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Yankees win fourth straight

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 31, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

At this point, the game to watch is the one in Tampa, where the Rays are losing on a day the Yankees have already won, 9-3, against the A’s. Phil Hughes was effective but not efficient, and it was his pitch count more than his innings limit that forced him out of the game after the fifth. Even so, Hughes picked up his 16th win. The Yankees offense did more than enough damage with home runs from Mark Teixeira, Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson. They’ve scored at least nine runs in three of the past four games.

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73 Responses to “Yankees win fourth straight”

  1. stuckey99 August 31st, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Okay… NOW do people believe what’s been true for 6 weeks, that the Red Sox are out of this?

  2. ac1 August 31st, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    i dont remember the last time i heard more orioles fans in camden yards than sox fans…

    there is new life down there.

  3. Erica in NY August 31st, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Hey… alone in first place :-)

  4. Melk Man August 31st, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Sox now 8 back in the loss

    Still a threat to make this mythical run and overtake us?

  5. DocTodd August 31st, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    44,000 fans in attendance for a Tues night game vs A’s…..impressive

  6. Rich in NJ August 31st, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I wonder if cumulative fatigue is affecting Phil’s command.

  7. Betsy August 31st, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Tom, thanks for posting that!

    It’s going to take some getting used to as I’m used to Joan Baez’ plaintive tones on “The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down”…………

  8. jacksquat August 31st, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Red Sox fully in the grave now.

  9. hardwired7 August 31st, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Chapman’s about to make his debut.

  10. ac1 August 31st, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    phil got through his 5 innings only giving up 2 runs… at least he is winning. We can have 2 20 game winners this year.

  11. JM August 31st, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Let’s hope AJ can have a better outing tomorrow and at least keep the Yanks in the game. The offense is on a roll.

  12. Betsy August 31st, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Good win……..doesn’t seem like they’ve won 4 in a row, but they have.

  13. ac1 August 31st, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    i listened to francona talk earlier. he seemed to believe the sox are out of it too.

  14. Betsy August 31st, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    How many more starts would Phil have if not skipped? That is amazing that he could get 20 – it will be tough, but it can be done.

  15. JM August 31st, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Jays 13, Rays 5.

    Alone in first place again

  16. hardwired7 August 31st, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    102 mph on his 3rd pitch

  17. ac1 August 31st, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    who do we see coming up tomorrow and when does arod get off the DL?

  18. Rob B August 31st, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    # hardwired7 August 31st, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Chapman’s about to make his debut.
    ————-
    3rd pitch…103. :shock:

  19. stuckey99 August 31st, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    “i listened to francona talk earlier. he seemed to believe the sox are out of it too.”

    Have been for a very long time.

  20. Yank1 August 31st, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    4 straight starts now of 6 or more runs against Cliff Lee. Tonight, he is victimized by the Royals.

    In 7 of 11 starts with Texas, he has given up 4 runs or more.

    Yikes… bet he can’t wait to leave Texas.

  21. GreenBeret7 August 31st, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Some G. Lightfoot in concert…”If You Could Read My Mind”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  22. ac1 August 31st, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    phil could have 6 games left and i also feel like if he was at 19, joe would try to get him in a tie game at the end to try to get 20.

  23. CB August 31st, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Well this problematic yankee team filled with holes is in first place again on September 1 with the best record in baseball and the largest run differential.

  24. Betsy August 31st, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I love Gordon Lightfoot………I only know a few of his songs, but I LOVE “If you could read my mind”..actually the only other song of his I know is “Sundown”

  25. pat August 31st, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Alone in 1st is a good way to start September but would be a better way to end it. :wink:

  26. raymagnetic August 31st, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    “Okay… NOW do people believe what’s been true for 6 weeks, that the Red Sox are out of this?”

    No. They still have 6 games with the Yankees and the Yankees still have 6 games with the Rays and the Sox have showed so much guts and guile and the heart of a champion and their pitchers has guts of steel and it’s not over till the fat lady sings etc. etc. etc.

  27. Yank1 August 31st, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    *5 runs or more

  28. Rob B August 31st, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    # Yank1 August 31st, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    4 straight starts now of 6 or more runs against Cliff Lee. Tonight, he is victimized by the Royals.

    In 7 of 11 starts with Texas, he has given up 4 runs or more.

    Yikes… bet he can’t wait to leave Texas.
    —————-

    I questioned if he’d be able to keep up his dominance when he went to Texas. Historically, he hasn’t done too well in Arlington; and moving from a pitcher’s park to a hitter’s park wasn’t going to help. Surprisingly, he’s pitched rather well in Arlington this season (about a 3.66 ERA or so). But his ERA as a Ranger is over 2 runs higher than what he had in Seattle. August, especially, hasn’t been too kind to him.

  29. hardwired7 August 31st, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    it looked like Wagner in his prime, plus 3 mph.

    just wow.

  30. BJK August 31st, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Chapman’s debut:

    8 pitches. 7 strikes. 3 outs. 1K.

  31. stuckey99 August 31st, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    “No. They still have 6 games with the Yankees and the Yankees still have 6 games with the Rays and the Sox have showed so much guts and guile and the heart of a champion and their pitchers has guts of steel and it’s not over till the fat lady sings etc. etc. etc.”

    I see what you did there…

  32. Betsy August 31st, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    AC, it really depends on his innings. They need to skip him soon if they’re going to do it………..because I’m sure the Yanks want him to pitch those big games starting in mid-September.

    He’s working awfully hard to get through 5 innings (or 3, like last time), so although I get that he needs to work his way through it, you don’t want him dog tired for the playoffs.

  33. SJ44 August 31st, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Yank1,

    That and it tells you just how tough it is to pitch at a high level consistently at the major league level.

    Everybody struggles at times. Even great pitchers like Cliff Lee.

    It’s why the angst over Phil Hughes is so misplaced.

  34. m August 31st, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Time to start waving that white porn flag, Theo.

    Don’t see too many callups until the minor league playoffs are done.

  35. ac1 August 31st, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    word has spread around that burnett is in danger of losing his spot in the rotation.

  36. Rob B August 31st, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Looks like Harang had a “Hughes” start. Only made 4 innings and gave up 3 runs (just 1 earned). But his team is leading 8-3.

    Hughes didn’t have his best night, but at least he was able to get 5 and qualify for the win.

  37. Tom in N.J. August 31st, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Matsui’s waving the porn, M.

  38. Doreen August 31st, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Erica -

    I have XM. We listen to the Bridge all the time. :)

    Nick in SF -

    I did listen to Blondie, too. :?

    ****

    Seriously, does Cliff Lee’s price not go up so far?

  39. Betsy August 31st, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    But your going to complain anyway, Kay…

  40. Chambliss August 31st, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    The Yankees can pound their way into the postseason but they will need better starting pitching than they have been getting lately to go very far. Happy to see Hughes get 16 without his best stuff. I bet AJ would like 9 runs behind him one of these days.

  41. Betsy August 31st, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Anyone know the link to the Yankees post-game show on CBS 880? The website is of no help whatsoever……..thanks!

  42. BJK August 31st, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Rob B August 31st, 2010 at 10:16 pm
    Looks like Harang had a “Hughes” start. Only made 4 innings and gave up 3 runs (just 1 earned). But his team is leading 8-3.

    Hughes didn’t have his best night, but at least he was able to get 5 and qualify for the win.

    ————————————————————————————————–

    I wouldn’t classify that as a “Hughes” start. Hughes would’ve gone another inning if the game were closer. Hughes struggled and pitched through it, gave enough for his team to win.

    Now if you want to say a “Bad Joba ’09″ start, well, then I get what you’re saying.

  43. ac1 August 31st, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    cliff will still ask for 20+

  44. GreenBeret7 August 31st, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Joan Baez
    live with “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  45. pat August 31st, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Berkman goes Gazoo!

    http://twitpic.com/2k3oec

  46. Nick in SF August 31st, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Chronologically I know you’re young but when you kissed me in the club you bit my tongue:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpzwfWf_ZI8

  47. JoeyA August 31st, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Yanks won claim on Lilly via MLBTR. Hope it was them being cautious and not due to some setback by AP. We really need him healthy for October.

    Great win tonight! Phil showed real guts tonight. Didn’t have his best stuff, but found his way through it. CC has the same type of starts, but he’s a seasoned ace.

  48. PittsburghYankeeFan August 31st, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Fork the Sox. Ovah. With 30 to play, they’d have to go 24-6 to Yankees 15-15 to overtake them.

    Interesting last two weeks of the season—do you play for the WC, or the Division? Rays have easy street for the last two weeks, other than the Yankees…could the Yankees end the Sox season at YS in two weeks? That would be nice.

  49. Nick in SF August 31st, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    @Doreen: I dig Blondie. I saw Debbie Harry play a jazz show in London a few years ago, she was great and she came to our table (we were pretty much the last people there) and said hello at the end of the evening.

    My fave:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOnv8lXDzhg

  50. PittsburghYankeeFan August 31st, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Yankees claim Ted Lilly….interesting.

  51. GreenBeret7 August 31st, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    The Yanks have made a shambles of the AL’s best pitching staff so far. If they aren’t the best….they’re close.

  52. ac1 August 31st, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Yanks won claim on Lilly via MLBTR. Hope it was them being cautious and not due to some setback by AP. We really need him healthy for October.
    ___

    LA pulled him back, so its a non issue.

  53. CB August 31st, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    “No. They still have 6 games with the Yankees and the Yankees still have 6 games with the Rays and the Sox have showed so much guts and guile and the heart of a champion and their pitchers has guts of steel and it’s not over till the fat lady sings etc. etc. etc.”

    The Sox have a 7% chance of making the playoffs. 7%. Hard to believe how much concern they’ve struck up in yankee fans.

    Last week they had around a 15% chance.

    It’ll be very interesting to see what happens with them in the off season.

    Their revenue streams could undergo a world of hurt very quickly due to their business model.

    Tonight at Camden yards there were only 18,000 fans. Usually those games are sold out because Sox fans fill the yard. Much cheaper to see the team in baltimore than pay fenway prices.

    18,000 is a very bad index for what kind of interest Sox fans have in their own team right now and what they think their chances of making the playoffs are.

    The Red Sox FO has to be very worried about things like 18,000 at camden in sept.

  54. Rob B August 31st, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    “I wouldn’t classify that as a “Hughes” start.”

    Okay, Call it a Moseley start. ;)

  55. Betsy August 31st, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    GB, wonderful………..thanks!

  56. BJK August 31st, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Speaking of nails in coffins, how ’bout them Cardinals?

    That Ludwick/Westbrook trade sure was inspired. And people complain about Cash.

  57. G. Love August 31st, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Can’t wait for Gammons to write the obit for the 2010 Red Sox. By the time we’re finished reading it, you’ll think they won 4 championships this year.

    They will get the most praise a 3rd place, possibly 4th place team will ever see in the history of baseball.

    Mark my words on that.

  58. Yogi Mantle August 31st, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Cliff Lee not doing all that well since moving to Texas. ERA is climbing, not many wins (2) for 10 games started there. 4 Quality starts, 5 losses (so far) might be another loss tonight.

    His ERA is about .450.

    Not exactly what the Rangers where looking for when they got him.

    Its just odd how he has done since the move there. Could he be pitching injured? Could it be that despite being a competitor he just doesn’t quite have his heart in it? Could it be the defense of the Rangers hurting his effectiveness? Is it a mental issue with knowing that he hasn’t pitched well in Texas? (If so, why was tonight so poor, given that they aren’t home?)

  59. Betsy August 31st, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Media trying to make a big deal out of Phil’s last 2 starts, but Joe not having any of hit. Hopefully he can find his command next out – possible mechanical issues?

  60. hardwired7 August 31st, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    according to coolstandings, Boston is down to a 2.6% chance of making the playoffs.

    that looks like xxx to me.

  61. blake August 31st, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    The Cards have shocked me.. I’ve been waiting for them to catch the Reds but it just doesn’t look like its going to happen. .I hear there is growing displeasure with Larussa in St. Louis.

  62. Robin August 31st, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    32 games above .500!!!

  63. Crash August 31st, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Besides Sabathia the rest of the starters have not been going deep into games. I guess having 3 long relievers is paying off. Because they have no been over working the bullpen.

  64. stuckey99 August 31st, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    So August winds up a very interesting month.

    The Yankees played perhaps the “worst” stretch they are capable overall, and still finished 16-13.

    The month does two things:

    1.) It demonstrates how a 162 game season often goes. The starting pitchers, the relief pitching, the offense and the defense will all go through periods where they struggles (this month it was 1 and 3), but 2 picked them up. Which leads to…

    2.) It demonstrates that the Yankees are the deepest team in baseball. They lost very key players, they have very key players in slumps, but their overall depth cover those things up.

    Some teams might have sexier Top 2′s, sexier starting phenoms, sexier power games and sexier running games, sexier bullpens, etc… but 1 through 25, the Yankees are in a class among themselves, yes, even with the Nova’s as the 5th starter and back-up infielders starting at 3rd.

    I frankly won’t lose any sleep if they don’t win the division. But with the offense now on track from a team standpoint, I fully expect the Yankees to separate from Tampa.

  65. JCPD August 31st, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    stuckey99 August 31st, 2010 at 10:36 pm
    So August winds up a very interesting month.

    The Yankees played perhaps the “worst” stretch they are capable overall, and still finished 16-13.

    ———————————————————

    And for all the ranting and raving that went on about how many question marks the Yanks have with their rotation (after all, I hear the Sox and Rays rotations are much better) and the inconsistency with the offense, on Aug 1st, the Yanks were one up on the Rays and 6.5 up on the Sox. Now it’s 1 and 8. Will they make the playoffs? I don’t know that, but there sure was a lot of whining going on for have the teams worst month and NOT losing any ground.

  66. m August 31st, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Blondie was/is awesome!

    Got my daughter playing it. Took me forever to convince her that Cheetah Girls did not sing it first.

  67. m August 31st, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Cliff Lee is not having a good month. I’m not going to read anything into it because Texas is not riding out the string. And Lee knows that pitching well will only enhance his free agency.

  68. MJR August 31st, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    who would have thought….that by Sept 1….Jeter and Tex would have roughly the same BA.

  69. bardos September 1st, 2010 at 9:29 am

    The Gammons line, and others, (deservedly I think) on the Red Sox is “what a season even with all the major, major injuries. Like the little red fire engine that could.

    Without those injuries, the Sox would have been quite the troublemaker.

  70. Vineyard Yankee August 27th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    :rolleyes:

  71. Vineyard Yankee August 27th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    :rollingeyes:

  72. Vineyard Yankee August 27th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    :roll:

  73. Vineyard Yankee August 27th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    :LOL:

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