Yankees hold on to beat Red Sox 5-4

The good:

  • Nick Swisher got his first hit in the better part of a week last night, and he kept the good times rolling with three hits, including two doubles, tonight. Eric Chavez has also been in a bit of a slump of late, but he was 2-2 with two doubles before being lifted for a pinch hitter in this game.
  • The offense got back on track as far as putting runs on the board goes, and did it all via the long ball. The first bout of scoring came in the fourth inning, when Curtis Granderson led off the inning with a solo home run, and then Robinson Cano hit his 30th home run of the season with Alex Rodriguez on base to push the score to 3-0.  Granderson hit another home run in the seventh inning with Jeter on base that extended the Yankees’ lead to 5-1 at the time.
  • David Phelps wasn’t spectacular, but he turned in a quintessential “give your team a chance to win it” game tonight, which is a good deal better than it feels like he’s been pitching lately.
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Yanks Beat Boston 5-4, Stay Even With Baltimore

You know what would be delightful? An easy game. But no, the Yankees don’t ever allow their fans to sit through easy games anymore. Their fans always have to be sitting in their living rooms or at their computers, watching the ninth inning through their fingers.

Curtis Granderson was the hitting star of the...

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Trenton drops Game 2 to Akron 7-5

Bronx Cheers:
Adonis Garcia: Garcia went 0-4 with two strikeouts.

Addison Maruszak: Also went 0-4, striking out once. Everyone else in the lineup had at least one hit.

Shaeffer Hall: Hall went just three innings, giving up seven runs (five earned) on six hits, a walk and two Ks. He gave up a pair of homers.

Curtain Calls:
David Adams: The infielder went 2-4 with a run scored.

Zoilo Almonte: Almonte also went 2-4 with a run scored. He had a homer and three RBIs.

Mark Montgomery: The reliever threw two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out four.

In the On Deck Circle:
Trenton and Akron will get a day off on Thursday, as the series shifts to New Jersey for the remainder. The Yankees will send Mikey O’Brien to the mound. He went 5-7 with a 4.20 ERA in nineteen starts for Trenton this season. He last saw Akron on August 24th, when he held them scoreless over 6.2 innings, allowing one hit, three walks and striking out five.…

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Game 142: Rooting for a 47 Inning Affair in Baltimore

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
Derek Jeter, SS Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Curtis Granderson, CF Pedro Ciriaco, 3B
Alex Rodriguez, DH Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Robinson Cano, 2B James Loney, 1B
Nick Swisher, 1B Cody Ross, RF
Raul Ibanez, LF Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Eric Chavez, 3B Daniel Nava, LF
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Scott Podsednik, DH
Chris Stewart, C Jose Iglesias, SS
David Phelps, SP Aaron Cook, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for...

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The Yankees Should Be Playing With House Money

I was originally going to post part 1 of my fall top-30 prospects today. Unfortunately, my busy schedule and the need to redo a bunch of graphics put a hold on that. So I’d like to share a thought that I’ve been having lately.

The Yankees are teetering on the edge of collapse. It wasn’t that...

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Could Washington’s “Strasburg Rules” Be A Roadmap For Michael Pineda?

Sad Mike Pineda is sad. Courtesy of the AP

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

The news of the Washington Nationals’ decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg for the season...

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It’s about the (injuries), stupid!

I know that retrospectives that boil down to “too many people got hurt,” aren’t exactly fan favorites nor overly entertaining to read. The most common rejoinder to that line of reasoning is something along the lines of “injuries are no excuse.” Except that, well, they kind of are. Or, at least, they are when, a) they’re completely out of your control, b) they cost you the presence of several crucial starters for extended periods of time, and, c) your team has a record of 79-62 and sits in first place in your division in mid-September in spite of all of those freak injuries.

Which, you probably noticed, is exactly the situation the Yankees find themselves in right now. Consider for a second the number and magnitude of injuries the Yankees have had to overcome this year that can easily be described as purely freakish, nothing anyone could do to prevent them, injuries. In chronological order: Brett Gardner (injured his elbow diving for a ball in the outfield) will have missed essentially all of the 2012 season, Mariano Rivera (tore his ACL while warming up for a game) will have missed all but the first month of the season, Andy Pettitte (fractured his ankle thanks to being hit by a line drive while pitching), has missed the last two and a half months, and Alex Rodriguez (broken metacarpal after being hit with a pitch) missed over a month, during which time the Yankees suffered through the majority of their recent slide in the standings.…

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