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Posted By Alex Belth On May 26, 2005 @ 5:08 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled
Chien-Ming Wang  pitched another solid game  last night, greatly helped by two double plays, as the Bombers beat the Tigers , 4-2.  Wang doesn’t mince around. He works quickly, and puts the ball in play. He left the game with runners on first and third and one out, up by three, in the seventh inning. Mike Stanton relieved him and promptly gave up a single. Runners on first and second and in comes Taynon Sturtze.
Marcus Thames  blooped a humpback fly ball to short center field. Bernie Williams came in but there was no way he was going to catch up to it. Robinson Cano got a good jump and arrived under the ball first. But he didn’t notice Derek Jeter, in full-on John Stallworth  post-pattern, Super Bowl XIV  mode. Jeter , with his back to the plate, stretched out his glove, made the catch , and fell on top of Cano. For his part, Cano looked like a free safety that spotted an errant pass. He drifted over to the ball thinking he was going to make an easy interception. But Jeter was John Stallworth , and he forcefully snatched the ball from him, at the last minute. (Bernie looked on like any good referee would.) Just as impressive as the catch, was how quickly Jeter got to his feet and returned the ball to the infield. Jeter’s spikes caught Cano, but the young second baseman  appeared more startled than hurt. Add it to Jeter’s highlight reel.
Sturtze got the last out of the inning , Flash Gordon–pitching much better of late –struck out two in the eighth, and Mariano Rivera  threw twenty-three pitches (walking one) in a scoreless ninth. Gary Sheffield , Alex Rodriguez  and Jorge Posada drove in the Bombers’ four runs, and it was enough for another series victory. The Yanks go for the sweep tonight against the Tigers’ best pitcher . Kevin Brown will pitch for the home team. Which is a good thing considering that the Red Sox  are up next.
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URLs in this post:
 Chien-Ming Wang: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/photos?photoId=764539&gameId=250525110
 solid game: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spyside264276678may26,0,739439.story?coll=ny-yankees-print
 the Tigers: http://www.freep.com/sports/tigers/tigers26e_20050526.htm
 4-2.: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=250525110
 Marcus Thames: http://www.detnews.com/2005/tigers/0505/26/E01-194379.htm
 John Stallworth: http://www.johnstallworth.com/
 Super Bowl XIV: http://www.steelergridiron.com/history/historyof14.html
 Jeter: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spyanks0526box,0,4191265.photo?coll=ny-sports-headlines
 made the catch: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/photos?photoId=764518&gameId=250525110
 John Stallworth: http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/StalJo00.htm
 the young second baseman: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/313180p-267924c.html
 inning: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/gameLog?gameId=250525110
 pitching much better of late: http://www.nj.com/yankees/ledger/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/111691074347490.xml&coll=1
 Mariano Rivera: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/photos?photoId=764552&gameId=250525110
 Gary Sheffield: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/313191p-267931c.html
 Alex Rodriguez: http://www.nypost.com/sports/yankees/47254.htm
 Tigers’ best pitcher: http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/team/player.jsp?player_id=425827
 the Red Sox: http://bostondirtdogs.boston.com/Headline_Archives/2005/05/report_foulke_f_1.html
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