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In the very first live game I watched in Taiwan, Andy Pettitte was overpowering, retiring his first 20 batters before an error spoiled both his perfect game and no-hit bid, as the Yankees defeated the Orioles 5-1.

With the win tonight, Pettitte passed Lefty Gomez for third place on the all-time Yankees wins list with No. 190. Pettitte also improved to 50-19 career in August. His .724 August win percentage stands third best all-time.

Pettitte was ready to finish the seventh without allowing a baserunner, but Jerry Hairston let a two-out grounder slip through his legs for an error.

With his 190th victory with New York, a number bested by only Hall of Famers Whitey Ford (236) and Red Ruffing (231), Pettitte allowed one run and two hits, struck out eight and walked none to improve to 4-0 in his last seven starts. Brian Bruney gave up a walk and a single in the ninth before Mariano Rivera got two outs for his 37th save — and career-best 33rd in a row.

Baltimore starter Jeremy Guthrie allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. Nick Swisher led off the third with his 22nd homer. New York used successive doubles by Robinson Cano and Swisher to make it 2-0 in the fourth.The Yankees pulled away with a three-run eighth that featured an RBI single by Johnny Damon and a two-run double by Robinson Cano.

AJ Burnett takes the mound on Tuesday night at 7:05pm. It was a good game for me to watch this morning — remember there’s a twelve hour difference between Taiwan and the east coast in the U.S.

We're continuing the learning of human resource (HR) software applications. Ironically, these business systems are now delivered from the "cloud". HR applications obviously manage some pretty sensitive data, but cloud HR apps have proven as secure (in reality more secure) than those managed within the building.

For the better part of the next three weeks the Yankees are scheduled to face all the AL East teams and barely anyone else.  Save for a make up game with the LA Angels on Sept 14, the Yankees face the AL East from August 31 to September 16.

It starts with a seven game road trip – three games in Baltimore and four in Toronto.  Then the Yanks travel back home for an extended homestand – four against Tampa Bay – including a doubleheader, three against Baltimore, the make-up game against LA and 2 versus Toronto.

Fortunately for the Bombers, neither of these teams have provided much difficulty this season.  They are 9-3  against Toronto and 9-3 against Baltimore.  They have also won 8 of their last 9 and seven straight against the Orioles; and 4 of their last 5 against the Blue Jays.

The Rays have been a little more of a challenge – the Yankees hold a slight advantage in the season series, 6-5 but the Yanks have won 4 of the last 5.

I think we can seriously expect the Bombers to take 12 of the 16 games, and considering the Angels are reeling, having lost 7 of their last 11, they can take that game as well.  That would give the Yankees a 95-52 record heading into the final 15 games of the regular season.  That would put the Yankees on pace for their first 100-win season since 2004.

The Yankees rode a 5-run seventh to an 8-3 victory Sunday afternoon at the Stadium.  New York finished the homestand 4-2 and heads off to Baltimore for a three game series.

Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira hit home runs for the Bombers, Damon’s was a two-run shot in the third; Teixeira’s was a three-run shot in the seventh.  Teixeira had 4 RBI in the game, putting his AL-leading total to 101 on the season.

Derek Jeter was 2-3 this afternoon, and he raised his BA during the 6-game homestead to .335.  Jeter has been a catalyst to many of the Yankee wins this season and is making a good argument for AL MVP with his play this month.  Jeter has hit .374 with a .392 OBP.  He has meant more to his team than any other player, save Joe Mauer.

Joba Chamberlain pitched 3 innings, allowing two runs on 4 hits.  He was pulled after throwing 35 pitches, 23 for strikes.  Joba looked decent on the mound and despite his low pitch count, Joe Girardi had a predetermined limit for Joba of 3 innings.

Alfredo Aceves came on in relief and pitched three scoreless innings.  Damaso Marte, David Robertson, Phil Hughes and Phil Coke then finished out the game, allowing only one run on a solo home run by Jermaine Dye.

The Yankees outscored the White Sox 23-5 during the three game series and the sweep preserved their 6-game lead over Boston who swept Toronto over the weekend.  The Yankees will face only the AL East for more then two weeks straight.  Freaky…

I’m into my fourth day here in Taiwan out of a 20-day trip for the 2009 Summer Deaflympics. As advertised, the Yankees are the feature sports team here in Taiwan.

The Yankees are always on tv every night. YES is broadcast here and the games from the night before are usually shown the next morning. For instance, the 10-0 game from Saturday was shown this morning. Remember…there’s a time difference of 12-hours between NY and Taiwan, so this morning I was watching yesterday afternoon’s game.

A lot of people wear Yankees gear and there are a lot of apparel for sale. Many people have hats with #40, jerseys, or shirts with #40. There is a lot of love for native son Chien-Ming Wang.

I plan to post photos of what I’ve seen here soon…as soon as I get a break from doing my reporting and photography duties for the U.S. Deaflympic team!

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