Congratulations to big number 46 on his 200th career victory, all but 37 of which have come in pinstripes. I was hoping the Yankee line score would read 11001000, binary code for 200, but the O’s weren’t quite that cooperative. Andy pitched into the eighth allowing only 1 run; the game was saved by Mariano Rivera, after Joba faced and fanned one batter. That’s a formula the Yanks would like to repeat down the stretch and into the playoffs. Andy is now in fairly rarified air. His next victory will bring him even with Rube Marquardt. Another two and he reaches Lew Burdette. If 300 is out of the question, 225 is certainly plausible. That’d be 1 more than Catfish, another old-school winner and Yankee great. He’s got an outside shot at 250.
Meanwhile, looks like the Sox just might blow the division after all. A good night.