Daily Archives: September 22, 2011

Game 156 | Yankees vs. Rays

Starting tonight, the rest of the regular season games don't really matter too much. However, the Yanks would like Colon to get on the right track, after his poor last start. It looks like Colon will factor to be the Yankees' postseason #3 or #4 starter, so they need him to be pitching like he did in the first half.

Lineup:

Derek Jeter SS
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Mark Teixeira DH
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Jesus Montero C
Jorge Posada 1B
Brandon Laird 3B
Greg Golson CF

Pitchers:

Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.81) vs. Matt Moore (0-0, 6.23)

Pregame Notes:

Russell Martin: “I hate the Red Sox.” Enough said.

— Joe Girardi on Jorge Posada and a spot on the postseason roster: “I expect him to be there.”

— Girardi also has said that Sabathia is unlikely to start again in the regular season.

— Jack Curry says that Manny Banuelos, David Phelps, and Adam Warren will join the team tomorrow, but they will not be activated.

Enjoy the game.

UPDATE, 6:40pm: If you any comments/questions about the upcoming Yankees-Boston series, please leave them in the comments section. Ricky will address them in a special series preview podcast, and he needs them by later tonight!

Russell Martin: “I Hate The Red Sox”

Russell Martin: “I Hate The Red Sox”

As you know, the Yankees clinched the Division & a Play-Off spot yesterday, which is why Russell Martin was willing to let it all out. When reporters talked about the Boston Red Sox, Martin explained how he wanted to knock them out of the play-offs; badly.

“Anything to get the Red Sox out would be awesome for me. They’re coming up next, so it will be fun.”

When asked why he felt so strongly, Martin was planning to be brutally honest.

“Because I hate the Red Sox.”

Yankees fans grew more fonder of Russell Martin after that comment, but maybe it wasn’t the BEST idea to show immediate disdain in a professional environment. Understandably the Boston Red Sox gave the Yankees a hard time with the Yankees only able to take 1 of the series this year and hoping to take another one. That was the reason for the motivation of Russell Martin’s comments.

 “They’ve given us a hard time all year. I don’t think were scared of them or anything. We’ll see what happens. If we play them,  we play them. We just have to beat them.”  That was well said Mr. Martin, well said indeed.

Where the Yankees stand today 9/22/11

The Yankees have clinched the AL East yesterday with both their wins and with the Boston lost against B’more.  Now the Yankees are 3 games away from clinching the best record in the American League.  This is very important because the more games you have at home the better your chances.   The team that is behind the Yankees for the best record is the Tigers.  Baltimore helped the Yankees by beating Boston now we are focusing on them again as they open up a series tonight against the Tigers.

Tonight the Yankees have Colon on the mound against the Rays who have their Rookie phenom Moore making the start.

Baltimore starts Britton tonight against Turner for the Tigers.

Here are the Current standings for the best record for the American League.

American League
AMERICAN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10 POFF
x-NY Yankees 95 60 .613 50-27 45-33 828 614 +214 Won 4 7-3 100.0
x-Detroit 90 65 .581 5 45-29 45-36 735 680 +55 Won 1 7-3 100.0
Texas 90 65 .581 5 49-29 41-36 811 655 +156 Won 4 8-2 99.3
Boston 88 68 .564 7.5 45-36 43-32 851 701 +150 Lost 2 3-7 87.3
Tampa Bay 85 70 .548 10 42-33 43-37 662 585 +77 Lost 3 4-6 4.5
LA Angels 85 70 .548 10 44-31 41-39 647 601 +46 Won 2 5-5 8.8

Morning Bits: Girardi, Posada, Cashman

Yankees won Both games yesterday and Boston lost their game meaning their is no Magic number anymore and the Yankee are The 2011 AL EAST CHAMPS!!!   Now they are onto clinching the best AL Record.

For those who do like Magic Numbers.  The Magic Number to clinching best record in the American League is 3.

Also don’t forget we have a new poll up on the page.  It is located on the right hand side towards the bottom of the page.

and here are your morning links….

* Give Joe Girardi credit this year for the bombers success.

* Posada finally got his moment in the sun with the Yankees this year last night.

* Cahsman says Hughes is out to at least Sunday.

AL EAST STANDINGS

EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10 POFF
x-NY Yankees 95 60 .613 50-27 45-33 828 614 +214 Won 4 7-3 100.0
Boston 88 68 .564 7.5 45-36 43-32 851 701 +150 Lost 2 3-7 84.3
Tampa Bay 85 70 .548 10 42-33 43-37 662 585 +77 Lost 3 4-6 8.1
Toronto 78 77 .503 17 41-39 37-38 723 738 -15 Lost 2 6-4 0.0
Baltimore 65 90 .419 30 37-41 28-49 670 822 -152 Won 2 7-3 0.0

Yanks’ defeat Rays twice and clinch the AL East

Game 1 Recap:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
TB
0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 0
NYY
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 x 4 7 0
W: Ayala (2-2)
L: Shields (15-12)
SV: Rivera (44)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gardner, CF-LF 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .262
Jeter, SS 3 2 2 0 1 0 0 .298
Cano, DH-2B 4 0 1 2 0 1 2 .304
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 4 0 1 1 0 2 1 .281
Swisher, RF-1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .259
Rivera, Ma, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Posada, 1B 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .236
1-Dickerson, PR-RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Jones, An, LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .240
a-Granderson, PH-CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .270
Nunez, E, 2B 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 .266
Teixeira, 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .247
Romine, C 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .111
b-Chavez, Er, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .268
Martin, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .238
Totals 30 4 7 4 2 8 7 .265
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Noesi 2.2 4 2 2 1 2 1 4.14
Valdes 1.1 1 0 0 1 3 0 2.25
Kontos 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.86
Laffey 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.10
Wade 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.98
Logan 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.92
Ayala(W, 2-2) 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.69
Rivera, Ma(S, 44) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.95
Totals 9.0 9 2 2 2 10 1 3.68
Game 2 Recap:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
TB
0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 8 0
NYY
0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 x 4 4 1
W: Robertson (4-0)
L: McGee (3-2)
SV: Soriano (2)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gardner, LF 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .261
a-Swisher, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .261
1-Golson, PR-RF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Granderson, CF 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .270
Teixeira, 1B 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 .246
Cano, 2B 2 1 1 1 2 0 0 .305
Montero, DH 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .267
b-Posada, PH-DH 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 .239
Chavez, Er, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .263
Martin, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .236
Dickerson, RF-LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .308
Nunez, E, SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .263
Totals 27 4 4 3 6 4 8 .265
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia 7.1 7 2 2 2 6 2 3.00
Robertson(W, 4-0) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.11
Soriano, R(S, 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.62
Totals 9.0 8 2 2 2 7 2 3.66
And lastly, here is the AL East clincher’s written recap:

NEW YORK — It’s hard to remember now, but the 2011 Yankees entered the season as underdogs, relatively speaking. Though still tabbed by many to make the playoffs, New York was considered a distant second in the American League East behind a Boston team considered far superior due to its dominance of the free-agent market.

Questions surrounded the Yankees about their bullpen, their aging stars, their starting rotation. And of all the Yankees, none was scrutinized as much as Jorge Posada, the longtime catcher who didn’t crack .200 until June, and created a media firestorm in May when he publicly questioned manager Joe Girardi’s decision to bat him ninth in the order.

There were no more questions Wednesday at Yankee Stadium when Posada delivered New York’s 12th American League East title in 16 years with a pinch-hit two-run single to right field in the eighth inning. The hit came with two outs and the bases loaded, and lifted the Yankees to a 4-2 victory in the second game of a doubleheader sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays.

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