Future Yankee Francisco Liriano is on the mound for the Twins as the clubs play a getaway game. Comment away!
Nice to see Gardenhire and his band of rollovers doing their best to lay down for NY again.
Following game via game-day audio from my hotel in Qatar. Love mlb.com. Yanks clinging to a 4-3 lead as they head to the bottom of the 7th. Assuming Soriano will be on the mound again after having yesterday off, I sure hope he can redeem Tuesday’s atrocious outing…
Jeter leads off with a single – Twins to their pen. Some insurance please…
Swish hits into what should have been a DP but Nishioka bounces the relay to Morneau who can’t ocme up with it and up comes red-hot Teix with Swish on and one out.
Swish takes out Nishioka on that DP relay and Teix is safe at right. Nishioka is down. Let’s go A-Rod.
Ugh – Nishioka not bending his knee and has to come out. Sterling says it was a clean take-out slide by Swisher. Of course, it’s Sterling so impossible to know for sure.
Soriano coming off his implosion is in to face 3 monster lefty sluggers with a 1-run cushion: Mauer, Morneau, and Thome. Gulp.
Mauer singles. Double-gulp.
Deep fly-out. 1 down.
Infield pop-out. One out from Mo…come on…and Suzyn Waldman reports that Soriano said after Tuesday’s implosion that he did have some trouble focusing given that it was not a save situation or tight game. And because it is cold and he doesn’t throw as hard in the cold. Whatever. He gets another pop-up and the inning’s over. Exhale. Come on guys, wrap this one up and get on the plane to Boston!
Boston is 0-6 – what a shame, huh? NOT!
Mariano – 1 pitch, 1 out. We are so spoiled with this guy. Nothing is going to be as big a shock to the system as his retirement.
7 pitches, 3 outs. Yanks win 4-3. Ridiculous – I heart Mariano. Off to Boston. Main take-away: AJ with a second good outing – 6 IP, 2 runs.
Rivera already with 4 saves, on pace for a healthy 108.
Yeah Andrew – racking up those early saves is also nice to see in that it makes it more likely that he’ll be able to catch and pass Hoffman for all-time saves. He’s now 39 saves away from breaking Hoffman’s 601-mark. While playing his full career in the beastly AL East of course. It may sound corny but I really feel like being able to see Jeter become the only Yankee to ever get 3,000 hits and Mariano set that saves-mark with both doing it all for one team will be a real privilege.
Once Hoffman retired I don’t think it was ever in any doubt that Rivera would break his record.
This could indeed be a pretty awesome year for individual achievements.
If Mo can pull it off this year it would be awesome. And it is certainly conceivable at 39 to go.
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