Daily Archives: August 9, 2011

BREAKING: Brett Gardner Makes Stolen Base History

BREAKING: Brett Gardner Makes Stolen Base History

In the 7th inning of tonight’s Yankees game, Brett Gardner made history. He swiped second base to get his 22nd consecutive steal which ties him with Derek Jeter for most consecutive steals. Gardner needs 1 more steal to take the lead in that category. Gardner also passes Alfonso Soriano on the All-Time stolen base list with 122 SB.
Congratulations Brett Gardner!


Year Age Tm Lg G SB CS
2008 24 NYY AL 42 13 1
2009 25 NYY AL 108 26 5
2010 26 NYY AL 150 47 9
2011 27 NYY AL 112 35 10
4 Seasons 412 121 25
162 Game Avg. 162 48 10
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/10/2011.

LAA vs NYY 8/9/11

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B

Burnett P

Yankee News

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that prospect left-hander Manny Banuelos will have to pitch in relief at the minor league level before he does so in the major leagues.

Banuelos was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at the end of July and has a 2.45 ERA and 13/3 K/BB ratio over his first two starts. However, the 20-year-old southpaw is widely expected to be shifted to the bullpen with an eye on helping the Yankees down the stretch and in the postseason.

Alex Rodriguez (knee) ran the bases Tuesday at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa, Florida.

“It’s all good stuff,” Rodriguez told reporters after the workout, indicating that his surgically-repaired knee is feeling fine. If he continues making progress, A-Rod could begin a minor league rehab assignment as early as Friday. The Yankees are hoping for a mid-August return to the majors.

Aug 9, 3:26 PM

Series Preview | NYY vs. LAA | 8/9/11-8/11/11

Tues., 8/9/11, 7:05PM EST

A.J. Burnett (8-9, 4.54) vs. Dan Haren (12-6, 2.81)
Burnett’s Last 3 Starts: 0-2, 7.00, 19 K in 18.0 IP
Haren’s Last 3 Starts: 2-0, 1.09, 17 K in 24.2 IP

Wed., 8/10/11, 7:05PM EST

Ivan Nova (10-4, 3.81) vs. TBA
Nova’s Last 3 Starts: 3-0, 1.83, 19 K in 19.2 IP

Thurs., 8/11/11, 1:05 PM EST

Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.33) vs. TBA
Colon’s Last 3 Starts: 2-0, 3.24, 12 K in 16.2 IP

There are rumors that Angels minor-league pitched Garrett Richards will be called up to pitch against the Yankees either Wednesday or Thursday. Nothing has been confirmed by Mike Scioscia yet though. An Angels blog gives the scouting report on Richards.

The Angels have won 4 out of their last 6 games in series’ versus the Twins and Mariners.

Ricky’s podcast is another good one.  Give it a listen.

Can the Yankees Beat the Red Sox?

That has been the question all season for the Bronx Bombers. They have a great record against other teams, but a 2-10 record against your archrival doesn’t cut it for the fans. At Fenway Park, the Yankees held their own in two of the three games, but they just quite couldn’t win the finale. Are the Red Sox in the Yankees’ heads? Can they beat this team in a seven game series in the ALCS? I still think this team can do that even though most of the media does not think so.

The Red Sox are portrayed as a super team, but they have flaws as well with their rotation just like the Yankees do. A lot of people expected Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon to struggle mightily in this series. Even though they both only went five innings and each got no decisions, I thought they handled themselves well and more importantly, avoided giving up the crooked inning that would take the Yankees out of the game. Those two guys have taken the two and three spots in the rotation by the horns and they increased their trust level for a short series ALDS matchup.

You might only need Garcia/Colon/Nova to go five innings with the strength the Yankees have in their bullpen. We know about the dominance of David Robertson and Mariano Rivera, despite his 9th inning blunder on Sunday. Howver, there were three pitchers that did their job this weekend. Cory Wade continued his stretch of stranding 89% of inherited runners, Boone Logan got a great lefty to strikeout in Adrian Gonzalez on Friday.

The most important pitcher who did well in this series was Rafael Soriano. The $39 million man is now the 7th inning guy, but he has finally figured out to accomplish a 1-2-3 inning. He is starting to look like the man who saved 45 games for the Rays last season. If he can stay this dominant, the Yankees can turn every playoff game into a six inning game.

The offense did struggle to hit with men in scoring position, but they should be able to figure that out. Plus, the offenses for the Yankees and Sox are similar. I am not concerned about CC Sabathia because even though he is 0-4 against Boston, I trust him to go into Fenway or the Bronx and win a playoff game.

These teams have six games left and all six will be huge in impacting who gets home field throughout the American League playoffs. Boston is not in their heads because look at it this way, the Red Sox hae dominated the Yankees and the Bombers are still just a game and a half back! This team still has a GREAT chance of winning the AL East and beating their archrivals for the pennant once again.

Morning Bits: Hughes, Dimaggio, Betances

Yankees start a new series tonight at the stadium against the Angels.  The game will be on MY9.

here are your morning links…

* The next start for Phil Hughes is still a mystery.

* Legendary Yankee Joe Dimaggio will be on a stamp.

* Season of frustration for top New York Yankees pitching prospect Dellin Betances.



Boston 71 43 .623 37-22 34-21 625 479 +146 Won 3 7-3
NY Yankees 69 44 .611 1.5 37-22 32-22 603 436 +167 Lost 2 8-2
Tampa Bay 60 54 .526 11 28-28 32-26 485 452 +33 Won 1 6-4
Toronto 58 56 .509 13 28-26 30-30 534 522 +12 Won 1 6-4
Baltimore 44 68 .393 26 27-31 17-37 462 598 -136 Lost 2 2-8