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Game 85: Angels at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 07, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here are the lineups:

Damon DH
Cabrera CF
Jeter SS
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui LF
Posasa C
Abreu RF
Cano 2B
Cairo 1B
Clemens RHP (2-3, 4.26)

Willets LF
Figgins 3B
Cabrera SS
Guerrero RF
Matthews CF
Kotchman 1B
Anderson DH
Kendrick 2B
Mathis C
Lackey RHP (11-5, 3.04)

Pregame chatter: Melky Cabrera has played ever day since May 30. He has hit .344 (43 of 125) with 17 RBI and 11 extra-base hits in 34 games. The Melkman is 13 of his last 27 with seven RBI. … Ron Villone’s last five outings: 8.1 1 0 0 1 5.

This is amazing. Mariano Rivera has allowed 14 earned runs so far this season. There have been five entire seasons (’98, ’99, ’02, ’03, ’05) where he allowed 14 or fewer earned runs.

I’m in the clubhouse with the current Yankees, we have other reporters covering Old Timers’ Day. But I do have a few old-timey notes to pass along to you.

A team official came into the clubhouse to give Yogi Berra a credential. “What’s this?” Yogi said. “People know who I am.”

I also had a chance to meet Whitey Ford for the first time, which was pretty cool. I was talking to Yogi and Whitey walked by. “You know Whitey?” Yogi said. I sort of mumbled something. Then Yogi says to Whitey, “This kid is one of the writers.” Whitey shook my hand.

I took that as my cue to let those two guys talk. It’s a good day when you talk to two Hall of Famers and somebody calls you “kid.”

UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.: No word on yet on A-Rod’s All-Star status. He said he would say what he is doing after the game. MLB needs to be informed at some point soon so they can find a replacement.

Andy Phillips (neck) is much better but will probably not play until tomorrow.

Spoke to Miguel Cairo for a while about his suicide squeeze bunt last night. “The worst part is you have to put the bat on the ball no matter what,” he said. “High, low, outside, whatever. Even if you have to throw the bat at the ball.”

Cairo said he liked the element of surprise. “We’re the Yankees,” he said. “Nobody expects that. You have to give Joe credit for that one.”

UPDATE, 4:17 p.m.: This from The Associated Press:

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Yankees right-hander Jeff Karstens threw 3 1-3 scoreless innings Saturday in his first minor league rehab start since breaking his right leg two months ago.

Karstens allowed three hits, one walk and struck out two in the Gulf Coast League game against Philadelphia minor leaguers. He is scheduled to join Class-A Staten Island for his next start.

“It was good,” said Karstens, who threw 32 of 48 pitches for strikes. “It’s been two months. I’m just happy to be out there again.”

Karstens was hurt April 28 in a game against Boston. On his first pitch, he was hit on the side of his knee by Julio Lugo’s liner.

UPDATE, 4:41 p.m.: E-mailed Brian Cashman regarding Erubiel Durazo. “Have not signed him,” was the response.

UPDATE, 5:26 p.m.: What a stubborn old man Roger is, it’s great to watch. Steps off the mound and throws over to keeps Willets close like seven times then they pitch out and catch him stealing. The Rocket is such a mentally tough, give-no-quarter guy. He was pumping his fist and glancing back at Willets as he came off the mound.

He has allowed two runs on six hits in his last 14 innings.

UPDATE, 6:02 p.m.: Wow, what a job by Clemens. His velocity faded in the eighth inning but he kept battling and has held a very strong lineup to one run on five hits. If A-Rod hadn’t boxed that ball around in the third inning, he might have a shutout.

Roger’s line in his last two starts: 16 7 2 2 1 4. Keep in mind he is a 44-year-old power pitcher.

They owe it to him to score a run, get Mo in the game and let everybody go home.

UPDATE, 6:14 p.m.: Here is how Roger Clemens charted out velocity-wise:

82: 1
84: 7
85: 13
86: 16
87: 2
88: 2
89: 10
90: 18
91: 20
92: 7
94: 2

So 58 percent of his pitches were 89 mph or above. Those are the four-seam or two-seam fastballs, the rest are pretty much splits. I didn’t see a changeup or a breaking pitch. Maybe one slider.

Just amazing a guy his age can do that.

UPDATE, 6:55 p.m.: 14 runs one day, one the next over 11 innings. Hard to do much when the first three guys in the order get on base a grand total of 2 times in 15 plate appearances.

Now notice, baseball fans, that Mike Scioscia is not using Francisco Rodriguez. You have to save your closer on the road. Ooops. Shows what I know.

What do you figure, A-Rod crushes on in the 12th? I need to get my All-Star break started.

UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: The five errors for the Yankees are the most since Aug. 8, 2002 when they made five in a 16-inning game against Oakland. The defense cost them both runs, even if the first one was technically earned.

Miguel Cairo is one of those guys who does a lot of good things. But if you use him too much or for too long, he gets exposed. Perhaps he will redeem himself by scoring the tying run here.

Jeter (0 for 4) must be begging for a chance.

UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Francisco Rodriguez is closing in on 40 pitches. This is unchartered waters for him (hence the wildness, perhaps). It’ll be interesting to see if he survives it.

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: 5 whiffs for the Melkman. That’s hard to do.




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