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CC Out Duels Beckett, Earns Series Win

Yanks pound out five homers to take rubber game in Boston. 


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Why do we even try to predict baseball? Anyone you ask would have said that todays game would finish, 1-0 or 2-1. Nope, it finished 8-4, not to mention the five home runs the Yankees hit of Josh Beckett. Don’t you find it interesting how the Yankees can’t hit Luke French, but have no problem hitting Josh Beckett? Pretty odd.
It didn’t take long to see what kind of game it was going to be. Jeter led off the game with a home run to right center on the first pitch of the game. Matsui led off the second with a homer. An RBI single by Teixeira and an RBI ground out by A-Rod, gave the Yanks two more in the third. Cano hit a shot in the fourth, and A-Rod hit a two-run blast in the fifth to give the Yanks their seventh run. Then, what a surprise, Matsui went yard (again) in the eighth to cap off the Yanks eight run, five homer outburst. 
The Red Sox scored on RBI’s by Baldelli and Varitek in the second, a run scored on a Robbie Cano error in the fourth, and a sac fly by Baldelli in the sixth. 
Lets talk about the Yankee defense today, it was terrible! Countless pop-ups were dropped, players were huddled up watching fly balls hit the ground, it was atrocious. This entire series has been very sloppy for both teams. If you hurry up, I bet you can get a job playing some defense for the Yanks. 
Beckett threw 120 pitches and gave up eight runs in eight innings pitched. He has now given up eight home runs in his last two starts. Lots of eights. 
CC, on the other hand, was pretty good. He gave up four runs in 6.2 innings, while striking out eight batters. Good job by the Red Sox taking pitches and fouling off some tough pitches. 
Hughes pitched a scoreless inning and a third, and Mariano nailed it down with a scoreless ninth. No save, but I’ll take it. 
Player of the Game: Hideki Matsui: 2 for 4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
The Wrap-Up:
Keep winning series, that’s what it’s all about. The Yankees are now 7.5 games ahead of Boston, and I think that Red Sox will finally tell you that the Wild Card is their goal. The Yanks are looking good, that’s all there is to it, all you can ask for now is that they don’t pull a 2008 Mets. 
Coming Up Next:
The Yanks are off tomorrow before starting a six game home stand beginning with Texas. The Red Sox open up a set against the White Sox in Fenway. 

8/23 Line-Ups

Yankees (77-46):

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Player Pos AVG vs. Beckett
Jeter SS .331 .298, 14 for 47
Damon LF .284 .273, 12 for 44
Teixeira 1B .288 .125, 2 for 16
Rodriguez 3B .264 .282, HR
Matsui DH .263 .261, 3B
Swisher RF .251 .294, 5 for 17
Cano 2B .314 .341, 14 for 41
Cabrera CF .270 .333, 12 for 36
Molina C .250 .154, 4 SO
Sabathia P


Red Sox (70-52):

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Player Pos AVG vs. Sabathia
Ellsbury CF .297 .333, 1 for 3
Pedroia 2B .300 0 for 9, 3 SO, BB
Martinez 1B .292 .167, 1 for 6
Youkilis 3B .308 .333, 4 for 12
Bay LF .257 0 for 6
Lowell DH .301 .154, 5 SO
Baldelli RF .263 .227, 5 for 22
Varitek C .222 .077, 3 SO
Gonzalez SS .210 0 for 6, 2 SO
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8/23 Yankees vs. Red Sox Preview

Each team looks to restore some order in series and salvage final game, win series.


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Yankees @ Red Sox
8:05 pm ET
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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C.C. Sabathia
#52 LHP
(14-7) 3.58 ERA 178.2 IP 140 SO 1.125 WHIP
Last Game: 8/18 @ OAK: W, 8.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 2 HR
@ Fenway (Career): 4 GS (1-2) 3.00 ERA 1.233 WHIP
Vs. Boston (Career): 9 GS (3-5) 3.57 ERA 1.127 WHIP
Vs. Boston (Season): 2 GS (1-1) 2.45 ERA 0.818 WHIP
Team Record:
In Starts: 15-11
Run Support:
In Starts: 5.55 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Red Sox):
Most PA: David Ortiz (25)
Best BA: Kevin Youkilis (.333, 4 for 12), Jacoby Ellsbury (.333, 1 for 3)
Most H: David Ortiz (7)
Most HR: David Ortiz (2)
Notable Stats:
Last 7 Stats: (6-1) 2.86 ERA 50.1 IP 45 SO 

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Red Sox Probable Pitcher:

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Josh Beckett
#19 RHP
(14-4) 3.38 ERA 162.1 IP 149 SO 1.133 WHIP
Last Game: 8/18 @ TOR: ND, 5.1 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 3 HR
@ Fenway (Career): 57 GS (29-16) 4.33 ERA 1.204 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Career): 16 GS (9-4) 5.03 ERA 1.464 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Season): 4 GS (2-0) 4.12 ERA 1.417 WHIP
Team Record:
In Starts: 18-6
Run Support:
In Starts: 5.51 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Derek Jeter (50)
Best BA: Robinson Cano (.341, 14 for 41)
Most H: Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter (14)
Most HR: Robinson Cano, Johnny Damon (2)
Notable Stats:
3rd PA in G: .291 BA, .350 OBP, .419 SLG
*****
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8/22 Yankees vs. Red Sox Preview

Yanks hope they have something left after outburst last night.


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Yankees @ Red Sox
4:10 pm ET
Yankees Probable Pitcher:
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A.J. Burnett
#34 RHP
(10-6) 3.69 ERA 153.2 IP 135 SO 1.373 WHIP
Last Game: 8/17 @ OAK: L, 8.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR
@ Fenway (Career): 5 GS (3-1) 3.56 ERA 1.286 WHIP
Vs. Boston (Career): 11 GS (5-1) 3.39 ERA 1.298 WHIP
Vs. Boston (Season): 3 GS (0-1) 6.46 ERA
Team Record:
In Starts: 16-8
Run Support:
In Starts: 5.59 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Red Sox):
Most PA: David Ortiz (31)
Best BA: Jason Bay (.333, 6 for 18)
Most H: David Ortiz (7)
Most HR: David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia (2)
Notable Stats:
Last 12 Starts: (6-3) 2.59 ERA .220 BAA
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Red Sox Probable Pitcher:

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Junichi Tazawa
#63 RHP
(1-2) 5.40 ERA 11.2 IP 8 SO 1.971 WHIP
Last Game: 8/16 @ TEX: L, 5.0 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO, 2 HR
@ Fenway (Career): 1 G (1-0) 1.80 ERA 1.200 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Career): 1 G (0-1) 10.80 ERA 2.400 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Season): 1 G (0-1) 10.80 ERA 2.400 WHIP
Team Record:
In Starts: 1-1
In Appearances: 1-2
Run Support:
In Starts: 5.29 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Melky Cabrera, Eric Hinske, Johnny Damon, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui, Jorge Posada, Alex Rodriguez Mark Teixeira (1)
Best BA: Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Alex Rodriguez (1.000, 1 for 1)
Most HR: Alex Rodriguez (1)
*****

Boston Massacre: Yanks Win First In Fenway

Matsui’s knocks two home runs to give Yanks first Fenway “W” this season.


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It was a sloppy game for both teams, I could write you an article about what happened in the game, but what’s the point. Instead, I’m going to give you a history lesson. 
March 5, 1770:
Boston Massacre:

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Player of the Game: Crispus Attucks: 1 Death, American Hero


August 21, 2009:
Boston Massacre II:

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Player of the Game: Hideki Matsui: 2 for 6, 2 HR, 7 RBI, R, SO

The Wrap-Up:
The Yanks have now won five straight against the Sox, winning their first of the season at Fenway tonight. They are now 32 games over .500 and seven games ahead of Boston in the loss column. The bad news, tonight was a very sloppy game. The pitching was pretty much terrible, but they picked a good night to be terrible. 

Coming Up Next:
A.J. Burnett (10-6, 3.69) goes against the guy who gave up the game winner in the 15 inning game, Junichi Tazawa (1-2, 5.40). 
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8/13 Yankees vs. Mariners Preview

Yanks try to keep rolling as they hit the road, take on Seattle.


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Yankees @ Mariners
10:10 pm ET
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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C.C. Sabathia
#52 LHP
(12-7) 3.76 ERA 162.2 IP 123 SO 1.168 WHIP
CC was absolutely lights out in his last start. And boy was it a big one, against the Boston Red Sox. He went 7.2 innings, gave up just two hits and no runs, while walking two and striking out nine, a season high. He retired the first 13 batters he faced. In his last two starts, CC has struck out 14 batters in 14.2 innings and has a WHIP of 0.954. Since 2005, CC is 17-2 in the month of August, thats the most wins for any pitcher in that span. In seven career starts at Safeco Field, Sabathia is 4-1 with a 2.83 ERA and a WHIP of 1.091. 
Tidbits:
Ichiro is a career .415 hitter against Sabathia. The Mariners as a team are .297 hitters against CC. The Yankees are just 13-11 in games that Sabathia starts, but in his last nine starts, their 6-3. The Yankees average over 5 runs per game when CC is on the mound. 
*****

Mariners Probable Pitcher:

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Ian Snell
#48 RHP
(2-8) 5.42 ERA 88.0 IP 57 SO 1.648 WHIP
This will be Snells third start as a Mariner, his last one didn’t go so well. He went just 1.1 innings, giving up three runs on two hits and six walks against the Rays. This is Snells first career start against the Yankees. In his last three starts, Ian has an ERA of 8.10 and a WHIP of 2.100. 
Tidbits:
The Pirates and Mariners are 4-13 in games that Snell starts. Jerry Hairston and Nick Swisher are the only players on the Yankees with a hit. Mark Teixeira is the only other Yankee to have faced S
nell, he is 0 for 5. 
*****
Keys to the Game: 
  1. Strike One: In 2009, when Snell throws strike one, opposing hitters are batting .227, when he doesn’t, they are hitting .361.
  2. Patience: This year, Snell averages 5.4 walks per nine innings.
  3. Get to the ‘pen: In the month of August, Pirates relievers have a combined 7.02 ERA.

Cano Caps Another Walk-Off, Big Home Stand

Walk off single in the 11th makes it nine out of ten for Bombers.


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It was just five days ago that the Yankees took 15 innings to beat the Red Sox. Today, it took the Yankees 11 innings to beat the Blue Jays 4-3 to cap off a 6-1 home stand. 
The day began, though, with a little bit of a scare. In the first inning Derek Jeter was hit with a pitch on the right foot, and left the game a little later. Luckily, X-Rays taken at the Stadium were negative. 
In the first, Jeter moved to third on a Damon double, then scored on an RBI ground-out by Posada. Ruiz homered in his second straight game to tie the game at one. 
The scoring was on hold until the third inning, when Damon drilled a solo shot to right field to give the Yanks a 2-1 lead. In the next inning, Cano went deep to make the Yankee lead 3-1.
Then in the sixth, an RBI single by Chavez and a wild pitch, tied the game at 3. 
Burnett went six innings and gave up three runs on ten hits while walking two and striking out seven. Romero also went six innings and gave up three runs. He struck out five and walked three. 
Coke, Robertson, Hughes and Gaudin — in his Yankee debut — all combined for five scorless innings, giving up just four hits a
nd striking out six batters.
For the Jays, League pitched three great scorless innings, giving up just one hit.
The great efforts by both bullpens were all put to rest in the 11th inning. A-Rod was hit by a pitch and was shaken up for a minute before taking first. Then a single by Posada moved A-Rod to second. Robbie Cano was next and delivered a walk-off single that hit off the top of the right center field wall to seal the win, the series and the home stand. 

Player of the Game: Robinson Cano: 2 for 5, HR, 2 RBI, R

The Wrap-Up:
The Yankees are now nine for their last ten, and have capped off a great 6-1 home stand. The Yankees have pretty much proved two things: in this ballpark, they can win close games, and if it gets to extras, its over. The Yanks are now 28 games over .500, a new season high. The Red Sox play tonight, so the Yankees are currently six games ahead of Boston.

Coming Up Next:
The Yankees fly out west tonight to open up a set against the Mariners. Tomorrow night at 10:10 ET, it will be Sabthia (12-7, 3.76) vs. Snell (2-8,5.42). The Red Sox have to deal with Verlander tomorrow afternoon. They send Clay Buchholz to the mound.