7/26 – Yankees vs. A’s

ATHLETICS (41-55)
Kennedy 3B
Cabrera SS
Hairston LF
Cust DH
Suzuki C
Sweeney RF
Barton 1B
Ellis 2B
Patterson CF

Pitching: Dallas Braden (7-8, 3.40)

YANKEES (59-38)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Posada C
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Ransom 3B

Pitching: Sergio Mitre (1-0, 4.76)

16 Comments

Also, with Hideki Matsui very possibly gone after ’09 I’d like to see Johnny Damon become the DH next year. He may not field much anymore, but he can still hit AND run. Remember, when A-Rod was out and Tex was struggling it was Damon who carried the team earlier this season.

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Duncan, doesn’t Melky “run those balls down in the gaps” and also “have a decent throwing arm”? Melky’s arm is above average and defensively, Gardner–aside from Melky’s superior arm–is his equal. So, what’s the problem?

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if the yankees improve their defense in the outfield, they can beat any team in baseball. I watch a lot of baseball, not only yankees, my favorite team but a lot of the other teams. No team has it all. I don’t have clue why they don’t bring up Austin Jackson, he is young, that what the hell you want someone young and I don’t condsider 22 as being young. It’s about ability. We need a centerfielder, it don’t have to be mickey mantle, hell he don’t have to be mickey rivers(lol) just someone to run those balls down in the gaps and have a decent throwing arm. I was againist getting Mike Cameron, but that was a mistake, he can still go get em”. Why keep Damon, Hideki. It has been 9 or 10 years we have not won the world series.

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I think the only reason Ransom is around is that he’s an emergency/last resort kinda guy: he can play some 7 different positions. (How well/badly he can play them, is another story.) Hinske can play 1B/3B and has power…The Yankees absolutely need to address their starting rotation, but if it’s any consolation most of the AL is lacking in quality starters 3-5.

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Got a suggestion for IF backup ol hickory, how about Josh Fields from the White Sox? The guy is wasting away in Chicago and can play 3rd or 1st base. He’d add some power from the right side. Just a suggestion.

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Gehrig, Nice piece! I would add Jones (Balt) to the list, he would make a nice CF addition. Trading Joba or Phil for Halliday would be a bad move. Roy is 32, these kids are good and they appear to have a great future ahead of them.. You were absolutely correct about Ransom, We need a better IF backup. He just doesn’t fit here. I would like to see what Hinske could do backing up Arod at 3rd. The outfield is only adaquate We definately need some help. We also need a good 5th starter, Mitre is not the answer at this time..

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YANKEES WEEKLY TV SCHEDULE EDT
MON - JUL - 27 - at Rays  - 7:08 PM - YES
TUE - JUL - 28 - at Rays  - 7:08 PM - MY9
WED - JUL - 29 - at Rays  - 7:08 PM - YES/ESPN
THU - JUL - 30 - at White Sox  - 8:11 PM - YES
FRI - JUL - 31 - at White Sox  - 8:11 PM - YES
SAT - AUG - 1 - at White Sox  - 4:05 PM - FOX
SUN - AUG - 2 - at White Sox  - 2:05 PM - YES

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Joseph guides ‘Dogs to win
July 25, 2009
http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/mlb/minorleagues/team_index.jsp?c_id=nyy

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 25, 2009
Toledo (Tigers) 2
Scranton/WB (In Toledo) 7 (7)
W: Sanchez, Ro (3-2, 4.63); L: Rusch, M (2-4, 4.67)
HR: TOL: Roberson, R (7). SWB: Miranda (14), Curtis 2 (5).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_25_tolaaa_swbaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Scranton/WB 1
Toledo (Tigers) 2 (7)
W: Lugo (8-8, 4.71); L: Claggett (4-5, 2.95); SV: Dolsi (5)
HR: TOL: Frazier (6), Larish (5).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_25_swbaaa_tolaaa_2&t=g_box&did=milb
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Trenton 2
Harrisburg (Nationals) 7
W: Chico (2-2, 3.42); L: Bush (0-1, 3.68)
HR: TRN: Montero (8). HAR: Whitney (6).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_25_treaax_haraax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Tampa 6
Fort Myers (Twins) 3
W: Zink (6-9, 4.58); L: Hirschfeld (4-5, 2.24)
HR: TAM: Fortenberry (5), Nunez, L (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_25_tbyafa_ftmafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Charleston 10
Greensboro (Marlins) 7 (12)
W: Kapala (5-0, 3.11); L: Andrelczyk (2-4, 2.45); SV: Ortiz, J (5)
HR: CSC: Joseph (4), Lyon (2). GBO: Mattison (12), Keedy (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_25_crdafx_gboafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Staten Island 4
Brooklyn (Mets) 5
W: Sage (1-0, 0.75); L: Brooks, G (2-1, 1.45); SV: Powers (7)
HR: BRK: Santomauro (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_25_staasx_broasx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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GCL Yankees 0
GCL Braves 4
W: Mora (2-0, 1.00); L: Smith, B (0-2, 6.75)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_25_yanrok_brarok_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 26, 2009

Scranton/WB
Toledo (Tigers) 6:30 PM
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Trenton
Harrisburg (Nationals) 2:00 PM
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Tampa
Charlotte (Rays) 5:35 PM
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Charleston
West Virginia (Pirates) 6:05 PM
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Brooklyn (Mets) 4:00 PM
Staten Island
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Yankeesssssssssssssssssss Win and sox lose. 2.5 game lead. Coke gets the win after giving up the lead. Should have gone to Mitre or Hughes.

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Very good accessment gehrig27 the NEEDS are definitely there. My concern is whether or not Crashman is again up for what it takes. As for today’s game with the O’s up 6-1 in the 8th and the Yankees winning they just might get back that game they lost yesterday. I say that with a bit of hesitation because the sox, in that bandbox they play in, can come back quickly.

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Now that the trade deadline is fast approaching, I would like to share my main concerns regarding what the Yankees need to get for an effective improvement:
1) A starting pitcher: Losing Wang the Yanks lost their number 3 starter. Mitre does not seem to be a solution for this spot. This need is reinforced by the following: Pettitte was brought because of his experience and his résumé as a Yankee, which deserves all kind of respects. But the 2009 version (like the 2008) is not a 1-2-3 pitcher. Too irregular, and with an ERA nearing 5.00, forget it. Meanwhile, Cashman etc. have already flashed the signs of alarm regarding the number of innings to be pitched by Chamberlain (last year, they were around 150; right now he just reached 102 innings pitched, and we are not even in August yet).
If a new starter comes, Mitre could go to the pen and help Aceves with the long relief, and also maybe, just maybe, might help to give Chamberlain some rest.
The solution is outside the organization (some names have been mentioned here by you) for the simple reason that the other alternatives, Aceves and Hughes, have helped stabilize the bullpen; it is no time to consider as a solution the creation of another problem in an already troubled zone, the bullpen, which I come to consider right now:
2) Another reliever for the Bullpen: there are reasons to be happy with the recent developments in the pen (Hughes, above all). But pay close attention, this last successful streak with strong performances of the starters meant that Girardi managed to use only RIVERA-HUGHES-ACEVES-COKE most of the time. After the All Star Game, and before Mitre was brought, the pen also included Tomko (gone), Robertson, Melancon and Bruney. With the announced arrival of Marte (with no real guarantees of his full recovery), one of the last three should go. If a new starter comes, then Mitre, as I said, could move to the pen, and then there would only be one more spot to cover. If nothing is done, you have at least two relievers that right now can only be trusted to work at lopsided, mop-up games.
3) Backup infielder: What else can be said about Cody Ransom? Imagine only that during the playoffs something happens to Jeter, ARod or Canó. Is Cody Ransom the only alternative? Meanwhile, you have guys like Callaspo (KC), Prado (Atlanta), Punto (Twins), Blum (Houston), Mora (Baltimore), or Scutaro (Toronto) who would be huge improvements over Ransom, and would give true depth to the infield (some of them might even work as occasional DHs).
4) An outfielder: the team as it is built today holds as its base for offensive power the infield: Arod, Teixeira, Jeter, Posadas, Canó. (That is another reason why Ransom can´t be a serious alternative). The outfield consists of a veteran-past-his-prime (Damon), and two platoons of four good (or very good) benchers: Cabrera/Gardner and Swisher/Hinske. It can be said this is one of the weakest outfields in Yankee history. The ideal target would be another outfielder, maybe a rightfielder, with these possible (ideal, I must concede) results: you help cover the 5th offensive spot, still something to be considered; improve the offensive and defensive, and start building the 2010 outfield (which, for what I have read here so far might include only a player who has never played MLB: Austin Jackson). Names to be considered: Markakis (Baltimore), Ríos (Toronto), Willingham (Washington), Hawpe (Rockies), Pence (Houston), McCutchen (Pittsburgh), etc.
Some of these needs, which by the way were discussed and proposed by many of you here during winter, were not addressed then. At that moment they would have meant money. Now they mean prospects. And this is a very hot topic. I just read some blogger somewhere else saying the Yankees would trade Chamberlain and other prospects for Roy Halladay. Well, I don´t know if is true, but it would sound something Cashman would like to do. A GM who did not want to trade Chamberlain or Hughes when they were just prospects, for a 28-year-old Santana, would be capable of trading at least one of them, more experienced and succesful, for a 32-year-old Halladay.
Of course I like Halladay in the team, who wouldn´t? But the price to pay…well, what I have heard so far is that Toronto want the Crown jewels and some more…
None of the proposals from above (a number 3 pitcher, a reliever, another infielder, and/or another outfielder) would necessarily imply sacrificing Chamberlain or Hughes. And each one of them would imply an improvement in depth of a very good team.
It is consistent with Cashman´s record his recent statement that no sense of urgency is needed, that the team is performing pretty well, etc. I do not think he will be able or wish to address all these needs. But let´s hope for the best that something is done before July 31…

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Damn you Coke!!!

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Sergio has his five innings in so Joe get your pen ready. Don’t wait like you did yesterday with Andy.

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Sergio is struggling a bit too much. This is his 2nd game in each he has a throwing error.. A problem, can’t afford giving up any more opportunities.. go Yanks We need more runs.. Arod sitting today, he needed a break.. Why didn’t Joe give Hinske a start at 3B instead of Ransom?.

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4-3 Yankees bottom of 4th. Again not sure that Sergio gets through the 5th. As I said in another post Crashman needs to be working the phones for another 5th starter. Not sold on this guy.

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