Rapid Reaction: Angels 6, Yankees 0
September, 11, 2011
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees have lost four in a row and seemingly a player a day. Fortunately for them, all the losing doesn't mean much because the Red Sox are matching them loss for loss. The Yankees are still up 2½ games in the AL East.
YANKEE CLASSIC: If you didn't actually watch: Yes, it is true, Jorge Posada played catcher. With Francisco Cervelli suffering from concussion-like symptoms, Posada came in after Russell Martin took a foul tip off his right thumb. Here is my in-game news story.
SIXTH SENSE: CC Sabathia, as his pitch count approached 119, escaped a bases-loaded situation. At third, Eric Chavez made two nice defensive plays, taking in two grounders. He threw a little wide on the last one, but Mark Teixiera dove and made the catch. Sabathia pitched six innings of one-run ball. In the end, it didn't matter.
SORI SITUATION: Rafael Soriano was MIA again so Joe Girardi had to turn to Hector Noesi in the seventh. Noesi coughed up four runs in the inning. No. 9 hitter, Jeff Mathis, who came in at .176 with two homers and 20 RBIs, hit a two-run job. In the eighth, Torii Hunter added a solo shot off rookie George Kontos, who made his MLB review.
WHAT'S GOOD: The Yankees didn't make an error. The previous six games they had.
WHAT'S BAD: The Yankees' hitters are being dominated. Dan Haren retired 18 straight at one point.
WHAT IS NEXT: Interrupt your football Sunday to find out who is catching? Or who is playing, for that matter? The Yankees are banged up. A-Rod is hurting. Nick Swisher is hurting. Russell Martin is hurting. Posada was behind the plate. Eduardo Nuñez was in right.
COMING ATTACTIONS: I'm writing about Posada's return as the Yankees run on fumes.
QUESTIONS OF THE NIGHT: Who is going to catch? Who is going to play? Are you worried about the Yankees?