Yankees 2-hit Red Sox, reduce magic number to one

Behind an absolute 7-inning, one-hit gem from CC Sabathia, the Yankees reduced their magic number for winning the AL East to one. One more Yankee win or Red Sox loss and the Yankees will be your 2009 AL East champions.

The pitching from Sabathia today should be the story, even more than the Yankees inability...

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Magic or Tragic?

Is the Yankees’ season a tragedy waiting to happen or a charmed, magical ride to a 27th crown, just like the fabled days of  Mantle, Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Berra, Munson and, well, Jeter and Rivera?  There exists a form of literature and drama called the tragedy.  Some of the most famous works throughout...

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You know what John Sterling says

Even if they didn’t want to admit it, many Yankee fans likely wrote Friday night’s game off as a loss before a pitch was tossed. Lefty Jon Lester, who has been one of the best pitchers in the American League this year, against Joba Chamberlain, who has the potential to be even better than Lester...

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Joba earns first win since August 6 as Yanks crusie past Red Sox

While beating the Red Sox always makes for interesting storylines of its own, tonight’s game produced two occurrences of note:

1) Joba Chamberlain pitched well. If anything, Chamberlain may have been hampered by the long innings the Yankees had at the plate, but he pitched six innings completely and used only 86 pitches to get...

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Boston Red Sox Series Preview 9/25-9/27

Hitting:

Team wOBA: 352. 2nd in MLB and the AL.

The Red Sox feature a line-up even better than the one run out by Los Angeles. Kevin Youkilis and Jason Bay have been among the best hitters in the league, with wOBA’s of .410 and .400 respectively. The depth of their lineup is staggering: Beyond those two, every regular in the lineup with the exception of Alex Gonzalez has a wOBA over .330. Bay leads the team in home runs with thirty-six. David Ortiz is second with ten fewer than Bay. Ortiz had a real tough start to the season, but his power numbers have rebounded as the season has progressed; his slugging percentage has been at least .495 every month since May. Bay, Dustin Pedroia, and Jacoby Ellsbury are the only threats to run. Ellsbury leads the league with sixty-six swipes, and he’s been thrown out just ten times. Pitch from the stretch this time Andy.

Fielding:

Team UZR: -12.1.…

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Game Thread: Red Sox @ Yankees

Lineups courtesy of Pete Abe:

YANKEES (97-56)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF
Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (8-6, 4.73).

RED SOX (91-61)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Martinez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Bay LF
Drew RF
Varitek C
Gonzalez SS
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester...

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Reader mail: pre-game rituals edition

As IIATMS’s Southern California correspondent, I spent the last 3 days in Anaheim scouting them and appraising “our guys”. If you are really a fan of the Grand Old Game, you wouldn’t dare miss batting practice and, in the old days, fielding practice. I found it interesting to note that our guys havetwo coaches, one on either side of the batting cage during BP, alternatingly hitting fungoes to both sides of the infield.All the infielders who were not batting were participating, taking straight up grounders then on to 1st and then double plays from both sides.They also had formal infield drills that every high school player remembers prior to BP. In the kind of heat we have out here, especially this week, it would not be uncommon to shorten it or make it optional. Every one of our guys participated, led of course led by #2. The Angels (still California Angels to me) took their BP but never once fielding.

As a footnote, if I simply copied and pasted his email, I would have had to title this “ramblings of a madman”.…

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