Daily Archives: June 15, 2011

Minor Night-Cap 6/15/11

Trenton L 6-1

The only run scored for Trenton was on an error.  Pitching in the loss was Yankee phenom Betances who went 5 innings pitched letting up 1 earned run and striking out five.

Tampa W 6-5

The first run in the game for Tampa came in the 2nd inning when Zoilo Almonte hit a solo homerun (10).   Tampa scored two runs in the bottom of the 6th one of them when Kevin Mahoney doubled (8) in Zoilo Almonte.  In the bottom of the 7th Tampa scored two more one of the runs came when Kevin Mahoney doubled (8) in Zoilo Almonte.  Getting the win in relief was Quintana who moves his record to 3-0.

Charleston L 5-3

Charleston scored two runs in the bottom of the second one of them came when Rob Segedin hit a solo homerun (4).    The other run came in bottom of the 5th when a grounder scored the run.   Pitching in the loss was Greene who moves to 2-7 on the year.

NYY vs. TEX – 6/15/11

Lineup:

Swisher RF
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez DH
Cano 2B
Jones LF
Nunez SS
Cervelli C
Pena 3B

Pitchers:

Ivan Nova (5-4, 4.30) Derek Holland (5-1, 4.41)

Strange lineup! Enjoy the game.

UPDATE 8:45 PM (Lots of activity)

Yankees transferred RHP Rafael Soriano from the 60-day disabled list to the 15-day disabled list.

Yankees purchased the contract of RHP Cory Wade from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Yankees optioned RHP Kevin Whelan to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Derek Jeter (calf) isn’t expected to resume baseball-related activities for at least 10 days

The Weekly Great Yankees Moment

Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS was one hell of a game. As I’m sure it is to you, it was a very memorable game for me. Here is a very well done overview of the moment and background of Aaron Boone’s Game 7 walk-off home run. (from ESPN.com’s Rick Weinberg)

On July 31, 2003, Aaron Boone was traded to the New York Yankees to fix their hole at third base. Boone was OK down the stretch — he hit .254 with six homers and 31 RBIs in 54 games — but in the American League Championship Series against Boston, Boone hit the skids, falling into a miserable slump.

In the first six games of the series, he hit .125, with just two hits in 16 at-bats, and both hits were infield choppers. In Game 6, Boone looked particularly pathetic, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He was benched for Game 7.

THE MOMENT
October 17, 2003, Yankee Stadium, 11th inning, Game 7. Boone had learned before the game that Enrique Wilson was going to start at third. For eight innings, he sat, wondering what in the world had happened to his hitting.

Just five outs away from losing the pennant, the Yankees rally from a 5-2 deficit to tie it in the eighth inning. During the rally, Wilson was lifted for pinch-hitter Ruben Sierra, and when Sierra was intentionally walked, Joe Torre called on Boone to pinch-run and take over third base.

As the game moves into the bottom of 11th inning, Boone is scheduled to lead off. The question is whether Torre will let him hit or pinch-hit for the slumping third baseman.

The Red Sox pitcher is Tim Wakefield, a knuckleballer who is having a marvelous series. So marvelous that if the Red Sox find a way to win this game, Wakefield is a shoo-in to win the series’ Most Valuable Player.

Boone is hitless against Wakefield in the two games the Boston knuckleballer has pitched in the series. But Torre sticks with Boone.

“I don’t particularly like facing Wakefield,” Boone would say after the game. “I haven’t squared up too many against him. It’s like a crapshoot.”

Boone walks to the plate with a plan: he thinks about taking a pitch, getting a good look at Wakefield’s first pitch, getting his timing down, then hoping to put a one good swing on one good pitch. Yet he knows that Wakefield will be throwing a knuckleball, so he is caught in between his emotions: should I take or should I swing, knowing exactly what pitch is coming?

“All I wanted,” Boone would say later, “was to get on base, to make contact.”

There buzz in the stadium that builds to a loud roar as Boone gets into the box against Wakefield, the score still tied 5-5, with everyone knowing that one swing means the AL pennant and a trip to the World Series.

The crowd rises. Wakefield receives the sign from catcher Jason Varitek. He goes into his motion and delivers. The knuckleball floats and jiggles toward the plate, a spinning white pill against the evening sky. Boone readies himself. The pitch jiggles closer to Boone. He uncoils, then takes a vicious cut. The ball is drilled toward the left-field stands and as it soars through the New York sky, it’s evident it’s far enough to pull the curtain down on this remarkable series and slap the Red Sox and everyone else in New England one more time.

Yankee Stadium is instantly transformed into a New Year’s celebration. The ball disappears into a wild sea of blue, Yankees jubilantly run onto the field, starting a mad dancing dash to home plate, tears fill Joe Torre’s eyes, and the stadium is filled with the song … “Start spreading the news …”

As Wakefield trudges slowly toward into the stunned Red Sox dugout, where Pedro Martinez sits in a trance, Yankees reliever Marino Rivera races to the pitcher’s mound, falls on it and hugs it like it a best friend he hasn’t seen in years.

As the loudspeakers blare “I want to wake up in a city that doesn’t sleep, and find I’m king of the hill, top of the heap, ” Boone reaches home plate and disappears beneath a mass of teammates at home plate.

“You always emulate these moments in your backyard,” Boone would say. “I still can’t put the into words … I’m floating … Just to have had this opportunity … It’s humbling. This game humbles you all the time in good ways and bad ways. Lately, it’s been humbling in a bad way. That’s how it is.”

In the blink of an eye, Boone has provided another legendary home run in Yankee lore, joining Chris Chambliss, who who hit a pennant-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the decisive game in the 1976 ALCS against the Kansas City Royals.

Soaked in champagne in the wild Yankees clubhouse, Boone pauses and says, “When I joined the Yankees, this is the kind of thing I wanted to be part of. The perfect ending.”

 

Jeter Hits The DL; Gardner Shines In The Lead-off Spot

 If you had read my previous posts, I had been discussing how Brett Gardner should bat lead-off for the Yankees. Well for the next 2 weeks or so, Gardner will get his wish with Jeter hitting the DL. First let’s discuss Jeter and the decision to go to the DL.

Jeter had a press conference yesterday at around 4pm, trying to talk his way out of going to the DL, like does when he’s not starting a game or convincing Girardi to let him stay in when he gets hit by pitch or whatnot. Derek Jeter said early yesterday afternoon that where he had the Grade 1 strain, it felt more as if he was hit by a pitch than anything else. As reporters fired away questions, Jeter was solemn and had a hint of disappointment in his voice.

“If it was up to me, I wouldn’t go on the DL. Soreness is not a problem, I just wouldn’t want to make it worse.” Jeter stated. He also said that he hated missing time, whether he has 100 hits or 3000 hits. When asked by Joe Girardi after the press conference if the 3,000 hits factored at all in the decision to send Jeter to the DL, Girardi said it had no factor whatsoever.

“We know he’s going to get it anyway, so it wouldn’t be a factor at all.” When the Yankees team doctor showed up tot he Clubhouse at around 5:30pm, the Yankees had made there decision. The Captain of the New York Yankees was going to take his fifth stint to the DL since 2003, after he dislocated his shoulder and missed 59 days of the season.

With Jeter gone, Girardi made Brett Gardner the lead-off hitter in last nights win, put Eduardo Nunez at SS and called up Ramiro Pena from AAA. Gardner did not disappoint Girardi with his performance. He was 3 for 4 with an RBI and a stolen base and as of yesterday was batting .282 with a .367 OBP. Not bad for a player who was struggling in the first few weeks of the season. Girardi had not released his full plan on what to do against lefties though, thinking of Curtis Granderson to lead off against lefties and Gardner either batting 9th or being replaced by Andruw Jones, but it would not surprise me to see Gardner lead off tonight’s game as well after showing a spectacular performance yesterday.

Derek Jeter is slated to come back on June 29, during the home series against the Milwaukee Brewers, but don’t be surprised if Jeter gets his 3,000th hit at Citi Field when the Yankees take on the Mets the first week of July. Until then, all Jeter can do is sit and wait and let his calf get better, and let Brett Gardner take his lead-off job for 2 weeks. Seems fair, right?

Morning Bits 6/15/11

Yankees win.  Red Sox lose.  All is good in the world in my book.

Here are your morning links….

* Dan will like this article. Should Jose Reyes replace Jeter at shortstop?

* Here is what some of the Yankees think about the possibility of realignment.

* Hughes shooting for early July return.

 

 

 

 

AL EAST STANDINGS

EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10
Boston 39 27 .591 19-13 20-14 350 285 +65 Lost 1 9-1
NY Yankees 37 28 .569 1.5 21-17 16-11 342 260 +82 Won 1 6-4
Tampa Bay 36 31 .537 3.5 15-16 21-15 277 262 +15 Won 1 7-3
Toronto 33 34 .493 6.5 16-17 17-17 323 321 +2 Won 1 4-6
Baltimore 30 34 .469 8 20-18 10-16 263 300 -37 Lost 3 5-5

Granderson, Yanks Overpower Rangers 12-4

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
TEX
0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0   4 8 0
NYY
0 6 1 2 0 3 0 0 x   12 14 0
W: Sabathia (8-4)
L: Ogando (7-1)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gardner, LF-CF 4 3 3 1 1 0 0 .282
Granderson, CF 4 2 2 4 0 0 1 .282
Jones, An, LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .212
Teixeira, DH 4 1 1 2 0 1 1 .250
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 4 1 2 2 0 0 1 .288
Cano, 2B 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 .284
Pena, R, 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Posada, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .227
Swisher, RF 3 2 2 1 1 1 0 .227
Nunez, E, SS 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 .233
Cervelli, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 .176
Totals 36 12 14 12 2 5 12 .258
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia(W, 8-4) 7.0 8 4 4 0 6 0 3.28
Ayala 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.33
Pendleton 1.0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2.25
Totals 9.0 8 4 4 2 9 0 3.59

Game review from MLB.com’s Matt Fortuna:

NEW YORK — A feeling of normalcy returned to the Bronx on Tuesday, one night after the Yankees’ lethal bats were uncharacteristically shut out.

CC Sabathia got off to a strong start, Curtis Granderson hit another home run, and Mark Teixeira was even hit by a pitch again in a 12-4 win over the Rangers in a game that started 41 minutes late because of rain.

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