Locked In A Dead Heat…

 

Tied after two games…

 

 

 

 

With a wager on the line against Julia of Julia’s Rants, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees are tied after two games of a four games series.  The Yankees won on Saturday behind a very solid and new proud papa CC Sabathia, 5-2.  The win means the teams are tied at 1 game apiece and totat runs at 8.  So, the wager is down to what happens in the next two games. 

 

 

 

CC Sabathia fires eight innings of two-run ball at the Red Sox as the Bombers bounce back with a 5-2 win at the Stadium.

Sipkin/NY Daily News

 

 

Saturday didn’t start very good when I heard news that Alex Rodriguez had been scratched due to an injury.  When I heard that he had been hit during batting practice, my first thought was that I hoped it wasn’t struggling Lance Berkman who hit the ball that struck A-Rod in the ankle.  Of course, and unfortunately, it was.  I have been pulling for the former Astros star to show the New York fans what Houston knew about him and didn’t want to see his name attached to the loss of A-Rod.  But I was pleased with the comments that Lance made which showed he was apologetic and still had a sense of humor at the same time.  All Lance needs to do is get a significant hit against the Red Sox, and he’ll turn those boos to cheers.  I am confident that he can do it…

 

 

Charlie Neibergall/AP

 

 

A-Rod was taken for x-rays after the incident, but the results were negative so he is now in the dreaded ‘day to day’ category.  He may not return until after the Boston series is over. 

 

 

Alex Rodriguez goes down during batting practice after getting hit in the leg with a shot off the bat of new teammate Lance Berkman.

Fox

 

 

On the plus side, A-Rod’s replacement, Ramiro Pena, delivered 2 RBI’s in his absence.

 

Two days after the birth of Carter Charles Sabathia, his dad went 8 innings to pick up his 14th win of the season (to match Tampa’s David Price).  Despite allowing Boston to take an early 2-0 lead, he settled in and only gave up 6 hits and no further runs the rest of the way.  He struck out 4 batters but only one of them was not named David Ortiz.  It was CC’s 150th career victory, so congratulations to CC for the birth of the latest CC as well as the milestone win!

 

 

 


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Mariano Rivera pitched the 9th to pick up his 23rd save, while lowering his ERA to a microscopic 0.89.  Amazing, but then again, that’s just Mo…

 

 


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With the win, the Yankees were able to increase their lead in the AL East to 1 ½ games over the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Rays are finding out what the Yankees recently did…there’s a very good team north of the border.  The Toronto Blue Jays pounded the Rays, 17-11, behind two home runs by rookie J.P. Arencibia, who was making his major league debut.  The Jays hit a total of 8 home runs in the game.  With as much trouble as the Yankees had with Rays pitching, the Jays clearly didn’t encounter the same difficulty. 

 

 

 

Toronto rookie catcher J.P. Arencibia had a memorable major-league debut against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday at the Rogers Centre. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

Nathan Denette/Canadian Press

 

 

So, the Yankees are saying that Friday night’s pitcher and loser, Javier Vazquez, is dealing with a “dead arm”.  So, of course, that begs the question, ‘is A.J. Burnett dealing with a dead brain?’.  In his last start, against the Blue Jays on Monday, A.J. melted down during the 5th inning of the game as the Jays pounded out 7 hits off Burnett, including a monster home run by Edwin Encarnacion, to convert a 2-1 deficit to an 8-2 lead in a game the Yankees ultimately lost, 8-6.  Let’s hope that he fares better on Sunday night against Josh Beckett and the Red Sox…

 

 

 

A.J. Burnett acknowledges crowd as he leaves game Saturday night.

Sipken/NY Daily News

 

Hey Julia, Game On, my friend!…

 

–Scott

 

 

2 Comments

Dead brain? LOL. I hadn’t thought of that as A.J.’s problem, but now that you mention it, it’s entirely possible! What’s the solution for Vazquez’s arm issue then? Skipping him for a start or two? Can’t see that happening since Andy’s still out. Sure wish Cashman had traded for another starter.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

What’s with it with pitchers and births? Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz both welcomed their first children this week!! Yes – the series is tied at 1 game a piece – BUT I have faith in Josh Beckett….just wish the game WASN’T one ESPN and I wish it didn’t start so late……GO RED SOX!!!!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

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