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Game 3: Yankees at Orioles

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 09, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Nady DH
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Ransom 3B
Gardner CF
Molina C

Pitching today: RHP A.J. Burnett.

Roberts 2B
Jones CF
Markakis RF
Huff 1B
Wigginton 3B
Scott DH
Pie RF
Moeller C
Izturis SS

Pitching today: RHP Alfredo Simon.

A.J. Burnett vs. the Baltimore hitters.

Alfredo Simon has never faced any of the New York hitters.

TO QUOTE THE GREAT BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, THINGS CAN’T GET ANY WORSE, THEY GOTTA GET BETTER: CC Sabathia and Chien-Ming Wang allowed 13 runs on 17 hits and eight walks in the first two games of the season and didn’t record a strikeout.

HOWDY, TEX: Mark Teixeira had an RBI double in his final at-bat last night. He has been 0 for 9 before that.

DOING THEIR PART: Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon have been on base 11 times in the first two games.

NOT DOING THEIRS: Teixeira and Hideki Matsui are 2 for 19.

STRANDED: The Yankees are 3 for 19 with RISP and have left 19 men on base.

ROCKING ROBBIE: Robinson Cano has hit in 13 straight games dating back to last season.

TIME FOR A WIN: The Yankees haven’t been 0-3 since 1998.

APRIL SHOWERS: The Yankees are 23-31 in April over the last three seasons.

Back with more later on.

UPDATE, 11:41 a.m.: Complete shock here in the clubhouse as the players watch the report on ESPN about the death of Nick Adenhart.

UPDATE, 12:07 p.m.: Jose Molina, Edwar Ramirez and Mark Teixeira were all with Adenhart in the Los Angeles organization. Teixeira didn’t know him. But obviously all are stunned.

UPDATE, 12:34 p.m.: “I played with him in spring training. He was a quiet kid,” Molina said. “What a terrible thing for that organization.”

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: There was a moment of silence for Nick Adenhart before the game. He was from nearby Silver Spring and lived in Baltimore during the offseasson. … Beautiful day here, 59 degrees at first pitch. Hope you’re enjoying the game via television or radio.

UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: Hey, a Yankees starter struck somebody out.

UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: Wow, Burnett is just so good with the action on that curveball and how he spots his fastball to both sides. He has already had three swing-and-misses, six fewer than Sabathia and Wang had in eight innings.

Speaking of Wang, he watched a lot of video with Dave Eiland this morning and then threw what they call a “dry side.” In essence, he mimicked his mechanics without actually throwing a ball.

Wang will throw a bullpen tomorrow and a shorter one on Saturday before making his next start in Tampa on Monday. I asked him what his problem was. “I was lazy,” he said. “Bad mechanics. But I know what I did.”

UPDATE, 2:12 p.m.: Brett Gardner trying to get it started with a single and a stolen base, perhaps the first of many this year.

UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: Yankees are now 3 for 21 with runners in scoring position.

UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: Rough third inning for Burnett as he has lost command of his fastball. He has thrown 23 pitches and counting. 1-0 O’s.

UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: Big strikeout there for A.J. as he leaves the bases loaded.

UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: Tex goes deep. Take that, Baltimore. 1-1.

UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: Carl Pavano allowed five runs in the first inning in his first start for the Indians. What were the Indians thinking?

UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: The Nick Swisher Should Be Playing Everyday Society (of which I am a member) will love that two-run jack. 3-1 Yankees.

UPDATE, 2:49 p.m.: The Idle just gave up two more as Kinsler homered. Hilarious.

UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: Is it too early to bring in Mariano? A.J. needed a shutdown inning there, not this mess He’s at 75 pitches already.

UPDATE, 3:23 p.m.: Three hits in the last four ABs for Tex. Now he’s hitting .250.

UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: Ross Ohlendorf pitched a gem today for the Pirates. Six shutout innings so far. It was a good trade at the time but he’ll be the guy they regret losing, not Tabata.

UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: The drums are beating for Swisher. I can hear them. His RBI single gives the Yankees a 4-2 lead.

UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: What a tremendous play by Gardner. With the bases loaded, he hit a tapper back to the mound. But he knew his scrappiness would force Bass to make an error, which he did. And two runs scored as Swisher hustled around. 6-2 Yankees.

UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Molina RBI single. 7-2 Yankees. The season is back on.

UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: Like robins and blooming flowers, there’s another sign of spring as Jeter grounds into his first double play of the season. Still, 7-2 Yanks. Be hard to blow this one.

UPDATE, 4:06 p.m.: The All-Star version of Robbie Cano has shown up this season, not the half-asleep version of a year ago. He is 5 for 10 with three walks and four RBI in three games. He just homered and the Yankees lead 9-2.

UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: What dominance by the bullpen, eight up, eight down, five punch-outs. That was an important inning for Bruney. The great Rivera is warming up. He needs the work as his last outing was on Friday.

UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: The five RBI match a career high for Swisher. … In the words of John Sterling, how can you figure baseball? Jeter and Damon got on base 11 times in the first two games and the Yankees lost twice. They were 0 for 9 today and the Yankees score 11 runs.

Thanks for reading the game post. Back with more after I get back from the clubhouse.




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