Heathcott goes deep on Independence Day

One more bullet pointer on American’s birthday…

Open Thread: America, F**k Yeah!

Photo Credit: Bill Kostroun, AP

Enjoy the nation’s birthday everyone, and for the love of Mo, be careful. Leave the big stuff to the pros. Ten fingers is decided advantage in life.

Posada leaves game with sprained left ring finger, x-rays negative

Update (4:49pm): Posada is day-to-day with a sprained left ring finger. X-rays were negative. Well that’s good news.

2:33pm: Jorge Posada left today’s game in the 7th inning after being hit by a foul tip off his left (glove) hand. Looked like his fingers bent back pretty far on the replay. We’ll update this post with info as it comes in.

Game 81: Beat Canada

As I said on Friday, I find it amusing that for the second straight year the Yankees play the Blue Jays at home. I suppose one team has to face Canada’s own today, but it’s interesting that it’s the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, what with all the stars and stripes and George Steinbrenner‘s birthday.

The Yankees, of course, cannot lose to a foreign team today, during the celebration of our independence. Last year it took 12 innings, but they managed to defend the nation’s honor.

On a more serious note…

While yesterday’s offensive barrage was a nice change, all the runs came in one inning. The Yanks still missed opportunities with runners in scoring position. But who knows. Maybe that inning spurred them on, leading to a nice little streak before the break.

As I write this they’re announcing the All-Star game rosters. So that will be interesting. Scroll around the posts to see what’s up. At publication time it’s Jeter and Cano as starters, Hughes, CC, and Mo as pitchers, and A-Rod in reserve. There’s a chance that Pettitte could end up taking CC’s spot, since CC is lined up to pitch the game before the break.

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And back to my overly patriotic rhetoric: Beat Canada!


1. Derek Jeter, DH
2. Nick Swisher, RF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Curtis Granderson, CF
8. Brett Gardner, LF
9. Ramiro Pena, SS

And on the mound, number sixty-five, Phil Hughes.

Cano, Jeter named All Star starters

Robbie Cano and Derek Jeter were named the AL’s starting middle infield for this year’s All Star Game in Anaheim. The rest of the AL starting nine consists of Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Evan Longoria, Ichiro, Josh Hamilton, Carl Crawford, and Vlad Guerrero. Can’t say I disagree with any of those picks.

CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes, and Mariano Rivera were named to the AL pitching staff. Sabathia lines up to start the Sunday before the All Star Game, which makes him ineligible to pitch in it according to the new rules. He’ll be replaced on the roster, and it could be by Andy Pettitte. Francisco Liriano and Jered Weaver are certainly deserving of that spot, though.

Alex Rodriguez was named as a reserve, and Nick Swisher is on the Final Vote Ballot. Let’s get that man to Anaheim!

Thames activate, Huffman optioned to Triple-A

Out just about a month with a hamstring issue, Marcus Thames returns from the disabled list today to give the Yankees a little bit of pop off the bench and in the designated hitters spot. Unsurprisingly, Chad Huffman was optioned to Triple-A to make room on the roster since he’s basically a lesser version of Thames. Hopefully Marcus hits like he did in April and not like he did in May and June.

The Year of the Grand Slam continues in win over Blue Jays

"Your name's Ver-non, clap clap clapclapclap" (Photo Credit: Frank Franklin II, AP)

Seriously, who saw that coming from Brett Gardner? So awesome, 2010 really is The Year of the Grand Slam. That makes eight now. Eight! On July 3rd! It was like a big offensive weight lifted off everyone’s shoulders too. The Yankees had just a two run lead at the time, which is far from a sure thing give how many innings were left and how the bullpen has performed. So yeah, it was good to have a comfortable lead for once.

Some other random thoughts and notes…

  • Moment that is sure to be forgotten: Chad Huffman’s diving/flopping catch in the 1st. If that drops in, two runs score and the Yankees are suddenly looking at a four run deficit before they even come to bat. The game would have had a very different feel then.
  • Derek Jeter drew three walks (in the first three innings, no less), giving him 11 walks in his last 11 games and 22 in the team’s last 40 games. He has just nine walks in their first 40 games.
  • Alex Rodriguez sure is good at getting the opposition to drop routine pop ups, eh? In all seriousness, that’s what Cito Gaston gets for playing John McDonald, a career infielder, in leftfield. The guy had his flip-down shades on, but didn’t flip them down!
  • I only saw Dustin Moseley’s first inning of work, but it was hard not to be impressed. Five total pitches, one strikeout, two broken bat ground outs.
  • Apparently Jorge Posada played an inning at first, and wasn’t tested at all. Chad Huffman has played a ton of first in the minors, but I guess Joe Girardi really wanted to give Curtis Granderson that inning of rest. That’s fine, I just wish I could have seen Posada at first.