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Several items from the Yankees 27th Championship are on display now at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.  Although reports more memorabilia may be arriving in Cooperstown in a few weeks, there are quite a few things on display currently:

1.) Hideki Matsui’s Game 6 Bat – This bat was used to drive in a record-tying 6 runs to clinch the Yankees’ Championship and earn Matsui the MVP honors.

2.) Mariano Rivera’s Postseason Cap – Rivera was, in my opinion, the MVP of the Yankees postseason.  Rivera had a 0.56 ERA and was 5 for 5 in save opportunities.  He ended up preserving 5 of the Yankees 11 wins.

3.) Johnny Damon’s Cleats from Game 4 – The game turned in favor of the Yankees when Damon got on base and stole second and third on the same play.  The Game 4 win gave the Bombers a 3-1 advantage in the series.

Plus, the HoF received several other notable items, including the catching masks of Jorge Posada and Jose Molina, Andy Pettitte’s World Series Cap, and the first ball to come out of play at Yankee Stadium, which was the first ball ever used in a World Series Game at the new stadium.

The Hall also received the scorecard used by WCBS announcer Suzyn Waldman – who became the first woman to broadcast a World Series game along with longtime Yankees play-by-play man John Sterling, and one of the bats used by Chase Utley, who tied Reggie Jackson with 5 home runs in one World Series.

I’m going to wait a few weeks for more stuff to arrive, but I am going to have to figure out a way to drag Chris up from Maryland and get up to the Hall.  I’d love to see the new memorabilia and it’s been a long time since I’ve been to the Hall anyways…


Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 in 12 innings Tuesday night, securing the opportunity to lose to the Yankees in the first round.  The Twins made an extremely remarkable come back in September – on Sept. 6, they were 68-68 and 7 games back of the Tigers.  By Saturday October 3, the Tigers lost 3 straight and the Twins won 3 straight to tie it up at 85-76.  With both teams winning on Sunday, a one-game playoff was required at Minnesota’s Metrodome.

With 5 straight wins and a 19-8 record in the last month, the Twins are a hot team – but let’s not forget the fact that the Bombers were 7-0 against the Twins this season.  I still see the Yankees winning the series in 4 games.

It was announced Tuesday that Jose Molina will start Game 2 of the series – as AJ Burnett’s catcher.  Despite #1 catcher Jorge Posada’s obvious disappointment, this was the right decision.  As ESPN pointed out, with Posada as the catcher, Burnett has struck out 79 of 434 batters and allowed opponents a BA of .270.  With Molina as the catcher, Burnett has struck out 77 of 288 batters and opposing batters have a .221 BA.

Burnett was 13-9 with a 4.04 ERA in his first season as a Yankee.  He has postseason experience as a member of the 2003 Florida Marlins World Series Championship team.

Brian Bruney will not be on the ALDS roster according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN’s Twitter account.  No word on how this information was compiled.  The opens up a spot for David Robertson ;-).  The official roster will most likely be announced sometime Wednesday before the game.

Game 1 intros should start somewhere around 5:45 and the first pitch is scheduled for 6:07 Wednesday.  All games in the series will be broadcast on TBS.

Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer in the Yanks’ four-run second inning and the Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2 on Saturday for their 12th win in 13 games.

Derek Jeter drove in two runs for New York during a 2-for-4 night, going deep in the ninth inning to tie Omar Vizquel for second on the career list with 2,672 hits as a shortstop. The Yankees captain is one behind Luis Aparicio for the top spot.

With Alex Rodriguez back in the lineup, the AL East-leading Yankees opened a season-high 7 1/2-game advantage over second-place Boston with their fifth consecutive win.

In the second inning, which Seattle fumbled, with one out and Robinson Cano on first, Melky Cabrera hit a fly ball to right-center. Gutierrez raced over, but right fielder Suzuki also charged. Gutierrez put his glove out to try for the catch and braced for a collision with Suzuki, who pulled up at the last second. The ball hit off Gutierrez’s glove for an error.

Jose Molina followed with a run-scoring single and Jeter drove in Cabrera with a sacrifice fly to center. Swisher then gave the Yankees a 4-1 lead with his 19th homer, hitting a 1-0 pitch from French over the wall in left.

Seattle tried to rally in the seventh, putting runners on first and second with one out. Phil Coke struck out Ken Griffey Jr. before falling behind 2-0 against Russell Branyan. Suzuki then tried to steal third and Molina gunned him down. Later in the clubhouse surrounded by Japanese reporters, Molina yelled out “Ichiro sucks!” (via PeteAbe).

Sergio Mitre (2-1) pitched 5 1/3 innings to earn his second win since joining New York’s rotation in late July. He yielded two runs, one earned, and seven hits.

David Robertson and Coke combined for 2 2/3 innings of two-hit ball before Mariano Rivera finished for his major league-leading 35th save.

It’s Jobamania on the mound today going for a sweep of the Mariners!

Peter Abraham reported Monday that Xavier Nady and Jose Molina both faced setbacks in their injury recoveries on the same day.

Jose Molina was playing in an extended spring training game and re-injured his strained left quadriceps.  The Yankees had hoped to get Molina back by the weekend, but it doesn’t look good after this.  No word yet on how long this setback might keep Molina out of the lineup, but he is scheduled to have an MRI in Tampa soon.

Fortunately, its not a big deal with Francisco Cervelli playing well as Jorge Posada’s backup.

Xavier Nady also faced a set back Monday.  He was in the midst of his first day of a throwing program and felt enough discomfort to stop throwing.  The coaches don’t seem too sure what to do with it.  As of now, it is expected that Nady will try throwing again Tuesday and see how it feels.

We’ll update both stories at some point Tuesday.

Either the Yankees are not in shape this season, their strength and conditioning coach isn’t trying anymore, or they are just down right unlucky.  For what feels like the 20th time this season, another important Yankee starter is injured.

Just days after it was announced that Jorge Posada would miss at least 2-3 weeks, Jose Molina left Thursday night’s game with a strained left quad.  He is scheduled to have an MRI tonight.  Don’t expect good news.

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