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Yanks know how to win; News and Notes

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For the second time in as many nights the Yankees, went to extra innings with Baltimore, finally beating them 6-4 in the 10th inning behind a Nick Swisher blast and a Mariano Rivera save.  The win completed a three game sweep of the Orioles, helping the Yankees put behind them their 0-3 start as they head back to New York for their home opener.

As a baseball fan I love extra innings, or as the old saying goes, “free baseball”.   As a Yankees fan, not so much.  I would prefer the games to be well in reach by the sixth inning to keep my heart from over-exerting itself and my TV from being yelled at.

The good part of the Yanks wining in extras again is they are showing they know how.  The bullpen was once again fantastic in holding the Orioles to the runs C.C. Sabathia had surrendered, and the hitters, this time Swisher, got a timely hit to allow Rivera to come in and do what he does best.  Although many people will say it is just the Orioles, the fact that New York can get this type of win two nights in a row says a lot about the team.  And although the Orioles are perennial cellar dwellers in the A.L. East, they are still a talented, well-managed team that would compete and win a lot more in any other division.

Michael Kay of the YES Network brought up a good point toward the end of last nights game.  With the way Boston, Tampa, Toronto and New York beat up on each other in the division, the team that separates itself from the pack will be the one that can win the games against Baltimore.   The Yanks did just that with their three game sweep.

Today is an off day for the Yankees as they prepare for their home opener and a three game set with Albert Pujols and the Angels.

Morning Coffee & Links

Jorge Posada to throw out first pitch for home opener

Girardi goes against percentages – and wins

Yanks getting slow starts from the middle

Hiroki Kuroda is worried

Once again Jeter quiets the doubters

First Pitch:  State of the Yankees

Here’s to a great day of baseball!



News and Notes from around the Yankee Universe

We got our first extra innings game of the season yesterday, and the Yankees (2-3) were able to pull it out in the 12th inning, earning a 5-4 win over the Orioles (3-2).  Throughout the spring many thought the bullpen would be the strength of this Yankees team, and they proved their worth yesterday.  Freddy “Wild Thing” Garcia struggled through four innings, giving up four runs on four hits, and walking three while throwing five wild pitches and hitting batter.  David Phelps came in to the game in the fifth and worked 2 1/3 perfect innings, striking out four.  After Boone Logan allowed a hit to his only batter faced, David Robertson worked a scoreless inning, followed by another 2 1/3 strong innings from Cory Wade.  After Clay Rapada got the final two outs of the 11th inning, Raul Ibanez plated the go ahead run in the 12th with a pinch-hit double, setting up Mariano Rivera to close out the game.

After watching Phelps in his first two appearances, you would never guess he was a rookie pitching for the first time in the major leagues.  He has presence on the mound, is calm, and makes the pitches he needs to make.  He was putting his fastball wherever he wanted it.  It is a good to know you  have a middle man who can bridge the gap to the 7th, 8th, and 9th inning trio of Rafael Soriano, Robertson, and Hughes should the Yankees starters struggle, and Phelps has shown he is ready for that role.

The Yankees will wrap up their series with Baltimore tonight at 7:05ET.  C.C. Sabathia will take the mound for New York, hoping to make up for his opening day performance.  He will face Jake Arrieta.

Morning Coffee & Links

Raul’s rip lifts Yanks past O’s

The ‘pen writes a comeback

Yanks need C.C. to be strong to rest depleted bullpen.

Rafael Soriano breaks a nail warming up

C.C. ready for the O’s

Freddy Garcia historically wild

A-Rod and Teixeira are in post-season form

The game isn’t the same without Vin Scully

Here’s to a great day of baseball!







Thank you, Baltimore!

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0-3 was enough.  I was finished hearing about when the last time the Yankees started 0-3, and if they lost again when they had started 0-4.  Or 0-5.  Had they ever started 0-6?  What if they began the season 0-20, or God forbid lost all of their games and became the first team to go 0-162?

Well, we don’t have to worry about that.

The Orioles do what they do best:  stop  losing streaks.  And they made the Yankees look good doing it. Ivan Nova looked like an ace, pitching out of trouble.  Despite giving up 10 hits, only two of those runners crossed the plate, and Nova walked no one while striking out seven in seven innings pitched.  David Robertson and Mariano Rivera each added a scoreless inning to close out the game.  It was just the pitching performance New York needed.

And the Yankee hitters did their part as well, scattering 11 hits off the cartoon birds, including an Andruw Jones home run in the sixth inning.  The Yanks chased Oriole starter Brian Matusz after four innings, pounding him for six hits and walking four times, earning four runs.  They didn’t let up against the bullpen, slapping five more hit for two runs.

Even Joe Girardi did his part by not over-managing!

All in all it was definitely a great win for the Yanks, something Yankee Universe desperately needed. No more shift-talk, and no more chatter about losing streaks, under performing pitchers and over managing managers.

I feel a lot better about baseball today.  Thank you, Baltimore.

News and Notes from around the Yankee Universe

The Yankees (1-3) defeated the Orioles ( 3-1) 6-2 yesterday.  Game two of the three game set will be tonight at 7:05 ET.  Freddy Garcia will pitch for the Yankees while Wei-Yin Chen will take the mound for Baltimore.

Morning Coffee & Links

Derek Jeter still sets the tone for Yanks

Yanks finally get first win

With Jeter around, no reason to panic

Russell Martin  gets in heated exchange over sign stealing

Could Jeter hit .400?

In non-Yankees news, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended five games for his remarks about Fidel Castro.

Here’s to a great day of baseball!