Daily Archives: September 7, 2011

Open Thread

Well, a tough 5-4 loss today against Baltimore. Burnett pitched 6 innings with 7 strikeouts, but he also gave up 7 hits, 4 walks, and 4 runs. An error by Nunez in the 11th led to Noesi giving up the Orioles’ 5th run which sealed the deal for the loss.

They travel tomorrow to Baltimore for a makeup game at 1pm. Ivan Nova will face Alfredo Simon.

In world news beyond baseball, a jet carrying a Russian professional hockey team tragically crashed earlier today, killing 43 out of the 45 people aboard the aircraft.

The MLB has never encountered a plane crash this large in scale. You can be sure with this horrible news that all professional sports players across the globe will think twice about taking safe flights for granted.

Game 141 | Yankees vs. Orioles

AJ on the mound this afternoon

and here is the lineup.  Yes seriously this is the lineup!!!!

1. Nunez SS
2. Martin C
3. Swisher RF
4. Rodriguez 3B
5. Jones LF
6. Montero DH
7. Laird 1B
8. Golson CF
9. Pena 2B
Burnett P

Yankee News

Yankees sent RHP Ryan Pope outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Pope was designated for assignment last week as the Yankees did some housecleaning on their 40-man roster. The 25-year-old right-hander posted a 5.12 ERA and 45/14 K/BB ratio over 45 2/3 innings this season between High-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Morning Bits: Montero, Brackman, Granderson

Yankees win.  How about the unusual suspects all hitting home runs in Posada, Cervelli and Gardner. A very later start and a late ending with an afternoon game scheduled for today. Look for a lot of the regulars to probably get the day off today.

Yankees Magic number to clinch the playoffs is now 20.

and here are your morning links.

* If many of you forgot Jesus Montero was nearly traded a couple of times.

* Brackman returns from early struggles and rejoins the Yankees.

* Granderson named AL player of the month for August.

AL EAST STANDINGS

EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10 POFF
NY Yankees 87 53 .621 46-26 41-27 770 562 +208 Won 6 9-1 99.9
Boston 85 56 .603 2.5 42-29 43-27 761 598 +163 Won 1 5-5 99.4
Tampa Bay 77 64 .546 10.5 38-33 39-31 598 534 +64 Lost 1 5-5 0.6
Toronto 70 72 .493 18 34-35 36-37 658 661 -3 Lost 1 4-6 0.0
Baltimore 55 85 .393 32 32-39 23-46 593 746 -153 Lost 4 2-8 0.0

After 4 hour rain delay, Yanks edge O’s 5-3

Lovely weather.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
BAL
0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 7 3
NYY
0 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 x 5 5 1
W: Wade (4-0)
L: Hunter (3-3)
SV: Rivera (39)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gardner, LF 3 1 1 1 0 1 1 .266
Jeter, SS 3 1 1 0 1 1 1 .297
Granderson, CF 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 .269
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 1 1 0 2 0 .249
Cano, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .305
Swisher, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .266
Dickerson, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .310
Chavez, Er, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .269
Posada, DH 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 .239
Cervelli, C 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 .275
Totals 30 5 5 4 2 9 7 .268
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hughes, P 6.0 5 2 2 1 5 1 6.41
Noesi(H, 3) 0.2 1 1 1 0 1 0 3.56
Logan(BS, 2) 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.92
Wade(W, 4-0) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.05
Robertson(H, 31) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.26
Rivera, Ma(S, 39) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.13
Totals 9.0 7 3 3 2 8 1 3.70

And here is the game recap from MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

NEW YORK — Francisco Cervelli and Brett Gardner blasted back-to-back seventh-inning homers, leading the Yankees past the Orioles, 5-3, and ensuring a soggy Tuesday turned into a successful Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Cervelli broke a tie off Baltimore starter Tommy Hunter with a video-reviewed home run, which was touched by a fan leaning over the left-field wall. But the original call was upheld by the umpires after the replay.

“When you come here, you’ve got to be ready for anything,” Cervelli said. “I saw the replay, thought it was a homer and you’ve just got to cross your fingers. That’s it.”

Gardner then left no doubt with his blast, rocketing a laser off the right-field foul pole to give the Yankees a two-run lead in a contest that was played in inclement conditions.

New York won its sixth straight game and maintained a 2 1/2-game lead over Boston in the American League East.

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