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 47: Blue Jays 4, Yankees 5

The score held through the seventh, when the Blue Jays finally pulled Ricky Romero.   Curtis Granderson lead off the bottom of the eighth with a double down the right field line.  Teixeira grounded out, moving Granderson to third.  Alex Rodriguez struck out, but Cano lined a RBI double to center.  Martin singled, plating Cano and the Yankees trailed just 4-3 as they headed into the ninth.

With one out, Jorge Posada pinch hit for Eduardo Nunez.  Posada drove a double to right and was replaced by Chris Dickerson on the bases.  Derek Jeter grounded out, but moved Dickerson to third.  Granderson then hit a single past the Blue Jays’ first and second basemen tying the game.  Teixeira followed with a single to the same spot, which deflected off Rivera’s glove for the walk-off 5-4 win – and of course some pie!

Bronx Cheers: Derek Jeter: Jeter went 0-5 with a strikeout and three left on base.

Nick Swisher: Swisher’s slumping season continues, as he went 0-4 with a strikeout.…

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Game 46: Blue Jays 7, Yankees 3

For a moment, it looked like the Yankees would take the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Brett Gardner reached on a fielding error and stole second.  With two outs, Derek Jeter looked like he got a hold of a pitch, as the ball soared towards the stands in left.  Unfortunately, Corey Patterson was able to make the catch with his back against the wall.

Colon had held the Blue Jays to one run through five, but everything unraveled in the sixth. Patterson led off with a double and Colon intentionally walked Bautista. Yunel Escobar laid down a sac bunt, moving the runners over.  Colon walked Juan Rivera intentionally, loading the bases for Aaron Hill.  Hill drove a RBI single to left, giving Toronto a 2-1 lead. Eric Thames worked a walk, sending another Blue Jays run home.  J. P. Arencibia drove a bases clearing double to center as Toronto took a 6-1 lead.

Granderson worked another walk to start the bottom of the sixth.…

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Game 45: Mets 3, Yankees 9

The Yankees had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the inning.  With a man on base, Brett Gardner just missed a homer, as the ball landed in the stands in foul territory.  They continued to miss scoring chances, but Nova managed to quiet the Mets’ bats and the score was still 3-1 in the seventh.

Gardner led off with a single to center. Chris Dickerson worked a walk and Francisco Cervelli squared to bunt, but got plunked in the shoulder loading the bases. Derek Jeter immediately hit a RBI single up the middle, scoring Gardner and Dickerson to tie the game at 3-3.

The Mets pulled Mike Pelfrey, sending in lefty Tim Byrdak.  Granderson executed a sac bunt (I am biting my tongue…for now…) and Byrdak intentionally walked Mark Teixeira, loading the bases again. Pedro Beato faced Alex Rodriguez, who tapped the ball down the third baseline for a cheap single, bringing home Cervelli and giving the Yankees the lead.…

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Game 42: Yankees 13, Orioles 2

CC Sabathia kept the Orioles’ offense quiet.  He got into a little trouble in the first, after plunking Nick Markakis, a move you have to imagine was intentional after the Dickerson was hit last night and Cano was hit in the first, but the Orioles were unable to score.  The Yankees entered a rainy fourth inning, and Posada flew out for the first out.  Swisher worked a walk and Brett Gardner tripled him in.  Jeter followed with a triple to right, scoring Gardner, and Brad Bergesen (who had started in place of Jeremy Guthrie) was done for the night.  With two outs, Teixeira drove a two-run shot to right and the Yankees were up 9-0.

Cano lead off the fifth with a single to center, the Yankees’ first non-extra base hit of the evening.  Martin followed with a single and Posada walked the bases loaded again.  A single from Swisher scored Cano and the Yankees took a comfortable 10-0 lead into the bottom of the evening. …

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Game 41: Yankees 4, Orioles 1 (15 innings)

Both the Orioles’ rookie hurler Zach Britton and the Yankees’ veteran Colon continued to baffle hitters as the game reached the late innings.  Britton was pulled after seven and Mariano Rivera came in after Colon finished eight.  With one out, Adam Jones singled to center. Nick Markakis followed with a single and there were runners on the corners for Vladimir Guerrero, who drove a deep sac fly, tying the score.  Rivera got Scott to pop out to end the inning, and the fans in Baltimore were in for some extra baseball.

Everything started to unravel in the bottom of the eleventh.  Felix Pie singled, as Cano knocked the ball down, but couldn’t make a play.  Jones moved Pie over with a sac bunt and Luis Ayala intentionally walked Markakis.  Guerrero grounded a hard hit ball towards third, and Rodriguez made a great diving stop.  He hesitated and ended up making a bad throw to first, but Mark Teixeira stepped off the bag and caught the throw, leaving the bases loaded with one out. …

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Game 40: Yankees 6, Rays 2

Nova got into trouble in the bottom of the sixth, however, giving up a lead off walk to Ben Zobrist.  Damon singled him over to second and they both moved over on a ground out by Evan Longoria.  Nova intentionally walked Matthew Joyce, loading the bases for David Robertson who came in in relief.  Robertson struck out B.J. Upton and then caught Casey Kotchman looking to end the inning and keep the Yankees’ lead intact.

The Yankees got some insurance in the top of the seventh.  A one out double by Jorge Posada gave the Yankees some more life.  Brett Gardner then laid down a nice bunt between third and the mound (yes, you read that right), moving Posada to third and landing Gardner safe at first. Eduardo Nunez replaced Posada at third and Chris Dickerson, just up from AAA, drove a nice RBI single to center, scoring Nunez.  Derek Jeter hit a grounder towards second, giving Johnson an easy play at second.…

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Game 39: Yankees 5, Rays 6

Johnny Damon gave the Rays their first run of the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth, but the Yankees’ bats went back to work in the top of the fifth.  Martin got things going with another single and Nunez hit a grounder to short.  Longoria tried to get Martin at second, but he was safe, as Reid Brignac relayed the ball and got Nunez at first.  Derek Jeter worked a walk and Curtis Granderson drove a 97 MPH fastball over the wall in right for a three-run homer, giving the Bronx Bombers a 5-1 edge.

The Rays finally seemed to get to Burnett in the bottom of the sixth. John Jaso led off with a double and Sam Fuld followed with a two-run shot to right.  With two outs, Longoria singled on a grounder that Jeter knocked down and was unable to make a play with.  He moved to second on a wild pitch and a single from Joyce put the Rays within one run of the Yankees. …

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The Farm Report 5/16/11

Injuries and Other Transactions: Kevin Russo (IF) was put back on the Scranton roster, after he cleared waivers.  Lance Pendleton (P) was sent back to Scranton from the Bronx and Kelvin Castro (3B) was sent to Tampa (A+).  Jess Todd (P) had a short stay in pinstripes, having been picked up from the Cleveland Indians only to be designated for assignment on the 12th, when the Yankees sent Ramiro Pena (IF) back to Scranton and called up Amaury Sanit (P)Buddy Carlyle (P) also was sent back down to Scranton, while Hector Noesi (P) has made his second trip this season to New York.

Trenton Thunder (AA): Trenton has gone 6-3 since May 7th.  They have won every series they have played in the month of May.  Trenton is still hanging out in the bottom of the league in a lot of offensive categories, though the other teams need to look out when the Thunder gets runners on base. …

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