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Jun
30
2007

Yanks Edge A's

Ah, home sweet home.

The Yankees used sparkling defense and solid pitching to drop the Athletics 2-1 Friday night at The Stadium.  The offense scored two runs in the first and Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera made it stand as the Yanks snapped a four-game losing streak.

The Good:

 Mike Mussina.  The Moose was in total control on Friday night.  Mussina will probably never be that 200 inning, 200 strikeout guy again, but if he can continue to work efficiently and effectively, then the Yanks may have a chance to turn things around.  Mussina improved to 4-5 on the season with this: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K on 84 pitches.

Alex Rodriguez.  A-Rod gave the Yanks an early 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the bottom of the first.  He finished a perfect 3 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and his 79th ribbie of the season.  Rodriguez has moved his average up to .334 on the year.

Mariano Rivera.  Mussina was impressive in his seven innings of work, but Rivera was dominant as he picked up his 10th save of the season.  Mo rescued Farnsworth and the Yanks from a two on, two out situation in the eighth and then blew away the A's in the ninth.  The Sandman's totals: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 hit batsman.

The Bad:

Kyle Farnsworth.  What else is new?  Why does Torre continue to insert Farnsworth in crucial late inning situations?  I don't know.  Farnsworth allows at least two runners to reach base in almost every inning he pitches.  The Yanks aren't enticing anyone if they're trying to showcase him for a possible trade.  Farnsworth's crappy, but not surprising totals: .2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  Way to earn that "H" Kyle.

The Ugly:

Is it hot in here?  Looks like GM Brian Cashman is starting to feel the heat from the Yankees poor performance this season.  Cashman stated that no job is safe with the way the Yanks have been playing this year.  Yeah, not really ground-breaking news there, Brian.  This is going to be a common theme for the remainder of 2007.  Personally, I don't think a firing is going to spark the club.  They just need to be more consistent and play better baseball.  The Yanks have the talent; it's just a question of executing.  

Kei Igawa will get his second start since having his pitching motion "restructured" on Saturday afternoon and will go against Chad Gaudin.  Gaudin has been solid for the A's this season; 6-3 with a 3.14 ERA.  Igawa didn't impress in his outing last week in San Fran as he couldn't get out of the fifth inning and failed to qualify for a win.

Maybe Igawa can "wow" the fans in the Bronx on Saturday.

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