Finally, the Yankees went after a Sox batter (Youk) with some intent after getting plunked 3 times last night, the last plunking (Cano's) was serious and intentional. Proctor, who seems to be the designated enforcer (until Rocket gets back), did the enforcing. Unfortunately, he went a little too high for any one's liking. Which means that the hit batsmen will continue into the weekend with both Schilling and Beckett going for the Sox. I fear for A-Rod, Jeter and Cano. I really do.
If you listen to sports radio in New York, specifically the Michael Kay Show, Mike & The Mad Dog, they both advocate pushing the Sox off the plate. For years, Manny, Ortiz, Nixon, Varitek and now Youk, are way to comfortable up there. I agree that the Yankees need to secure the inner part of the plate, but throwing above the shoulders is not the way to go about it.
Anytime you're up that high, nothing good can come of it. You don't want to mess with a chance of serious injury.
That being said, onto a little game analysis. The Yankees played inspired ball with Abreu showing signs of life and Cano carrying a little carryover from the 10-6 victory over the Blue Jays the other night. Wakefield again took a pounding from the Yankees.
What impressed me most, was after the Red Sox tied it up, the Yankees put up a 6-spot. They didn't roll over and play dead. Wang and the bullpen kept that score until the 9th when Mo (again) looked like he might be in some trouble, gave up a hit to Manny and let two inherited runners score.
Torre was thrown out last night. See, he is alive on the bench. It's about time too. Unfortunately, he was wrong to argue the call, seeing as how Abreu did come off the bag and was tagged. At least he showed signs of life and hopefully the Yankees have some carry-over into today and Sunday.
Let's hope the Yankees put up some fight in the remaining two games in Fenway, so they can trim the lead to 10 1/2 , which is slightly more manageable.
They need help from their AL Central foes in trimming the Tribe's lead and got no help from Todd Jones and the Tigers, who imploded in the 9th giving up 5 runs and losing to the Indians.
Now for the 800-pound stripper in the room. What to do with A-Rod's personal life? Personally, it his own. Some players and their wives have an "understanding" about the side stuff. Don't let it get in the papers and embarrass the family. Frankly, the Post went over the line publishing the pictures. We certainly don't need to know that. It doesn't affect the team. A brawl in the dugout (thank you Cubs) or in a bar at night, fine, report that. Not A-Rod's extra-curricular activities. The last thing you want to do is give Sox fans more help getting under Alex's skin (see photo on right...which is brilliant, I have to admit).
Let's hope this blows over for A-Rod and he can concentrate on baseball and help the Yankees climb over .500.