Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Bronx News (Bxnews.net): Monroe Kicks Off Season with a Win: By Gary Axelbank BRONX, NEW YORK, September 3- The Monroe Mustangs played well in the first regular season football game ...
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By Gary Axelbank
BRONX, NEW YORK, September 3- The Monroe Mustangs played well in the first regular season football game in their history, defeating Wagner (JV) 27-7 on Staten Island Sunday afternoon.
Monroe was led by freshman quarterback Manny Cortez who ran for the first-ever Mustangs touchdown, an eight-yard run in the second quarter. Monroe's defense was stellar, too, as they limited the Seahawks to just 60 yards on the ground and one first quarter touchdown, which was largely made possible by a Monroe fumble. The Mustangs are now 1-0 in their inaugural season as they prepare for their first conference game, which will be played at Dean College in Franklin, MA next Saturday.
"This was a win we earned with all the hard work we put in from the first day of training camp to this opening game of the season," said Coach Terry Karg. "This is a reward for the effort everyone in the program has given, players, coaches, administrators, everyone. It gets us off on the right foot for the tough road ahead."
Cortez had a strong, all-around game. He payed all but one series and finished with 9/11 passing, good for 148 yards. He also threw two TD passes and ran for another 52 yards.
"The offense seems to respond when he's in there," said Coach Karg, who utilized a few signal-callers in the preseason, but for the moment at least, appears to have found a winner in the young man from Pennsauken, NJ.
After the Dean game, Monroe will play their first home game (at Suny Maritime) vs. Nassau on Saturday, September 15 beginning at 1p.m.
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Monday, September 3, 2012
Orioles Steamroll Bombers 8-3
‘We need to play better baseball’
By Howard Goldin
BRONX, NEW YORK, September 3- For the second time in the three-game series between New York and Baltimore, Mark Reynolds, Baltimore’s first baseman, belted two home runs that led to a Baltimore win. The victory on Sunday cut the Yankees lead in the American League East to two games over the Orioles.
On Friday, the two homers and three runs batted in by Reynolds led to a 6-1 win for Baltimore. Reynolds was hitless during the loss on Saturday, but drove in four runs with homers in the fifth and sixth innings in the following day. The two games in which he hit two round trippers raised his total to 17 multi-home run contests.
Reynolds scored his third run of the game in the eighth after hitting a single during a three run rally. To no avail, the Yanks used five pitchers that inning.
The two homers upped the total given up by Yankees starter Phil Hughes this year to 32. Hughes tied Tommy Hunter of the Orioles and Ervin Santana for the major league lead. He paces all pitchers with the dubious honor of surrendering 21 homers at home.
The loss was the 12th of the season for Hughes. Five runs scored during his five innings on the mound. The starter gave up six hits in addition to the two round trippers. He walked one batter and fanned six.
The Yankees offense was mainly provided by newcomer Chris Dickerson, who played his first major league game of 2012 on the previous evening when he entered as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning. Dickerson signed a major league contract with the Yankees earlier that day.
Dickerson played 69 games this year with the AAA affiliate of the Yankees, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He batted .316, scored 57 runs, drove in 24 and hit seven home runs.
Dickerson blasted a homer into the second deck of the right field seats in his first big league at bat in 2012 in the second. Russell Martin walked and scored on the Dickerson homer.
Dickerson also scored the final; run for the yanks in the fifth after he led off the frame with a single.
Dickerson never made a third trip to the plate as he was pinch hit for by Andruw Jones (batting average of .203) in the seventh. Jones flied out to right.
Not only was Dickerson impressive at the plate, but also in the outfield. He made two excellent catches in center, one robbing Adam Jones of a home run.
After the three hour and 19 minute game ended, Joe Girardi commented, “We need to play better baseball.”
The Yanks ended the homestand with a mark of 2-4. Thrir troubles may not lessen soon as they begin a 10 game road trip agsinst Tampa Bay (3), Baltimore (4) and Boston (3).
CC Sabathia (13-4) is scheduled to start the opener in Tampa on Monday against James Shields (2-8).
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Sunday, September 2, 2012
By Rich Mancuso
BRONX, NEW YORK, September 2- It was not the home run ball that helped the New York Yankees Saturday afternoon in their seventh inning comeback resulting in a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. An error and walk ruined a good start from Baltimore’s Wei-Yin Chen, though one of the Yankees runs was attributed to a home run from Robinson Cano in the fourth inning
The win enabled New York to once again have a three-game lead over the Orioles in the American League East. What once was a comfortable lead for the Yankees has become a tight race for the division lead.
With four weeks left in the season, the two teams have five games remaining with each other. Including a finale Sunday afternoon, the Yankees visit Camden Yards Thursday for what appears to be an important four-game series.
“Our guys just kept putting good at bats on people,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. His team for the first time this season won a game with four or fewer hits.
Chen retired the first 11 Yankees batters in order before Cano hit his 28th home run of the season.
The seventh inning appeared to be another Yankees loss, that is, until shortstop J.J. Hardy botched a ball with the bases loaded that scored Eduardo Nunez with the go-ahead run.
“J.J. I think he’s the best shortstop in the league,” commented Orioles’ manager Buck Showalter. “I don’t even think twice about it. That time of day, the infield is so chewed up, partly our fault because we had a whole bunch of base runners out there chewing it up.”
Nunez, the designated hitter was recalled last night from Triple-A Sranton Wilkes Barr, and made his first start since May 10th against Tampa Bay. He had an RBI single in that seventh inning that led to Chen (12-8) the losing pitcher to be removed which led to a Yankees run.
“In my third at bat, I talked to myself not to try too hard,” he said. How much playing time will depend on how Girardi goes with his lineup which has been struggling to score runs with runners in scoring position.
He said, “I almost cried, I was so excited,” regarding the hit. “I want to help this team win.”
The Yankees are concerned about club home run leader Curtis Granderson. He left the game with a tight right hamstring before the top of the third inning. MRI results revealed some tendonitis and Girardi said, “Everything’s good.”
Granderson could sit out the series finale Sunday afternoon and resume play Monday down in Tampa Bay for another important three-game series.
David Phelps allowed the three Baltimore runs including a career high six walks in 4.21 innings. It was his seventh start of the season. Girardi used four pitchers out of the pen including Rafael Soriano who closed the game in the ninth inning and recorded his 35th save.
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Saturday, September 1, 2012
Yanks Lead Drops to Two Games Over Orioles
By Howard Goldin
BRONX, NEW YORK, September 1- The Baltimore Orioles lowered the lead of the Yankees in the American League East to two games as they defeated the Yankees, 6-1, in the first game of a three game weekend series at Yankee Stadium.
Rookie Miguel Gonzalez performed outstandingly in his 10th start in the majors. The 28-year old stopped the Yankees from scoring a run in his seven innings on the mound. The native of Mexico gave up only four hits. He fanned nine batters while only allowing one base on balls.
The victory for Gonzalez was his third in his last four decisions.
Joe Girardi offered praise to the winning hurler, “It just seemed like his fast ball was getting on the hitters faster than they thought. I think we got beat by the fast ball. He made some good off-speed pitches. [He had] command of the strike zone. He threw a good game.”
The first two hits off Gonzalez came off the bats of two future members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Derek Jeter singled to lead off the fourth, but was still at first when the inning concluded. The base hit was the 3,265th for Jeter, 18 below Willie Mays, in 10th place in career hits.
The second Yankee hit was a sixth inning lead-off single by Ichiro Suzuki. He was stranded at third at the close of that frame.
Eric Chavez and Russell Martin each singled in the seventh but neither was able to advance.
The Yankees, as on Wednesday, could not hit successfully with runners in scoring position. They failed in all four opportunities with RISP. On Wednesday, they were 3 for 17 in these clutch situations.
Curtis Granderson with his 34th home run of the season broke the shutout with one gone in the ninth. The homer was the club’s 200th of 2012.
Hiroki Kuroda, although going deep into the game, 8.1 innings, lost his second straight start. He surrendered three runs in the second, two on the 13th home run of the year by Mark Reynolds. A solo homer by JJ Hardy in the sixth drove in Baltimore’s fourth run of the contest.
The loss was the seventh in the last 10 games for the faltering Yanks. The Orioles have narrowed their deficit in the standings by winning their ninth in the last 12 games.
With a Yankees pitching change instituted by Girardi on Friday, David Phelps (3-4) will face Wei-Yen Chen (12-7) in game two on Saturday afternoon.
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