A few items on a nice Saturday before heading over to the ballpark:
• Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports via Twitter that Mike Lowell might get an injection in his hip. Like A-Rod, he’s still having problems. That Lowell’s surgery was in October should be a warning to the Yankees that resting Alex — whether they like it or not — is mandatory.
• RHP/LHP Pat Venditte got promoted to Single-A Tampa. He dominated the South Atlantic League and this will be a tougher test. Nobody in the organization seems to think he’s actually a prospect. But he keeps getting people out.
• The Yankees have scored 20 runs in the last two games — and left 28 runners on base. There have been a ridiculous 36 at-bats with runners in scoring position the last two nights. Their run differential is now +48, which is the fifth-best in baseball.
But check out the leaders:
Red Sox +70
Yankees + 48
As usual, the AL East is a bear. And as usual Joe Torre seems to know what he is doing. No Manny, no problem.
Back around 3:30 with the lineups and other notes. Go outside, it’s a nice day.