An SFish Out Of Water: SF Field Trip & Devil Rays – Yanks Gamer II

Hideki Matsui wasted no time making his presence known in the Yankee lineup, going 4-4 with a walk yesterday as Bobby Abreu hit six RBIs in an inning, something not done by any Yankee since Gil McDougald in the ninth on May 3, 1951 against the St. Louis Browns. Abreu finished 2-3 with seven RBIs on the day, nearly missing a grand slam in the fourth inning.

Mike Mussina finally notched another win and Derek Jeter is still up to something, though some are justifiably dubious as to whether baseball’s rules regarding the “something” are well-conceived. Regardless, the Captain reached base in every plate appearance and currently is two points behind Joe Mauer in the batting race and is fourth in the American League in on-base percentage.

The New York Yankees victory last night was their fourth in a row, maintaining a two-game lead over Detroit in the loss column for the best record in the American League. A sort of congratulations are in order to the Mets, as their victory yesterday mathematically eliminated Atlanta from playoff contention, ending a streak of 14 consecutive post season appearances by Bobby Cox’s Braves.

There is more good news in that Gary Sheffield took batting practice with the team today. He may rejoin the lineup later this week.

Corey Lidle looks to rebound from a disappointing start, taking the mound for the Yankees against Jason Hammel and Tampa Bay. With one of our intrepid leaders of the masthead in attendance at The Stadium tonight, we shall see if he decides to go on a streak of his own. Hide the children. Lineups are in the extended. Comment away.

Tampa Bay
R. Baldelli cf .303
D. Young rf .396
C. Crawford lf .305
G. Norton dh .303
T. Wigginton 1b .262
J. Cantu 2b .247
B.J. Upton 3b .246
B. Zobrist ss .242
J. Paul c .267

NY Yankees
J. Damon cf .297
D. Jeter ss .346
B. Abreu rf .344
A. Rodriguez 3b .286
J. Giambi 1b .249
R. Cano 2b .335
H. Matsui dh .285
M. Cabrera lf .286
S. Fasano c .176

56 comments… add one
  • Baldelli gets it started for the Devil Fish, 1-0.

    yankeemonkey September 13, 2006, 7:10 pm
  • Lidle: not unhittable. The boobirds were out fast. What a bunch of spoiled…
    Aw forget it.

    SF September 13, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • E-Rod! That ball bounced off Giambi and landed four seats away: we are in the second row behind first base. Amazing seats.

    SF September 13, 2006, 7:19 pm
  • Effing jerks, booing Alex. That was a lonngggg throw, and Giambi should have had the ball. It hopped but the throw was on line.

    attackgerbil September 13, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • Looked to me like Giambi should’ve handled that throw. In any case, a great catch by A-Rod in the first place, definitely saved a double and a run…and the error didn’t matter in the end anyway.

    yankeemonkey September 13, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • hmm..well i guess jarrett wright has begun to cement his spot as the fourth starter in the post season.

    m.g. yanks fan September 13, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • The Captain remains up to something. Rule 10.24, you rule!

    attackgerbil September 13, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • come one Alex

    m.g. yanks fan September 13, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • on, rather

    m.g. yanks fan September 13, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • not pretty, but a run’s a run

    m.g. yanks fan September 13, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • nice hard slide by A-rod, giambi beats the throw to first….cano sac-fly. 3-2 yanks

    m.g. yanks fan September 13, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • Brutal scoring on A-Rod. Very, very difficult play either at home or at first.

    SF September 13, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • Good break-up slide by ARod on the attempted DP. Giambi hustling is really a sight.
    Cano hits one deep to the left field corner; Crawford makes a really good grab; Abreu scores on the tag. Godzilla up.

    attackgerbil September 13, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • i’m very interested to see what matsui does this game. i’m wondering if any of the power is still there. last night most of his hits were blooped. and this last at-bat was a pop-up. or maybe his timing is a little off.

    m.g. yanks fan September 13, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • Young almost singles up the third base line. Lidle is scaring me.

    attackgerbil September 13, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • I have a feeling he’ll go 0-4 tonight for the reasons you mention. Adrenaline probably played a big role, too.

    yankeemonkey September 13, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • thank you lidle…the bat-thrower goes down swinging

    m.g. yanks fan September 13, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • Fasano didn’t even flinch on that pitch inside. He looks like he would have gladly taken a plunk for the base. Reminded me of Don Baylor. Sal pops out behind home plate.

    attackgerbil September 13, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • I just realized we are witnessing the unholy reunion of Doug Eddings and Josh Paul.

    yankeemonkey September 13, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Great catch, YM. I forgot all about that.

    attackgerbil September 13, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • man, lidle is such a weird pitcher..sometimes he looks absolutely terrible, and other times his stuff looks real good.

    m.g. yanks fan September 13, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • wow, nice grab by a-rod.

    m.g. yanks fan September 13, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • MG: Yes, and good job by Giambi to hold the throw.

    attackgerbil September 13, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • Fire Doug Eddings.

    attackgerbil September 13, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • !!!! The strike three to Jeter was borderline, but that first pitch to Abreu was definitely low. Arrgh.

    attackgerbil September 13, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • Um…could they please start hitting this guy’s junk?

    yankeemonkey September 13, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • ….OK, that came out decidedly wrong. The point stands, however.

    yankeemonkey September 13, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • Wheeee!

    yankeemonkey September 13, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • A-ROD!! huge homer to the black seats. he crushed that one

    m.g. yanks fan September 13, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • Cross-posted the ARod home run in the Sox thread. I feel shame. But what a MONSTER shot into the black.

    attackgerbil September 13, 2006, 8:07 pm
  • YM: heh. That’s funny.

    attackgerbil September 13, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • Jeez. Not sure I’ve ever seen one go over the tunnel in the black, Monster shot. Hope SF enjoyed that!

    YF September 13, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • GONE! CANO!!!!! ROBI!!!! WOW!

    attackgerbil September 13, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • CANO! he got all of that one. yanks up 6-2

    m.g. yanks fan September 13, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • And Cano finds the short way out. 6-2. SF now headed for the concession stand.

    YF September 13, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • All this with 2 outs, no less. Me likey.

    yankeemonkey September 13, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • Can we arrange to play the Rays in the first round?

    YF September 13, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • YF: I thought you were at the game too. Sorry about the confusion.

    attackgerbil September 13, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • I’m stuck here writing a damn paper. Any word on the distance on that A-Rod homer. Sounds unbelievable.

    Nick-YF September 13, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Nick, it was about 450-ish a bit right of dead center.

    attackgerbil September 13, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • speaking of the first round, i guess i can stop fearing the twins who lost liriano today. although, they might not even make it if the white sox get quality pitching like they did today. from freddy garcia..who almost ruined my fantasy teams ERA.

    m.g. yanks fan September 13, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Nick, all I can say with certainty is that it went rilly, rilly far. Like, about halfway up into the black seats.

    yankeemonkey September 13, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • MG: Yes, Liriano is done for the year. Twins are still scary. Santana by himself could easily tilt a short series.

    attackgerbil September 13, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • Joe Torre appears to be wearing a pair of Gene Simmons’ shoes.

    SF September 13, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • MG:
    Yeah, even though they still have Santana, he can (thankfully) pitch only a couple of games.

    yankeemonkey September 13, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • Is he doing the long tongue thing, SF?

    Nick-YF September 13, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • Doug Eddings’ low strike calls continue, but Lidle’s pitching right now, so I don’t mind as much. I’m such a hypocrite.

    attackgerbil September 13, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • Real shame about Liriano…I was watching the game this afternoon and he was absolutely dominating the A’s. Now they’re talking Tommy John surgery.

    yankeemonkey September 13, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Second foul ball screaming right towards us, hits the wall.

    SF September 13, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • YM: yeah, i’m kind of split. as a yankee fan i’m glad that this team won’t have to face him, but as a baseball fan it’s a shame to see such a talented player go down.

    m.g. yanks fan September 13, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Yay for Doug Eddings?

    yankeemonkey September 13, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Rough call on Baldelli – we have almost a better angle thank the first base ump, who wasn’t even appealed to. Didn’t look like he went around at all.

    SF September 13, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • lidle gets out of trouble with a pop-up by the bat thrower.
    also of note, a-rod’s 38 homers from 500. oh yeah, definetly trade him…

    m.g. yanks fan September 13, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • Sal Fasano from 10 feet away: not handsome. At all.

    Anonymous September 13, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Effing Young…

    yankeemonkey September 13, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • giambi hits through the shift. nice to see jason getting on base again.

    m.g. yanks fan September 13, 2006, 8:58 pm

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