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Tuesday April, 10 2007.
Pavano Solid in Yankee Win
By mvyb, 10:59

              Yankees 8, Twins 2
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W- Pavano (1-0)
L- Ponson (0-1)
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Minnesota:
Hunter: 2-3, 2B, RBI
Kubel: 1-3, RBI
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New York:
Jeter: 3-4, 2R
Abreu: 3-5, HR (1), 4RBI, 3R
Rodriguez: 1-4, HR (5), 2RBI
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For the first time in 2007, the Yankees actually played good fundamental baseball. The starter pitched well and deep into the game, the offense hit homers and drove in a ton of runs, the defense was above average, and the bullpen shut down the opposing team.
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The Yanks got off to a fabulous start in the top of the first, scoring three runs ( an RBI-single by Abreu and 2-run double by Posada) off Sidney Ponson. Bobby Abreu lengthened the lead to 5-0 with a 2-run bomb in the second, and Carl Pavano went to work.
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(AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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Compared to the way the other Yankee starters have pitched all year, Carl Pavano looked like the ace of the team. The great Mauer-Cuddyer-Morneau combo went 2-12 ( .165 BA) against Pavano with no runs batted in. That is a beautiful thing.
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Pavano allowed six hits and two earned runs in his seven innings of work. He struck out two and (shock of the night!) walked no one. He left the game after throwing only 79 pitches, which is clearly very economical.
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A-Rod continued to destroy everything in his path as he followed an Abreu RBI-single (in the sixth inn.) with a two-run opposite field homer, his fifth homer in just six games. A-Rod is the quickest Yankee ever to hit 5 homers in a season.
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Brian Bruney and Kyle Farnsworth held down the fort in the final two innings. New York's bulpen continues to shine, and in my opinion, is the second best pen in the league (after the Twins).
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Tonight we have Andy Pettitte versus Boof Bonser. Interesting matchup there... I hope the Yankees play like they did last night.
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Player of the Game:
Carl Pavano
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- pitched 7 inning, allowed only 2 runs
- walked no one, struck out 2
- was the first starter to pick up a win this year

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Monday April, 09 2007.
Game 6: Yankees @ Twins
By mvyb, 18:23

7:05PM
YES
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Minnesota
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2B, Castillo
3B, Punto
C, Mauer
RF, Cuddyer
1B, Morneau
CF, Hunter
LF, Kubel
DH, Redmond
SS, Bartlett
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P, Ponson
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New York
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CF, Damon
SS, Jeter 
RF, Abreu 
3B, Rodriguez
1B, Giambi 
C,  Posada 
2B,  Cano 
1B, Mientkiewicz 
LF, Cabrera
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P, Pavano
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The Twins are bringing their A-lineup, featuring 2006 MVP Justin Morneau and 2006 batting champ Joe Mauer. Michael Cuddyer, Torii Hunter, and Jason Kubel are also dangerous hitters to be found in the Minnesota lineup.
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The only batters in the Twin's lineup that Carl Pavano has faced before are Luis Castillo ( .261BA, 6-23), Mike Redmond ( 0-2), and Nick Punto (0-1).
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Go Yankees!

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Yanks Take on Sir Sidney in Minnesota
By mvyb, 15:13

Yes, yes.... Boof Bonsor is no longer tonight's scheduled starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins. Instead, the Yanks will be meeting up with an old friend, Sidney Ponson. In case some of you don't know the history of the Yankees against Ponson, here are some stats:
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Player BA 2B HR RBI BB
Derek Jeter .383 3 5 13 6
Alex Rodriguez .169 0 5 17 3
Johnny Damon .382 2 1 10 8
Jorge Posada .296 2 1 3 6
Jason Giambi .415 0 2 8 16
Bobby Abreu .333 3 2 6 4
Josh Phelps .357 0 1 4 0
Doug Mientkiewicz .273 0 0 1 7
Robinson Cano .500 0 2 2 0
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That's just sick.... If the Yanks bring their gloves and if Pavano arrives safely, protected by bubblewrap, this should be a good game.

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Sunday April, 08 2007.
Matsui to the DL, Yanks Lose Series to O's
By mvyb, 18:36

              Orioles 6, Yankees 4
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W- Bedard (1-1)
L- Rasner (0-1)
S- Ray (2)
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Baltimore:
Millar: 2-3, HR (1) 2R, 3RBI
Bako: 1-4, HR (1), 3RBI
Bedard: 7IP, 5H, 3ER, 5K
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New York:
Rodriguez: 1-3, HR (4), 2RBI, BB
Damon: 2-2, 3B, R
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Exluding the A-Rod grand slam, this was a week that Yankee fans will definitely want to forget. Just take a look at New York's starting pitcher's line from April 2nd to April 8th and you'll shudder.
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Pavano: 4.1IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER
Pettitte: 4IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER
Mussina: 4IP, 8H, 6R, 6ER
Igawa: 5IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER
Rasner: 4.1IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER
               Total:
    21.2IP, 36H, 27R, 24ER
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As you can see, Darrell Rasner was not sharp this afternoon. The Yanks had handed him a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, thanks to an RBI sac fly by Abreu and a two-run homer by A-Rod. But that lead was soon squandered as Rasner gave up a juicy two-run homer to Millar and a 3-run shot to Bako.
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Erik Bedard, meanwhile, settled in and pitched 7 dominant innings against the formidable Yankee lineup.
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(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The Yanks scored one in the eighth (a Melky Cabrera RBI-ground out after a Damon triple), but Chris Ray composed himself and shut the door in the ninth.
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The only consistently positive thing the Yanks had this week was a solid pen. Take a look at these numbers:
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Bruney: 2.2P, H, BB, 6K
Henn: 4.2IP, 2H, BB
Proctor:3.2IP,4H,2ER,2BB
Myers: 4IP, H, 3BB, 2K
Vizcaino: 3.1IP,2H,BB,R,K
Farnsworth: 2IP,H,K, BB
Rivera:  2IP, H, 4K
             Total:
22.1IP,12H, 9BB,3ER,14K
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(Note: I left Pettitte's one inning of relief work out of this stat box because he is technically not part of the bullpen.)
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When your bullpen has to pitch 22+ innings in a week and allows only 3 earned runs, you're in a good place. Our seven-man pen had a gorgeous 1.25 ERA for the entire week! If the Yanks had gotten two or three decent starts out of the rotation, the Yanks would be heading into Week 2, 5-0.
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One last bit of news... Hideki Matsui is headed to the DL for 15 days. Kevin Thompson will take his place on the roster.
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Oh, well.... You have to put the past behind you... Tomorrow the Yanks take on the Twins in Minnesota. Boof Bonser versus Carl Pavano. Should be interesting...
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Goat of the Game:
Darrell Rasner
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- 4.1IP, 8H, 5ER, 2BB, 2K
- picked up the loss

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Saturday April, 07 2007.
A-Rod Comes Through! (So Let's Temporarily Forget Igawa's Start)
By mvyb, 22:47

            Orioles 7, Yankees 10
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W- Rivera (1-0)
L- Ray (0-1)
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Baltimore:
Mora: 2-5, HR (2), 2B, 5RBI, R
Markakis: 2-5, HR (1)
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New York:
Rodriguez: 3-4, 2HR (3), 2B, BB, 6 RBI, 4R
Bullpen: 4IP, H, BB, 0R, 5K
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At approximately 4:22 PM, I knelt, hands folded and heart pounding, in front of my TV. "Please, A-Rod... Please...."
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And then our dear thirdbaseman swung his bat and I was happy.
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Man, if you missed today's game.... You are out of luck. But before I get to the ninth, here's a brief summary of the first eight innings.
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- The game started off on the wrong foot with Igawa getting pounded hard by the O's. The Japanese-pitcher gave up 7 earned runs in just 5 innings of work... Melvin Mora (2-run HR and 3-run double) was at the heart of this ruthless beating; Nick Markakis and Brian Roberts also chipped in.
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- A-Rod hit a two-run homer in the first, and Posada's RBI-single brought the game to 7-3 where it stayed till the eighth.
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- Brian Bruney (IP, 3K) Mike Myers (IP, BB), Luis Vizcaino (IP, K), and Mariano Rivera (IP, H, K) were absolutely lights-out against Baltimore for four innings. They're the forgotten heroes of the afternoon...
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- Hideki Matsui exited the game with a "strained left hamstring" and was replaced in left by the ever-versatile, Miguel Cairo.
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- Jason Giambi came to bat with two on and one out in the eighth and mauled a Baez pitch into the left field seats.
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Now in the bottom of the ninth, Doug Mientkiewicz grounded to second and Melky Cabrera (who picked up his first hit of the year in an earlier at-bat) struck out swinging. Robby Cano got on with a single, the Yanks first hit against Chris Ray in the series. The Cap'n had a long and difficult at-bat, but finally coaxed the walk. Bobby Abreu wasn't given the opportunity of being the hero, as he was hit in the leg on the second pitch he saw.
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Then Alex strode to the plate.
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Ball 1.
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Called strike 1.
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Swing and a miss, strike 2.  
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And on a 1-2 pitch, the 2005 MVP hit a walk-off grand slam to dead center. From there on it was nothing but celebration. The trot around the bases, the team leaping on Alex as he touched home plate, Jeter pushing A-Rod out of the dugout to take a curtain call, etc...
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(For pictures, see previous post.)
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Tomorrow Darrell Rasner makes his first start of the year.... but I'm not gonna worry about that until tomorrow afternoon. Right now it's time to celebrate!
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Player of the Game:
Alex Rodriguez
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- 3-4, 2 HR, 2B, BB, 6RBI, 4R
- hit a walkoff grand slam

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A-ROD HITS WALK-OFF GRAND SLAM!!
By mvyb, 17:51

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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I'll put together a recap as soon as I can calm down....

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Friday April, 06 2007.
Mussina Struggles, Yanks Fall to O's in Series Opener
By mvyb, 23:07

           Orioles 6, Yankees 4
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W- Loewen (1-0)
L- Mussina (0-1)
S- Ray (1)
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Baltimore:
Mora: 3-5, 2R
Markakis: 2-5, 2 2B, 2RBI, R
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New York:
Cano: 2-4, 2B, 2RBI
Jeter: 2-5, 2B, R
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And the New York Yankees give away another game.... but this time, it wasn't their defense, but just their over-all lack of clutch-hitting.
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Here are five HUGE situations the Yanks had tonight to break the game open in their favor.
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Situation: 2nd inning. Runner on third, two outs.
Result: Phelps grounds out.
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Situation: 3rd inning. Bases loaded, one out.
Result: Giambi pops out to second. Matsui grounds out.
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Situation: 4th inning. Runners on second and third, two outs.
Result: Jeter grounds out.
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Situation: 6th inning. Runner on second, two outs.
Result: Melky flies out to right (at least he got the ball out of the infield.)
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Situation: 7th inning. Bases loaded, two outs.
Result: Cano pops out to short.
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Oh yeah, and Mussina was terrible.... which didn't help matters much. The Moose totally lacked control (3 walks allowed). He could get ahead of hitters, but couldn't put them away. Five of the eight hits Mussina allowed came with two strikes on the batter.
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There isn't much to be happy about, but the Yankees' bullpen did do a tremendous job. Sean Henn pitched three shutout innings, allowing only one hit.... I think he really impressed Torre and the coaches, and will be called on a lot this month. Myers and Proctor combined for two hitless innings.
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(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Oh! And the Yanks committed no errors. That's good.
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Day game tomorrow.... Igawa on the mound.... Things just might get worse.
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Goat of the Game:
Jason Giambi
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- Had bases loaded and only one out in the third. He popped out to second.
- left 6 men on base
- went 0-5 with a strikeout

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Game 3: Orioles v. Yankees
By mvyb, 18:21

7:05PM
YES
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Baltimore
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2B, Roberts
3B, Mora
RF, Markakis
SS, Tejada
1B, Huff
LF, Gibbons
DH, Millar
CF, Patterson
C, Bako
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P, Loewen
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New York
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CF, Cabrera
SS, Jeter
RF, Abreu
3B, Rodriguez
DH, Giambi
LF, Matsui
C, Posada
2B, Cano
1B, Phelps
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P- Mussina
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The Yanks really need Mussina to step up tonight. New York's starters have combined for 8.1IP, 12H, 9R, 5BB over the last two games, so the bullpen has already seen a ton of work.
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Mike Mussina has a career record of 9-5 and an ERA of 4.21 against the Baltimore Orioles. Miguel Tejeda ( .419 BA, 4 HR v. Mussina) and Kevin Millar ( .457 BA, 16 hits, 2 HR v. Mussina) are the players Moose needs to be careful with.
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Adam Loewen is 2-1 with a sick 2.63 career ERA against the Yankees ( 4 starts).
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Bobby Abreu: 1-4
Jason Giambi: 0-2
Derek Jeter: 3-11
Alex Rodriguez: 0-4
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This could be ugly.... but let's hope for the best.
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Go Yankees!

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Gloves Yet to Arrive in New York
By mvyb, 16:48

           Devil Rays 7, Yankees 6ys 7,
 
W- Lugo
L- Vizcaino
S- Reyes
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Tampa Bay:
Dukes: 1-4, HR
Iwamura: 2-4, 2B, 3R
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New York:
Matsui: 2-5, 2RBI, R
Cano: 3-5, RBI, R
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Sheesh..... another defensively embarrassing game.... The Captain committed two more errors (he now has three on the season) and our Gold Gloving firstbaseman also contributed to one of the most unpleasant Yankee games I've ever seen.
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The evening started off with much excitement, as Yankee fans watched the beloved Andy Pettitte take the mound once again for New York. Pettitte pitched a nice, quick inning, and let the Yanks get to work. Cano, who was leading off for the first time in his career, singled to get things started. Alex doubled him home.
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But from there.... things went just awful. Pettitte left after pitching four innings (83 pitches) and allowing four runs (two earned). Jae Seo settled in and held the Yanks to just four runs in six innings. The D'Rays took the lead off of Scott Proctor, who was less than sharp in his first appearance of the season. Matsui tied it up, but Monday's winner, Luis Vizcaino, gave it back to the Tampa Bay (on a wild pitch/passed ball). The Yanks loaded the bases in the eighth (with only one out) for Abreu and A-Rod.... but neither slugger could get the ball out of the infield (Abreu grounded back to the mound and Alex popped to second).
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"We played sloppy. I don't care who you're playing. You're not going to win too many games when you play sloppy, so we've got to tighten it up a little bit."  - Derek Jeter
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I think I was as ticked off as any other Yankee fan was last night.... and I went to bed muttering things like, "This team doesn't have a shot of winning it all" and "the idiots didn't deserve to win."
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But in the morning, I've looked back on the game and have found a few positives.
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1) Andy Pettitte wasn't THAT bad.
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Whenever a starter goes only four innings in a ballgame, you know he doesn't have his best stuff. But the real reason that Pettitte's line in the boxscore looks so bad, is that he had no help from his teammates.
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-There were two outs in the second, when Cano botched a play that he should have made (and usually does make). That lead to an "earned" run.
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- Ben Zobrist grounded to short on Pettitte's first pitch of the third.... and Jeter couldn't make the routine play. Zobrist later scored.
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- Doug Mientkiewicz committed error number two, a  play that allowed Crawford to advance from second to third. He later scored. Delmon Young reached base later in the inning thanks to the Captain's third error of the season.
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Now you have to also remember, that it was bitterly cold and windy in the Stadium... and Pettitte, I'm sure, had a lot of jitters in his return appearance in the Bronx.
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(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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2. The bullpen was halfway decent
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Vizcaino and Proctor both allowed runs (thanks, Jorge), but Bruney, Myers, and Farnsworth were pretty sharp. That's a good sign for the Yanks.
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But, in conclusion, I think it's best we put this game behind us, and look forward to tonight's game ( boy, can the Moose be a hero tonight).
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Goat of the Game:
Derek Jeter
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- committed 2 errors
- left 4 men on base
- was caught stealing
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Monday February, 05 2007.
Baseball Trivia Question #7
By mvyb, 11:36

The answer to yesterday's question is one save for Boston closer, Keith Foulke, in the 2004 World Series. Foulke also picked up a win ( in Game 1).
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And now for today's question:
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Who started Game 1 of the 2001 World Series for the New York Yankees?  Did he earn a victory or a loss?
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Answer will be up tomorrow...

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Super Bowl Over, Time for Baseball
By mvyb, 11:28

Finally, attention will begin to turn away from football and back towards America's pasttime. I can't tell you how excited I am for our wonderful sport to return.
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Major League Baseball is now officially back at the forefront of popular sports consciousness, now that the annual rite of passage has just occurred in the annual spectacle that is the Super Bowl. Manning, securing his legacy for keeps, led the Colts to a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday in No. XLI. It meant the first major sports championship for the city of Indianapolis and the only franchise title since the former Baltimore Colts won Super Bowl V way back in January 1971.

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And congrats to Peyton and the rest of the Indianapolis Colts on their Super Bowl victory! It was a very exciting game last night, and if you forgot to watch it, you really missed out.

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Friday February, 02 2007.
Baseball Trivia Question #6
By mvyb, 12:03

The answer to yesterday's question is Eddie Murray, one of the greatest switch hitters the game has ever known. Among his many accomplishments, was his major league record 128 sacrifice flies ( one more then Cal Ripken Jr.)
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Today's question:
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How many games did Boston closer, Keith Foulke, save during the 2004 World Series?
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Answer will be up tomorrow...

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Thursday February, 01 2007.
Baseball Trivia Question #5
By mvyb, 10:53

The answer to yesterday's question was Alfonso Soriano and Adam Dunn, who both hit 40 or more homers, but came just shy of the 100 RBI mark. Washington's left fielder batted in 95 runners, while the big Cincinnati firstbaseman brought home 92.
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Now for today's question:
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Who holds the record for most sacrifice flies in a career?
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Answer will be posted tomorrow...

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Clemens Yearns for Postseason Play
By mvyb, 10:43

Roger Clemens addressed the media for a few minutes at the New York Athletic Club last night and stated that 2006 was basically a waste of time for him. His goal was and still is- October.
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"I've got to tell you, you put your body through a lot of punishment and you come up one game short like we did last year, for me, it was a waste of time," Clemens said.

"When you don't have an opportunity to go to the playoffs and have a chance to win, it's a waste of time for me. At this stage and point in my life and career, that's all you're looking for. You want to have that feeling of being in the playoffs."

Clemens has stated that he would only pitch for one of three teams in 2007 -- the Astros, the Red Sox or the Yankees, all of whom have ties close to his heart.

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So for the next six months, we'll all be scrambling for more news on the Rocket, feverishly anticipating his decision. And, of course, he'll continue to toy with us like he did last night. In the end, he'll go with the highest bidder (who will overpay insanely), make some highly-publicized minor league starts, and finally in late August make an appearance in the majors. He'll be on a five inning work-limit, and he'll walk off the mound with a tweaked hamstring every time he pitches. He'll make a grand total of four starts, picking up a maximum two wins.
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But everyone still wants him on their ballclub.
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If I were to make an educated guess here, I'd assume he'll go with the Yankees- more money, Andy Pettitte, a ton of friends from yesteryear (Jeter, Posada, Rivera), and the greatest chance at postseason glory.
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But I think its time we ask ourselves, is he really worth all this? Do we need to go through all this hassle when we already have a pretty solid rotation and several young backup pitchers (Karstens, Rasner, Sanchez, and Hughes)?

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Wednesday January, 31 2007.
Baseball Trivia Question #4
By mvyb, 12:01

Nice job, Deric! The answer to yesterday's trivia question was indeed Albert Pujols, who hit 37 homers in 2001 (his rookie year), 34 homers in 2002, 43 homers in 2003, and 46 homers in 2004. I did some research into this question, and found that Mark McGwire also hit 30+ home runs in his first four full seasons. But in 1986, when McGwire had his first 53 major league at-bats, he struck only 3 homers.
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(Albert Pujols)
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Now, for today's question:
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In 2006, there were 11 players in the majors who hit 40 or more home runs. Among those sluggers, only two did not drive in 100 or more runs. Name the two players.
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Answer will be posted tomorrow.

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