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Yankees postgame

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What happened to the Yankees the last two nights against Seattle happens about once a decade. Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez threw back-to-back complete-game victories against them. The last time it happened was in the 2000 season when Chris Carpenter and Kelvin Escobar did it for Toronto. The last time it happened in the Bronx was 1991 when Mark Langston and Jim Abbott did for the Angels.

Hernandez was even better than Lee, firing a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts in the 7-0 victory. 

“Those two guys have done a great job against us, especially here at home,” Nick Swisher said. “Hat’s off to them. You’ve got to give credit where credit is due. But tomorrow is a new day. We need to take out some aggression.”

They will try to do that against lefty Ryan Rowland-Smith, who is just 1-7 with a 6.18 ERA.

The Yankees came away rather impressed with King Felix. He became the first pitcher to shut them out in the new stadium.

“The guy’s got amazing stuff,” Colin Curtis said. “He was hitting his spots.”

“His velocity is down to 94-95 and it used to be 99,” Swisher said. “But I’d much rather be facing 99 straight than 94 and the sink that he has on his ball right now.”

Javy Vazquez allowed three runs and six hits while fanning eight and walking two over six innings.

 “A lot of times, three runs in six innings will win a lot of games,” Joe Girardi said. “But not tonight. Not against Felix.”

This was the Yankees’ worst margin of defeat this year, and it followed Tuesday’s 7-4 defeat.

“This is what you go through during the course of a season,” Girardi said. “You’ve got to pick yourself up and get at it tomorrow.”

The Yankees have lost three of four, while the Mariners have won 9 of 12. And they’re still just 33-44. …

Mark Teixeira extended his season-high hitting streak to 11 games. Yet he has just 12 hits in this span. …

Derek Jeter has gone a career-high 14 straight games without an RBI. …

Damaso Marte had set down 19 straight lefty hitters until he gave up Russell Branyon’s two-run shot in the seventh. …

Marcus Thames began his rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He went 1 for 4 with an RBI at Pawtucket. Girardi said before the game that Thames must still play some games in the outfield before he returns. …

 OK, that’s it for tonight.





65 Responses to “Yankees postgame”

  1. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Two turn the page games.

  2. Tyler July 1st, 2010 at 12:41 am


    I like Aviles alot too. My main point is don’t expect a huge blockbuster trade but rather a trade that makes sense with a low-level mid type prospect going the other way

    I just hope NJ can come back. People forget that when he is going well he has over a .400 OBP. Even when he wasn’t hitting he was drawing a ton of walks and getting on base. That’s what the offense needs right now

    Jeter concerns me but he has always broken out of it in the past so I trust him. He seems like the type of guy who when he realizes he doesn’t have it anymore will just retire. He doesn’t need to hang around just for the heck of it. Grandy needs to improve against lefties that’s for sure. He is such a dynamic player (probably the most on the team if you take a combo of speed and power). Him getting hot would be huge.

    Honestly, last July 1st the Yanks offense was slumping also. They got shut out by the Nationals at home in June last year I remember. The same ocmplaints were on the blog then. Granted Matsui and Damon helped things out but i have faith they pull it out again.

  3. CompassRosy July 1st, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Are you effing kidding me, its one thing to not get any runs off of Cliff and Felix its another to give up 12 runs to the Mariners

    Here’s the thing – three months into the season, the M’s have THREE of their starters hitting at least 55 points below their career average (all sub .250, one sub .200). The law of averages would deem that unlikely to continue. The M’s were never going to be a power-house this season but, with that pitching staff, if they just do some of the little things right from here on out, they should be able to win their fair share of games. Granted, the early hole they dug is too deep to climb out of, and it would take a miracle (or six) for them to sniff the playoffs, but finishing strong will help give them confidence in their competence going into next season and beyond.

    Their bullpen also leaves a lot to be desired.

    Well, at least they get plenty of rest every 4th and 5th day ;)

  4. Nick in SF July 1st, 2010 at 12:58 am

    “LOL so the Yankees ruined Joba, yeah ok.”

    I don’t think anyone in the Yankee organization is putting the Joba Development plan on the top of their resume so far.

  5. George C. July 1st, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Tomorrow afternoon, after the Mariners sweep the series 7-1 behind CG 5 hit & no walk effort from Rowland-Smith, Swisher says, “you have got to tip your hat to Ryan. He was hitting his spots, executed all his pitches. His win-loss record is a bit misleading. It isn’t because we suck, we are just hitting into some bad luck right now. Did I mention I tip my hat to him?” Later he adds, “we also like to tip our hats in advance to the stud pitchers the Blue Jays are throwing at us in the next 3 games. They are young and studly so I won’t be surprised if they shut us down.”

  6. BART July 1st, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Of course Rowland-Smith, will pitch like CY Young against the Yankees tomorrow.

  7. Tyler July 1st, 2010 at 1:07 am

    The Yanks did make alot of mistakes with Joba. The starting him 3 innings and taking him out was dumb. They learned. They admit their mistakes. It was the first young pitcher they dealt with for a while.

  8. Tyler July 1st, 2010 at 1:12 am


    your team would be scary in the playoffs. unfortunatly it might be too big of a hole to climb. but its a shame because you guys would definitely have the whole 2001 dbacks thing going on

  9. westva July 1st, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Yesterday in the SNY Mets game highlights my son saw Jose Reyes falling backwards as he was trying to catch a ball…then Reyes tried to throw the ball, and it ricocheted off his foot.
    It was hilarious, and I would like to see the replay, but I haven’t been able to find it anywhere. Does anyone know where I can see this hilarious Jose Reyes blooper? I would appreciate it if you would post a link to any sites that might show this replay.
    Thank you.

  10. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2010 at 1:15 am

    As poorly as the Yankees have handled Joba, the bigger factor in his struggles was the shoulder injury. That night in Texas changed everything.

  11. Patrick July 1st, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Wow awesome, I now have the ultimate impersonator. He found my last name and parents names too! Totally sweet. Clearly someone in my lohud fantasy baseball league saw my full name there and did a facebook search on the name!

    Nick if you’re still around, that obviously was not me tonight.

  12. Nick in SF July 1st, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Sorry, Patrick. I thought it was odd.

    I should’ve figured out it was a phony sooner, but I was unaware that the fantasy league revealed so much.

    Very creepy. The party guilty, probably someone familiar to us all, should really quit the crap and stop acting psychotic.

  13. Patrick July 1st, 2010 at 1:24 am

    My guess is the person is CR9 but who knows. It’s someone that’s in my fantasy league or someone close to a person in the league that somehow has access to the page. That’s the only place my last name could be linked to my handle here on the blog. Unless it’s you Nick!

    I don’t care if someone wants to stalk me or impersonate me but posting my last name and the names of my family? Not cool dude, not cool.

  14. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2010 at 1:24 am

    If there was a ever a reason to have a log-in system that’s it.

    That’s outrageous.

  15. Patrick July 1st, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Oh I guess I overestimated the stalker, he found the names using probably google which most likely led him to a site such as Veromi…

  16. Nick in SF July 1st, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Not my style, Patrick. Besides, I’m still hoping to get $40 from you at the end of the season.

  17. GreenBeret7 July 1st, 2010 at 1:31 am

    When they change the SN slightly, registration won’t stop that until Jeff Marx or somebody is notified and the idiot is banned. all they may do is reregister with a different email and start over. eventually, they get tired of it and move on. Little kids have a short attention span.

  18. Patrick July 1st, 2010 at 1:32 am

    I’m just kidding with you Nick :)

  19. Nick in SF July 1st, 2010 at 1:34 am

    I know, but I feel (extra) stupid for not knowing it was an imposter. Since I recognized your last name, I thought it was you. Doh!

  20. CompassRosy July 1st, 2010 at 1:38 am

    your team would be scary in the playoffs. unfortunatly it might be too big of a hole to climb. but its a shame because you guys would definitely have the whole 2001 dbacks thing going on

    Yeah, it is truly a shame to have had all this stellar pitching go to waste.

    There has been a twist of irony with the staff…
    -We knew that Felix and Cliff would be aces ~~check!
    -We were pretty sure RRS would be a decent #3 ~~oops!
    -The REAL question marks were Fister and Vargas ~~surprise!
    (although Fister had a bit of arm fatigue so they are being cautious since he’s on pace to pitch the most innings by FAR in his career).

    ‘t will be interesting to see who is supplanted when Bedard returns to the rotation (slated for July 6th) as RRS is out of options, I believe…

  21. Patrick July 1st, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Nah it’s all good Nick. I guess Erica was lurking around this evening because she sent me an email and now I’ve emailed Chad. Hopefully the person gets banned, unfortunately it’s fairly easy to change your IP address and return..

    I might have to change my handle on here and retire the good Patrick name. Oh well, I think most people dislike me anyways :)

  22. Carl July 1st, 2010 at 1:50 am

    I really don’t understand the Joba injury. It’s not like he had surgery. I mean Mo had surgery, and is throwing as hard as he did in 2008 before the surgery.

    I really don’t believe the way the handled him after the 2009 all-star break ruined him.

    Joba needs to take some blame.

  23. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2010 at 1:53 am

    I don’t think anyone truly understands exactly what has gone on with Joba.

  24. Tyler July 1st, 2010 at 1:57 am


    I totally forgot about Bedard. If he got back to anything close to what he could be thats a great 1-2-3. Figgins will start hitting somethime I assume lol. I also don’t understand the Branyan trade? Does JZ think they can make a comeback in that division?

  25. CompassRosy July 1st, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Tyler ~

    I don’t think it’s that JZ really thinks they can come back (though a few more games like the last two, ya never know ;-))

    But, Russell is definitely a threat that they have needed – it takes a bit of pressure off guys that have been trying to do to much, batting where they don’t necessarily belong. Even if the M’s are out of it, it’s their job to win as many games as they can. From what I gather, it’s essentially a message that there’s no white flag here and a chance to finish the season with a shred dignity and a little confidence.

    As for Figgy …
    his struggles have been a puzzle – hard to figure out how (without injury) a .289 hitter can drop off the cliff. But, to his credit, he’s just keeps plugging away… he actually batted .272 w/12 stolen bases for the month of June.

  26. Tyler July 1st, 2010 at 2:40 am


    Makes sense. I guess I was just confused because all u hear about is that the M’s will be sellers and all of a sudden they bought and got older lol.

    Figgins struggles just stink because it looked like such a good idea to take him from the Angles lol. He would produce for the M’s and hurt the Angels. He does look like he might break out which is good.

    Who are the M’s top prospects? I knwo they traded Aumont in the Lee trade but he’s stinking it up in the Phils org anyway. I know they have that Tyson Gillies (or something like that) outfielder who’s deaf. He was a burner I remember and did well in the futures game.

  27. CompassRosy July 1st, 2010 at 3:04 am

    Both Aumont and Gillies went in the Lee trade.

    I don’t follow the farm as much as I should (‘specially since the AAA team plays only 20 miles south and the A team only 40 miles north). But, I have heard that Michael Pineda (right-handed starter) is creating a lot of buzz – just called up to AAA Tacoma and will likely get a cup o’ coffee in September. First-rounder Dustin Ackley got off to a slow start in AA. Truinfel, once fairly heralded shortstop prospect, is coming back from a broken leg last season. And there’s also Alex Liddi who’s been talked about a bit….

  28. CompassRosy July 1st, 2010 at 3:07 am

    ok …been nice chatting, but it’s getting late (even on the west coast)

    Here’s hoping for a good game tomorrow
    (and not the pin-striped crushing I fully expect, given the match-ups) ;)

  29. Jhn July 1st, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Yankees record for June is 16-10, not 17-10 as stated above.

  30. just a thought July 1st, 2010 at 6:25 am

    People that shouldn’t be here next season: please!
    Nick Johnson (sigh, Carl Pavano jr)
    Damaso Marte (Let the door knob hit ya, where the good Lord split ya)
    Chan Ho Park (lousy)
    Marcus Thames (Yawn)
    Chad Gaudin (ineffective)
    Javier Vazquez (run don’t walk)
    Joba Chamberlain (runs it’s course, see ya)

  31. gayle July 1st, 2010 at 6:38 am

    It is writers and columnists like this that drive me crazy. Here is Tim Smith from the Daily News who is not really a baseball writer an he writes this column

    I actually wrote him an email that perhaps he should know a bit more about Hernandez and his history before writing this. He in fact DID have an innings limit his rookie year and was skipped multiple times that first year.(and the Mariners broke it he ended up going over it IN addition what did he have the following year elbow issues.

  32. Joe's team is playing scared July 1st, 2010 at 6:42 am

    Yankees allowed 2 complete games in 2 days, they can’t be proud of being Complete losers!

  33. Real McCoy July 1st, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Mariner’s had their 1st winning month in June, going 14-13, thanks to the Yankees helping out!

  34. Real Mc coy July 1st, 2010 at 7:41 am

    sox went 18-9 for June, Yankees need a really good July.

  35. upstate kate July 1st, 2010 at 8:04 am

    its the 1st of July…way too early to scoreboard watch…the Yankees just need to take care of their own business.

    the sox will not go 18-9 in July w/ the elf out for 6 weeks

  36. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 1st, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Nick, they didn’t ruin Joba – and I never said they’ve done a great job with him. There’s a huge difference. Joba’s problems begin and end with Joba, though – I’m not blaming the Yankees because he’s inconsistent.

  37. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 1st, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Tyler, Wang’s injury didn’t help matters with regards to Joba. The Yankees did not handle him particularly well, but to blame the Yankees because he’s inconsistent, stubborn, etc…. is just completely unfair. He has his career in his hands – let him make something of it.

  38. MTU(aka GBURL) July 1st, 2010 at 8:17 am


    I seem to remember what was supposed to be a really bad NL team kicking our butts last year right around the same time.

    Lot’s of people were angry and the sky was said to fall.

    The team’s name IIRC was the Nationals.

    Shortly after that the Yankees caught fire and went on a sustained run to #27.

    Will history repeat itself ?

  39. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 1st, 2010 at 8:20 am

    The article I was responding to when I made that comment was just pointless, but I should expect nothing less from a hack like Reiber. I have no idea how the M’s handled Felix, but this guy is a nobody – how on earth does he know the best way to handle young pitchers? Not only that, but there are more ways to do it. I guess he implied that the Yankees ruined Phil by skipping him, which is a dumb- as s implication.

  40. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 1st, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I didn’t open that link up, but let me guess – Tim Dope is blaming the Yankees for ruining Phil? Preposterous. If Phil is so sensitive that he can’t handle being skipped a few times, then he’s the problem, not the Yankees. Obviously I don’t think that’s the case.

  41. upstate kate July 1st, 2010 at 8:34 am

    The Yankees lost to 2 of the AL’s best pitchers…oh well!

    did you see the Kim Jones segment in the pre game? According to her, Phil does not think being skipped had any bearing on his game. She also said he wasn’t feeling well, not that he used that as any excuse. And he needs to be skipped on occasion, so he is available when he is really needed. If Phil does half as well in the 2nd half as he has done so far it will still be a great first full season for him.

  42. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 1st, 2010 at 8:34 am

    This is ridiculous; can the Yankees not have stupid events during the middle of the season? The fact that the field is not in great shape for the ballplayers is pathetic.

  43. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 1st, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Kate, no – I don’t watch pre-game shows usually. I’m surprised he pitched if wasn’t feeling well . I may have some concerns about him on the mound, but never off it; he’s never one to make excuses. Phil is going to have the same issue after the All-Star game – except he will be starting on longer rest. It’s going to hurt him in terms of performance, but then obviously the Yankees don’t care about that – they are doing this for his long-term health.

  44. upstate kate July 1st, 2010 at 8:40 am

    that is exactly what Kim said, that Phil is never one to make excuses

  45. MaineYankee July 1st, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Saying that skipping Hughes caused him to pitch poorly is just the media needing a reason to bash the Yankees.

    Pitchers get skipped during the season for different reasons, both vets and young guys.

    It’s not something that just the Yankees do, but being the Yankees puts a spotlight on them, so it’s easy to not be objective and get away with it.

  46. MTU (aka GBURL) July 1st, 2010 at 8:44 am



    Who really cares what the talking and writing heads have to say.

    Better info. in a bowl of Cambell’s alphabet soup. :)

  47. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 1st, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Maine, that’s so true……

  48. upstate kate July 1st, 2010 at 8:47 am

    any yet, when the Tigers shut Porcello down around the all star game last year, it was heralded as a great move :) I would guess all young pitchers have to be limited at some point..the Nats have already said they are shutting Strasburg down early.

  49. MaineYankee July 1st, 2010 at 8:51 am



    There aren’t many writers that are objective enough to read consistently.

    Reading some would be like reading an eye chart.

  50. MaineYankee July 1st, 2010 at 8:54 am


    Don’t let things get to out of hand today.

    I’m off and running, driving taxi today.

    I do it pt so I stay out of trouble. :lol:

  51. MTU (aka GBURL) July 1st, 2010 at 8:55 am


    “There aren’t many writers that are objective enough to read consistently.

    Reading some would be like reading an eye chart.”

    You’d get more out of the Eye chart in most cases.

    Did you see Mr. and Mrs. Bullwinkle today ?

  52. MTU (aka GBURL) July 1st, 2010 at 8:56 am


    I used to drive a cab to pay my way thru college.

    Have a good one. :)

  53. NYYanksFan July 1st, 2010 at 9:10 am

    There was a story on NY1 last night about A-Rod giving the funding for a childrens clinic at Bronx Lebanon. Providing health care for uninsured children in NY is a good cause to get behind.

  54. Jim July 1st, 2010 at 9:10 am

    If anyone still hasn’t seen this NY Times video breaking down Mariano’s pitching dominance check it out, it’s a must see. The most amazing thing is the graphic of where his pitches end up – almost exclusively on the corners.

  55. Shame Spencer July 1st, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Morning all – Just a quick question since I don’t know that its ever been properly explained to me.. Why exactly does Ichiro get to wear his first name on the back of his jersey?

  56. Vintage July 1st, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I was told that Seattle was an easy team

    Once again the cheerleaders were wrong

    I also love how the Yankees are allergic to runs when Vazquez pitches

  57. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Gotta love the stupidity patrolling the board this morning.

  58. MTU (aka GBURL) July 1st, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Enjoy the game folks. Out for the day. :)

  59. Mike RI July 1st, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Does anyone have any news on Nick Johnson ???

  60. SJ44 July 1st, 2010 at 9:50 am


    Bigtime stupidity today. Carried over from last night.

    The downside of school being out and the children skipping out on summer camp.

  61. upstate kate July 1st, 2010 at 9:51 am

    we try to make this a kinder and gentler blog in the am, it doesn’t always work

    not sure if this is an explanation, but apparently Suzuki is the Japanese equivilant of Smith

    I watched that yesterday, it is really worth a watch, thanks for re posting it

    have a good one :)

  62. SJ44 July 1st, 2010 at 9:51 am

    The Yankees are “hoping” Johnson is back sometime in August.

    In other words, he’s not in the immediate plans.

  63. Mike RI July 1st, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Thanks Sj44. . Unreal .. i think the last i heard of Johnson he had the cast off and was doing day to day baseball activities.. UGHHHHH

  64. Shame Spencer July 1st, 2010 at 10:18 am

    upstatekate – that makes sense and all, but then someone needs to explain to me how the name ‘Rodriguez’ is still printed on every players jersey (named Rodriguez, of course).

    Nick Johnson? Guy is busy grooming his facial hair.

  65. Mitch July 1st, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Yanks faced 2 #1 type pitchers and got punked. I can understand losing, but it just seems like we gave up once we got down. Why is there continued talk about Joba? Joba is an irrelevant topic. He is very hittable and has lost what appeared early on to be dominant stuff. He was put on a pedestal way too soon, and fell off. He isnt getting back on a pedestal again, more likely to be traded if he has any value. Why does Tex seem to get a pass on a horrible season? When Tex is at the plate, if I blink my eyes the count is 0-2. Biggest issue right now is squeezing out some wins with AJ on the mound and finding late inning relief to set up Mo. No one has claimed the 7 and 8 inning spot with any consistency. If I were to make a move it would be for a top flight set up man, if such a thing really exists.

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