Sorry for the delay, but the news just broke on the suspensions. It’s overcast and 67 here at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota.
Alex Rodriguez gave the Yankees a 3-0 with a homer to center field in the top of the first after Derek Jeter singled and Hideki Matsui walked.
Phil Hughes is getting torched. Double, RBI single, RBI double. 3-2 Yankees with no outs in the bottom of the inning. A fly out and two groundouts ended the threat.
‘The very intriguing Brett Gardner walked with two outs, stole second and scored on a double by Johnny Damom. 4-2 Yankees.
Hughes allowed three hits and run in the bottom of the inning.
Jorge Posada doubled with two outs. Shelley Duncan then singled to left. But Posada jogged to third, thinking the ball would be caught. He nearly went to the dugout before he was stopped. Cincy threw to the plate and Duncan went to second. Jason Lane then singled in two runs and the Yankees lead 6-3.
Singles by Cody Ransom and Gardner made it 7-3.
Rough outing for Phil Hughes, who allowed three straight hits after getting two outs in the third and was pulled out of the game.
His line: 2.2 7 4 4 0 2. 63 pitches/41 strikes.
Still 7-4 Yankees.
I was able to obtain some reaction from the Rays to the suspensions. They’re not pleased than Duncan received only one more game than Gomes.
“I don’t necessarily think that the actions were equitable to have a suspension be that close,” executive VP Andrew Friedman said, “but it’s also not my place to opine on that. I donâ€™t think Jonnyâ€™s intent was to hurt Duncan, and I think thatâ€™s important in this. Thatâ€™s something that if we do go to a hearing, thatâ€™s something that weâ€™ll talk about. I definitely do not think his intent was to hurt Duncan and that should be a big part of this.â€
Jonny Gomes on Duncan and Cabrera: Those guys are trying to inflict injuries, those guys are trying to inflict pain, and I don’t know how much room there is for that in this game. There’s the old ‘we hit you, you hit us’ type of deal, but it’s different with spikes high and punches being thrown.
“I think they were two totally different acts of what happened. No matter what Shelley wants to say, I think the bottom line is what he did really could have hurt Aki. Whether he was trying to lodge the ball out or not, I don’t know. But Aki does have a cut on his leg and he could have really injured Aki.”
It’s still 7-4 and all the regulars are out. In other news, TV trashman Jerry Springer is at the game.