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Game 121: Yankees at Twins

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 13, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (64-56)
Damon LF
Abreu DH
A. Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Nady RF
Cano 2B
I. Rodriguez C
Betemit SS
Cabrera CF
Rasner RHP

TWINS (66-53)
Span CF
Harris SS
Mauer C
Morneau 1B
Kubel RF
Young LF
Buscher 3B
Ruiz DH
Punto 2B
Slowey RHP

Darrell Rasner (5-8, 5.28) vs. the Minnesota hitters.

Kevin Slowey (8-8, 4.07) vs. the New York hitters.

Notes: The lineup was delayed as the Yankees were waiting to see if Derek Jeter (bruised left foot) could play. He fouled a ball off his foot last night and left the game in the ninth inning. More on his status later.

The Yankees are 3-6 on a road trip that mercifully ends today. They have been outscored 55-40. They were 5.5 games out of first before the trip and are eight games out starting today. … The Yankees are 16 of 75 with RISP on the trip (.213) and have grounded into 16 double plays. … Rasner is 1-1, 3.71 in three starts against the Twins in his career.

THIS GUY SHOULD PLAY EVERY DAY: Johnny Damon has had six straight multI-hit games. He is 16 of 38 on the trip with 7 runs scored and 5 RBI. He’s up to .325, which leads the AL.

THE BEST XAVIER SINCE McDANIEL: Xavier Nady is 21 of 61 (.344) with 11 runs, 17 RBI and 11 extra-base hits in 17 games as a Yankee.

BUT THE TRADE WASN’T ALL GOOD: Damaso Marte has pitched nine games since coming over. 7.1 innings, 9 hits, 9 earned runs, 5 walks.

ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL: Alex Rodriguez is having an interesting road trip. He’s 6 of 32 (.188) with six GIDPs and eight strikeouts. But three of the hits are homers and two are doubles.

OH NO MO: Mariano River since July 1: 14 games, 16.2 innings, 17 hits (2 HRs), 6 earned runs, 2 walks, 19 strikeouts. That’s a 3.24 ERA.

MOOSE ON THE ROAD: Mike Mussina’s last eight road starts: 6-0, 2.68.

COME BACK KRAZY KYLE, ALL IS FORGIVEN: The relievers on the road trip: 26.1 innings, 32 hits (6 HR), 12 walks, 25 earned runs. They’re 1-3 with an 8.54 ERA.

STOP SIGN: Bobby Abreu has been caught stealing eight times in 22 attempts.

Back later with lots of updates.

UPDATE, 12:34 p.m.: Girardi said that Jeter has a bruise but could pinch hit today and should be able to play on Friday. We haven’t been able to speak to Jeter yet. But be assured that he will say he feels fine, he always does.

Phil Hughes will start for Scranton on Sunday, so it’ll be Dan Giese on Tuesday unless he’s needed in long relief before then.

So the rotation at the moment:
Friday: Pettitte
Saturday: Ponson
Sunday: Mussina
Tuesday: Giese
Wednesday: Pettitte
Thursday: Ponson
Friday: Mussina

UPDATE, 12;39 p.m.: The clubhouse opens to the media 3.5 hours before first pitch. So today that 8:40 a.m.

I showed up around 9:05. The only Yankees in the house were Damaso Marte and Pudge Rodriguez. Based on what I’ve seen so far, Pudge gets after it. He’s always at the park early doing something. Film, BP, studying scouting reports, etc.

Most of the players arrived around 9:45 a.m.

Jason Giambi was in a good mood given the early hour and was excited about playing first base. “The Big G is running loose,” he said.

Meanwhile, the conditions at the Metrodome are so cramped that Darrell Rasner was do his pre-game stretching routine in the hallway outside the clubhouse on the dirty floor.

UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: And we’re underway with two pops to shortstop by Damon and Abreu. Not a bad crowd, lots of camp groups. Nice to see a team give the Yankees a day game on getaway day for a change.

UPDATE, 1:17 p.m.: Well, The Big G did say he was loose. He smoked that ball off the baggie. 1-0 lead for Rasner.

UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Good start for Rasner. That error was not Giambi’s fault, the webbing of his glove broke.

UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: You have to love the Twins, the DH bats eighth and it’s Randy Ruiz, who looks like a softball player. Ruiz is listed at 6-3, 235. He left 235 behind a long time ago, trust me. He also just got doubled off first.

Ruiz is a 31-year-old rookie who has played with a bunch of teams including the Yankees. This is the 12th game he has played. He’s 5 for 12, so he can hit.

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Harris was out for running out of the base-line. Nice call by Mike Winters.

It’s 1-3 if you’re scoring at home. And if you’re scoring at home, good job.

UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: Cano makes a lot of careless plays. He was totally off the bag there. Would the Dodgers take Betemit and Cabrera in return for Larry Bowa?

UPDATE, 2:21 p.m.: Delmon Young has two homers and 10 RBI in 10 games against the Yankees. In his 102 other games he has five homers and 42 RBI.

UPDATE, 2:26 p.m.: Slowey has retired 11 straight since Giambi’s RBI single.

Cano is now 13 of his last 61 with six RBI over 17 games.

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Cabrera is now 3 of his last 26 and is down to .242. Damon needs to play center and Nady left on most nights if they’re serious about making the playoffs.

UPDATE, 2:48 p.m.: There they go again, running into more outs. Abreu is 14 for 23 and that’s just not good enough with the guys he has hitting behind him.

Rasner was just pulled after five innings and 92 pitches. His line: 5 4 3 2 1 4. He did his job. If Cano makes a simple play it’s 2-1.

UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: Dan Giese came into the game despite having started and thrown 83 pitches on Saturday. He loaded the bases and was taken out of the game with an apparent injury after 15 pitches.

UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: No word yet on what is wrong with Giese. Rasner has retired the final five batters he faced. But he was at 92 pitches, the most he has thrown since July 29.

Meanwhile, home plate umpires Mike Winters is leaving the game after being hit in the head with a foul ball. Is it me or have a lot of umpires been injured this season?

UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: This hot news from PR dude Jason Zillo: Hideki Matsui will play for either the GCL or Florida State League team tomorrow.

UPDATE, 3:19 p.m.: The game was delayed for about 13 minutes. Good job by Robertson limiting the damage. But it’s 4-1 and the Yankees seem to be in a rush to go home.

UPDATE, 3:24 p.m.: Another “let’s get this over with” game for the Yankees. They’ve had one hit since the first inning.

UPDATE, 3:28 p.m.: That’s a new one. Usually Melky and Robbie play poorly individually. They teamed up there.

081308_14291.jpgUPDATE, 3:34 p.m.: Since this game is so brutal, here’s a photo of lovable Twins mascot T.C. The Bear to brighten your day. I’m guessing it’s not going to work.

UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Dan Giese has a stiff shoulder. That’s a medical term I really can’t explain. I’ll look it up and get back to you.

Now the Yankees will need a starter for Tuesday. Phil Hughes, come on down.

UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: Sexson for Melky. Good move.

UPDATE, 3:42 p.m.: He struck out. But at least they tried something.

UPDATE, 3:46 p.m.: Like always, it’s come down to Alex. Yankees down 4-2, runners at first and third, two outs. Jesse Crain coming in to pitch.

UPDATE, 3:50 p.m.: A-Rod 1 for 6 against Crain.

UPDATE, 3:52 p.m.: Maybe Abreu should try and steal again. That always works so well.

UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Pops up a 3-1 pitch to center. Three outs left and they’ll be against Joe Nathan.

UPDATE, 3:59 p.m.: Morneau just broke his bat and the biggest piece sailed about 20 rows over the Yankees dugout. It doesn’t appear anybody got hurt, thankfully.

UPDATE, 4:03 p.m.: Seriously, what is going on with this team? Mauer steals second and both Betemit and Cano cover the base and nobody catches the ball.

The careless mistakes have been mounting lately, especially on defense.

UPDATE, 4:13 p.m.: Yanks have had five hits as we head to the ninth, four of them singles.

UPDATE, 4:18 p.m.: And that’s the road trip, a 3-7 stumble across America. They were outscored 59-42 and were 17 of 80 with RISP.

There are 41 games left, so the Yankees aren’t done. But 12 losses in the last 18 games doesn’t lead you to believe they’ll get in the postseason mix. This team is too injured and inconsistent. They play tight.

Back later with some reaction.

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