GAME 93 Yankees vs Orioles

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

YANKEES (55-37, Tied for First Place AL East)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez DH
Posada C
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Ransom 3B
Pitching: RHP Sergio Mitre (4-1, 2.32 in minors).

ORIOLES (41-51, Fifth Place AL East)
Roberts 2B
Jones CF
Markakis RF
Huff 1B
Scott DH
Mora 3B
Reimold LF
Wieters C
Izturis SS
Pitching: LHP Rich Hill

Going for Five: The Yankee have opened the second-half of the season winning four straight and they try and make it 5 in a row tonight. They are also tied for first with the Red Sox.
Meet Mitre: Sergio Mitre is making his first start since September 2007. He is 10-23 with a 5.36 ERA over 5 seasons with the Cubs and Marlins. Mitre signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees prior to the season and went 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA in 54.1 IP with AAA Scranton. Brett Tomko was DFA'd to make room for Mitre.
Sticking to the Plan: The Yankees are giving Alex Rodriguez the day off and Cody Ransom will be starting at 3B. It's A-Rod's first day off since the All Star break.
All about the Pitching: Yankees pitchers are 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA since the All-Star break.
Hot-decki: The hero of last night's game has been on fire during the month of July. Since July 2, he is .350/.471/.775 with 5 HR and 14 RBI. He has also scored 7 runs and walked 10 times too.

UPDATE 8:35: Wrote in the notes Yanks were sticking to the plan giving A-Rod the day off. Well, I lied, he has a half-day off as the DH. Because he just gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead on a bases-loaded single.

UPDATE 8:48: Cano hits his first HR since July 3, and it's 5-2 Yankees.

UPDATE 9:04: 6-2 Yankees top of the fifth. Looks like Jeter got up from that play at the plate limping. He's back out at short, but let's just hope he is okay and stays in for the remainder of the game.

UPDATE 9:13: I think there are only two thoughts going through Yankees fans minds during this game right now. 1. Mitre ain't that bad. 2. Jeter better not be 'effing hurt.

UPDATE 9:22: Maybe I spoke too soon about Mitre. Or maybe 5 innings is his limit against MLB teams, now it's 6-4 Yankees. And one more thing, how atrocious has Damon's fielding been this year?


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