The Yankees won 3 of 4 against the Baltimore Orioles, but more importantly, they beat Buck. That makes me happy. Don't look now but Freddy Garcia is 10-7. 10 wins for a guy that was on the free agent junk heap last winter and nothing could make me happier for him; 6 innings pitched, he gave up 5 hits and 2 runs and he struck out 6 and walked 5.
In a week of wild trade rumors and possible Yankee moves, it's ironic that old man Freddy Garcia, whose starting job was in jeopardy if the Yankees got another starter at the deadline, blocked out all the talked and blabber and pitched his heart out. You proved your point Garcia, we appreciate you.(Photo:Getty)
The offense highlights today were simple, Brett Gardner had a triple in the 4th inning and cleared the bases. Then Curtis Granderson knocked him home with a groundout RBI. That was it, wonderful job considering the Orioles scored one in the 3rd and one in the 6th.
The best part for me is Buck Showalter may be a well respected man and manager, but the bottom line is, you don't talk trash about our captain to try and motivate your O's team and expect to not get the crap kicked out of you. Just to recap, remember when Showalter took a shot at Jeet and said this in an interview?
"The first time we went to Yankee Stadium, I screamed at Derek Jeter from the dugout. Our guys are thinking, 'Wow, he's screaming at Derek Jeter.' Well, he's always jumping back from balls just off the plate. I know how many calls that team gets -- and yes, he [ticks] me off."That worked for your team's motivation, right Buck? Blah. (Photo: New York Times)
Yes, it's true, in the back of my mind I thought about that quote when Jeter got hit in the middle finger today and was pulled from the game. X-Rays were negative, thank god. He's day to day, but seriously, it all came back to that childish quote.
Final Score: Yankees 4 - Orioles 2.
Next up, the Chicago White Sox... Let's Go Yankees.
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