Daily Archives: September 26, 2011

Game 160 | Yankees @ Rays

Noesi is making his second big league start tonight.

Lineup:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Jorge Posada 1B
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez RF
Brett Gardner LF

Pitchers:

Hector Noesi (2-1, 4.14) vs. James Shields (15-12, 2.84)

Enjoy the game.

Series Preview: G160-162 | Yankees @ Rays

Mon., 9/26/11, 7:10PM EST

Hector Noesi (2-1, 4.14) vs. James Shields (15-12, 2.84)
Noesi’s Last 3 Starts: 0-0, 12.46, 4 K in 4.1 IP
Shields’ Last 3 Starts: 1-2, 3.57, 16 K in 22.2 IP

Tues., 9/27/11, 7:10PM EST

Bartolo Colon (8-10, 4.02) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.90)
Colon’s Last 3 Starts: 0-1, 7.07, 9 K in 14.0 IP
Hellickson’s Last 3 Starts: 1-0, 2.89, 9 K in 18.2 IP

Wed., 9/28/11, 7:10PM EST

TBA vs. David Price (12-13, 3.35)
Price’s Last 3 Starts: 0-1, 2.70, 15 K in 16.2 IP

Informing You of Our Site’s Features

INFORMING YOU OF OUR SITE’S FEATURES

by Mike D.

In case you haven’t noticed, we have made some changes to the sidebar, on the right-hand side of this page. The content it offers is pretty extensive, so we want you to take a look and know about what is there. I’ll go from in order from top to bottom in these descriptions.

1. Email Subscription: This is where you can sign up for a subscription to our site. Every time we post something, you will be sent an email about it.

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4. Links: You’ll find we have five categories of links on that sidebar. [1] is the Beat Writers (such as Mark Feinsand and Joel Sherman), [2] contains links for twitter accounts you should follow (such as Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman), [3] is a list of good baseball resources you should use (such as Fangraphs and MLBTradeRumors), [4] links you to all the minor-league affiliates’ sites, and [5] is our blogroll for other Yankee blogs (such as River Ave. Blues and Lohud).

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6. Top Commenters: This is updated every Monday, showing who has commented the most.

7. Milestones & Records: These next three sections are called: “Moving Up the Hit List” (Derek Jeter), “Chase for All Time HR Record” (Alex Rodriguez), and lastly “All Time Saves Leader” (Mariano Rivera). These are all updated daily, so check ’em out.

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13. Twitter Feed: This is the YankeeFansUnite live streaming Twitter feed.

Morning Bits: Hughes, Girardi, Burnett

Yankees Split the Double Dip yesterday the one losing the game in 14 innings.  They now fly to Tampa to finish off the season and to either help or hurt Tampa’s chances in making the playoffs.

here are your morning links….

* Yankees put ailing Hughes in pen for Rays series.

* Girardi was ejected in his third game last night this season all 3 games were against Boston.

* Will Burnett have a chance now to start in the ALDS?

AL BEST RECORD

AMERICAN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10 POFF
*-NY Yankees 97 62 .610 52-29 45-33 855 639 +216 Lost 1 7-3 100.0
x-Texas 93 66 .585 4 52-29 41-37 838 670 +168 Won 3 8-2 100.0
x-Detroit 92 67 .579 5 47-31 45-36 759 701 +58 Won 1 5-5 100.0
Boston 89 70 .560 8 45-36 44-34 861 720 +141 Won 1 3-7 88.4
Tampa Bay 88 71 .553 9 44-34 44-37 689 602 +87 Won 2 5-5 11.5

AL WILD CARD

AMERICAN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10
Boston 89 70 .560 45-36 44-34 861 720 +141 Won 1 3-7
Tampa Bay 88 71 .553 1 44-34 44-37 689 602 +87 Won 2 5-5
LA Angels 86 73 .541 3 45-33 41-40 660 616 +44 Lost 1 4-6

Yanks split day-night doubleheader with BoSox

Posada was a big contributor in the Game 1 victory.

Game 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
BOS
0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 6 2
NYY
2 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 x 6 8 0

W: Burnett (11-11)

L: Wakefield (7-8)

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gardner, CF 5 1 1 0 0 1 3 .260
Jeter, SS 4 2 3 1 0 1 0 .300
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 3 1 1 1 1 0 2 .278
Posada, DH 3 1 2 2 1 0 1 .242
1-Nunez, E, PR-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .266
Jones, An, LF 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 .247
Golson, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143
Martin, C 2 0 0 0 2 1 3 .236
Dickerson, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .277
Laird, 1B 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .188
Pena, R, 2B 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 .111
Totals 29 6 8 4 7 8 16 .265
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Burnett, AJ(W, 11-11) 7.2 5 2 2 2 6 2 5.16
Robertson 1.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.09
Totals 9.0 6 2 2 2 9 2 3.68
Game 2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 R H E
BOS 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 15 1
NYY 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 0

W: Morales (1-2)

L: Proctor (2-5)

SV: Doubront (1)

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Nunez, E, SS 6 0 0 0 0 1 3 .261
Granderson, CF 5 1 0 0 1 2 2 .266
Cano, 2B 5 1 1 0 1 1 0 .304
Teixeira, 1B 2 1 1 2 2 0 0 .244
2-Golson, PR-RF 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .125
Swisher, RF-1B 6 0 0 0 0 2 4 .260
Chavez, Er, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .265
1-Gardner, PR-LF 3 1 0 0 0 1 3 .258
Montero, DH 4 0 2 0 2 0 1 .357
Dickerson, LF 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 .265
Laird, 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .188
a-Posada, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .242
3-Pena, R, PR-3B 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .105
Romine, C 6 0 1 0 0 2 4 .176
Totals 45 4 6 3 8 12 20 .264
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nova 6.1 8 4 4 0 3 0 3.70
Logan 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.83
Soriano, R 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.52
Rivera, Ma 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.92
Valdes 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.00
Wade 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.88
Laffey 2.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3.98
Proctor(L, 2-5) 0.2 2 3 3 1 1 1 7.41
Totals 14.0 15 7 7 2 9 1 3.69
Here is the Game 1 recap from MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

NEW YORK — Nearly three years have passed, but A.J. Burnett has finally done what the Yankees envisioned when they chased him so passionately as a free agent: Beat the Boston Red Sox.

The right-hander said he got goosebumps from a standing ovation, having hurled 7 2/3 strong innings on Sunday to defeating the skidding Red Sox, 6-2, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.

“It means a lot, you know,” Burnett said. “They’ve been rough, but I’ve given them reason to be rough. That makes up for everything. Walking off that mound to that ovation is incredible.”

Burnett’s effort ended a string of 10 overall starts against the Red Sox — including nine as a Yankee — dating back to Sept. 19, 2008, dealing another blow to a Boston club that has good reason to fret about their postseason chances.

The Yankees have no such worries, now acting as spoilers, but there are several key decisions waiting ahead — and, as Burnett said, he hopes to be giving manager Joe Girardi a tough decision with his playoff rotation.

“I’ve been giving him headaches all year; why not give him a good headache, you know?” Burnett said.

Burnett is not guaranteed a place in the first-round postseason rotation, where Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia could follow CC Sabathia in the AL Division Series, but now Girardi has new ammunition to consider.

“We’re going to continue to look at it and talk about it,” Girardi said. “Our opponent has something to do with who we’re going to pitch and how we go about this, but we still don’t know that opponent.”

Winning for the second time in three starts, Burnett was touched for a pair of solo homers by Jacoby Ellsbury but little else. The right-hander scattered five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

“You go [chasing] out of the zone, it’s hard,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “He’s throwing 95 and has a breaking ball. We chased a lot of pitches out of the zone. I understand that’s when he’s successful, and he got us today.”

That outing was enough to win him at least one fan in the clubhouse — Jorge Posada, who had his own big day and supported the idea of Burnett starting next month.

“I think you go with the hot hand,” Posada said. “A.J. pitched a [heck] of a game today and Freddy pitched a [heck] of a game the other day. Then you’ve got CC and Nova.”

Boston’s freefall continued in the defeat, dropping the Red Sox to 5-18 this month and providing the Rays with an expanding glimmer of hope in the AL Wild Card chase.

Behind Tim Wakefield, the tone for the afternoon was set in a sloppy first inning as the Yankees took advantage of an error, a passed ball and a wild pitch to score their first pair of runs.

Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter led off with bunt singles and steals of second, leading to Gardner scoring on an error by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

A passed ball and a wild pitch on Wakefield’s darting knuckler sent Jeter home, slumping the Red Sox’s shoulders a few inches more.

“They put pressure on them right away,” Girardi said. “I’m very thankful that I never had to catch a knuckleballer in my career. I’m not sure I would have slept the night before that night.”

Batting cleanup for the first time since 2009 as Girardi looks to offer his regulars some rest, Posada belted his 14th home run of the season in the third inning, a two-run laser to right field.

Summoned for a curtain call, Posada patted his heart. Posada is essentially guaranteed a spot on the playoff roster, and though his role is uncertain, his standing among the fans is strong.

“The fans have been amazing all through my career, but especially this year,” Posada said. “They’ve been very supportive. … It’s very meaningful for me that the fans are behind me 100 percent.”

In the fifth, Jeter reached on a single and a Carl Crawford error, scoring on Alex Rodriguez’s hit to knock Wakefield out after four-plus innings.

Wakefield allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits, walking five and striking out four.

“That’s a tough one,” Posada said. “He is tough to face and to try to slow yourself down that much. I’ve really got a lot of respect for Wakefield, he’s done a lot for the game and he’s a perfect gentleman.”

Jeter doubled home Brandon Laird in the sixth facing Matt Albers to open up a four-run lead for New York, the captain’s third hit of the afternoon.

And here is the Game 2 Recap from MLB.com’s Evan Drellich:

NEW YORK — The Yankees had a chance on Sunday, in the nightcap of a doubleheader with Boston, to take away quite a bragging-rights victory — some Schadenfreude that would be permissible for at least the fans to take part in, if not the players.

A win, and the Yankees would have put their rival Red Sox on the brink of a complete collapse. New York had taken the first two games of the series at Yankee Stadium and held an early lead in the third over a reeling Sox team that was one loss away from falling into a tie for the American League Wild Card.

Ruining Boston’s season, however, falls to the back burner as the Yankees tune up for their own guaranteed postseason appearance, and a 7-4 win for Boston worthy of an actual playoff contest was decided by Jacoby Ellsbury’s three-run homer in the 14th inning.

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