The Yanks turn over the keys

It’s 6 1/2 hours after the first pitch was thrown and I’m just wrapping up here in the press box after the Yankees’ 2-1, 10-inning victory over the Rays. It’s not that I’m hanging around to savor the Yankees’ fourth win in a row. There’s a really good reason for it — the All-Star Game, and a deluge of work to come with it.

Immediately after this game, the Stadium began being turned over to the All-Star Game — there’s new signage directing you to the USA and World clubhouses for the Futures Game, and all sorts of equipment and the like are being moved around. This place is going to be transformed very soon, with the Yankees’ equipment boxed up and placed into storage.

On Sunday, the All-Stars’ gear starts to arrive, and today I spotted Rob Cucuzza testing out Joe Mauer’s All-Star nameplate on Edwar Ramirez’s locker. Good news for Mauer – he’s got a good location coming up. As for the Yankees, they’re off to Pittsburgh for a brief 24-hour stay before getting up to Canada for the first international trip of the year, believe it or not.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 9, 2008

Scranton/WB 1
Toledo (Tigers) 2
W: F. Cruceta (2-1, 3.63); L: K. Igawa (8-5, 3.80)
HR: TOL: T. Perez (10).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_09_swbaaa_tolaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Altoona (Pirates) 7
Trenton 2
W: K. Bloom (1-4, 4.57); L: P. Coke (7-4, 2.96); SV: J. Mateo (1)
HR: ALT: J. Boone (7).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_09_altaax_treaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
St. Lucie (Mets) 3
Tampa 0 (7)
W: D. Owen (7-6, 3.83); L: I. Nova (3-11, 4.84)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_09_sluafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Lexington (Astros) 4
Charleston 5
W: C. Vacek (4-3, 4.23); L: F. Abad (1-4, 3.70); SV: J. Ortiz (23)
HR: CHA: J. Montero (9).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_09_lexafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Oneonta (Tigers) 5
Staten Island 4
W: M. Brackman (1-1, 7.71); L: L. Greinke (0-2, 1.53); SV: T. Stohr (7)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2008_07_09_oneasx_staasx_1
GCL Blue Jays 2
GCLYankees 0 (11)
W: J. Potts (3-0, 1.42); L: G. Tatis (0-1, 8.10)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_09_bljrok_yanrok_1&t=g_box&did=milb
GCLYankees 1 (7)
GCL Blue Jays 5
W: J. Cuotto (1-1, 3.32); L: A. Vizcaino (2-1, 4.50)
HR: YAN: Y. Tabares (1). BLU: R. Diaz (2), L. Fernandez (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_09_yanrok_bljrok_2&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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I felt the Yankees needed 4 out 6 and they did the hard way. Now they need 3 out of 4 before the all-star break and the race is on.

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The pitching as of late has been pretty much fantastic, especially the bullpen, especially Andy Pettitte. Pettitte was incredible last night, he’s been awesome as of late.

-EJ/Kid From New York
yankeesquad.mlblogs.com = Yankee fans, feel free to leave comments, constructive criticism and such. If you want me to write about something, suggest it please.

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