Let’s get one matter of business out of the way. What kind of closeted Sox fan would I be if I didn’t congratulate young Clay Bucholz on his fantastic performance last night? Great stuff. I’ll have to make sure to get those Sox gamers up on time when our fellow authors are on holiday so such events are encapsulated in their proper place. We all apologize for the ommission.
Three days of the SatanFish have seen some interesting happenings at the Stadium. Suspensions following ejections without warning, bat shenanigans, (don’t make Alex angry; you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry), and a fine debut by young Mr. Kennedy, but I think I’ve had my fill of Tampa Bay for this year. (edit: Chamberlain’s suspension didn’t really have anything to do with TB; just interesting timing and the last three days are a blur..I’ll blame the fish anyway..) If the fish and all their young talent someday become a contender, this could make for a pretty chippy rivalry.
It’s a getaway game with Andy Pettitte on the mound for the Yankees as the Fish send Jason Hammel. Pettitte is riding a six-game winning streak; his last start against TB was the late-July 21-4 rout in which he went six innings, allowing 3 runs. He also defeated the Fish July 12th, and recorded a no-decision in his season-opener against them back in April This will be the fourth time the Yankees have seen Hammel this year, twice in short relief and once as a starter, where the bombers bounced him after four innings.
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