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You knew it was too good to last. The Yankees played their first four hour-plus game of the season on Wednesday at the Stadium, a 15-9 slugfest with the Red Sox that played – for the first five innings, especially – like the co-ed softball games I used to umpire in Rockland County. (That was a lot of fun. Hopefully someone remembers all the times I beat the runner down the first base line as a single-man umpiring crew. I’m a hustler.)
20 runs crossed the plate in the first five frames alone, but LaTroy Hawkins and Brian Bruney especially stopped the bleeding and deserve a lot of credit for this one. Chien-Ming Wang had little but neither did Clay Buchholz, and for as sharp as they both looked last Friday in Boston, this was a definite pounding for each guy.
This evening brings us Mike Mussina and Josh Beckett in what, on paper, reads like a mismatch. You never know when Moose is going to be able to spot his command, though, and you can’t write him off for this one. If he’s able to hit his spots and stay below 100 pitches in five innings, the Yankees have a chance.
Why not? The bats are warming up and this looks more like the offense that we’ve been saying can pound bad pitchers into submission. Beckett, however, is not one of those guys. He’s a bonafide ace and they’ll have their work cut out for them.
Alberto Gonzalez is here tonight, having been summoned from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He’s in the lineup tonight and the Yankees have optioned Shelley Duncan to Triple-A — something of a surprise since Morgan Ensberg apparently rolled his ankle on Monday.
The Yankees did have one bit of good news as Jorge Posada’s MRI came back relatively clean. Derek Jeter played catch today but right now it’s Jose Molina and Alberto Gonzalez as your starting catcher and shortstop, respectively.
I spent some time talking today with LaTroy Hawkins. Hawkins went to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum today with his mother and nephew, who “loved” the place. Now that MLB is allowing players to wear No. 42 again on Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, Hawkins plans to join Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera (of course) in wearing the number later this month.