Interesting night at the park. Bobby Abreu and Robinson Cano showed some life, Chien-Ming Wang threw seven shutout innings without his best stuff and the Captain settled into the three spot.
Jeter is 5 for 10 with four RBI hitting third the last two nights. He is 14 of 29 in that spot this season.
Then we finally got to see Edwar Ramirez. One of the best parts of this job is to see the smile on a guy’s face when he makes his Major League debut. Ramirez looked like a kid on Christmas morning.
I’ll give him credit, throwing a 3-2 changeup to Justin Morneau. That takes Trevor Hoffman-like command of that pitch. Maybe the Yankees have something. Torre wants to work him in because that change gives them a different look than the fastball/slide stuff most of their relievers have.
The last Yankee to strike out the side in his debut was Stan Bahnsen in 1966. The Angels released Ramirez twice, so who knows how good he is? Guess we’ll find out.
“I donâ€™t think the Angels appreciated what I did,â€? said Ramirez, who struck out 80 in 43 1/3 innings in the minors. â€œNow I want to stay here with the Yankees.”
Meanwhile, A-Rod blew off the media after the game as well. If he plays tomorrow, it’ll be as the DH. But apparently he feels fine.
Here is Joe Torre’s take:
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Finally, congrats to the dapper Pete Caldera of The Record who got engaged last week. Pete is the only guy I know who is a good enough singer to perform at his own wedding. Good luck to Pete and the lovely Jeannine.
I’ve known Pete since we both covered the Mets back in the day. He suffered through many an Art Howe postgame with me.