What do you think Derek Jeter is worth and what do you think the Yankees will end up paying him?

El Capitán Mike recently wrote a persuasive article explaining why Derek Jeter shouldn’t serve as the Yankees’ leadoff hitter anymore. As to be expected, not everyone shared Yankeeist’s sentiments about Jeter’s ideal spot in the lineup. Some of...

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Game 144: Yankees 0, Rays 1

David Price was not giving the Yankees any breaks, as he faced the minimum amount of batters through the first four innings.  In the fifth, Jorge Posada worked a walk, but then – in the first of a few head scratching moments – Posada attempted a steal and was thrown out with Austin Kearns at the plate.  The Yankees had another opportunity in the top of the seventh.  A single by Robinson Cano was followed by a Mark Teixeira walk.  Alex Rodriguez hit a weak pop fly to second and Thames flew out to center to let the Rays escape.

After eight innings, both starting pitchers were done for the night, with no chance for a win, despite putting together a couple of the best outings either has seen this season.  Kerry Wood pitched the ninth for the Yankees and got Carl Crawford looking.  The home plate umpire tossed Crawford for arguing the call and Wood struck out Evan Longoria before getting Ben Zobrist to line out for a 1-2-3 inning.…

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Rays walk off on Yankees 1-0 in 11 as Bombers waste incredible effort from Sabathia and lose fourth straight for first time all year

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, when I was convinced the team was ready to turn things around and right the ship, the Yankees (and Joe Girardi) managed to find...

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Tampa Bay Preview: 9/13-9/15

Season Series So Far:
The Yankees actually trail the Rays head-to-head at this point in the season, losing six games while Tampa has won five.  The last time the two teams met was the end of July/start of August as the Yankees were making big trade deadline acquisitions Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood and Austin Kearns.  The games have mostly been high-scoring affairs this season, with seven of their first eight contests seeing at least ten runs scored.

Pitching:
The Rays strength is in their starting pitching.  David Price and Matt Garza have both racked up some big wins for Tampa, and the Yankees are going to have to look to CC Sabathia and newcomer Ivan Nova to stave off the Tampa offense.  The Rays’ starting rotation has an overall ERA of 3.95, which is good for third in the American League.  Their FIP is a bit higher, at 4.34.  They have the lowest BABIP in the AL, at .288, which is also good for the third lowest in the Majors.…

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Looking Back At Bernie On His Birthday

When I heard that today is Bernie WIlliams’ 42nd birthday, I thought it would be interesting to look back at his career and the possibility of his reaching the Hall of Fame. Another angle I considered was his bitter split with the Yankees at the end of his career, as it may be instructive when...

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Where have you gone, Robinson Cano?

Note: Given the plethora of posts today, please make sure to click here for Yankeeist’s Yankees-Rays Series Preview in case you missed it.

After carrying the offense for the first...

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Minor Leagues: Playoff Edition #3

Bronx Cheers: Hector Noesi put the Yankees in a hole they couldn’t get out of in the final game of the series.  He gave up eleven hits and nine runs in just 3.1 innings.  All without giving up a walk.

Curtain Calls: Don’t laugh, but Kei Igawa pitched very well in the third game of the series, picking up a no decision after giving up four hits and no runs over seven innings.

Scranton loses series to Columbus 3-1.

I couldn't find a picture, so for those of you unfamiliar – this is a fisher cat. This one looks much more friendly than they actually are.

Trenton Thunder (AA)
Trenton traveled north to Manchester to attempt a sweep of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.  Trenton leapt out to a 1-0 lead in the third, thanks to a solo homer by Damon Sublett.  They held the slim lead through most of the game, but started to pile up some insurance in the later innings. …

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