All Better!…

 

It was a dream…

 

 


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Yes, that’s it!  Wednesday and Thursday did not happen.  The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t come into the Bronx and spank for the Yankees for two days.  They didn’t race to their 30th win of the season and show a superior starting rotation , did they? 

 

 

Tampa's James Shields allows three earned runs in 7-1/3 innings against the New York Yankees.

Antonelli/NY Daily News

 

 

Maybe if I go back to bed, when I get up it will be Wednesday morning, the Yankees can re-do those two forgettable days.  Seriously, the Rays didn’t just beat the Yanks, they stomped them.  The final scores are deceiving (10-6 and 8-6) only because the Yankees made it close in the final inning of each game. 

 

The games told me that the Rays need to do something about their bullpen, but otherwise, they are a complete team.  Given the injury trouble the Yanks have encountered, it’s tough to compete with the Rays when you are playing at about 80% strength.  That’s not an excuse though because the Yankees starting pitching was just, well, bad.

 

 

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Kevin R. Wexler/The Record

 

Hopefully, the Yankees can re-group and play more competitive baseball the next time they face the Rays.  This has been a tough stretch but it was bound to happen with the adversity the team has faced (injuries, playing every day, added pressure on schedule caused by rainout in Detroit and subsequent double-header, etc.).

 

In both games, the Yankees did try to launch 9th inning rallies, scoring 4 runs in the first game and 2 runs in the 2nd.  It was not quite enough, but at least the team showed fight until the end. 

 

 

 

Tonight, the Yankees were in Flushing Meadow to face the New York Mets at CitiField.  After facing the Rays and Red Sox, it is probably a welcome relief to see the Mets who have struggled this year. 

 

It was a great night for Javier Vazquez until a hand injury ended his night.  With, by far, his best performance of the season (6 innings of one hit, no run ball and 6 strikeouts), Javy picked up his third win of the season.  He was at home in a National League ballpark.  The argument is that he is a better NL pitcher than AL, and on this night, he proved it.  Hopefully, the hand injury is not serious, and this start catapults Vazquez back to respectability with Yankees fans.  I know that he can pitch so much better than what he has regardless of the stadium location, so if he can right himself mentally, he’ll be okay and will provide the lift the rotation needs. 

 

 

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Kevin P. Coughlin/McClatchy

 

 

In addition to Javy, the star of the game was a name not many people know,  Kevin Russo.  The infielder was recently called up from the minors, and his double in the 7th inning scored Nick Swisher and Francisco Cervelli.

 

 

 

 

 

I was a bit concerned when Joe Girardi called on Joba Chamberlain in the bottom of the 7th, but he did his job.  Joba, who I blamed for the losses to the Twins on Sunday and Red Sox on Tuesday, was very effective.  He went 1 2/3 innings and had three timely strike outs.  Now, Mariano Rivera is a different story.  He continues to struggle.  The shut-out was lost when Jason Bay and Ike Davis hit back-to-back doubles.  But he settled down to get David Wright on a ground out to end the game.  The Yankees won, 2-1.

 

The night was further enhanced by Boston and Tampa losses.  The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Red Sox, 5-1, while the Houston Astros defeated the Rays, 2-1. 

 

 

 

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Steven M. Falk/Philly.com

 

Speaking of the Red Sox, the Yankees have signed minor league utility player Jeff Natale who was drafted by the Red Sox in 2005.  The 27-year-old heads for Scranton/Wilkes Barre.  It was also interesting to see three former Yankee relievers in the transactions column within the past day.  Chad Gaudin was released by the Oakland A’s, who also outrighted Edwar Ramirez to AAA Sacramento, while the Washington Nationals placed Brian Bruney on waivers (which he has cleared).  From World Series ring to what have you done for me lately…hopefully, the guys will re-surface in the bigs in the not-so-distant future.

 

 

Michael Stobe/US Presswire

 

It’s almost over for my San Jose Sharks.  They lost tonight in overtime to fall down 3 games to none to the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL Western Conference Finals.  I think I hear the fat lady warming up her vocal cords…  L

 

Nhat V. Meyer/Mercury News

 

 

 

So, Brett Favre has told the Southern Mississippi baseball team that he’ll return to the Minnesota Vikings if they make the College World Series.  Also, it was reported today that Brett had surgery on his left ankle and could be ready to play by training camp.  I’ve suspected all along that he’ll be back.  The team has been too nonchalant and these latest reports are signs that Brett intends to play.  It still remains to be seen, but it is looking like we’ll see an encore performance by #4 in purple and gold.  I am sure Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels are thrilled…

 

 

Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune

 

 

Hey Javy, nice job!  J

 

Yankee pitcher Javier Vazquez allows just one hit over six innings, while rookie Keven Russo (below) collects his two RBI on his first big-league hit Friday.

Simmons/NY Daily News

2 Comments

That picture of the dogs is just scary! The Tampa Bay Rays are scary good and we play them next….yikes!

I know that Joba Chamberlain has had a rough start to his season. I wonder how much the “Joba Rules” of last season affected him.

And sorry but Go Mets….that feels wrong to say also….;-)

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

I hate to break it to you, Scott, but…the opera’s OVER!!!
Now you know how Julia and me felt…although I have MORE of a right to be ticked off as to the Caps bending over IN THE FRICKING FIRST ROUND!!!
Well, you can tell Jen this for me: Blackhawks in 6, to win the Stanley Cup. (I just wish Montreal would make MORE of an effort to take Philly out. Drat.)
Oh, and Brian Bruney was a disaster in the bullpen for the Nats. Trust me.
Gary
http://go-nasty-nats.mlblogs.com
http://twitter.com/gonastynats

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