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Game 136: Devil Rays at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 01, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here is the lineup:

Cabrera CF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui LF
Giambi DH
Cano 2B
Phillips 1B
Molina C
Kennedy RHP (debut)

Pregame chatter: Yanks are facing RHP Edwin Jackson (4-14, 5.51). … This will be the 43rd game started by a rookie this season for the Yankees. They are 21-21 in those games, although their rookie starters are 9-15 with a 6.62 ERA in those games. … A few semi-slumping Yanks: Abreu (2 for 17, 1 RBI in five games); Matsui (3 for 17) and Giambi (1 for 12 in 4 games).

UPDATE, 12:08 p.m.: The Yankees recalled 1B Doug Mientkiewicz and RHP Jose Veras today. To make room for Mientkiewicz on the 40-man roster, OF Kevin Thompson was designated for assignment.

UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: This Major League stuff is a piece of cake for Ian Kennedy. Six pitches, three outs.

I forgot to mention before, the Yanks also called up Alberto “The Attorney General” Gonzalez from Scranton. He was on the 40-man already.

There’s a new scoreboard video at the Stadium. It has scenes from the movie “300” cut with Yankee highlights including Joba pumping his fist. I have to say, it rocks.

UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: That’s 509 homers for A-Rod, moving him past Frank Thomas and into 20th place all-time alone.

UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: Pop-ups are like A-Rod Kryptonite. But maybe somebody yelled, “Mine!” Because, you know, that’s an OK thing to do.

UPDATE, 1:47 p.m.: I have no idea what is happening here. But there is some delay. Torre spoke to the umpires and now the umpires are talking to Joe Maddon.

UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Hmm, they just confiscated Iwamura’s bat for some reason.

UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: That error by A-Rod led to two runs based on the fact that Kennedy struck out the next hittter, Jonny Gomes. It also cost the kid 18 extra pitches, which is roughly an inning.

I’ll say this for Kennedy, he seems willing to throw strikes which is than Mike Mussina was in his recent starts.

UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: OK, here is the deal with Iwamura’s bat …

It seems he used a bat with a flat top. Most bats are rounded off or cupped. The bat was questioned by Arizona back in June and was approved by Major League Baseball. But the umpires today decided to take that particular bat and have it sent to the Commissioner’s Office to be checked out.

In the meantime, Iwamura can use the same style of bat today.

Now Tampa manager Joe Maddon is asking for A-Rod’s bat to be checked. Obviously he’s just getting back at Torre.

This is one of those, “Baseball is so silly sometimes” moment.

I would not be at all surprised if A-Rod homers here. The only question then will be how long he looks in the Tampa dugout when he does it.

UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: Rats, just a single. I would have wanted to see what happened if he homered. I understand why Maddon did what he did. But ticking the Yankees off is not a good idea

UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: It was good to see Doug Mientkiewicz today. He was regaling us with tales of the minor leagues. Scranton played in Pawtucket, R.I., yesterday and Mientkiewicz said he was getting booed by the Red Sox fans still sore about him keeping the ball in 2004.

Say this for Minky, he mashed on his rehab. He was 13 for 31 in 10 games with seven extra-base hits and 15 RBI. He’s probably not going to play much, but they can use his glove late in games.

UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: That’s what the young man needed, a quick inning.

UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: Four RBI so far. I guess A-Rod has made up for that error. He has 129 on the season now with 26 games left. That’s RBI, not errors.

Please ignore the trolls.

Meanwhile, Darrell Rasner was here today. He is back from his fractured finger and is rehabbing with Staten Island. He was here to throw a bullpen with Ron Guidry. I give the guy a lot of credit for working as hard as he did to come back. That finger was mangled.

Hopefully the Yankees do right by him and add him to the roster sometime this month.

UPDATE, 3:11 p.m.: IPK is getting it done. He has retired seven in a row. I’d say he’s earned the right to stay in the rotation. Be interesting to see if they send him out for another inning. I don’t see why not.

UPDATE, 3:33 p.m.: Solo home runs up 7-2 are no big deal. IPK has done just fine for himself.

Get this, Kei Igawa pitched well for Scranton last night against Pawtucket. He tossed 101 pitches over seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out nine and walked two.

“He has a nice tempo and he was working inside to right-handers,” Mientkiewicz said. “It was good stuff. If he can do that up here, he’ll win games for us. He was good.”

The Yankees had a chance to cut their losses with the K-Man when the Padres claimed him on waivers and didn’t do it. They see something in the guy and maybe there is something there. The fact that he strikes guys out and gets a lot of swing and misses tells you something. He needs to throw his fastball lower in the strike zone against MLB hitters, but that’s a matter of experience.

I would expect him to be at spring training next season.

UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Nice debut for IPK. 7 5 3 1 2 6. Now, before we send him to Cooperstown, remember a few things:

Matt DeSalvo, Tyler Clippard and Chase Wright looked good for one start, too. And Tampa Bay has a bunch of undisciplined hitters who hack at breaking and off-speed stuff. This was a good team for him to face.

That said, Kennedy threw strikes and that’s half the battle. I’m sure he’s in the rotation now. It must have been hard for the Moose to see him pitch given that they have the same style.

But nothing is promised to anybody, as Brian Cashman likes to say.

UPDATE, 4:01 p.m.: Wow, Seattle lost again. What a disaster for them. If the Yankees hold on, they’ll be two games up.

Meanwhile, Appalachian State just beat Michigan. Wolverines fan Derek Jeter is going to get crushed after the game.

Andy Phillips, 2 for 2 with two walks and a nice scoop at first.

UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: … and two runs scored for Phillips, too.

Tampa’s bullpen is dreadful.

UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: It’s the MLB debut for the Attorney General, and I can say I was there to see it.

UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: As my buddy Sam Borden the former Daily News beat writer would put it, this is a total disgrace.

Up 9-3 in the 8th inning, the Yankees now have Mariano Rivera in the game for a four-out save. Luiz Vizcaino had not pitched since Wednesday, so I guess he was getting some work in today. But does he really need more work? Why not use Edwar Ramirez there? Or Krazy Kyle?

Now they run the risk of burning Mo out a little more. At least he has thrown only 14 pitches since Tuesday.

UPDATE, 4:37 p.m.: Not that it really means much because he’s a bench player, but Wilson Betemit is 3 of his last 30 with 14 strikeouts.




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