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Game 13: Indians at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 19, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (2-0, 2.70).

Sizemore CF
DeRosa 2B
Martinez 1B
Hafner DH
Peralta SS
Choo LF
Garko RF
Shoppach C
Cabrera 2B
Idle P

Pitching: RHP Carl Pavano (0-2, 16.71).

Burnett vs. the Cleveland hitters.

Pavano vs. the New York hitters.

ANOTHER MOVE: RHP Steven Jackson was called up. No word yet on who is being sent down but it’s surely Anthony Claggett.

WELCOME BACK, IDLE: Carl Pavano, the American Idle, the Rajah of Rehab, the bandit who stole $39.95 million from the Yankees, will take the mound today against A.J. Burnett. If you thought yesterday was embarrassing, imagine what losing to Pavano would feel like.

He must go down and he must go down hard.

THE LAUNCHING PAD? Counting the two exhibition games, there have been 25 home runs hit in 43.5 innings at the new Yankee Stadium. While that is a lot, homers are up all over the league. Just a coincidence? Could MLB be juicing the balls to stimulate flagging ticket sales?

Steve over at Was Watching talked to a home-run expert who has some interesting data on the dimensions at the new stadium.

They’re not as exact as the Yankees led us to believe, both in terms of distances and the height of the fences. Several of the players have mentioned the fences being shorter.

Did the Yankees build a launching pad with too many overpriced seats and lousy camera angles? It’s too early to say that but there seem to be some issues in the place, that’s for sure.

WORST INNING EVER: The 14 runs the Yankees allowed in the second inning yesterday were the most allowed in franchise history. The previous high for runs allowed was 13 on June 17, 1925 in the sixth inning of a 19-1 loss vs. Detroit.

It also matched the most runs the Indians have scored in an inning. They also scored 14 in an inning in a 21-2 victory against the Philadelphia A’s on June 18, 1950.

TROUBLING TREND: The Yankees have allowed 10 or more runs in four of the 12 games they have played. At what point might they finally admit they could use a long reliever?

CANO COMES ON: Robbie Cano has hit safely in 11 of the 12 games and is at .391/.451/.630 for the season. A slow starter in his career, this could be a sign that Cano is headed for a big season.

UPDATE, 9:54 a.m.: The Yankees don’t have to report until 11:30 a.m., so no lineup as of yet.

UPDATE, 11:10 p.m.: Lineup is posted. Johnny Damon is hitting third for the first time as a Yankee and the third time since the start of the 2000 season. He did a lot in Kansas City in 1999. He’s for 4 for 7 with two doubles against Pavano.

That’s it from me. Kevin Devaney will take it from here. Enjoy the game.

UPDATE, 12:02 p.m.: Kevin Devaney here. Just got back from the clubhouse after a rather uneventful morning.

Just before we left, good ‘ol Nick Swisher walked through the clubhouse and tore off the covers of all the Daily News sitting on a table. They read “22-4!” on the front and “You Stink” over a picture of Chien-Ming Wang on the back. “New day,” Swisher shouted. “It’s a new day, brotha.”

The most notable thing was from Wang, who said that he’d rather work through his troubles in a game than have his start skipped. Normally players will defer to the manager on a decision like that, and the Yankees are strongly considering not having him throw on Friday in Boston. Wang, though, said he wants to pitch.

Girardi said that the Yankees coaching staff watched video of Wang this morning and compared it to last year. Girardi wouldn’t specify what they saw until they spoke with Wang first, which insinuates they’ve noticed something wrong. Wang meanwhile said he’s also watched film of himself and “everything’s the same as last year.” Clearly there’s a disconnect here.

Xavier Nady will have to wait at least another day to figure out what the diagnosis is on his right elbow. He took his second MRI yesterday but his doctor out West wasn’t available to examine it. He will today and discuss all five tests (two MRI, two X-Rays and a CT scan) with Yankee doctors tomorrow. Apparently they’re having a difficult time figuring out what damage is old and what is new.

Girardi said he shuffled around the lineup to break up the lefties. … Hideki Matsui (knee) gets the start at DH after hitting a double, walking and getting hit by a pinch off the bench yesterday. … Anthony Claggett (8 ER in 1.2 innings) was sent down after one day in the bigs to make room for Steven Jackson. For those who don’t know Jackson, he’s a tall righty who throws a fastball, slider and splitter and uses a sinker to get a lot of ground ball outs. He last pitched on Friday.

UPDATE, 12:48 p.m.: Obviously, yesterday’s 22-4 defeat is still burning some of you. But allow me to put a positive spin on things. Remember back to these two dates:

Aug. 31, 2004: Cleveland goes into Yankee Stadium and deals the Yankees their worst loss in franchise history, 22-0. The Yankees respond by winning 14 of 19 and secure a division title.

July 4, 2006: The Indians beat the Yankees 19-1 in Cleveland to drop the Yankees four games out of first. The Yankees respond by winning nine of 10 and 19 of 25 to climb into first place, which is where they stay the rest of the way.

April 18, 2009: Cleveland scores 14 runs in the second inning and thumps the Yankees 22-4 at the stadium. How will the Yankees respond? Smacking around Pavano would be a nice start.

UPDATE, 1:08 p.m.: This photo isn’t mean to anger you, just illustrate the fact that some of the best seats at the new Yankee Stadium are still available behind the Yankee dugout. You might think a few people weren’t here by the National Anthem, but those are a lot of empty seats.

The picture was taken on my weak camera phone, so please bear with the quality.

The rest of the stadium is filled for the most part. Enjoy the game. We’re underway.

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: The Mighty Pavano puts down the first three hitters he faces. Hey, even Wang got through the first inning unscathed yesterday. Now he’s on the brink of retirement/demotion/deportation.

UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: HOMERUN COUNT: 18 in 28 innings at the new stadium. Of those, 13 have gone to right field.

UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Here’s the exact quote from the pregame from Girardi on Wang:

“We looked at his hands break, his leg kick where his head is and if it’s on line, the angle of his arm. We haven’t had a chance to discuss it with him yet. We had some healthy stuff that we saw and we understand that we need to make some adjustments. … Physically there are some things I think we need to correct that’s leaving him up in the zone. I just really believe no matter who you were, whether you won four Cy Youngs, it would be difficult to go through.”

And Mr. Wang said:

“Nothing is wrong. … I watched the video and everything is the same as last year.”

UPDATE, 2:11 p.m.: The people at Elias are probably scrambling right now to figure out if Pavano ever retired 10 straight hitters while with the Yankees. I’m going to guess not.

UPDATE, 2:21 p.m.: Mark Teixeira since getting a cortisone shot on his wrist on Thursday: 3 for 8 with two HR and four RBI. And he’s driving the ball pretty good now.

UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: Question from a blogger: So why is it that Pavano feels the Yankees didn’t, as he put it, have his back? Subsitute blogmaster Kevin D: any expert insight into Pavano’s bizarro world reasoning?

I’m going to defer to Pete Abe on this one. I probably covered 40-50 Yankee games over the past three seasons, most of which Pavano was doing some sort of rehab for. The players never openly spoke bad about him, of course. I just never got the feeling that, when asked, they considered him a part of the team. How could they? He was never around.

Pete, though, would be better to respond to that than I.

UPDATE, 3:01 p.m.: Bases loaded and two outs in a one-run game. This is the most important batter Carl Pavano has ever, and will ever, face in New York.

UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: The Yankees are officially cursed. The Curse of Carl Pavano.

UPDATE, 3:06 p.m.: Welcome Deadspin readers! Just saw this online. Pete Abe will be so proud.

UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.: Jonathan Albaladejo saves the Yankees from having this game being broken open. He comes in and gets two outs with the bases loaded. Take away his disastrous performance on opening day (3 runs and 5 hits in 3 innings) and he’s pitched five shutout innings and allowed two hits in four appearances.

UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.: The line for Burnett: 6.1 inning, three runs, three hits, two Ks, seven walks (yes, seven), two home runs, three wild pitches, one hit batter. He threw 111 pitches, only 60 for strikes. Welcome to the Wonderful World of A.J. Burnett, Yankee fans!

Pavano, by the way: 6 inn., one run, four hits, four Ks and one walk.

The Yanks have something cookin’ here. Matsui lines an RBI single to center after Cano led off the inning with a double. I smell a rally.

UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: Thank goodness for the jet streams. Although that could be fan interference.

UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: Umpires reviewed the play, which was originally ruled a home run. It’s upheld. All is right in the world.

UPDATE, 4:19 p.m.: Cody Ransom delivers a three-run double down the line to left. Very strange play. Not sure what Shin-soo Choo was thinking just letting that ball drop in. At any rate, it’s 7-3 Yanks and Ransom gets a much-needed boost of confidence at the plate.




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