A Bird In the Hand: Yanks-Os Gamer II

It has been a busy day in the Bronx.  Steinbrenner, Bloomberg, and quite a few other m/b/gaz/illionaires were around to break ground for the new billion-dollar Yankee Stadium.  Newsday has a picture of rich guys in dorky hard hats pretending to do manual labor.  Yankee COO Lonn Trost said that the new park will still be called Yankee Stadium (not New Yankee Stadium – we remember what happened to New Coke), though parts of the park might be sponsored.  I suppose we can look forward to Monument Park Presented by Mohegan Sun Casino.

We will soon see if one long term investment pays dividends, as Octavio Dotel was activated today.  Jose Veras goes to Columbus to make room.  Veras was used sparingly since his call-up, only seeing 3.2 innings in 4 appearances.  I sincerely look forward to seeing what Dotel brings to the relief staff.

Here is one investment to which my first reaction I am happy to say was quite wrong:  Bobby Abreu is 21 for 56 at the plate since joining New York, with New York winning nine out of fourteen (.642) of those games.  New York has outscored their opponents 72-50 over that stretch.  Abreu factored in 13 of the Yankee runs.

Corey Lidle takes the mound for New York tonight.  Lidle, who said he was suffering from something akin to a stomach virus that prevented him from keeping food down at the time of his last start, only lasted four innings last week against the Angels.  He will face Adam Loewen who was positively brilliant in his start against New York on August 5th in Baltimore, where he, Todd Williams, and LaTroy Hawkins combined to one-hit (from Abreu) the Yankees.  Now that New York has seen Loewen once, perhaps we can hope that familiarity will breed contempt, or at least base runners.  Here’s your place to comment on tonight’s game.

128 comments… add one
  • Here is the lineup. I checked in two places for validity, because I am sure this positioning is going to cause some discussion:
    Damon DH
    Jeter SS
    Abreu RF
    Rodriguez 3B
    Cano 2B
    Williams CF
    Wilson 1B
    Fasano C
    Cabrera LF

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 6:33 pm
  • Offensive Juggernaut, yep that’s what comes to mind looking at that line-up. I know were playing on house money tonight but come on…

    bloodyank78 August 16, 2006, 7:11 pm
  • Roberts pops a 1-2 pitch out to left leading off for Baltimore.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:12 pm
  • Markakis hits a home run to right field on a 3-1 pitch to make it 1-0 Baltimore.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • I know we have to rest some guys but at least rest Giambi and Posada on different days. Markakis just went yard on Lidle. Today might get nasty.

    bloodyank78 August 16, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • Melvin Mora is back in the lineup playing third base after that remarkable leaping catch robbed Posada of a single. Mora promptly singles the first pitch to center.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • Jeter makes a diving stab to his right and gets the play at second on the FC. No time for a DP.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • Two away with Tejada on first to Gibbons. Hit on the ground to ARod who throws across to Wilson to end the inning. Baltimore up 1 – nuttin with the Yanks coming to the plate.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:17 pm
  • Loewen starts out low to Damon. The 1-0 is popped foul right. The next pitch is lifted to right center where Patterson makes the catch for the first out.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:20 pm
  • Jeter grounds out for number two. Abreu up.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • Loewen just misses on a 1-2 to Abreu. Very close. The 2-2 is fouled off on a defensive swing. Then next pitch is another 2-2 is just off the plate to make it a full count. The payoff gets Abreu swinging to end the first.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • Conine breaks his bat on a ground ball to ARod. Good throw across the diamond to get the first out.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • Millar hits another grounder right at ARod who plays it cleanly for the second out.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • Patterson ropes a double to right. Abreu overran it slightly, trapped it off the ground and held on to it for what looked at first like a fancy snag, but was called appropriately. Good (lucky?) no-look stop by Abreu. Hernandez up.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • Hernandez hits a ball past a diving ARod, who had no chance, to the corner. The ball rattled in the corner. Melky plays it BADLY and it rolls past him. It’s scored a triple, but should be E7. Patterson scores to make it 2-0 Baltimore.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • Roberts takes two balls, then looks at strike one. The 2-1 is fouled back. The next pitch is away and low; Roberts reaches out for it anyway and taps it back to the mound, where Lidle catches and throws to first to end the inning. Orioles 2, Yankees 0, heading to the bottom of the second.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • ‘I know we have to rest some guys but at least rest Giambi and Posada on different days. Markakis just went yard on Lidle. Today might get nasty.’
    As a Sox fan I am unsure why they shouldn’t. Not like there has been a threat lately to the lead.

    Rob August 16, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • The Gerb is BACK!

    SF August 16, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • ARod takes strike one looking. The next pitch is a curve low. The 1-1 is just away for ball two. ARod fouls the next pitch back. The 2-2 is called inside. Looked good. Full count. The payoff is lifted behind first/second where Roberts makes the catch for the out. One away.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • Thank you, thank you. *bows*
    Robbie takes ball one away, then fouls off two pitches. The 1-2 is a curve fouled back left. Cano breaks the bat and fortunately no one gets hurt. The ball rolls back to Loewen who tosses to first for out number two. Bernie grounds out to end the inning. That’s six straight for Loewen.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • We need Michael Kay to be calling this game and start talking about Loewen’s no hitter at every other opportunity to fix this broken wagon.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • Markakis takes a hanging change for a ride but this one stays in the park as Abreu makes the catch at the track.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • Mora is looking at 1-2. Lidle gets him swinging on a breaking pitch low and away for his first strikeout. Tejada up with two away.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Maybe Kay could talk about Dachau, while he’s at it.

    SF August 16, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • Tejada takes ball one. The next pitch is away. The 2-0 is hit hard but foul up third. The next pitch fouled behind the plate. It’s 2-2, two away: foul. The next pitch hits in front of the plate to make it full. The payoff: very low but Tejada gets his bat on it and hits it foul in the dirt. Another full count: low. Gibbons up.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • Lidle gets a friendly call on the corner for strike one. Gibbons breaks his bat on a foul for strike two. The 0-2 is hit up the middle for a single. Tejada advances to third. Gibbons had no business hitting that ball.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • Three and one to Conine: fouled to make it full. The payoff: walked him with a pitch way outside. Loaded after two outs. Ugh.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • Millar takes strike one on another friendly corner pitch. Next pitch is low. The 1-1 is low. Two-one: misses. The three-one: he walks him. There’s a free run as Tejada walks in after being at two outs with nobody on. Blech.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • Patterson hits a comebacker on the first pitch to end the inning. Orioles lead 3 nuttin.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • SF: I’m drawing a blank on the Dachau reference.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • Dachau was a Concentration Camp. Referring to when ole crazy Kay had his rant on the internet last week(?)

    Rob August 16, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • Wilson hits it well to left but right at Conine for the first out. Perfect game still intact for Loewen.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • I see. I knew what Dachau was, I didn’t know about his rant though.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • I see. I knew what Dachau was, I didn’t know about his rant though.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • Someone placed the link in one of the other blogs. The guy went crazy over a wide variety of issues.

    Rob August 16, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • Fasano hits one to the right of Tejada who makes a great grab for the second out.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • Yanks have a hit yet?

    Rob August 16, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • Melky breaks up the no-no on another spectacular play by Tejada. Fantastic grab by Tejada but it was too far in the hole to make the throw.
    Somehow, Kaat ties Tejada’s two great plays into saying it makes Jeter look better. That makes no sense whatsoever.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • Kay went off after being scolded for saying “no-hitter” while a no-hitter was being tossed by Wang, I think. And he went off by talking about the holocaust and slavery. It was definitely moronic and borderline offensive, to me at least.

    SF August 16, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • Damon hits it hard but Millar handles the hot shot for the third out.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:05 pm
  • Wait a second, you are telling me that he breaks the known baseball code about talking about the no-no and somehow compares that to the holocaust and slavery?
    And the non sequitur of the century award goes to…

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • And yes, it is offensive.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • Yeah, if you search this site in the last month you’ll find a link to the audio. It was also posted at Deadspin. It’s mind-bendingly dumb and Kay comes across as rather unhinged.

    SF August 16, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • Lidle gets Hernandez to pop out to left center, then K’s Roberts. Markakis grounds out 4-3 to end the inning. Finally, an efficient inning from Lidle.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • It was a pretty bad rant he had. Definately some things he made really bad comparisions to.

    Rob August 16, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • SF August 16, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Remain silent and let them think you are an idiot, or open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:12 pm
  • Thanks SF/Rob, I’m always looking for more reasons to listen to YES with the volume off. I need to get a new TrapperKeeper™.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Kaat accurately comments that Loewen is not getting the calls on the corners. I’ve counted four pitches that were strikes called for balls and there were a few other close ones. Abreu walks.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • Let’s not forget that Kay also worked *slavery* into that rant, too. It was nearly Gibsonesque.

    YF in DC August 16, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • ARod fouls the first pitch back. One on, one out. The 0-1 is a fastball at the letters, Alex is underneath it for 0-2. The next pitch is looked at for strike three on the outside corner, looking. Great pitch.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • goddamn it, Alex.

    YF in DC August 16, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Bottom line, Kay’s rant was classless and unproffesional. Some things are not meant to be related.

    Rob August 16, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Cano grounds one to the pitcher. Loewen knocks it down and makes the play to first. That was good D. Yankees shut out through four.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Can someone explain to me why MLB.tv won’t let me watch the game in my Ann Arbor hotel room?

    YF in DC August 16, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Lidle rings up Tejada on a check swing. Tejada takes issue with it and jaws about it.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • The owner of the Ann Arbor hotel is a Sox fan and has blackballed all Yank MLB.tv showings.

    Rob August 16, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Because the good citizens of Ann Arbor think you should be rooting on the home-state Tigers? Doesn’t make sense to me either.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • Bernie ropes a double to the left field wall to lead off the bottom of the fifth, passing Don Mattingly to place him at number two on the all-time Yankees doubles list.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • But I already *am* rooting for the Tigers tonight… SOBs.
    Yeah, Bern.

    YF in DC August 16, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • The crowd is chanting “Bernie.” Craig Wilson steps in.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • And Bernie didn’t even have to grow a mustache.

    YF in DC August 16, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • I just read a transcript of a good part of the Kay rant. Rob, I think you summed it up pretty well. That’s classless.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • (Kay, not your summation)

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • Understand…

    Rob August 16, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • Wilson grounds out 1-3; Bernie has to hold at second.
    Fasano misses on a high outside fastball to make it 2-2, then fouls it back to stay 2-2. Fasano rung up swinging on a slow curve. Not impressive.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • Melky takes two balls, then a strike. The 2-1 is another good curve for strike two. The 2-2 is hit just inside the line up first. Bernie scores, and Melky has his second hit, an RBI stand-up double.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • I propose a YFSF spinoff site called Sons of Sal Fasano.

    YF in DC August 16, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Damon takes away for ball one, then Loewen misses low. The 2-0 is just away for ball three. The next pitch is a strike at the knees. The 3-1 is a fastball strike on the corner to make it full. The payoff: 10-4 slurve that Johnny flails at and misses to end the inning.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • Lidle gets ahead of Conine 1-2, who fouls the next pitch off. The 1-2 is hit hard but straight at ARod for the first out.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Millar is behind 1-2. He fouls it off. The next pitch is a half-foot outside. The 2-2 is fouled off. Another 2-2: swung on and missed. Fasano throws the first to complete the dropped strikeout.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • Patterson feigns a bunt. The pitch is over for a strike. Corey pops out to left. Lidle has settled down quite well since the disappointing third. I have to check out for a bit. Back shortly.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Robi knocks in Bobby. 3-2, with two on, one out & Bernie coming up. Plus the Tigers take a 4-3 lead in the 6th.

    YF in DC August 16, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • Jorge facing Williams 2-1 with two on and two down. Takes away. The 3-1 is taken for a strike. The payoff pitch: called strike three. Good pitch.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 9:09 pm
  • Sox retake the lead 5-4

    Rob August 16, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Giambi in the game at first, Posada catching after the pinch for Fasano. Lidle facing Hernandez. Villone in the pen. The count goes to 2-2. Hernandez takes low to make it full. The payoff pitch is fouled on the ground up third. Another payoff: fouled again. Then another foul. The next pitch is grounded to Cano for the first out.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 9:16 pm
  • Corey Lidle comes out of the game after 6.1 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs. A very respectable outing despite the shaky start. Villone in to face Brian Roberts.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Roberts singles, then gets picked off in the rundown after Villone freezes him off first. Pop out by Markakis ends the top of the seventh.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 9:22 pm
  • Giambi pops out to straightaway center to lead off the bottom of the seventh.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Melky takes a ball, then a strike. The 1-1 is a bluffed for a bunt (please stop doing that!); Melky doesn’t pull back in time and it’s strike two. The 1-2 is fouled back, then a ball. The 2-2 is way outside; Melky chases it and taps it up the line in no man’s land. The swinging bunt is a single for Melky’s third hit on the night.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • Damon swings big on the first pitch and misses. The 0-1 misses. The 1-1 is hit up the middle. Roberts gets the force at second tossing to Tejada on the FC. Damon at first with two away.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • 1-0 is chin music to Jeter; he fouls the 2-0 up the line. The 2-1 is a strike, and then thrown into center as no one was covering the bag on the steal from Damon.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • The 2-2 misses for a full count. Two away, Damon on third. The payoff pitch: hit to Roberts for the 4-3 to end the inning.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Ugggggg

    Nick-YF August 16, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Octavio Dotel in for Villone.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Eh?

    Nick-YF August 16, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Dotel up 0-2 to Mora. Melvin just gets a piece of it to stay alive. The next 0-2 just misses outside. The 1-2 slider misses way outside. The 2-2 is up the ladder; Mora doesn’t bite. Full count.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Another high fastball Mora chases and misses. Tejada hits a ground ball up the middle for a single.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • Dotel misses high to Gibbons, then high again. The 2-0 is away. The next pitch is _just_ outside for ball four. Joe is coming out to pull Octavio, who looked great in the at-bat against Mora, not bad against Tejada, and a bit off against Gibbons.
    Proctor back in for New York.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • Man. They just can’t keep Proctor out of a game.

    Nick-YF August 16, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • Conine takes strike one on a breaking pitch. The next pitch is a fastball _just_ inside for ball one. The 1-1 is a fastball for a strike. The next pitch is a break that misses low. The 2-2 is a fastball away for a full count. The payoff: fastball low. Bases loaded with one away to Millar.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Let’s go GIDP!

    Nick-YF August 16, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Millar is slow and hits a lot of ground balls.
    That is all.

    SF August 16, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • The Nick-YF posts just now were me. Sadly, he’s left me here alone on the West coast.

    walein August 16, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Millar takes strike one on the outside corner. Millar didn’t like it. The 0-1 is a bit away for 1-1. Myers is up in the pen for NY. The next pitch is a great breaking pitch for a strike. The 1-2 is hit to Jeter on the ground who fields it, steps on second, and throws to first to record the unassisted DP. NICE Scotty.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 9:54 pm
  • Damn you Millar

    Rob August 16, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • Awesome. Now, we need Abreu to get on, take a base with his feet and let A Rod knock him in.

    walein August 16, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • Here’s hoping that the Tigers can get to Papelbon. 1 out in the 9th.

    walein August 16, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • Sorry Walein. I’ll wave at you from up here in Stumptown.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • Ray in for the O’s to face Abreu.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Abreu singles to lead off the bottom of the eighth.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • Yes!
    and Papelbon just made Omar Infante look like me trying to hit a 96 MPH fastball. 1 out left for the Tigers.

    walein August 16, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • ARod rips a liner to left just off the glove of a diving Abreu for a single, Abreu advancing to second.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Yes!
    and Papelbon just made Omar Infante look like me trying to hit a 96 MPH fastball. 1 out left for the Tigers. Sox win.

    walein August 16, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Let’s get it going Robinson!

    walein August 16, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Red Sox win…Paps looked nasty tonight.

    Rob August 16, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Cano loops it to short left but Fahey gets under it for the first out.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • Magic Bernie up to bat.

    walein August 16, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Bernie takes a ball, then a pitch way in and low for ball two. The next pitch is fouled back. The 2-1 is at the knees for a strike. The 2-2 is lined at Roberts who tosses to Tejada to double Abreu off second. Damn it.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Farns looks good.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • [weep]

    walein August 16, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Farns blows a 2-1 fastball by Hernandez for a swinging strike. The 2-2 is a slider away. The payoff pitch: a strike fouled back, then another fastball fouled. Farnsworth brings a fastball inside that Hernandez deflects. Try again: fouls off a fastball at the knees. Nine pitches in this at bat. The next pitch is popped to right, where it falls between Abreu and Cano on the brain fart by the fielders. Blech.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • Abreu should have called Cano off of that.
    Strike one to Roberts, then a ball low. The 1-1 is popped up to left. Cabrera makes the catch. Hernandez tries to run from first. Melky guns him down at second. Looked like he might have been in there but he is out on appearance, and on the call.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • Maybe Giambi in the 8 hole can give us something.

    walein August 16, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • Great throw by Melky. That’s his 11th outfield assist. Posada to lead off the bottom of the ninth for NY. He fouls the first pitch back.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • Posada fouls the 0-1 back. The next pitch is fouled up and off third. Ray brings a fastball inside and high. The 1-2 is is very low, but Posada throws his bat at it to be retired at first, 3-1.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • Posada nice K there…

    Brian August 16, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • Hey Gerb how goes it?

    Brian August 16, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • Giambi takes ball one up. The 1-0 misses. The 2-0 is on the outside corner. The 2-1 is away. Jastache takes a fastball on the far edge of the plate for full count. Ray misses low to walk Giambi. Nick Green will pinch run for Giambi.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • If Giambi gets ANYthing to hit Ray is a tool

    Brian August 16, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • tough to walk a guy in that situation but Giambi can clobber it in a heartbeat and Melky makes it a very wise play…

    Brian August 16, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • Howdy Brian.
    Melky hits a comebacker. Ray fires to second. Tejada gets the out at second, and then the ump blows the call at first as Cabrera was gone by half a step. Bad call, good for NY as Damon comes up after the FC that should have been a game ending DP.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • Damon takes a 2-1 pitch that was a half a foot outside to make it 2-2. Then way outside to make it full to Damon.
    Full count to Johnny, 2 away, bottom of the ninth, Cabrera will be running: popped back.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • Really nice pitching by Ray there….

    Brian August 16, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • Damon fouls another on the ground and back. The next pitch is hit to Roberts who throws to first to end the game, Baltimore 3, New York 2.
    Good pitching by Lidle tonight on the loss.
    Have a good night all.

    attackgerbil August 16, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • well the Sox managed to move a game closer, but still the coming 5 ought to be interesting

    Brian August 16, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • Them’s the breaks. Taking 5 straight from the Sox would really remedy that feeling in my stomach right now. Night AG.

    walein August 16, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • Walein… that the Yankees let the sad sack Orioles and Kevin ‘Rally Killer’ Millar win ANY games, who the Red Sox just swept, and have lost only once to all season, is just amazing to me.
    But while I realize it’s your fantasy to take every game against the Sox, the fact is that the Red Sox play differently against the Yanks than they play against ANNNNY other team…
    Regardless of record… and speaking of record, the record of play between the Red Sox and Yankees the last three years is almost dead even… Yanks may win two, but any more than that is asking for more than the Yankees have against a team that really gets up to play them the way the Sox do, especially in Fenway…

    Brian August 16, 2006, 11:11 pm

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