6/16 – Yankees vs. Nationals

NATIONALS (16-45)
Guzman DH
Johnson 1B
Zimmerman 3B
Dukes CF
Dunn LF
Kearns RF
Gonzalez SS
Nieves C
Hernandez 2B

Shairon Martis (5-1, 5.04)

YANKEES (36-27)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF

CC Sabathia (5-4, 3.68)

FROM THE CLUBHOUSE

Picture 269.JPGThe Yankees have activated RHP Brian Bruney and designated RHP Jose Veras for assignment. … Alex Rodriguez spent about 15 minutes in Monument Park greeting fans. The Yankees are trying to do this about once a homestand after there were complaints early in the season about a separation between players and fans at the new Stadium … First-round pick Slade Heathcott took batting practice with the Yankees on the field … New daddy Chien-Ming Wang is excused from the game tonight and also on Thursday. He’ll have to be here tomorrow, though — he’s pitching. … The Yankees are going to send Xavier Nady back to Tampa to continue his rehab and Girardi said it is “unlikely” Nady will join the team for the upcoming road trip … Jose Molina will head to Tampa as well and should start getting in games again … Girardi said he is leaning toward not starting Hideki Matsui in the outfield but could use him in double-switches.

Finally, remember this scene from Office Space, where a soon-to-be-fired employee is asked: “What would you say … you do here?” Girardi was essentially posed that question today about Angel Berroa, looking ahead to play at National League parks.

For the record, here’s the response: “It’s just, a lot of clubs carry two middle infielders, because if you choose to give one of the guys a day off, you’ve got to have an extra guy. If I choose to DH Alex one of these days and play someone else, if someone goes down, you don’t necessarily want to lose your DH. It’s just protection.”

FROM THE GAME NOTES

Tonight the Yankees play the first game of a three-game series vs. Washington after taking two of three games vs. the Mets from Friday-Sunday…is the fourth game of a six-game Interleague homestand that included an off day on Monday…is the fourth of 15 straight Interleague games for the Yankees…the Yankees trail the Red Sox by 2.0G for first place in the AL East…still own the fourth-best record in the Majors (Los Angeles-NL, 42-22; Boston, 38-25; and Philadelphia, 36-25)…prior to the current homestand, the Yankees were swept by Boston at Fenway Park from 6/9-11, marking their first three-game losing streak since a five-game skid from 5/2-7…the Yankees have won 21 of their last 31 games, including a season-high nine-game winning streak (5/13-21) to start the stretch…are 14-5 in their last 19 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).

YANKEES IN INTERLEAGUE PLAY: The Yankees are 3-3 in Interleague play in 2009 (2-1 vs. Mets from Friday-Sunday; and 1-2 vs. Philadelphia from 5/22-24)…the Yankees are the all-time leader in both Interleague wins and winning percentage (.583, 126-90)…have gone 10-8 vs. the NL in each of the last three years (2006-08) and have had 11 straight non-losing seasons of Interleague play.

FOR THE RECORD: In a House Resolution on Monday, the General Assembly of Pennsylvania honored RHP Mike Mussina for his retirement from Baseball following his 18-year Major League career…a native of Montoursville, Pa., Mussina combined to go 270-153 with a 3.68 ERA with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees…Mussina won his 20th game of the 2008 season in his final career start on 9/28/08 (Game 1) at Boston at the age of 39, becoming the oldest pitcher in Baseball history to record his first 20-win season.

ON THE MARK: 1B Mark Teixeira is tied for first in the AL with Tampa Bay’s Carlos Pena- and tied for fourth in the Majors – with 20HR…is tied for third in the AL (tied for sixth in the Majors) with 54RBI…is batting .346 (46-for-133) with 30R, 13 doubles, 15HR, 39RBI and 15BB in 34G since Alex Rodriguez returned to the lineup on 5/8…prior to A-Rod’s return, Teixeira hit .198 (19-for-96) with 14R, 4 doubles, 5HR, 15RBI and 19BB in 25G.
  

18 Comments

Game, Set, Match The Yankees Win!!!! The way I like Mo to pitch.

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Any update on Jeter’s injury, Bryan?

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Too bad ex-Yankee Ron Villone was having a decent year until tonight.

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I had no idea Zimmerman was so strong defensively or does he usually play error-strewn 3B?

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Derek Jeter left the game with left ankle stiffness.

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Is Washington this GOOD –OR–Are the Yankees THAT BAD?!?!?!?!?!?!?

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DaMN it come on offense Sabathia has made one BAD pitch tonite, LET’S SCORE SOME RUNSW!!!!!!!

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This team is making another unknown pitcher look like Cy Young. Why the *ell can’t this team beat young pitchers? Sounds like total lack of preparation by the coaching staff.

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More than disgusting candyrunts, that is a LACK of intensity by Sabathia.

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that was Gonzalez 2nd career homer as well…his first AB came for the Mets in 2005, career slugging .309…disgusting.

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Right now the incompetent team is leading 3-2..
Whats happening to CC, he doesn’t appear to have that big pitch, Not getting many Ks..

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DA** you Sabathia this guy hasn’t had a homer all year until tonight. You are pitching like *HIT.

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Robertson? The 2.65 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, .167Av 18 SO in 12 innings not good enough for a spot? Robertson’s only in his second season and he’s doing a fine job so far, how can he be classified as mediocre? Haha I’ve only just noticed the Nats are 16-45…..262 winning %, that’s pretty close to why even bother turning up. If you’re Zimmerman or Dunn how do you stand being part of such an incompetant team?

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Glad to see Veras go away! We’ll be better with out him.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 15, 2009
Toledo (Tigers) 0
Scranton/WB 1
W: Towers (2-4, 4.54); L: French (4-4, 3.24); SV: Albaladejo (1)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_15_tolaaa_swbaaa_1
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Palm Beach (Cardinals) 8
Tampa 4
W: Castillo (1-6, 4.29); L: Pendleton (5-4, 3.47); SV: Mulligan (1)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_15_pbcafa_tbyafa_1
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Charleston 11
Augusta (Giants) 4
W: Phelps (7-1, 2.92); L: Loree (3-5, 4.33)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_15_crdafx_augafx_1
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 16, 2009
Toledo (Tigers) 7:05 PM
Scranton/WB
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Connecticut (Giants) 7:05 PM
Trenton
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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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pitching skills? What am I on about…catching skills. I’d be more than happy to accept the odd passed-ball if Posada was catching himself

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Veras will probably make it eventually in an NL bullpen, hey maybe he’ll be the Astros new closer…it kind of worked with LaTroy Hawkins. With all the controversy over Posada’s pitching skills that has exploded in the past 48 hours, CC could really do the team and Jorge a massive favour today

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GOOD BYE VERAS!!!! DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YA ON YOUR *SS ON THE WAY OUT YOU P.O.S…….,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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