Orioles Down Yankees 5-4 in Extras

Nick meets Frankie, treats him to tea and a shoulder in the face. (c/o Reuters)

That one stung a bit. These past few days have not been kind to the Yankees. The weather has conspired against them and the scheduling of day...

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Game Thread: Yankees at Orioles 9/8/2011

Same matchup, different location. The Yankees are sending the following lineup to the field:

SS Jeter
CF Granderson
1b Teixeira
DH Rodriguez
2b Cano
RF Swisher
3b Chavez
C Cervelli
LF Gardner

SP Nova

Montero sits while Alex gets a half-day off. Martin also sits. The good news? No rain! Let’s play ball.

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Collecting my thoughts on Mariano

H/T to Bexy of You Can’t Predict Baseball for vaguely inspiring this post. Make sure you check out that site if you haven’t, and follow the site’s Twitter account @cantpredictball.

In the next few weeks, Mariano Rivera will break the all-time saves record. We’ll make a big deal of it...

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The Continuing Story of Bungalow Phil

While his pitch count gently weeps. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

As noted in the the Tuesday night game recap, Phil Hughescontinued inability to authoritatively shut down hitters after...

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Game 141: Orioles 5, Yankees 4 (11 Innings)

The Yankees responded in the bottom of the first.  Russell Martin doubled to left and Nick Swisher walked.  Alex Rodriguez then drove a double to center, plating two runs and giving the Bombers a 2-1 edge.

Baltimore tied the game up in the top of the second.  Nolan Reimold walked and stole second.  He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored when Brandon Laird made a fielding error at first.  They took the lead in the top of the third, as Andino singled and Reimold knocked a two-run homer for a 4-2 lead.

The Pinstripes rallied in the bottom of the fourth.  Rodriguez led off with a walk and moved to third on a line drive double from Andruw JonesJesus Montero then hit a hard fly ball that bounced off the wall in right and plated Rodriguez and Jones to tie the game at 4-4.

New York had a chance to pull ahead in the seventh.  Curtis Granderson doubled to right and Nunez laid down a sac bunt. …

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Yankees lose to O's 5-4 in extras

Sad A.J. is sad.

During a wet, incredibly sloppy afternoon (the Yankees and Orioles combined for six(!) errors), A.J. Burnett turned in what can really only be deemed a Burnett-esque performance at this point. He didn’t get killed, but...

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WAR Is Not the New RBI (but It Has Its Own Flaws)

Legitimacy

And that’s a shame. Over the past few years, I’ve come to love the sabermetric community and many of the people within it, but situations like this remind me that legitimacy and the struggle for it is like walking a tightrope. It’s a perilous climb to the top where a breeze one way or the next might knock you off (this is where sabermetrics is, and this is the most dangerous part; once you get to the other side, it’s harder to be knocked off), and when you get to the end, it often looks a lot like it did when you started. Sabermetrics is getting to the point where its ideas are becoming legitimized and accepted, and as they gain this new power, certain people seem to be taking liberties with it, including the right to not be challenged.

Tom Tango called out the post and colored his audience’s reading of it before he even gave it a chance.…

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