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July 12 - The Game Log

Note from TheMirl.com: Larry Fleisher of The Writers is documenting every baseball he attends during
the 2005 season. Here is the first installment.

1 - April 10 Orioles 7, Yankees, 2  - Melvin Mora hits Carl Pavano in the head with a line drive while
Yankees don't get a hit off Rodrigo Lopez until the sixth. Orioles take a 4-0 lead after three and tack on
two in the fifth before Yankees score. The only home run in the game comes by Brian Roberts, who is up
to three at this point.

HR - Roberts
UMPS - Poncino, Wegner, Nauert, Darling
TIME - 2:49

2 - April 13 Astros 0, Mets 1 (11) - Under cold conditions, an unlikely pitching duel emerges as Kaz Ishii
makes his Shea debut and matches Roger Clemens for seven innings.  Mets get their third straight win
when Jose Reyes singles off ex-Met righty Dan Wheeler.

HR - None
Umps - Nauert, Darling, Poncino, Wegner
Attendance - 22,431
Time - 3:20

3 - April 19 - Devil Rays 6, Yankees 2 - On the heels of their 19-run explosion following the missive from
the General, Randy Johnson and the rest of the Yankees turn in a clunker.  Eduardo Perez hits a pair of
shots off Johnson while Hideo Nomo pitches on three days rest and gives up a run (Giambi home run)
and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

HR - Perez (2), Giambi
UMPS - Dreckman, Davis, Hohn, Eddings
Attendance - 45,802
Time - 2:37

4 - April 22 - Mets 3,  Nationals 1 - History is made as the group formerly known as the Montreal Expos
makes their debut at Shea Stadium with a 3-1 loss.  Sporting a lineup of actual talent that was used with
money to get, the Nationals get little going off Tom Glavine, who takes advantage of putrid weather
conditions to allow two hits over seven innings.  Cliff Floyd homers off Esteban Loaiza, who was last
seen in these parts screwing things up for the Yankees.  

HR - Floyd, Guzman
UMPS - T.Welke, O'Nora, Cederstrom, B. Welke
W - Glavine
L - Loaiza
SV - Looper
Time - 2:44
Attendance - 28,488

5- April 24 - Nationals 11, Mets 4 - In an ugly and long one, Livan Hernandez and Victor Zambrano
square off.  Hernandez allows three in the opening inning but not much else as Mets get pounded, 11-4.
Nationals pound out 17 hits as Vinny Castilla and Brad Wilkerson have four apiece. Mike Piazza has
three hits for the Mets to raise hit batting average to .200.  

HR - Wilkerson
Time - 3:19
Attendance - 43,313
W - Hernandez
L - Zambrano
UMPS - Cederstrom, B. Welke, T. Welke, O'Nora

6 - April 27 - Angels 5, Yankees 1 - Resembling the pitcher that won 18 games in 2002, Jarrod
Washburn does a nice job for the Angels in this one, allowing one run and nine hits in 7 2/3 innings.  
Yankees had scored big in a pair of blowouts the previous two nights but get little going.  Mike Mussina
lasts seven innings but allows five runs and 10 hits, including home runs to Garret Anderson and Steve
Finley, a pair of blasts that help increase his ERA to a putrid 4.97. Alex Rodriguez hits his eighth home
run for the Yankees while Gary Sheffield has three hits.

HR - Finley, Anderson, Rodriguez
W - Washburn
L - Mussina
UMPS - Carlson, West, Gorman, Hallion
Time - 2:45
Attendance - 37,934

7 - April 28 - Angels 3, Yankees 1 - Kevin Brown's not terrible after his usual poor start.  He allows three
runs and eight hits in seven innings and sets down the final 11 in hitter.  John Lackey isn't great as he
lasts 5 1/3 innings and throws 111 pitches.  Only one of those pitches results in a run for the Yankees,
who get just an RBI double from Hideki Matsui before going silent against the Angels bullpen.

W - Lackey
L - Brown
Sv - F. Rodriguez
UMPS - West, Gorman, Hallion, Carlson
Time - 3:05
Attendance - 51,951

8 - April 29 - Blue Jays 2, Yankees 0 - For a change the tremendous pitching matchup lives up to the
hype as Roy Halladay and Randy Johnson each go the distance. Halladay tosses a three-hitter while
Johnson's lone mistake is a sinker to Eric Hinske that winds up in the seats as the only runs of this 2
hour, eight minute game.

HR - Hinske
WP - Halladay
LP - Johnson
UMPS - Craft, Barrett, Marquez, Reed
Time - 2:08
Attendance - 40,839

9 - May 1 - Blue Jays, 8, Yankees 6 - If you like offense and games that last over 3 1/2 hours than you
would have enjoyed this attempt at pitching from Carl Pavano and ex-Yankee Ted Lilly.  The Blue Jays
pound out 17 hits, including four from Shea Hillenbrand.  They rally from a 6-3 deficit and score their final
run on a sacrifice fly, which is the result of a weak throw from center fielder Bernie Williams.  The
Yankees fall to 10-15 and changes come two days later when Williams heads to the bench, Robinson
Cano gets promoted to play second, Tony Womack moves from second to left and Hideki Matsui
switches from left to center.

HR - Koskie, Sheffield
W - Walker
L - Stanton
SV - Batista
Time - 3:31
Attendance - 54,224
UMPS - Marquez, Reed, Craft, Barrett

10 - May 4 - Mets 3, Phillies 2 - An absolute thriller of a game here as Jae Seo tosses a gem.  Looking
like the pitcher, who fired a one-hitter in Florida two years ago, Seo allows just David Bell's two-out
single in the fifth. Cliff Floyd extends his hitting streak to 20 games with a long home run and saves a
pair of runs, causing some of the 21,356 fans to unleash the MVP chants.  Despite his steller outing, Seo

gets sent to the minors following the game, which became very interesting when Braden Looper allows
back-to-back home runs to Chase Utley and Bobby Abreu in the ninth.

HR - Diaz, Floyd, Utley, Abreu
W - Seo
L - Wolf
SV - Looper
Time - 2:24
Attendance - 21,356
Umps - Scott, Hickox, Tschida, Kulpa

11 - May 6 - Athletics 6, Yankees 3 (10) - The game before the Yankees turned it around for what many
thought would be for good.  Neither team has a very good record in this one and this gets decided by
some misplays in the field in the 10th by the Yankees.  The Athletics score three in the 10th without
hitting the ball out of the infield against Mariano Rivera.  Ex-Met Marco Scutaro draws a leadoff walk and
with one out, Jason Kendall is hit with an 0-2 pitch.  Eric Chavez loads the bases with an infield single
and Scott Hatteberg hits a one-hopper to first baseman Tino Martinez, who forgot to step on the bag and
his throw to the plate was way wide.  Following an error by Alex Rodriguez at third, Keith Ginter draws a
bases-loaded walk.  The Yankees forced extra innings on Jorge Posada's RBI single off Barry Zito and
Gary Sheffield's RBI grounder off Octavio Dotel.  

HR - Byrnes, Kielty
W - Dotel
L - Rivera
SV - Calero
Time - 3:06
Attendance - 47,973
Umps - Reynolds, Bell, Danley, Guccione

12 - May 11 - Yankees 13, Mariners 9 - Tino Martinez carried some of the hitting load for the Yankees
when they got hot in May and he does it again in this one.  Facing the team that drafted him out of the
University of Tampa in 1988, he homers for the fifth straight game, helping the Yankees rally twice from
sizable deficits for their fifth consecutive win.  Martinez's blast to the short porch in right forged a 9-9 tie,
highlighting a productive day from mostly everyone in the lineup.  Tony Womack ties a career high and
team record with four steals and scores three times.  Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield drive in three
apiece. Sheffield also homers as does Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada.  Carl Pavano spotted Seattle a 5-
0 lead, which was not entirely his fault as A-Rod committs a throwing error on Randy Winn's grounder.  
Following the miscue, Richie Sexson hits a three-run shot to right and Bret Boone, a two-run blast to left.
But luckily for the Yankees, Jamie Moyer is over 40 and always seems to struggle against them as the
game is tied after the first inning.   

HR - Sexson, Boone, Suzuki, Ibanez, Martinez, Jeter, Sheffield, Posada
W - Quantrill
L - Thornton
Time - 3:26
Attendance - 47,844
Umps - B. Welke, T. Welke, O'Nora, Cederstrom

13 - May 18 - Mets 10, Reds 6 - The Reds opened their season with three straight home wins over the
Mets. But most of the subsequent results have been a disaster, including this game. Described as "ugly
and embarrassing" by Cincinnati manager Dave Miley it was indeed if you root for the Reds as they fall
to 14-26. Miley's team committs four errors and he watches the game from the clubhouse after getting
tossed by plate umpire Jerry Crawford in the fifth for protesting C.B. Bucknor's blown call on Ryan Freel's
double play.  The Reds get five hits from Sean Casey but when you committ four hideous errors, who
cares unless you have him in fantasy baseball. As for the Mets, they head into the "Subway Series" by
getting home runs from Chris Woodward, ex-Red Mike Cameron and David Wright. Despite not driving
in a run Mike Piazza goes 4-for-4, while Tom Glavine allows two runs and nine hits in six innings before
Manny Aybar allows an RBI single to  Casey and a two-run homer to Ken Griffey Jr. in the ninth.  Getting
back to the four errors, D'Angelo Jimenez and Joe Randa keep the four-run third going with misplays.  
Jimenez has another error in the sixth and Danny Graves has one in the eighth. Since then both have
been designated for assignment by the Reds.

HRs - Woodward, Casey, Cameron, Wright, Griffey
W - Glavine
L - Milton
Time - 3:17
Attendance - 26,607
Umps - Crawford, Bucknor, Cuzzi, Rapuano

14 - May 20 - Yankees 5, Mets 2 - The ninth edition of the Subway Series begins and it's not pretty on
either side.  Despite committing three errors, including two by Derek Jeter - the first time he did that
since September 3, 2002, the Yankees emerge with a 5-2 victory.  That's because in the sixth Kaz Matsui
boots Robinson Cano's potential inning-ending double-play grounder and Doug Mientkiewicz misplays
pinch-hitter Ruben Sierra's one-hopper.  As for the pitching,  Kevin Brown wins his third in a row,
allowing one run and three hits in five hits.  Victor Zambrano, who sometimes had decently pitched  vs.
the Yankees with Tampa Bay, allows three runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings but walks six, which is one
of the likely causes for the game taking three hours and 29 minutes.

W - Brown
L - Zambrano
SV - Rivera
Time - 3:29
Attendance - 55,740
Umps - Mcclelland, Meriwether,Everitt, Timmons

15 - May 25 - Yankees 4, Tigers 2 - The Yankees win their third in a row, taking the second game from
the Tigers, 4-2.  The game is highlighted by Derek Jeter's tumbling catch while he collides with
Robinson Cano.  His teammates call it the best play they've ever seen and it protects Chein-Ming
Wang's lead. Wang, who is filling for the injured Jaret Wright allows two runs and five hits in 6 1/2
innings while he throws an efficient 77 pitches. And since he faced 24 batters, that comes out to 3.20
pitches per batter.  Mike Maroth does not do terribly for the Tigers as he lasts five-plus and allows four
runs and eight hits in the 51-degree conditions.  The game is tied for 5 1/2 innings before Alex
Rodriguez hits a go-ahead double and scores on Jorge Posada's two-run single.

W - Wang
L - Maroth
SV - Rivera
Time - 2:46
Attendance - 51,883
Umps - Gibson, Reliford, Barksdale, Fairchild

16 - May 26 - Yankees 4, Tigers 3 - Yankees complete the sweep of the Tigers with a 4-3 victory.  Alex
Rodriguez hits a mammoth blast to left field, a two-run shot that is his major league-leading 17th home
run. Kevin Brown lasts seven innings and falls behind 3-1 but he survives allowing 10 hits and wins his
fourth in a row.  Jeremy Bonderman starts for the Tigers and slips while throwing the pitch Rodriguez
sent 450 feet.

W - Brown
L - Bonderman
SV - Rivera
HR - Rodriguez
Time - 2:55
Attendance - 42,835
Reliford, Barksdale, Fairchild, Gibson

17 - May 27 - Yankees 6, Red Sox  - The Red Sox come in for their second series in the Bronx fresh off a
three-game sweep in Toronto and don't look very good in this one.  After taking a 3-1 lead, they allow five
in bottom of the sixth as Robinson Cano and Gary Sheffield hit home runs.  The rally comes after Tony
Womack and Cano threw out runners in the top half of the inning.  Tim Wakefield, who normally pitches
well against the Yankees does not have much control in this one.  He lasts five-plus innings and allows
four runs and four hits but walks seven.  Randy Johnson goes six and allows three runs and nine hits.

W - Johnson
L - Wakefield
SV - Rivera
HR - Varitek, Cano, Sheffield
Time - 3:15
Attendance - 55,051
Umps - Froemming, Wendelstedt, Meals, Hallion

18 - May 29 - Boston 7, Yankees 2 - A day after allowing 27 hits and 17 runs to the Red Sox, the Yankees
aren't much better in this one, especially after Derek Jeter and Gary Sheffield homer in the bottom of the
first.  David Wells changes to number 16, giving his number three to shortstop Edgar Renteria and it
works out for both.  Wells pitches into the ninth inning in his favorite stadium and Renteria homers and
collects four hits.  David Ortiz continues to torment Yankees pitching as he hits a pair of home runs that
have yet to land off Mike Mussina.

W - Wells
L - Mussina
HR - Ortiz (2), Jeter, Sheffield, Renteria
Time - 3:12
Attendance - 55,235
Umpires - Meals, Hallion, Froemming, Wendelstedt

19 - June 2 - Mets, 6, Diamondbacks 1 - In a fun night, Mets get great pitching from Pedro Martinez, great
defense from Mike Cameron and Carlos Beltran in 6-1 win over the Diamondbacks.  The sprinklers turn
on for two minutes in the first but it doesn't bother Martinez, who allows one run, scatters five and
records nine strikeouts in eight innings.  Beltran homers, upping his average to .436 when Martinez
pitches and all seven of his home runs have been in Martinez starts.  Mets score three apiece in the
fourth and sixth but the other highlight is Cameron's catch while falling down in the seventh.

W - Martinez
L - Estes
HR - Clark, Beltran
Time 2:23
Attendance - 28,260
Umps - Wendelstedt, Meals, Winters, Froemming

20 -June 5,  Giants 6, Mets 3 -  In the first game of the 13th doubleheader in my lifetime, the Mets get a
shaky outing from Kaz Ishii, who falls apart in the sixth.  The Giants stop an eight-game losing streak,
their longest since 2000 by getting 7 2/3 innings from Brett Tomko, who also hits a three-run double in
the sixth.  Mets make it interesting against the overworked San Francisco bullpen but Kaz Matsui strikes
out as a pinch hitter in the eighth and Mike Piazza grounds out with the bases loaded to end the game.

W - Tomko
L - Ishii
SV - Walker
HR - Niekro
Time - 2:54
Umps - Randazzo, Barksdale,Layne, Hallion

21 - June 5 - Mets 12, Giants 1 - A good pitching matchup on paper doesn't quite develop as Mets knock
out Giants ace Jason Schmidt after four and already up 6-0.  Cliff Floyd homers twice whiles Mets also
get blasts from David Wright and Victor Diaz to support Kris Benson, who played with Schmidt in
Pittsburgh.  Benson goes seven innings and interestingly enough doesn't record a strikeout or a walk.

W - Benson
L - Schmidt
HR - Wright, Floyd (2), Diaz
Time - 2:58
Umps - Montague, Layne, Hallion, Barksdale

22 - June 9 - Astros 6, Mets 3 (11) - A battle of elite lefthanders takes place as Tom Glavine faces Andy
Pettitte. Neither factors in the decision as Mets blow 2-1 lead and Heath Bell implodes in the 11th.  The
Mets get a guy on the 11th but it's over when David Wright, who had homered earlier, tries to do it again
and goes down swinging.  The two wins seems to trigger the Astros current run. When Pedro Martinez
nearly no-hit them in the series opener, the Astros were 21-35 but since then they are 23-8.

W - Springer
L - Bell
SV - Lidge
HR - Wright
Umpires: HP--Gerry Davis. 1B--Doug Eddings. 2B--Bruce Dreckman.
3B--James Hoye.
Time: 3:22.
Attendance: 30,737

23 - June 15 - Yankees 7, Pirates 5 (10) - In my first visit to the Bronx Zoo since the disaster that was the
3-9 road trip, the Yankees deliver some of that old five o'clock lightning that we heard took place often in
the original Yankee Stadium.  It looks like another night to write off the Yankees when Kevin Brown gives
up four straight singles in the third and leaves with a sore back. But the Yankees score in the seventh,
eighth, ninth and 10th, winning the game on "fan favorite" Jason Giambi's two-run home run off Jose
Mesa in the 10th.  But before Giambi homered, the Yankees catch a break when first base umpire Tony
Randazzo calls Gary Sheffield safe when he was clearly out in the ninth.  As Mets announcer Gary
Cohen notes on the next day's broadcast, the winning pitcher "Tony Randazzo".  The win comes hours
after a press conference to announce plans for a new Yankee Stadium up the block from the present
one.  Major politicians come out from the Govenor to the Mayor as well as several Bronx politicians.  
They say nothing while singing the praises of owner George Steinbrenner.  I guess they've forgiven him
for running the team into the ground in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

W - Rivera
L - Mesa
HR - Posada, Bay, J. Wilson, Giambi
Umpires: HP--Paul Emmel. 1B--Tony Randazzo. 2B--Ed Montague. 3B--Tom
Time: 3:28.
Attendance: 48,828

24 - June 17 - Yankees 9, Cubs 6 - The Cubs make their first visit to Yankee Stadium since losing a pair
in the 1938 World Series.  The Yankees blow an early 4-0 lead but that's foregotten because Hideki
Matsui crushes a 2-0 fastball from lefthander Will Ohman into the right field seats for a 7-6 lead.  For
good measure Matsui adds a two-run double in the eighth off another lefty, Mike Remlinger.  Matsui's big
night comes in his fourth straight contest as the designated hitter.  He is playing there because of a
twisted right ankle but jokes he might give up his glove.  Carl Pavano starts this one and is too much in
the strike zone as he gets shelled for six runs and 10 hits.

W - Stanton
L - Ohman
SV - Rivera
HR - Matsui
Umpires: HP--Andy Fletcher. 1B--Bob Davidson. 2B--Paul Schrieber.
3B--Mike Reilly.
Time: 3:24.
Attendance: 54,773.

25 - June 20 - Devil Rays, 5, Yankees 4 - I guess this one could be entitled Henn lays an egg.  But in
defense of Sean Henn, it could have been a lot worse although he walked seven.  Watching the replay of
this game on TV, he looked timid when it came to throwing a strike.  Yankees stage late comeback to
make it respectable highlighted by a home run from Hideki Matsui but come up short against the
fastballs of Danys Baez.

W - Fossum
L - Henn
SV - Baez
HR - Matsui
Umpires: HP--Larry Young. 1B--Eric Cooper. 2B--Fieldin Culbreth.
3B--Marvin Hudson.
Time: 3:07.
Attendance: 43,543

26 - June 22 - Devil Rays 5, Yankees 3 - Whoops.  Looks like Joe Torre left in Carl Pavano too long.  Up
3-2 and needing one strike to get out of the seventh, Pavano gives up a three-run home run to Nick
Green and the Yankees lose 5-3.  This comes less than 24 hours after the 35 minute, 13-run comeback,
which resulted in a 20-11 win.  So much for the Yankees turning point and meaning in games following
their three biggest nights at the plate, all of which I was not at, they've gone 0-for-3. Yankees stage late
rally but Derek Jeter strikes out for the final out, which is played through a driving rain.

W - Kazmir
L - Pavano
SV - Baez
HR - sheffield, Gomes, Green
Umpires: HP--Fieldin Culbreth. 1B--Marvin Hudson. 2B--Larry Young.
3B--Eric Cooper.
Time: 2:48
Attendance: 48,452

27 - June 22 - Staten Island 5, Brooklyn 2 - For the second time in my life I witness two games in
different ballparks on the same day as I head out to St. George Staten Island for the New York Penn-
League home opener of the Staten Island Yankees.  It's a tight game until the Yankees score three in
the seventh on Kyle Larsen's single and Jonathan Poterson's two-run double to avenge a 10-7 loss the
previous night in Coney Island.  For the record, the other two ballpark day was May 24, 2001.  It was Mike
Mussina vs. Pedro Martinez in a 2-1 Yankees win and Kevin Appier vs. A.J. Burnett in a 2-1 Mets win over
the Marlins.  

W - Stephens
L - Alfonzo
Umpires: HP: Dan Oliver
Time: 2:25.
Attendance: 6,485.

28 - June 24 - Mets, 6, Yankees 4 -  It seems like every time Pedro Martinez is slated to face the Yankees
that Mike Mussina is opposing him and the opener of the "Subway Series" at Yankee Stadium had that
matchup.  Martinez has the better off Mussina this time as he allows just two runs in eight innings while
Mussina gives up bombs to Carlos Beltran and Cliff Floyd. Derek Jeter leads off with a home run,
prompting the "Who's Your Daddy Chant from some of the crowd.  Personally I would have liked to hear
thousands coordinate it in Spanish, which would be - Quien es tu padre? As for the game it features
contrasting plays in center field.  Early on Bernie Williams drops a routine fly ball while later on Beltran
makes a catch in which he crashes into the wall to get.  The Yankees get it close on Tino Martinez's two-
run home run off Braden Looper in the ninth.  

W - Martinez
L - Mussina
HR - Jeter, Floyd, Beltran, Martinez
Umpires: HP--Phil Cuzzi. 1B--Ed Rapuano. 2B--Jerry Crawford. 3B--C.B.
Time: 2:50
Attendance: 55,297

29 - June 25 - Lakewood 9, DelMarva 8 - In a South Atlantic League matchup between the Phillies and
Orioles down the jersey shore, Lakewood barely emerges with the win.  Lakewood, which is affiliated
with the Phillies, scores five in the opening inning and takes a 7-1 lead before falling behind 8-7. But
they go ahead when Ryan Firth doubles in Greg Golson, a speedy outfielder that is thought of very highly
and Samuel Orr.

W - Bisenius
L - Cahill
SV - Barrack
HR - Firth
Umpires: HP: Arthur Thigpen. 1B: Brett Robson. 2B,3B: .

Time: 3:05.
Attendance: 7,321.

30 - June 26 - Yankees 5, Mets 4 -  Just when the Yankees can't get any worse than they manage to pull
out a 5-4 victory over the Mets.  The win avoids the wrath of General Steinbrenner for getting swept in the
Bronx to the hated Mets.  Randy Johnson looks sharp most of the night but the defense or lack of it
makes the picture bleak for the Yanks as Robinson Cano and Jason Giambi commit errors.  Giambi's is
the worst of the two as he misses Tom Gordon on a short throw to get Jose Reyes, who slides head-
first into first base. But Giambi atones for his awful play in the field by lining a 1-1 pitch from Looper into
right field with none out in the ninth and the bases loaded.  It's another night at the office for Alex
Rodriguez, who goes 4-for-5.

W - Rivera
L - Looper

Umpires: HP--Jerry Crawford. 1B--C.B. Bucknor. 2B--Phil Cuzzi. 3B--Ed
Time: 3:25.
Attendance: 55,327.

31 - June 30 - Mets 5, Phillies 3 - Pedro Martinez is not as sharp as normal and that's evident as few of
his pitches top 90 miles per hour. But he finds his way through six innings and the Mets get the Phillies
on double plays in the seventh and eighth. Braden Looper closes it out for his first save since blowing
the Yankee game.  Chris Woodward and Jose Reyes collect two RBI apiece off Jon Lieber.  Lieber lasts
just four innings and afterwards declares "Right now I suck.”

W - Martinez
L - Lieber
HR - Rollins
Umpires: HP--Alfonso Marquez. 1B--Brian Knight. 2B--Ted Barrett.
3B--Terry Craft.
Time: 2:45.
Attendance: 36,667.

32 - July 1 - Mets 7, Marlins 6 - It's Fireworks night as Shea Stadium and almost as soon as the shots
ring out from the color guard after the National Anthem, the rain falls.  The delay is not that bad as it lasts
just 36 minutes.  Tom Glavine starts for the Mets but throws just 57 strikes in five innings due to Randy
Marsh, who has the smallest stike zone in the game. Despite his lack of strikes, Glavine is in line to get
to the win when the Mets score three unearned runs in the fifth caused by a pair of errors from Florida
third baseman Mike Lowell.  Mike Cameron hits a solo home run to give the Mets a "safe" 6-3 lead. But
Aaron Heilman blows it and gets bailed out by Roberto Hernandez.  Hernandez gets the win when Chris
Woodward dumps a Jim Mecir sinker into center field.

W - Hernandez
L - Mecir
SV - Looper
HR - Cameron
Umpires: HP--Randy Marsh. 1B--Larry Vanover. 2B--Jim Wolf. 3B--Sam
Time: 3:11.
Attendance: 44,853.

33 - July 3 - Florida 3, Mets 0 - There's a reason Dontrelle Willis is among my favorite players to watch.  
In addition to being a good young pitcher, he's a guy that gets it.  After throwing a three-hitter at Shea, he
gets picked to the All-Star team and tells reporters, “it's a backyard game, if you're not having fun, I don't
know what to you."  Well the Mets weren't having much fun as after loading the bases in the first just two
hitters reach the rest of the day. Victor Zambrano starts for the Mets and isn't terrible as he gives up runs
in the first, third and seventh.

W - Willis
L - Zambrano
Umpires: HP--Jim Wolf. 1B--Sam Holbrook. 2B--Randy Marsh. 3B--Larry
Time: 2:20.
Attendance: 37,824.

34 - July 8 - Yankees 5, Indians 4 - You don't see it too often but the Yankees win a game without hitting
a home run as they edge the Indians in poor weather conditions that result in a short delay.  How rare is
it for the Yankees to win a game without a home run, well they are 10-17 when not sending a ball over
the fence.   Chien Ming-Wang continues to be efficient despite the fact that Grady Sizemore sends the
first pitch over the right field fence.  After falling behind 2-0, Yankees score four times in the third and
then get a big run in the sixth on Jorge Posada's sacrifice fly.  Why is that run big?  Because Mariano
Rivera finally gave up a run.  He allowed Aaron Boone's fourth hit and Casey Blake's sacrifice fly, which
ended his scoreless streak at 23 innings. But Sizemore grounds out and crisis is averted in Yankeeland.

W - Wang
L - Lee
SV - Rivera
HR - Sizemore
Attendance: 52,938
Time: 3:03
Umpires: Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dan
Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott

35 - July 9 - Indians 8, Yankees 7 - It's Old-Timers for the 59th time at Yankee Stadium.  In addition to
Don Mattingly, Whitey Ford, Phil Rizzuto and Yogi Berra, the Yankees bring out the likes of David Justice,
Joe Pepitone, Ron Guidry and numerous other players from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.  After rain
cuts the Old-Timers Game short the Yankees trot out Darrell May a lefthander who likely won't be
appearing at Old Timers Day at any point. May fills in for the injured Carl Pavano and it's not pretty as May
lasts just 4 1/3 innings and gets tagged for seven runs and eight hits.  He faces 22 batters and throws
103 pitches, an average of 4.68 per hitter.  The Yankees take a quick 2-0 lead on solo shots by Gary
Sheffield and Alex Rodriguez.  But Jose Hernandez and Jhonny Peralta hit back-to-back shots in the third
and the Indians never trail again.  After doing little off Scott Elarton, the Yankees make it interesting by
getting another big hit off lefthander Arthur Rhodes. This time it's Hideki Matsui's three-run home run to
right field off the second deck.  After Cleveland gets a huge run in the top of the ninth, the Yankees get a
leadoff home run from Ruben Sierra off ex-Yankee Bob Wickman. But Wickman gets a double play and
gets Rodriguez to ground out on the first pitch.

W - Elarton
L - May
SV - Wickman
HR - Sheffield, Rodriguez, Hernandez (2), Peralta, Matsui, Sierra
Attendance: 54,366  
Time: 3:12
Umpires: Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base -
Dale Scott, Third Base - Tim Tschida