Memorable night at the Stadium

I think you’d have to say that was the first instant YES Network classic at the new Yankee Stadium, no?

Melky Cabrera wins it with a walkoff hit after the Yankees come all the way back, spurred on by Brett Gardner’s inside the park home run in a game where tempers flared and Johnny Damon was ejected. Phil Hughes was OK, dodging trouble and keeping the Twins to three runs. Oh, and that A-Rod guy? Four walks.

Joba Chamberlain tries to get things right this afternoon against Nick Blackburn, hoping to avoid the first-inning woes that have plagued him … well, pretty much since college, he says.

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Zerp, “clutch” is when your team is tied or losing and your at-bat will significantly alter the game.

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NEW THREAD

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Yanks acquire Romulo Sanchez By Mike Axisa
http://riveraveblues.com/2009/05/yanks-acquire-romulo-sanchez-11792/

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Sper; I agree the Yanks should make a run at the 16year old super prospect SS Miguel Angel Sano from the DR. The kid has talent and at age 16 he’ll get better. We need to do something to strenghten our farm system. He could be the heir to Jeter, an absolute need………”GO YANKEES!”.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 17, 2009
Columbus (Indians) 1:05 PM
Scranton/WB
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Columbus (Indians)
Scranton/WB
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Trenton
Binghamton (Mets) 12:00 PM
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Trenton
Binghamton (Mets)
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Tampa
Brevard County (Brewers) 6:05 PM
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Charleston
Bowling Green (Rays) 2:05 PM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 16, 2009
Columbus (Indians) POSTPONED
Scranton/WB
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Trenton
Binghamton (Mets) POSTPONED
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Dunedin (Blue Jays) 5
Tampa 3
W: D. Garcia (1-0, 1.23); L: J. Ortiz (0-3, 7.50); SV: D. Farquhar (7)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_16_dunafa_tbyafa_1
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Charleston 6
Bowling Green (Rays) 2 (7)
W: B. Rulon (2-1, 1.06); L: J. Bagley (0-2, 4.00); SV: P. Venditte (10)
HR: BG: M. Sheridan (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_05_16_crdafx_bgrafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Charleston 4
Bowling Green (Rays) 5 (7)
W: F. De Los Santos (3-2, 3.15); L: M. Banuelos (1-1, 3.38); SV: J. Satow (2)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_16_crdafx_bgrafx_2
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Steve,
The “When they get the job done, they’ll hear that too!” part disqualifies you as a sledger! And meet in Jersey in July YOU’RE ON!!! I’m always open to a face to face with anyone!

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Another post today regarding 16yr. old super prospect SS Miguel Angel Sano from the Dominican Republic. Do you guys think the Yankees are contemplating making a serious run at this kid? Especially after being beat out on Michel Inoa by about $1.55M by the A’s back in ’07, and also knowing that the Yankees farm system is severely lacking in positional player prospects? I’d like to think that the Yankees would make a serious run at him; knowing that all of the scouts say his talent is legit, they failed to sign their 1st round pick last year (Gerrit Cole), don’t have a pick until late in the 1st round again this year, and like I previously stated have a very weak farm system in regards to positional prospects? What do you guys think?

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Thanks for clarifying your point Matt. I still disagree and believe that I’d rather start giving him more substansial work as time goes on. It was the only thing Girardi could do today, being that the game was tied. 2 innings for Rivera has not been part of the plan for quite some time, and I do stand by the fact that he is older and does have a lot of innings already on that arm from the Torre years, in particular the last half of his tenure. Are there going to be circumstances where he will have to go multiple innings? Of course. Just need to use caution with him. As for the whole clutch thing, well A-Rod does have a ways to go before I deem him a money player. There is no disputing that he was clutch today. A walkoff home run is clutch, no matter tied or not. He won a game for us today and that makes it clutch. With our bullpen, that was VERY clutch.

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Robert

Thanks for the kind consideration, but I am a “sledger” when our guys don’t live up to our tradition. I’m too big a Yankee fan to accept anything less than 100%. When our guys don’t give it, they deserve to hear about it. When they get the job done, they’ll hear that too!

I don’t even know if I know what “sledger” really means, but if it means a real fan, someone who calls a spade a spade, then that’s me. Otherwise harmless, but where the Yanks are concerned, vocal!

Keep up the good work on the minors Robert. By the way, I’ll be up in Jersey, Jul 1-7 this year, how about getting together for lunch, a drink, dinner, etc?

Email me at zerpsplace@yahoo.com

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Steve,
I’m surprised you consider yourself one of the “sledgers.”

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To KBP: From one of the “sledgers,” matthew is right. We’re still here, and we are not going anywhere.

When the Yanks play up to their payroll, there is no reason to get on them. When they don’t, we will be loud. As is the case for most of us, you get no extra bonuses for doing what you’re paid to do, but you do get corrected when you don’t perform. If you want the crowd to cheer you, stop giving them reasons to boo you. Your paid for your performance, not your popularity, which suffers when you don’t perform!

to Skull: I love Arod for hitting that walkoff, but honestly I must point that hitting when you’re even or ahead is not “clutch.” Clutch is when the team is down and we need it badly. Call it the “Thurman Munson” rule of clutch. ie. pressure situations. Arod still has a way to go to get there.

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Normally I agree with you matthew but this time, in regards to Rivera you are dead wrong. We need better set up men. Period. He is not young anymore and for every 2 inning outing you lose him for that many days. That was kind of uncharacteristically dumb of you to say. Try this: enjoy these latest wins. We are always critical of this team when they stink, and rightfully so. They have been playing better though. Try giving them some credit instead of always downing them. I do agree Girardi is not the answer for this club, but he is here and it is apparent he isn’t going anywhere so bitching about it is not going to do anything. As fans, all we can do is rip them when they stink, but praise them when they don’t.

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How’s that for clutch!!!

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Where the Giradi sledgers now MISSING
Where are the bull pen sledgers now MISSING
Where are the team sledgers MISSING
Where are the Texeira sledgers MISSING
Where are the Rodriguez sledgers MISSING
Where the Joba to the pen fans now MISSING

Do you only come out to play when the side is down. This team hurt by injuries to key personal has now I think won the 14th come from behind win from behind.

I say again and again credit where credit is due. Giradi is doing a commendable job, to me more than a pass mark given the injuries. Posada back Monday and Bruney Tuesday will bolster this team no end.

Aussie B

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another barnburner.. but the Yankees win again.. woot

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TEX went 4-4 with a big walk. Thank you Alex for coming thru in the clutch, Way to go. Big WIN!!! “GO YANKEES!”.

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A Rod walks off for the Yanks.

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how about this, Tex goes 5-5 with a walk off homerun…

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Has Tex finally come out of his funk? I sure hope so..4-4 today. Maybe Arod will also wake up….Sorry that Joba didnt get his win.. Here we go into the 11th, Big guns up fo us… Aceves in for the Yanks, He must hold them…
“GO YANKEES!”.

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besides Marte…he is bad against everyone lol

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I can’t remember another lefty pitcher who was this bad against other lefties. Can anyone think of one?

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UGH!!!!

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I can’t take this bullpen anymore… Cashman needs to make some changes……………GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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3 home runs to Morneau and 2 home runs to Mauer ALREADY given up in this series, and it’s not even half over yet.

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It was inevitable. In all fairness, these pitchers have been getting squeezed into the middle of the plate today by this chUPM!

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How many homers is Coke going to give up to LEFT-HANDED HITTERS!?!??!?!!??!!?!??! These Yankees’ pitchers are giving up far too many home runs…

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Good pitching COKE, Now lets get some runs to preserve a win for JOBA… Veras must go, Maybe when Bruney returns??
“GO YANKEES!”

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Good pitching COKE, Now lets get some runs to preserve a win for JOBA… Veras must go, Maybe when Bruney returns??
“GO YANKEES!”

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GREAT PITCHING COKE!!!!

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Get Veras out of there b4 he kills us, 2up, 2on. Thanks Now I hope Coke can do better..Get rid of veras…
“GO YANKEES!”

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Lead-off walk by Veras, this is shaping up to be a GREAT inning…. (please note the EXTREME sarcasm)

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I think Joe needs to re-introduce Swisher to the bench

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Double play for Swisher… I tell you what, he’s cooled off CONSIDERABLY since his hot start. Lately his at bats seem to all have been pretty unproductive. Today he has struck out and grounded into an inning ending double play… Hopefully he can find a happy medium and be more consistent, he’s either been on fire or ice cold..

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This home plate umpire is AWFUL!!!!

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Joba is throwing too many pitches, Walking batters is not helping. He’s got to challenge them more.. . We need to get some hits 2 in 5 innings won’t cut it. 108 pitches, last inning for JC… He otherwise did his job, Now hold them down and get some more runs to insure joba of the win….
“GO YANKEES!”

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You’re missing the point Dave. We’re just happy the Yankees are actually playing somewhat inspired baseball now. Win or lose I can accept it as long as I see them being competitive. As for your lack of talent argument, I think you underestimate these young guys a bit. True they are not superstars but maybe that is what this team needs. They sure have been a spark lately and as long as that continues I’m OK with them. I do agree at some point we need to address these issues ie. bullpen and bench, but instead of playing armchair GM, just enjoy it for a little while.

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Apparently Bruney could be back soon, maybe by the Baltimore series. He won’t answer all of the Yankees needs in the pen, not by a long shot. But it would be great to have him back

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I knew some of you would lose it after only a couple of good nights of ball!!! These “young” players aren’t going to be able to keep it up. There’s a reason why Gardner has been a disappointment this season and isn’t even a starter on this team. Cevelli won’t be able to keep it either nor will Pena. These guys are far too inexperienced to be relied on and won’t do enough to climb out of the crap heap this team has dug for itself. This team will eventually need to upgrade its current talent.

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Someone needs to tell Swisher that he needs to stop striking out so much. It’s a shame that he is always in the top of the league of seeing pitches per at bat, but yet he strikes out so much. Joba looks like he’s dealing right now, unfortunately that lead-off walk in the 2nd inning came back to hurt him, as that usually does.

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Bob, Thanks for your continued Info on our Minor leaguers….
Great game last night. It proves a point that the HR is not the only answer, Marks hit was crucial in this win. We need more games like this, sometimes taking a walk can make a major difference in winning or losing. WE continue to leave RISP, I believe this is mainly because of the long ball. Trying to hit it out of the park instead putting the ball in play and possibly falling in for a big hit as Jete did the other night. The focus should be on getting the runners home or put them into scoring position. This is a team game and must be played that way to win!
“GO YANKEES!”

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Damon’s in his last contract year, and he admits that the Yanks have young outfielders ready to come up. He’s hitting his best since he came here. Any chance his performance is due him feeling the heat, knowing that he doesn’t have any job security? Oh, the beauty of competition.

The best part of the game last night was the emotion displayed by the players and the noise from the crowd. When you give the crowd something to hope for, they will respond. Most of this year the only thing the crowd got was disappoinment. Last night was a different story.

Melky has been delivering with the bat this year, and the crowd rewarded him for it. They were chanting his name as he came up to bat in the ninth. Then he rearded them. Beautiful!

Yanks, we need to hear those defeaning chants of “Let’s go Yanks” from the crowd once again. A few more games like this and we will. They’ll rock the stadium and make the new place as tough a place for the opposition to play as the old place. Just Win!

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 16, 2009
Columbus (Indians) 7:05 PM
Scranton/WB
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Trenton
Binghamton (Mets) 7:05 PM
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Dunedin (Blue Jays) 7:00 PM
Tampa
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Charleston
Bowling Green (Rays) 8:05 PM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 15, 2009
Charlotte (White Sox) 0
Scranton/WB 1 (7)
W: G. Kontos (1-1, 3.38); L: C. Torres (3-2, 1.85); SV: M. Melancon (1)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_15_chraaa_swbaaa_1
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Charlotte (White Sox) 0
Scranton/WB 3 (7)
W: K. Igawa (3-0, 3.70); L: J. Cassel (0-4, 6.53); SV: D. Robertson (2)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_05_15_chraaa_swbaaa_2&t=g_box&did=milb
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Trenton 4
Binghamton (Mets) 2
W: Z. McAllister (2-1, 2.38); L: J. Sanchez (1-4, 6.00); SV: K. Whelan (2)
HR: TRN: K. Smith (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_15_treaax_binaax_1
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Dunedin (Blue Jays) 2
Tampa 3 (7)
W: R. Zink (2-3, 3.69); L: T. Collins (2-1, 2.70); SV: C. Heyer (1)
HR: TAM: A. Romine (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_15_dunafa_tbyafa_1
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Dunedin (Blue Jays) 4
Tampa 5 (7)
W: A. Olbrychowski (1-1, 2.25); L: N. Starner (0-1, 5.79); SV: J. Ortiz (7)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_15_dunafa_tbyafa_2
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Charleston
Bowling Green (Rays) POSTPONED
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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That game was a Yankees Classic for sure!

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Good game for the kids last night. Not only are they delivering, but they’re providing some excitement and some real fire for this ‘veteran” team. I hadn’t heard any real noise from the stadium until last night. Of course that could be the poor sound of MLB on my computer, or that fact that most of the noise in the stadium is in the upper decks and in the bleachers, not in the half empty “wine and cheese” seats behind home plate.

When Joba was in the pen his first (and only) inning he pitched lights out. Now that he’s a starter he can’t get in the groove until the 2nd or 3rd inning. Got to be a mental thing because he’s already proved he can get ready in a hurry.

It’s good to see Arod talking walks. If he can continue to refuse pitches out of the zone, eventually they will have to start throwing strikes and he’ll have much better pitches to hit. I think right now Swisher needs to be more selective. Maybe he needs a day off. Let Gardner and Melky play with Damon. Those three and Cano are the hot guys right now anyway.

With the kids playing well, all we need is the pitching to get in a groove and this team could get a wiinning streak. Let’s hope so. Go Yanks!

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