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Game 120: The offense returns! Again! (for now?)

Yay, I get to bring back my explosion picture and for a good reason this time!  Just because it was fun doing it last year, our March to 100™ is at 26.  Why not, you know?  It could happen.  You know how I was saying yesterday that it was rare for us to get both good pitching AND good hitting at the same time — usually we’d only get one or the other?  Well……..

I can’t blame Dustin Moseley much here.  He’s a spot starter, taking over for the beleaguered Andy Pettitte, who hopefully will return before the playoffs.  He threw five innings and didn’t have the greatest of outings, giving up 4 ER on 5 H, but thankfully our offense was hot and it didn’t matter much.  Our bullpen on the other hand ….. wow.  It’s finally starting to get back to where it needs to be, thank God.  4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, BB, 5 K.  That’s a good line, especially when they need to come in that early.  BTW, how great an acquisition has Kerry Wood been?  It looks like Ca$h struck again.  I still can’t believe he got Nick Swisher for Wilson Betemit.  Kenny Williams must have been high or something.  *laughs*

Speaking of Swish, he went 1-5 tonight, but thankfully a lot of other people got hits too.  Gardy went 1-4 with an RBI, Mark went 3-4 with 2 RBI, Robbie went 1-3 with an RBI, Grandy went 1-4 with an RBI, Austin Kearns went 1-3 with 2 RBI and Ramiro Pena, still subbing for an injured Alex, went 1-3 with an RBI.  Everyone in the lineup got a hit except for Derek and Jorge and everyone except Derek, Jorge and Swish got at least one RBI.  Nicely done!  Let’s do the same tomorrow afternoon and take this series.  It started off kind of crappy, but it has potential now to be a great finish. 

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…..and then this one, simply because it’s one my favorite images after every Yankees victory — Mo shaking Jorge’s hand.  Sums it all up, really. 

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Game 111: A split is better than nothing, I suppose.

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There were a lot of irritating things about this game, even though it was very tightly played and both teams had ample opportunities to really distance themselves from other, but didn’t. 

For starters, Phil had a pretty decent start, actually I’d say he had a damn good start considering how the first couple innings played out.  That was a very gusty performance he gave, and it’s a shame it didn’t get rewarded with a win.  Our bullpen was spectacular, holding the Sox down and keeping us within striking distance the whole time. 

Speaking of striking distance, am I the only person who threw something across the room when we had bases loaded and no one out…..and failed to score a single run?  I thought for sure that was our inning.  Twas not to be, apparently.  I wanted 3 of 4, they needed 3 of 4…..meh.  I would have liked to gain another game on the Rays, but we’ll have to save that for another game. 

Game 110: Sometimes the unknown quantity works out.

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I love beating the Red Sox.  What I love more than though, is watching them flail against essentially, a nobody.  Not that Dustin Moseley is some sch.muck we pulled from the stands, but he’s not AJ Burnett, who was scheduled to start this game.

And speaking of Mr. Moseley, he pitched one hell of a game tonight.  6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.  That’s a damn good spot-start if I do say so myself.  He had the Sox off-balance all night, and I don’t know if we win this game if AJ started in his usual slot.  So that’s a good thing there.  We were able to gain a game in the standings as Tampa lost this afternoon.  Joba, Boone Logan, Dave Robertson and Mo came into to pitch the final 2.2 innings and combined for one hit, no runs and one walk.  Mo only threw one pitch and added to the eight he threw yesterday, that’s nine total in two games and he can come into tomorrow if need be.  So all-around great job from the pitching tonight.  Do this tomorrow and we’re golden. 

The offense was also pretty nifty tonight as well.  7 runs on 12 hits ain’t too shabby, but we seem to tattoo Beckett whenever we see him, so I was expecting a decent result from them.  That said, we had a very slim lead over them, only 2-1, as they went into the bottom of the 5th and the 5 runs we scored certainly helped with the breathing room and gave Yankees fans a moment to exhale and relax and enjoy the rest of the game.  Derek went 2-5 with 3 RBI, Lance Berkman went 3-4 with an RBI, Mark went 2-5 with an RBI and Swish went 2-5.  We got a little bit of something from everyone, and that was great to see.  I love when we can bat around in an inning.  I wished we got a little something off Wakefield and that damn flutterball, but eh.  Beggars can’t be choosers.  Again, much like the pitching, let’s do this again tomorrow! 

Also, congrats to Derek for passing Babe Ruth on baseball’s all-time hits list.  He’s only 126 hits away from 3,000 I believe.  You’re awesome, DJ! 

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Game 48: The offense returns!

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Hot damn, we managed to score more than two runs!  I guess this is what happens when you get a great pitching performance and you’re matched up against a kind-of crappy team.  It seemed like it couldn’t have come at a better time, too. 

We needed Phil come in and wash the bad taste of Javy’s start out of our mouths and he did just that.  7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K.  Who’s gonna turn that down?  We even got great relief pitching from Surgery Meat Tray and Chan-Ho Park!  I know!  They went a combined 2 IP and gave up 1 H and struck out 3.  Amazing! 

Even more amazing was that the damn bats woke up.  While we won the Minnesota series, we didn’t exactly do it in convincing fashion.  We basically won as a result of our pitching being fractionally less sucky than their pitching, not because we clubbed them to death with runs.  Tonight was a different story, though.  Eight runs on twelve hits should be enough every game to get you the the win, and tonight it was for us.  The two big nights went to Robbie (3-4, 4 RBI) and Swish (2-4, 2 RBI).  Derek had a nice night as well, going 2-4 and both Juan Miranda and Gardy went 1-3 with an RBI.  If we can get this combined effort every game on out, we’ll be golden.  Speaking of golden, both the Sox and Rays lost tonight, so we gained a game on them both.  Sweet! 

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Game 26: This train just won’t stop.

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*yawn*

Another series.  Another game, another QS from our starter.  It’s like repetition right now, not that it bothers me.  I’m glad it’s like that.  I’d hate to have a season like a certain division rival is having right now.  Yeesh.

AJ Burnett got the call to start tonight and continued the trend of our starter going deep into games and getting the job done.  7.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU.  Aceves, Marte and Joba combined for the last 1.2 innings and gave up a combined 1 H and 3 K.  Not bad, not bad.  God, I love quality pitching.

The offense is also well……a little on the cheap side, but it was enough to win.  Matusz was a good foe…..only gave up 6 hits.  We made the 6 hits we got off him and the two off their relief pitching count, though.  Frankie went 3-3, Robbie went 2-4, and Pena went 0-2 but netted 2 RBI.  Gardy went 1-3 and Jetes went 1-5.  There’s our offense.  Not much but not bad.  Could have been far worse……just ask Baltimore. 

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Game 22: Time to dirty some laundry.

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Coming off a 5-4 road trip that frankly, should have been 7-2, the Yankees start a homestand and the White Sox are the first targets.

Andy Pettitte took the mound this evening, coming off one of his best performances in I can’t even remember when.  He didn’t have full control of his stuff tonight, but it wasn’t bad.  He had one crappy inning and then seemed to settle down quite a bit after that.  His final line ended up being 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.  The pen combined for 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.  So we got exactly what we needed from them — our starter had a shaky go of it, the pen came in and held it down.   Nice. 

I really should have titled this entry “Derek Jeter 4, Sox 4″ since he had a damn good game tonight.  He went 3-4 with 4 RBI, so essentially he WAS the offense.  The other two runs came from Alex (1-4, RBI) and Robbie (1-4, RBI), respectively.  Gardy also went 2-3 with a SB.  Other than that, it was zippo, folks.  Again though I’ll say — we can be allowed games like that because on the whole, our pitching is top-notch and will keep us in games.  We fell behind early, came back and tied it and then took the lead.  That is what championship-caliber teams will do on a regular basis.  Now, let’s win tomorrow and take another series.

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Game 14: Ho-hum, another series.

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Count von Count says we’ve won 1, 2, 3, 4, 5……5 series in a row!  Ah ah ah……I can’t really do the Count’s laugh that well in type, so sound it out in your head.  I’ll take 11-3 to start the season any day of the week.  We’ve also won 6 games in a row….and we’re going for the sweep tomorrow.  Back-to-back Crazy Steins? 

Phil Hughes…..poor Phil.  6 outs from a no-hitter.  CC flirted with it earlier this season as well, also coming up short but also like CC, Phil turned in one hell of a performance.  7.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K.  Joba and Mo closed out the game, combining for 2 H….and not much else.  Can’t say much about the pitching tonight. 

Can’t say much about the offense either…..we didn’t really have any.  We scored two quick runs in the 4th and then did diddly-squat until the top of the 9th when we eked a run across the plate to make up the run we gave back to the A’s in the bottom of the 8th.  It was an uncharacteristic low-scoring contest for us, but we won so who cares.  Alex went 2-4, Robbie went 2-4 with an RBI, and Gardy went 2-3 with an RBI.  Nicely done…..now score more than three runs tomorrow, please. 

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Game 9: Another series.

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Well.  Three series so far since the start of the season and we’ve won all of them.  Boston, Tampa and the Superfluous Acronyms™, all teams that have given us fits in the not-so-recent past.  Nice start to the season if I do say so myself.  I know a few people were worried how the team would kickstart this season, considering we lost some players and gained some new ones, but it appears things are working out well.  And please….no one ask me why Mark isn’t hitting right now.  We went through this last season — he’s notoriously cold in the early months.  He’s not going to play like this for the rest of the season, alright?  Now relax.

On to the pitching, and tonight we had Phil Hughes taking the hill for the rubber match and he was going up against Scott Kazmir who if recent memory serves, killed us when he pitched in Tampa.  Hughes, high pitch count and walk total and all, pitched better than Kazmir…..thanks be.  He did however, only give up 2 ER on 3 H, which ain’t too shabby.  Holding the Superfluous Acronyms™ to 3 hits is hard work, even without Chone Figgins and their normal cast of characters.  Robertson, Marte, Chamberlain and Mo rounded out the bullpen tonight, all doing a pretty good job.  3 H, 2 BB, 5 K is the kind of line you want from your bullpen, and thankfully we got it. 

We had another great outing from the offense tonight, getting a sporadic amount of contributions from hitters, but it was enough to make a difference.  Derek (2-5, 2 RBI) and Robbie (3-4, 3 RBI) had the big nights, and Grandy (2-4, RBI) and Marcus Thames (2-3) had decent nights as well.  It’s nice having players with some speed in the lineup, we’ve seen more triples this season so far than I can recall in seasons past.  Not bad.

Tomorrow night brings the Rangers to town and CC Sabathia will be starting the game — here’s hoping for an outcome very similar to tonight’s.  :-D

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Game 6: Homeward bound.

simon_garfunkel.jpgSo far, I’d say the Yankees are looking good this year.  Granted it’s been 6 games, but of that SSS, I’ve liked what I’ve seen.  We don’t appear to be missing Damon/Matsui/Cabrera, which was my #1 fear going in.  So far, it seems that everyone is gelling together exactly how management thought they would.  Also, today’s weather here in my neck of the woods is IMPECCABLE.  73, sunny and not a cloud to be seen for miles.  I love it.   Also, in honor the duo to the left, I’ve been cuing up their greatest hits.  Quintessential New Yorkers.   

AJ got the start this afternoon and much like his first start this year, did a fine job.  Posada also caught him, and so far the pairing is working, unlike last season.  Which is great because Jorge had a nice afternoon for himself and his bat would have been sorely missed.  AJ went 7 innings, gave up 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 3 and struck out 1.  Can’t complain about that.  Joba and Mo combined for 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, and 2 K.  Again, no complaints.  I love a bullpen that can do its job. 

A lot like yesterday, we got a lot of offense.  7 runs on 9 hits.  Our big hitters were Alex (2-4, 2 RBI), Jorge (1-3, 2 RBI) and Curtis (2-4, RBI).  BTW, what a great acquisition Curtis Granderson has been so far.  Hot damn.  Everyone in the starting lineup got a hit except Mark and Brett, but off-nights are allowed.  We remember from last season that Mark is slow out of the gates but when he gets going — he gets going.  As long as everyone else is picking up the slack and not all slumping together, I’m not bothered by it.  Also, anyone else impressed with how Alex has been playing this season?  Great defense, his bat is warming up, he doesn’t appear to have any issues running/playing the field…..maybe last year’s playoffs were just what the doctor ordered.  Let’s sweep these mothers! 

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ST Game 21: Alex Rodriguez 2, Nationals 1

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Today started out on a very high note for me.  My dad’s blood work and scans came back clean as a whistle!  For those who may not know, last summer, my father had diverticulitis.  In the process of taking some MRIs to determine what was causing it, they found a small tumor on his kidney.  It was removed (the tumor, not the kidney) and the area where the tumor had been was cauterized.  He has to go back to the doctors every 6 months now for 2-3 years for blood work and scans, just to make sure nothing makes a return appearance.  He’s had two such appointments and all has been looking good.  Thank your deity of choice.  My mom jokes it’s because he’s a Red Sox fan and he wants to stick around just to torture me, but I don’t know.   LOL 

On top of that, the Yankees win.  Could the day get better?  On our Countdown to Opening Night™ which is nearing the one-week mark BTW, we’re now at 11.  The Yanks had a great game tonight, getting stellar pitching from Javy Vasquez (4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) and our pen (3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) and an awesome offensive performance from Alex (2-3, 2 RBI).  Robbie went 1-3 and gave us our other RBI.  So well done all around! 

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