The Birds got the best of Betemit as he went 0-5

The Yankees dropped their third in a row after an eight-game winning streak. They fell to four games behind the first-place Rays.

"It's frustrating," said Alex Rodriguez, who struck out in the ninth inning as the potential tying run when the Yankees were down three. "That's a game that we need right there and we have to have."

Darrell Rasner, perhaps pitching for his rotation spot before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, was the losing pitcher. But Damaso Marte, who the Yankees picked up from Pittsburgh on Saturday, was the real culprit in his third Yankees appearance.

Rasner (5-8, 4.92 ERA) went six innings plus two batters and was charged with four runs. Marte allowed a three-run double to lefty-hitting Aubrey Huff and an RBI double to Melvin Mora in the Orioles' four-run seventh. Those runs turned a 2-1 lead into a 6-1 cushion, which really hurt when the Yankees rallied in the final two innings.

Yankees 6 O's 7 (Box Score)


I hope the Yankees don't keep on sliding.

Picture of Yankees 4th Outfielder Melky Cabrera

Yankees lose 2 in a row.


Posada opts for season ending surgery. " Hip Hip Jorge everybody "

NEW YORK (AP) -- If the New York Yankees are going to earn a 14th consecutive playoff berth, they'll have to do it without Jorge Posada.

The five-time All-Star catcher will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, ending his attempt to return to the lineup for New York's postseason push.

Posada has struggled with shoulder pain most of the season, weakening his throws and limiting his playing time behind the plate. Sports Illustrated


YANKS ACQUIRE THE X-MAN


The Yankees have acquired outfielder Xavier Nady and left-handed reliever Damaso Marte from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for four Minor League prospects -- right-hander Ross Ohlendorf, outfielder Jose Tabata, right-hander George Kontos and lefty Phil Coke.

Nady was having his best year ever with the Pirates.
.323 AVG
51 R
13 HR
57 RBI

I've seen Nady play a bunch with all-the time he spent with the mets in 2006. He definetely displayed power and some cluth abilities. He crushes left handed pitching. But don't expect him to walk much. He can play all three outfield positions. This will help the yankees out a bunch.

FROM BASEBALL INTELLECT.COM
"With Hideki Matsui out for the year and Jorge Posada's health this season in doubt, the Yankees' lack of depth has been exposed recently. Brett Gardner, Wilson Betemit, Richie Sexson, Shelley Duncan...all have been have been used as options and not one has worked out (though to be fair, Sexson has only had 5 ABs).

However, in Nady, the Yankees get a player that can move all over the field. He can start out at first base with Jason Giambi moving permanently to DH or shift to left field as Damon moves over to center to give the Yankees line-up a bit more potency. If there is a particularly tough lefty that Bobby Abreu can't handle, Nady could be shifted over to right field to take his place for the day."
Source: http://www.baseball-intellect.com/Articles/trade-xavier-nady-marte.html


Yankees vs. Red Sox Weekend Pitching Preview

Friday
NYY: Chamberlain (2-3, 2.52 ERA)
BOS: Beckett (9-6, 3.97 ERA)

Saturday
NYY: Pettitte (11-7, 3.86 ERA)
BOS: Wakefield (6-7, 3.69 ERA)

Sunday
NYY: Ponson (6-1, 4.02 ERA)
BOS: Lester (8-3, 3.20 ERA)


Goose on his way to the Hall this weekend, makes a pit stop


Mussina gets the sweep, but opts for a vacuum instead of a broom, because I got nothin

Monday
Yankees 12 Twins 4

Tuesday
Yankees 8 Twins 2

Wednesday
Yankees 5 Twins 1

Mussina continues to pitch well.

His line: 105 PC, 8 INN, 6 HA, 7 K, 0.750 WHIP, W, QS


Sunscreen allowed at the Stadium. No more fears of lotion bombs. Big step in the fight against terrorists

Sunscreen is now legal in Yankee Stadium. Finally some justice. I have been waiting for the day, in our free country, that we could apply sunscreen so we don't get burned while watching a game. It only took 7 years. That is facinating how quick they moved on allowing it back in the stadium.

Terrorists..... We are not afraid of you and your plastic bottles of SPF. We will stop at nothing to be patriotic and free our country from the suns harmful rays. We WILL continue to go about our normal lives and apply this lotion and not be scared of your cowardly attempts to thwart us. Hell, I want people to show them just how unscared we are. Start bringing it at night, in the morning, on stadium tours, to Stans bar and even to monument park.

We are proud Americans. Please que Kate Smith's God Bless America.


Who would want this guy? He is a rip off at 10 Million


(Picture Source ESPN)

The Yankees can not acquire Mariners left-hander Jarrod Washburn without his approval.

Washburn's limited no-trade protection gives him the right to veto a deal to the Yankees, according to a major-league source.

The contract provision complicates the Yankees' pursuit of Washburn, which was first reported by the Newark-Star Ledger.

Washburn, who turns 34 on Aug. 14, is owed the balance of his $9.85 million salary this season and $10.35 million next season.

Players generally require financial compensation to waive no-trade protection, usually in the form of a cash bonus or contract extension.

The Yankees almost certainly would not part with quality prospects for Washburn if they needed to absorb his contract and negotiate additional compensation with his agent, Scott Boras. The Mariners are seeking young pitching in return, according to major-league sources. (Source)


Yankees beat Twins. Cano still on fire

Yankees 12 Twins 4 (Box Score)

Sidney's Line - 5.2 INN, 9 HA, 2 BBI, 2 K, 3 ER, 4.765 ERA, 1.941 WHIP, W

Cano's Stats since the All Star Break. This is when he starts to turn it on.


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