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 70: Yankees 10, Cubs 4

New York got a couple runs back in the top of the fourth. Alex Rodriguez worked a walk and Robinson Cano reached to put two on with one out.  Nick Swisher drove a grounder to right, plating Rodriguez.  Russell Martin walked to load the bases, and Eduardo Nunez grounded a ball to third, allowing Cano to score as Swisher was forced out.  At the end of four, the Yankees trailed 4-3.

The Yankees knotted up the score in the sixth, when Rodriguez led off the inning with a single.  He moved to second on a ground out by Cano, and Swisher singled Rodriguez over to third.  Martin drove a sac fly to right, and its was a new game as the score sat at 4-4.

Rodriguez and Cano hit back-to-back singles in the to of the eighth.  Relief pitcher, Christopher Carpenter came in and after throwing a couple balls, tossed Swisher a 93 MPH meatball, which he launched over the right field wall. …

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Game 64: Indians 1, Yankees 0

The Bombers had another chance in the bottom of the second, when the suddenly hot Jorge Posada singled to center and Brett Gardner drew a walk.  Once again, however, the Yankees left the runners on the bases and came up empty.  In the third, Teixeira walked and Cano singled, giving New York a pair of runners, but Swisher hit into an inning ending double play.

While the Pinstripes got plenty of base runners, yet no runs, the Indians struggled to get runners on against a sharp Burnett.  In the top of the fourth, Michael Brantley led off driving a ball to right.  Swisher one of his patented plays in right, as the ball rolled to the fence and the Indians outfielder landed on third. Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a RBI single and the Tribe took a 1-0 lead. Burnett came back and sat the next three hitters down in order, but the damage was done.  Neither team threatened much through the rest of the game and Cleveland took a 1-0 victory and avoided the sweep. …

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The Injury Bug bites Scranton – and then it bites again and again…

On June 6th, Carlos Silva was put on the DL.  He had pitched pretty well through the minors, but missed a start on the 5th with tightness in his right shoulder. Originally, people had thought Silva had an opt out clause in his contract that would trigger in mid-June if he was not called up to the majors, but this does not appear to be the case.

Yesterday, Tim Norton hit the DL with a shoulder injury.  Norton had been having a phenomenal season in Trenton, where he had an ERA of 1.55 in 22 appearances (29 innings).  He held hitters to a .124 average and had struck out 44 while walking just 8.  Norton was finally rewarded for his work and called up to Scranton Wednesday.  He made his debut that night, pitching a scoreless inning and picking up two strikeouts while giving up a single.  Norton has had a history of shoulder problems, so this will be something to monitor. …

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Meet the Yankees’ 2011 Draft Picks (Rounds 1-5)

Round 2 (88): Sam Stafford
DOB: April 27, 1990
Position: LHP
B/T: L/L
Ht: 6’04”
Wt: 200
School: University of Texas

Drafted by the Red Sox in the 40th round in 2008, Sam Stafford chose to head to Texas, where he’s seen some success and played on a team that knows how to win.  Stafford is a big lefty who throws hard but can struggle with his control.  He throws four-seam and two-seam fastballs, which sit low to mid nineties, and has some good sink to it.  He throws a decent curve and a decent slider, but is going to have to work on his changeup if he is going to become a major league starter. Stafford did make some headlines during his college career for something other than baseball when he was arrested for trying to buy alcohol when he was underage (and on a baseball road trip).  Hopefully he learned from that and has moved on.  Damon Oppenheimer thinks that Stafford could move up pretty quickly. …

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Game 59: Red Sox 11, Yankees 6

Burnett got through the third, but in he blew up again in the fourth.  He walked Ortiz to start the inning and Carl Crawford grounded a single to right.  Scutaro grounded out to second, moving the runners over and Burnett intentionally walked Drew.  Jason Varitek grounded out, but Oritz scored.  Ellsbury followed with a double to right, bringing Crawford home. Dustin Pedroia singled, plating another run and the Red Sox were ahead 7-0 after just four innings.

Alex Rodriguez got the Bombers on the scoreboard with a monster homer to left to start off the fourth.  In the bottom of the fifth, New York’s bats found their rhythm.  Nunez led off with a walk and moved to second on a passed ball.  Cervelli singled to center, scoring Nunez.  He scored on a nice double by Derek Jeter, who moved to third on a groundout by Curtis Granderson. Mark Teixeira drove a sac fly to left and the Yankees trailed 7-4.…

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MLB 2011 Rule 4 Draft: Day 2 (Updated)

(12:11) And just like that, Pittsburgh takes Josh Bell with the 61st pick. Bell is the best high school hitter in the draft with a ton of upside. He’s a legitimate first round talent, but he’s also committed to Texas and sent a letter around before the draft advising teams not to draft him. That’s not to say he can’t be talked into signing by any means, but he may well be set on going to college. Still, a good upside pick for the Pirates, and I’m still a little disappointed the Yankees didn’t take a chance on trying to persuade him to take the money and run. (Brien)

(12:18) And there goes Dillon Howard a RHP from Arkansas who was also closely linked with the Yankees.  The Cleveland Indians take him with the 67th pick.  I thought he was going to be the Yankees pick last night. (Tamar)

(12:28) The Blue Jays take Daniel Norris, a high school LHP from Tennessee.  …

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A Quick Look at Dante Bichette, Jr.

At twelve years old, Bichette, Jr was making headlines in the 2005 Little League World Series, and he has not slowed down since.  Interestingly, Bichette could easily have chosen another sport for his future, but it is not football or basketball like you might typically expect.  Instead, it was tennis that seemed to be Bichette’s calling.  At fourteen he was ranked in the top 100 for 18 and under in the United States Tennis Association. Still, his first love was baseball and he chose to pursue it instead.

Bichette comes out of Orangewood Christian High School in Florida, where he has played shortstop and third.  He has been named All-Central Florida Player of the Year twice now and had ten homers and 40 RBIs this season.  He hits for average, but has more power than his father.  Bichette’s got great bat speed, but his mechanics will need to be adjusted.  He appears to have learned some of his father’s hitting techniques. …

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The 2011 MLB Rule 4 Draft

(7:04 P.M.) The Pirates are officially on the clock.

(7:16) First two picks in and we’ve already got a surprise. Gerrit Cole did indeed go first overall to Pittsburgh, and Seattle then surprised everyone by taking Virginia left-hander Danny Hultzen 2nd overall.

(7:19) Arizona takes Trevor Bauer of UCLA 3rd overall.

(7:25) The Orioles take Oklahoma high school pitcher Dylan Bundy.

(7:27) Was it me or was Gerrit Cole’s explanation of why he didn’t go with the Yankees before a bit lame?  He said it wasn’t his time and then rambled a bit.  It seemed like even he didn’t know why he didn’t at least listen to an offer.  (Tamar)

(7:32) The first position player is off the board, as the Royals have selected high school outfielder Bubba Starling. This could be the first difficult sign of the draft too, as Starling could be headed to the University of Nebraska to play football. (Brien)

(7:37) Anthony Rendon, who many projected to go second, is now off the board as the Washington Nationals take the Rice third baseman.  …

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The Farm Report 6/6/11

On Friday, the Toledo Mud Hens arrived for a four game set in Scranton.  Former Yankee, Phil Coke, was starting for Toledo on a rehab assignment.  Toledo scored a couple runs in the eighth to tie the game at 3-3.  Kevin Russo hit a leadoff triple in the ninth.  Toledo issued intentional walks to both Jesus Montero and Jorge Vazquez, each of whom had two hits already.  Brandon Laird then blooped a single to bring Russo home and give Scranton took the 4-3 walk-off victory.  Laird went 3-4 with a RBI and a run scored.

Scranton dropped the next game 7-3.  Adam Warren gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings.  Ramon Flores gave up a pair of runs in his two innings of relief and Kanekoa Texeira did the same in his inning of work.

The Yankees won another close game on Sunday, taking a 3-2 victory over Toledo and giving them a chance at a series win today. …

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