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AJ. Burnett, Jorge Posada Will Be Key to New York »

As I write this, the Yankees are beating the Tigers in Detroit, 2-1 in the fifth inning. A.J. Burnett has continued to pitch well this year, and this game is something of a microcosm of his season.  He's somehow managed to surrender a run without giving up a hit, or—and this is the real surprise in Burnett's case—a [...]

Sifting Through Some of the Yankees Prospect Hype »

I saw an interview of the Yankees' player development director, Mark Newman, by noted baseball prospect expert John Sickels, and was more than a little surprised at some of the spin Newman puts on various players in the organization. Maybe surprised isn't the right word.  This is spring, after all, when everyone is in the best shape of his [...]

Don’t Make A.J. Burnett the Goat in New York »

The only thing that could have made last night worse for New York was another successful terrorist plot.OK, so that's a bit of a stretch, but seriously, last night was really a drag.The Yankees took an early lead in Game 4 of the 2010 ALCS when Robinson Cano hit his third homer of the series in the second inning, making it 1-0. Two batters [...]

ALCS 2010: Yankees Squander Best Chance at Beating »

The Rangers' Cliff Lee was masterful yet again last night in New York, striking out 13 Yankees in eight innings without allowing a run as he helped push Texas ahead, two games to one in the American League Championship Series. For their part, the Yankees squandered their best pitching performance of the ALCS to date, letting Andy Pettitte's [...]

New York Yankees-Texas Rangers Two-Game Series Review »

Boy, was that a lot of fun! Who says a two-game series isn't worth the effort?One night after losing in unlikely and dramatic fashion to the Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees won a game in even more dramatic, if not precisely unusual fashion. Coming back from a five-run deficit, the Yankees managed to beat one of their postseason foes by a [...]

How Much Better Would Cliff Lee Have Made the New York »

Allow me to introduce you to two mystery pitchers, Player A and Player B. In their last eight starts, dating back to the beginning of June, both pitchers have been very good. Player A has been all but impossible to beat, having completed almost every game he's started, and going fewer than eight innings only once, when he went seven. He [...]

A Tale of Two Pitchers: Yankees’ A.J. Burnett »

The Yankees maintained their loose grip on first place in the American League Eastern Division Monday night, despite being handed an embarrassing, 10-4 loss to the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks. Since the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox did not play, the Bronx Bombers retained a slim, 0.5-game lead on their division rivals. That contest [...]

Another Long, Boring Yankees/Red Sox Game Finally »

Joe West would have been bored out of his mind last night. Six weeks ago, after the Yankees began their title defense with a three-game opening series against the Boston Red Sox, major league umpire Joe West complained about the length of time the Yankees and Red Sox take to play each other. Among his criticisms, he said, “They’re [...]

What’s Wrong with Javier Vazquez? »

There are probably fewer things more frustrating to a sports fan than watching an expensive, recently imported veteran player repeatedly fail in his efforts to help the team. The more prior success he's had, the more money he's making, the more you had to give up to get him...well, that all just makes it worse. And then there's Javy Vazquez. [...]

Yankees Winning a Team Effort »

Well, it's fun being a Yankee fan these days.The Yankees are currently 9-3, sitting atop the American League East division (albeit tied with the Tampa Bay Rays), with a nice five-game lead over the despised Red Sox and their small fiefdom. Their 69 runs scored and +25 run differential are both best in the AL, though not the best in baseball. Over [...]

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