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Game 31: Yankees at Orioles

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 10, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (14-16)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Cervelli C

Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (1-1, 3.77).

Chamberlain vs. the Baltimore hitters.

ORIOLES (13-18)
Roberts 2B
Jones CF
Markakis RF
Huff 1B
Mora 3B
Scott DH
Zaun C
Pie LF
Andino SS

Pitching: RHP Koji Uehara (2-3, 4.42).

Uehara vs. the New York hitters.

TIME/TV: 1:35 p.m., YES.

STATE OF THE PINSTRIPES: The Yankees have lost six of seven and are 5-10 in their last 15 games. They are tied for third place in the AL East, 5.5 games out. This the rubber game of a three-game series. They are 2-3 against the Orioles this season.

STAT OF THE DAY: The Yankees have a run differential of -23. Only five teams in baseball are worse — the Padres (-31). Nationals (-27), Orioles (-26), Indians (-25) and Diamondbacks (-24). The team with the best run differential are the 20-8 Dodgers, who are at +59. Hmm, the Dodgers. Interesting.

OTHER STATS OF NOTE: The Yankees are a grim 4-11 against teams in the AL East. … They are 2-12 when they commit an error. … The Yankees are 2-6 in May. … They have had a lead in nine of the previous 59 innings. … They have allowed 190 runs, the most in baseball. … The have scored 167 runs, the fifth-most in baseball.

WHO’S HOT: Johnny Damon is 11 of his last 21 with seven extra-base hits and 10 RBI. … Melky Cabrera has hit safely in 12 of the last 13 games.

WHO’S NOT: Robinson Cano is 3 of his last 30 over six games. His batting average is down to .315He has one RBI and three runs scored over the last 10 games. … Brett Gardner had had three ABs in the last six games.

ANGEL BERROA UPDATE: Berroa was called up on April 21. He has had 12 at-bats and played in seven of the 17 games. He has appeared in one of the last six games. Wouldn’t John Rodriguez or Shelley Duncan be more useful as a pinch hitter?

CAPTAIN SPEED: Derek Jeter has stolen seven bases. He stole 11 all of last season.

Back with much more later on.

UPDATE, 10:12 a.m.: Joba will pitch despite the burst blood vessel in his thumb. … This is the same lineup three days in a row. … Nice day here in Baltimore.

UPDATE, 12:31 p.m.: Mark Teixeira (20 of 102) is in pretty much the worse slump of his career. But Girardi has hit him third in 27 of the 28 games he has started. The manager said its because that’s where he “envisions” Teixeira hitting.

UPDATE, 12:35 p.m.: These are the pink cleats Puma sent Johnny Damon to wear today. He wanted black with a pink stripe so he may not wear them. But he will sign them and give them to MLB to auction off for charity.

Johnny and all the players have on pink wristbands and ribbons today to raise awareness of breast cancer. Some of the guys will use a pink bat as well. We all have a mom and we all probably know somebody who has battled with cancer. So do your part and if you’re interesting in purchasing any of the signed memorabilia, check out MLB.com.

UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: Teixeira now has seven homers. Maybe that is the shot that gets him going. He’s over .200 at least.

UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: That right there shows you what the Orioles think of Joba. After Huff crossed the plate, he turned to the dugout and pumped his fist. He was obviously mocking Joba.

The joke in the Baltimore clubhouse this morning was that Joba hurt his thumb pumping his fist.

I personally think it’s fine to show some emotion and that many baseball players are too sensitive. But if Joba is going to do that, he has to back it up and so far this season, he has not.

UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: Opponents are hitting 13 of 27 (.481) against Joba in the first inning, 20 of 85 (.235) after that. To me, that’s on the coaching staff. Somebody need to figure out why that is and fix it.

UPDATE, 2:21 p.m.: To further the Joba point:

First inning: 6 innings, 13 hits, 9 earned runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, 3 HR. 13.50 ERA

All other innings: 29.2 innings, 23 hits, 6 earned runs, 14 walks, 17 strikeouts, 1 HR. 1.82 ERA.

UPDATE, 3:01 p.m.: What is Melky thinking? He makes a silly, late throw to third base to try and get Wigginton which allows Pie to take second and take the double play out of the mix. Melky is not a good outfielder. He has a good arm but that’s really all he brings to the position.

Meanwhile, that Jeter doesn’t even get a glove on that ball is just grim.

UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: A moribund effort by the offense so far. Uehara has allowed two runs in 11 innings against the Yankees. He has allowed 17 earned runs in 31.2 innings in his other five starts.

Meanwhile, Joba is three outs away from an acceptable start. He has thrown too many pitches (94 through five innings) but he kept his head in the game and gave them a chance to win.

UPDATE, 3:56 p.m.: Johnny Damon is again the man. 12 for 25, 8 extra-base hits, 13 RBI. Just killing it.

Yankees lead 5-3.

UPDATE, 4:01 p.m.: All that started when Trembley called in a right-hander just to face Francisco Cervelli, who was hitting a .190 in the Eastern League last week. Classic case of over-managing. But they all do it.

Now it’s Phil Coke, hold on for dear life and a sketchy Mo to try and get nine outs in Camden Yards. I’m guessing this doesn’t end 5-3. The Baltimore pen isn’t very good, either.

UPDATE, 4:17 p.m.: So much for Veras, Ramirez, Albaladejo and rest of the firestarters. Girardi is high on Coke.

OK, that’s didn’t come out right. But you get the idea.

UPDATE, 4:20 p.m.: Great job by Coke. 5-3 to the ninth.

UPDATE, 4:25 p.m.: Wow, Melky keeps rocking with the bat. He is 26 of his last 74 and has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 starts. He has run with his second chance. You have to give him credit for doing that.

UPDATE, 4:33 p.m.: It seems strange to say it, but this is a big outing for Mariano Rivera. He needs to quiet some fears here.

UPDATE, 4:37 p.m.: Walking Felix Pie? That’s not quieting the fears, Mo. First walk of the season for Rivera.

UPDATE, 4:40 p.m.: That was the first walk for Rivera since Aug. 24, a stretch of 24 innings. The batter he walked then was Brian Roberts, who is up now with two outs.

UPDATE, 4:41 p.m.: All is well in Yankeeland as Mo slams the door for the save. Yankees win 5-3.

Back later with a report from the clubhouse.

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