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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Successful Road Trip

The Yankees just wrapped a three game series against the surprising Toronto Blue Jays who currently sit atop the American League East standings.

After losing the first game of the series 5-1 to a dominant Roy Halladay (7-1), New York won the next two games to take the series and move to within 4.5 games of first place in the division.

Injuries continue to plague the Yanks, as Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui, and Phil Coke all missed significant playing time in the Toronto series.

On Wednesday night, that didn't matter much. Rookies like Brett Gardner, Ramiro Pena, and Francisco Cervelli propelled Andy Pettitte (3-1) and the Yanks to an 8-2 victory. Gardner also picked up his first major league home run in the game, a 2-run shot off Scott Richmond.

Jeter and Matsui were back in the lineup for the series finale, and both contributed to a well-pitched 3-2 Yankees win. CC Sabathia (3-3) threw 8 solid innings and the Yankees staged a late comeback with an RBI single from Jeter to tie the game and a go-ahead solo home run from Matsui in the 8th. Mariano Rivera came in and worked a 1-2-3 inning for his 7th save. Johnny Damon also continued his hot hitting, tying a Yankee record with 10 consecutive games with an extra-base hit (Paul O'Neill and Don Mattingly each managed 10 games, as well).

The Yankees finished up their road trip 4-2 and are back to the .500 mark heading into the next homestand. Alex Rodriguez will play his first game at the New Yankee Stadium Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.


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Yukonjack said...

Nice two games,eh? Something to talk aboot.... Not as good as hockey of course, or moose hunting, but baseball is ok, eh? I especially liked the come from behind Yankee antics, it hasn't happened much lately.

Sarapalin said...

I think the Yankees need to add some wholesome American right wing Republicans to their team.

theMick said...

You get some strange people on this blog. First the German guy, now a Canadian moose hunter, then what's her face from Alaska. Anyway a pretty nice road trip. Two out of three from the first place Jays. You almost can't get upset about losing to Halladay. Keep up the good work on the blog.

Yukonjack said...

Hey Mick: I'm not a moose hunter,eh? I collect and sell road kill for gourmet consumption. Lighten up. Eh?

Lara Schutz said...

I truly hope that Yukonjack sticks around... I think he and Jimi could get on really well. Thanks to Wujing for offering me some great deals on watches too. Appreciate the continued support, Mick. As far Sarah Palin- Well, you can get lost, "Hockey Mom". Maverick.

brian said...

so there's been a lot of talk about the outfielders lately..i want to know who you think should be left out now? melky and gardner have both been playing good damon leads the team in almost everything so who should be left out? (i think either swisher or matsui at this point)

Lara Schutz said...

Good question Brian, especially since Nady has been cleared to start swinging a bat and could only be a few weeks away from rejoining the team (another outfielder to add to the mix).

I think Girardi should just stay with the hot hand, and right now that's Damon, Cabrera, and Gardner. After Teixeira signed, Swisher was regarded as the 4th outfielder. I think he deserves more playing time than that of a typical 4th outfielder, but he has certainly come back down to earth after a torrid start. And Matsui is as streaky as they come.

So I would just go with whichever guy is producing. It's not a bad problem to have!