A Gift From Boston…
When does not playing a game mean a Yankees win?
When the Red Sox lose, of course! Thanks for the Red Sox loss to the Texas Rangers, 5-1, on Friday night, the Yankees find themselves back in sole possession of first place.
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Taking the glass is half empty approach, I had assumed that the Sox would pull in the front of the Yanks in the AL East Standings last night. Fortunately, Elvis Andrus continued to impress, Ian Kinsler hit a huge three-run homer, Kevin Millwood pitched a terrific game, and Julio Lugo is the starting shortstop for the Boston Red Sox…
The Boston Glob
Friday’s rainout against the Tampa Bay Rays has allowed manager Joe Girardi to reset the starting rotation in anticipation of the Red Sox series next week. A.J. Burnett, currently appealing the 6 game suspension for throwing near the head of Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz, will open the series on Tuesday. Chien-Ming Wang has been pushed from Tuesday to Wednesday (heck, David Ortiz is probably even salivating about the facing Wang), and CC Sabathia, today’s starter against the Rays, will close the series against the Sox on Thursday. Will it be enough to keep me out of a Jason Bay t-shirt and Julia in a Mark Teixeira t-shirt? Time will tell, but I like my chances. I don’t think this will be a sweep for either team but Julia will be in for a surprise if she thinks that this is the same team she saw in April and early May.
Friday night’s game has not been re-scheduled and it will not be made up during the current weekend series in New York. All these make up days are going to take their toll later on the season due to double-headers or lost off-days.
I understood why the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Jason Bay to the Red Sox and Xavier Nady to the Yankees, but I do not understand the trade of Nate McLouth to the Atlanta Braves. The Pirates are only 6 ½ games out of first place, yet they move one of their best players for young talent. It feels like they are giving up the race before it starts. I think Andrew McCutchen will be a great player, but now wasn’t the time to make this type of move. Of course, it just makes you wonder that when McCutchen finally puts it all together at the major league level if he’ll just simply be moved on for more prospects. Is there a plan in Pittsburgh? I realize they have financial constraints, but the moves are very suspect.
Carl Pavano threw a three-hit shutout against the White Sox? Incredible. I still see the day where the Tribe puts all their eggs in the Pavano basket and come away greatly disappointed.
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Shame on the Atlanta Braves for the way that they handled the release of Tom Glavine. It is sad to see the departures of John Smoltz and Tom Glavine end so poorly. Both guys deserved better treatment from the organization for their years of loyal service and high production. I can’t say that all Yankee careers have ended in a positive manner, but Smoltz and Glavine were poster boys for doing things the right way. Hopefully, Glavine will land on his feet and be allowed to exit the stage on his own terms.
There is speculation that the Boston Red Sox are interested in Washington Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson. I would really prefer to see Johnson traded elsewhere. It hasn’t been fun watching onetime Yankee top prospect Mike Lowell prosper in Boston, particularly since the Yanks do not really have anything to show for the trade. Of course, who did the Yankees get for Johnson? Atlanta Braves pitcher Javier Vazquez, who had a very short stay in the Bronx as he was part of the three-way deal that brought Randy Johnson to New York for two uninspired years. All things considered, I would have preferred to keep Nick Johnson…
Considering that Jason Bay is a “West Coast” guy (born in Trail, British Columbia), I’d like to see the San Francisco Giants pursue him in the off-season.
It would be the perfect setting for him to play in the Bay Area. It doesn’t get any better than that! I wouldn’t mind checking out a few games to see Bay by the Bay. From a marketing standpoint, this makes way too much sense!
Hey Julia, thanks for First Place! Your generosity, as always, is impeccable! Please keep up your spirit of giving! I’ll gladly take it all…