The Yankees opened up the stadium with a ring and a win.
The Angels lost 7-5, but bringing Hideki Matsui was all the fans cared about.
Saving the best for last, Matsui was the last player to get his ring. Appropriately so, out of respect for what he brought to the Yankees during his seven seasons and his MVP performance in the World Series.
CC Sabathia took the mound like a man on a mission, as he shut down the Tampa Bay Rays and almost threw a no hitter.
Sabathia tore-up a Rays squad which includes Longoria, Crawford, Pena and Upton, not an easy task at all.
CC exited in the eighth inning with two outs, after his old Indians teammate Kelly Shoppach broke-up his near flawless performance, whacking a single into left field.
Tropicana Field was on its feet, to give the ace well earned praise for his outstanding performance. Just four outs shy of catching David Cone, who was the last Yankee to accomplish this feat in 1999.
CC Sabathia was pitching sound as a rock, and that is why he is the reigning ace of the World Series Champs.
Credit also goes to Francisco Cervelli, the Yankees rookie catcher who was so secure in his first start behind the plate. Along with Arod’s defense at third and Tex’s at first CC knew his team had his back.
Another Yankee got a much needed break-out after going 0-17 at the plate, as Mark Teixeira went 3-4 and Yankee Universe had a sigh of relief.
Early struggles at the plate typical for Tex. It is common knowledge that Tex starts off slow, to a point where it is almost mandatory. Regardless of the past, it does not require the effort of witnessing this any easier. Continue reading ‘Yankees CC’d The Rays At The Trop’ »
The Trop was packed, fans were roaring, the New York Yankees were visiting, and not to mention the Tampa Bay Rays hit send on a message to the AL East.
The game began with both pitchers going pound for pound. What looked to be a dual on the mound, ended the minute Michael Kay stated it.
Out of nowhere it was already the top of the fourth inning. Nick Johnson starts it off with line-drive into right for his, and the Yankees first hit of the game.
Mark Teixeira followed and his premature struggles extend as he blooper one up for an out.
Tex’s uneasiness was speedily forgotten when Arod slammed what looked to be a home-run into center field, but it bounced off the top wall. Johnson scored, and Arod was safe at third, only to continue home off an error by Rays catcher Dave Navarro.
CALLING ALL NEW YORK SPORTS FANS…….TUESDAY NIGHT FANTASY TV ON MSG NETWORK!
-test your fan-knowledge against sports experts and win-
“The Lineup: New York’s All-Time Best Baseball Players,” a new original series and interactive fantasy game that will determine the best baseball players in the history of New York, premier tonight on MSG Network with “Catchers,” the first of ten weekly episodes. Each 30-minute episode of “The Lineup” will present a number of nominees for consideration at each position, from the Yankees, Mets, New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, with one episode dedicated to the best New York manager of all-time. MSG’s Fran Healy will host a panel, consisting of Hall of Fame Mets catcher Gary Carter, former Yankee bullpen ace Sparky Lyle, New York Magazine contributing editor and baseball aficionado Will Leitch, and executive vice president of the Elias Sports Bureau Steve Hirdt. The panel will whittle down a larger list of players from each position and determine the top five from each spot on the diamond. By the end of each episode, they will crown the top player at each position and name him to the official “Lineup” card.
With an interactive fantasy game launched in conjunction with the on-air program and hosted on , viewers can see how they stack up against The Lineup’s experts. Fans will try to predict the five players who will be nominated each week and ultimately who will be selected as the starter in the final “Lineup.” Participants will receive points for each correct pick and will be eligible for weekly prizes such as signed memorabilia from baseball greats like Don Mattingly, Joe Torre, Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter. At the end of the series, the participant with the most points will win a Grand Prize. The site will also feature chats for fans to interact and debate each position, quizzes about the nominated players, photo and video galleries, and player statistics for fans to comb through before making their picks.
For pitcherJavier Vazquez, it is his first start of the season but, not in the pinstripes. Vazquez has to win back Yankee fans trust again, as he was the scapegoat and unfairly blamed for the 2004′s ALCS result.
Vazquez finished fourth in the NL Cy Young voting in 2009, recording 238 strikeouts in 32 starts for the Atlanta Braves. Vazquez strongest season to date with a 2.87 ERA, with 15 wins on a struggling offensive which does not represent a clear picture. Vazquez has pitched over 200 innings consistently for nine of ten seasons, with a strong team behind him, the fourth starter should be feared.
Vazquez faces Rays David Rice, who was the #1 draft pick in 2007, and the apple of my scouts eyes.
Price is a hard throwing lefty, with a nasty slider just shy of 90 mph. His command of the strike-zone is a determination beyond his years, throwing first-pitch strikes and jamming batters-up. Price’s directive on the mound continues to improve with a strong finish in 2009.