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Baby Steps

Posted By Alex Belth On May 22, 2007 @ 4:41 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled

In recent years Roger Clemens [1] has said that he gets more satisfaction from the games he has to plod through without his best stuff than from the games he dominates. Chien-Ming Wang [2] was far from sharp last night. He fell behind batters constantly, lots of 2-0 counts, lots of three balls counts. The Red Sox [3] have hit Wang well in the past so he threw more sliders and off-speed pitches than normal.

“There were some good changeups, good sliders and two-seamers with movement,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “That’s just the (evolution) of a good young pitcher. I don’t necessarily think it’s a different strategy. It’s a maturing pitcher.”
(N.Y. Daily News) [4]

The results weren’t especially pretty, but in the end, they were effective. Wang allowed two runs over six-and-a-third, the bullpen didn’t allow a run the rest of the way, as the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 6-2 [5].

Johnny Damon [6] showed some life [7] in his legs, swiping a couple of bases, Alex Rodriguez [8] homered for the third consecutive game, and Jason Giambi planted a Tim Wakefield [9] knuckleball way up in the upper deck, a whiffle ball home run come to life. Robinson Cano had a big, two-run triple, and also made a nifty back-hand pick in the eighth inning with the bases loaded. Julio Lugo hit a Scott Proctor pitch squarely with two men out. Cano fielded it cleany and flipped it to Jeter at second for the force and the Red Sox rally was squarshed.

Just a couple of few notes:

Jack Curry [10] weighs in on Jason Giambi’s latest controversy, while George King writes [11] that the Angels may be interested in the Yankee slugger.

Over at Was Watching [12], Steve Lombardi [13] has a link to a Bob Klapisch article where Jorge Posada talks about the losing mentality that has overcome the Yankees this season.

Ben Kabak [14] has the latest on a Metro North train station at Yankee Stadium.


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[1] Roger Clemens: http://www.nypost.com/seven/05222007/sports/yankees/joe_awaits_clemens__green_light_yankees_george_king.htm

[2] Chien-Ming Wang: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/sports/baseball/22yankees.html?ref=baseball

[3] Red Sox: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2007/05/22/alive_and_kicking/

[4] (N.Y. Daily News): http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2007/05/22/2007-05-22_wang_sinks_sox_with_slider-2.html

[5] 6-2: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/mlb/boxscores/2007/05/21/17468_boxscore.html

[6] Johnny Damon: http://www.nypost.com/seven/05222007/sports/yankees/idiot_s_delight_yankees_joel_sherman.htm

[7] some life: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2007/05/22/2007-05-22_damon_suddenly_appears_light__lively-1.html

[8] Alex Rodriguez: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2007/05/22/2007-05-22_return_of_hot_rod.html

[9] Tim Wakefield: http://redsox.bostonherald.com/redSox/view.bg?articleid=1002507

[10] Jack Curry: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/sports/baseball/22giambi.html?_r=1&ref=baseball&oref=slogin

[11] George King writes: http://www.nypost.com/seven/05222007/sports/yankees/saying_halo_yankees_george_king.htm

[12] Was Watching: http://www.waswatching.com/

[13] Steve Lombardi: http://www.waswatching.com/archives/2007/05/posada_yanks_ne.html

[14] Ben Kabak: http://secondavenuesagas.com/2007/05/21/breaking-news-mta-city-come-to-terms-on-yankee-stadium-metro-north-hub/

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