You think the D Rays are getting tired of seeing Kevin Brown? Although he wasn’t especially sharp, walking four batters, Brown was helped out by three double plays, and allowed just one run over seven innings (again). It was the 200th victory of Brown’s career and the third time he’s faced and defeated Tampa so far this season. The Yankees became the first team to have pitchers win their 200th career game in back-to-back contests. Jason Giambi jacked a three-run blast in the first. Later, Gary Sheffield added an RBI double and Jorge Posada hit a solo homer.
Today gives a day off; the Yanks begin a four-game series against the Red Sox in Boston tomorrow night. Gentlemen, start your keyboards…let the hyping begin. Alex Rodriguez will be the center of attention. There are already several pieces on him in the papers today. Here’s what erstwhile Yankee bench coach, Popeye Zimmer thinks:
“A-Rod has probably been booed very few times in his life,” said Zimmer, a veteran of each side in the bitter rivalry. “But I am sure he will be booed in Boston for two reasons. One, he is a Yankee, and the other is he was going to be a Red Sox and didn’t.”
I think Rodriguez knows what it is like to be booed. The 2001 season wasn’t exactly picnic for him, and I’m sure they still don’t love him in Seattle.