6/14 – Yankees vs. Mets
Johan Santana (8-3, 2.39)
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.