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Busy Yankee game: Rocket dominates, benches clear and Joba debuts

Unfortunately, I was not able to watch tonight’s 9-2 win (as I am on vacation in North Carolina), so I had to settle for’s Gameday. Where to start?

Clemens pitched an outstanding game: 6 ip, 1 r, 2 h, 1 bb, 6 k. And he rightly retaliated for Arod’s beaning by hitting Alex Rios to lead off the 7th. He and Torre were ejected.

He was beaned on the knee a day after being thrown behind. The benches cleared but no one was ejected. A really stupid move by Toronto and the home plate umpire. This is the second straight game they tried to hit him. I understand they’re still pissed about Arod’s ‘HA!’, but you throw at him once, not twice. Josh Towers should have been ejected right then – an obvious intentional beaning. Jorge made him pay as he hit a two-run double that gave the Yanks a 3-0 lead.

It kind of got lost in the mix, but Joba Chamberlain made his major league debut, pitching the 8th and 9th innings. He allowed a hit, two walks and two strikeouts. I don’t know how high on the radar gun he touched (Gameday didn’t have pitch speeds), but he got a lot of swinging strikes. The two walks seemed more like nerves (he rarely walks guys in the minors), and it’s not like he was missing by much, only inches (at least that’s how it looked on Gameday).

Melky and Cano
These two are carrying the offense. They went a combined: 3-5, 3b, 2 2b, 3 bb, hbp, 3 runs and a steal for good measure (they reached base seven out of nine times). Don’t look now, but Melky has a better slugging average than Abreu (and has nearly surpassed Jeter, while Cano is well ahead of both).

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