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Yankees silenced as Bucs continue Spring fling

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In 2008 actor Bill Crystal got his birthday wish as he signed a one day contract with the New York Yankees. 
In his lone Spring Training at bat he struck out at the hands of Pirates pitcher Paul Maholm. 
Three years later, six actual Yankees struck out against Pittsburgh pitchers. 
On Tuesday the Bucs blanked the Yanks 2-0 at McKechnie Field in Bradenton. 
Although the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixiera did not take the field, come one, they’re still the Yankees. 
James McDonald took the hill for the Pirates and lasted two solid innings, allowing just a pair of hits. Curtis Granderson tripled in the first inning and Eric Chavez notched a single in the second. 
Behind McDonald, Aaron Thompson gave up two hits. New York would only reach base those four times. 
Daniel McCutchen earned the win, his first of the Spring. He fanned two batters including Nick Swisher. Former first round pick Daniel Moskos was given the save and did not allow a hit in the 9th inning.
The Pirates now stand at 3-2 in the Grapefruit League. The other two wins came against the Tampa Bay Rays. The win against the Yankees was clearly the best performance from the pitching staff, thus far. 
But, there was bad news in the day.
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Relief pitcher Joe Beimel was ordered to be shut down due to discomfort in his left arm. He has undergone and MRI with results coming later Tuesday, or Wednesday. The newly acquired lefty was to be a strong hold in the bullpen. Working with Evan Meek and closer Joel Hanrahan, the back end of the pen looks to be one of the strongest in the NL Central. 
Beimel was once a Pirate before this spring. From 2001-04 he was a reliever in Pittsburgh. He was anything but spectacular and has since spent time with the Dodgers, Nationals and Rockies reviving his career. 
Just look at him. 
He brings an edge, a fire of sorts, that will be utilized. His recovery needs to be brisk for his untapped potential to come about.
photo credits: bleacherreport.com, yahoo.com

Let’s Hear It For New York- New York, New York

Fit ti be tied in the Big Apple. The Yankees pulled out the 3-1 victory over the Philies in much better weather Thursday night. The Yankees were more poised and hungry as they pulled out the ‘W’

I am cheering for the Yanks in the series yet I was still dissapointed. I still have not heard Ronan sing God Bless America on TV

However the self proclaimed “new Sinatra” belted out a performance that Frank would sure be proud of.

jayz.jpgRapper Jay-Z performed “Empire State of Mind” along with Alicia Keys before the game. It was a little over the top but I would never expect anything less from Jay-Z. The song was just the inspiration the Yankees needed to pull off this win.

Even though, Jay-Z raps that  he  “makes the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can.” Hideki Matsui and Mark Teixeira sure made a name for themselves tonight.

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The Blue Oyster Cult would have loved to hear their song Godzilla played along with other New York anthems. Matsui went deep with a solo shot to take the lead and break the 1-1 ties. He had a solid night going 2-3 with a walk.

While Matsui is the DH, the NY outfield was restructured tonight. Nick Swisher was benched in favor of Jerry Harriston Jr. It was in good taste considering Swisher was batting .111 in the playoffs. Harriston came in and managed a hit, but I feel bad for Swisher. He was West Virginia roots, which already give anybody instant brownie points in my book, but he is a good guy. Andrew (my buddy in North Canton) says the Swish brought this years team to prominence thanks to his pizazz and swagger. He’s played great defense but his arm is in question. There’s no doubt hes slumping, the change was needed.

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Another component of the pizazz and swagger has been possible MVP Tex. Teixeira was 1-3 with his own solo shot to get the Yankees on the board in the 4th inning. Tex is my vote for AL MVP. He has been consistent throughout the regular season flirting with .300 and belting 39 home runs.

Pedro Martinez, othrwise known as the most influential player to set foot in Yankee stadium tipped hit cap once again.

large_pedro_martinez_phillies_return.jpgHe was wearing a new uniform, but Pedro was being Pedro. You may have heard his ridiculous pregame interview, I can’t even begin to recap it because it was too bizarre. But apparently Pedro Martinez is not someone you can eat rice and beans with. Like I said, it is not worth even discussing.

While the Daddy Yankees were not that abusive to their “son” the fans surely were. Pedro was booed from start to finish. he cracked a smile when leaving the mound in the seventh inning showing that he’s all fun and just putting on a show. It may not be the most respectable display, but Martinez proved he may just be baseball’s Chad Ochocinco or Ron Artest-excpet Ron Artest may have hit somebody in the stands if they booed him.

The beginning of the game was the most special part for me. Now I know it was a great game and I loved watching it from start to finish-I’m a baseball fan afterall. But I really appreciated what happened prior to the first pitch.

jeter-clemente.jpgDerek Jeter was the recipient of the Roberto Clemente award. Here is is embracing Roberto’s wife Vera Clemente. Roberto’s son is wacthing over. I love moments when coming to Clemente’s honor. His playing ability was second to none and his off the field kindness was unmatched. He died serving others and is rightfully honored some 40 years later. Jeter is a good guy and deserves the award this season. Of course I can’t wait for the day when the World Series is taking place at PNC Park with someone say Andrew McCutchen is handed the Clemente trophy. Just so fitting.

With a day off Friday the action shifts to Philly. Here in Morgantown, the action shifts to Tampa, Florida.

noel1.jpgThe Mountaineers face the South Florida Bulls in a Big East showdown. The unique Friday night game will be televised on ESPN. I’m already nervous. We have not beaten the Bulls in their house since the two teams have first met. I do feel WVU has the upperhand talent wise, I’m just not sure of our ability to play on the road. Noel Devine is one of the top running backs in the nation and is worth the price of admission. He is a darkhorse for the Heisman Trophy and can shake just about any defender out of their boots. It’ll be a tight contest, but the ‘Eers will prevail 24-20

LETS GOOOOO MOUNTAINEERS

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