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.

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Game 160: Yankees 2, Rays 5

Brett Gardner led off the third with a single and Derek Jeter worked a walk.  Curtis Granderson flew out for the first out of the inning.  Cano followed with a single to right, plating Gardner and giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead.  Unfortunately, the lead would not last much longer as Noesi struggled from the start in the bottom of the inning.

Reid Brignac grounded a single to right, where Eduardo Nunez was patrolling the field.  Desmond Jennings worked a walk and Upton followed with a double to left, plating two runs to tie the game.  Evan Longoria hit a single, putting runners on the corners with no outs and Noesi’s night was over.  Raul Valdes replaced him on the mound and struck out Ben Zobrist.  Johnny Damon followed with a single, giving the Rays a 3-2 lead and tying Lou Gehrig on the All-Time Hits list.  The when Damon tried to steal second and Martin threw down to Jeter, who caught the former Yankee in a run down.  …

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Looking back at the Charleston RiverDogs’ 2011 season

Curtain Calls:
Rob Segedin (3B): Segedin hit .323/.396/.482/.878 in his 61 games with Charleston, before he was bumped up the Tampa.  He had 34 RBIs and five homers, but also made fifteen errors in the field.  Segedin will be playing in the Arizona Fall League with the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

JR Murphy (C): While Montero, Romine and Sanchez are the names most Yankees fans think of when they wonder who will be the future backstop in the Bronx, Murphy made it clear that his name shouldn’t be left out of the discussion.  He hit  .297/.343/.457/.800 with the RiverDogs, before being promoted to Tampa.  He hit six homers and 23 doubles, even picking up a pair of stolen bases, earning him SAL Mid-Season All-Star honors.

Slade Heathcott (CF): There is no doubt that it was a tough year for the Yankees’ first round pick of the 2009 Draft.  Questions about his upbringing were finally addressed in an article that shed light on the young player’s rough home life and battle with alcohol. …

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Game 159: Red Sox 7, Yankees 4 (14 innings)

The Bombers had an opportunity to add to their lead in the second, when Jesus Montero led off with a double.  He was thrown out at third on a fielder’s choice by Chris Dickerson.  Austin Romine followed with a single, but Lackey seemed to settle in after that, escaping the inning with the Yankees lead still 3-0.

Nova kept the Red Sox hitters guessing through the early innings and Lackey put his struggles behind him.  A one out triple by Jed Lowrie had Boston threatening in the top of the fifth.  J.D. Drew followed with a single and the Red Sox were on the board.  Nova got Marco Scutaro to fly out, but hit Varitek with a pitch, putting two on with two out.  He came back and got Ellsbury to ground the ball back to Cano for an easy out, keeping the score at 3-1.

In the top of the sixth, Nova continued to lose a bit of his momentum.  …

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Game 157: Red Sox 1, Yankees 9

The Yankees kept it going in the third.  With two outs, Swisher and Jones hit back-to-back singles.  Montero followed with a double to center, scoring two more runs as the Yankees took an 8-0 lead and chased Lester from the game.

Garcia kept the Red Sox scoreless through six innings and Montero added a solo homer to give the Yankees a 9-0 lead heading into the late innings.  Raul Valdes replaced Garcia in the seventh and gave up a leadoff single to Conor Jackson.  He got the next two outs, but a double by Carl Crawford put Boston on the board.  It was the only offense they could manage, however, as the Yankees coasted to an easy 9-1 win over their AL East rivals.

Bronx Cheers:
Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira: Grandy and Teix both went 0-4.  Grandy had two strikeouts and Teix had one.

Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod also went 0-4 with a strikeout, but he gets singled out because of his rough day in the field.  …

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Game 156: Rays 15, Yankees 8

The second innings started better, but a throwing error from Derek Jeter allowed Jennings to reach with two outs.  Upton followed with a triple to center and scored on a double by Longoria.  In the top of the third, Ben Zobrist knocked a two-run homer to right, and Tampa held a 7-0 edge.

Tampa did not stop there, as Upton and  Damon each hit two-run homers of Scott Proctor in the fourth inning.  Zobrist singled and Casey Kotchman worked a walk.  Zobrist scored on a single by Reid Brignac.  Zobrist knocked a sac fly to right in the top of the fifth, giving Tampa a solid 13-0 lead over New York.

The Bombers finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth.  A single by Ramiro Pena was followed by a homer from Andruw Jones.  They rallied again in the seventh.  Eduardo Nunez singled to right and moved to second on a wild pitch.  Austin Romine lined a single to right and Nunez scored on a single by Pena.  …

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Game 155: Rays 2, Yankees 4

A solo homer by Kelly Shoppach in the top of the fifth gave the Rays their first run of the evening.  Sean Rodriguez tied the game with a solo homer in the seventh.  The Rays had a chance to take the lead in the eighth, as CC Sabathia started to struggle.  He gave up back-to-back singles to Desmond Jennings and B.J. Upton.  He then walked Evan Longoria, loading the bases with one out.  Girardi called for David Robertson who got Ben Zobrist to ground into a double play, ending the threat and keeping the game tied 2-2.

The Yankees fought back in the bottom of the eighth.  Nick Swisher doubled to center and was replaced by Greg Golson on the bases.  With two outs, Teixeira worked a walk and Cano was put on intentionally, loading the bases.  With Montero due up, Girardi gambled and called on the veteran Posada to pinch-hit.  He lined a single to right, bringing Golson and Teixeira home and giving the Bombers a 4-2 lead. …

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Game 153: Rays 0, Yankees 5

The Yankees had a chance to blow the game open in the third, when Swisher was hit by a pitch and Chavez singled to right.  Martin worked a walk and they had the bases loaded, but Gardner flew out and Jeter grounded into a force out to end the threat.

After two quick outs to start the fifth, the Yankees put together another little rally.  Gardner singled to center and Jeter lined one to put runners on the corners.  A single from Granderson plated another run and New York held a 5-0 edge. 

Ivan Nova was phenomenal for much of the night, but finally got into some real trouble in the seventh.  He allowed a single to Sean Rodriguez to leadoff and then the umpire called a hit by pitch on Jose Lobaton (it looked like the ball hit the ground to me…).  Nova walked Reid Brignac to load the bases with no outs.  Nova buckled down and got Desmond Jennings to fly out to shallow left, before getting B.J. …

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