Tagged: Mariano Rivera

Pettitte Flirts With Perfection, Yanks Take Opener

Hairston boots Pettittes perfect game, Yanks still get it done.

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Wow. It seems like I start every entry with those words. This team seems to always amaze. Pettitte flirted with history tonight. He pitched 6.2 innings before Hairston booted the ball and then Markakis, on the next at-bat, hit a clean single to cap off the hopes on the no-hitter. You can blame Hairston, but he’s been so great for the Yanks, you really can’t get down on him. Plus the fact that he made a bad pitch to Markakis. He pitched great and thats the bottom line. He gave up just two hits, one of them a home run by Mora in the eighth, but that was all.
Swisher and Cano both had two RBI’s on the night and Damon had an RBI as well. Swisher was just a triple away from the cycle, but I don’t think anyone expected a triple from him. 
In the ninth inning, Bruney came in with a four run lead. Good job by the Yankees having Rivera warming. You had to think that Bruney would blow it. He got one out, but also gave up a hit and a walk. All of the sudden, it was a save situation. Rivera came in and got Markakis on a pop up and then struck out Reimond to end the game. 
Player of the Game: Andy Pettitte: W, 8.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, HR
The Wrap-Up:
Pshhhhhhhhhhhhhh. It’s starting to get a bit boring with all of these wins. Pettitte was great again, and boy it would be a big lift if he can keep this up. The Yanks hit another high water mark, 35 games over .500. Boston was off so the Yanks have a 6.5 game lead in the east. 
Coming Up Next:
September begins! It’s gettin’ close. Tomorrow A.J. Burnett (10-8, 4.10) goes against Baltimores Hernandez (4-6, 4.24). Boston is in Tampa.

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8/19 Yankees vs. Athletics Preview

Both teams look to salvage final game in the rubber game of this three game set.


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Yankees @ Athletics
10:05 pm ET
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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Chad Gaudin
#41 RHP
(5-10) 5.13 ERA 108.2 IP 109 SO 1.537 WHIP
Chad makes his first start as a Yankee tonight. He will pitch against his former team who he was with in ’06 and ’07. Gaudin was a starter all year for the Padres, and in 19 starts, he was 4-10 with a 5.23 ERA. In four appearances against the A’s, Chad is 0-1 with a massive 27.00 ERA (he only pitched 2.1 innings). Gaudin has made two relief appearances for the Yankees, and has given up two runs in 3.1 innings pitched. 
Team Record:
Appearances: 8-14
Starts: 7-12
Run Support:
Games Started: 3.63 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (A’s):
Best BA: Bobby Crosby (1.000, 2 for 2)
Most PA: Nomar Garciaparra (6)
Most H: Bobby Crosby (2)
Most HR: None Hit
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Athletics Probable Pitcher:

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Brett Anderson
#49 LHP
(7-8) 4.55 ERA 126.2 IP 103 SO 1.326 WHIP
Anderson’s last start was a rare struggle for him. He gave up seven runs and nine hits in five innings pitched against the White Sox on August 14th. Brett has had two starts against the Yankees this year, and in both of them combines, he’s given up nine runs and eighteen hits in  twelve innings pitched. He has a 2.22 ERA in his last eight starts. This season at home, the rookie is 2-4 with a 4.55 ERA.
Team Record:
Starts: 10-12
Run Support:
Games Started: 4.44 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Best BA: Melky Cabrera (.800, 4 for 5)
Most PA: Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira (7)
Most H: Melky Cabrera (4)
Most HR: Melky Cabrera, Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui (1)

8/17 Yankees vs. Athletics Preview

Yanks look to bounce back from blowout loss in Seattle, in first of three in Oakland.

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10:05 pm ET

Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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A.J. Burnett
#34 RHP
(10-5) 3.71 ERA 145.2 IP 130 SO 1.394 WHIP
Following porbably his best start of his career, Burnett was shaky against the Blue Jays in his last start. He surrendered three runs in six innings giving up 10 hits and throwing two more wild pitches. In his career at the Coliseum, Burnett has a 2.13 ERA. Against Oakland over the course of his career, A.J. is 2-2 with a 4.14 ERA and a WHIP of a little over one and a half. Since Burnett’s horrible start in Boston, he has an ERA of 2.50 in 11 starts. 
Tidbits:
No Athletics hitter has more than three hits against Burnett in their careers. Mark Ellis has the most PA against Burnett with 18. The Yankees are 16-7 when Burnett starts the game. The Yankees score an average of 5.83 runs scored when Burnett is on the mound.
Key to the Game:
The Athletics bullpen has an ERA of 3.76, which is considerably better than any of their starters. Its up to the Yanks to get to the starters, and get a lead before getting into that strong bullpen. 
Athletics Probable Pitcher:

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Brett Tomko
#23 RHP
(1-2) 5.23 ERA 20.2 IP 11 SO 1.258 WHIP
Brett was designated by assignment by the Yankees on July 22, and will be making his first appearance tonight as an Athletic. Brett made his last appearance as a Yankee on July 11th, when he gave up one run in 1.1 innings against the Angels. In five career games against the Yankees, Tomko is 0-2 with an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP over two. In 260 career starts, Brett has an ERA of 4.66.
Tidbits:
A-Rod is 4 for 8 with two home runs in his career against Tomko. Johnny Damon has the most PA against Tomko in his career with 18. 

Jeter Becomes Elite, Yanks Fall In Finale

Yankees bullpen falters as Mariners come out firing to salvage final game. 

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Well, lets start with the bright side. With a hit today, Derek Jeter now stands as the player with the most hits for a shortstop in Major League Baseball history. He’s a star, there is no doubting that. 
The rest of the game was not as happy for the Yankees. The Yankees scored first in the third , on a Jeter RBI double. The Mariners came back with two in the bottom half of the inning, to give them the lead, but not for long. The next half inning, Swisher hit a two run shot to make it 3-2 Yankees. 
The Yankees did not score again, while the Mariners went on to score eight more runs to give them a 10-3 victory. 
Joba was shaky once again. He went five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while striking out two and walking three. Aceves was basically horrible, giving up four runs in 1.2 innings, not to mention the two hit batters. Gaudin was the same, surrendering two runs in 1.1 innings pitched.
From the other dugout, things were not bad. The youngster, Fister, gave up just three runs in seven innings pitched, striking out four and walking none. Jakubauskas then closed it out, pitching two scorless innings.
Player of the Game: Doug Fister: W, 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR
The Wrap-Up:
Lets face it, you can’t win ’em all. The Red Sox lost, so its no big deal losing this one. The Yanks are still 7.5 games up and still won the series. Hopefully the Yanks can bounce back in the series opener in Oakland tomorrow night. They should be able to. I would also like to give out my best wished to David Wright and Hiroki Kuroda. What happened was very, very scary and its a shame that those two had to be the ones to experience the one bad side of the game. Please get well very soon, we all look forward to your returns.
Coming Up Next:
The Yanks fly to Oakland tonight to open up a four game set tomorrow night at 10:05 ET. The Yankees send A.J. Burnett (10-5, 3.71) to the mound, looking to rebound from a shaky start in New York. He faces off against former Yankee, Brett Tomko (1-2, 5.23).