Monday, July 7, 2008

Snapshot: Yankees News and Notes for July 07, 2008

Last Night: New York Yankees 5, Boston Red Sox 4 (10 innings)

Garnder Leads Yankees Past Red Sox, 5-4Rookie leftfielder Brett Gardner delivered a game winning single in the 10th innings last night as the New York Yankees defeated Jonathan Papelbon and the Boston Red Sox, 5-4. The two-out grounder barely squeaked through, glancing off the glove of diving shortstop Alex Cora, scoring Robinson Cano from second base.

Gardner, who will likely see significant playing time with injuries to Yankee outfielders Johnny Damon (placed on the DL yesterday) and Hideki Matsui, squibbed the eighth pitch (a splitter) of his second encounter with Boston's closer over the second base bag for the walk of win.

According to ESPN.com, Brett Gardner became the first Yankees rookie to have a walk-off hit against the Red Sox since Derek Jeter did so on Sept. 21, 1996. Jeter singled off Joe Hudson in the 10th inning.

Gardner Variety Win for Yanks"It's something I'll remember for the rest of my life," Gardner told NY Post writer Mike Puma. "And it's definitely an unbelievable experience."

Mariano Rivera (3-3) earned the victory with two scoreless innings. The Red Sox had a chance to take a ninth inning lead on Rivera, as Manny Ramirez pinch-hit with a runner on third and two outs. Ramirez never even took the bat off his shoulder, looking at three called strikes to extend the contest.

Cano began the game-winning rally with a single against Papelbon (3-3) to lead of the 10th inning. In the seventh, the 25-year-old second baseman tripled of lefty reliever Javier Lopez to tie the score, 4-4.

After a miserable start, Cano is coming alive of late. In his last 12 games, Cano is hitting .396 (19-for-48). He also has 11 RBI over that stretch after knocking in just 24 runs in his first 72 games.

A-Rod Ties Mickey Mantle for HRsAlex Rodriguez hit his 536th homer, tying Yankees Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle for 13th on the career list with a second-inning drive against Tim Wakefield.

"It was special to do it (at Yankee Stadium), but it was more special to do it in a win," Rodriguez told Mark Hale. "It was a win that we badly needed, against a very good team over there in Boston. You're just trying to collect wins and do the best you can."

Next up for Rodriguez is Mike Schmidt at No. 12. Schmidt had 548 career homers, so Rodriguez could pass him later this season.

Joe Girardi fired up the sellout Yankee Stadium crowd, and perhaps his players, when ejected in the sixth. Irate over a called strike three on Jose Molina, Girardi had an animated argument with plate umpire Laz Diaz.

Girardi Was Ejected, Fueling the Yankees RallyIt was the second time this season Girardi was ejected; both games were come-from-behind wins. The first time was on May 22 against Baltimore. Girardi was suspended after that contest because he kicked dirt on umpire Chris Guccione.

"I told the guys to let me know when they want me to go," Girardi joked (NY Post). "It seems to work rather well."

Yankees starter Joba Chamberlain allowed three runs and four hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked four. In the fifth, Kevin Youkilis scored from third on a wild pitch. The Red Sox first baseman slid into Chamberlain who was blocking the plate.

In the sixth, Chamberlain threw a pitch behind Youkilis. Although Chamberlain said it just got away, Youkilis thought otherwise.

"What I want to say, I'm not going to say," Youkilis told ESPN.com.

Chamberlain was suspended for two games last August for throwing consecutive 98-99 mph pitches over Youkilis' head.

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Mussina Didn't Get an All-Star NodThe rosters for the All-Star game were announced yesterday. SS Derek Jeter, 3B Alex Rodriguez and RHP Mariano Rivera will represent the Yankees on July 15th.

It was the 12th selection for Rodriguez, who had the highest vote total (3.9 million) from fans. He is hitting .323 with 18 homers and 50 RBI. Jeter, a nine-time selection, is hitting .281 with 48 runs scored and 37 RBI. Rivera will also make his ninth appearance. He is 3-3 with a 1.12 ERA and 23 saves.

Mike Mussina (11-6, 3.64) did not get the call.

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LF Johnny Damon was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his 14-year career.

According to Brian Cashman, Damon might not be ready by July 20, when he's eligible to be activated.

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The Yankees are off today. Tomorrow they start a two-game series with first place Tampa Bay.

1 comment:

David said...

Hopefully this game winning hit will jumpstart Gardner's career.