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Slammed While former Yankees AJ Burnett was on the cusp of a no-hitter last night, the Yankees continued their recent poor play last night. To cap off a seven run inning, Orioles First Baseman Chris Davis, a man with power and not much else, jacked a grand slam to take the lead over the first place Yanks 7-5. That would be all the Orioles needed to seal the victory.
I understand that the Yankees have a healthy lead in the East and don’t really need to worry about the Rays or Sox, but the Rangers and Angels only improved at the deadline, so the Yankees better pick up their play if they want home field advantage through the ALCS. Joba Chamberlain was activated last night, so maybe his return will fortify their bullpen and help steady the Yankees as they power through the last third of the season.
Run Jimmy Run In impressive fashion for a man of his advanced age, Jimmy Rollins legged out a two run inside the park home run yesterday to break the game open against the first place Nationals.
But the title of this post isn’t about the home run, its referring to the fact that Jimmy should do whatever he can to get the hell out of Philadelphia. Yesterday at the trade deadline they traded away two thirds of their outfield in Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino, their “three kings” pitching staff is aging, and their former cornerstones of the lineup in Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Rollins are too old at this point to make up for the rest of their mediocre teammates.
August 1st 1991: On This Day in Sports History… Reggie Jackson was inducted to the MLB hall of fame. The guy may have spent more of his prime in Oakland, but he will always be remembered as a Yankee, especially because of his legendary performance in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series when he had three home runs to clinch the series.
Heavy Burden Matt Kemp is a superstar, and arguably the best player in baseball, but unless the Dodgers get some help before the trade deadline, they are not going to make the playoffs. He just has to do too much for the team. In last nights game, he makes an amazing throw to gun down Ryan Howard at the plate, preserving the 2-1 Dodgers lead. But his team’s pitching blows it and they lose 3-2 to the Phils. There are rumors that the Dodgers may go after Ryan Dempster or Shane Victorino, for Kemp’s case, lets hope these moves actually happen.
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Rousing Return His second game back in Fenway Park went even better for Kevin Youkilis than the first one where he had 3 hits and receiving a standing ovation before the game. In this contest, he hit a booming home run over the Green Monster, a three run shot that ended up being the difference in the game. It was a big win for the White Sox who are trying to hold off the surging Tigers in the AL central. As for the Red Sox, this loss does not help their bid to snag one of the two wild card spots.
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Tough Break Yesterday, the Reds announced that Joey Votto will be out for 3-4 weeks after he had minor surgery on his knee. The Reds are in a tight race in the NL Central and the last thing they need is to lose one of their top players, especially Joey Votto, their best hitter by far. Another interesting piece to this injury is that the favorite for NL MVP is now out for a month. This may not knock him out of the race, but it definitely will not help his candidacy. His injury now may open the door for a guy like Andrew McCutchen, David Wright or maybe Ryan Braun? Just kidding Ryan, you’ll never win anything again with that steroid stink on you, that includes the hall of fame by the way.
Mammoth Homer isn’t Enough Corey Hart’s seventh inning bomb might have been the most impressive homer I’ve seen all season. But no matter how far the solo shot went, it still only counts as one run and was not enough as the Brewers lose to the Cardinals 3-2. For the Cardinals, this is an important victory as they are still looking up at the Reds and Pirates in the division standings. Fortunately for them, both teams have holes and shouldn’t be too difficult to catch. As far as the Brewers are concerned, this season has been a disappointing one: beyond the loss of Prince Fielder, their pitching hasn’t been nearly as good as it was last year.
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PLAY OF THE DAY Not a classic play of the day today, just a nice moment in the world of sports. Returning to Fenway for the first time since he was traded, Kevin Youkilis received a rousing standing ovation before his first at bat, which would end in a single for the former Red Sox slugger. Although he plays in Chicago, he will always be beloved by Red Sox Nation as a member of both the 2004 and 2007 championship teams.
Slam is the Difference Tied 2-2 in the 8th with the bases loaded, skipper Joe Girardi probably wouldn’t choose Ibanez if he had first choice, but last night it was Raul who came up big in the clutch where A-Rod failed the night before. Ibanez hit a booming Grand Slam and the Yankees continued their solid play since the All-Star break. For the Blue Jays, this loss especially hurt since they lost slugger Jose Bautista to a wrist injury in the eighth inning for possibly an extended period of time.
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July 16th 1941: On this Day in Sports History… Joe DiMaggio went 3 for 4, in what would be the 56th and final game of his historic hitting streak. Joltin’ Joe had one of the more illustrious careers in baseball history, with countless accomplishments. But its this one, the 56 game hitting streak, that he is most remembered for today, actually, maybe him marrying Marilyn Monroe warrants some mention too…
Giant Victory Before the MLB All-Star game there was a lot of controversy about the San Francisco Giants running promotions to encourage fans to stuff the ballot boxes for Giants players. Pablo Sandoval, who probably didn’t deserve a spot, was voted to start at 3B over David Wright, which prompted a lot of debate about how we choose all-stars. Well, fans of the NL should be glad that Giant Fans did get their players in. A bases loaded triple by Pablo Sandoval and a two run home run were key as the National League blasted the American League 8-0. Melky won MVP in the contest, and for just the third time in the last ten years, the NL will have home field advantage in the World Series as a result of this victory.
A Second Crown For the second time in his career, last night Prince Fielder won the home run derby. He had a slow start and barely made the second round with 5 home runs, but from there got on a hot streak to dominate the rest of the field and ultimately beat Jose Bautista in the finals. This is one big man, but his immense power is still very impressive. Maybe he can hit some more home runs for his team so they start catching the White Sox.
Derby Preview? Prince Fielder’s three run jack was one of the Tigers three home runs that helped lead to their victory over the Royals 7-1. This was Prince’s last game before the home run derby, so he definitely hopes this bomb is the first of many to come for him this week. He won the derby in 2009, but he has tough competition with defending champion Robinson Cano and certifiable mashers such as Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp. These days, I feel like most all-star games are a joke, especially baseball’s that “matters” and determines home field advantage in the World Series. However, the little kid in me still has a soft spot for the individual events of the slam dunk contest and the home run derby, so I’ll definitely be tuning in tonight.
Bomb leads to Victory Cameron Maybin’s enormous home run in the 6th inning opens the floodgates and leads the Padres to a victory over the Diamondbacks 6-2. Maybin is having a poor season this year after a breakout one last year, heres to hoping that the former phenom regains his form after this big hit.
Walk Off Error? With the game tied 3-3 in the ninth, Angel Pagan hits a deep fly ball in right field that seems pretty catchable for Jay Bruce. Unfortunately for the Reds, the two-time all star misplays the fly ball to give Pagan the game-winning double. This was a big mistake for Bruce and a big win for the Giants as both of these teams are locked in tight division races in the Central and West divisions respectively. I understand that the Sun can make it difficult to catch some fly balls, but as a major league player and a good one at that, Bruce has gotta make that play in such a key spot, it reminds me of the awful Luis Castillo error vs the Yanks a couple years back.
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