It was a good weekend for the Yankees as they took 2 of 3 from their crosstown rivals. The Yanks and Mets finish the 2010 Subway Series 3-3.
Friday night the Yankee offense didnt show up, but Saturday and Sunday they awoke. Saturday Mark Teixeria and Curtis Granderson homered for the Yanks in support of Phil Hughes who improved to 10-1 and is surely going to be on his to Anahiem for the All-Star Game next month.
Sunday Teixeria homered again,this it was a grand slam off Mets ace Johan Santana and it was all the Bombers needed as CC Sabathia was lights out and won his 4th straight start. It looks like Sabathia and Teixeria are finally hitting their stride.
The Yankees lead the bigs with 7 grand slams (Alex Rodriguez, 2; Jorge Posada, 2; Teixeira; Granderson; Robinson Cano). The all-time Yankee record is 10 (1987).
The big thing out of this series was Teixeria production. Hopefully this is a sign of the MVP-like Tex we saw last year.
“It’s a daily grind. It’s never easy. You’re always working, especially both
ways,” Teixeira said. “It’s tough for me sometimes. But when I can hit a home
run left-handed yesterday, a home run right-handed today, hopefully that’ll get
some things rolling for me personally.”
The win puts the Yanks in 1st place for just the 3rd day this season. But no complaining here. I really hope Hughes not onlymakes the All-Star team but is the AL starter. How cool would that be? He'll surely be there as he is tied for the most wins in the AL.
Now that the Subway Series is done and over with, the Yanks can focus on the rest of the AL and make thier push towars the All-Star break and then the team usually heats up in the 2nd half so it's definately worth watching. Yanks, best record in baseball...let the haters begin to speak but it wont change the fact, the best team in baseball resides in the Bronx!
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Mark Teixeria is in his 8th major league season, 2nd with the New York Yankees. The Yankees are his 4th team since entering the league in 2003. He also played for the Texas Rangers,Atlanta Braves, and Anahiem Angels.
Teixeira grew up in Severna Park, Maryland. He played varisty baseball for his high school. When Mark finished high school he was attended Georgia Tech. He was orginally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1998 but turned them down to attend college.
In 2001, won the Dick Howser Trophy as the national collegiate baseball player of the year. After that, Teixeira re-entered the draft and was selected by the Texas Rangers with the fifth overall pick.
In 2005, Teixeira became the third switch-hitter in MLB history to hit at least 20 home runs in each of his first three seasons. Eddie Murray and Chipper Jones are the others to accomplish the feat. His total of 144 RBI for that season is a Major League record for a switch-hitter.
In July of 2007 Teixeria was dealt to the Braves after rejecting a long term contract offer from the Rangers. His stay in Atlanta was short lived as he was only there for one calendar year as he was traded to the Angels at the trade deadline in 2008.
After the 2008 season Teixeria became a free agent and was being pursued by many teams as he was the elite hitter of the free agent class. The Angels and Red Sox were thought to be front runners in the Teixeria sweepstakes but the Yankees seemingly out of nowhere came in and swooped Mark and offered him the contract he was looking for. He ultimately signed with the Yanks and the rest is history.
In his 1st season in pinstripes Teixeria was worth every penny the Yanks gave him. He gave them an MVP worthy performance both at the plate and on the field. He finished 2nd in the AL MVP voting and won a Gold Glove. But the biggest accomplish was winning the World Series in his first year in the Bronx. Something his predecessor, Jason Giambi failed to do in his 7 years with the Yanks.
In 2010 Mark looks to repeat the success of 2009. Although as of writing he is still struggling to find his rthymn at the plate, he is still a force in the Yankee lineup on an everyday basis. He desire to win and gritty approach will get him to high places in the Bronx in the remaining years of his contract. I expect to see the same old Tex we're use to seeing, .300 average, 30 home runs, 100 RBI..that'll be there. Hopefully so will another World Series championship, when it's all said and done.
Being the defending World Champions isn't easy. Everyone puts a bullseye on your back and does anything they can to take you out and make sure you don't repeat as champs. The Philadelphia Phillies know all about that, they were defending champs last season until they lost the World Series to the Yanks in 6 games. Guess who's back in the Bronx this week, yep..the former World Champs.
In a rematch of the 2009 World Series the Yanks and Phillies sent out their aces, CC Sabathia vs Roy Halladay. This had Game 7 of the World Series written all over it. Too bad it's only the middle of June and it's just another game on the schedule. Yankee fans wished it was Game 7 of the Series because the Yanks lit up Halladay by hitting 3 home runs and going on to win 8-3 at the Stadium. Home runs by Mark Teixeria, Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson led the charge offensively for New York. Sabathia wasn't his dominant self but was good enough to get the win over Halladay.
In the second game of the series on Wednesday night the Phillies roughed up AJ Burnett for 6 runs and got a bit of revenge for Tuesday's loss. Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada homered in the losing effort for the Bombers, who were baffled by 47 year old Jamie Moyer.Moyer became the oldest pitcher ever to record a win against the Yankees. That's quite an accomplishment if you ask me.
The still remain with the best record in baseball despite the loss. They had their 9 game home winning streak snapped but there was a positive note coming out of the loss. Alex Rodriguez returned to the lineup after missing the previous 4 games with his groin inujry. He had an RBI double in the 9th and appeared to show no ill effects from the injury as he was running to 2nd on the double.
Before the year began many people thought the 2010 World Series would be Yanks and Phils again, which is a pretty good pick but with the Phils recent struggles over the past few weeks, it puts that October rematch in doubt for the time being. Until then,we have this rematch. That's ok, it's still a series worth watching. Especially with Alex back in the lineup!
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Joba Chamberlain has made quite a name for himself in his brief time in the Major Leagues. He is currently in his 3rd full season with the New York Yankees.
Joba is from Lincoln Nebraska. Chamberlain's parents, Harlan Chamberlain and Jackie Standley, were never married and split up when Joba was 18 months old. Many different stories have circulated about Joba's parents and his upbringing. Joba was born Justin Chamberlain but his brother Joshua couldn't pronounce his name correctly. Joshua would call his brother Joba instead of Justin. Joba's dad Harlan liked it so much, he had Justin's name legally changed to Joba.
Chamberlain started his college career playing for theUniversity of Nebraska-Kearney Lopers. He helped the Cornhuskers reach the 2005 College World Series and helped lead Nebraska to their first ever College World Series win going 10–2 with a 2.81 ERA.
Chamberlain was drafted as the 41st overall by the New York Yankees in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. He didn't make his debut until August 7, 2007 when he pitched out of the bullpen. He had the radar guns going on 97 and 98 mph on the gun, which got the attention of the crowd at Yankee Stadium, scouts, tv announcers and Yankee officals and teammates. His colorful attitude brought life to a "professional" group of calm Joe Torre Yankee players. He instantly won the hearts of New Yorkers everywhere.
He was lights out as a reliever but in Game 2 of the ALDS against Cleveland a swarm of migets hit Chamberlain in the bottom of the 8th inning with the Yanks ahead 2-1. Because of the unsuspecting attack, Joba's control and demeanor were off and the Yanks lost the game and the series to Cleveland.
There has been much debate as to wheter Joba should be a starter or reliever. He's had the Joba Rules put in place, he's been labeled as the future ace of the Yankees, and heir apparent to Mariano Rivera as the closer. That's alot to handle for a 24 year old to handle, but Joba does what is asked of him. Personally, I like him in the bullpen as the set-up man for Mariano Rivera. His stuff is electric out of the 'pen and he brings a closer mentality to the mound. As a starter, he has shown he can be really good, but too often enough he's shown he's average.
In 2009, Joba was a starter but spent the playoffs in the bullpen where he got keys out. Thus, the Yanks won the World Series. That's all that matters in the Bronx. In 2010, Joba is the 8th inning guy and I look for him to excel in that role. What his role past this season remains to be seen and debated but again, I see him best suited for the late innings. Just go in there and blow away kid and that's all anyone will talk about! Of course help the bridge to Mariano be safer and let Mo close it out and we all go home happy....hopefully on to a 28th World Title!
Robinson Cano is hot! He's batting .360 and leads the Yankees in home runs and RBI. There's talk about him being the AL MVP! I have to agree, he's been that good this season.
Cano did it again Wednesday night as the Yanks beat the Orioles 9-1 at the Stadium. The Yanks are 18-3 against the Birds in their last 21 games. Cano had 3 hits, one was a long home run into the right centerfield bleachers, into the 2nd deck! Cano was the American League Player of the Week last week and he’s riding a 16-game hitting streak.
Phil Hughes is the other story. 7 innings, 7 strikeouts, and his 7 wins on the season now for Phil. He's been brillant for the Yanks as the no. 5 starter. He now is tied with Andy Pettitte for the team lead in wins.
The Yanks take the 1st 2 games against Baltimore, which is no surprise but what is how well Hughes and Cano have played this year. Not that we all didn't know the potential of both men but how quick they've turned into All-Stars. Hughes and Cano should make it to the Mid-Summer Classic next month but only time will tell. It's a joy to see Robbie hit. It seems as if every night he's getting 3 hits. As for Phil, well what can you say? He's been awesome. He's dominant, he's aggressive, he's got skills! Finally, he is the top tier starter the Yankees projected him out to be. Can't wait for his next outing.
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There was much debate in the winter of 2007 of wheter Joe Girardi was the right guy to succeed Joe Torre as Yankees manager. 2 years and 1 championship later I would say he was the right man for the job. On Sunday Girardi earned his 300th win as Yankees manager.
Sunday also saw Mark Teixeria hit his 250th career home run. His 3-run home run in the 7th put the Yankees ahead 5-3 after Mark's error in the top half of the inning led to the Cleveland Indians getting 2 unearned runs off Yanks starter AJ Burnett. It was no issue for Burnett who went 8 innings giving up 1 run and went on to improve to 6-2 on the year.
Saturday the Yankees couldn't hold 9-3 and 10-4 leads. They lost 13-11 in a wild game at the Stadium. Friday night Robinson Cano hit cleanup for the 1st time in his career and boy did he deliver. He hit a Grand Slam in the 7th inning in a sure no-doubter to right field. His 10th home run of the year. Phil Hughes gave the Yanks another solid performance and he improve to 6-1 for 2010.
The Indians are in town for 1 more on Monday afternoon. The Yanks have Andy Pettitte going in the series finale.
Robinson Cano after cooling off in the month of May is starting to heat up again. He is hitting in the .340's and appears to be locked in again. Mark Teixeria and Alex Rodriguez look to gain some momentum off of Cano so they can hit their strides and be the offensive powerhouses we Yankee fans are use to seeing. Could you imagine all 3 of these men playing up to thier potential all at once? Scary thought for the rest of baseball, great thought for the Yankees and their fans!
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I guess all the Yankees needed was to get away from New York to get back on track. The Yanks have taken 2 straight against the Minnesota Twins in Minny's new home, Target Field.
The 1st game, Monday was suspended by rain and took about 24 hours to complete. Derek Jeter homered for the Yanks once played was resumed on Tuesday and the Bombers went on to win 1-0. A good sign for Derek who has been struggling as of late, both offensively and defensively. He also made his signature play of back-handing a groundball, jumped, turned and fired a strike to 1st base. We know that as The Jeter Play. Good signs for the Yanks.
Tuesday night Nick Swisher hit his 8th home run of the year to help Andy Pettitte to win their 2nd game of the day! The Yanks only scored 4 runs in both games, which can be cause for concern but it did get them 2 victories.
With the Red Sox starting to heat up, the 2 wins against the Twins loom big. The Blue Jays are also breathing down the neck of the New York in the A.L. East. Also with the 2 wins, the Yanks gain some ground on the Rays who were swept by the Sox down in Tampa.
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One more game at Target Field Thursday and then the Yanks return home to Yankee Stadium. Hopefully this Memorial Day weekend will be a good one!