6/17 – Yankees vs. Nationals

NATIONALS (16-46)
Guzman SS
Johnson 1B
Zimmerman 3B
Dunn DH
Dukes RF
Patterson CF
Bard C
Harris LF
Hernandez 2B

John Lannan (3-5, 3.51)

YANKEES (37-27)
Damon LF
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Matsui DH
Cabrera CF
Pena SS

Chien-Ming Wang (0-4, 14.34)

FROM THE CLUBHOUSE

So begins the night as Wang attempts to keep his spot in the rotation and show the Yankees something. Joe Girardi acknowledges this start is “really important” but said that no matter what, no decisions will be made today. Should Wang falter, they’ll at least take that information home and sleep on it. … Derek Jeter’s MRI on his stiff left ankle came back clean but the Yankees are going to keep him out of the lineup at least tonight before circling back tomorrow (weather permitting) …  Xavier Nady and Jose Molina will be on flights to Tampa tomorrow. Nady thinks he’ll play in a game on Friday, seeing four innings of defensive duty. He’s thrown as far as 120 feet and says hitting feels fine … Molina is shooting for the series at Citi Field against the Mets for his return.

FROM THE GAME NOTES

Tonight the Yankees play the second game of a three-game series vs. Washington after winning on Tuesday, 5-3…is the fourth game of a six-game Interleague homestand that included winning two-of-three games vs. the Mets from Friday-Sunday and an off day on Monday…is the fifth of 15 straight Interleague games for the Yankees…the Yankees trail the Red Sox by 2.0G for first place in the AL East…are 10 games over .500, one game shy of their season high-water mark (were 11 over following play on 6/8)…own the fourth-best record in the Majors (Los Angeles-NL, 43-22; Boston, 39-25; and Philadelphia, 36-26)…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 22 of their last 32 games, including a season-high nine-game winning streak (5/13-21) to start the stretch…are 15-5 in their last 20 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).

CA-NOTEWORTHY: 2B Robinson Cano has recorded a hit in his last six consecutive at-bats and seven of his last eight…has 20R and 22RBI in his last 25 games (since 5/20), batting .330 (34-for-103) over the stretch.

LEFT-LEANING:
The Yankees are 12-6 vs. LH starters in 2009 (were 24-22 in 2008)…lead the AL and rank second in the Majors with a .303 (176-for-581) batting average vs. lefthanders this season with 40 doubles, 3 triples, 26HR and 72BB…have a Major League-best .516 slugging percentage and .383 on-base percentage vs. LHP…batted .258 (430-for-1,667) with a .339 OBP and a .395 SLG vs. LHP in 2008.

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maybe joe did give a steal sign and arod didn’t go, just like gardner the other day, no matter what arod should have stole second to prevent the double play

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Joe you need to steal Alex in the 9th to avoid the double play. Did you honestly think with Gardy on 3rd they would throw all the way through to get Alex. Cmon Joe this is Little League stuff here and youre not gettin it done. And because you decided to hold Alex at first what happened, we lost to the friggin Nationals on a double play.

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Joe you need to steal Alex in the 9th to avoid the double play. Did you honestly think with Gardy on 3rd they would throw all the way through to get Alex. Cmon Joe this is Little League stuff here and youre not gettin it done. And because you decided to hold Alex at first what happened, we lost to the friggin Nationals on a double play.

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Did the people at the stadium booed Wang at the stadium today?

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ol hickory,
I agree 100% BENCH FRIGGIN A-ROID…,,, If not then do what Torre did bat him 8th, WHAT A PATHETIC P.O.S. he is this year,,,
He better start earning some of that money or the BOOOO BIRDS are going to get LOUDER AND LONGER at the Stadium…

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Thats one problem with Girardi, tonight he should have played for a tie in that spot, then go for the WIN- BUT NO the Mantal Midget has to play for the whole FRIGGIN UNIVERSE, thats OK, but right now this team needs to start winning anyway it can, Boston is picking up another game tonight and so did the Jays.

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i dont think you can blame wang,,,the yanks scored 2 runs off a team with 17 wins!

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girardi is frustrating me….a-rod should have been running to stay out of the double play….there was a sinkerball pitcher on the mound, so a groundball was almost imminent…you could see that cano was battling but was not close to lifting a ball in the air….stop managing scared joe…be aggressive

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i don’t understand not having a-rod run to stay out of the double play…there is a sinkerball pitcher on the mound and a groundball is almost imminent…you could see that cano was battling but not close to lifting a ball….girardi is frustrating me…i feel like he manages scared instead of being aggressive…there is enough talent on this team to overcome most mistakes made by being overaggressive…in fact, i think that agressive play would really suit this team

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Wang’s 0-5 record puts him in the pen. This guy has lost it. He got injured and has not been the same since. Thank you Bobby Meachum for a HUGE blunder last year.

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I have to agree w/travelinman, the pitchers today are babied too much. It’s a rarity to see a complete game.. Arod should be benched, It may do wonders for his EGO. He can’t stay as a .220 hitter.. Where’s the batting coach, he should be able to get the rod straightened out..

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ol hickory,
I was thinking of the exactly same thing! The catcher wouldn’t probably throw to second cause Gardner is on third and a very fast runner! Assuming if that did happen, and Cano GO would’ve gotten us tied!

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Maybe a little hit and run action would have been better.

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I THINK IT WAS ANOTHER BLUNDER BY JOE, Arod should have attempted the steal, with Gardner on 3rd, Chances are there would be no throw thus eliminating the DP.. Gardner would have tied it up on Cano’s GO..

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Well Girardi already stated that he DOES NOT LOSE FAITH in his players,,,,,,,

So I doubt we will see Wang moved into the pen or Hughes starting anytime soon.

BUT I can lose faith–OH YEA lose faith in a ballclub that is supposed to beat the C R A P out of teams like the Nationals OH wait I forgot I am talking about the MOST OVERATED TEAM IN BASEBALL HISTORY!!!!

Sorry I forgot,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Wang might be a great teammate and a positive influence in the locker room but his performance so far this year is costing this team. PUT HIM IN MIDDLE RELIEF GIRARDI NOW!!!!

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Hell of a way to lose a game. First and third and Cano hits into a 9 pitch DP. Dam. Can’t agree with you mattys if Wang can’t go more than 5 innings vs. the worse team in baseball then he’s a 2-3 inning guy. He did not do to badly in that position earlier in the year. As I previously posted I have never seen a guy lose it so quickly. He has gone from being an ace to being a dud. This team cannot afford to keep in the starting rotation because it is a loss every 5th game. Time to switch him and Hughes.

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THis OVERATED team just lost to the WASHINGTON NATIONALS!!!!!
HE HE HE HE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
HO HO HO HO ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
PATHETIC BUNCH OF FRIGGIN LOSERS lead by an even BIGGER PATHETIC LOSER Mental Midget Joe Girardi!!!!!!

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ARE YOU FRIGGIN KIDDING ME?!?!?!,,,,,,,,

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MAN GARDNER is Friggin QUICK!!!
Holy COW!!

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CAN A-ROID EARN HIS MONEY???????

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Hats off to John Lannan tonight he’s pitched a great game. Washington don’t have a lights-out closer so he’ll probably finish it off himself. You can’t really bitch about the offense when they’re against a guy having a decent outing.

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Travelinman,
I don’t like A-Roid behind Tex cause then in late situations, pitchers would intentionally walk Tex to get A-Roid out since he seems not to perform well in clutch situations. I would switch Cano and Tex, then I would call it a better lineup.

Also about back in those old days – players now would not want to play because of w/e reason, but in the old days, there were really no excuses, and players played, or pitched a complete game!! And I start to wonder if our players are becoming more whiners (can’t think of a better word).

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CHANGE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
FRIGGIN FIRE GIRARDI,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

THATS CHANGE I can believe IN!!!!!,,,,,,,,,,,,

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As usual, Giardi has the pitching staff a wreck. Totally mismanaged, no wonder all the pitchers have sore arms.

It looks like A-Roid isnt taking any roids. Time to change the batting order.

1. Jeter
2. Cabrera
3. Cano
4. Teixeria
5. A-Roid
6. Damon
7. Posoda
8. Matusi
9. Swisher / Gardner

Pitchers also pitching every 5 days .. 30 years ago you never heard that .. every 4th day now these guys want a week off between starts. No wonder so many sore arms.

Back in those days a starter would go 7 or 8 innings if not completing the game. You dont hear of complete games anymore.

Change needs to happen before it is to late!!

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Funny when you take the needle out of your *ss how ORDINARY you become!!!!!!!

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A-ROID 4 for 35 and the BOOOOO Birds CONTINUE!!!!!!!
Yea Best player in baseball—–NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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A ball club BUILT like the Yankees should BE killing teams like Washington-NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!!
BUT Girardi will make up some after the game tonight if they lose!!!

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Todd E. and seeknay
I absolutely agree with you 1000% that Yanks should start Hughes and put Wang in bullpen. Starting NOW!!!

Where did out bats go? Why are we not hitting? 2 runs is not that hard, especially against the worst team in the majors! C’mon now!

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CY Young I tell YA!!!!

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This team CANNOT continue rolling Wang out there every fifth game and get 5 innings. It’s the Washington Nats, the worse team in baseball and he barely gets through 5 innings. Enough is enough, send this guy to the bullpen, use him in middle relief. If he doesn’t like that then trade him at the deadline. He keeps getting chance after chance and continues with these efforts. I have never seen a player of this caliber drop so quickly. Yogi was right this game is 90% mental.

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So I was wrong he didn’t last 6.. We got 1 hit , 1 run, HR by Cano. Now that the No hitter is gone Let’s put a bunch or runs on the board. I just don’t like being behind.

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UNBELIEVABLE Hughes relieving Wang!!
Like I said earlier if Wang was facing any other ballclub the score would be 15-1.
WTF Start Hughes and use WANG for relief,,,,,,,

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HEy all you A-Roid Fans What is up with him!!
Friggin Pathetic!!!

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Ok, are the Yankee hitters are THAT bad, or is it that the Nat’s pitcher is THAT good? Either way, the hitters should start waking up and win this game. It would be…totally unbelievable that we lost to the worst team in the majors…

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YANKEE”S BATS ARE SILENT. NO HITS THRU 5…. Wang so so, Too many pitches won’t last to 7th.. It’s about time our bats wake up, We don’t want to get beat by the lowly Nat’s. The old saying, “On any given day” holds for now.. Let’s get some runs…

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Hey ANOTHER CY YOUNG clone…pitching against the YANKEES!!
WOW I guess he saved ALOT of his MOJO to spread around THE FRIGGIN LEAGUE!!!
WTF this team is REALLY REALLY FRIGGIN PATHETIC against pitchers they have NEVER FACED!!!
Nice for a 300 BILLION DOLLAR ball club, OT OVERPAID, UNDERACHEICING IDIOTS!!

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Wang is LUCKY that he is facing Washington tonight….
If not the score would be Friggin 15-0, but now it is 3 Nothing!!!

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 16, 2009
Toledo (Tigers) 3
Scranton/WB 7
W: Quirarte (1-0, 0.00); L: Venditte (2-2, 0.94)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_16_tolaaa_swbaaa_1
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Connecticut (Giants) 4
Trenton 0
W: Alderson (3-1, 1.82); L: McAllister (5-3, 1.81)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_16_nrwaax_treaax_1
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Palm Beach (Cardinals) 9
Tampa 7
W: Gorgen (3-4, 2.95); L: Stephens (2-4, 5.45); SV: Reifer (8)
HR: PMB: Luna (4). TAM: Laird (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_16_pbcafa_tbyafa_1
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Charleston 2
Augusta (Giants) 3
W: Quirarte (1-0, 0.00); L: Venditte (2-2, 0.94)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_16_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 17, 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) 10:35 AM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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