2008 New York Yankees season

The 2008 New York Yankees season was the 106th season for the New York Yankees franchise. The Yankees hosted the 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday July 15, 2008. It was the 83rd and last season at the original Yankee Stadium prior to the team's move to a new ballpark (also called "Yankee Stadium") just north of the current stadium. It also marked the first season since 1993 that the Yankees failed to make it to the playoffs (excepting the 1994 season, when a players' strike canceled the postseason, though the Yankees had the best record in the American League that year). Also, it would also be the first under a new team skipper, former team catcher Joe Girardi, who assumed the managerial role in the offseason.

2008 New York Yankees
Major League affiliations
Record89–73 (.549)
Divisional place3rd
Other information
Owner(s)George Steinbrenner
General manager(s)Brian Cashman
Manager(s)Joe Girardi
Local televisionYES Network
WWOR-TV (My 9)
Local radioWCBS (AM)
WQBU-FM (Spanish)
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Johnny Damon batting in 2008.

The Yankees' 2007/2008 offseason began in a tumultuous manner, with uncertainty as to the status of manager Joe Torre and team stalwarts Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, and Alex Rodriguez, all of whom were free agents. While Torre departed after 12 years as the team's manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers, all four free agents returned to play for the Yankees in 2008, providing stability and continuity for new manager Joe Girardi.

Roster changes

Manager Joe Torre left for the Los Angeles Dodgers after the 2007 season. After conducting interviews with Don Mattingly, Tony Peña and Joe Girardi, Girardi was signed to be the new Yankees Manager. This prompted Mattingly to leave the team as well and follow Torre to the Dodgers.

On November 29, the Yankees re-signed catcher Jorge Posada to a four-year contract for $52,400,000. Posada will be earning $13,100,000 per season which is the highest average salary ever for a catcher.

On December 3, the Yankees re-signed backup catcher José Molina to a 2-year, $4 million contract.

On December 4, the Yankees shipped minor league pitcher and part-time MLB starter Tyler Clippard to the Washington Nationals for reliever Jonathan Albaladejo.

On December 9, the Yankees agreed to a contract with relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins for 1 year, $3.75 million.

On December 12, the Yankees re-signed pitcher Andy Pettitte to a 1-year, $16 million contract.

Alex Rodriguez opted out of his contract in the middle of Game 4 of the 2007 World Series. The Yankees initially stated that they would not negotiate with Rodriguez once he opted out but changed course once Rodriguez announced his desire to return to pinstripes after issuing an apology for the public and the Yankees misunderstanding his desire to stay with the team. On December 13, 2007, Rodriguez and the Yankees officially agreed to a 10-year, $275 million contract that would rise to above $300 million if certain performance milestones were reached.

On December 17, the Yankees re-signed closer Mariano Rivera. Despite his original plan to hold out for a fourth year, Rivera agreed to a three-year contract offer worth $45 million, making him the highest-paid closer in baseball history.

Relief pitcher Luis Vizcaíno turned down an offer of salary arbitration and signed a multi-year deal with the Colorado Rockies on December 21. 1B Andy Phillips departed for the Cincinnati Reds, and Doug Mientkiewicz departed for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Roger Clemens remained a free agent and did not return to the Yankees in 2008. That would be the end of Clemens' MLB career. On March 10, 2008 the team signed actor/comedian Billy Crystal to a one-day contract just before his 60th birthday.

Regular season

Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez batting in 2008


The Yankees started opening day one day late at Yankee Stadium against the Toronto Blue Jays after a rainout. The Yankees took 2 of 3 games in the series. After that, they faced a new look Rays team. They lost the first two by the scores of 13-4 and 6-3, but would rebound and split the series 2 games apiece. Following the series, the Yankees had a grueling road trip in which they played 18 of their next 20 games on the road. During this stretch, rookies Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy struggled mightily and went winless the entire first month. After a rib injury to Hughes, Kennedy was reassigned to the minor league AAA affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as the Yankees called up Darrell Rasner. Fortunately, Rasner went 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA in his first four starts.

Both shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Alex Rodriguez had suffered minor quadriceps injuries at different times. Catcher Jorge Posada was also placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career after a slight tear in his rotator cuff and backup infielder Wilson Betemit missed several games due to conjunctivitis.


Their struggles continued in May, as they only had one series win through the 20th and that was a 3-game sweep against the Mariners on May 2–4 at the Stadium. They would lose 3 of 4 against the Rays in St. Petersburg and were swept in 2 games by the Mets in the Subway Series. In that series, there was a controversial call where Carlos Delgado appeared to hit a foul ball by the left field foul pole, when a replay would later show that the ball was actually a home run. The Mets would go on to win 11-2. The game on the 16th was postponed because of rain. The Yankees would end the month winning 8 of their last 10 games, escaping the AL East cellar and getting back to over .500.


The Yankees lost three in a row through the first three days of June, dropping the final 2 games of the four-game set against the Twins at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, then were blitzed 9-3 by the Jays on Joba Chamberlain's first career start in the majors. The Yankees, however, won the next 2 against them including a wild comeback on June 5 that ended in a two-run, pinch hit homer into the upper deck by Jason Giambi after trailing 7-2 in the 6th inning. Following the series, Yankees split a 4-game weekend series with the Royals and took 2 out of 3 from the A's highlighted by Hideki Matsui celebrating his 34th birthday with a Grand Slam off of Joe Blanton. The Yankees would then sweep the Astros and were 4 games over .500 for the first time this season, but Chien-Ming Wang hurt his leg rounding the bases in a 13-0 win. He was out for the rest of the season. The Yankees would then sweep the Padres at home to win 7 straight for the first time this season. The streak came to a halt on June 20, when they lost to Edinson Vólquez and the Reds 4-2 on the Reds' first visit to Yankee Stadium since 1976, the first season of the renovated Yankee Stadium. They would follow with a lopsided 6-0 loss in which they left 12 runners on base despite Dan Giese's great outing, but salvage the final game with a 4-1 win. The Yankees traveled to PNC Park for the first time ever when they faced the Pirates from June 24–25 before returning to New York to play a double header with their cross-town rival Mets. In game one, the Yankees were outmatched 15-6, but rebounded in the nightcap game two, with a 9-0 shutout.


After dropping the first 2 games of a 3-game series to the Texas Rangers, the Yankees salvaged the final game 18-7 before losing the first two of a four-game series to the Red Sox 7-0 and 6-4. With Mike Mussina on the hill for game 3, they would rebound behind his 6 shutout innings to barely win 2-1 and then earn a split when rookie Brett Gardner hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning for a 5-4 victory. In an important 2-game series against the Rays, they would win the first game 5-0 behind Andy Pettitte's stellar pitching performance and then complete the sweep on Bobby Abreu's game-winning double. The Yankees would go to Pittsburgh to play a make-up interleague game against the Pirates and lose 4-2. Next, they traveled to Toronto to play three against the Blue Jays. They would be shut out by Roy Halladay in the opener, getting only two hits but then they rebounded and won their next game 9-4 behind home runs by Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. It was their 50th win of the season. After the game, the Yankees learned that former broadcaster Bobby Murcer died of cancer. After losing 4-1 to the Blue Jays on Sunday, the Yankees head into the All-Star break 6 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East and 5½ games behind the Rays in the Wild Card race. After the break, Yankees won 8 in a row including back to back sweeps of the Twins and A's, extending their winning streak to 10 games at home. After defeating the Boston Red Sox 1-0 in Joba Chamberlain's first career start at Fenway Park, the Yankees acquired Pittsburgh Pirates corner outfielder Xavier Nady and left-handed reliever Dámaso Marte for four minor league prospects. The Yankees then traded Kyle Farnsworth to the Detroit Tigers for catcher Iván Rodríguez.


The Yankees started August by losing 1-0 to the Angels when Mariano Rivera gave up a run in the 9th inning. The Yankees rebounded to take the next two, including an 8-2 win on Old Timers Day and a 14-9 come-from-behind victory on Sunday. The Yankees embarked on a key 10-game road trip with four against the Texas Rangers. In the opener, Joba Chamberlain was injured before the bullpen surrendered a walk-off grand slam to Marlon Byrd. The second game saw the Yankees fall short despite a grand slam of their own before rebounding to win the next two for the split. They were then swept in Anaheim, highlighted by an 8th inning 8-run meltdown on Saturday and Mariano Rivera allowing a walk off hit the next day. After losing two out of three to the Minnesota Twins, the Yankees were written off as contenders.[1] Returning home, they dropped the opener to the Kansas City Royals but rebounded to win the next day in the 12th inning when Brett Gardner drove in the winning run. They took the series with a 15-6 romp the next day. The Yankees went back on the road for six games and lost two of three in Toronto. They did rebound to sweep the Baltimore Orioles, but the struggles continued at home vs Boston as they dropped the first 2 games, 7-3, and 11-3, respectively. A-Rod was heavily booed in game 1, as he was 0 for 5 and grounded into 2 double plays with one being in a bases-loaded situation. He also struck out to end the game. The Yankees would salvage the series finale with a score of 3-2 thanks to pinch-hitter Jason Giambi hitting a two-run homer in the 7th, and then a walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th.


The Yanks started off the last month of the regular season on a good note by beating the Tigers 13-9 in a makeup game that was postponed earlier in the season. They continued to keep fans' hopes high by thrashing the AL East leading Rays 7-2 and 8-4 in the first two games of a 3-game series in Tampa. They dropped the third game of the series 7-5. The following day in Seattle, Wilson Betemit's eighth-inning RBI double ended Brandon Morrow's no-hit bid, but New York still lost the game 3-1.

The final regular season game at Yankee Stadium was played on September 21, 2008 against the Baltimore Orioles, who are based in the city from which both the Yankees and their great star Babe Ruth originated.[2] Fielding Derek Jeter as their captain, Andy Pettitte as the starting pitcher, and led by home runs from Johnny Damon and José Molina, the Yankees won 7–3. Molina's home run, a two-run shot hit to left-center field with one out in the bottom of the 4th inning, turned out to be the final home run in Stadium history. The final run was scored by Yankee pinch-runner Brett Gardner in the bottom of the 7th inning. Mariano Rivera pitched the top of the 9th inning, and the final batter was Baltimore's Brian Roberts, who hit a ground-ball out to Yankee first baseman Cody Ransom, closing out 83 years of baseball history. After the game, Derek Jeter addressed the crowd, thanking them for their support over the years, and urging them to "take the memories of this field, add them to the new memories that will come at the new Yankee Stadium and continue to pass them on from generation to generation."[3] The Yankees players then circled the field and saluted the fans, to the sound of "New York, New York". Guest commentators for the game on ESPN included Yankee legends Reggie Jackson, Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra, as well as local YES Network announcer Michael Kay.[4]

Line score from final game at Yankee Stadium

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WP: Andy Pettitte (14–14)   LP: Chris Waters (3–4)
Home runs:
BAL: None
NYY: Johnny Damon (16), José Molina (3)

The Yankees were officially eliminated from the playoffs on September 23 with a Red Sox win over the Indians, making them the last team to miss out in the Division Series era and it was the first time since 1993 they missed the postseason (in 1994, the Yankees had the best record in the American League, but the season came to early halt as a result of the longest work stoppage in sports history up to that point.

On September 28, Mike Mussina won 20 games for the first time in his career, the oldest pitcher in major league history to win 20 games for the first time in his career. The record was previously held by Jamie Moyer, as he won 20 as a 38-year-old. This capped a remarkable comeback season for Mussina, who came back to win 20 games after a 5.15 ERA in 2007. He was one of the few bright spots of the Yankees 2008 season.[5]

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Tampa Bay Rays 9765 0.599 57–24 40–41
Boston Red Sox 9567 0.586 2 56–25 39–42
New York Yankees 8973 0.549 8 48–33 41–40
Toronto Blue Jays 8676 0.531 11 47–34 39–42
Baltimore Orioles 6893 0.422 28½ 37–43 31–50

Record vs. Opponents

Kansas City3–51–66–128–1011–72–36–125–56–37–23–52–72–513–5
Los Angeles6–38–15–55–46–33–25–37–310–914–53–612–76–310–8
New York11–79–95–23–42–45–53–76–45–17–211–73–49–910–8
Tampa Bay15–310–86–42–54–35–36–33–37–116–34–36–311–712–6


2008 New York Yankees
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Game log

2008 Game Log
March 31Blue JaysPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for April 1
1April 1Blue Jays3–2Wang (1–0)Halladay (0–1)Rivera (1)55,1121–0
2April 2Blue Jays5–2Burnett (1–0)Mussina (0–1)Accardo (1)48,5441–1
3April 3Blue Jays3–2Chamberlain (1–0)Wolfe (0–1)Rivera (2)47,7852–1
4April 4Rays13–4Sonnanstine (1–0)Kennedy (0–1)49,2552–2
5April 5Rays6–3Jackson (1–0)Pettitte (0–1)Percival (1)52,2472–3
6April 6Rays2–0Wang (2–0)Shields (1–1)Rivera (3)51,2793–3
7April 7Rays6–1Mussina (1–1)Hammel (0–1)41,3024–3
8April 8@ Royals5–2Bannister (2–0)Hughes (0–1)Soria (4)37,2964–4
9April 9@ Royals4–0Greinke (2–0)Farnsworth (0–1)Gobble (1)19,0074–5
10April 10@ Royals6–1Pettitte (1–1)Bale (0–2)16,1435–5
11April 11@ Red Sox4–1Wang (3–0)Timlin (0–1)37,6246–5
12April 12@ Red Sox4–3Beckett (1–1)Mussina (1–2)Papelbon (4)37,4616–6
13April 13@ Red Sox8–5Matsuzaka (3–0)Hughes (0–2)37,8766–7
14April 14@ Rays8–7Bruney (1–0)Reyes (1–2)Rivera (4)18,8727–7
15April 15@ Rays5–3Pettitte (2–1)Jackson (2–1)Rivera (5)20,9238–7
16April 16Red Sox15–9Hawkins (1–0)Tavárez (0–1)Bruney (1)54,6679–7
17April 17Red Sox7–5Beckett (2–1)Mussina (1–3)55,0889–8
18April 18@ Orioles8–2Cabrera (1–0)Hughes (0–3)40,6539–9
19April 19@ Orioles6–0Burres (2–1)Kennedy (0–2)Johnson (1)41,7769–10
20April 20@ Orioles7–1Pettitte (3–1)Trachsel (1–3)37,50110–10
21April 22@ White Sox9–5Wang (4–0)Contreras (1–2)25,01211–10
22April 23@ White Sox6–4Mussina (2–3)Vázquez (3–2)Rivera (6)27,75112–10
23April 24@ White Sox7–6Jenks (1–0)Chamberlain (1–1)27,24312–11
24April 25@ Indians6–4Byrd (1–2)Pettitte (3–2)Betancourt (2)31,46712–12
25April 26@ Indians4–3Kobayashi (1–0)Ohlendorf (0–1)35,76512–13
26April 27@ Indians1–0Wang (5–0)Sabathia (1–4)Rivera (7)31,59813–13
27April 28@ Indians5–2Mussina (3–3)Laffey (0–1)Rivera (8)20,68914–13
28April 29Tigers6–4Rogers (2–3)Hughes (0–4)Jones (5)49,19414–14
29April 30Tigers6–2Bonderman (2–2)Pettitte (3–3)49,51314–15
30May 1Tigers8–4Robertson (1–3)Albaladejo (0–1)50,99314–16
31May 2Mariners5–1Wang (6–0)Bédard (2–1)52,19915–16
32May 3Mariners6–1Mussina (4–3)Hernández (2–2)52,81016–16
33May 4Mariners8–2Rasner (1–0)Silva (3–1)53,54217–16
34May 6Indians5–3Pérez (1–1)Chamberlain (1–2)Betancourt (3)50,71317–17
35May 7Indians3–0Lee (6–0)Wang (6–1)Betancourt (4)50,19917–18
36May 8Indians6–3Mussina (5–3)Byrd (1–3)Rivera (9)53,22718–18
37May 9@ Tigers6–5Rogers (3–3)Igawa (0–1)44,06218–19
38May 10@ Tigers5–2Rasner (2-0)Bonderman (2–4)Rivera (10)44,58019–19
May 11@ TigersPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for September 1
39May 12@ Rays7–1Garza (2–1)Pettitte (3–4)13,93219–20
40May 13@ Rays2–1 (11)Howell (3–0)Rivera (0–1)16,55819–21
41May 14@ Rays2–1Mussina (6–3)Shields (4–3)Rivera (11)20,93620–21
42May 15@ Rays5–2Kazmir (2–1)Kennedy (0–3)Percival (10)19,97620–22
May 16MetsPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for June 27
43May 17Mets7–4Santana (5–2)Pettitte (3–5)Wagner (9)55,09320–23
44May 18Mets11–2Pérez (4–3)Wang (6–2)55,01220–24
45May 20Orioles12–2Cabrera (5–1)Mussina (6–4)51,61720–25
46May 21Orioles8–0Rasner (3–0)Olson (3–1)50,68221–25
47May 22Orioles2–1Rivera (1–1)Johnson (0–2)49,45222–25
48May 23Mariners13–2Pettitte (4–5)Bédard (3–3)52,00523–25
49May 24Mariners12–6Mussina (7–4)Silva (3–4)53,51224–25
50May 25Mariners6–5Ramírez (1–0)Putz (1–2)Rivera (12)54,26925–25
51May 26@ Orioles6–1Olson (4–1)Rasner (3–1)34,92825–26
52May 27@ Orioles10–9 (11)Albers (3–1)Hawkins (1–1)24,03025–27
53May 28@ Orioles4–2Pettitte (5–5)Guthrie (2–6)Rivera (13)24,79126–27
54May 30@ Twins6–5Mussina (8–4)Perkins (2–2)Rivera (14)30,18827–27
55May 31@ Twins7–6 (12)Ohlendorf (1–1)Rincón (2–2)Rivera (15)36,44128–27
56June 1@ Twins5–1Bass (2–1)Rasner (3–2)27,47928–28
57June 2@ Twins6–5Gurrier (3–1)Farnsworth (0–2)Nathan (15)20,16828–29
58June 3Blue Jays9–3Halladay (7–5)Giese (0–1)53,62928–30
59June 4Blue Jays5–1Mussina (9–4)Litsch (7–2)51,15129–30
60June 5Blue Jays9–8Farnsworth (1–2)Ryan (1–2)53,57130–30
61June 6Royals2–1Kyle Davies (2–0)Rasner (3–3)Soria (13)52,18730–31
62June 7Royals12–11Rivera (2–1)Soria (0–1)53,61131–31
63June 8Royals6–3Giese (1–1)Greinke (5–4)Rivera (16)54,21332–31
64June 9Royals3–2Yabuta (1–0)Rivera (2–2)Soria (14)53,63332–32
65June 10@ Athletics3–1Wang (7–2)Eveland (4–5)Rivera (17)26,40233–32
66June 11@ Athletics8–4Duchscherer (6–4)Rasner (3–4)27,29233–33
67June 12@ Athletics4-1Pettitte (6-5)Blanton (3-9)Rivera (18)28,65834-33
68June 13@ Astros2-1Veras (1-0)Brocail (2-1)Farnsworth (1)43,09535-33
69June 14@ Astros8–4Mussina (10–4)Rodríguez (2–3)43,40936–33
70June 15@ Astros13–0Wang (8–2)Oswalt (5–7)43,16537–33
71June 17Padres8–0Pettitte (7–5)Wolf (5–5)52,30638–33
72June 18Padres8–5Rasner (4–4)Peavy (5–4)Rivera (19)52,62839–33
73June 19Padres2–1Veras (2–0)Banks (2–1)Rivera (20)54,36240–33
74June 20Reds4–2Vólquez (10–2)Mussina (10–5)Cordero (14)53,42140–34
75June 21Reds6–0Bray (2–0)Giese (1–2)54,50940–35
76June 22Reds4–1Pettitte (8–5)Cueto (5–8)Rivera (21)54,23441–35
77June 24@ Pirates12–5Gorzelanny (6–6)Rasner (4–5)38,86741-36
78June 25@ Pirates10–0Chamberlain (2–2)Duke (4–5)38,95242–36
June 26@ PiratesPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for July 10
79June 27Mets15–6Pelfrey (5–6)Giese (1–3)54,97842–37
80June 27@ Mets9–0Ponson (5–1)Martínez (2–2)56,30843–37
81June 28@ Mets3–2Pettitte (9–5)Santana (7–7)Rivera (22)56,17244–37
82June 29@ Mets3–1Pérez (6–5)Rasner (4–6)Wagner (18)56,27744–38
83June 30Rangers2–1Feldman (2–3)Mussina (10–6)Wilson (18)53,04544–39
84July 1Rangers3–2Francisco (2–2)Rivera (2–3)Wilson (19)53,22344–40
85July 2Rangers18–7Ramírez (2–0)Madrigal (0–1)52,65945–40
86July 3Red Sox7–0Lester (7–3)Pettitte (9–6)54,67745–41
87July 4Red Sox6–4Beckett (8–5)Rasner (4–7)55,13045–42
88July 5Red Sox2–1Mussina (11–6)Masterson (4–3)Rivera (23)54,92046–42
89July 6Red Sox5–4 (10)Rivera (3–3)Papelbon (3–3)54,92247–42
90July 8Rays5–0Pettitte (10–6)Kazmir (7–4)53,08948–42
91July 9Rays2–1 (10)Rivera (4–3)Balfour (2–1)53,55249–42
92July 10@ Pirates4–2Maholm (6–5)Veras (2–1)Marte (4)39,08149–43
93July 11@ Blue Jays5–0Halladay (11–6)Chamberlain (2–3)43,07849–44
94July 12@ Blue Jays9–4Rasner (5–7)Litsch (8–6)44,36450–44
95July 13@ Blue Jays4–1Burnett (10–8)Pettitte (10–7)Ryan (18)43,85450–45
96July 18Athletics7–1Mussina (12–6)Smith (5–8)54,14551–45
97July 19Athletics4–3 (12)Robertson (1–0)DiNardo (1–2)54,18352–45
98July 20Athletics2–1Pettitte (11–7)Duchscherer (10–6)Rivera (24)54,36653–45
99July 21Twins12–4Ponson (6–1)Blackburn (7–6)53,48454–45
100July 22Twins8–2Robertson (2–0)Slowey (6–7)53,40655–45
101July 23Twins5–1Mussina (13–6)Perkins (7–3)Rivera (25)54,11456–45
102July 25@ Red Sox1–0Chamberlain (3–3)Beckett (9–7)Rivera (26)37,74457–45
103July 26@ Red Sox10–3Pettitte (12–7)Wakefield (6–8)37,22558–45
104July 27@ Red Sox9–2Lester (9–3)Ponson (6–2)37,68858–46
105July 28Orioles13–4Guthrie (7–8)Mussina (13–7)54,12058–47
106July 29Orioles7–6Cabrera (7–6)Rasner (5–8)54,24158–48
107July 30Orioles13–3Chamberlain (4–3)Sarfate (4–2)54,29659–48
108July 31Angels12–6Garland (10–6)Pettitte (12–8)53,40559–49
109August 1Angels1–0Santana (12–5)Rivera (4–4)Rodríguez (45)53,99759–50
110August 2Angels8–2Mussina (14–7)Weaver (9–9)54,17060–50
111August 3Angels14–9Ramírez (3–0)Shields (4–3)54,20461–50
112August 4@ Rangers9–5Guardado (3–2)Marte (4–1)33,81361–51
113August 5@ Rangers8–6Harrison (3–2)Pettitte (12–9)Guardado (3)34,47361–52
114August 6@ Rangers5–3Ponson (7–2)Hunter (0–1)Rivera (27)38,63862–52
115August 7@ Rangers3–0Mussina (15–7)Feldman (4–5)Rivera (28)44,60363–52
116August 8@ Angels10–5Weaver (10–9)Kennedy (0–4)44,15863–53
117August 9@ Angels11–4Shields (5–3)Ramírez (3–1)43,91963–54
118August 10@ Angels43Rodríguez (22)Marte (42)44,1386355
119August 11@ Twins40Perkins (93)Ponson (73)30,1266356
120August 12@ Twins96 (12)Veras (31)Guerrier (66)Ramírez (1)33,0366456
121August 13@ Twins42Slowey (98)Rasner (59)Nathan (32)35,1876457
122August 15Royals43Núñez (41)Rivera (45)Soria (33)53,0676458
123August 16Royals32 (13)Robertson (30)Fulchino (01)54,1806558
124August 17Royals156Mussina (167)Bannister (712)54,1146658
125August 19@ Blue Jays21Burnett (169)Veras (32)Ryan (24)37,2216659
126August 20@ Blue Jays51Pettitte (139)Purcey (24)34,9106759
127August 21@ Blue Jays143Halladay (159)Ponson (74)37,0376760
128August 22@ Orioles94Veras (42)Walker (11)Rivera (29)45,5436860
129August 23@ Orioles53Pavano (10)Guthrie (1010)Rivera (30)48,8176960
130August 24@ Orioles87Ramírez (41)Walker (12)Rivera (31)42,7467060
131August 26Red Sox73Wakefield (88)Pettitte (1310)Papelbon (34)55,0587061
132August 27Red Sox113Byrd (911)Ponson (75)55,0277062
133August 28Red Sox32Rivera (55)Masterson (44)55,0927162
134August 29Blue Jays21Pavano (2-0)Burnett (1610)Rivera (32)53,0887262
135August 30Blue Jays76League (12)Marte (43)Ryan (25)53,2737263
136August 31Blue Jays62Halladay (179)Pettitte (1311)53,6347264
137September 1@ Tigers13-9Bruney (2-0)Verlander (10-15)44,33673-64
138September 2@ Rays7-2Mussina (17-7)Garza (11-8)21,62974-64
139September 3@ Rays8-4Ramírez (5-1)Jackson (11-9)25,21575-64
140September 4@ Rays7-5Kazmir (11-6)Rasner (5-10)Wheeler (10)26,08075-65
141September 5@ Mariners3-1Morrow (2-2)Pettitte (13-12)Putz (11)39,51875-66
142September 6@ Mariners7-4Ponson (8-5)Green (4-5)Rivera (33)44,47376-66
143September 7@ Mariners5-2Feierabend (1-2)Mussina (17-8)Putz (12)42,67776-67
144September 8@ Angels12-1Garland (13-8)Pavano (2-1)41,02576-68
145September 9@ Angels7-1Aceves (1-0)Santana (15-6)43,04277-68
146September 10@ Angels4-2Moseley (2-4)Pettitte (13-13)Rodríguez (56)39,78377-69
--September 12RaysPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for September 13
147September 13Rays7-1Shields (13-8)Mussina (17-9)54,08877-70
148September 13Rays6-5Marte (5-3)Howell (6-1)Rivera (34)53,56878-70
149September 14Rays8-4Pavano (3-1)Jackson (11-11)Rivera (35)54,27979-70
150September 15White Sox4-2Coke (1-0)Wassermann (1-2)Rivera (36)53,23680-70
151September 16White Sox6-2Floyd (16-7)Pettitte (13-14)52,55880-71
152September 17White Sox5-1Bruney (3-0)Richard (2-5)52,67181-71
153September 18White Sox9-2Mussina (18-9)Vázquez (12-14)53,15282-71
154September 19Orioles3-2Pavano (4-1)Liz (6-6)Rivera (37)54,13683-71
155September 20Orioles1-0Rivera (6-5)Miller (0-2)54,66284-71
156September 21Orioles7-3Pettitte (14-14)Waters (3-4)54,61085-71
157September 23@ Blue Jays3-1Mussina (19-9)Litsch (12-9)Rivera (38)27,21686-71
158September 24@ Blue Jays6-2 (10)Veras (5-2)Carlson (7-2)28,70187-71
159September 25@ Blue Jays8-2Halladay (20-11)Pavano (4-2)44,34687-72
160September 26@ Red Sox19-8Robertson (4-0)Pauley (0-1)37,30188-72
--September 27@ Red SoxPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for September 28
161September 28@ Red Sox6-2Mussina (20-9)Matsuzaka (18-3)Rivera (39)37,09189-72
162September 28@ Red Sox4-3 (10)Hansack (1-0)Veras (5-3)37,44089-73

Player stats

Bold= Team leader in category.


Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Robinson Canó159597701623531472.2712
Bobby Abreu15660910018039420100.29622
Derek Jeter150596881792531169.30011
Jason Giambi145459681131913296.2472
Johnny Damon143555951682751771.30329
Alex Rodriguez13851010415433035103.30218
Melky Cabrera12941442103121837.2499
José Molina1002683258170318.2160
Hideki Matsui933374399170945.2940
Wilson Betemit871892450130625.2650
Xavier Nady5922826611101240.2681
Jorge Posada511681845131322.2680
Brett Gardner42127182952016.22813
Chad Moeller419113216019.2310
Iván Rodríguez339611214023.2194
Cody Ransom33439133048.3020
Alberto González2852492001.1730
Morgan Ensberg28746150014.2030
Justin Christian24406103006.2507
Shelley Duncan23577103016.1750
Richie Sexson2228271016.2500
José Veras50000000.0000
Juan Miranda510241001.4000
Kyle Farnsworth50000000.0000
Edwar Ramírez40000000.0000
David Robertson30000000.0000
Ross Ohlendorf31000000.0000
Francisco Cervelli35000000.0000
Mike Mussina25010000.2000
Darrell Rasner21000000.0000
LaTroy Hawkins20000000.0000
Joba Chamberlain23000000.0000
Chris Britton20000000.0000
Dan Giese10000000.0000
Billy Traber10000000.0000
Mariano Rivera10000000.0000
Andy Pettitte12000000.0000
Sidney Ponson12000000.0000
Chien-Ming Wang13100000.0000
Chris Stewart13000000.0000
Kei Igawa10000000.0000

Bold indicates team leader


Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Mike Mussina2093.3734340200.1857531150
Andy Pettitte14144.5433330204.011210355158
Chien-Ming Wang824.071515095.044433554
Mariano Rivera651.406403970.21111677
Darrell Rasner5105.4024200113.174683967
Edwar Ramírez513.90550155.125242463
José Veras533.59600057.223232963
David Robertson405.34250030.118181536
Joba Chamberlain432.6042120100.1322939118
Sidney Ponson445.851615080.053523233
Carl Pavano425.7777034.123221015
Brian Bruney301.83321134.1771633
Ross Ohlendorf116.53250040.031291936
LaTroy Hawkins115.71330041.026261723
Dámaso Marte135.40250018.111111024
Kyle Farnsworth123.65450144.118181743
Dan Giese133.53203043.122171429
Phil Coke100.61120014.211214
Alfredo Aceves102.4064030.0881016
Scott Patterson006.751001.11122
Jonathan Albaladejo013.9570013.266613
Phil Hughes046.6288034.026251523
Billy Traber007.02190016.21313711
Chris Britton005.09150023.013131112
Humberto Sánchez004.502002.01121
Kei Igawa0113.502104.06600
Ian Kennedy048.17109039.237362627

Bold indicates team leader for W, L, ERA, G, GS, SV, and IP; indicates highest on team in R, ER, BB, and K

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees International League Dave Miley
AA Trenton Thunder Eastern League Tony Franklin
A Tampa Yankees Florida State League Luis Sojo
A Charleston RiverDogs South Atlantic League Torre Tyson
A-Short Season Staten Island Yankees New York–Penn League Pat McMahon
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Jody Reed

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Trenton


  • Game Logs:
Official Game Log (YES Network).
1st Half: New York Yankees Game Log on ESPN.com
2nd Half: New York Yankees Game Log on ESPN.com
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