Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help - I can pay you in maple syrup.

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Sloppy game brings the Yankees’ win streak to an end

With one out in the top of the sixth, Donaldson hit what should have been a routine ground out to short. Nunez fielded the ball, spun around awkwardly and flung the ball well past Swisher, allowing the runner to advance to second. Pennington connected with a RBI single, and the A’s had the lead once again. The Yankees had a few chances to get the run back, having two runners on in the bottom of the sixth, and with Martin taking a leadoff walk in the eighth. A-Rod just missed a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth, as the ball was just short of the wall in right. Cano struck out to end the game, with the A’s taking the 5-4 win and the Yankees streak ending at seven games. Luckily, the Orioles fell to the Red Sox, keeping New York in first in the AL East.

I generally try to shy away from complaining about umpires. After a couple decades of playing competitive sports I have always felt that, while bad officiating can be incredibly frustrating and can no doubt have an impact on the game, it is usually on the players to make the plays, coaches to make strategic decisions, etc.…

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Looking back at the 2012 Empire State Yankees

Curtain Calls:
Adam Warren (RHP): Originally slated to be the number four or five starter, Warren struggled out of the gate, but eventually became a consistent force on the mound. Warren went 7-8 with a 3.71 ERA over 26 starts. He struck out 107 and walked 46.

Chris Dickerson (OF): Perhaps Empire State’s most solid bat this season, Dickerson went .316/.417/.515 over 69 games. He had seven homers, 24 doubles, four triples and 17 stolen bases.

Ronnier Mustelier (OF): Perhaps one of the more perplexing players in the Yankees system. He is older, so he isn’t looked at much as a prospect, yet the Yankees signed the Cuban outfielder last June and he has done nothing but hit since then. After destroying the competition in Trenton, Mustelier spent the season with Empire State, hitting .303/.359/.455 with ten homers, 21 doubles and seven stolen bases.

Players to Watch:
Corban Joseph (2B): After a strong start with Trenton, Joseph put together a decent season in Triple-A.…

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Yankees sweep Jays behind another big night for Ichiro

Toronto got a little life when Moises Sierra hit a two-run homer off Hughes in the top of the fifth, but a double by Nix and a RBI single by Jeter gave the Bombers those runs back, making the score 10-4. The Blue Jays rallied in the top of the eighth, as the Yankees sent Cory Wade to the mound for the first time since September 9th. Johnson promptly hit a solo homer to right and J.P. Arencibia lined a single to right. Wade struck out Hechavarria, but Gose hit a double deep to center, putting runners on second and third and prompting the Yankees to call on Joba Chamberlain. Lawrie singled in Arencibia and Gose scored on a ground out, cutting the Yankee lead to three runs. David Robertson came out in the top of the ninth and struck out the side to preserve the Yankees’ win.

Bronx Cheers:
Robinson Cano: Robbie went 0-4 with a walk and a strikeout.…

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Looking back at the 2012 Trenton Thunder

It was an exciting season for Trenton, who showed some consistent play across the season despite the coming and going of various players due to injury or promotion. Trenton Manager Tony Franklin picked up a much deserved EL Manager of the Year Award. While it is always disappointing to just fall short of a championship, I would think Thunder fans have a lot to get excited about in the next couple years. They have the opportunity to continue to shine as prospects like Ramon Flores, Tyler Austin and Mason Williams could see time there shortly.

Curtain Calls:
Zoilo Almonte (OF): In 106 games, Almonte hit .277/.322/.487 with 21 homers, 23 doubles, 70 RBIs and fifteen stolen bases. He caused some excitement during Spring Training and has shown some good stuff.

David Adams (2B): Coming back from a nasty injury, Adams got better as the season progressed. He played 86 games and hit .306/.385/.450 with eight homers, 23 doubles and 48 RBIs.…

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Pettitte strong in return as Yankees beat Blue Jays 4-2

David Robertson found himself in trouble in the eighth, as Lawrie hit a leadoff double to left. A single by Adam Lind put runners on the corners. Mike McCoy replaced Lind on the bases and Kelly Johnson pinch hit for Mathis. Johnson slapped an opposite field single, plating Lawrie for the Blue Jays first run of the day. Robertson struck out Sierra for the first out, but a double lined by Omar Vizquel down the right field line scored McCoy, cutting the Yankee lead to one. After striking out Hechavarria, the Yankees called on Rafael Soriano for the four out save. Soriano walked Gose, loading the bases, but struck out Davis to end the inning.

New York got a little insurance in the bottom of the inning. Ichiro drove a two-out ground-rule double down the left field line, scoring on a single by Swisher. Meanwhile, Soriano was all business in the ninth, striking out Rasmus, getting Lawrie to ground out and striking out J.P.…

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Looking back at the 2012 Tampa Yankees

Curtain Calls:
Slade Heathcott (OF): Coming back from his second shoulder surgery, Heathcott added a nice bat to the Yankee lineup when he returned to action in June. He ended the season .307/.380/.461 with seventeen stolen bases, five homers and sixteen doubles in 60 games.

Ramon Flores (OF): Flores was central to the Yankee offense this season, hitting .302/.370/.420 over 131 games in Tampa. He smacked six homers, seven triples and 29 doubles, while swiping 24 stolen bases.

Mark Montgomery (RHP): Montgomery continued his fast track to the majors in 2012, starting the year off dominating in the FSL. He made 31 relief appearances, going 4-1 with a 1.34 ERA and holding opposing batters to a .165 average. Montgomery struck out 61 batters, allowing just sixteen walks over 40.1 innings of work. He was just as strong in fifteen games with Trenton and will get some extra work in the Arizona Fall League, so seeing him in the Bronx at some point next season could be realistic.…

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Looking back at the 2012 Charleston RiverDogs

Curtain Calls:
Tyler Austin (OF): Austin had a breakout season this year, hitting .320/.405/.598 in 70 games for Charleston, before getting the call up to Tampa and even making an appearance in Trenton. He had a team leading fourteen homers, along with seventeen stolen bases and five triples.

Ben Gamel (OF): Gamel hit .306/.342/.394 over 110 games. He lead the team in RBIs (61) and was second to Bichette in doubles (23).

Mason Williams (OF): After a breakout 2011, Williams continued to impress. He hit .304/.359/.489 before being promoted and then having season-ending shoulder surgery.

Gary Sanchez (C): Upon the trading of Jesus Montero, Sanchez took over the role of most exciting catching prospect for the Yankees this season. He lived up to the billing, hitting .297/.353/.517 for Charleston. He had thirteen homers, nineteen doubles and even eleven stolen bases (let’s see Montero do that…). Still just nineteen, Sanchez ended the season in Tampa, where he hit .319 over 26 games in August.…

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Looking back at the 2012 Staten Island Yankees

Curtain Calls:
Taylor Dugas (OF): Dugas was a strong presence in the Staten Island lineup this season, hitting .306/.465/.373 over 59 games. Pay particular attention to his .465 on base percentage, a product of his drawing a league leading 51 walks, while striking out just 35 times.

Matt Snyder (1B): Snyder hit .299/.397/.428 with 34 RBIs, three homers and thirteen doubles. He also managed to work more free passes to first base (26) than strike outs (19).

Saxon Butler (1B): In 36 games in the NY-Penn League, Butler dominated opposing pitching. He hit .296/.370/.620 with ten homers, fourteen doubles and 36 RBIs.

James Pazos (LHP): In 28 appearances (40.1 innings), Pazos went 2-2 with a 1.79 ERA. He struck out 39 and walked just nineteen.

Players to Watch:
Ravel Santana (OF): The return of Santana, after an ugly ankle injury ended his 2011 season, was much anticipated. A five-tool prospect who had dominated the GCL prior to his injury, Santana struggled this season.…

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Looking back at the 2012 GCL Yankees

Curtain Calls:
Jerison Lopez (2B):Lopez was the cornerstone of the Yankee offense this season. He hit .321/.385/.415 with fifteen RBIs and thirteen doubles. His performance earned him GCL All-Star honors as the Yankees’ lone representative.

Mikeson Oliberto (OF): If Lopez wasn’t the one starting a rally, it was likely Oliberto. The outfielder hit .279/.342/.477 with eight stolen bases, three homers, six triples and thirteen doubles.

Jordan Cote (RHP): Cote was the Yankees 3rd round pick in 2011 and the raw hurler from New Hampshire showed just what the Yankees were excited about when they signed him. He absolutely dominated the GCL, going 3-0 with a 0.98 ERA over 27.2 innings. He gave up no homers, struck out 25 batters and allowed just four walks. He held opposing hitters to a .204 average before being promoted to Staten Island and promptly placed on the 60-day DL (mainly to limit his innings, not due to a specific injury).

Players to Watch:
Austin Aune (SS): This year’s second round pick showed some good stuff this year, though his defense definitely needs some improvements.…

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