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Monday August, 28 2006.
Did We Win?
By mvyb, 10:20

Yes! The Yankees finally pulled off a victory against these dreaded Anaheim Angels, 11-7.  Bernie smacked two monstrous homers, a double, and a single, driving in 6 RBIs ( his first 6 RBI game since 2000). The Captain also had a great game, as he went 3 for 5 ( raising the BA to .337) with two homers and a great defensive play. Even though these two players ( Jeter and Williams) have played together since '95, this was the first time they both homered in the same game. Cano also had 4 hits and 2 RBIs.
(Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
While the Yanks knocked around LA rookie, Joe Saunders, the NY rookie, Jeff Karstens, was excellent:  6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K ( only 83 pitches)
The Game got closer in the later innings, as Proctor, Farnsworth, and Rivera worked some rust off....
And, the team from Beantown lost, so the Yanks retake a 6.5 game lead over them. All in all, it wasn't a total meltdown that we feared might take place out West... the Yanks just didn't gain any ground.
The next six games will be the only really tough games the Yankees have to play for the rest of the regular season. Three against Detroit and then three against Minnesota.
Fortunately, the Tigers are struggling ( they just lost 4 out of 5), and they Yanks have played very well against them this year. The Yankees also have homefield advantage in all of these games. And, during this time, Boston will have to play 3 in Oakland, and then host the Jays ( who have killed them this year) and the ChiSox for a combined 6 games in Fenway.
After the Detroit-Minnesota series, the Yanks have it fairly easy from then on:
Boston: 4 games ( in the Bronx)
Toronto: 6 games ( swept them last time we played)
Baltimore: 7 games
Tampa Bay: 7 games
 Kansas City: 3 games
( 3 off days in September)
Not that tough....

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Saturday August, 26 2006.
Can we go home now?
By mvyb, 21:13

Blame this one on Joe. The reason we lost this ballgame is because Joe Torre didn't want to win.
That's the only thing I got out of this game.
WHY did Myers, who has shown he cannot pitch effectively to righties ( in Spring Training and in the latest series with Baltimore), pitch to both lefties AND RIGHTIES in the bottom of the eighth?????????? WHY did Ron Villone, who pitched yesterday, pitch the ninth instead of Kyle Farnsworth who hasn't pitched in four days???????
Give us an answer, Joe.

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Friday August, 25 2006.
Johnson Struggles With Control, Yanks Lose Series to Mariners
By mvyb, 10:12

Despite the title of this post, last night's loss cannot be blamed on Randy Johnson alone; Johnson gave up 4 runs on 7 hits, 2 walks, and 3 K's. He only had one rough inning, the 3rd, where he coughed up three runs. His control was terrible in that inning ( Posada would call for a slider in the dirt and Johnson would through a shoulder high pitch). But after that, Johnson was great... He gave his teammates plenty of time to jump back into the ballgame. And, Randy saved the bullpen as he pitched all 8 innings for the Yankees... that's the one good thing we can take out of this game.
 (AP photo)
But the Yankee bats were very quiet against Washburn. With the exception of Jeter's RBI single and Damon's solo HR, the Bombers struggled to score against the M's starter.
A couple things to note- Nick Green and Jorge Posada were hit by Washburn, but Johnson showed no sign of retaliaton. How come? Even if Washburn plunked the Yankee batters accidentally, Johnson should have made sure Washburn was more careful.
And Cano better be more careful when he gets on base, that pickoff was embarrassing.
With another Boston win ( and a good outing by Josh Beckett), the Sox gain a bit of ground on New York. The Yanks are still up by 5.5 games, but if they don't start playing better, we could see that soon evaporate.

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Thursday August, 24 2006.
Wang's Winning Ways
By mvyb, 14:37

The Yankees were blest with another outstanding pitching performance by Chien-Ming Wang Wednesday night. Wang pitched seven innings, allowing only 2 earned runs on 7 hits. He picked up his team-leading 15th win of the year, and is 4-0 in 4 career starts against the M's.
Wang actually pitched a shutout, but firstbase umpire, Jeff Nelson, made an outrageously terrible call- and Seattle took advantage. With a runner on third ( thanks to an error by Green) and two outs, Jose Lopez grounded a ball slowly up the middle. Cano made a great grab and throw to first base, nailing the runner by at least three steps ( as replays showed). For some reason he was called safe and the run scored. Wang then let up two more singles and a run. It's times like these when I feel that baseball needs to have instant replays for the umpires.
Mike Myers and Octavio Dotel pitched very, very well in the 8th & 9th innings. Dotel's fastball ( and curveball) looked great.
Alex Rodriguez did not play due to a minor throat infection, but his fill-in, Nick Green, had three hits. Damon, Abreu, and Cano all had two hits...
The Yankees did receive some bad news last night- Mike Mussina was put on the 15-day DL because of a groin injury he re-aggrivated in Boston. Mussina will miss 3 starts, but sounded optimistic about returning soon ( when he was interviewed by the YES network).
Tonight, its Randy Johnson versus Jarrod Washburn... the Yanks should ( if Good Randy shows up) take the game and the series.

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Wednesday August, 23 2006.
Despite A-Rod's Monstrous Homer, Yanks Snap 5-Game Win Streak
By mvyb, 09:41

All things considered, this wasn't that tough to take. I mean, we did have our rookie out on the mound ( his major league debut), the Yanks had just finished traveling across the country ( therefore being exhausted), and Boston lost as well ( making it 6 losses in a row for them).
Alex Rodriguez hits an enormous home run to left field....
Bobby Abreu also homered in the game.
Jeff Karstens was pretty good- 5.2IP, 6H, 3ER, BB, 2K- and deserved the win. But Joe Torre's confusing bullpen management let the game slip away. Why did Jaret Wright pitch the seventh??? Why did Villone go back out there in the ninth ( after pitching in the 7th & 8th innings)???
But then, the offense was also a bit to blame... Jorge Posada grounding into the inning-ending double play in the seventh spelled disaster. And of course, Alex wiffed a couple times with runners in scoring position...
Tonight we have Chien-Ming Wang taking on King Felix, a game we should be able to win.

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Tuesday August, 22 2006.
By mvyb, 17:27

What else is there to say after a series like that? The Yankees absolutely dominated their arch-rivals and played like World Champions. It wasn't always easy ( games 4 & 5), but every day the Bombers found a way to win.
Game 1: Yankees- 12, Red Sox- 4
Chien Ming Wang had his second consecutive, solid outing ( 6IP, 3ER) against the Red Sox while Boston's Johnson was humiliated by Yankee sluggers. Johnny Damon beat the tar out of his old team ( leadoff triple, 2-run single, and 2-run HR). Abreu, Jeter, and Rodriguez also had multiple hits.
Game 2: Yankees- 14, Red Sox- 11
 The one we had no business winning. Sidney Ponson stunk ( what a surprise) in his third start as a Yankee. But the Boston bullpen couldn't hold a 4-run lead going into the seventh inning. Derek Jeter's two out, two strike, bases-loaded double was the key hit in this game. After all was said and done, the Yanks had won the longest nine-inning game in the history of MLB. Oh, and Sidney Ponson was designated for assignment afterwards.
Game 3: Yankees- 13, Red Sox- 5
I'm so glad the Sox gave Beckett ( 5.2IP, 7H, 9ER, 9BB)  that three-year extension.
Game 4: Yankees- 8, Red Sox- 5 ( 10 innings)
This was probably the best ( as in, most exciting) game of the 5-game series. Mussina ( who left the ballgame in the 4th due to an injury) and Schilling ( who pitched well enough to win) were pretty much non-factors in this game. Thanks to the heroics of Derek Jeter ( RBI single of Papelbon), the Yanks erased a 2-run deficit to win the game in the 10th. Giambi hit two homers- one, a monstrous blast off of Schilling and the other, a line drive to win the ballgame in the 10th. Mariano Rivera shut out the Sox through two innings ( no thanks to New York's shining defense).
Game 5: Yankees- 2, Red Sox- 1
I told you Lidle was worth something to this team! Six innings, no runs.... the best starting pitching performance of the series.
So.... what do we take out of this series? A 6.5 game lead in the AL East division, the biggest New York lead of the year.
The Yanks proved that they are a great team, Derek Jeter proved that he is the AL MVP, and guys like Lidle, Myers, and Farnsworth proved their worth. With spirits uplifted, the Yanks go to Seattle.
( I apologize over the lack of updates, by my computer crashed last week so... I just got it fixed)

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Wednesday August, 09 2006.
Two of Three from Baltimore, Not Bad
By mvyb, 10:15

Sorry, I haven't been keeping up with stuff here on Yankee Mania, but I've been on the road for a while.
During that time, the Yankees won two of three games against the O's and lost the series opener against the ChiSox. Abreu and Giambi (who left the game last night due to an injured left elbow) have been hitting the ball well. Cano made his return last night, and gathered 3 hits.
Mo blew the lead in the bottom of the ninth ( very depressing) and Proctor gave the ballgame away in the 11th. The Yanks had a lot of op[portunities to win this game, but failed to take advantage of them.
Thankfully the Red Sox lost too ( to the Royals!), and have lost 5 out of their last 8 games.

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Friday August, 04 2006.
Yanks Sweep Jays, Climb on Top of Division
By mvyb, 13:09

Cory Lidle went way past expectations, yesterday, as he pitched 6 solid innings. He allowed only one run on a handful of hits... his offspeed stuff was brilliant. Abreu continues to fit in perfectly with the Yanks ( three hits and a couple of runs scored) as does Craig Wilson ( a two-run single). During this series, the Yanks batted a combined .303 with 20 runs scored ( and only 4 runs allowed). They pretty much eliminated the Jays postseason hopes, and took the top spot in the AL East.
Tonight, Johnson faces the O's in Baltimore....if he can come back from his last rough start, I think it's safe to say that the Yankees have the best starting rotation in baseball ( after Detroit).
1. Mussina- candidate for the Cy Young award
2. Chien-Ming Wang- more then the Yanks could have hoped for
3. Randy Johnson- still has a bit left ion the tank
4. Jaret Wright- has pitched better then you realized ( leads the majors in fewest homers allowed)
5. Cory Lidle- impressive debut
With the ruthless offense, strong bullpen, and acceptable defense- the Yanks are easily one of the best teams in baseball.

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Wednesday August, 02 2006.
Yanks Pick up Big Win Against Jays
By mvyb, 10:33

Blue Jays- 1, Yankees- 5
Jaret Wright can be counted on to do one thing for this team- pitch five mediocre/ok innings. I was glad to see him throw more then 100 pitches ( for the first time this season), hopefully, it's a sign that Torre will make him go a little longer in the coming ballgames. But heck, he only allowed one run on 5 hits and one walk against a very powerful lineup. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Villone, Over-Used, and Farnsworth pitched the 6-9th innings. Villone struggled just a bit in the seventh ( he almost had his head cleaved off by a line drive back to the mound). And Mr. Over-Used almost blew the ballgame- Frank Catalanotto missed a game-tying homer by about 5 feet.
Five runs isn't always enough, but today it was. Alex Rodriguez's RBI double tied the game at 1, and Bernie cleared the bases with a three-run double to give the Yanks a permanent lead. Abreu, in his first game with the Yanks, went 0 for 3, but had a huge 10-pitch, at-bat in the fourth inning where he walked to load the bases. He got a nice hand by the New York crowd ( as did A-Rod), and he was greeted warmly by Sheffield. Analysts had feared that Sheff might hold some ill-feelings at Abreu (seeing that Abreu did take his job), but that was not the case (thank goodness!) 
Oh, and the BoSox lost... no dramatic comeback by that monster DH they have. So the Yanks and Sox are now tied on top of the AL East ( actually if you look at the percentage points, the Yankees lead by .002)  And, at this moment, the New York Yankees are the second best team in baseball (after Detroit). A pretty big transition from last year at this time.
Yankee Player of the Game: Bernie Williams

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Sunday July, 30 2006.
Yanks Take Series With D'Rays
By mvyb, 16:56

Devil Rays- 2, Yankees- 4
W- Mussina ( 13-3)
L- Shields ( 4-5)
S- Rivera (26)
Notable Yankee Players:
CF- Damon, 3-4 ( single, 2 HR [13], 2 RBI, 3 runs )
SS- Jeter, 2-4 ( single, double, 2 RBI )
RF- Guiel, 2-3 ( single, double )
P- Mussina: 5H, 2R, 2BB, 8K, 7IP
When was the last time Mike Mussina had a bad start? Anyone remember? I don't.  Mussina pitched seven solid innings, striking out 8 batters. He is now tied with the most wins (13) in baseball this year. Kyle Farnsworth struck out the side in the eighth ( no ill-effects from that back injury), and Rivera shut the door in the ninth.
Johnny Damon provided half of the Yankee runs, two solo bombs to the upper deck in right field. The captain brought in the other two runs on a double ( Jeter's driven in 2 or more RBIs in 3 straight games.)
Yankee Player of the Game: Mike Mussina
Devil Rays- 19, Yankees- 6
W- Seo (3-9)
L- Johnson (11-9)
Notable Yankee Players:
SS- Jeter, 2-4 ( single, solo HR [8], 2 RBI, run )
DH- Giambi, 1-3 ( solo HR [30], 2 runs, 3 walks )
Box_score ( don't look!)
I'm not gonna talk about this one... Randy Johnson was sick, because of the heat, I think. He was having trouble catching his breath, even in the warmup, so I'll excuse this bad start. Two questions, though.
1. Why is Chacon still on this team?
2. Why is Beam still on this team?
Yankee Player of the Game: Derek Jeter
Devil Rays- 0, Yankees- 6
W- Wang ( 12-4)
L- Corcoran (4-2)
Notable Yankee Players:
SS- Jeter, 3-5 ( 2 singles, double, 3 RBI, stolen base, run )
RF- Williams, 2-4 ( single, solo HR [8], RBI,  run)
P- Wang: 2H, 2BB, K, 9IP
Wang rocks! He recorded 18 ground ball outs ( including 1 double play).
Why only one double play?
Because he allowed only 4 baserunners! It was Wang's first career, complete-game shutout.
Oh, and Bernie homered, and Jeter drove in 3 runs on three hits.
Yankee Player of the Game: Chien Ming Wang

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Thursday July, 27 2006.
Yanks Rally Twice, Sweep Texas!
By mvyb, 11:03

Yankees- 8, Rangers- 7
W- Chacon ( 5-3)
L- Otsuka (2-4)
S- Rivera (25)
This was the second multi-rally game the Yanks have staged against the Texas Rangers in '06. The last one ended on Jorge Posada's two-out, walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth at Yankee Stadium. Tonight was almost as good.
In the top of the first, things were lookin' good for the Yanks, Andy Phillips had broken out of his horrendous slump ( 1-18 ) with a two-out, bases-loaded single.
2-0, Yankees ( 1st inn)
In the second, Jarett Wright gave the lead back- on a two-run double by the pesky, Kevin Mench. Mench is 6 for his last 7 against Wright... (ouch!)
2-2, tie ( 2nd inn)
For some reason the Yanks took the next couple innings off, making Texas pitching look incredible. Wright, meanwhile, gave up an RBI sac fly to Mench ( Grrrr!) and an RBI double to Blalock in the fifth. Wright only ended up pitching 5 and 1/3rd innings, giving up 5 hits, 4 runs ( only 3 were earned), a walk, and 3 K's.
4-2, Rangers ( 5th inn)
Ron Villone came in to take over for Wright, and did a very nice job. After being hit hard by Texas last night, Villone rebounded and pitched an impressive 2 innings. But the Yankee batters refused to hit the ball with authority...until the top of the eighth.
4-2, Rangers (7th inn)
Francisco Cordero came in in the eighth to face the heart ( or actually the liver) of the Yankee lineup. Alex Rodriguez worked the count full, and then blasted a rally-starting solo homer to dead center field. Bernie walked, Phillips singled ( for the third time), and Melky strode to the plate, prepared to bunt. Fortunately ( as it turns out), Melky does not know the fine art of bunting. Eventually, after fouling off two balls in the attempt to bunt,  he gave up, and slapped a two-run double to left field. It was great, not only to see a clutch hit out of New York's rookie, but to see him hit the opposite way so well ( missed a homer by a couple of feet). Hideki Matsui took a long time getting used to the notion of going the other way, especially for power.  Anyway, Melky later scored on a wild pitch...
6-4, Yankees ( 8th)
I thought the ballgame was over. Farnsworth had been warming, along side Mike Myers. But to my surprise, when the commercials ended and Gary Matthews, Jr. was walking up to the plate, T. J. Beam was on the mound for New York. ???????? His "slim" 12.38 ERA, 15 hits ( 11 runs) in just 8 innings pitched, and 4 homers were not to be coveted. ( Later I learned that Farnsworth had pulled his back or something, but should be ready to pitch by Friday. ) But why Beam???? ( And why is Matt Smith still down in triple A???....sorry...)
Beam couldn't throw strikes, which is a problem for a young pitcher who wants to have a major league career. He walked Matthews and served up a ground-rule-double to Ian Kinsler. Torre stormed to the mound, glared at Beam, snatched the ball, closed his eyes, and handed said ball to Scott Overused Proctor. Genius. Proctor promptly gave up a two-run single and then 3 consecutive bloop base hits ( one drove in a run). Bases were loaded and nobody was out.
7-6, Rangers ( bottom 8th)
Simmering, Torre came back out to the mound, shuddered, and handed the ball to Shawn Chacon. I changed the channel to watch the rest of an old Star Trek episode, but when I returned to YES, the Yanks were batting in the top of the ninth- the score was still just 7-6! It seems that Chacon wriggled his way out of the jam, giving a most impressive performance. He struck out Mark Derosa, and then got Brad Wilkerson to line back to the mound for a 1-3 double play.
7-6, Rangers ( 9th)
The captain got on base ( as he does best), and watched Jason Giambi ( who had been 0 for 4 on the night) launch a mammoth shot into deep right field. Mariano Rivera trotted out in the bottom of the ninth and shut the door ( as he does best).
8-7, Yankees!
How did this happen? The key play of the game, was Chacon getting out of the bases-loaded, nobody-out jam... If he gave up one hit, the Rangers would easily win the ballgame. Is this a sign of Chacon coming back to form? Let's not get excited... but it's gonna be interested to see who gets the start on Tuesday.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that Sal Fasano made his Yankee-debut tonight. He went 1 for 3 at the dish with a single and a sac bunt.
Yankee Player of the Game: Shawn Chacon

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Wednesday July, 26 2006.
Mussina, Guiel Lead Yanks to Victory
By mvyb, 09:41

Yankees- 7, Rangers- 4
W- Mussina ( 12-3)
L- Eaton (0-1)
S- Rivera (24)
Notable Yankee Players:
RF- Guiel, 1-3 ( 3-run HR [6], 2 runs)
2B- Cairo, 1-4 ( single, 2 RBIs)
P- Mussina: 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, 6IP
Once again, Mike Mussina stepped up and delivered a quality outing for his team. Although he only went 6 innings ( 97 pitches), he held the Rangers to three runs.
The Yankees only had 4 hits on the night, but the six walks, 2 hit-by-pitches, and error by Texas pitcher, Bauer helped New York scored 7 runs. The big hit was Aaron Guiel's 3-run homer in the fifth inning; one inning earlier, Miguel Cairo had given the Yanks a short lead on a two-run single. Cairo's 23 RBIs passes his last season's total (19).
Yankee Player of the Game: Aaron Guiel

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Tuesday July, 25 2006.
Yanks Bring the Heat
By mvyb, 10:50

Yankees- 6, Rangers- 2
W- Johnson (11-8)
L- Millwood (10-6)
Notable Yankee Players:
LF- Cabrera, 3-4 ( single, double, triple, walk, stolen base, and 2 runs)
SS- Jeter, 2-4 ( double, triple, sac bunt, run, and RBI )
3B- Rodriguez, 2-5 ( single, double, run, and RBI )
RF- Guiel, 1-5 ( solo HR [5] )
2B- Cairo, 1-4 ( double and 2 RBI )
P- Johnson: 7H, 2ER, 2R, 2BB, 7K, 6IP
Randy Johnson provided another quality start last night, as he picked up his 11th victory of the year. Johnson pitched 6 innings ( labored just a bit ) and struck out 7 batters ( walked only 2).  The Proctor-Farnsworth-Rivera combo is working excellently- Farnsworth hasn't walked a batter in ll innings, in fact, he has struck out the side in two consecutive innings pitched. Proctor seems to be rejuvinated by the rest he got during the All Star break, and Rivera is..... Rivera.
The Yankees put their hitting shoes on again last night, racking up 6 runs on 10 hits and 5 walks. Melky Cabrera was just a home run away from the cycle ( he had a single, double, triple, walk, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base on the night.) Cabrera and Jeter hit back-to-back triples in the third inning to tie the ballgame, then Miguel Cairo's two-run double gave the Yankees the lead. Aaron Guiel ( solo home run) and Alex Rodriguez ( RBI double) tacked on two more runs.
Yankee Player of the Game: Melky Cabrera

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Monday July, 24 2006.
Leaving Toronto......Thank, God
By mvyb, 10:42

Yankees- 5, Blue Jays- 13
W- Marcum (1-0)
L- Ponson (4-5)
Notable Yankee Players:
SS- Jeter, 2-3 ( 2 singles, run)
1B- Giambi, 2-4 ( single, double, run)
C- Posada, 2-4 ( single, 3-run HR [12] )
2B- Green, 2-4 ( single, double, run, RBI )
Ponson doesn't seem to be working out- six earned runs in less then three innings. Chacon and Wilson were almost worse. I have no idea what the Yanks are gonna do about the number 5 spot next time it comes around. Maybe by that time, the Yanks will have acquired a new pitcher....I hope.
Positive news: The Yanks pounded out 13 hits and 5 runs- Damon, Jeter, Giambi, Posada, Green, and Cabrera all had at least two hits.
The Yanks are headed to Texas, for hopefully, a better series! ( Please wake up, A-Rod!)
Yankee Player of the Game: Jorge Posada

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Saturday July, 22 2006.
Quick Recap of Games 93 and 94
By mvyb, 19:49

Yankees- 5, Blue Jays- 4
W- Wang (11-4)
L- Downs (4-1)
S- Rivera (23)
Notable Yankee Players:
SS- Jeter, 2-3 ( 2 singles, RBI, and a run)
C- Posada, 1-4 ( triple, run)
RF- Williams, 2-4 ( single, 2 runs, 2-run HR [7] )
PH/1B- Giambi, 1-1 ( walk, RBI double)
Chien-Ming Wang delivered yet another quality start for the Yanks, and picked up his 11th win of the season. Wang gave up four earned runs, but induced some huge double plays.
Bernie Williams' two run homer, Giambi's pinch-hit RBI double, and Derek Jeter's bases-loaded walk were the Yankee run-scoring plays. ( The Yanks also scored a run on a balk by Lily) Jorge Posada tripled for the first time in four years, and Melky Cabrera singled and scored in the seventh inning. Oddly, Jaret Wright was called upon to pinch run for Giambi in the ninth inning...?
But the story of the game was the New York Bullpen:
Proctor: 1 inning pitched, 1 hit, and 3 strikeouts
Farnsworth: 1 inning pitched and 3 strikeouts
Rivera- 1 innings pitched and save recorded
Proctor and Farnsworth struck out a combined six consecutive batters over two innings of work, blowing 100+ mph fastballs past Toronto bats.
Yankee Player/s of the Game: The Bullpen!
Yankees- 3, Blue Jays- 7
W- Burnett ( 2-3)
L- Wright (6-6)
Notable Yankee Players:
SS- Jeter, 2-4 ( 2 singles, run)
3B- Rodriguez, 1-4 ( 3-run HR [21] )
Jaret Wright's struggles against Toronto continued last night; he pitched only 2.2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks. One thing to note- almost every ground-ball hit was a direct result of the Toronto stadium's turf. Playable balls were skipping past the usually reliable Yankee infielders. Shawn Chacon took over for Wright, and he wasn't that bad. Chacon didn't have that much control over his pitches, but he did hold the Blue Jays to just one run over almost three innings.
Alex Rodriguez was the only thing between Burnett and a shutout over the Yanks. His three-run homer was not only his 450th home run of his career, but his 2,000th hit.
Yankee Player of the Game: Alex Rodriguez 

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