A few notes from tonight:
Alex Rodriguez now has 508 homers, matching Frank Thomas for 20th all-time.
Josh Beckett is 3-3, 7.49 against the Yankees since Game 6 in 2003.
The Yankees are 46-28 since Roger Clemens joined the roster. They are only 6-9 in games he has started but I buy into the idea that they’re a better team with him. He brings a quality that’s hard to define.
Put it this way, if Matt DeSalvo handed out blue t-shirts that said “Tough All Day” on the back, every pitcher on the team wouldn’t wear them.
Clemens now has 354 career wins. He needs six to catch Kid Nichols for seventh place all-time, seven to catch Pud Galvin for sixth and 10 to pass Warren Spahn for fifth. Don’t bet against it.
The season series against the Red Sox is now 7-7 with five games left.
The Yankees are 31-16 since the break, the Red Sox 27-19.
Collecting broadcast-quality audio was difficult tonight. But here’s a short snippet of Clemens:
One final note: The Seattle Mariners now fly across the country for a single-game makeup with Cleveland tonight, the start of a 10-game road trip. They have lost
four five in a row.
It will be surprising if by the end of play on Sept. 9 the Yankees don’t have a three- or four-game lead on Seattle for the wild card. If Manny Ramirez is out for any length of time, they could be a lot closer to Boston by then, too.
Thanks for all the participation tonight. Lots of blogging for the day game and the series finale. Check back then.