7/16 – Rays at Yankees

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Tim Britton filling in for Bryan, who’s getting a slightly extended All-Star Break. We’ll have blanket (and we mean “blanket”) coverage of tonight’s tributes to George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard on Yankees.com throughout the night, with a pregame ceremony scheduled to start at about 6:45.

There’s a common idea in basketball that the most important time of the game is the opening minutes of the second half; the Yankees can apply that logic tonight as they open the second part of their schedule against second-place Tampa Bay. A solid series this weekend can extend the Bombers’ two-game lead and firm up, if only slightly, their hold on the division’s lead.
Of course, that’s what the Rays appeared to do the last time they were in the Bronx, when they swept a two-game series and pushed the Yankees five games back in the division. The Bombers have been seven games better since.
It’s a matchup of pitchers going in opposite directions. CC Sabathia has won his last eight starts (remember when he hadn’t won in five?) while Shields is enduring one of the roughest stretches of his career. Since beating the Yankees in the Bronx on May 20, Shields is 2-8 with a 6.87 ERA.

RAYS (54-34)
B.J. Upton CF, Carl Crawford LF, Evan Longoria 3B, Carlos Pena 1B, Ben Zobrist 2B, Kelly Shoppach C, Willy Aybar DH, Gabe Kapler RF, Jason Bartlett SS
RHP James Shields (7-9, 4.87)



YANKEES (56-32)

Derek Jeter SS, Nick Swisher RF, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Jorge Posada C, Curtis Granderson CF, Juan Miranda DH, Brett Gardner LF 
LHP CC Sabathia (12-3, 3.09)


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Last initial oddities: Funny how the biggest Yankee deaths were followed by games won in dramatic fashion by players with the same last initial. In 1979 the game following Munson’s funeral was won by Bobby Murcer. Yesterday the game following George Steinbrenner’s death was won by Nick Swisher. As I wrote this Diane Munson said the same thing and that both games had the same final score!

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 16, 2010

Toledo (Tigers) 4
Scranton/WB 5
W: Sanchez (7-7, 4.32); L: Fien (1-1, 2.44)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_07_16_tolaaa_swbaaa_1
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Reading (Phillies) 6
Trenton 8
W: Warren (1-0, 1.80) L: Cisco (2-6, 4.93)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_07_16_reaaax_treaax_1
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Tampa 1
Jupiter (Marlins) 0
W: Van Benschoten (1-1, 4.15); L: Andrelczyk (1-2, 3.43)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_07_16_tbyafa_jupafa_1
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Augusta (Giants) 9
Charleston 1
W: Toole (3-3, 3.86) L: Marshall (1-1, 2.86)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_07_16_augafx_crdafx_1
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Staten Island 3
Jamestown (Marlins) 0
W: O’Brien (5-0, 1.78) L: Hodges (1-2, 7.18)
HR: SI: Mahoney, K (3), Roller, K (2)
S: Whitley (6)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_07_16_staasx_jamasx_1
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GCL Tigers 3
GCL Yankees 0
W: Lebron (1-0, 0.00) L: Arias (0-2, 5.40)
HR: TIG: Moya, S (1)
S: Rondon, B (6)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_07_16_tgrrok_yanrok_1
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 17, 2010

Toledo (Tigers) 7:00 PM
Scranton/WB

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Reading (Phillies) 7:00
Trenton

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Tampa
Jupiter (Marlins) 6:00 PM

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Augusta (Giants) 7:00 PM
Charleston

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Staten Island
Vermont Lake (Nationals) 6:00 PM

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GCL Yankees
GCL Tigers, 10:00 AM

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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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I’m not sure why they got this kid Miranda DH’ing. He’s struck out twice. Better Curtis or Thames I think than Miranda. They have more experience at the plate.

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I’m not sure why they got this kid Miranda DH’ing. He’s struck out twice. Better Curtis or Thames I think than Miranda. They have more experience at the plate.

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THE YANKEES WIN THEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE YANKEES WIN!!! THANK YOU NICK SWISHER!!!!!

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Not a good pitch count for CC. He’s been in trouble all night and is fortunate to have only given up 3 runs.

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I think it’s time to pull CC out. He’s at around 100 pitches and he’s been putting guys on base all night and getting himself in jams. As shaky as the bull pen is Girardi needs to take CC out before any more runs score.

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Two errors by the Yankees so far tonight. they’ve been great this year defensively with the fewest errors in their division. Just not a strong game all round tonight except for the two homers by Cano and Posada but unfortunately noone on base. Anyway, this is a critical juncture in the game. It’s going to be up to the bull pen and the offence to beat the Rays.

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I’m not too impressed with Granderson at the plate. He’s very inconsistent and can’t be relied on to drive runners in.

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The Yankees aren’t putting up much of a fight tonight. They’ve lost the momentum they had before the all star break. They just seem to be going through the motions.

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The Yankees look pretty flat after the lay off. The lay off doesn’t seem to have hurt the Rays as much as the yankees. Lose this tonight and they’re only 1 game ahead.

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Bases loaded and no outs. Now 3-1. CC needs to stop the bleeding and fast and the Yankees need to get some offence going.

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It really seems that CC is struggling tonight so far. Wonder how long he’ll last. Certainly the Yankees have to get some runners on base and get them in and support CC with some runs.

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Shields has gone 2-8 since beating the Bombers on May 20. I hope this isn’t the game to get him out of his funk. Some pitchers pitch well against certain teams and maybe the Yankees is Shield’s team. I hope it doesn’t turn out that way. Great, everyone is striking out. It looks like Shields has the Yankees number.

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When you have all that emotional stuff before a game often it backfires on the home team rather than giving them motivation and adrenalin to have a big game. So far it seems to have worked in Tampa Bay’s favor. CC has started out a little shaky and the throw by ARod hasn’t helped. I’m only getting the game on gameday so missing a lot of the detail.

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When you have all that emotional stuff before a game often it backfires on the home team rather than giving them motivation and adrenalin to have a big game. So far it seems to have worked in Tampa Bay’s favor. CC has started out a little shaky and the throw by ARod hasn’t helped. I’m only getting the game on gameday so missing a lot of the detail.

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