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Jeter, Pujols collect ’09 Aaron award

Both players nab their second career Hank Aaron Award.


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Prior to game four of the World Series between the Yankees and the Phillies, MLB announced the 2009 winners of the Hank Aaron award. The Hank Aaron award recognizes the best overall hitter in each league.
This year, it was Derek Jeter for the American League and Pujols for the National League. This was the second Aaron award for each player; Jeter won it in ’06 and Pujols in ’03.
“I just want to say, first of all, thank you for everyone who voted,” Jeter said. “This is an outstanding award. Any award that’s named after Hank Aaron to me is very special. I have the utmost respect for him because of what he represented, not only in his playing days, but how he has handled himself off the field to this day. This is an award that means a lot to me.”
Pujols was not able to attend the conference because of his recovering from surgery. 
Pujols lead the Majors with 47 home runs this season. He also led in OBP, SLG and OPS. Jeter hit .334, his fourth best season of his career.
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Martinez to pitch game 2 in New York.

Pedro 10:27.pngNow the stage is completely set. With Cliff Lee a sure go in game 1, the Phillies have announced today that they will throw 3 time Cy Young award winner, Pedro Martinez in game 2. It was a toss up between him and Hamels who has an ERA just below 7 in the postseason.

Martinez, a former Red Sox, is no stranger to the postseason. In 12 postseason starts, Pedro has a 3.13 ERA. All of those starts came with the Red Sox, except for one. That start came in the championship series against the Dodgers, when Martinez went 7.0 innings giving up just 2 hits and no runs. 
Pedro last faced the Yankees last year as a Met. The Yanks knocked him for 6 runs in 5.2 innings. He last faced the Yankees as a Red Sox in that disaster ALCS in 2004. He pitched the clinching game that sealed up a 4 game comeback and a trip to the world series in a 10-3 win.
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Quick Facts:
Career: 409 GS (219-100) 2.93 ERA 1.054 WHIP 4.15 SO/BB
2009 Regular Season: 9 GS (5-1) 3.63 ERA 1.254 WHIP 4.63 SO/BB
Career vs Yankees: 32 GS (11-11) 3.20 ERA 1.075 WHIP 4.14 SO/BB
Most H vs Pedro: Derek Jeter (22) Most hits for any hitter against Martinez.
Most HR vs Pedro: Jorge Posada (4)
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How many runs will Pedro give up in game 2?(polling)

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Jeter collects #20 in the postseason

Jeter’s leadoff home run puts Yanks on top.

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Going into Mondays game in Anaheim, the Yankees owned a 2-0 lead in the ALCS. It would be needed, as the Yankees have never played well in southern California.

Derek Jeter was quick to prove that wrong. In the first at-bat of ALCS play in Anaheim, Jeter crushed his 20th postseason home run — a long shot over the left field wall — to give the Yankees a quick, 1-0 lead.
It was his 20th career home run in the postseason, just 1 game after he knocked his 19th home run which passed him by Reggie Jackson and Mickey Mantle for 3rd on the all-time postseason home run list.
Home run #20 now puts him 2 away from 2nd place and former teammate Bernie Williams (22) and 9 away from LA’s Manny Ramirez (29).
Jeter’s leadoff home run was his third of his career and his 2 home runs this series ties a career high for home runs in a series. The most home runs he has hit in a postseason came in 2000 when he hit 4, he is just one shy of that mark.
Derek also leads in all-time postseason games played, at-bats, plate appearances, runs scored, hits, total bases, singles, and — not as impressively — strikeouts. 
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Can A-Rod now be called a “clutch” player?(answers)

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CC and Yanks Power Into ALDS

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Game 1: NYY Leads 1-0

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The absence last year didn’t last to long. The Yankees finished this season with the best record in MLB. The expected postseason drought was non-existant in game one. The big offseason gem — C.C. Sabathia — made the start for the Yankees, and he was dominant. He went 6.2 innings, giving up 8 hits, 1 earned run, struck out 8 and walked none. He gave up another run which was unearned. C.C. certainly answered any questions about his sluggish postseason history.
The other question, of course, was Alex Rodriguez. He, too, had many many questions surrounding him, and he, too, answered them. He went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s. When was the last time Alex Rodriguez had 2 RBI’s in a postseason game? 2004 against the Red Sox! I think we may see a different Alex Rodriguez this postseason.

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Jeter also had 2 RBI’s. He was 2 for 2 with 2 walks and 3 runs scored. He also added a big home run two-run home run in the 3rd inning with the Yankees down 2-0.
Swisher got the Yankees ahead for the first and final time in the 4th inning, with an RBI double down the left field line. 
Hughes, Coke, Chamberlain and Rivera all bridged together the final 2.1 innings, with Rivera pitching the ninth. It seemed as though Girardi wanted to just get everyones feet wet in the playoffs, and really wanted to win the game.
Twins starter Duensing was great the first time through the order, but the Yankees got to him and limited him to just 4.2 innings pitched, and knocked him around for 5 runs.
Player of the Game: C.C. Sabathia: W, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, ER, 0 BB, 8 SO
The Wrap-Up: This was a big game for the Yankees. For the last couple of years, the Yankees have just gotten knocked out in the first round. Last night, the Yankees gave themselves a great chance to win this series. A-Rod and C.C. both proved that they will have no troubles in the postseason. That was the only question that needed to be answered, all they need to do now is just play!
Coming Up Next:
Game 2 in New York. It will be Burnett vs Blackburn. New York leads the series 1-0. After this game, the series moves to Minnesota. 
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Who should catch A.J. Burnett in Game 2?(online surveys)

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2009 Yankees Season Awards Ceremony

Here they are, as voted on by you, the fans, your 2009 YANKEES SEASON AWARDS!!!

CLUB MVP:
Derek Jeter

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One of Jeters best years of his career came this year. Highlighted, of course, by his record breaking hit, passing him by Lou Gehrig on the all-time Yankees hits list. Derek is a sure candidate for the AL MVP with 212 hits (2nd in the AL), a .334 batting average (3rd in the AL) and a stellar year at short stop. Congratulations Derek Jeter on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Mark Teixeira, C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Johnny Damon

BEST STARTING PITCHER:
C.C. Sabathia

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After signing a record breaking contract with the Yankees in the 2008 off season, Sabathia has stepped up big for this franchise. Sabathia’s 19 wins rank 1st in the Majors, his 3.37 ERA ranks 4th in the Majors and his 1.15 WHIP ranks 4th in the AL. Sabathia is an overwhelming candidate for the 2009 AL Cy Young award. Congratulations C.C. Sabathia on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte, Joba Chamberlain

BEST MOMENT:
A-Rod and Yanks Walk Off In 15 Inning Affair Against BOS

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Possibly one of the best games of 2009 in all of the Major Leagues. A 0-0 game going into the 15th inning against the Red Sox ended with a 2-run, walk off home run by Alex Rodriguez. Of the 15 walk off of the season, this one, I think we can all agree, was the sweetest. The Yankees went on to sweep the Red Sox in that four game set. Congratulations Alex Rodriguez on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Luis Castillo drops pop-up, A-Rod returns off DL with home run, Melky walk off against MIN
BEST PITCHING PERFORMANCE:
A.J.’s One Hit Shut Out (6/27 vs NYM)

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As a part of a sweep in the Yankees first trip to Citi Field, A.J. contributed by throwing a 7.0 inning, one hit shut out, while striking out 10 Mets. Congratulations A.J. Burnett on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Andy throws 6.2 perfect innings (8/31 vs BAL), A.J. shuts out BOS for 7.2 (8/7 vs BOS), C.C. CG SHO (5/8 vs BAL), C.C. shuts out BOS for 7.2 (8/8 vs BOS)
COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Robinson Cano

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Cano’s turn around has been a huge part of this Yankee surge. Going from a .271 batting average, 162 hits and 14 home runs
last year to a .320 batting average, 204 hits and 25 home runs this year. His hits rank 3rd in the AL league. Congratulations Robinson Cano on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera, Andy Pettitte
BEST DEFENDER:
Mark Teixeira

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One of the big three in the offseason signings contributed hugely at the plate, but also hugely at first base. His .997 fielding percentage ranks 2nd in the AL. He has made just 4 errors all season. Great plays day in and day out have massively helped this team win 103 games. Congratulations Mark Teixeira on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Melky Cabrera
BEST TEAM ADDITION:
Eric Hinske

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Making his Yankee debut on July 6th, Hinske has hit .226 for the Yankees with 7 home runs in 39 games. In his first 7 games with the Yankees, Hinkse hit 5 home runs. Hinske offers the Yankees some great, valuable options moving into the post season. Congratulations Eric Hinske on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Jerry Hairston Jr., Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre
BIGGEST STEP-UP PERFORMANCE:
Francisco Cervelli

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When Posada went down, the Yankees didn’t have much options. Cervelli came up to take his place, and the expectations were not that high. A .180 hitter in AA hit .298 for the Yankees this year. His first career home run in Atlanta arguably turned the Yankee season around. Congratulations Francisco Cervelli on your 2009 season Award!
Other nominees: Ramiro Peña, Kevin Cash
BEST OFFSEASON PICK UP:
Mark Teixeira

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The Yankees were involved in the three biggest deals in the 2008 off season. The biggest was Mark Teixeira. A stellar glove at first won him an award earlier. His offense has him in contention for AL MVP. He leads the league in home runs with 39 and leads the league in RBI’s with 116. Without Teixeira, this team is much different. Congratulations Mark Teixeira on your second 2009 season award!
Other nominees: C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Nick Swisher
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT:
Chien-Ming Wang

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After winning 36 games in two years, something bad happened to Wang. In 12 games this season, Wang was 1-6 with a 9.64 ERA and a WH
IP over 2. Perhaps it was his foot injury last year in Houston, but with Wang’s production this year, it’s amazing the Yankees were able to do what they have done. You won an award… but no congratulations.
Other nominees: Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez, Brian Bruney
Thank you to all of my readers and voters. The regular season coverage is officially over. Time for the playoffs!

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Congratulations! Yankees Secure AL East Title

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2009 AL East Division Champions
Home Field Advantage in ALL Series
Sweep Boston Red Sox 
Level Season Series at 9-9 After Losing First 8
Earn 100th Win

Player of the Game: The New York Yankees
The Wrap-Up:
Sit back and relax and wait for the playoffs to begin. Enjoy watching the youngsters.
Coming Up Next:
Who cares. But either way they open up a series with the Royals in the final regular season series at the New Yankee Stadium. The probables are Hochevar vs Gaudin.
CONGRATULATIONS 2009 NEW YORK YANKEES!!!

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Tables Turn, Yanks Take Series in LA la Land

A.J. Powers Yanks past Halos for first time since ’04.

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No it’s not a typo, the Yankees did actually won a game in Anaheim. A.J. Burnett got the start for the Yankees today. I don’t think anyone knew exactly what to expect, including myself, but the result was more than any of us could have asked for. He went 5.2 innings giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out 11 and walking three. He was dominant and it’s a shame that he wasn’t able to go six. If he can keep this up — he’s done very well in his last two starts — then it would be a HUGE lift for the Yankees in the playoffs. The opposing pitcher was Scott Kazmir. He came in with an ERA under 2.5 against the Yankees as a Ray, and made his first start against the Yankees as an Angel today. He was pretty good to say the least. He pitched six innings of three run ball, walking three and striking out four. The Yankees really only got to him the fourth when they scored three. After a Hairston strike out, five straight Yankees reached base, highlighted by a Cano two-run single and a Cabrera RBI double. The Angels scored their two runs in the fifth and sixth. In the fifth, they had second and third and no one out and scored just one on an Abreu RBI ground out. In the sixth, they scored on a Matthews RBI double. Ian Kennedy made a return out of the ‘pen. I don’t think I was the only one thinking “oh no” when he came in. He pitched ok. He pitched a scoreless inning, loading the bases on two walks and a hit batter, but ultimately escaped unharmed. Rivera came in in the ninth to nail down a Yankees 3-2 win.
Player of the Game: A.J. Burnett: W, 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 11 SO
The Wrap-Up:
It’s about time! This is the first Yankee series win in Anaheim since May 2004. Wow! I said that the Yankees needed to just win one this series and they win two. I said it would be okay if the Red Sox swept, they have lost two. Things have worked out in the last couple of days, bringing the Yankee Magic Number down to five. We’re almost there. It’s starting to look like the Yankees will clinch against Boston. Oh sweet karma!
Coming Up Next:
The immortal Red Sox come into town for a three game set. It’ll be Lester vs Chamberlain in the first game. Oh god.
Congratulations: 
I would like to congratulate the Yankees on making it to the playoffs once again. They follow up not making the playoffs with the best record in baseball. New York doesn’t accept failure and this Yankee team has proved that for 106 years. Congrats on a great season! Keep your focus and win the division, that’s the objective here. Clinching just the playoffs isn’t too big a deal, but it’s certainly worth mentioning.
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