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Yankees postgame: King hurts back; Hafner MRI results; Yankees keep winning05.15.13

Curtis GrandersonThe Yankees have won two straight and seven of eight after this 4-3 win. This was their 11th comeback win.

But it helped that Felix Hernandez left after six and they could get to work against the Mariners’ bullpen. It turned out that King Felix tweaked his back in the sixth when he fielded a comebacker and turned and got a force at second. He also took a knee in the calf when he obstructed Lyle Overbay’s path to first in the fourth. The back apparently isn’t a new thing.

“He’s had on and off issues with it, some stiffness back there from time to time,” manager Eric Wedge said. “But he’s managed it well. … I’m hoping that he’s fine, and I think he will be fine.”

That sounds like the outlook for Travis Hafner as well. He underwent an MRI on his sore right shoulder, which he said stems from being hit by a pitch on the last homestand. Joe Girardi said it’s just tendinitis. Hafner called it “probably the best-case scenario.”

“It’s good,” Hafner said. “It just kind of showed some inflammation in the shoulder. I got an injection in it, and hopefully that clears it up and it should be good to go in a couple of days.”

The Yankees have been doing fine without their injured guys, although they got one back with Curtis Granderson’s return for this game. This first-place team is now 25-14.

“I still think we have a lot of really good players, maybe not the names we’re used to having here, but guys who have had big years,” Girardi said. “This group has worked really hard.”

Lyle Overbay

Overbay had another nice game outside of an error that led to an unearned run. He contributed an RBI double in the sixth and the go-ahead sac fly to cap the three-run seventh. He has five go-ahead RBI, tied for second best on the team with Vernon Wells, one behind Hafner.

“He’s had so many big hits and RBI for us,” Girardi said. “… I feel good about when he’s at the plate.”

Back to the obstruction: Overbay would’ve been out at first even without it, but crew chief Jerry Layne said, “Any time the runner is obstructed before first, the ball is dead. He’s awarded first, and any runner that could be forced is awarded (his base).”

CC Sabathia gave up 10 hits but just the three runs, and he struck out 10 in 6 1/3.

“I wanted to minimize the damage and keep the game close enough and give us a chance to win,” Sabathia said.

Granderson went 0 for 3, but he also had a big walk in the decisive rally. And everything went well in left. It was his first regular-season start out there since Oct. 2, 2005, with the Tigers at Minnesota.

Robinson Cano had the tying two-run double. It was the 345th double of his career, which meant he passed Mickey Mantle for solo possession of eighth on the Yankees’ all-time list.

Photos by The Associated Press

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Yankees postgame: All hail King Felix08.04.12

Felix Hernandez was the story, dominating the Yankees in this 1-0 game, firing the two-hitter.

“He had everything,” Joe Girardi said. “He had all four of his pitches; a couple of different fastballs where he cut it and he sank it. His changeup was outstanding. He was never in any bad counts. You look up and he averaged about a ball per hitter and a couple of strikes per hitter. So it’s not like we were hitting the first strike we were seeing. He just didn’t give us anything to hit.”

He allowed just four baserunners, and no hits after the third inning. Hernandez didn’t give up a hit against his final 22 batters. He fanned six and walked two.

“I told him it was probably the most impressive start that I’ve ever seen as a manager,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.

The Yankees were kept off balance.

“That changeup, it defies science,” Seattle shortstop Brendan Ryan said.

“All his pitches have movement,” catcher John Jaso said. “All really have late movement.”

Hiroki Kuroda deserves to be better than 10-8. His ERA is 3.19. This was his 14th start out of 22 allowing two runs or less and his ninth allowing one earned run or less. He gave up one run and seven hits in 6 1/3. He had his daytime scoreless streak snapped at 31 innings, the longest in the majors in 14 years. This was his first loss in five daytime starts. He just couldn’t quite keep up with King Felix, who’s now 10-5 with a 2.63 ERA after his third shutout of the season. He’s 6-0 with a 1.60 ERA over his last 10 starts. And he’s 4-1 with a 1.13 ERA in his five career starts at the new Stadium.

“Obviously he’s a great pitcher,” Kuroda said through an interpreter. “I just wanted to minimize my damage. … It’s a little bit frustrating, but it is what it is.”

Ichiro Suzuki has the longest hitting streak for a Yankee starting his career after an in-season trade, now at 11 games. But he hasn’t managed any multihit games.

The Yankees lost their streak of 21 straight home games with a homer.

They are 3-5 on the homestand with one to go. Sunday’s pitching matchup features Freddy Garcia and Hisashi Iwakuma.



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Game 102: Yankees vs. Mariners07.27.11

YANKEES (61-40)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Jorge Posada 1B
Eduardo Nunez 3B

RHP Phil Hughes (1-2, 9.47)
Hughes vs. Mariners

MARINERS (43-60)
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brendan Ryan SS
Dustin Ackley 2B
Justin Smoak 1B
Adam Kennedy 3B
Mike Carp LF
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Jack Cust DH
Josh Bard C

RHP Felix Hernandez (8-9, 3.47)
Hernandez vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Pretty warm here in the Bronx. Very little wind. I would say there’s no chance of a rain delay, but I learned my lesson last night.

UMPIRES: HP Hunter Wendelstedt, 1B Brian Knight, 2B Jerry Layne, 3B Bob Davidson

KERRY DID IT: According to Elias, last night the Yankees became the second team in the Modern Era to hold an opponent to one hit or less while striking out 18 or more. The only other instance was on May 6, 1998 when Kerry Wood held Houston to one hit while striking out 20.

RANDY DID IT: Also according to Elias, CC Sabathia became the fifth left-handed pitcher in the Live Ball Era — since 1920 — to allow one hit while striking out at least 14 in a game. Steve Carlton, Sandy Koufax and Warren Spann each did it once. Randy Johnson did it six times!

MARK DID IT: One more item from Elias: With Mark Teixeira hitting his 100th Yankees home run last night, the Yankees how have 37 different players with at least 100 homers in pinstripes. That’s the highest total of 100-homer players for any franchise ahead of the Tigers (33), Red Sox (28) and Giants (27).

UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: Hughes is through two scoreless showing a 93-mph fastball. Meanwhile, baseball trade market is beginning to take shape. Apparently Colby Rasmus is heading to Toronto and Carlos Beltran is going to San Francisco.

UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Two-out RBI triple by Dustin Ackley has the Mariners in the lead 1-0 after the top of the third.

UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: Good throw by Brett Gardner and tag by Russell Martin saved a run in the top of the fifth, but the Mariners still added one to pull ahead 2-0. The Yankees have gotten that run back in the bottom of the fifth on Jeter’s bases-loaded sac fly. Now it’s Granderson up with two outs and runners at the corners, Mariners leading 2-1.

UPDATE, 3:16 p.m.: Another uneven outing for Hughes — too many hits, not many runs — and now the Mariners have expanded their lead to 3-1 off the Yankees bullpen in the seventh.

UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Pockets of Yankee Stadium currently booing Boone Logan after he faced four hitters, and a ground ball, walk, strikeout and fly ball. The two balls put in play should have been outs — the first might have been a double play — but Robinson Cano made a bad flip and Curtis Granderson let the ball bounce out of his glove. It’s now 6-1 Mariners.

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Up next: King Felix05.28.11

In this West Coast parade of elite starting pitching, the Yankees next opponent might be the very best: Defending Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez.

“To me, he’s the perfect pitcher,” Mark Teixeira said. “You have a guy who throws hard, ball moves, who can hit the corners with three different pitches. And his breaking stuff is so good that you just hope he makes a mistake. He’s one of those guys where you have to hit a mistake because if he hits his pitch, you’re not going to get many hits off him.”

Individually, some of the Yankees have had success against Hernandez. Teixeira and Curtis Granderson have legitimately hit pretty well against him. Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada have hit him for average with little power, Nick Swisher has hit for power but a low average. Russell Martin has two hits and two RBI in two at-bats.

On the whole, though, Hernandez has a 2.73 career ERA against the Yankees. Last season he faced them three times, and one each game. He pitched 26 innings, struck out 31 and allowed just one earned run.

“It seemed like whenever we matched up against him last year, he was dominant,” Girardi said. “Hopefully that’s not the case this year… He can throw any pitch at any time, and he’s got more than one swing-and-miss. He can locate his fastball, (and) we’ve seen it as hard as 97-98. He’s got a good curveball, he’s got a good slider and he’s got a great changeup. It’s not like you can say, ‘Okay, when he gets ahead of me, this might be what he’s going to do.’ He can get you out a different way every at-bat.”

Said Teixeira: “When he’s on, he’s the best. I’ve always said, consistently, Halladay’s the best. But now that he’s in the National League I don’t get to face him as much. But yeah, I’ll put those guys at the top of the list.”

Associated Press photo

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From Jeter to Lee to Greinke to…12.19.10

Who’s next? Derek Jeter took his turn as the most discussed player of the Yankees offseason. Then Cliff Lee. Then Zack Greinke. So who’s next in the center of trade speculation and free agent guesswork? Five candidates:

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For those not looking for pie-in-the-sky scenarios, Floyd might be the reasonable alternative. Fausto Carmona or Matt Garza might also fit into this category. Floyd could legitimately help the Yankees rotation, and he’s currently with a team that might actually have reason to trade him.

Felix Hernandez
Joel Sherman has already made the case that the Yankees should immediately do whatever it takes to land the Mariners ace. Seattle, predictably, seems against the idea of trading him, but I don’t think that will stop anyone from wondering and dreaming.

Andy Pettitte
He’s so far been in the background. Every time Pettitte’s situation has nearly bubbled to the surface, it’s been overshadowed by some other move or potential move. Throughout the Winter Meetings he was secondary to Lee, then the Mariano Rivera signing became official, then Russell Martin signed, then Greinke came to the front of the trade market. Could be time for the Pettitte discussion to take center stage.

Rafael Soriano
Adrian Beltre isn’t a fit for the Yankees, so Soriano seems to be the top remaining free agent who could make a significant difference next season. The cost would surely be extreme — the Yankees are going to have to battle with closer money — and it’s still unclear whether Soriano would be open to taking a setup gig.

Carlos Zambrano
He might be leader in the clubhouse because — whether legitimate or not —  Zambrano already seems to have generated some Yankees speculation this winter. The pros are obvious (been an elite pitcher in the past, familiar with Larry Rothschild), but the cons are just as obvious (massive contract, unreliable at best).

Associated Press photo

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Postgame notes: “I wouldn’t say it’s any worse”08.20.10

APTOPIX Mariners Yankees BaseballAlex Rodriguez said the tightness he felt tonight was roughly the same as the tightness he felt on Monday when he first injured his left calf. This was the first time he’d been back in the lineup — though he had taken batting practice for three straight days — and he felt that familiar discomfort when he swung in his first at-bat.

“Just felt something on my swing,” he said. “Might have been my swing. Probably my first step out of the box… I wouldn’t say it’s any worse. I think it’s probably the same. I didn’t run fast enough or do any violent move to make it worse.”

Joe Girardi has been notoriously protective of his players. Even given the setbacks to Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte, it’s hard for me to accuse him of rushing his players back from injuries.

“I talked to Alex. I talked to our trainers. I talked to our doctors,” he said. ” “Everyone felt that he was ready to go. We thought today was the day, and obviously it wasn’t.”

Girardi said he did not know of any additional tests planned for Rodriguez and said he doesn’t expect Rodriguez to go on the disabled list.

“I’ve never had a calf situation before so it’s hard to gauge what you can play through or what you can endure,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t know (about the disabled list). I’m just trying to play and do the best I can. It’s obviously not my decision.”

The Rodriguez audio is pretty much limited to the quotes I’ve already posted. Here’s Girardi’s postgame instead.

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Mariners Yankees Baseball• Obviously A.J. Burnett’s outing wasn’t good — “I gave up six runs. They have every right to boo,” he said — but it was surprisingly how many balls he kept on the ground and how many of the Mariners hits were singles. Of the 12 Mariners hits, only the Russell Branyan homers went for extra bases. Only four of Burnett’s outs got the outfield.

• Pitchers rarely sweat singles no matter how many there are, and Burnett was no different. “I gave up two hard-hit balls,” he said. “If those balls don’t leave the park it’s a 2-0 game. Those are the only two pitches I’m worried about.”

• Those two pitches: A bad curveball over the middle of the plate and a fastball that was supposed to be inside.

• Felix Heranandez is the fourth Mariners pitcher to beat the Yankees three times in a season. The others are Bill Kreuger (1991), Jeff Nelson (1995) and Jeff Fassero (1997). That’s according to Elias. I did not know that off the top of my head.

• “Nothing’s really straight,” Curtis Granderson said. “Today in all three of my at-bats I had two balls that I could have done something with. I didn’t get an opportunity to do anything with them, and so you start eliminating the opportunity to get good pitches to drive.”

• Austin Kearns extended his hitting streak to nine games, his longest of the season.

• Burnett threw a season-high 122 pitches. He also matched a career high of 12 hits allowed, which he’s done five times.

• The Yankees were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

• Girardi said he pinch hit Marcus Thames in the ninth inning because he wanted to give Thames an at-bat against lefty Garrett Olson. The Yankees have a bunch of left-handers coming up.

• One last thing to keep in mind about Rodriguez’s injury: The Yankees next series is on that turf in Toronto. “Our listen to our medical people,” Girardi said. “That’s all I can do.”

Associated Press photos of Derek Jeter and Burnett. Didn’t see an A-Rod pictures after tonight’s game.

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Game 122: Yankees vs. Mariners08.20.10

YANKEES (75-46)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ramiro Pena 3B

RHP A.J. Burnett (9-10, 4.66)
Burnett vs. Mariners

MARINERS (48-73)
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Russell Branyan DH
Jose Lopez 3B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Adam Moore C
Matt Tuiasosopo LF
Josh Wilson SS

RHP Felix Hernandez (8-10, 2.62)
Hernandez vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Greg Gibson, 1B Brian Knight, 2B Sam Holbrook, 3B Gerry Davis

WEATHER: Really nice night here in the Bronx. Very, very light breeze. Blue sky. Not too hot. It’s a good night.

BETTER THAN EXPECTED: The Yankees have struggled against Felix Hernandez this season — actually, struggled might not be strong enough — but individually, they’ve been solid against him. Mark Teixeira is a career .326 hitter with three homers in 43 at-bats against the Mariners ace. Curtis Granderson is a career .344 hitter, Robinson Cano is a .300 hitter and Derek Jeter is a .316 hitter against King Felix. Only Nick Swisher has more than 13 at-bats against Hernandez with a lower than .300 career average.

FINALLY, RUNS: The Yankees have scored 20 runs in the past three games. That’s after scoring 22 runs in their previous six games.

YOUNG GUN: With yesterday’s win, Phil Hughes has 15 wins a little more than a month after his 24th birthday. According to Elias, Hughes is the second Yankees pitcher in the past 35 years to win 15 games in a season before turning 25. The first was Andy Pettitte in 1996.

HOME SWEET HOME: At 40-21, the Yankees have the second-best home record in the majors. They’re tied with Philadelphia. Atlanta has the best home record at 44-17. Since moving into this stadium, the Yankees are 97-45 at home, the best home record in the majors in that time.

UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: Zach McAllister is the player to be named later in the Austin Kearns trade. He’s on his way to the Indians organization.

UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Three-run home run by Russell Branyan. It’s a 3-0 Mariners lead before Burnett has recorded an out.

UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: There are times Burnett looks terrific, and there are times when the Mariners seem able to hit him at will. He’s allowed two singles in each of the first three innings, and back-to-back two-out hits in the third have increased the Mariners lead to 4-0.

UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Two more singles and another run off Burnett. It’s 5-0 Seattle. The Yankees still don’t have a hit.

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: The crowd is booing Burnett in the fourth inning. He’s allowed three singles and just walked Jose Lopez to load the bases. With two outs, though, there’s no one getting loose in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Not usually a good sign when Austin Kearns is pinch hitting for Alex Rodriguez in the fourth inning.

UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Bases loaded with one out in the fifth, Hernandez struck out Pena and Gardner to stranded the runners and escape the jam.

UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: Yankee Stadium is letting Burnett hear it after Branyan’s second homer of the game, a solo shot to center.

UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: Seven of Hernandez’s past eight outs have been strikeouts, including four in a row. Every spot in the Yankees order has struck out at least once except the No. 2 hole where Derek Jeter is 1-for-3 without a K.

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Postgame notes: “I’m going to send him back out there.”07.11.10

Yankees Mariners Baseball
Just as you probably expected, Joe Girardi said he plans to stick with Joba Chamberlain as his eighth-inning reliever. Tonight was one of the low points for Chamberlain — two singles and a game-winning grand slam — but Girardi said, “I’m going to send him back out there, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Chamberlain was consistently 96 to 97 mph with his fastball. GameDay had his last pitch to Chone Figgins at 99. As Girardi said, the stuff was there, but Chamberlain’s command has gotten him into trouble time and again this season. After missing with back-to-back sliders, the grand slam pitch to Jose Lopez was a fastball up in the zone. It was supposed to be down and away.

“I missed a spot,” Chamberlain said. “A lot.”

With a one-run lead and Felix Hernandez dealing, there was no room for a missed spot like that. It was especially brutal given the seven brilliant innings from Javier Vazquez.

“I definitely let Javy down,” Chamberlain said. “It’s tremendous the way he went out and pitched and got himself out of jams. He continues to pitch better, and that’s a good sign for us. I’ve got to go out there and protect that one-run lead for all the good work he did.”

Here’s Chamberlain talking after the game.

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Yankees Mariners Baseball• Can’t say enough about Vazquez. “His changeup was dynamite tonight, and he threw a lot of them,” Girardi said. “I thought he located his fastball good. I thought that’s as good as he’s thrown for us all year.”

• In the seventh inning, Girardi had Damaso Marte ready in the bullpen, but he let Vazquez pitch to Milton Bradley with the bases loaded. “I want to see him finish it if he can,” Girardi said.

• Speaking of that at-bat, it was a nice play by Ramiro Pena that ended it without the ball falling for a single. “I had jammed him and I thought it was going to drop in there,” Vazquez said. “When I saw Pena there, kind of under it a little bit, I was relieved.”

• No-hitter though 5.2 innings. “Sincerely, with all my heart, I never think no-hitter,” Vazquez said.

• Ichiro’s sixth-inning single hit Vazquez in the inner thigh. He said it caught all leg, no glove, but he wasn’t hurt.

• On the day he was named to the Home Run Derby, Nick Swisher hit his 15th home run of the season. He’s now hitting .435 with two homers and four doubles during this road trip.

• Mark Teixeira has now reached base in 31 consecutive games. He has a hit in 26 of his past 30. This was his 21st multi-hit game of the season.

• The loss snapped a season-high seven-game winning streak.

• Felix Hernandez pitched his third straight complete game against the Yankees (9/18/09, 6/30/10, 7/10/10). He’s the first pitcher to do that against the Yankees since Jaime Navarro in 1990-91.

Associated Press photos of Chamberlain and Vazquez.

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Game 87: Yankees at Mariners07.10.10

YANKEES (55-31)
Brett Gardner LF
Nick Swisher DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Curtis Granderson CF
Colin Curtis RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ramiro Pena SS

RHP Javier Vazquez (7-7, 4.81)
Vazquez vs. Mariners

MARINERS (34-51)
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Russell Branyan DH
Jose Lopez 3B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Justin Smoak 1B
Michael Saunders LF
Rob Johnson C
Jack Wilson SS

RHP Felix Hernandez (6-5, 3.01)
Hernandez vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 10:10 p.m. ET / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Lance Barksdale, 1B Ed Rapuano, 2B Tom Hallion, 3B Ron Kulpa

WEATHER: I know it’s supposed to rain in this city all the time, but we’ve had nothing but great weather this weekend. Today has been the nicest of the bunch. Just a perfect blue sky overhead.

ALL ABOUT PITCHING: The Yankees have allowed six runs total in the past five games. It’s the first time they’ve pulled that off since 2002. They’ve not allowed six runs through six games since 1998, when they did it through seven games.

HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR: Nick Swisher is hitting .474 with four runs, four doubles and a home run on the current road trip. The trip, of course, started the day after he was named to the final all-star ballot.

GOING DEEP: Russell Branyan is 3-for-7 in his career against Javier Vazquez. All three hits have been home runs. It’s a small sample size but still impressive.

THREE BASES: The Yankees have 21 triples this season. That matches their total from last year.

UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.: Justin Smoak’s at-bat music: Smoke on the Water.

UPDATE, 10:54 p.m.: Put that man in the Home Run Derby! Swisher goes deep for a 1-0 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 11:02 p.m.: So far so good for Vazquez. Only a walk allowed through the first three innings.

UPDATE, 11:27 p.m.: Gardner was running on the pitch, but Swisher hit it hard enough that the Mariners were still able to turn two, a double play to end the fifth inning. Still a 1-0 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 11:34 p.m.: Must be nice to have Gardner and Granderson in left and center. Those two cover a lot of ground and there was never much doubt one of them was going to catch that fly ball. Gardner got it and Vazquez is through five innings, still 1-0 Yankees.

UPDATE, 11:40 p.m.: There’s a room in the press box that’s showing the game in 3D. It’s pretty amazing. It’s not so much that the baseball is flying off the screen or anything like that, there’s just real depth perception. The shot from behind the pitcher, you can really see how much room is from the mound to the plate. When they show the outfield, you have a better feel for how far the center fielder is from the wall. It’s little things like that, and it makes a huge difference. You have to wear some sort of 3D glasses to see it properly, but it’s an amazing way to watch the game. Meanwhile, here’s Javy, back on the mound for the sixth inning, still with a 1-0 lead.

UPDATE, 11:46 p.m.: Not the nicest way to lose a no-hitter. Ichiro shot a ball up the middle, off Vazquez, who tried to rush the throw and made a bad one in the dirt. Would have been an out had Teixeira scooped it, but that’s definitely a hit.

UPDATE, 12:05 a.m.: Vazquez opened this inning at 93 pitches. Even without that infield hit, it might have been tricky for him to go nine innings.

UPDATE, 12:08 a.m.: Damaso Marte warming in the pen as Vazquez allows his second hit of the game with two outs in the seventh.

UPDATE, 12:18 a.m.: Marte getting warm in the pen, but Girardi is sticking with Vazquez with the bases loaded and Milton Bradley at the plate. This seems to be the at-bat of the game.

UPDATE, 12:20 a.m.: Nice little play by Pena to keep the one-run lead intact. He made it look easy, but that ball really seemed destined for center field off the bat.

UPDATE, 12:30 a.m.: Looks like Cano is arguing that he made contact with that pitch. I haven’t seen a good replay of it, but it hardly matters. It was called a swinging strike and the eighth inning is over with runners stranded at first and second.

UPDATE, 12:32 a.m.: Here’s Joba with a one-run lead in the eighth. First pitch, a single to center.

UPDATE, 12:34 a.m.: On a foul ball, Jack Wilson had to run back to first base, and he intentionally ran around the mound. Just pointing it out. Chamberlain wasn’t even paying attention. He clearly didn’t care one way or the other.

UPDATE, 12:42 a.m.: Oh jeez. A grand slam. Let’s revisit the Chamberlain-in-the-eighth questions, shall we?

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