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 121: Yankees 4, Royals 5

Granderson started the third inning with a double to right.  He moved to third when Cano grounded out for the second out of the inning and scored on a single by Swisher.  Jones was hit by a pitch, but once again Martin couldn’t keep the rally going, striking out with the Yankees ahead 2-0.

Bartolo Colon had looked good in the first couple innings, but struggled in the bottom of the third.  Mike Moustakas doubled, beginning the Royals’ rally.  Alcides Escobar followed with a single, putting runners on the corners.  Alex Gordon then homered to center, giving Kansas City their first lead of the evening.  A couple batters later, Billy Butler drove the ball to left center.  The ball bounced off the top of the wall and back onto the field clearly staying in play, however, the umpires called it a homer.  The way the wall is constructed there can be a bit confusing, but according to park rules the ball was not a homer. …

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Finishing up the 2011 Draft

Sam Stafford (P): The Yankees did not sign their second round draft pick. The hard-throwing hurler for the University of Texas was rumored to have made a deal with the Yankees, but after further review of his medicals New York found a red flag and offered just $200,000.  The Yankees will get a compensation pick next year for not signing Stafford.  Texas will be happy to have him back next season.

Jordan Cote (P): The Yankees’ third round pick is a 6’6, 215 pound hurler from New Hampshire who signed with the Yankees at the deadline with a $725,000 bonus. As I’ve said before, I’m intrigued by this pick as Cote is one of the other few Yankee fans residing in New Hampshire, but he has a lot to be excited about.  Cote is coming out of high school and is a tall, athletic guy who the Yankees view as a relatively blank slate when it comes to pitching.  He will be an interesting guy to watch develop, especially once he starts throwing in some warm weather.…

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Game 120: Yankees 9, Royals 7

The Yankees’ offense came back in the top of the third.  Curtis Granderson was hit by a pitch and Mark Teixeira worked a walk.  Robinson Cano lined a single to left pushing Granderson across the plate.  Nick Swisher walked, loading the bases and Russell Martin drove a two-out single to left to score two more Yankee runs for a 3-2 lead.

Unfortunately, the lead was short-lived.  Nova struggled in the bottom of the inning.  Alcides Escobar tripled to left and scored on a groundout by Alex GordonMelky Cabrera hit a solo homer to right and the Royals were back in front.  Butler singled to left and moved to second on a wild pitch.  Francoeur put a double just out of Granderson’s reach in center, and the Royals took a 5-3 lead.

Brett Gardner led off the top of the fourth inning with a bunt single.  Derek Jeter followed by lining a double to left, plating Gardner.  Granderson laid down a sac bunt, but was safe at first putting runners on the corners.  …

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The Farm Report: 08/16/11 – Winless day on the farm.

Trenton dropped their second game against Erie 8-2:
Erie took a two run lead on a homer by Rawley Bishop in the first.  They doubled their score with two more runs in the third, but Trenton finally scored in the top of the fourth.  Raymond Kruml worked a walk and Jose Pirela singled.  A groundout by Corban Joseph moved both runners over and Zoilo Almonte hit a two-run double.  In the end, that was all Trenton could manage as Erie took an 8-2 victory over the Thunder.  Kruml went 1-2 with a run scored, a walk and a triple.  Almonte went 1-3 with a double and two RBIs.


Tampa was crushed 12-5 by Lakeland:
Abraham Almonte gave the Yankees their first baserunner when he reached on an error in the bottom of the first.  He moved to second on a sac bunt ansd scored on a single by Kyle Roller.  Luke Murton and Deangelo Mack singled to load the bases. …

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Game 119: Yankees 7, Royals 4

A.J. Burnett looked alright through the first four innings, getting out of a couple tough spots, but he ran out of luck in the fifth.  Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon each grounded singles to right field to load the bases.  Burnett then walked Melky Cabrera, giving Kansas City their first run of the game.  Billy Butler then lined a single to right, plating two more runs and giving the Royals a 3-2 edge.

The Bombers wasted little time in getting back in front.  Posada hit a one out single in the top of the sixth and Russell Martin lined one to right to put runners on the corners.  Gardner followed with a single, tying the game.  Jeter then drove a triple to right to give the lead back to New York, 5-3.

Robinson Cano led off the seventh with a line drive to left and scored on a single by Andruw Jones, pinch hitting for Posada. …

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The Farm Report: 08/14/11 – Rainouts and raining errors for Trenton

Tampa lost 7-5 to Dunedin:
Kyle Roller hit a two-run homer to put Tampa on the board in the top of the first.  The Blue Jays got one run back in the bottom of the inning, but the Yankees added to their lead in the third.  Roller walked and moved to third on a single by Cody Johnson.  Kelvin Castro lined a single to right, plating one run.  Johnson scored on a sac fly by Neil Medchill, putting Tampa up 4-1.  Each team added a run in the fourth, but the Blue Jays put together a five run fifth, giving them a 7-5 victory.   Abraham Almonte went 2-4 with a run scored and a triple.  Roller was 2-4 with two runs scored, a homer and three RBIs.

Charleston beat Hickory 4-1:
With two outs in the bottom of the second, Eduardo Sosa doubled to left, scoring on a single by Jose Mojica to give the RiverDogs the first run of the game.  …

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Game 116: Angels 5, Yankees 6

The Bombers rallied in the seventh to take the lead.  Francisco Cervelli started the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sac bunt from Brett Gardner.  Jeter walked and with two outs Mark Teixeira should have ended the inning with a grounder to second.  Instead, Maicer Izturis booted the easy play and the Yankees had the bases loaded for Cano.  The Yankees’ second baseman didn’t let the opportunity pass, as he parked the ball in the stands for a grand slam and a 6-2 Yankee lead.

Cory Wade came in for the ninth inning and gave up a single to Izturis.  Peter Bourjos doubled to left and Girardi called for Mariano Rivera, who continued his recently streak of bad outings.  He gave up a three-run homer to Russell Branyan on his first pitch, bringing the Halos within one.  Rivera then got Aybar to ground out and Callaspo to fly out, ending the game with a 6-5 Yankee victory.…

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The Farm Report: 08/11/11

Tampa blanked Clearwater 4-0:
Deangelo Mack worked a leadoff walk in the second and scored on a single by Emerson Landoni.  Kyle Roller started the sixth with a walk and moved to third on a line drive by Luke Murton, who was thrown out at second.  Mack singled, scoring Roller.  Mack stole second and crossed the plate on a single from Neil Medchill for a 3-0 lead.  It was more than enough, but Tampa added another run in the seventh.  Murton went 2-4 with a RBI.  Landoni went 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI.  Brett Marshall threw five innings and gave up just one hit and two walks.

Charleston lost 4-0 to West Virginia:
The game was scoreless through the first three innings, but West Virginia broke out in the bottom of the fourth with three runs.  They added another in the sixth, while the RiverDogs struggled to string hits together.  Kelvin De Leon was the only Charleston player to have more than one hit, going 2-3.…

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Game 115: Angels 3, Yankees 9

Richards had a decent second and third, but got into some trouble in the fourth.  Cano led off with a triple and Nick Swisher singled him in.  Eric Chavez lined a double to center, plating another Yankee run for a 5-0 lead.

Ivan Nova looked strong for the Yankees, but he gave up a run in the fifth, when Peter Bourjos went yard for the Angels’ first run of the game.  Granderson got it back in the bottom of the inning, however, as he hit a solo shot for his second round tripper of the evening.

Swisher started the bottom of the sixth with a double to center and moved to third on a groundout from Chavez.  Russell Martin singled and the Yankeees took a 7-1 lead.

Nova pitched well, but struggled in the seventh.  He gave up a leadoff walk to Torii Hunter and Mark Trumbo singled to left.  Vernon Wells drove a single to center, plating Hunter and Alberto Callaspo walked to load the bases. …

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