collapse in Fenway that fateful Saturday, April 25th?  Really?  What was just as bizarre as Sterling’s rant–and again, I like Sterling, his humor, his energy, his sense of history, and many of his anecdotes, but jeez did he pitch a tent on using Kennedy–was his touting Bruney and his fastball as a preferable alternative.  Bruney, who has been human kerosene.  What Sterling failed to consider was in what esteem Girardi holds Bruney to turn to Kennedy on the road–in Anaheim no less–in the eighth inning when Hughes was out.  Now questioning the use of Kennedy was understandable to me.  But Sterling’s rhetorical histrionics about not warming up Bruney to use his fastball for the third out of the eighth was genuinely painful.  Despite some dramatics, Kennedy prevailed, getting help from Pena, who entered for Hairston who seems to have a wrist injury and made a nice diving stab at Rivera’s liner.  He hit Kendrick with a 2-2 fastball, walked Matthews on a 3-2 change-up, fanned Izturis on a good 2-2 fastball, worked around Figgins with a four-pitch walk, and got Aybar on an F7 to end the threat.  Good for Kennedy.  I’ve maligned him for his shrugging at his poor performances last year, including a poor short stint last year in Anaheim, but Kennedy exercised a few demons from that wretch, and gained some major points with me, for his work in the clutch tonight.  Good job by the kid.

Enter Sandman for the ninth, and although Abreu blooped a single, Mariano fanned Hunter and Morales before ending the game by getting Rivera on an F8.  Sterling’s end-of-game call was about as excited as I’ve heard him since A-Rod’s walk-off in the 15th against Boston August 7.  Great, great win for the Yanks, and hard to overestimate its value, in the standings and psychologically.

Melky the Once-Again Clutch was 2-4 with his 65th RBI, batting .273.  Cano was 1-4 with 2 RBI on the big single, 79 RBI on the year for him.  Teixeira hit his 43rd double, batting .292.  Jeter’s single put him at .329.  Shelley the Marauder had a single and a run.  Brett the Jet had an infield single that was impressive.

But the arms did the heavy lifting.  A.J. was very good, Marte was impressive as was Coke.  Kennedy provided some unnecessary dramatics but earned big points from me.  Mariano was Mariano, earning his 42nd save of the season and 524th of his incomparable career, lowering his ERA to 1.88.  Key was not allowing the Angels a hit with RISP, with the Superfluous Acronyms going 0-10 while the Yanks went 3-8 with RISP.

The Yanks have cut their magic numbers down to five.  The pitchers struck out 15 today.  They showed grit and resiliency today and last night against a tough opponent whom they may see in October.  Raise the glasses high for the Yanks after one of the best wins this season, Yankees fans.  This one was splendid.  Thanks to Mike for the text updates while I was in transit, and playing whiffle ball with my son and other kids outside my daughter’s school.

One could look at today and say the Angels sat Vlad.  True.  But that makes this win all the more impressive for me, for the Yanks sat A-Rod to give him some regular rest, Posada because he had a sore foot, and Swish who fouled a ball off his knee.  The Yanks won without three important players and three righty bats who surely would have played against the lefty Kazmir, another important facet of today’s win–beating the tough Kazmir.  Today was undeniably huge.

Soak it in, Yankees fans.  Today was a big day.

Published in: on September 23, 2009 at 8:04 pm  Comments (2)  

Game 153: Yankees @ Angels, 9/23/09

Below, as per Pete Abraham, is the Yanks’ lineup.  A-Rod rests, with Hairston taking third and hitting second.  Frankly, that’s too high in the order for my tastes.  With Brett the Jet playing center, I’d prefer that he lead off and Jeter hit second, but Girardi might want to decouple Hairston from Molina, who is in for Jorge and batting ninth.  Shelley the Marauder plays right and bats fifth against the lefty Kazmir. The playoff-bound Yanks end their road trip today and look to return to 41 games above .500.  Hopefully A.J. can put in a strong start and maintain a good head of steam heading into October.  The Yanks need it from him, and others.  Finish the road trip strong and lower that magic number, guys.  Enjoy the game, everyone.

YANKEES (96-56)
Jeter SS
Hairston 3B
Teixeira 1B
Matsui DH
Duncan RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera LF
Gardner CF
Molina C

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (11-9, 4.22).

ANGELS (90-61)
Lineup TBA

Pitching: LHP Scott Kazmir (9-8, 5.08).

Published in: on September 23, 2009 at 1:35 pm  Comments (6)  

YEEEEESSSS!!! The Yankees Beat the Angels, Make Playoffs!

Tremendous if frustrating victory, with the Yanks surrendering a five-run lead but ultimately prevailing 6-5 in Anaheim.  With Texas’s loss, the Yanks made the playoffs win or lose tonight.  Yet the win was all the sweeter, for the Yanks topped their nemesis in their home ball park, moving back to 5 up in the loss column for home field.  They also moved to six games ahead of Boston (five in the loss column) in the East after Zach Greinke shut down the Red Sox.  Huge win and evening, nothing short of huge.

The Yanks blew chances in the first two innings, leaving runners on in scoring position to keep the game tied.  Thankfully, Gaudin was again good in the first few innings before petering out.  In the third, the Yanks exploded for four runs on two two-out homers.  Teixeira singled and A-Rod creamed a two-run shot to deep center, on the rocks, his 27th of the year, 2-0 NY.  After Matsui reached on a catcher’s interference, Posada ripped one to deep right, 4-0 Yankees, Posada’s 22nd, 4-0 Yankees.  The Yanks had a good chance to add on in the fourth when Jeter singled for his 200th hit and stole second, his 27th steal of his great year, but the Yanks missed a chance to add on.  Yet Matsui ripped his 28th homer of the year in the top of the fifth, 5-0 Yanks.

Yet Gaudin tired, letting the Angels back in the game.  With two outs in the fifth, Figgins launched one deep to right, but Swish literally overran the ball and sailed into the corner as the ball went out behind him, over the short wall, 5-1 Yankees.  Izturis doubled, Abreu walked, and Vlad singled in Izturis, 5-2 Yankees.  Aceves entered and fanned Hunter, holding the line at 5-2.

The Yanks’ offense went stagnant, and the Angels warmed up.  Morales and Rivera singled, Aybar flew out to right to move Morales to third, and Matthews pinch-hitting singled, 5-3 Yankees.  Figgins singled, Izturis popped out, Abreu walked, 5-4 Yanks, and A-Rod robbed Vlad of at least a single to hold the lead.

After Aceves allowed a double to Morales, Hughes pitched out of the jam; great work by the kid.  He also worked well in the eighth, but Cano screwed things up by allowing a grounder from Kendrick to skid between his wickets.  Kendrick them stole second and went to third on Posada’s errant throw, no outs.  Figgins popped out, but Izturis singled him in to tie the game at five.  Abreu walked, yet Hughes fanned Vlad and Hunter; very impressive.

I playfully shrugged as it moved to the top of the ninth, saying aloud, just score and get Mariano in the game. Amazingly, they did.  Brett the Jet singled, stole second on a pitch-out not surprisingly, Jeter walked, JD bunted with two strikes to advance The Jet and The Captain, Teixeira was intentionally walked, and A-Rod lined the first pitch to center, scoring Gardner 6-5.

Mariano entered and walked Morales, although he should have been out on a K.  But after Willits entered as a pinch runner, and though he tried to stole second, Mariano fanned Rivera and Jorge threw out Willits, two down.  Mariano then got Aybar on a weak 4-3, ending the game with a huge win.  Mariano earned his 41st save and 523rd save of his incomparable career.  Vital win.

A-Rod was big tonight, hitting his 27th homer, driving in 3 for 89 this year, batting .284.  A-Rod will have a big October.  Posada was 1-4 with his 22nd homer, with 79 RBI, batting .283 and throwing out Willits in the ninth of a big win.  Teixeira and Cano went 2-4, and Cano now has 46 doubles.  That officially is a lot.  Jeter earned his 200th hit for the seventh time in his illustrious career.  Brett the Jet paid dividends with his single, 23rd steal, and game-winning run.  What an asset.  Matsui’s 28th homer was crucial, and we shouldn’t be so quick to presume his absence in 2010.  His production will be tough, at least, to replace. JD had a single and laid down a good bunt, apparently on his own in the ninth.

Gaudin started great but collapsed.  Aceves struggled but hasn’t pitched much lately.  Nor has Marte but, honestly, I know that Girardi wanted to turn Morales around to hit righty in the seventh, but it didn’t work.  Hughes was at least as good a chance, primarily because of Marte’s lack of work.  Hughes was very good and deserved a better fate after Cano’s screw-up in the eighth.  But he got his eighth win, the same amount Mariano had in 1996 ironically enough, and Mariano notched his 41st save.

Not an easy or smooth win by any means, but an important win nonetheless.  This required some grit, and the Yanks showed some tonight.  Although the grander champagne celebration looms, the Yanks earned October baseball tonight.  That’s something of which to be proud.

Enjoy it, Yankees fans.

Published in: on September 23, 2009 at 1:28 am  Comments (1)  

Game 152: Yankees @ Angels, 9/22/09

Below, as per Pete Abraham, are tonight’s lineups.  Brett the Jet steps into the starting lineup for Melky.  Otherwise, the regulars take the field.  The Yankees look to return to 40 games above .500, to reduce the magic number to clinch the East, and to regain the game lost in the loss column back from the Angels.  Gaudin must be good tonight, and hopefully the Yanks can work over Santana, a talented pitcher but one who has had a rough year.  Respond and win tonight, guys.  Enjoy the game, everyone.

YANKEES (95-56)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Gardner CF

Pitching: RHP Chad Gaudin (1-0 3.68).

ANGELS (90-60)
Figgins 3B
Izturis 2B
Abreu RF
Guerrero DH
Hunter CF
Morales 1B
Rivera LF
Aybar SS
Mathis C

Pitching: vs. RHP Ervin Santana (7-8, 5.43).

Published in: on September 22, 2009 at 8:02 pm  Comments (8)  
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