Wednesday, June 30, 2010
What was once the land that held Yankee Stadium became the host to rubble. But soon it will rise again.
Okay, that was really over dramatic.
The Yankees broke ground yesterday on Heritage Park. The gift to the community that will sit atop the old Stadium grounds and will replace McCoombs Dam Park that was torn asunder for the new Stadium.
Brian Cashman and Randy Levine were joined by the Bronx Borough president Ruben Diaz Jr., as well as (for some reason) Joba Chamberlain.
Read more about it here.
Cliff Lee's days in a Seattle Mariners uniform may be numbered, but he's making the most of it. And so is the M's front office, licking their chops at the possible prospects they could get back for the 2008 AL Cy Young winner.
Lee wasn't at the extreme top of his game last night, but he still threw his third straight complete game to beat the Yankees 7-4 at the Stadium last night. In doing so, Lee became the first pitcher to accomplish that feat since Randy Johnson in 1998.
Nick Swisher hit a pair of solo home runs and the Yankees rallied for a pair of runs in the 9th when Lee tired a bit, but for the most part the Yankees went down pretty meekly. The normally inoffensive Mariners also gave him plenty of run support, knocking starter Phil Hughes out of the game with two outs in the 6th inning.
Hughes, whose last start was skipped to slow his innings progression, wasn't sharp from the start. He had plenty of life on his fastball, but left it and his breaking pitches up in the zone.
The M's scored single runs in the 2nd thru 5th innings before breaking the game open with three runs in the 6th. Franklin Gutierrez homered and he and Ichiro Suzuki drove in two runs each.
Until the 9th inning the Yankees only legitimate threat was in the 2nd when they put two aboard with one out. But Lee got rookie Chad Huffman to bounce into an inning ending double play.
Lee, who beat the Yankees twice during last year's World Series, lost (3-1) to the Bombers during interleague play like season and is 5-4 lifetime with a 4.72 ERA in 10 career regular season starts against the Pinstripes.
Marcus Thames is getting closer to returning to the Bronx. He'll start a rehab stint at Scranton on Wednesday.
Dave Eiland was back with the team last night, with Mike Harkey resuming his bullpen duties. Eiland is still staying private about what kept him away.
Joe West was the home plate ump last night and was soundly booed about his Yankees-Red Sox slow play comments earlier this year. West really deserves to be booed in general.
Monday, June 28, 2010
My pre-season pick for the AL MVP was none other than the Rays' B.J. Upton. I had a hunch this would be a bust out year for him. The one that took his game to another level.
Boy was I wrong.
Upton's splits - .223/.318/.392 stink. He's got just 29 RBI.
Back in 2007 it appeared Upton was ready for stardom. He hit .300, belted 24 HR and drove in 82 runs. His OPS was nearly .900.
But his lack of hustle, and it's not a perceived lack, at times and his attitude have diminished as has his game. Things came to a head on Sunday when Upton loped after a ball hit to the gap in left-center field. When the Rays got back in the dugout Evan Longoria got in his teammates face. Upton's reaction, as you can see in the video, was none too pleasant.
Ironically, the game ended when Chris Young hustled to catch a deep fly ball hit by Upton.
Upton's days in Tampa Bay very well becoming to an end. The Rays have shown their not afraid to move talented, but underachieving players (i.e. Delmon Young).
Perhaps a deal for Carlos Zambrano?
Zambrano's weekend flip out. Is there something in the dugout water?
photo courtesy of onpublicspeaking.com
The gunslinger goes into the delivery and fires. The crack of the bat can be heard for miles. The ball jumps off the hitter's bat and lands deep into the seats in left-center field. Quite a poke for a left-handed hitter. Teammates rejoice. The closer comes out of the dugout for another inning and slams the door shut, reminding his old manager that there is no one better. The good guys win.
Pettitte, on the other hand, was a mess. After watching CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett forget to cover first base recently and Pettitte's two wild throws after fielding bunts last night, you would understand if Joe Girardi wants to run a little PFP (Pitchers Fielding Practice) before this week's games.
It will be interesting to see if some teams try to bunt more against Pettitte after last night's debacle, which was both physical and mental.
Reed Johnson led off the Dodger 3rd with a double to right. Kershaw then bunted to the left side of the infield. Despite Rodriguez imploring Pettitte to throw to first base, the big Texan fired a wild throw to third, well out of Rodriguez's reach. 1-0 Dodgers and the beginning of some "not in the glove" cursing from Pettitte.
Rafael Furcal thought a bunt looked like a good idea and laid one down on the left side as well. Rodriguez charged, bare handed and fire to first, but not in time. Two on, no one out. Yeah, you know what's coming next.
Ronnie Belliard laid down another bunt, which Pettitte fielded cleanly...and threw wide of Cano for another error and another Dodgers run. Cano may have been able to record the putout, but Pettitte's thrown was in the baseline, which caused Cano to get alligator arms. Andre Ethier tacked on another run on a sac fly for a 3-0 LA lead.
The Dodgers added two more runs in the 4th, including a solo home run by Belliard, and things looked bleak. But A-Rod, who spoke briefly with Torre before the game, came up with the first of two very big hits on the night. One would argue his hits were even bigger than Cano's game winning home run.
A-Rod took Kershaw deep with a man aboard in the 6th to get the Yankees on the board. Though down 5-2 it gave the team some life and some spark. After the Dodgers added an insurance run off Joba Chamberlain in the 8th, it was A-Rod once again who got things going in the 9th with a one out single.
After moving to second base on defensive indifference, A-Rod came home when Cano ripped a double past first baseman James Loney. Then the Yankees really started to make closer Jonathan Broxton work.
Jorge Posada's 10 pitch at-bat resulted in a single to right, bringing the tying run to the plate in the form of Curtis Granderson. The Grandy man worked an eight pitch at-bat to draw a walk to load the bases. Chad Huffman got three straight 96 mph fastballs, lining the last one to right for a 2-run single to cut the Dodgers lead to 6-5. Granderson moved to third on the play to set up a big confrontation between Broxton and pinch-hitter Colin Curtis.
Curtis worked another 10 pitch at-bat before grounding to Loney at first. Instead of throwing home immediately, Loney chose to step on first for the second out of the inning and then made an off-balance throw home. The throw was the right side of home plate, allowing Granderson to beat catcher Russell Martin to the plate to tie the game.
After intentionally walking Derek Jeter, Broxton finally retired Francisco Cervelli to end the inning. The Dodgers closer threw a career high 48 pitches in the inning after throwing 19 the day before.
Rivera retired the side in order in the 9th, but Loney reached on a lead off single in the 10th to make things interesting. No problem as Rivera struck out Martin and Johnson, and got Jamey Carroll on a game ending ground out.
Just another day in the Hollywood.
Garrett Anderson and Russell Martin were both ejected after facing Rivera. Anderson was upset at a strike call in his pinch-hit at-bat in the 9th and said a no-no to home plate ump Chris Guccione on his way back to the dugout. Anderson and Torre pleaded the outfielder's case, but to no avail. Martin then K'ed looking in the 10th and slammed his bat down to garner another ejection from Guccione.
George Sherrill had not allowed a home run to a left-hander entering play last night. Cano was also 0-11 against him lifetime.
Brett Gardner had to leave the game after being hit with a Kershaw pitch in the forearm. Gardner stayed in the game at first, but then the arm began to swell. He'll have it further evaluated today.
photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Tell me have you seen him, seen him..ohhhhhhhh.
Look at his face. It's the same every month. But something is inside that tattooed noggin' of his.
Okay, I don't know if his noggin' is tattooed, but he's been getting tattooed the entire month of June, which thankfully for him, is coming to a close.
Burnett absolutely sizzled in April. We all thought - come on you did - that A.J. had finally figured it out. Never mind that he was 3-0. Burnett recorded a 2.43 ERA in 331. innings. 20 strikeouts compared to 9 walks.
Then May rolled around. That's when the trouble really began. A 4.03 ERA for the month is deceiving. Two starts with the Twins and one each against the Orioles and Indians gave Burnett three wins. He allowed just three earned runs in 27 innings. Great stuff. But his starts against the Rays, whom he had beaten in April, and Boston were horrendous. 14 earned runs in just 11 innings and a pair of losses.
Now we come to the explosive month of June. It's really hard to put into words just how lost Burnett is on the mound right now. I've seen it before. Jeff Weaver comes to mind. Great stuff, weak mentality. Only I think Burnett has the capability of harnessing it where as Weaver never bounced back.
29 earned runs in 23 innings in June. Three starts of four innings or less. 17 walks and 35 hits. It actually might look worse in print than in watching it unfold.
There's no point in continuing to run Burnett out there. It's not going to change overnight and at the very least he should skip a start. The Yankees were better off with Phil Hughes going this weekend and giving Burnett a mental breather, especially on the heels of losing his grandfather.
So who do you put in there? It doesn't matter. Call up a pitcher for a spot start. Get a sports psychologist. Burn some incense. Sacrifice a Red Sox fan..oops, just kidding.
Just get A.J. out of there.
Last night's game.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Alex Rodriguez decided at some point last year to talk with his bat rather than his mouth. That wasn't more evident than the week leading up to the Yankees-Dodgers series and its corresponding Joe Torre reunion this weekend.
A-Rod and Torre didn't have any meet and greets beforehand, but A-Rod's bat certainly got his former manager's attention. The third baseman snapped a 1-1 tie in the 6th with his 10th home run of the year and the Yankees took the first game of the series, 2-1.
CC Sabathia (9-3) never played for Torre, but gave him a game to remember. After struggling with his control early, the big man bore down and limited the Dodgers to four hits over eight innings. He also protected his teammates when he drilled Vincente Padilla (1-2) in the leg after Padilla hit Robinson Cano. Padilla had also left his mark last year when he hit Mark Teixeira twice in the same game while pitching for the Texas Rangers.
Torre also now knows how it feels to have Mariano Rivera close out your loss. Rivera did it in style, striking out Manny Ramirez, Matt Kemp, and James Loney in the 9th for his 17th save.
The Dodgers took advantage of Sabathia's early lack of command to pick up their only run in the 1st inning. Rafael Furcal drew a lead off walk, swiped second base and scored on Ramirez's single. The Yankees tied it in the 2nd when A-Rod reached on a lead off double and scored on a one out single by Jorge Posada.
"Manny being Manny" dropped a fly ball in the 8th that gave the Yankees an opportunity for an insurance run, but Padilla retired Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher to escape the jam.
James Loney was ejected from the ball game, even though the ball game was over, when he was called out on strikes by home plate ump Phil Cuzzi. That set off hitting coach Don Mattingly who screamed at Cuzzi as he walked off the field.
A-Rod's home run was the 593rd of his career.
Derek Jeter turns 36 on Saturday.
Friday, June 25, 2010
This is a piece I wrote for baseballdigest.com
One of the first lessons I ever learned in life was, “Don’t ever burn your bridges”. It didn’t matter if you hated the job you were leaving, the boss you worked for, your co-workers, or life in general. You never know what might come back to bite you in the behind.
Apparently, Joe Torre didn’t learn that lesson. (Hmm, wonder if it’s in his motivational book or part of his speeches?) When Torre turned down a one year, incentive laden offer from the Steinbrenner clan after the 2007 season, he still had the support of a lot of Yankees fans. It’s difficult to tell if there was a majority of support for him at the time though, because many of those who liked him as Yankees manager still felt it was time for a change.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010
Mariano Rivera must have been experiencing some deja vu, or at the very least, some near deja vu last night. But thankfully for the greatest closer of all time this is June, 2010 not November, 2001. Rivera worked out of a bases loaded, nobody out jam in the 10th inning and the Yankees defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 last night. In doing so, the Yankees took two of three and picked up a game on the Rays and Red Sox, both of whom lost.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Dontrelle Willis' days in the major leagues have to be numbered. For his own good.
"Any asshole can be a father". - Keanu Reeves, Parenthood (1989)
Apparently the same can be said for the owners of professional sports teams. Well, rich assholes anyway.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria canned Joe Girardiafter one season in Miami despite a great effort by the current Yankees skipper and defending WS champion manager. Next up, Fredi Gonzalez, another promising manager.
Gonzalez led the Marlins to two 80+ win seasons in his three full seasons and had the team two games under .500 after 70 contests this year. All this despite a payroll that is next to nill and fan attendance that's barely more than a little league game.
So of course Loria fired Gonzalez today. Perhaps Loria was catering to his unhappy star Hanley Ramirez, who has had run ins with Gonzalez or perhaps, and more likely, Loria is just another owner who doesn't understand the sport he uses as a tax write off.
A regular season game in June can't be compared to a World Series potential clincher, but Andy Pettitte had to feel some satisfaction after returning to the scene of his self proclaimed "worst start of my career". Pettitte limited the Arizona Diamondbacks to two runs over seven innings and the Yankees broke open a close game late for a 9-3 win.
Though he had been back to Chase Field (formerly "The BOB") as a member of the Houston Astros, this was the first time Pettitte stood atop the mound in his New York Yankees grey road uniform since his game six debacle (2 IP 6 ER) in the 2001 World Series. The Dbacks are not the same team in any way, shape, or form, but Pettitte sparkled in picking up his 9th win.
There was a slight bump in the road when Pettitte let a 2-0 lead, courtesy of Alex Rodriguez's first home run since June 3, get away in the 2nd inning. That's when Pettitte's counterpart, Dan Haren, poked a game tying 2-run single to right. Haren's batting average (.457) is nearly as high as his ERA (4.62)...let's not compare decimal places, shall we?...
The Yankees took the lead right back in the 3rd on an RBI single by Rodriguez and Pettitte made the lead stand up. He scattered seven hits, walked two, and struck out seven in earning his 238th career win (57th on the all time career wins list). His 2.48 ERA is the lowest of his career after 14 starts. Pettitte even amused his fellow pitchers with a base hit.
Pettitte also gave the bullpen some rest, finishing the 7th inning after going past the mystical 100-pitch mark. Haren also left after seven innings and the Yankees took full advantage of a shoddy Dbacks bullpen to bust the game open.
Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, and Curtis Granderson each stroked RBI singles and a Jorge Poasada sac fly gave the Yankees a 7-2 lead. That set the stage for Colin Curtis' second big league at-bat. He didn't disappoint. The Yankees reserve outfielder lined a 2-run double to deep center, much to the delight of his family, who were in attendance for the second straight evening..
The Yankees gained a game on both Tampa Bay and Boston and lead the AL East by 1.5 games. The Rays dropped their series opener to San Diego and have lost 8 of 11.
It becomes quite clear in watching Alex Rodriguez run that he's well short of being at 100%. Kim Jones reported during the YES broadcast that A-Rod has begun daily work outs in a pool to strengthen his leg and help his mobility. Last night's home run snapped a streak of 49 at-bats without a long ball. It's the third time this season that A-Rod has gone at least 40 games without a home run.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Picture if you will A.J. Burnett wandering through the desert. Down on his hands and knees, crawling, gasping for...COMMAND. Burnett couldn't find any last night in the air conditioned confines of Chase Field as the Arizona Diamondbacks pounded him and the Yankees 10-4.
The multi-tattooed right-hander got tattooed in the first inning after retiring the first two batters with ease. Justin Upton started the fireworks with a tape measure solo home run to center field. The next two hitters reached safely and came home on a 3-run blast by Andy LaRoche. Mark Reynolds then went back to back with LaRoche with a solo shot to left off Burnett. Two batters later Burnett finally struck out his counterpart, Rodrigo Lopez, on a 3-2 pitch to end the frame. In a matter of moments, the Yankees found themselves in a 6-0 hole that they wouldn't be able to climb out of.
Burnett gave up another run in the 2nd and has now allowed 23 earned runs in his last 20 innings (0-4, 10-35). He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the 5th inning.
The best the Yankees offense could do was the cut the lead to 7-3 in the 6th on RBI from Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada. But Upton put the game out of reach when he took Chan Ho Park deep with two aboard in the 8th. It was the sixth home run allowed by Park this season, one more than he surrendered all of last year.
Colin Curtis made his major league debut last night and lined out to center pinch-hitting for Burnett. With Jorge Posada ready to catch a regular or semi-regular rate, Chad Moeller became expendable and Curtis was added to the roster. His family flew in time for the game.
Andy Pettitte returns to Chase Field for the first time as a member of the Yankees since his disastrous 2001 World Series game 6 performance. The Yankees held a 3-2 lead in games, but Pettitte, who later found out he was tipping his pitches, got torched for six runs in two innings. He did face Arizona a number of times while with the Houston Astros.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Mark Teixeira has heard the grousing from the fans. He's been repeatedly asked what's wrong and when will he turn things around? Joe Girardi has stuck by his 1st baseman through his season long slump and it paid off dividends over the weekends with the Mets.
No one was more aware of that than Swisher himself. Hitting right-handed, Swisher pushed a bunt down the first base line. It so confused the Mets that Santana and second baseman Ruben Tejada collided as they converged on first base and Ike Davis' flip.
This from Elias Sports Bureau - With his 10th victory on Saturday, Phil Hughes became the 12th Yankees starting pitcher to start a season winning at least 10 of his first 11 decisions.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Perhaps it was the ineffective Phillies offense rubbing off on them or more likely an ill-time slump. Whatever the case the Yankees somewhat snapped out of their offensive doldrums today and powered their was past the crosstown Mets 5-3.
Friday, June 18, 2010
If you are passionate about sports, you know how much joy there is when your team or an individual you follows succeeds. And you know just how painful and sorrowful it is when said team or player fails.
I'm there right now. For the first time in their illustrious NBA history, the Boston Celtics lost a 7th game of a playoff series. To make matters worse, it was the NBA finals where the Celtics couldn't hold off the Los Angeles Lakers and lost 83-79. The Celtics have 17 titles, just one more now than the Lakers. And it hurts.
It hurt last night when I couldn't fall asleep. It hurt today when I inadvertently saw things referring to the Lakers championship. No, I don't watch the post-game when the other team wins.
And let me interrupt myself to say, yes, I do have my priorities in order. I have much more on my plate to concern myself with. That being said..
Even if you don't follow pro basketball, you can identify with me if you are passionate about any team in any sport. This felt like the 2001 World Series all over again. A 3-2 lead, blown out on the road in game 6 and then come so close to winning game 7.
The huge difference here was that the Lakers really earned this, the Diamondbacks had it handed to them. I even wore my Mariano Rivera bp jersey with the 2009 WS logo for some good luck. That luck ran it out in the 4th quarter.
Sad. Mopey. Etc.
p.s. Kobe, you're still a douchebag.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
If the Yankees are looking for any positives after losing two of three from the Philadelphia Phillies, they just have to look back at last year's results. The Yankees captured just one contest in a three game series with the Phillies last May before topping the two time defending NL champs in the World Series.
It may be the only thing that helps Joe Girardi feel good about his squad after the last two games. After being baffled by the slower than slow pitching of Jamie Moyer, the Yankees could muster only a single run against Kyle Kendrick, who entered the game with a 4.80 ERA. The Yankees went 9-62 (.145) in the two losses combined.
Andy Pettitte (8-2) was sharp and didn't allow a base runner until the 4th inning when the Phillies scored an unearned run. But Shane Victorino pulled a Pettitte cutter into the left field seats for a 3-0 lead.
The Yankees finally got to Kendrick in the 6th on Robinson's Cano RBI single and had two on with two out. But third baseman Placido Polanco leapt onto the tarp to snare Nick Swisher's foul pop to end the inning.
The Phillies blew the game open in the 9th against an ineffective Joba Chamberlain and Damaso Marte.
Andy Pettitte made some history passing Ron Guidry for second place (1,779) on the franchise's all-time strikeout list. It came 32 years to the day that Louisiana Lightning struck out 18 California Angels. Pettitte also passed Bob Shawkey for 5th place on the team's career innings list. He should pass Lefty Gomez for 4th place in his next start.
The Yankees and Mets play the second half of the Subway Series beginning tomorrow (Friday) night. Hisanori Takahashi squares off with Javier Vazquez in the opener.
photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports
Moyer hasn't just seemingly been around forever, he has been around forever. I saw the Yankees beat him as a member of the Baltimore Orioles...in 1993. Bob Wickman was the Yankees winning pitcher. In fact, last night marked the 24th anniversary of Moyer's major league debut with the Chicago Cubs.
The lefty was at his slowest best last night, limiting the Yankees to three hits and two runs - solo home runs by Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada - over eight innings. He even struck out five batters. Maybe that doesn't sound like a lot, but it is when you've only struck out 34 hitters in the previous 73.1 innings.
Moyer had plenty of help from his offense, which has been unusually anemic this year. Yankees starter A.J. Burnett served up pitches on a silver platter/batting tee and the Phillies knocked them out of the park.
Burnett, who pitches like the love child of Roy Halladay and Jeff Weaver, was tagged for six runs over six innings. In his last three starts, the tattooed right-hander has been tattooed for 16 earned runs in 16 innings. After an easy-breezy 1st inning, Burnett was charged with four runs in the 2nd, three of them on a bases loaded triple by Shane Victorino.
Cano's home run cut the score to 4-1, but Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth hit back-to-back home runs off Burnett in the 3rd for a 6-1 Phillies lead.
The Yankees actually sent the tying run to the plate in the 9th inning against closer Brad Lidge. Alex Rodriguez, back in the lineup as DH, doubled in a run to halve the lead and Cano followed with a single. But Lidge came back to strike out Jorge Posada to end the game.
Twitter and the blogs were abuzz last night with people bashing Burnett and screaming at the Yankees for not having the ability to beat up on Moyer. I'm sure the latter came from Moyer's one inning, nine earned run performance against Boston in his last start.
It doesn't matter if you have a 95-mph fastball or one that barely breaks the speed limit. If you know how to pitch and have enough weapons in your arsenal, you can beat teams. Until recent years, Moyer had been consistent for much of his career. Last night he was on.
Conversely, Burnett is the model of inconsistency. His stuff is awesome, you hear about it every time he pitches. But whether it's mental, physical, or both, he does not always bring his 'A' game. That included forgetting to cover first base on a grounder to the right side last night. He is what he is and it's ridiculous for fans to demand he be traded or talk about how much money he's making. It's absurd for any Yankees fan to want the team to spend whatever it takes to land a player and then criticize said player for making that money.
The only bright spot from last night's game was the performance of recently recalled Boone Logan and Chad Gaudin. The two limited the Phillies to just a single walk over the final 5.2 innings.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
It was a pitching match up the media and fans love and hitters hate. The Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies began a three game series at the Stadium tonight with aces CC Sabathia and Roy Halladay squaring off on the mound. Some things just don't live up to the hype. The Yankees hit three home runs and sent Halladay to the showers after six innings en route to an 8-3 win.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Cito Culver has yet to ink a deal with the New York Yankees, but the team's top pick in this year's amatuer draft is ready to wear pinstripes. To the prom that is.
Culver and his best friend Josiah Heath picked out matching white tuxedos with black pinstripes and blue ties.
photo and information courtesy of Rocnow.com
Sometimes you just have to give credit where credit is due. That was the case when the Yankees lost for just their second time in12 meetings with the Baltimore Orioles.
Following the game plan that seems to be etched in stone for decades, the Yankees struggled with a rookie pitcher. Jake Arrieta, making his major league debut, limited the Yankees to four hits over six innings and settled down after he allowed three over the 2nd and 3rd innings. The Orioles' bullpen also had a rare solid outing with closer of the day David Hernandez notching his first big league save.
A.J. Burnett was handed a 3-2 lead and seemed to be in a groove after allowing a pair of runs in the 1st inning. But he surrendered Scott Moore's first home run of the year in the 5th to tie it and gave up a pair of one out rockets an inning later to give Baltimore the lead for good.
Luke Scott ripped a shot to right that appeared would be caught by a leaping Nick Swisher, but the Yankees right fielder seemingly mistimed his jump and Scott had himself a triple. Adam Jones followed with a gapper to right-center for a double and a 4-3 Orioles lead.
Robinson Cano's streak of nine straight multi-hit games at Camden Yards came to an end, but he did reach on a one out double in the 2nd inning. Two batters later Curtis Granderson plated him with a triple in the right field corner.
An inning later the Yankees took the lead when Chad Moeller reached on a lead off walk and scored on Derek Jeter's double. Jeter moved to third base on the play and scored on Nick Swisher's sac fly to give the Yankees their only lead of the game, 3-2.
Alex Rodriguez left the game after just a half inning of play due to stiffness in his groin. He barely moved on an RBI hit by Jones in the bottom of the 1st and was lifted for pinch-hitter Ramiro Pena in the top of the 2nd. For now he's day-to-day, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him sit out a couple of games against the Houston Astros this weekend.
Jorge Posada's catching sessions have gotten more intense, but there's still no word as to when he'll return to the position in a game.
photo courtesy of Syracuse.com
Thursday, June 10, 2010
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|2||82||Angelo Gumbs||OF||Torrance (Calif.) HS||Calif.|
|4||145||Mason Williams||OF||West Orange HS, Winter Garden, Fla.||Fla.|
|5||175||Tommy Kahnle||RHP||Lynn (Fla.)||Fla.|
|6||205||Gabe Encinas||RHP||St. Paul HS, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.||Calif.|
|7||235||Jake Anderson||OF||Woodlawn HS, Baton Rouge||La.|
|8||265||Kyle Roller||1B||East Carolina||N.C.|
|9||295||Taylor Morton||RHP||Bartlett (Tenn.) HS||Tenn.|
|10||325||Ben Gamel||OF||Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville, Fla.||Fla.|
|12||385||Daniel Burawa||RHP||St. John's||N.Y.|
|13||415||Tyler Austin||C||Heritage HS, Conyers, Ga.||Ga.|
|14||445||Travis Dean||RHP||Newton (Mass.) South HS||Mass.|
|16||505||Evan Rutckyj||LHP||St. Joseph's HS, St. Thomas, Ont.|
|18||565||Kevin Jacob||RHP||Georgia Tech||Georgia|
|19||595||Kevin Jordan||OF||Northside HS, Columbus, Ga.||Ga.|
|20||625||Mike Ferraro||OF||San Diego||Calif.|
|21||655||Dustin Hobbs||RHP||Yavapai (Ariz.) JC||Ariz.|
|22||685||Trevor Johnson||LHP||JC of the Desert (Calif.)||Calif.|
|23||715||Shane Brown||C||Central Florida||Fla.|
|24||745||Connor Mullee||RHP||Saint Peter's (N.J.)||N.J.|
|25||775||Casey Stevenson||2B||UC Irvine||Calif.|
|26||805||Richard Hively||RHP||Santa Ana (Calif.) JC||Calif.|
|27||835||Martin Viramontes||RHP||Loyola Marymount||Calif.|
|28||865||Josh Dezse||RHP||Olentangy Liberty HS, Powell, Ohio||Ohio|
|30||925||Zach Nuding||RHP||Weatherford (Texas) JC||Texas|
|31||955||Michael Gipson||RHP||Florida Atlantic||Fla.|
|32||985||Kramer Sneed||LHP||Barton (N.C.)||N.C.|
|33||1015||Michael Hachadorian||RHP||San Diego Mesa JC||Calif.|
|34||1045||Keenan Kisch||RHP||Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, Pa.||Pa.|
|35||1075||Will Oliver||RHP||Palomar (Calif.) JC||Calif.|
|36||1105||Nick McCoy||C||San Diego||Calif.|
|38||1165||James Ramsay||OF||Brandon (Fla.) HS||Fla.|
|39||1195||Jacob Brugman||OF||Desert Vista HS, Phoenix||Ariz.|
|40||1225||Mike Gerber||OF||Neuqua Valley HS, Napierville, Ill.||Ill.|
|41||1255||Tymothy Pearson||OF||Thurston HS, Springfield, Ore.||Ore.|
|42||1285||Mike O'Neill||OF||Olentangy Liberty HS, Powell, Ohio||Ohio|
|43||1315||Kyle Hunter||LHP||Kansas State||Kan.|
|44||1345||David Middendorf||LHP||Northern Kentucky||Ky.|
|46||1405||Nathan Forer||RHP||Southern Illinois||Ill.|
|47||1435||Frederick Lewis||LHP||Tennessee Wesleyan||Tenn.|
|48||1465||Alex Brown||RHP||Amphitheater HS, Tucson||Ariz.|
|49||1495||Will Arthur||OF||Abbotsford (B.C.) SS|
|50||1525||Matt Rice||C||Western Kentucky||Ky.|