This is the Yankees that I am used to seeing and it really didn’t happen until late. For the first 5 innings the Yankees looked helpless at the plate and it started to look as if the Braves were going for a combined effort perfect game after their starter Kenshin Kawakami had been knocked out by a comebacker off the bat of Joba Chamberlain. Speaking of Joba he was good tonight going 6.1 innings giving up 3 ER and striking out 5. The best number he had though was the 0 walks. Joba has been a nibbler in the past ,and that causes him to walk batters and raises his pitch count early. Not tonight, he had his good curve and command of his fastball throwing it for  strikes. Fransisco Cervelli called a good game and mixed it up enough that it seemed to keep the Atlanta hitters off balance. After Jobas one blemish ,a HR to Jeff Francouer in the fifth Brett Gardner drew a walk in the top of the sixth and then the fun began.

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It started with Gardner getting picked off at first base  when he was safe by like two feet. This got Joe Girardi out of the dug out to argue the call. After a heated debate and an exchange of dinner plans Girardi was ejected from the game. This was the fire that the Bombers needed. Franky Cervelli answered with a game tying HR and it was all Yankees from there. After loading the bases the Braves decided to challenge a slumping Alex Rodriguez’s ability to turn on a fastball and turn he did, as he drilled a 2 run hit to right center Nick Swisher added a  HR in the seventh the Yankees went on to close the deal adding 2 runs in the 8th and 9th for the 8-4 victory. Mariano Rivera was the Cherry on the sundae striking out 4 of the 4 batters he faced and almost getting a hit in his second career at bat, and that’s the ball game.

other notable notes: Welcome back Cody Ransom from the 60 day DL this brings about the corresponding roster move of Angel Berroa getting DFA’d . WOW didn’t see that one coming did ya? So who will be the next to go on the DFA highway? My guess Brett Tomko, do you have a guess?

Brian Cashman before the game hinted that there were no trades imminent that “all the answers are right here” Translation: there’s a trade coming.

Tomorrow the Yankees face an old foe in Derek Lowe. Oh yeah when I say old I mean old. This will be the geriatric game with Lowe 36 facing Andy  Pettite 37. Lowe at 7-5 is coming off consecutive losses and the Yankees are hoping to make it 3 straight. Andy looked great last time out going 7 innings and only allowing 1 ER. OK OK don’t get to excited it was against the Florida Minnows. Check back tomorrow 1 hour before game time for pregame banter . Lets hope the Yankees can close the deal with a series victory.

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