That’s how CC does it, over and over again.
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Interesting. Was listening to the Tiger's pregame on the radio -- Damon is starting tonight, one of about 4-5 players to start for 140+ games for 15 straight years.
One of the others is pretty obvious.
Hank Aaron is another.
Nick Johnson isn't.
Meh. Teixeira should have gone to 2nd on that.
One run. That's all the big fella will need, but I sense more to come.
Nice easy inning
I just tuned in. Curtis is on second, on a K??
Where is everybody on Clinch Night?
Alex... maybe less pictures of food and a bit more T&A?
 maybe they are at the strip club.
btw i thought mk was wanted in canada or something, what's he doing up there?
I really hope the Yankees aren't planning on popping any corks tonight.
 The great boycott is over. Molsen's finally apologized to MK for that flat Golden he drank 14 years ago.
 hahahaha, that's great!
omg swish bunted.
Oh, christ. A play. Goodie.
so that's what small ball feels like.
Oh, good. Another play.
Well, at least it did get the run in. I feel Girardi is being sarcastic.
I read a tweet that 41 of the last 45 Yankee runs had come via the HR .... or something bizarre like that
Small ball is the game of steroid users .... don't do it!
 Why, that's horrible! That's scandalous! Disgusting. Not real baseball.
(You can tell what kind of mood I'm in tonight.)
That's not a good thought.
First time against the Jays this year, right? You had to figure one home run. So, that's the one. Glad it was a solo.
We really need to invent some terms for Posada's running plays. He never fails to amaze.
 i missed it - what did he do now?
William must be in heaven right now. Joe Girardi's brain has been replaced by the spongy Joe Maddon version.
Yes, Gardner was called safe, but ... correct me if I'm wrong -- is there anyone who's been worse with runners on 3rd and < 2 outs than Jeter this year? One weak infield grounder after another, usually on the 1st or 2nd pitch.
 In what regard?
Here's a great T&A shot Alex would love...
 Oh ... THAT Alex.
I was expecting a scantily-clad picture of a rather mannish blonde ...
Especially since we're currently in Toronto!
C.C. ought to be in Vegas .... he's DEALING!
 Just the smallball stuff. The plays.
I hope Teixeira isn't a Crappy-in-the-Fall type player every year. I mean, I love the guy, but it would be nice if he could import his July self into October.
Welcome to clinch night. I expect it will taste bittersweet. At least the Yanks can light up Cubans.
Two sacrifice fly balls RBIs, a big surprise.
Small ball is order considering the number of DPs the team has hit into.
It will still feel good. Is three enough for CC?
Another GIDP to first ... jeeze win this game already and get CC some runs!
Why's Cito arguing? The runner was out of the baseline. Unless he wants one final toss.
Hell, if tomorrow night was *my* last home game and likely one of my *last* games ever as a MLB manager?
I'd get thrown out for shits-n-giggles too ...
 I am not a small ball fan. However, I do think the bunt is useful with weak hitters and advocate the squeeze in particular. Bunting with Nick Swisher is not what I had in mind.
 What about Teixeira?
 What did I miss? Definitely not with Tex either.
 He could have squoze instead of that boring sac fly.
I'm actually worried about Teixeira.
 That assumes Tex can bunt. I'd rather take my chances on a fly ball. Considering his injruies, I think concern about Tex is warranted, but he seems to be coming around lately.
 It's more that he sucked last October, that's what worries me.
It's good to have an ace. It dramatically improves my Quality of Life.
CC looks svelte (for him) tonight. Is it the road grays?
c'mon clutch rod!
Time to bust the game wide open.
Can A-Rod reach 30 the same way he did it last year?
 Before last year, that would have been a oxymoron.
 Which is why it's funny.
nice. I'll take that.
I like to see that almost as much as a salami. almost.....Great ab.
damn pitcher carousel.
I'm kinda glad that Arod didn't hit that out. It's nice that a Lou Gehrig career record still stands
 what record is that?
c'mon robbie. i want to go watch bad tv.
 Salamis, of course.
nice 4 runs should do it!
Good job, Rob.
Funny, after all the complaining about the lack of sac fly scoring by the Bombers, they plate three this evening by that method.
ok later folks....
 Yeah. The only problem is that Manny is also in striking distance of the record. And that cannot be allowed.
 Career Grand Slams. Arod is two behind, and probably the only one who can catch him.
That is an amazing stat...the Yankee infield has only made 24 errors all year. Now that is something to celebrate. What is that they say...pitching and defense wins championships? 1/2 a loaf is better than nothing.
 Plus maybe another 1/8 or so, for CC?
Fat boy rocked tonight.
 Is cloning allowed in baseball?
Meat tray? He damn well better not be coming into the game. It's either CC or Mo.
 Any rule against it? I don't see any rules against it.
 They just have to be on the 40-man on September 1st to be eligible for the playoffs.
Why Kant Gritner Bunt???
That makes 2!
2 Great bunts in a row!!!
Excruciating. I almost wish he'd GIDP.
Oh well, I'll take the opportunity to mix up a gin and tonic.
Someone needs ANOTHER session with Long ... ugh, it was fun to pretend when it lasted, wasn't it?
 Jeter? But he's 2 for 4 today.
The Yankees have their coaches, mine are Long Eiland Ice Tea.
This inning is lasting FOREVER (that's a good thing). I hope CC stays warm.
Oh no, Lou in danger again.
 I figure he's done.
 Will Joe do the smart thing, or the "image"thing?
CC's going to finish this methinks.
Wow, you're right, Just. I'm surprised.
CC from the stretch, not the same.
E3. Wake up, Teix! : )
 Was that scored an error? Hit really hard.
Get. The. Ball.
Of course. Fucking Bollocks.
Yeah, it was a mistake to let him start the ninth. I guess maybe Joe was thinking about the Cy Young?
I'm very sad.
The Red Sox were eliminated tonight.
You too RIYank?
Mo time. No one else.
 The only thing pitching the 9th can do is screw up his chances (in progress). 21 Wins might wrap it up.
CC should be out. But I guess they figure he has 8 days to recover.
Two outs to go.
 Uh, isn't there a problem with the tense of the verb?
But RSN had already resigned itself, so it won't be very wonderful tomorrow. Everyone will be talking about the Patriots.
 Were, or are being?
I finished watching the first part of "The Tenth Inning", and I can report that Sammy Sosa can understand AND speak English just fine.
One to go.
Checking in, pleasantly surprised at the score. Checked out Burns' 10th inning. Had it's moments, but I didn't see anything groundbreaking. Nice archival stuff as always, tho'
Cheers All! It's been a long month.
Yippie, october baseball, and hopefully november baseball. Congratuations!
Goal #1 achieved. Get in the playoffs. Next up, goal #2, winning the division with the best record to get homefield advantage through the AL playoffs.
 All in service of Goal #28, of course.
Our long September nightmare is over.
This beer's on me!
 Oops, to respond to my own post...if it's a sweep, the WS will be over on Halloween, so it doesn't have to go to November.
I actually feel better now. I didn't expect that.
Congrats, y'all! This is great. Made it back to October once again!
The Yankees have never celebrated clinching the playoffs when the division was still in play. Why are they doing it now?
I don't know why Sabathia should win the Cy Young. Great season and all but there's a few guys better, notably David Price, who gave up zero runs tonight.
 And Felix, who is obviously the best pitcher in baseball.
 Agreed. CC is #3 or #4.
 How often has that happened? Clinching the playoffs when the division was in play?
 According to B-R.com's WAR, it's closer than you think. After today, CC probably jumped up a place or two.
1. Hernandez (SEA) 5.6
2. Lester (BOS) 5.4
3. Weaver (LAA) 5.3
4. Buchholz (BOS) 5.2
5. Sabathia (NYY) 5.1
6. Price (TBR) 4.9
7. Danks (CHW) 4.8
Liriano (MIN) 4.8
Wilson (TEX) 4.8
10. Pavano (MIN) 4.3
So will there be another celebration if the Yanks win the East?
 Every time they've won the division and the WC has come from the AL East.
Looks like the Rays are celebrating clinching a playoff spot as well.
 Is King Felix better? How many games of significance has he had to pitch this year? How many times did he end a team losing streak? That being said...I would give up a lot to get him on my team.
Looking at the numbers, King Felix is the CY.
2nd best WHIP.
1st or 2nd in Ks.
2nd in CG.
1st in OPS against ( fuckin' .585! That's sick!)
But he won't get it.
 Dude, when Steve Phillips thinks Hernandez deserves the Cy Young and Tim McCarver comes out and states that pitching wins are team dependent, I'll be betting on tha King ...
 Great numbers against weaker teams, but you have to give him props. And if Greinke won it last year, then King Felix should.
I think it should be price. His record is very comparable to CCs, his ERA significantly lower, and he's pitching in the same rough division. Even rougher, as he's had to pitch against the Yankees!
 If you believe either or both versions of WAR, Price isn't even in the discussion.
 Also, for those less sabermetricly inclined, Price has 30 and 40 fewer innings than CC and Felix, respectively.
Cesar Izturis has the worst OPS in MLB at .557
Alcides Escobar is 2nd worst at .608
So King's OPS against of .585, for the ENTIRE year, has basically reduced every batter he's faced to Alcides Escobar. Really... that's nuts.
CC OPS against is impressive at .656
CC is 7th in ERA. Considering other stats and WAR, I think he stands at #6.
Great numbers against weaker teams, but you have to give him props.
Guess which team Felix did this against?
3GS 3-0 W/L 2CG 1SHO 26IP 16HA 31K 0.923WHIP
Javy Vazquez starting tomorrow...yep...Yankees are still trying to win the division.
Why isn't Pettite starting?
He could kinda use it.
Right now, I would take Javy over AJ starting in the PS.
 Hey! I gave him props.
 Nope...Javy is taking his turn. It was obvious over the last three weeks, but if anyone still had doubts, the New York Yankees have decided to settle for second best.
 There is only one best in baseball. Let's see what happens in late October, early November.
I would say winning the Division is a better statement of the quality of a team then winning the WS. However, with the strength of the AL EAST and the unbalanced schedule, AL East teams are at a disadvantage for overall best AL record.
The Yanks are better then TB, but they have just played terribly this last month. And a healthy Red Sox might be better then both (as Cliff thought in April).
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