Results for tag: Alex Rodriguez
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jul 25, 2011 at 06:05:08 PM

Today is July 25 and a year and one year ago, Freddy Garcia was pitching for the White Sox and results did not go well. He pitched in Oakland, could not get past the second inning of a 10-2 loss.

Garcia faced 13 hitters and was gone after walking current Mariner Jack Cust. Garcia has had one such start that lasted that short and that was last month against the Red Sox.

On the injury front, Rafael Soriano is slated to pitch in Triple-A again. He pitched yesterday and gave up a home run while facing Columbus.

Eric Chavez is closer and could be activated tomorrow if the Yankees evaluate him to be feeling better.

And finally Alex Rodriguez is two weeks removed from knee surgery but no timetable is set for him to start baseball activities.

Those players are missing facing a team that surprised

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jul 8, 2011 at 02:21:29 AM

For years, especially since 2004, Derek Jeter has always been linked to a third baseman with the surname Rodriguez. The reasons are varied and have been played out in tabloids and various books.

As Jeter’s quest for 3,000 hits continues its summer tour this weekend at Yankee Stadium, he is linked to a Rodriguez. Here’s a hint, his first name is not Alex and he has never played with Jeter.

The man is Sean Rodriguez, a utility man acquired by the Rays two summers ago from the Angels for Scott Kazmir. Rodriguez happened to be playing third base last night and as fate would have it his path crossed with Jeter.

Rather, his glove crossed with Jeter’s swings. Jeter went 1-for-5 last night and in the four instances following his 2,998th career hit, he grounded out.

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jun 26, 2011 at 11:31:27 AM

Today is June 26 and 37 years ago, the Yankees played a weekday afternoon game over the Indians and fell short with a 3-2 loss at Shea Stadium.

The shortstop that day for the Yankees was Jim Mason and eventually Gene Michael, who moved from second to shortstop. It was doubtful that Michael knew 18 years later he would be responsible for drafting another shortstop born sometime that day.

Elsewhere on that day, the shortstop that Michael would have a key role in drafting 18 years later was starting his life as the first Yankee to reach 3,000 hits and that would be Derek Jeter.

A month ago if you said Jeter would not have reached the milestone by now, more of that slump talk would have polluted the airwaves, but today Jeter won’t reach that mark because he is in Tampa Bay rehabbing

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jun 9, 2011 at 03:14:50 AM

Two years ago the Yankees failed to win their first eight games against the Red Sox and spent a portion of that summer answering questions worded a hundred different ways about that issue. Eventually they finally answered with a resounding four-game sweep during the first weekend of August that resembled the five-game sweep in Boston three years earlier.

That weekend happened to be A.J. Burnett's best start against the Red Sox as a Yankee. During the second game of the series, a 15-inning victory, Burnett walked six but allowed just one hit in 7 2/3 innings. Since that game, Burnett is 19-23 with a 4.94 ERA.

And even that could be a misleading number. Since that Friday night, Burnett has allowed at least five runs 15 times and failed to get past the six 22 times.

Last night, Burnett

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jun 6, 2011 at 12:36:00 AM

What you witnessed from the Yankees was a rare thing these days and that is not just a series victory against the Angels in Anaheim.

The rarity is the Seattle-Oakland-Anaheim trip and making all those stops on the same trip. That trip is rarity because of things like having to play six series against division rivals and having to play interleague games.

The unbalanced schedule has been in place since 2001 and interleague play has existed since 1997, meaning that the three city West Coast trip is mostly a thing of the past. It usually gets combined with something strange like Chicago-Seattle-New York, which the Yankees did in 2007 or Anaheim-Seattle-Toronto, which the Yankees will do in the middle of September.

The last time the Yankees had a trip that actually was scheduled in this manner

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 22, 2011 at 11:30:43 AM

Today is May 22 and a year ago at this exact time, the Yankees had hit 50 home runs. Two years ago at the same time, they had 66. Three years ago at the same moment (the morning of May 22), the Yankees had connected 46 times.

Those are the home run figures through games of May 21 the previous three years of Joe Girardi's managerial reign and following yesterday's four home run display, the Yankees have hit 70 in 1482 at-bats, which means that every 21.1 at-bats a home run will leave someone's bat.

The home runs have helped the Yankees lead the AL with 226 runs scored and with a .447 slugging percentage, but they also have seen the Yankees rank low in other hitting categories. In doubles, the Yankees are 14th, in total hits, they are 11th and in batting average, they are ninth.

Much has

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 21, 2011 at 05:10:50 PM

Today is May 21 and for the second year in a row on this date, the Yankees are playing the Mets. Last year, it was Javier Vazquez on the mound in one of his finest moments as a Yankee. Five years ago on this date, the Mets were winners over the Yankee at Shea Stadium when Carlos Delgado and David Wright hit home runs off Aaron Small.

Small was like R.A. Dickey for the Yankees back then but the follow-up to a 10-0 2005 season did not end well, similiar to how Dickey had struggled until last night.

Speaking of struggles, the Yankees have lost six straight home games and this is the second skid of that length since the 95-loss 1990 season. The other was during this in May 2003 when the Yankees dropped eight straight May 16-26, 2003, a stretch that included a four-game sweep to the Toronto

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 16, 2011 at 04:01:35 AM

Shortly before 1 AM after another marathon Yankee-Red Sox game, the police officers assembled on the mezzanine overlooking the tracks where the D train would take people away from Yankee Stadium.

And what they heard from their commander was a job well done followed by applause.

An hour earlier, the Yankees walked off the field up the stairs and across the street and probably did not hear the same.

"It seems like when things are going bad," manager Joe Girardi said, "It goes bad."

Bad would be a nice way to describe the events on the field after the Yankees had been swept by their biggest rival and then headed for a flight to play two games apiece in Tampa Bay and Baltimore with the hope they can figure out why their performance has been the complete opposite of those officers getting

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 14, 2011 at 02:52:32 AM

When Bartolo Colon threw his first pitch sometime after seven last night, the wind was listed at nine miles per hour. When the Yankees spent part of their Friday evening unsuccessfully trying to hit Clay Buchholz the wind velocity seemed to increase, especially because in the words of catcher Jarrod Saltalammachia, nothing stayed straight.

Maybe the only things out of Buchholz's right arm that stayed straight were the three pitches that began the fifth inning when Jorge Posada lined a fastball into right, Russell Martin took a cutter over the wall and Brett Gardner lined a fastball up the middle.

Other than those three pitches, the majority of Buchholz's 110 pitches were electrifying.

Whether it was the two-seam fastball inside to right-handed hitters, the off-speed stuff or the cutter

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 12, 2011 at 06:28:02 PM

Today is May 12 and that means it's Yogi Berra's birthday. Berra turns 86 today and on his 33rd and 34th birthday hit home runs in losing efforts to the Indians in 1959 and 1960. On his last birthday, the Yankees scored eight times in an 8-0 rout and that a doubleheader that saw them lose the opener 2-0 to Detroit.

The Yankees have scored eight runs twice since April 23 when they began this stretch of .178 hitting. During the two games, April 28 and May 8, the Bombers have gone 8-for-28 with runners in scoring postion.

On the eve of Boston's first trip here, the Yankees are in one of those funks that comes and for most teams that eventually evaporates. As Dustin Pedroia told the Boston media after the Red Sox dropped to 17-20 with a 9-3 loss in Toronto, "I ain't going to hit 2-bleeping-40."

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