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Game 124: "Try Again, Fail Again. Fail Better."

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We've said this about CC for the last several games, but this is why we signed CC Sabathia:

To pitch the rubber game

Against our rival's ace

In their house

After a loss

During the heat of a pennant race.

Sabathia dominated the Sox at the Stadium, then took the show on the road through Seattle and Oakland. Now the scene shifts from those two pitcher's parks back to a hitter's paradise. But this is one famous for consuming left-handed pitchers. CC will have to have his strikeouts working.

Those bats will have to do better against Cy Young contender Josh Beckett than they were against last night's rookie.

I take it back. Not better.

Better implies an improvement measured in increments; we need movement in exponents. We need patient and efficient at bats, and execution on mistakes. Baseball is, as Ted Williams once noted, the only game where you can fail 7 times out of 10 and be considered great. The Yankees don't have to be perfect tonight, they don't have to win the final 38 games of the season, or even blow out the Red Sox. But they need to win.

We need to step on their throats while we have the chance. AJ wilted in the Fox spotlight, dropping the Yanks to 2-6 in national games. CC must reverse that trend.

Sing along with me: Play today. Win today. That's it.


Lineup

New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox

08/23/09 8:05 PM EDT

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
Derek Jeter - SS Jacoby Ellsbury - CF
Johnny Damon - LF Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Mark Teixeira - 1B Victor Martinez - 1B
Alex Rodriguez - 3B Kevin Youkilis - 3B
Hideki Matsui - DH Jason Bay - LF
Nick Swisher - RF Mike Lowell - DH
Robinson Cano - 2B Rocco Baldelli - RF
Melky Cabrera - CF Jason Varitek - C
Jose Molina - C Alex Gonzalez - SS