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Feels like old times a little bit, huh? We still don’t know what October will bring but these Yankees sure are built for the 162-game schedule.  They are absolutely wearing the league out, especially the bad teams. Chad Guadin started and didn’t make it out of the fourth, giving up three runs. Alfredo Aceves replaced him and allowed a couple of runs over a couple of innings, and then David Robertson, Brian Bruney and Damaso Marte each threw a scoreless inning. They got it done and so did the hitters.

The Yankee offense is relentless. Jorge Posada was the star tonight with four hits and four RBI. He hit his 20th home run and the Yanks now have seven players with 20 or more dingers. Alex Rodriguez had a couple of hits and a couple of RBI including a frozen rope solo shot in the ninth. Melky Cabrera also had two hits.

Yanks 10, Jays 5.

Ho Hum? Maybe. Happy? Why certainly.

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1 thelarmis   ~  Sep 3, 2009 11:27 pm

not only 7 players with 20 or more homers, but also ...

7 players with 70 or more RBI

Jeter can make 8 on both accounts...and hopefully will!

i can't wait for him to get to 300 stolen bases. only 2 more to go!!! : )

2 Rich   ~  Sep 3, 2009 11:40 pm

Robertson and Marte look like they can get important outs in the postseason. Bruney...not so much.

3 Shaun P.   ~  Sep 3, 2009 11:42 pm

[2] I'll be very surprised if Bruney is still on the team next year.

[1] All 9 starters are double-digits in home runs. If Hinske gets 3 more, that will be 10 Yanks with 10 or more home runs. I wonder if any team has ever done that.

4 Shaun P.   ~  Sep 3, 2009 11:44 pm

[3] I found at least one - the '98 Yanks, who just squeaked by thanks to Spencer's 10 HR.

5 seamus   ~  Sep 3, 2009 11:48 pm

what is a drunk seamus to do...

seriously, i'm starting to take this team for granted. no need to watch the game at all.

6 thelarmis   ~  Sep 4, 2009 12:01 am

[3] wow, would be super cool if Hinske got to 10 homers with us, in such a short time!

i really hope Jetes makes it to 20, 'coz he'd be a 20-20 guy and i LOVE that. there are 4 players in so far this season (Kinsler, who's close to 30-30, Granderson, Kemp & Mark Reynolds). Hanley and Brandon Phillips are each 1 homer away. Cap'n & J-Roll are 3 homers away. J-Up is 2 SB's away and Nelson Cruz & Utley are 3 SB's away...

Jeter would also become the 15th player ever with 300 SB's, 200 HR's & 2,000 hits. A-rod will become the 16th player and the 7th guy in the 300-300 club with 8 more steals!!!

7 thelarmis   ~  Sep 4, 2009 12:02 am

[5] drink one for thelarmis! i'm still on hiatus... : )

8 thelarmis   ~  Sep 4, 2009 12:05 am

Posada hit his 340th double, moving him past Bob Meusel for 9th place in team history.

9 seamus   ~  Sep 4, 2009 12:06 am

[7] woot!

btw, i love things like that 20-20 deal. Especially when they involve Yanks. I'm really focused on this 8 players hitting 20 HRs thing. What does it mean? I hvae no idea. But it frackin rocks!

10 seamus   ~  Sep 4, 2009 12:17 am

btw, thelarmis, when does your bandmate hit Pittsburgh? If you posted it I missed it because i've been so busy with work and such.

11 Just Fair   ~  Sep 4, 2009 12:20 am

[8] I saw The Black Crowes in 93. Awesome. I saw them in 97 in Pittsburgh. meh. Everytime I hear them on the radio it makes me happy.
[2,3] I heard P. Gammons say the other night that once Bruney finds his groove, which he will, he's going to be great." So he's got that going for him. : /

12 thelarmis   ~  Sep 4, 2009 12:26 am

[10] i was just thinking about that before! nope, haven't posted it yet. i'm not positive, but i think it's the weekend of Sept. 18/19. i'll try and find out for sure...

[11] very cool! i don't think i've ever seen them. i met the drummer once and he wasn't very nice to me, but i don't think he's a bad guy. i didn't know they were holding auditions a few years back. i would've loved to have gone in and nailed it, but i don't think i'd be happy in the group. TONS of drugs and stuff...

i can see Bruney having a hot streak, but i don't wanna bank on it in Oct. somewhat the same w/ Cokey and Marte, too. most relievers are just sooo volatile...

13 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 4, 2009 12:27 am

[11] I have a very unhealthy dislike of Peter Gammons..even beyond the Red Sox homerism and awful blues-rock...though he would still rank below Steve Phillips on my ESPN-blowhard-ometer..

1.Steve Phillips
2. Joe Morgan (can't believe they do games together!)
3. MIke Greenberg
4. Colin Cowherd
5. Peter Gammons

Am i missing anyone..Harold Reynolds maybe? Or did he leave for the MLB Network? Looking at those names makes me think Michael Kay isn't so bad..

14 thelarmis   ~  Sep 4, 2009 12:30 am

[13] harold reynolds is on MLBN and he's actually pretty good!

you're leaving off Kruk, Vina and Eric Young!

i've had a little bit of luck with getting 880 on the radio here lately. sterling and waldman are just brutally awful.

15 thelarmis   ~  Sep 4, 2009 12:35 am

[9] i keep lists. here's the 20-20 guys from last season (2 players were 30/30)

Hanley Ramirez (30/30)
Grady Sizemore (30/30)
Brandon Phillips
Corey Hart
Bobby Abreu
Carlos Beltran
Matt Holliday
Jayson Werth
Nate McLouth

i remember Kinsler was close but got injured late in the year...

as far as repeat customers for this year, we're pretty much looking at Hanley & Phillips as locks...

16 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 4, 2009 12:41 am

[14] Oh my god, Kruk and Eric Young!! Horrible! I don't get ESPN here but I do watch the clips on the web..John Kruk..shudder..

See the Jason Stark piece on the Mets? According to scouts he talked to, they apparently need more "grinders" and less "all stars"...how fucking dumb are baseball lifers, man?? and of course some of them say the Mets should trade Reyes but they have to keep David Wright, and you KNOW why...

17 Diane Firstman   ~  Sep 4, 2009 6:50 am

Keep Ernie Harwell in your thoughts ...
His voice was clear, his spirit strong, his words tinged with humor.

But legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell had bracing news to deliver Thursday: He has a tumor in the area of the bile duct. It is incurable. Yet Harwell said he feels calm and prepared for what comes next.

"We don't know how long this lasts," Harwell said in a phone interview. "It could be a year, it could be much less than a year, much less than a half a year. Who knows?

"Whatever's in store, I'm ready for a new adventure. That's the way I look at it."

18 seamus   ~  Sep 4, 2009 7:04 am

[15] nice! and nice to see Abreu on there. I'll always be a fan. His whole fear of running into walls somehow made me like him more. :)

[12] cool, let me know if you know. UNfortunately i'll be out of town that weekend so hopefully it isn't then...

19 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 4, 2009 7:55 am

At home this balmy Friday evening, got last night's Phillies-Giants on in the background. Pedro vs. Tiny Tim! A treat to watch to masters go at it.

20 Rich   ~  Sep 4, 2009 8:55 am

[17] Indeed. Harwell is demonstrating a rational approach to an end of life decision that is very much the norm, death panel prevarications notwithstanding.

21 RagingTartabull   ~  Sep 4, 2009 9:13 am

the Yanks offense is like powerful impact BOOM! from the cannon

22 monkeypants   ~  Sep 4, 2009 9:14 am

[20] Yes. He is fortunate to have a significant degree of freedom to choose how he will deal with this. I also suspect that hi very advanced age (91 y.o.) and his devout Christianity are helping him approach this decision in a calm--ot as you put it, "rational"--manner.

23 rbj   ~  Sep 4, 2009 9:33 am

[17] YEs. Ernie has always demonstrated class. Didn't voice any bitterness when he was unceremoniously booted from the broadcast booth that first time. Fortunately the Tigers saw the error of their ways.

Caught the latter half of the game last night. Bruney can be frustrating. I don't think he's a nibbler, afraid to throw strikes, just that he's inconsistent in his delivery.

Last Mudhens' home game tonight. Their third baseman, Mike Hessman, is scheduled to play all 9 positions. Could be interesting.

24 The Hawk   ~  Sep 4, 2009 9:58 am

I confess I've been a less than rapt viewer of the last few games. Some of it has to do with the division lead (and the lead over the Angels for best record - wow!), but mostly it's the competition. I look forward to next week vs The Rays.

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