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When the Yankee bullpen is taxed, Joe Girardi knows that CC Sabathia has the ability to deliver lengthy, quality outings. In the rubber game of a three-game set against Tampa Bay, Big C just did that. Sabathia gave the Yanks eight innings of two run ball, striking out ten Rays, resulting in a 5-2 Yankee win. Sabathia threw 120 pitches and looked really dominant for the first time this season. Rafael Soriano closed it out, picking up his first save of the season. David Robertson wasn’t available as he threw the previous two nights. 

I didn’t write about David Roberston’s first blown save last night because in reality, it’s not a big deal. Robertson gave up his first earned run since last August (!!) and some growing pains are expected as he transitions to the ninth. I’m not here to make excuses for him, but Robertson threw 30 pitches the night before and will need time to get adjusted to the ninth inning. In addition, I tweeted a fun fact about one Yankee closer last night—

In 1997, Mariano Rivera blew two of his first four save opportunities as ‘The Man’

Despite initial struggles, Mariano hasn’t had that bad of a career (LOL). Lay off Roberston–he’ll be fine as the new Yankee closer. He has the best stuff in the bullpen and his strikeout rate is Craig Kimbrel, Kenley Jansen-esqe. 

Overall, I’ll take two out of three against Tampa Bay every time. This weekend, the Mariners will come in for three games. The Yankees will get to see their old pal, Felix Hernandez tomorrow night as well. Jesus Montero will make his 2012 Bronx debut in a Seattle Mariner uniform. 

Love it or hate it, Joe Girardi’s Binder of Fun is here to stay. Luckily for the Bombers, the BoF was good on this night.

With the game tied at four in bottom of the ninth. two runners on-base and two out, Binder Joe elected to intentionally walk Nick Markakis (effectively loading the bases) to get to Adam Jones. Rafael Soriano, who is dealing with a chipped finger nail (boo hoo), was a bit erratic, but that didn’t slow down the BoF. Girardi liked the righty-on-righty match-up of Soriano vs. Jones–and Soriano recorded a game saving strikeout. 

On the surface, this move was very, very unorthodox and a combination of things could have ended the game. Namely, a passed ball, any hit, a walk, balk, error, etc. could have ended in. I didn’t like the move at the time, but hey, it worked out and Girardi is going to live and die by the BoF. 

Nick Swisher delivered with a mammoth two run, home run in the Top of 10, propelling the Yanks to a sweep of the Birds. Swisher’s hit made Girardi’s decision look brilliant and gave the Yankees a lot of momentum as they head home to take on the Angels. 

The BoF wasn’t good to Joe in his first game against the Rays (Carlos Pena says hello), but heading home with a 3-3 record isn’t the worst thing in the world. 

Going forward, Yankee fans are going to have a love-hate relationship with the BoF. Baseball is a game that is completely predicated by statistics and Girardi has made it clear that he will live (and die) by those numbers. 

Mariano Rivera saved his 601st career game today, tying Trevor Hoffman’s all-time save record. Rivera tossed a perfect ninth inning to preserve a 7-6 victory. Curtis Granderson blasted his 40th homer as  the Yankees record improved to 91-59 on the season. They sport an ML best, 40-11 record in day games. 

#42 Saves His 42nd Game

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Coco Crisp went 4 for 4 with two runs as the A’s edged the Yanks, 6-4 in ten innings. CC Sabathia gave way to a game tying single in the eighth before Rafael Soriano gave up a three-run bomb in the tenth to effectively end the game. Nick Swisher homered twice and Teix added a message of his own, but it wasn’t enough as the A’s have won this series against the Yanks.

Outside of Crisp’s RBI single in the eighth, Sabathia was effective tonight. He struck out seven over seven innings and walked one. It’s tough to see the Big Man blow a two-run lead in the eighth, but that’s baseball, Suzyn. 

The Yankees will try to avoid the three-game home sweep tomorrow afternoon. Daytime special, folks!

Thursday, 1:05PM: Rich Harden (3-0, 3.91 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (4-4, 5.74 ERA)

Robinson Cano’s seventh inning grand slam broke a 2-2 tie as the Yankees went on to edge the Angels, 6-5. Holding a 6-2 advantage heading into the ninth, things got a little dicey. Mariano Rivera inherited two Cory Wade base runners and gave way to a Russell Branyan three-run homer. Mo went on to retire the next two hitters to preserve the win, but Mo has given up a home run in each of his last three appearances. However, the Yankees held on and won this series, improving to 71-45, eight games ahead of the Angels in the AL Wild Card race.

Atta boy, Robbie.

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The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox tonight by a score of 3-2. By no means was it a pretty win, but you know what? The Yankees just won their eighth straight game, and are now in sole-possession of first place in the American League East and American League with a 69-42 record. 

The Game Winner - Elsa, Getty Images

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An Alex Rodriguez two-run single in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as the Bombers edged the Kansas City Royals, 3-1. Freddy Garcia got the start on the hill and gave the Yankees 6+ innings of one-run ball. The bullpen trio of David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, and Mariano Rivera recorded the last nine outs in the win. Rafael Soriano was not available tonight, due to some light soreness in his elbow. With the win, the Yankees improve to 20-13 on the season and 13-6 at the New House.

Ready Freddy

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In the most bizarre Yankee game that I’ve seen, the Yanks blasted five homers, led by Derek Jeter’s first two of the year, and committed four errors in the field in a 12-5 win over the Rangers. Jeter and Curtis Granderson went back-to-back, and Francisco Cervelli hit the first grand slam of his career, leading the way in a barrage of power and slip-ups.
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The Yankees are a team that is built around its power hitting and bullpen. However, the Yankees relied on solid, fundamental plays to top the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon. Of note, Eric Chavez broke up a double play in the second inning that led to three Yankee runs. Winning pitcher, AJ Burnett picked off Rajai Davis in the fifth inning and Russell Martin gunned down a stealing Juan Rivera in the sixth inning to end the Toronto threat. Burnett didn’t have his best stuff today, but battled through six innings and earned his fourth win. No Yankee starter registered more than a hit and despite being out-hit by the Jays in general (11 to 7), the Yankees prevailed and moved to 15-9 on the season.

See Ya

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White Sox veteran Paul Konerko launched a two-run home run off of Rafael Soriano in the eighth inning, lifting the White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Yankees.

Soriano handed over the lead after starter Ivan Nova pitched a career-high 6 1/3 innings. Nova left the game in line for a victory with the Yanks up 2-1, thanks to solo shots from Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner.

Alas, Konerko had the last bomb, and the ChiSox held on for a one-run victory.

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