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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Game 127: Athletics 6, Yankees 4 (10 innings)

Jemile Weeks knocked a double over Curtis Granderson‘s head to start the sixth.  He tried to turn it into a triple, but Granderson fielded the ball off the bottom of the wall and hit Robinson Cano who threw a laser to third to beat the sliding Weeks for an out.  Crisp followed with a single, but Hideki Matsui grounded the ball back to Mark Teixeira who started the inning ending double-play.   Nick Swisher turned around and hit a solo homer for the first New York lead in the bottom of the inning, as the Yankees took over 2-1.

The Bombers had a chance to add some insurance in the bottom of the seventh  Eduardo Nunez doubled to left and Francisco Cervelli laid down a nice bunt for a single, putting runners on the corners.  Unfortunately, no one could bring Nunez in, as Gardner popped out, Jeter lined out and Granderson flew out.

Sabathia came back out for the top of the eighth and gave up a leadoff single to Kurt Suzuki.  …

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Game 126: Athletics 6, Yankees 5

The Pinstripes had a chance to get on the board in the bottom of the third.  Russell Martin led off with a walk.  Derek Jeter drove a line drive to center, giving the Yankees two runners with one out, but they were unable to score.  In the bottom of the fifth Jorge Posada doubled.  Jeter worked a walk with two outs, but Curtis Granderson struck out, ending another Yankee threat.

Coco Crisp doubled to center to start the sixth.  He moved to third on a long fly ball from Hideki Matsui and scored on a sac fly by Josh Willingham, giving Oakland a 3-0 lead.

The A’s didn’t let up in the seventh.  Cliff Pennington singled to center and Kurt Suzuki followed with a double.  Bartolo Colon’s night was finished and Boone Logan took over.  Scott Sizemore lined a double to right, plating two more runs.  Hector Noesi gave up another solo homer to Allen in the eighth, putting the Yankees in a 6-0 hole.…

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The Farm Report: 08/23/11 – Walk-off in Scranton!

Trenton lost 9-1 to New Hampshire:
The Fisher Cats scored quickly, as Anthony Gose reached on a fielding error by Jose Pirela before stealing his 60th base of the season.  He moved to third on a groundout and scored on a single by Travis d’Arnaud.  New Hampshire added four more runs in the bottom of the fourth and their lead was 7-0 as Trenton headed to bat in the top of the seventh.  Zoilo Almonte doubed to center and Melky Mesa followed with a single.  A sac fly by Damon Sublett scored the lone Thunder run, as they took a 9-1 loss.   Almonte went 2-4 with a run scored and a double.  Mesa went 2-4 as well.  Craig Heyer went 5.2 innings and gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and two walks.

Tampa was rained out.

Charleston lost Game 1 of their doubleheader against Greenville 5-2:
The RiverDogs scored first, rallying in the bottomof the fourth.  Michael Ferraro reached on a fielding error and Anderson Feliz followed with a homer, giving Charleston an early lead.  …

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Game 125: Yankees 3, Twins 0

The game stayed scoreless, and the Yankees had another opporunity in the the fifth inning.  Nunez singled to left and stole second.  Jeter worked a walk and Teixeira walked as the bases were juiced for Rodriguez, who popped out to first to end the New York threat.

Nova had been very strong through the early innings, but finally got into a little trouble in the bottom of the fifth.  Jim Thome singled to center and Danny Valencia put a fly ball in the outfield to give the Twins runners on second and third.  Nova battled back, however, striking out Rene Tosoni and Matt Tolbert before getting Drew Butera to ground out to first and keep the game scoreless.

In the top of the sixth, Cano doubled to left.  A fly ball from Swisher moved the Yankees’ second baseman to third and Martin knocked a sac fly to center, giving the Yankees the first run of the game and a 1-0 lead.  …

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The Farm Report: 08/21/11 – Quiet day in the Minors

Charleston lost to Augusta 9-1:
Augusta jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, adding another run in the third.  It was their big fourth inning that appeared to bury the RiverDogs, as the GreenJackets scored four runs.  With a 9-0 deficit in the eighth, Charleston finally got on the board.  Michael Ferraro singled with two outs and moved to third on a line drive by Jeffrey Farnham.  A wild pitch allowed the RiverDogs’ lone run to score as they fell 9-1.  Farnham went 2-3 with a double.  Shane Brown went 2-4.  Mike Gipson got shelled, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks in just 3.1 innings.

Staten Island blew Lowell away 16-1:
Tyler Austin doubled to start the second, moving to third on a groundout by Cito Culver and scoring on a sac fly from Reymond Nunez for the first run of the game.  The score stayed close through four innings, but the Yankees’ bats woke up in the fifth.  …

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The Farm Report: 08/19/11

Tampa beat Brevard County 5-3:
Brevard County jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning, as they plated three runs.  Tampa got one run back in the seond when Ronnier Mustelier reached on a throwing error and moved to third on a double by Deangelo Mack.  Rob Segedin grounded out, but Mustelier scored for the Yankees’ first run.  The score stayed 3-1 until the Yankees rallied in the top of the seventh.  Mack singled and moved to third when Cody Johnson lined one to center.  Mitch Abeita homered, putting the Yankees ahead 4-3.  A RBI double by Kyle Roller in the eighth gave Tampa some insurance, as they won 5-3.  Mack went 2-4 with a run scored and a double.  Abeita went 1-4 with the game-winning three run homer.

Charleston managed to take a 1-0 win over Augusta:
Taylor Grote singled to right in the top of the second and moved to second when Anderson Feliz lined one to right.  …

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Prospect Profile: Mason Williams

Coming out of West Orange, the athletic outfielder had hit .450 with an .813 average.  He hit six homers for the Warriors as well as pitching.  However, it is his speed and defense that immediately caught New York’s eye, drawing comparisons with another speedy outfielder, Brett Gardner.

Williams signed late, meaning he saw limited action in the Gulf Coast League in 2010. The Yankees immediately started to work on his bat, changing his stance and plate discipline.  In his eighteen games with the GCL Yankees, Williams went .222/.263/.222/.485.

The Yankees seem content on taking their time to develop the young outfielder, who turns twenty this weekend.  He has spent all of the 2011 season with the Staten Island Yankees and so far he has shown why he was given such a big bonus.  He is hitting .358/.400/.498/.898 over 54 games.  He has nine doubles, six triples and three homers and has stolen 21 stolen bases, getting caught eleven times.  Known for his fielding ability, the outfielder has two errors all season.…

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Game 122: Yankees 8, Twins 4

The Yankees were the first to score, breaking through in the top of the second.  Eduardo Nunez singled to right and moved to third on a grounder by Francisco Cervelli that got past Twins’ shortstop Tsuyoshi NishiokaBrett Gardner hit a sac fly to right, scoring Nunez and giving the Bombers a 1-0 lead.

Minnesota came right back in the bottom of the inning.  Jim Thome worked a walk and Danny Valencia lined a double to left.  Sabathia struck out Rene Tosoni for the first out of the inning, but Nishioka singled to center, plating Thome.  Drew Butera hit into a force out at second, but Valencia scored and the Twins took a 2-1 edge.

Granderson started the third inning with a triple to left.  Mark Teixeira then drove a bomb into the second deck in left, putting the Pinstripes back in front 3-2.

The Bombers added to their lead in the fifth as Teixeira started the inning with a double to left. …

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The Farm Report: 08/18/11 – Betances puts together a nice first start in a loss for Scranton

Tampa won one game of their doubleheader against Lakeland 7-2, while the other game was postponed:
Lakeland took the lead in the second on a two-run homer by Avisail Garcia.  They held that lead through four, but the Yankees tied it up in the fifth.  Mitch Abeita doubled to right and scored on a triple by Abraham Almonte.  Walter Ibarra followed with a RBI single.  The Yankee used a big sixth inning to take the lead and secure a victory.  Ronnier Mustelier doubled to right and moved to third on a sac bunt.  Luke Murton drew a walk and Abeita singled, plating Mustelier.  Kelvin Castro singled to center, scoring a run and Almonte walked to load the bases.  Ibarra cleared the bases with a triple and the Yankees took a 7-2 win over Lakeland.  Ibarra went 3-4 with a triple and four RBIs.  Almonte went 2-3 with two runs scored, a triple and a RBI.  Abeita also went 2-3 with two runs scored, a double and a RBI.…

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