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I couldn't think of a better way to open the nominal second-half of the season. The Yanks pounded Greg Smith to the tune of 6 earned on 8 hits in only 3.2 innings. Mike Mussina dropped his ERA to 3.49 and picked up his 12th win of the season, and the Yankee pen was dominant, Robertson pitched a clean inning striking out the side, Edwar struck out two in his perfect inning and even LaTroy Hawkins threw a zero up on the board.

The Yanks also debuted their latest acquisition, Richie Sexson. In his first at bat he picked up a two-out RBI single to tie the game up, he added a walk later on and only struck out once, which has to be considered a moral victory.

In the battle for center, Melky was 2 for 4 with a double, Brett Gardner was 0 for 4 with an ugly, head-first slide into first trying to beat out a bunt. The slide was Melky-esque, and just as effective as the head-first slides the current CF has become infamous for. Advantage Melky, today.

Joba will take the hill tomorrow afternoon against Gallagher, unless Billy Beane trades Gallagher by then.

Player of The Game: A-Rod, 3/4, 2 runs, 2 RBI, 1 HR, 1 SB
Team Record: 51-45
Damon: DL
by Brian on Jul 19 2008
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