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 73: Yankees 2, Reds 10

Cincy got some breathing room in the fifth, as Paul Janish singled to center and Heisey hit another homer, giving the Reds a 4-1 lead.  The Yankees had few opportunities to climb back in the game, as Cueto managed to keep them off the bases.  In the top of the seventh the Yankees finally had a chance. Alex Rodriguez led off with a single and Swisher worked a walk.  An error landed Robinson Cano safely on first, giving the Yankees loaded bases with just one out. Ramiro Pena grounded into a force out, with Joey Votto throwing out Rodriguez a home. Jorge Posada then grounded out to end the inning and the Yankees’ threat.

After escaping the top of the seventh, the Reds abused Hector Noesi, who came in in relief.  After striking out Ramon Hernandez, Noesi gave up a single to Miguel Cairo.  Janish followed with a single of his own and Cairo scored on a double by Scott Rolen. …

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Game 72: Yankees 4, Reds 2

The Reds got on the board in the bottom of the fifth, taking advantage of some defensive miscues by some of the Yankees young players. Drew Stubbs led off the inning and was safe at first when Ramiro Pena made a throwing error. Edgar Renteria followed with a single to left, moving Stubbs to third.  Hanigan then grounded the ball to third and Pena easily had Stubbs at home, except he made another ugly throw, this one bouncing in the dirt. Francisco Cervelli didn’t help him much, as the ball bounced off his chest and Stubbs was safe for Cincinnati’s first run of the game.  Leake bunted the batters over, for the second out of the inning, and Fred Lewis drove a sac fly to the outfield, tying the game 2-2.

A single by Cano gave the Bombers a runner in the top of the sixth. Jorge Posada then connected with his first homerun since April, as he put New York back on top, 4-2.…

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Game 71: Yankees 5, Reds 3

Nova and Wood both took over after the first inning, giving both offenses few chances to add runs.  The Reds pulled Wood for Jose Arredondo in the eighth.  He walked Curtis Granderson to start the inning and the Yankees’ centerfielder stole second and moved to third when the Reds’ shortstop, Paul Janish, was unable to catch a nice throw by Ryan Hanigan.  Granderson scored on a wild pitch and the Yankees took a 5-1 lead.

In the bottom of the ninth, Luis Ayala came in for Nova, giving up a single to Phillips.  Boone Logan came in and hit Votto with a pitch, promptly getting the hook as the Yankees called on Mariano Rivera for the save.  Bruce grounded out, moving the runners and a single by Scott Rolen pushed a run across the plate.  Nunez made a great diving stop to keep the ball from getting to the outfield.  Chris Heisey hit a grounder up the middle, which resulted in an out at second and another run scored. …

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The Farm Report 06/20

Kicking off a four game set against the streaking Columbus Clippers, the Yankees had to face off against an old friend.  Zach McAllister held the Yankees scoreless through four innings, but was knocked out early after a lengthy rain-delay.  Columbus seemed to find their bats during the down time, as they came back swinging hard.  David Phelps was handed the loss, though he gave up just one run before the rain.  Unfortunately, Lance Pendleton and Ryan Pope got shelled for seven runs over just 2.1 innings, putting the Yankees in a hole they couldn’t get out of as they took an 8-1 loss.

The Clippers beat up on Scranton Friday, as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead.  Another former Yankee helped Columbus, as Shelley Duncan plated the first run for the International League leading Clippers.  The Yankees put up a fight, with Russo and Golson doing their part to lead the Scranton comeback, but they came up short, taking a 6-5 loss.…

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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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