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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Make it Ten Years in a Row!

Game date- 7/11/06

American League- 3, National League- 2


W- Ryan (1-0)
L- Hoffman (0-1)
S- Rivera (1)

American League Batters:

RF- Suzuki, 0-3
RF- Dye, 0-1
SS- Jeter, 0-3
SS- Tejada, 0-1
1B- Ortiz, 0-2
1B- Konerko, 2-2 (1B, 1B)
PR- Lopez (R)
3B- Rodriguez, 0-2
1B- Glaus, 1-2 (2B, R)
LF- Guerrero, 1-2 ( solo HR, R, RBI)
2B- Young, 1-2 ( GW-3B, 2 RBI)
C- Rodriguez, 0-2
C- Mauer, 0-2
CF- Wells, 1-2 (1B)
LF- Matthews, JR- 1-1 (1B)
2B-Loretta, 0-2
PH- Thome, 0-1
PH- Ordonez, 0-1
RF- Sizemore, 0-2

American League Pitchers:

Rogers- 3H, R, ER, K, 2IP
Halladay- 3H, R, ER, K, 2IP
Zito- IP
Kazmir- IP
Santana- BB, K, IP
Ryan- K, IP
Rivera- IP


For the tenth year in a row, the American League found a way to beat the NL, and secure home field advantage in the World Series. This time it was Michael Young's final at-bat: 2-1 ( National League led). There were two outs, and Young faced an 0-2 pitch from Hall of Fame closer, Trevor Hoffman. Young got an 84 mph outside fastball, which he smacked to the right-center field wall for a two-run triple. Because of his heroics, Young won the MVP award ( second Texas Ranger to do so in the past three years). Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox was the only AL player with more then one hit. He singled with two outs in the ninth, and was followed by Troy Glaus who hit a ground-rule double, setting up a dramatic comeback. American League pitching was good- Zito, Kazmir, Santana, Ryan, and Rivera all pitched a scoreless inning. The starter, Kenny Rogers gave up one run (a solo homer to David Wright) in his two innings of work. Roy Halliday gave up a run on a wild pitch in the third inning.

Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees went a combined 0 for 5. Robincon Cano did not play. Mariano Rivera picked up his 3rd All Star game save, tying Dennis Eckersley for the most all time.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Century 21: Home Run Derby 2006

I love the Home Run Derby, and watch it faithfully every year. But for the second straight season, no Yankee has participated. Hideki Matsui was asked in '05, but declined- the same thing happened this year with Alex Rodriguez. And there is no Manny, Thome, or Pujols either...

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Derek Jeter (here with Notre Dame head coach), Robinson Cano, and several other Yankees hung out to watch the Home Run derby.

Fortunately, several top sluggers DID show up at the event. Ortiz, who leads the American League in home runs (31), and Howard, who leads the National League in home runs (28) participated. Astro slugger, Lance Berkman and Toronto's third baseman, Troy Glaus were also in attendance.

Rules of the Game:

-Each batter has ten outs.

-Anything, that is not a homer ( foul ball, single, pop up, etc...) is an out.

-Home runs carry over from round 1 to round 2, but no further.

-The top four home-run hitters in round 1 advance to round 2. The top two home-run hitters in round 2, advance to the final round. Batter with the most home runs in the final, wins.


8. Troy Glaus: 1 HR
7. Miguel Tejeda: 3 HR
6. Lance Berkman: 3 HR
5. Jermaine Dye: 7 HR
4. Ryan Howard: 8 HR
3. Miguel Cabrera: 9 HR
2. David Ortiz: 10 HR

1. David Wright 16 HR

For Glaus, this was his second Home Run Derby. Last time he had no home runs, so I guess, this was an improvement. Tejeda and Berkman never really found a rhythm, swinging at almost every pitch. If not for Howard's rally ( he was the last batter of round 1 ), Jermaine Dye would have advanced. Ryan Howard was down to his final out when he hit 4 consecutive home runs, launching him into round 2. At first, Howard swung like he was taking batting practice, smacking line drives and ground balls up the middle, but he soon changed his approach and started crushing the baseballs. Cabrera ( my pick to win) did an excellent job with his smooth, powerful swing. Ortiz, the crowd favorite, put on a show, sending several balls into the nearby Alleghany River. David Wright, though, was the star of round 1. Before Wright started, ESPN broadcasters asked Wright's teammate, Tom Glavine, if David had any chance of winning. Glavine responded, saying that Wright hit too many line drives to win a home run competition. The Met's thirdbaseman proved him wrong. Wright's 16 homers were the third most home-runs ever hit in one round- Abreu (24 in 2005) and Ortiz (17 in 2005)

Anyway, the top four (the ones I highlighted ) advanced.

Unlike the previous Derbys, contestants DO carry their home run totals of round 1 over to round 2.


David Ortiz: 3 HR ( Total: 13 HR)
Miguel Cabrera: 6 HR ( Total: 15 HR)
David Wright: 2 HR (Total 18 HR)
Ryan Howard: 10 HR (Total: 18 HR)

If not for the new rule, Wright would have been eliminated and Cabrera would have moved on.

The younger batters had the advantage here, keeping up the strength needed to continue hitting balls 400+ feet. David Wright only hit two homers, but because of his incredible performance in round 1, he advanced to the final. Ryan Howard was on a roll with his ten home runs. Teammates in the minors, David Wright and Ryan Howard were facing off in the Home Run Derby finals.

Final Round

David Wright: 4 HR
Ryan Howard 5 HR

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Ryan Howard celebrates with his bullpen coach, Ramon Henderson after winning the competition.

The slate was wiped clean, and the batters started all over again. An exhausted Wright led off with only four home runs. Ryan Howards stepped up, and before recording his 6th out, he blasted five home runs into the Pennsylvania night. His "walkoff" home run (number 5), hit a big "Hit It Here" MasterCard sign in right field. Of the 87 home runs hit on the night, the last one hit the sign. Quite dramatic. Philadelphia's Ryan Howard won the trophy, and his first Home Run Derby contest.

Now the players gear up for tomorrow's All Star Game!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Yankees Welcome the All-Star Break

Game date- 7/09/06

Devil Rays- 7, Yankees- 6

W- Corcoran (4-0)
L- Proctor (2-2)
S- Meadows (5)

Yankee starter, Kris Wilson, failed to pitch more then three innings on Sunday.

Yankees Starting Lineup:

LF- Cabrera, 1-4 (1B, BB, R)
SS- Jeter, 2-4 (1B, 1B, HBP, R)
DH- Giambi, 1-4 ( BB, R, 4 RBI, grand slam HR [27] )
3B- Rodriguez, 0-4
CF- Williams, 2-4 ( 1B, 2B, R)
1B- Phillips, 1-4 (1B)
2B- Cairo, 1-3 (1B)
RF- Thompson, 0-4
C- Stinnet, 0-2 (BB, R)

Other Yankee Batters:

CF- Damon, 0-1 (SB)
C- Posada, 0-1

Yankee Pitchers:

Wilson- 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, 2.2IP
Villone- 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, 3IP
Myers- .1IP
Proctor- 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K, IP
Farnsworth- H, IP


Today was not a good day for the NY pitchers. Wilson couldn't make it out of the third, Villone was tagged for two runs, and Proctor blew the lead, picking up his second loss of the season. The Yankees gladly welcome the All Star break which will give their over-used pitchers a chance to rest. But New York still has to decide what to do with the number 5 spot, Chacon doesn't work and Wilson is just as bad. The Yanks will probably try to go out and get someone ( Pineiro? Vargas? Hernandez?) during this four-day off period.

Jason Giambi's grand slam seemed to seal the victory for the Yankees but their pitching just couldn't hold up. Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter each had two hits.

Yankees Win Fourth Straight

Game date- 7/08/06

Yankees- 5, Devil Rays- 1

W- Wang (9-4)
L- Kazmir (10-6)

Johnny Damon smacks a two-run triple to left field in the seventh inning of Saturday's ballgame.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

LF- Cabrera, 3-5 (1B, 1B, 2B, R, RBI)
SS- Jeter, 1-4 (1B, BB, R, RBI)
DH- Giambi, 0-3
3B- Rodriguez, 0-3 (2BB)
C- Posada, 1-4 (1B, BB, RBI)
CF- Williams, 1-2 (1B, 2BB)
1B- Phillips, 1-5 (1B, R)
2B- Cairo, 1-5 (1B, R)
RF- Thompson, 2-3 (1B, 1B, SB, sac bunt)

Other Yankee Batters:

DH- Damon, 1-2 (3B, 2 RBI, R)
CF- Crosby, 0-1

Yankee Pitchers:

Wang- 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, 8.1IP
Farnsworth- K, .2IP


Chien Ming Wang was excellent tonight, pitching into the ninth inning and surrendering only one run. His sinker was working wonderfully, as he recorded 14 groundball outs.

Melky Cabrera, Derek Jeter, and Jorge Posada each hit RBI singles, but Johnny Damon's two-run triple opened up the ballgame. Cabrera had three hits, and right-fielder, Kevin Thompson had two.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Wright Pitches a Masterpiece in Tampa Bay

Game date- 7/08/06

Yankees- 1, Devil Rays- 0

W- Wright (5-5)
L- Seo (2-6)
S- Rivera (19)

Yankee pitcher, Jaret Wright, struck out ten Tampa Bay batters, Friday night.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

LF- Cabrera, 0-3 (BB)
SS- Jeter, 0-4
DH- Giambi, 1-4 (1B)
3B- Rodriguez, 0-4
C- Posada, 0-4
RF- Williams, 2-3 (1B, 2B, RBI)
1B- Phillips, 0-3
2B- Cairo, 0-3
CF- Crosby, 0-3

Yankee Pitchers:

Wright- 4H, 0R, 10K, 6IP
Proctor- 2K, IP
Farnsworth- IP
Rivera- 2K, IP


Jaret Wright pitched one incredible ballgame tonight. Probably his best as a Yankee. He didn't allow a run or a walk in his six innings of work. He also struck out a season-high, ten batters. Proctor, Farnsworth, and Rivera were equally effective in their three innings of work, striking out a combined four batters.

The Yankee bats were very quiet tonight against Tampa Bay's Jae Soe. Bernie Williams had the only RBI ( plus a single and a double).

Friday, July 07, 2006

Randy Johnson Scalps Indians

Game date- 7/06/06

Yankees- 10, Indians- 4

W- Johnson (10-7)
L- Lee ( 8-6)

Derek Jeter hits an RBI single to center field, scoring Miguel Cairo.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

LF- Cabrera, 1-4 ( 1B, BB, 2R, RBI)
SS- Jeter, 3-4 ( 1B, 1B, 2B, sac fly, R, 3 RBI)
DH- Giambi, 1-4 ( sac fly, R, 3 RBI, 2-run HR [26] )
3B- Rodriguez, 2-4 ( 1B, 1B, BB)
C- Posada, 0-5
CF- Williams, 1-4 (1B)
1B- Phillips, 1-5 (1B, R)
RF- Guiel, 1-3 ( BB, 1B, 3R)
2B- Cairo, 3-4 ( 1B, 1B, 1B, 2R, RBI)

Yankee Pitchers:

Johnson- 7H, 4R, 3ER, 5K, 7.2IP
Beam- K, 1.1IP


Randy Johnson stepped up big tonight, pitvhing into the eighth inning. Not only did he shut down the Cleveland bats, but he gave the Yankee pen a chance to rest. The Big Unit struck out 5 and walk no one.

Jason Giambi's two-run homer in the 4th inning jump-started the Yankee offense. Derek Jeter went 3 for 4, driving in 3 runs. Melky Cabrera and Miguel Cairo each drove in one run. Aaron Gueil made his Yankee debut, one day after New York claimed him off waivers from Kansas City. He went 1 for 3 with 3 runs scored. Johnny Damon had the night off, but is expected to return to the lineup soon.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Melky Slams Aside the Indians

Game date- 7/05/06

Yankees- 11, Indians- 3

W- Mussina (10-3)
L- Byrd (6-6)

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Melky Cabrera watches his first career grand slam homer sail over the left-field fence in Cleveland.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 0-1
SS- Jeter, 2-4 (1B, 1B, sac fly, R, 2 SB, RBI)
DH- Giambi, 0-5
3B- Rodriguez, 1-5 (1B, R, SB, RBI)
C- Posada, 2-5 ( 1B, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
RF- Williams, 1-5 (2B, R)
1B- Phillips, 1-4 ( 1B, SB, 2R)
LF- Cabrera, 3-5 ( 1B, 2B, 2R, 5 RBI, grand slam HR [3] )
2B- Cairo, 2-4 ( 1B, 3B, 2 SB, 2R, RBI)

Other Yankee Batters:

CF- Crsoby, 1-4 ( 1B, R, RBI)

Yankee Pitchers:

Mussina- 6H, 3R, BB, 4K, 6IP
Wilson- K, 2IP
Rivera- H, IP


Mike Mussina delivered a much-needed quality start for the New York Yankees, pitching 6 strong innings. The Yankee bullpen has been very overworked in the past several days, so this start really helped the Yankees. With his tenth win, Mike Mussina becomes the first American League pitcher in history to win at least 10 games for 15 straight years. Kris Wilson, who the Yankees had just called up from Triple-A Columbus, pitched two perfect innings, and may be headed to an official start on Sunday ( instead of Chacon). Because he hadn't pitched in four days, Mariano Rivera closed the ninth inning.

Melky Cabrera had a huge offensive night, driving in a career-high 5 runs. It took Derek Jeter over 10 years to hit his first career grand slam, but Melky Cabrera got that problem out of the way tonight. Cabrera also singled home a runner, and scored two runs himself. Jorge Posada had a two-run double, Rodriguez had an RBI-single, and Cairo had an RBI-triple. Derek Jeter extended his season-high hitting streak to 11 games.

Johnny Damon left the game due to some soreness in his right oblique muscle, but is not expected to miss tomorrow's game.