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Gearing up in Boston

fenway.JPGI love this sign, welcoming you to the “New” Fenway Park, built 1912 and reconstructed 1934.

Hello from Boston, after getting banged up in a cross-country travel day out of San Francisco with a pit-stop for a Nathan’s hot dog in Newark. How appealing does that sound?

The Yankees made it here in – you could only imagine – more luxurious fashion. Hopefully they got to enjoy some of the sights and sounds of an off-day Thursday, after playing their 33rd game in 34 days on Wednesday at the Oakland Coliseum.

There’s no letting up this weekend as Derek Jeter and the Yankees try to shoo the ‘other’ black cloud hovering over their season — that they still haven’t won a game yet this season at the ancient, red-bricked Fenway Park.

Consider this: the last Yankees pitcher to win a game on Yawkey Way
was Mike Mussina, who celebrated his final big league victory with a
fistful of McDonald’s French fries last Sept. 28 in the tiny, cramped
visiting clubhouse here. (If you could only smell the tunnel from the clubhouse to the playing field, you’d know how appetizing that is. Think lemon Pledge mixed with Pine-Sol and mold.)

But to their credit, this doesn’t appear to be anything like the bang-your-head-against-the-wall issue of starting the year winless in eight contests against the Red Sox.

“I think the real thing is wanting to win another series,” Joe Girardi
said. “If we do that, obviously we’re going to win a game. The big
thing was the zero in front of our names. I think that was bigger.”

Here’s how the pitching shapes up:

Aug. 21 at Boston 7:10 p.m. Penny (7-7) vs. Pettitte (9-6)
Aug. 22 at Boston 4:10 p.m. Tazawa (1-2) vs. Burnett (10-6)
Aug. 23 at Boston 8:05 p.m. Beckett (14-4) vs. Sabathia (14-7)

Nightfall in Boston

citgo.jpgHello again from Fenway Park, where the Yankees are on the field for batting practice. This afternoon’s manager session with Joe Girardi turned into a rehash of last night’s decision to pitch to Manny Ramirez with first base open.

Girardi said he didn’t want to second-guess his choice but insisted he made the best decision he could with all of the available information; namely, his pitcher’s own belief that pitching to Kevin Youkilis with the bases loaded would have painted him into a tighter corner than pitching around Ramirez. Of course, since Mike Mussina threw too good of a pitch on the first offering, the point was moot.

“You think about it when you go home a little bit and you
just move forward,” Girardi said. “That’s the great thing about baseball, that you’ve got
another day to worry about. Every day there will be some decisions that you
have to make. You live with it, you move on, and you think about today’s game.”

I should mention that the press conference room at Fenway Park has the same style desks that we had back in college. I keep feeling like I need to ask someone for a No. 2 pencil.

Down in New York, jackhammers were cranking as the Yankees unearthed that illicit David Ortiz jersey. Derek Jeter, for one, was rather nonplussed by the news.

“I never pay much attention to all of those things,” Jeter said. “But for those who think there are jinxes, I’m happy for them.”

Hello from Fenway Park

Boston.jpgThe old place looks pretty much how we remembered it. There’s a new Coca-Cola neon sign over the third base upper deck and there’s a few more seats crammed into the building, but it’s still Fenway Park and it’s still Red Sox vs. Yankees.

It doesn’t matter what month it is, this is always a special one. The Yankees are feeling a little bit better after Andy Pettitte pitched them to a win in Kansas City last night, avoiding what would have been a deflating three-game sweep to the Royals. It hasn’t been the most thrilling first 10 games for the Yankees, but they’re 5-5 with 152 left to play, and you probably have to take that and not worry too much about it.

After all, the Red Sox – the team so many prognosticators are choosing as the ‘team to beat’ in the American League – have the exact same record as the Yankees. That’ll change tonight, and the Yankees hope Chien-Ming Wang tips it in their favor.

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