Game 109 Recap: Yanks 6 Sox 4

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Last night was an ugly start to what should have been an advantageous series for the Yankees.  Against a Red Sox lineup that has struggled to produce all year and a rookie starter making his MLB debut, they went down relatively quietly in a 4-3 loss.  They had a rookie of their own in Shane Greene on the hill this afternoon in game 2 of the series, and while he was far from great he got enough run support early and bullpen support late for a much needed win.

Greene worked a 1-2-3 1st thanks to a favorable strike zone, but quickly got into trouble in the 2nd when Yoenis Cespedes singled in his first at-bat as a Red Sock and Yankee killer extraordinaire Mike Napoli clubbed a 2-run home run over the Green Monster to make it 2-0.  Greene would surrender a third run in that inning and then settled down somewhat.  He didn’t give up any more runs and did strike out the side in the 4th, but the Sox hitters worked him hard and he was yanked after only 4.2 innings and 96 pitches.…

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Game 109: The Start of Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes makes his Red Sox debut this afternoon, and he’s a career .313 hitter with 6 HRs and 12 RBIs in 17 games against the Yankees. Sticking with the trend of new faces, Martin Prado will make his first start with New York. Joe Girardi said pregame “we acquired him to play a lot.”

Cervelli catches, because he’s been behind the dish for over 24 innings with Shane Greene, while McCann has caught him for all of 5 batters.

Pitching matchup is Shane Greene (2-1, 3.28 ERA) against Allen Webster (1-0, 3.38 ERA). If that’s not Clemens-Pedro, I’m not sure what is.

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

Red Sox

Brock Holt 3B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C

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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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Game 108: Capuano v. Ranaudo

Stephen Drew will make his Yankees debut tonight, facing off against his former team in his former stomping grounds. He’ll be playing second base for the first time since 10th grade. Martin Prado has not yet joined the team, though he has been added to the active roster (Zoilo Almonte and Zelous Wheeler have been sent down to make room for the newest additions to the team). It is not outside of the realm of possibility that he will pull a Chase Headley, and end up on the field at some point tonight.

While you’re waiting for the game to begin, check out the ‘All Questions Answered‘ episode of the It’s About the Money, Stupid Podcast, where Stacey and I handled an agenda set by … well … you. Or you all. Or y’all, if you’re so inclined.

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
Brett Gardner, LF Brock Holt, RF
Derek Jeter, SS Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF David Ortiz, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B Mike Napoli, 1B
Carlos Beltran, DH Allen Craig, LF
Brian McCann, C Xander Bogaerts, SS
Chase Headley, 3B Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Stephen Drew, 2B David Ross, C
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Mookie Betts, CF
Chris Capuano, SP Anthony Ranaudo, SP
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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/1/14

A little something to ponder on this Friday afternoon.  If a Yanks-Sox series takes place in August and no one is around to care about it, does it really happen?  Now onto the links!

– On Thursday, Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball daily offered up his list of “not top 50 prospects” as a capper to his midseason top 50 list.

– Vizzin of NoMaas compared the deadline strategies of the Yankees and Red Sox to show how the Sox are taking the Yanks to school.  I’m a big Cash supporter, you guys know that by now, but my man crush on Cherington is growing by the minute.

– Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley examined the financial impact of the trade deadline acquisitions.

– Dave Schoenfield of Sweet Spot handed out his picks for deadline winners and losers.

– On Friday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog touched on the possibility of this year’s deadline additions returning dividends in 2015.

– SG of RLYW ran the projections to see how much the Yanks improved their offense with their deadline moves.  …

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IIATMS Podcast Episode 28: All Questions Answered

There was an idea to bring together a group of brilliant listeners/readers, and have them set the agenda for the latest It’s About the Money, Stupid Podcast. We sent out the signal, and they answered the call, and so Domenic and Stacey discuss the trade deadline, the Yankees front office, the meaning of life, and oh so much more.

Keep the questions coming! Tweet us @DomenicLanza or @StaceGots.

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Trade Deadline Thoughts And Afterthoughts

Well that was a pretty wild trade deadline day, no?  It started early when Jon Lester went to the A’s, and after an uncomfortably quiet morning the Yankees jumped in and made a few late moves to further upgrade their lineup.  They started out looking for starting pitching and some right field pop and they ended up getting another shortstop and a starting-quality utility guy, which doesn’t sound encouraging, but at the end of the day they made themselves better on the field for this season and future seasons and did so without giving up anything of major significance.

I was jotting down notes and ideas on the Yankee moves for most of yesterday afternoon and evening.  I know, I live a prettay exciting life.  I really couldn’t think of a way to weave them together into one coherent post though, so instead I’m going to take the easy way out and just throw them all together in a random thoughts post.  …

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