The Farm Report: 9/7/12 – A walk-off homer and a pair of playoff victories!

There was plenty of excitement for Empire State and Trenton today, as they both took away playoff victories. Empire State looked like they were headed for the end of their season most of the game, but put together an exciting comeback in the last two innings, capped by a walk-off homerun. Trenton and Reading were tied most of the evening, but the Thunder made their move in the eighth, taking the lead in the five-game series.

Empire State beat Pawtucket 4-3 (Pawtucket leads series 2-1):
Despite having “home field” advantage, the Yankees struggled out of the gate on Friday night. Bryce Brentz and Mike Rivera hit back-to-back dingers in the second, giving the Red Sox a quick 2-0 lead. Empire State had a chance to get the runs back in the second, as Luke Murton drew a leadoff walk and Melky Mesa followed with a single. They couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity, however, as Cole Garner and Gustavo Molina both struck out and Ramiro Pena grounded out.

A rain delay after the third inning interrupted the game and Michael O’Connor seemed a little rusty at first, hitting Andy LaRoche in the top of the fourth. An error by Ramiro Pena allowed Bryce Brentz to reach, but Mike Rivera flew out to center and Melky Mesa got LaRoche trying to score for the double play. O’Connor got Jonathan Hee to ground out, ending the threat.

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Yankees stay in first place with victory over Orioles

For the second time in three days, the Yankees entered a game tied with the Orioles for first place in the American League East, and just like the first time they responded with a sorely needed victory. Phil Hughes walked a tightrope for most of the game but ultimately walked away with a quality start (technically), while Russell Martin and Alex Rodriguez led the offense to another strong performance in this 8-5 win. Here’s the rundown:

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Another Home Run Derby In Camden Yards Is Won by The Yanks

This had the makings of another annoyingly frustrating game for the Yankees even though it seemed like it could possibly be a cakewalk at first – something the Yankees haven’t had in a while. After three full innings of scoreless baseball by both starters Wei-Yin Chin and Phil Hughes, the Yankees struck first in the top of the fourth. Russell Martin provided the first blow – a three-run home run – and Steve Pearce provided the second – his own two-run home run. The Yankees were up 5-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth. Hughes answered with a 1-2-3 Continue reading Another Home Run Derby In Camden Yards Is Won by The Yanks

Game 138: One Game Playoff or Bust

Pessimism … or a reverse jinx? You decide. New York Yankees Baltimore Orioles Derek Jeter, SS Nick Markakis, RF Nick Swisher, RF J.J. Hardy, SS Robinson Cano, 2B Nate McLouth, LF Alex Rodriguez, DH Adam Jones, CF Russell Martin, C Matt Wieters, C Curtis Granderson, CF Mark Reynolds, 1B Andruw Jones, LF Chris Davis, DH Steve Pearce, 1B Manny Machado, 3B Casey McGehee, 3B Robert Andino, 2B Phil Hughes, SP Wei-Yin Chen, SP The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., on YES. Let’s go Yankees!

Game 138: Another bounceback?

When the Yankees fell into a first place tie after Tuesday night’s game, they responded with a gritty and much needed win to end the series in Tampa Bay the next night. Well they’re tied once more entering play tonight, after an even more aggravating loss last night. The good news is that, with six runs scored for the second consecutive night, it looks like the team might be turning the corner. The bad news is that the Orioles hit six home runs in last night’s contest, and tonight’s starter, Phil Hughes, has allowed more home runs than any other pitcher in the American League. Hopefully the birds got it all out of their system last night. Here are the lineups:

Yankees (77-60):

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones
Steve Pearce 1B
Casey McGehee 3B

Phil Hughes RHP

Orioles (77-60):

Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nate McLouth LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Chris Davis DH
Manny Machado 3B
Robert Andino 2B

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Once again, I am at the ballpark, taking in the game from the press box, so I’ll be providing live updates throughout the game. I’m not much for live blogging, but you can follow me on Twitter or chat with me in the comments of this thread. First pitch is at 7:05, and the game can be seen on YES. Enjoy! Continue reading Game 138: Another bounceback?

Nova could start Sunday

Yesterday the Yankees weren’t sure what role Ivan Nova would play with the team the rest of the season if he were to return from his bout of shoulder tendinitis before the end of the season, but today it appears they may have come up with an answer. George King and Dan Martin of the Post report that Nova will be replacing Freddy Garcia in the Yankees’ rotation this Sunday afternoon, assuming he comes through today with no problems after his throwing session yesterday. Nova’s had a pretty rough year with more bad spots than good, but it’s hard not to feel better about a rotation that has him taking the ball every fifth day rather than Garcia right now. If nothing else, Nova can give the team a good outing and some depth in his starts if his stuff is on. Hopefully the time off and treatment will help him sort out some of his issues as well. Continue reading Nova could start Sunday

Teixeira to play tomorrow

The Yankees’ lineup for tonight hasn’t been posted yet here at Camden Yards, but I just saw Mark Teixeira in the clubhouse area as he was finishing up a workout. He said he “felt good,” and that the plan was for him to play in tomorrow night’s game.

Update: Teixeira took infield and early batting practice before the game, and said he felt a little tightness in the injured calf, but that he was feeling good and wanted to play tonight, but Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue wanted him to take the extra day to be sure that everything was fine. He did confirm that he expects to be in the lineup at first base tomorrow night. Continue reading Teixeira to play tomorrow

Programming note

I mentioned this in passing the other day, but for the next two games, I’ll be covering the Yankees live and in person from Camden Yards. This is a first for me, so I’m not going to promise that I’ll come away with anything supercool as a result, but to take full advantage of this unique opportunity, I want to open up the process to the entire IIATMS community, so to speak. If you’ve got a question you’d like someone to ask one of the Yankees’ players or coaches, submit them in the comments below or send them to me on Twitter or Facebook (keep them appropriate, please), and if I get a chance to ask I’ll use the best ones.

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Some Friendly Suggestions For The Final 3 Weeks

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) These past 3 weeks have not been enjoyable as a Yankee fan or a writer.  There isn’t much to be found in the way of positive talking points, and I feel like the Yankees’ pathetic play has been taking its toll on me.  It’s mentally and emotionally draining to watch the team play the same tired, sloppy, lifeless brand of baseball and then have to either stay up way later than I wanted to or drag my ass out of bed way earlier than I wanted to the next day Continue reading Some Friendly Suggestions For The Final 3 Weeks