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You Say Teixeira, I Say Texiera

I got tired just watching the Yankees’ rather epic pair of games in Texas, so I can only imagine how the players felt when they dragged themselves to the extremely hot and humid ballpark in Kansas City tonight. They were showing signs of wear – Nick Swisher was pulled late in the game with incipient heat exhaustion, as was the Kansas City center fielder – but the Yanks built a little lead and then clung to it for dear life, eventually staggering home with a 4-3 win. Of course, it probably helped that they were facing the Royals, who are now 47-68, but never mind.

Fun fact: in the seventh inning, Mark Teixeira faced Kansas City reliever Kanekoa Texiera, and flew out.

C.C. Sabathia was in near-ace form tonight, and by pitching to within one out of a complete-game Yankees win, he was exactly the horse the team needed. He flagged in the ninth, quite understandably, but prior to that he scattered his hits and gave up just one run, when Alex Gordon doubled and Mike Aviles singled him home. But that came in the fourth inning, and by then, the Yankees had earned themselves a little wiggle room – all of which they’d eventually need.

Curtis Granderson and Austin Kearns (!) were the main hitting stars tonight. As is often the case when a slumping player breaks out, much of the credit for Granderson’s turnaround seems to be going to hitting coach Kevin Long, who worked with the outfielder on some widely-publicized changes to his swing; but whether it’s related to his work with Long or not, Granderson seems to be returning to decency. His second-inning single scored Robinson Cano and gave the Yanks a lead they’d cling to til the end. They tacked on another in the third, when the much-missed Teixeira hit a sac fly that scored Derek Jeter, and another in the top of the fourth, on Austin Kearns’ homer. (Granderson hit a double in that inning too, for good measure, and walked once as well, just to show off). Their final and eventually crucial insurance run came in the seventh, in rather unexciting fashion, when Derek Jeter – that guy again – scored on an A-Rod groundout.

The bottom of the ninth was a stressful little mini-game in itself. When C.C. reached 110 increasingly laborious pitches, accompanied by an alarming amount of sweat and baserunners, David Robertson was called in to mop up with two outs and Royals on first and third. The last out played hard-to-get. Willie Bloomquist doubled in two runs, and suddenly it was a one-run game. Wilson Betemit, refusing even to ground out properly, instead ended up on first base. Finally, Jason Kendall, after a determined 8-pitch at-bat and numerous fouls, struck out and let everyone go off to bed. Robertson eventually got it done… and then did not punch any older relatives or, so far as I know, anyone else in the face, so the Yanks have that going for them.

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1 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 13, 2010 3:04 am

Robertson flashed that combination of ulcer creation and 'well, he'll probably get out of it" feeling not seen 'round these parts since John Wetteland

2 monkeypants   ~  Aug 13, 2010 7:08 am

[1] Or since Mo the game before...and the game before that.

3 Sliced Bread   ~  Aug 13, 2010 7:37 am

Confident in CC, and wanting to finally see Crazy Heart (the wife rented it for us) I turned off the game after Tex hit the sac fly in the 3rd.
The movie ended just in time for The Late Show With David Robertson. Wife didn't stay up for it.
Good show. Loved Crazy Heart. Hurt Locker is up next. Yeah, I'm a little behind on the movies.

4 Sliced Bread   ~  Aug 13, 2010 8:15 am

[3] serendipitously, the date of Bad's gig at the bowling alley was (as advertised on the sign in the parking lot) Friday, April 12.
I noted to my wife: "We're exactly a year late."

5 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 13, 2010 10:35 am

[2] I have a hard time explaining how I feel about Mo.

I'm always confident that he's going to come through. When I get nervous or antsy with him on the mound, its because he's one of two people (Jeter) that I just never, ever want to see fail. So I almost always *think* he's going to pull it off (even the two nights in Texas) and its more of an emotional reaction when it gets dicey.

With Robertson or Joba or Farnsworth or whomever, they have given little reason to think they can wiggle out of big jams, so I have to hang my hat on things like "well, he's unlikely to give up three runs before he gets the last out." and I always half expect doom lurking around the corner

6 Diane Firstman   ~  Aug 13, 2010 10:49 am

I have 2 tickets for Monday and Wednesday games against Tigers, and am looking for someone to attend with me ... Monday is in section 233A (main level, near LF foul pole) ... $35

Wednesday is section 434A (grandstand, near LF foul pole) ... $18

If interested, please respond asap ... thanks!

7 Crazy8Rick   ~  Aug 13, 2010 12:19 pm

Good write up Emma. You are too funny ..."and then did not punch any older relatives or, so far as I know, anyone else in the face," line cracked me up.
CC is da man no doubt.

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