RED SOX (60-45)
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Notes: The Yankees have won eight straight and 13 of 16. … The Yankees have won four straight against the Red Sox. … The Yankees have outscored teams 49-15 since the break. … Edwar Ramirez has retired 36 of the last 41 hitters he has faced.
STARTERS SINCE THE BREAK: 52.1 innings, 48 hits, 9 ER, 10 walks, 50 strikeouts, 1.55 ERA.
BULLPEN SINCE THE BREAK: 22.2 innings, 13 hits, 4 ER, 8 walks, 33 strikeouts, 1.59 ERA.
OFFENSE SINCE THE BREAK: .307/.397/.461. 49 runs, 46 walks, 46 strikeouts, 27 extra-base hits, 28 of 88 RISP (.318).
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UPDATE, 6:35 p.m.: Several of the Yankees – Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, Andy Pettitte, Joe Girardi, Jason Giambi and Joba Chamberlain – watched Goose Gossage’s speech at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony in the clubhouse. “It makes you feel good to see him get that honor,” Jeter said. “I thought he did a good job.”
Gossage and Dick Williams both called for George Steinbrenner to be inducted.
Meanwhile it’s pouring at the park and they’re asking fans to take cover because of thunderstorms in the area.
Check out the Globe’s Extra Bases Blog for the latest on Manny Ramirez. He wants out of Boston, the sooner the better it seems. Huge ramifications for the Yankees, both in terms of how it impacts their rivals and whether they would consider signing him as a free agent.
Here’s what I wonder: Why doesn’t Boston do what the Yankees did with Gary Sheffield? Pick up his option then trade him. That way you dictate what team he goes to. Of course Manny would have to agree to the trade as a 10/5 man and would want compensation for that.
It’s certainly a situation that bears watching.
UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: It has stopped raining. The tarp is still on the field, however. The skies don’t look good.
UPDATE, 7:41 p.m.: Tarp is coming off now.
UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: OK, the tarp is back on and the game will not start on time. No word on when the start time will be, if at all. Another band of storms are in the area, apparently.
UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Game time will be around 9.
UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: OK, we’re about to get underway.
UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Sir Sidney got shelled in his start at Fenway for the Yankees, giving up seven runs over three innings on Aug. 18, 2006. He was DFA’d shortly after. The same could happen tonight.
UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: Four batters, three rockets. Ponson needs to get his act together fast.
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Manny blows through the stop signs and scores easily. The Yankees are going to have to find a way to pound Lester – which is certainly possible – if they are to sweep the series. We’re looking at a little Ponson and a whole lot of Dan Giese tonight.
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: Manny is flat-crazy and drives the Red Sox management crazy. But the guy can absolutely hit. All of the stuff that went on today and he’s 2 for 2 with two doubles and an RBI. In the end, talent is what matters.
UPDATE, 10:11 p.m.: This game has a definite “we’ve won eight in a row, you can’t win them all” feel for the Yankees. Ponson is getting ripped and they’re already 0 for 6 with RISP and have struck out five times.
They start a seven-game homestand tomorrow and at worse they’re three games out of first. Anything can happen at this park but down 5-0, the Yankees appear ready to warm up the bus.
UPDATE, 10:18 p.m.: You could see this Ponson performance coming down the Massachusetts Turnpike like a speeding truck.
Here’s what you do: Leave him out there to suck up three more innings, DFA him tomorrow and trade for Jarrod Washburn. The Yankees were lucky they got what they did out of Ponson. His record is (and was with Texas) totally deceiving.
UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: It is Fenway Park, anything is possible. The Red Sox still have to 15 outs.
UPDATE, 10:32 p.m.: A couple of singles and a walk and suddenly Alex can change the game with one swing.
UPDATE, 10:33 p.m.: Or not. This would be a good time for Xavier Nady to get his first hit for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 10:35 p.m.: Nady is now 0 for 6. The Yankees are missing their shot here.
UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: Here is what Ponson has done in his last eight starts:
42.2 innings, 67 hits, 29 ER, 18 walks, 6 HR. That’s a 6.12 ERA. The Yankees can’t keep running him out there every five days. You can get away with Rasner or Ponson, not both. Keep Rasner, DFA Ponson, trade for Washburn, keep Kennedy ready.
UPDATE, 11:09 p.m.: Time to get Jose Molina a little rest, no?