Sabathia brilliant. Soriano blows save. Martin homers to win it.

Sabathia pitched the kind of game the Yankees have been hoping for weeks. And it could not have come at a better time. He threw eight shutout innings and gave up only three hits and two walks and struck out eleven batters. He was at 113 pitches after his eighth inning and Joe Girardi did not let him go out in the ninth to complete the shutout. Girardi’s decision is defensible in that Sabathia had to work out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the eighth to preserve the 1-0 score.

Instead, Rafael Soriano was asked to go after another save and this time could not get it done. With one out, Moss pinch hit for Chris Carter and golfed a low slider out of the park. Soriano was not at his best and the batter before Moss, Yoenis Cespedes, hit a deep drive to center to the biggest part of the park. And Soriano would put two more base runners on after Moss’s homer before escaping without further damage.…

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Yankees Win Sixth In A Row With A Walk Off Against the A’s

CC Sabathia had not looked good in his previous four starts coming into tonight’s start. Many people were wondering which CC would show up: CC the Ace or CC the guy who was pitching like he was hiding an injury?

The answer: CC the Ace showed up tonight.

Sabathia started off a little slowly, throwing...

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Game 150: The Surprising A’s Come Marching In

Oakland A’s New York Yankees
Collin Cowgill, CF Derek Jeter, DH
Jonny Gomes, DH Nick Swisher, RF
Josh Reddick, RF Robinson Cano, 2B
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Chris Carter, 1B Curtis Granderson, CF
Josh Donaldson, 3B Russell Martin, C
Derek Norris, C Eric Chavez, 1B
Stephen Drew, SS Ichiro Suzuki, LF
Adam Rosales, 2B Eduardo Nunez, SS
Jarrod Parker, SP CC Sabathia, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05...

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An Open Letter To D-Rob

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

Dear Dave,

Can I call you Dave?  Is that cool?  First off, let me just say that I’m a huge fan.  I’ve been a fan...

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Looking back at the 2012 Empire State Yankees

Curtain Calls:
Adam Warren (RHP): Originally slated to be the number four or five starter, Warren struggled out of the gate, but eventually became a consistent force on the mound. Warren went 7-8 with a 3.71 ERA over 26 starts. He struck out 107 and walked 46.

Chris Dickerson (OF): Perhaps Empire State’s most solid bat this season, Dickerson went .316/.417/.515 over 69 games. He had seven homers, 24 doubles, four triples and 17 stolen bases.

Ronnier Mustelier (OF): Perhaps one of the more perplexing players in the Yankees system. He is older, so he isn’t looked at much as a prospect, yet the Yankees signed the Cuban outfielder last June and he has done nothing but hit since then. After destroying the competition in Trenton, Mustelier spent the season with Empire State, hitting .303/.359/.455 with ten homers, 21 doubles and seven stolen bases.

Players to Watch:
Corban Joseph (2B): After a strong start with Trenton, Joseph put together a decent season in Triple-A.…

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On the Roster: A Look at Two Current Controversies and One from the Past

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

Lately, the baseball intelligentsia has been preoccupied by rosters. When the calendar turned to September, the usual, but growing round of articles decrying the practice of roster expansion became prevalent. Then, once that furor passed, attention turned to the  Read more