Yankees 9, Red Sox 6: Plunk you

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I will have more of an in-depth recap tomorrow later today but I thought this picture and title was appropriate for a quick recap.

CC Sabathia‘s was iffy and uneven – he gave up six earned runs on seven hits, walked five and struck out five. He only lasted 5.1 innings but thanks to his offense, he picked up his 11th win of the season.

ESPN’s Player of the game was the guy in the picture, Mr. Alex Rodriguez who had himself quite a game. He finished 3-4 with two RBI, was hit by a pitch thrown by Sox starter Ryan Dempster in the second inning then retaliated in his own way by hitting a home run off Dempster a few innings later. It pulled the Yankees to within 6-4 and the Yankees ended up scoring four runs total that inning thanks to a three-run bases clearing triple by Brett Gardner to take the lead and they never relinquished it.…

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Quick recap: Yankees 10, Red Sox 3

Yeah, that actually happened.

Andy Pettitte pitched 6.2 innings, gave up three runs on six hits, walked one and struck out five. More importantly, he didn’t give up a run in the first inning. At the start of tonight’s game, Pettitte’s first inning ERA was 8.57. Yikes.

Alfonso Soriano continued his hot hitting, finishing 3-4 with four RBI and a home run. It was his 25th of the season and 5th this week. Actually, 6th if we’re counting last Sunday (against the Tigers) in this current week.

Mark Reynolds also hit a home run in his first at bat as a Yankee because of course he did. Vernon Wells was the only one in the lineup without a hit but he walked and later scored on Reynolds’ home run in the second inning.

Alex Rodriguez finished 2-4 with a run scored and a walk. Robinson Cano finished 1-4 with an RBI single, a walk and one strikeout. He now has an 11-game hitting streak.…

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Angels 8, Yankees 4: The revenge of Chris Nelson

Well, three out of four isn’t bad.

And though it would have been nice to see a four-game sweep, at least the Yankees made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth, scoring three runs to cut the Angels lead to 8-4 but alas, all good things must come to an end.

Phil Hughes actually ended up with a “quality start” by definition: three runs in at least six innings but his performance once again was frustrating and his pitch count was high early.

The game actually got out of hand after Hughes had exited the game.

The bullpen – specifically Shawn Kelley, Boone Logan, and Joba Chamberlain – all gave up runs with Logan’s outing being the one to break the game open. With the Yankees trailing 4-1, Logan surrendered a grand slam to Chris Nelson. Yes, that Chris Nelson, the one the Yankees DFA earlier this season. Amusingly enough that wasn’t even Nelson’s first home run of the day.…

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Yankees 11, Angels 3: Welcome back, Bronx Bombers!

sorianoWell, it looks like the Bronx Bombers have returned to Yankee Stadium this week and it has been a welcome sight.

The Yankees didn’t waste any time getting on the board against Angels’ starter Jered Weaver. They put up a four-spot in the bottom of the first thanks to Alfonso Soriano who hit a grand slam. Soriano has been unconscious the past two nights and he wasn’t even close to being finished.

Robinson Cano made it a 5-0 game with an RBI single in the second. Curtis Granderson came up with the bases loaded after Alex Rodriguez was walked and hit an RBI single of his own to make it 6-0. Soriano also came up again in the second and again, the bases were loaded and this time, he ripped a double to left field, scoring Rodriguez and Cano to make it 8-0 Yankees.

Nope, he still wasn’t done.

Soriano stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the fifth and took the first pitch he saw – another fastball from Weaver – depp into the left field seats for his second home run of the night, fourth in two days and collected his seventh RBI of the night and 13th in the past two days.…

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Yankees 2, Angels 1: Phew

Hiroki KurodaMood music: High by Sarah Slean

So how is everyone feeling right now? Probably a little better than you did during the top of the ninth inning when it looked like the Angels were going to tie and possibly go ahead against David Robertson. Right?

I know I am feeling a lot better!

Let’s discuss the man, the myth and the legend #HIROK. This guy is just amazing. He’s been the ace of the team since May of last year and it’s pretty much a guarantee that you will watch a great performance every time he sets foot on the mound. He’s the opposite of Phil Hughes at this point.

What did he do tonight? Oh, nothing, he just tossed eight innings of three-hit, no run ball with one walk and seven strikeouts. I saw him throw a complete game, three-hit shutout back in April against the Orioles and it was something to behold. I actually feel sorry for the people who don’t get to watch Kuroda on a regular basis.…

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Another oh no, Mo, but Yankees win on Gardner homer

The New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-4, today in one of the most emotionally confusing games of the season. The two old war horses, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera could not get the job done but the Yankees scored enough runs off of Justin Verlander to allow Brett Gardner to hit a shot into the second deck in right off of Jose Veras (welcome to our world, Detroit) to win the game in walk off fashion.

To add to the emotional confusion, before Gardner’s heroics, Alex Rodriguez was the offensive star of the game, A-Rod started the Yankees scoring with his first home run of the season with a shot to left off of Justin Verlander in the second inning and an inning later, hit a single to drive in another run. Alfonso Soriano hit his third homer as a Yankee off of Verlander in the fourth to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead.

The four runs were much more than was expected off of Verlander.…

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Quick recap: Yankees 4, Tigers 3 F/10

Happy What’s Wrong With Mo Week everyone!

The Yankees looked like they had a 3-1 victory wrapped up in the ninth inning until a two run home run by Miguel Cabrera with two outs tied the game at three.

Mariano Rivera blew his second save in two games and Yankee fans were distraught. Or maybe that was just me.

Thankfully, the Yankees won the game in the 10th on a Brett Gardner single with the bases loaded and two outs. Yes, the Yankees nearly wasted a bases loaded situation. And if they had, it just would have been a typical 2013 season disaster.

The big story aside from the game itself was the reception Alex Rodriguez would get from the home fans. It was mixed when he stepped into the box for his at bat – about 50/50 boos and cheers. After an 0-4, three strikeout performance, the boos were a lot more vociferous.

The other big story was Ivan Nova who was brilliant again lasting seven innings for the sixth start in a row.…

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