The Yankees were able to keep their 6 game winning streak alive last night, extending it to 7 as they defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-3. After a 2 hour and 43 minute rain delay, the game was finally able to get under way in the Bronx. With the win, the Yankees were able to widen the gap within the AL East Standings, leading 2.5 games over Boston.
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2B: Posada (14, Mazzaro), Teixeira (25, Mazzaro), Cabrera, Me (15, Casilla, S).
HR: Teixeira (24, 4th inning off Mazzaro, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Jeter; Damon 2; Teixeira 6; Posada 3; Cano; Hinske; Cabrera, Me 2.
RBI: Teixeira 3 (70), Posada 2 (44), Hinske (17).
2-out RBI: Hinske.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jeter 2; Gardner; Hinske 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-13.
Team LOB: 7.
The Yankees were able to extend their winning streak to six straight games and take out their brooms for the second consecutive series, as they swept the Orioles yesterday 6-4. The Yankees were also able to cushion their spot in 1st place, moving two games ahead of the Boston Red Sox, who were swept yesterday by the Texas Rangers. The Yankees, since moving into first place, now have the best record in the American League and the second best record within both the AL and NL, behind the Dodgers. (Yankees: 57-37 Dodgers: 61-34).
The Yankees swept Detroit today, defeating the AL Central leading Tigers 2-1 Sunday. Before the game, the Yankees hosted its 63rd Annual Old Timer’s Day. One familiar face to young Yankee fans was Mike Mussina. It was weird seeing him depicted as an Old Timer. Anyways, I always love watching all the Old Timer’s take the field for the Old Timer’s Game. Seeing players like Yogi, Guidry, Ford, Larsen, Zimmer, Cone, Girardi, and Mussina is really special for fans young and old. Hats off to these guys!
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2B: Teixeira (24, Jackson, E), Posada (12, Jackson, E).
HR: Rodriguez, A (19, 4th inning off Jackson, E, 0 on, 2 out), Teixeira (23, 6th inning off Jackson, E, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Teixeira 6; Rodriguez, A 5; Posada 2.
RBI: Rodriguez, A (52), Teixeira (67).
2-out RBI: Rodriguez, A.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez, A; Cano 3; Teixeira.
GIDP: Cano; Cabrera, Me.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 7.
After the Boston Red Sox lost last night,
8-6 to the Kansas City Royals (haha), the standings were
updated and showed the Red Sox and New York Yankees tied for
first place in the AL East Division. Both teams are 17 games
over .500 with a 51-34 record (.600%). Today, both teams will
look to hold their place at the top, with the Yankees playing
the Angels in Anaheim and the Red Sox playing the Royals at
Fenway. Now, in my opinion, these match-ups seem
pretty unfair. I mean, the Yankees have to play the Angels
who have a 46-37 record and are a half a game back from the
AL West. The Royals, on the other hand, have basically the
Angels record backwards with a 37-48 record and are 9.5 games
back from the AL Central. There’s a big difference as far as
competition. The Red Sox should be beating up on the Royals,
with their eyes closed! But the Yankees are going to have to
work to keep their spot at the top. So, if the Yankees fall
back a couple of games this weekend, just look at the team
they’re facing and who the Red Sox are facing. I’m not
cutting the Yankees slack because I’m a Yankee fan, but the
numbers don’t lie. Nobody out there can say that the Royals
are as tough as the Angels. Maybe if Zack Greinke is
pitching, but otherwise, they’re not even comparable. Oh and
another note, Zack Greinke is not even pitching against the
Red Sox this series so there’s one less problem for the Sox
to deal with. All I can do is hope that the Yankees offense
continues to remain hot because they are going to have to
score a lot or runs off of the Angels who are another
big offensive club. It seems that Yankee pitching
struggles when they face big offensive clubs, so the Yanks
need to give their pitching run support. As for my advice to
the Red Sox, just sit back, relax, and take a nap. They don’t
need any advice against the Kansas City Royals. I know they
lost last night, but that was their bullpen’s fault. If they
can just get their starter to go 6 or 7 innings, it’s lights
out for the Royals.