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Underrated? A manager who has the full-backing of ownership and a seemingly unlimited payroll can be underrated? Despite the injuries across the board, erratic pitching of AJ Burnett, depleted bullpen, and the accompanying egos that encompass the Yankees, Joe Girardi has done a hell of job with his first place ball club. New faces have risen to the occasion and the entire pitching has been essentially rebuilt. Given these facts, Joe Girardi is proving that he’s not only underrated, but the top manager in baseball.

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The New York Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Reds tonight by a score of 5-3. Ivan Nova looked downright dominant at times and earned his seventh victory of the year. With the win, the Yankees move to 42-29 on the season.

A-Rod Pokes a Single - Joe Robbins, Getty Images

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The New York Yankees defeated the Cleveland Indians today by a final score of 9-1. The Yankee offense got at least one hit in every inning and 18 in total. With the win, the Yankees move to 36-27 on the season.

Rex Taking Some BP - Kathy Kmonicek (AP)

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Freddy Garcia was chased very early, and the Yankees trailed for the rest of the night, suffering a 6-4 loss to the Red Sox.

Opening a 10-game homestand tonight the Yankees had their chances against Sox ace Jon Lester and closer Jonathan Papelbon, but ultimately weren’t able to get the timely hits they needed to grind out a win.

Recap after the jump.
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Friday night marked the first night of the Yankees’ nine game West Coast road trip. If the Yankees are going to struggle against strong pitching and spectacular defensive plays, it’s going to be a long trip. Ichiro and Brendan Ryan both hit run scoring grounds in the sixth while Franklin Gutierrez robbed Nick Swisher of a home run in the fourth inning. The M’s were able to rally against the Yankee bullpen while their own bullpen held the Yankees scoreless over the final four frames of the game. With the win, the Mariners (25-25) are .500 for the first time since April 4th while the loss drops the Bombers to 27-22.

 

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The New York Yankees defeated the New York Mets by a score of 9-3 this cloudy afternoon. The Mets had a two-run lead for most of the game, but the offense exploded in the seventh to put the Yankees on top for good. Luis Ayala got the win for the Yanks and Mike Pelfrey took the loss for the Mets. The Yankees move to 25-20 with the win and the Mets move to 22-24 with the loss.

Gold Glove, Silly Face - Mike Stobe/Getty Images

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The Yankees lived up to their ‘Bronx Bomber’ nickname tonight as they mashed four home runs en route to a 7-3 victory. After a very dicey first inning, AJ Burnett picked up his fifth win, giving the Yankees 6.1 innings of three-run ball. Mets starter, Chris Capuano gave way to all four Yankee home runs as he lasted only 5.1 innings. With the win, the Yankees improve their record to 24-20 while the loss drops the Mets to 22-23.

The Grandy Man After His 15th Bomb

 

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The Yankee offense flexed their muscles today, crushing four home runs en route to a 9-4 victory. Russell Martin led the offensive charge, smacking two of the four bombs. Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano smacked also went deep for the Yankees who have now hit 18 home runs in only eight games. Not be outdone, the Red Sox have allowed 19 home runs in the same time span. Both starting pitchers failed to make it through five innings, but the Yankee offense was superior today. With the win, the Yankee record improves to 5-3 while the Red Sox drop to 1-7.

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Both New York baseball teams were busy this morning. The Yankees and free agent pitcher, Luis Ayala agreed to a minor league contract. Throughout his six year career, Ayala has primarily served as a reliever. Ayala has not pitched in the Majors since 2009, but has spent time recently playing in Mexico. Ayala has a career 3.67 ERA with a 5.9 K/9. Ayala will likely compete with Mark Prior, Neal Cotts, and other low-end relievers for a back spot in the deep Yankee pen.

The Mets agreed to sign lefty, Casey Fossum today. Like Ayala, Fossum has not pitched in the Majors since 2009. Fossum spent 2010 pitching in Japan after pitching the previous nine seasons in the Majors. Fossum carries a career 5.45 ERA with a 7.0 K/9. Fossum will give the Mets some needed bullpen bat and will look to neutralize the powerful lefty bats in the NL East.