What role for Phil?

The problem is that, thanks to the schedule, all else isn’t exactly equal. In a normal year, the ALDS is a 2-2-1 series in which the Game 2 starter can also start Game 5 if the team is willing to allow their top starter to pitch Game 4 on three days rest. The Yankees are generally willing to let Sabathia do just that, so they’ve had the advantage of only needing to plan on using three starters for the first round. However, thanks to the need to shoehorn the new wildcard game into a pre-existing schedule, this year the ALDS has a 2-3 structure, with no off day between games four and five. That means that, to carry a three man rotation, both the Game 1 and Game 2 starters would have to come back on short rest, something I don’t think the Yankees would do with either Kuroda or Pettitte, if they would even allow Sabathia to do it this year.…

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Nick Swisher’s Hitting Mechanics

After a prolonged September slump, Nick Swisher is one of the hottest hitters on the team. From August 27th to September 16th, the right fielder hit just .127/.244/.211. After a scheduled day off and a rain suspended game, Swisher has since picked things up with a .385/.484/.731 tripleslash. He’s got 4 homeruns over...

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Yanks blow it in the seventh, lose, 5-4

The Yankees had base runners in all of the first three innings off of Vasquez, but could not push a run across. Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak with a lead off single in the first. But was still there after Ichiro Suzuki fouled out and Alex Rodriguez struck out. Robinson Cano, the DH in this game, singled to right-center and Jeter went to third. But with two outs, Nick Swisher went the route of Ichiro and fouled out to the third baseman to end the inning.

Vasquez worked around a two-out walk to Raul Ibanez in the second but Nix popped out to end that inning. In the third, Vasquez allowed a one-out single to Ichiro only to strike out A-Rod again on a 3-2 pitch. Ichiro ran on the play and was gunned out by Joe Mauer to complete the double-play.

Meanwhile, Phil Hughes was coasting along. He worked around a two out single in the first and a lead off single in the second and retired the order in the third.…

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Yanks Blow An Opportunity to Extend East Lead, Drop One To The Twins

The Yankees missed a golden opportunity to gain an even bigger lead over the Baltimore Orioles tonight. The O’s dropped a game to the Blue Jays while the Yankees and Twins were still in progress at Target Field.

In fact, the Yankees were leading the game when the Orioles lost so it seemed like they’d finish...

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Game 154: 8 Is The Magic Number

I love this matchup. Phil Hughes in Target Field. Don’t think you could find a better ballpark for him. With the way the bullpen has been used lately, a long outing from Hughes could give a lot of guys a much needed rest. Here’s the lineup.

Derek Jeter SS
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Flashback: Phil Rizzuto

Phil ‘The Scooter’ Rizzuto would have been 95 today, so I thought it would be fun to look back at some of his numbers and if you have any Scooter memories, you can leave them in the comments. Though to be honest, if you’re old enough to have seen him play, I’m impressed that you...

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