(Solo) Shots For Everyone, Yanks Beat Red Sox 6-4

If someone had told you that one of tonight’s starters was going to give up four home runs, you would have guessed Phil Hughes, right? Wrong! Hughes had a strange start tonight. He had six great innings and one not-so-great one. In the great ones, he set the Red Sox down in order – in the first, second sixth and seventh innings – or only allowed one runner on – in the fourth and fifth innings. That works out to two hits in six innings which would be a fantastic outing. Unfortunately, he had the not-so-great inning  – the third Continue reading (Solo) Shots For Everyone, Yanks Beat Red Sox 6-4

Bronx Bombs: five homers power Yankees to 6-4 win over BoSox

There was a huge storm brewing over New Jersey, and the rains came down for a while in the Bronx Friday night; but, unlike in much of the northeast this summer, there was no power outage at Yankee Stadium. The bombers lived up to their nickname tonight, belting five home runs off a mediocre Boston pitching staff to power starter Phil Hughes to a 6-4 win. Nick Swisher collected two bombs on the night, solo shots in the first and seventh, while Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin added solo blasts of their own; the Sox took the lead on a three-run shot from second baseman Dustin Pedroia in the third. All told, the two teams blasted six home runs on a wet night in the Bronx. Continue reading Bronx Bombs: five homers power Yankees to 6-4 win over BoSox

Game 119: Reelin’ Sox

There’s not a lot of hope in Boston these days, as the Red Sox enter tonight’s contest with a record of 58-61, 12.5 games behind the division leading Yankees in the A.L. East standings, but if the Red Sox are going to have any chance of clawing their way back into the race for the division championship, they pretty much have to sweep the Yankees this weekend. Even then it’s kind of a longshot, but that would at least get them inside of 10 games of the A.L. East lead. Here are the lineups for tonight’s series opener:

Red Sox (58-61):

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carl Crawford LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Cody Ross DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Mike Aviles SS
Scott Podsednik RF
Pedro Ciriaco 3B

Franklin Morales LHP

Yankees (70-48):

Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones RF
Casey McGehee 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Jayson Nix SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF

Phil Hughes RHP

Mark Teixeira is indeed sitting out with a sore wrist, and Joe Girardi said before the game that he could sit out tomorrow’s game as well. First pitch is at 7:05, and the game can be seen on My9 or MLB Network. Enjoy! Continue reading Game 119: Reelin’ Sox

Game 119: Really? 12.5 Games Back?

In 23 PA against the Yankees, Pedro Ciriaco is batting .500/.522/.682 with 7 R and 6 RBI, and I want him to go away. Onto the line-ups: Boston Red Sox New York Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Derek Jeter, DH Carl Crawford, LF Nick Swisher, 1B Dustin Pedroia, 2B Robinson Cano, 2B Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Andruw Jones, RF Cody Ross, DH Casey McGehee, 3B Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Curtis Granderson, CF Mike Aviles, SS Russell Martin, C Scott Podsednik, RF Jayson Nix, SS Pedro Ciriaco, 3B Ichiro Suzuki, LF Franklin Morales, SP Phil Hughes, SP The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 Continue reading Game 119: Really? 12.5 Games Back?

My two cents on the Red Sox mess

Things have not gone according to plan in Boston this season. The Red Sox, a perennially contending big market team ad famously consensus American League favorite just a year ago, enter this weekend’s series in New York below .500 and a whopping 12.5 games out of first place in the division. To make matters worse, more or less the entire 2012 season has been marred by intra-squad strife in Boston, including a widely reported rift between manager Bobby Valentine and many of his players. The latest report to come out this week is Jeff Passan’s bombshell that the players, led by All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, complained openly and loudly about Valentine to ownership in a meeting in late July. That has prompted the expected public denials, but the Red Sox do acknowledge that the meeting took place, and it’s hard to imagine someone leaking a fraudulent story of that magnitude to a national writer.

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The Replacements

All five AL East teams have lost significant pieces, many for a majority of the season. On paper, the Red Sox were supposed to be neck and neck with the Yankees in August. I’ve heard an innumerable amount of injury excuses for teams this year, but 12.5 games now stand between the first place Yankees and the fourth place Red Sox. At this point, it’s obvious that organizational depth set the two teams apart. As fans joked about the Yankees signing and trading for old players, Andruw Jones, Raul Ibanez, Freddy Garcia, Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki, Eric Chavez, and Andy Continue reading The Replacements

Does a reunion with Melky make sense for the Yankees?

Melky Cabrera is set to hit the free agent market this winter, and had been looking down the barrel of a big multi-year contract before he tested positive for a banned substance last month. Now the assumption is that he’ll be looking for a one year make-good contract for 2013, and that has led some to wonder if it might make sense to bring him back to the organization he started his career with. The Yankees, after all, are looking at a hole in right field next year, as Nick Swisher figures to be playing elsewhere as the Yankees continue to implement their austerity plans, something that a one year contract wouldn’t affect at all.

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Jeter in rare territory

Hey, so, remember when we all thought Derek Jeter was pretty much done after 2010 and a weak start in 2011? Well, for at least the time being, Jeter is proving us wrong. Going into yesterday’s game against the Rangers, Jeter was hitting .319/.361/.423/.784/110 OPS+. He was also sporting a .344 wOBA and a 113 wRC+ while leading the American League in total hits. Oh and he’s 38 years old. The last time someone that age (or older) led the American League in hits was Paul Molitor in 1996 with 225 at age 39. That year, Molitor played most of Continue reading Jeter in rare territory