This will be quick. I need to catch a ride to a hotel out by the airport, nap for a bit and then fly back to New York early in the morning. Seems as though the Yankees are playing some sort of important game tomorrow.
A few notes:
• Had Johnny Damon not homered in the ninth inning, Mariano Rivera was coming in. So instead of going into Boston with Mo having pitched two days in a row, he has pitched once in the last three days. Big lift there.
• That Alfredo Aceves fanned three of the seven batters he faced is big. He appears to over his shoulder woes. Phil Hughes will not be available tomorrow and Aceves could be the set-up guy.
• I don’t blame Mark Teixeira for saying this because it’s how he was programmed by the Scott Boras Corporation. But he sounds silly when he says the games against the Red Sox aren’t any more important than any others. “You guys (the media) are making a big deal out of it,” he said. “Not us.”
Right, the media and roughly 15 million baseball fans in the Northeast. He’ll learn.
• Nick Swisher is starting to get locked in again. He is 11 of his last 34 with six extra-base hits including four home runs. Forget about his batting average (.243) and focus on the 18 homers, 55 RBI and 53 runs scored. He’s a nice fit in this lineup.
• A-Rod has gone 61 at-bats without a homer, his longest streak as a Yankee. Now would seem like a good time to break that drought. He has played only three of the eight games against Boston this season, going 1 for 10. His impact this weekend could be significant, or at least that is what the Yankees hope.
• The Yankees were 2.5 games up when they left home and 2.5 games up when they return. Given the ups and downs of the road trip, that’s a good accomplishment.
• Eric Hinske: 24 at-bats nine RBI. Jerry Hairston Jr.: Four games, three hits, two walks, two runs, two RBI and some nice defense. Brian Cashman hasn’t made any flashy moves this season but the bench is a lot better today than it was in April and Ramiro Pena will be back soon.
OK, back it it tomorrow with lots of stuff. Thanks for reading. The next four days are going to be a lot of fun.