This series should’ve been a sweep. There, now I’ve gotten that out of my system, hopefully the Yanks got this clunker out of their system as well. 3 out of 4 ain’t bad, that’s the motto of the second half so far, and you know what? It’s true. The Yanks stayed even with the Sox at 7.5 games back and picked up two games on the Indians with this series win over the Royals. Up next, a four-gamer (including the conclusion of a suspended game) in Baltimore.
Igawa was painful to watch tonight, but wasn’t as putrid as usual. The Yanks had plenty of opportunities and cashed in exactly zero of them. Shelley was in the lineup, DH’ing against a lefty, but didn’t get a hit. It remains to be seen whether he can adjust to playing once or twice a week. Of course, that’s a moot point if Joe isn’t patient enough to stick with him.
No letter to the Skipper tonight, just a quick note to Brian Cashman. Please stop dragging your feet with Phil Hughes. If he's going to throw 90-100 pitches in AAA in his next start, why not have him do it for the Bombers?
Player of The Game: Jose Molina, 2 for 4 in his first Yankee start, with a double. Molina also gunned down Emil Brown with an absolutely perfect throw to second.