Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Yanks Blank the Chicago Wet Sox

Few things feel worse than soggy socks. Last night, the Yankees played the Wet Sox in Chicago, and had the game first delayed 45 minutes, then cut short after the top of the 7th inning.

The beginning was a "radar delay." If they'd just started on time and taken their chances, they probably would have gotten the full 9 in.

Phil Hughes pitched for as long as the game lasted, 6 innings, 3 hits, no walks (I love it), and no runs (I really love it). He advanced to 2-3, and brought his ERA down to a still-unsightly 6.93.

The Yankees hit ChiSox starter John Danks hard, dropping him to 4-9. Russell Martin hit his 11th homer of the season -- an appropriate tribute from the current Yankee catcher, on the anniversary of the death of Thurman Munson. (32 years -- wow, he's now been dead almost as long as he was alive.) Mark Teixeira hit home runs from both sides of the plate, the 12th time he's done that -- breaking the record of Eddie Murray, who broke the record of Mickey Mantle. (Teix 12, Murray 11, the Mick 10.) Teix now has 31 homers, 1 short of the American League lead, behind Jose "Test Me For Steroids and Check My Bat For Cork" Bautista.

Yankees 6, White Sox 0. That's 5 wins in a row for the Yankees. They remain a game behind The Scum, and have 2 more against the Pale Hose before heading to Boston for a major showdown.

Tonight, A.J. Burnett goes against Gavin Floyd, whom I saw pitch for the Lakewood BlueClaws.

The Mets? Threw away a 3-2 9th inning lead at home against the Florida Marlins, and Johan Santana was scratched from a minor-league rehab start. The only good news coming from Flushing Meadow is an apparent major improvement in the condition of Hall-of-Famer Gary Carter -- but then, we Yankee Fans thought we were getting improvements like that from Bobby Murcer, who had the same condition.

Jeter hits 3022 DONE
Rivera saves 587 14
A-Rod homers 626 137
A-Rod hits 2762 238

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Days until the next Yankees-Red Sox series begins: 2, this Friday night, at Fenway Park.

Days until the Red Bulls play again: 3, this Saturday, at Real Salt Lake. I don't think RSL will care that the Red Bulls came home with the Emirates Cup.

Days until Arsenal play again in a competitive match: 10, on Saturday, August 13, against Newcastle United at St. James Park.

Days until the Red Bulls play another "derby": 17, on Saturday, August 20, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. And they next play their CLOSEST rivals, the Philadelphia Union, in their regular season finale, on Thursday night, October 20, at Red Bull Arena.

Days until Rutgers plays football again: 29, on Thursday, September 1, home to North Carolina Central. Just 4 weeks.

Days until East Brunswick High School plays football again: 36, on Friday night, September 9, at Monroe. Just 5 weeks.

Days until the next North London Derby: 59, on Saturday, October 1, at White Hart Lane. Under 2 months.

Days until the Devils play another local rival: 66, on Saturday, October 8, at 7:00 PM, in their season opener, at home, against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center. Just 10 weeks. The first game against the New York Islanders is a day-after-Thanksgiving matinee, Friday, November 25, at the Nassau Coliseum. The first game against The Scum isn't until Tuesday night, December 20, at the Prudential.

Days until the Rutgers-Army football game at Yankee Stadium: 101.

Days until the next East Brunswick-Old Bridge Thanksgiving clash: 113.

Days until the last Nets game in New Jersey: 259, on Wednesday night, April 18, 2012, against the Chicago Bulls, at the Prudential Center. Under 9 months before New Jersey no longer has an NBA team.

Days until the 2012 Olympics begin in London: 359 (July 27). Under 1 year.

Days until Alex Rodriguez collects his 3,000th career hit: 706 (estimated -- adjusted for his current injury). Under 2 years.

Days until Alex Rodriguez hits his 700th career home run: 837 (estimated).

Days until Super Bowl XLVIII at the Meadowlands: 914 (tentatively scheduled for February 2, 2014, although it could end up being moved back a week or 2).

Days until Alex Rodriguez hits his 756th career home run to surpass all-time leader Hank Aaron: 1,448 (estimated).

Days until Alex Rodriguez hits his 763rd career home run to become as close to a "real" all-time leader as we are likely to have: 1,562 (estimated).

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