Wednesday, July 18, 2012

CC Back On SOP

Carsten Charles Sabathia returned to face the Pesky Blue Jays of Toronto, and was back to Standard Operating Procedure.

Six innings -- 87 pitches, even for CC it was probably a good limit for his first game off the Disabled List -- no runs, 4 hits, 1 walk, 6 strikeout, and the win (10-3).

Chad Qualls slipped a little in the 8th, otherwise the bullpen was in fine form, with Cody Eppley, Boone Logan, Clay Rapada and Rafael Soriano (24th save) getting the job done.

Jayson Nix, filling in at 3rd base with Alex Rodriguez DH-ing, went 3-for-4, Derek Jeter got 2 hits, and Andruw Jones continues to find the fountain of youth, hitting a home run off losing pitcher Brett Cecil (2-2).  Yankees 6, Blue Jays 1.

Elimination numbers: Jays 60, Boston Red Sox 61, Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays both 62.

The series concludes this afternoon at 1:00.  Or 1:05.  Or 1:07, or whenever the first pitch is actually thrown.  Hiroki Kuroda starts against Ricky Romero.

It's going to be very hot out there.  So if you're going to either Yankee Stadium II for Yanks-Jays, or to Red Bull Arena to see Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire (and why is an MLS game being played on a weekday afternoon, when the league knows there are attendance issues?), stay hydrated -- and that means watch your alcohol consumption.  Booze and dehydration are a bad combination.

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