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Yankees postgame: A-Rod breaks out; Pettitte looking good

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on May 24, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez had vowed Tuesday night that he was about to go off, and he was right. Two homers, three RBI. The first one snapped a 52 at-bat homerless streak. The Yankees were on their way to the 8-3 win in the rubber game that capped a 3-3 homestand.

“I said it because I’ve been working on some things,” A-Rod said. “It’s good to back it up.

“I just felt I was getting good pitches to hit and I wasn’t in a position to hit them. The last two or three days, I’ve taken a lot of swings. Today I put myself in a position to take my A swing.”

Andy Pettitte looks like he never left, seven-plus innings, two runs, seven hits, one walk, eight Ks. His cutter has been great. He’s 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA. He has won his last nine decisions against the Royals.

“All along I felt like if I stayed healthy, I could get back to where I was when I left,” Pettitte said. “I’m just thankful right now I feel like I’m getting real close to that.”

So the Yankees have won two straight. Turns out, that coincides with a team meeting before Tuesday night’s game featuring Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman after the Yankees had fallen to .500 and dropped into a tie for last.

“Joe gave us a great talk,” Rodriguez said. “He’s a great manager and we have a lot of faith in him.”

The lineup isn’t totally cured since it went just 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position.

But A-Rod had a general message for the nonbelievers.

“Don’t underestimate this team,” A-Rod said. “It’s not our first rodeo. We understand what it takes to win. We know how to win.”

Brett Gardner had an MRI on his problematic elbow. Joe Girardi said the muscle has healed, but that Gardner  still feels some stiffness in there. So he’s due to report to Tampa today, but he isn’t set to start swinging off a tee until Monday, if all goes well. David Robertson is also reporting to Tampa and should play catch today.

So now the Yankees head out on the road for a 10-day, nine-game swing to Oakland, Anaheim and Detroit, their longest trip before the All-Star break.

Friday night, it will be Ivan Nova vs. Tyson Ross, a righty with a 5.73 ERA. The Yankees will face Bartolo Colon on Saturday.

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50 Responses to “Yankees postgame: A-Rod breaks out; Pettitte looking good”

  1. Nick in SF May 24th, 2012 at 12:54 am

    I’m not trying to single the guy out — I don’t even remember who it was — but just within the past 48 hours or so someone posted a story about how Joe Torre had called a team meeting during a team slump in 2007 and then, when that didn’t immediately work, gave the team a late report time the next night. And the person who posted that then said something like “Can you imagine Girardi ever doing something like that?”

    What’s funny about that, to me, is that the very night this commenter posted that, we found out that Girardi had given the team a late report time and then we find out that they had a team meeting before last night’s game. I guess Girardi didn’t sleep through the Torre years (can’t say the same for Torre ;) ) and knows a couple manager tricks after all.

  2. Rich in NJ May 24th, 2012 at 12:57 am

    OT, but…Torre was the right manager early on, however, he should have been fired after the 2004 ALCS debacle (putting it charitably).

    The next manager should have zero ties to Torre, and of course, be hired by someone other than Cashman.

  3. Locke May 24th, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Nick – I noticed that too. It reminds me why they are the manager/GM and I’m the fan.

    Great game tonight, I loved it.

  4. Nick in SF May 24th, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Well, by the end of 2004 Torre had completed 9 years as Yankee manager, which is already a pretty long run. He had taken the Yankees to the playoffs each of those years and taken them to the World Series 6 of those 9 years, winning it in 4 of them. Saying he should have been fired then is a sort of fantasy of how we’d like things to happen looking backwards into an alternate reality.

    It very well may have been better if he had walked away or been moved upstairs or something after 2004 — or better yet after 2003 — but I doubt any organization would have fired him. Well, maybe the Yankees organization of the 1980′s would have, but then it would be an imperfect parallel. So yeah, that goes into the “what if?” category more than the “realistic gripe” category.

  5. m May 24th, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Andy <3

    Hurry back, GGBG!

  6. GreenBeret7 May 24th, 2012 at 1:17 am

    With the tire patch rotation that the 2004 Yankees had, they should never have gotten as far as they did, much less win 101 games.

  7. Nick in SF May 24th, 2012 at 1:19 am

    m, good to see you back, hope all is well.

  8. m May 24th, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Everything is great, Nick. Thanks. You were pimping those burgers so much, I had to go and try one myself.

  9. Nick in SF May 24th, 2012 at 1:36 am

    I hope you got a Five Guys to commpare and contrast. Those are good too. Mmmmmm, burger.

  10. m May 24th, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Nope. But went to Umami Burger. Best. Burger. Ever.

  11. Pat M. May 24th, 2012 at 2:02 am

    m…..Certainly have missed you !!!!!

  12. m May 24th, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Oh, Pat M. Everytime I walked into a store the Lakers were up by 10. When I got back to a radio, I’d find out they lost. Bad week for the purple and gold.

  13. Rich in NJ May 24th, 2012 at 2:12 am

    So yeah, that goes into the “what if?” category more than the “realistic gripe” category
    -

    If you blow a 3-0 game lead, and mishandle the pen the way Torre did in the 2004 ALCS (e.g., using an already overworked Tom Gordon with a 9 run lead) after inexplicably using Jeff Weaver for 2 IP in extra innings in the 2003 WS, it is a reasonable criticism, irrespective of how you may want to attempt to spin it to support your point of view. Torre deserved to move on.

    The real problem was that they had already extended his contract at very, very big money. That may well have been what saved his job.

  14. J. Alfred Prufrock May 24th, 2012 at 2:29 am

    In market vs. out of market.

    In a nutshell.

  15. UnKnown May 24th, 2012 at 2:52 am

    AROD is already salivating thinking about facing Colon on Saturday.

  16. Nick in SF May 24th, 2012 at 2:59 am

    “…it is a reasonable criticism, irrespective of how you may want to attempt to spin it to support your point of view.”

    I feel your pains. Of course you’re right. In a better world, things would have been better in every respect, and I didn’t understand that until now because of out-of-market considerations.

  17. GreenBeret7 May 24th, 2012 at 3:01 am

    They had back to back 12 and 14 inning games and Rivera was used for 2 innings in both, one of which he blew. Exactly who was he supposed to use? Rivera pitched 8 inning in the first 5 games. Again…who should have pitched?

  18. Pat M. May 24th, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Wish I was heading up to the Fillmore area and eat at The Portifino Pizzeria …..

  19. Nick in SF May 24th, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Pizzeria Delfina on California St.? It’s been around 18 months since I’ve been there myself.

    Good stuff for out of market.

  20. jacksquat May 24th, 2012 at 3:16 am

    theREALkevin May 24th, 2012 at 12:46 am
    Sample size for the win!

    Judging a 22 year old rookie on a quarter of a season for the win!

    By the way, quote all the stats you want, Montero has hardly been a disaster at catcher. He’s doing a nice job with the pitching staff also. Catcher’s ERA of under 4 and he looks fairly comfortable back there, despite your condemning quarter of a rookie season worth of stats.

    Good god. I really wish people would read posts.

    I did not condemn him. Read the post.

    Read the previous posts in the thread to figure out why I posted.

    Also, nice job saying “quote all the stats you want” and criticizing the sample size, and then talking about catcher ERA… :roll:

  21. Pat M. May 24th, 2012 at 3:31 am

    For out of market ????

  22. Nick in SF May 24th, 2012 at 3:38 am

    I don’t know what it means either, I’m just rolling with the punches.

    Next time you’re in SF, check out the real Delfina on 18th Street in the Mission. Great stuff. And there’s also a Pizzeria Delfina there too.

  23. Willis May 24th, 2012 at 5:42 am

    The Yankees for sale?? http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....-1.1083600

  24. MTU May 24th, 2012 at 5:59 am

    “The Yankees for sale?? ”

    Wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

  25. NYYanksFan May 24th, 2012 at 6:24 am

    “The Yankees for sale?? ”

    Not yet. One of the future owners is still playing on the left side of the infield.

  26. NYYanksFan May 24th, 2012 at 6:34 am

    A-Rod schooled a lot of people last night who think they know more about him and hitting than he knows about himself and hitting.

  27. yanks61 May 24th, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Both owners on left side of infield?

    Hey, they could put together a partnership with some others to buy the team and then become player/owners!

  28. MTU May 24th, 2012 at 7:01 am

    It’ll never happen because of the good ole’ boys network but I’d love to see a guy like Mark Cuban get the Yankees.

  29. Against All Odds May 24th, 2012 at 7:41 am

    MTU May 24th, 2012 at 7:01 am

    It’ll never happen because of the good ole’ boys network but I’d love to see a guy like Mark Cuban get the Yankees.

    —————————–

    Yea unfortunately it would never happen especially if Bud is still around smh. I’m still angry about him re-signing.

  30. austinmac May 24th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    MTU,

    After the Dodger sale price, Cuban said he doesn’t have enough money.

    I do think they will sell. Why not if they don’t have the passion for it? Let’s hope the new owners would show the fans they want to win.

  31. MTU May 24th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Mac-

    “Why not if they don’t have the passion for it? ”

    Good time to sell after the Dodger’s established such a high valuation.

    Hal is a buisnessman. Surely he takes note of such things.

    ;)

  32. Against All Odds May 24th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Cuban could always form a group with his buddies from Shark Tank. :)

  33. Giuseppe Franco May 24th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Retooling or tweaking your swing in the middle of the season is not easy to do, especially when you’ve been swinging a certain way for 20+ years and muscle memory hasn’t set in yet.

  34. Against All Odds May 24th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    “I just read the Daily News story. It is complete fiction. Me and my family have no intention to sell the Yankees & expect it to be in the family for years to come.”

    http://www.twitlonger.com/show/hhrk4u

    Translation: Of course it’s true but we’ll say it’s not

  35. MTU May 24th, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Time for the Dodgers to recapture some the glory days of Koufax and
    Podres by signing Cole Hamels.

    Kershaw and Hamels.

    Whew !

    ;)

  36. Yankee Trader May 24th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Unlike 2009, when the Yankees invested $424 million in CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett to win their first world championship in nine years, Yankee general partner Hal Steinbrenner has made it clear he wants to lower the payroll even if the team fails to make the playoffs this year.

    “I’m a finance geek. I guess I always have been,” Steinbrenner said during spring training. “That’s my background; budgets matter and balance sheets matter. I just feel that if you do well on the player development side and you have a good farm system, you don’t need a $220 million payroll. You can field every bit as good a team with young talent.”

    Steinbrenner is striving to take advantage of baseball’s new revenue-sharing guidelines, and if the Yankees can get under the $189 million luxury-tax threshold, they will benefit threefold: Not only will the club save money on payroll, it won’t have to pay a luxury tax and will reap a revenue-sharing rebate.

    Good morning.
    Just read tht article. If the Yankees stay under $189M from 2014 thru 2016 that rebate is $40M. Getting under it in 2014 resets the tax at 17.5% instead of the new tax of 50% on the dollar.

    My question is-”Would the new group buying the team be willing to forgo the rebate and just spend the money?” The franchise might not be worth more than the Dodger franchise[Forbes valued it at 1.4B , McCourt got 2B] which has an opening day payroll of $105,419,833[per Cot's] and whose only large contracts going forward are those of Kemp and Billingsley.

  37. Yankee Trader May 24th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    MTU-

    And Hamels too!

  38. rm May 24th, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Rich in NJ May 24th, 2012 at 12:57 am
    OT, but…Torre was the right manager early on, however, he should have been fired after the 2004 ALCS debacle (putting it charitably).

    The next manager should have zero ties to Torre, and of course, be hired by someone other than Cashman.

    ————————-
    The next manager should me Mattingly. Whenever Girardi is ready to leave and Donny Baseball is ready to come home.

  39. Yankee Trader May 24th, 2012 at 8:07 am

    More on Alex Rodriguez- Another way of looking at him going forward.

    Jeff Bradley: Time to accept Alex Rodriguez for what he is today

    Fine, “but it makes sense to change the way you view Rodriguez. Put the old baseball cards away. Forget about the contract. See if he can deliver in some key moments.”

    “A couple of bombs off rookie left-hander Will Smith that helped pave the way to an easy Yankee victory for Andy Pettitte, maybe that’s a start for Rodriguez.”

    “It just depends on how you want to look at him.”

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....ex_ro.html

  40. Yankee Trader May 24th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    List of Potential Yankee buyers:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....bled=false

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