Greetings from a sunny Yankee Stadium. It's an absolute perfect day here. I was glancing at the NY Daily News and there appears to be killer raccoons loose in Central Park, which is what I've used as my excuse for not running the lake there. Also the New York post has one of the most frightening back covers I've seen.
To quote the movie PCU:
"Well, what I figure they did was they cut out a picture of your head and pasted it on another, different picture. I've done a little collage work myself."
Did you know that July 1 is Canada Day. It is Canada's national day because in 1867 the British North American Act was enacted. It united two British colonies and a province of the British Empire
into a single country called Canada.
And since the Mariners' lone Canadian, Michael Saunders, homered twice last night we should mention this.
Did you know that on this day in 1980, O Canada was officially named Canada's national anthem.
Did you know that Dan Aykroyd, also Canadian, was born on this day in 1952.
Did you know that Canada gave up LaBatts Blue and Molson Canadian, both of which I've sampled on numerous occasions?
And on this date in baseball history from nationalpastime.com
1982 - Considered a questionable decision at the time because of his height, Cal Ripken is moved from third base to shortstop by Oriole manager Earl Weaver. The 6'4" future Hall of Famer takes over the job from veteran infielder Mark Belanger, an eight-time Gold Glover at the position.
CC Sabathia is 10-0 in his last 14 starts at Yankee Stadium. He needs just seven pitches to get three pop ups and out of the inning.
That first inning could have really been bad for Rowland-Smith. He gives up a lead-off single off his foot to Jeter and a double to Nick Swisher. Mark Teixeira drove in Jeter with a ground ball to short, but then Rowland-Smith strikes out A-Rod (always enjoyable) and then gets some help from Josh Wilson, who makes a brilliant over the shoulder catch on Cano's soft liner to center.
Milton Bradley leads off with a ground rule double. Jose Lopez moves him to third on a ground ball to the right side. And now stop me if you heard this before: Bradley is stranded at third as Josh Wilson pops up and Ryan Langerhans strikes out.
Rowland-Smith gets through the second 1-2-3 thanks to a great diving catch by Ryan Langerhans. I can only imagine what Eric Byrnes would have done had he tried to make that attempt. There would have been diving, flailing, crawling but no catch.
Three up, three down for both pitchers.
Rowland-Smith makes a mistake to Robinson Cano, leaving a slider up in the zone that Cano blasted into right to give the Yankes a 2-0 lead. But 2-0 in the fourth? I think Wakamatsu would have taken that.
Langerhans comes up with a single and steals second, but nothing comes of it.
RRS goes 1-2-3 again
There's no sign that the Mariners are going to score any runs any time soon against Sabathia
RRS gets in trouble, giving up a two-out double to A-Rod. Wak then has him walk lefty Cano, who homered off him earlier, to pitch to Posada, who RRS walks. With bases loaded, he gets Granderson to ground out to end the inning.
Guti pinches hits for Langerhans, and doesn't vomit on home plate. But doesn't get a hit either. He'll stay in and play center and Saunders will move to left. Brian Sweeney will pitch for the M's.
The M's finally get to CC Sabathia. Josh Bard drew a lead off walk and Ichiro singled. With two outs and Russell Branyan at the plate, Jorge Posada gave up passed ball allowing the runners to move up and it was costly as Russell Branyan singled to right to score both runs.
The game didn't stayed tied for very long. David Aardsma came in and struck out Swisher, but gave up a single to Teixeira and then A-Rod hit a two-run homer to right. Which would have barely made the warning track in Safeco. It's now 4-2. It's Alex's 595th homer of his career.
Mariano Rivera comes in and does what he does best. Ballgame, Yanks 4, M's 2.