Mo Get Better Blues: Yanks-Twins Gamer I

Randy Johnson was solid last night despite what some think may have been a late pull.  Mariano Rivera, whose right arm injury was described as a “mild muscle strain” closed out the game.  Unfortunately, Mo is not going to be available for the next week.  Álex Rodríguez had a superb night at the plate with a single, a double, and a home run to power the Yankees to a 6-4 win.  The victory gave New York a 5-2 record on the season against the Tigers.

The Minnesota Twins, a half-game behind Chicago for the WC and five games out of first in the Central, have a starting rotation that has what many think to be the best 1-2 punch in the American league in Johan Santana and Francisco Liriano.  Fortunately, New York will not face either of those pitchers as Santana pitched last night and Liriano may or may not come off the DL this season.  Carlos Silva, Corey Lidle and recent call-ups Jeff Karstens and Darrell Rasner will try to prove their merit as we will soon witness what may be a preview of the ALDS.

Silva is winless in his last four appearances and has given up 19 runs in 22.2 innings over that stretch.  Lidle was knocked around in his previous start against LAA but has a 4.15 ERA in 26 innings pitched that has resulted in two wins and three losses for the team since his arrival.  Line-ups in the extended.  This is your place to comment on tonight’s game.

Minnesota

J. Tyner lf .314
N. Punto 2b .307
J. Mauer c .350
M. Cuddyer rf .278
J. Morneau 1b .315
T. Hunter cf .269
P. Nevin dh .216
L. Rodríguez 3b .234
J. Bartlett ss .342

Yankees

J. Damon cf .300
D. Jeter ss .340
B. Abreu rf .357
J. Giambi dh .260
A. Rodríguez 3b .279
J. Posada c .268
R. Cano 2b.332
A. Guiel 1b .222
M. Cabrera lf .287

52 comments… add one

  • Tyner grounds out to first (called out on leaving the path it seemed).
    Punto Ks.
    Mauer grounds to Robi’s right; he scoops and throws Mauer out to end the first.
    Good inning.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:11 pm
  • Damon lines out to third.
    Jeets singles to right. Attaboy, Capn.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • Abreu ks. Was outside by a few inches.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:17 pm
  • Giambi takes to 3-1, then a misses on a big cut to make it full. The payoff pitch: K. Nice pitch. End of the inning. Cuddyer, Morneau, Hunter due for TCT.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:19 pm
  • ARod handles a hard shot from Cuddyer; 5-3 for the first out.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • Morneau hits a comebacker for the second out.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • Hunter takes away for ball one. He then rips a curve foul up third, and a foul off right. The 1-2 is low. The next pitch is a check swing that Hunter couldn’t hold up on for the K and the end of the inning.
    ARod, Posada, Cano coming up.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • Álex! First pitch home run into the seats in left.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • Posada grounds out to Punto.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • Cano grounds out 6-3.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • Guiel reaqches on a bobble by Punto.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • Another E4 as Punto can’t handle a grounder from Melky. Damon up.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • Damon hits a roller to Punto who keeps it in front of him and throws Damon out at first to end the inning.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • Nevin walks to lead off the TCT third.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • Swinging bunt advances Nevin to second as Guiel tags out Rodriíuez.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Barlett works the count full. The payoff: fouled. Another: fouled up third. The next pitch is lined straight to Damon for the second out.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Tyner takes a ball, then hits a comebacker to end the inning, 1-3.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Jeter takes inside to lead off the Yankee 3rd. The next pitch is fouled off right. The 1-1 is a fastball just inside. The next pitch is hit back up the middle for Jeter’s second single on the night.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • Jeter swipes second. Mauer made a perfect throw and I think he got him. Yup, he did. Bad call.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • That was a truly exceptional throw. Right on the tag.
    Abreu singles to center and scores Jeter.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Abreu went down below his knees to golf the ball into center. The steal (with some help from Blue) manufactures the second Yankee run.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • Giambi takes strike one after a throw to first to rein in Abreu, who is taking a sizable lead. Another throw to the bag. Then Giambi lines out to Hunter for the first out. ARod up.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • ag- any thought on the idea that alex is starting to hit due to the fact that the sox have dropped out of contention making these games meaningless?

    sf rod September 1, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • ARod takes two balls. The 2-0 is inside but called a strike. Another throw back to first. The 2-1 is hit sharply to third for the 543 to end the inning.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • sf rod: It’s a good question as to what changed he is doing differently as of yesterday, if anything. He was player of the month in May when the games “meant something”.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • Lidle punches out Punto on a pitch that looked a bit inside. Mauer up.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • these games are meaningless to the Sox maybe, but to the Yanks, well they’re trying to grab homefield advantage.

    Nick-YF September 1, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • Mauer behind 0-2. He takes away/low. The 1-2 is fouled in the dirt. The next pitch is a… slider?.. that Mauer loops foul just off the third base line. Then inside and low to make it deuces. The 2-2 is lined to shallow center. Johnny had the ball in his glove, but it squirts out when he hits the ground. On the replay, it looked like he had full control before it popped out. Thought it would be an out. It’s ruled a single, but it should be E8.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • Good point, Nck. I was trying to figure out how to phrase that thought without responding too much to rod’s taunt. ;)

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • yeah but even in his “MVP” year he pulled his dissapearing act in the playoffs. he was pretty much in tears on the feild during the last game of the tigers series. maybe this year joe can trick him into thinking october is may.

    sf rod September 1, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • Cuddyer lifts hit to deep left center where Johnny makes the catch. Mauer retreats to first. Two away.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • it’s funny, I was juts checking in while hanging out at a friend’s and the first comment I read is rod’s point. It’s been a mostly peaceful thread and here I am on a hit-and-run flame attack;) Have a good night, AG.

    Nick-YF September 1, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • In tears? I don’t think he was that emotionally distraught. He looked pissed, to be sure.
    Morneau is way in front of a change for strikeone. The next pitch is roped to left for a single, advancing Mauer to second.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • ARod fields a ground ball from Hunter. He out-runs Mauer to the bag for the third out.
    Heh. I don’t think that was a flame. Sounded like a reasonable response, Nick. Take it easy.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • nick- ag was all alone tonite. just wanted to spice it up.
    ag- there was red in his eye’s as he was spitting at the thrid base bag after popping up to kill a rally. maybe he was stoned, but my guess was tears.

    sf rod September 1, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Posada works a five-pitch walk from Silva to lead off the Yankee 4th.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • sf rod: I didn’t see that. Interesting if he was that emotional.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • If you are correct that he was getting weepy, Jimmy Dugan would not approve.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • It’s a wide plate tonight.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • Nick: When I said take it easy, I meant have a good night, not tone it down. :)
    Very wide strike to Guiel makes it 1-2.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Guiel Ks on a slurve moving out and away. He set that pitch up well.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Melky pops out to left on the first pitch to end the inning.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Lidle Ks Nevin on a wicked breaking pitch for the first out in the TCT fifth. LRod flies out to right center where Damon makes the catch for the second out.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Lidle gets up 0-2 on Bartlett with a big curve. Then a ball. The 1-2 is fouled in front of the plate and kicks back to bounce off the batter. Lidle misses the next two pitches to make the count full. The Payoff: lined foul off third.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Another foul. Then a roller to ARod fielded cleanly and a rifle to first to get the speedy Bartlett by half a step. Nice play.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • sfrod, nick, thanks for the company. I have to sign out for a bit. Maybe I’ll be back on, maybe not. Let’s go Yan-kees.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • I come back, it’s 6-0 NY, but Mauer is up with two down. Let’s see what he can do against the resurgent Corey Lidle.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Lidle is pitching his curve for a strike. It’s a bit of a generous plate, but just the same, it looks rilly rilly good.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • Mauer walks on a pitch that must have been a bit high for the ump. Looked quite good. Doesn’t matter as Cuddyer pops out to Cano to end the inning.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Jeets up to lead off the bottom 6. He grounds out sharply to first. 3-4 on the night.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • Johnny makes a great snag on a ball getting blown all over by the wind.

    attackgerbil September 1, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • TJ Beam ruins the shutout….

    yankeemonkey September 1, 2006, 10:18 pm

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