Yankees can’t put away Red Sox, tied with O’s once more

The Good:

  • Nick Swisher broke out of his recent funk a bit, going 2-5 with a double and a single. The single came in the ninth inning, putting the go ahead run on base, but went for naught as Eduardo Nunez got himself thrown out trying to steal second base with two outs.
  • Joba Chamberlain came on with the bases loaded and one out with the game tied at three runs apiece in the seventh inning, and a ground ball and a pop up later had worked the Yankees out of the jam without a run scoring and the game still tied. I think it’s safe to say that the Yankees aren’t trying to avoid using Joba in high leverage situations anymore, and he’s certainly earning his spot in that relief role right now.
  • David Robertson struck out the side in order in the eighth, albeit before allowing three hits and the winning run in the ninth. Still Robertson is a one inning reliever by trade, so I think it’s unfair to hold his second inning of work against him when his first inning went so well, and it’s probably fair to wonder why Robertson was left in the game after he allowed singles to Pedro Ciriaco and Mike Aviles.
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Trenton drops Game 1 of ELCS to Akron 3-0

Adams started the sixth with a double, but once again Trenton couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity. Akron got some insurance in the bottom of the inning, as Holt started with a triple to right. Chen doubled him in and Akron held a 3-0 lead. Trenton went down in order in the seventh and eighth. David Aardsma made another rehab appearance for Trenton, pitching the eighth inning and giving up a leadoff walk, a single to Jordan Henry and another walk, loading the bases with no outs. He escaped the inning by striking out Chen and getting Aguilar to ground into a double play. With one last chance to  make it a game, Maruszak hit a one out single in the ninth, but Trenton couldn’t rally as they fell 3-0.

Bronx Cheers:
Tyler Austin, Ramon Flores and Zoilo Almonte: Each went 0-4, with Austin striking out twice.

RISP: As a team, Trenton went 0-7 with runners in scoring position. They stranded seven runners.…

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Losing To The Red Sox? Seriously?

There’s a reason the Boston Red Sox are in last place. They’re terrible, horrible, no good and very bad. The Red Sox hadn’t won in like two months – okay, that’s an exaggeration but still the Yankees should be beating teams that are this bad.

The Yankees, as usual,...

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Game 141: Batting Fourth, James Loney

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
Derek Jeter, SS Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Nick Swisher, RF Scott Podsednik, DH
Alex Rodriguez, DH Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Robinson Cano, 2B James Loney, 1B
Russell Martin, C Cody Ross, LF
Steve Pearce, 1B Ryan Lavarnway, C
Curtis Granderson, CF Ryan Kalish, RF
Andruw Jones, LF Pedro Ciriaco, 3B
Jayson Nix, 3B Mike Aviles, SS
Hiroki Kuroda, SP Jon Lester, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for...

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Yankee Fans Guide to Scoreboard Watching in September

(The following was originally published at The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

The American League pennant race has reached the stretch, but there still isn’t much separation among the leaders. Eight teams are currently within four games of a playoff spot, and every division race is separated by three games...

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