Although the Yankees havent been lighting it up lately neither has the Rays who have lost four in a row complements of the Red Hot Blue Jays. With the Yankees win today it puts thier lead back at a game and a half. The Red Sox on the other hand fall back to six games out and the door seems to be closing on whatever slim playoff hopes they had.
The Yankees even with the best record in baseball are not without their concerns. First of all is that Alex Rodriguez was hit by a line drive during batting practice today that has him day to day with a contusion. Also Javy Vazquez seems to be experiencing a bit of dead arm as he was unable to hit 90 on the gun in his loss to the Red Sox the other day. Vazquez has been the Yankees second best starter of late winning four of his last six starts with an ERA of 3.83 and has lowered his ERA for the season to 4.69. The Yankees believe its a mild case of dead arm that he will be able to work through by lightening his workload between starts.
On a good note Andy Pettitte pitched a bull pen without feeling any pain and may be only about a week away from returning to the rotation. Alfredo Aceves whose importance is immeasurable may be headed to a rehab assignment and will hopefully be back with the team for the stretch run to the playoffs. Newly acquired Kerry Wood has been working with Yankees pitching coach Dave Iiland who immediately was able to correct some minor mechanical problems that have already started to show results as he looked pretty sharp in his last outing.
After Sabathia’s win today ,his 150th of his career ,the Yankees tie the series at one. Tomorrow night two former marlin teammates in Josh Beckett and AJ Burnett will face off against each other on Sunday night baseball on espn at 8:00pm