6/14 – Yankees vs. Mets

METS (32-28)
Cora SS
Martinez LF
Beltran CF
Wright 3B
Church RF
Sheffield DH
Murphy 1B
Schneider C
Castillo 2B

Johan Santana (8-3, 2.39)

YANKEES (35-27)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Matsui DH
Cabrera CF
Cervelli C

A.J. Burnett (4-3, 4.89)

FROM THE CLUBHOUSE

Francisco Rodriguez shouted at Brian Bruney during batting practice and the two had to be separated by teammates, one day after they swapped words through the media. According to The Associated Press:

“In video footage on YES Network, an angry Rodriguez could be seen
pointing at Bruney from a few feet away before Yankees reliever Jose
Veras stepped between them in left field.

Bruney held his ground
and appeared to say little, if anything. Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey got
in front of Rodriguez and escorted him away.

More here from the New York Post.

I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but there was an informal chat on Bruney’s side of the clubhouse when Phil Coke made light of yesterday’s theatrics, bringing up Bruney’s “tired” comment from yesterday. Bruney shot him a glance and asked him to leave it alone. Later, Bruney asked what time the Mets were off the field for batting practice. High drama in the Bronx.

In other news, Damaso Marte is heading for that third opinion on his left shoulder tomorrow from Dr. James Andrews. Brian Cashman said that Marte still doesn’t feel right and has concerns about blowing his arm out by continuing to throw. 

Some new Yankee Stadium talk from Cashman: “I know our players like playing here, and I think our fans like it. We’re winning most of our games. It’s a beautiful place, if we win our games. I know one thing, we’ve already had a ton of great memories here at the new one. The concern about the old ballpark was leaving a place with the ghosts and history and tradition. There’s been a lot of positive memories filled in. You can count on two hands already fans who showed up here and walked out saying, ‘Can you believe that?’ That’s good.”

FROM THE GAME NOTES

Today the Yankees play the final game of a three-game series vs. the Mets after losing on Saturday, 6-2, and winning Friday’s game, 9-8, on a two-run “walk-off” error…today marks the third game of a six-game Interleague homestand that also includes an off day on Monday and three games vs. Washington from Tuesday-Thursday…is the third of 15 straight Interleague games for the Yankees…the Yankees trail the Red Sox by 3.0G for first place in the AL East…still own the fifth-best record in the Majors (Los Angeles-NL, 41-22; Boston, 38-24; Philadelphia, 35-25 and Texas, 35-26)…prior to the current series, the Yankees were swept by Boston at Fenway Park from Tuesday-Thursday, marking their first three-game losing streak since a five-game skid from 5/2-7…the Yankees have won 20 of their last 30 games, including a season-high nine-game winning streak (5/13-21) to start the stretch…are 13-5 in their last 18 home games (since 5/15)…after this homestand, the Yankees begin a nine-game Interleague road trip with three games at Florida (6/19-21), three games at Atlanta (6/23-25) and three games at the Mets (6/26-28).

SS Derek Jeter has a .376 (105-for-279) career batting average against the Mets…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is second all-time among players with at least 200AB against the Mets (Rico Carty: .380)…including Saturday’s solo homer in the second inning, 3B Alex Rodriguez has 9HR in his last 14 games against the Mets.

Prior to today’s game the New York Yankees will pay tribute to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the United States Armed Forces with pregame ceremonies beginning at 12:20 p.m…as part of the program, the U.S. Army Golden Knights will parachute into Yankee Stadium followed by the playing of a Warrior Foundation video…Marine Sergeant Keith Zeier, along with Courtney and Hillary Robinson, daughters of Lieutenant Colonel Craig Robinson, will accept a donation on behalf of the foundation in a presentation at home plate…former U.S. Army Elite Task Force Ranger Keni Thomas, who fought at the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia later depicted in the film Black Hawk Down, will sing the national anthem…U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Commanding General Ann E. Dunwoody will throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch.

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As I said before, I love Posada for what he has done with the Yankees and for what he has done to the red sux offensively over the years. But I want to bring this back up for everyone in this blog that were upset by the point I made earlier that Cervelli is a better choice than Posada behind the plate these days. here’s from Buster Olney’s blog:

“A Posada problem?

Catchers may have a hand in the problems of the Yankees, writes Tyler Kepner, and he notes that the staff has an ERA over six when Jorge Posada catches.

There is no question that Posada has a completely different style of working with the pitchers than Francisco Cervelli, Jose Molina or Kevin Cash, the other catchers who have started for the Yankees this year. Posada is sometimes at odds on pitch selection with his pitchers, which is not unusual — but what is very different is how Posada will often persist with his own pitch selection. When A.J. Burnett pitched in Boston last week, he sometimes shook off Posada, and Posada would keep putting down the same sign: No, seriously, I want you to throw the fastball. Sometimes the hitter would call time out and step out of the box, or sometimes Posada would wind up jogging out to the mound to discuss the disagreement, even if the count was 3-1 or 3-2. Posada didn’t mean it this way, but one talent evaluator felt it had all the effect of icing a kicker; Burnett simply couldn’t get into any rhythm with all the stopping and starting.

Here’s the thing: The Yankees have the makings of a terrific rotation. They’re paying CC Sabathia $161 million, and Burnett $82.5 million, and they believe that Joba Chamberlain has the stuff to be an elite starting pitcher. A lot of scouts and executives watching the Yankees feel Posada should just let the pitchers throw what they want to throw. “When he caught Sabathia on opening day, I couldn’t believe what he was doing, pushing his own (pitch selection),” said one GM.

From Kepner’s story: “When he lost a six-run lead in Boston in April, Burnett questioned the pitch selection, though he blamed himself, not Posada. Asked Sunday about the difference in pitching to the rookie Cervelli, Burnett gave a careful but revealing answer.”

“I think it’s just a matter of — I don’t know if it’s the catcher — but we threw curveballs in fastball counts, we had them looking for something and they had no idea what was coming, I don’t think,” Burnett said. “That’s huge.”

It’s an issue that the Yankees will probably address sooner rather than later. But Posada is putting himself in position to be a borderline Hall of Fame candidate, and change for longtime stars is never an easy thing. Cervelli, on the other hand, continues to draw praise, as Arthur Staple writes.”

Which raises another point: Posada is known as a gritty offensive catcher which everyone has loved about him over the years. Has his stubborness to make adjustment behind the plate or let the pitcher call his own game, dimish the quality of our pitchers over the last few years? Has it diminished the development and confidence of young pitchers because they have to adjust to his game instead of going with what they know? Thoughts?

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 14, 2009

Scranton/WB 8
Gwinnett (Braves) 2
W: Mitre (1-0, 2.08); L: Redmond (3-5, 4.88)
HR: SWB: Ransom (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_14_swbaaa_gwiaaa_1
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Binghamton (Mets) 7
Trenton 1
W: Alfonzo, Edgar (4-2, 3.46); L: De La Rosa (3-4, 4.30)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_14_binaax_treaax_1
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Tampa 3
Saint Lucie (Mets) 4
W: Johnson (1-0, 4.76); L: Zink (3-6, 4.24); SV: De La Torre (2)
HR: TAM: Fortenberry (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_14_tbyafa_sluafa_1
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Charleston 1
Rome (Braves) 2
W: Clemens (3-3, 5.05); L: Noesi (2-4, 2.30); SV: Kimbrel (9)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_14_crdafx_romafx_1
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 15, 2009
Toledo (Tigers) 7:05 PM
Scranton/WB
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Palm Beach (Cardinals) 7:00 PM
Tampa
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Charleston
Augusta (Giants) 7:05 PM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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The Yankee’s catcher don’t call the pitches. Giradi, flash to Tony Pena who flash to the catcher. An I would bet my Dog on this. When the pitcher shakes him off , they go next signal and that pitch is chosen by the pitcher. Watch the Yankee catchers they give it away. Of course the method and how they will pitch to hitters they all meet before the game.

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Cervelli has almost no experience above AA. I’ll take a catcher who has a successful track record of 10+years over Cervelli who is projected as nothing more than a career backup. He’s definitely not better than Romine, who most likely will be the future catcher for this team or Montero, but most likely will find himself moved to 1B. It usually takes more than ST and a small handful of starts to get in sync with pitchers. I agree with mattys, the problem hasn’t been Posada at all, but rather a lack of talent in the pen and pitchers not pitching up to expectations. It’s ridiculous to blame the pitching staff’s failures on a catcher.

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Fan Confidence Poll: June 15th, 2009
By Mike Axisa
http://riveraveblues.com/2009/06/fan-confidence-poll-june-15th-2009-13212/

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Cervelli is a role player. He’s an excellent defensive catcher. He calls a great game and run a pitchign staff. He’s already shwon that he can runa staff better than Posada. He also has a gun behind the plate. the other team thinks twice on trying to steal when he’s behind the plate. Anything he gives offensively is a bonus. He knows how to lay down a bunt and is really fast for a catcher. We don’t need more offense. We need Cervelli behind the plate. I love Posada, but I think the league has a book on Posada about a mile long. They know what he is going to call and sit on those pitches. He can’t get in sync with the pitchers. He’s shouldn’t be the everyday catcher anymore.

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YANKEES WEEKLY TV SCHEDULE EDT
MON - JUN - 15 - - -
TUE - JUN - 16 - vs Nationals  - 7:05 PM - MY9
WED - JUN - 17 - vs Nationals  - 7:05 PM - YES
THU - JUN - 18 - vs Nationals  - 1:05 PM - YES
FRI - JUN - 19 - at Marlins  - 7:10 PM - YES
SAT - JUN - 20 - at Marlins  - 7:10 PM - YES
SUN - JUN - 21 - at Marlins  - 5:05 PM - YES

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 14, 2009

Scranton/WB 8
Gwinnett (Braves) 2
W: Mitre (1-0, 2.08); L: Redmond (3-5, 4.88)
HR: SWB: Ransom (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_14_swbaaa_gwiaaa_1
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Binghamton (Mets) 7
Trenton 1
W: Alfonzo, Edgar (4-2, 3.46); L: De La Rosa (3-4, 4.30)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_14_binaax_treaax_1
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Tampa 3
Saint Lucie (Mets) 4
W: Johnson (1-0, 4.76); L: Zink (3-6, 4.24); SV: De La Torre (2)
HR: TAM: Fortenberry (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_14_tbyafa_sluafa_1
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Charleston 1
Rome (Braves) 2
W: Clemens (3-3, 5.05); L: Noesi (2-4, 2.30); SV: Kimbrel (9)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_14_crdafx_romafx_1
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 15, 2009
Toledo (Tigers) 7:05 PM
Scranton/WB
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Palm Beach (Cardinals) 7:00 PM
Tampa
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Charleston
Augusta (Giants) 7:05 PM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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I like how Cervelli’s hitting the ball…..

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Hey guys, I want my props. I basically guaranteed victory today so please give me a little butt kissing.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 13, 2009

Scranton/WB 7
Gwinnett (Braves) 6
W: Sanchez, R (2-0, 3.92); L: Gomez, M (3-2, 1.77); SV: Melancon (3)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_13_swbaaa_gwiaaa_1
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Binghamton (Mets) 4 (7)
Trenton 0
W: Stoner (2-2, 2.68); L: Pope (2-5, 5.07)
HR: BIN: Paniagua (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_13_binaax_treaax_1
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Binghamton (Mets) 1 (7)
Trenton 5
W: Whelan (2-0, 3.69); L: Niesen (0-1, 9.00)
HR: TRN: Nunez, E (4), Vechionacci (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_13_binaax_treaax_2
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Tampa 8
Saint Lucie (Mets) 3
W: Mitchell (2-2, 4.02); L: Carr (2-3, 3.59)
HR: STL: Davis (7).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_13_tbyafa_sluafa_1
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Charleston 14
Rome (Braves) 6
W: Kapala (4-0, 2.70); L: Francis (3-3, 3.63)
HR: CSC: Mesa (13), Abeita (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_13_crdafx_romafx_1
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 14, 2009

Scranton/WB
Gwinnett (Braves) 2:00 PM
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Binghamton (Mets) 1:05 PM
Trenton
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Tampa
Saint Lucie (Mets)2:00 PM
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Charleston
Rome (Braves) 2:00 PM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Het Candy,
Do ya think they read that POST! HE HE!!!

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I LOVE IT WHEN I’M WRONG!!!!!

But Your are right about A-ROID WTF! Hey I have an IDEA SPIT OUT YOUR *UCKING GUM FRIGGIN IDIOT!

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Throwing tomorrow is Santana-Yup Santana and for those of you who think this PATHETIC Ball club can beat him YOUR FRIGGIN CRAZY!
By ericksontoddr@yahoo.com on June 13, 2009 7:24 PM
Not that anyone suggested Santana would be this bad but it’s still funny to read that. Burnett on the other hand…he always talks about his 9-walk no-hitter as if he didn’t know what he was doing back then…looking at his pitching today with a lead he clearly still doesn’t at times. And A-Rod almost hits into a bases-loaded triple-play…c-l-u-t-c-h, good job it’s 9-0, oh wait 11

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Bruney needs to shut up. Same thing with K-Rod. Settle it all on the field…and I don’t mean during batting practice.

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Bruney needs to shut up. Same thing with K-Rod. Settle it all on the field…and I don’t mean during batting practice.

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Bruney needs to shut up. Same thing with K-Rod. Settle it all on the field…and I don’t mean during batting practice.

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Cervelli is catching today. I expect the Yankees to win because of that reason.

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