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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 8, 2011 at 12:38:57 AM

For years, the book on A.J. Burnett has been high-velocity fastball and a curve that sometimes comes with a devastating hook.

When you’ve gone 10-15 relying on those two things, there comes a time to evolve or change it up slightly. For Burnett, his recovery this year might be contingent on the development and success of the changeup - a pitch that is designed to compliment his primary pitches.

Yesterday Burnett threw 12 changeups - primarily to lefties and that doubled his total he threw in five innings against the Detroit Tigers Saturday.

Last year, Burnett threw 3,175 pitches and just 84 were changeups. In 2009, he threw 4,117 pitches and just 77 were changeups.

Three years ago as an 18-game winner with the Toronto Blue Jays, Burnett threw 3,530 pitches and 130 of those were

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 7, 2011 at 12:00:41 PM

Today is April 7 and 34 years ago, Catfish Hunter pitched seven shutout innings and held the Milwaukee Brewers to seven hits to kick off the 1977 season.

That happened to be four days after A.J. Burnett turned three months old and today Burnett makes his second start in what he hopes will be a significant bounce-back campaign from a year ago. Burnett began the season Saturday against Detroit with five servicable innings in a 10-6 win.

The Yankees would love to get the type of performance from Burnett that Billy Martin received from Hunter 34 years ago, though they'll take seven innings with something like five hits and two runs, especially since Burnett does not have the head cold he had last week.

"It makes you feel better about his stamina and being able to give you a substantial

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 6, 2011 at 05:39:29 PM

Today is April 6 and a year ago, Rafael Soriano was in Tampa Bay and was the winning pitcher in a 4-3 Rays' victory over the Orioles. That day, Soriano began a 45-save season by working out of a bases-loaded jam.

Last night, Soriano failed to work out of the same situation as he gave up three walks for the first time as a relief pitcher. Then he did one of the cardinal sins, especially in New York and that was not owning up to it.

Whether he pitches a third straight game remains to be seen, especially since he has thrown 51 pitches during the last two games, but one thing is certain, Soriano deserves a lot of credit for apologizing. Not only did he apologize but he was authentic, engaging and vowed it would never occur again.

"I think it takes character and I think it takes self-evaluation

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 5, 2011 at 06:20:04 PM

Today is April 5 and 32 years ago Bucky Dent became a Yankee. There are no such momentus occasions unless you consider the unveiling of the lineup against left-handed pitchers as significant.

The Yankees had the same lineup for four games against right-handed pitching and that had Brett Gardner leading off and Derek Jeter. In the small sample size, it did not necessarily work out since Gardner was 2-for-15. So with the first lefty (Brian Duensing) scheduled to pitch against the Yankees, Gardner gets the day off and Andruw Jones makes his Yankee debut.

Yankee Stadium memories for Jones include his two home run in Game One of the 1996 World Series or one of the three mammoth home runs the White Sox hit off Javier Vazquez last May. Jones is a career .261 hitter off lefties though that number

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 9, 2010 at 05:03:57 PM

Today is Saturday October 9 and the last time October 9 occurred on a Saturday, guess what the Yankees were doing then:

Give up?

The answer is doing the same thing they hope to do tonight – eliminate the Twins from the ALDS.

That night in 2004 and playing in the Metrodome, the Yankees needed four hours, 16 minutes and 11 innings to advance to the ALCS. Like they have in the last two years against the Twins, the Yankees also were comeback winners, except the deficit was not one or two runs.

It was four runs as the Yankees fell behind 5-1 against Johan Santana (87 pitches in five innings on three days rest) and Grant Balfour. The comeback began against Juan Rincon as Bernie Williams lined a single and Ruben Sierra crushed a three-run home run.

The series was won when Tom Gordon

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 8, 2010 at 01:55:04 PM

Before heading out to the field to begin stretching, Jim Thome addressed the mood and mindset of the Twins’ clubhouse that is one game away from being eliminated and losing again to the Yankees.

Thome said things like “we have to win every game, we have a loose clubhouse, credit their ballclub, everybody is still positive.”

Before heading to stretch, he said that they have won games anytime they had to win. Of course the regular season is vastly different to the postseason in terms of stakes but when it boils down to it, it is still the same type of game.

Scenario 1:

June 28: Out of first place for the first time since April 10, the Twins go back into first with an 11-4 win over the Tigers. Tied up at 3-3 in the fourth, Justin Morneau’s two-out single gives the Twins

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 7, 2010 at 04:47:20 PM

When a guy used to leave the Mets after tanking and perform elsewhere, fans would go "Of course he’s good now".

 

For the Yankees, Carl Pavano is that guy. After four embarrassing seasons in pinstripes caused by numerous injuries, Pavano went to the Indians and was 9-8 with a 5.37 ERA before being dealt to Minnesota in August 2009.

In 12 starts for the Twins, Pavano was 5-4 with a 4.64 ERA and then pitched well in Game Three of the ALDS. This year, Pavano finished with 17 wins, one shy of the career-high he set in 2004 with Florida that led to his infamous four-year deal.

The Yankees did not see him personally this year, so they did not get a first-hand look at the pitcher who was 10-2 from June 3 through August 13. They also did not get a firsthand glance at the pitcher

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 7, 2010 at 03:34:28 AM

When postseason games are on, I usually pay little attention to the computer. While I do keep social networking sites like facebook and twitter up, I don’t pay close attention but at the moments I am looking in between innings, the gamut of reactions make me chuckle, especially on a night where the Yankees fall behind early.

Last night the Yankees fell behind by three runs and pulled off a 6-4 win over the Twins.

During last year’s postseason, seven of the 11 victories occurred in games where the Yankees trailed at some point. One of those wins was in Game Three of the World Series when the Yankees came from three runs down and were 8-5 winners.

So here are some of the samplings of social networking reactions:

First from facebook:

Status on having Nick Swisher bunt: Girardi

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