Series Preview | Yankees vs. Mariners II: One Guaranteed Loss

"Hey Yankees! Just put on some Boston uniforms and I'll be sure to suck against you!" (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Starting tonight the Yankees get three more games at home against another light-hitting American League counterpart,...

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Game 99: Athletics 5, Yankees 7

The Yankees put together their own two-out rally in the bottom of the second.  Russell Martin singled to center and stole second.  Andruw Jones followed by lining a RBI single to center and the Yankees trailed 2-1.

Colon was back on track from the third inning on, and the Yankees struck again in the bottom of the fourth.  After getting two outs, Martin was hit by a pitch.  Jones worked a walk and Eduardo Nunez hit a long fly ball for a double, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead.

The Bombers poured it on in the bottom of the fifth.  Derek Jeter worked a leadoff walk and Curtis Granderson connected with his 27the homer of the year.  Mark Teixeira followed with a single to center and he moved to second when Robinson Cano grounded out. Martin singled, putting runners on the corners and Jones hit a RBI single to make it 6-2.

As the eighth inning began, rain poured in the Bronx and David Robertson took over on the mound. …

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The Farm Report, 07/24/11 – Soriano and CMW at Trenton

Double-A Trenton beat Bowie, 6-4
After Bowie scored three in the bottom of the first, Trenton answered right back with three runs of their own and went ahead in the fourth. The big hit here was a bases-clearing double by Addison Maruszak. Zolio Almonte homered to put Trenton ahead in the top of the third, but Bowie eventually tied it up. In the sixth, Addison Maruszak put the team ahead again for good with an RBI single. Starter Schaefer Hall gave up four runs, three earned, striking out four and walking just one. Brad Halsey and Ryan Pope combined for scoreless relief.

High-A Tampa lost to Bradenton, 2-1
Tampa led 1-0 going into the bottom of the eighth on excellent pitching by Graham Stoneburner (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 4 K, 2 BB), but Bradenton tied it up off Dan Burawa and walked off in the bottom of the ninth. Oh well. An Abe Almonte homer was Tampa’s only offense, though David Adams finally returned to the Tampa lineup and doubled.…

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On induction day, mixed feelings about the Hall

I suppose that sounds rather cynical and, well, it is. In fact, I just generally don’t care for pageantry. Pageantry, with the occasional exception, strikes me as phony, something either completely vapid or opaque, meant to add artificial meaning to an otherwise mostly meaningless occasion (I’m still trying to figure out while I was sitting in the middle of a football field listening to people say things that had been said a million times before for over an hour just to get my high school diploma handed to me) or to put a false happy face on an otherwise contentious or controversial matter. The Hall induction strikes me as the latter.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly happy for the people being inducted. But especially in the case of Blyleven and Alomar, am I really supposed to watch them give their speeches today and forget that neither of them should be standing there today, because they should already have been enshrined?…

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Could E-Jax be a Yankee?

Until recently, it seemed likely the White Sox would be buyers.  They are still just 4.5 games back in the middling AL Central.  But Ozzie Guillen’s most recent tantrum, the diminished performance of Alex Rios and Adam Dunn, and a general impression of growing tension within the clubhouse has some, including Ken Rosenthal, speculating that Kenny Williams may dangle some interesting players during the next week.

Unlike Carlos Quentin, a trade including E-Jax could be spun as something other than a white flag, as the White Sox have been using a six-man rotation for much of the season.  If Williams can get a major-league ready hitter in the deal, it might even help both teams involved over the short term.

Although his traditional stats (6-7, 3.97 ERA, 1.43 WHIP) don’t necessarily show it, E-Jax has been Chicago’s best starter in 2011.  He leads the rotation in WAR (2.8), FIP (3.18), xFIP (3.39), SIERA (3.62), K/9 (7.31), and HR/9 (0.62).  …

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