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Game 100: Twins at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 22, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (54-45)
Damon DH
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Moeller C
Gardner LF
Rasner RHP

Darrell Rasner (5-7, 4.97) vs. the Minnesota hitters.

Kevin Slowey (6-6, 4.26) vs. the New York hitters.

Notes: Bad traffic on the Deegan south-bound today if you’re headed to the Bronx. … The Yankees have won four straight and 9 of 12. … They also have won eight straight at home. … Robinson Cano, don’t you know, is 10 of 19 since the break. His bestest buddy Melky Cabrera is 6 of 17. … The Yankees have outscored their foes 25-9 since the break.

TWIN KILLING: The Yankees have won 25 of their last 37 games against the Twins including 17 of 20 at the Stadium.

WONDER TWIN POWERS ACTIVATE: The Yankees are 18-1 over the last five years when A-Rod and Derek Jeter homer.

MOELLER MAGIC: Opponents have a .675 OPS against Rasner when Moeller catches (seven games) as opposed to 1.014 with Molina (3 games) and .933 with Posada (3 games). A lot of has to do with opponent, but Rasner has said he likes throwing to Moeller.

Hey, the guy has to catch somebody now.

FEAR THE CHANGE-UP: Edwar Ramirez has retired 32 of the last 36 hitters he has faced. He has thrown 9.1 consecutive hitless innings.

D-ROB ON A ROLL: Take away that first nervous outing at Shea and David Robertson has allowed one run on three hits in eight innings while fanning 13.

Back later with some updates.

UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: Jorge Posada was scheduled to get checked out by Dr. David Altchek today. Joe Girardi claimed not to know the results of the tests. We should find out more later on.

Hideki Matsui will rest until Monday, then he will try some baseball activities again. If his knee blows up again, that will be that and he’ll have surgery.

UPDATE, 5:28 p.m.: Talked to Chien-Ming Wang for a bit. He gets a ride to the Stadium in the afternoon from bullpen catcher Roman Rodriguez then gets a lift home from his wife in the 7th inning. Because of the cast on his foot, he can’t even drive.

“Very boring,” he said. “I can’t do anything.”

Wang is eager to get the cast off in two weeks or so and get down to Tampa and start rehabbing. He hopes to pitch in the majors in September.

“If I can, I will,” he said. “I don’t want to wait until next year.”

JORGE POSADA UPDATE, 5:58 p.m.: The Yankees are, for whatever reason, not releasing the results of Jorge Posada’s exam.

Posada was examined today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan by Dr. David Altchek and had an MRI. That’s all they are saying. Obviously it’s not good news or they would have said so.

Posada was told to stay away from the Stadium today and Brian Cashman isn’t here. For now, that’s all there is.

UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: Not as hot tonight at the Stadium. Late-arriving crowd, however. … Good first inning for Rasner, who squirmed out of trouble.

UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Clearly the Yankees need to pay Robbie’s father to come up and throw him BP more often. That’s 11 of 20 since the break, nearly all of them rockets.

UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Brian Cashman is watching a game, but not this one. He is in Scranton watched Alfedo Aceves pitching. Before you ask, that doesn’t mean he’s about to make a trade. He watches the AA and AAA teams all the time.

Meanwhile, Razzle Dazzle Rasner has a one-hit shutout going through four innings and has faced only 14 hitters.

UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: This is what we expected, right? Rasner against Slowey and it’s 1-0 after four innings. … Still no word on Posada, at least nothing beyond some chatter than can’t be confirmed. It’s clearly bad news given the reticence of the Yankees to discuss it.

Get this, the Yankees are claiming they can’t say what it is because team officials haven’t spoke to Dr. Altchek. Right, Jorge Posada goes to the doctor and you can’t get the doctor on the phone. But this is what teams do.

UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: Given the speed of Gomez and Span, that was a foolish play by Cano to try and make that off-balance throw. Giambi got the error for mishandling the ball. But Span was safe regardless.

UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: This could be the game right here. Bases loaded and one out.

UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: The Yankees are down 2-1 but they will win. There is no way they lose a game during which Jason Giambi makes two accurate throws to second base.

UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Like I said.

UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: What a difference Johnny Damon makes to the lineup. He has scored three runs (and counting) in two games since he came back. If there’s a trade to be made, it should be for an arm. The offense is adequate.

UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: Farnsworth has now thrown nine consecutive innings without giving up a hit. He has walked five and fanned 10 in that stretch. I have to admit, I did not think it was possible with him. Funny how contract years bring out the best in players.

The Yankees have outscored the opposition 33-11 since the break. This also will be nine straight at home.

The weekend series against the Red Sox just got a lot more interesting, didn’t it?

Giese in for the ninth. Back later.




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