Sunday, April 30, 2006

Top Yankee Players of April 2006

The following are the top four New York Yankee players of April 2006 (according to me).

1. Derek Jeter

3 home runs
35 hits
20 runs batted in
19 runs scored
9 doubles
3 stolen bases
20 walks
.398 batting average
.505 on-base percentage
.648 slugging percentage
.988 fielding percentage



2. Jason Giambi


9 home runs
21 hits
27 runs batted in
17 runs scored
4 doubles
26 walks
.345 batting average
.554 on-base percentage
.852 slugging percentage




3. Mike Mussina


4 wins
6 games
39 innings pitched
2.38 earned run average
37 strikeouts




4. Johnny Damon

3 home runs
29 hits
9 doubles
13 runs batted in
22 runs scored
7 stolen bases
15 walks
.312 batting average
.400 on-base percentage
.505 slugging percentage
1.000 fielding percentage


Any thoughts?

Top Yankee Stats for April

-Jason Giambi has 27 RBIs, which leads the American League (Derek Jeter is also in the top ten with 20 RBIs).

-Jason Giambi also leads the league with a .554 on-base percentage; Derek Jeter is second with a .505 OBP.

-Jason Giambi leads the American League with an .852 slugging percentage.


- Jason Giambi leads the league with 26 walks ( Jeter is fourth with 20 walks).

-Jason Giambi has 9 home runs, the fifth most in the American League ( two home runs behind the league-leader).

-Johnny Damon leads the league with 7 stolen bases (tied with three other players).

-Johnny Damon and Alex Rodriguez are third in the league with 22 runs scored each ( Derek Jeter is also among the league-leaders with 19 runs scored.)

-Derek Jeter batted .398 over the month of April, the second best batting average in the majors. ( Giambi and Sheffield were also in the top 15 with batting averages of .345 and .341 respectively.)

-Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon both have 9 doubles this month, tied for third most in the league.

-Randy Johnson and Mike Mussina top the league with four wins each ( tie with 5 other pitchers).


-Mike Mussina has the third lowest ERA in the American League ( 2.31 ERA).

-Mike Mussina is second in the league with 37 strikeouts.

-Mariano Rivera is fourth in the league with 4 saves over the month of April.


-Yankee's Record: 13 wins- 10 losses, 1st place in the American League East

Last year's record: 10 wins, 14 losses, 4th place in the American League East ( 7 games behind)

Yankees Win Third Straight Series, Ending Homestand

Game date- 4/30/06

Blue Jays- 1, Yankees- 4

W- Mussina (4-1)
L- Chacin (4-1)
S- Rivera (4)



















Yankee manager, Joe Torre, argues with home plate umpire, Adam Dowdy, after he was ejected in the fifth inning.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 3-4 ( 1B, 1B, 2B, SB, R)
SS- Jeter, 2-3 ( 1B, 2B, BB, R)
DH- Giambi, 1-3 ( R, BB, 2RBI, 2-run HR [9] )
3B- Rodriguez, 0-3 ( RBI, R, BB)
LF- Matsui, 1-4 (2B)
C- Posada, 1-3 (1B, BB)
RF- Williams, 0-3
1B- Phillips, 1-4 ( R, RBI, solo HR [1] )
2B- Cairo, 0-3

Yankee Pitchers:

Mussina- 7H, R, 2BB, 7K, 6IP
Farnsworth- 2H, 3K, 1.2IP
Rivera- 1.1IP

Notes:

Mussina pitched his fifth straight solid start, going seven innings and giving up only one run. He did give up seven hits and two walks ( which placed him in a lot of jams) , but he just pitched around them. Farnsworth was very impressive, striking out three batters and lowering his ERA to .289. Mariano Rivera recorded his second save in two consecutive games.

Andy Phillips hit his first home run of the season (third of his career) to tie the game in the fifth. Jason Giambi hit a two-out, two-run home run to left field in the seventh inning.

Yankee manager, Joe Torre, and Blue Jay manager, John Gibbons, were ejected after arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Yankees Tear through Toronto's Pitching Staff

Game date- 4/29/06

Blue Jays- 6, Yankees- 17

W- Johnson ( 4-2)
L- Towers (0-5)














New York's Johnny Damon waves to the crowd at Yankee Stadium after hitting his second home run of the game.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 3-5 ( 1B, BB, SB, 5R, 3RBI, 2-run HR, solo HR [3])
SS- Jeter, 0-4 (BB, RBI)
RF- Sheffield, 3-3 ( 1B, 1B, 1B, BB, SB, 2R, 2RBI)
3B- Rodriguez, 0-4 ( 2BB, 3R, RBI)
1B- Giambi, 2-3 ( 1B, 2BB, R, 4RBI, 3-run HR [8] )
LF- Matsui, 1-5 ( 2B, RBI)
C- Posada, 2-4 ( 1B, BB, 2R, 2RBI, solo HR [3] )
2B- Cano, 1-5 (2B, RBI)
DH- Williams, 1-4 ( 1B, BB, 2R)

Other Yankee Batters:

SS- Cairo, 1-1 (1B, RBI)
RF- Crosby, 1-2 (2B, R)
1B- Phillips, 0-1 (R)

Yankee Pitching:

Johnson- 6H, 6R, 4BB, 2K, 5IP
Sturze- K, 1.2IP
Villone- K, 1.1IP
Smith- K, IP

Notes:

Randy Johnson was very, very shaky through his five innings of work. Every time it looked like he was steadying himself, he'd throw a bad pitch. He walked a season high four batters and gave up 6 runs. Johnson's ERA has climbed to 4.71.

The rest of the Yankee pitching ( Sturze, Villone, and Smith) were perfect, pitching four scoreless innings.

Johnny Damon had a brilliant day with two home runs, three RBIs, a walk, a stolen base, and a season-high five runs scored!

Gary Sheffield also had a great day, but had to leave in the fifth inning after colliding with Toronto's firstbaseman, Shea Hillenbrand. The incident happened when the Yanks had the bases loaded and Sheffield hit a slow-rolling ball to Toronto's secondbaseman. Trying to get an infield hit, Sheffield flew down the line and crashed into Hillenbrand who was attempting to catch the ball. Sheffield has bruises on his wrist and knee, but he is expected to play tomorrow.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Yankees Strand 18 Men on Base, Fall to Toronto

Game date- 4/28/06

Blue Jays- 7, Yankees- 2

W- Halladay (3-1)
L- Wright ( 0-2)
















New York's Jaret Wright pitches five decent innings against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 1-4 ( 1B, BB)
SS- Jeter, 2-5 ( 1B, 1B)
DH- Sheffield, 1-4 (1B)
3B- Rodriguez, 1-4 (1B)
1B- Giambi, 1-3 (1B, BB)
LF- Matsui, 1-2 (1B, 2BB)
RF- Williams, 1-4 ( R, 2RBI, 2-run HR [1] )
2B- Cano, 0-4
C- Stinnet, 1-2 (1B)

Other Yankee Batters:

C- Posada, 1-2 (1B)

Yankee Pitchers:

Wright- 6H, 4R, 4BB, 5IP
Proctor- H, R, 2K, 3IP
Sturze- 3H, 2R, IP

Notes:

Jaret Wright did not pitch that poorly; he managed to keep the Yankees in the game for the first five innings. Scott Proctor gave up a three-run home run in relief; Sturze also gave up a home run.

The Yankees had ten hits and four walks but failed to cash in on them. The Yankees scored their only runs on Bernie Williams' two-run home run in the sixth inning.

Aaron Small will return from to the team tomorrow, supporting either the bullpen or the back end of the starting rotation.

New York's Strong Pitching Moves them to Second Place in the American League East Division

Game date- 4/27/06

Devil Rays- 1, Yankees- 4

W- Chacon (3-1)
L- Hendrickson (1-1)
S- Rivera (3)
















New York's Johnny Damon slides safely into home plate, scoring on a double by Derek Jeter.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

DH- Damon, 0-3 (BB, R)
SS- Jeter, ( 1B, 1B, 2B, BB, RBI, R)
RF- Sheffield, 0-4 (R)
3B- Rodriguez, 1-3 (2B, R, BB)
1B- Giambi, 0-2 (HBP, RBI)
LF- Matsui, 1-4 ( 1B, 2RBI)
C- Posada, 0-3
2B- Cano, 0-3
CF- Williams, 0-3

Other Yankee Batters:

1B- Phillips, 0-1

Yankee Pitchers:

Chacon- 4H, R, 2BB, 3K, 6.1IP
Myers- H, K, IP
Farnsworth- H, K, .2IP
Sturze- H, 0IP
Rivera- IP

Notes:

Shawn Chacon pitched another great game, allowing only one run on four hits over 6 and a third innings pitched. Mariano Rivera picked up his third save of the season after getting a loss during last night's game. The Yankee's pitching staff has allowed fewer runs, home runs, and walks than any other pitching staff this season!

Derek Jeter went 3 for 3, driving in a run with an RBI double in the 7th. Jeter is now batting .408, the second best batting average in the majors ( after Miguel Tejeda).

Hideki Matsui broke his 4 for 38 slump with a two-run, tie-breaking single in the sixth inning.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Yankees Fall to the D'Rays after Ten Innings

Game date- 4/26/06

(10 innings) Devil Rays- 4, Yankees- 2

W- Orvella (1-1)
L- Rivera (0-2)
S- Camp (2)























New York's Chien Ming Wang pitches seven strong innings in a Yankee loss to Tampa Bay.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

DH- Damon, 1-3 ( 1B, 2BB, sac bunt, R, 3 SB)
SS- Jeter, 1-4 (1B, 2BB)
RF- Sheffield, 1-5 ( 2RBI, R, BB, 2-run HR [4] )
3B- Rodriguez, 0-4 (BB, SB)
1B- Giambi, 0-1 (4BB)
LF- Matsui, 0-4 (BB)
C- Posada, 0-4 (BB)
2B- Cano, 2-4 (1B, 1B, BB)
CF- Crosby, 1-2 ( 1B, SB, sac bunt, BB)

Other Yankee Batters:

PH- Williams, 0-1

Yankee Pitchers:

Wang- 3H, 2R, 3BB, 3K, 7IP
Farnsworth- 2K, IP
Rivera- 4H, 2R, 2BB, 2K, 2IP

Notes:

Chien Ming Wang pitched very well through the first seven innings of the game.

The Yankees gathered 14 walks but failed to score more than 2 runs in the game.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Captain Leads His Team to Victory over the D'Rays

Game date- 4/25/06

Devil Rays- 1, Yankees- 9

W- Mussina (3-1)
L- Kazmir (2-2)



















Yankee captain, Derek Jeter celebrates with third base coach, Larry Bowa, after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

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

Yankee Pitchers:

Mussina- 4H, R, 7K, 6IP
Sturze- IP
Villone- K, H, IP
Proctor- 2K, IP

Notes:

Derek Jeter lead the Yankee offense tonight, going 3 for 5 with a two-run home run to right field. Jeter is now batting an astounding .391, which is the second highest batting average in the major leagues.

Mike Mussina pitched very well for the fifth time in a row, going six strong innings.

The Yankees had 13 hits tonight; Jorge Posada was the only Yankee batter without a hit.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Randy Johnson is Dominate, Yankees Win Series against Baltimore

Game date- 4/23/06

Orioles- 1, Yankees- 7

W- Johnson (3-2)
L- Chen (0-3)



















New York's designated hitter, Jason Giambi hits his second home run of the game.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 1-4 (1B, R)
SS- Jeter, 3-4 ( 1B, 1B, 2B, R)
RF- Sheffield, 2-3 ( 1B, 1B, BB)
3B- Rodriguez, 0-2 ( BB, 2R, sac fly, RBI)
DH- Giambi, 3-4 ( 2B, 2R, 5 RBI, solo HR [6], 2-run HR [7] )
LF- Matsui, 0-4
C- Posada, 1-3 (1B, BB, R)
2B- Cano, 2-4 ( 1B, 1B)
1B- Phillips, 1-4 ( 1B, RBI)

Other Yankee Batters:

CF- Crosby, 0-1

Yankee Pitchers:

Johnson- 3H, R, BB, 5K, 8IP
Rivera- H, K, IP

Notes:

Coming off of a terrible start against the Blue Jays, Randy Johnson looked great. He pitched 8 solid innings, giving up only one run on three hits ( all hits by Miguel Tejeda).

Jason Giambi had a great afternoon, hitting two home runs and batting in 5 runs.

The Yankees' pitching is the second best in the majors so far this season; New York has only given up 71 runs.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Shawn Chacon is Fabulous, Yankees Beat Baltimore

Game date- 4/22/06

Orioles- 1, Yankees- 6

W- Chacon (2-1)
L- Cabrera (1-2)


















New York's Shawn Chacon pitches seven strong innings against the Baltimore Orioles.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 1-5 (1B, RBI)
SS- Jeter, 1-3 ( 1B, BB, 2RBI)
DH- Sheffield, 1-3 (1B, BB, R)
3B- Rodriguez, 2-4 (1B, 1B, 2R)
1B- Giambi, 0-0 ( 3BB)
LF- Matsui, 1-4 (2B, R, 2RBI)
RF- Williams, 0-2 ( sac fly, RBI)
2B- Cano, 1-2 (1B, 2BB, R)
C- Stinnet, 0-3 (sac bunt)

Other Yankee Batters-

RF- Crosby, 0-1 ( R)
1B- Phillips, 0-1

Yankee Pitching:

Chacon- 4H, R, 3BB, 3K, 7IP
Farnsworth- 2H, 2K, IP
Villone- K, IP

Notes:

Shawn Chacon was awesome today, giving up only one run on four hits in seven innings pitched.

Hideki Matsui had a big 2 run-double in the sixth inning. Jeter also had two RBIs; he now leads the Yankees with 15 RBIs on the season.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Yanks Come Close, But Fall Just Short of Victory

Game date- 4/21/06

Orioles- 6, Yankees- 5

W- Benson (2-2)
L- Wang (1-1)
S- Ray (6)



















Alex Rodriguez reacts after striking out with runners on in the third inning.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 1-5 ( 1B, R)
SS- Jeter, 2-3 ( 1B, 3B, 2BB, R)
RF- Sheffield, 3-5 (1B, 1B, 1B, RBI)
3B- Rodriguez, 1-5 ( 1B, RBI)
DH- Giambi, 0-4 (BB)
LF- Matsui, 2-3 ( 1B, 2B, 2R, 2BB)
C- Posada, 2-4 (1B, 2B, RBI)
2B- Cano, 1-4 ( R, 2RBI, 2-run HR [2] )
1B- Phillips, 0-2

Other Yankee Batters:

PH- Williams, 0-0 (BB)
1B- Cairo, 0-1

Yankee Pitching:

Wang- 8H, 6R, 2BB, K, 5.1IP
Proctor- 2H, 2BB, K, 2.1IP
Myers- .1IP
Sturze- 2K, IP

Notes:

The Yankees pounded out 12 hits ( four for extra bases), but fell just short of a win. Sheffield continued his hot hitting with three hits; he is now batting .344. Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, and Hideki Matsui all had two hits each.

Chien Ming Wang struggled, giving up all six runs in just 5 and a third innings pitched; Wang picked up his first loss of the season.

In the bottom of the ninth, two runners were on (Jeter walked and Sheffield singled) with just one out. Alex Rodriguez struck out swinging for the second time in the game (he also hit into a double play). Jason Giambi then drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases. Hideki Matsui got up and worked the count full, but struck out looking at a pitch on the outside corner of the plate.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Mussina Shines, Yankees Split Series with Toronto

Game date- 4/19/06

Yankees- 3, Blue Jays- 1

W- Mussina (2-1)
L- Lilly (1-1)
S- Rivera (2)














New York's Mike Mussina strikes out 7 batters in his victory against the Blue Jays.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 0-3 (2BB)
SS- Jeter, 0-4 (BB, SB)
RF- Sheffield, 2-4 (1B, 1B, HBP, SB)
3B- Rodriguez, 1-2 ( 2R, RBI, 3BB, solo HR [5] )
DH- Giambi, 0-3 (HBP)
LF-Matsui, 1-5 ( 1B, R)
C- Posada, 2-5 ( 1B, 1B, RBI)
2B- Cano, 2-4 (1B, 1B)
1B- Phillips, 1-3 (BB, 1B)

Other Yankee Batters:

DH- Williams, 0-1

Yankee Pitchers:

Mussina- 7H, R, 7K, 7.1IP
Farnsworth- .2IP
Rivera- K, IP

Notes:

Mike Mussina was awesome today, pitching into th 7 and a third strong innings. He gave up only one run on 7 hits and no walks. Mussina also struck out a season-high 7 batters.

Alex Rodriguez hit his fifth homer today; Rodriguez has now homered in his last three games.

Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to 9 games, going 2 for 4 this afternoon.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Randy Johnson is Rocked by Toronto

Game date- 4/18/06

Yankees- 5, Blue Jays- 10

W- Chacin (3-0)
L- Johnson (2-2)



















Randy Johnson leaves the game in the fourth inning, after giving up 7 earned runs.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 0-5
SS- Jeter, 2-3 ( 2B, 3B, R, BB, RBI)
RF- Sheffield, 2-3 ( 1B, 1B, R, RBI, BB)
3B- Rodriguez, 1-4 ( R, 2RBI, 2-run HR [4] )
1B- Giambi, 1-3 ( BB, R, RBI, solo HR [5] )
DH- Matsui, 0-4
LF- Williams, 1-4 (1B)
2B- Cano, 1-4 (1B, R)
C- Stinnet, 1-2 (2B)

Other Yankee Batters:

C- Posada, 1-2 (1B)

Yankee Pitchers:

Johnson- 9H, 7R, 2BB, 2K, 3.1IP
Proctor- H, R, 2BB, 3K, 2.2IP
Chacon- 2H, 2R (one unearned), K, IP
Smith- IP

Notes:

Randy Johnson was beaten up by the Blue Jays, allowing 7 earned runs on 9 hits! Johnson had a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the first, but could not hold on.

Alex Rodriguez had his fourth homer of the year (a two-run shot), and Jason Giambi had his fifth homer (a solo shot).

Johnny Damon was magnificent in center field tonight, making some incredible catches. Twice, he robbed Vernon Wells of an extra-base hit by slamming into the outfield wall to make the catch.

This game was one of the worst Yankee games I have ever watched. The pitching was horrendous- the Yanks giving up a total of 10 runs. The offense sagged- the Yankees left 10 runners on base and hit into 2 rally-crushing double plays. Even the defense wasn't great- Giambi making a terrible throw which enabled a runner to score and Sheffield dropping a fly ball (the runner eventually came around to score).

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Wang's Career Performance Leads Yanks Over Twins

Game date- 4/16/06

Yankees- 9, Twins- 3

W- Wang (1-0)
L- Radke (2-1)


















New York's Jason Giambi hits his first of two home runs off of Minnesota pitching.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

DH- Damon, 3-5 (1B, 1B, 1B, R)
SS- Jeter, 2-5 (1B, 2B, 2R)
RF- Sheffield, 3-4 (1B, 1B, 2B, 2RBI)
3B- Rodriguez, 3-5 ( 1B, 2B, 2R, 2RBI, 2-run HR [3] )
1B- Giambi, 3-4 ( 1B, 2R, 3RBI, 2-run HR [3], solo HR [4] )

LF- Matsui, 1-3 ( 2B, R, BB)
C- Posada, 0-4
2B- Cano, 2-5 ( 1B, R, 2RBI, solo HR [1] )
CF- Williams, 0-4

Other Yankee Batters:

1B- Phillips, 0-0 (BB)
LF- Crosby, 0-1

Yankee Pitchers:

Wang- 7H, 2R ( one unearned), 8K, 7IP
Chacon- 2H, R, BB, K, .2IP
Myers- H, K, .1IP
Villone- H, BB, IP

Notes:

Chien-Ming Wang pitched brilliantly through seven innings, with a career-high 8 strikeouts. Wang gave up only one earned run on 7 hits.

The Yankees batters were on fire this afternoon, driving in 9 runs on 17 hits!

Jason Giambi had two monster home runs; he now leads the Yankees with four home runs total. Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano also went yard.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Mariano Rivera Blows the Game in the Ninth

Game date- 4/15/06

Twins- 6, Yankees- 5

W- Rincon (1-0)
L- Rivera (0-1)












Derek Jeter slides in to second base safely, with a fifth-inning double.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 1-4 (2B, R, RBI, BB, SB)
SS- Jeter, 3-3 ( 1B, 1B, 2B, R, 3RBI, BB, sac bunt)
RF- Sheffield, 2-5 (1B, 1B, SB)
3B- Rodriguez, 1-4 (1B, RBI, SB, BB)
LF- Matsui, 0-4
C- Posada, 1-4 (2B)
DH- Phillips, 0-4
2B- Cano, 2-4 (1B, 1B, 2R)
1B- Cairo, 1-4 ( 2B, R)

Yankee Pitching:

Wright- 8H, 4R ( one unearned), BB, K, 3IP
Proctor- 2H, 2BB, 2K, 3.1IP
Myers- .1IP
Farnsworth- BB, K, .2IP
Rivera- 3H, 2R, 2K, 1.1IP

Notes:

Jaret Wright was pretty miserable through his three innings of work, giving up 8 hits and four runs. He threw 70-80 pitches and was pulled in the fourth inning.

The Yankees down 4 to 0, Scott Proctor replaced Wright and pitched 3 and a third masterful innings, giving the Yanks a chance to come back.

Derek Jeter had three hits tonight, one was a two-run single which gave the Yanks a 5 to 4 lead.

Mariano Rivera blew his first save of the season, giving up two runs in the bottom of the ninth. With runners on second and third (two outs), he gave up a two-run, game-winning single.

The Yankees did manage to get 11 hits off Johann Santana and the Twins bullpen.

Mussina's Strong Effort Spoiled by New York's Lack of Offense

Game date- 4/14/06

Yankees- 1, Twins- 5

W- Baker (1-1)
L- Mussina (1-1)

















Jorge Posada disagrees with the umpire after being called out at home plate. Replays later showed that Posada was indeed safe.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 1-4 (2B)
SS- Jeter, 0-4 ( RBI ground-out)
DH- Sheffield, 0-4
3B- Rodriguez, 0-4
1B- Giambi, 0-2 (BB)
LF- Matsui, 0-3
C- Posada, 1-2 ( 1B, BB)
2B- Cano, 2-3 ( 1B, 1B, R)
RF- Williams, 0-3

Yankee Pitching:

Mussina- 6H, 3R, 2BB, 5K, 6.2IP
Sturze- BB, .1IP
Smith- .1IP
Farnsworth- 3H, 2R, BB, .2IP

Notes:

Mussina pitched well, but got no offensive support. The Yankees only threatened once- runners on first and second with no outs- but Bernie Williams hit into a double-play and Johnny Damon grounded out.

Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui snapped their hitting streaks going a combined 0-7 for the night.

Pitcher Matt Smith was called up from Oklahoma to be a relief pitcher for New York. He made his major league debut, facing only one batter ( successfully recording the out).

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Damon Hits His First Yankee Homer as New York Sweeps Kansas City

Game date- 4/13/06

Royals- 3, Yankees- 9

W- Johnson (2-1)
L- Bautista (0-1)

















New Yankee, Johnny Damon, watches his eighth inning, three-run home run travel to the upper deck in Yankee Stadium.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 1-4 ( R, 4RBI, sac fly, 3-run HR [1] )
SS- Jeter, 1-5 (1B)
RF- Sheffield, 1-5 (R, RBI, solo HR [3] )
3B- Rodriguez, 1-3 (2BB, 2B, 2R, 2RBI )
1B- Giambi, 2-3 (1B, HBP, 2R, 2RBI, 2-run HR [2] )
LF- Matsui, 1-3 (1B, BB, R)
DH- Williams, 3-4 (1B, 1B, 1B, 2R, RBI )
2B- Cano, 1-4 (1B, RBI)
C- Stinnet, 1-2 (1B, BB, R, sac bunt)

Yankee Pitching:

Johnson- 4H, R, 5K, 5IP
Proctor- 2H, 1.1IP
Myers- H, K, .2IP
Sturze- H, R, K, IP
Villone- 2H, R, BB, IP

Notes:

Randy Johnson pitched masterfully for the third time this season, striking out five batters and allowing no walks.

Sheffield hit a solo home run in the first inning to give the Yankees a lead they would not lose.

Matsui extended his hitting streak to 16 games ( 7 games last year, 9 this year), and Jeter extended his streak to 11 games ( 2 last year, 9 this year).

The Yankees sweep the Kansas City Royals and move over the .500 mark with a 5-4 record.

Yankees Walk All Over Royals

Game date- 4/12/06

Royals- 5, Yankees- 12

W- Chacon (1-1)
L- Affeldt (0-1)



















Yankee Shawn Chacon pitches six innings and picks up his first win of the season.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 2-4 ( 1B, 1B, BB, RBI, 2R)
SS- Jeter, 1-3 ( 1B, 2BB, 3R, RBI)
DH- Sheffield, 3-5 ( 1B, 1B, 2R, 4RBI, 3-run HR [2] )
3B- Rodriguez, 1-4 ( 1B, SB, BB, 2R)
1B- Giambi, 2-4 ( BB, 2B, 2B, 2RBI)
LF- Matsui, 1-4 (1B, BB, R)
C- Posada, 2-4 ( 1B, 1B, BB, R, RBI )
RF- Williams, 1-5 (1B)
2B- Cairo, 2-4 ( 1B, 1B, SB, BB, RBI, R)

Yankee Pitching:

Chacon- 7H, 5R, 2BB, 5K, 6IP
Myers- IP
Farnsworth- BB, IP
Villone- K, IP

Notes:

Every Yankee had at least one hit- Sheffield had three hits; Damon, Giambi, Posada, and Cairo had two hits each. The Yankees gathered a total of 15 hits.

Gary Sheffield broke out of a slump, crushing a three-run home run in the first inning ( Sheffield had a total of four RBIs).

Shawn Chacon pitched six shaky innings ( giving up five runs ), but still earned the win.

Jeter's Blast Leads New York over Kansas City

Game date- 4/11/06

Royals- 7, Yankees- 9

W- Proctor (1-1)
L- Sisco (0-1)
S- Rivera (1)















Yankee captain, Derek Jeter, hits a game-winning 3-run homer off of Kansas City's Andrew Sisco.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 1-3 (2B, BB, 2R)
SS- Jeter, 1-4 ( R, 3RBI, BB, GW 3-run HR [2] )
RF- Sheffield, 0-5
3B- Rodriguez, 0-2 ( 2BB, R)
1B- Giambi, 1-1 ( 2R, 3RBI, 3BB, 3-run HR [1] )
LF- Matsui, 1-3 (1B, BB, R, RBI)
C- Posada, 1-3 (1B, BB)
2B- Cano, 1-4 (1B, R, RBI)
DH- Damon, 2-4 ( 1B, 1B, RBI, R)

Yankee Pitching:

Wang- 8H, 5R, 2BB, K, 6IP
Sturze- 3H, 2R, K, .1IP
Myers- K, .2IP
Proctor- BB, K, IP
Rivera- H, K, IP

Notes:

Jason Giambi hit a three-run home run in the first inning off of Joe Mays; it was Giambi's first home run of the season.

With the Yankees down by one run in the bottom of the eighth (with two outs), Derek Jeter hit a game-winning 3-run home run to left field.

Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless inning, picking up his first save of the season.

Yankees Pound Out 15 Hits and Finally Beat the Angels

Game date- 4/09/06

Yankees- 10, Angels- 1

W- Mussina (1-0)
L- Colon (0-1)















Jorge Posada is congratulated by a teammate after hitting a three-run home run off of Bartolo Colon.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 1-4 ( 1B, SB, BB)
SS- Jeter, 1-5 ( 2B, RBI)
RF- Sheffield, 0-4
3B- Rodriguez, 3-5 ( 1B, 1B, RBI, 2R, soloHR [2] )
DH- Giambi, 1-2 ( 1B, 2R, 3BB)
LF- Matsui, 2-5 ( 1B, 1B, 2R, RBI)
C- Posada, 3-4 ( 1B, 2B, 3R, BB, 5RBI, 3-run HR [1], solo HR [2] )
2B- Cano, 3-5 ( 1B, 1B, 2B, R, RBI )
1B- Cairo, 0-4

Other Yankee Batters:

RF- Williams, 1-1 (2B)
1B- Phillips, 0-1
CF- Crosby, 0-1

Yankee Pitching:

Mussina- 5H, R, 2BB, 5K, 6IP
Farnsworth- 2K, IP
Proctor- K, IP
Rivera- H, IP

Notes:

Mussina was fabulous, striking out five batters over six innings of work.

The Yankee's offense returned as Posada belted two home runs and A-Rod hit a solo blast.

Yankees Continue to Struggle Offensively

Game date- 4/08/06

Yankees- 3, Angels- 4

W- Santana (1-0)
L- Johnson (0-1)



















Derek Jeter rounds the bases in the first inning, after belting a solo home run off of Ervin Santana.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 0-4
SS- Jeter, 1-3 ( R, RBI, BB, solo-HR [1] )
RF- Sheffield, 2-4 (1B, 2B)
3B- Rodriguez, 0-3 (BB)
1B- Giambi, 0-3 (BB)
LF- Matsui, 1-4 (R, RBI, solo-HR [3] )
DH- Posada, 0-4
2B- Cano, 1-4 (1B)
C- Stinnet, 0-3

Yankee Pitching:

Johnson- 7H, 3R, 8K, 8IP

Notes:

Randy Johnson pitched very well, but received very little offensive support.

Derek Jeter belted his first home run of the season, and Matsui hit his third.

Yankee Bats Slump, Fall to the Angels

Game date- 4/07/06

Yankees- 1, Angels- 4

W- Escobar (1-0)
L- Chacon (0-1)



















Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 1-3 (2B, BB, RBI, R)
SS- Jeter, 2-3 (1B, 1B, SB)
RF- Sheffield, 0-4
3B- Rodriguez, 0-4
1B- Giambi, 0-4
LF- Matsui, 1-4 (1B)
C- Posada, 1-4 (1B)
2B- Cano, 0-4
DH- Williams, 1-3 (1B, BB, R)

Yankee Pitching:

Chacon- 8H, 4R, 2BB, 4K, 4.2IP
Villone- K, 1.1IP
Sturze- BB, .2IP
Myers- 1.1IP

Notes:

Chacon struggled, but the Yankee bullpen did very well. Unfortunately, the Yankee's bats were miserable throughout the game.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Vacation!

I'm gonna be on vacation for a couple of days, so I won't be able to update Baseball Mania for a little while. But I shall return.... :)

Go Yankees!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Defense is Miserable, Yanks Lose Series to Oakland

Game date- 4/05/06

Yankees- 4, Athletics- 9

W- Kennedy (1-0)
L- Wright (0-1)


















Yankees' right-fielder, Gary Sheffield, connects for a three-run home run in the third inning.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 1-4 ( 1B, R)
SS- Jeter, 1-4 ( 1B)
RF- Sheffield, 2-4 ( 1B, R, SB, 3RBI, 3run-HR [1] )
3B- Rodriguez, 0-3 (HBP)
1B- Giambi, 1-4 (1B)
LF- Matsui, 1-4 ( RBI, R, solo-HR [2] )
C- Posada, 1-4 (1B)
DH- Williams, 0-4
2B- Cano, 1-3 ( 2B, R)

Yankee Pitchers:

Wang- 7H, 4R ( 2 were unearned), 3BB, 3K, 4.2IP
Sturze- .1IP
Wright- 3H, 4R ( 3 were unearned), BB, 2K
Myers- .1IP, K
Farnsworth- H, BB, R, .1IP
Villone- .1IP

Notes:

In the fourth inning, Derek Jeter made a very costly error on a ball that should have been an inning-ending double play. Instead, no outs were recorded and the A's scored 2 unearned runs.
Later in the eighth inning, Robinson Cano committed an error which led to three more unearned runs.

The Yankee pitching wasn't that bad, giving up only four earned runs ( same as the Oakland pitching staff).

Matsui continued his hot hitting with a second inning solo-home run. Gary Sheffield belted a three-run home run in the third inning to give the Yanks an early 4-0 lead.

The Athletics win the series, two games to one. The Yanks did out-score the A's, 22 to 15.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Scott Proctor Loses Game in the Ninth

Game date- 4/04/06

Yankees- 3, Athletics- 4

W- Street
L- Proctor



















Mussina pitches seven strong innings against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday night.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 2-4 ( 1B, 2B, BB)
SS- Jeter, 1-2 ( 2B, sac bunt, 2 BB, R)
RF- Sheffield, 1-4 ( 2B, RBI, BB)
3B- Rodriguez, 2-5 ( 1B, 1B, R)
1B- Giambi, 0-2 ( 2 BB, R)
LF- Matsui, 1-4 ( 2B)
C- Posada, 1-4 ( 1B, 2RBI)
DH- Williams, 1-4 (1B)
2B- Cano, 0-4

Yankee Pitching:

Mussina- 5H, 3R, 2BB, 6K, 7IP
Myers- K, BB, .1IP
Farnsworth- .2IP
Proctor- H, R, 2BB, .1IP

Notes:

Mussina was very solid in his seven innings of work, striking out six batters but giving up two home runs ( Chavez, Swisher).

The game was tied going into the ninth, Mariano Rivera and Scott Proctor warming in the bullpen. Joe Torre went with Proctor, end of story.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Yankees Open In Grand Style

Game date- 4/03/06

Yankees- 15, Athletics- 2

W- R. Johnson (1-0)
L- Zito (0-1)



















Alex Rodriguez connects for a grand slam in his second at bat of the game.

Yankee Starting Lineup:

CF- Damon, 3-7 ( 1B, 2B, 2B, 2R, RBI)
SS- Jeter, 2-6 (1B, 1B, 2R, 2RBI, BB)
RF- Sheffield, 1-4 ( 2B, 2R, BB)
3B- Rodriguez, 3-5 ( 1B, 1B, 2R, 5RBI, BB, grand slam [1] )
1B- Giambi, 1-3 (1B, HBP, 2R, RBI, BB)
LF- Matsui, 4-4 ( 1B, 1B, 1B, 4R, 2BB, 4RBI, 3run HR [1] )
C- Posada, 0-3 ( 2HBP, BB, R)
DH- Williams, 1-5 ( 1B, R, 2RBI, BB)
2B- Cano, 2-5 ( 1B, 2B, R)

Other Yankee Batters:

1B- Phillips, 0-1
RF- Crosby, 0-1

Yankee Pitching:

R. Johnson- 7IP, 5H, R, 3K
Sturze- H, K, IP
Villone- 2H, R, K, IP

Notes:

Holy cow, what a game! Yankees bring in FIFTEEN RUNS on SEVENTEEN HITS!!!!! Alex Rodriguez crushes a grand slam in the second ining off Barry Zito, the Athletics' ace. The Yankees knocked him out after only an inning and a third of work!

Matsui tied his career high with four hits, including a three-run home run.

Every Yankee scored at least one run, and each Yankee in the starting lineup (except for Posada) had at least one hit.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

New York Yankees 25-Man Roster

The 2006 Opening Day 25-Man Roster for the New York Yankees:

-See my 2006 MLB predictions-

Derek Jeter
Position: Shortstop
Born: 06/26/1974
Birthplace: Pequannock, NJ
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
This Spring: 11 hits, 4 runs, 4 RBI, .314 BA


Robinson Cano
Position: Second Baseman
Born: 10/22/1982
Birthplace: Dominican Republic
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
This Spring: 29 hits, 10 runs, 2HR, 9 RBI, .337 BA


Jason Giambi
Position: First Baseman
Born: 01/08/1971
Birthplace: West Covina, CA
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
This Spring: 2 runs, 4 doubles, 8 walks


Alex Rodriguez
Position: Third Baseman
Born: 07/27/1975
Birthplace: New York, NY
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
This Spring: 4 runs, 3 HR, 6RBI


Andy Phillips
Position: First Baseman, Designated Hitter
Born: 04/06/1977
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, AL
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
This Spring: 10 runs, 21 hits, 1 HR, 8RBI, .323 BA


Miguel Cairo
Position: Utility Infielder
Born: 05/04/1974
Birthplace: Anaco, Venezuela
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
This Spring: 10 runs, 5 doubles, 2 HR, 3 stolen bases


Jorge Posada
Position: Catcher
Born: 08/17/1971
Birthplace: Santurce, Puerto Rico
Bats: Switch
Throws: Right
This Spring: 3 doubles, 2 HR, 9 RBI, .314 BA


Kelly Stinnet
Position: Catcher
Born: 02/04/1970
Birthplace: Lawton, OK
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
This Spring: 3 doubles, 1 HR, 3 runs


Wil Nieves *
Position: Catcher
Born: 09/25/1977
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
This Spring: 6 runs, 1 HR, 9 walks


Johnny Damon
Position: Centerfielder
Born: 11/05/1973
Birthplace: Fort Riley, KS
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
This Spring: 7 runs, 3 stoled bases, .395 BA


Hideki Matsui
Position: Leftfielder
Born: 06/12/1974
Birthplace: Kanazawa, Japan
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
This Spring: 11 runs, 3 doubles, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 9 walks


Gary Sheffield
Position: Rightfielder
Born: 11/18/1968
Birthplace: Tampa, FL
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
This Spring: 3 doubles, 1 HR, 11 RBI


Bernie Williams
Position: Centerfielder, Designated Hitter
Born: 09/13/1968
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Bats: Switch
Throws: Right
This Spring: 2 doubles, 1 HR, 5 runs


Bubba Crosby *
Position: Utility Outfielder
Born: 08/11/1976
Birthplace: Bellaire, TX
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
This Spring: 3 HR, 1 double


Shawn Chacon
Position: Starting Pitcher
Born: 12/23/1977
Birthplace: Anchorage, AK
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
This Spring: 1 win, 1 loss, 3.67 ERA, 7 games, 13 strikeouts


Randy Johnson
Position: Starting Pitcher
Born: 09/10/1963
Birthplace: Walnut Creek, CA
Bats: Right
Throws: Left
This Spring: 1 win, 2 losses, 2.96 ERA, 5 games, 24 strikeouts


Mike Mussina
Position: Starting Pitcher
Born: 12/08/1968
Birthplace: Williamsport, PA
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
This Spring: 1 win, 1 loss, 7.32 ERA, 5 games, 13 strikeouts


Chien-Ming Wang
Position: Starting Pitcher
Born: 03/31/1980
Birthplace: Tainan, Taiwan
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
This Spring: 1 win, 4.70 ERA, 5 games, 10 strikeouts


Jaret Wright
Position: Starting Pitcher
Born: 12/29/1975
Birthplace: Anaheim, CA
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
This Spring: 1 win, 1 loss, 9.26 ERA, 4 games, 6 strikeouts


Kyle Farnsworth
Position: Setup Pitcher
Born: 04/14/1976
Birthplace: Wichita, KS
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
This Spring: 3.00 ERA, 12 games, 11 strikeouts


Mike Myers
Position: Relief Pitcher
Born: 06/26/1969
Birthplace: Arlington Heights, IL
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
This Spring: 1 win, 1 loss, 3.07 ERA, 16 games, 8 strikeouts


Scott Proctor *
Position: Relief Pitcher
Born: 01/02/1977
Birthplace: Stuart, FL
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
This Spring: 1 win, 1 loss, 1.06 ERA, 6 games, 14 strikeouts


Mariano Rivera
Position: Closer
Born: 11/29/1969
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
This Spring: 1.00 ERA, 9 games, 12 strikeouts


Tanyon Sturze
Position: Relief Pitcher
Born: 10/12/1970
Birthplace: Worcester, MA
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
This Spring: 2 losses, 8.31 ERA, 9 games, 7 strikeouts


Ron Villone
Position: Relief Pitcher
Born: 01/16/1970
Birthplace: Englewood, NJ
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
This Spring: 4.61 ERA, 14 games, 6 strikeouts


* Will be replaced by Aaron Small, Octavio Dotel, and Carl Pavano who are currently on the 15-day disabled list.