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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Mar 28, 2011 at 11:54:15 PM

When we last left you and that doesn't count the very sparodic blog posts during the offseason, the Yankees were left wondering how they could get steamrolled in a six-game series to the Texas Rangers and how their championship defense could go up in smoke.

This year, most of the same cast is here with some notable additions and yes I'm aware that some of them would have made the Yankees even better in 2002 and 2003, two years of 100 wins, but that's in the past and so are the events of last October.

So welcome back to baseball, which as evidenced by certain things, still trumps the other sports. And frankly based on my early 8-16 performance with the 2010 Yankees in the Strat-O-Matic computer game, the new season can't come quick enough.

Some say the anticipation for the new season

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 27, 2010 at 02:15:16 AM

The World Series will begin tonight in San Francisco and at some point the official scorer will announce the first pitch of 4:57.

At some point, the official scorer will announce a stolen base and then the pitching line of the starting pitchers.

If Game One of the World Series was being played in New York you might hear the following when it came to reading the pitching line:

The line on Sabathia ... seven innings, four hits, two runs, both earned, two walks, five strikeouts ..... and one .... home run."

That was one of the distinctive things about Bill Shannon, the best official scorer in the business, who tragically died in a house fire yesterday morning.

Another distinctive thing about Bill that is not getting mentioned is how he kept track of every pitch in a game whether he was

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 9, 2010 at 04:08:44 PM

A lot has been made about the Orioles trying to sweep the Yankees at Yankee Stadium for the first time since June 1986.  So that led me to wonder how close they have been since yesterday they were two outs away before Nick Swisher homered.

Since that sweep, the Yankees are 122-68 at home against the Orioles. The Orioles have attempted to sweep a series of three or more with managers Earl Weaver, Cal Ripken Sr., Frank Robinson, Johnny Oates, Phil Regan, Davey Johnson, Ray Miller, Mike Hargrove, Sam Perlozzo, Lee Mazzilli, Dave Tremblay and Buck Showalter.

After that sweep, the Orioles lost 13 of their next 16 through 1988. In 1989, the Orioles had a surprising run while the Yankees struggled through a 74-win season and lost five of the seven meetings.

They opened the 1989 season in the

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