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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Jun 11, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

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This date in baseball history: On June 11, 2003, six Astros pitchers combined for a no-hitter against the Yankees, the first no-no thrown against the Bronx Bombers since 1958. Roy Oswalt started the game and the now-retired Billy Wagner finished it.

Your Friday box scores:

Rays 0, Orioles 7

Cubs 5, Phillies 7

Mariners 3, Tigers 2

Mets 8, Pirates 1

Indians 7, Yankees 11

Diamondbacks 4, Marlins 6

Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 1

Braves 11, Astros 4

Athletics 7, White Sox 5

Cardinals 0, Brewers 8

Rangers 9, Twins 3

Dodgers 5, Rockies 6

Royals 4, Angels 2

Nationals 2, Padres 1

Reds 2, Giants 3

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jun 11, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    The Yankees pulled apart an Indians pitcher that is having a difficult time of late. No big deal. Nova went 7 only allowed 2R, nice work.
    BoSox better than Yanks for time being, so okay. Swisher says we can lose to Boston as long as we win the other games. Now, that I like to see articulated, because it’s closer to the truth than the drivel that’s been said over the past few day. There are, after all, 101 games left.
    Yankees have been in far worse circumstance at this point in the season. Happened in 2009 when Cashman came to Atlanta for a little chat-the results are obvious. No doom and gloom from this corner, I don’t worry about pitching, the challenges are there and I’m sure they’re being addressed.
    Here’s where I want better performance- Offense, we need 7 runs per game. That’s it-you are here to hit for power- Do It!

    • uyf1950 - Jun 11, 2011 at 10:18 AM

      yankeesfanlen, my friend. If I were Swisher I’d be careful about what I said. He’s not exactly setting the world on fire numbers wise. The Yankees have issues that need to be addressed and one of those issues is his performance. If he doesn’t pick it up he could be making those predictions for another team in 2012. And yes the Yankees have been in worse predicaments but if we were to be honest the Yankees have not looked good at all against the Red Sox. They haven’t just lost they’ve been beat badly on several occasions. If Cashman doesn’t do something by the trade deadline it is going to be a long winter. That’s just my opinion, my friend.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 11, 2011 at 11:03 AM

        uyf- I don’t think we’re far apart at all on our feelings at this point, maybe I have a little more faith in the front office choices. And I like to address offense more, of course including Swisher who needs to do a lot better henceforth.
        It’s just that we can’t (or I won’t) buy into this Boston rivalry as the be-all, end-all yardstick of our performance. As I’ve said on many occasions, there’s still the historical probability of a season split, we forget the Sox typical August swoon, and Cashman certainly has the resources to make timely trades by the deadline.
        There are an awful lot of teams we can and will beat, if the Sox are momentarily superior, that';s the way things happen in mid-June, we shall see what happens in late July.My final thought on the matter for now: These stupid interleague games are soon to start, and while we may have a few easy wins, I’d welcome continuous play in the AL, and this destroys concentration on our real competitors within the AL.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 11, 2011 at 12:21 PM

        yankeesfanlen, my friend. I don’t disagree with you. I’ve got concerns about the offense as well. Quite a few concerns in fact. But I think most of the offensive issues for the Yankees can for this year be addressed in house. For Example: Chavez when he gets healthy from the broken/fractured bone. Montero can be called up even Vazquez who has been setting the minors Triple A on fire. Any 2 or all of them would address most of the offensive issues for the Yankees. Pitching is another issue. The Yankees really don’t have anyone in house right now that they can “go to” to take them to the next level. Noesi and Banuelos are nice pieces but they need time to develop. And the bullpen right now is on “life support” with Joba out, Feliciano has been out and Soriano who knows. The need another lefty reliever, some additional bullpen help and another quality starter. Those are all issues that they need to address at some point this season. Otherwise they can beat all the “lesser” teams they want when push comes to shove they will not be able to get past the Red Sox, Phillies and Cardinals of the world to bring home #28. That’s just my feeling.

  2. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jun 11, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    The Indians are who we thought they were

  3. gogigantos - Jun 11, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    another vet down for a time
    another kid takes a job
    a rough year? a division championship and an entirely youthful infield???
    are these my Giants????

    • tomemos - Jun 11, 2011 at 12:34 PM

      How old are you that you think Tejada is “youthful”?

  4. addictedzone - Jun 11, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Who in the world is Steve Cishek and did he have an arm transplant from Colonel Steve Austin?

    MLB Career Stats:
    Games 9
    Innings: 12.2
    ERA: 0.00
    Whip: 0.63

    • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2011 at 11:26 AM

      He’s a recent callup, originally meant to take Josh Johnson’s spot on the roster, and he’s getting work these days because Leo Nuñez strained his upper back somehow. Last night he was not impressive, getting his ass saved by a great play by the Iron Giant on a leaping catch-at-the-wall of a ball that had been well and truly crushed by Miguel Montero, and on a diving stab by Emilio Bonifacio at short on a sinking liner by Chris Young.

      The guy we’re really waiting on is Alex Sanabia, still on the DL.

  5. Old Gator - Jun 11, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    According to a recent article in The Journal of Irreproducible Results, ludic researchers have discovered that as a team approaches the strange attractor and its gossamer waves of mediocrity thicken into something like Romulan tractor beams, an entire series of unpleasant effects set in: cold sweat, heavy-headedness, lack of focus, golf-like batting stroke, the inability to throw a pea past a cyclops with cataracts, panic (usually reserved for the administrative and managerial staff), a sacrificial mentality akin to Moloch worship but involving victims like batting and pitching coaches and ultimately, if the negative fluctuations in the ethos continue, even managers and general managers. Computer models suggest that conditions may even deteriorate to the point that owners sacrifice themselves, and though experiments now being conducted in Los Angeles may prove or disprove this theory it has not yet been observed with the naked eye.

    In any case last night the Feesh, in the death throes of their approach to the strange attractor, somehow or other managed to engender a force sufficiently powerful to resist its gravitational pull and three-dinger their way to snapping their eight game schneid. One of them was a two-run first inning launch by Logan Morrison (powered by Tweeter), and there was another Iron Giant moonshot that the Snakes’ outfielders didn’t even bother turning around to watch. Incredibly enough this one came with a man on base, proving that Stanton is actually capable of lofting a payload. Anibal Sanchez, who has rediscovered his rookie form in spades this season, pitched well until tiring in the seventh and turning the game over to the recently hapless Mike Dunn (who promptly served up what has become his daily dinger to Xavier Nady on his first pitch), but the rest of the boolpen held the Snakes in check and the Feesh went home winners for a change.

    They have, over the past week, nosedived out of contention for the nonce. They still have the mojo to climb over the Bravos, despite the snookering they took from them this past week, but when you’re only 2.5 games ahead of the Mutts, man, that’s playing with some pretty unstable isotopes, you know?

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 11, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      Hate to wish wish tragedy upon your precious Feesh, Gator, but your writing always takes a more munificent air when they approach the Marvelous Rotogravure.

    • rsnorth - Jun 11, 2011 at 12:40 PM

      See below for reaction to Old Gator’s missive.

  6. APBA Guy - Jun 11, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    A’s get a lot of contributions from two guys in AAA last week and finally break the seemingly endless 10 game skid. Early reviews of Jemile Weeks are positive: very fast, quick bat, adequate defense. But the real test is after the league has had a look at him and the scouts discover, and pitchers start throwing at, his weak spots. For now though, two triples in two days. Very exciting.

  7. rsnorth - Jun 11, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    That’s some strange water you’ve been swallowing in your swamp Old Gator. But an erudite and amusing take , as always.

    • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2011 at 2:18 PM

      You wouldn’t happen to have any groat clusters I could chew on, would you?

  8. spudchukar - Jun 11, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Ugly opener in a showdown of two top current contenders in the NL Central. Lohse wasn’t awful, but neither was he good. Missing was his usual pin-point control, aided in part by a strikezone that was on the small side, and not particularly consistent. Narveson, however adapted better, and beat his old team handily. Missing Craig, Holliday, Freese and Punto, vs. a lefty showed as Narveson carved up the Cards. The Brew Crew are tough at home, and they put it to the Red Birds in game #1, and have new acquisitions Greinke & Marcum taking the mound over the weekend. At this point a split in the final two games, would be more than satisfactory.

  9. Brody - Jun 11, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    The Twins got crushed in the second inning of Friday’s game. On the bright side Anthony Swarzak pitched 6 solid innings for the Twins in relief. Check out the full game summary here. http://minnesporta.wordpress.com/2011/06/10/rangers-pummel-duensing-twins-9-3/

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