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Lo Hud, Big Unit

Posted By Alex Belth On June 27, 2006 @ 5:23 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled

Randy Johnson [1] struck out a season-high nine batters and did not allow a run over seven innings. Not so long ago, Yankee fans wondered if the real Big Unit [2] would ever [3] return. Well, he may never be the 38-year old version again, but clearly, he isn’t completely cooked either. The Atlanta Braves’ [4] hitters didn’t help themselves much–jeez, what a bunch of hackers–but there is no denying that Johnson is pitching effectively once more. Jason Giambi hit a two-run homer in the first and a three-run dinger in the second and that was all the Yankees would need [5] as they cruised to a 5-2 [6] victory in the Bronx.

Tim Hudson was wild early and Giambi hit what looked like split finger fastballs for his home runs. Some friend [7]. The Bombers’ offense didn’t do much else on Derek Jeter’s 32nd birthday (also Mike Myers’ 37th), but they’ll take the win. Scott Proctor allowed a two-run bomb to Chipper Jones in the ninth after pitching a scoreless eighth. That was the lowest part of the night for the Yankees, aside from Alex Rodriguez’s 12th error of the season which matches his 2005 season total. I was never sold on Rodriguez being a Gold Glover last year–though he was a fine defensive player–and he has regressed this season. He’s got a strong, true arm, but his lateral movement appears sluggish. I wonder what’s up with that? Anyhow, Mariano Rivera came in for the final two outs. He walked a batter and struck two men out looking, and that, as they say, was that.

It is not certain that Robinson Cano [8] will be placed on [9] the DL [10] but my guess is that he likely won’t get much burn until after the All-Star break. Meanwhile, Octavio Dotel [11] pitched yesterday. According to reports, he’s likely a month away from joining the big league club. Lastly, Aaron Small cleared waivers and has returned to Columbus.

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[1] Randy Johnson: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/27/sports/baseball/27yankees.html

[2] Big Unit: http://markitdown.mlblogs.com/mark_it_down/2006/06/randys_rolling.html

[3] would ever: http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkxMDYmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTY5NTM5NTMmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2

[4] The Atlanta Braves’: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/27/sports/baseball/27braves.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

[5] the Yankees would need: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/playbyplay?gameId=260626110

[6] 5-2: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/mlb/boxscores/2006/06/26/14385_boxscore.html

[7] Some friend: http://www.nj.com/yankees/ledger/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/1151384733303580.xml&coll=1

[8] Robinson Cano: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-sbyside274797568jun27,0,5925985.story?coll=ny-yankees-print

[9] be placed on: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/430377p-362838c.html

[10] DL: http://www.courant.com/sports/baseball/yankees/hc-yanknotes0627.artjun27,0,7455355.story?coll=hc-yankees-headlines

[11] Octavio Dotel: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-sbynotes274797586jun27,0,2021450.story?coll=ny-yankees-print

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