Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher contributed home runs in last night’s 9-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics for the New York Yankees to claim the top spot in the AL East. The 82-50 Yanks currently hold the division advantage over the Tampa Bay Rays by one with the Boston Red Sox trailing eight games behind. Phil Hughes was sure to thank the lineup after his five innings of work on the mound, where he let up four hits and two runs on four walks.
Hughes (16-6) has won four of his last six despite yesterday’s struggles. He is ranked second in wins in the American League behind teammate CC Sabathia (18-5). “The thing that made us happy is he went out there and grinded it out,” said outfielder Nick Swisher. “You want pitchers with heart…He gave us a chance to win. That’s the reason he’s second in the AL in wins behind the big man.” The Yankees are next set to matchup with the A’s this Wednesday and Thursday before hosting the Toronto Blue Jays for a three games this weekend. New York Yankees tickets are now available!
Jay-Z has a very close-knit and outspoken relationship with his hometown (think hit songs “Empire State of Mind” and “Run This Town”), which is why he decided to bring a two-time concert collaboration with Eminem to Yankee Stadium and Eminem’s home stadium, Comerica Park in Detroit. The scheduled performance at Yankee stadium on September 13th and 14th is part of the “Home to Home” tour that will follow the September 3rd and 4th performances at Detroit’s Comerica Park as a part of a four-night concert event produced by Live Nation.
This mini tour is just the beginning of a strong partnership between the rapper and the Yanks- with the team announcing today that the hip-hop star will be producing a limited edition set of Jay-Z endorsed Yankee memorabilia, including T-Shirts, sweatshirts, fitted caps and more to go along with he and Eminem’s performances at Yankee stadium next month. The items, branded with an official Jay-Z logo, went on sale yesterday and will only be up for grabs up until September 14th. The two nights at the new Yankee Stadium will be the first concert that the venue has seen since opening its gates last year.
Jay-Z completed his 2010 “BP3″ tour to further promote his latest album The Blueprint 3 back in March and hasn’t been on tour since until now. Meanwhile Eminem’s highly anticipated 7th studio album release Recovery, has been on the charts since mid-June. Rumor has it the two rappers will invite some of their closest friends, also some of the hottest names in the industry- among past collaborations is Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Drake- though nothing is set in stone. The “Home to Home” tour is just the next etch in Jay-Z’s long list of collaborations, which he’s already following up with a 5-track EP with Kanye West for this fall called Watch the Throne. Tickets are still available to see Jay-Z and Eminem at Yankee Stadium, sure to be the must see show of the fall.
The Bronx Bombers pulled out the big bats yesterday at Rogers Center, blasting five home runs on their way to an 11-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees were up 6-1 in the 5th before Curtis Granderson sent one deep to right to bring in three runs for the final dagger. Other Yankees to contribute homers in last night’s showcase included Mark Teixeira, Marcus Thames, Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter.
As the offense continued to produce it was Dustin Moseley who contained the Blue Jays lineup, allowing just two runs through six innings with four strikeouts. “I had all my pitches working,” said the veteran right-hander. “I had a good changeup and a good cutter tonight and then made pitches when I needed to.” Chad Gaudin struggled in relief in the 6th and 7th, letting up three runs on four hits. Kerry Wood then came in to shut the door in the 9th to solidify the W.
New York currently sits atop the AL East alongside the Tampa Bay Rays with the Boston Red Sox six games behind. The Sox are scheduled to play the Seattle Mariners in a double-header this afternoon at Fenway. The Yankees are set face the Blue Jays again tonight before traveling to U.S. Cellular Field to matchup with the Chicago White Sox.
Robinson Cano belted a double and two-run homer in New York’s nine-run sixth inning as the high power offense went on to demolish the depleted Detroit Tigers 11-5 yesterday at Yankee Stadium. Cano has homered three times in three games in the cleanup spot while Alex Rodriguez remains sidelined with a strained calf. “He has been tremendous,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “He’s a dangerous hitter and he had a big day again today. We’ve been without Alex for a few days and he’s stepped up. He’s stepped up all year for us.”
Cano, Nick Swisher and Austin Kearns notched multiple hits for New York as Phil Hughes remained steady through six innings on the mound. The 24-year old right-hander let up just two runs on four hits to earn his 15th win of the season. The Yankees are now a game up on the Tampa Bay Rays and six games ahead of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East Division standings. They are next set to welcome in the Seattle Mariners for three games before hitting the road to face the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox.
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The New York Knicks will kick off their regular season on the road Wednesday, October 27th against the Toronto Raptors before traveling to the TD Garden to face the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics Friday, October 29th. Newly acquired power forward Amare Stoudemire will then showcase his talents for the first time in front of his new home crowd the following day against the Portland Trailblazers. November 2nd will feature the Knicks playing host to Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic.
LeBron James and the revamped Miami Heat will make their way downtown Friday, December 17th and again on Thursday, January 27th. Carmelo Anthony, New York’s primary free agent target in 2011, will pay visit to the MSG on Sunday, December 12th. The Knicks are to be featured Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls as part of the NBA’s five-game holiday lineup.
The Knicks have put themselves in a legitimate position to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Stoudemire will lead the charge with the help of new editions Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf. Point guard Raymond Felton was also signed to a two year contract this summer. Check here for the complete 2010-2011 New York Knicks regular season schedule.
John Lester allowed just four hits over 6 1/3 innings of work to lead the Boston Red Sox to split their four game weekend series with the New York Yankees yesterday in the Bronx. The 2-1 victory featured nine Yankees stranded on the base paths in scoring position. The game changer came in the bottom of the seventh inning when Marcus Thames hit the top of the fence in right center to leave Jorge Posada at third. Daniel Bard then proceeded to send Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher back to the dugout with a pair of K’s to get out of the jam. “Exciting,” said Lester on Bard after the game. “He did a great job executing pitches that inning.”
Bard let up New York’s only run courtesy of a Mark Teixiera bomb to right in the eighth. Papelbon was able to shut the door from there, striking out three in 1 1/3 innings to earn the save. “I’d say that would be one of the better days I’ve felt this year,” said Papelbon. “It was pretty stellar.” The Sox manufactured their two runs in the second with a combination of singles and stolen bases. Jacoby Ellsbury tied a team record with four steals on the day.
The Red Sox are now six games behind the Yankees in the AL East and 4 1/2 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the wild card chase. They are next scheduled to matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays this week before traveling to Arlington to face the AL West leading Texas Rangers. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!
Adrian Beltre sent one over the left field wall for the loaded bases to touch all four to lift the Boston Red Sox past the Cleveland Indians 6-2 yesterday at Fenway Park. The Sox are currently six games out of the AL East Division lead heading into their next four-game weekend series against the New York Yankees. The Yanks and Rays have hovered at the top of the Division over the course of the season. The injury plagued Boston lineup, who once found themselves just a half game behind in early July are struggling to stay in contention during the most crucial part of the regular season.
Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis has just been placed on the disabled list for the remainder of the season due to a torn muscle in his right thumb. Dustin Pedroia (foot), Jason Varitek (foot) and Mike Cameron (abdominal strain) are still healing with hopes to return shortly. Veteran infielder Mike Lowell will see more time on the ball field in light of Youk’s absence. “I don’t know how many teams you can take a Youkilis out, but you can write a Lowell in,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “I guess that’s how I prefer to look at it.”
The Yankees wrapped their three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays with a 5-1 W. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez belted his career 600th home run in the process, becoming the youngest player in MLB history to reach the milestone. A-Rod was relieved to finally hit the mark, saying “”I am definitely glad it’s over, and I definitely enjoyed that moment, I enjoyed the win…There’s no question I was pressing ’cause I wanted to get it out of the way.” Clay Buccholz and Javier Vazquez are the projected starters for tonight’s contest. Purchase your Yankees vs Red Sox tickets right here at AceTicket.com!
Alex Rodriguez belted a Robinson Tejada 0-2 fastball over the wall in right-center to notch his 599th career home run, contributing to the New York Yankees 10-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals Thursday at Yankee Stadium. A-Rod finished with three hits and four RBI’s on the night courtesy of the two-run blast that leaves him one shy of becoming the seventh major leaguer to hit 600. The 13X All-Star doesn’t feel the pressure in regards to the milestone, saying “nothing’s as exciting as what happened last November. Now I have a different perspective on things.”
The Yankees lineup featured four players with multiple hits between Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher. A-Rod had his chance at 600 in the eighth when he doubled to deep right to bring in Teixeira. Yankees Ace CC Sabathia let up 11 scattered hits and four runs through six innings of work. Relievers David Robinson, Joba Chamberlain and Chan Ho Park split the work from there through the last three innings to shut the door on the Royals offense. Rodriguez will have three more games at home to hit #600 before the team begins their next road trip in Cleveland July 26th. Find the best New York Yankees ticket deals right here at Ace!
The New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners are currently discussing a deal that could send left-hander Cliff Lee to the Bronx for top prospects Jesus Montero and David Adams. The Mariners have also spoke with the Rays, Twins, Rangers and Reds, but it seems as though New York is the best candidate to reach agreement. Lee, a 2x All-Star has earned an 8-3 record with a 2.34 ERA so far this season.
The Yankees have had a hard time with the Lee over the past few seasons, including their only two losses to the Philadelphia Phillies with him on the mound in the 2009 World Series. Lee is scheduled to start tonight against the Yankees at Safeco Field in the second installment of a four-game series. If the deal progresses it’s possible that Seattle will pull him out of the lineup before game time.
In addition to the Lee contract in the works, New York fans will have more to cheer about knowing outfielder Nick Swisher was just recently voted into the 2010 All-Star game, beating out Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis for the remaining AL spot. “When I finally got the news it was great. All my teammates were excited that it happened. That’s the greatest thing,” said Swisher. “Especially coming on a fan vote like that, it shows how important our fans are. Then again, they’re the reason we are who we are.” Swisher will represent the Yankees alongside Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Phil Hughes, Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia and Mariano Rivera. Purchase your 2010 All-Star Game tickets right here at Ace!
Alex Rodriguez came through in the eighth inning with a two-run shot to right to give his New York Yankees the 4-2 edge over the Seattle Mariners yesterday in the Bronx. The 48-30 Yankees avoided the series sweep with the recent W, keeping them on top of the AL East Division by 1.5 games. Mark Teixeira grounded out to shortstop in the first but scored Derek Jeter for New York to gain the initial 1-0 lead. Robinson Cano homered in the fourth to right-center, supplying the only source of offensive production in six innings. Seattle rallied in the top of the eighth to tie it up and set the stage for A-Rod to take over from there.
CC Sabathia was stellar on the mound, letting up just two runs and five hits in eight innings of work. “CC threw a great game,” said Rodriguez. “Anytime you go eight innings and they only score two runs you want to reward him with a win.” Sabathia has now won six straight to earn an impressive 10-3 record and 3.33 ERA. The Yankees are next scheduled to host the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend before traveling to Oakland and Seattle before the All-Star break. New York Yankees tickets are now available!