Yes, Live Baseball … Yankees vs. Rays  (2/26/09)

It’s great to finally be watching live Yankees baseball again on the YES Network.

On a beautiful Spring day in Tampa Bay, Florida, the New York Yankees are featuring a starting batting order that looks very much like how their mid-season lineup might look. My only concern is Robinson Cano batting 5th in the order. I really believe the Yankees will miss the bat of Bobby Abreu in the middle of the lineup, as their lineup would be much stronger with: (#3) Abreu; (#4) A-Rod; and (#5) Teixeira. With that said, the lineup is as follows:

1. Johnny Damon (LF)

2. Derek Jeter (SS)

3. Mark Teixeira (1B)

4. Alex Rodriguez (3B)

5. Robinson Cano (2B)

6. Xavier Nady (RF)

7. Jorge Posada (DH)

8. Jose Molina (C)

9. Melky Cabrera (CF)

Starting Pitcher: Phil Hughes (RHP)


The game is now entering the top of the 4th inning, with the Yankees leading, 1-0, after a long homerun by Jorge Posada down the rightfield line in the bottom of the 3rd, off Rays pitcher, Chad Orvella.

Before the game started, Bernie Williams threw out the first pitch. He looked in great shape wearing his #51 New York Yankees jersey. Bernie is in the Yankees spring camp getting ready to play in the World Baseball Classic, for Team Puerto Rico.

Phil Hughes faced nine batters in the two innings he pitched, walking one, and hitting two, while not allowing any hits or runs. Hughes was replaced by Phil Coke in the 3rd inning.

The Rays starter, Wade Davis, looked impressive in his two innings of work, retiring all six batters he faced, including three straight strikeouts against: Teixeira, Rodriguez, and Cano.

I will give another update around the 6th inning.

Until then, please feel free to offer any comments, thoughts, or opinions, on this game, or any other topics you may want to discuss.


Rays Starting Lineup …

1. Kennedy (2B)

2. Crawford

3. Aybar (DH)

4. Morgan Ensberg (3B)

5. Zobrist (SS)

6. Kapler

7. Richard (1B)

8. Riggans (C)

9. Ruggiano (RF) 

Starting Pitcher: Wade Davis (RHP)


The Yankees increase their lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the 5th inning, on back-to-back “ground-rule” doubles, by Xavier Nady and Jorge Posada.

Posada has now driven in both Yankee runs in this game.

When was the last time that you have seen back-to-back ground-rule doubles? I can only think back to my softball days when hitting back to back doubles was very common by most softball lineups.

Anyway, the game is moving along very quickly, entering the top of the 7th inning with the Yankees still leading, 2-0. 

Rays score a run in the top of the 7th on a RBI single by Jon Weber off Yankees pitcher, J.B. Cox.

Yankees 2, Rays 1, with the Yankees hitting in the bottom of the 7th inning.  

YES announcers, Michael Kay and Ken Singleton were just talking about the Yankee players that will be leaving camp in a few days to play in the World Baseball Classic.

The Yankees will be losing three-quarters of their starting infield, and Cervelli, to the WBC …

* Derek Jeter (Team USA)

* Alex Rodriguez (Dominican Republic)

* Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic)

* Francisco Cervelli (Itay)

Personally, I would rather not see any Yankee players participate in the World Baseball Classic. What is your opinion? Any comments or thoughts on this issue?

Also, I feel if the WBC is going to be continued, it should be played in the month of November in future years. Any thoughts on this idea?

And, back to the game … 

Shelley Duncan hit a long three-run homerun in the bottom of the 7th off Rays pitcher Calvin Medlock, increasing the Yanks lead to 5-1.

Both teams score no runs in the 8th inning, as the game heads into the top of the 9th.

Jonathan Albaladejo on the mound for the Yankees.

And, an easy 1-2-3 inning for Albaladejo, as the Yankees win, 5-1.


In a game that took 2 hours and 17 minutes to complete, the New York Yankees won a very nice, crisp, 5-1, victory, against the Tampa Bay Rays.

It is a very good thing to have baseball back again !!!

Throughout the history of the game of baseball, it has been said, viewers of each new baseball game will always see something rare, or something that they have never seen before on the field during the game.

A rare play, like the ball staying on top of the leftfield wall in a game at Yankee Stadium in 2008 comes to mind. Johnny Damon was the Yankees leftfielder that day, and was as puzzled as everybody else who watched that play, as he searched for the ball as it was sitting on top of the wall. A very rare play indeed; something special to always remember, and hope that maybe one day you will see a similar kind of rare event.

So, that Johnny Damon play is my inspiration to start a new series here on my mlblog, “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”, called: “Rare Baseball Moments” !!!

Very simply, in each and every baseball game that I watch, I will be looking very carefully for that one special moment in the game when a very rare occurrence or play or some other rare baseball stat takes place, and that rare event will be awarded, the “Rare Baseball Moment of the Game” !!!

My goal is to see how many of these rare baseball events I experience this upcoming baseball season, and in future seasons. Also, I look forward to sharing these experiences in my posts and comments throughout the year. I also look forward to hearing and reading about similar sights of “rare baseball occurrences” on the baseball diamond from mlbloggers here at our great baseball community, mlblogs/ !!!

One of the most special rare moments I hope to see many times this year, or at least more times than in the past, is the “Complete Game” by starting pitchers. A “Perfect Game” or “No-Hitter” would also be great to see; but, to actually see more pitchers than in past years pitch complete games, or even better, a “complete game shutout” would be truly awesome.

To begin this new series, my first “Rare Baseball Moment Award” is given in honor of …  

The rare back-to-back “ground-rule” doubles by Xavier Nady and Jorge Posada in the bottom of the 5th inning of today’s New York Yankees 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

I am sure the above hitting feat has occurred many times in the past; but, nevertheless, it is a rare event that does not happen very often.

I would love to hear about any rare plays or baseball events or stats from other baseball games around the Major Leagues or Minor Leagues; or, even College, High School, etc., and, will be happy to feature these rare events on my mlblog, and also consider them for a “Rare Baseball Moment Award” from around the world of baseball !!! 

Ah, yes, baseball … The Perfect Game !!! 


As always, thank you, all, for your visits, kind words, comments, and support !!!


— Jimmy Curran, “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”  




  1. juliasrants

    I have to agree with you on the WBC. I really like the idea of it – but to have it come during the preseason when teams should be working on their group dynamics just doesn’t seem right. Looks like the Yankees will win this one. Congrats. The Red Sox play Rays tomorrow.


  2. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Julia … Thanks for the visit !!!

    The more I think of this “World Baseball Classic”, the more I really become concerned that there will be injuries to key players, that will affect some teams performances this year, which will result in a possible “tainted” pennant race in some baseball divisions … And, my concern is for “all” players in the WBC, not just Yankee players ……. Of course, I want all Yankee players to stay healthy; but, also, if the Yankees win the World Championship this year, I don’t want it to be because another team lost a key player to injury in the WBC !!! … This just seems like a very bad time to play this “exhibition” tournament !!! .. I think the month of November would be a much better time to play the WBC series, as players are more in shape, and it would be a perfect continuation of baseball, right after the World Series is played !!! … But, it seems like MLB never listens to the “fans” !!! … Anyway, it was a nice, crisp, 5-1, victory for the Yankees in today’s game against the Rays .. It is great to have baseball back again !!! .. Take care, Julia !!! Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  3. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, chad21 …
    Thanks for the visit !!!
    Yeah, I agree … I think Robinson Cano will have a much better year than in 2008, and will even hit over .300 for the season !!!
    But, I don’t think he is ready to bat 5th in the lineup yet … Without Bobby Abreu in the middle of the Yankees lineup, I think the Yankees will miss his bat as the number three hitter … In my view, if Abreu was on the team, he would be the perfect #3 hitter, with, A-Rod #4; and Tex #5 !!! … Then, going down the order, Matsui #6; Posada #7; Nady #8; and Cano #9 !!!
    The main thing that Cano needs to improve on is: getting on base more, and striking out less … But, overall, the Yankees lineup should be fine, especially, with their improved starting pitching rotation !!!
    Take care, chad21
    — Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  4. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Bob …

    The Yankees played a very good game today; it was fun to watch !!! … Regarding, Morgan Ensberg, he was actually on the Yankees roster in the beginning of last season [2008], after the Yanks picked him up from the Astros … His main role was supposed to be as a: pinch-hitter / DH / back-up first baseman, but, he never really produced the way the Yankes expected him to … So he was released in the middle of last year !!! … Ensberg is not on the Rays 40-man roster … He is a non-roster invitee player by the Rays in spring training, so he has to have a great spring to make the Rays this year, or even become part of their 40-man roster !!! … Morgan Ensberg seems to be in the same spot that many other players throughout MLB are in — trying to win a spot on the 25-man big league roster of some Major League club !!! … Thanks for the visit, Bob !!! Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  5. Elizabeth D

    I’m excited for this new series! It’ll be great to look back on and say, wow I watched that! About the World Baseball Classic, I would rather it be played in December so that the offseason wouldn’t be as hard! Plus, all of our players would be there at Spring Training.

  6. Erin Kathleen

    I actually like the idea of the World Baseball Classic, but I don’t like the idea of our key players missing spring training to compete in it. Plus the World Series will be pushed back another week, so we might have baseball in November (which doesn’t sound so bad, now that I think about it). I like Elizabeth’s idea of having it after the postseason, or even in very early spring before spring training begins.

  7. crazy19canuck

    Isn’t baseball in November something that Derek Jeter is really good at? I have to agree with Erin and Elizabeth, moving it to another time would be better. Then none of the teams have to lose key players. Congrats to the Yanks on the win against the Rays.

  8. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Elizabeth …

    I have had the idea [since last year] of doing some sort of highlight feature of rare baseball moments in each game I watched, and finally decided I would start doing this feature this year in the form of an “Award” after each game !!! … It is interesting that in each game there always seems to be something rare that happens, or something that we have never seen before … So, I will track these events this year, and see how many new baseball things I see, that I have never seen before, or ones that I have seen before, that are very rare !!! … Regarding the WBC — I would say that we are both in agreement that March is not the best time to play these games; and, even though I mentioned November as a good month for the games to be played, your choice of the month of December would also be a good month to play the WBC !!! … Take care, Elizabeth !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  9. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Erin …

    I’m still not sure on how I feel about the WBC … It is great, though, that players get a chance to represent their countries in these games; but, I am concerned about players getting injured playing at this time of the year, and would rather see the WBC played sometime after the postseason [and I see your point about the month of November maybe being too soon after the World Series] … So, maybe, like you and Elizabeth said, December may be the best time to play the WBC !!! … Taking this discussion a little further, towards the Summer Olympics, I think it is a shame that Baseball and Softball will not be played during the 2012 London Olympics !!! … Maybe MLB should focus its attention in this area first — making every effort possible to get Baseball and Softball reinstated back into the Olympics !!! … Anyway, that’s a whole another debate !!! … Take care, Erin !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  10. jimmy27nyy

    Thanks, Jane …

    Yeah, us Yankee fans have been lucky, seeing a couple of “Perfect Games” in recent years by David Cone and David Wells …It would great to see another one this year !!! … But, there are so many great events that can be seen in every baseball game … Maybe, Andy Pettitte will pick-off a runner a first, and, also, a runner at second in a single game this year !!! … Now, that would be a very rare feat for a pitcher to achieve in the same game !!! … Also, I would like to see the Yankees complete a “Triple Play” … I can’t remember the last time I have seen a “Triple Play” in a major league baseball game !!! … Take care, Jane !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  11. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Canuck …

    To this day, it is still a great feeling to recall that famous homerun by Derek Jeter just after midnight, on that early November night/morning !!! … And, it also is amazing that the guy in the stands had that sign “Mr. November” — a take-off of Reggie Jackson’s “Mr. October” !!! … Yes, I agree, the WBC should def be moved to another time, other than in the month of March !!! … Thanks for the visit; and, also, the congratulations for the Yankees win over the Rays !!! … Take care, Canuck !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

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