Game 98: Yankees vs. A’s

Sleep quick, kid. Brandon Laird made his MLB debut on Friday and was ready to log his first big league start hours later.

Brandon Laird walked out of Yankee Stadium last night as the owner of one big league hit and RBI, and also an assignment from manager Joe Girardi – get some rest, because the plan was to put him right back in the Yankees’ lineup on Saturday afternoon.

So after a quick turnaround, no real celebration and about 100 text messages, Laird came right back to the big ballpark in the Bronx and indeed found his name in the Bombers’ lineup at third base for this game. Girardi said that Laird struggled some this spring, but the Yankees took note of his tenacity. You don’t get here without it.

A.J. Burnett tries to pick up his first victory since June 29 today, having strung together a loss and two no-decisions in his last three efforts. Burnett beat the A’s the only other time he’s faced them this year, a seven-inning, two-run gem on June 1 in Oakland.

The A’s counter with Rich Harden, who sees New York for the first time this year after coming off the disabled list July 1 from a right shoulder injury.

Here are this afternoon’s lineups at a steamy Yankee Stadium, where batting practice was called off again and 11 hydration stations have been set up to keep the fans cool:

ATHLETICS (43-56)
Jemile Weeks 2B
Cliff Pennington SS
Hideki Matsui DH
Josh Willingham LF
David DeJesus RF
Scott Sizemore 3B
Ryan Sweeney CF
Conor Jackson 1B
Landon Powell C

Pitching: Rich Harden RHP (1-1, 5.00)

YANKEES (58-39)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano DH
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Brandon Laird 3B

Pitching: A.J. Burnett RHP (8-7, 4.19)

  • The Yankees have won 11 straight against Oakland since July 5, 2010, their longest streak vs. the A’s since winning 14 straight from Sept. 13, 1956 – July 12, 1957. It’s the longest current win streak for any MLB team against one opponent, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • Derek Jeter’s three RBIs Friday give him 1,163, surpassing Tony Lazzeri (1,160) for eighth place on the Yankees’ all-time list. Next up is Bill Dickey (1,210).
  • Yankees relievers have not allowed a run over their last six games since July 16, allowing eight hits and three walks over the 16 1/3 inning stretch with 22 strikeouts.
  • The Yankees are a MLB-best 28-5 in day games this year. According to Elias, the last Major League team to win at least 28 of their first 33 day games in a season was the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955.
  • Hector Noesi said his parents are set to arrive in New York later today and will stay with him for the rest of the season. He had been planning to pick them up at the airport last night, trying to pitch quickly, but later learned their flight from the Dominican Republic was delayed.
  • Laird said he has a total of eight friends and family members on hand for his first MLB start today. Some of the group has been following him since the series in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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If anything this team really needs to concentrate on getting another OF’er, another arm for the BP and a possible 3B if neither Nunez and Laird can’t cut it as well as a backup catcher for Martin who is a big question mark himself with his bad back and surgically repaired knee. Don’t know if he can hold up the rest of the way, but I do know I don’t want a guy like Cervelli backing him up.

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Bustnett had his 3rd mediocre start in a row, the second such start since the All-Star break, no surprise since he has always struggled in the second half of every season since coming to the Yanks. Are we seeing more of the same this season? Hope not. Hughes just hasn’t got it going this season, and Colon is a huge question mark in terms of keeping things going especially when you consider his age, health issues and he hasn’t gone deep in a season for years. Garcia is a question mark as well, but at least I would put these guys ahead of Bustnett as to who has and can pitch effectively.

I don’t know if this team should or will get a guy like Felix Hernandez. He will be far too expensive, heck the Rockies wanted guys like Banuelos, Betances, and Montero just for Jiminez. I think it will cost this team the farm if it goes after Hernandez who is a better pitcher than Jimenez at this point. I think Jimenez will be more than good enough though, this team just needs to whittle the Rockies down in their demands for him.

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John Harper’s article in today’s Daily News hits the nail on the head concerning Burnett and Hughes. The Yankees have ONE consistent starter, CC. After that it is anyone’s guess. Neither Hughes or AJ are consistent enough to beat the sox in the playoffs. Cashman NEEDS to give Seatlle what they want for King Felix. Hughes, one of the young pitchers and Nunez perhaps. The Yankees need another consistent starter and a lefty reliever by the trade deadline or its NO WS appearance this year.

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The way Boston beat up on Felix the other day gives me pause. Would Ubaldo be better? Hmmmmmm! And I think Seattle wants more!

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 7/24/2011
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Syracuse (Nationals) @ SCRANTON/WB 1:05 PM
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TRENTON @ Bowie (Orioles) 6:05 PM
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TAMPA @ Bradenton (Pirates) 5:00 PM
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West Virginia (Pirates) @ CHARLESTON 5:05 PM
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Tri-City (Astros) @ STATEN ISLAND 4:00 PM

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 7/23/2011
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Syracuse (Nationals) 2 @ SCRANTON/WB 5
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TRENTON 4 @ Bowie (Orioles) 6
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TAMPA 6 @ Bradenton (Pirates) 5
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West Virginia (Pirates) 1 @ CHARLESTON 3
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Tri-City (Astros) 1 @ STATEN ISLAND 6
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GCL YANKEES 14 @ GCL Pirates 5
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A version of this with BOX links is available directly. Please E-mail a request to me as below. You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com/post/category/minor-leagues-2/box-score-minor-leagues for BOX details.

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I found this, I saw something else a few days ago itdibomiami. http://riveraveblues.com/2011/07/mailbag-karstens-hughes-lamb-betances-52831/

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Seattle would really take Banuelos and Hughes for Felix!!!!!….I would do that in a second…..The King with some offense would put up some numbers, plus he pitches deep into games…Banuelos and Hughes are both question marks and Felix is a once in a lifetime pitcher who I think is younger than Hughes!!!!….No way they would do this…give me the link and I will fall out of the chair if its true!!!

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I would trade Sabathia to the Brewers for Prince Fielder and an A level prospect if Fielder would sign a 3 extension to be the team’s DH.

I saw the report of Seattle asking for Hughes and Banuelos for King Felix. No way I do this. Banuelos did to the Sux what Felix can not.

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I think the Yankees should trade Sabithia and then re-sign him the offseason. They can get a substantial haul for him if they pay his salary. The MLBPA would be no more up in arms with this than if Kerry Wood is traded and then re-signs with the Cubs in the winter. Sabithia would then essentially opt out immediately and not wait until the offseason. Its a forgone conclusion he will opt out and we can trade him to get some parts for the future. Sabathia can come back with a 7 year deal waiting for him.

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We’re lucky to string two wins in a row. It’s win one and lose one. A chance to move closer to the Sox and we are treading water and in fact slipping gradually further behind. Not vintage AJ by the look of it. I just got back at the end of the game and only caught the last inning on Gameday. Unfortunately the old nemesis. Guys on base and we can’t get them home. Had a chance in the 9th to tie or go ahead and Cano doesn’t get it done. It happens too often. We score in bunches. 17 last night and we could barely queek out 3 today. We can only hope the Sox lose tonight. We sure haven’t swept many series this year nor have we won a lt of series and we should be winning against teams like the A’s and the Mariners and the Orioles.

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Then we’ll see Jones/Dickerson hit for the pitcher then switch him for Cervelli or Martin playing third while the other catches – but that requires us getting 2 runs back.

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Posada with another rally killing double play ball….I’m sorry about this comment but he has to go…11 for 60 with runners in scoring position and if he hits the ball on the ground, its 2 outs not one taking the bat out of the hands of the next batter….This was a huge at bat, and I almost would of liked to see Laird swing there…Just ashame to end a career like this…We also lost our DH for the game with the pinch hit, we don’t have another infielder…if it goes extra innings??

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can we get some runs…sheesh….1 run 3 nights ago, then 17 runs, now 2 runs and we are in this game but wow…come on!!!…More I see this team, the more I think Beltran might be the perfect extra bat we need maybe to permanently dh and lengthen this line-up…

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Let’s go Grandy!

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Foo!

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Big spot for Laird!

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Foo! 2-1 As.

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Nice clutch hit by Martin!

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Let’s go YANKEES!

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 7/23/2011
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Syracuse (Nationals) @ SCRANTON/WB 7:05 PM
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TRENTON @ Bowie (Orioles) 6:35 PM
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TAMPA @ Bradenton (Pirates) 7:00 PM
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West Virginia (Pirates) @ CHARLESTON 7:05 PM
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Tri-City (Astros) @ STATEN ISLAND 7:00 PM
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GCL YANKEES @ GCL Pirates 10:00 AM

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD 7/22/2011
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Syracuse (Nationals) 8 @ SCRANTON/WB 3
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TRENTON 1 @ Bowie (Orioles) 4
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TAMPA 5 @ Bradenton (Pirates) 6
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Lexington (Astros) 5 @ CHARLESTON 4
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Hudson Valley (Rays) 1 @ STATEN ISLAND 2
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GCL Pirates 3 @ GCL YANKEES 8
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A version of this with BOX links is available directly. Please E-mail a request to me as below. You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com/post/category/minor-leagues-2/box-score-minor-leagues for BOX details.

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