Monday, August 11, 2008

Putrid, Pathetic, Pinstripes

Your 2008 New York Yankees (music swells)

Another horrid display tonight by the team masquerading as the New York Yankees. They mailed it, C.O.D.. It all started with Joe Girardi sitting down Johnny Damon when all games are "must wins". If Damon's shoulder is bothering him again, it's one thing, but since no one is saying, we're not giving the benefit of the doubt.

Kudos to Sidney Ponson for another big performance. Sir Sidney pitched into the eighth inning, giving the Yankees a chance, but the offense was non-existent. Twins rookie starter Glen Perkins is a highly regarded prospect, but the Yankees at-bats tonight were lifeless. Perkins had allowed 5 runs in a six inning start against New York back on July 23, but this time he limited them to 4 hits over eight innings. The Yankees don't hit well against rookies and lefties (or anyone right now for that matter), so if you combine the two, look out.

Light-hitting Adam Everett gave the Twins the lead in the second, when he hit his second home run of the season with a man aboard. The Yankees meanwhile wasted a two on, two out situation in the first when Xavier Nady flied out. The Yankees had their best chance an inning later when Robinson Cano lead off with a single and moved to third base on an errant pick-off attempt. But after a walk to Richie Sexson, Ivan Rodriguez popped out and Melky Cabrera bounced into an inning-ending double play (note to Joe Girardi: you CANNOT have Cabrera and Christian in the lineup together).

The Twins tacked on a run in the sixth, on a Joe Mauer sacrifice fly, and in the eighth on a Justin Morneau single. Joe Nathan came on in a non-save situation in the ninth to face Bobby Abreu, Alex Rodriguez, and Nady, and struck out the side.

News and Notes

Joba Chamberlain will begin a throwing program on Friday, not Wednesday as originally reported.

Hideki Matsui is getting closer to a rehab assignment.

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