The All-Star Game begins, and ends, with Yankees

ASG.gifDerek Jeter scored the first run and Mariano Rivera threw the last pitch in the 80th All-Star Game on Tuesday in St. Louis, helping the American League emerge victorious and keep their unbeaten streak alive in a 4-3 decision.

“That’s what we came here to do,” Rivera said. “We came here with a mission, and our mission was accomplished. It was a great game from both sides. I think the city of St. Louis did a tremendous job of hosting this All-Star Game. I am grateful for that.”

Rivera threw a perfect ninth inning and became the all-time leader in All-Star Game saves with four, breaking a tie with Dennis Eckersley.

“I’ve said it time and time again – nothing he does surprises me,” Jeter said. “It’s just another thing to put on his
Hall of Fame plaque, I guess. He just continues to do things that are
impressive.”

In the AL dugout, Teixeira said the buzz was almost pitying the poor NL hitters who had to try and see Rivera’s trademark cutter.

“Those National League hitters, it’s so tough for them,” Teixeira said. “They don’t see Mo, and then Mo is on top of his game. It’s almost impossible to hit him. At the very least, guys that are in our division or the American League, they see him a lot and maybe they can have comfortable at-bats. If you only see him once every four or five years, good luck.”

As we walked out of Busch Stadium last night, the scoreboards read: “See You Next Year at Angel Stadium.” Somewhere, the Yankees had to shudder a little bit.
 

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BRIAN, Many things you address in your “Yanks’ fortunes improve with bullpen” are those discussed in this blog on a daily basis. The only thing is your views are not the same. First, Mark and Arod are not carrying their weight. Both have been streaky, Tex HRs have dropped drastically 1 in about 115 ABs. Both are not hitting w/RISP.
The BP has been hot and cold, Burney has done nothing since his return, Coke and Robertson are inconsistent, we never know what to expect. Ace, Hughes and Mariano are the only ones we have some faith in. CC and AJ are getting it done but even they have been inconsistent, CCs Ks are way down, We expected him to be more overpowering. AJ now appears to be hitting his stride. We need to do better with the bench, Ransom is not going to cut it. Also needed is some OF help, As it is they are just adaquate. We have to improve our ERA, Hitting w/RISP, and better performances from the Manager and coaching staff. It appears that they are only going through the motions. We need to pick it up a notch if we are to win the East. Some trades will definitely be necessary.,

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First Half Review: Coaching Staff
By Mike Axisa
http://riveraveblues.com/2009/07/first-half-review-coaching-staff-14645/

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 15, 2009
Hickory (Rangers) 4
Charleston 1
W: Font (6-1, 3.29); L: Banuelos (7-4, 2.40)
HR: HIC: Hogan (12).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_07_15_hicafx_crdafx_1
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Staten Island 9
Mahoning Valley (Indians) 1
W: Black (1-0, 0.00); L: Smith, Kyle C. (0-1, 3.52)
HR: SI: Medchill (6), Baker, Ryan J. (1), Mack, D (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_07_15_staasx_mvsasx_1
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GCL Yankees 11
GCL Braves 9 (10)
W: Heidler (2-1, 1.80); L: Wilson, A (2-1, 2.35); SV: Miller (1)
HR: YAN: Brown, I (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_07_15_yanrok_brarok_1
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 16, 2009
Gwinnett (Braves) 7:05 PM
Scranton/WB
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Portland (Red Sox) 7:05 PM
Trenton
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Tampa
Daytona (Cubs) 7:05 PM
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Hickory (Rangers) 7:05 PM
Charleston
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Staten Island
Mahoning Valley (Indians) 7:05 PM
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GCL Pirates 12:00 PM
GCL Yankees
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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To everyone calling for Cashman to get Halladay: I don’t think so. The BJs say they want 3 “impact maker” prospects plus 1 or 2 other players in any trade. Since there are a few teams (2 in the NL) that have the goods, the Yanks would have to match or beat that type of demand in order to secure him.

Can anyone out there name 3 “impact prospects” that the Yanks could offer? Do the Yanks even have 3 impact prospects right now? Remember, I said impact prospects, not just young farmhands who may or may not make it to MLB, much less have an impact.

The Yanks under Cashman have traditionally got 2nd & 3rd tier players that filled a need but didn’t mortgage the future. Players like Nady and Abreu. Players that flew under the radar precisely because of big names like Halladay dominating the air waves. And, that is what I expect the Yank to do again this year. Keep everyone (Red Sox/ Rays) thinking about Halladay while they search down the ladder a few rungs for a bargain. They might even be able to get 2 players (1 starter – 1 reliever) for less than he would cost.

And, that would be fine with me because considering the age of this team, we’re going to need our prospects next year. We might need them this year!

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The Phillies are the most subject to get Halladay. They are also the ones who showed the most interest. I don’t believe in Yankees purchasing Roy.

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Medchill, Lare blank Scrappers
July 14, 2009
http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/mlb/minorleagues/team_index.jsp?c_id=nyy

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the yankees better go get roy halladay that will put us really far up there .

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 14, 2009

Hickory (Rangers) 9
Charleston 6
W: Nam (8-1, 2.40); L: Phelps (9-3, 2.98)
HR: HIC: Morrison (13), Hogan (11).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_14_hicafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Staten Island 4
Mahoning Valley (Indians) 0
W: Lare (2-2, 1.35); L: Popham (2-1, 2.57)
HR: SI: Medchill (5).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_14_staasx_mvsasx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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GCL Braves 2
GCL Yankees 4
W: Ramirez, Jo (3-0, 2.35); L: Brewer (1-1, 2.19); SV: Arballo (5)
HR: YAN: De Leon (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_14_brarok_yanrok_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 July 15, 2009
Hickory (Rangers) 7:05 PM
Charleston
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Staten Island
Mahoning Valley (Indians) 7:05 PM
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GCL Yankees
GCL Braves 12:00 PM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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That All-Star game was great, I have to say. It wasnt nearly as long as last year’s (which I stayed up into the early morning hours to watch) & I’m so glad the AL won.
http://tribechick.mlblogs.com/

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