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September 25, 2005

Yankees and Red Sox Enter Final Week of Season Dead Even

by @ 4:40 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

This is going to be a great week of baseball. The Yankees took two of three against the Blue Jays and the Red Sox swept the Orioles. The net result is the two teams enter their final seven games dead even, with a three game series at the end of the week to settle things up between the two rivals.

Shawn Chacon got the job done again on Friday. Eight shutout innings and only three hits given up. I was able to see the game on ESPN, which is always a treat for this out of towner. Derek Jeter and the red hot Robinson Cano homered. Alex Rodriguez was one for two with two walks and two runs. The Yankees did most of their damage in the opening inning by scoring four runs, so I could breathe easy and enjoy those big looping curveballs Chacon was throwing.

Yesterday was the one downer moment. For the third time this year, Jaret Wright was nailed on a comebacker. Wright tried sticking it out, but by the end of the second inning, the score was 7-3. Errors by Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano didn’t help matters and the two errors ultimately led to four unearned runs. Alex Rodriguez accounted for most of the Yankees offense as he went two for three with a homerun, three RBIs and two walks. Aaron Small threw great in his 6 2/3 innings of relief (four hits, no runs), but the Yankees couldn’t mount the comeback.

Today was a fun game as well. Chien-Ming Wang threw four no hit innings before the Jays finally got to him with three runs in the fifth. That gave the Jays a 3-2 lead and the score would stay that way until the bottom of the seventh. That’s when the rookie, Robinson Cano, came up huge with a two run shot to give the Yankees the lead. New York would add four in the eighth to seal the deal, and Gary Sheffield had a monster day with four RBIs.

Yesterday, the Yankees became only the third franchise to draw four million fans to it’s ballpark. Only the Blue Jays (1992 and 1993) and the Rockies (1993) had done it in the past. Truly an epic achievement and one more reason why the Yankees are the greatest franchise in the history of sports.

On deck are the struggling Orioles. They’ve lost four straight and Raffy and Sammy are both done so I’m expecting nothing short of a sweep as acceptable. The Blue Jays, who have played the Red Sox tough this year, head to the shit box to play four games there. A nice one or two game lead would be nice going into the weekend series, that way we can wrap things up Friday or Saturday.

I just checked and the Royals came from behind to beat the Indians. That means the second place team in the AL East (i.e. Red Sox) might be able to back into the playoffs via the wild card since we’re now only a half game back of the Tribe.

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