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Yanks Win a Close One

Posted By Alex Belth On April 28, 2006 @ 5:06 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled

Shawn Chacon and Mark Hendrickson, last night’s two junk ball starters, were both effective with plenty of the soft stuff [1]. Joey Gathright made a sterling play in the bottom of the first inning to snatch a home run away from Gary Sheffield. However, an error later in the game by Tampa Bay’s third baseman Russell Branyan [2] paved the way for the slumping Hideki Matsui [3], who came through with the winning hit for the Bombers–a seeing-eye single [4] that was reminiscent of Luis Sojo’s ground ball in Game 5 of the 2000 World Serious. After a horribly frustrating night [5] for the New Yorkers [6], the home team prevailed [7], 4-2 [8]. Derek Jeter [9] had three hits himself and is now batting over .400. The bullpen performed well and this was just the kind of win the Yankees needed, wouldn’t you say?

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[1] the soft stuff: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/28/sports/baseball/28maddux.html

[2] Russell Branyan: http://www.tbo.com/sports/rays/MGB8NWQVJME.html

[3] Hideki Matsui: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/412937p-349154c.html

[4] seeing-eye single: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/28/sports/baseball/28yanks.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

[5] frustrating night: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/412925p-349150c.html

[6] the New Yorkers: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/alex_belth/04/27/new.stadium/index.html

[7] prevailed: http://www.waswatching.com/archives/2006/04/april_27th_vs_t_1.html

[8] 4-2: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=260427110

[9] Derek Jeter: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spnewmark284720364apr28,0,3518410.column?coll=ny-yankees-print

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