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 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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Game 38: Red Sox 7, Yankees 5

Andruw Jones led off the bottom of the second with a solo homer, putting the Bombers back in the lead.  Martin worked a walk and then Brett Gardner made an ugly bunt attempt that popped up for Adrian Gonzalez to make an easy catch.  Jeter grounded out, moving Martin to second and Granderson drove a two-run homer into the stands, giving the Yankees a 4-1 lead.

The Red Sox came right back in the top of the third.  Jacoby Ellsbury lined a double to right.  Gonzalez worked a walk and Youkilis drove a three-run shot out, tying the game 4-4.  Boston took a 5-4 lead off a solo homer by Ortiz in the fifth.

Boston added insurance in the seventh.  With one out, Dustin Pedroia walked.  He stole second and David Robertson intentionally walked Gonzalez.  Youkilis hit a grounder right to Alex Rodriguez, who let the ball dribble through his legs for an error.  Youkilis was safe and Pedroia scored, giving the Red Sox a 6-4 lead. …

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Game 37: Red Sox 6, Yankees 0

Sabathia was untouchable through the fourth inning, but the Red Sox finally started to hit him in the fifth. Jed Lowrie singled to right and Carl Crawford singled up the middle with one out. Jason Varitek worked a walk to load the bases and Ellsbury doubled to left, plating Lowrie and Crawford.  Sabathia intentionally walked Pedroia, loading the bases before Gonzalez grounded into a double play and the Yankees escaped the inning, trailing 2-0.

The Yankees had a chance in the bottom of the fifth. Andruw Jones, DHing for Jorge Posada, singled to left and Jeter drew a walk.  Granderson worked a full count and then popped out to the catcher for the second out of the inning.  Teixeira then struck out to end the Yankee threat.

While Sabathia was solid for most of the game, things unraveled in the seventh. Mike Cameron worked a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch.  Crawford lined out and Varitek singled to right, scoring Cameron as Nick Swisher misplayed the ball. …

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Slade Heathcott’s Friday the 13th

Hopefully, this story will continue towards a feel-good ending, much like Hamilton’s seems to have, however, it did hit a bump in the road last night.  The Charleston RiverDogs were playing the Greenville Drive (interestingly, the Drive is the Red Sox affiliate).  After a rain delay, Heathcott was up to bat and on the second pitch was plunked in the shoulder.  He immediately turned around decked Drive catcher Christian Vazquez and soon both benches had cleared into a brawl.  You can see the brawl caught via Youtube here, if you so desire. Looking at the reaction from Heathcott, you have to imagine that the catcher said something, most likely dealing with the article released earlier in the day.  Regardless, a big suspension is on its’ way for one of the RiverDogs best players, and there is no doubt he will deserve what he gets.  As far as the game went, both the Drive pitcher and Heathcott were immediately ejected and the Drive choose to pull Vazquez and another player.  …

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Game 35: Royals 11, Yankees 5

The Yankees continued to search for their first hit through the early innings.  Cabrera homered at the start of the fourth and Gordon followed with a double.  A single by Butler put the Royals up 8-0 and Nova’s night was over.  Amaury Sanit, called up just this afternoon, made his major league debut.  He struck out Francoeur before giving up a single to the hot hitting Hosmer.  Sanit shook it off and got Betemit and Treanor down in order, but the Yankees’ offense had a lot of work to do.

After four innings the Yankees were still hitless, but they finally got to work in the bottom of the fifth.  Cano homered to right and Nick Swisher followed with a double. Brett Gardner singled, moving Swisher to third. Eduardo Nunez worked a walk to load the bases, and Cervelli doubled to left, plating two runs for the Bronx Bombers.  A sac fly from Derek Jeter scored Nunez and the Yankees had cut the Royals’ lead in half, as the score sat at 8-4.…

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