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The last time we saw Alfonso Soriano in a Yankee uniform was the night of October 25, 2003.

Unfortunately for Yankees, it was not a good occasion because that was the night they lost Game 6 of the World Series to Josh Beckett and the then Florida Marlins in Yankee Stadium.

Soriano’s last at bat came in the bottom of the eighth inning – he led off the inning off with a single. Sadly, Derek Jeter followed that up with a fly ball out to center and Nick Johnson ended the inning by hitting into a double play.

Nearly ten years later, Soriano has come back home to the Yankees.

During his five years with the Yankees, Soriano batted .284/.322/.502/.824 with 98 home runs and 270 RBI. After the trade to Texas for Alex Rodriguez in early 2004, Soriano played with the Rangers for two seasons, then was traded to the Washington Nationals for Armando Galarraga, Terrmel Sledge and Brad Wilkerson in December 2005.…

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Visiting Fenway Park

So this isn’t exactly how I pictured my first post at IIATMS going, however, while I enjoy the analytical part of the game, I also enjoy the storytelling component of baseball just as much. The game of baseball was founded on stories and tales that have been debated for over a century now. Now, that’s not to say this story is one that should be debated, but it’s just a little something I thought would be cool to share with you.

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I attended the game at Fenway Park this past Monday night and it just so happened that the Boston Red Sox were scheduled to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in what could be considered a pretty meaningful series for July. Tampa Bay walked into the series on a five-game winning streak and were only a game and a half out of first place.

Naturally, I expected to see a good game, and while you can’t predict baseball – I was right, I got to see a good game.…

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Signs Of Life From Romine

To say Austin Romine was the surprise offensive star of the game yesterday would be more than appropriate.  He’s swung the bat horribly since being called up and even after yesterday’s big game his season batting line still stands at just .193/.212/.277 (.215 wOBA).  Yet there he was, getting his second start behind the plate in 3 days and going 3-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.  Add in his 1-3 day with another double, run scored, and RBI on Tuesday and it was a nice little series for Romine, who’s quietly putting up a very good month in July in incredibly limited playing time.  He’s still at just 87 total PA for the season, but a quick peak at Romine’s monthly splits shows that he might be putting some things together.

For the month, Romine is hitting .333/.364/.524 in 22 PA with 4 2B, 4 R, and a pair of RBI.  His .887 July OPS is close to double the .478 he posted in 24 June PA, which was close to double the .287 he posted in 37 May appearances.  …

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Random box score of the week: July 25, 1974

For today’s random box score of the week, I decided to go back to the year of my birth, 1974.

Originally, I was going to write about five years ago tonight, when Joba Chamberlain waltzed into Fenway Park and pitched a 1-0 shutout but decided against it. Long story short, that game reminds me of a bad time in my life so I figured I’d avoid writing about it. So I went back to the main box score page on Baseball Reference and clicked on 1974. And in a funny twist, the game played on July 25, 1974 also happened to be a 1-0 shutout.

How’s that for a coincidence?

In 1974, the Yankees were facing the Milwaukee Brewers at home. Well, not really at home, they were in Shea Stadium that year because Yankee Stadium was being refurbished.

This is a running joke in my household because my dad, mom and brother were all born in years when the Yankees won the World Series – 1941, 1947 and 1978 respectively – and my birth year’s claim to fame was that the team played their home games in Shea Stadium.…

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Yankees 2, Rangers 0: #HIROK

Now, that’s a way to end a series.

After dropping last night’s game, the Yankees were looking to rebound and salvage a split with the Rangers. Lucky for them, they had their ace on the mound and he pitched like one. And that’s not to take anything away from the other guys in the rotation who have actually been pitching well enough to win lately but who have unfortunately been victimized by their offense’s lack of scoring.

Today, two runs were plenty for Hiroki Kuroda who held the Rangers to six hits (all singles) in seven innings of work. He struck out three and walked one batter in one pitches. Truthfully, one run would have been enough for Kuroda.

The hitting star of the day for the Yankees was Austin Romine who finished the day 3-4 with two doubles. It was the first three-hit game of his career. Eduardo Nunez and Brent Lillibridge knocked in a run each and the Yankees scored both runs against Derek Holland who pitched 7.1 innings.…

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A Statement from A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez has released a statement:

“I think the Yankees and I crossed signals. I don’t want any more mixups. I’m excited and ready to play and help this team win a championship I feel great and I’m ready and want to be in the lineup Friday night. Enough doctors, let’s play.”

Interesting.

And this comes on the heels of a story from the Daily News about a nameless Yankee player who is sick of the ‘A-Rod Circus.’ Well, the fans are sick of watching the lineup not score and look terrible against mediocre pitching but we all can’t get what we want.

If we did, the world would be a boring place.

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Game 102: Looking for a split

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I know, I know, I’m taking the split thing too literally with this picture but I couldn’t help myself.

The last time the Yankees faced Derek Holland on June 27, they were two-hit by the Rangers’ left hander. In his last game against Texas on June 25, Hiroki Kuroda took a no decision after allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits in six and two-third innings. Kuroda is looking for his tenth win of the season.

I’m expecting a pitcher’s duel and with some luck, the Yankees can escape Texas with a win and a split. Of course, now that I’ve written that, it will be a 10-9 game.

Here are the lineups.

1. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
3. Robinson Cano (L) DH
4. Vernon Wells (R) LF
5. Eduardo Nunez (R) SS
6. David Adams (R) 2B
7. Lyle Overbay (L) 1B
8. Melky Mesa (R) CF
9. Austin Romine (R) C
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