Derek Jeter, who has hit safely in 17 straight games, needs one more hit to match Joe DiMaggio for fifth place in team history. DiMaggio had 2,214 hits.
Julian Tavarez turned 34 and won his 34th major league game on the same day. I’m not sure who is assigned to figure this stuff out at the Elias Sports Bureau, but the last Red Sox pitcher to win a game at Yankee Stadium on his birthday was Mike Boddicker on Aug. 23, 1989.
Here is some Johnny Damon audio:
Meanwhile, winning the final game of this series is a must for the Yankees. I’ve been preaching that it’s too early to panic and I believe that. But if the Yankees can’t win a series with Wang, Mussina and Pettitte on the mound, perhaps they just aren’t all that good.
There comes a point where you have to accept that a team that appeared good and should be good just isn’t good. That point could come tomorrow if they lose. Julian Tavarez was all but begging for somebody to get a big hit tonight and nobody was interested.