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YANKS ROLL ALONG
Posted By Alex Belth On August 20, 2003 @ 1:15 pm In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled
Andy Pettitte  pitched another solid game, and the Yanks survived a three-error  to defeat the Royals, 6-3 . With the Yanks cruising 6-0, Alfonso Soriano made two errors in the seventh; Nick Johnson made one and the Royals scored three times. But the bullpen held the lead, and the Yanks were propelled by home runs from Soriano, Bernie Williams and Karim Garcia.
Jason Giambi did his best Rickey Henderson impression in the sixth. Leading 5-0, Giambi walked. Kevin Appier wasn’t paying him much mind, and the Royals didn’t hold him on the bag, so Giambi swiped second. Yeah, that’s right. Standing up. He then came around to score on Godzilla Matsui’s bloop single to center.
Garcia  crushed a first-pitch breaking ball off the upper deck facade in right field, and has provided nice pop during the last three games. The Yanks recalled Juan Rivera  to play right and face right-handed pitchers today. But between Karim Dellucci and Juan Sierra, the Yanks have a four-headed right field platoon that is similiar to the left field rotation they’ve had in recent years.
Derek Lowe  and the Red Sox were holding the A’s down for much of the game last night in Boston, but the bullpen  couldn’t close the deal. Two walks and a Ramon Hernandez dinger later, the A’s walked away with a dramamtic 3-2  win, which moved Oakland a game ahead of Boston in the wild card race. The Sox now trail  the Yanks by 6 1/2 games.
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URLs in this post:
 Andy Pettitte: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/110544p-99877c.html
 three-error: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/110545p-99878c.html
 6-3: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/20/sports/baseball/20yankees.html
 Garcia: http://www.nypost.com/sports/yankees/39188.htm
 Juan Rivera: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/110549p-99886c.html
 Derek Lowe: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2003/08/20/thumbs_down
 bullpen: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2003/08/20/splitting_headache_for_reliever
 3-2: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2003/08/19/athletics_rally_past_sox_after_strong_start
 trail: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2003/08/20/yanked_into_reality
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