The big news from last night’s absolute humiliation of the Devil Rays was the return of Hideki Matsui, who looked none the worse for his injury with a 4-for-4 night (and a walk for good measure). This story eclipsed even Bobby Abreu’s titanic 7 rbi performance (6 in the first inning, and he also made a terrific defensive play), and most crucially for this post, the fact that Derek Jeter failed to get a hit in the proceedings. Derek, of course, came into the contest with a 21-game streak on the line. In five plate appearances, he walked 4 times and was hit by a pitch, for a nifty 1.000 on base percentage. But that line begs the question: is the hit streak intact? Although he played in the game, he was not charged with an official at-bat. Apparently, according to MLB, the streak still lives. That seems dubious to us, but we’ll take it. What do you think?
PS: Sure was nice to see Moose finally pick up win 14, and even better that he did it in front of Phil Hughes, who was in uniform (though not active) in the dugout. We could hardly think of a better mentor for our ace of the future.