The Yankees were flummoxed by Andy Sonnanstine last night while Phil Hughes gave up 5 runs (4 earned) along with 2 more apiece from Chris Britton and Brian Bruney to make the Yankees appear a poor imposter of the team that just swept the best club in the major leagues. With losses in Boston and Seattle, nothing really changed in the playoff picture except for the fact that there is one less game (only 27 left) to make something happen if the Yankees are actually going to attempt to challenge Boston, which is especially poignant when a team that has scored a major-leauge best 5.89 runs per game plays a team that has allowed a major-leauge worst 5.95 runs per game (and has the worst record in the show) to a 7-6 record on the season.
On to today’s affair. Edwin Jackson was drafted as an outfielder but was converted to a pitcher by the Dodgers farm system. The first Major league game he ever saw was a Rays game at the Trop while playing for the GCL Dodgers in Vero beach. The 23-year-old, who celebrates his 24th a week from tomorrow, takes the mound for the Fish today and has faced the Yankees six times, starting twice in his young career. Over 17.1 innings against the Bombers, he has allowed 18 hits and 7 earned runs along with 7 walks and has recorded 13 strikeouts. He will face Ian Kennedy, the 22-year-old Yankee making his first appearance in daBigs today. Kennedy, the former Pac-10 pitcher of the year, will be the 13th different pitcher to start for the Yankees this season, and the sixth rookie along with Kei Igawa, Phil Hughes, Tyler Clippard, Matt DeSalvo, and Chase Wright.
Today’s game is a blackout game, so it is unfortunate for young Mr. Kennedy that many of his potential fans will miss his debut. It is a funny twist that B.S. are the initials of the commish. Lineups follow, comment away.