Game 55, Yanks at Twins

Ok, still hanging out with Cam, but i’ll go ahead and post tonights lineups.

I’ve seen a lot of talk about Farnsworth’s performance since Joba has been slated to start on Tuesday. Thing aren’t going so well for him. I will say though, what happens if Joba get’s hurt in the rotation, and they have to go to him for… naw let’s not worry about that.

Damon LF
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Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Giambi 1B
Cano 2B
Molina C
Cabrera CF
Wang RHP


Yanks, Twins Game One

Yanks win this one, which is good. Cam had a wisdom tooth taken out, which is bad. Didn’t get to watch this one, and don’t have time in between ice packs to comment.

Yanks at Twins

Here are the lineups for tonights matchup

Jeter SS
Abreu RF

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Rodriguez 3B
Matsui LF
Giambi DH
Duncan 1B
Cano 2B
Molina C
Cabrera CF
Mussina RHP

Gomez CF


Casilia 2B
Mauer C
Morneau 1B

Cuddyer RF
Kubel DH
Young LF
Lamb 3B
Harris 3B
Perkins LHP

Game 53 Live Blogging


The Yanks go 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning, with Jeter grounding out to 6 and Bobby Abreu striking out. I just found out that last night Jeter got picked off for the first time in about a decade. While it stinks that it happened in last nights situation, you have to admit that a decade is pretty amazing.


Brian Roberts gets a leadoff hit back up the box in a play that Pettitte may should have been able to make a play to first.

Melvin Mora immediately gets an infield single with ARod’s throw not being able to reach first in time.

Jeter makes an impressive catch on an Aubrey Huff bloop to short and completes the third out with a close throw to first.


ARod gets thrown out at first, but Matsui is able to get a double on a texas leaguer. A ball that gets away from the catcher has moved Matsui down to third, with Giambi at the plate.

Big G hits one through the gap and Matsui comes across the plate. Yanks lead by 1.

The half-inning ends on a ground ball and throw to first.


Two O’s down so far on fly balls. No breeze tonight, the balls seem to stay where they are hit.

Cintron ends the inning on a slow roller to second base.


The Yanks have put a Cabrera on third base with Jeter at bat.

With the count even at 2-2 Jeter strikes out swinging. 2 out.

Abreu flies out to 7 stranding Melky at third.

Guthrie looks pretty good at the mound, with some pretty decent movement on his pitches.

In the bottom of the inning Cano gets an opportunity to make the first out at first, but loses the ball when trying to make the throw. It’s scored a hit regardless. Melvin Mora hits a homerun for two runs, giving the O’s the lead.

Kevin Millar strikes out for the second time tonight, and Huff grounds out to end the inning.


ARod grounds out for the second time of the evening, bringing Matsui to the plate.

Matsui reaches for one, after running the count up a bit, and pops out to 8.

Big G hits one off the warehouse to tie the game back up just as, of course, the MASN broadcasters are talking about him hitting one off the warehouse previously.

Broadcasters are amazingly efficient in causing things to happen.

Cano busts his bat on a fly ball to left, and Payton makes a big run and slide to capture the final out.

Adam Jones flies to Cabrera, who made all three catches in the inning.


Melky Cabrera hits his second double of the game on a fastball in the middle of the plate to left center.

Cabrera moves over to third as Damon hits a bloop over second base to put runners on the corners.

Jeter hits a sac fly, and picks up the RBI as Cabrera scores. 3-2 Yanks.

Cintron pulls in a line to short to end the inning.


With one out, Brian Roberts hits a stand up double into the right field corner.

Andy Pettitte and his sick pick off move get Roberts off the bag, and Cano applies the tag for the second out.

Mora is walked, and Markakis hits one down the right field line to put runners at second and third.

K. Millar fouls off a breaking ball into his shin, and it looks like it hurt. bad.

Millar strands the tying and go ahead run on a pop up to Cabrera.


With one out, Matsui hits one to first, where Millar gets the unassisted second out.

Giambi ends the half inning with a ball to shallow right field for the third out.


With one out Hernandez hits a hard ball down the line but ARod makes a fantastic dive and throw to first for the second out.

Jay Payton loops a ball to center field and gets on base with two outs.

Jones hits a fly out to 7 for the last out of the inning.


Cabrera works the count full, but is Guthrie’s fourth strikeout of the night, and the last out of the inning. Including Jeter’s sac fly he’s retired eight in a row.


Pettitte gets his first out with a groundball to short, and now faces Roberts.

Melky gets the second out with a fly ball from Roberts to center.

Pettitte comes out of the ballgame in order to make room for Joba. Lets see what he does as he gets geared up to finally get into the starting rotation.

Mora gets his first ever hit off of Joba with a groundball past first.

He walks Markakis and Dave Eiland is out to the mound to talk to Joba.

Chamberlain gets the final out overpowering Millar.


With one out, Johnson at the mound, and Damon in SP, Bobby Abreu is at the plate. He grounds out for the second out of the inning, but Damon is able to move to third.

ARod is at bat, down 0-2 in the count. Going 1-2 after fouling off a couple, he pops foul for the end of the half-inning.


One out already, Hernandez is battling Chamberlain, down 0-2 in the count.

Gets him. Second strike out of the night.

Jay Payton quickly gets behind 0-2 himself. O’s haven’t had one hit with RISP, and hitters 3-9 are 3 for 24.

Joba strikes out Payton on a fastball to end the inning 1-2-3.

Not bad.


Walker is now on the mound for Baltimore.

Matsui leads off the inning with a double, having hit a rope to right field.

Now with G on  first and Matui on second, Cano is in the batters box with no outs.

Cano hits a slow grounder up to first for an out, but moves the runners further along the base paths.

Chad Moeller gets the free pass to load the bases, which allows the O’s a double play opportunity at any base.

Cabrera almost hits Matsui on a foul ball down the third base line. He works the count to 3-2 against Walker.

Bases loaded, Walker is gonna have to throw a strike, which gets fouled off.

After about 4 million additional foul balls Cabrera strikes out on an outside off speed pitch.

Damon comes to the plate and hits a slow roller that looks like a DP ball, the O’s hesitate and Damon BEATS OUT THE PLAY for an infield hit, and an RBI.

Yanks 4-2. Walker gets the boot. ha.

Chad Bradford in for the Orioles. Jeter is in for the Yanks.

Jeter grounds into the final out of the inning.


Time to see what the scrappy O’s can do, with a two run deficit and the 8-9-1 batters due up.

Mariano Rivera is in for the Yanks at the mound to try and put this one away.

Adam Jones leads it off for the O’s and strikes out. Mo is 17 for 21 in retiring the first batter he faces this year.

Luke Scott is pinch hitting for Cintron, and is quickly down 0-2. He hits a groundball to ARod, who commits an error to get on base.

Brian Roberts pops up for the second out of the inning, and the O’s are down to their last strikes with a runner on base.

Luke Scott takes second on an outside pitch.

Mora pops it up in the infield, and the Yanks avoid the sweep winning 4-2.


Game 53 Yanks @ Orioles

The O’s will try to go for the series sweep tonight as they face off against the Yankees from Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD.

Here are the starting lineups for tonights game:

Damon LF

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Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Giambi 1B
Cano 2B
Moeller C
Cabrera CF
Pettitte LHP

Roberts 2B
Mora 3B

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Millar 1B
Huff DH
Hernandez C
Payton LF
Jones CF
Cintron SS
Guthrie RHP

Live Blogging

Well in what was an explosive offensive start including two Yankee homeruns, IPK has stumbled a bit in allowing the O’s to tie the game back up.

In the second the Bombers were able to put four runs on the board, much to the dismay of Oriole pitching. In the bottom of the inning however, the O’s were able to come back, mainly on account of two back to back bombs themselves. IPK struggled to keep the ball out of the middle of the plate, and with a 90 MPH fastball he can’t afford to challenge the hitters like that.

The third inning was non eventful for the most part, but here in the top of the fourth the Yanks have been able to take the lead back on a Johnny Damon double which was driven in by Jeter.
Bobby Abreu just hit a two run homer (7) to give the Yankees a 7-4 lead on a middle in pitch.

ARod just belted a monster homerun as the MASN broadcasters were talking about his lifetime HR numbers. ha. O’s pitcher Brian Burress is done.

8-4 Yanks

Lance Cormier comes on to pitch against the Yankees with an 0-1 record and a 1.93 ERA.

IPK has been taken out of the ballgame in between innings as Ross Ohlendorf (5.86 ERA, 0-1, 2.86 opposing BA) comes in. IPK is with a trainer, so perhaps he has a slight strain.

The decision of what to do with Joba if the pen gets roughed up will be on Girardi.

An O’s runner gets on in the bottom of the fourth on an error charged to ARod. The next batter GIDP, and ARod pulls in a line drive to end the inning.

Top of the fifth was uneventful for the Yankees, and the O’s have put the leadoff man on in the bottom of the fifth. Melvin Mora just smacked the seventh HR of the game off of Ohlendorf to make it an 8-6 ballgame.


LUKE SCOTT JUST HIT ANOTHER O’s HOMERUN. this is getting a little bit silly. Eight homers . KEVIN MILLER JUST HIT ANOTHER HOMERUN. NINTH OF THE GAME. The game is now tied 8-8 again.

This is the most i’ve ever seen in a game. The record for Camden yards is 11, which occurred back in 1994.

IPK has a strained right lat muscle, and is day to day.

The inning is over, and we go to the top of the sixth to see what the Yankee bats can do.

Damon just got on base after Molina was taken for the first out. Jeter almost hits into DP but is able to run out the ball on a fielders choice. On a side note, Damon is a triple away from cycle.

With two on, and two outs with ARod at bat,  the  O’s take out  their pitcher for  fastball pitcher  Sarfate. Jeter gets caught off the bag to end the inning in a huge strategic blunder.

Girardi finally comes to the mound to take out Ohlendorf, in favor of Ramirez.

With two outs, the O’s have runners at the corners in the bottom of the sixth, but Betimit steps on first with an unassisted third out.

Arod leads off the top of the seventh, and strikes out on a high fastball. Matsui is at the plate, 0-3, but with a four game hit streak. He flys out to 7 for the second out.

Bottom of the eighth the O’s are able to get runners into scoring position with two outs. On a hit to right, Kevin Millar makes a run for home but is thrown out by Bobby Abreu’s big arm.

Sarfate is taken out in between innings for Johnson, and he quickly has three outs in the top of the eighth.

Kyle Farnsworth is now pitching for the Yanks, and walks the lead off batter on four straight balls.

A sac bunt moves Adam Jones over to second. Farnsworth throws an intentional walk to Brian Roberts in order to face Melvin Mora. Girarda makes a quick trip to the mound.

It a great strategy as Mora GIDP for the last two outs.

Johnny Damon leads of on a nice hit over the 6 spot for a leadoff double. It’s started to rain heavily , with Jeter at the plate. He tries to bunt but is unable to do so. He squares again for a bunt foul. He strikes out. Abreu takes the plate in an effort to score the go ahead run. He strikes out on a nice inside pitch.

The O’s intentionally walk ARod as they wait to face Matsui.

Matsui (0-4 tonight) takes two pitches as runners both take bases. Girardi comes out to challenge the umpire not taking a delay, and walks away very angrily. Matsui lines out to 3 for the third out.


Ok, 11:11pm, game is back on the air as Markakis takes the plate against Mo (0.45 ERA).

Mo strikes him out on 6 outside fastballs.

Mo has only given up 49 homers in nearly 1000 innings. He still throws mid nineties at almost 40 years of age.

He struck out the second batter as well. Nick Scott pops up for the end of the ninth.

Betimit gets on with a base hit, and Cano grounds into a FC for the second out. Molina flys out to end the inning.

With two outs and a runner on second in the bottom of the tenth, Mo gives up his first walk of the SEASON to Payton. Brian Roberts flies for the final out.

Damon gets on to lead off the 11th, and Jeter squares for a beautiful bunt that ends up an error, bringing Damon to third and Jeter to first.

Abreu gets the pass to load the bases with ARod at the plate with no outs. Uh-oh O’s.

ARod GIDP as the O’s have force outs at home and third. Pretty nice O’s play.

Matsui hits one back up the box for a double, and Abreu scores the go ahead run.

Giambi strikes out to end the inning.

LaTroy Hawkins is in to pitch the bottom of the eleventh, and gives up a loud first out with a runner at first.

Aubrey Huff hits a big one into the outfield against the wall to score the tying O’s run. If this game has been anything, it has been exciting!

Scott gets a free pass to first, with Mora on deck. 

Aubrey Huff scores on a hit off the wall from Cintron.

Final Score: 10-9.

An exciting game to say the least, Jeter’s baserunning error may come under a bit of scrutiny, but a great effort from both teams none the less.