Game 144: Breathing Room Would Be Nice

Tampa Bay Rays New York Yankees
Desmond Jennings, LF Derek Jeter, DH
Ben Zobrist, SS Nick Swisher, 1B
Evan Longoria, DH Alex Rodriguez, 3B
B.J. Upton, CF Robinson Cano, 2B
Jeff Keppinger, 3B Russell Martin, C
Ben Francisco, RF Andruw Jones, LF
Chris Gimenez, C Curtis Granderson, CF
Carlos Pena, 1B Steve Pearce, 1B
Elliott Johnson, 2B Eduardo Nunez, SS
David Price, SP CC Sabathia, SP

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My Melky Mesa Theory

Can we get this kid some swings in a different set of pinstripes? Courtesy of Paul Hasdall

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

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Casual observations after the road trip

Not as bad as it seemed:

With last night’s victory in Fenway, the Yankees were able to pull their record on the trip to an even 5-5. That’s not great, but it’s not horrible either, especially given the breakdown of games. If this were, say, late May, I don’t think anyone would be too worked up about a road trip that included losing two out of three in Tampa, splitting four games with the first place Orioles, and taking two out of three in Fenway. Yes, they did complete their “collapse” in the division standings, officially moving into a tie with Baltimore and being unable to regain any semblance of control afterwards, but a lot of that has to do with how well Baltimore is playing. Over this same 10 game stretch, the Orioles have gone 7-3, sandwiching their split with the Yankees in between taking two out of three in Toronto and sweeping the Rays at home. In many ways, it’s sort of a testament to the Yankees’ resilience that they were able to slow down the O’s momentarily, especially considering that they had a good chance to sweep the series.…

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The Yankees Should Extend Phil Hughes

(AP)

Remember when Hughes was having an ugly season? Well he’s posted a 3.46 ERA (153.1 IP) since losing the cutter, a 3.17 ERA (96.2 IP) since lowering his arm slot, and a 2.84 ERA (25.1 IP) since adding the slider.

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