Hollywood Stars: Dodgers’ Season of Discontent Has Had Bright Spots

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

In what has likely been the most dismal season in the 128-year history of the Dodgers’ franchise (some older Brooklyn residents might dispute that assertion), there have been a few stars shining out in Hollywood. Amid the dark clouds of financial distress, fan violence, and dwindling...

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Series Preview | Yankees vs. Mariners III: It's Felix's world

"This is more runs than the Yankees will score on me!" (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Mariners — who host the Yankees for a three-gamer starting tonight — are a surprising 3-3 on...

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Baseball as a coping mechanism

The best thing about sports is that they are not necessarily a part of real life. While we devote real time and emotion almost every day–and real money on occasion–to our favorite teams, we generally have the sense to not let them affect our every day lives too much. We have highs and lows with...

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A surprisingly meaningful series in Seattle

In all this excitement, the Yankees are still in a better position than anyone. The Bombers currently hold a 4 game lead in the loss column over Boston, and 7 games over the Rays, so they’re clearly in the driver’s seat of this pennant race. That said, given the way things are going now, and the remaining number of games left for the three contenders to play against one another, this race is far from over. Here’s the remaining opponents for the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays, with the number of games in parentheses:

Yankees: Mariners (3), Blue Jays (3), Twins (1), Rays (7), Red Sox (3)

Red Sox: Blue Jays (2), Rays (4), Orioles (7), Yankees (3)

Rays: Orioles (3), Red Sox (4), Yankees (7), Blue Jays (3)

In other words, each team plays seven games against clearly inferior opponents, and the remaining balance of the schedule against each other.

This makes the next seven games surprisingly critical for the Yankees.…

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Yankees capitalize on key error in 6-5 victory over Halos; win season series against Angels for first time since 2003

DERP (Kelvin Kuo/US Presswire)

In a game that started out all too familiarly with the Angels riding cheap hit after cheap hit to a 2-0 first inning, 3-1 third inning and 5-2 4th inning — although in fairness four of their five...

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First impressions of Montero’s defense

Some work to do

On Sunday, Yankee fans finally got to see Jesus start a game at Catcher for ourselves. We have long heard named and unnamed scouts refer to his ”big league ready bat” and poor defensive skills, some even saying he’s not a big...

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Game 145: Yankees 6, Angels 5

The Yankees got one run back in the top of the second, as Robinson Cano singled to left and moved to second on a wild pitch.  He scored on a single from Eric Chavez, giving the Yankees their first run of the day, but that was the only damage they could manage.  Montero flashed some defensive skills in the bottom of the second, when he threw out the first runner to try to steal, Alberto Callaspo.

Garcia continued to have trouble in the third, giving up a leadoff single to Bobby Wilson.  Aybar followed by laying down a bunt towards third base for a single.  Kendrick hit a sac bunt back to the mound, moving the runners over.  A wild pitch allowed Wilson to score and the Halos were up 3-1.

Cano hit a solo homer in the fourth to bring the Yankees within one run of the Angels, but Los Angeles responded in the bottom of the inning. …

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