Lefty Phil Coke earned a lineup card, a game ball and his first strikeout ball (vs. Curtis Granderson) as souvenirs of his major league debut — a scoreless seventh. He gave up a hit to Magglio Ordonez and a wild pitch, but struck out Miguel Cabrera with a slider after throwing a 96 mph fastball.
“I don’t even know if I had time for jitters,” said Coke, 26, who arrived this morning from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was mostly a starter at Class AA this year (9-4, 2.51 ERA, 115 K, 118 IP), but he’ll be used in relief for now. “After the fact, I [said], ‘No way, I really faced those guys?”
Yankees win 13-9
Yanks drop another.
Nady on missing the catch:
"I misread it off the bat," Nady said after the Blue Jays beat the Yankees, 6-2, yesterday at the Stadium and now set out on a 10-game road trip. Nady said he didn't lose the ball in the sun initially, nor when he tried to chase it down.
"I took the initial step in and by the time I recovered, it was too late. If I catch that, it changes everything."
Regardless of what the Yankees do over the next 10 games, it may be too late for them. Though Nady is a relative newcomer to The Bronx, he's aware of the tenuous nature of the Bombers' playoff hopes.
"When I came over here a couple of weeks ago, I was pretty excited to play with this group," Nady said. "I know all of the history and careers [of the players here]. I think everyone's in shock right now. We're not playing well. Hopefully we get things going somehow."
In 2009 the Yankees will have over $75 million comming off their current payroll. Here are the major Yankee salaries that will come off the books after this season ends
I can already picture Yankee Fans salivating at the thought of lets say signing C.C. Sabathia for like $20-$25mill and Mark Teixeira for another $20mill. That will still give the Yankees room to look for bullpen help and getting another bat. Frank Thomas anybody? Plus they may even resign Mussina.
NYSUN.com (Tim Marchman)
Giambi saved the Yankees yesterday, coming off the bench to hit a tying homer in the seventh inning and a game-winning single in the ninth for a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Desperate to get back in the pennant race, New York salvaged the finale of a three-game series and won Boston's final regular-season game at Yankee Stadium.
"We have a pulse," Giambi said. "Hopefully, this will jump-start this ballclub." Full Story / Source
"My fellow Americans...The last 8 years have been disappointing. We need change. We thought Carl Pavano would bring change, but instead he raised the cost of healthcare for all Americans. His frequent visits to the hospitals and surgery units were not the change we are looking for."
Ivan Rodriguez didn't bring change. He brought a lame ass bat and evil looking eye brows. We don't need a short version of the Grinch batting for us. We need change.
We need Cano to change. He is hitting like S#!T. That's the change we need.
We need athletic light on their feet players. Not Giambi at first. He is like a chubby lady running on her tippy toes. We need change. We need Texeira.
We need Alex Rodriguez to change. He has raised our teams taxes with his huge salary. He has to stop over thinking, hanging out with 50 yr old dirty chics, worrying about his highlights, getting caught with strippers and hit a freaking ball in the clutch.
Hal we need you and Hanky to change this team."
Cue "Don't stop thinking about tomorrow" Fleetwood Mac song.
Yanks drop another one 11-2
Not looking good
Let Abreu and Pettitte walk off a plank
Trade Johnny and get a better CF
Move Nady to right
Sign Pavano cheap.. He owes us
See if Matsui can play LF, if not DH him
Split catching time with Jorge and Molina
boot I Rod
Let Giambi and his stache walk
If Jorge can catch,,, Get Texeira
sign Moose to a short contract
Let Cano play winter ball and get someone like Larry Bowa to keep him in line.
Enter Ponson in an eating contest.
It's a start
BOS: Wakefield (7-8, 3.67 ERA)
NYY: Pettitte (13-9, 4.17 ERA)
BOS: Byrd (8-11, 4.61 ERA)
NYY: Ponson (7-4, 4.67 ERA)
BOS: Lester (12-5, 3.49 ERA)
NYY: Mussina (16-7, 3.45 ERA)
Rivera had an added good-luck charm on hand, as his 14-year-old son, Mariano Jr., was the bat boy during the trip. Rivera entered in the eighth for two of his three weekend saves. His lockdowns helped ensure the Yankees will carry some momentum into their next series, a critical three games with the Red Sox in the Bronx. The Red Sox lead the Yankees in the wild-card race by five games.
The Yankees can thank their heated-up offense (four hits by Robinson Cano) and superb late bullpen work for the sweep. Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera wasn't exactly in peak form, allowing seven earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. Still, the Yankees scored 22 runs in the three-game series. And Mariano Rivera was there to lock up all three victories, recording a save in each game to reach 31.
"There's going to be times when I go three days, four days in a row," Rivera said. "It's all about the team. It doesn't matter the individual stats." (Full Story/Source)
NYY: Mussina (16-7, 3.35 ERA)
BAL: Liz (4-3, 7.47 ERA)
NYY: Pavano (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
BAL: Guthrie (10-9, 3.15 ERA)
NYY: Rasner (5-9, 4.93 ERA)
BAL: Cabrera (8-8, 4.98 ERA)
It was only a matter of time before Ponson showed his true colors.
Yanks get spanked 14-3
S Ponson (L, 7-4) IP-2.0 Hits-8 ER-7 ERA- 4.67