Game 18: Yankees 4, Angels 8

Robinson Cano continued to tear things up with a solo homer in the sixth, bringing the Yankees within a run of Los Angeles.  New York’s renewed hope was short-lived, however, when the Angels put up some insurance runs in the seventh.  Damaso Marte replaced Alfredo Aceves with one out and promptly walked Bobby Abreu and hit Torii Hunter with a pitch.  Hideki Matsui hit into a fielder’s choice, but Kendry Morales smacked a three-run homer to left center, giving the Angels the 8-4 lead.

Bronx Cheers:
Javier Vazquez: He got threw the first couple innings relatively unscathed, but completely fell apart in the fourth.  He gave up five runs on five hits in just 3.2 innings.  Vazquez gave up three walks and struck out three.

Damaso Marte: Remember during the playoffs when Marte was actually pretty awesome?  Well, that was most definitely not the pitcher who was throwing for the Yankees Sunday.  Marte gave up three runs on one hit and a walk in just .2 innings.…

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Johnson out until Tuesday

If you’re watching the Yankees game right now, you might be wondering where Nick Johnson is as Jorge Posada is today’s DH. Well, yesterday we learned that the brittle Johnson was experiencing some seeminly minor stiffness in his lower back, so, to be safe, Joe Girardi has chosen to give him another day off. The...

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Defending A-Rod

I do not usually quote very large blocks of texts, but I want to make an exception in this case. Joe Posnanski hits all the right notes, as usual:

In this, A-Rod may be singular in our sports scene. Everybody else has rabid defenders. If you take a moment to bash Bob Knight … or...

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Keeping up with the ex-Yanks

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press

Here’s another installment on how the former Yanks from the 2009 championship team have been faring this year. Ian Kennedy had a tremendous outing facing the tough Phillies lineup yesterday, by far his best of the year...

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Offensive hibernation continues as Yankees drop second straight

Friday night’s game against the Angels looked as though it might get out of hand quickly, as A.J. Burnett had almost nothing in the early going, but ultimately managed to somewhat limit...

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