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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

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

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 15, 2011 at 01:25:44 AM

Sometime between 1:30 and 2:00 yesterday afternoon as Jorge Posada and the Yankees were getting ready to appear for their Saturday night game against the Red Sox, the following songs appeared on Q-104.

The classic rock station played “Under Pressure” by Queen with David Bowie. A few songs later “Alive” by Pearl Jam appeared and that was followed by “Badlands” from Bruce Springsteen.

Obviously none of these songs pertain to baseball, but they could be in that context when the state of the Yankee hitting woes is mentioned, especially with the news as it pertains to Posada.

By now you may have seen the numbers and you might be wondering are the Yankees feeling "Under Pressure" to do something with Posada. You might also be wondering when Posada's will

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

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 13, 2011 at 05:17:05 PM

Today is May 13 and for the first time since moving to the Bronx in 1923, the Yankees have a home game with the Boston Red Sox. They have played them twice on this date in Boston (1965 and 1995) but never at home either in the Bronx, the Polo Grounds and Hilltop Park in Upper Manhattan.

Today also happens to be Friday the 13th for you superstitious types and if you’ve followed the Yankees the last two nights, their performance can be assessed a slop fest of horrifying baseball.

And because of that the Yankees are not a first place team for the first time in roughly a month.

"Maybe it's what we need. Maybe we need the Red Sox to come in. Everything seems to get turned up, the coverage, the intensity of the games seem to take on a new flavor, and each at-bat seems to take on a new

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 11, 2011 at 01:25:04 PM

In case you haven't noticed, professional sports is an occupation where icons tend not to age gracefully in terms of production. When that happens, it becomes a delicate balance and issue for those in charge of getting the team to succed.

Though it is only nine games, it may be the case concerning Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada's early struggles.

Jeter spent most of spring training tinkering with his stride and it seemed to work, but one week in, he is batting .206 after a 1-for-13 weekend and looks lost in one paper. A year ago, he batted .333 through nine games before tumbling to .270.

That being said, what if Jeter is still batting .206 a month from now? Would he be moved from second to the lower part of the order by Joe Girardi. The track record of Jeter seem to indicate he won't hit

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Nov 18, 2010 at 01:28:06 PM

Few things get done at the GM meetings but sometimes names that you don't necessarily anticipate emerge as trade possibilities.

Based on the tweets, articles and blogs from the last few days, the name of the season appears to be Arizona right fielder Justin Upton, a 23-year-old who is the brother of Tampa Bay center fielder B.J. Upton.

Since Upton is under contract until 2015, roughly half of the sport has an interest in obtaining his services. So besides the usual Yankee-Red Sox winter transaction rivalry, other teams in proxmity might emerge.

One team might be the Blue Jays, who were recently mentioned nationally. So if you believe they can get that done, they will have Upton playing next to Wells and speedster Rajai Davis in the outfield mix.

Another team mentioned has been the Mariners,

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 26, 2010 at 06:24:38 PM

Today is Sept. 26 and 49 years ago, Roger Maris tied Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record by connecting off Baltimore’s Jack Fisher at the original Yankee Stadium.

There will be no records set and the Yankees hope to avoid their season high fifth straight loss, which qualifies as a 2010 record.

The original plan was to give Dustin Moseley a second start on a Sunday night against the Red Sox. The original plan also included an “X” next to where it says Yankees in the standings, which would have indicated a playoff berth.

The Yankees have failed at that and not looked well at doing so over the last four games, getting outscored by 34-16 and not pitching well. Of course some of those mixed message bullpen moves have not helped matters.

So where there is failure

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 25, 2010 at 10:51:59 PM

If you have ever stepped foot in Yankee Stadium rooting for the visiting team, chances are at some point you might have chanted “Yankees Stink”.  Well not really stink, but another word starting with the letter “S”.

More times than not, you would be totally wrong. If you have chanted that at any point during the last four Yankee home games, you would not be inaccurate.

That is because with the exception of an aborted comeback filled with home runs Friday, the Yankees and there is no nice way to put this – have stunk and they were awful in losing to Jon Lester, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

It is not 1990-esque stink but still something rotten and it starts on the mound with starting pitcher. A.J. Burnett gets absolved because rain washed

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 25, 2010 at 03:13:57 PM

Today is September 25, another way too hot day for the first few days of fall.

A year ago, the Yankees were two days away from re-claiming the AL East title that was theirs from 1998-2006.

Now, the defense of that is questionable despite the one-half game difference between them and the Rays. As we begin this, the Yankees are taking batting practice to Pearl Jam’s Corduroy, a song whose chorus is “The Waiting Drove Me Mad”.

Based on some of the phone calls from Yankee fans to ESPN Radio and WFAN, that feeling is emerging with some as the Yankees have not looked very good in losing three straight and 12 of 18 following an eight-game winning streak.

So how do you solve that problem?

The Yankees have eight games remaining so maybe doing something like winning five or