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Lucky Be a Lady…Late Edition

We know the old cliche–heck, when it comes to sports and sports writing, sometimes everything feels like a cliche–”He pitched just well enough to win,” or “He pitched good enough to lose.” Last night, Johan Santana, vexed by bad luck on a bad team, pitched just good enough to lose. Again. Meanwhile, CC Sabathia, a good pitcher on a good team, pitched poorly, but well enough to keep his team in the game.

As Tyler Kepner writes in a good column today about Felix Hernandez:

Mike Mussina used to say that the best pitchers win half their starts. Mussina did that almost precisely over 18 seasons, winning 270 of his 536 career starts. Mussina understood the finicky role luck plays in wins and losses. But he also knew that, over time, a pitcher’s luck tends to even out. He deserved 270 victories, and that is what he got.

When the smoke cleared–presumably from all the fireworks that explode after a White Sox hits a home run–the Yanks survived a wild night of offense, 12-9. A good thing, as the Rays edged-out the Red Sox. Once again, the Yanks and Rays are tied for first place.

For the best and brightest of recaps, check out our friends at: River Ave Blues, Yankeeist, the Daily News, New York Post and New York Times.

Mark Teixeira left the game early and is listed as day-to-day with a bone bruise.

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Tags:  CC Sabathia  Tyler Kepner

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4 comments

1 Diane Firstman   ~  Aug 29, 2010 10:00 am
2 monkeypants   ~  Aug 29, 2010 10:33 am

[0] Mark Teixeira left the game early and is listed as day-to-day with a bone bruise.

So, does this mean the team will play with, effectively, 24 players, including 13 pitchers and a bench of Peñuñez, Cervelli and Thames, until September call-ups (fortunately now just a few days away)?

3 Raf   ~  Aug 29, 2010 12:52 pm

[2] Nope; Teix is in the lineup today

4 Larry Koestler   ~  Aug 30, 2010 8:30 am

Much appreciated on the link love as always, Alex.

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