Coke has two outs and a smile

Coke.jpgIt’s not the way they draw it up on the first day of Spring Training, but Phil Coke found a way to wriggle out of a first-and-third, one-out jam in the eighth inning last night — an escape that set up the Yankees’ 2-1 walk-off victory when Hideki Matsui took Jim Johnson deep an inning later.

Coke relieved Andy Pettitte after 7 1/3 innings of work and his first pitch was rocketed on the ground to first base, where Mark
Teixeira alertly fielded it and made an off-balance throw home to catcher Jose
Molina to nail Cesar Izturis sliding feet-first for the second out.

“The tag is more impressive, because he’s got to know
exactly where the play is and where the guy is sliding,” Teixeira said.
“He’s blind. It’s easy for me to catch the ball and throw it toward
him. He made an incredible tag there.”

Still not out of trouble, Coke bounced a fastball to Adam Jones
that hit Molina in the chest protector and ricocheted toward the Yankees’
dugout. Brian Roberts broke from third base and tried to score the go-ahead
run, but the catcher’s throw to the plate was in time as Coke slapped
an inning-ending tag on the speedster.

“I got my glove down and there wasn’t somebody there to tag, and
then I looked up and saw him there going wide,” said Coke, who wildly pumped his fist and screamed after the call was made. “My reaction
was to just go get him because I didn’t want him touching that plate.”

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Great news! We’re going to play some ball – I thought it would’ve been rained out – this makes my night! Go Mittre, good luck – hope u pitch well!!!

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I have a few things to say and I would like some feedback:

– Why does Girardi play Ransom? why is this guy even in the majors? it seems everytime this guy plays he is always doing an error or something – he has no bat, so what’s the point? I mean we just got Hinske, why not play him whenever we need to rest somebody? He has 4 hrs in 15 plate appearances. We should’ve kept that young short stop (can’t think of his name) and dropped Ransom.

– Why aren’t the Yankees pursuing Doc Holiday? Offer them Joba and package it w/another pitcher or bat and be done w/it! Joba is not going to be more than a middle of the road starter! He is just all hype – he is a relief pitcher at best but certainly not a starter. I’d rather keep Hughes and perhaps have him take over for Mo when he hangs up his kleets. We need Doc! It’ll be a shame to see him sign w/the Phils or even Boston. If that’s the case then it’s over for us!

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Well that’s a disappointment! I want to see what Hinske’s got at 3B. Maybe Bryan will have an explaination when he posts the line-ups.

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mattys, if ransom’s starting tonight at 3rd, i can’t understand why joe’s giving arod a night off after just 4 games and he just had 4 days off for the all star break

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So true yanksfor09, Giambi would probably thrown it into the dugout… But don’t forget it was Molina that made a great tag, I don’t think Jorge would have pulled it off..
Bob, I think Joba did go home during the AS break to regroup. I’m sure he did hear some encouraging words from the old timers.. I have a feeling from here on in we will see a different Joba, For the better. We are hearing some pretty encouraging word on Mitre, lets hope he can come through.. We appear to be stuck on 2-1, We need to break loose and get some more runs. We can’t continue to live on the edge.

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Yea, these were great and critical plays. Imagine if we still had Giambi playing at first, we probably would’ve lost the game!

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Well, Andy didn’t go to Nebraska but maybe he also got some tips from the Old Timers! To my knowledge, Mitre wasn’t at the Stadium on Sunday, but he has a “refurbished” arm so maybe he can keep the winning streak going. We can hope!!!

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Fan Confidence Poll: July 20th, 2009
By Mike Axisa
http://riveraveblues.com/2009/07/fan-confidence-poll-july-20th-2009-14769/

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Medchill, Yanks win 10th straight
July 20, 2009
http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/mlb/minorleagues/team_index.jsp?c_id=nyy

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 20, 2009

Scranton/WB 1
Columbus (Indians) 8
W: Jackson, Z (4-7, 5.38); L: Sanchez, Ro (2-2, 5.03)
HR: SWB: Pena, R (1). COL: Marte, A (15).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_20_swbaaa_colaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Trenton 4
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 5 (10)
W: Dials (1-1, 3.27); L: Valdez, J (0-1, 3.27)
HR: TRN: Montero (7), Krum (1). NH: Calderone (11).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_20_treaax_nhmaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Tampa 6
Palm Beach (Cardinals) 4 (7)
W: Olbrychowski (2-1, 2.52); L: Eager (3-5, 4.88); SV: Venditte (1)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_20_tbyafa_pbcafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Tampa 2 (11)
Palm Beach (Cardinals) 1
W: Castillo, N (3-1, 3.97); L: Linares, K (0-1, 6.97); SV: Hovis (16)
HR: TAM: Adams, D (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_20_tbyafa_pbcafa_2&t=g_box&did=milb
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Kannapolis (White Sox) 1
Charleston 6
W: Banuelos (8-4, 2.34); L: Griffith (0-2, 3.60)
HR: CSC: Almonte, A (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_20_kanafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Jamestown (Marlins) 7
Staten Island 8
W: Flannery (1-0, 1.33); L: Ramos, A (1-1, 3.68)
HR: SI: Mack, D (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_20_jamasx_staasx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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GCL Yankees
GCL Tigers POSTPONED
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
========================================================================= YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 21, 2009

Scranton/WB
Columbus (Indians) 7:05 PM
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Trenton
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 7:05 PM
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Tampa
Palm Beach (Cardinals) 6:35 PM
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Jamestown (Marlins) 11:00 AM
Staten Island
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GCL Yankees
GCL Phillies 12:00 PM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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