Ichiro has been amazing since coming to the Yankees. The Belief that he was bored of losing seems to take on some credence as he has had a hit in all but one game since dawning the pinstripes. In last nights episode of the Ichiro show he had three hits two of them leading the Yankees behind the brilliant pitching of Hideki Kuroda to a 4-1 clobbering of the woeful Red Sox.
Kuroda has been brilliant and last night was no exception. Kuroda pitched eight innings of four hit ball with the only real damage coming from a HR from Adrian Gonzalez. This solo shot was not enough as Soriano came in in the ninth for his 31 save in 33 attempts.
The Yankees hold a five game lead over the Rays in the AL East and have some work to do before they can call the East theirs. For a minute though lets think about next year. Do the Yankees hold on to some of these role players like Kuroda and Suzuki? Kuroda is a definite yes in my mind. They would be foolish not to regardless of his age. When it comes to Ichiro it gets a bit trickier. In order for such a thing to happen it will be dependent on some other things such as whether or not the Yankees are able to retain Nick Swisher and the readiness of some of the talent down on the farm. Don’t rule it out though, I’m sure its something that is and will be considered depending on his performance the rest of the way out. He certainly hasn’t done anything to hurt his chances thus far.
Tonight the Yankees continue their road to the playoff against the Chicago White Sox as it will be Freddie Garcia (7-5 4.68) vs Gavin Floyd (9-9 ERA 4.43) The Yankees are hoping to have Mark Teixeira back in the lineup who has been nursing a hand injury. The First place White sox have lost three straight and are 5-5 in their last ten. Facing the Yankees may not be the best way for a struggling team to get back on track but if Garcia pitches as well as he has of late lets hope for another Yankee win.
Other Yankee news: In other news it has been reported that Michael Pineda has been arrested for DUI. Pineda has been out for season after having shoulder surgery. Certainly not the impression a young Ace in waiting wants to make on his new ball club.
Here’s an interesting one, recently exonerated Roger Clemens is back in baseball and has signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic league. Clemens now 50 is expected to start for them on Saturday against Bridgeport. Clemens Fastball has been clocked near 90 and his other four pitches all seem to be working. Clemens hasn’t played for a team since leaving the Yankees in 2007. Clemens is supposed to appear on the Hall of Fame Ballot for the first time this fall but if he should make his way back to the majors this would be pushed back five more years. ITs an interesting ballot that also contains fellow controversial superstars Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire. Perhaps they should call this the PED ballot.