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Game 14: Athletics at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 21, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (7-6)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Matsui DH
Ransom 3B
Gardner CF

Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (1-0, 2.51).

Pettitte vs. the Oakland hitters.

ATHLETICS (5-7)
Sweeney RF
Cabrera SS
The Big G 1B
Holliday LF
Cust DH
Ellis 2B
Chavez 3B
Suzuki C
Davis CF

Pitching: LHP Dana Eveland (0-0, 6.75).

Eveland vs. the New York hitters.

THERE IT GOES: There have been 28 homers in six games at Yankee Stadium, 20 in the four regular-season games.

CLUTCHITUDE: The Yankees are 4 for 32 (.125) with runners in scoring position at home.

MO’S THE MAN, PART 1: Mariano Rivera now has 941 strikeouts, 12th place in team history. He is 74 shy of moving into the top 10.

MO’S THE MAN, PART 2: Going back to last season, Mo has not allowed a run in 12 straight decisions. His line in that stretch: 11.2 innings, 6 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 12 strikeouts.

BRUNEY’S THE MAN, TOO: Brian Bruney has retired 20 straight batters. In his last seven outings, he has pitched 6.2 perfect innings and struck out 12.

SLOWLY BUT SURELY: Mark Teixeira’s last three games: 3 for 9, 2 runs, 2 homers, 4 RBI, 3 walks.

LOTSA SHOTS: The Yankees have homered in seven straight games.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES. WELL, NOT SO MUCH: The Yankees were 6-7 through 13 games last season.

2,000 CLUB: Today will be Johnny Damon’s 2,000th career game. It will be 1,999 for Derek Jeter.

1,000-HIT CLUB: Mark Teixeira needs four hits for 1,000.

GOOD SIGN FOR ANDY: The A’s are 2-5 against lefties and are hitting .202 against them,

WELCOME BACK: Dan Giese was called up by Oakland on Saturday and will be in uniform tonight. He pitched in 20 games for the Yankees last season.

Back with more later.

UPDATE, 4:13 p.m.: Nady thinks he’ll be out 4-6 weeks.

Wang will pitch in Tampa in an extended spring game. He is not on the DL. They’ll evaluate him then.

UPDATE, 6:07 p.m: A few update for you …

Wang will throw an extended spring training game on Thursday. He is set for 100 pitches. How he looks will determine the next move. The options at that point would be to start him in Detroit on Tuesday or put him on the DL.

Total speculation here, but the Yankees appear to be setting him up for a DL stay. Brian Cashman again today talked about Wang’s velocity being a concern and how he wants the team doctor to look into any possibility.

A DL stint would give them 2+ weeks and two or three starts to try and get him fixed. But if Wang pitches well on Thursday, maybe he gets another chance.

Wang is not particularly pleased with being shipped down to Tampa but he realizes there is not much he can say about it.

Meanwhile, the hope is that Xavier Nady will come back as a DH in 5-7 weeks after some rehab games and perhaps eventually as an outfielder. Nobody has given a clear explanation of what is wrong with his elbow. Nady said he has what amounts to a partial tear that can be rehabbed.

But a tear is a tear and with this being his walk year, Nady is putting himself in a risky situation.

Cashman said he hasn’t put much thought into thinking about the ballpark and whether it’s a launching pad. He said he has been told the dimensions are the same but he admits the fences are shorter. There is no question the fences are shorter in right field. You can tell by the naked eye.

Finally, the Big G was behind the cage when the Yankees took BP getting hugs from all his former teammates and coaches. When Cashman came over, Giambi hugged him and lifted him up off the ground six inches or so. I wish I had a photo. Just hilarious.

UPDATE, 7:11 p.m.: Nice ovation for Jason Giambi. Then the Little G took a double away from him with a tremendous catch.

By the way, there are embarrassing — I mean embarrassing — swatches of empty eats here. There’s an entire section of Legends seats down the RF line and a huge empty section on the 200 level.

UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Brett Gardner does it again with a two-run single through a drawn-in infield. Then he steals second.

Meanwhile, it’s bad enough that the Yankees play the PC Richard’s whistle after every strikeout. Now they’re playing “Gotta Go To Mo’s” after a stolen base. Can’t there be some segment of this park that isn’t commercialized?

Meanwhile, as I look over the Legends seats, no more than 40 percent of them are full. In the front row between the dugouts, 25 seats are empty. So either those fans didn’t show up or they’re in the restaurant.

UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: The Yankees are wearing Dana Eveland out. They’ve put 11 runners on base and we’re in the third inning. He’s at 77 pitches.

But it’s only 4-0 as the Yankees have left seven runners on base.

UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: If you’re looking for a nice place to come read a book or get some quiet time, Yankee Stadium is for you. It’s like a church service in here.

UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Because the ball hit Chavez in fair territory, it was dead and the runners could not advance.

UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: One of Andy Pettitte’s strengths as a pitcher is the ability to put a rough inning behind him. He got knocked around a bit in the fourth and now he has retired seven straight and will cruise into the seventh.

Meanwhile, after watching The Big G stab at balls like a grizzly bear trying to catch a salmon, it’s pretty fun to watch Mark Teixeira play first base. He makes it look pretty easy.

UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Johnny Damon out to right in the second deck. No wind needed there. 5-2 Yanks.

UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: Fog rolling in to left field now. Those vaunted wind currents aren’t doing much to get rid of it.

UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: Bruney retired 22 straight before allowing that hit.

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