Yanks Win, Maintain Lead In The East And Now Control Their Destiny

This game was so many different things: frustrating, annoying, nerve racking, exhilarating, deflating, frustrating again and finally, the best thing ever.

Let’s start with the frustrating aspects:

  • The Yankees scored four runs on 16 hits.
  • They were 4-11 with runners in scoring position
  • They left 14 men on base.

Those same things were annoying but so was their ineptitude against...

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Ibanez’s heroics cut magic number to one

The good:

  • Obviously Ibanez is the story of this game. He might not have continued the hot pace he was on early in the season, and indeed he might have really tailed off down the stretch, but Ibanez is always going to have his own chapter in True Yankee lore tonight. That ninth inning home run not only tied the game, it rejuvenated the spirits of everyone in Yankeedom after what had been an absolutely awful game to that point, and his 12th inning walkoff single to score Cervelli, of all people, seemed almost pre-ordained by the baseball gods.
  • How about David Phelps? A rookie who’s been in and out of the rotation all year long, called on to make a spot start during a pennant race with just a day’s notice, and he gives his team 5.1 innings of two run ball? He wasn’t dominant or anything, but he certainly kept the Yankees in the game for 5= innings, especially considering that both of the runs he allowed came in the first inning.
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Game 161: Win.

Boston Red Sox New York Yankees
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Derek Jeter, SS
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Nick Swisher, RF
Daniel Nava, LF Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Cody Ross, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
James Loney, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Russell Martin, C
Ryan Lavarnway, DH Curtis Granderson, CF
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B Eduardo Nunez, DH
Jose Iglesias, SS Ichiro Suzuki, LF
Jon Lester, SP David Phelps, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for...

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Banuelos to Undergo Tommy John Surgery, Yankees Prospectors to Undergo Grief Counseling

As I am quite sure most everyone has heard by now, Manny Banuelos will find himself under the knife on Thursday, October 4th. What does this mean for the Yankees and the diminutive southpaw?

With respect to the Yankees, this raises quite a few questions that the vast majority of us – that is,...

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Phelps Getting The Ball Instead Of Nova, And What It Means For Both Of Them

Tough way to go out for Ivan, but the right move. Courtesy of the AP

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

The biggest non-Mark Teixeira piece of news to come out of...

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Phelps gets his big moment tonight

In discussing the decision to make the switch last night, David Cone made reference to Phelps “earning” tonight’s start over the course of the season. usually I don’t like framing things that way, and think that moves should be made based on what helps a team at the margins the most (especially in October), but in this case I think it’s absolutely correct. Phelps has been the season’s pleasant surprise on the pitching staff, pitching to a 3.34 ERA with a 92-36 SO:BB ratio in 94.1 innings. He hasn’t dominated at all times, especially as a starter, but his versatility has made up for it. Phelps has certainly been a jack of all trades this year, alternating between spot starts, long reliever, being a fill in in the rotation when other guys were injured or ineffective, and also serving as a middle inning reliever. That Phelps has been able to hold his own in so many different jobs has certainly been a big part of the reason the Yankees currently hold a one game lead over the Orioles, and tonight he’ll get his chance to take the mound with a chance to pitch the Yankees to a division title.…

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