Yanks pick up much-needed win in Miami

Staten Island starts season with a loss
Finding a way to manage injuries

After two days of futility against the worst team in Major League Baseball, the Yankees could have used a win against the Marlins on Friday night. From the outset, it was clear they understood the urgency. Derek Jeter doubled on the first pitch of the game, and the crew wasn’t about to leave him stranded. Back-to-back singles by Mark Teixeira and Jorge Posada brought him around for their first lead in 18 innings. Much as that early run meant, it wasn’t the best back-to-back of the game.

Nothing says “we are not losing this game” quite like back-to-back doubles from Angel Berroa and Andy Pettitte. Those accounted for two runs in the Yanks’ three-run second. The other came off the bat of Johnny Damon, who went 2 for 5 after struggling over the past two, three weeks. Melky Cabrera capped off the scoring with a solo homer in the third, and every Yankee starter got a hit in a 5-1 win over the Marlins.

Pettitte bounced back from a few rough starts to go seven strong, striking out seven and walking none. His only mistake was to Cody Ross in the third, but solo home runs will happen. Pettitte allowed nothing else. In fact, the only runner to reach base after the Cody Ross home run was Hanley Ramirez, who doubled in the sixth after reaching on an error in the fourth. It was quite a relief to see Pettitte own the Marlins hitters for most of those seven innings.

There’s not much to add to the game. They hit well, they pitched well, they won a game they were supposed to win. Oh, Nick Swisher grounded into two double plays. He should cut his mohawk, that slacker. Damn him and such. Everyone can enjoy the showers and scattered thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon before the game starts at 7:00. Burnett vs. Josh Johnson. We can only hope it’s a good one.

Question: The game on Sunday starts at 5. ESPN has exclusive broadcast rights from around 8:00 on. If the game goes a little long, will the broadcast get cut off? If anyone knows, leave it in the comments or email.

Staten Island starts season with a loss
Finding a way to manage injuries
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    I want to say I think the game gets cut off, BUT, I know Saturday games have gone long and FOX doesn’t cut them off, so I’m not sure.

  • Jake s

    The game won’t be cut off.

  • BigBlueAL

    I was at the game sitting in RF and the best part was that a bunch of Yankee fans behind me started doing the roll call in the bottom of the 1st and it worked!!!! All the Yankees acknowledged us, although it was funny cause Angel Berroa took forever (probably not used to it).

    BTW, Im pretty sure it wont get cut off on Sunday because there was a Giants-Marlins game on Sunday night (Lincecum pitched I remember) that started late as hell because of a rain delay and I watched the end of the game which finished even later than the regular Sunday Night game so there shouldnt be a problem.

    • whooboy

      There was also a great Boston Sucks chant in LF when the scoreboard showed them down big to the Braves.

      • BigBlueAL

        We noticed early that Dice-K was getting ripped by the Braves so it was assumed that the Red Sox were going to lose. Fun night, although the way the Marlins overpriced all the tickets just because they were Yankees games was a joke.

        I know the weekend games are all 5 bucks more than weeknight games, but the Yankees tickets were all 10 to 15 bucks more expensive. Whatever it was worth it for me, Yankees won and I was part of my first ever Yankees Roll Call!!!!

        • whooboy

          It was a really fun game, no doubt. Great energy from the crowd and a standing ovation when Andy left in the 7th. Also something of a bleacher-creatures style ‘ahole’ chant for this Marlins fan who started screaming “steroids” when Posada came up to bat 4th, apparently not realizing that Arod wasn’t in the lineup that day.

  • John

    ESPN’s 2 featured comments from the A-rod fatigued article:

    “For the amount of money he is paid it shouldn’t matter if is “fatigued” or not not. He should lose money for every game he is out because of “fatigue” an injury is one thing but a professional athlete that isn’t in good enough condition to play is a far cry from what a role model in sports should be. Did Pete Rose ever sit out because of fatigue. Even Babe Ruth after boozing all night managed to play the next day. This is a mockery and shows the lack of character that Rodriguez has and should cause any baseball fan to have a sense of outrage. For the amount of money he is paid I would try to play with a broken leg if I had to. I guess the steroids have really taken its toll on his body.”

    “Real headline: A-Rod struggles to adapt to life, baseball without PEDs”

    Don’t these dumbasses know ever since he came from the surgery, he has played EVERY game? SO many Ignorants in this world.

    • John

      whoops the last part wasn’t supposed to be italicized.

    • Anyone

      And they don’t know he’s been coming in early for extra practice and still has to do a lot of extra work for his hip.

    • JP

      I blame ARod for that guy’s inane comment.

  • Bryan

    So when did the north east turn into the north west? I feel like im living in Seattle.

  • BklynJt

    This was a real article? If so, it’s the stupidest thing I have ever heard.

    • BklynJt

      I coulda swore I hit the reply button! Damn itouch sucks for surfing the web

    • John

      I think you were replying to my comment. No, these were ESPN’s featured member comments on the article, which just said A-rod would be benched for 2 days. People wrote these on that story’s thread and it was what ESPN decided to show out of the 150 comments.

  • Kyle

    I flew down to Miami for the weekend series…the “Baseball Fans’ in Florida are terrible. In the second inning, when Robinson Cano came to the plate, the “Yankee fans” sitting behind me made the comment, “I really don’t like Robinson Cano because of his attitude, he thinks the world owes him sooo much” Robbie then proceeds to single the other way….they then make the comment “I love Melky Cabrera, he is such a great role player”…..

    I was dumb founded…..Baseball fans in Florida are not very knowledgable I guess……

    • Drew

      ?? You’re going to generalize an entire state of fans because of some people that sat by you? I went to school in Miami. I was just as big of a fan as I am now but I never went to a Marlins/Dolphins game because of the ridiculous pricing. To buy tickets at face value was so ridiculous at the time considering their collective records.
      Many of the real fans don’t get to the games because A) It’s a bitch to get there, (can’t wait for the new stadium) B) Pricing was unrealistic. I don’t know how much it’s changed since I left in ’06 but I can’t assume it’s changed too much.

      • Kyle

        I guess that was more of an example of everything going on tonight….it seemed that Marlins fans cared more about trying to annoy and taunt Yankee fans than actually watching and paying attention to the game. Just very annoying when I’m there trying to watch a baseball game. All I kept hearing was 2003 this…2003 that…I get it, the Marlins beat the Yankees in the 2003 World Series, but I would really like to watch the game

        • Drew

          Word, I was subjected to watching the game up here. It actually seemed like there were some LOUDDD Yank’s fans there. Like when AP came off the mound.
          You had a better handle on the fans there but it seemed, from tv, that there were lots of us there.

    • Michael

      Cano doesn’t even speak to the media that often so what has he ever said or done to make them believe that he has a bad attitude? Must be because he smiles a lot. These are the idiots who overreact after every little loss and who boo A-Rod one game and say he’s the best player ever the next. They’re a joke.

      • http://deleted RollingWave

        lazy = super talented that makes everything look easy

        scrappy = not talented enough that needs to make everything look hard.

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com/ Richard Iurilli

    Was tonight the first time Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera have drawn back-to-back walks? I bet I could figure this out if I subscribed to Play Index.

    Also, I’m trying to figure out the records of every MLB team against rookie pitchers. Can I do that with Play Index?

    • Drew

      Can’t help ya, but is it really important? Our team is 11-6 which is pretty good if ya ask me. As for Cano and Melk, I don’t think they’ve hit back to back in the lineup too often.

      • http://www.richardiurilli.com/ Richard Iurilli

        Not terribly important, no, but it would satisfy my curiosity. People love to talk about how the Yankees, and only the Yankees, can’t beat rookie pitchers. I know that’s not true (as demonstrated by tonight’s game and the Yankees’ record against such pitchers), but I would like to find out how the rest of the league does against similar pitchers. It would allow us to better gauge just how good 11-6 really is.

        I know Robbie and Melky don’t hit back-to-back often, but it does happen. Maybe a better question would be whether they have ever drawn walks in the same inning or even the same turn through the batting order. Considering Robbie drew just 26 walks last year, and Melky just 29, I doubt they have ever both drawn walks in the same time through the batting order, much less back-to-back. Again, I’m just curious, because I was surprised when Robbie and then Melky walked in the seventh inning tonight.

        • http://www.richardiurilli.com/ Richard Iurilli

          That reply ended up much longer than I ever intended it to be.

        • Drew

          Heh, true, like I said, I can’t help ya, but their sequence was a welcome surprise.
          Melky, since 06, has walked 144 times. Robbie, has walked 96 times in that same time period. Given those numbers, I’d be surprised if it’s happened more than 7 times. I’d guess 5.

  • http://theyankeebomber.blogspot.com Conan

    When the Yanks make the playoffs, and that’s when, not if – they might want to consider starting Pettitte on the road – maybe a small sample size, but his home/away splits are quite drastic this season.

  • IvanS

    It’s interesting how, for at least one night, Arod’s absence made the team better. First inning, Posada singles in the first run batting cleanup. Second inning, Berroa laces a double in the middle of a good rally. Berroa then goes on to play very good defense. In fact, the offense as a whole reacted as they did when Arod first came back from the DL. I wouldn’t count on it happening too often but I’d like to see it happen again tomorrow.

    • Drew

      We all would love to see it. However, it indubitably reflects no light on a “better with out em” scenario.

    • Mike HC

      Maybe it was because Jeter was back in the lineup tonight. I feel like Jeter gets completely ignored. Has he just done it for too long? Is he too boring? I don’t think you guys really appreciate how good he is on a night to night basis. There really is no replacement for Derek Jeter.

    • Joe R

      You really think they played better cause A-Rod wasnt there? I fail to see how A-Rod’s slump has anything to do with Posada getting a single last night as opposed to some other day.

      • IvanS

        I said that for one day, the team played better. I don’t think they’re better without him for the rest of the year. The guy who happened to have been hitting cleanup (posada) got the job done in the first inning and the guy who was playing third base got a big double in the second. You can’t ask for more than that when you make a lineup change. You could say both Posada and Berroa were replacing Arod in one way or another and both came through.

  • Mike HC

    Nationals pitchers held the Blue Jays to one run over 11 innings last night. Maybe the Yanks just caught the Nationals at the wrong time. They are playing well.

  • JackISBACK

    Don’t worry about the game being cut off by ESPN. Because we had a bad week, half their coverage on the Sunday Night game will be talking about why the Yankees are struggling, starring Peter Gammons from the sidelines. And if we are losing, watch out for a Picture-In-Picture simulcast, with the announcers doing the Yankee play by play instead of the Sunday Night Game. Have Joe Morgan tell us that, “to win the game, you have to score than your opponent, and the Yankees didn’t do that with the Nats”.

    Good win for the Yankees, and good game for Andy. He sure needed one. Good to see Bruney back, really helps us out for that one inning.