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Didn’t realize it was an afternoon game. It looks rough out the window right here downtown, not sure how it translates.
JD with a HR, and Yanks with a 2-1 lead. Never a bad thing to have a lead.
AJ’s been wild though, 6 hits in 3 IPs, with a walk. A DP and 4 K’s is keeping the game close..

damon puts the yanks up 2-1. 15 of his 22 homers have come at home (all to right). not inferring a thing.

Eh, as long as the Yanks win, it doesn’t bother me how many he hits at home.
It’ll probably change next year. I didn’t see where the ball landed though.
Maybe it’s a confidence thing too.
AJ with a 1-2-3. Which is always good.

Gamecast indicates Jeter stayed in the game until his after his next AB – did the HBP look bad?

Jeter updates from Lohud
UPDATE: 1:27 p.m.: I’d say Jeter looked OK running from first to third on Damon’s double, but he was certainly not himself. For those who missed it, Romero hit Jeter on the inside of his right foot to lead off the game. Jeter was in pain, but remained in the game after a visit from Joe Girardi and head trainer Gene Monahan.
UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: Jeter (right foot) is out of the game. Ramiro Pena is in. More on this later.

@ mark
x-rays were negative. it was the top of his foot and looks like it probably swelled up quick on him.

Romero really worried about Swisher at first, keeps on checking there. Hopefully it’ll cost him against Hinske..

Why do you wonder things you can look up on the internets? ;P
That said, I’m too lazy to look that up.. haha..

Damon has certainly benefited from NYS (then again, he benefited from OYS’s short porch too too).
Damon’s road OPS is .805, about middle of the pack for LFs. His home OPS is a monster .957

Pitch FX says Joe West is giving HUGE leeway off the plate on the third base side – although it looks like he’s giving it to both pitchers, AJ has certainly thrown a lot more pitches out there than Romero.

Oh, I can figure that data out. But it’s going to be tedious.
I do wonder what the average percentage of all runs scored via the homer is for a given stadium, and what that is for YS.

I’m sure NYS has a very disproportionate number of runs scored via the home run. Because in addition/relation to allowing a high HR rate, it also depresses doubles and triples.
According to ESPN park Effects (http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/parkfactor), it is only a slight hitters’ park overall – 1.004 run yield, by overall runs allowed, but it ranks #1 in home rate – so yeah, the portion of runs scoring via the homer is going to be ginormous.

Back to back singles with one out, and Chavez is up with the opportunity to chip at that lead..

What’s up w/ gamecast? they just took a run off the board for the jays…is it 3-2 or 3-3?

Wow, that AB was infuriating. up 0-2 on Scutaro, AJ refuses to put him away, dicks around and throws a wild pitch that ties the game, then proceeds to walk him.

Well AJ was pretty sloppy that game. Victimized by a few bloops that fell, but did himself absolutely no favors with the WPs and dicking around while ahead in the count. I assume he’s done after 107 through 6 IP. At least Hughes should be well rested and able to go 2.

Nice, Cano up 3-0 in the count, and then come back to bail the pitcher out. To be fair it looked like a good pitch to hit..

Coke is the lefty specialist, I guess, of this game. After this inning it’ll be Hughes’ anyhow.

JJ Hardy sent to minors, Alcides Escobar called up. Also, Billy Hall was DFA…Hard to believe that Hall has been so bad this season. 201/266/341, that’s bad.

Or not. A nice 2-0 count to Matsui is erased as Pena is picked off first. Not heads up there.

I like Robertson and all, but where’s Hughes? 8th inning, tie game, he’s well rested – what gives/

Hughes gives up a single to Scutaro. Still two outs, and here’s the dangerous Aaron Hill.
Thankfully he flies out to right field. Three outs, and the Yanks have yet another chance to try to take the lead..

I guess this is going to be another one of those games where Hughes pitches .1 of an inning. How much rest does he need?

Did finally retire him on 10 pitches. Good at by by Encarnacion, and bad for Gaudin that he was not able to put him away earlier.
Still, an out is an out..

Forced to follow with periodic stat-updates on my b-berry. Anyone who is actually watching: what did/does Gaudin look like? Pretty good inning as far as results go but I can’t tell how effective/aggressive he is by stats. Can’t fault him too much for Encarnacion…while he isn’t exactly a great hitter, he did take Mo deep last night…

4 pitch walk not good. Though I guess it’s better than giving in to Overbay and let him smack one.
But here’s Wells.

No, do not go to a 3-2 count when it was an 0-2 count. Especially on someone like Wells. With a man on first.
Did came back to strike him out though. It’s scary watching this, but can’t argue with the results..

Cano with a walk-off hit. This team is walk-off crazy this year. Testament to strong hitting up and down the lineup and a very impressive pen. They gotta feel like they’re going to win every day – they practcially are.

Looking back on it, that’s pathetic: he’s ahead of ARod 0-2, accidentally hits him, and then that ends up being the winning run. Jesus christ.

Btw, wasn’t Gaudin supposed to be a starter? Like, in the rotation to help keep down Joba’s innings limit?

I’d rather the Yankees win in walk-off fashion… More likely the luck will reverse itself, as it did earlier this season, when the Sox twice gained three games in three days.

No – Gaudin was acquired for long relief. Don’t know if that means Aceves goes to SP mode, but they said that re: Gaudin from the start

It’s more the bullpen that leads to all the walkoffs. Eventually the offense will break through. But they wouldn’t have had a chance if the quite excellent bullpen work hadn’t kept it close.
I’ve always said to myself if we could combine the bullpen of this year and the rotation of that year and the offense of that other year we’d have a special team. This year feels like that year.

Luck might reverse itself, but as they say, luck can be more irrational than there are season left! I certainly hope that’s the case, anyways.

Wow, I don’t know how the Rays are suddenly 4 games out of WC. Quick, someone do the “if Yanks play .500 the rest of the season” math!

Wow, the Rays would have to play better than .700 ball down the stretch.
Heh, if the Yankees play .500 the rest of the season they have 95 wins. That’s a nice feeling.

What happened is that the Rays ran into the steam-gathering-buzz-saw that is the LA Angels. That and the fact that their defense suddenly stinks this year.
If the Yanks do get to the point of feeling comfortable with their division lead (there is no way they are there yet), it will be hard not to watch the Angels’ record with a view to who would get home field in a possible eventual ALCS. It matters more for the Yanks with that particular team. And it might well come down to their last series with LA at the end of September.
But first things first: try to keep ahead of Boston!

Weird IH, this was the article I saw:
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090811&content_id=6372104&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
But now I see several other articles where Girardi says that Aceves is staying in the rotation instead.
I’m not a Yankees fan, but I would imagine watching the Angels slowly storm into the playoffs would cause a lot of dread. They’re as much as a Yankees killer as anyone in the last decade in the playoffs, even though the Red Sox seem to sweep them every time.

Thanks for that Ath – I hadn’t read it and it does seem from the article that Gaudin (like Aceves) is somewhere between long-man and spot starter. Back-end of Gaudin/Mitre does not feel great down the stretch frankly but here we are. I believe Joba will miss the Fenway series based on the latest news that Joba will start next Wed.
And yes, the Angels – who were already winning their fair share WITHOUT Hunter and Vlad in the line-up are now picking up serious momentum. Just as Boston has their so too does it seem Texas does. But they’ve definitely got ours, for whatever reason.

Well the Yankees are in the position where they can have Aceves/Mitre/Gaudin make a few spot starts in order to extend Joba’s season. Not saying the division is completely wrapped up at this point, but the Yanks are 7.0 games ahead of the Rangers for the wild card, if the Sox somehow managed to catch them.

“I’m not a Yankees fan, but I would imagine watching the Angels slowly storm into the playoffs would cause a lot of dread.”
You betcha. That team scares the crap out of me. They also mystify me. It seems, from afar, that they can win no matter who they put in an Angels uniform. They suffer devastating injuries and just keep on rolling.
Then again, facing them in the playoffs and beating them would be very satisfying.

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