6/9 – Yankees at Red Sox

Greetings from Fenway Park in Boston, Mass. — jump in on the game discussion thread below as the Yankees try to snap their 0-5 skid against the Red Sox:

YANKEES (34-23)
Jeter SS
Damon DH
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Swisher LF
Cabrera RF
Gardner CF

A.J. Burnett (4-2, 4.69)

RED SOX (33-24)

Pedroia 2B
Drew RF
Youkilis 1B
Bay LF
Lowell 3B
Ortiz DH
Varitek C
Kotsay CF
Green SS

Josh Beckett (6-2, 4.09)

FROM THE CLUBHOUSE

Just how long Phil Hughes remains as a reliever for the Yankees might be tied to Brian Bruney’s looming return. Joe Girardi said this afternoon that he is not afraid to use Hughes in pressurized situations late in games, but the fact is, the longer the Yankees keep Hughes in the big leagues as a reliever, the less likely he is to be able to step in as a starter should they need that at some point. It’s a delicate balancing act, but right now, with Bruney out and Damaso Marte basically MIA, it’s something they feel they need.

Here’s Girardi: “It is tricky. We’ll take it week by week, month by month, or however we’re going to do it. The important thing is he’s here to pitch important innings for us. We believe that he’s valuable to us. If he’s lights-out in the bullpen, do you make a change? I don’t know. That’s something that we’re going to have to continue to evaluate. But we do like having him down there right now.

“The other concern is, do we have another starter down in Triple-A if something was to happen to one of our starters? That’s another concern that we have as well. It’s kind of weighing the pluses and minuses of having him here and not having him here. Right now, we think the plus of having him here is more important.”

Johnny Damon gets a partial night off as the designated hitter, and Nick Swisher went to him for some advice on how to patrol the Green Monster. Hideki Matsui is badly scuffling, tying a career high with no hits in his last 16 at-bats.

FROM THE GAME NOTES

Tonight the Yankees play the first game of a three-game series at Boston after a 5-3 victory on Monday over Tampa Bay…the Yankees took over first place in the AL East on Sunday and currently have a 1.0-game lead over the Red Sox (33-24)…have won 19 of their last 25 games, including a season-high nine-game winning streak (5/13-21), which started the stretch…are a season-high 11 games over .500 and have the best record in the AL…went 4-2 on their just-completed, rain-shortened six-game homestand vs. Texas (2-1) and Tampa Bay (2-1)…have won 12 of their last 16 home games (since 5/15), outscoring their opponents 97-68 over the span…following this series the Yankees return home for a six-game Interleague homestand with three games vs. the Mets (Friday-Sunday) and three vs. Washington (6/16-18)…will play 12 of their next 18 games on the road.

The Yankees have lost the first five games of this season’s matchup with Boston and have dropped six consecutive games against the Red Sox dating back to last season…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, this season marks just the third time in the history of the rivalry that the Yankees have lost their first five games of the season against the Red Sox – also 1985 (lost first five) and 1912 (lost first 14)…the Yankees’ current six-game slide is their longest against Boston since dropping six straight from 9/17/06-4/27/07…have not lost seven straight games vs. Boston since a seven-game losing streak from 9/15/84-4/24/85.

The Yankees enter play today in first place in the American League East ahead of Boston by 1.0 game…initially took over first place at the conclusion of play on 5/29 for the first time this late in a season since the final day of the 2006 season.
- Marks the first time the Yankees have begun a series at Fenway Park with sole possession of first place in the AL East since August 2006 when they swept a five-game series at Boston (8/18-21/06) to increase their lead in the Division from 1.5G to 6.5G.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees have won the AL East each of the last six times they had at least a share of the division lead entering June (1996, ’98, 2001, ’03-04, 06)…the last time they failed to capture the East after being in first place on the morning of 6/1 was in 1988.

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Always great to see 60+ angry posts when the Yankees lose and/or screw up, but less than a dozen comments when they do what they’re supposed to…geez, you’d think people would rather they sucked so they’d have something to bitch about.

Now that the April Yankees have shown up once again, and the question mark that is currently Chien-Ming Wang will take the mound at Fenway Wed. night, I am truly worried the team will make fools of themselves. As Andy Pettite said prior to Tue. night’s game, the Yankees need to win this series. Not because of the standings–if the Yankees got swept in Boston they’d be in 2nd place, only 2 games out–but the psychological damage it would inflict on the team.

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I am VERRRRRRRRRRRY curious as to why the Yankees didn’t take Tanner Scheppers with the #29 pick. This guy went #48 overall last season to the Pirates, and was a young pitcher with a POWER arm. His fastball has reached 101MPH, his slider comes in 87-89MPH, and he has solid control. At 6’4″ and 200 pounds, he’s got a solid frame. Instead the Yankees pick a high school player who underwent ACL reconstruction surgery this past November. Granted he’s showing no il effects, and he has a high-ceiling projection, but still. I don’t understand why they didn’t go after the prototype pitcher that they look for, solid, POWER-arm pitchers…

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I know you win and lose as a team. But tonite’s game is on Burnett. He did NOT give his team a chance to compete. Bryan Hoch, What the heck is wrong with Burnett?

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God the stress Oliver Perez would bring, Perez and Burnett might get together to see who can walk more guys per 9 innings, at least Burnett throws the occasional fastball for a strike, Oliver is in the minors I think……

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I wonder if the Mets would trade Perez for Brunett straight up??
He has to go what a waste of money. Either that or send his *ss to the bullpen!!!

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oneof5,
FRIGGIN RIGHT ON!!!
WE need help and can we count on FRIGGIN CRASHMAN!!!!
NOT!

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I’m more concerned about the Rays than the Jays, the Jays just lost Litsch for the year……and the Yankees just drafted another catcher with their second pick….Is that not one of our farm strengths….. come on guys….find some middle infielders for the future!

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I’m From Jersey but used to live in NY city.
Hey I wonder if we can teach this team to FETCH.
THEY ALREADY FRIGGIN KNOW HOW TO PLAY DEAD!!!!!!!

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where u from erickson?

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This one is over and has been over since the 2nd inning. Never had a chance. Boston played much better, hit much better, pitched much better. We’ve got to do an awful lot better over the next two games to even beat these guys once. I don’t think we have the total package like the Sox do to win the World Series. And the Jays are clobbering Texas tonight so they’re breathing down our neck still even though they’ve dropped out of 1st place. We can’t take them too lightly nor the Rays.

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oneof5,
A-ROID needs to get the NEEDLE out of his ***!!!!
OVERPAID, OVERATED player thats all. I am so glad after all this steroid c r a p I don’t have to here the BEST PLAYER in BASEBALL— MAN I hate HIM!!!
NEVER like him at all???
ANOTHER FALL FROM GRACE–AND I love it!!!!

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otooleotoad
Yea I bet.. Blue jays fell fast……

I know where you are from I vacation in Maine BEAUTIFUL up there in Canada…

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Beckett is sure making the Yankee hitters look like little leaguers tonight. They couldn’t get the wood on the ball at all. He made them look like a bunch of losers and they haven’t done much better with the Sox bull pen. Just a bad night all round. ARod, another error in the field. Man, he was useless last night in the clutch. I’d rather have anyone else in the lineup up to bat with men on base and in a tight situation than ARod. Maybe he’s spending too much energy chasing Kate Hudson. needs to start concentrating on playing the game of ball. He’s always got that stupid, bubble gum blowing, look on his face after he strikes out or commits an error or hits into a double play instead of looking like he really cares and is annoyed with himself.

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I’m actually from New Brunswick, Canada on the other side of Maine, so since the Red Sox had been winning, people jumped on their bandwagon, you shoulda heard the crap I was getting when the Blue Jays were in first for a bit, I told them all to talk to me in a month and a half, which turned out to be now and where did the Blue Jays go?

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IF so I do feel sorry for ya. Kidding I have been to Many Boston Yankee games at Fenway even though I am a Yankee fan that stadium is NOW my Favorite!!!

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otooleotoad ,
Just playin with ya, hey wher ya from? Don’t tell me New England???

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GOOD GAME TONIGHT!!!!!

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Opps meant to say look back at previous posts…

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Glad to see you’re coming around man…look I hate losing to Boston too, Sox fans everywhere where I’m from, but I try to not let it get to me because it’s just not worth the stress, come October and we’re getting swept by Boston, I’ll be here losing it with the rest of you guys but for now, let’s just hope they get it into their heads that they can beat this team.

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otooleotoad ,
Read what I write I stated they have to improve… Wise ***** IDIOT go back to your other board if you are going to be a wise *****..
Look back at POST IDIOT you will se I clearly state we need to improve in the pen, I have been saying it since spring training!!
I do NOT think anyone can count on CRASHMAN to make any good trades for help .
After all he was the one who brought us into this SEASON with out any LONG relief oin the begining and had to get his **** kicked to bring uo someone!!
Crashman is a FRIGGIN IDIOT!!

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so the Yankees cannot improve with their 64%? they have I think 12 games left with Boston after tonight, all they need to do is win one to improve right?

By otooleotoad on June 9, 2009 10:00 PM
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YEA I guess 1 win will do!! IF they can manage that!!!He He

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When did we play Boston 162 games of the year?

By otooleotoad on June 9, 2009 9:54 PM
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I am GLAD WE DON’T man we would be in last place for sure!!!!!!!!

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so the Yankees cannot improve with their 64%? they have I think 12 games left with Boston after tonight, all they need to do is win one to improve right?

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Any Yankee fan knows we DO NOT have WHAT we NEED to win this year, Bullpen wise…
Offense is OK but DAM man our Bullpen S U C K S !!
Crashman to the RESCUE!!! He He

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This team bends over and takes it up the *** from boston!!! WHY IS CRASHMAN STILL A PART OF THIS FRANCHISE?!!!??!?!??!?!?!?!

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Remember KIDS Girardi the Mental Friggin Midget Set up Burnett and the pitching for this searies – Nice Job I guess, IDIOT!

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36% of the season over HMM is that all IT feels like 25 FRIGGIN years with this team…
YUP I guess that means that Boston and LA and Toronto and Tampa still have what HMM 64% of there games left to IMPROVE!! YUP its early yet!!!!
SURE IS EARLY!!

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When did we play Boston 162 games of the year?

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Yea its early YET?? Boston is Whipping our ***** this year and this team just take it laying down rolling over!! YUP ITS EARLY YET!!

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ANY ONE WHO uses the ITS EARLY YET EXCUSE IS A FRIGGIN IDIOT!!! PERIOD!!
Like i said who cares if they lose or win 2 of 3 it DOES NOT MATTER, they can NOT compete NOW with Boston, Crashman needs to get some bullpen help and if you KNOW anything about CRASHMAN it will NEVER HAPPEN—NEVER!!!!

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Erickson,
After tonight the season will be 36% over…..so I’m clearly not an idiot, and they can lose 2 of 3 this series and be tied for first, not win 2 of 3, if you’re going to rant, at least rant with the facts….

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seeknay,
I’m Tryin buddy I am REALLY REALLY TRY-IN………..

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Veras needs to be SKINNED ALIVE IN THE CENTER FIELD….

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Nick Green just hit a ball OVER the Monster seats and onto Lansdowne Street off Jose Veras. Really??? Nick Green?

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And for THOSE of you that think the YAnks can compete with Boston in the playoff’s just look at what we FRIGGIN HAVE IN THE BULLPEN OH wait there GOES ANOTHER one OUT OF THE FRIGGIN PARK….WAY to gor FRACKEN WASTE OF LIFE VERAS!!!
YOU FRIGGIN PIECE OF FRIGGIN S H I T !!!!

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erickson watch the blood pressure buddy you are about to explode. Another thing folks you can’t win many games with one hit. Where the HeLL is the offense tonight?

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Burnett is a FRIGGIN CHUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Eiland is not worth the powder to blow him to H E L L !!
And Who cares if the Yankees will be tied if they win 2 of 3 NOT FRACKEN GOOD ENOUGH!!!
They had to stop the bleeding to the Sox tonight – THEY FAILED laid down and ROLLED over like my FRACKEN 25 year ol FRIGGIN DOG!! Waiting for someone to throw them a FRIGGIN bone!!
Enough with this ITS EARLY CRAP if you say that YOU ARE AN IDIOT plain and simple OR JUST FRIGGIN STUPID!! Its NOT early the Yanks have lost 6 in a ROW and this is NOT ACCAPTABLE!!!
Who care if they take the next 2 TOO FRIGGIN LATE!!! and I do not think they will !! Bullpen used tonight thanks to the WORTHLESS WASTE OF HIS PARENTS SWEAT Burnett…. Wang is on a LOW pitch count tomorrow…
Face it this team GOT LUCKY as of late in winning some games and keeping up with Boston.
BOSTON is the better team ALL AROUND…..

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seeknay,
you can’t say it any better than what you just did! He talked about becoming a better pitcher under Doc’s influence but he has forgotten everything it appears and looks like the kid from the Marlins again, granted he threw a no hitter but he walked 10 that game!!!!!
At least Mo will get a day off as there appears to be no need for him to even stretch tonight!

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Nope, Scheppers to the Rangers at 44, Nolan Ryan will set this kid straight, nice move for Texas who will be a force for years to come.

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then maybe it’s time to get Eiland to earn his $$$ and be a damn pitching coach. Burnett’s attitude on the mound resembles Pavano and that pisses me off. The guy is a millionaire and he is playing like a CHUMP. If its mechanics then get your *SS in the bullpen on your off days, watch game films and correct the mechanics.

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Burnett and Montero for Strasburg……any takers? lol just kidding……maybe Burnett for Strasburg straight up!

Any chance Scheppers is around at 76?

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seeknay,

I am making no excuses for Burnett, I can see the problems repeatedly with his mechanics and cannot believe he cannot fix them, it has to be for lack of effort and with the money being given to him, I’m furious with his performance, at least with this game he didn’t blow a 6 run lead although he is one of only 3 pitchers to give up a home run to David Ortiz, so that in itself is disgusting!

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look oneof5 Burnett knew what he was getting into when he signed with NY. I’m not buying the 1st year jitters or NY isn’t the right place argument. This is baseball, a game. It’s NOT heart or brain surgery. Go out and do your job. And 2.2 innings is NOT doing the job. Again Burnett NEEDS to stop with the cream pie C*AP and pitch.

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I know I’m dreaming, can’t we ship aj, veras and some other players to Toronto for doc?

A.J had a slow start last year aswell if I’m not mistaken, hope he can turn it around soon

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Game over Veras is in. Tied for 1st.

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Some guys thrive in New York and some do better in smaller market cities. AJ did well in Toronto with Halladay as the #1 guys, but he doesn’t seem to be the same pitcher this year with the yankees. Maybe he has first year jitters or maybe New York isn’t the right place for him to be. He had a great record against the Sox when with the Blue Jays but he also had good hitting behind him as well. Tonight the Yanks can’t figure the Sox pitcher out at all. He’s killing them. Maybe if gets over a hundred pitches and they bring in their bull pen, the Yankees might be able to scratch out a couple of runs. Not sure they will be able to overcome a six run deficit however, and now the yankees are into their bull pen early and we know what they have done all year! We may have to forfeit tonight and hope we can get the next two games.

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otoole you make a good point but it is concerning when this team is repeatedly dominated by the sox. As far as Burnett tonight it’s not just this game that concerns me. He simple is NOT performing for the $$$ the Yankees are paying him. To get knocked out after 2.2 innings is disgraceful and disgusting. Like I say it is shades of Carl Pavano.

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Guys even if they lose 2 of 3 they are still tied for first in the AL East, thats still pretty impressive with plenty of season left, sure our record against the Red Sox sucks but it’s early June, if the Red Sox win the season series or even dominate the season series, it won’t mean anything come October, so relax, enjoy the season, and Go Yankees!

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seeknay,
YUP I AAGREE 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WHAT A P.O.S. waste of MONEY!!! Brought here to beat the Sox and NOTHING…JUST what I FRIGGIN THINK OF HIM NOTHING!!!
The Yankees better COME back and win this game tonight they need all 3 NOT 2 I don’t want to here 2 is OK IT’S NOT!!!
I guess they are just showing what kind of team they are !!!! OVERRATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hopefully C.C. brings it on Thursday over else we’ll be down 8-0 on the season….

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Someone NEEDS to slap AJ Burnett in the face and tell him to pull his head out of his *SS. He’s getting a bucket load of $$$$ and is pitching like he is the damn Clone of Pavano. He needs a cream pie shoved up his you know what after this C*AP performance tonight.

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The Yanks so far through 3 and a third innings have thrown over 120 pitches, that is inexcuseable, also, why didn’t the Yankees pick Scheppers?

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OOPS That’s 7 Straight not &.Straight

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It appears that we again will be embarassed By the SOX. AJ has done nothing to prove he wants to win. Previous bloggers are right We forget how to hit, we forget how to pitch. AJ was a SOX killer, Now he can’t last 3 innings 5 runs, 5 hits, 5 walks. Joe should sit him down, Probably the best thing would have been him serving his suspension. Maybe that would have straightened him out.. Hey! coach, Whats wrong with AJ.? WHY CAN”T WE BEAT THESE GUY? We can’t win if we can’t hit, No hits no score. Teix Is the only one to get on base, 2 walks…..& straight games with an error, This after the record Streak of 18,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Yankees select Texas HS outfielder Slade Heathcott http://bit.ly/SF4a5

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Well I guees the ONLY HOPE we have NOW is for it to START RAINING AND NOT stop until TOMORROW!!!!
Holy FRIGGIN C R A P what a Fracken Joke this team is against GOOD teams…

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And the BEATING BEGINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Yea I have to agree playing GOOD teams will show ALL The FLAWS of this team …ALL OF THEM!!!!

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Burnett was brought or should I say BOUGHT by this team just to beat the Red Sox they were going by his previous record…. THIS GUY SUCKS AND HE CAN LEAVE NOW!!!

Hmm I guess our BULLPEN is going to have to win this game !!! YEA RIGHT!!!

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Yankees on deck in the Draft. Boston up.

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Burnett will never beat the Red Sox. All Burnett basically throws is a fastball and the Red Sox are a great fastball hitting team.

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I love how they “forget” how to play when they go against these scumbags!! They forget how to hit, field AND MOST OF ALL P-I-T-C-H!! their recent “success” was just a product of their weak schedule!! THAT’S ALL!! The Sux own them!

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Why don’t we just warm WANG up and really give the SUX the game!!!
Come on Burnett show us you don’t S U C K !!!!!

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I can’t stand how these @ssholes “forget” how to play against these scumbags!!!!!!!!!! They forget how to hit, field AND MOST OF ALL P-I-T-C-H!!!!!!!!!

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I wonder if Atlanta will tradw Lowe for Burnett!! We bring this IDIOT here to beat the RED SUX and WTF he just loves them. He SUCKS them all!!!

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HAHAHA Leave it to this ******* of a team to let Ortiz get out of his slump……..he’ll go right back into the slump after this series though!! Oh and now A-roid cant the ball out of his glove…..WHY DOES THIS TEAM “FORGET” HOW TO PLAY WHEN THEY PLAY THESE PIECES OF ****!!!?!?!?!????!

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Bryan,
I think the Fans know they are seeing the end of a Good player!

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Red Sox media chatter – 3 homers, 3 curtain calls for Big Papi. “It’s like Willie Mays in 1973,” someone said.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 8, 2009

Scranton/WB 3
Charlotte (White Sox) 7
W: Cassel (2-6, 4.84); L: Bush (0-2, 9.39)
HR: SWB: Cash (2). CHA: Ginter (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_08_swbaaa_chraaa_1
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Sarasota (Reds) 4
Tampa 1
W: Webb (4-4, 3.66); L: Mitchell (1-2, 4.78); SV: Del Rosario (1)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_08_sarafa_tbyafa_1
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Rome (Braves) 3
Charleston 6
W: Kapala (3-0, 2.94); L: Hoover (2-2, 3.14); SV: Venditte (19)
HR: ROM: Schlehuber (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_06_08_romafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 9, 2009
Scranton/WB
Charlotte (White Sox) 7:15 PM
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Trenton
Reading (Phillies) 7:05 PM
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Sarasota (Reds) 7:00 PM
Tampa
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Augusta (Giants) 7:05 PM
Charleston
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Man talk about 3 games the Yankees HAVE TO WIN – I don’t want to here its OK to win 2 out of 3 THEY MUST WIN ALL 3 GAMES!!
Already 5-0 Red Sux !!!
THIS STOPS TONIGHT!!!!!

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