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Ubaldo Jimenez

Some things are a given in life. The sun rises in the east. Commuter trains in New York are overstuffed and never run on time. The Yankees always make a trade in July.

Only, this year that last one might not happen.

It’s not for lack of need. The starting line-up is solid and the bench features guys who could start for better than half the teams in baseball. But the pitching staff, both in the rotation and the bullpen, is loaded with question marks. CC Sabathia is an unqualified ace; Mariano Rivera remains the king of closers and David Robertson has turned into one of the game’s most reliable set-up men. But the rest of the staff doesn’t inspire confidence on a daily basis.

The Yankees are plagued by the fact that among the presumed LCS teams, they’re the only team without a bona-fide number 2 starter. The Red Sox feature Jon Lester and Josh Beckett. The Phillies send Roy Halladay
and Cliff Lee. The Giants have Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. The Yankees keep hoping that AJ Burnett will be that number two guy – but after 2 ½ seasons of watching him implode at the most inopportune times, I can’t think of anyone who truly thinks he is. Bartolo Colon, based on his performance this year (7-6, 3.29 ERA, 8K/9) is probably the current #2, but he’s already thrown more innings than over the past 4 seasons combined and you have to worry about how much longer he can continue. Freddy Garcia keeps pulling magic acts on the mound, but his xFIP is nearly a half-run higher than his ERA; you get the feeling that sooner or later his luck is going to run out. Phil Hughes exploded on the scene in the first half of 2010, but since then he’s been less than a pedestrian pitcher (7-7, 5.76 ERA). Ivan Nova was sent back the minors earlier and despite showing signs of improvement when he was with the big club, he is nowhere near being a number two starter.

Likewise, the bullpen has a few holes. Rafael Soriano was brought in to be the primary set-up man, but he’s spent most of the season on the DL and was largely ineffective before getting hurt. Boone Logan is the supposed lefty specialist, but left handers are tuning him up to a 138 OPS+. While Cory Wade and Luis Ayala have been reasonably pleasant surprises, neither has experienced this level of success before. And heaven help us all if the abysmal Sergio Mitre is reactivated and added to the post-season roster.

So, like I said, the Yankees certainly have needs. The problem is there doesn’t seem to be anyone available in the trade market that can fill those needs. There’s been a lot of discussion regarding Ubaldo Jimenez, but the Rockies
asking price (3 or 4 of the Yanks blue chip prospects) is insane. Jimenez had a terrific first half of 2010. Otherwise, he’s a sub-.500 pitcher with a career ERA of 3.87 – while pitching in the offensively challenged NL West. If Brian Cashman adds him at tomorrow’s deadline, I’ll be underwhelmed. The other starters rumored to be on the market also aren’t overly impressive. They range from the oft-injured Erik Bedard to the recalcitrant Hiroki Kuroda
to baseball’s version of a spoiled two-year old, Carlos Zambrano. In short, barring some sort of unexpected blockbuster, there simply isn’t anyone available who provides an upgrade over what the Yanks currently have on hand.

In terms of bullpen help, the Yanks are certainly looking for a left hander – but good luck finding anyone. The Orioles probably want to rid themselves of Mike Gonzales and his bloated contract, but he has had zero success in the AL. The A’s might be willing to part with Brian Fuentes, but I can’t imagine the Yankees assuming around $8.5 million in contract for a guy who has actually been worse against lefties than Logan. The only other name I’ve seen available is the Cubs John Grabow. Like Fuentes and Gonzales, he’s been more piñata than pitcher.

So, there you have it. Unlike past deadlines, this one is looking pretty quiet for the Yankee front office.

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The season is now ten days old and Mr. Mailbag’s inbox is filling up. While Mr. Mailbag never pretends that the sky is falling when the season is less than two weeks old and the Yankees have a winning record, there sure are a lot of pessimistic Yankee fans out there. So here are the four most often asked questions I’ve received:

  1. Have Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada reached the end of the line? I hope not, but both players are aging and not necessarily gracefully. As of tonight’s game, Jeter is batting only .206 with one extra base hit in nine games. He’s abandoned the new stance and looks slow on fastballs. If you’ve watched the games, you can see Jeter is back where we left off last year – getting beat on fastballs inside, fishing for slow stuff outside and hitting weak grounders at the middle infielders. Were he playing stellar defense, you could overlook the slow start offensively. But in the field, he’s been caught cheating either in the hole or up the middle in an attempt to make up for his diminished range. That combination of range and cheating has resulted in 5 or 6 hits so far that most shortstops would have cut off. Unfortunately, DH isn’t a real possible position switch because Jorge Posada is sitting in that spot. Posada, other than a two-day power surge, has been even more atrocious than Jeter so far, hitting a mere .138. Take away those days and Jorge is hitting .048 with no extra base hits and 9 strike outs. (At least he’s been consistent). As much as we love these guys as fans and respect their past glories, the fact remains: both look old, slow and overmatched. For the Yankees to contend, both of these old warriors need to turn it up a few notches.
  2. What happened to Phil Hughesfastball? For all the questions about the starting rotation, Hughes wasn’t supposed to be one of them. Yet, over his first two starts, Hughes has thrown 6 innings, allowing 12 hits and 11 runs, while walking 4 and watching three of his pitches sail into orbit. What’s more, for a strike-out pitcher, he’s only managed to sit down 1 of 33 batters faced so far. The reason seems to be a general loss of velocity. Everyone in the Yankee brass insists that Hughes is physically fine, but the sudden case of Javier Vazquez-itis has to trouble everyone. If Hughes’ next start on Wednesday is as bad as his first two, it is officially time to swap spots with Bartolo Colonwhile Hughes gets himself straightened out.
  3. How will Freddy Garcia pitch this year? We’ll get our first glimpse on Friday,when Garcia finally gets his chance to shine. Unfortunately for Garcia and the Yankees, that start will come against the Rangers, a team that is scoring at will so far this year. But right now there can be little doubt that the team needs a strong start from Garcia. Otherwise, the bullpen and CC Sabathia will collapse from overwork before we get to May.
  4. When is the 8th inning not the 8th inning? The Yanks head into tonight’s tilt with the Orioles (weather permitting – it looks pretty nasty right now) with a 5-4 record and at least one of those losses can be hung directly on the shoulders of one Joe Girardi. That loss was the extra-innings tilt against the Twins, when Clueless Joe inserted Rafael Soriano into the game in the eighth inning with the Yanks leading 4-0. Never mind Soriano’s history of awful performances with both Tampa Bay and Atlanta when there isn’t a save situation, it was the eighth, so in went Soriano. 6 batters later, it was David Robertson being asked to bail out the team. He almost did, but a blooper tied the game and sealed the Yanks fate. After the game, Joe insisted on using some type of convoluted logic for using Soriano in the game. Here’s hoping he learned that just because you signed a guy to pitch the eighth inning doesn’t mean he always has to pitch the eighth inning.
  5. Where has Nick Swisher gone? For this, I have no answer. There’s certainly a guy in right field wearing #33 that looks like Nick Swisher. And some dude calling himself Nick Swisher has been showing up around town, handing out tickets. But I strongly suspect that a deranged Red Sox fan has kidnapped Swish and replaced him with a robot that can’t hit and can’t field. I am hereby calling for his immediate release.

In exchange, I’ll return the real Carl Crawford. :)

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With the recent acquisition of Rafael Soriano, the seemingly ageless question of whether Joba Chamberlain should be moved back into the starting rotation has resurfaced. It’s a question that has plagued the Yankees ever since Joba exploded on the scene as Mariano’s set-up man in the second half of the 2007 season.

Really, nobody thought the question would be a topic of discussion heading into this season. Joba was given a shot at the #5 spot last spring and lost to Phil Hughes. Going into this offseason, he seemed destined to be given a legitimate chance at earning the 8th inning role, despite his erratic pitching in 2010. After all, the Yankees were the consensus pick to land Cliff LeeAndy Pettitte wasn’t supposed to semi-retire. There wasn’t any room for Joba in the rotation and 8th inning duties looked to be a battle between him and David Robertson.

My, what a difference a few months and one type A free agent signing can bring. Now the 8th inning role is filled and the 7th inning features Joba, Robertson, Boone Logan and Pedro Feliciano, while the rotation features world-beaters Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre. Given the way the pitching staff has suddenly been reshuffled, it’s no wonder the question of Joba’s proper role has resurfaced.

There are plenty of statistical reasons for making Joba a starter again. Mike Axisa of RAB has the usual arguments listed here. There’s also another reason moving Joba to the rotation makes sense: as currently constucted, the ‘pen doesn’t have a long man – the guy you bring in when the starter blows up in the 3rd or 4th inning. Last year, that role was filled by Mitre and Chad Gaudin. The rotation as currently set, with three guys who have a history of falling apart early in starts (not only Nova and Mitre, but the volatile and erratic AJ Burnett), that role looks to be more important than ever this year. After all, the back end of the pen is solid. The middle looks solid – but all six of the guys the team is counting on will wilt in the second half if they’re logging 1/2 of the teams innings.

The argument against Joba starting boils down to two problems: first, how healthy is his shoulder? Second, will he ever display the consistency to be effective over 7+ innings every five days – or is he more of an AJ-lite?

As to the question of health, we’ll never know unless Joba is returned to the rotation, it seems. Last year, his average fastball clocked in around 94-95mph, ending a three year decline in velocity. But, Joba also threw fewer pitches than in any full-season – 30% fewer. Was the increased velocity the result of a lighter workload not taxing that injured shoulder? If returned to the rotation, how will tripling his pitch count affect his velocity and control? (Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs)

The maturity question is another one that’s hard to gauge at this point. If it’s true that being bounced around from one role to another makes a pitcher great, then Joba should be ready to become the next Bob Gibson. But all the evidence thus far points to pitcher who has difficulty controlling his emotions, which is the principle reason he was relegated to the pen in the first place.

Of course, the Yankees could sign a back-of-the-rotation type over the next 4 weeks (Justin Duchsherer, perhaps?), relegating Mitre back to the pen or Nova back to the minors and rendering the whole question moot.

For now.

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Bryan Hoch reports that the Yankees have signed Larry Rothschild as their new pitching coach, replacing the summarily dumped Dave Eiland. ESPN’s Wallace Matthews reports Rothschild has a three year deal, worth $2 million.

I’m  not certain this represents a significant upgrade. The move admittedly has me scratching my head, especially in light of some better options (like Scott Aldred and Leo Mazzone) still available.

Quick recap of Rothschild’s career: he pitched a very ugly 7 games over parts of two season with the Tigers in the early 1908’s (career WHIP: 1.9; career K/9: 1.1), after being a rule 5 draft pick . He surfaced in 1990 as the Red’s bullpen coach, being promoted to pitching coach for Cincinnati for 1992 and 93. He then worked as a minor league instructor for the Braves before resurfacing as the Marlins pitching coach from 1995 -97. He served from 1998 – 2001 as the first manager in Tampa Bay’s history and has been the Cubs pitching coach since 2002.

My concern is that the Yankees signed a guy with a big name in baseball circles, but not necessarily one that fits the Yankee pitching staff well. Rothschild is known for stressing strikeouts from his pitchers – not necessarily a great idea when your staff has AJ Burnett, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and David Robertson, all pitchers known for getting in trouble while nibbling for K’s when a ground ball would do just fine. And despite all of those strikeouts his teams have captured over the years, they really haven’t shone when the pressure was on or been great at keeping runners off base. Consider the 2003 Cubs: despite setting a NL record with over 1400 strikeouts, the staff WHIP was 1.3; relatively pedestrian. The Cubs had a staff ERA of 5.71 during that postseason. Let’s also not forget that Rothschild is a pitching coach noted for blowing out pitchers arms: Jose Rijo, Rob DibbleMark Prior and Kerry Wood all suffered career-altering arm troubles on Rothschild’s watch.

For now, I’ll withhold final judgement until I see how this pans out. If he can get AJ and Joba straightened out without ruining the rest of the staff, then Rothschild was the right hire. But right now I think this move is dicey.

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The trade deadline has come and gone and Brian Cashman was certainly busy over the final 48 hours, landing three new players. With Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns and Kerry Wood now wearing Pinstripes, let’s look back at what were generally considered the Yankees biggest needs heading into this year’s trade season and see how well Cashman did in addressing them.

  1. Bullpen: The struggles of Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson and Chan Ho Park this year, along with injuries to Alfredo Aceves, Sergio Mitre and Damaso Marte turned what looked like a major strength at the beginning of the season into a major question mark. Cashman picked up Wood hours after the Indians activated him from the DL. And that’s been Kerry Wood’s big problem throughout his career – the guy just can’t stay healthy. At one time, he was supposed to be the Next Big Thing; now, his career has devolved into that of middle innings guy. Still, Wood has a plus fastball and curve and hitters don’t like to face him. Additionally, acquiring him gave the Yankees the perfect excuse to send Park and his thrill-a-minute pitching style packing, so that’s a plus right there. Also, Cashman gave up virtually nothing to get him, other than money and a future low-grade prospect, so there isn’t much risk involved here. Of course, this doesn’t really address the eighth inning role, but adding a power arm is never a bad idea. Grade: B-
  2. Outfield bench: Replacing Melky Cabrera, Johnny Damon and Eric Hinske with Randy Winn and Marcus Thames didn’t exactly pan out. Thames has demonstrated that his all-hit, no-glove reputation is well deserved and Winn played so well he was asked to run away from Yankee Stadium. Enter Austin Kearns. Kearns represents a serious upgrade to this unit. Unlike Thames, he is a better than league-average defender at both corner spots and league-average in center, if needed. He has better than average speed, although it’s never translated to stolen bases. He has decent power from the right side, although not enough to ever be considered a power hitter. In other words, he is the epitome of a fourth outfielder even though his past teams were so awful he found himself thrust into starting roles. Once again, Cashman brought a solid player in from Cleveland for cash or the infamous PTBNL (btw, I want to meet that guy one day – he gets traded A LOT), so there isn’t much risk involved, either. The only thing keeping this from being an “A” is that Kearns doesn’t project as a guy you want starting 3-4 weeks in a row, should a serious injury occur. Grade: B+
  3. Infield Bench: This is the one area that still needs some work. Neither Ramiro Pena nor Kevin Russo are guys you really want to see with a bat in their hands, but the Yankees were unable to find any help. A waiver trade is always a possibility, but Tampa, Boston and Texas will know what the Yankees are up to and probably try to block any such move. Grade: F
  4. Designated Hitter: A full-time DH wasn’t a serious need, even if Nick Johnson is likely done. Using the DH role to rotate some of the Yankee vets would have been fine, if a strong utility guy could be found. None were, so Cashman did the next best thing: bring in some big-time thunder for the DH role. Although undeniably on the downside of very good career, Lance Berkman’s arrival means the Yankee line-up gets lengthened, with legitimate power threats from 2-8. The undeniable shocker of the trade deadline. Grade: A

Overall, I give Cashman a B- for this year’s deadline dealing, although that stands to improve if the Yanks can swing a deal for utility infielder.

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  Joba Chamberlain #62 Of The New York Yankees ReactsIt’s July 5th and we’re exactly half way through the long grind of the baseball season with the Yankees sitting atop the toughest division in baseball at 50-31, and they hold the best record in the game. Despite being on pace to win 100 games this season, the Yankees are only 2 games clear of a playoff spot (Boston: 49-33, 1.5GB and Tampa: 48-33, 2GB). The Yankees offense is starting to show signs of life as A-Rod and Teixeira in particular are starting to wake up and eventually, Granderson will as well. Sure the bench needs some tweaking, but the biggest concern with this team is the bullpen. Any time there’s a close game and the starter doesn’t take the game to Mo, Girardi is playing Russian roulette with whomever he brings into the game (e.g. Rivera this season has already has two 6 out appearances, last year he only had one 6 out appearance the entire season). Sure Cashman and Girardi, can spin-doctor and make excuses for the ineffectiveness of the pen as detailed in this story, by Marc Carig, but simply put this bullpen as currently constituted will severely compromise the Yankees chances to win the World Series and could prevent them from even just making the playoffs.

Currently, the Yankees bullpen ranks 9th out of 14 in the American league with a 4.20 ERA. Taking a closer look at the numbers, I focused on the relievers Girardi turns to the most in high leverage situations:

Name                          G      IP       H    ER  BB   K    ERA     WHIP
Rivera                       32   32.1   16     4     6   32   1.11     0.6811
Chamberlain          36   34.1   38   20  13   38   5.24    1.4869
Robertson               29  27.1    35  18   17  29    5.93    1.9048
Park                           22  26.2    32   19    7   21    6.43    1.4662
Marte                        29  16.2    10     8   11   12    4.33    1.2651

Total                       148 137.1  131  69  54 132   4.52    1.3494

Even with Rivera’s microscopic ERA and WHIP this 5-man group has an ERA of 4.52 and 1.35 WHIP. To put that into perspective, that’s akin to the sum of the bullpen being LaTroy Hawkins (career 4.56 ERA/1.44WHIP). If that isn’t bad enough, if you remove Mo and just average the results of the 4 “set-up” men, the numbers go from below average to well…insert synonym for “poor” here.

Name                  G      IP         H      ER   BB    K       ERA   WHIP
Without Mo     116   104.2   115  65   48   100 5.58     1.5553

Without Mariano, the ERA rises to an unsightly 5.58 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. To give those numbers some context, the Yankees set-up corps performs on average to be slightly worse than what Jamey Wright has done for his career (5.03ERA/1.58WHIP). Now ask yourself this question, if Jamey Wright and LaTroy Hawkins were pitching in high leverage situations for the Yankees, would you think their bullpen is good enough to win it all? I didn’t think so. Let’s hope what Cashman offers up for public consumption is just a smoke screen as he works the phones to bring in an established relief pitcher to fortify the Yankees in the back-end of the pen. If not this bullpen as currently constructed (and Aceves’s return unknown) will likely prevent the Yankees from winning the World Series this year.

In the next few days, I’ll write a follow-up post on whom the Yankees could target to help the bullpen. Do you agree or disagree that the Yankees bullpen is championship caliber? If not who do you think Yankees should target?

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If you watched today’s game, you’ve undoubtedly started pointing fingers at different people for some pretty horrendous performances. You could point to Joba Chamberlain‘s meltdown in the 8th inning. You know, walking a guy then giving up consecutive two-out hits to score the tying run. You could point to David Robertson, who in his second inning of work let the first two hitters reach base, setting up the disastrous 11th inning. You could point to Chan Ho Park, who once again proved that no matter how well he receives ceremonial first pitches, he is never to be trusted in a game situation. You could point at Joe Girardi, whose decisions (letting Robertson start the 11th, bringing in Park) can certainly be questioned. (Then again, his decisions are often curious – and that’s being generous).

Yes, those were all pretty bad performances and you would be correct in pointing out all of those failures. But none of those are the reason the Yankees lost a game they should have won. In fact, the Blue Jays should never have even been in the game, had the real culprit done its job. None of those late-inning failures would have mattered had the OFFENSE bothered to show up. Frankly, the Yanks threw away scoring opportunity after scoring opportunity – and not just routine scoring chances, but chances to post some serious crooked numbers. Toronto’s starter not only was on the ropes for the whole day, he seemingly was one hit away from getting an early shower. (more…)

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The Pitching:

Javier Vazquez hurled a quality start today, bringing his season recover over the .500 mark. Javy’s ERA has gone down a lot over the past few weeks,  from 9.78 on May 1st to 5.43 today. His pitching line was: (W, 6-5) 7.0IP 6H 3R 3ER 0BB 6K (95 Pitches, 58 for Strikes). In Javier’s last 6 starts, he is (W-L) 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA. Robertson took the 8th, Gaudin the 9th, and they both posted up scoreless frames.

The Offense:

Jorge Posada broke out of his recent funk, going 2-for-3 on the game and knocked in 4RBI’s. He hit a grand slam off of Wandy Rodriguez in the 3rd inning. Derek Jeter hit two home runs in today’s game. One off Rodriguez in the 1st inning, and the other in the 6th innning off Fulchino. It was Jeter’s 9th career multi-homer game. The last one he had was on August 27, 2006. Nick Swisher went 1-for-5, picking up a run and an RBI.

The Yankees will wrap up this three-game series tomorrow, as they face the Astros at 1:05PM ET at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. They’ll be going  for the sweep. The pitching matchup is RHP Phil Hughes vs RHP Brian Moehler. (more…)

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Yankees (26-18) at Twins (26-18)

Pitching Matchup

*D-Rob to start the 6th inning* RHP A.J. Burnett (4-2, 3.86) vs RHP Scott Baker (4-4, 4.88)

Lineup

Jeter SS
Gardner CF
Teixeira DH
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Miranda 1B
Cervelli C
Russo LF (more…)

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 Sergio Mitre #45 And Jorge Posada #20 Of The New York Yankees Talk On The Mound

The Pitching:

Sergio Mitre toed the rubber last night instead of Andy Pettitte, who was out for precautionary measures. I kind of felt that they were just giving this game away with Mitre on the mound, especially since Andy said he was ready to get back out there.

Mitre wasn’t very effective, giving up 3 runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings. His pitching line was: (L, 0-1) 4.1IP 5H 4R 3ER 2BB 4K (69 Pitches, 37 for Strikes). Joe Girardi turned to David Robertson to offer some relief, and he did just that. D-Rob tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless ball, giving up only two hits and struck out two in the process. His ERA moves down to 10.61.

Boone Logan pitched the 7th inning, giving up one run, on a hit and two walks. In the 8th inning, Joba Chamberlain lit up the radar gun (throwing 96-97 mph) and struck out the side. He gave us that flash of greatness we saw back in 2007.

The Offense:

Mark Teixeira hit a 2-run homer off of Brad Thomas in the top of the 3rd inning, to put the team within one run of tying up the ballgame. A-Rod went 2-for-4 on the game, picked up a run and lifted his batting average up to .286. Marcus Thames went 1-for-4 on the game, and delivered an RBI single in the top of the 8th inning to cut the lead to 5-3. Brett Gardner than ground out, allowing Robbie Cano to score and they were only trailing by one run. Randy Winn and Derek Jeter came up to the plate that same inning and failed to get a hit.

Final Score: Tigers 5, Yankees 4

The Yankees have now hit a two-game losing streak, and they turn to Javier Vazquez to end it. If they lose tonight, the Bombers will hit their first 3-game losing streak of the season. The Tampa Bay Rays lost another game last night, so the Yanks still stand a half game back. 

Scoreboard

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
N.Y. Yankees (21-10) 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 8 1
Detroit (18-14) « 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 x 5 8 0
W: E. Bonine (3-0)L: S. Mitre (0-1)
S: J. Valverde (9)
HR: NYY – M. Teixeira (6)   DET – J. Damon (2)

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C.C. Sabathia wasn’t very sharp yesterday, but he pitched well enough to get the win. Unfortunately, he was one pitch away from putting himself in line for the win, when the umpires decided to stop the game due to the heavy rain. His pitching line was: 4.2IP 4H 3R 3ER 2BB 4K (89 Pitches, 52 for Strikes). Alfredo Aceves wound up with the win, improving his record to (W, 3-0) on the season.

As for the offense…

Mark Teixeira had a career day, by hitting three home runs off Red Sox pitching. Tex already has more hits than he had in all of April, so he’s really heating up now. He was 4-for-6 on the game, picking up 3 runs and 5RBI’s. Francisco Cervelli went 3-for-5, and knocked in 5RBI’s. Nick Swisher went 2-for-4, picking up 2 runs and 3RBI’s.

New York Yankees
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO #P AVG OBP SLG
D Jeter SS 5 2 2 0 1 0 22 .304 .343 .464
B Gardner CF 5 1 2 0 0 1 24 .348 .431 .427
M Teixeira 1B 6 3 4 5 0 0 12 .207 .343 .396
A Rodriguez 3B 2 3 2 1 3 0 27 .276 .373 .438
K Russo 2B
1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
R Cano DH 5 2 1 0 1 1 16 .348 .400 .661
N Swisher RF 4 2 2 3 1 1 19 .298 .381 .558
R Winn LF 3 0 0 0 2 1 27 .192 .250 .308
F Cervelli C 4 0 3 5 1 0 15 .429 .500 .500
R Pena 2B-3B 4 1 1 0 1 0 22 .136 .167 .182
Totals 39 14 17 14 10 4 186      
BATTING
2B: R Pena (1, C Buchholz); D Jeter (6, J Van Every)
HR: M Teixeira 3 (5, 5th inning off C Buchholz 0 on, 1 Out; 7th inning off R Ramirez 0 on, 0 Out; 9th inning off J Van Every 1 on, 1 Out)
RBI: M Teixeira 5 (20), A Rodriguez (19), F Cervelli 5 (12), N Swisher 3 (23)
S: B Gardner
2-out RBI: F Cervelli 4, N Swisher 2
GIDP: M Teixeira, R Cano, D Jeter
Yankees RISP: 8-18 (M Teixeira 2-3, D Jeter 0-1, F Cervelli 3-3, R Pena 0-3, B Gardner 0-1, A Rodriguez 1-1, R Cano 0-3, N Swisher 2-3)
Team LOB: 9
BASERUNNING
SB: A Rodriguez (2, 2nd base off S Schoeneweis/V Martinez); B Gardner (14, 2nd base off S Schoeneweis/V Martinez)
FIELDING
DP: 1 (D Jeter-R Pena-M Teixeira).
 New York Yankees
Pitchers IP  H  R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
C Sabathia 4.2 4 3 3 2 4 2 89-52 3.04
A Aceves
(W, 3-0)
1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 19-15 3.00
B Logan
(H, 3)
0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2-2 2.08
D Robertson 0.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 14-8 12.91
J Chamberlain 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 21-10 2.63
D Marte 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 12-6 3.86
Totals 9.0 8 3 3 4 9 2 157-93  
PITCHING
HBP: D Pedroia (By C Sabathia)
First-pitch strikes/Batters faced: C Sabathia 13/20; A Aceves 5/5; B Logan 0/1; D Robertson 2/3; J Chamberlain 3/5; D Marte 2/5
Called strikes-Swinging strikes-Foul balls-In Play strikes: C Sabathia 21-6-13-12; A Aceves 5-1-6-3; B Logan 0-1-1-0; D Robertson 3-2-1-2; J Chamberlain 5-1-1-3; D Marte 2-1-0-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls: C Sabathia 3-7; A Aceves 1-1; B Logan 0-0; D Robertson 0-0; J Chamberlain 0-3; D Marte 2-1
Game Scores: C Sabathia 46

 

 

Final Score: Yankees 14, Red Sox 3

(Box Scores Courtesy of ESPN.com)

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