Davis slipped dramatically past year, batting only.197, but has come up with a season that should make him a hot commodity during the offseason, when he too becomes a free agent.
Despite losing the first three games of the series, the New York Yankees finally knocked off the Boston Red Sox in the finale and clinch a playoff spot.
The Yankees reached their 18th postseason in the last 21 years, during which time they’ve won five World Series. Which is why they wanted to win the AL East and avoid this. And in the fifth inning he grounded into a double play with no out. New York is excellent at drawing walks with 3.4 per game, ranking second in the AL.
Blue Jays ace David Price was scratched from his scheduled start. Drew Hutchison (13-5) took the loss. One step back might be necessary for this team in order to get ready for their next leap forward.
The Baltimore Orioles find themselves at the end of the season in need of a weekend sweep against the New York Yankees if they want to finish the season at.500. His streak of double-digit strikeout games ended at four.
Rookie Sean Gilmartin (3-2) made his first career start for the Mets after 49 relief appearances. That is, until Heath Hembree came in for the 8th inning.
So, if that happened there would have to be a tie-breaker game on Monday before the Wild Card game?
One longtime scout from an American League team posited the notion that, in a few ways, the Red Sox are better positioned than their longtime rivals. He was injured crashing into a wall during Wednesday’s game and is day to day…. He threw 102 pitches, 67 for strikes, in six innings.
John Lamb (1-5) took the loss.
Anderson (10-9) retired 14 straight batters following Kevin Frandsen’s one-out single in the third before Jarrett Parker singled to start the eighth. But whether it was a new piece of lumber imbued with the power of Thor, or simply that Torrez left his next pitch belt high and on the inner-third of the plate, Dent’s choked up swing lifted the ball over the Green Monster.
Allen Craig played the designated hitter role. Cain was sidelined by a sore right knee, and Rios was scratched because of a stiff back.
The win allowed the Nationals to salvage one game of the three-game series.
Kenley Jansen pitched a flawless ninth for his 35th save. Manny Machado had his 34th home run, off Nova (6-11), and also drove in three runs, and J.J. Hardy had three hits for the Orioles. If the Yankees don’t clinch today or tonight, Girardi said he will play all of his lineup regulars on Sunday in an effort to lock up home field.
And in your final home game of the season?
ATLANTA – Stephen Strasburg continued his strong September to help Washington beat Atlanta. He finished with a 2.12 ERA in three starts vs. Boston, his lowest ERA in a single season against them since joining the Yankees. He struck out 44 in 29 innings. Girardi went to his bullpen and got three shutout innings from right-hander Adam Warren. 258 average on the month won’t scare many pitchers but he did contribute eight HRs and 19 RBIs, to go along with an impressive.
It’s a insane concept, given their $200-plus million payroll and their history.
PHOENIX – Welington Castillo had a go-ahead two-run double with two outs during Arizona’s four-run seventh inning. He also was about a foot short of another home run Thursday. He allowed a solo homer to left field off the bat of Rob Refsnyder.