The Jays and Sox swapped positions in the East earlier today, with Boston climbing to fourth place. Thing is, all five teams are within 3.5 games of each other. Tight indeed. Kuroda is on the mound in Detroit, while the Yankees face Rick Porcello. Lineups follow, comment away.
I am overwhelmed by domestic responsibilities and haven't even checked the net in the last few hours but I know there are some games going on about now. I'll be pulling weeds a bit longer than I want to, but hope to watch some baseball with a cold beverage before too long. Have a great weekend and comment away.
Pete Abraham's write-up fluffs the speculation that Youkilis is essentially extraneous to the Sox roster and that the Giants, Diamondbacks and Dodgers are watching closely, with a couple of other teams interested as well.
Last night's post-game was a good one for quotes. First there was this from Rafael Soriano, in response to a question about Albert Pujols who, with the single he hit off Soriano in the 9th last night, is now a career 5-for-5 against him including a HR and double:
“Oh, I’ve got to talk to him, because every time...He has to let me win sometime. I’ll send a text message to him and say, ‘Hey, let me get you out one time.’ Not every day, but one time. I’ve got family, too, and we have to eat.”
With that, my estimation of Soriano's personality improved considerably.
Now Laz Diaz is not retiring tomorrow or anytime soon as far as I know. What possible good can come of going on the record about an umpire in this way I have no idea. Despite the fact that Martin's comments would appear to be justified if Diaz's behavior is indeed described accurately here (and of course, we have yet to hear Diaz's view), I wish - and imagine every Yankee pitcher wishes - that Martin had gone through the right channels to file a complaint with the League.