Red Sox Deliver Another Rivalry Salvo, but Does Regular Season Record Have Bearing in October?

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

If the Yankees were hoping to deliver a message to the Red Sox this past weekend, it didn’t reach the intended destination. In fact, it was returned to sender. Not only did Boston win another series, but the team beat CC Sabathia...

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The Posada Problem

Of course, none of this would be the case for most players. If we were talking about, say, Andruw Jones, he probably would have already been designated for assignment and the Yankees would be calling up someone from Triple-A to help. But it’s not Andruw Jones, it’s Jorge Posada, Yankee Legend, so it appears that he’s basically going to burn a roster spot for awhile, sitting on the bench and not really doing much.That’s what sentimentality buys you in this organization.

Your mileage may vary on this question, but I personally don’t think the Yankees do a very good job of managing these emotionally charged aging legends. It’s not that I have a problem with sentimentality per se, I certainly think there’s a time and a place for it. But that doesn’t extend to the point of being a burden on the team, and the Yankees have not done a good job of balancing those concerns whatsoever for the past 12-14 months.…

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Game 113: Yankees 2, Red Sox 3 (10 Innings)

The Yankees’ offense was slow early, as Josh Beckett gave them few opportunities.  With one out in the fifth, Russell Martin lined a single down the right field line.  Martin tried to stretch it to a double and was easily thrown out, a decision that would come back to haunt the Yankees.  Eduardo Nunez followed with a solo homer to left and the Yankees had tied the game 1-1.

In the top of the seventh, a solo homer from Brett Gardner gave the Yankees their first lead of the evening.  Derek Jeter was then hit by a pitch and Franklin Morales relieved Boston reliever Matt Albers.  Morales kept checking Jeter at first, who complained about the pitcher’s move being a balk.  This seemed to shake the Boston hurler, as he proceeded to walk Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira, giving the Yankees a chance to break the game open.  Instead, Robinson Cano grounded out, ending the threat.  Still, the Bombers had pulled ahead 2-1.…

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