So much for sole possession of first place…
The Yankees lost to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, 4-2. Andy Pettitte gave up 4 runs in the first two innings, and the Yanks were never able to recover.
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After knocking in a run in the first inning, Alex Rodriguez did his best impression of the 2009 version of Big Papi as he stranded five runners on base.
The Yankees had every opportunity for late inning heroics, but it was a night of no magic or miracle comebacks. Meanwhile, in Detroit, Josh Beckett and the Red Sox had a no-hitter going until the seventh inning, and ultimately won the game, 10-5. So, this morning finds the Yankees and Red Sox perched atop the AL East Standings together. Can they co-exist together?
Umm, probably not…
Julia has asked me to step aside, however, I’ll be the rude host and block her path! Hopefully, the Yankees can rebound today when Chien-Ming Wang faces Brandon McCarthy in the final game of the three game series with the Texas Rangers. Will we see the 2006-07 version of Wang, or will the April 2009 version make its ugly reappearance? I am obviously praying for the former. Phil Hughes should be available for long relief should Wang falter…and of course the ever reliable Alfredo Aceves.
In Detroit, Tim Wakefield pitches against the Tigers’ Dontrelle Willis. Wake has been the source of consistency for the Red Sox this season, so it will be a challenge for the Yanks to maintain a share of first place. But, c’mon, an unhappy Julia is a great thing…at least when it comes to baseball! So, hopefully today will see a Yankees win and a Red Sox loss. The perfect day!
Have a great day! Well, everyone except Red Sox fans… 😉