That thud you heard was just the Yankees back in the Bronx…
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Unfortunately, like the first game in Arizona when the Yankees flew across the country, they were soundly defeated by their opponent shortly after stepping off the plane. This time, they had an off day to buffer jet lag but alas it didn’t help.
On the mound was World Series nemesis Cliff Lee, the former Philadelphia Phillie who now temporarily resides in Seattle. Lee, the most likely to be traded by the July trading deadline, was the winner, pitching a complete game in the 7-4 victory over the Yanks. The home team did try to make it interesting in the bottom of the 9th with two runs, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
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Phil Hughes, who was skipped during his last turn in the rotation in an attempt to limit innings, had his worst outing of the season. He allowed 10 hits and 7 runs (6 earned) in 5 2/3 innings.
The only bright spot was Nick Swisher and his two home runs (giving him 13 on the season). I have to admit that I really had my doubts about Swish going into the season. I was fearful that he’d be closer to the player he was with the Chicago White Sox than the player who helped the Yankees win the World Series last year. He has definitely proven me wrong, and the team was right to let Xavier Nady walk in the off-season.
As I write this post, the Boston Red Sox are winning big against the Tampa Bay Rays, so the Yankees will most likely find themselves only one game up on the injury-decimated Red Sox later this evening.
Speaking of the Red Sox, it’s time for the second installation of my lost wager. As a result of the Red Sox victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, I lost a bet with Julia of Julia’s Rants and now must write about a member of the Red Sox (as of Sunday’s game). For today’s mention, I am going to go with a player who was designated for assignment since his days with the Red Sox have come to an end.
#55 Fabio Castro
Castro, a left-handed reliever, was designated for assignment when the team added infielder Eric Patterson, who was acquired this weekend from the Oakland A’s. Castro had just been called up on June 25th, but did not appear in any games. He had been on the roster for several days in April, but also did not see any action during that time either. Castro signed with the Red Sox in December after stints with the Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies. He is only 25, and as a lefty, he should get another shot with some team looking for help in the bullpen if he departs the Red Sox organization.
Castro was originally signed by the Chicago White Sox as a non-drafted free agent in December 2001. He last pitched in the majors for the Phillies in September 2007.