Game 155 Recap: Yankees improve to 8-9 against Red Sox on season; shut Boston out for third time

I’ve attended two no-hitters at Yankee Stadium: Doc Gooden’s improbable 1996 gem and the Houston Astros utilizing 6 different pitchers in their 2003 effort. Yesterday afternoon started off in somewhat similar fashion, as my dad and I watched CC Sabathia cruise through 3 2/3 perfect innings until walking Victor Martinez in the fourth, and the no-hitter fell as Mike Lowell led the fifth off with a single. Still, Sabathia stayed strong, and he, Phil Hughes and Mariano Rivera combined to not only 2-hit the Red Sox, but shut the Red Sox out for the third time this season at home, Continue reading Game 155 Recap: Yankees improve to 8-9 against Red Sox on season; shut Boston out for third time

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 to hit with runners in scoring position, as this is the type of pitching the Yankees hope for–and even expect–from Sabathia in the postseason. What’s more, is that CC pitched most of the game while still scoreless. The Yankees simply refused to score with any Continue reading Yankees 2-hit Red Sox, reduce magic number to one

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 history have embodied this form: Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Oedipus Rex, Paradise Lost, and Dr. Faustus, among many others.  In these works, there is generally a central, tragic figure who is often is placed in a position of grace, who has many, if not all the attributes one Continue reading Magic or Tragic?

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 but has struggled mightily of late, seemed like mismatch in favor of the Red Sox. Good thing you can’t predict baseball, as the Yankees thumped Boston 9-5, with one of the larger blows being an awesomely long A-Rod home run into the second deck in Continue reading You know what John Sterling says

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 there. It wasn’t the best start anyone has ever had, but it was a marked improvement from his disaster start in Seattle. One start does not mean that all concerns about Joba are alleviated, but it does mean that a game four LCS start is Continue reading Joba earns first win since August 6 as Yanks crusie past Red Sox

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 (14-7, 3.33). The Yankees can clinch the AL East with a sweep, while the Red Sox magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 3. While these games actually do not mean much, tonight’s game probably has greater playoff implications than any of the Continue reading Game Thread: Red Sox @ Yankees

Red Sox Plan To Celebrate Clinching Playoff Berth At Stadium

From Roger Rubin: The victory, combined with Texas’ loss to Oakland, reduces Boston’s magic number at 3 to clinch the wild card and their sixth playoff trip in seven years. And don’t you think the Sox wouldn’t like to sew it up in their archrivals’ new home. “Oh, we will…hopefully,” said Ortiz, who hit his 26th home run, with a laugh. “So we don’t have to get our clubhouse dirty. “It would be great. You get that out of the way and give a welcome to the new Stadium, too.” [snip] A small segment of the Boston clubhouse thinks a Continue reading Red Sox Plan To Celebrate Clinching Playoff Berth At Stadium

Reader mail: pre-game rituals edition

Got this email from my Dad, who was somehow able to attend all three Yanks/Angels games this week. As background, we are always interested in this stuff, besides the game, namely pre-game, batting practice and such. He got there early enough to note the following (sorry Dad, I took it out of 3rd person/alter-ego…he wrote it disguised as HIM, aka Capt. Chaos. Have I told you he sometimes skips his meds?):

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