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Matsui to the DL, Yanks Lose Series to O's
By mvyb, 08.04.2007, 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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