NEW YORK (AP) -- After getting swept at home by Detroit last week, the New York Yankees dusted themselves off and answered immediately: Three easy wins over Seattle.
Derek Jeter had four hits and New York got consecutive homers from best pals Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano during a six-run outburst, beating the slumping Mariners 8-2 (Box Score) Sunday to finish a lopsided three-game sweep.
Just called up from the minors, Darrell Rasner pitched six comfortable innings and the sweet-swinging Yankees roughed up an ineffective Carlos Silva. New York outscored the Mariners 19-4 in the series, right after losing three in a row to the Tigers. (Source)
Darryl Strawberry will be writing a tell all memoir of his baseball career and struggles with drugs and cancer that will be due out in 2009.
Today I'd like to take some time and point out Darryl's highlights and contributions to the Yankees.
On August 6, 1996. Darryl Strawberry hit three homeruns off Chicago Whitesox Pitcher, Kevin Tapani. It was the 2nd time in Straw's career he had done this.
Everybody remembers the 1996 ALCS for the Jeffrey Maier intereference play...but don't forget that Darryl's performance in the 1996 ALCS was a big reason the Yankees defeated the Orioles in five games. Strawberry slugged three homers, with five RBI and four runs scored.
On May 20, 1998. Armando Benitez deliberately drilled Tino Martinez in the middle of the back with a 97mph fastball. Darryl immediately led the charge out of the Yankee dugout. He would eventually punch Benitez in the face in the Orioles Dugout. Strawberry was suspended for 3 games for his actions (Benitez received an 8 game suspension)
On August 5, 1998 trailing the Oakland A's 5-1 heading into the 9th inning, Darryl would hit his second pinch hit GRAND SLAM of the year. Tying a major league record.
In the 1999 playoffs, after recovering from Colon Cancer Treatment most of the year. Stawberry hits two homeruns in the playoff games against Texas and Boston.
The veteran presence he provided to the Yankees during their great playoff runs of the late 90's cannot ever be overlooked. Whereas the struggles with drugs and cancer certainly limited him in reaching his greatest potential, he still is an extremely popular figurehead to both Yankees and Mets fans. We at matsuifan.com salute you Darryl and wish you continued success in your efforts to assist and find a cure for Autism.
Tigers 6 Yankees 2 (Box Score)
The Yankees are so painful to watch, I decided to catch up on the Caveman TV show. Those kooky bastards always manage to get into some caveman situations. With the rock wheels and caveman stuff, those BC jerks just can't manage to stay out of trouble. This show is the best show on TV. Seinfeld look out.
matsuifan owns a Lamborghini Countach, but we couldn't quite keep pace with "Fast Cash."
When Cash saw us coming, he slid over the hood of his car and into the driver seat. We chased him for 10 minutes weaving in and out of traffic watching him run over an emu and aardvark. He lost us when he turned off into a cornfield. Those cornfields get us everytime. I am guessing he didn't want to address why Phil Hughes is having such a terrible start.
Tigers 6 Yankees 4 (Box Score)
In other news: A-Rod goes on the 15 day DL.
IP 3.2, Hits 8, Runs 6
Mussina limited the Indians to two runs over five innings, winning his second consecutive start and tying Carl Hubbell on the all-time wins list with 253.
Yankees 5 Indians 2 (Box Score)
This doesn't exactly help Clemens image as someone who doesn't give into temptations.
Roger Clemens carried on a decade-long affair with country star Mindy McCready, a romance that began when McCready was a 15-year-old aspiring singer performing in a karaoke bar and Clemens was a 28-year-old Red Sox ace and married father of two, several sources have told the Daily News.
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Chien-Ming Wang shut down Cleveland for seven innings and outpitched C.C. Sabathia, whose lone mistake turned into a homer by Melky Cabrera, to help the New York Yankees end a three-game slide with a 1-0 win over the Indians on Sunday.
Wang got help from reliever Joba Chamberlain, who pitched a perfect eighth in his first appearance in Cleveland since Game 2 of last year's playoffs when tiny insects called midges swarmed him and the Yankees in the late innings. Mariano shut the door striking out two for the save. (Full Story)
Yankees win 1-0 (Box Score)
Tie game, bottom of the 9th. Who would you bring in to help save the game?
Girardi decides on Ross Ohlendorf. Ross must be a great pither right? A sure stopper, right?
Nope. Yanks drop another one.
Thanks Posada for your effort. All for nothing.
Indians 4 Yankees 3 (Box Score)
A left handed specialist should not be called a specialist if he can't do his job. He is just a bad lefty relief pitcher.
Traber takes a trip back to Scranton. Sorry Scranton.
CLEVELAND - Brian Bruney's "sprained midfoot" turned out to be far worse than he originally believed. An MRI revealed that Bruney tore the Lisfranc ligament in his right foot when he moved to cover first base Tuesday, an injury that likely will sideline him the rest of the season.
Joe Girardi said he will not be back until late in the season if he returns this year at all. "It's unfortunate," Girardi said. "It's a big loss. He's been pitching great for us ... It's latter part of the year if we get him back."
Bruney showed a new commitment in the offseason, dropping about 20 pounds. He allowed two earned runs in 111/3 innings for a 1.59 ERA, striking out 12. (Full Story)