Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Joba Steady, NY Battles Over LA

New York Yankees' Brett Gardner runs home after Los Angeles Angels catcher Mike Napoli made a throwing error as Gardner stole third base during the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees beat the Angels 5-3. (Daylife-AP Photo)

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The Yankees (93-52) saw their AL East magic number shrink to 12 games and their playoff magic number fall to seven games

Teixeira was a monster in the Yankees' 5-3 victory in The Bronx, delivering three hits and two RBIs, setting up the game-winning rally with a double in the eighth inning and helping to save a run with a terrific scoop at first base

Chamberlain, the Yankees' micromanaged righthander, held the Angels to just a run on four hits while fanning two over four strong innings in a 5-3 victory

On the velocity front, Joba’s fastball sat where it has all season. He peaked at 95 and averaged 92...While velocity isn’t everything with pitchers, for power throwers such as Joba, it is. Last year, he was averaging in the upper 90s; this year he isn’t

Before the game, the Yankees had called up Freddy Guzman from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Guzman, a speedster, is expected to give Joe Girardi a second pinch running option to use late in games to try and steal a base

Brett Gardner used his churning legs to treat the Los Angeles Angels the same way the Angels have treated the Yankees in game after exasperating game. Gardner was an annoyance on the bases Monday night, scoring the winning run as the Yankees won, 5-3, at Yankee Stadium

Brett Gardner is a serious weapon off the bench. And Joe Girardi is already talking about Freddy Guzman like he’ll be there for the first round

New York opened a 7 1/2 -game lead over second-place Boston in the AL East with 17 to play. The Yankees also took a six-game lead over the Angels for best record in the AL

By stealing a page out of the Angels' playbook and using a little speed to win a makeup game on Monday, the Yankees matched their season high of 41 games over .500 and reduced their magic number to win the American League East to 12 games

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