Sorry for the extended downtime and on-and-off problems these evening. We’ve upgraded RAB to a dedicated server and had some growing pains. But we should be at full strength now. The game recap is a little light, but feel free to comment away.
Lost in the brouhaha over the Pudge-for-Farnsworth deal was a stellar Yankee win. Prior to a very tough series against the Angels, the Yanks delivered a Bronx Beatdown of the Orioles. A-Rod hit a meaningless home run late in the game; Bobby Abreu picked up a pair of jacks; Xavier Nady knocked in a few runs; and Joba threw another very strong start. The Yanks walked away 13-3 winners, and they now sit just one game behind the Boston Red Sox — all on the win side — for the AL Wild Card.
Meanwhile, with that win, Joba is now 3-1 as a starter with a 2.23 ERA. He’s thrown 60.2 innings and has allowed 52 hits and 23 walks — most of those early on in his starting career — while striking out 69. He’s issued a grand total of two walks over his last four starts. While Joba will take his lumps, this transition to the starting rotation has been seamless.
And, oh yeah, Manny may be on the way out of Boston. Thursday’s bound to be interesting, and we’ll have plenty of coverage leading up to the trade deadline at 4 p.m. followed by the start of a key series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. So stay tuned.