Homestand over, road trip begins

celebrate.jpgThe Yankees wrapped up their 8-2 homestand at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, falling in 11 innings to the Phillies and dropping two out of three to the defending World Champions. Despite that setback, there’s a chance that we’ll be looking back at those 10 games at home as a pivotal moment in the team’s season, depending on how this all plays out.

Why? Because this was the homestand where Yankee Stadium really began to feel like there might be some kind of home-field advantage for the Yankees — I keep thinking back to when David Wells appeared at the new place and he proclaimed that the Yankees “have no advantage here.”

It may be a homer-haven, but these 10 games against the Twins, Orioles and Phillies proved that they could play winning baseball in New York. What’s more, the Twins and Orioles were absolutely miserable and couldn’t wait to escape (as for the Phillies, well, they’re a pretty good team).

By the way, the Yankees are 12-4 since Alex Rodriguez returned to the lineup. Yes, he’s been an all-or-nothing hitter, but that presence is impossible to replace in the lineup. It’s amazing that people were actually saying they’d be better without A-Rod; the Cody Ransom era proved that it wasn’t the case. The ripple effect on Mark Teixeira can’t just be a coincidence. He thinks he’s getting more fat pitches to hit as a result.

Here’s what’s on tap for the Rangers series as I write to you from deep in the heart of Texas

Monday 5/25 at TEXAS

RHP Phil Hughes (2-2, 7.06) vs. LHP Matt Harrison (4-3, 4.71) 2:05 p.m. YES
Tuesday 5/26 at TEXAS
RHP Joba Chamberlain (2-1, 3.70) vs. RHP Kevin Millwood (4-4, 3.12) 8:05 p.m. MY9
Wednesday 5/27 at TEXAS
RHP A.J. Burnett (2-2, 5.28) vs. LHP Derek Holland (1-1, 4.82) 8:05 p.m. YES


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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Fan Confidence Poll: May 25th, 2009
By Mike Axisa

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Scranton/WB 10
Pawtucket (Red Sox) 4
W: Igawa (4-1, 3.86); L: Gonzalez, En (5-3, 4.19)
HR: SWB: Duncan, S (15), Rodriguez, J (8), Leone (2).
Trenton 4
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 10
W: Perez, L (4-4, 3.29); L: De La Rosa (1-2, 4.57)
HR: TRN: Gil (2). NH: Quintana (2), Haerther (1).
Clearwater (Phillies) 7
Tampa 11
W: Heyer (2-1, 3.86); L: Brauer (0-1, 7.98)
HR: CLR: Durant (5). TAM: Romine (4).
Bowling Green (Rays) 3
Charleston 2
W: Cruz (1-1, 1.85); L: Noesi (1-2, 1.31); SV: Bagley (8)
HR: None.
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Syracuse (Nationals) 6:00 PM
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 1:05 PM
Bowling Green (Rays) 7:05 PM
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I agree. Would like Phil, Joba and AJ win this series and give notice that the Yankees are for real. Hang in there, Wang, it will soon be your turn. Hot bats to the offense.

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i would really like to see all three of these pitchers have great outings against this weak rangers team

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