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Game 8: Yankees vs. Angels

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Apr 14, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Javier Vazquez (0-1, 12.71)
Career vs. Angels

ANGELS
Erick Aybar SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Torii Hunter CF
Hideki Matsui DH
Kendry Morales 1B
Juan Rivera RF
Maicer Izturis 2B
Jeff Mathis C
Brandon Wood 3B

RHP Joel Pineiro (0-1, 4.50)
Career vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m./YES Network

WEATHER: A little breezy, with temperatures in the 60s. I can’t see a single cloud in the sky. It’s a nice day in the city.

UMPIRES: HP Dan Bellino, 1B Jerry Layne, 2B Mike Winters, 3B Hunter Wendelstedt

COMFORT ZONE: Javier Vazquez has faced Torii Hunter 40 times and allowed just eight hits, good for a .205 average and .225 on-base percentage. Vazquez has been less successful against Bobby Abreu, who’s hit .282 with a .746 slugging percentage against the Yankees right-hander. None of the other Angels have faced Vazquez more than four times.

ANGEL MOVES: The Angels have placed LHP Brian Fuentes on the disabled list and optioned Bobby Cassevah to Triple-A. Speedy outfielder Reggie Willits has been added to the roster, as has reliever Francisco Rodriguez.

CANO CAN: Robinson Cano has a hit in all seven Yankees games this season. This year and last year, Cano has a .366 batting average in April. Before last season, Cano’s career batting average in April was .237.

WELCOME BACK: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Nick Johnson is the first player to go six or more seasons between Yankee home runs since Ruben Sierra. Johnson homered yesterday, his first with the Yankees since September 23, 2003. Seirra homered for the Yankees in 1996 and again in 2003.

UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: Javier Vazquez seemed to be missing up in the zone early in the first inning, but he also seemed to settle in after a visit from Dave Eiland. Either way, no damage done. At least, not so far.

UPDATE, 1:43 p.m.: Ruled a double for Cano.

UPDATE, 2:02 p.m.: Posada ends the inning, but Vazquez does not look sharp. Again.

UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: Pineiro has faced 10 batters. Five have grounded to second.

UPDATE, 2:23 p.m.: Pineiro is simply a different pitcher since he spent that time in St. Louis. Dave Duncan did some good things with this guy.

UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: One of the last two batters in the Yankees lineup just tripled. Guess which one.

UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: Another rocky outing for Vazquez. A team can certainly win when its starter allows three runs through 5.1 innings, but the Yankees were obviously hoping for a huge bounce-back game and didn’t get it.

UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: A hit here and a hit there, but ultimately the Yankees haven’t been able to do anything against Pineiro. Tough to win a game like this.

UPDATE, 3:52 p.m.: That’s it for Joel Pineiro, seven terrific innings. The Yankees now have two innings to try to make something happen against this Angels bullpen.

UPDATE, 4:10 p.m.: Nick Johnson hit the deck in a hurry going from second to third on that fielder’s choice. He is, it seems, not at all interested in being hit in the face by a thrown baseball.

UPDATE, 4:12 p.m.: With Fuentes on the DL, Fernando Rodney is getting loose in the Angels bullpen. Looks like he’ll be the guy in the ninth.

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