Early BP in Seattle
The Yankees are on the field early here in Seattle, spraying balls around the plush green grass at Safeco Field. Nothing especially atypical about that – they’ve been gathering a lot for the first games of each series on the road this year, not that they need much time to get reacquainted with this particular stadium. Really, it feels like we were just here.
Chad Jennings is reporting on his excellent Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees blog that first baseman Juan Miranda is joining the Yankees tonight in Seattle. The S/W-B warriors were dispatched last night in the Governors Cup Finals, taking a 3-2 loss in 12 innings to the Durham Bulls. Cody Ransom drove in both runs for the Bombers, whose season is now over.
On Wednesday, Single-A Tampa and short-season Single-A Staten Island each won their league’s championship trophies.
Of course you should be aware by now that the magic number is 10 (see the Scooter’s jersey at right): any combination of 10 Yankees wins and Red Sox losses will secure the American League East for New York. But the Yankees have just a magic number of four to clinch a playoff berth – any combination of Yankees wins and Rangers losses will secure that. So it could happen, at the earliest, tomorrow.
Would the Yankees spray bubbly around the clubhouse for that? My sense is that they’d wait for the division to be wrapped up before getting wild and crazy. But, then again, you go ahead and try to hold Nick Swisher back.