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The Yankees look to snap their first losing streak of the season by sending Andy Pettitte to the mound. Pettitte, who earlier in the season pitched six shutout innings against the Angels, has had quality starts in all three of his outings. The Angels counter with Joel Pineiro, who has also pitched well in all three of his starts, including a 7 inning, 1-run victory over the Yankees.

Mired in one of the worst slumps of his career, Nick Johnson takes a seat on the bench for the first time all season. In his place, Arod gets a half-day off by occupying the DH slot. With Jorge Posada also getting another day of rest, the lineup is one of the weakest fielded by the Yankees all season. However, with Gardner and Pena inserted, speed is aplenty. Look for the Yankees to be more aggressive with their base runners in an attempt to build runs off of Pineiro.

vs. Joel Pineiro PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Derek Jeter SS 34 0.233 0.324 0.433 2 2
Brett Gardner LF 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Mark Teixeira 1B 39 0.235 0.333 0.529 2 10
Alex Rodriguez DH 32 0.133 0.188 0.167 0 1
Robinson Cano 2B 10 0.500 0.500 0.800 0 1
Nick Swisher RF 28 0.304 0.393 0.435 0 3
Curtis Granderson CF 14 0.083 0.143 0.083 0 1
Ramiro Pena 3B 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Francisco Cervelli C 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Total 159 0.227 0.277 0.390 4 18
             
vs. Andy Pettitte PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Erick Aybar SS 20 0.421 0.450 0.474 0 2
Bobby Abreu RF 27 0.250 0.333 0.250 0 3
Torii Hunter CF 40 0.229 0.275 0.371 1 10
Hideki Matsui DH 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Kendry Morales 1B 8 0.250 0.250 0.250 0 0
Juan Rivera LF 14 0.214 0.214 0.429 1 4
Howie Kendrick 2B 19 0.222 0.263 0.222 0 0
Mike Napoli C 11 0.556 0.636 0.667 0 0
Brandon Wood 3B 6 0.500 0.667 1.250 1 2
Total 148 0.284 0.338 0.381 3 21

 

Yankees vs. Angels    
Season: 2010 Season: 2009 Season: 2008 All-Time
Tied:: 2-2 Tied: 5-5 LAA: 7-3 NYY: 324-273
  • Yesterday’s loss by the Yankees ended a string of 17 straight victories in games when the team was tied after 7 innings. The streak is a new major league record.
  • With a win, Andy Pettitte will go 3-0 for the third time in his career. He also accomplished the feat in 1996 and 2003.
  • With one more double, Derek Jeter will tie Don Mattingly for third place on the Yankees all-time list.
  • Alex Rodriguez’ next HR will be his 586th, tying him with Frank Robinson for 7th on the all-time list.
  • The Yankees need a win to avoid losing their first series of the season. Should the Yankees rebound to win the last two games against the Angels, it will extend their series winning streak to 6, the longest such stretch in franchise history.
  • On this date in 1917, George Mogridge became the first Yankee to pitch a no hitter. Mogridge’s milestone came against the Boston Red Sox.

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The Yankees and Angels played a game of full contact baseball that ended with a loud bang by Kendry Morales. In between, the play was so physical that several NFL GMs are rumored to have turned on the game to scout potential late round draft selections.

Mark Teixeira crashes into Angels' catcher Bobby Wilson. Teixeira scored the run, and Wilson left the game with a concussion (Photo: AP).

Almost from the get go, you could tell that both AJ Burnett and Ervin Santana would not have their best stuff. And yet, both pitched well enough to keep their teams in the game. The Angels jumped out to an early first inning lead on an infield single, but the real action took place in the third inning. Doubles by Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter tied the game, and then hits by Arod and Robinson Cano gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead. On Cano’s RBI single, Mark Teixeira, who had been hit by a pitch earlier in the inning, completely annihilated Angels’ catcher Bobby Wilson, who fumbled Bobby Abreu’s throw from right field and defenselessly turned to tag Teixeira without the ball. It didn’t appear as if Teixeira needed to go in hard, but the impact was certainly felt by Wilson. The Angels’ catcher was forced to leave the game with both a concussion and an ankle injury.

In the bottom of the third inning, which featured another small collision between Torii Hunter and Teixeira at first base, the Angels responded with three runs of their own to regain the lead. Just when it looked like Burnett was about to implode, however, he pulled it all together. Nick Swisher re-tied the game in the top of the fourth inning with a solo homerun, and from that point the game remained tied until the 8th inning.

The 8th inning is an operative phrase for this game because just the other day Joe Girardi installed Joba Chamberlain as his “8th inning guy”. So, despite seeing Dave Robertson throw the ball well in the 7th, and despite knowing that Morales was 4-6 off Joba, the Yankee manager dutifully went with his new formula. The predictable result was a two-run blast that sealed a well deserved defeat. (more…)

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