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My 2009 AL Awards, Your Opinions

Vote Now for the 2009 Season Awards
The Rules: Take a look at my picks for each award. At the end of each explanation, there will be a thumbs up and a thumbs down. If you agree with my pick, click thumbs up, if you disagree with my pick, click thumbs down. 

AL MVP: Mark Teixeira

Perhaps the best of the off season acquisitions for the Yankees, Mark Teixeira leads the league in RBI’s and HR’s (tied with Peña) and is second in the league in SLG %. SInce the return of Alex Rodriguez, Teixeira is hitting .312 with 34 home runs. 
Other Considerations: Derek Jeter, Joe Mauer, Miguel Cabrera

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AL Cy Young: Zack Greinke
Out of nowhere Greinke began the season with a bang. We all thought maybe it was a fluke, and here we are speaking of him wining the Cy Young. He leads the AL in ERA at 2.06, is second in the league in strikeouts and first in the league in WHIP. He may not have that many wins, but on a team as bad as the Royals, he’s amazing just to have over 10.
Other Considerations: C.C. Sabathia, Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay, Felix Hernandez

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Comeback Player of the Year: Robinson Cano
This may be a long shot, but with the talent Cano has, you have to realize the disappointment of last season. He hit .271 with 14 homers last year, and this year has jumped to .332 BA with 25 home runs. He is also third in the league in hits.

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Manager of the Year: Jim Leyland
Remember all of the starts the Tigers brought in last season. Maybe not, but we do remember that last year was a HUGE  disappointment. This year is a new story. Leyland has brought this team up to expectations and is one win (or Twins loss) away from a division title.

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Silver Sluggers:
C: Joe Mauer
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Aaron Hill
3B: Alex Rodriguez
SS: Derek Jeter
OF: Ichiro Suzuki
OF: Jason Bay
OF: Nelson Cruz

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That’s where I stand. We will see how it turns out. 
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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.

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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.
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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9/14 Angels vs. Yankees Preview

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Angles Probable Pitcher:

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Jered Weaver
#36 RHP
(15-5) 3.76 ERA 186.2 IP 2.84 SO/BB
Last Game: 9/9 vs. SEA: W, 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 8 SO, 2 HR
Away (Season): 4.98 ERA 1.519 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Season): 2 GS 5.25 ERA 1.083 WHIP
Team Record in Starts: 20-9
Run Support: 6.32 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Mark Teixeira (22)
Best BA: Robinson Cano (.417, 5 for 12)
Most H: Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez (5)
Most HR: Alex Rodriguez (4)
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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Joba Chamberlain
#62 RHP
(8-5) 4.45 ERA 139.2 IP 1.76 SO/BB
Last Game: 9/9 vs. TB: ND, 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, BB, 3 SO, HR
Home (Season): 5.40 ERA 1.617 WHIP
Vs. Angels (Season): GS 8.31 ERA 2.308 WHIP
Team Record in Starts: 18-9
Run Support: 5.98 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Angels):
Most PA: Kendry Morales, Mike Napoli, Juan Rivera (4)
Best BA: Kendry Morales (.750, 3 for 4)
Most H: Kendry Morales (3)
Most HR: Kendry Morales (1)
Keys to the Game:
  1. Swing Early: This season, opposing hitters are hitting .316 on the first pitch against Weaver.
  2. Fourth Times a Charm: Opposing hitters are hitting .301 in the fourth inning this season off Weaver. That’s the best of any inning.
  3. Double Positive: When Napoli is catching for Weaver, opposing hitters are hitting .306, as opposed to .215 with other catchers. If he doesn’t play, then the best opposing hitter against Chamberlain on the Angels will not be hitting. So either way, the Yankees get something positive.

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Bombers Bats Overcome Shaky A.J.

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* Line Score

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yankees  0 2 1 0 2 1 3 0 0 9 12 1
Orioles  1 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 6 13 1

* Box Score

D Jeter SS 4 0 1 0 2 1 28 0.333 .399
J Damon DH 5 0 1 0 1 2 28 0.288 .368
M Teixeira 1B 4 1 0 0 2 2 30 0.281 .380
A Rodriguez 3B 5 0 1 1 0 2 17 0.269 .400
J Posada C 4 3 2 3 1 1 23 0.28 .357
R Cano 2B 4 2 3 2 1 0 12 0.32 .350
N Swisher LF-RF 5 1 1 2 0 2 17 0.248 .368
E Hinske RF 4 1 1 1 0 0 15 0.241 .323
J Hairston Jr. LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.286 .392
M Cabrera CF 4 1 2 0 1 1 20 0.273 .333

* The Starter
A.J. Burnett: 5.1 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR

* Wrap Up
Yankees now go 36 games over .500, the most since 2000. Burnett has been pretty horrible lately and is going to need to get on track. Boston beat Tampa, but who cares. If the Yanks keep winning, it wont matter anymore. The Yankees maintain their 6.5 game lead in the east.

* Coming Up Next 
Sabathia (15-7, 3.56) vs. Berken (4-11, 6.33)

* Player of the Game: You Vote!

Who is the Player of the game?
Jorge Posada
Robinson Cano
Nick Swisher
Eric Hinske

8/26 Rangers vs. Yankees Preview

Yanks try to rebound after tough loss last night.

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Rangers @ Yankees
7:05 pm ET
Rangers Probable Pitcher:

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Derek Holland
#45 LHP
(7-7) 4.72 ERA 103.0 IP 82 SO 1.388 WHIP
Last Game: 8/20 vs. MIN: 5.1 IP, 7 H, ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, HR
@ Yankee Stadium (Career): N/A
@ Yankee Stadium (Season): N/A
Vs. Yankees (Career): 1 GS (0-1) 9.95 ERA 2.368 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Season): 1 GS (0-1) 9.95 ERA 2.368 WHIP
Team Record:
In Appearances: 13-13
In Starts: 7-7
Run Support:
In Starts: 4.81 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Hideki Matsui (4)
Best BA: Derek Jeter (1.000, 4 for 4), Jorge Posada (1.000, 1 for 1)
Most H: Derek Jeter (4)
Most HR: Hideki Matsui (2)
Notable Stats:
6/27 vs. Yankees: 5.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 2 HR
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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Andy Pettitte
#46 LHP
(10-6) 4.25 ERA 152.1 IP 117 SO 1.411 WHIP
Last Game: 8/21 @ BOS: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR
@ Yankee Stadium (Career): (95-42) 3.70 ERA 1.297 WHIP
@ Yankee Stadium (Season): (4-4) 4.83 1.500 WHIP
Vs. Rangers (Career): (9-9) 5.56 ERA 1.634 WHIP
Vs. Rangers (Season): (0-1) 7.20 ERA 2.600 ERA
Team Record:
In Starts: 17-8
Run Support:
In Starts: 5.71 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Rangers):
Most PA: Omar Vizquel (51)
Best BA: Marlon Byrd (.500, 5 for 10)
Most H: Ivan Rodriguez (16)
Most HR: Ivan Rodriguez (2)
Notable Stats:
Last 7 Starts: 2.82 ERA 44.2 IP 47 SO
Keys to the Game:
  1. Get to the ‘Pen: If Holland is on, he’s going to be tough. Rangers relievers are 0-5 with a 4.38 ERA in the month of August.
  2. Swing Early: On the first pitch, opposing hitters are hitting .354 against Holland.
  3. Get Ahead: After first pitch balls, opposing hitters are hitting .307 against Holland, after first pitch strikes, they are hitting just .230.
  4. Don’t Give Up: With two outs, opposing hitters are hitting .319 against Holland, which is the best among any amount of outs. 
  5. Get Runners On Base: With men on base, Holland has opposing hitters at a .306 clip, with RISP, they are hitting .330.

Road Trip Review

AL East

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3 Stops:
  1. Seattle (W,W,W,L)
  2. Oakland (L,W,W)
  3. Boston (W,L,W)
Team Record: 7-3 (10 Games)
Offense: .299 BA, . 845 OPS, 24 2B, 1 3B, 16 HR
Pitching: 4.86 ERA, 87.0 IP, 84 SO
Road Trip MVP: Derek Jeter: .488 (21 for 43), 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI
Pitching MVP: C.C. Sabathia: 3 GS (3-0) 2.38 ERA, 22.2 IP, 16 H, 25 SO, 195 BAA
Best Moment: Mark Teixeira: 8/14 @ SEA, GW HR in 9th