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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Why the Yankees can win it all

2. CC Sabathia gives them a chance to win every game he pitches, and Joe Girardi will have no problem using the big horse on short rest whenever he feels the need to.

3. The back end of the bullpen is very deep. Mariano Rivera and David Robertson were two of the best relievers in baseball, and Rafael Soriano has been pretty good since returning from the DL in July. If these three can dominate at the back end of the game, it could do a lot to bolster a shaky corps of starters.

4. This is a group that’s been here before. Not to rely too much on cliché, but the Yankees’ roster is loaded with postseason experience, so there shouldn’t be any concern about stage fright, or any reason to worry about players being overwhelmed by the moment.

5. You know what? Maybe it’s just their year. This was a team that was supposed to have critical starting pitching problems, that was supposed to have no chance of beating the Red Sox, and yet Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia held up all season, Ivan Nova surprised everyone and they finished with the best record in the American League.…

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Game 162: Yankees 7, Rays 8 (12 Innings)

Dellin Betances made the start for the Yankees and pitched two strong innings, while David Price continued to struggle against the Yankees.  Teixeira went yard again in the fourth, as he added another run for the Bombers.  Andruw Jones added a dinger of his own in the fifth and New York went up 7-0, as the Rays seemed to struggle at the plate against a parade of the Yankees’ minor league arms.

The Rays suddenly came to life in the bottom of the eighth.  Johnny Damon singled to left.  Zobrist followed with a double and Boone Logan hit Casey Kotchman with a pitch to load the bases.  Sam Fuld worked a walk, plating Damon for the Rays’ first run of the game.  Luis Ayala, who replaced Logan, hit Sean Rodriguez with a pitch pushing another run across the plate.  Desmond Jennings struck out, for the first out of the inning.  B.J. Upton hit a sac fly to left and Evan Longoria drove a three run homer to left, as the Rays pulled within one run of the Yankees.…

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Game 161: Yankees 3, Rays 5

Russell Martin got the Yankees on the scoreboard in the top of the third with a solo homer.  The Yankees had a chance to take the lead as Brett Gardner drew a walk and stole second.  With two outs, the Rays intentionally walked Cano.  Alex Rodriguez walked to load the bases, but Mark Teixeira flew out, ending the threat.

The Yankees rallied again in the top of the fifth as Gardner and Nunez hit back-to-back singles, putting runners on the corners.  Curtis Granderson hit into a double play, but allowed Gardner to score, tying the game at 2-2.  The Pinstripes continued their rally in the sixth, as Rodriguez worked another walk and Teixeira doubled.  A RBI double from Nick Swisher put New York ahead 3-2, but once again they missed a chance at extra runs.  Jorge Posada was intentionally walked, loading the bases with no outs.  Martin followed with a grounder to third, which turned into the perfect triple play ball as Longoria fielded it while standing on third and sent it around the horn to end the inning.  …

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Looking back at the Tampa Yankees’ 2011 season

Pitching told a different story for the Yankees, who had some really strong performers and some who struggled mightily..  The Tampa pitchers combined 3.98 was actually the third highest in the FSL.  They were the only team to not record a complete game, while their other pitching stats were fairly mediocre compared to the rest of the league.

Curtain Calls:
Walter Ibarra (2B): Ibarra spent the whole season in Tampa and hit .297/.333/.421/.754.  He stole ten bases, had six homers, three triples and 24 doubles.

Robert Lyerly (3B): Lyerly was a big bat for the Yankees before being called up to Trenton.  He hit .315/.363/.462/.825 over 64 games

Jose Quintana (P): Quintana made twelve starts and appeared in 30 games for Tampa this season, going 10-2 with a 2.91 ERA.  He had 88 strikeouts and just 28 walks.

Zoilo Almonte: Almonte also had a strong season with Tampa and was rewarded with a promotion to Trenton later in the year. …

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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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