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Posted By Alex Belth On July 8, 2004 @ 9:20 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled
The Yankees  lead over Boston  was reduced to six games  last night. What are the odds that it’ll be five  after tonight? Jose Contreras goes against Yankee-killer Victor Zambrano while Curt Schilling will face Rich Harden. Hmmm. Glad I’m not a betting man. (How amped is Lou Piniella to come into New York with his surging Devil Rays? ) However, the Yankees have Vazquez, Lieber and Mussina lined up for the weekend. Hopefully, they can help stop the bleeding as the Yankees have lost their last two series.
After another awful  performance by Yankee pitching  yesterday, Newsday  is reporting that both Brad Halsey and Brett Prinz will be shipped off to Columbus today. The duo will apparently be replaced by two right-handers, Juan Padilla and Sam Marsonek.
I’ve been way too upset about how the Yankees have played over the past week. I called Cub fan Alex Ciepley  to complain yesterday and he essentially laughed in my face. But the Yankees have dropped five of six I moaned. “Well, the Cubs have lost for 92 years…” That shut me up right quick. What did I expect? A Yankee fan calling a Cub fan for sympathy. Doh. Cliff Corcoran , a level-headed Yankee observer, calmed me down when he e-mailed me after the game:
I’m actually pretty pleased that the [Yankees] scored those five runs in the seventh and made a game out of it. I’m also a tough-love guy. I figure they could use a run like this (and it’s just five of six) to emphasize that Sturtze and company are not a champion caliber staff. It’s good for them to lose a few. With the break coming up to wipe the slate clean, it couldn’t come at a better time.
Of course, trade rumors are flying about. Tony Massarotti  of the Boston Herald writes how the Red Sox are in the thick of the so-called Randy Johnson sweepstakes, while Boston’s GM Theo Epstein denied any such doings in the Boston Globe . Meanwhile, Joel Sherman  wonders if Roger Clemens could find his way back to the Bronx before all is said and done. Actually, Sherman make a strong case for southpaw reliever Eddie Guardado, a move I’ve been dreaming about for a few months now.
Finally, Hideki Matsui  is the seventh Yankee to make the All-Star team. While Matsui is having a fine season , it would have been nice to see a non-Yankee fill out the AL roster, like future Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas for one.
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URLs in this post:
 The Yankees: http://www.nypost.com/sports/yankees/17811.htm
 Boston: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2004/07/08/production_meeting/
 six games: http://www.soxaholix.com/tp/2004/07/hysterical_preg.html
 five: http://dwightshouse.blogspot.com/
 Devil Rays?: http://www.sptimes.com/2004/07/08/Rays/On_to_NY__with_a_purp.shtml
 awful: http://www.nypost.com/sports/yankees/17817.htm
 Yankee pitching: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/08/sports/baseball/08curry.html?pagewanted=all
 Newsday: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-sbyanks083884486jul08,0,6909024.story?coll=ny-yankees-print
 Alex Ciepley: http://www.all-baseball.com/cubreporter/
 Cliff Corcoran: http://www.cliffordsbrb.blogspot.com/
 Tony Massarotti: http://redsox.bostonherald.com/redSox/view.bg?articleid=34825
 the Boston Globe: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2004/07/08/epstein_denies_johnson_report/
 Joel Sherman: http://www.nypost.com/sports/yankees/17813.htm
 Hideki Matsui: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1835967
 a fine season: http://home.earthlink.net/~derekjacques/2004.07.04_arch.html#1089205868068
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