April 27, 2007

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE, THEY DODGE BECKETT THIS TIME:

Pena makes it grand finale: He lowers the boom as Sox dust Orioles (Gordon Edes, April 27, 2007, Boston Globe)

So, Red Sox shortstop Julio Lugo was asked, for one day would he like to have Wily Mo Peña's body?

"No, I like my body," said Lugo, who gives away at least 100 pounds to a man who makes David Ortiz look like a welterweight.

OK, then, how about Peña's power?

"Oh, yeah, I'd love to have his power," Lugo said. "I'd love to have his power. He's amazing. That ball he hit, with the wind blowing in?"

Let Josh Beckett pick up the retelling of Peña's 430-foot grand slam, the one that made Beckett the majors' first five-game winner this season after a 5-2 victory over the Orioles last night.


Blue Jays keep Yankees down: Hughes not answer against Burnett (Mike Fitzpatrick, April 27, 2007, Associated Press)
[A.J.] Burnett dominated the struggling Yankees and outclassed their prized prospect on the mound, sending last-place New York to its sixth straight loss by pitching the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-0 victory last night.

"He's got the capability of doing that every time he goes out there. All we have to do is keep him healthy," Toronto center fielder Vernon Wells said.

Making his much-anticipated major league debut, Hughes received a rough welcome from the hard-hitting Blue Jays and a valuable lesson in power pitching from Burnett. [...]

The Yankees (8-12) are on their longest skid since they dropped six in a row from May 28-June 3, 2005. They managed only four singles and are percentage points behind Tampa Bay in the AL East.

"There's going to be panic soon if the winning doesn't start," said center fielder Johnny Damon.


Soon?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 27, 2007 7:01 AM
Comments

Why would we want to miss Bye-Bye Becks? He looked ordinary against us last week, because, well, he is ordinary. 3ks last night in 8 ip? Not fooling anyone. Once the weather hots up it'll be home run derby time again for Josh.

Encouraging start last night by Hughes. I can see why your getting nervous. Not need to hit the panic button yet tho oj, the Sawx should stick around til August, when mediocre starting pitching, nothing up the middle (Tek, Ped, Lugo, Chanel? c'mon, that's a AAA squad), and suspect relievers will do them in. Not to mention age and injury.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 27, 2007 8:40 AM

Nervous? I own him. Of course I'm nervous. If they brought him up in July he could help me. Now he's going to kill my numbers.

Posted by: oj at April 27, 2007 9:33 AM
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