new york YANKEES: Yet To Prove Their Mettle Against Sox.
The Yankees are one and one-half game behind the Red Sox in the American League East standings. And if the Bombers intend to make a move on the Sawx, they had better do something other than what they have in their previous meetings with Boston; or, more preciclely, what they haven't done.
In twelve games so far this season, the Red Sox have won ten of those; the Yankees two. If that doesn't grab your attention, maybe this will; Boston has beaten C.C. Sabathia this season like a dusty oriental throw rug. In their last series, Bartolo Colon and Freddie Garcia proved up to the task, (I think I'm being kind). But it was C.C. who wound up taking his lumps. And not just last series; the Sawx have had C.C.'s number all season. In four starts, the Red Sox have beaten C.C. four times this year.
While it's safe to say both teams will be making the playoffs, the Yankees still haven't proven they can hang with the Sox. Both teams have been beating up on the rest of a rather mediocre League; which has gotten them to their present positions. But in all likelihood this will be an October showdown the Yankees are still trying to prove (even to themselves) they should be a part of. They still need to know if their pitching and aging players can play well against; for the moment; the best team in the American League.
Big name scratches in tonight's game will be Alex Rodriguez for the Yankees, and Kevin Youkilis for the Sox.
New York Yankees...5
Boston Red Sox.........2
C.C. SABATHIA - WIN
6 IP; 128 Pitches; 10 Hits; 2 ER; 2 BB; 10 K
MARIANO RIVERA - SAVE
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