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Yesterday, we heard rumblings that the Yankees were ‘considering a run‘ at free agent shortstop, Stephen Drew. Drew, who turns 31-years-old in March, was the starting shortstop for the Boston Red Sox. In 124 games, Drew hit 13 HRs, drove in 67 runs, and put up a .253/.333/.443 slash. Defensively, Drew finished second among American League shortstops with a .984 fielding percentage. Drew finished the year with a 3.4 WAR, sixth best among shortstops. After making $9.5 million last season, Drew turned down Boston’s qualifying offer of one-year, $14.1 million, in hopes of securing a multi-year deal. Despite grading out as one of the better shortstops, Drew is having a tough time find suitors. Could the lack of demand for Drew create a market inefficiency that the Yankees can exploit?

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It’s hard not to get excited about the 2012 New York Yankees.

Outside of Jorge Posada, the Yankees return every offensive starter from last year’s team that led the American League in home runs. Add in a revamped, younger pitching rotation and bullpen, and the optimism is running high. Through their first two Spring Training games, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez have come out swinging the bat well. Granderson homered off of Cole Hamels on Sunday and A-Rod hit an A-Bomb against Roy Halladay. Granted, these statistics are meaningless, but it’s reassuring to see Grandy picking up where he left off and A-Rod swinging the bat with some authority.

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The Yankees have had their share of defensive mistakes. Eduardo Nunez has already committed multiple errors and Freddy Garcia got a bit roughed up, but everyone is working through the off-season kinks.

After a great debut from Michael Pineda, let’s just prepare (and hope for) a long, enjoyable regular season that culminates in putting up Banner #28.

The Yankees put on their ‘Clinch Day’ caps early this afternoon with a 4-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees followed up that 4-2 victory with another 4-2 victory in the night cap of the double header. Robinson Cano had a big two-run double in the first game and Jorge Posada had a clutch RBI single in the night cap. With the wins, the Yankees are officially your 2011 American League Champions. More importantly, the Yankees magic number for home field advantage is 3 with seven games to go!

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Game Notes:

Game 1

-Big props to the Yankee bullpen for this one. Phil Hughes was a late scratch with a tight back. Joe Girardi was forced to scramble to put together a piecework stream of relievers. Well, Joe pushed the right buttons as the Yankee relievers only allowed two runs to a desperate Tampa Bay team. Mo came in in the ninth to lock down his 45th save and a Yankee playoff berth. 

-Major props to Eduardo Nunez. With the Yankees trailing James Shields and the Rays 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth, Nunie crushed a deep home run knotting the game up. Five hitters later, Robinson Cano blasted a two-run double off the center field wall. Clutch hitting baby. It’ll win us games in October.

Game 2

Big C got the start in Game 2. Sabathia hasn’t been great since his rain delayed start against the Seattle Mariners when he flirted with a perfect game. Nonetheless, the big man came out and threw 7.1 innings of two-run ball. He didn’t get his elusive 20th win and wasn’t exactly dominant, but gave the Yanks a good start. I’m not crazy with him throwing 130 pitches a week before the playoffs start, but I guess that’s baseball, Suzyn.

Jorge Posada had the big knock in this one. With the bases load, Jorgie stepped to the dish with the bases loaded and delivered an RBI single to right field in the eighth inning. Jorge’s hit was the game winner for the Bombers.

What’s Next?: The Yanks will go for the four-game sweep tomorrow against the Rays. The Rays are still only two games behind the Red Sox in the AL Wildcard race. Boston has been stinking up the joint against the O’s this week so these games matter. Let’s just sweep away the Rays and keep getting fat off our wins. 

Thursday, 7:05PM: Jeff Niemann (11-7, 3.95 ERA) vs. Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.81 ERA)

The Yankee lineup lacks some serious punch when Teix, Grandy, and Jeter have the day off. With Eric Chavez, Chris Dickerson, and Ramiro Pena subbing in, the Yankee offense was unable to generate any offense as it fell 3-0 to Brandon Morrow and the Blue Jays. Morrow tossed eight shutout innings, striking out eight Yankee hitters. With the loss, the Yankees wrap up their four-city, ten-game road trip with a 4-6 record. 

Freddy Garcia struggled once again for the Bombers, lasting only 4.2 innings. He gave way to two Adam Lind home runs. 

Eduardo Nunez had three hits in the win, but made a bonehead attempt to take second on a base hit to right field. 

The Yankees will makeup a game tomorrow at home against the Twins. Afterwards, their next seven games will come at home against the Rays and Red Sox. With the Rays only trailing the Red Sox by two games in the AL Wildcard race, expect a lot of scoreboard watching this week.

Monday, 1:05 PM: Scott Diamond (1-4, 3.94 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (10-11, 5.23 ERA)

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeated the New York Yankees tonight by a score of 6-4. Mariano Rivera came into the game with a tie score, but allowed a two-run homer to former Yankee Bobby Abreu. Then, with the game-winning run (Mark Teixeira) up to bat with runners on first and third in the ninth, Curtis Granderson fell for the old Jeff Nelson third-to-first play to end the game. With the terrible loss, the Yankees fall to 69-45 on the season.

New Look, Same AJ - Mike Stobe, Getty Images

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Bartolo Colon pitched like it was 2005 all over again. The Mets couldn’t touch him up for any runs through six innings. The Yankees, however, got to Dillon Gee in the 6th inning, scoring four runs to put them up 4-0. It was all downhill from there as the Mets fall 5-2, dropping their third straight game.

 

Jose Reyes felt tightness in his left hamstring after this play in the 1st inning and left the game .

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Eduardo Nunez led the way for the Yanks with a 4-4 day at the plate, as they beat the Mets in front of a sellout Citi Field crowd.  The win bumps the Yankees’ record to 49-31, while the Mets fall back to .500 (41-41).

Maybe it was nerves, or maybe they were just due for a stinker after their hot streak, but the Mets looked shaky all around from my view up in Section 515.  They made a bunch of mistakes that the Yankees pounced on: from bad fielding (Daniel Murphy dropped a routine throw that led to a run in the 8th) to bad baserunning (Jose Reyes got thrown out at 3rd on a crucial play in the 7th — more on this a little later) to bad situational hitting (the Mets were 2-10 with RISP.  One of those hits came in the 9th with 2 outs, and the game pretty much already decided by then).

The Yanks jumped all over Jon Niese early — 4 of the first 5 batters got base hits, and it was 3-0 before the Mets had a chance to bat.  But Niese settled down after that and allowed no more runs.  Ivan Nova put guys on in his 5 innings of work (7 hits and 2 walks), but pitched out of his jams effectively, only allowing 1 run.

Derek Who? (Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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The New York Yankees defeated the Chicago Cubs 10-4 in tonight’s game. CC Sabathia pitched efficiently and the Yankees hit six extra base hits to beat up Randy Wells. With the win, the Yankees move to 12 games over .500, the highest they’ve been this year.

The Big Man - Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images

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The New York Yankees lost to the Chicago Cubs today by a score of 3-1. The fofense simply could not figure out Doug Davis, who got his first victory of the season. With the loss, the Yankees drop to 39-29 on the season.

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The Yankees play home run derby en route to another 12-4 victory over the Texas Rangers. Mark Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate as he tied Jose Bautista and Curtis Granderson for the AL HR lead (21). The Bombers got offense from unlikely sources as Francisco Cervelli, Ramiro Pena, and Eduardo Nunez went 5 for 11 with two home runs. With the win, the Yankees improve to 38-28 on the season.

Birthday Boy Eduardo Nunez Going Deep

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