American League East on August 28, 2010

Still tied for first, and Boston is creeping up. Its a 3 team race right now.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 ~ Who’s Stomping Who Now?

~~Yankees 11, Blue Jays 5~~

After a game, I usually go to the Yankees site and read all the articles about the game, just something I do. I try not to read the comments after the article, I usually end up severely mad at people I don’t know. The comments after last nights game were no exception, I’ve pasted some of them below along with my comments to them, that I didn’t make because I don’t really see the point. Haters don’t want to be told they are haters and it is best not to feed trolls.

ole zeppy’s gonna have a good game today. so far he has been good bad good bad and i guess today will be good. we see. prediction 6-2 jays 🙂

Shouldn’t have crowed about this, now you have to eat crow.

nova is a whiny b*tch sit down yankees were gona sweep you

Nova is whiny? Bautista is the one who started complaining about the pitch, Nova stood his ground. And Jays are going to sweep the Yankees? Nope, not happening.

Too much… Hockey boy? Still living in Canada? Accusations of steroid use? The Jays have had the Ysnkees number all year and out come the school boy insults. Who can’t take the heat? If your team was that good then you should be stomping this team that is ‘next to last in the standings’ but you are not. Don’t you agree “World Series Champions”? Factis that the Yanks cannot match the Jays this year head to head. Yankee Stadium, Rogers Center, we beat you at your house and at ours. Yankee fans are the worst. Now Bosox Fans!!! Those are ball fans. 🙂

We are that good, did you never hear, on any given day, the worst team in baseball can beat the best team in baseball, Yankees are “World Series Champions”, and despite the fact we haven’t won any series against the Jays, we are still tied for first and you are in 4th place.

Yankees fans dont seem to take losses too well. Better get used to it. It’s going to happen all the time at the Rogers Center!

Yeah, I guess we don’t, we’re not used to it. Just like you don’t handle winning without turning into gloating fanatics thinking you have a chance at the post-season. And those balls flying into the stands today? They were off the Yankee bats.

They were also commenting about steroids, ‘petite (sic) on roids’, “Um no he wasn’t”, making it sound like he (and others) were on them for years. And when I corrected his spelling and said, “He was never on steroids.” I get a snarky response back, ‘i don’t care how its spelled (because you have no respect) and yes he was’ (no he wasn’t, check your facts), he admitted to receiving 2 shots of HGH and when he got them it wasn’t a banned substance. This is why I shouldn’t read the comments. Just make me mad and then I write blog posts like this one. So instead of talking about how great Moseley pitched, 2 runs in 6 innings, compared to how sloppy Gaudin pitched, 3 runs in 2 innings or how Kerry Wood came in and took care of the Blue Jays 1, 2, 3, I’m on a rant.

And it was a thrilling game, Yankees hit 5 home-runs starting with Mark Teixeira, Marcus Thames and Jorge Posada in the third inning and Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter in the fifth. 8 of the runs were off of home runs. Can you say “Total Domination”? Gotta go now, gotta think of what to say for my next blog post.

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ 😛

Monday, August 23, 2010 ~ Ugly, ugly game

~~Blue Jays 3, Yankees 2~~

When you look at the score, it may not seem that this title is deserved. If you saw the game you know what I am talking about. A bad call gave the Jays an extra run, a sneaky ejection from the ‘worst umpire in baseball’, a high inside ball leading to a warning and the benches clearing. But no brawl. I kind of wish Jose Bautista had done something so he would have gotten thrown out and not hit that last home run.

To add to the troubles was a floating strike zone. Despite all these troubles, Ivan Nova, making his major league debut, only gave up two runs. One was to the monster home run hitter Bautista. So pretty good, even if he did get the loss and almost hit Bautista.

Unhappy Meals

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ 😛

A Loss ~ A Last Minute Win ~ That’s Why He’s Big Stoppa

~~Friday, August 20, 2010
Mariners 6, Yankees 0~~

He’s called “King Felix” I don’t know why, but he dominates the Yankees. This game was disappointing. A.J. was pitching and gave up the 6 runs. But as someone said, can you hold A.J. completely responsible when the offense didn’t score any runs? Don’t worry, someone said, King Felix is all they have.

Felix’s domination of Yanks has no comp

~~Saturday, August 21, 2010
Yankees 9, Mariners 5~~

It appears that person knows what she is talking about considering that Javier didn’t have his best stuff. Actually he didn’t have very good stuff at all, giving up 4 runs in 3 innings. Then Chad Gaudin came in for 3, then Boone for 1 (he got the win for this game, (that’s what happens when you pitch the right inning) his first for this season. Mariano actually gave up a run, not that it mattered. He still got the save. Which is something I don’t understand, why he gets a save in a non save situation.

I didn’t watch this game, I was in the city doing totally girl things. Getting a manicure, getting my left ear re-pierced (it was pierced too close to the other ear and wasn’t healing, so I took the earring out and now that the hole has healed got it pierced in the right spot) and going to Sephora. I kept track on my phone, and with the game tied in the 6th inning I was beginning to get a little nervous. I was planning on attending a tweet-up after the game and was thinking extra innings.

The Yankees seemed to wake up in the seventh inning and scored 3 runs, then 2 in the 8th. Ball game over, Yankees win. Then I get home to find out the Alex is on the D.L.!

Nunez’s first MLB hit propels Yanks’ win

~~Sunday, August 22, 2010
Yankees 10, Mariners 0~~

This game I was watching, C.C. dealing as they say, and I was keeping score and if I look at my score sheet I can tell you that he struck out 8 batters. He had 3 hits over 6 innings. Then the rain started and I went to do laundry, and so missed part of the game.

When French walked Teixeira, I remember thinking that wasn’t a very bright thing to do, I mean Alex is on the D.L., but Robbie can hit home runs. That is exactly what he did. So today was another multiple home run game for the Yankees. The right teams getting the home runs this time.

Yesterday Branyan hit the ball in the fourth deck, the first player to have done that. Today he was facing Big Stoppa: 2 strike outs, a single and a ground out.

Cano’s six RBIs lead support for CC in rout

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ 😛

Thursday, August 19, 2010 ~ Hope Week and other thoughts

~~Yankees 11, Tigers 5~~

This morning I told my boss I expected a fight in the Bronx. I wasn’t necessarily referring to a ‘hard fought’ ball game. I was thinking of a literal fight. Considering this is “Hope Week“, it is probably a good thing that the ‘beat down’ came in the form of 9 runs in one inning. Every Yankee except Pena got a run in that inning. Cano got two, one from a single off Posada and the 2nd run a home run, hit by him to Monument Park.

Mitre came in to pitch after Hughes came out. I think they may have taken him out because the Yankees were so far ahead (11-2) and the Yankees are concerned about his innings limit. In the 3 innings Mitre pitched, he gave up more runs then Hughes gave up in 6. But Joe only used the two pitchers, which is good for the bullpen.

This isn’t a sweep so no broom, but Yankees did win this series. Pulling them a half game ahead of Tampa Bay, and with Tampa Bay’s lose to the Athletics, now a full game ahead. The Red Sox lost to the Los Angeles Angels. That calls for a little celebration.
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Today’s game was a day game and I didn’t have any score sheets. I usually print them up before the game. So I drew boxes on a piece of paper, as I was doing this my boss came by. “What are you doing?” “Nothing” I said as I attempted to hide the paper, he came closer and looked and smiled, “Oh you’re doing your score sheet.” He then mentioned buying a score book, which I had thought about but didn’t know where to find one. He knows because he played on the company softball team and they keep score. Interestingly, he doesn’t know how to keep score himself. He says he wants to learn so he can teach his son when he gets older.

By the 8th inning I had to leave, I walked over to the subway station and into the sports bar next to it so I could watch the end of the game. Then I went to Modells to get a score book. I saw these last two items on Twitter. I have to agree with the second one. With Andy out and having to rely on Moseley means having to rely on the bullpen, a lot. That worries me a little.

YESNetwork: The Yankees bullpen has quietly rounded into a shape befitting a viable contender, writes @jay_jaffe : http://bit.ly/9nycRy

YESNetwork: With Pettitte out until September, the Yankees have the makings of a pitching problem, writes @riveraveblues — http://bit.ly/afSBsW

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ 😛

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 ~ Taming the kitty cats

~~Yankees 9, Tigers 5~~

The Tigers were rowdy tonight. Apparently in the last play of Monday’s game (which we lost) Gardner slide into the 2nd baseman and now he is on the D.L. (the Tiger’s player, not Gardner). Tonight, after a scoreless first inning by the Tigers, Gardner is in the lead-off spot and gets hit. Intentional? Retaliation? Some say yes, some say no. Some say Gardner’s slide was ‘dirty’, some say it was the SS fault because of the way he threw the ball. When asked Gardner said, “I don’t know, I don’t care. They want to put me on base that’s fine with me as long as I don’t get hurt.”

Teixeira made them pay. With Gardner still on base he hit a home run. Then Cano hit a home run. 0-3 Yankees. Then Cabrera of the Tigers hit a home run and at his second at bat, another home run. The Yankees struck back with 3 runs in the 4th bring the score to 2-6 Yankees. It takes a lot to tame kittens, especially tiger cubs. They came back with a 2 run homer. That was it for Moseley. Curtis got one of the runs back with his own home run. That made it 3 home runs for the Yankees and 3 for the Tigers. 4-7 Yankees.

Moseley pitched all right. But coming out early meant a lot of work for the bull pen, Joba, Logan, Wood, Gaudin, D-Rob and Mo all pitched. Wood had to get out a bases loaded, 1 out and Cabrera coming up the 3rd next pitcher. A home run hitter coming up with bases loaded? No, just no. He struck out the next two hitters. D-Rob had to do the same thing, only in his case Gaudin had loaded the bases. He looked so nervous, and when he threw the ball to Mark for the last out, after only giving up one run, he looked so happy. This inning started with Cabrera coming up to bat and getting plunked by Gaudin. That’s when things started to get ugly. The Tiger’s manager came out and started yelling, about what I don’t know. He wouldn’t answer any questions after the game. Then Jeter was walked, and one of the balls went behind his back.

Was it intentional on Gaudin’s part? I don’t think so. Yankees were up by 5 runs, so they had already proved their point, and I don’t think Gaudin is a good enough pitcher to intentionally hit someone like that. Oh and that nice Johnny Damon? Who got such a nice ovation, and told Michael Kay how much better New York is then Boston, he was one of the ones saying Brett’s slide was dirty. Maybe he is little bitter.

This post was possible because I started keeping score. These are my score sheets. This first one is for Detroit. Noticed how I colored in the boxes with brown pencil? That’s because I don’t like the Tigers and I don’t like brown.

This one is for the Yankees. Notice the blue boxes? And the darker colored boxes are purple, that is where the home runs are. Because I like blue and I love purple. I love my Yankees and I especially love home runs.

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ 😛

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 ~ C.C. vs. Verlander (pssh)

~~Yankees 6, Tigers 2~~

Austin Jackson gave the Tigers an early lead with a home run in the first. Bottom of the first, the Yankees took the lead and never gave it back. Starting with a two run single by Swisher. In the top of the seventh inning, Inge hit a home run, in the bottom, Robinson hit a home run. It was total domination by C.C. and the Yankee bats.

After the seventh inning, D-Rob came in to pitch the 8th, then Mo the 9th. Game over.

Austin Jackson is one of the players that was traded for Curtis Granderson. A trade that some think was a bad idea. They think Yankees should have kept the young Jackson. Then a game comes along like this and he hits a home run, people start pointing and saying “See? See?” Lets take a closer look at the numbers. Austin’s AVG, OBP, SLG and OPS are all higher then Curtis’. He also has 18 stolen bases to Curtis’ 10. Austin is also red hot, when it comes to strike outs. He leads the league in strikeouts with 127. He has 2 home runs to Granderson’s 12 and 26 RBI vs 36. I’m not saying the Jackson is a terrible player, but neither is Curtis Granderson of his 233 changes to make an out, he’s come through on 229. His fielding percentage is .996. I’m glad we have Curtis, and maybe someday in the future, we’ll have Jackson, and I’ll be glad we have him. But for now, I am glad he is not playing for a better team then the Tigers.

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ 😛

Monday, August 16, 2010 ~ Yankees, its time to WAKE UP!

~~Tigers 3, Yankees 1~~

This was sad, truly sad. Javier was not pitching great, giving up a base hit then a home run in the second inning, by the fourth inning his pitch count was up to 106 and he was out of there, but the offense was horrible. The only run was a gift, a bases loaded walk.

Sergio Mitre and Kerry Wood pitched (together) 4 scoreless innings. Then Joba came in for the ninth and gave up a home run, he then proceeded to strike out the next two batters. You can’t really put all the blame on Joba, after all, Miguel Cabrera is a home run hitter, (28 for the season? Yeah I guess so) and it really didn’t affect the outcome of the game. But I still hate him.

This was Johnny Damon’s first game in the Bronx as a Tiger, he got a nice ovation, people had signs and were wearing his jersey. It amuses me, Javier was booed because he gave up a run in 2004, and the player who hit the home run, gets a warm welcome from these same fans.

And I discovered another use for scoring. When you don’t want to watch the game, cause your team is suckinglosing, you can color in the boxes on the score-sheet and therefore not look at the T.V.

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ 😛

Sunday, August 15, 2010 ~ Blue uniforms? Why?

~~Royals 1, Yankees 0~~

A.J. pitched a complete game, 8 innings. He gave up one run in the first inning. Unfortunately the Yankees didn’t score any runs. A.J. is now 9-10, with an ERA of 4.66. His numbers for the game are pretty good, 8 innings pitched, 4 hits, 3 BB and 6 SO. So a good outing for A.J.

Someone mentioned that with the Rays win the Yankees lead has been cut to 1 game. I believe the operative word here is LEAD. The Yankees are in the lead, still in first place.

The first thing I noticed when I turned on the t.v. however, was the Royals were wearing powder blue uniforms (well maybe a little darker then that). I couldn’t find a reason on the website, just that they have a home uniform, white, and an alternate uniform, blue.

This is another reason I like the Yankees. They were pinstripes at home and gray uniforms on the road, so I don’t get confused.

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ 😛

Saturday, August 14, 2010 ~ Boom, Boom, Boom and splash

~~Yankees 8, Royals 3~~

Third game of a four game series and it started with the Royals scoring a run in the first inning, then Phil shut them down through the 5th inning. Then in bottom of the 6th Alex hit a home run, Cano flied out to center field, with two outs Jorge comes up to bat, hit the ball 421 feet into the seats, then Granderson hits the ball 382 feet into the seats. After the game he said, “Yeah, I aimed the ball toward the closer wall.” (That might not be an exact quote.) 3 home runs in one inning brought the score to Yankees 4, Royals 3.

Someone tweeted, “4-3! That’s the KC game score, the score won’t change!” Alex however, wasn’t done hitting home runs, he hit two more driving in Mark with each home run. The last home run landed in one of the fountains. He hit right after I asked (myself, no one else was in the room) How many home runs can he get in a game?

Besides scoring 2 runs, Mark was responsible for 7 outs. A couple were just amazing. He is definitely worthy of his golden glove.

3 ‘sparkling’ plays by Teixeira

~~and that’s all~~ she wrote