Well, hello there everybody! Welcome to This Week In Yankees Baseball. The Yankees head into the Dog Days of Summer right in the thick of things in the American League East, despite battling one casualty after another to the starting rotation.
But let´s get to the good news. And there was a lot of it this week. On Saturday, the Yankees honored Paul O´Neill with a well-deserved ceremony at Yankee Stadium. Whether it was making a sliding catch in the outfield or barreling into a second baseman to break up a double play, O´Neill played the game all-out, all the time.
¨You play the game to win the game, and not to worry about what´s on the back of the baseball card at the end of the year,¨ ONeill has said according to Angelfire.com.
And there was more good news for the Yankees this week. The Tigers looked to flex their muscles as they sent three Cy Young Award winners to the mound. But Brandon McCarthy, Hiroki Kuroda, Chris Capuano and Shane Greene held their own as the Bombers took three out of four. The most impressive outing may have come from Greene, who hurled eight shut out innings before yielding to David Robertson.
“That’s probably the best four starts we’ve had in a row all year long,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, according to MLB.com. “They knew who we were facing, and they weren’t the guys who were being talked about. But they went out and did the job; that’s what’s really impressive to me.”
And Esmil Rogers kept it going on Friday. Rogers showed those who think his rightful place is in the bullpen a thing or two by holding the Indians to one run in five innings. Carlos Beltran supported Rogers with a grand slam as the Yanks won 10-6. And Derek Jeter tied Honus Wagner for sixth place on the hit list with number 3,430. Imagine what The Captain´s baseball card will be worth 50 years from now.
On the injury front, David Phelps is battling elbow inflammation and Brian McCann was placed on the disabled list with a concussion. Also, Mark Teixeira continues to have trouble gripping the bat. Stay tuned to Yanks Go Yard for updates. The best news is that Michael Pineda says he is ready after his rehab starts. He was excited that his fastball was in the 92 to 94 mile range, and even topped out at 95.
With Pineda joining a rotation that pitched lights out this week, the Dog Days of Summer are starting to look pretty good.
How about that!