Yankees move into first place with shutout of Braves

It looked like this was going to be a long night for the Braves in the early going, as the Yankees collected score a run in each of the first three innings, tallying five hits and three walks in total in the first third of their at bats, with a run scoring wild pitch mixed in for good measure. In the first inning, it was a little two out magic as Robinson Cano followed an Alex Rodriguez double with an RBI single to get the Yankees on the board, while the second inning saw Raul Ibanez lead off with a home run. The third inning was about as up and down as you can get, as with one out Braves’ starter Randall Delgado sandwiched a Cano double in between walks to A-Rod and Mark Teixeira to load the bases with only one out, but then proceeded to strike out Ibanez for the second out of the inning. Delgado then worked Nick Swisher into an 0-2 hole, but a wild pitch allowed A-Rod to come in to score the Yankees third run of the game before Swisher walked.…

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Yanks blank #Barves, move into 1st place

Like General Sherman, the Yankees marched down to Atlanta looking for victory.  They would try to continue their recent stretch of strong play, and an excellent run of success by the starting pitching.  Ivan Nova took the hill for the Yankees, looking to replicate the strong form that he showed in his 8-inning 1-run victory...

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Yankees sweep Mets on Martin’s walk-off homer

Andy Pettitte started the game for the Yankees and pitched six strong innings. His only rough inning was the second. Scott Hairston led off the inning with a double. Pettitte then struck out Lucas Duda, but Rottino then hit a single to score Hairston. Pettitte walked Omar Quintanilla after Rottino stole second. With Mike Nikeas up, Robinson Cano was playing near second, perhaps also to keep Rottino close the the bag. Nikeas hit the ball just to the shortstop side of second and it was a ball that looked just like a play Cano made earlier in the week. But instead of getting what looked like a double-play ball, Cano booted it and everyone was safe. Jordany Valdespin took advantage and doubled to right to score Rottino and Quintanilla. Pettitte escaped further damage in the inning, but threw 36 pitches and was trailing 3-0.

That was all Pettitte allowed the rest of his outing. But in the sixth inning, Scott Hairston, leading off the inning, hit a smash up the middle.…

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Russell Martin hits two homers, leading the Yankees to a sweep of the Mets

Russell likes hitting against the Mets.

Through six innings it looked like the Yankees were going to get shut out in this one. The Bombers couldn’t manage anything with the bats against Jonathon Niese. The Yankees would frequently get their...

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Hughes shines in 4-2 win

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Phil Hughes is a mirror image of the Yankee offense these days. The Yanks seem to score most of their runs via the long ball, and Hughes seems to only allow runs if they leave the park.  Sir Phillip of Hughes (6-5 4.76 ERA) was...

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Two homers and Phil Hughes lead Yanks over Mets, 4-2

Phil Hughes was not nearly as efficient as he was in his last start. By the time he left with one out in the seventh, he had thrown 108 pitches. But he walked only one batter all night and other than two solo homers by Quintanilla and David Wright, kept the Yankees in the game and allowed them to take back the lead and gain the victory. Hughes struck out six batters. The homers allowed by Hughes and the other Yankee starters has been the subject of much discussion this season, but if those homers lead to only two runs and add up to a quality start and a win, the Yankees will take that all season from Hughes.

The other topic of discussion all season has been the Yankees’ record with men on base, men in scoring position and when the bases are loaded. Tonight’s game was a mixed bag. Derek Jeter snapped a seventeen at-bat skid without a hit in the first inning with a broken bat single.…

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From no-no to 3 in a row

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Johan Santana was going for his 2nd straight no-hitter to tie Johnny VanDerMeer’s record, but that wouldn’t last for long. In the 2nd inning he gave up a leadoff walk to Alex Rodriguez, and then Robinson Cano quickly ended the...

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Yankees jump Santana – crush Mets, 9-1

In Santana’s defense, he probably should have escaped the third inning without any runs. With two outs, Alex Rodriguez was in a two-strike hole and Santana appeared to have made a perfect pitch over the inside corner. The umpire did not raise his right arm and as happens countless times in baseball, that lack of a call led to an A-Rod single that set the stage for the barrage that followed.

But it really would not have mattered because this game belonged to Kuroda. His fastball had lots of late life and was humming in there in the 93 MPH range most of his outing. Once he got ahead of hitters, he put them away with his change-up as he struck out seven Mets along the way. The only concern of his outing was his very last pitch that ended the seventh. Daniel Murphy hit a hard smash up the middle that hit Kuroda on a line to the pitcher’s foot.…

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Yankees fail to complete sweep in 7-3 loss

The Yankees’ misfortune started in the second inning when, after allowing a lead off double to B.J. Upton, C.C. Sabathia retired the next two batters and seemed poised to get out of the inning unscathed, only to allow a single to backup catcher Jose Lobaton to bring hom Upton and get the Rays on the board. The Yankees then put the first two runners on in the bottom of the inning, but Jayson Nix was unable to get a bunt down, falling into an 0-2 hole, and it looked like David Price might be set up for his own Houdini act. However, a wild pitch from Price allowed Nick Swisher to move to third base with one out, and then Chris Stewart managed to accidentally bring Swisher home on an attempted check swing to tie the game.

Things began to go downhill for good in the third, however. After Drew Sutton struck out to start things off, Elliot Johnson was able to reach base on a throwing error by Alex Rodriguez.…

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