Headed home after six

The Yankees returned home to New York early this morning after their six-game trip to Boston and Detroit, a journey that ended a whole lot better than it started. The last two nights in the Motor City offered a lot for them to feel good about, getting a strong performance from Phil Hughes fresh up from Triple-A followed by another one from Joba Chamberlain last evening.

Any time you can bat around in an inning for two straight nights, things are going pretty well, and it seems Nick Swisher’s bat has come alive after a brief skid. They’re back at home tonight to play the Angels in a four-game series, while Alex Rodriguez will be on a field in Tampa in a few hours to play a morning intrasquad game at the Yankees’ Minor League complex.

Here are the pitching matchups for the Angels series:

Thursday 4/30 vs. LOS ANGELES (AL)
RHP A.J. Burnett (2-0, 5.47) vs. RHP Anthony Ortega (0-1, 7.20) 7:05 p.m. YES

Friday 5/1 vs. LOS ANGELES (AL)
LHP Andy Pettitte (2-1, 2.96) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (2-1, 2.45) 7:05 p.m. YES

Saturday 5/2 vs. LOS ANGELES (AL)
LHP CC Sabathia (1-2, 4.73) vs. RHP Matt Palmer (1-0, 6.00) 1:05 p.m. YES

Sunday 5/3 vs. LOS ANGELES (AL)
RHP Phil Hughes (1-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Joe Saunders (2-1, 3.51) 1:05 p.m. YES

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Posada doesn’t look good? He’s batting a solid .275 and is 10 for 15 in catching base stealers including going 2-4 last night. I think his shoulder passes the recovery test. I’m not worried about his bat. It’ll come. Let’s not forget he’s a career .270/.280 20-25 home guy.

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A report in the New York Daily News alleged that in a new book on Alex Rodriguez to be published this Monday by Harper Collins, the star tipped pitches when he was with the Texas Rangers, essentially signaling to friendly opponents what pitch was coming. SI senior writer Selena Roberts, who along with David Epstein broke the story in February about A-Rod’s use of performance enhancing drugs, wrote the book and talked to SI.com about the allegations.

SI.com: The book claims that A-Rod tipped opposing players to pitches in the late innings of blowouts, an affront not only to teammates but also to the integrity of the game. How often was this practice performed and how does this affect his standing with his peers?

Selena Roberts: The pitch-tipping was often enough over three years to become a pattern noticeable by the ex-Rangers sources that I spoke to. Only a small number of Rangers knew about the quid pro quo that Alex was involved in and did not want it to spread around the clubhouse because it would have been devastating to the team.

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What 2 bats do you think the Yankees will go after come June? You figure that by June, the Yankees line-up is pretty much set in stone: Jeter/Damon/Tex/A-rod/Matsui/Cano/Posada/Swisher/Cabrera. What bats will this team pursue come June, and to replace who?

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Big hopes for this series now…Sabathia should beat Palmer, and the Angels pen looks shaky enough to give the Yankees a big chance of winning games 2 and 4.

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Way to go Mo! His usual dominant self tonight. Good win.

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Good WIN TONIGHT! I hope we can keep this up for a couple of nights during this home stand..

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Good Mo is in …..

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Come on. What’s with this Tex? Bases loaded and strikes out. Man, he has really been useless up to this point. We’re sure not getting our money’s worth. Is the guy not comfortable yet in pinstripes? Is he trying too hard? Is he overrated? Is he hurt? Geez, what a disappointment. Someone needs to give him a whack over the head to wake him up.

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I just HOP our BULL-S-PEN can hold up?

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7-4 lead. Nice hitting by Posada, Cabrera and Pena. Are they going to Mo in the 9th or one of the unreliables and run the risk of losing the game? Mind you, Mo hasn’t been his usual lights out self in the past couple of games. With Boston losing big to TB they have a good chance of closing the gap.

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Surely must just be for one out given yesterday. Is there no one else?

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Infield hit to break it up from Ellsbury.

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Can you believe it? Girardi has Jonathan Alba warming up in the bull pen. Let’s hope he doesn’t get into the game. He was terrible in the last game.

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Tex has to get his a@@ in gear. He’s not very reliable at the plate and hitting a low average. Just hit into another DP and put a damper on a rally with two guys on base. For all the money he is being paid he’s not producing. It will be interesting to see how he responds when ARod gets back into the lineup.

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ouch, Garza’s perfect through six against the Sox. 8 SO whilst Beckett was ugly.

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Tragically, this could be game over at 4-4 after six. Are the Yanks going to score anything against Arredondo, Shields or Fuentes? Compare that to whoever the Angels are going to walk, steal and score against

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Posada doesn’t really look like he’s on his game this year, not behind the plate or hitting. He’s hit a lot into DPs, strike outs, and fly outs, and often with guys on base. You wonder if he’ll be able to come back from his surgery and be a regular guy in the lineup and as dominant as he has been in the past. Cabrera hits into a DP. It’s still anybody’s game. I hope AJ can go another inning at least. Interesting the different management style with Scosia being aggressive on the bases and trying to make things happen and Girardi uses as much more conservative approach. Yankees need more spark, more fire, more passion, more hustle. I think it’s the manager who instils that in his players or doesn’t.

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Nice piece of hitting by Jeter to the opposite field and a nice piece of running by Pena on the bases. Not a nice piece of fielding by Bobby but we’ll take it. Hopefully, AJ will settle down and pitch a few strong innings. Don’t want to get into our unreliable bull pen until we reall have to.

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Bobby-Abr-eu. Thanks.

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AJ’S Breaking ball looks good tonight. You are right we need more offence….

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Nice homer from Johnny. Too bad Jeter didn’t get on base. Jeter has hit two weak grounders so far at bat. Need to generate more offence. Hopefully A.J. is settling down.

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Nice here we go again with Runners in scoring position. Man this team is really something-NOT.

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I think Girardi and his pitching coach should become Ambasadors to Mexico so we can ship them down there to start maybe taking tempatures in PIDS AS#@, I starting to believe that all there GOOD FOR!! CRIST….

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A.J. looking a little shaky to start with. I think the Yankees are going to have to get some offence going tonight against the Angels. They’re a good hitting ball club and can pile up the runs. Not a great start so far.

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Hey I was wondering maybe someone he can answer? WHERE THE H E L L did the Yankee PITCHING COACH come from FRIGGEN MARS, what the Frack is going on with this pitching staff. We should send this guy to fracken mexico to find a cure for the swine what ever ya call it. HE SUC@S!!! Maybe he WON’T RETURN! C R A P !!!!!!!

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Mate,
I’ll let all know if I see Bruney throwing any rehab in any box score! If he does it in extended spring I won’t know, but maybe Bryan can inform us. It should not be until May 7th or later!!!

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3:39 post was from Aussie Bryan, not me!

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randgmoulton,Well with the team thats at the Stadium TONIGHT that always play the Yankees hard I am sure you are in for a TREAT form all of US on this BLOG….
PLEASE STAND BY if YOU DARE!!! HA HA

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bpark,
Hey yourrrrrrrr back!!!I was wondering what happened? SO WAS mm440….

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Hey. I’m concerned now because of the suspensions on this blog and up tightness now over hurting people’s feelings that the blogs are going to get rather inspid and nicey nicey. Don’t need the real bad stuff and stuff bordering on racism and hurtful criticism, but the expletives, the banter back and forth, the humor is why I read the blogs here and enjoy them. Nice to have baseball information and knowledge shared but need the passion, the rants, the anger, the frustration etc. etc. or I for one won’t be too anxious to read these comments. Hopefully the next time the Yanks are losing or the bull pen is not producing or a starter stinks the joint out or the offence is not clicking we’ll still have the same passion and frustration and anger and venting we had before. mm40, ericksontodd, saiki,bpark keep it going. You’re the guys that generate so much heat on this blog and keep it interesting!

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I for one welcome Bpark back from what was it a two match suspension, perhaps you should have appealed.
Obviously we can all disagree on certain topics, moves, players potential or ability. That is what healthy debating can do.
I find myself naow watching all games with a very heathy increase in knowledge of players A) currently playing and B) knocking on the door.
You all know my feelings on slamming one another, that is not a healthy attitude. Keep up the disbursing of knowledge Matt and B Park. I for one really appreciate it.
I have found myself embroiled in heated discussions with someone MM40, someone who does have the ability to slam anyone he can.

Yes I know it is America and everyone has the right to say what they want, freedom of speech whatever.

It is not often I get angry but I have of late. Yes the side is what 11-10, yes they have blown maybe three winnable games, yes they have been hammered 3-4 times, yes the relief has exploded/imploded 3-4 times. Yes it has often been Veras, Albladejo, Robertson Ramirez and yes of all people Rivera. I still have faith in the bull pen which in 08 really carried this side, their combined ERA for the year was in the top 3 across the board. This year they have got back Bruney, currently injured and added a gun in Melancon so all will be well in that area.
Let us not forget The Tigers are an extremely strong hitting side, so the runs given up cannot come as a complete surprise.
The surprise though is the home runs and hard hit balls given up by Rivera for the year though in a couple of games.

MM40 if you are out there I am not interested or put off by your comments. What I find appalling is that when the side is losing you revert to such disgusting criticism, yes it is your right but you really should settle down. What I found interesting was when the side was up 8-1 where were your comments then–nowhere. It is only when a good hiiting side plate a few that you surface and slam everyone you can. Settle down as it cannot be good for the people around you. Healthy criticism and debating is great, but one way abuse never wins many arguments or debates.
Can someone advise when Bruney is expected to come off the D/L as there has not been much out there as to his progression. He is a large key to this bull pen no doubt.

Again welcome back BPark.

Aussie Bryan.

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Joba saw the performance Hughes had the night before and worried about his spot in the rotation. Funny how competition can make people perform better.
I still think this team needs a different pitching coach and manager. Under a good pitching coach even a so so pitcher can improve as long as they listen. Manager makes too many switches and then runs out of pitchers in extra innings. Relief pitchers used to pitch whatever was necessary to finish a game. Facing one batter uses up a pitcher for the game that could be needed later. If they can only be a specialist then get someone else that can handle both sides of the plate.

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Did any one catch what David Cone said last night, I think, during the 4rth inning about Joba Chamberlain?

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A couple of stories about Joba:
One pitch explains it all by Peter Abraham.
http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2009/04/30/one-pitch-explains-it-all/
Building starts, building velocity
By Benjamin Kabak
http://riveraveblues.com/2009/04/building-starts-building-velocity-10986/

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Wussup Yankee fans – boy did we need an outing like Joba had last night. It was nice to see that he followed up Hughes performance! It looked ugly for a bit until he threw that filthy hook to Cabrera – by far the best & most important pitch he’s thrown all season! I really hope he can keep it steady for the rest of the season b/c we really need him. I am still one of the few that thinks he belongs in the bull pen and keep Hughes as our #4 or 5 – our bullpen is horrible! It would be great if he had Bruney for the 7th, Joba for the 8th and Rivera for the 9th.

On other note, Tex is really/really struggling! I really hope he can turn it around when Alex comes back b/c he’ll have have that protection but he really looks bad! On a lighter note, Sui is coming around big time! He raised his average almost 70 points in 3 weeks, he was in the low 200′s and now is hovering at 300.

I am really hoping Burnett and CC have a good homestand!

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 30, 2009
Norfolk (Orioles) 7:05 PM
Scranton/WB
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Connecticut (Giants) 7:05 PM
Trenton
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Lakeland (Tigers) 7:00 PM
Tampa
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Charleston
Asheville (Rockies) 7:05 PM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 29, 2009
Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 0
Scranton/WB 7
W: A. Aceves (2-0, 3.80); L: J. Lehr (3-1, 5.06)
HR: SWB: S. Duncan (7), J. Rodriguez (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_04_29_lhvaaa_swbaaa_1
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Connecticut (Giants) 3
Trenton 2
W: H. Sosa (1-0, 3.18); L: Z. McAllister (1-1, 2.53); SV: D. Otero (4)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_04_29_nrwaax_treaax_1
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Tampa 0
Lakeland (Tigers) 5
W: T. Weber (2-2, 0.75); L: L. Pendleton (2-1, 2.08)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_04_29_tbyafa_lakafa_1
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Charleston 10
Asheville (Rockies) 12
W: M. Marbry (2-0, 1.93); L: C. Arbiso (1-2, 3.00); SV: A. Jorgenson (2)
HR: CSC: M. Mesa (5). ASH: D. Christensen (3), K. Roling (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_04_29_crdafx_ashafx_1
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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