Good morning from Boston’s Logan Airport. I stayed at my sister’s place last night and got to bed just in time for about three and a half hours of sleep before this morning’s flight to Detroit. I’m sitting at the gate with Ben Shpigel, Sweeny Murti and Pete Caldera, all of whom have the same blank look that I’m sure is on my face. Some of our colleagues lost their minds and caught a 6 a.m. flight that connects through Newark. At least the four of us were smart enough to avoid that one.
This was kind of a weird series against the Red Sox, only because the Yankees were so very dominant the first two games and never had a chance in the finale. Next up, a bunch of familiar faces in Detroit Rock City.
A.J. Burnett was a dominant Fenway Park pitcher before he signed with the Yankees, but he’s done nothing but struggle in Boston ever since. Burnett was on a roll this season before falling apart in last night’s series finale against the Red Sox. It was Burnett’s first loss of the season and it ended a six-game winning streak for the Yankees.
Now the team will head to Detroit where they’ll begin a four-game series against their former teammates Johnny Damon, Phil Coke and Austin Jackson. The notebook also has items on Andy Pettitte’s schedule, Francisco Cervelli’s move back to the bench and Chan Ho Park’s progress from a hamstring injury.
As Sam wrote in today’s column, baseball remains a uniquely unpredictable game. For proof, look no further than yesterday’s perfect game by Dallas Braden, a milestone that was of course framed by his bizarre back-and-forth with Alex Rodriguez.