“Climb, you bastard! Climb, climb, climb, climb!” There are 22 games left, and the Yankees are 6.5 out of the East while three games up in the WC race. The Yankees have three games against the Royals, seven against Toronto, three against the Red Sox, three against the SatanFish, and six against the Orioles. New York is 6-1 on the season against the Royals as we head into action tonight in Missouri, where the biggest news is taking place on the other side of the state in St. Louis regarding disturbing revelations coming out of Florida relating to events from three years ago.
There was news on a positive note two days ago, when Alex Rodriguez continued his remarkable season, even when hobbled, Wednesday by becoming the fourth Yankee to homer twice in an inning. He’ll try to pass Banks and Mathews tonight on the all-time list as he faces fellow ex-Mariner Gil Meche (7-12, 3.85 ERA) with the rest of the Bombers at Kauffman Stadium. In 26 career at bats, ARod has four homers and four doubles along with two singles off Meche, who is winless in his last eight starts with six losses in spite of throwing four quality starts.
Ian Kennedy gets his second major-league start and hopes to duplicate the success of his debut against TB in which he allowed only one run off five hits with 6 Ks in seven innings. In the mean time, slumping Seattle and Detroit “walk-off” Tigers are facing off for three games at Comerica, each three games back of the Bombers for the wild-card berth.
Wang is feeling fine following lower back stiffness and will get the ball on Saturday, while Luis Vizcaino is out of action for the weekend. He underwent an MRI yesterday on his right shoulder, and though the results were negative, he will be rested for the next four days; this paragraph according to the Daily News.
Lineups to come; comment away.