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One Day a Real Rain Will Come…

Phil Hughes gave up three runs on a couple of homers through five innings today but had a lead when the skies opened-up thanks in part to two dingers off the bat of Curtis Granderson. It started pouring by me in the north west corner of the Bronx before it hit the Stadium. The tops of the trees whipped around in a frenzy and I had half a mind to go outside and run around just cause. You know, little kid stuff. Then the old man in me sighed, thought better of it, and sat my ass right back down.

Pretty soon the tarp came on the field at the Stadium and it wasn’t until two hours later that play resumed. The Yanks rolled from there. The only blip came when Joba Chamberlain walked the lead off runner in the eighth and then gave up a two-run homer. But the Yanks piled it on late and ran away with it. One scary moment in the eighth when Alex Rodriguez got plunked on the forearm and had to leave the game.

Fortunately, he was okay, didn’t need to go for x-rays and is expected to play tomorrow. The bum didn’t hit a homer. Stuck on 599. Only got two hits and three RBI. Loser. Jeter had three hits, Teixeira had two, and so did Robinson Cano, who got the 1,000th base hit of his career.

Final Score: Yanks 12, Royals 6.

The Rays won but the Sox lost. Yanks stay three ahead of Tampa and are now eight ahead of Boston. And we prepare for the week ahead and go to sleep the heppiest of kets.

[Photo Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images]


1 RagingTartabull   ~  Jul 25, 2010 8:51 pm

still waiting on 600, but I think its fair to say that A-Rod has pretty much locked in now.

He's .306/.364/.510 since the Seattle series right before the break. Put that together with the monster second half Teixeira is building and more regular production from Jeter and Granderson, and this lineup should be just fine without any outside help.

Losing out on Haren sucks, but that move looks like a salary dump plain and simple. And as much as I like Haren, I understand not wanting to make that kind of committment. Get an extra arm for the bullpen and some bench help this week and I'll be satisfied.

Now I sit and wait for Mad Men...

2 RIYank   ~  Jul 25, 2010 9:11 pm

[1] Hm, that line is surprisingly low -- it's well below his career average. So I don't think it shows that he's locked in. But (as I mentioned in the game thread) I love how he's getting RBI base hits under the pressure of the 600th homer. The fact that he can tag a double, and then a single, and then work a walk (in which the fourth ball just happened to hit him), shows that he's in charge, that he isn't letting the pressure of the moment control him. That's so good to see.

3 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 25, 2010 9:46 pm

Yeah, I'm loving RBI base hits when everyone is wating for the dinger. The next homer will be great, but the RBI base knocks ain't nothing to sneeze at neither.

4 Chyll Will   ~  Jul 25, 2010 9:48 pm

[1] The way i see it, Cashman has almost always (if not always) made his mid-season trades under the radar. We didn't know boBBy was coming until he was here, same with Pudge and a slew of other mid-season moves. I don't think anyone's in a hurry to help the Defending Champion New York Yankees (an important distinction, mind you) unless they can drain the Yanks' farm in the process; I'll be surprised at who or whatever he brings in the next few days.

As always, take the speculation with a grain of salt, especially around the trade deadline (or maybe the whole shaker...)

5 RIYank   ~  Jul 25, 2010 9:49 pm

Via RAB, Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees "made a big offer" for Soria. Interesting. Well, except it's Heyman, so, grain of salt. Still, he might be the only relief pitcher I wouldn't be unhappy to see Cashman give something up for.

Wow, that was a convoluted sentence.

6 RIYank   ~  Jul 25, 2010 9:51 pm

Hey, there's a grain of salt from each of us [4] [5]. Though since this is Alex's place, maybe they should have been flakes instead of grains...

7 thelarmis   ~  Jul 25, 2010 9:56 pm

RI - my folks are at winter harbor, frenchman bay. across from bar harbor. i told them about the brewery...

8 RIYank   ~  Jul 25, 2010 10:03 pm

[7] Oh! Sure, I know where that is, on the Schoodic Penninsula. I go up to that area every summer, but I've never been to Winter Harbor. I think it might actually be right near another part of Acadia National Park (the Park is composed of disjoint segments, it's discontinuous).

Man, I can't wait. The blueberries, mmmmm. (I know you don't eat anything smaller than Cocoa Puffs, thelarmis, so these wild blueberries are out of the question.)

9 RIYank   ~  Jul 25, 2010 10:05 pm

Oh, and to drive there from NY is going to be about nine hours, if you don't stop and there isn't much traffic. Ugh. Maybe they'll fly to Bangor?

10 thelarmis   ~  Jul 25, 2010 10:05 pm

yeah, schoodic peninsula is right around the block from them. or they're on it. small part of acadia there. they did it yesterday. said it was magnificent!

11 thelarmis   ~  Jul 25, 2010 10:06 pm

[10] ooh, that came out wrong!!! they did the rocky park stuff...


12 thelarmis   ~  Jul 25, 2010 10:06 pm

going to main part of acadia tomorrow.

13 thelarmis   ~  Jul 25, 2010 10:06 pm

they drove. broke it up to 2 days...

14 thelarmis   ~  Jul 25, 2010 10:07 pm

[8] my mom had the blueberry beer last night. loved it.

15 RIYank   ~  Jul 25, 2010 10:09 pm

Cool. My in-laws (in the DC area) drive huge distances. My parents (in the NY area) would never do that.
Main part of Acadia tomorrow, very nice -- the mountains (really more like hills) are really great but too crowded on summer weekends, so it's smart to wait for Monday. And, they can stop at Bar Harbor Brewery! Also the ice cream store around the corner where the Obamas got cones a few weeks ago.

16 thelarmis   ~  Jul 25, 2010 10:10 pm

[8] man, i've never had cocoa puffs. in fact, i've never ever tasted a sugar cereal. not even one fruit loop. true story! : )

17 RIYank   ~  Jul 25, 2010 10:11 pm

Yes, the blueberry beer! I had it at the tasting. Uh, not exactly my thing, but I'm glad I tried it.
But the stout is the best, seriously. It's one of the best beers I've ever had.

18 thelarmis   ~  Jul 25, 2010 10:11 pm

[15] thanks, man! they're gonna go to both tomorrow!

19 thelarmis   ~  Jul 25, 2010 10:14 pm

my mom's gonna bring back some stout sixes for my brother.

20 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Jul 25, 2010 10:24 pm

Glad they won, no Joba comments..

Don't need Haren, but Soria would have been A+...

[14] thelarmis, I want to try some blueberry beer! FedEx me a six-pack? :)

21 Chyll Will   ~  Jul 25, 2010 11:04 pm

[20] Do it, thelarmis. It will be magnificent! >;) (and yeah, i was thinking of salt flakes instead of shaker, but I was going for volume vs. significance...)

No sugar cereals, eh? What address is your planet?

22 thelarmis   ~  Jul 25, 2010 11:12 pm

address = 666 South of Heaven.

cereal = cheerios. some rice krispies.

blueberry beer = the local brewery does have that, but i dislike fruity beer.

extra innings = cubs/cards

23 Chyll Will   ~  Jul 25, 2010 11:49 pm

[22] You're in Hell for eating Cheerios? I knew it! When i do have cereal, I've been on a cinnamon kick lately, so I've tried a bunch of different cinnamon-types. I'll say this much, the end results would favor Crayola adding a new color to their repertoire...

24 MichiganYankee   ~  Jul 26, 2010 12:09 am

On impulse, I just went onto StubHub and bought three bleacher seats for Thursday evening in Cleveland. I'll need to leave work early Thursday afternoon anyway for a 2:00 traffic court appearance, so I figured I'd just pick up my boys afterwards and make the 3-1/4 hour trek to Progressive Field (we missed the Yanks in Comerica this year, as my wife had given birth the Friday before).

Now I'll need to root against A-Rod in the first three games :-(.

25 The Hawk   ~  Jul 26, 2010 7:45 am

I just placed the headline ...

26 rbj   ~  Jul 26, 2010 8:37 am

Not only the heppist of kets, but the hettist of kets too. Gonna be another scorcher this week.

27 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jul 26, 2010 10:03 am

Hats off for the Travis Bickle quote! Brilliant!

28 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jul 26, 2010 10:06 am

Oh, Christ, Joba? Really?

Does this man ever pitch a scoreless inning?

I'm officially very, very concerned and feel I'm left with no choice but to agree with mattpat's grizzly assessment: he's the second coming of our old Farnsworth buddy.

29 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jul 26, 2010 10:09 am

His ERA's nearly half a run higher than that of Chan Ho Park.

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