Yankees Head Into Boston In First Place In AL East

Four Yankee homeruns.

A great pitching effort by Yankees starter Andy Pettitte.

Solid performances by three relievers out of the Yankees bullpen, including a save by Mariano Rivera.

All add up to a 5-3 New York Yankees win over the Tampa Bay Rays, last night, at the new Yankee Stadium in the beautiful Bronx.

Oh, yeah, the victory also increased the Yankees lead to one full game over the second place Boston Red Sox in the AL East.  

 

So, as of June 9, 2009, the standings in the AL East are as follows …

Yankees     34-23     .596      —

Red Sox      33-24    .579     1.0

Blue Jays    33-27    .550      2.5

Rays           29-33    .492      6.0

Orioles        24-33    .421    10.0

 

The Yankees now travel up to Boston to play the Red Sox in a very important three-game series at Fenway Park with “first place” on the line in the AL East.

Boston has won the first “five” games of the 2009 version of the Yankees vs. Red Sox “Season Within A Season” series; but, the Yankees hope to open up their lead in the AL East to “four” games with a sweep of the rival Sox.

Playoff baseball in June. It doesn’t get much better then that.

The Bronx Bombers are playing much better “ball” then the last time they played the Red Sox, and look to continue their solid play on the field at Fenway.

Homeruns by Mark Teixeira (#18 in the 1st); Nick Swisher (#12, two-run HR in the 2nd); Johnny Damon (#12 in the 6th); and, Derek Jeter (#8 in th 8th), accounted for all five Yankee runs, which was all the support Andy Pettitte needed to record his 6th win of the year.

The Yankees have now hit 92 total homeruns in the 57 games they played this year; and, with the four Yankee HR’s and one Rays homer hit in the game, there have now been a total of 105 homeruns hit in the 29 games at the new Yankee Stadium, so far.

Yes, the baseballs continue to travel far into the seats, soaring through the air, powered by the new “launching pad” at the new Stadium in the Bronx.  

Pettitte (6-2) threw a solid six innings, allowing three runs (two earned); on five hits; three walks; and seven strikeouts.

The only trouble Andy had was in the top of the 4th inning, when the Rays tied the score 3-3 on a RBI single by Michel Hernandez that plated Ben Zobrist, who reached first on an Alex Rodriguez error; and, a two-run homer by Gabe Kapler.

Andy Sonnanstine (4-6) started for the Rays, and allowed all five Yankee runs in his seven innings of work, on six hits (including the four homers), two walks, and one strikeout.

After Pettitte completed his six innings on the mound, the Yankees bullpen took over and it was lights out the rest of the way.

Phil Hughes was very impressive pitching a scoreless 7th inning.

Phil Coke tossed a scoreless 8th inning.

And, “The Great Mariano” closed out this well-played Yankees victory, throwing a perfect 9th inning for his 14th save, preserving the Yanks 34th win of 2009.

It is a very nice view at the top of the AL East for all in the Yankees Universe.  

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3 comments

  1. juliasrants

    Hi Jimmy – yes the view from up here is great! The beauty of a Red Sox-Yankees series is that you never know what’s going to happen! The Red Sox proved again last night that they more then deserve to be at the top of the AL East also! Beckett was masterful, Big Papi joined in the fun and they didn’t let a little rain dampen their efforts! I look forward to the rest of the series! I hope that all is well Jimmy! Have a great day!

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  2. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Julia …

    Josh Beckett was brilliant and in total control in his start vs. the Yankees in the first game of this series !!! … The Yankees looked flat; and, David Ortiz continues to hit the Yankees well, even during his slump up to this point in the season !!!
    .
    Well, the Yankees and Red Sox are tied for first place in the AL East; but, the big difference [so far] is the is the 6-0 record that the Sox have over the Yanks … 12 games still remain between both teams, and I think the race for first will go right down to the wire [of course, I think the Yankees will win the Division — and, I know you think the Sox will win the AL East, Julia] … But, I also know we both look forward to every Yankees vs. Red Sox game, and the pennant race will be fun to watch !!!
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    Take care, Julia; Enjoy the next two game of this series !!!
    — Jimmy 27NYY Curran, “BY&L”

  3. Jane Heller

    Hi, Jimmy. Thanks for checking in. I wish tonight’s game had gone better and am just now writing up my blog post about it. You asked about my signing on 6/17. I left you a comment, but in case you didn’t see it, I’m still waiting to hear if the Barnes & Noble in the Bay Plaza shopping center in the Bronx can work out the details with Stan’s to have the signing outside the bar before the game on the 17th. The idea is to have it from 4:30-6, but there are logistics to nail down. As soon as I hear if it’s a “go,” I’ll post a note about it. I would love to meet you!!!

    http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

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