Hello from Fenway Park

Boston.jpgThe old place looks pretty much how we remembered it. There’s a new Coca-Cola neon sign over the third base upper deck and there’s a few more seats crammed into the building, but it’s still Fenway Park and it’s still Red Sox vs. Yankees.

It doesn’t matter what month it is, this is always a special one. The Yankees are feeling a little bit better after Andy Pettitte pitched them to a win in Kansas City last night, avoiding what would have been a deflating three-game sweep to the Royals. It hasn’t been the most thrilling first 10 games for the Yankees, but they’re 5-5 with 152 left to play, and you probably have to take that and not worry too much about it.

After all, the Red Sox – the team so many prognosticators are choosing as the ‘team to beat’ in the American League – have the exact same record as the Yankees. That’ll change tonight, and the Yankees hope Chien-Ming Wang tips it in their favor.

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Well we know that Bryan is a Bruce fan. Bruuuuuce.

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Wow shelly duncan another dinger thats 2 in 2 games why did we option him and not betemit?

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 11, 2008

Scranton/WB 7
Durham (Rays) 3
W: D. Rasner (2-0, 0.75); L: C. Mason (0-1, 4.66)
HR: SWB: S. Duncan (2), C. Ransom (2), N. Green (1). DUR: J. Weber (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_11_swbaaa_dubaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Harrisburg (Nationals) 8
Trenton 4
W: J. Hall (1-1, 9.35); L: P. Coke (0-1, 5.00); SV: T. Bittner (1)
HR: HAR: Y. De Caster (4), L. Montz (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_11_haraax_treaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Sarasota (Reds) 4
Tampa 11
W: A. Aceves (1-0, 3.09); L: D. Guerrero (0-1, 18.41)
HR: SAR: J. Francisco (2). TAM: E. Gonzalez (3), T. Battle (1), D. Sublett (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_11_sarafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Rome (Braves) 6
Charleston 7
W: C. Heyer (1-0, 1.59); L: T. Palica (1-1, 11.25); SV: J. Ortiz (3)
HR: CHA: J. Snyder (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2008_04_11_romafx_crdafx_1
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Just look at some of the slow starts to big name starting pitching, namely CC Sabathia. As well as Josh Beckett pitched in 2007 he pitched as bad in 2006. He was lucky enough to have a strong offense behind him and the bulk majority of his AL leading home runs be solo shots but he still was less than impressive. I am far from writing off the Yankees chances tomorrow, in fact after the 10 hit performance I saw today and the back to back well played wins I’m encouraged. I know I said it before but dammit CC you’re killing my fantasy team.

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As much as I don’t want to be a party-pooper guys, I really don’t like the Yankees chances tommorow. If Beckett is his usual self and shows his 2007 prowess, we’re more than likely to lose, but then again, a baseball game is a baseball game and names don’t matter in this game, the performance does. We’ll see how Moose takes the Sox tommorrow. I say that the Yankees have to get to Beckett early and avoid leting him seep into a rhythm, if we work the count and get to him mentally, with our lineup, he’ll have little time to recover and will find hmiself in the dugout before he knows what happened. Moose needs to keep this game close at least, and the key for him is to mix speeds WHILE throwing strikes. He can’t afford to fall into pitching patterns because he has little to overpower hitters with. Like with any other pitcher, the first strike is KEY. If he gets the first strike consistently, and then starts working his magic with the knuckle-curve and two-seamer, he’ll be in good shape. We’ll see… GO YANKEES! TWO IN A ROW!

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Excellent! I leave to go to the store (I’ve had my eye on those funky fresh new Premiere Dugout jackets from Majestic) to gets me some new Yankee gear and the score was nadda to nathan, one hit on both sides…

I saw the score on ESPN playing in the shoe store and we’re up 3-1, final 4-1. Bummers that I had to miss the live action and the eventual imposing of our will on the Sox, but I’ll take it anyday!

Nice show by Wang! Anyone think this guy has a silent chip on his shoulder? He’s so blue-collar quiet he just doesn’t get the credit he deserves… but he seems to be really sharp/focused.

Yeah, come on Moose… I would really like to see him handle this lineup and us get to Beckett. That’d give us the series and would be a nice tone to set for the season series. Then we could possibly-maybe bust out a broom with Hughes on the hill… that’d be a very nice weekend!

Oh and yeah, the jacket is the bomb! I love it, nice and light, comfortable and holds that heat in, while doing a good job as a windbreaker/raincoat as well. Oh yeah and it’s stylish to boot with all the versatility and who can resist that Yankee logo!?

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Gonzalez has such a nice looking swing, compact and sweet and he gets some gap power to it, he’s picked up a couple doubles. Wang did get waked a couple times but they were all right at outfielders on a line but who cares down with the SUCHS for tonight. Now we get to see how the Moose handles this lineup while we try and smoke Josh Beckett. I love how the Suchs fans think he’s the second coming after he’s had a good year and a bad year with them. Congrats to Wanger a CG 2 hitter and so few pitches, he is an ace, our ace no matter how you cut it.

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Good win there, now can Moose outduel Beckett? I think with Beckett’s iffy start could be a bit of a slugfest.

Wang’s now 3-0 with a 1.28ERA!!!!!!!!!!

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Betamit’s days are numbered if Gonzalez can hit. He won’t have any kind of role on this team.

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Another decent hit for Gonzalez. Hopefully this continues and Betemit can go rot somewhere not near the batter’s box

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As usual Matt, you are soooooooooo right!!

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Fly balls all over the place. Hard-hit too. Another day maybe half of those light Wang up.

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finally after ten games MLB have fixed problem and given me Mosaic for inconvenience fantastic super hi defination picture quality. All of this topped off by high quality Wang pitching. many at 94-95. His pitching to Ortiz and Ramirez priceless. Then along comes Giambi and Molina, two to go. I cannot wait the next two weeks before arriving to watch in New York.

Aussie Bryan

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This has been the most dominant I have seen Wang in a long time, 7 IP 1 H 1R only 70 pitches of which 46 are strikes. He’s killing the Suks!!!! Keep it up!!!!!

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Drafts arghhhhhh I always mess them up. This year Cano, Giambi with awful starts, Ellsbury not playing every game. Bleedin’ Rays sending down Longoria so they can keep him arbitration and free agency free for an extra season.

Got my teams hopes on the likes of Bedard staying healthy

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I know it, Sabathia is killin my fantasy team, he is definitly not worth the second round pick. I like Molina, but when Posada is 100% there’s few better. The good thing is in routs either way Molina can come in late, he can DH and give Damon/Melky/Matsui/Giambi a rest.

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If Molina continues this way there’s starting to be a case for him to get more game time even with a fit Posada.

Sabathia’s getting slaughtered by the A’s tonight

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The Giambino takes Timlin deep, and Molina strokes another double. Molina is the best backup catcher the Yanks have had in a long time.

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I agree with Goog Guys on one point, but I differ with him on another. Phil Hughes, I think, will be the difference in this series, no problem. He needs that sharp break on his curveball because if he doesn’t have it, either it will get hit, or it will get dug into the ground. He needs to throw strikes with the fastball ( first picth strikes, especially against Boston’s lineup. ) And let his curveball and change-up get hitters to commit. That first pitch strike is KEY though, because a hitter won’t feel the need to chase anything they don’t like if they’re ahead in the count! That’s what coaches mean when they say ” He wasn’t trying to be pretty out there, he was agressive and thre strikes.” When you throw strikes, a hitter has swing at anything, he’s pretty much up against the wall. When ahead in the count, it is the exact opposite. Check the stat books.

NOW, the point I differ with Goog Guys on is his view on Matsuzaka. This man was the BEST pitcher in Japan. THE BEST. Now, he did struggle last season, but it was not from a mechanical/ pitching standpoint, it was from a mental standpoint. Now you can say what you want about Kosuke Fukudome or Hiroki Kuroda ( who are both having great success. ) but some guys are mentally weaker than others, and Matsuzaka was just not comfortable in the Major Leagues. He was not comfortable with his teammates, he wasn’t familiar with the climate, the language, hitter tendencies, so-on-so-forth. This year, in comparison, he has adjusted, he’s comfortable and he is playing baseball, not with his emotions and baseball. He’s striking alot more batters out, his effectivity is up ( lower ERA ) and his walks are down. He’s having fun. I think Matsuzaka is going to show his true colors this year. BTW, the Red Sox have no hits… I think. Lengthy post.

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I thought playing the Suks would wake this offense up, but it’s still sleep walking. For God’s sake, wake up!!!!!!!!

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You can’t hit into a double play much harder than Melky did there. A massive slice of ill-fortune there.

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3 Walks by Buchholz. Bases loaded 1 out. Better than Joba? Ha!!

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Man, I sure hope we can get some good results out of this series.

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My bad: IMO.

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A-Rod will NOT be playing SS, IMO? If he does, he’s not going to rip that spot from Jete. It’s #2 at SS until HE says otherwise.

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Aussie Bryan is coming to New York on 27 Apr 08 for two weeks and will be hoping to see all 9 home games in that homestand. Out of 10 how will it be obtaining good seats / tickets. Anyone please advise.

Also I am hearing and reading strong press about Rodriguex going to short in swap with Jeter. Is the rumor strong. ARod gave up a hot short stop career to come to New York and settled for playing third for the sake of the team, will Jeter be prepared to do the same.

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Wang gives the Yanks an edge on Friday, Beckett gives the Sox the edge on Saturday. The series will turn on Sunday’s game. Matsuzaka has never impressed me. He’s an incredibly inefficient pitcher who racks up enormous pitch counts because of his incessant wildness and his desire to strike every batter out. He also tires easily. The Yankees eat up those kind of pitchers with their patient approach at the plate, which is why Matsuzaka’s career ERA against the Yanks is north of 6. By contrast, I think Hughes matches up well against the Red Sox lineup with a strong fastball-curveball combo. The Yanks should take 2 of 3 here.

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I hope the “rivalry” is enough to get the blood flowing for the boys! These kinds of games are ripe with opportunities to ‘spark’ that fire within!

Hopefully the rain hasn’t followed us all the way across the midwest back to the coast but uhh, well the jetstream does flow that way… ;) Hoping for a rain-free affair tonight.

Hopefully this one isn’t blacked out for me (one in KC was)…

Glad to see Pettitte throwing well, not that I was too worried, but still great to see him at his ‘usual self’; he has a knack for being a stopper for us, and he did just that last night.

Would like to see a better team performance hitting-wise but then I bet we all do… I just love to see it when pertinere the whole lineup is swinging well though.

Take it to ‘em Wang’er!

Go Yank-ees!

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I refuse to write about the weather. No, really.

But I’ll let the Red Sox handle it.

For Immediate Release

April 11, 2008
FENWAY AREA WEATHER UPDATE (As of 3:00 p.m.)

The current weather forecast (provided by the Red Sox private weather service, Meteorlogix) in the vicinity of Fenway Park calls for rain showers to move into the area later this evening.

The Fenway Park gates will open at the regularly scheduled time of 5:05 p.m., and the Red Sox hope that tonight’s game with the New York Yankees will be played. However, the Red Sox would like to alert our fans to the current forecast and the possibility for delay.

This forecast is of course subject to change as the day progresses. Additional updates will be provided as necessary.

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