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I missed Sergio Mitre’s Yankee debut last night. By the time I got home, Alfredo Aceves was pitching. But Mitre kept his team in the game and left with the Yanks ahead 6-4. Aceves, Phil Coke, and Mariano Rivera did not allow a run and that was how the score stood as the Yanks moved into sole possession of first place (the Rangers beat the Red Sox 4-2 in Texas).

“We don’t get caught up in who’s in first place, who’s in second place,” Derek Jeter said. “Yeah, it’s great that nobody’s in front of us. But it doesn’t mean anything at this point.”
(Kepner, N.Y.Times)

The Bombers didn’t hit much but they took advantage of eight walks issued by Baltimore’s pitching staff. Alex Rodriguez had a productive night. In the second, he led off with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a fly ball and then scored on a sac fly. The following inning, with two out, Rodriguez drove in two runs with a single, putting the Yanks ahead for good.

That’s five straight for the Bombers who play an afternoon game today. Looking at the standings, it sure seems as if we’re going to have some excitement on our hands this summer. The Rays, Sox, Yanks, Angels and Rangers are all having fine seasons–only three will make the playoffs. Ya gotta love it.

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1 Horace Clarke Era   ~  Jul 22, 2009 9:29 am

Alex, completely agree with your concluding line. This is really why being a Yankee fan is a privileged sporting status ... we are spoiled by almost always playing meaningful games late. That's why I don't join those who grumble 'WS or Bust!'

My sense though is that the East this year is just fabulously entertaining, and harsh. I am impressed with texas hanging in, but more impressed (alas) by the Angels continuing to just roll, even with stars down. If they bit the bullet and went for Doc Halladay, I think that's very, very bad news for the rest of the baseball world.

I Say, Mitre was Okay! He doesn't really have to be a lot more than that as a 5th starter. I really want Marte/Bruney back as what they can be. That opens up a lot of options for Girardi (and may save Coke's arm).

2 Diane Firstman   ~  Jul 22, 2009 9:39 am


Thank you thank you thank you ...

I have the slimmest of vague memories of watching those cartoons as a kid.

3 tomfodw   ~  Jul 22, 2009 11:21 am

LOOOOOOOVE the Krazy Kat kartoon & reference!!!!!!!!!!!!

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