Daily Archives: September 18, 2011

Game 151 | Yankees @ Blue Jays

Might Girardi let Posada catch Mariano Rivera's 602th save (which hopefully will come today)? “You think about it. We’ve got a one-run game there, and Jorge’s only caught six innings this year. We’ll see.” Quote from Lohud.

Lineup:

Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Robinson Cano DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 1B
Russell Martin C
Chris Dickerson LF
Ramiro Pena SS

Pitchers:

Freddy Garcia (11-7, 3.71) vs. Brandon Morrow (9-11, 5.23)

Random Note:

Looking at Morrow’s numbers, they are very similar to those of A.J. Burnett who is making 16 million this year. Morrow…2.3 million. Yeah, it’s that bad.

Enjoy the game.

Morning Bits: Rivera, Cervelli, Hughes, Meltdown in Boston?

The story of yesterday’s game played out quite well. The Yankees came from behind and took the lead over the Blue Jays. The bullpen worked 5 scoreless innings. One piece of that bullpen, Mariano Rivera, earned his 601st save, tying him with the all-time saves record held by Trevor Hoffman.

Here are your morning links:

— Francisco Cervelli may not be available for the playoffs due to a concussion.

— Phil Hughes has been scratched from his start versus the Twins on Monday, due to back spasms. A.J. Burnett will take his place.

— Some thought the pitching rotation was already pretty clouded. Now, with Colon’s ineffectiveness, and Hughes’ back spasms, the situation is even worse.

— Boston lost to Tampa Bay yesterday, leaving just a 3 game difference between them. (choke-choke)

— The Yankees magic number is now 8.

AL East Standings:

EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10 POFF
NY Yankees 91 59 .607 46-27 45-32 809 603 +206 Won 1 4-6 99.7
Boston 87 64 .576 4.5 44-32 43-32 814 665 +149 Lost 1 2-8 94.1
Tampa Bay 84 67 .556 7.5 42-33 42-34 650 567 +83 Won 1 7-3 5.4
Toronto 76 75 .503 15.5 39-37 37-38 709 719 -10 Lost 1 6-4 0.0
Baltimore 62 88 .413 29 37-40 25-48 640 779 -139 Won 4 7-3 0.0

Yanks rally ahead of Jays; Mariano ties record with 601 saves

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NYY
0 0 0 1 0 4 2 0 0 7 11 1
TOR
0 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 7 2
W: Laffey (3-2)
L: Villanueva (6-4)
SV: Rivera (42)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 .292
Granderson, CF 3 3 3 2 2 0 0 .268
Teixeira, 1B 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 .246
Cano, 2B 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 .305
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 4 1 2 3 0 0 2 .287
Swisher, RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .261
Dickerson, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Montero, DH 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .282
Gardner, LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .262
Romine, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 .143
a-Chavez, Er, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .271
Martin, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .234
Totals 35 7 11 6 2 4 13 .264
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Colon 4.0 7 6 6 1 3 0 3.81
Proctor 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 6.31
Laffey(W, 3-2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.15
Noesi(H, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.01
Soriano, R(H, 22) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3.82
Rivera, Ma(S, 42) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.02
Totals 9.0 7 6 6 2 9 0 3.71
And here is the game recap from MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez:

TORONTO — As far as personal satisfaction goes, the Yankees’ 7-6 win over the Blue Jays did a number. Alex Rodriguez proved he can hit for power with an ailing thumb and a new bat grip, Curtis Granderson reached 40 home runs for the first time in his career and, most prominently, Mariano Rivera notched his 601st save, tying him with Trevor Hoffman for the all-time lead.

But the Yankees were just happy to get out of Rogers Centre on Saturday with a victory. With the Red Sox’s 4-3 loss to the Rays on Saturday, the Yanks’ magic number to clinch a postseason berth is four, and their magic number to clinch the American League East title is eight.

“Mo’s great,” A-Rod said. “Today was a big save, but also a big ‘W’ that we needed.”

The Yankees overcame a rough start by Bartolo Colon and a baserunning blunder that could’ve been a difference-maker with a three-run homer by A-Rod and a two-run shot by Granderson.

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