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Win Some, Lose Some…

 

I hate it when I am right…

 

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I knew that the Toronto Blue Jays series was going to be tough, and I had predicted a split at the start.  After the Yankees had taken 2 out of 3, I was hopeful of another win today but it was not meant to be.

 


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Sergio Mitre reverted to the pitcher that I fully expected him to be and why I felt that Brian Cashman should have been more aggressive at the trading deadline to secure a proven, reliable #5 starter.  If the Los Angeles Angels can rummage through the bargin bin to find a Scott Kazmir, why couldn’t the Yankees find someone? 

 


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Here is Mitre’s line for Sunday’s 14-8 loss to the Blue Jays:

4 1/3 innings, 11 hits, 11 runs (9 earned), 2 walks, and 5 K’s.

I agree that the Yankee defense did absolutely nothing to help Mitre’s cause.  The Yankees had four errors in the game.  A throwing error by Jerry Hairston, Jr., and fielding errors by Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira, and Ramiro Pena.  A lost ball in the sun and other poor fielding decisions added to the follies.  But I wasn’t a fan of Mitre’s before, and I am certainly not one now…

 

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Nevertheless, the Yankees are still 7 ½ games up on the Boston Red Sox so they are in good shape.  But I hope the decision to stay with Mitre/Gaudin doesn’t come back to haunt the team.  The Los Angeles Angels did win today (7-2 over the Kansas City Royals), so they’ve cut the deficit to 5 games for best record in the AL.

 

Charlie Riedel/AP 

 

The Yankees will face a challenge on Monday with a day/night double-header against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.  CC Sabathia will pitch the first game, while A.J. Burnett, with Jorge Posada on the bench, will pitch the nightcap.  Posada won’t play the second game because of the double header, not because of Burnett, but I am sure that A.J. will be glad to see Jose Molina behind the plate.

 

 

Derek Jeter went 3-for-3 in today’s game, and now stands just three hits away from Lou Gehrig for the franchise’s career hits record.  It will be special to, hopefully, see the record fall at the new Yankee Stadium.

 

Frank Gunn, The Canadian Press/AP

 

I was glad to see the Jays’ Randy Ruiz is okay after getting hit in the face by Yankees reliever Josh Towers.  It was a scary moment, but Ruiz was able to walk off the field.  After the game, Ruiz said he had a bruised left cheek and some bleeding in his mouth.  He is very fortunate that he was not more seriously hurt.

 

Frank Gunn, The Canadian Press/AP

 

Monday should mark the return of Brett Gardner.  He has finished his rehabilitation starts in the minor leagues and appears ready to go.

 

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Mariano Rivera, who has been suffering from a groin injury, is also ready to return.  He was available today, but was obviously was not needed…

 

William Perlman, The Star Ledger

 

The Minnesota Vikings did what I had hoped would not happen.  They cut former USC QB John David Booty.  There are many who believe that Booty will never be more than a #3 QB, but I felt he showed talent and potential.  This leaves Sage Rosenfels and Tavaris Jackson as the back-ups for starter Brett Favre.  Favre initially cost Booty his number and ultimately his roster spot.  Hopefully, this is not a move that will come back to haunt the Vikings, but it very well could.  Just ask Shaun Hill or Tyler Thigpen…

 

 

 

–Scott 

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