Yanks continue piling on A's in 9-3 win

Playing games away from the cavernous Coliseum can’t be much fun for Oakland’s young pitchers.

The Yankees pulverized an A’s starter for the second straight game, pounding Oakland 9-3. Vin...

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Game 132: Athletics 3, Yankees 9

Cliff Pennington hit a single to center in the top of the third.  Phil Hughes walked Coco Crisp and Daric Barton to load the bases.  Kurt Suzuki hit a sac fly to center, pushing Pennington across the plate and making the score 3-1. Teixeira singled to right and Swisher hit a two-run homer to right, giving the Yankees a comfortable 5-1 lead.

Kevin Kouzmanoff singled to start the fourth inning.  Ellis followed with a line drive single to right and both runners moved over when Hughes let loose a wild pitch.  Rajai Davis grounded out to second, scoring Kouzmanoff and moving Ellis to third.  Pennington worked a walk, but Crisp popped out to get Hughes out f trouble, as the score sat at 5-2.

The Yankees really broke away from the Athletics in the bottom of the fourth.  Curtis Granderson hit a solo homer with one out.  Ramiro Pena legged out an infield single and Gardner worked a walk to put two on with one out. …

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Has Curtis Been Pull Happy?

One of the frequent cautions we hear when the Yankees bring in a left handed hitter is brought to the Yankees is that he will get pull happy playing in Yankee Stadium. I can’t recall if this was exactly the case with Curtis Granderson, but I’m sure at least a few people brought it up...

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Jeter is still a good shortstop, but should not be leading off anymore

Much has deservedly been made of Derek Jeter‘s poor season. Coming into Monday night’s game his career slash stats were .314/.385/.454. His season line was .270/.335/.381. No professional hitter will be happy to bat .044 points below...

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Race(s) for the Red(?) October

Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies

The only other division with a close division race is the AL East’s counterpart. The Braves sit 3 games ahead of the Phillies with 31 games left, and Philadelphia is only 1.5 games ahead of San Francisco with St. Louis, and to a lesser extent Colorado (it’s really hard to leapfrog 3 teams at this point in the season), a little farther back. Philadelphia might actually be in a better position, despite their 3 game deficit in the standings. All their stars are back, and a rotation with Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels could easily see a team run off a seven game winning streak. Atlanta, on the other hand, is hoping Omar Infante can keep up his dream season and that Derrek Lee could be helpful again, neither of which gives me confidence. Regardless, the division should come down to the wire with the schedules being fairly similar (the Braves get the Pirates but also the Cardinals while the Phillies get the Brewers, a game against the Rockies, and a few more against the Dodgers), and luckily for the fans, the Phillies and Braves matchup 6 times in the last 12 games, including the very last three games of the season.…

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The Legend Of Homer Bush

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Those who watch Yankees games on YES know that Michael Kay will often mention Homer Bush’s role on the 1998 Yankees whenever discussing how important good baserunning and stolen bases are, particularly from bench players. He tends to pontificate on the topic for a while, suggesting Bush was the...

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Checking in on a Claim

While driving home from my first class of the Fall Semester last night, I listened to part of the game on the radio. As I passed Exit 19 on the southbound, Ramiro Pena knocked in Jorge Posada to give the Yankees six runs. Right before he did that, everyone’s favorite radio whipping boy and whipping...

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