8/11 – Yankees at Rangers

071010vazquez.jpgHello once again from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, where the Yankees will go up against Cliff Lee and try to earn a split of this very quick two-game series. It just doesn’t seem like Lee has his stuff tonight. How can you tell? His first pitch was outside of the strike zone.

Derek Jeter got to Lee with a sinking line drive to right that led off the game, Jeter’s 2,877th hit, surpassing Mel Ott for sole possession of 38th place on baseball’s all-time list and giving Jeter the most hits of any player in a New York uniform – Ott, of course, having played his entire Hall of Fame career in a Giants uniform. 
The Yankees could use a good performance here tonight from Javier Vazquez, who is still fighting a little case of “dead arm.” The difference from earlier in the season is that Vazquez seems to have learned how to pitch with decreased velocity a little more effectively, but it will be a tall order to go head-to-head with Lee. 
Joe Girardi had nothing but glowing things to say about Lee, before noting that the Yankees have their own star innings-eater – CC Sabathia. Girardi said Lee is a luxury for any manager, and you’d have to imagine, somewhere in the back of his mind he was pondering how different his rotation might look if the Yankees had pulled off that trade with the Mariners (or, some would argue, how it’ll look with Lee near the top in 2011).
Here are tonight’s lineups:
 

YANKEES (69-43)
Derek Jeter SS, Nick Swisher RF, Marcus Thames DH, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Jorge Posada C, Austin Kearns LF, Lance Berkman 1B, Brett Gardner CF
RHP Javier Vazquez (9-8, 4.63)

RANGERS (65-47)
Elvis Andrus SS, Michael Young 3B, Josh Hamilton CF, Vladimir Guerrero DH, Nelson Cruz RF, David Murphy LF, Bengie Molina C, Mitch Moreland 1B, Cristian Guzman 2B
LHP Cliff Lee (10-5, 2.44)

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD August 11, 2010

Buffalo (Mets) 10
Scranton/WB 4
W: Nieve (1-0, 4.26); L: McAllister (8-9, 5.01)
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Trenton 3
Altoona (Pirates) 2
W: Brackman (3-6, 4.02); L: Watson (4-2, 2.81)
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Tampa 3
Daytona (Cubs) 6
W: Cabrera (6-4, 3.63); L: Heyer (6-3, 2.96)
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Mahoning Valley (Indians) 2
Staten Island 0
W: Kaminsky (5-3, 1.95) L: Greene (2-6, 4.59)
HR: MV: Rucker (1)
S: Reichenbach (2)
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GCL Yankees 0
GCL Phillies 0 (3) SUSPENDED
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD August 12, 2010

Buffalo (Mets) 7:00 PM
Scranton/WB

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Trenton
Altoona (Pirates) 7:00 PM

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Tampa
Clearwater (Phillies) 6:00 PM

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Charleston
Hickory (Rangers) 7:00 PM

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Mahoning Valley (Indians) 12:00 PM
Staten Island

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GCL Phillies, 12:00 PM
GCL Yankees

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Cannot believe the 9th inning!!

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I just turned the game off. I can’t stand watching them any more tonight. I think it’s time for another Cashman visit. That was unforgivable Vasquez playing around with Molina and walking him after going 0 and 2. Same as what Joba does frequently. Don’t these guys have any confidence in their OUT pitch? And one other thing I think the Yankees players as a team are getting into too many hitting slumps. I know people view the hitting coach as the be all and end all of coaches but I have my doubts. I think his instructions may be screwing up batters more than they are helping them. He’s certainly been no help to Granderson, no help to Texiera early in these past two seasons, no help lately to ARod or Jeter or Gardner and no help now to Berkman. I know he works his butt off and Swisher swears by him but I have serious doubts about his effectiveness and whether he hurts more than helps.

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Texas players are home grown and are use to this CRAP and believe me it is CRAP. Their AAA club is in Oklahoma City where it is HOTTER than *ELL while their AA club is in Frisco, Texas where it is equally Hotter than H*ll. In short they play in this CRAP from June-Sept. The Yankees NEED Andy back and for the offense to HIT. Tex needs to get back NOW!!

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Again oneof5 I go back to the offseason moves. Granderson, Javy & Johnson. Why?? They let go of Damon, Melky & Matsui. Tell me the Yankees are a better team with a guy who can’t hit lefties, a 500 pitcher who already proved he could NOT pitch in NY and a guy that is ALWAYS hurt? Bad decisions all around. It is difficult to repeat but Cashman’s moves made it a lot more difficult. Texas and the Rays got stronger, the Yankees got weaker. The only good thing is that this series the Rangers faced the Yankees #4 & #5 starters while the Yankees faced their best two. Hopefully things get better in KC. Wonder how they will do vs. CC, Andy & Hughes. Hopefully we find out.

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Does anyone think Gardner will ever remove that bat from his shoulder or will it just stay a permenant fixture.Please tell me, is it just me.Has anyone else noticed that these guys are fixated on watching the ball pass by.Called 3rd k.Unbelievable. turned it off going to bed. Enough for one night.Trying to stay positive.Its not easy.

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Seeknay: How come Texas can play in the heat? Is it because they are used to it? I would think they’d have northern players on their team from cooler climates? I’d like to blame it on the weather but the Yankees didn’t play the Jays well. They only split the series with the Sox. If they play true to form they usually beat up on the weaker teams but going forward they’re going to have to beat the best teams in baseball to get to the world series and certainly to win it. I would think if they play Texas in the playoffs it will be a lot cooler than it is now. The Sox are a comin’ big time!

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We’re getting beat by a better team. Two nights in a row with our B team at the plate and Vasquez is not having a strong outing. But no offence again! We can’t beat the best teams in baseball which means we’re in trouble down the stretch. Series against Texas, Jays and Rays and Sox down the stretch is going to be a tough challenge for this year’s Yankees. The Red Sox are coming up behind us in a hurry, really beating up on the Jay tonight. They’re playing like winners now. Yanks are struggling.

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Tonight is proof positive why the Yankees tried to get Lee and would have dumped Javy. AJ & Javy are 500 pitcher and that is ALL. I look for the Yankees to get Lee in free agency with a CC type deal, resign Andy for another year, let Vasquez go and trade AJ to anyone that wants him with the Yankees paying some of the contract. With Hughes in the #4 slot they then will need a fifth starter, perhaps Moseley.

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oneof5 fortunately the sox head to Texas and the Yankees go the KC. The Rays get the O’s at home over the wkend. O’s are playing better but the Yankees NEED to take care of business in KC. Not an excuse for them but I have to tell you it is HOTTER than *ell in Texas right now. The temperature might say 100 degrees but with the humidity makes it feel like 110-115 degrees. It is BAD. We live in Oklahoma and it is UGLY with these temps. The good news is that KC is suppose to cool off starting on Saturday.

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What’s that, 4 strikeouts for Lee already and only in the 2nd inning? Can you imagine if we was in our rotation? Hopefully next year. But Javy is going to have to keep the score down until they can get Lee out and try to hit the bull pen. I wonder if we’ll get any small ball from Girardi tonight.

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We’ve got the B team playing again tonight with Thames, Kearns and Gardner in the lineup. The other guys are going to have to step up. They didn’t do it last night. And Javy is going to have to have one of his best games to pull this out. Another low scoring affair or a blow out for Texas.

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Great start again! Two strike outs–Swisher and Thames–and Javy gives up home run in the 1st. This could be a long night. No Tex again, home with wife and baby. I have no faith in Thames doing anything. And Gardner and Jeter and Granderson have really struggled. Fortunately the Rays lost today but the Sox are beating up on the Jays so maybe the Yankees have more to fear from the Sox than they do from the Rays. Now they’re getting some of their injured back they are playing with power and confidence, both pitching and offence.

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Great start again! Two strike outs–Swisher and Thames–and Javy gives up home run in the 1st. This could be a long night. No Tex again, home with wife and baby. I have no faith in Thames doing anything. And Gardner and Jeter and Granderson have really struggled. Fortunately the Rays lost today but the Sox are beating up on the Jays so maybe the Yankees have more to fear from the Sox than they do from the Rays. Now they’re getting some of their injured back they are playing with power and confidence, both pitching and offence.

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