Game 16: Yankees at Angels • 04.23.10
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF
RHP A.J. Burnett (2-0, 2.37)
Career vs. Angels
Erick Aybar SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Torii Hunter CF
Hideki Matsui DH
Kendry Morales 1B
Juan Rivera LF
Maicer Izturis 3B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Bobby Wilson C
RHP Ervin Santana (1-2, 4.35)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:05 p.m./YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Tim Tschida, 1B Bob Davidson, 2B Alfonso Marquez, 3B Tim Timmons
WEATHER: What can I say? It’s beautiful here. Sunny blue sky, temperature in the 60s. Back in Scranton, my friend Laura is terribly upset with me that I didn’t go to the beach today. Seriously. She yelled at me via text message.
GOOD HITTIN’: Derek Jeter has owned Ervin Santana. Through 27 at-bats, Jeter has a .444 average with a .516 on-base percentage and an .815 slugging. He’s homered three times off the Angels starter.
BACK AGAIN: When Marcus Thames homered yesterday, it was his first of the season and his second as a Yankee. he also homered for New York on June 10, 2002, a span of seven years, 316 days between Yankees homers. It’s the longest such stretch since Jack Quinn homered on September 11, 1911 and again on May 15, 1920.
MILESTONES IN REACH: Derek Jeter needs two doubles to tie Don Mattingly for third place on the Yankees all-time doubles list… Jorge Posada needs four home runs to reach 250 for his career. That would move him into a tie with Graig Nettles for the seventh most in Yankees history… Mariano Rivera needs two strikeouts to tie Roger Clemens for 10th place on the Yankees all-time strikeouts list… Alex Rodriguez needs one home run to tie Frank Robinson for the seventh most home runs ever hit in baseball.
UPDATE, 10:15 p.m.: Mark Teixeira shatters a bat and sends the ball flying toward Mick Kelleher, all in one swing. Then he flies out.
UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: I’m not sure Erick Aybar understands the rules of baseball. Burnett wasn’t close to beginning his delivery and Aybar was already trying to steal second. That’s an easy out.
UPDATE, 10:31 p.m.: Not sure what the right play would have been at first. There was no one on the bag when Teixeira got the ball, but he clearly didn’t have time to run over there himself. Angels lead it 1-0.
UPDATE, 10:57 p.m.: Back to back doubles from Gardner and Jeter have tied the game. Both went to the opposite field.
UPDATE, 11:01 p.m.: Nick Johnson’s struggles continue, meanwhile the fans here in Anaheim really don’t like Mark Teixeira.
UPDATE, 11:06 p.m.: Good gracious! That’s a whole lot of Mark Teixeira going right through Bobby Wilson. Mike Napoli is in the game. Wilson seemed to have hurt his ankle, though it was clearly a clean play by Teixeira. Yankees up 3-1. Yowza.
UPDATE, 11:15 p.m.: All sorts of collisions for Teixeira tonight. Rodriguez was given an error on that play, allowing the runner to advance from second to third.
UPDATE, 11:19 p.m.: This just feels like one of those games. We might have a wild one here tonight. It’s now 3-3 in the bottom of the third.
UPDATE, 11:24 p.m.: Wilson is heading to a hospital for a CT scan and x-rays. So far, the Angels are only saying he has a concussion and a left ankle injury. Tonight was the poor guy’s first career start.
UPDATE, 11:28 p.m.: The Angels had a 4-3 lead briefly, then Nick Swisher went deep to center to tie it up again. Like I said a few minutes ago, this feels like a wild one.
UPDATE, 11:31 p.m.: Back to back singles by Jeter and (no kidding) Johnson have brought Teixeira to the plate. Remember when I said this crowd really doesn’t like him? Well now this crowd really, really doesn’t like him.
UPDATE, 11:34 p.m.: Ladies and gentlemen, the comic gold of Sweeny Murti.
UPDATE, 11:38 p.m.: Aceves is up in the Yankees bullpen. Just a matter of time.
UPDATE, 12:05 a.m.: Home plate in Anaheim is the most dangerous place in baseball tonight.
UPDATE, 12:06 a.m.: Oh boy. Not a good one for Gardner.
UPDATE, 12:11 a.m.: Associated Press picture of the moment before the big home plate collision.
UPDATE, 12:18 a.m.: Now Boone Logan is warming for the Yankees. It’s fairly shocking that Burnett has lasted this long.
UPDATE, 12:37 a.m.: Seriously, three innings ago, who would have believed me if I wrote that A.J. Burnett would still be in the game in the seventh inning?
UPDATE, 12:44 a.m.: Here comes Robertson. Great job by Burnett to get his night turned around. Meanwhile, I don’t know how anyone can resist the Rally Monkey. He cracks me up.
UPDATE, 12:45 a.m.: Pretty big fist pump from Posada after throwing out Abreu trying to steal second. That’s a big out with the heart of the order at the plate.
UPDATE, 1:08 a.m.: Two-run homer of Joba Chamberlain. That’s not going to help matters. It’s now 6-4 Angels in the eighth.