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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Prospect Profile: J.R. Murphy

After signing, Murphy got into nine games in the Gulf Coast League in 2009.  He wasted little time making an impression, going .333/.405/.485/.890 with a homer and seven RBIs.  Four bases were stolen against him and he caught no one stealing in his few chances.

For his first full year of professional baseball, Murphy headed to Charleston, where he caught for the RiverDogs.  He played 87 games for the Yankees low-A affiliate and put up decent offensive numbers, going .255/.327/.376/.703 with 7 homers, 15 doubles, two triples and 54 RBIs.  He even flashed a little speed, swiping four bags and getting thrown out five times.  Behind the plate, Murphy put in a lot of work as he continues to learn the position.  He threw out 23% of baserunners and improved his blocking, game calling and throwing skills.  Murphy did commit eleven errors and allowed 13 passed balls.

Murphy felt good coming out of Spring Training and returned to Charleston to start the 2011 season, where he split time behind the plate with Sanchez. …

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The Farm Report: 7/11/11 – Some notes on games that do count!

The Tampa Yankees knocked out the St. Lucie Mets 10-1:
The Yankees used an eight-run fifth to breakaway from the Mets.  J.R. Murphy went 3-4 with two runs scored, a double, a homer and two RBIs.   Zoile Almote and Kelvin Castro both went 3-5 with two RBIs.  Castro scored three times.  Starting pitcher Michael O’Brien went five innings and gave up just one run on two hits.  He did walk four batters and struck out three.  Tampa is tied with Dunedin atop the FSL North Division.  Unfortunately, the news is not all good, as it looks like Slade Heathcott’s season may be over, as he could be headed for another shoulder surgery.

Staten Island beat the Vermont Lake Monsters 9-1:
Staten Island got on the board early, using a double by Jhorge Liccien and a triple by Mason Williams to take a 2-0 edge in the second.  Still, it was the six-run sixth that put the Yankees well in control of the Lake Monsters.  …

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Game 88: Rays 0, Yankees 1

The Yankees had their first chance to get on the board in the third.  Eduardo Nunez led off with a single.  Derek Jeter bunted for a single, giving the Yankees a couple baserunners.  Granderson followed with a sac bunt, moving the runners to second and third.  Mark Teixeira then hit a fly ball to center, which Upton caught and gunned home as Kelly Shoppach tagged out Nunez to end the inning with the game still scoreless.

Both Shields and Sabathia dominated the middle innings of the game, facing the minimum number of batters until the bottom of the seventh.  Robinson Cano led off with a single and moved to third on a throwing error by Upton.  Martin grounded out, giving the Yankees two outs with a runner on third.  Shields then threw a pickoff throw to third, but the ball flew past Rodriguez and Cano was able to jog into home for the first (and only) run of the game.  Sabathia held on, striking out Johnson on a 98 mph fastball to end the game with a 1-0 Yankees’ victory.…

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Game 87: Rays 4, Yankees 5

Burnett got two quick outs to start the second, but the Rays got their first run and hit, as Matt Joyce homered on a fly ball to right, giving the Rays a 1-0 lead.  The Yankees had a chance in the bottom of the inning, as Robinson Cano was hit by a pitch and Andruw Jones worked a walk, but once again they came up empty.

The Stadium buzzed in the third inning, as Jeter once again stepped to the plate.  He worked a full count before connecting with a David Price curveball and putting it over the wall in left field for hit number 3,000 and a tie ballgame.  After greeting all his teammates at home and acknowledging the fans and the Rays, Jeter and the Yankees got back to business.  Granderson walked and Teixeira singled to left.  A single by Russell Martin plated Granderson and the Bombers had their first lead of the day.

Burnett issued a walk to Ben Zobrist to start the fourth and he stole second.  …

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Game 86: Rays 5, Yankees 1

Colon’s struggles continued in the third, as Zobrist led off with a solo homer.  Kotchman doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Upton to put the Rays up 3-0.  The fifth inning held more of the same.  Kotchman singled and was followed by a two-run homer by Upton, as the Yankees dug themselves into a 5-0 hole.

While the Rays held a comfortable lead, the Yankees were unable to do much damage, in large part due to the strong defense by Tampa.  Finally, in the bottom of the sixth, the Yankees broke through, as Robinson Cano drove a solo homer to right.

Hector Noesi relieved Colon in the sixth and did a solid job keeping the Yankees in the game.  He allowed a double to Evan Longoria to start the seventh, but got Kotchman to fly out.  Upton then grounded the ball to Alex Rodriguez who started an unconventional double play.  Longoria was too far off second and Rodriguez ran him back, tossing the ball to Cano who tagged him out before throwing the ball to Teixeira who caught Upton overrunning first.  …

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The Farm Report: 7/7/11 Is there Pie in the Minors?

Trenton Thunder lose both games to Richmond:
After getting two quick outs, Roger Kieschnick singled to center for Richmond.  He stole second and scored the first run of the game on a single by Christ Dominguez.  The Thunder struck back quickly, as Bradley Suttle started the second with a single.  Jose Pirela homered and Trenton took a 2-1 lead.  Trenton held their lead as Dellin Betances dominated the Richmond lineup, but it fell apart in the seventh.  Pat Venditte blew the seventh inning save, giving up two walks to begin the inning.  The game was tied by a single from Juan Perez and a sac fly plated the winning run, giving Richmond a walk-off win.  Betances gave up just one run on four hits and picked up nine strikeouts.

In the second game, the Thunder found themselves on the short side of another close game.  Once again, Trenton drew first blood, but they only managed three hits for the game, including a RBI from Jose Gil.  …

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Game 85: Yankees 3, Indians 5

Hughes looked much better after his first inning, but struggled in the fifth.  He started the inning by hitting Cabrera with a pitch before striking out Hafner.  Sanata worked a walk and Grady Sizemore flied out to center.  Hughes then hit Orlando Cabrera to load the bases, before getting a fly ball from Lonnie Chisenhall to end the threat.

The Indians added another run in the seventh, when Chisenhall hit his first homer of his career, as Boone Logan struggled on the mound.  Sergio Mitre relieved Logan and did little to keep the Yankees in the game in the eighth.  He walked Austin Kearns and gave up a singled to Brantley.  Walking Hafner loaded the bases, and another walk to Santana pushed a run across the plate.  Sizemore drove a sac fly to center and Cleveland held a 5-0 edge as the Yankees had their last chance to score.

With Masterson finally out of the game, the Yankees offense finally showed some life.  …

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Game 84: Yankees 9, Indians 2

Granderson led off the fourth with another homer, his 25th of the season.  The Yankees had a chance to add even more to their lead, as Robinson Cano doubled with two outs. Swisher worked a walk, but Posada struck out to end the inning.

Sabathia had breezed through the first three innings, but got in trouble for the first time in the bottom of the fourth.  After striking out the first two hitters, Carlos Santana lined a single to right.  Orlando Cabrera singled to short, but Sabathia ended the threat by striking out Grady Sizemore.  Sabathia got himself into a jam again in the fifth, giving up a leadoff single to Austin Kearns and then walking Cord Phelps.  He then turned around and struck out the next three batters in order.

Already holding a big lead, the Yankees added some runs in the eighth.  Granderson started with a single.  Alex Rodriguez grounded a single to left and Cano doubled to center, plating Granderson.  …

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