Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

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Game 121: How about some runs today boys!

Hey guys, it’s going to drizzle during this afternoon’s game so… oh wait, they’re playing in a dome. Don’t mind me, I just get a kick out of seeing a weather report for a game that’s being played indoors.

So we maybe Shane Greene can keep the Rays from scoring more than zero runs and maybe the Yankees can score one or two against Drew Smyly? And maybe I’ll wake up tomorrow morning 20 years younger and 30 lb. lighter…

Here are your lineups:

YANKEES
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter DH
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Chase Headley 3B
Martin Prado 2B
Francisco Cervelli C
Brendan Ryan SS

RAYS
Desmond Jennings CF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Matt Joyce LF
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Yunel Escobar SS
Vince Belnome DH
Curt Casali C
Kevin Kiermaier RF

You’ll notice that there isn’t a DH next to Beltran’s name today which means he’ll be playing right field in Tropicana Field and if you recall he had a bit of an incident the last time he played there.…

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Game 120: McCarthy vs. Cobb

Oh goody, a series in Tropicana Field.

Here are your lineups:
YANKEES
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Martin Prado RF
Francisco Cervelli C

RAYS
Desmond Jennings CF
Ben Zobrist LF
Matt Joyce DH
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Logan Forsythe 2B
Yunel Escobar SS
Curt Casali C
Kevin Kiermaier RF

Pitching matchup: Brandon McCarthy vs. Alex Cobb

If the Yankees want to even try and sniff the playoffs, they need to take at least two out of three this weekend.

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Game 119: The Return of Big Mike

Michael Pineda returns to the Yankees’ starting rotation tonight. Let’s hope all goes well and that if he’s using pine tar, he’s hiding it well. Although, Buck Showalter spoke with reporters earlier today and said he wouldn’t care if Pineda used pine tar, in fact, he seems to be encouraging other pitchers to do the same.

I don’t trust him. I think it’s a trap.

Anyway, here are your lineups:

YANKEES
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Martin Prado RF
Francisco Cervelli C

ORIOLES
Nick Markakis RF
Chris Davis 3B
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Delmon Young LF
Steve Pearce 1B
Ryan Flaherty SS
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Nick Hundley C

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Rainout Open Thread: 8/12/14

As you all know by now, tonight’s game has been postponed – the makeup game is in September – so in lieu of a game thread, we are posting an open thread.

Feel free to talk about everything under the sun. You know the sun. It’s that big yellow ball of brightness that is usually in the sky. It seems to be absent here today.

Just be nice, respectful and have a good night.

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Game 118: Capuano vs. Norris

Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Last Monday, the Yankees began a “big” four-game series with the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers and their three Cy Young winners and ended up winning three games, then this weekend they dropped two out of three to the Cleveland Indians who aren’t leading anything at the moment. So what will happen to the Yankees this week while facing their division rivals in Baltimore? Who knows? They beat the teams you expect them to lose to and they lose to the teams you’d hope they’d beat.

Okay, how’s this for a prediction? I predict that both Steve Pearce and Jonathan Schoop will be co-winner of the Pain in the Ass of the week.

Here are your lineups:

YANKEES
Brett Gardner (L) LF
Derek Jeter (R) SS
Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
Carlos Beltran (S) DH
Chase Headley (S) 3B
Stephen Drew (L) 2B
Martin Prado (R) RF
Francisco Cervelli (R) C

ORIOLES
Nick Markakis (L) RF
Manny Machado (R) 3B
Adam Jones (R) CF
Nelson Cruz (R) DH
Delmon Young (R) LF
Steve Pearce (R) 1B
Caleb Joseph (R) C
Ryan Flaherty (L) SS
Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B

Your pitching matchup is in the title of the thread but in case you need reminding it’s Bud Norris vs.…

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Thurman Munson 1947-1979

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It’s hard to believe that it has been 35 years since the world found out about Thurman Munson‘s tragic death.

It was in the midst of the season, Munson was in his prime and the news was so shocking and jarring that grown men all over the New York area and beyond were beside themselves with grief. The captain of the Yankees was gone. His life snuffed out by smoke and flames in a plane crash in Ohio.

I was a few weeks shy of my 5th birthday in early August 1979 but I clearly remember the look on my dad’s face when he found out about Munson’s death. The next time I saw a look that was even remotely similar on his face was when he came home from escaping the chaos in lower Manhattan on 9/11. He just sat down, stunned, not believing the news.

How could Munson be dead? Was it real? I think that was everyone’s reaction.…

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Trade deadline mayhem!

In case you were under a rock this afternoon you may have missed the two major moves the Yankees made this afternoon.

First, they traded Kelly Johnson to the Red Sox for Stephen Drew.

Joel Sherman tweeted and said that Drew told the Yankees he’d play second base. Drew, after holding out and waiting to sign with the Sox, is currently batting an abysmal .176/.255/.328 in 145 PAs.

Then the Yankees traded minor leaguer Peter O’Brien, who seems to hit home runs like they’re going out of style, to the Diamondbacks for Martin Prado.

From MLBTradeRumors:

Prado, 30, is hitting .270/.317/.370 in 436 plate appearances for Arizona this year while playing mostly third base. He was a major piece of the January 2013 trade that brought Justin Upton to the Braves. Shortly after the acquisition, Prado signed a four-year, $40MM extension with the D’Backs. He has about $3.6MM remaining this year, and $11MM in each of the 2015 and ’16 seasons.

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Quick hit: Happy trails, Eric Chavez!

Eric Chavez announced his retirement from baseball today.

Chavez, who played 17 seasons, spent the majority of those years as an Oakland Athletic. Chavez was a member of the Yankees in 2011 and 2012 and batted .274/.338/.445/.783 in 171 games.

Good luck to Chavez. Maybe he can become a broadcaster or a coach!

Click here to see one of his best moments in pinstripes. Poor Cody Eppley.

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