Magic #s. 6 for playoffs. 12 for Division. 12 for best AL record.
+7 pythagorean. OPS+ 120; ERA+ 102
Jeter SS .332*-17-64-26*/31*-128 (2729 hits; 3rd in AL BA; tied for 3rd in runs scored, Damon is 2nd)
Hairston LF (a day for JD) .258-2-11-0/0-110 (as Yankee)
Teixeira 1B .286-35*-111**-2/2-142*
Rodriguez 3B .285-25-84-11/13-142*
Matsui DH .277-24-82-0/1-128
Swisher RF .257-27-79-0/0-130
Cano 2B .320-23-77-4/10-124 (7th in AL BA; leads AL in games played–he’s only missed one…can you believe he is tied for 2nd in the league in total bases? Teix is 1st…)
Cabrera CF .280-12-63-10/12-101
Molina C (probably a good thing Posada sits against the Jays tonight…)
Pitching: RHP Chad Gaudin (1-0, 3.42 with Yankees; ERA+ 131).
The fill-in as Andy’s shoulder gets some rest. Hopefully that rest helps!
The 2010 Yankees schedule is out. They open and close in Boston, as previously reported. Opening Day at the Stadium is against those pesky Angels. Interleague is strange. The Yanks go to LA and Arizona (and the Dodgers have NEVER visited Yankee Stadium for Interleague….only the WS). Of course there is the home and home vs. the Mets. The Astros and Phils join the Mets as interleague home games. I don’t understand why the Phils. After all, the Phils played three in Yankee Stadium this year. You’d think the Yanks would have to go to Philly, but no. So it is Mets H and A, Phils and Astros @ H, LA and Arizona Away. The Yankee Fan Club has their road trip next year, and some thought it would be an interleague game. Unless Club Prez Chuck is chartering a plane (and that is HIGHLY unlikely), I would say the answer is no.
You can check the whole schedule here.
The Post stated that only twice before have the Yanks opened and closed a season at Fenway. They were in 1938 and 1950. Being that the Yanks won the WS in both of those years (and both times in sweeps), hopefully it is an omen!
Just saw this. Somewhere in the land called Honah Lee, Puff the Magic Dragon is crying. Mary Travers, of Peter, Paul and Mary, passed on today at the age of 72.
Mary has left us.
The Yanks got two in the first on and RBI double by Teix and a single by Godzilla but then the bats went silent. Toronto was forced to go to the bullpen and piece it together after Tallet went down with an injury but the Yanks couldn’t capitalize.
Gaudin pitched well and it’s 4-2 Toronto in the 7th. In 5 2/3, Gaudin gave up 3 runs. Not bad, and he actually has been more reliable in his spot starts than AJ or Joba have been recently. Bruney came in, and his postseason spot could be in jeopardy as he gave up a run without getting an out. If the Yanks go with a 3-man rotation in round one (because of the extended schedule), Joba drops into the bullpen. Robertson (who will begin throwing again soon) could be ready. Joba, Robertson, Aceves, Gaudin, Hughes and Mo are six righty relievers. Bruney could be the odd man out. You then would have Coke and Marte. Eight relievers with the three starters.
Two big updates from Pete Abraham:
UPDATE, 6:53 p.m.: More on the suspensions:
Posada and Carlson were initially given four games without pay and a $3,000 fine. Both appealed and it was reduced to three days with pay and the fine. They start serving tonight. Posada wasn’t going to play tonight anyway and he has a stiff neck from the fight.
Meanwhile, Rod Barajas got a $1,000 fine. Shelley Duncan got three games and a fine. Edwar “The Terminator” Raimrez was fined as was an apparently feisty Kevin Long.
Joe Girardi, meanwhile, came to the defense of John McDonald.
“There’s been some reports that John McDonald gave me my little thing on my eye and that is totally incorrect. John McDonald is a local kid that is a good man. From watching the tape. I didn’t see John McDonald touch me, and he actually sought me out today and we talked about it. He was quite disturbed that his name was mentioned in that sort of situation. He’s a peacemaker, he’s a local kid and I just want to clarify that.
“I got elbowed by one of my own players that I won’t disclose because it was an accident trying to pull someone off, so I don’t want John McDonald to have a bad name because this is a good man.”
One of his own players? No wonder Joe was so ripped last night.
UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Ian Kennedy is pitching tonight for Scranton in the IL Finals. You can watch the game live by clicking on the video link at www.swbyankees.com. Good luck to Ian as he continues his comeback.
Edwar fined. Now that is funny. Edwar is so skinny that you can’t imagine him fighting. He’s so thin you have to find him to land a punch. Like trying to hit a pencil.
As I wrote before, the Joba rules could come off next year and be replaced by the Hughes rules (think about it, with Phil in the bullpen now and in the rotation next year…)…meaning maybe Kennedy takes over the 2009 Hughes role? Getting Ian back on track could be huge for the 2010 Yankees.
Yanks have a shot in the bottom of the 7th. Hairston up, bases loaded, down 4-2, two out. Nope, he makes out. 7 innings played. Yanks have 4 hits. Only 2 since the first. I know the plane is waiting for Seattle but…
…and after Seattle it’s those pesky pests the Angels. Huge series for best record in the AL.
Hughes gets work in. A 1-2-3 8th.
Texas losing. Magic # for a playoff spot could go to 5.
One of the other magic #’s, AL or Division will drop to 11 since the Angels are playing Boston.
SO CLUTCH! Goodness how he will be missed. Godzilla ties it with a 2-run HR.
To the 9th. Mo in. Bunt single. Forceout, 1-6. People sometimes forget how great a fielder (except for that one occasion, Game 7 of the 2001 WS) Mo is. Flyout. SB. Ground out. The incomparable Rivera has another shutout inning and the ERA drops to 1.66.
God, I’d love to see Gardner win it with a walkoff, but for him, it might have to be an inside-the-parker. Wouldn’t that be something?
Gardner does do his job. Singles. Now for the SB.
…and he gets it. People sometimes forget how important the speed game can be. Just look at the double steal the other night. SB #22. Jeter grounds out. Gardner to third.
Cervelli up. Now HERE is the time for the squeeze!
Nope, but Cervelli does win the game with a single. 5-4 Yankees. 94-53. Texas lost, so the magic # to clinch a playoff spot is now FIVE.
The magic # for AL best record is now 11. AL East also 11. One of those numbers will drop to 10 tonight, depending on who wins the Angels-Red Sox game (now tied 7-7 in the 8th as I write).
Minors: Tampa (High A) is up 4-0 in the 5th and can win the FSL title with a win tonight. SWB (AAA) lost 4-1 and is down 0-2 in their best of five finals of the International League. The good news is that Ian Kennedy threw 3 innings. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and six Ks. The bad news? He was replaced by Igawa. 3 R in 4 IP.
Later…have a good evening.