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Milestone Mo: Yanks Top Twins 6-4, Rivera Sets All-Time Career Save Mark at 602

#600, #601, #602 Mo gets 3 in a Row!

(New York, NY) – In the end it was a vintage Mariano inning, with the last out coming on a classic cutter for strike 3 and the greatest closer in the history of the game made it even more official as he picked up the career save mark.  In a week of setting milestones, this was the one he wanted as he past Trevor Hoffman and got #602 in less attempts than the venerable Hoffman as well.

For the Yanks (92-60), they started out well with Granderson popping #41 on the year with Jeter on board and the Yanks got an early 2-0 lead.  They would build that to 5-0 before AJ started to give it back and by the 5th things unraveled, as is now common for Burnett, and the lead dwindle to 5-4.  A-Rod with single in an insurance run in the 6th and Soriano and Robertson did their thing and bridge to the historic moment for Mo.

Notes: With Boston continuing its slide the Yanks magic number has dropped to 5 with 10 to play.  A big series with the Rays and then Boston follows during the Yanks last home stand.  Jeter was 3-4 and sits at .295 BA on the year, a remarkable turnaround.

See Yanks-Twins box score here.
Photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports.

Mariano Finally Set the MLB Saves Record - #602 and counting


Good Baseball: Yanks Defeat Jays 3-2

Nova Shines, Gardner Rises

(New York, NY) – After a taking solid 2 out of 3 in Boston, The Yanks (83-53) continued their winning ways with a tight 3-2 victory over the vistin Blue Jays.  Ivan Nova (15-4) continues his push for Rookie of The Year award with a 7 inning, 2 run, 3 hit effort.  Nova was shaky early but 2 fine catches but Gardner in left got him out of the first inning with only a few runs against and he then settled down for 6 more impressive innings. Speedy Brett had a big night at the plate getting the Yanks even with a 2-run blast in the 3rd and Robbie Cano would get the go-ahead RBI in the 5th.  Soriano completed the 8th in relief setting up the door for Mariano (S, 37) to finish the 9th off for his 596th lifetime save.  Mo moves to within 4 of the magic 600 and within 5 of tying the MLB career record.

On the night there were several other fine defensive plays by the outfield with Granderson and Andruw Jones making nice catches on the warning track a few times.

Notes:  Only the 3rd Friday night win of the year.  With Boston losing to Texas the Yanks are now in first by a game.

See Yanks-Toronto box score here.

Stadium Slamfest: Yanks Hit 3 Grand Slams vs Oakland, Win 22-9

First team in MLB History to Accomplish Feat in One Game

(New York, NY) – Given their rich history it seems only fitting that the Yanks (78-50) would add another historical fact to the books.  With Cano, Martin and Granderson all going deep with the bases loaded the Bombers are now the only team in almost 200,000 major league games to ever do so in one.  And it came at Yankee Stadium on a day when they trailed 7-1 early.    All told there were 21 hits, Jeter moved into 21st place all time for career hits (passing Rickey Henderson) and Jorge Posada finished the game at 2nd base.  The Yanks took 2-3 from the A’s.  Boone Logan (4-2) got the win.

Notes:  A-Rod returned to action from the DL with 2 hits.  Phil Hughes was not sharp and was knocked out early.  The Yanks move on for 5-game set in Baltimore and have major rains to battle with Hurricane Irene scheduled to hit the area on Saturday night and Sunday.

See Yanks-Oakland box score here.
Photo Courtesy of Yahoo Sports.

The 3 Grand Slams in 1 game will likely stand a long time

Hip Hip: Posada 6 RBI’s Powers Yanks over Rays 9-2

Jorge Returns as DH and Gets 3 Hits with A Grand Slam

(New York, NY) – Responding in the true fashion of the veteran warrior he is, Posada’s return to the lineup after a week on the bench was dramatic.  He started with a 2-run RBI single in the 2nd inning, another single in the third and then put the game out of reach with a grand slam in the 5th, following a solo shot earlier that inning by Granderson (MLB-leading 33rd).  Phil Hughes was sharp enough as well with 5 K’s and only gave up 4 hits in 6 innings as the Yanks (72-46) avenged their Friday night loss.

See Yanks-Rays box score here.
Photo Courtesy of Yahoo Sports.

Jorge had a big day as he returned to the Lineup



Ouch! Yanks Drop 2 of 3 to Boston, Fall From First

Loss Rubber Game Late with Blown Save from Mariano

(Boston, MA) – The slump against the Red Sox continues.  The Yanks (69-44) fall to 2-10 on the season against them, this time losing a tough one late on another blown save (5th) from Mariano.  Scutaro pounded a 2-2 pitch off the monster and would score on a Pedroia sac fly to tie it while Phil Hughes lost it in the 10th.   The Yanks wasted a very nice outing from Freddy Garcia who matched Josh Beckett.  The promising 3-2 win vs. Lester and the Sox on Friday lost some luster after CC got beat up in a 10-4 loss on Saturday and then falling on national TV again.  The Yanks are now 1 back in the AL East with 59 to play.

Notes:  Nunez and Gardner hit solo homers to account for the Yanks runs.  Girardi announced before the game that Posada was being removed as the everyday DH due to his .230 BA.

See Yanks-Boston box score here.

Sweet 16: CC Notches Another Win, Yanks take White Sox 3-2

Sabathia Gets MLB Best 16th Win

(Chicago, IL) – Continuing his march to a CY Young Award (with Justin Verlander in pursuit), CC Sabathia pitched another strong 8 innings with the only belemish a 2-run homer and Mariano’s 28th save in the 9th, the Yanks (65-42)  moved to 1 game back of Boston.  Curtis Granderson was 2-4 with an RBI and the team moves along into the dog days of summer.

See Yanks-Chicago box score here.

National Prince: NL All-Star’s Defeat AL 5-1

Prince Fielder’s 3-1 Blast the Big Blow

(Phoenix, AZ) – For the 2nd year in the row the National League will have home field advantage in the World Series thanks to their 5-1 win over the American League in the 2011 All-Star Game.  Roy Halladay pitched well (only for 2 innings) but the AL was able to get on the board first with a homer by Boston’s Adrian Gonzalez off of Cliff Lee.  However Texas’s C.J. Wilson gave up a 3-run shot to Prince Fielder and the NL would tack on two more with RBI’s from Ethier and Sandoval to easily win.

The AL did have to overcome the lost of some premier starters such as Jon Lester, CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander for various reasons and in the end the NL just proved more adapt at making their hits count.

See All-Star Box Score here.