Keeping Pace With the Red Sox…
It’s too bad that Joe Mauer is just one man…
Credit: Elliott Mann’s blog, elliottmann.org
He almost single-handedly rallied the Minnesota Twins in the 9th inning against the dreaded Boston Red Sox. Unfortunately, Mauer’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 9th left the Twins a run short in their eventual loss to the AL East Leader.
So, the Yanks remain one game behind the Red Sox in the AL East standings thanks to their 11-1 victory over the Texas Rangers in Arlington.
So much for dealing with the pressure of facing the Texas crowd for the first time since admitting using performance enhancing drugs while a member of the Rangers. A-Rod responded by going 5-for-5, with 2 runs scored and 4 RBI’s. He was booed very loudly each time he came to the plate. I guess it didn’t phase him…
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Former Ranger Mark Teixeira also joined the act, going 2-for-4, with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI’s.
Phil Hughes, who most likely will be sent to Triple A-Scranton/Wilkes Barre when Chien-Ming Wang is ready to take his place in the starting rotation, pitched an outstanding game. He went 8 innings, and only gave up 3 hits and no runs. He struck out 6. Hughes is starting to pitch to his ability and potential. Assuming that Wang successfully retakes his position, I think Hughes’ performance makes it unlikely that Andy Pettitte will be back in 2010.
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Alfredo Aceves gave up a 9th inning homer to the very hot Nelson Cruz (5 homers in his last 6 games) to spoil the shutout.
It is an excellent start to the road trip for the Yankees. Texas has been very strong out of the gate this year, and it has been due, in large part, because of pitching. The Yankees will have their hands full in this series, and I expect that the remaining games in this series will be very tight. But for one day, it was nice to have the game firmly in control from the start. Despite not gaining on ground on Boston, the Yankees did move into second place with the victory, thanks to the Baltimore Orioles’ 4-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. So, now only the Boston Red Sox stand in the way in the battle for first…
The bald head didn’t work. Setup man Brian Bruney is headed back to the DL as he continues to experience elbow pain. The Yankees will make a roster move on Tuesday. Hopefully, Edwar Ramirez will get the call as I’d really like to see him re-establish himself as a key member of the bullpen. It is very unfortunate about Bruney but hopefully the doctors will be able to isolate the cause of the pain and take the necessary corrective action so that Bruney can be back at full strength in the not-so-distant future.
You never want to see anyone get hurt, so it was unfortunate to see Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Akinori Iwamura go down for the season with a torn ligament in his knee. He was playing very well, but no one should weep for the Rays as they have very capable (and talented) replacements waiting in the wings. I wish Iwamura a healthy and speedy recovery, and look forward to his successful return in 2010.
I was glad that the Red Sox quickly dismissed the Washington Nationals’ offer of Nick Johnson for Manny Delcarmen. Johnson has had an excellent start to his season, and it’s good to see him healthy again. But I am not exactly enamored with seeing yet another once promising Yankees prospect end up at Fenway Park, ala Mike Lowell. Personally, I’d like to see Johnson in San Francisco since they could really use his bat.
But as for Red Sox players who want to be Yankees? I am down with that! Hey Jason, you’d look great in pinstripes! Did you want me to have Brian Cashman bring over a contract for you to sign with that pen?
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