Oh, Say Can You Cee Cee?

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He was dominant in tonight’s 10-5 win over the Indians, but indulge me a sec.
Before I start pontificating about the game, I absolutely must rave about the movie I saw this morning. My film festival group showed a screening of Disney/Pixar’s animated feature “Up,” which opened around the country yesterday. GO SEE THIS MOVIE! It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, male or female, romantic or cynic. It’s just plain great – a funny, heartwarming story about living life to the fullest. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. Here’s the trailer, which doesn’t do it justice.
Back to the game. I wasn’t sure how CC would react to pitching in front of the Cleveland fans, but he didn’t display any nerves at all. In fact, the only drama in the first inning was when Victor Martinez fouled a ball off his knee and stayed down on the ground for an eternity.
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I admired his desire to play hurt, but come on! He was holding up the game!
Basically, this contest boiled down to the following formula:
great starting pitching + flawless defense + solid offense = win.
The Yankees had it all going on. CC lost a bit of focus with a 7-0 lead in the fifth, but for the most part he cruised.
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Tex and A-Rod, in particular, made some great plays behind him, and the offense seemed very relaxed, as if they knew they wouldn’t have to play catch-up.
Jorge – tater!
Swisher – tater!
Jeter – 2 RBI single!
Cano – ditto!
And all seven runs came off of Carmona, who’d been tough on the Yankees in the past. We tacked on three more against a reliever named Ohka, not to be confused with Okra.
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Everybody contributed in some way. A-Rod isn’t running well, but his arm is one of these.
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Matsui can’t run well either, but he had a couple of doubles.
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And Gardner runs really well, of course, and scored after taking a simple walk.
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Robertson shut down the Indians in the eighth, but in came Veras for the ninth. The Yanks were up 10-3, but I couldn’t stand to watch.
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I did hear Michael Kay say this: “If they could straighten out Veras, it would really stabilize the bullpen.”
Right. And pigs can fly.
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What did Veras do this time?
Served up a solo shot to Choo.
Hit DeRosa in the arm.
Allowed a double to Francisco.
I’m sure he’s a very nice person and will perform admirably for some other team. But enough. It’s time for the Yanks to send him packing.
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But I quibble. The important thing is that the Yanks won again, extended their errorless streak to 16 games and are still in first place for another 24 hours. Life is good.
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13 Comments

Veras’ pitching was so bad that i actually thought the Indians were gonna stage a comeback, because they did that spectacular 7-run comeback-walkoff against the Rays last week when they down 10-4 in the ninth

Hey..Grrreat game ! We had the Midges again .. but i think the seagulls were helping us with that ! I think Mr. Kay and his side kick in the booth were lookin’ at a different pitcher when Veras came in. God help us ! I love how they kept saying great things about him as he is letting the Tribe get back in the game. Thank goodness we score runs, cuz we need big help in that bullpen ..STAT !

P.S. .. Jane, went to that yankee bar main street in santa monica again. 3 fans , including me. One guy in a yankee hat asked me to stop cheering ” Everytime” the yankees scored, more red sox fans than yankee fans there. I give up !

Yes, for the love of god, please get rid of Veras. I feel queasy every time he comes into the game.
A great game altogether- and it’s a good day whenever the Yankees win and the Red Sox lose.

Jane, I cringe every time I see him stretching and then walking to the mound. He is like Mr. Jekyll and Dr. Hyde (or is backwards, anywho!). We never know how he is going be pitching. Although, I have to admit, most of the time, is bad.
I’m just happy we’re doing great so far and I hope that its stays that way… As of right now, we’re number one on the league and I hope we stay that way because I don’t want to buy a ticket to watch Boston play the O’s and……cheer for them…. (arg! I got a chill run down my body…LOL). So they should at least stay this way until (and after!) All Star break!

I had to leave the room when Veras was pitching. UGH! I had my phone on me and I was checking Twitter updates and if I saw “Veras sucks”, “Get him out!” or “My mom pitches better” one more time, I was going to vomit. Matter of fact, there were so many Twitter updates on how bad Veras was, it shut the site down (so I like to think). I have no clue why Girardi didn’t keep Robertson in. That kid’s got nice potential. Let’s see more of it. Awesome blog as always!
Megan http://yankeemeg.mlblogs.com/

I definitely had visions of that 7 run 9th the Tribe had a couple of weeks ago to defeat the Rays. When are we going to trade Veras to Pittsburgh? Isn’t that where all of our former pitchers go? Granted, I have issues with his brother playing for the Mets, but it was good to see Robertson pitch so well. Go Yanks!

Scott
http://fotr.mlblogs.com

Levelboss, I had those visions too. No lead is safe with JV on the mound.

Oh, Brendan. I’m so sorry that Rick’s Tavern turned out to be a bummer. They bill themselves as a Yankees bar – ha. I do know that there’s a group in LA called Evil Empire West (forgive me if I’ve already written about this) and they watch games together at different locations (Barney’s Beanery, etc). If you go on their site, they’ll email you whenever they gather to watch a game, which is often. Very active group.

I agree, Ryan. Any combo that keeps us in first is a good one. Let’s hope we can win today against Pavano, but he’s been pitching well.

My guess is that the division leader will keep changing, Latinyankeerebel, and that no team will pull away with a big lead by the All Star break. But we can dream!

That’s funny about Twitter, Megan. I guess we weren’t the only ones close to vomiting by far. LOL. If I hear them say, “He has great stuff” one more time….

I thought the exact same thing, Scott: when will we ship Veras to Pittsburgh!!!! I like Robertson a lot, but I’m reluctant to trust any of them right now. Let’s hope Hughes has another good outing and can go DEEP into the game.

The running is the last thing to recover from the hip surgery. That is the only thing that is hindering Mike Lowell right now.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Jane,
What Veras did was nothing to what Weaver did. We got humiliated infront of National TV. Shades of the old Weaver on the mound and making faces like it was not his fault. I want a few of our pitchers to start packing also. Good thing we get Kuroda back from the DL on Monday.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

I’m not sure it’ll get a whole lot better with A-Rod, Julia, since he didn’t have the big surgery Lowell did. He’s kind of pieced together until the end of the season, when he’ll go under the knife again.

I remember those “old Weaver” days, Emma. He would get kind of sulky and dejected when he lost. His brother seems to have a more positive attitude.

It was a good boost for this team. Today’s loss was disappointing but we have to get over it and move on. Everything seemed to be running well again but in the end we couldn’t overcome the deficit and the pitching couldn’t hold the Indians scoreless. Bummer. I do think we have a good chance at winning tomorrow when we send Joba to the mound. They have Sowers going who is still becoming more experienced. If we can get to him early and a lot, we should be able to take the series.
-Dillon
http://demboysfromthebronx.mlblogs.com

That is what makes Yankee fans, well, Yankee fans. Nothing is ever good enough, its been like that since the 20′s and has been taken to a new level in the Steinbrenner years. You fit the Yankee mold perfect Jane, I must say. Enjoy first place …. for now, lol.

http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

If we can get to Sowers early…..That’s the question, Dillon. Our late inning heroics are exciting to watch, but I’d love it if we jumped out to an early lead. Let’s hope.

You’re so right, Jeremy. Yankee fans are never satisfied. Guilty as charged. But we’re also convinced that we’ll end up in the cellar!

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