Cano becomes hero in the 9th

Robinson Cano hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees staved off postseason elimination Saturday, beating the Baltimore Orioles 1-0.

Playing what is likely to be the penultimate game at Yankee Stadium, New York got a perfect inning from Mariano Rivera (6-5) and a fine start by impressive rookie Alfredo Aceves.

But it was a painful victory. Derek Jeter left after getting hit on the hand by a pitch in the ninth, which started the winning rally. Jeter's status for Sunday night was uncertain, though it's hard to imagine him missing the Yankee Stadium farewell no matter how badly he's hurt.

The Yankees cut Boston's AL wild-card lead to 6 1/2 games with seven to play. The Red Sox lost 6-3 at Toronto. (Source)

A-Rod and C-Rod, officially done

A-Rod and C-Rod are done, officially. Two months after Cynthia Rodriguez filed for divorce from the Yankees third baseman, they reached an out-of-court settlement, Cynthia's lawyer told Newsday last night.

Attorney Maurice Jay Kutner, reached at his Miami home, read the following statement:

"Cynthia and Alex Rodriguez have amicably resolved their dissolution of marriage proceedings. They deliberately engaged in a private negotiation, which was their stated desire from the beginning. It was and remains a personal family matter for both of them. All of their decisions were based upon and guided by the best interests of their daughters."

Kutner declined to answer questions. Alex Rodriguez's attorney, Alan J. Kluger, did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

When Cynthia filed for divorce in early July, she requested custody of their two daughters, Natasha and Ella, ownership of their oceanfront home in Miami and child support and alimony to continue with her current lifestyle.

Rodriguez is in the first year of a $275-million, 10-year contract. (Source)

Yankees vs. Orioles FINAL HOME STAND

BAL: Liz (6-5, 6.90 ERA)
NYY: Pavano (3-1, 5.26 ERA)

BAL: Burres (7-9, 6.32 ERA)
NYY: Aceves (1-0, 1.80 ERA)

BAL: Waters (3-3, 4.75 ERA)
NYY: Pettitte (13-14, 4.57 ERA)

Holy crap... I can see again

Phil Hughes didn't get the major-league win that fans expected him to have so many of this season.

But Hughes turned in a solid if inefficient outing in his first start for the Yankees since April 29, which wound up as a 5-1 win over the White Sox. This year has been marred by injuries, most notably a stress fracture in his ninth right rib, and ineffectiveness. Nothing Hughes does these final two weeks can change that, and he will have to compete for a job in the rotation next spring instead of being guaranteed one, but allowing one run in four innings was at least a positive step.

"A little bit of jitters," said Hughes, who has switched from contact lenses to glasses. "It was a good feeling [to be out there]." (Full Story)

Jeter takes record at The Stadium

To Derek Jeter, the night sky seems a little darker and the floodlights seem a little brighter at Yankee Stadium. As he described it, “It’s like playing on a stage.” During Tuesday night’s show, the curtain was barely up when Jeter took his standing ovation.

With one crisp swing on the first pitch of his first at-bat, Jeter dispatched one of the last remaining nuggets of competitive intrigue in a Yankees season that has turned dismal. He slapped a ground ball under Juan Uribe’s glove and into left field to break Lou Gehrig’s 71-year-old record for most hits at the Stadium. (Full Story/Source)

It was another shocking performance by Alfredo Aceves

I don't know why, but I enjoy watching this kooky bastard being shocked.

Alfredo pitched well for the second straight outing.

Yanks get the win 4-2

Mo moves into 2nd on the all time saves list.

Posada exercises 1st Amendment on Center Stage

In a taping of of "CenterStage" for the YES Network Monday, Jorge Posada laid out some strong expectations for himself and the Yankees for next season.

But his most blunt and interesting answer came in a word-association segment near the end of the show, when interviewer Michael Kay asked the injured catcher about pitcher Joba Chamberlain.

"Leave him in the bullpen," Posada replied flatly, before being asked to expand on his answer. "If you start him and he pitches 200 innings, he won't be able to (last).

"You're going to lose him. He's going to get hurt ... I don't see him as a starter. I'd leave him in the bullpen."

Asked about the Yanks' trade-deadline acquisition of Ivan Rodriguez to replace him behind the plate, Posada told Kay, "Pudge, he's my friend, but he's going to have to go somewhere else."

(Source/Full Story)

After answering the Joba question, we informed Posada that we were actually talking about the Joba impersonator in the article below. Much to our dismay, we then found out that Jorge was actually Jonesy, a Posada impersonator. Almost simultaniously, Michael Kay took off his gigantic bean head mask and turned out to be a villian from a Scooby Doo episode. He then muttered the words " I would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for the mangy mut and the guy with big ears." Needless to say, it was a very different CenterStage.

Joba look a-like gets free booze and food

A New Jersey man was arrested for impersonating Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain in order to gain free bagels and some celebrity va-jay-jay - allegedly over 100 girls in fact.

COED was unable to interview the perpetrator, Ryan Ward, but this is how we’d imagine he’d answer if we asked him what was going through his mind during his run as the faux Joba:

“Finding the right celebrity to rip off of is difficult. I’m not remotely good looking so that rules out movie star. I’ve never really been considered cool, which nixes rock star. I wanted to be an athlete but I’m sort of fat and slobbish, thus ruling out any real sport let alone being mistaken for having any athleticism. Being a baseball player was the clear choice.

“I mean, it’s not even a real sport for god sakes. Given all the qualifications mentioned, I could have been anyone on the Red Sox. I once said on was on the Mets but people just threw rocks at me. But I gotta say, Jersey’s such a tough market as there are so many other complete hacks willing to milk other people’s successes.” (Source/Full Story)

Pavano didn't break hip or arm or foot or back. Close one.

Carl Pavano said he won't need any tests on his left hip, which cramped up in the sixth inning yesterday and brought the medical staff out of the dugout.

Pavano, who won for the third time in five starts, said he didn't notice the boos from the capacity Yankee Stadium crowd, which seemed to have a "here we go again" feeling when Pavano walked off next to trainer Steve Donohue. "I didn't hear any reaction, to tell you the truth," said Pavano, who was charged with four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings, three on a home run by Fernando Perez. "I was just saying to myself, 'I'd like to pitch deeper in the game.' "

Joe Girardi pulled Pavano, who had thrown 96 pitches, as a precaution. Asked if the fact that there were boos bothered him, Pavano said: "What's the big deal? We won the ballgame. I'm sure [those fans] are pretty happy now." (Source/Full Story)

Cano gets pulled from the game for being lazy

Yankees manager Joe Girardi usually keeps his decisions, especially ones dealing with discipline, to himself. Not Sunday.

Girardi freely admitted that he benched Robinson Cano in the fifth inning for failing to hustle after a ball that caromed off Jason Giambi's glove and into shallow right field, allowing the Rays' Cliff Floyd to reach second. Cano, who was 0-for-2 to drop his average to .260, said he thought right fielder Xavier Nady was closer to the ball, so he didn't make a move for it.

And Girardi didn't hesitate to say he'd had enough.

"That's a ball you have to hustle after," Girardi said after an 8-4 victory. "I wasn't happy with the effort on that ground ball, so I took him out."

Cano has had a few cases of apparent indifference this season, but Sunday was the first time Girardi punished his second baseman so publicly.

"That's embarrassing, when you get taken out of the game," Cano said. "I thought I was right, but [Girardi] had a better view than I had. I would say he did the right thing." (Source)

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