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Ian Kennedy was off tonight. He allowed seven hits and four walks in five innings of work. With a line like that, you'd think I might blast him, or maybe say he isn't ready yet, but I'm going in the exact opposite direction. Why? Because he only allowed 2 runs. He kept the Yankees in the game, something Mike Mussina couldn't do, and you know what, the Yankee bats did just enough to win. The pen was dominant for 4 innings, here's the combined line for Farnsworth, Joba and Mo: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 win, 1 hold, 1 save.

Kennedy followed in Phil Hughes' footsteps, and the two rookies keyed huge, huge wins for the Bombers. A-Rod hit his 49th and finished 3 for 4 with a walk. It really worries me when I see A-Rod limping around on the base paths and constantly rotating his shoulder. He probably needs a day or two off to heal up, but how can you sit him when he's this hot?

The Mariners are continuing their implosion in Detroit. Seattle fell to 4 games back and Detroit maintained their 3-game deficit. Boston won in Baltimore after a comical bench-clearing "brawl" during which the Sox looked more pink than red.

Player of The Game
: Joba, 2 innings, 2 hits, 1 K. I was worried that tonight may be the night Joba would give up his first run. His father was on hand to see his son pitch in the bigs for the first time, it was a touching moment, but he was unflappable, as usual and touched 101 on the YES radar gun.

Pettitte takes the hill tomorrow and looks to turn this into a legit winning streak.
by Brian on Sep 8 2007
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