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Nick Johnson left tonight’s game with soreness in his right wrist and all indications are that he’ll be placed on the 15-day disabled list tomorrow.
Juan Miranda has big league power. He also has a man making $180 million blocking the way at his position with the Yankees. But for at least one night, Miranda got to show it off, slugging the first home run of his Major League career in the eighth inning Friday off Tampa Bay’s Dale Thayer.
The blast was of the tape-measure variety, estimated by the Rays media relations crew at 460 feet — making it the longest at Tropicana Field this season. HitTrackerOnline.com, which measures such things, actually places Miranda’s shot at 469 feet. That still makes it indeed the longest hit by anyone at the Trop in ’09, and also the Yankees’ longest of the season.
Robinson Cano had New York’s second-longest on June 29, a 451-foot shot, also at the Trop.
The Yankees now have hit 242 homers this season, tying a franchise mark set in 2004 with two games remaining.
With Jorge Posada’s 20th home run of the season in the ninth inning tonight off Toronto’s Jason Frasor, the Yankees now have seven players with 20 or more home runs.
That sets a new franchise record and ties a Major League record also shared by the 1996 Orioles, 2000 Blue Jays and 2005 Rangers (credit: Elias Sports Bureau).
The Yankees with 20 or more: Mark Teixeira-32, Johnny Damon-24, Alex Rodriguez-24, Hideki Matsui-23, Nick Swisher-23 and Robinson Cano-22. The old Yankees franchise record of six players with 20 or more home runs was set in 1961 and tied in 2004.
“He threw the ball well,” Girardi said. “His miscue cost him a really good outing, in a
sense. You’re looking at just a couple of solo home runs and that’s
Mitre was charged with his first loss of the season, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits in five innings. He struck out a season-high six batters and said he is pleased that Girardi is hanging with him for the next turn, which would be Aug. 15 at Seattle.
“That’s a big boost of confidence for me,” Mitre said. “He’s backing me up all the
way. I’m trying to do the best I can for him, just to stop those
questions for him so everybody can know that I can pitch here and
finally just answer that question once and for all.”
Both Mitre and Girardi said the difference in Monday’s game was three mistakes — homers to Aaron Hill in the third inning and Lyle Overbay in the fifth inning, plus the game-changing error on a tailing throw to second base that set up a three-run fourth inning.
Mitre said he double-pumped the throw and got underneath it, forcing it to elude Robinson Cano on what was originally charged as an error to the second baseman before being changed post-game. If Mitre makes the proper throw to Cano, Girardi guessed he’d have allowed two runs in five innings and be sent out for the sixth.
Mitre said that after being out of the game for a year and a half, he is feeling signs of progress and his elbow isn’t bothering him at all.
“Everything is positive,” Mitre said. “I was able to get five today. It feels like I’m taking little steps forward. Three mistakes cost me the game – two home runs and the big one was the ground ball double play. If I do that, it’s a completely different ballgame.”
The Yankees lost in the bottom of the ninth inning last night when, with Brett Gardner at third base representing the tying run, Robinson Cano hit into a 6-4-3 double play that erased Alex Rodriguez at second base.
Within seconds, my e-mail was flooded with fans complaining that Joe Girardi hadn’t put A-Rod in motion on that play, with one calling it “a Little League mistake.” WFAN was still crowing about it this morning when I crossed the George Washington Bridge (which, by the way, was a monsoon situation).
So here’s Girardi’s explanation of the play:
“We had talked about it. It’s kind of a double-edged sword. You figure he can hit into a line drive and you get doubled up. then you have Cano and Posada, two pretty good RBI guys, and you lose the chance for Posada to hit. Even though Robbie’s not a huge pull hitter, you close that hole up if he steals, and then they play the infield in. There’s a lot of different things that you have. Al is physically probably not running as well as he was last year, but he’s fairly close. If we got a 3-2 situation, am I saying that I’d hold him up? I’m not saying that. But we talk about it. (Mike) MacDougal is quicker than he used to be to home plate. There’s a lot of factors that went into it.”
“I felt good about my fastball command today, and I felt good about my changeup. My curve wasn’t great, but was usable. I did throw some good cutters.”
“Overall, I feel good. I feel strong. I’m ready to go.”
Played five innings in the field and went 1-for-3.
“I felt good. There was no pain. Everything was perfect.”
Lifted from the MLB.com Hot Stove blog:
The St. Louis Cardinals called the New York Yankees to inquire about
the asking price for second baseman Robinson Cano, according to a
report published Sunday in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Yankees’
response: Adam Wainwright.
The conversation did not last long, the report noted. The Yankees have expressed a reluctance to
trade Cano despite his disappointing 2008 season, when he hit .271 with
14 home runs and 72 RBIs in the first year of a four-year, $30 million
General manager Brian Cashman is among Cano’s most
public supporters, as the organization believes he will bounce back and
return to being the above-average offensive player that prompted the
Yankees to bypass Cano’s arbitration years and offer him a bigger
Happy Jackie Robinson Day to everyone out there, which – as we understand it – is also National File Your Taxes Day. I wouldn’t know. For the third consecutive year, I haven’t had time to do them, so I’m working off an extension. Hopefully most of you out there found the time to settle up with Uncle Sam.
This evening brings us the final game of this eight-game road trip, as Andy Pettitte goes to the mound against Edwin Jackson here at Tropicana Field. Last night was the Robinson Cano show in the eighth inning, as he ripped a pinch-hit homer into the right-field seats off Al Reyes and maybe – just maybe – woke up from his 13-game slumber.
It’s sunny but cool here in Tampa, where there was a brisk wind whipping everyone on the St. Petersburg Pier this afternoon. Seemed like the pelicans had more than fish to contend with down in the choppy waters. I watched a cap fly off of some guy’s head and down into the drink, and all I could think in my head was this sound. Terrible, I know.
I think everyone’s looking forward to getting back to New York on Wednesday, even if it is for only about 48 hours. First, let’s see if the Yankees can even out this road trip. If you finish a trip to Kansas City, Boston and Tampa Bay at 4-4, playing .500 away from home has to be considered passable.