Wouldn’t it be great in the second half if:
- All we had to talk about was C.C. Sabathia‘s weight instead of his pitching?
- Derek Jeter could finish the season over .300? Batting average is pretty meaningless in the grand scheme of things. But it is nice to look at.
- Alex Rodriguez got hot at some point to shut his critics up and put some more oomph in the middle of the lineup?
- Phil Hughes could continue to pitch well and we could actually breathe during one of his outings?
- Either Joba Chamberlain and/or David Aardsma return to the majors after long rehabs to give some depth to Girardi’s deck of cards bullpen?
- Ivan Nova could win 20 games and really confound those who say that he wins because of run support?
- Curtis Granderson could cut down on his strikeouts?
- Russell Martin could hit .250 in the second half?
- Rafael Soriano could untuck his shirt for another 30 times?
- Mark Teixeira would have more at bats as a right-handed batter in the second half than vice-versa?
Starter Hiroki Kuroda was quite strong most of the night, with only a few blemishes on his ledger. A third inning home run by Erick Aybar put the Yankees down 1-0 before Teixeira’s first home run put the Yankees on top 2-1. After that it was mostly clear sailing for Kuroda until the seventh where, facing the heart of the Angels’ lineup, things began to come undone in a hurry. Albert Pujols led off the inning for a double, and then Kuroda hit Kendrys Morales with a pitch in an at bat in which it looked like he was toying with the Angels’ DH early. With two on and no one out, Kuroda left a sinker over the plate to Mark Trumbo, who proceeded to hit the ball so hard that it cleared the Angels’ bullpen, and just like that the Yankees were down 4-2.
Well, that was an exciting game. And thanks to some late inning heroics by the Yankees, the complexion of this recap changed dramatically. I was all set to hit submit on an “oh woe is us” recap lamenting the stranded runners, the missed opportunities and talking about how the Yankees had an almost sure victory snatched from...
Tampa beat St. Lucie 8-2:
St. Lucie scored first, on a RBI single from Cesar Puello in the top of the second. Kyle Roller homered to tie the game. The Mets got a run in the top of the fourth, but Tampa put together a nice rally. Ramon Flores tripled and scored on a ground-rule double from Adonis Garcia. Slade Heathcott reached on an error, allowing Garcia to score. Heathcott then scored when Gary Sanchez reached on an error. Roller drew a walk and Zach Wilson singled, though Sanchez was thrown out at the plate. The Yankees ended the inning with a 4-2 lead. The Yankees rallied again in the sixth. Sanchez drew a walk and Roller singled to right. With two outs, Jose Mojica reached on an error, plating Sanchez. Mason Williams drew a walk and Flores doubled in everyone for an 8-2 victory.
Flores went 3-4 with a run scored, a double, a triple, a stolen base and three RBIs (a homer shy of the cycle). …
In a relatively small move, the Yankees signed Kosuke Fukudome to a minor league deal. While I am not sure where he falls on the organizational depth chart – behind Chris Dickerson, I imagine – this is a no-risk, low-reward move that could be significant, for better or worse, if Gardner’s injury woes...