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Game 161: September 28, 2008 Yankees 6 W: Mike Mussina (20-9)H: Phil Coke (5)H: Brian Bruney (12)S: Mariano Rivera (39) 89-72, 2 game winning streak Red Sox 2 L: Daisuke Matsuzaka (18-3) 94-67, 2 game losing streak Highlights: Jonathan Papelbon’s performance on Sunday afternoon had better be him working out the kinks before the playoff season that begins this Wednesday. The closer allowed three runs to score in the ninth. The weather was terrible and he seemed as distressed by wet rosin bags as Joba Chamberlain was of midges. Speaking of, the rotund reliever pitched to two batters in the eighth, walking Jason Bay and allowing a ground-rule double to Mark Kotsay. The Yankees paid tribute to Johnny Pesky in their own way: the visitors scored six runs on the day that his number 6 (roku) was retired. In turn, I compliment Mussina on finally getting 20 wins in a season. In true Yankee fashion, he came up big when it mattered not a whit. As Carlton Fisk lifted the green tarp that covered the number six on the facade of the Right Field Roof Johnny Pesky’s hands covered his eyes. Pesky could use the excuse of rain, but...

Slight

Game 90: July 5, 2008 Red Sox 1 L: Justin Masterson 52-38, 1 game losing streak Yankees 2 W: Mike Mussina (11-6)H: Jose Veras (5)H: Kyle Farnsworth (10)S: Mariano Rivera (23) 46-42, 1 game winning streak Highlights: Joe Girardi’s motivational tactics made an impact at last. His team held the Red Sox at bay until the top of the ninth. The teams tied the record for combined hit batsmen with seven (Masterson hit Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, and Jose Molina; Mussina plunked Ramirez twice; and Rivera hit Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis). In retrospect, the game was decided in the first inning. Dustin Pedroia, cocksure as always, attempted to stretch his single to left into a double. Perhaps the infielder forgot that it wasn’t Johnny Damon who roamed that portion of the outfield but Brett Gardner.The rookie Gardner isn’t noodle-armed like the veteran he replaced, so Pedroia was out at second easily. J.D. Drew smacked a double to right-center which could have plated Peewee.Mike Mussina’s approach would have been different were he pitching from a deficit in his six innings of work. He already had to grapple with Kerwin Danley’s inconsistent strike zone, making the old-timer even more tetchy than...

Rectify

Game 17: April 17, 2008 Red Sox 7 W: Josh Beckett (2-1) 10-7, 1 game winning streak Yankees 5 L: Mike Mussina (1-3) 9-8, 1 game losing streak Highlights: The blind item that Peter Gammons wrote long ago about how an Ivy League-caliber player didn’t want to be drafted by a New York team because of the diversity of the city still haunts Mussina, but him plunking Jacoby Ellsbury doesn’t make a good case for the aging righty’s tolerance. What is appealing about Mussina is that the Yankees continue to display him and his decaying skills every fifth day, much to Boston’s benefit. Manny Ramirez blasted two home runs last night, one to dead center and another high into the left field stands. The pair of moonshots brought him to a career total of 495 and sole possession of 24th place in total home runs. Of all the members of the visiting team only David Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury didn’t manage a hit off Mike Mussina. Even the hobbled Kevin Youkilis racked up two hits and two runs. Every Red Sox player felt poised to boost their hit totals last night: after flying out to shallow center Sean Casey...

Delay

Game 12: April 12, 2008 Yankees 3 L: Mike Mussina (1-2) 6-6, 1 game losing streak Red Sox 4 W: Josh Beckett (1-1)H: Manny Delcarmen (2)H: Hideki Okajima (3)S: Jonathan Papelbon (4) 6-6, 1 game winning streak Highlights: Regarding rain delays, Rule 3.10(c) states, “The umpire-in-chief shall at all times try to complete a game. His authority to resume play following one or more suspensions of as much as thirty minutes each shall be absolute and he shall terminate a game only when there appears to be no possibility of completing it.” Fox broadcasters weren’t brimming with enthusiasm as the rain delay lated eleven or so minutes over two hours (three hours less than it takes to jackhammer an Ortiz Red Sox jersey out of concrete). One would think their producers could goad a tad of passion into their on-screen talent (using the term loosely) since the company will shell out $257 million per year until 2013 for the rights to MLB games. Instead, Jeannie Zelasko and company were as antsy as grade-schoolers being held after school as punishment for misbehaving during class. They pouted and whined for 131 minutes, and then Fox had the gall to cut away...


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