Losers in 5 of their last 6 games, the Yankees lost hometown bragging rights as the Mets won the first Subway Series matchup of the year, taking 2 of 3 from the struggling Yankees. The series opened on a positive note for the Yankees who got a strong performance from starting pitcher Javier Vazquez who pitched six innings of one hit ball before taking a line drive off of his finger. The Yankees went on to win 2-1 with Mariano Rivera locking up his 8th save of the year.
After starting the season like a potential Cy Young candidate, Phil Hughes looked vulnerable for the second straight outing eventually taking his first loss on the year in Saturday’s matchup against the Mets. They Yankees stranded 13 runners in their 5-3 loss while Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey took command on the mound earning his 6th win of the year.
Sunday night’s series finale featured the marquee pitching matchup of C.C. Sabathia against Johan Santana. For the second straight game it was the Mets who pulled through in a close game. K-Rod ended the night with a dramatic 9th inning strikeout against A-Rod who represented the go ahead run at the plate.
In his first appearance against the Sox, Jason Bay was met with jeers from Boston fans. The former Sox left fielder didn’t seem fazed by his former fanatics’ reaction. ”I thought it was a little harsh,” Bay told the Providence Journal’s Dan Barbarsi, smiling. “It was luke-warm, at best.” John Lackey, the Sox’s big free agent acquisition dominated Bay’s new team. Lackey needed only 30 pitches to get through his three innings, allowing just three hits and no runs. The Sox had their offensive contributions early and often, from from outfielders Jeremy Hermida, Mike Cameron, and JD Drew, giving the Sox an early lead the Mets could not overcome.The Sox travel to the Cardinals’ practice facility for a 1:05pm contest tomorrrow.
Free agent outfielder Jason Bay just recently signed a four-year $66 million contract with the New York Mets. The deal that includes a $14 million fifth year option will be confirmed later this week pending a physical. The 31-year old All-Star hit for an average of .267 with 36 home runs and 119 RBI’s for the Boston Red Sox last season.
Boston stand-out Kevin Youkilis didn’t want to see Bay leave the Sox, but at the same time realizes the Mets organization holds some promise for the future. “Jason was a close friend. A joy to play with him. Great ballplayer,” he said. “But it’s a business, things happen. It’s one of those business moves on each side. It just didn’t work out right. I wish him the best in New York. Hopefully we get to see him in the World Series.”
The Red Sox haven’t finished dealing just yet. There are reports that state their interest in free agent third basemen Adrian Beltre. The defensive specialist hit .265 with eight homers and 44 RBI’s for the Seattle Mariners in 2009. Check back right here at Ace for more off-season updates. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!
The New York Mets are set to make an offer for free-agent outfielder Jason Bay. The veteran slugger previously turned down the Red Sox proposal for $60 million (four-year contract). Last season in Boston he hit for a .267 average with 36 home runs and 119 RBI’s. He was also able to draw 94 walks which led him to a .384 on-base percentage.
The pursuit of Bay gives indication that the Mets are leaning towards boosting their offense more than anything. They have also been in the process of making an offer to catcher Bengie Molina. Signing these two would eliminate options to bring in ace pitcher John Lackey and outfielder Matt Holliday. Check for more updates here at AceTicket.com!
Mets David Wright, Dodgers Hiroki Kuroda, and Rangers Ian Kinsler each suffered a ball to the head last Saturday during various MLB contests, and each of the players are currently in different states of recovery. David Wright’s return to the lineup this season is doubtful, as Kuroda and Kinsler have both been released from their hospital locations. The most unusual situation involving pitcher Kuroda (who had a ball fire back at him on the mound) says he is “lucky to be alive” but feeling good.
Wright is hungry to get back on the field despite his recent shock to the head. “David wanted to take a chance to go out and play, but we decided to take it away from him and DL him based on the recommendation of our doctors who consulted with a specialist,” said Mets general manager Omar Minaya. “It’s a medical decision.” The recent hit-by-pitch occurrences have created the notion that punishments should be more severe for pitchers aiming at a hitters body. Usually a warning is issued to begin with before immediate ejection from the game if the act is conducted again.
After an improbable walk-off win on an error on Friday, and being dominated on Saturday; the New York Yankees wild weekend continued with a trouncing of Mets’ ace Johan Santana. After an uneventful first inning, the Yanks got four runs on consecutive singles by Francisco Cervelli, Derek Jeter, and Johnny Damon. Santana seemed to find a rhythm in the third, but was pummeled when he returned in the 4th inning. The Yankees’ fourth inning attack saw the team bat around with two homers, three walks, seven hits, and only ended because of a Melky Cabrera baserunning error.
With the win and the Sox loss, the Yankees moved up to two games behind the division-leading Boston Red Sox.
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The New York Mets took two out of three games from the Boston Red Sox this weekend. On Friday night, Daisuke Matsuzaka returned from the DL to face New York’s ace Johan Santana. Santana pitched well enough to overcome two costly fielding errors, giving up just 2 earned runs in 7 innings of work. Daisuke Matsuzaka was solid in his first game back. Although he gave up four runs in five innings of work, he did not seem to be slowed by his injury. Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez pitched a clean 9th to notch his 12th save in as many tries.
The Red Sox held on to a slim, one-run lead for most of Saturday’s game. Kevin Youkilis drove in two runs with a single in the first; which would be the only offense the Sox would get. Josh Beckett was outstanding for 8 innings, giving up just a run and striking out five in his best start of the year. Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon had a rocky outing, as a two run homer by Omir Santos gave the Mets a late win. The homer was the first play to be reviewed by Fenway’s new instant replay system, and the play was upheld by the videotape.
The Sox fared better on Sunday afternoon. The Mets struck first, with a Ramon Castro solo homer in the top of the second. The Sox took their first lead on a three-run Mike Lowell shortly after; but the Mets would explode for 3 runs in the next half inning. Kevin Youkilis lost what appeared to be a home run off of the left field foul pole. “I thought it was a fair ball,” Youkilis said in a post-game press conference. “He called it a foul ball and I guess there was no camera angle.”
The next time Youkilis didn’t leave it up to the cameras. The Sox cleanup hitter hit a three-run bomb over the middle of the monster, as the Sox scored 9 unanswered runs to take the final game of the series.
The Sox took sole possession of first place in the American League East with the win. The Toronto Blue Jays lost their 6th consectutive game on Sunday afternoon, ending their reign atop the East for now.
The 2009 Major League Baseball Season is underway! Nearly every team has been in action, and a number of rookies have already made big impacts for their clubs.
Sunday April 5th
Atlanta 4, Philadelphia 1 – Brian McCann, Jeff Francoeur, and rookie Jordan Schafer all homered to give the Braves the win over the World Series Champs.
Monday April 6th
Tampa Bay/Boston and Kansas City/Chicago were both postponed due to inclement weather.
NY Mets 2, Cincinnati 1 – K-Rod headlined the new and improved Metsbullpen. Sean Green, JJ Putz, and Rodriguez held the Reds scoreless in the last 3 innings.
Texas 9, Cleveland 1 – A slimmed-down Kevin Millwood went 7 strong for the Rangers, giving up only one run on five hits and a walk.
Arizona 9, Colorado 8 -Tony Clark and Felipe Lopez both hit homers from each side of the plate in part of the D’Backs’ offensive assault.
Baltimore 10, NY Yankees 5 – New Yankee CC Sabathia was shelled and held without a strikeout in his NY Debut.
Florida 12, Washington 6 – Rookie Emilio Bonifacio made a splash in his debut with an inside-the-park home run.
Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 4 – Jack Wilson hit a three-run double in the 9th to give the Bucs the late win.
LA Dodgers 4, San Diego 1 – Hiroki Kuroda pitched a gem to give the Dodgers the win over Jake Peavy.
Chicago Cubs 4, Houston 2 – Zambrano had six strong innings, and new closer Kevin Gregg hung on through a rocky 9th to notch his first save for the club.
Toronto 12, Detroit 5 – Adam Lind had a monster game; a homer and 6 RBI’s made him a fan (and Fantasy) favorite in Toronto.
Seattle 6, Minnesota 1 – Ken Griffey Jr homered in his first game back with the Mariners.
LA Angels 3, Oakland 0 – The Angels’ bullpen (Arredondo, Shields, and newcomer Brian Fuentes) held the A’s hitless after Joe Saunders left in the 7th.
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The trade and acquisition market in the MLB is heating up. Steve Phillips of ESPN is reporting that the Red Sox and Diamondbacks could swap shortstop Julio Lugo ($18 million left on his contract) for outfielder Eric Byrnes ($22 million left). Boston would use Byrnes as a fourth outfielder.
The Yankees solidified their deal with CC Sabathia. He agreed to 7-years $161 million with an opt-out clause after three years. Additionally, the Yankees seem to be in the process of swapping Melky Cabrera for the Brewers’ Mike Cameron.
The Mets, Mariners, and Indians have pulled off a large 3-way trade: JJ Putz, outfielder Jeremy Reed, and RHP Sean Green will head to the Mets, Aaron Heilman, Endy Chavez, Franklin Gutierrez, and Mike carp will Go to the Mariner, and Joe Smith and Luis Valbuena will go to the Indians. The Indians have also recently signed closer Kerry Wood, and the Mets signed record-setting closer Francisco Rogriguez.
The Boston Red Sox are still in the hunt for a starting pitcher, and possibly Mark Texeria.
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