The first game of the Yankees home series against the Oakland A’s was postponed due to rain, and will be made up in July. Fortunately, there was much better weather on hand for Tuesday.
The Yankees emerged victorious, with a 5-3 victory. Andy Pettitte (2-0) was the winning pitcher, and most notably, he did not give up any home runs. Johnny Damon hit the day’s only home run in the ballpark which has become a launching pad in its short history due to the apparent wind tunnel. Brian Bruney was touched for a run, but he and Mariano Rivera successfully closed out the game…as usual.
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It was nice to see Jason Giambi do good…but not too good. He had a hit and a run scored, but no homers or RBI’s. Brett Gardner also made a leaping catch to take away a potential base hit. I won’t mind seeing Giambi hit some home runs in this series, so long as the Yanks have a comfortable lead, of course.
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On the good news front, right fielder Xavier Nady has been diagnosed with a ligament strain in his elbow and he won’t need season-ending surgery after all. He is expected to miss six weeks. All things considered, that’s great news!
Also, the Yanks announced that pitcher Chien-Ming Wang will miss his next start and will go to Tampa to pitch in an extended spring training game. Wow, why didn’t I think of that??!! Too funny! But that is the ONLY solution that I could see when Wang stunk it up the last time he pitched. Well, the other option was to put him on waivers…which obviously was not going to happen. Hopefully, Wang will be able to work out his mechanics in Florida.
Wang had been scheduled to open the series in Boston on Friday night. Instead, Joba Chamberlain will get the start. I feel much better heading into the weekend showdown with Julia of Julia’s Rants…
I don’t know what to say about my San Jose Sharks. I am disappointed that they’ve lost the first two games of their series against the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks were playing much better at the end of the season than an eighth seed, while the Sharks were struggling. The playoff series has been more of the same.
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Game 3 is tonight in Anaheim. Obviously, this game is huge for the Sharks and will most likely determine if they can turn this series around. I remain hopeful of a Sharks-Bruins Stanley Cup Final, but I recognize for I am failing my part of the equation. Rest assured Julia, it is not a sign of things to come this weekend…