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A.J. Burnett has probably gone through ten bottles of whipped cream already. That’s just fine with him, based on how his Yankees are playing.
Burnett pitched well in an encouraging tuneup and New York rallied for two runs in the ninth inning, beating the Royals 4-3 for its seventh straight victory.
Farm leaguer Juan Miranda got the game-winning hit off Krazy Kyle Farnsworth, an infield single that caromed off the reliever’s leg and into foul territory between home plate and first base.
The custom all season, Burnett plastered Miranda in the face with a whipped cream pie.
Following its league-best 15th walk-off win, New York is 46 games above .500 for the first time since finishing 114-48 in 1998.
Looking for his 100th career win, Burnett allowed two runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked three.
After missing his start on Monday to be with his father, Burnett has turned in three straight quality starts after six weeks of so-so pitching. Burnett is slated to start the regular-season finale Sunday at Tampa Bay, following CC Sabathia on Friday and Andy Pettitte on Saturday.
A good sign for New York was the return of reliever David Robertson. Robertson entered to start the eighth and threw a strikeout before getting a groundout and issuing a walk.
The right-hander was lifted for Brian Bruney, who tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
I’m like a little kid who’s lost his puppy. Sad, feeling like I’m going to cry inside, wondering if I’m ever going to see my puppy again.
Peter Abraham has written his last blog for the Yankees on LoHud.com.
He has given us the inside of the clubhouse, his ability to get information from players, and his amazing writing. His wit is incomparable. There’s no way and no one who can replace Pete.
With the traitor Peter Abraham’s departure to the Boston Globe, the people at the Journal-News have done a good job finding a suitable replacement for PeteAbe.
It will be Chad Jennings.
Jennings, whose worked has been featured at The Times-Tribune, is a great fit for the beat and will be an awesome writer for LoHud.
Congratulations to Chad from us at Generation Third!
Even with their “B” team, the Yankees were still able to easily defeat the Royals 8-2.
Chad Gaudin started and picked up his sixth win of the season. In 6.2 innings pitched he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5.
Ramiro Pena hit his first career homer, which was greeted by the silent treatment in the dugout, then a flurry of back slaps and high fives came afterwards. He got the WWE championship belt also. He also drove in a second run later in the game with an RBI single in the seventh.
The big blow of the game came off the bat of Robinson Cano, a grand slam in the seventh to blow the game wide open and give the Yanks an 8-2 lead. With his RISP struggles this year, it was great to see. It was Cano’s 25th homer of the season. He also doubled in the game, his 48th of the year.
Erick Hinske and Shelley Duncan also had RBI singles.
The bullpen did a good job tonight. Damaso Marte retired the only batter he faced, and Alfredo Aceves threw two perfect innings.
It was the Yankees 101st win of the season, three more wins would give them the most they’ve had since 1998. Here’s an interesting fact I didn’t know until reading other bloggers and checking it online myself: Besides that 1998 season they’ve only won more than 103 games in the last 46 years, and that was in 1964.
Boston lost again, 11-5 to the Blue Jays. Sometimes I wonder if they’re trying to throw away the Wild Card?
The opener of that big four-game set between the Tigers and Twins was rained out. They will play a day-night doubleheader today.
This is the first time in the history of this blog that the Yankees have clinched the AL East. This is a first for Trevor and I, and to mark this, I want to address some things regarding the Yankees and how they will prepare the team for the ALDS.
The lineup and bench are deep. The lineup boasts seven Bombers with 20+ home runs and the first time in MLB history that a shortstop and second base tandem had 200+ hits in a season. The bench has speed and the ability to hit for runs.
Outside of a few locks in the bullpen, who will make it? The locks are Mo, Hughes, Aceves and Coke (Robertson if he’s healthy). Gaudin has a good shot because he’s so versatile. Bruney made a strong case with 1.2 perfect innings. Marte has been terrible, but he’s a lefty.
Will Joba start or a relieve? He had a solid game on Friday against Boston. If the Yanks pick the longer LDS series, Joba could be moved to the pen for it. But then, if the Yanks advance, does it screw him up if/when he goes back to starting?
Who should start the second game of the ALDS? Should the Yanks go two straight lefties or put Burnett in between? I’d do the latter.
Should the Yankees do the long or short series? It all depends on who they face – Minnesota or Detroit. If it’s the Tigers, perhaps the Yanks want the shorter series if it means having to face Justin Verlander only twice instead of three times.
Who should be in the outfield, Gardner or Melky? Melky’s got power and an arm. Gardner’s got speed and defense. The best bet is to platoon them. Use them vs. the pitchers they are facing, and situational hitting and base running.
The rest of the roster is up for grabs. I have no idea who will be there. This week will tell.
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