Giddy up for some home runs

What happens when the top-homering team in the American League opens an Interleague series against the top-homering club in the National League — and at Yankee Stadium, no less, where at least one home run has been hit in each of its games this season?

Put it this way: You expect to see some outfielders getting their running in. And Jimmy Rollins made that look really good by hitting A.J. Burnett’s first pitch out of the ballpark, even before the Bleacher Creatures could get started on their roll call.

There’s an interesting idea on that front courtesy of the meteorologists at AccuWeather, who believe the humid warmth this weekend could really turn this place into even more of a launching pad. Apparently their contention is that it had less to do with ‘wind tunnels’ and the like than we thought.

Who knows? But here’s what we do know — the 75 homers hit here (39 by the Yankees) are the most for a new Major League venue through its first 20 games. And on a personal note, every time there’s a fly ball here, I think it’s going out of the stadium.

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I didn’t say useless, I said “overrated, ” I agree the save is a pointless stat really and baseball lived on well before it was a recorded stat, but BA is so overrated and it’s been proven by the Moneyballers, the Billy Beanes and the Theo Epstines who said to heck with BA give me a guy who gets on base 40% of the time and we’ll have more chances to knock him in that with a lineup of feast or famine HR hitters. BA isn’t pointless or useless because it tells you something but on base percentage tells you the more of the story, but people still get hung up on BA over OBP.

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Mats is up in the bottom of the 9th, Is it possible he will prove me wrong??? I hope so!!
“GO YANKEES!”

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I sure hope we get Posada and Nagy back soon, We need someone to DH, Mats has been terrible..
Partyboy, I disagree, I think the most overrated stat is the Save. It’s a useless stat probably added by the PA to boost salaries. It tells nothing except that you went in with a lead, and the opponent didn’t tie it. I thought that’s what they were gettting paid to do! An attaboy would suffice.
“GO YANKEES!”

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YANKEES WEEKLY TV SCHEDULE EDT
MON – MAY – 25 – at Rangers  – 2:05 PM – YES
TUE – MAY – 26 – at Rangers  – 8:05 PM – MY9
WED – MAY – 27 – at Rangers  – 8:05 PM – YES, ESPN2
THU – MAY – 28 – – –
FRI – MAY – 29 – at Indians  – 7:05 PM – YES
SAT – MAY – 30 – at Indians  – 7:05 PM – YES
SUN – MAY – 31 – at Indians  – 12:40 PM – YES, TBS

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 23, 2009
Scranton/WB 9
Pawtucket (Red Sox) 2
W: Fossum (2-1, 1.69); L: Bowden (2-2, 1.64)
HR: SWB: Duncan, S 2 (14), Rodriguez, J (7). PAW: Velazquez (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_23_swbaaa_pawaaa_1
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Trenton 6
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 5
W: Texeira, K (5-2, 4.08); L: Buzachero (1-2, 1.50); SV: Sanit (3)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_23_treaax_nhmaax_1
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Clearwater (Phillies) 3
Tampa 4
W: Castillo, N (2-0, 2.61); L: Drabek (3-1, 2.91); SV: Hovis (2)
HR: CLR: Naughton (5).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_23_clrafa_tbyafa_1
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Lexington (Astros) 3
Charleston 4
W: Marshall (2-3, 4.93); L: Greenwalt (2-4, 2.91); SV: Venditte (12)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_23_lexafx_crdafx_1
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 24, 2009
Scranton/WB
Pawtucket (Red Sox) 6:05 PM
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Trenton
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 1:05 PM
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Clearwater (Phillies) 1:00 PM
Tampa
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Bowling Green (Rays) 5:05 PM
Charleston
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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In regards to the post saying Arods numbers “suck” I have to wholeheartedly disagree. While is batting average is low, BA is by far the single most overrated statistic in baseball soon followed by starting pitchers wins. The more important hitting statistic is on base percentage, how often is Arod getting on base, and the answer is at a 39% clip (.390). Which means he’s seeing the ball very well, has 7 HR in 10 hits so his power and strength is there so the .203 BA will come up in the next week or two as long as the OBP remains at a near .400 clip. And nobody can argue with the clutchness of Arod thus far he has been money. This was a great game a nice sliding catch from Tex, solid performance from Andy, and I liked the aggressive baserunning from Damon and Cano in the 9th, especially Cano’s which set up the winning run for the Melk Man to come through again. And also to answer another question the Yankees have 17 come from behind victories with 9 coming in the bottom of the 9th and 3 on this recent 10 game home stand and 3 thanks to Melky.

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What’s better than a Brad Lidge blown save? A two-run dinger in the ninth for the Mets against Papelbon. METTTTTTSSSSSSS WINNNNNNNNNNNNNN

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The Yankees are finally playing unselfish baseball, Which means the chemistry is now coming together. These come from behind sure help them realize it takes playing as a team wins games. We are using the combination of the small ball and the long ball to win….
“GO YANKEES!”

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As one fan who has complained over the years about ARod’s non-production in the clutch, let’s not overlook his contribution in the 9th. A CLUTCH 2-run bomb to tie it. HUGE game to comeback on. Yankees might just see the defending champs down the line and it’s good to get a win like this. Let’s go for rubber one tomorrow.

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What’s the word on Nady? With Swisher cooling off to his career levels the Yanks could really use a corner outfielder, and placing Swisher back on the bench will help out to no end. I mean, pinch hitters today were Matsui (fair enough) and Gardner (?). That pinch runners are pinch hitting is evidence enough that the Bomber bench lacks depth.

If Nady can’t come back for a while, and seeing as Nady, Damon and Matsui might all leave through FA maybe the Yankees should consider a trade. For the long term the rotation appears to be the greatest strength so maybe packaging a deal around Wang might get a headliner. I still believe he will rebound but even so might be surplus to requirements and I’m sure teams would take a risk on MLB’s winningest pitcher from 06 to mid 08.

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Theeeee Yankeeees Winnnnn!!!A-Rod’s numbers suck but he’s been SO clutch; I’ll take it. The Melky Way, indeed.
Btw, the Yankees lead the majors in come-form-behind wins w/17. If only they can shore up the pitching both in the rotation (CC, and to a lesser extent, Joba are out there alone) and the bullpen (after Mo and Aceves, it’s a toss up), we might have ourselves a contender.

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Bryan, how many walk off wins has this team had this season total?

Minimum 4 that comes to my mind, which is already a good number at this point.

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MELKY, MELKY, MELKY

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 22, 2009
Scranton/WB 1
Pawtucket (Red Sox) 2
W: Zink (3-4, 4.36); L: Towers (0-2, 3.79); SV: Cabrera, F (8)
HR: PAW: Van Every, J (3), Brown (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_22_swbaaa_pawaaa_1
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Trenton 5
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 3
W: Nova (3-3, 3.69); L: Gonzalez, R (2-2, 1.96); SV: Wordekemper (1)
HR: TRN: Anson (1). NH: Emaus (5).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_22_treaax_nhmaax_1
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Clearwater (Phillies) 1
Tampa 6
W: Bleich (3-2, 2.94); L: Naylor (2-4, 6.05)
HR: TAM: Fryer (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_22_clrafa_tbyafa_1
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Lexington (Astros) 8
Charleston 2
W: Bono (5-1, 2.25); L: Banuelos (1-2, 3.62); SV: Urckfitz (2)
HR: LEX: Pellegrini (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_22_lexafx_crdafx_1
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 23, 2009
Scranton/WB
Pawtucket (Red Sox) 6:05 PM
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Trenton
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 7:05 PM
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Clearwater (Phillies) 7:00 PM
Tampa
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Lexington (Astros) 7:05 PM
Charleston
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Okay, I don’t know who that guy playing 3rd is and what he has done with A Rod but whoever he his, he has been clutch! Awesome, now if only Yanks can walk this one off

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Andy with the exception of the 2 HRs Has pitched a good game, giving us 7 innings., allowing 4 runs.. What’s up with Jete, another HR. More power? I like the old Jete better, Batting .300+, hitting to the opposite field, getting on base more.. That’s why he was made a lead off man, to get on base.
“GO YANKEES!”

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It’s up to Andy today, Can he cut it? I hope so we need him going 7 and keeping us in the game. If not, he should retire, He certainly can’t be tired already..
Yankeesultan, Boy! are you right, Too many homers to right, (41) all toll there have been 82. They need to put up a screen, this is an abomination. & homers last night, it’s ridiculous.
“GO YANKEES!”

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 22, 2009
Scranton/WB 1
Pawtucket (Red Sox) 2
W: Zink (3-4, 4.36); L: Towers (0-2, 3.79); SV: Cabrera, F (8)
HR: PAW: Van Every, J (3), Brown (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_22_swbaaa_pawaaa_1
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Trenton 5
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 3
W: Nova (3-3, 3.69); L: Gonzalez, R (2-2, 1.96); SV: Wordekemper (1)
HR: TRN: Anson (1). NH: Emaus (5).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_22_treaax_nhmaax_1
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Clearwater (Phillies) 1
Tampa 6
W: Bleich (3-2, 2.94); L: Naylor (2-4, 6.05)
HR: TAM: Fryer (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_22_clrafa_tbyafa_1
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Lexington (Astros) 8
Charleston 2
W: Bono (5-1, 2.25); L: Banuelos (1-2, 3.62); SV: Urckfitz (2)
HR: LEX: Pellegrini (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_05_22_lexafx_crdafx_1
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD May 23, 2009
Scranton/WB
Pawtucket (Red Sox) 6:05 PM
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Trenton
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 7:05 PM
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Clearwater (Phillies) 7:00 PM
Tampa
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Lexington (Astros) 7:05 PM
Charleston
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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the key to pitiching is location and movement. A pitcher can have a 97 plus fastball, and a curve that falls off the table, but he don’t have control he can’t pitch. Ilook at Burnett as a iffy pitcher, that what was at the blue jays and that what he is now. But we can get by with him, he can go 7, but we can’t make any errors. If I had my way( and of course I am speaking as a fan) I would have an outfield of Garderner in left, Austin Jackson, in center and cabera in right, damon the dh and matusi, swisher and wang to Giants for jeremy affeldt and barry zito ( taking zito off their hand contract should match with hideki)

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Burnett will be OK. His mechanics are fine as is his speed. His problem, IMHO, is location and movement. Once those two are taken care of he will be fine. Wang is more a problem. I have never seen a guy lose it so quickly. Whenever you are searching for good things in a performance like his last night that is problematic. Still think that foot injury is in his head. Dam Meachum. it will take a few more outings for the Yankees to fully understand whether they can depend on Wang. After seeing Santana last night vs. redsox in fenway I just got to think what could have been.

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Burnett will be OK. His mechanics are fine as is his speed. His problem, IMHO, is location and movement. Once those two are taken care of he will be fine. Wang is more a problem. I have never seen a guy lose it so quickly. Whenever you are searching for good things in a performance like his last night that is problematic. Still think that foot injury is in his head. Dam Meachum. it will take a few more outings for the Yankees to fully understand whether they can depend on Wang. After seeing Santana last night vs. redsox in fenway I just got to think what could have been.

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the yankees need another starting pitcher, Too many stars have to align perfect for us to get by july, august and september without another starter to just go 6 2/3 innings. If the white-sox fade and i hope they do, we might could make deal with them. anybody just to go 6 2/3 inninigs. Burnett, iffy, joba -100 pitches by 5th innings, hell let him throw 20 more, wang-done, pettite-will be done by july/august, hughes, iffy, bull-pen over exposed. I will take a good manager to bring this team to the play-off, beccause he will have to steal about ten games with the iffy pitching we have.

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The new Yankee Stadium is a beautiful joke for 1.65 billion dollars. A pop up to right field is a homerun. One would think they would of tested it while being built. The architects and Yankee management ought to be ashamed of themselves. Unless they find some way to correct the problem no pitcher will want to come here.

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NICE JOB, K-ROD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the Red Sox lose, and the Yankees don’t lose any ground
NOW, if Atlanta can win also..

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AJ, AJ , AJ 5 starts NO wins WTF come on IDIOT! WTF did we pay for START WINNING SOME FRIGGIN GAMES you Fracken IDIOT!

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i completely forgot K-Rod is the Mets’ closer now!!! woot!!!
with his shiny .92 era!!!!
shut ‘em down, K-Rod!!!!!

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^ that is correct
come on Mets!!!!!!!
come on Braves!!!!!!!!!!!

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I’m a Yankee fan but I don’t believe in hating or even rooting against the cross-town team, so it delights me that because of an interesting coincidence in inter-league play, this weekend both Yankees and Mets fans are gonna have to get over their irrational loathing and cheer on the cross-town object of their extreme dislike.

The Mets need the Yankees to stop the Phillies (not tonight, tho) and the Yankees would really appreciate a solid from the slipping Metropolitans, so a turnaround by the them—and a mini revisiting of 1986—would be a most wonderful thing.

So, here it goes:

“Let’s go Yankees!”
“Let’s go Mets!”

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come on Mets!!!!!!!
come on Braves!!!!!!!!!!!

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All good things MUST come to an END!!

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Hey at least the METS are doing their JOBS!!!

SO FAR?

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Should have dialed the WANG Friggin number!! let Wang go back to the minors NOT ready YET!!!

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Wang gets WANGED!!! Thanks!

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Me thinks, THE WANGER needs more work in the minors. He is stinking up the place 2 innings 2 runs 6 hits and far too many pitches 41, Not a sterling performance… We need him to be ready for the run to the title.. Let’s go Yankees..

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if the Mets and the Braves can win their respective games then this game wouldn’t have that bad an effect

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Wang’s era is below 30!!!!!!! :(

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Brian, Your title “Giddy up for some home runs.” Is so true but the wrong side are the ones banging them out!!

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27 pitches, 3 hits including a homerun.. niiiice

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Michael Kay is Crushed is WONG was hit hard! He sounds D SOOOOOO DEPRESSED!! HEE HEE.
Mike Kay the idiot!!

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oh boy.. it’s the Wanger

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Can someone please tell me why we are paying AJ Burnett all this money to pitch really badly time after time? He is lots worse than Phil Hughes. At least Phil is just learning.

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the Yankees better start scoring now

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Another HR, It’s time to remove AJ he just doesn’t have it tonight, He’s been stinko in his last starts…..

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Burnett’ settled down a bit, but i don’t think he’ll make it through 7 full innings.. if he ver gets to the 7th..
perhaps they’ll use Wang today

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Who does AJ think he is Veras and Alba? He’s not supposed to give up 2 homers in 2 innings. This has got to stop. He’s spotted the Phils enough runs…NOW, Let’s go Yankees

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Well Bryan HOW right THEY ARE!!!!

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Well that settles that AJ won’t get a shutout tonight. Now it’s our turn. Go to it Yankees.. Big #10…

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