Eighteen runs, 11 pitchers, and four hours. It was your typical Yankees vs. Red Sox game. However, the two sides still found a way to add a unique twist. According to Elias, the two rivals had never traded five-run first innings before last night's game. Although the Yankees would have preferred to avoid making such history, the team's 10-8 victory more than made up for the early blown lead.
The Yankees scored 10 runs for only the fourth time all season, a rate well below the recent norm. Ironically, the team reached double digits without the benefit of a home run and now has a 2-14 record when failing to leave the yard.
Mark Teixeira's two-run triple off Vicente Padilla not only gave the Yankees an 8-7 lead, but also helped the first baseman even the score with a pitcher who has plunked him three times in the past. The triple was Teixeira's third hit off the right hander, but first since a series of bean balls sparked a mini war of words three years ago.
Rafael Soriano's personality couldn't be any more different than Mariano Rivera's, but so far, his results as closer have pretty much been the same. In last night's game, Soriano added a four-out save to his resume with the Yankees, his first since August 29, 2007 and only sixth of his career.
Reggie Jackson may no longer be the "straw the stirs the drink", but the Hall of Famer still knows how to stir the pot. In a lengthy interview with SI, Jackson broached a number of controversial topics, but the biggest furor centered on disparaging remarks pertaining to Alex Rodriguez' admitted use of steroids. Needless to say, the intrepid New York media asked Arod about Jackson's not so friendly comments, but the third baseman offered only a veiled response.
According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Diamondbacks might consider trading 24-year old Justin Upton if the team falls out of contention. If the Diamondbacks shop the talented outfielder, there will probably be a long line of suitors, including the Yankees. Of course, the price tag won't be cheap. Would a package of Manny Banuelos, Gary Sanchez and Mason Williams be enough? Too much?
Before the first pitch, the Red Sox commemorated David Ortiz' 400th career homerun with a pregame ceremony that included a lengthy introduction that extolled his many virtues. Although not the kind of respect Oritz was hoping to receive from the organization, a recording of the ceremony could come in handy should the two sides meet in the offseason to discuss a new contract.
A Lou Gehrig home run ball from the 1928 World Series is expected to fetch six figures in an online auction. The ball has been owned by the same family since Gehrig hit it into the right centerfield bleachers at Yankee Stadium in game two. During the Series, which the Yankees swept from the Cardinals, Gehrig hit four home runs and compiled an astounding 2.433 OPS.
Joba Chamberlain might begin a rehab assignment sometime next week, which would put the right hander on schedule for an early August return. With the bullpen starting to spring a few leaks, Chamberlain could be a key contributor down the stretch.