When You Need A Stopper, Call The Big Guy…


You talkin’ to me?…




After dropping two games to the Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees averted a sweep by clobbering the O’s 13-3 on Sunday.  As usual, the stopper was CC Sabathia.  It wasn’t a great performance but it was enough to help CC pick up his 17th victory of the season (against 7 losses).  CC went 7 innings and gave up 5 hits and 3 runs.  He walked 4 and struck out only 1 batter.  Still, CC showed why he is the ace of the staff…


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The game saw the ejections of Alex Rodriguez and Joe Girardi.  A-Rod took a called third strike to end the fourth inning with the bases loaded.  He felt that the pitch was outside.  He continued jawing with the umpire, Marty Foster, about the call, particularly after watching a video replay following the top of the 5th which confirmed his belief that the pitch was outside.  Foster finally had enough and tossed A-Rod and then Manager Joe Girardi, who argued very animatedly the umpire.


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There is bad blood between the Yankees and Foster, who also made a bad call on Derek Jeter in July.


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Eric Hinske took over for A-Rod at third after the ejection, but fortunately, it worked out in the end.  Thanks to an 8-run 8th, which included a three-run homer by Matsui, the Yankees put this one away and assured a return to the win column.


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Nonetheless, they will still lose a ½ game to the Boston Red Sox, who swept the Tampa Bay Rays today.  The Yankees now lead Boston by 7 games.  How sad is it that the Rays have now lost 11 straight games?  The magic of 2008 is definitely gone.


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The Yankees’ lead over the Los Angeles Angels for best record in the league stands at 5 games.


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This is an interesting week schedule-wise.  The Yankees will play one game against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.  This is a make-up of the May 3rd rainout at Yankee Stadium.  I remember that day well considering that I was in attendance at Yankee Stadium.  I won’t be able to take advantage of my ticket tomorrow since I’ve since relocated from the East Coast to California, but I’ll definitely be there in spirit.  The last time the Yankees faced the Angels, they were swept (final series before the All-Star Break).  This is just one game, but the Yankees have a chance to make a statement against the Angels.  Joba Chamberlain (8-5) faces Jered Weaver (15-5).


Joba Chamberlain

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Then, the Yankees close out the home stand with two games against the Toronto Blue Jays.  They travel across the country on Thursday to open a three-game weekend series in Seattle against the Mariners.


Behind home plate at Safeco Field 


Congratulations to Brett Favre for his first victory with the Minnesota Vikings.  The Vikings defeated the Cleveland Browns and Favre’s former coach, Eric Mangini, 34-20, on Sunday.


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His stats weren’t great (14-for-21, 110 yards, 1 TD), but when you have Adrian Peterson in your backfield running for 180 yards and 3 TD’s, there’s not much you need to do. 


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I was excited that Favre’s lone passing TD was to Percy Harvin.  I am excited about what Harvin means to the Vikings offense, and hopefully, this is the start of something special…


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  1. juliasrants

    Come on! Your guys couldn’t be nice and let the Orioles get a sweep? You know – I can see better this morning! 😉 I saw the last quarter and a half or so of the Vikings game. Favre didn’t look bad. And hey – the Vikings’ win earned me a point in my football pool – so thanks! My Red Sox have a well deserved night off which is a good thing – I can give all my attention to the Patriots tonight! I know that Brady will help your Fantasy Football Team.


  2. JQuist

    *I guess Brad Childress wasn’t lieing, huh? He had said that in Minnesota, Favre “wouldn’t have to do as much” – and Adrian Peterson DEFINENTLY kept that thought alive. 180 yards with 3 touchdowns… Amazing.

    As for the Yanks – it was great to see us avoid the sweep. That 8th inning gave us hope that the recent losses in Baltimore were flukes, and there’s no need to panic down the stretch. With Anahiem next on board, we better keep it in the exact same gear…


  3. Erin Kathleen

    Well, I’m still holding off an any Super Bowl talk until the Vikings actually make the playoffs. Or at least beat a decent team. But AP and Percy Harvin are going to be really fun to watch this season. It’s been a long time since the Vikes have had a team this good, and right now they definitely look like the team to beat in the North. -Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.blogspot.com

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