The Yanks will kick off a four game set against my second favorite team the Texas Rangers tonight in Arlington. The Yanks will be facing the Rangers, the Angels and the Twins in the “Let’s see what you got” 10 game road trip that starts tonight. Joba Chamberlain will take the mound for the Yanks and face Vincent Padilla for the Rangers.
Updates To Come:
6:19: The Stache has met it’s demise. It had no more luck left in it so Big G finally said his goodbyes. I wonder if he’ll stay clean shaven or see if he can squeeze some luck out of a new ‘stache.
6:21: Nady named Co-Player Of The Week for going 10-19, with 10 RBIs and 3 long balls. Keep making Cashman look like a trade God.
6:50: Just realized [courtesy of Sean of Yankees Daily] that the last regular season game at Yankee Stadium will be on ESPN. How crappy is that? It’d take me forever to list the reasons why I hate ESPN so I’ll cut to the chase: I want to thank whoever is responsible for this for slapping the Cathedral in the face. Nice job.
6:53: According to Pete Abraham, Joe G. has said that Dan Giese will start on Friday while Raz moves into the bullpen.
7:38: Melk is sitting out tonight and Girardi said he just wanted to give him a day or two off. Everyone knows Melky needs it. With the speedster Christian starting in center, it’ll be fun to see what havoc he causes on the bases.
7:45: It is currently 102 degrees in Arlington with 28% humidity making it feel like 104. It’s going to be tough just to breathe, let alone play baseball.
7:52: Good news: Mo says he’s ready and able to pitch.
8:13: Single by Bobby and A-Rod walks with two out. Big G up and looking weird.
8:21: And G comes through with a single to put the Yanks on the board.
8:24: The Yanks only put up 1, but have Padilla heaving for air.
8:30: Joba holds the Rangers down in the 1st, throwing 13 pitches.
8:36: Yanks go quickly and quietly in the 2nd.
8:43: Efficiency from Joba so far. Let’s hope that lasts.
8:55: Yanks fail to put up some more runs but push Padilla’s pitch count to 55 after 3 innings.
9:05: Joba ends a tough inning with a K of Michael Young. A run was prevented from scoring by a great stop by Jeet and Salty’s overslide.
9:15: Big G cranks a homer to put another run on the board for the Yanks. Should’ve shaved that ‘stache a while ago.
9:16: Robbie cranks one to tack another on. 3 – 0 Yanks. Padilla at 79 pitches with two outs in the 4th.
9:41: Balk gives the Yanks another run.
9:50: Red Alert: Pudge smiled.
9:55: Crazy inning unfolding for the Yanks. Someone get these umps glasses, pleease.
9:57: Joba now serves up another HR to make it 6 – 5 Texas.
10:04: Joba is taken out of the game with an apparent injury. Pray it isn’t serious.
10:20: Yanks get something stirring but not able to push across a run. Still waiting on word on Joba.
10:25: Edwar works a nice and easy 1-2-3 inning.
10:36: Yanks go down 1-2-3. With Joba taken out it seems the bats have got the air taken out them. The Yanks can easily tie this game and with the loss by Tampa, they have a chance to gain ground tonight.
10:40: As of yet, the word is “stiff right shoulder” on Joba.
10:44: Bruney pitches a solid 7th. Time for some more runs. A-Rod, Giambi and Nady coming up.
10:50: The X-Man strikes again! Homer! Tie Game.
10:57: The other guy in the Nady deal, Marte, coming into the game.
11:07: Marte allows a triple by Murphy but gets out of the jam by striking out my boy Crush Davis and getting Saltalamachhia to fly out.
11:19: Jeet had a chance to give the Yanks the lead but gets robbed of an RBI single by Hamilton in center.
11:36: It’s all over. Marte walks the bases loaded and Byrd hits a walk-off grand slam. One of the worst losses this season. Not a good way to start of the road trip.
The ‘Stache has stated that he would participate in the Home Run Derby if he made the All-Star team. We need a Yankee to participate [and hopefully win] the Derby, so “Support The ‘Stache“.
A Yankee grows out a new, thick mustache and instant slogan…
The Moose did not make the All-Star team, while Varitek, hitting .219, does.
Are you kidding me?
The Red Sox are being represented by 6 players and their precious captain still gets the nod, despite barely hitting over the Mendoza line. Hello, it’s called the “All-Star” Game. The players voted him in… and people get outraged that the fans get to vote?
Who’s got your vote for the final player?
Normally, I would vote for the best player of the lot [which in this case I believe is Dye] but the All-Star Game rosters are already screwed up and Red Sox infested, so I’m voting for the Big G put in more pinstripes for the final All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium in its final year.
Despite the new face leading off the lineup tonight, with one of the Yanks’ top prospects, Brett Gardner, called up before the game and the solid start by Bullwinkle, the Yankee offense still remained unable to generate a pulse… yet again. The Yanks managed all of 4 hits tonight, scoring only one run off the bat of Rodriguez, who finally hit one over the fence [and into Monument Park], after coming close multiple times last night at Shea. The guy who probably wants to punch a pillow after tonight though is Mussina, who got the loss, despite going 6 innings, allowing a mere 2 runs on 5 hits, while racking up his season high 8 strikeouts [three of which burned Milton Bradley, who got the Golden Sombrero, with a total of 4 K’s on the night… ouch]. With the way the Yanks’ season has gone so far, you would expect that with an outing like this from the Moose, either the bullpen would blow it when the Yanks got the lead or the offense would take a nap when all they needed was a run to tie and two to pull ahead… I was betting on the bullpen. Turns out the arms outta the pen tonight [Edwar, Veras & Geise] did their job, keeping the runs off the board, but were still unable to celebrate by game’s end.
This pretty boring game summed up in one sentence: good enough pitching to get the win, but no offense to back it up. Kudos to Brett Gardner though, who didn’t get a hit in his Major League debut, but broke up a DP by running hard out of the box and got himself a stolen base. The guy has speed. Chamberlain on the mound tomorrow, hoping to get his second Major League win as a starter under his belt. So far Joba has literally shut the mouths of anyone who thought that bringing him out of the bullpen and into the rotation was a bad idea. Joba Rules.
– Big G and 1st base umpire Bill Hohn looked like they were having a battle of the ‘staches… and Hohn won. Seriously though, G, please, at least get it trimmed.
– Almost forgot to mention that G also got his first triple in… wait for it… 6 years. Damn… I guess that means the ‘stache is going to get thicker.
– Gave a shoutout to Texas closer C.J. Wilson yesterday and he wipes Big G, A-Rod & Jorge in the 9th without breaking a sweat to end the game tonight… thx for the love.