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Yankees postgame/injury updates

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There was a mixed bag on the injury front after the Yankees’ 6-3 loss to the Phillies. Joe Girardi wondered why Alex Rodriguez wasn’t running full speed between first and second in the ninth on his RBI double. Was he being cautious or feeling pain in his hip/groin? A-Rod said he felt fine in this game, working as the DH.

“In a four-run game, I didn’t think there was the need of going all out,” he said.

While Jorge Posada made it through nine innings in his second start behind the plate in three games, he said his right foot was paining him late in the game. He came out after eight Sunday against the Astros in his first start back there since May 16 when he suffered the hairline fracture.

“I can’t lie to you guys,” Posada said. “It gets tender toward the end. I think it just gets tired. I’ll keep an eye on it and keep treating it. … I just hope that it keeps getting better. I don’t want to be a half-time player.”

A.J. Burnett dropped his third straight start, allowing six runs in 3 1/3. Fastball command seems to be the issue. Posada said he was part of the problem, too.

“I haven’t caught him (lately),” Posada said. “I take most of the blame. We couldn’t get on the same page. I wanted him to establish his four-seamer, and it seemed like he was falling behind on some of the hitters.”

Plus, Burnett didn’t break quickly to cover first on his last batter, so Mark Teixeira had no play and Chase Utley had a gift infield hit. “We’ll take care of it,” Joe Girardi said.

Otherwise, the Yankees had to give credit to Jamie Moyer after he gave up two runs and three hits and fanned five over eight. Derek Jeter thought it was probably a combination of the 47-year-old lefty throwing so softly and having good location.

“He’s been doing it for a long time, a really long time,” Jeter said. “He never throws the ball over the plate. He hits his spots. He’s had a lot of success doing that throughout the years. He could probably pitch another 10 years like that.”

Robinson Cano belted his team-high 14th homer. He has hit safely in nine straight games and 26 of 28, batting .422 with 12 doubles, five homers and 25 RBI over that 28-game stretch.

It will be Andy Pettitte vs. Kyle Kendrick to close the series Thursday night. That’s it from here.

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89 Responses to “Yankees postgame/injury updates”

  1. Irreverent Discourse June 17th, 2010 at 12:28 am

    the sky is falling.

  2. Bob Shirley's Rubber Arm June 17th, 2010 at 12:29 am

    “Paining him” Brian? English a second lanuage?

  3. Phil the Thrill June 17th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Go Andy!

  4. G-C June 17th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Why can’t you all just chalk it up to Moyer for pitching an incredible game and move on?

    I had to sit through that tonight and I gave Moyer a standing ovation as he came off in the eighth. He was terrific. Forget it, its one game. You are all so impossible to deal with.

    We’ll come back, win tomorrow, and be 18 games over .500 going into the weekend. What a travesty.

  5. Bob Shirley's Rubber Arm June 17th, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I know, I know, I had a typo on language, easy lohud junkies…

  6. GreenBeret7 June 17th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    At least quote the player in the right context if you’re going to quote them. It reads like something that clown PA would put out. Rodriguez was asked why he didn’t scored from 2nd on Cano’s hit and he answered it…correctly. Werth has a great arm and down by 3runs and two outs, his run meant absolutely zero. Why risk the chance?

  7. Pat M. June 17th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Hard to hang here anymore, but I must comment on Rich in NJ and his call back during the Hot Stove Season regarding Brett Gardner…….So far you nailed Rich……

  8. Bo knows June 17th, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Long has impacted four players into dramatic improvement at the plate with the most dramatic being Swisher and Gardner. But one has to look at the realities. He can’t go to Tex and force him to change, Tex is a star and that abortion of a swing he has is so complex that they would have to rebuild the thing from scratch and would probably take a full year to implement. But Tex has to go to Long not the other way around. And every time Tex hits one of those bloop HRs he feels he’s on his way back to normal. He’s pulling the low outside breaking pitch. Boy, there is a recipe for success. But he continues the old same old. I feel like screaming at the TV “Hey Tex, has that worked for you lately?

  9. GreenBeret7 June 17th, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Evening Pat M. Your input has been greatly missed on here, but, it’s understandable. This place is getting hard to stomach anymore around game time, and even during the day. It’s overrun by trolls, idiots, idiot trolls and whining pissbags. I only pop in during the game from time to time.r

  10. Pat M. June 17th, 2010 at 12:45 am

    GB, Hope all is well you & the family my friend…….By the way guys, Moyer was tough tonight….At least anyone who has played the game could see that ….

  11. stuart June 17th, 2010 at 12:46 am

    who is dumber posada or aj?

    aj is 32 or older been pitching for 10 years and can’t figure it out yet? the guy throws 2 maybe 3 pitched.

    he is so avg and so overpaid it is ridiculous. he will fininsh the year 15 an 11 with a 3.85 to 4.15 ERA….

    he will have such a good record becuase he is on such a good team. he is a joke and in the playoffs your guess is as good as mine…

    pathetic……….

  12. Rich in NJ June 17th, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Pat M

    Thanks again. I’m wrong a lot too.

    But more importantly, please post here more, and if you feel you can’t, I have a message for the powers that be at LoHud:

    FIND A WAY TO CLEAR OUT THE RIF RAF, PLEASE!

  13. Jerkface June 17th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Paining is an acceptable, albeit old verb form of pain.

  14. Jerkface June 17th, 2010 at 12:57 am

    GB, Hope all is well you & the family my friend…….By the way guys, Moyer was tough tonight….At least anyone who has played the game could see that ….

    He also got a generous zone, as befits a veteran of 100 seasons.

  15. GreenBeret7 June 17th, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Pat M. June 17th, 2010 at 12:45 am
    GB, Hope all is well you & the family my friend…….By the way guys, Moyer was tough tonight….At least anyone who has played the game could see that ….

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    Thanks, Pat. Doing well. Have an appointment in Tampa about a month from now, but, just a checkup. Thanks for asking. Hope you and your wife are doing well, also.

    Hard to believe that Moyer has been doing this for 24 years, but, whatever he found in his 30s, he’s learned well. It’s like watching Glavine and Maddox all over again. I think Pettitte, if he had the desire to keep going, could do the same thing. They look so easy to hit, but, as soon as it looks lined up to become a rocket, it moves offline just a bit and you end up with nothing. It helps that, loke Glavine and Maddox, they have a 28 inch plate to work with, but, he’s smart enough to use what the umpires allow him.

  16. Phil the Thrill June 17th, 2010 at 1:21 am

    I can’t get too concerned about either AJ’s fluctuations or the Yanks occasionally losing one to a gimmick pitcher in June. The sloppy fielding of the last two nights needs to get cleaned up, but whenever they rally at the end of a game like this, they tend to play well for awhile thereafter.

  17. Yanksgal03 June 17th, 2010 at 1:27 am

    When this team loses this blog is an embarrassment. With the exception of the few intelligent posters …the other comments are just pitiful during game threads. Two weeks ago everyone wanted to get rid of Javy and get Cliff Lee. Now it’s AJ for Lee. Of course if AJ throws a few great games everyone tearing him apart will be singing his praises…these people are known as fair weather fans. Love the team when they do good…rip them apart when they have a bad day. I am just totally amazed by the stupidity of the statements that are made and the lack of knowledge by these so-called fans.

    Believe me …I have lived through some horrible times as a Yankee fan for over 45 years but win or lose I will always love my Yanks !!!! I’m a fan through good times as well as bad not just when they win. That’s a true
    fan…

    Go Yankees 2010!!!

  18. Pat M. June 17th, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Yanksgal103…….You’re an endangered species

  19. Yanksgal03 June 17th, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Pat M…

    Sad to say …that just might be true….lol

    I was at the game tonight and will be there tomorrow too. Andy
    and the Yanks will get the job done and win another series which
    is what really counts…

    Go Yankees 2010 !!!

  20. Ed H. June 17th, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Say all you want about PeteAbe but he was willing to play sheriff when it was needed. He’d tell people when they were being idiots and kick out the trolls. We could really use some of that now. This place has gotten insufferable.

  21. XLJ June 17th, 2010 at 2:18 am

    I hope Girardi took care of Sabathia too. He didn’t cover 1st last night. I blame Sabathia is bad habits are now infecting the rest of the players!!!

  22. Pat M. June 17th, 2010 at 2:20 am

    Ed H……I think the new caretakers of the LoHud are more concerned about quantity than quality……Shame is this is the best blog for Yankee baseball and baseball in general……

  23. GreenBeret7 June 17th, 2010 at 2:21 am

    Ed H. June 17th, 2010 at 1:55 am
    Say all you want about PeteAbe but he was willing to play sheriff when it was needed. He’d tell people when they were being idiots and kick out the trolls. We could really use some of that now. This place has gotten insufferable.

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    No he didn’t. Only the ones that disagreed with him.

  24. Pat M. June 17th, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Pete was prickly to say the least…..

  25. GreenBeret7 June 17th, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Pat M. June 17th, 2010 at 2:36 am
    Pete was prickly to say the least…..

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    You’re more kind and diplomatic than I am I would have dropped the “ly” from prickly.

    Not sure if you saw my response to Moyer’s work tonight, comparing him to Glavine and Maddox.

  26. Ed H. June 17th, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Pete was prickly and picked some really strange battles, but he was also right on sometimes. I don’t want to make it seem like LoHud was all a bed of roses when Pete was here, but I’ve got to give him credit for at least making an effort to keep the crazies in line.

  27. Pat M. June 17th, 2010 at 2:53 am

    GB……..You always crack me up, but you tell it like it is & for that you have attained great respect just on that alone……Yes I did see your very accurate comparison ……I don’t think Maddox ever topped out more than 90 mph, but he could work the 4 zones like a surgeon

  28. Rick June 17th, 2010 at 7:03 am

    As it stands now, I’d trust Swisher with a bat in his hands much more than Teixeira.
    Nick listened to Kevin Long about staying quiet in the batter’s box before a pitch and it’s worked.
    Teixeira is wound up tight as a drum with all his nervous movement. How can he concentrate ?

  29. KPB June 17th, 2010 at 7:10 am

    If anybody is up I have a question.

    How is it that A J can be lights out for 3-4 innings, then seem to lose control and get it back again? Is it mixing up signs, lose focus, or nerves get to him? I have never played other than Jr High gym class softball, so I don’t have any idea. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  30. upstate kate June 17th, 2010 at 7:11 am

    is it safe to return to the blog?

    who would have guessed the Yankees would have their way w/ Halladay and struggle w/ Moyer? Bright spot- the bullpen was great, who would have thought Logan/Gaudin would not give up a run?

    I think Swish has improved tremendously, both offensively and defensively.

  31. vinny-b (Brett Gardner will never see the bench again) June 17th, 2010 at 7:12 am

    “Long has impacted four players into dramatic improvement at the plate with the most dramatic being Swisher and Gardner. But one has to look at the realities. He can’t go to Tex and force him to change, Tex is a star and that abortion of a swing he has is so complex that they would have to rebuild the thing from scratch and would probably take a full year to implement. But Tex has to go to Long not the other way around. And every time Tex hits one of those bloop HRs he feels he’s on his way back to normal. He’s pulling the low outside breaking pitch. Boy, there is a recipe for success. But he continues the old same old. I feel like screaming at the TV “Hey Tex, has that worked for you lately?”
    ——————————————————–

    to me, Frankie Cervelli is the person who should be working with Tex.

    Cervelli knows how to hit the ball up the middle. It is what Tex should be doing, to get back on track. Instead he insists on getting pull-happy, and never gets his timing down.

  32. vinny-b (Brett Gardner will never see the bench again) June 17th, 2010 at 7:19 am

    “upstate kate June 17th, 2010 at 7:11 am
    is it safe to return to the blog?”
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    lol, Kate

    last night mimicked a cross between a baseball game at The Vet, and the wild west.

  33. upstate kate June 17th, 2010 at 7:22 am

    I think Cervelli is successful because he “never tries to do too much”, an over used phrase I admit. He knows he is not a power hitter, his job is to get the base hit, bunt, sac fly, whatever. That “not trying to do too much” attitude helped Arod last year, when he returned from surgery and the expectations for him were so much lower. And the end reult for Arod was another 30/100 season, even w/ missing time.

  34. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 June 17th, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Philly didn’t gain anything last night in their standings either, because the Braves won. So let them keep their shallow victory of winning that game. AJ beat the Yankees, once he left the pen didn’t allow another run.
    Their closer did give up a run, and WAS CLOSE to tying up the game. Lidge being brought in to protect a 4 run lead proves Manuel’s fear of the Yankees!

    In spite of the loss, Yankees still have one of the best records in baseball. I’ll bet Philly wishes it had the Yankees 1st half success.

    One thing that’s noteworthy, is Alex’s explanation for not running full out, is he hurting more than he’s letting on to Joe? That’s my only concern about last night.

    The bright spots were Boon and Chad each went scoreless multiple innings.

  35. vinny-b (Brett Gardner will never see the bench again) June 17th, 2010 at 7:28 am

    “last night mimicked a cross between a baseball game at The Vet, and the wild west”
    ———————————————————

    Porter = Biff Tanner

  36. blake June 17th, 2010 at 7:29 am

    There was so.e discussion last night on Tex and his place in the order. I’m not saying they should make a change but…

    If you’re one that believes you’re best two hitters should hit 3rd and 4th then I don’t think Teixera is one of those anymore. Some of that has to do with him but most of it has to do with Cano.

    When you look at swings and ability to hit a wide range of pitching, Cano and Alex are the Yankees two best hitters. Cano has to be an uncomfortable to pitch to. As great as Alex is, you can get him out of you execute great pitches. Cano can hit everything, pitchers have to hope he expands the zone and chased and he just hadn’t done that this season.

    Again, I’m not saying they should make a move because I’m not the manager and don’t know the ramifications of what it might do to Tex’s confidence and the clubhouse. Tex needs to be in a spot where he can drive in runs but IMO the ideal lineup for the Yankees now would probably have Cano 3rd and Arod cleanup.

  37. Nick in SF June 17th, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Go South Korea?

  38. vinny-b (Brett Gardner will never see the bench again) June 17th, 2010 at 7:42 am

    “If you’re one that believes you’re best two hitters should hit 3rd and 4th then I don’t think Teixera is one of those anymore. Some of that has to do with him but most of it has to do with Cano”
    ——————————————————————

    Blake: I believe Tex is still among the top 2 hitters on the team. But only when he is right. He dissapeared in the post-season last year, and AWOL in 2010.

    if Tex continues to look at his baseball card, and doesn’t get his timing down, Nick Swisher will pass him up. Cano already did.

  39. gfd June 17th, 2010 at 7:48 am

    When you look at the lost games that Javier (5) and AJ (5) gave away so far, that’s the part of the reason the Yankees aren’t the sole leader of this division.
    The other part is the top of the ~original order~ getting off to a slow start, and all hitting way below their averages. Jeter, Nick Johnson.Teixeira, Arod.

    Andy has carried this team all season, he and Phil are solid. He’s going for #9 and I hope he gets run support. He’s a breath of fresh air!

  40. blake June 17th, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Vinny,
    Tex does have the track record and you could certainly make that argument. I just feel like there are a whole lot more ways to get tex out than there is Cano because of their swings.

  41. vinny-b (Brett Gardner will never see the bench again) June 17th, 2010 at 7:55 am

    blake:

    agreed. Cano is a better hitter than Texeria. And probably for the forseeable future

  42. ron June 17th, 2010 at 8:01 am

    On the yes post game last night kay & co were talking about burnetts era.

    They said burnetts era pitching out of the stretch is much lower.
    Leiter i believe said it is because burnett is able to repeat his delivery easier & the ball is hidden more.

    Flannery said the phillies batters were swinging from their heels like they knew what was coming.

    Imo burnett needs a workable 3rd pitch for starters.

  43. AJ is in la la land June 17th, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Javy and AJ have the same record now. Javy is improving and could wind up with more wins than AJ, how sick is that? AJ is just here for the ride, if the team wins, he gets to celebrate as if he helped, and gets another ring. After all he shows up every 5 days, throw crap, then goes back on vacation, not a bad gig to have.

  44. NYYROC June 17th, 2010 at 8:08 am

    AJ is what he is; a very talented but inconsistent pitcher. Always has been, always will be. Putting him in pinstripes and paying him mega $ doesn’t change that. He can be absolutely dominating when he is on and very frustrating when he is off.

  45. Tex is a mess! June 17th, 2010 at 8:09 am

    The bottom of the order has carried this team, if you move him down there expect a lot of players left on base. Yankees are stuck with him at the top.

  46. Jim June 17th, 2010 at 8:09 am

    I think Cervelli is successful because he “never tries to do too much”, an over used phrase I admit. He knows he is not a power hitter, his job is to get the base hit, bunt, sac fly, whatever. That “not trying to do too much” attitude helped Arod last year, when he returned from surgery and the expectations for him were so much lower. And the end reult for Arod was another 30/100 season, even w/ missing time.
    ——————-

    the only other player on the team that follows that approach is Jeter – and he’s a lock for the HOF. You’d think all the others would take notice. Cervelli and Jete play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. They ALWAYS tailor their ABs to the situation and that’s why they are both successful doing what needs to be done to win. I think that’s the only thing missing from Cano’s game. If he could learn to tailor his ABs to the situation he’d actually be able to continue producing during his slumps (not that he’s had many this year but he’s definitely a streaky hitter). Arod became a more situational hitter last year when he came back and I wish he’d go back to it this year because he was a much more dangerous AB last year.

  47. blake June 17th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    AJ is kinda like that golfer who hits 300 hard drives with a flawed swing just enough to make him not want to change.

    His delivery is very rotational as opposed to a guy like Hughes where everything is striaght toward the target. It contributes to his great movement but everything has to be in perfect sync or he has real command issues. When he’s on, he can dominate with two pitches but when he’s not I agree it would be nice to have another weapon to throw in the mix. He has the potential for a great changeup..never really understood why he hasn’t developed it more.

  48. JD June 17th, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Alex played to the score. Why risk a collision at the plate when that run meant nothing to the overall outcome of the game? Alex knew the situation.

  49. vinny-b (Brett Gardner will never see the bench again) June 17th, 2010 at 8:20 am

    “the only other player on the team that follows that approach is Jeter – and he’s a lock for the HOF. You’d think all the others would take notice. Cervelli and Jete play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. They ALWAYS tailor their ABs to the situation and that’s why they are both successful doing what needs to be done to win. I think that’s the only thing missing from Cano’s game. If he could learn to tailor his ABs to the situation he’d actually be able to continue producing during his slumps (not that he’s had many this year but he’s definitely a streaky hitter). Arod became a more situational hitter last year when he came back and I wish he’d go back to it this year because he was a much more dangerous AB last year”
    ————————————————————————–

    Jim: from the excellent Mark Newman/Nom@@s interview, the statement i believed to be the most profound, is what Mark Newman told, regarding hitting. He stated: “There’s two basic principles that make up the foundation of our hitting program: Get a good pitch to hit and use the whole field. We don’t want to develop dead-pull hitters or dead-opposite-field hitters”.

    the above statement very much suprised me. In the post-dynasty Joe Torre years, the only players who followed this approach were Nick Johnson, Jeter, Matsui, and maybe Posada. To me, it looks like Texeria needs to receive this memo. As it looks like he’s trying to pull everything. A no-no, for someone in a 9 month slump. Yes. 9 months.

  50. Patrick June 17th, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Wow stop defending A-rod for not going all out. I don’t care what the score is, he should be running hard all the time.

    It’s not a big deal because he usually does go full out but really there’s no excuse for him this time.

  51. AJ Imploded big time! June 17th, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Wasn’t AJ suppose to be injury prone? He’s been real healthy, but geesh between he and Joba, no wonder Eiland needed time off!

  52. JD June 17th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    With Cano’s swing he should be better than Tex. If he stays focused and continues to find his pitch to hit he will be naturally better. I think the shift is getting the better of Tex. He just seems to think he needs to homer every at bat. He needs to make some adjustments, get lucky and have balls find some holes, and he should get back on track. Hopefully his avg’s start to match the back of his card. I think the Phillies found something against him in the playoffs last year and other teams are seeing it too. They have made adjustments and he needs to counter them. The breaking balls /off speed stuff are getting the better of him and he needs to find a way to either hit them the other way or stay back and hammer them. I agree he seems to have to much going on at the plate.

  53. no excuses June 17th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Speaking of Jeter, he never took more than 3 pitches at any of his at bats. Most were 1 pitch and out. He does that a lot with lefty pitching.

  54. JD June 17th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Patrick- If Arod had gotten hurt or even thrown out at the plate we would have more to complain about. It’s not defending A-Rod but defending the right play in that situation. It didn’t matter who was running. It’s about winning or losing not losing by less.

  55. blake June 17th, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Teixera’s swing , (especially from the left side) makes it very difficult to hit pitches away and breaking balls down in the zone….and he’s seeing a steady diet of both.

  56. vinny-b (Brett Gardner will never see the bench again) June 17th, 2010 at 8:36 am

    “With Cano’s swing he should be better than Tex. If he stays focused and continues to find his pitch to hit he will be naturally better”
    —————————————————–

    Cano already is better.

    if this mantains, Swisher will be the next to pass up Texeria

  57. blake June 17th, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Arods run meant nothing. You take no chances there. You want to make sure the tie run gets to the plate in that situation.

  58. Erin June 17th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Patrick June 17th, 2010 at 8:27 am
    Wow stop defending A-rod for not going all out. I don?t care what the score is, he should be running hard all the time.

    **************************
    Patrick, what if there was a collision at the plate and Alex got hurt? Considering his run meant nothing, I had no problem whatsoever with him stopping at third.

  59. Erica in NY June 17th, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Good morning-

    Just wanted to let everyone know that I have a meeting in the city I am leaving for very shortly. I will not be back until 1:30-2:30ish

    Have a great day :-)

  60. JD June 17th, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Vinny- I agree he is already better and that’s what I meant by he shoud be. I just meant it was more of a surprise he wasn’t always better. Just glad he has found confidence and patience to be the hitter he should have always been and should always be with that beautiful swing he has. People just seemed surprised he is hitting better than Tex and I’m saying that he should be and that should be no surprise. He put all the pieces together and the natural ability was already there.

  61. ron June 17th, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Arod is hurt,the injury is in his head,that is why he didn’t run all out.

    Have to give him a pass.

  62. Haiku-man June 17th, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I read on the internet a couple of days ago, that the Yankees front officer was very upset with Alex . The day he was replaced in the game, he had already told Russo to be ready before the game, after his batting practice, while saying nothing to Joe about his feeling tight.

  63. Patrick from CT June 17th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    AJ stunk and they didn’t hit Moyer.
    Moyer is having a great season minus his start against Boston.
    AJ will hopefully fine it again.
    What is with these guys not covering first?

    Look for Arod to be back at 3b today and Posada DH’n; that’s what I’m hoping for anyway. Both of their bats in there at the same time makes the lineup so much better.

    I think it may be time for Russo to go back down and get some playing time. His swing didn’t look so good last night. Maybe keep him through the Met’s series and then bring up that power hitting Mexican league guy to spell Alex.

    I tell you what, Cano is the best hitter in the league right now. He is the MVP of the first half for sure. I really wonder if shipping his buddy out has helped him focus.

  64. JD June 17th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Arod is a good base runner. He knows the situations and knows how to play them. He may be a head case off the field but usually on the field he makes the right decisions given the situation. Now I am defending ARod.

  65. NYYROC June 17th, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Have to hope that with time Jorge’s foot will get stronger. Otherwise he’ll become part-time catcher, part -time DH sooner than expected.

  66. vinny-b (Brett Gardner will never see the bench again) June 17th, 2010 at 8:51 am

    “I agree he is already better and that’s what I meant by he shoud be. I just meant it was more of a surprise he wasn’t always better. Just glad he has found confidence and patience to be the hitter he should have always been and should always be with that beautiful swing he has. People just seemed surprised he is hitting better than Tex and I’m saying that he should be and that should be no surprise. He put all the pieces together and the natural ability was already there”
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    JD:

    kewl. I get you

    like you said, for Cano the only missing link was being selective at the plate. The joker is hitting like Barry Bonds, right now

    always liked Cano as a defensive player. However, as a complete player Robinson Cano is proving me wrong.

  67. MTU (aka GBURL) June 17th, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Blake-

    Good Morning.

    I see you made your escape from L.A.

    Re :Tex

    I am for a temporary change of his LU position although I don’t think it’s in the cards.

    My take is that he needs the pressure to produce turned down a notch.

    The opposing point of view sees 2 problems with moving him.

    1 it reduces the number of AB’s he gets to try to get out of his slump.

    2 it might mess with his head.

    It is certainly not a cut and dried issue.

    Whatever happens I am confident that Tex will bust out in a very big way sooner or later. He has a very complicated swing.

    Just my 2 cents.

  68. Shame Spencer June 17th, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I think someone asked this earlier in the thread and I wasn’t sure if anyone answered but can anyone explain AJ Burnett to me?

    I mean as far as his inconsistencies, can anyone explain why he can throw a couple good innings and a couple awful ones in the same game? Is it a mechanical issue? A focus issue? A communication issue (with whoevers catching)?

  69. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 June 17th, 2010 at 8:52 am

    http://www.hotstove.com Cliff to Dodgers? Oswalt to the Rangers?

  70. Erin June 17th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Patrick from CT June 17th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    What is with these guys not covering first?

    ***************************
    If Andy doesn’t cover first tonight, it’s officially an epidemic. ;)

  71. vinny-b (Brett Gardner will never see the bench again) June 17th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    “I tell you what, Cano is the best hitter in the league right now. He is the MVP of the first half for sure. I really wonder if shipping his buddy out has helped him focus”
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    it makes one wonder, doesn’t it

  72. Bam Sorden June 17th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Can you hear feetsteps from Red Sox nation! LOL

  73. JD June 17th, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Russo may need more playing time but how many Jamie Moyer type pitchers has he seen or will he see in the minors? Not too many guys looked good at the plate last night. If he wants to play for the Yankees it will be as a utility guy so playing every day won’t help him get better at that.

  74. salty buggah June 17th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    My favorite head line from, SB Nation: Jamie Moyer scores a victory for the Geritol Generation!

  75. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 17th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    MTU -

    Add a #3 – moving Tex forces moves in the rest of the lineup that may or may not end up being helpful overall.

  76. randy l. June 17th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    “AJ is kinda like that golfer who hits 300 hard drives with a flawed swing just enough to make him not want to change.”

    blake-

    add teixeira to the analogy too. the problem is that once an athlete develops an ability to do something at a high level that is based on complex mechanics those athletes are going to be streaky.

    things can be improved however by what seem the smallest changes. this is where long and eiland come in suggesting things.

    continuing the golf theme as an example, last night i was hitting balls to an elevated 170 par three with a small green. it’s a tough hole that’s 102 years old ( bobby jones used to play it). i usually par it about half the time, but last night because i was hitting a little shorter than usual despite swinging hard i decided to relax my hands to see if that would help. that helped ,so i then remembered hogan’s instruction to squeeze with the little pinkie on the left hand and put the pressure there during the swing.

    instantly, i was a different golfer, i hit 8 balls and 6 were were on the green, one off the green was so close i putted. the other that missed flew the green directly over the flag. i ended up with 7 pars and a tap in bogie.

    all because of the mechanical change of squeezing my left pinkie all during the swing. burnett and teixeira have to keep searching until they find the equivalent swing or throw thought that impacts their mechanics so they can have success.

    the really successful athletes will find a way that works. someone like jeter will keep trying things until he finds something that works. that’s as important as simply being good. the player has to have a drive to search for the small things that make everything click.

    the problem is they change. a good player may have to have multiple thoughts that he uses at different time to keep his swing or throwing tuned up. it’s not easy which is why most players aren’t stars.

    eiland and long can really help with an array of ideas, but the player has to have it in them to be open to trying different things. some changes aren’t hard to do, but make big changes for the better.

  77. Patrick June 17th, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Erin that would have been bad if A-rod got hurt but if we are to believe what he said in the interview – that he didn’t run hard because it wasn’t a close game, that’s unacceptable.

    I’d be worried but okay with it if he had said that he felt something in his hip and had to slow up. But there’s never an excuse for not going 100%.

  78. Patrick from CT June 17th, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Bad wheel or not, no way Arod should have tried to score from second down 3 with 2 outs in the 9th. Georgie is the tying run at the plate and has been knocking them out of the park.

    GI Joe will be on the pitcher today though…

  79. Erin June 17th, 2010 at 8:59 am

    New Post: Do the Yankees need a reliever?

    :arrow:

  80. Patrick from CT June 17th, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Bam Sorden June 17th, 2010 at 8:54 am
    Can you hear feetsteps from Red Sox nation! LOL

    ===================================

    Hey Sam, The Sox were closer a couple of weeks ago.

  81. MTU (aka GBURL) June 17th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Re: AJ

    AJ is a 2 pitch pitcher. Both plus.

    And as we know that combo is deadly when they are on.

    The problem occurrs when one of them isn’t. Then AJ’s arsenal is cut almost in half and hitter’s begin to sit on a certain pitch.

    I don’t care how great your stuff is, other than Mo, no pitcher can get by with just one pitch working.

    If AJ would use his CU or 2 seamer more when one of his other bread and butter pitches is not working I think he would be a more successful and consistent pitcher.

    He is stubborn about the CU. He actually has quite a good one but refuses to throw it.

    that’s on him.

    He also has a good 2 seamer and should try to use that more in circumstances when his 2 best pitches aren’t getting it done.

    Last night. It seemed to me that neither of his 2 best pitches were
    working particularly well and he just had just had a particularly bad night. That could happen to anyone.

    The FB command was off from the beginning and the curve didn’t come around soon enough to make a difference.

  82. randy l. June 17th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    blake-

    putting moyer’s brain in aj’s body wouldn’t hurt either.

    that would be one scary pitcher.

  83. Keeping it real June 17th, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Shame Spencer

    As far as AJ, here’s a formula that works. If he throws 2 innings or more with 18 or more ptcthes
    the Yankees will be scored on, until Joe yanks him. i. e.
    Last night 1st inning 19 pitches 2 runs, 2nd inning 33 pitches 4 runs. He hung around for the 3rd, and 1 batter in the 4th, but the hole was dug for the team, he threw 87 pitches by that point.

  84. MTU (aka GBURL) June 17th, 2010 at 9:11 am

    New Thread ——>>>

  85. Chambliss June 17th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I find it odd that Moyer went 1+ innings in his last start and gave up 9 hits and 9 runs against the Red Sox, and then he blinds the Yankees in his very next start. Moyer is a nibbler, and it seemed like he was getting a lot of borderline pitches last night. It also seemed as if the Yankees were swinging early in the count and hitting line drives or long fly balls quite often.

    Oh well. One game. Can’t get too bent out of shape. Take it tonight and win another series.

  86. GreenBeret7 June 17th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Patrick June 17th, 2010 at 8:58 am
    Erin that would have been bad if A-rod got hurt but if we are to believe what he said in the interview – that he didn’t run hard because it wasn’t a close game, that’s unacceptable.

    I’d be worried but okay with it if he had said that he felt something in his hip and had to slow up. But there’s never an excuse for not going 100%.

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    Did you see where Werth picked the ball up at? Rodriguez had no chance of scoring. The goal was getting the tying run to the plate, not giving Cano another RBI. Gardner may have been able to score, but, it would have been too close to chance. Rodriguez’ run meant absolutely nothing.

  87. GreenBeret7 June 17th, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Chambliss June 17th, 2010 at 9:16 am
    I find it odd that Moyer went 1+ innings in his last start and gave up 9 hits and 9 runs against the Red Sox, and then he blinds the Yankees in his very next start. Moyer is a nibbler, and it seemed like he was getting a lot of borderline pitches last night. It also seemed as if the Yankees were swinging early in the count and hitting line drives or long fly balls quite often.

    Oh well. One game. Can’t get too bent out of shape. Take it tonight and win another series.

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    I agree. I’ve never seen any other pitcher have that happen to them. A freak happening.

  88. GO LAKERS June 17th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    The at bat that bothered me was Gardner swinging at the 3-1 pitch in the 8th inning with 2 out and Jeter on deck. He almost never swings until there are 2 strikes, especially in a spot like that. If he can get on there, then Jeter gets a chance with 2 on and 2 out. Surprised he swung there.

  89. Mitch June 17th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Here’s all i know. Moyer throws meatballs. AJ is a very inconsistent pitcher. Losing to Moyer after beating Halladay makes no sense. Such is baseball. We would be a better team if we had Moyer instead of AJ. Tex needs to sit for a few days. I feel sorry for Tex, has he ever been so bad this late in a season. Do we write him off like Ortiz was written off last year? If Gardner, Cano and Swisher slump, we will be in sad shape in Tex and Arod dont pick it up. Long way to go. In good shape. wish Rays would fade, but RSox wont go away.

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